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21  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: October 03, 2013 09:48:00 AM
Hi everyone!!!  Love everything that I've been seeing!  Especially those awesome glass art, sheep!  Beautiful work!  I've still been lurking in the shadows.  Life has been really crazy the past few weeks.

I finally have a long term project I've been toiling away on for the past 9 months to share with you.  A baby!  ^_^  My daughter, Briella, little bean, was born on 9/16 weighing 6lb 14oz and 19" long.  She had a really rough start on life, though.  I had to be induced on 9/15 since I was almost a week late and showing signs of pre-eclampsia.  I made it to 7 cm, without an epidural, before little bean went into distress.  I had to have an emergency c-section, was completely knocked out, while my baby was delivered and stopped breathing shortly after birth.  She was bagged for 4 minutes and then an hour later started having seizures.  She was taken to the NICU at a nearby hospital before I even go to meet her.  Since I had surgery, I couldn't immediately leave the hospital to go and be with her.  A couple days after her birth, I finally got to see her.  Though it was still a few days later until I got to hold her.  At the NICU she had to go through a cooling protocol where they kept her sedated so that she was more comfortable and cooled her for 3 days to help her brain and then slowly warmed her back up.  This really helped her and she didn't have seizures after that first day.  Yay!  She constantly got better and stronger and after a 9 day stay, she got to go home with us.  She's been home for a week now, and its been so wonderful to have her here with me.  She is doing so well and we hope she keeps improving!

The first picture when when I first got to meet my daughter.  The second is her smiling.  She was so smiley at the NICU.  One of the nurses said that she was the smiliest baby she had ever seen!  And the last is from Monday, at home, 2 weeks old.  <3

Besides bringing life into this world, I haven't gotten anything else accomplished.  ^_^
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22  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: September 10, 2013 01:12:12 PM
Hi everyone!  I haven't been on much, getting ready for baby bean's arrival and turning the big 30 on the 1st.  She has yet to make her appearance, and today is her due date.  Come on, baby!  I've been on maternity leave for a week now, and I haven't been a complete slacker in my time off.  Here's what I've gotten done recently (in the past month).

Disposable baby wipes!  Made with natural ingredients to keep harmful chemicals away from my baby.

Homemade baby oil, baby powder, and diaper rash cream.

Hairclips for the babies in my lives.

More baby hairclips.

And some baby headbands.

And today's project, baby leggings!!  These are made from adult knee high socks and were super fun and easy to make, even for a novice sewer, like myself.

And I thought I would share baby bean's nursery with you all, since its been a project in its own to get it all together.

And here are the links to the tutorials to make some of the stuff above, just in case you are interested:

Wipes:  http://wellnessmama.com/1459/homemade-baby-wipes-recipe/
Diaper Rash Cream, Baby Oil and other:  http://wellnessmama.com/5062/7-natural-baby-care-recipes/
Ruffly Baby Leggings:  http://cally-cruze.blogspot.com/2009/03/baby-legs-tutorial.html
Cuffed Baby Leggins:  http://www.sisterssuitcaseblog.com/2012/08/diy-babylegs-guest-post-from-courtney.html
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23  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: September 10, 2013 12:59:04 PM
I did a personal swap with kwality570 to get some of her awesome monster art for baby bean's nursery.  Though I'm on the slacking end of the personal swap, since I've yet to send her something in return.  Never fear though, something will get done! 

Here they are!

Aren't they adorable?  I absolutely love 'em!!!

And here is what they look like in the room:

Thanks, kwality!  <3
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24  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: August 19, 2013 10:23:57 AM
This weekend I feel like some real progress was made on the baby's room!  Instead of an empty room, it now has furniture and even some decorations!  Makes me so happy! 

Here is what I've been up to recently!

All last month I've been working on curly ribbon hair clips for all my baby girls (including mine, which will be here in a few short weeks!)  I feel like I've done all that I want to do in the curly ribbon hair clips (for now), and I am ready for a new hair accessory project.  I'm currently working on flower hair clips and headbands.

Made some nerdy baby onsies for my baby bean inspired from some I found on Etsy that are so adorable and I just had to have!  There really isn't a lot of nerdy girl stuff out there, but these are girly and nerdy, and I love them oh so much!  I might even made some matching bow headbands that I saw online to go with!  She has 2 Star Wars, 1 Star Trek, and 1 Superman one. 

This weekend I made a pom pom mobile for Baby Bean's nursery, as well as painted some wooden letters in bright colors and attached them to a ribbon and hung them above some wall art that my cousin made for me.  ^_^

I got this frame from a thrift store.  Its plastic that I spray painted and then glued on some ribbon for hair clips.  I also repainted a framed mirror purple, though I didn't get a picture of it.

Besides that, I helped paint my mom and hubby redo my glider chair for the nursery.  My mom reupholstered it in really cute grey w/ white dot fabric and my hubby sanded down the whole chair.  Mom and I repainted it black after he was done sanding.  Now we just have the foot stool that goes with to do! 

Its finally coming together and that makes me happy to no end!  Oh, my MIL and FIL came over and worked on the design for the sliding closet doors.  She is doing a harringbone design on them and got started last night and will finish up today!  My hubby finished putting up the baseboards and quarter rounds to the floor, as well, with the help of his dad.  Mom is making an old stool into a little side table to go next to the glider chair.  She got the top mostly put together, and now has to get it painted, and she got a couple coats of spray paint onto the legs of the table.  It was a baby crafting filled weekend!  We are all nesting! ^_^
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25  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: August 19, 2013 10:07:35 AM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: August Battle - Star Wars!
Team/Ninja: Monsters
Project Geekdom (if any): Star Wars
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name: Two Star Wars Baby Onsies
Brief Description: I saw similar onsies on etsy and knew my baby needed these!  I love them because they are nerdy, but also girly at the same time!  It seems hard to get nerdy stuff for baby girls without it being boy looking.  Well, these were super easy to make and I might have to make up some matching bows to go with.  ^_^  I make, I took a square of the fabric and put on heat n bond then cut out circles of the fabric.  Then you iron those on to your onsie, add some embroidery floss lines, and attach a bow.  Boom!  And I chose these for the battle, because even though I made a Star Trek one (you will see that in a moment), I'm much more of Star Wars fan.  ^_^
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: August Textbook
Team/Ninja: Monster
Project Geekdom (if any): None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Curly Ribbon Hair Clips
Brief Description: These hair clips are definitely reminiscent of a screw, and thus is why I chose them for this challenge.  Most people call them "korker" ribbons because they look like little pig tails, but I like the word curly instead.  ^_^ I've been working on a whole bunch of these for all the new babies in my lives.  My newest niece was born at the end of April, my cousin had her baby a couple weeks ago, and mine will be here in a few short weeks!  So for the past month I've been working on these hair clips.  I got quite a few done!  But, I'm ready to move onto some new hair accessory projects.  I make them in pairs so that they can be worn next to pig tails someday.  Each is on a little metal alligator type clip that is covered in fabric.
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: August Fandom
Team/Ninja: Monster
Project Geekdom (if any): Star Trek
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name: Star Trek Onsie
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: Another nerdy onsie!  Yay!  This one is Star Trek!  And it fits in this challenge because I had pinned the inspiration for these onsies from Etsy!  So, if you are interested in buying one, the etsy shop can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103611386/may-the-force-be-with-you-star-wars?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_includes
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: August Randomizer
Team/Ninja: Monster
Project Geekdom (if any): Superman!
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name: Superman Onsie!
Project Page Link (if available): None
Brief Description: Last one of these onsies, I promise!  lol!  Here is a Superman one, because I found the fabric in the remnant bin and so I had to have it.  Though I kinda want to make one of these type onsies for like every fandom of fabric I kind find!  ^_^
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26  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: July 23, 2013 11:08:46 AM
Challenge/Battle/Alert: JULY Multimedia - Companionship
Team/Ninja: Monster
Project Geekdom (if any): None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Livi's Castle
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425811.0#axzz2ZtNcYZy5
Brief Description: I made this castle for my niece's 4th birthday.  The castle comes complete with a set of castle themed peg people.  Can't have a castle without its people!  ^_^
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: JULY Wordy - Proverbs
Team/Ninja: Monster
Project Geekdom (if any): None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Cardinal Shrine
Project Page Link (if available): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425809.0#axzz2ZtOwq9eZ
Brief Description: Proverb: "One beats the bush, another catches the bird."  I made this little shrine for the One Tiny Bird Thing swap for my partner Craftsunderground.  In this case, I did all the work of making this little shrine, beating the bush, and she caught the bird after I mailed it to her.  lol!  ^_^  The cardinal was painted with acrylic paint and the branches inside are from a tree in my backyard. 
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Challenge/Battle/Alert: JUNE Fandom - Super Fans
Team/Ninja: Monster
Project Geekdom (if any): None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Zentangle Heels
Project Page Link (if available): None yet
Brief Description: Are you tired of seeing zentangle shoes from me yet?  Well too bad!  I made these on commission from my sister's co-worker.  I so need to make a pair of flats for myself!  They are seriously so much fun to make!  When you are done, there is so much detail and you could just look at 'em for ages!
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27  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: July 23, 2013 10:37:10 AM
I swear, I never tire of making zentangle shoes.  When you are actually working on them, its so calming and engrossing.  I really need to make a pair for myself!  This pair is for my sister's co-worker's wife for her birthday.  Though they happen to be my size, a 6 1/2.  ^_^

Oh, sheep, I love seeing your bags!  They are so fabulous!

And what a cute cow pi!  lol!
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28  Re: One Tiny Bird Thing Swap (OTBT) GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: July 22, 2013 07:12:07 PM
ERMAGHAD you guys, I received the most awesome tiny bird EVAR!  Get your pinning fingers ready for this steampunk awesomeness!


Look at him!!!  Isn't he amazing!!!  His little body is a lock and his wings are keys w/ wooden leaves attached.  Oh how I love keys and locks!  His head is a coil of metal and his tail has little dangly metal thingies.  It is just so so cool!!!

Thank you so much Craftsunderground!!!  I LOVE IT!!!!
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29  Monster Baby Bonnet in Halloween Costumes by jillybeans on: July 22, 2013 10:15:05 AM
Despite my limited sewing abilities, I made my soon-to-be baby daughter a monster bonnet!  Why?  Why the heck not?! 

I got the fabric for super cheap at Hancock's in the clearance area.  I have so much of it left, too!  I found a tutorial on how to make a reversible baby bonnet online here.  It was a fabulous tutorial and I might make some more regular ones using it sometime soon.  For this project, though, I pretty much just used it for the base part of the bonnet, and not for the ties.  I just used some nice ribbons that sewed onto the outside and then covered with felt, because I'm ghetto and messed up sewing in the ribbons.  It has the fake fur on the outside and then just some black cotton for the lining.  So, despite being a novice sewer, I accomplished this, which is an amazing feat for someone who cannot follow patterns.  Though I had to ask my mom a million questions while I was doing it.  ^_^  After the bonnet was put together, I added the horns out of felt.  I don't know if I like the horns that much, they turned out a little bigger than I wanted.  Oh well, its still cute.  ^_^  Our baby is due 9/10, so she will be able to wear this during the winter to keep her little head warm.  She'll be such a cute little monster!

Thanks for looking!

Oh, and a bonus picture of my husband modeling it.  Looks good, huh!  ^_^

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30  Livi's Castle in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: July 22, 2013 10:02:14 AM
My niece's birthday was last month and randomly I thought that I should make her a castle play set!    I was walking through Michaels when I saw the unfinished castle and instantly remembered Patty_o_furniture Hogwarts castle set, which was just oh so totally awesome.  I knew then I should make my niece something similar, though general castle themed instead.  I scooped it up with a 50% off coupon, which made it around $13.

I took it home, sanded it and then applied 3 coats of a weathered oak stain that I had on hand.  It took a few days to do all of that, since you have to let it sit for quite a while in between stains.  After all that was said and done, I painted some bricks onto the edges and along the windows on the outside with acrylic paint and added some door details.  On the inside I added some scrapbooking paper for rugs and crests on the walls, and painted the little pull out drawer like a dungeon, where all the peg people would be stored.  Once everything was all dry, I added a coat of polyurethane to it, which I didn't really like at the end.  It would have been better if I spray coated the whole thing in a clear coat instead.  The polyurethane didn't go on very evenly, but oh well!

In between all that waiting for drying on the castle, I made her a set of peg people to go with. 

She's got a queen and a king, some prince and princesses, lords and ladies, stable lads and maids, a knight and a jester.  All were done with peg people from Hobby Lobby (a set of adults and a set of kids) painted with acrylic paint and then spray clear coated.  She loved it and and her and her friends started to play with immediately, despite the fact that we were at Chuck E Cheeses.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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