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11  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 08, 2014 06:47:24 AM
Challenge: December Detention
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Handprint Ornaments
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Brief Description: I was naughty, so I guess I have to make some decorations!  For my detention, my daughter and I decorated some ornaments to go on our loved ones' trees!  The ornament started as a simple (and blotchy) gold ball that I got from a thrift store.  I sponged on some different colored acrylic paints in different layers.  Afterwards, when it all was dry, I had my daughter put her handprints on them (which omg, was hard to do with a wiggly toddler!).  After it was dry again, I drew around the hand to make it stand out more, added her name and the year.
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Challenge: December Headmistress Challenge #1
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sock Monkeys
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Brief Description: Man, this has been a very sock monkey couple of months for me!  I've made 5 in total recently (and 1 more earlier this year).  These two fellows I made this month, though.  They are going to two different little boys via Owl Post this week.  Here is the tutorial I used to make these little fellows: http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/04/how-to-sew-sock-monkey.html
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Challenge: December Headmistress Challenge #2
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: XStitch for my Hubby
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Brief Description: This project has taken me all year to complete!  I bought the pattern off etsy in February, worked on it, got distracted with other stuff, worked on it, lost it for a while, and then I picked it up again and I diligently finished that sucker up!  Its so big, too, that its currently living in a 11x14 frame!  My hubby like silly cross stitches, so I think he will love it!  You can get the pattern here if you want to make your own: https://www.etsy.com/listing/93277060/pattern-only-damn-it-feels-good-to-be-a?ref=hp_mod_nifyfs
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12  Re: HP Craftalong ~Winter Semester 2014/2015~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 05, 2014 06:37:18 AM
Class: December Apparition
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Turkey Quesadillas!
Brief Description: I totally shouldn't watch cooking shows.  Its probably a good thing that I don't have cable.  I happened to watch a little TV during the day while my toddler was being super cranky and happened upon a Mexican cooking show.  The host made homemade tortillas and cheese for his quesadillas.  My quesadillas ended up being different in the end, based on my own personal flavor choices and what I had on hand that needed to get used up.  So to start, I made cheese!  This was my first time making cheese, and oh man was it fun!  Its queso fresco, which I believe is just a farmers cheese.  Its a pretty simplistic recipe, and you end up with a pretty bland and plain cheese that you can spice up with whatever spices you want to suit the occasion (and I ended up with lots of leftovers, too!).  Once all was said and done, I added salt, pepper, and garlic to mine.  Next, I set out to make flour tortillas.  I never had any idea how easy flour tortillas were to make, and so stinking good!  Once those were made, it came time to assemble the quesadillas.  This is where my own recipe comes into play, because I just threw some stuff together.  You start with a hot cast iron skillet (mine was on med-high).  Lay your tortilla open on the skillet and add some of your homemade spiced queso fresco and some cheddar cheese.  I chopped up some leftover turkey from the thanksgiving feast I made last week and added that on top of the cheese.  Then you gently fold your tortilla and let it cook on both sides until you quesadilla is nice and melty.  Afterwards, you are free to add whatever you like!  Hot sauce, salsa, sour cream.  I had mine plain since we were out of sour cream, but it was delicious as is!  I love this because its so versitile and you can add whatever you have on hand to fill the quesadilla.  The host on the show did peppers, the homemade cheese, and squash blossoms.  Yum!  The recipes for the tortillas and cheese will be down below with my pictures.
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http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-fresh-cheese/



http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2013/08/best-ever-homemade-flour-tortillas/




Class: December History of Magic
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The Cat in the Hat Shoes
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437004.0
Brief Description: What better way to dress up plain old black canvas shoes (or should I say disguise?) than to paint them up?  I made these for a mommy friend's son in a christmas exchange we are doing with our group.  He is the same age as my daughter, though his feet are much bigger!  ^_^  I painted these little guys up with Tulip fabric paint, in many layers, to get the brightness that I wanted.  Its all done freehand and I'm super happy with how they turned out!
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13  The Cat in the Hat Painted Toddler Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 03, 2014 12:06:16 PM
Hi there!!  I'm in a christmas exchange with my mommy group on facebook, and I just had to make my partner's son something.  He loves The Cat in the Hat, so in comes in the shoes!  These were plain black canvas shoes when I started.  Using Tulip fabric paint, in lots of layers, I got these.  I also personalized it a little more by adding his name to one side of the shoe.  I'm really happy with how they turned out!  Super excited for him to get them!









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14  Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 ~*Join Anytime!*~ in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 02, 2014 09:45:23 AM
Hey all!  Happy new quarter!  I'm gonna jump back into the multimedia team, again.  ^_^

Prompt:  Japan
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: The Cat in the Hat Shoes
Project Link: coming soon!
Brief Description: I'm in a mom's group for my baby on Facebook and we are doing a present swap.  I, of course, have to do homemade gifts, and this is the first that I've made so far for little recipient.  He loves Cat in the Hat, so he definitely needed some shoes!  (random side note, I can't believe he is almost in a toddler size 7!) I painted these babies up yesterday with Tulip fabric paint.  It took a few layers to get it as bright I wanted.  I, personally, think they are so stinking cute and I love how they turned out!  I put his name on the side of them, just for a personalized touch.
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I've got a lot more things to get done, so I better get back to it!
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15  Owl Ornaments in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: December 01, 2014 11:45:56 AM
Hi there!  For my partners in the Harry Potter Holiday Swap, I made each a little owl ornament for their trees.  My mom saw them, and said that we also had to have a set for our own tree!  These little guys are made out of FIMO clay and then painted with acrylic paint and coated in Mod Podge to protect the painting.  They have an eyehole glued into the top with fun ribbon that I had on hand to hang them with.  I'm so happy with how they turned out!  The three on the left went to my partners while the three on the right are happily sitting on my rustic nature themed tree.  ^_^  One day, they will go on a all Harry Potter themed tree, but I'm in need of many more HP ornaments before that will happen!



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16  Luna Cork Ornaments in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: December 01, 2014 11:39:55 AM
Hi there!  One of my partner's in the HP Holiday swap loves Luna.  So, in honor of her, I made these ornaments.  I happened to have everything to make them on hand, which was super awesome!  I bought the corks for another projects forever ago, but never ended up using them.  They finally found their purpose.  The corks have Luna quotes from the 5th book pasted on with mod podge, which I thought would be a unique touch to the cork ornaments.



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17  HP Jar Lid Cross Stitch Ornaments in Winter Holidays by jillybeans on: December 01, 2014 11:23:41 AM
Hi everyone!  I really wanted to make some cross stitch ornaments for my partners in the HP Holiday swap.  So I started in making my little guys, Ron and Dumbledore.  I originally didn't know how I was going to frame the little cross stitches when I was done, but then I remembered seeing some canning jar lids and rings as frames and ornaments online somewhere.  I loved the idea!  So, here we are!  I found the most rusted of the rings in my canning stash (since you really aren't suppose to use the rusted one for canning and because I love the antiqued look).  I added some Christmas trim around the outside of the ring, and some string to make it an ornament.  I'm definitely going to be making more canning lid ornaments in the future!





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18  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 01, 2014 11:16:47 AM
I received my totally amazing ornament from MissingWillow this weekend, and OMG is it awesome!! 



Love love LOVE my Snape!  I'm such a fan of altered art, and to have it as an ornament with my favorite HP character, just pure amazingness!


Plus, extras!  The magnet is already residing on the fridge.

Thank you so much, MissingWillow!
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19  Re: Fall Nerd Battles: September 1 - November 30, 2014 ~Join Anytime!~ in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: November 19, 2014 11:14:59 AM
Gozer, I love that scarf!  I'm so gonna have to make one!! (or two, or three, ...)

I've missed you all, so I've decided to jump on in!  Its been a busy month of crafting for me, and I've started with my christmas present crafting as well.  So, here we go!  I'm gonna join Team Multimedia this semester.  Warning, there is gonna be a lot of projects incoming!

Prompt:  September - Solitaire
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: NA
Project Name: Pink Ruffle Scarves
Brief Description: So this project used one main thing to make it:  FLEECE!  I have so much fleece at the house, despite that I found a remnant at the fabric store for this wonderful neon pink fleece.  I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I bought it, but I quickly found a purpose.  Scarves!  These three beauties are for my daughter, and two nieces, who are 14 mo, 16 mo, and 18 mo currently.  They are for christmas presents.
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Prompt:  October -Graveyard shift
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Wool shorties
Brief Description: I've been having nightime leaking issues with baby bean, now that she has a bigger bladder and can put out more liquid during the night.  So, in my research, I've read that wool shorties, which is essentially a wool diaper cover that goes over a prefold or fitted cloth diaper, works wonders for containing leaks.  So, I found a pattern for these online and went out and found some wool sweaters.  These two are made from a felted cashmere sweater.  So soft!  I sewed it, and then had to lanolize the wool before use.  I haven't had a chance to fully test these out for nighttime yet, but she is currently trying it out for her nap right now.  Hopefully this will be the solution we've been searching for!
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Prompt: November - Romance
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Sock Monkeys!
Brief Description: I've made sock monkeys before, for my niece and nephew, but now I have new littles, whom I love oh so much, that need them!  I made these ones a little differently that I've made mine in the past, and I kinda like the new ones better.  I've made three so far, using socks from my stash that I bought forever about with the intention of making sock monkeys, but never did.  Until now!  These are for my daughter, two nieces, whom are all under 2.  I made my nephew a sock monkey this summer for his birthday, and his little sister found it on my bed and pulled into her pack n play and snuggled it as she slept.  Obviously, she needed one.  And now she will have her own come christmas!  I used this tutorial: http://www.craftpassion.com/2012/04/how-to-sew-sock-monkey.html
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Prompt: November - Mystery
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Toddler Scarves
Brief Description: More scarves for my babies!  I saw a picture of one online, but I couldn't find a tutorial for one, so I just figured it out myself, which wasn't hard.  I will post a tute when I get a chance.  I love these because they are adjustable, and thus will grow nicely with them.  Its nice that they will get to use these for more than a season before they outgrow 'em.  It has black fleece on the front, and white fleece on the back, following the its different one each side for this prompt.  ^_^  More christmas presents done!  They were fast to make, and I got 'em done this weekend.
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Prompt: November - Fantasy
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Baby Ewok
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436612.0
Brief Description: For Halloween this year, we decided to go star wars.  Hubby and I were Jedis, and baby bean was an ewok.  I cheated and bought the bear costume, but made the head piece and spear to go with.  The headpiece was essentially a rectangle, with a head and ear holes that I zigzagged around the openings to keep from fraying and then added some embroidery stitching.  The spear is a stick from our year with a felt spear head and some leather cording I had on hand.  Very easy Halloween costume! 
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Prompt:  October - Haunted House
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Spooky Hairclips
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436611.0
Brief Description: I had some Halloween plastic rings with spiders and bats that I bought a couple of years ago, and decided to make baby bean some creepy crawly hair clips for Halloween.  Its a metal alligator type clip, covered in ribbon and then the plastic critter glued on (sans the ring portion).  They were super easy and quick to make.
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Prompt:  November - Science Fiction
Team: Multimedia
Project Name: Star Wars Toddler Shoes
Project Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436608.0
Brief Description: I was in Walmart last month when I happened upon some plain black canvas toddler shoes.  They were totally calling out to me to be painted.  I bought the next size up for my little miss so they could be christmas presents for her.  I ended up on doing a star wars theme, because what little girl doesn't need star wars shoes, right?!  They are painted using tulip fabric paint, and sometimes watered down with water.  I've found out though that the soft tulip fabric paint, when in contact with water, becomes glittery.  I'm unsure why this happens, but it works for my daughter's shoes.  ^_^
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20  Re: HP Craftalong ~Fall Semester 2014~ *Join Anytime* in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: November 06, 2014 08:20:44 PM
I've been awol for so long!  I totally miss this craftalong, so I think I'm gonna jump on in, despite the fact that the end of the quarter is coming soon!  Oh well!  I have a lot of catching up to do!  I know I've completed some classes in the past, I wonder how close I am to being an alumni!  I guess I have some homework to do!  Wink  Well, here is what I've been working on this quarter.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress Challenge - October
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Baby Ewok Costume
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436612.msg5261531#msg5261531
Brief Description: Baby Ewok!  So, yes I cheated a little and bought the bear costume underneath, but I made the headpiece and spear to go with and totally pulled the whole thing together.  ^_^
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Toddler Star Wars Shoes
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436608.msg5261489#msg5261489
Brief Description: I found a pair of black canvas shoes at walmart that were calling out to me to be painted.  So I snagged a pair for my daughter and painted them up as a Christmas present.  Super excited for her to be able to were a pair of Star Wars shoes soon, especially since she is starting to be able to walk in shoes.  (She's almost 14 mos)  The shoes were painted with fabric paints, sometimes watered down with water to get the desired effect.
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions
SPEW: NA
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Halloween Hair clips
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436611.msg5261529#msg5261529
Brief Description: I wanted to make my daughter some Halloween hairclips this year.  I found my stash of cheap halloween rings that had spiders and bats.  I cut off the ring portion, and grabbed my trusty hot glue gun.  I glued the ribbon to metal clip first, and then the spider/bat to the clip.  Super easy and fast to make!
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