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421  Have you tried turning it off and on again? in Needlework: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 03:10:44 PM
This summer I did my very first cross stitch project.  I started small and did a head shot of Moss from the IT Crowd that I did for the Ongoing ATC Swap.  My BIL saw it and loved it and told me to add it to my list of gift ideas that I keep on my phone.  Done and done!  After that, I knew I needed to make him the entire pattern for Christmas.  So, here is my first big cross stitching project!  YAY!

I used this pattern from Dork Stitch:  http://www.dorkstitch.com/roy-and-moss-from-the-it-crowd/


TADA!  All framed up and everything!  I'm super proud of it.  ^_^  And my BIL was so excited to get it.  He said he is gonna take it to work and hang it there.

Here are a couple unframed pictures:




Thanks for looking!
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422  Wands! Expelliarmus! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 02:29:44 PM
Yes, you've seen these before from other craftsters, but I just had to share my Harry Potter wands.  I originally made some for my partner in the Mini 13 Days of Halloween swap.  I loved making them so much, that I decided I would make some as stocking stuffers for Christmas this year for my family.

I used this tutorial:   http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-an-awesome-Harry-Potter-wand-from-a-sheet-of-/

In it, you use hot glue, paper, and acrylic paint to make wands.  I sprayed them with a clear coat at the end, as well.  They turn out so incredibly cool!

Here's the whole group:




And because I love pictures so much, here is one of each:














Needless to say, I got expelliarmused quite a bit on Christmas morning.  ^_^  They were so much fun and so easy to make, that I'm finding that I really want to make a whole bunch more!  ^_^  I foresee a future full of wands!

Thanks for looking!
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423  Scrabble Pillow! in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 12:22:58 PM
I decided a week before Christmas that I should make a Scrabble pillow for my Aunt.  I'm a little crazy.  I really wanted to make her something special because she is awesome and always admires the things I make.  Recently, we've been playing a lot of Words with Friends together, so I thought a Scrabble pillow would be a fun personal gift. 

First off, I want to thank greeneggsandham for the idea.  She posted a Scrabble pillow she made a while back, and it was beautiful and I knew I needed to make one.  You can see it here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=373673.0

I'm not great at sewing, and still struggle through most things.  And I definitely can't follow a pattern.  No sir!  So, I did it with my own brain power.  Though its really not even close to perfect, I still love how it turned out.  Now, onto the pillow!


TADA!  Scrabble pillow!  How I managed to get this done before Christmas, I will never know.  I used the freezer paper method for stenciling on the letters.  And, yes I know, I cheated.  Names aren't legal in the Scrabble rules.  Meh.  Whatev.  ^_^

And here is the back:

The back is flannel, so it is soft and snuggly!

And now, some progress shots.  I don't have all the steps of it in pictures, because I was so focused on getting it done at the end. So, here is what I have:

To start, I used Microsoft Excel to make a diagram of how I wanted the pillow to look and where all the letters and pieces would go.  It took a few tries, but I eventually got all the names that I wanted on there.  I then cut out all the colors out of some plain cotton fabric.  Then it was time for making some letters.


Here are the little squares, that I cut out with a quilting ruler and a rotary cutter.  They measured to be an 1 1/2".  These ones have the freezer paper ironed onto them and are ready for paint.


Here they are with the paint applied.


And without the freezer paper!  Tada!  Letters!

I didn't get a shot of the rows, but here with all the rows sewn together:

Yes, its a little wonky and a little puckering here and there.


Here is the 2 1/2" border I added.  And then I sewed the flannel backing on, stuffed it with polyfil and hand stitched it closed.

And some bonus shots with my Christmas tree:




It was a lot of work, but I think it was worth it in the end.  It made her cry, and I was told that I won Christmas.  Yay!  ^_^



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424  Bacon and Steak Shirts! Mmmm! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 11:29:42 AM
I love making shirts for the men in my family.  This year, I got my husband's brother for our Christmas gift exchange.  He has actually been making me requests for crafty things, and it has blown my mind!  No one asks me for handmade stuff!  So when they do, I get super excited!  I have a list on my phone for present ideas.  Whenever anyone makes a suggestion I pull out my phone and immediately type it in so I won't forget (because I will).  I had one of his shirt ideas in my phone since May.  Rambling!  Onto the shirts!  These are done in the freezer paper stenciling method.


BACON!!!!  Its on the left top of the shirt.  I love how it turned out.  And now, progress shots!


Here is the first layer applied.  The lovely fatty layer.  ^_^


The meaty, chewy layer now, less the paint.


Now with paint!  After that I went through with a paint brush and added the thin black lines.

And here is the shirt that he had requested:  Meat is murder.  Tasty, tasty murder.


Progress shots!

I started with the meaty part of the steak.  Here is the first layer of freezer paper down and ready for some red paint.


Red paint is down!


Tada!  Meaty part!


Next I did the fatty layer on the top.  Here is the freezer paper down and awaiting the white paint.


White paint is down!


Tada!  It is looking more and more tasty!


Next is the side fatty layer that I did in a pale yellow paint.


And here it is!  Now it just needs black and some writing.


The freezer paper for the black layer is down.


With black paint now.


Here's the black layer.  It now just needs to be cleaned up and more black lines to be added with a paint brush.  I generally don't do lines with the freezer paper because it doesn't come out as clean and nice as it would if its just painted on.


Here is the words layer.  I started painting when I realized that I hadn't gotten a shot of just the freezer paper on.  Meh. 


Black paint is on.


Then I added the lines and TADA!  Shirt! 

Thanks for looking!

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425  GO CHIEFS GO! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 28, 2011 10:54:14 AM
My dad is a big Spokane Chiefs fan, which is a local hockey team we have here.  He bought a shirt at the last game we went to, and I looked at him incredulously and told him that I could make a shirt just like that.  ^_^   So I did for Christmas using the freezer paper stenciling method, that I have come to love.  I found the images online.


This one turned out better than the second one.  This one was easy because it was just two colors and nothing overlapped.  So nice!

And here are a couple progress shots:

The first layer of freezer paper with the blue paint on.


And without the paper before I added the next layer

The next shirt is the Chiefs logo.  I had trouble with the layers on this one, there was some bleeding and it needed a lot of fixing at the end to make it look ok.  But, its passable. 


And progress shots!  Yay yay progress shots!

The freezer paper with the white paint on.


The first layer without the paper.


The blue was the issue.  I had a lot of touching up to do after this layer.  I don't think I got a shot of it because I was so angry with it and I wasn't sure if I could salvage it.  Somehow, I managed.  But it took a lot of painting with a paint brush to do.



Thanks for looking!


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426  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - December 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 21, 2011 10:11:41 AM
I have some lovely ATCs to share you fine craftsters.

From Oath Keeper for my fireworks theme:

So fun!  My husband really liked it!  I love that it has a real match on it and a recycled halls wrapper!  Great thinking!

From gala_apples for my wings theme:

The wings are made of half circles of paper.  Isn't it pretty?  I love white wings.  They are my favorite!

From ThreadOrYarn for my non-curse words or exclamations:

LOL!  It totally made my husband teehee.  He loved that it looks like the shark is yelling "SHARK!"  ThreadOrYarn said it is something her dad would say.  ^_^

From indigo_roses for my Letter E theme, she also sent me an extra for my Letter J theme, too!

What a great start to my new theme!  I love the papers she chose!

Thanks, ladies, for a awesome cards!
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427  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 21, 2011 07:53:12 AM
I received a while back and I've been such a slacker on posting pictures.  So, here they are!

From gala_apples for my wings theme:

The background is in paper and the sides are done in shiny paint.  So pretty!

And a personal swap from MargiePoo:

I've always wanted one of her ladies, so we did a personal swap for one.  Isn't she amazing?!  I pretty much love my new lady.

She also sent me a print of an ATC she's done before:


Thanks ladies!
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428  Re: Abundance of Embroidery thread craftalong-2011 Ongoing in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 13, 2011 02:33:28 PM
I've only done one cross stitch project and I loved it and I want to do more.  Earlier this year I inherited my mom's cross stitch supplies.  It has a bunch of books and a boat load of thread.


(They are currently sorted by DMC number) My mom and my embroidery forces combined!  So, needlessly to say, I have a fair bit of DMC embroidery floss.  I have a bunch of off brand ones as well that aren't in this box.  And I've been so wanting to do more cross stitching.  It would be a great thing to do for the new year!  I have quite a bit of blues and reds, it seems. 

I bought this pattern: http://www.nordicneedle.com/prod/105-296-0022.html  and have yet to use it.  Maybe I could start with the dark blues and go lighter and use up all the blues that way.  What do you all think?
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429  My Sister's Strip Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: December 12, 2011 10:06:50 AM
After much planning and thinking, and some doing, I finished my sister's Christmas present.  It is a lap quilt for her living room, in which her colors are bright blue, grey, white and black.  Normally my mom helps me out with my quilting projects, but I'm now a quilting big girl and did it all by myself.  The results on the back aren't great, A LOT of puckering, but the top turned out good.  And its soft and cozy and will be perfect so long as she doesn't display it bottom side up.  And since I love all of you, I will show you the back despite my utter hate for it.


Here it is on my bed.  I used 5 different fabrics and did long strips in varying sizes.  The final measurements ended to be about 57"x42".


A better view of the fabrics I used.


Here is the stitch I used for the machine quilting and my horrible puckered up back.  I used flannel for the back.


All folded up and ready to be wrapped!


It does look quite good on my bed.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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430  Re: Ongoing ATC Swap - November 2011 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 10, 2011 09:56:26 PM
Since c*lientje is having camera issues, she asked me to post a picture of the ATC I sent here.  Here it is!


A picture I took of fucsias I had last year.  ^_^
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