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411  Gold Fish Key Chain Pouch in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: March 07, 2012 11:18:07 AM
Man, I've been slacking!  I've been meaning to post pictures of a couple items of a swap package I sent off, and I'm finally getting to it!  I made this for my partner, goldfishpollywog, in the One Smallish Stuffie with a Function swap!

A cute little gold fish, that was inspired by her pintrest. 

Its function?

It has a built in pouch inside to store ear buds and has a little velcro on top to help keep it closed.  The gold fish is made out of felt, filled with batting, and all hand stitched.

And with its little tag I made to go with.

Thanks for looking!
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412  My January 2012 ATCs in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by jillybeans on: March 07, 2012 10:14:54 AM
Hi there!  Here are the ATCs I made for January's Ongoing ATC Swap (and personal swaps)

Thanks for looking!
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413  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: March 07, 2012 09:38:14 AM
Looks like I'm the first to received for March!  I got a couple wonderful atcs from the fabulous mintdawn!

She claimed me for my tree theme and sent me an extra for my J theme, as well (along with a couple blank scratch board ATCs for me to use, too!).

The tree is so amazing!  The colors and design just plain rock!  The white really pops!  And the J is such a pretty design!  Thanks so much, mintdawn!  I love 'em!
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414  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2012 in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: March 07, 2012 09:33:33 AM
Another personal swap for a bookmark with my friend, gozer!  How could I not have something from her!? I absolutely love her ATCs, and her bookmark is no exception!

I love the mermaid!  She draws such amazing mermaids!  She also sent me some extras for me to make into bookmarks, as well!  Yay!  Thanks gozer, you rock!
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415  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: March 06, 2012 10:33:39 AM
Lovely projects, Koreena!  I love the pottery!  So shiny and pretty!  I love the knitted bag, as well!

This weekend I tried my hand at soap making for the very first time!  I'm super excited about it!  I used this tutorial:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267859.0

I started with plain unscented soap, as advised in the tutorial.

Here's the soap after its time in the oven.  Its ready to be cut and cured!

All cut up!

And after 24 hours of curing, it is ready to use!  Look it soap up!  Weee!  I'm pretty darn excited about it!  I'm gonna do another plain batch next weekend, and then I can graduate to adding scents and whatnot.  Yay!

And this morning I made this:

A felted cowl!  It is so comfy!  I finally made something for me!  ^_^

I posted about it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405147.0
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416  Re: Soap making tutorial! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: March 06, 2012 10:22:06 AM
On Friday I read the tutorial and all 23 pages of comments.  ^_^   Saturday I picked up all the supplies I needed and Sunday I made soap for the first time!  YAY!  I think it turned out pretty well!  I licked it this morning and no zap!  So, I tried out a piece and it seems to be working great!  I'm very excited!

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417  Felted Knifty Knitted Cowl in Knitting: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: March 06, 2012 10:15:22 AM
Hi there!  So I originally had a brilliant idea to knifty knit and then felt a strap for a Teesha Moore HP bag I made for my SIL.  Well, the finished result ended up being too wide for what I wanted.  I was super saddened, having used to two whole skeins of wool from my stash for something that didn't work.  Yesterday I pulled it out of the drier and realized that it could be repurposed into something I've been wanting to make!  YAY YAY!  So, as of this morning, I now have my very own felted cowl!  I'm quite the fancy lady!  hehe


I used a skein of cream and a skein of patterned Patons Classic Wool Yarn and my long pink knifty knitter loom, and its washing machine felted.  The buttons are vintage that my husband gave me for Christmas.

Here's what I started with:

I cut off like a third of it, cut small holes for the buttons, and sewed on the buttons.

And an action shot:

It is so comfy and warm!  I wore it all morning before work.  Me thinks I will be making more of these.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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418  Ongoing ATC Swap March 2012 - GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: March 05, 2012 09:31:03 AM

Post your little lovely ATCs that you received this month here!  

Link to Claiming Thread:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404639.0
Link to Discussion Thread for 2012: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=401133.0
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419  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: March 04, 2012 09:56:14 AM
I finally finished my Teesha Moore Harry Potter bag for my SIL!  YAY YAY!  For a while there I thought I would never get it finished!


There is more about it here:
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420  Teesha Moore style Harry Potter Tote (WARNING: Lots of Pictures!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: March 04, 2012 09:54:43 AM
I FINALLY finished!  YAY!  First off I have to give a shout out to sheepBlue who inspired me to make this bag.  She made a Harry Potter themed teesha moore bag and I fell in love with it right off and knew I needed to make one for SIL for her birthday.  She and I are huge Harry Potter fans.  Well, it didn't make it on time for her birthday, but I'm not too far off.  ^_^

Ok, so this is the first time I've ever done anything like this before.  I love the free form and unfinished look of it.  I also have newly developed callouses on my pointer finger and thumb from this project.  ^_^  I'm also new to embroidery and my skills in it increased with each patch I did.  This was such a fun learning and playing project and it makes me hungry for more!

So all of it is done by hand, except for the liner and the sewing on of the handles (I wanted those suckers to stay on there!).  I did sew the liner into the bag by hand, though.  I had numerous ideas for the handles, but nothing panned out, so I went simple and just bought the straps at the fabric store.

And so upclose shots of the panels on this side:

For the houses I wanted to think outside of the box and to represent them I just used their colors on the patch and went crazy.  The yellow and black is Hufflepuff and next to is the Platform 9 3/4 sign done on felt with a flannel background.

Ron's christmas sweater from his mom, Mrs. Weasley.  The sweater is felt and the background is flannel.  The glasses and lightbolt was freezer paper stenciled on and then I stitched around the edges.

Harry Potter's wand.  The wand I free hand painted on and stitched around.  The lettering is stamped on with letter stamps and fabric paint.

Slytherin's patch.  I love the batik fabric behind the swirly.  And underneath is a snitch.  The wings are felt.

And Griffindor's patch.  This is my very first patch.  ^_^

Ravenclaw patch.  I just stitch the pattern on the fabric with the embroidery floss.  The Weasley patch has bead above the crown.  They are clear iridescent so they are hard to see in the picture.

Hedwig is a freezer paper stencil and then I stitched on the detailing.  The sorting hat is felt.

This is Voldemort's wand, done with a freezer paper stencil.  I stitch around it and stitched on the wording.  Its hard to read in the picture, but it says "13 1/2 inches, Yew, Phoenix Feather Core".

The Deathly Hallows symbol.  I used freezer paper to make the outline of the lines that I stitched over.  A winged key that I free hand painted and stitched around.  The key is a metal scrapbooking one, and it has beads around it.

A quote from Dumbledore.  "It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live."

For the sides I decided I wanted to do just a long panel.  Here is a quote that is exclusively in the books.  Kinda sad that Peeves was never featured in the movies, but this is something is says at the end of the last book.  It says "We did it, we bashed him, wee potter's the one, and voldy's gone moldy, so lets have FUN!"

On this one I printed off the Harry Potter logo and made a stencil out of freezer paper and dabbed in the white.  I used black embroidery floss to stitch around the edges of the lettering (that took forever!  lol!)

The bottom is pretty unremarkable.  Just random stitches.  But its the bottom, so it won't be seen as much.  ^_^

And for a size reference and to show the fabric inside:

Thanks for looking!
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