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1  Re: 4x6 Mid-Summer Art 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: August 13, 2017 06:10:57 PM
I also recieved from Onyxnox. I love the feel of this piece. the background has a soft smoky feel,I think it's stenciled. In contrast, the bird has a subtle shimmer to it. the quote is an interesting one i hadn't heard before. thank so much!

 The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind...Carly Simon
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2  Re: 4x6 Mid-Summer Art 2017 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: August 11, 2017 02:59:53 PM
I love the variety of techniques and styles in this swap. I recieved this giggling monster from kwality570. He's so cute and makes me smile, but the shading and textures are really cool. I love his horns! I think it's watercolors. His colors also go great on the shelf with my fiestaware!
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3  Re: HP - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap - Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: July 13, 2017 07:56:39 AM
ant bee- it's a varigated yarn, the sugar and cream sunrise. I think I got it at walmart.

i recieved from flyraeven today, and it's such a great package. she looked at my wishlist, and went above. I'm terribly disorganized, and this fantastic beasts book box is just the right size for all the remotes.

She also painted this pillow cover which will be right at home on my couch..I love the deer and the swirls

She took one of my favorite quotes, and turned it into this painting

Check out harry and dumbledore on their adventure...

and these she had asked for pictures of my family, and made these student ID's including our houses. for now they are going on my pinboard, but I might make them into christmas ornaments..

i'm always impressed with the ideas people create for these swaps!
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4  flip flop photos in CHALLENGE 119 ENTRIES by jenleahlynn on: July 07, 2017 04:52:26 PM
We repainted the kids bathroom, and I've been wanting to hang some summer vacation photos in there. This challenge gave me just the inspiration to put a photo collage together, in a flip flop shape!

 I cut the straps off 2 pairs of xl flipflops, for the base of my collage. I went with sepia tone prints so the would blend with each other better. i also found it easier to lay them out on a paper tracing of the flipflop, then trim to size and glue them down.

 I still need find a waterproof coating before hanging them in the bathroom. I's also debating whether to arrange them alone, or to add an unaltered flipflop.
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5  Re: Random Fandoms Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jenleahlynn on: June 14, 2017 07:39:13 AM
My package from Chr1stChan finally arrived! it made several stops along it's way as I tracked it. I had let my son fill out the questionare, so my partner had lots Starwars, and a long list of Marvel and DC comics to work with. She did a great job, and he loves the package. The box was huge, and it contained this painting.....

the inside picture had glare, so I tried an outdoor but it's not much better

I Love the brushstrokes that make up Rockets fur...

She also made this coexist t-shirt combining the logos of all his favorite superheros...

thank you for all the effort you put into this package!
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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: June 10, 2017 01:35:31 PM

technicolor aquahearts- I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your pet. they really are a blessing.
                               -i love your dress, comfort and style!


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project-Unusual companions

I spotted these 3 traveling together, and decided to sketch them.
Kaonashi (Spirited Away) wearing purple today, seems to be escorting Kuchi Kopi (Bob's Burgers) and Grimbly Gunk (Walking Dead) on an adventure. They are from such diffrent fandoms I wouldn't have expected to see them together, but they seem to be peacefully enjoying each others company. My son was helping with the Random Fandom swap, so he colored them in, and I went back and added the finishing touches.

project-Tim Burton Pets

My partner in the Random Fandom Swap meantioned Tim Burton Movies and Dog Rescue. after a bit of research, I decided to do a drawing of dogs featured in his movies.

To get the softness I wanted in the background I used watercolors, but the characters required more sharpness, so I also used colored pencils.

project- Unusual companions watercolor

the random fandom swap was more challenging than i expected. Trying combine characters from diffrent shows, and genre. These 3 seemed connected to me as comforting characters, they they are from very diffrent backgrounds. I decided to draw them in similar shapes, and then paint them with watercolors using green and teal to connect them. I think they are cute even if you don't know the fandom.

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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: May 31, 2017 06:12:36 PM
class-detention- April

I had seen zentangles online, but this was the first opportunity I had to go to a workship. We learned several specific patterns, and shading to add dimension

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project-love patch

this crafty love patch, with a button for the O, and scissors for the V, was made for the tm patch swap this winter

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project- clay wall pouch

I haven't done any this large with clay since high school. this was a workshop, in a couple stages. first forming the shape, and gently stamping the pattern in, then glazing it after it had been fired, then waiting to get it back after the second firing. it looks a bit like a turtle, but the intention was to hang it on the wall and use the pocket for flowers, or tools.

project-cat patch

This fabric was in my stash, and my partners 'cat' theme gave the perfect use for it. the first one is stitched directly on the background to bring out the pattern.

the second one is an applicae of one of the cat onto another background.

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project- ginko leaves

I love the shape of ginko leaves. They are native to china, but are often found near Japanese temples. My college campus had one near a tea house, even though it was in Indiana. I drew these in colored pencil and watercolor on a wood background.

class- History of magic
Project- seashell cross

I didn't collect these myself, but the shells bring memories of trips to the ocean when I was a child, and collecting shells with my own kids. I painted the canvas gold, then once I was happy with the layout, I used hot glue to attatch the shells

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project-cupcakes with strawberry icing

Our church was hosting a funeral dinner, and asked people to donate deserts. since strawberries are in season, I tried a new frosting recipie. i followed this recipie  https://www.justsotasty.com/strawberry-buttercream-frosting/ it was a bit soft, but very tasty. the cupcakes themselves are from a mix.

Strawberry frosting

12 oz strawberries , fresh
1 cup unsalted butter , softened to room temperature
4 and 1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar , sifted
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt

cut leaves off of fresh strawberries, and puree. boil puree for several minetes to thicken, reducing to 1/3, then allow to cool. beat butter until fluffy, and add 2 1/2 cupps sugar. mix. add strawberry puree, mix, add remaining sugar,vanilla, and salt. mix. if you want to pipe the frosting, use less of the strawberry mix.

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project- owl patch

This hedwig patch was done on white cross stitch fabric. I sent it in the tm patch swap.

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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: May 31, 2017 12:55:59 PM
project-chalkboard quote

A friend purchased this chalkboard for her office, and asked me to write a scripture on it. easy right? well, not so much. it took some planning to get all the words to fit, then i tried it in actual chalk, then my husband moved it and wiped half of it away. she wasn't planning to change it, but liked the look of chalk. i did some research, and started over with a clean slate, and oil pastels. They look like chalk, but need rubbing alchohold to remove them. I'm not sure how well it would hold up to repeated cleanings, but for this project it looks great, and no one will ruin it by running their fingers through the letters.

project- eel patch

This was a fun patch i made for a swap. I learned a feather stitch and repeated it to create the look of seaweed, for the eel swimming in the sea.


project-wildflower painting

The broom plant is a hardy wildflower. I painted this vase of wildflowers at a wine and canvas night. the textured canvas adds to that rustic feel.

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project-ravenclaw desk set

our library has lots of craft workshops, this one was using chalkboard paint, and they had this gorgous blue color, so I matched it with a silver chalk marker to create this ravenclaw clipboard, and pencil holder.

the marker is pretty durable, until you wash it off with water.

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9  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: May 26, 2017 06:12:15 PM
patty_o_furniture-your farm is charming! and those palm trees are just amazing.

project-peanut butter pie

My husband and I celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary this week, so I tried a new desert. It has 3 layers and it's very rich, almost like a huge peanut butter cup. I used this recipe  http://www.kevinandamanda.com/peanut-butter-pie/

Peanut butter pie

1 package reg oreos
1 stick melted butter

crush cookies in food processor and combine with melted butter. press into bottom and sides of springform pan. freeze for 1 hour to set.

Peanut butter filling

1 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter
1 stick softened butter
1 cup powdered sugar

Add  1 stick softened butter, 1 1/2 cups creamy peanut butter, and 1 cup powdered sugar to a large mixing bowl. Beat on low speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon the peanut butter mixture over the crust into a smooth layer. Place back in freezer.

chocolate ganace topping

1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp peanut butter

Place chocolate chips and remaining 2 tablespoons of peanut butter in a  glass or metal bowl . In a saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream to a rolling simmer. Pour the cream over the chocolate chips and peanut butter and let sit for 5 minutes, then whisk until completely smooth. Pour the chocolate layer over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hours until ready to serve.

The peanut butter layer is very soft, so i've been keeping it in the leftovers in the freezer. it can be cut with a sharp knife and let individual pieces thaw a bit before eating.
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10  Re: SETTING UP ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Midsummer Term 2017*~ in Craftalongs by jenleahlynn on: May 24, 2017 06:11:55 PM

---History of Magic (HoM): After a semester of hard work in your classes, and completing your NEWTs and OWLs, your assignment is to treat yourself to a Butterbeer. It is a very popular drink at the Three Broomsticks. Try and create one yourself.  (Is it best warm, cold, or slushy?)  Your project doesn't have to be a drink at all! Recipes have been reported as ice cream, cupcake and cookie form.  If you go this route please share your recipe.  You could also create a non-edible project inspired by Butterbeer's butterscotch scent, or gold and white color. A hot bath with a Butterbeer scented scrub or candle would be heavenly...
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