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1  First Quarter Featured Projects in JEWELRY AND TRINKETS by Mistress Jennie on: April 17, 2017 11:39:59 AM
By hitting the "This Rocks" button, Craftster members have chosen the Featured Jewelry Projects for the First Half of 2017! Thanks for your contributions and congratulations!

Featured Jewelry Projects
First Quarter of 2017

Loki's Paws by Onyxnox

"Key to My Heart" Beaded Key by oespiritodasartes

Amethyst Mala by Phantome

Birds & Bees Antique Key Pendant by Mistress Jennie

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2  Constellation Leo Art Quilt in CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES by Mistress Jennie on: April 11, 2017 01:31:00 PM

I made this for pinkleo, wayyyyy back in 2010, for round 3 of the Mini Art Quilt Swap.  I would have forgotten all about it, if I hadn't just signed up for the newest round, and saw the question about who we had partnered in previous rounds.  Pinks, aka my Craftster BFF, wanted to try her hand at an art quilt, but was worried about disappointing a more experienced quilter.  Since I knew it was impossible for her to disappoint me, I begged her to be my partner.  Initially I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I looked through all my stacks of quilt books for inspiration. I came across a bargello quilt (a design named for this type of needlework), which is something I've always wanted to try but never had the nerve to do on a full sized quilt.  When I dug through my stash, I found colors that worked together, and happened to remind me of the night sky.  That's where my inspiration really came from...

Pinkleo takes her name from her favorite color, pink, and her astrological sign, Leo.  So I created the night sky, showcasing the constellation of Leo, made from pink Swarovski crystals surrounded by black star shaped bead frames made from shell.  You can see the constellation in the picture above.  The grey border is supposed to look like the opening in the top of a round domed observatory that would house a telescope.

The quilting was done free motion, with a random stippling pattern, in several steps, keeping the thread matching the color of the sky behind it.  Then I filled in some more of the sky with additional crystals, iridescent freshwater pearls, and AB glass beads.

I always meant to post this project here, and I'm thrilled this challenge rolled around again and I found a project that fit the bill.  Good luck everyone!

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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 11, 2017 12:54:06 PM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Vinyl Cutting - Recycling Bin

Brief Description: I've been meaning to post this for a few weeks now, but I kept forgetting to snap a pic.  Who takes a picture of their recycle bin, anyways?   Cheesy  This was my first project on my new Silhouette.  The TRIANGULAR recycle symbol is cut out of black adhesive vinyl, and will hopefully help our guests distinguish between the two different cans in our kitchen. 
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Challenge: Floo - 221B Baker St.
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Otter Bookmark

Brief Description: Making bookmarks is definitely something I do by heart.  I have made so many, that I could make them in my sleep.  This one was made for storerboughtcreations, as a prize in the last semester of the Nerd Games. I hope she's enjoying it.   
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Little Miss Jennie's Tuffet

Brief Description: Yesterday I BOLDLY stepped into the world of furniture making.  I whipped up this tuffet in just under 6 hours, in shades of Gryffindor red, a tawny print, and distressed black.  It is now residing before my fireplace, waiting to welcome visitors to our home.
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4  Little Miss Jennie Sat on Her Tuffet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: April 11, 2017 12:13:32 PM

Yesterday I had the good fortune to take a class on tuffet making, and this is the result!  I took the class at Quilting Squares Quilt Shop in Franklin, TN.  The owner of the shop went and got 'tuffet-certified' from the makers of the pattern Tuffet Source, and sells their pattern and supplies.  It's an ingenious project, that uses iron-on interfacing that has the pattern printed onto it, for you to stitch to, much like the paper used in paper-piecing quilt blocks.  You can purchase the pattern & kits from their website, with the foam, batting, board, feet, etc., at different levels of finished for different prices.  (Ie, if you want to do some extra manhandling of the materials, you can get them a bit cheaper, or if you want to skip part of the mess and fuss, you can get a more finished version of the kit.)  

Funny story: When I called to sign up for the class, I was told that it was a 2-part class (5 hours each) and that I had already missed part 1.  I said thanks, and that I'd look forward to it being taught again.  An hour later they called back to say that if I was willing to make version 2, (which had fewer pieces in it), and if I cut my rectangular strips at home over the weekend, I could probably catch up to the rest of my classmates who had started the week before.  And that doing so, would save me $50, because they wouldn't charge me for the lesson that I missed.  

So I picked out some fabric and headed to class yesterday.  Most of the students had their entire fabric cover completed, but needed to assemble the actual tuffet.  I started my project at 10:00 am, and everyone else had finished by 12:30, leaving me alone with the instructor, in a class that was supposed to run until 3:00pm.  She had to put together a new tuffet of her own anyways, so she told me to stay as long as I wanted.  Not having to wait for the iron, and having less wedges to stitch meant that I flew through!  I did make one mistake that necessitated me going home for my extra scrap fabric, but all told I worked from 10:00-4:00, with a 40 minute run home.  Not bad for heading home with a finished piece of furniture!

The large wedges are a Tim Holtz fabric called Transportation Tickets from Joann's.  The red and black are generic fabrics from their wall.  For bottom, I used a Tim Holtz's Game Pieces in taupe, that came as part of a 12" set of his assorted fabric designs that I found in the clearance section of Joann's on the same trip.  I think I'm going to use the other prints from it to make a coordinating quilt for the back of the couch.

After stapling on the cover & the contrast fabric to cover bottom, I hid the raw edges with black braid.  (Forgot to get a pic of that step!) And here it is finished, and set beside the fireplace.  (Don't worry, I plan to move it in the event we ever need to light a fire here in TN!)  I had a great deal of fun putting it together, and was amused at the teacher, who said she shouldn't bother charging me a class fee, because she didn't need to teach me how to sew, unlike the other students.  Guess all those years of costuming and corsetry were perfect for making tiny, fiddly, curvy seams!   Cheesy

Note: Version #1 uses all wedges the width of the black on my tuffet.  In mine the red covers 2 wedge spaces, and the print covers 4, so it comes to 64 wedges if you do that version.  There were some really stunning versions done that way in class, but I kinda like #2, because you can see the detail on more of the prints.
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2017 01:08:17 PM
Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Peony, Rose & Delphinium Spring Wreath

Brief Description: The space I chose to fill is my front door.  Since moving in last June I've been making new wreaths to go with each season.  The front door has large panes of glass, and I like to make the wreathes big enough to be seen by people driving by, but not so big that they block the natural light streaming in during the day, or my view of who is at the door.  The flowers are pink peonies, white roses, and pink & white delphiniums.  Pretty pleased with how this one came out!
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6  Peony, Rose & Delphinium Spring Wreath in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2017 12:58:45 PM
Spring has definitely sprung here in the South.  My husband and I have been starting to spend time out on the porch, and yesterday he decided to get a gate for the porch so our pup can join us out there without being on her runner.  When we stopped by the home improvement store to pick up the gate, I took the chance to grab some flowers for our front porch.  That quite naturally led to also needing a new wreath for the front door, as the one that was up was very wintery.  This is the result of the mornings labors.  Grapevine wreath, with pink peonies and white roses along the bottom, and stalks of pink & white delphiniums up along the sides.  I think it matches the pink tropical plants in pots on the porch quite well!

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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2017 11:34:50 AM
Challenge: April Fools Challenge
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Strawberry Teacup

Brief Description: I recently visited a paint-your-own pottery studio in town, and had fun making myself a new teacup.  Once I had painted the first side, and the inside, I couldn't decide wha to do on the other side.  Another strawberry?  A pretty vine?  Or something completely unexpected?  I remembered how Strawberry Shortcake cards from the 80's always had berry puns, like "I love you berry much!", and decided to go with a naughtier variation on that theme. 
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And the unexpected back!

Challenge: Headmistress Challenge - Ravenclaw's Diadem
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Strawberry Teabag Rest

Brief Description: To go with my new teacup I also made a teabag rest.  This clever little piece of pottery is already coming in quite handy in my kitchen, and cheers me each time I see it.  It now lives right beside my kettle.
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8  Strawberry Teacup & Bag Rest (adult language) in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2017 11:32:41 AM
I was asked to write a crafty city guide for Cut Out + Keep, and I used it as an excuse to explore some parts of town that I haven't been to before.  I tried to visit & feature as many independent craft shops as possible, but there aren't that many around.  Sadly the glass blowing studio in town burned down in December, and the only indy yarn store is in the news for discriminating against women who participated in the Women's March back in January.  Thankfully there was Third Coast Clay, which is a paint-your-own pottery shop in The Factory, a former kitchenware factory that has been converted into a mall & venue, including lots of little boutiques, shops making artisan guitars, a few theatres, an exhibition space, and cool eateries like Funk Seoul Brother (Japanese-Korean fusion street food).  I went with a few friends and had an awesome afternoon painting.  

Being a redheaded child of the 80's, I've always loved Strawberry Shortcake, and I was channeling her when I painted. I painted a teacup and matching tea bag rest.  

The cute little rest has already become a staple of my kitchen, living beside the kettle.

I had fun experimenting with paint techniques, like the dots along the rim and the swirls on the handle which were done with a tiny dropper bottle, and attempting to get a stencil wrapped around such a rounded object.  (I soon abandoned that game!)

Once I had finished the strawberry on one side of the mug, I started thinking about the cutesy sayings that Strawberry Shortcake cards always had, things like "Life is berry sweet!"  I decided that I wanted to give a more adult nod to the berry puns.  
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Once I had painted the words though, I had a devil of a time trying to keep the phrase turned away from other patrons, as the shop was FULL of families and kids running around, and since I live in the South I was just waiting for an outraged religious mommy to start a scene.  Fortunately no one seemed to notice, and when I left it with the employees for firing, they all giggled quietly and told me they loved it. When I picked it up a week later, it was carefully tucked in the back of the shelf though!   Cheesy

All in all I had a great time, and can tell I'll be going back to make more goodies.  I'm now dreaming of a matching strawberry serving platter...  
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9  Circus Card & Envelope... and a craft fail. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: April 01, 2017 04:32:07 PM
I ordered a Silhouette Cameo 3 over a month ago, and after many trials and tribulations, it finally arrived this week!  I've spent the last few days learning my way around, trying out some small projects.  This was my second project, a big top greeting card, and a coordinating envelope.  I found the envelope a bit too plain, so I had fun adding in a little elephant balancing on a ball. 

I have to say, cutting cardstock was a much bigger pain in the bum than cutting vinyl. 

Project #3 was supposed to be a coordinating paper purse, which I was going to use as a gift bag for a friend's birthday gift.  Sadly, it was a craft fail.  After hours and hours of weeding out bits that didn't cut cleanly, covering myself in Sharpie trying to ink the edges, and fighting with glue that did not want to hold, I finally gave up on the purse.  At least for today.  You win some, you lose some.   Undecided   Now I think I need a cocktail...

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10  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 01, 2017 12:06:50 PM
Note from the Headmistress...

It's time for a new Headmistress Challenge!  Each Headmistress Challenge lasts 1 month, and earns you 15 House Points.  So what's up next?

Ravenclaw's Diadem Challenge
4/1/17 - 4/30/17

"Yeah, but the lost diadem is lost... that's sort of the point." Michael Corner

Ravenclaw's Diadem is the only known relic once belonging to Rowena Ravenclaw, founder of Ravenclaw House. Etched upon its surface was Ravenclaw's famous quote: "Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." It was said to enhance the wisdom of its wearer, and was probably bewitched by Rowena herself.  The diadem was later stolen by her daughter, Helena, a fact Rowena kept a secret from the other founders 'till her death bed.  Eventually, while at school Tom Riddle convinced the Grey Lady to tell him where she had hidden it.  After school he went in search of it, and later turned it into one of his Horcruxes.  For this challenge you must create something brilliant, clever or helpful in some way.

Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you eat.

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