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11  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!

Thanks for looking!
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12  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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13  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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14  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
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
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
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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15  Gnome Sweet Gnome in Needlework: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: November 05, 2014 10:07:13 AM
Yay!  A completed cross stitch!  They seem to me my nemisis lately!  I've been working on one for my husband since near the beginning of the year and its still not done.  Lately it's been eluding me further by completely hiding itself somewhere in the house.  But, anyways, I digress.  I made this little guy for the Enchanted Forest swap for my partner Silentblair (who is total awesomesauce, btw).  Anywho, here it is, in all its completed glory:

Of course, I cannot take credit for the design, just the blood, sweat, and tears that went into the stitching.  The totally adorable pattern came from etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/182360575/gnome-sweet-gnome-cross-stitch-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_15
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16  Thumbprint Tree for Guestbook in Weddings and Bridal Showers by jillybeans on: November 05, 2014 09:56:47 AM
My best friend's sister contacted me and asked if I would draw her a tree for their guestbook for people to stamp their thumbprints onto.  Its all the rage right now.  ^_^  I'm not the greatest at drawing, but I think I managed pretty well!  It was fun to make, too!  I started in pencil for the rough outlines and then went over it it all in a permanent pen.  Its all on a thick artist board.

Here is the completed project, with the thumbprints and framed:

And before the thumbprints:

And a couple WIP shots:

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
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17  Briella's St. Patrick's Day Outfit in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: November 05, 2014 09:36:55 AM
I made this little outfit for my daughter for St. Patrick's day (yes, it was forever ago, I know.  ^_^).

I started with a white onsie and stitched on 4 hearts in different green patterned fabrics to make shamrocks and then embroidered on the stems.  It was really easy to do!  Though, I think adding interfacing to the back of each next time would make it much easier!

The leggings were adult knee high socks with the feet cut off and then zigzagged sewn to make it ruffly looking.  I love making those leggings for her, she has a ton!

For the flower on the headband, I started with a circular piece of felt and then went round and round with a ruffled ribbon, hot gluing it in place at each little turn, in a circle and added a button and a jewel in the middle.
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18  Weather Peg People in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: November 05, 2014 09:21:57 AM
Wow, I've totally sucked at posting my projects this year!  Here's one that I did earlier this year for the OWS 100 (yeah, it was that long ago!  lol!)  I made weather peg people for Breegy.

These little guys were painted with acyrlic paints and then sprayed with a couple layers of clear coat.  Kinda like the natural wood look after they were all done.  Their crowns are made from wool felt and glued on.  I think I will need to make a set of weather peg people for my own daughter someday!

Thanks for looking!
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19  Re: Baby Ewok Costume in Halloween Costumes by jillybeans on: November 05, 2014 09:09:27 AM
Thanks everyone! Smiley

Gozer, here ya go! My mom made us the tops becaus she is much better at following patterns than I am! Smiley

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20  Baby Ewok Costume in Halloween Costumes by jillybeans on: November 05, 2014 07:32:43 AM
We decided to go Star Wars this year for Halloween.  Hubby and I were Jedi's and our 13 month old girl was an Ewok.  I bought the bear costume at a local consignment store for like $5 and then made the headpiece and spear to go with.  The spear is a stick with a felt arrowhead and leather cording on the end.  The headpiece was essentially a long rectangle with the edges sewn over, ear and head holes cut and zigzagged sewn, and then some embroidery here and there.  It was all super easy and quick to make.

Thanks for looking!  ^_^
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