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1  Re: 2015 Shop the Swap discussion thread in New Swap Theme Ideas by jillybeans on: October 08, 2015 01:54:26 PM
I added a few items to my shop!  A long table runner, and 2 quote block signs.  I will be making a matching bunting banner in the same prints as the table runner.  Its a WIP.  And I can make more quote block signs, if there is more interest. 

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2  Ongoing ATC Swap -- October 2015 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 08, 2015 12:59:46 PM

Post pictures of the fab ATC's you've received this month here!

Discussion Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440870.0
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3  Dobby Doll in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: October 04, 2015 08:20:25 PM
Hi there!  My partner, lancmaltby, in the Harry Potter swap loves Dobby.  So, I decided to try my hand at making one!  I used the same pattern I've been using for my dolls lately (which can be found here with a great tutorial by the pattern maker: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/girl-boy-fabric-dolls-pattern-pieces-included.html ).  The only thing I added to change it was a pair of ears. 

I painted on his face with fabric paint and brushes, so that it would be durable in case he needed to be washed. 

Thanks for looking!
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4  Lotion Bars! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: October 04, 2015 08:11:55 PM
Hi there!  I made up some lotion bars for my shop in the "Shop the Swap" swap.  I first made some earlier this year as favors for my sister's bridal shower. They were wonderful, even my daughter, baby bean loves them!  Actually, she is downright obsessed.  Lol!  I used Wellness Mama's recipe for these, which can be found on her blog here: http://wellnessmama.com/4770/lotion-bars/   Its an awesome blog with some really great tutorials for natural living.  These are super easy and quick to make!  I bought a couple of molds from Hobby Lobby.  Simply, you boil water, pour equal parts of coconut oil, cocoa butter (or shea or mango butter), and beeswax into a big mason jar and still continuously until melted together.  After you remove it from the heat, you can mix in some essential oils, if you want.  The are great unscented, though.  I added some lavender essential oil to some of mine. Then you let them cool completely in their molds, and then pop them out!  They make great gifts!

Thank for looking!
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5  Beaded Wrap Bracelets in Beads: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: October 04, 2015 08:01:24 PM
Its been a long while since I've made some wrap bracelets.  I dusted off my loom and made a couple of a beauties for a couple of different swaps.

For the Harry Potter swap, I made one with Slytherin colors.  It reminds me of snake skin.

And this other one is up for grabs in my shop in the "Shop the Swap" swap.  ^_^  Love the fall colors on this one!

Both were made with glass beads and plastic buttons at the end.

Thanks for looking!
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6  Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: October 04, 2015 06:47:14 PM
My Harry Potter swap package has been received, so now I can show you all what I was up to last week.  ^_^

A slytherin colored beaded wrap bracelet:

A Dumbledore quote wood block sign painted with chalkboard paint and then white acrylic paint:

Slytherin colors cowl made on my loom:

Harry Pugger shirt:

And a Dobby doll:

I also made some stuff for my shop in the Shop the Swap swap.  ^_^

Lotion bars:

And a wrap bracelet:
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7  Re: Back to Hogwarts Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: October 04, 2015 05:08:55 PM
Hi everyone!  I received an awesome package from my swap partner, lancmaltby, this weekend.  Check out the amazingness!

First up, some really cool notecards made from pictures she took at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

This beautiful tote bag with Snape's patronus.  Love the look of this so much!  Snape's patronus is just my favorite!

Check out this covered notebook!!!  It is so AWESOME!!!  Inside the cover it says "Property of the Half Blood Prince" which is just too cool!  And a writing quill, which baby bean has been very excited about since it came. 

An amazing owl for baby bean!  Its so big!  So cool!  She loves him and ran off to play with him immediately.

And these seriously cool painted shoes!  They have such tiny detail and are just so so wonderful!!!

Thank you for the amazing swap!!
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8  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Shops ONLY** in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by jillybeans on: September 29, 2015 06:52:28 AM
Jillbean's Shop!


Hi and Welcome to Jillybeans's shop!  I live in Spokane WA, USA with my 2 year old baby bean, and my hubby.  We are a non-smoking home and we have 3 cats and 1 dog (vizsla), but the cats generally aren't around me while crafting and the dog is a short hair who doesn't shed much.  Keeping the toddler out of the stuff, however, is more challenging.

Please choose between the HP Quote or the Arwen Quote.  Each is coated in a grey chalkboard spray paint with white acrylic paint for the lettering.  Each is approximately 5"x7" and 1.5" in width.

It is 76" long and 6" wide.

Each flower is on a 12.5" stretch elastic headband. (Hand wash preferred)


LOTION BARS  large .5 point each, small hearts 4 for 1 point (one set of 4 left)
All lotion bars are made with coconut oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax.  The large (except the egg shaped) have added lavender essential oil (though its not overwhelming).  The hearts and egg shape do not have any added scents.

Glass beads w/ a plastic gold button.  Fits loosely on my 6" wrist, fits snugly at 7.5'



SCRAPBOOK PAGE PACKAGES .25 point each or 5 for 1 point

STICKERS .5 for 3 or .25 point each


Claims made from me:

send by Oct. 8
jillybeans to La Chapa: 2 large lavender lotion bars, 1 pt

Send by October 8
Jillybeans to MissingWillow
Four small heart unscented lotion bars (.25 points each, 1 point total)

Claims I have made :
Send by October 8
Abbeeroad --> Jillybeans - Tribal Necklace - 1 point

Sent by October 15
RaraAvis --> Jillybeans - Beeswax skull candles, Fancy Skull (1 point)

      Started with: 3
      Pending: 0
      Current: 3
      TOTAL: 3

WISHLIST: 2T hat/cowl for baby bean
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9  ONGOING ATC SWAP -- OCTOBER 2015 (Sign-ups open, claiming starts 10/1/15) in Craft Swaps by jillybeans on: September 27, 2015 03:08:23 PM

Check out the beautiful ATCs from our August & September swaps by robinpich, pottermouth, DearBluebird, and Mountains and Clouds.

An uber-addicting swap that runs all month long!

Welcome fellow Craftsterers!

Up and running again, here is the amazingly addicting, completely irresistible Ongoing ATC Swap! YAY YAY!  (You know you want to join!)

So, come one, come all!  You, too, can have "envelopes o' fun" in your mailbox!

This is a simple and easy swap, with your level of participation determined entirely by you.  People of all levels of ATC-making are welcome.

Discussion Thread -Questions and discussion can be posted here.  Remember, its a craftster requirement to post at least once in your swap's discussion area!  So please keep us up to date on your status there, and get notifications in case I have announcements.
Swap FAQs -Everything you need to know about swapping.

ATC FAQs -Everything you need to know about ATCs.

-Please post pictures of your cards here!

Very basic swap info:
Swap name: Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2015
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jillybeans
Sign-up date range: Today until October 31st, 2015
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after you claim (look at the date on the calendar, it is the date that is directly 2 rows down)
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): NO
Additional Age requirement? NO
*International shipping is required*
*DC #s are not required, but you will have to resend if the ATC is not received*

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a swap moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 16 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 18 years old: YES

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER Please send to jillybeans, and include the swords "October ATC Swap--Request to Join" in the email title.

*Name of Swap:  Ongoing ATC Swap - October 2015
*Craftster username:
*Email address:
*Your real name:
*Mailing address including the country (written as it would appear on the envelope):
*Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
*Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):
*Are you a Friend of Craftster?:
*What is the exact size of an ATC?:
*Do you have access to a camera or scanner so you can post pictures here of what you receive? (if not, you need to tell anyone who claims you, so that they are able to take pictures before sending):
*Are you aware that if an ATC is lost in the mail, you are required to resend?:
*Have you read the entire swap information for this swap?:
*When sending sent/receive notifications to the swap organizer, there are four juicy pieces of information that must be included about each ATC.  What are they?  (Scroll down in the swap info under this questionnaire to the area "Once you have sent or received a card"; the answer is in red.):

*Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join this swap!  Sign-ups are open all month--YAY!  PM me the above questionnaire to get started, and please wait to be accepted into the swap before making any claims. **Please make sure you are not late or flakey in any of your other swaps, and that you have good communication.** This is a super-uber-amazingly-stupendous swap, So Have Fun!  


Claims are made throughout the month.  You have two weeks from the time you make a claim to send that claim.

You can make as many (or as few, as little as 1) claims as you want throughout the month as long as you never go over your allowed amount of outstanding claims. (An outstanding claim is a card that has not been received; when that card is received your number of outstanding claims goes down leaving you open to bring it back up to 7 or 10.)

Posting pictures of received ATCs is required for this swap.


1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...
This continues through the end of the month, when the swap organizer makes the final claim and closes out the claiming part of the swap.

2. How many claims can be made by each individual:

The number of claims each person is allowed depends on the following criteria:
*Friends of Craftster: 10 claims
*Those who aren't Friends of Craftster: 7 claims
*First time swappers (whether Friends of Craftster or not): 1 claim.  Once the initial claim has been sent, and its new owner has reported it received, the first time swapper is free to make more claims, either 7 or 10 dependent on being an FOC or not.

3. How to make a claim:

A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. Statistical info about your current swap claims status:
Claims = Claims currently outstanding (ie., how many not yet received by their new owners.) (This number goes down each time a claim is received, and up each time you make a claim.)
Sent = anything currently in the mail.
Received = the cards received by the people you've sent them to.
3. Your location.
4. Your personal preferences.
5. Your list of themes


I claim GenericFabulosaSwapper for heffalumps/weasels ATC.  

3 claims, 2 sent, 1 received

I live in Massachusetts, USA.  I would prefer not to receive anything violent, political, or religious.  

My themes are:
1)   Spring Flowers
2)   Dancing in the Rain
3)   Naughty Spoons
4)   Inspiring Quotes
5)   Your Favorite Medium

1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address.
2. You have 2 weeks to complete each card, and have it in the mail to its new owner.  

1. Please PM the organizer when you send or receive a card.  (It's also good to notify the person you received from or are sending to.)  
2.  Please include one of these at the title of the message: October ATC Swap--Sent or October ATC Swap--Received (Be sure to include the month, since I generally run multiple months at a time)
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3)who sent it to (4)whom, in each message to the ATC swap organizer, when you're referring to sent or received ATCs.  (That's four juicy pieces of important information that make my life as a swap organizer OH so easy!) Easy as pie!

For example, you could use this format:
I sent some ATCs today!  

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> YowzaSwapper (fantasmic theme)

MeCraftsterMemberBloop --> WowwieSwapsper (stupendous theme)
MeCraftsterMemberBloop -->WooHooYeeHawSwapper 07 (yet another fascinating theme)


This lets the organizer easily access the swap info, so it can be updated.  

It is OH so important to post pictures of the amazing cards you receive!  This is the best way in the world to let it be known how special it is that you've received a wonderful treasure of someone else's creativity!  

Please post pictures/scans of your received cards in the swap gallery (or make arrangements with your partner to do so).

Positive feedback will be given when all of the cards you sent have been received.   Good communication is always cool!  And be sure and post those pictures in the swap gallery!

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizer, jillybeans.  This thread is specifically for claims only.
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10  Toddler Skirts! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: September 25, 2015 04:25:51 PM
I made baby bean and a couple other toddlers I know some skirts.  They were pretty quick and really fun to make!  I definitely will be making more for baby soon!

The ruffle skirts were the easiest.  I got the material in the remnant bins at the fabric store.  The fabric doesn't fray when you cut it, so you can leave the raw edges at the bottom.  And its stretchy, so it can be sewn directly onto the elastic.

The cotton prints were a little more time intensive.  I cut the panels as long as I could, so generally 44-45" and 9" for the length.  I serged the top and bottom of the cotton prints and left the bottom serged edge as is to save me some time from having to do a fold over hem.  I did a gather stitch on the top edge and gathered it a bit to make it easier to attach to the elastic. 

Thanks for looking!
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