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461  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: May 21, 2011 02:30:10 PM

Here is the package all boxed up and ready to be sent out.  I mailed it on Friday.  Super excited for Miss Barbara to get it!  YAY YAY!
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462  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 (Signups CLOSED; Mail by 6/16/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: May 18, 2011 10:12:37 AM
I just finished a project this morning for my wonderful partner Miss Barbara and sent my husband pictures of the finished project.  His response is too precious to not share.  I'm surprised he liked it so much.  ^_^

"Wow Jill, I am jealous of your swap partner.  I want your art in my home only!  That looks really really amazing."

He constantly is seeing stuff I make leave the house, ie for other people's birthdays since this is my first swap.  Hardly anything I make stays with us.

Example: A painting I did for my sister for her birthday based off a painting I found on etsy.  (its tree related! and maybe it will give others some inspiration, it was easy to make)

And if anyone wants tips or the picture process I took of it as I was making it, let me know!  Its only my third painting I've done, and it was super easy to do!
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463  Re: Tree Swap Round 3 (Signups CLOSED; Mail by 6/16/11) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by jillybeans on: May 17, 2011 07:19:47 AM
TEASERS!  I finally have cropped some teasers to tantalized you all (especially Miss Barbara).  ^_^

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464  Re: I'm in love with triptychs now haha in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jillybeans on: May 12, 2011 05:54:12 PM
Oh, and here is how mine turned out.  I'm pretty happy with it for my first attempt at painting at this scale.

Thanks again for sharing yours!  I love them soooo much!

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465  My mini garden in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: May 12, 2011 05:52:36 PM
Hi there!  This is my first year trying my hand at "gardening", apartment style.  The only space I have is my balcony.  I just wanted to share what I did and what I am growing this year.

Here is my balcony hanger planter.  It has cress (which you can see growing) and garlic chives (which are just starting to sprout now, but you can't really see it in this picture).  I have a planter underneath that catches the water that drips out.  I am going to put some shade loving flowers down there.  Any ideas for such a flower?

Here is my basil (which hasn't sprouted yet, I'll probably need to replant that one), cilantro, and dill.

Annnnd my shelf that hold basil on the second shelf, and parsley on the top.  The other ones don't have plants in them yet because I have rosemary and thyme in the house in starters that will go in them when they are big enough.  The planter on the ground is oregano.

And that's my apartment garden!  I am super excited to get to incorporate my own grown herbs into my canning and cooking.  If you have any sage (get it, sage?) advice on herb growing to pass my why that would be great.  I am a gardening newbie!  Thanks for looking!
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466  Re: Watercolor Stencil Portrait + TUTORIAL in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jillybeans on: May 12, 2011 05:38:48 PM
Here are the ones I did (This is my first go at watercoloring, so I don't really have a technique going):

My husband and I

My mother-in-law and nephew (this one tore so I'm going to make it again)

My sister and I

Another of my husband and I (I figured out that I should outline his beard)

One of our wedding photos

My niece (this one is my favorite.  I gave it to my mother-in-law for mother's day)

My brother-in-law and niece (I gave this one to my sister-in-law for mother's day)

Aaaand that's it.  For now!  *dramatic music*  ^_^  thanks again for the amazing tute.  Without it I would never had ventured into this wonderful art.
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467  Bracelets w/ my Great Grandma's buttons, UPDATE w/ a new bracelet & earrings in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: May 11, 2011 03:11:41 PM
My mom has a box of buttons that was my Great Grandma's.  She was born in 1900 and lived through the great depression.  She would save EVERYTHING.  And everything also had little notes about where everything came from.  She was a saver and a documenter.  She would take off the buttons and lace/trim off of clothes that no longer were wearable.  And now my mom has a stash of trims and buttons that I get into every once in a while.  ^_^

Here is the bracelet I made.  This one is mine.  I also made one for my sister, mom, and aunt.  I made myself a necklace to go with, but I can't find the picture of it at the moment.  Sad!

And another this time in browns with a big acorn button.


I made another button bracelet for my swap partner.  This one has a few newer buttons (the wooden leaves) added to the buttons from my great grandma.  And I made earrings to match.

Thanks for looking!
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468  Blue & White multi-strand necklace in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: May 11, 2011 02:22:02 PM
It seems like multiple strand necklaces are really in right now (or so I see in the stores).  I try to keep up with the trends for my sister's sake since she is the one who gets majority of my jewelry and she is pretty hip.  Its weird to think as my little sister as the hip one now when for so long it was me.  I think I gave up.  ^_^  Anyhow, this necklace has bigger seed beads on fishing line (yes, actual fishing line.  I like it because its cheap, you can get it in large quantities and it is super durable!)

I like the way it turned out.  I'm thinking about making one for me, too.  ^_^  Thanks for looking!
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469  Mermaid and Seashells bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: May 11, 2011 02:11:54 PM
A while back I found a really cute mermaid charm and bought it with no real craft in mind for it, as I normally do with my crazy buying habits.  Later I found these pretty clear & blue seashell beads and then finally the two came together to make this bracelet.

I added jump rings with blue frosted seed beads and big pearls for just a bit of whimsy.  Kinda looks like bubbles.  ^_^

Thanks for looking!
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470  Flowers & Leaves Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by jillybeans on: May 11, 2011 02:05:18 PM
I made this a couple years ago for my little sister.  She gets majority of the jewelry I make.  ^_^

Its a simple flower and leaf bracelet.  Its hard to figure out what to do with flowers like these, but I finally found something to do with them.  Thanks for looking!
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