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1  Easter baskets for my kiddos in Easter by jillybeans on: March 31, 2017 09:44:34 PM
Its baby bean 2.0's first Easter this year, so I've been wanting to make her big sister and her matching Easter baskets with their names on them. I found two cute plastic gardening baskets new at Goodwill. They reminded me for Easter eggs themselves and they are such cute colors! I used my cricut cutter to cut out their names and eggs with some sparkly vinyl. I actually haven't used my cricut to cut out vinyl yet but I found it was actually really easy and a lot of fun! I added a bow to each to dress them up a little bit. I love how they turned out and I'm excited that they will have a basket to use for many many years to come!







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2  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong Yule Term 2016/2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by jillybeans on: December 30, 2016 12:25:21 PM
I've been wanting to join back up for a while, but the Chrismtas season has kept me far too busy, as well as my toddler and 6 month old.  But, I finally have a spare moment to join in on the fun!  So, please excuse the project dump that is about to happen!

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Lavendar Sugar Scrubs
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Brief Description:  I made a bunch of lavendar sugar scrubs as presents for family memeber's this year for Christmas.  They are a great little beauty item and makes your skin so soft and smooth after you use it in the shower.  Plus, they are so easy to make!  Just throw all the ingredients into a bow and stir!  Boom!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Defence Against the Dark Arts
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Beef Jerky
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Brief Description:  I made SO MUCH jerky this year for Christmas presents.  So much!  But they are such fun and yummy gifts, and guy friendly, too!  To make, you thinly slice your meat (I like to use London Broils because its lean and the perfect size for slicing, I think).  It also helps if your meat is partially frozen when you cut it into strips.  Then you marinate your meat overnight.  I did two kinds of jerky.  One that was my normal recipe and another that was low sodium and gluten free.  I like the low sodium and gluten free batch the best, myself, and I think I will just be making only that kind in the future.  After you marinate, you put onto your dehydrator for 5ish hours, turning once in between.  I sealed mine in 14oz portions into seal-a-meal bags after they were completely cool so they would last longer. 
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Mermaid Babies!
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Brief Description:  This year I transformed my toddler and baby into mermaids (with some help from my mom, who did a little surging for me).  Toddler bean's costume consisted of a felt sea-shell bra, a skirt mermaid tail, and some starfish hairclips.  Baby bean's costume was leggings, an appliqued shirt, and headband.  I think they looked pretty cute!
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Class/Challenge/House Pride: Hagrids 12 Trees Challenge - Star
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House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Paw Patrol Shoes
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Brief Description:  So I think that one of the crafts I exceed at the most is painting shoes.  I did this pair for a mom friend for her son's Christmas present.  Paw Patrol is definitely popular amongst the toddlers!
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More to come a little later!  Smiley
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3  My Little Mermaid Daughters in Halloween Costumes by jillybeans on: November 04, 2016 11:24:22 AM
I asked my 3 year old what she wanted to dress up as this year for Halloween, and she said she wanted to be a mermaid!  So, I decided to make both the girls (and myself) mermaids. 




I think they turned out pretty cute!   Smiley

For my toddler's outfit, I made my own pattern and design.  I used a pair of her leggings as a sizing guide and cut around them and ended them a little after her knees.  My mom helped me with the surging, since I haven't quite mastered surging.  We added a yoga-style type band to the top.  For the bottom fin area I cut two layers of stiffer sheer material.  I ironed and hemmed the bottom, sewed the seams together.  I then did a gather stitch on the two layers together, gathered it up, and then sewed it onto the bottom of the stretchy mermaid top.  For her seashell bra, I sewed together some stretchy headband material that would fit around her torso.  I then embroidered a double layer of pink felt together and then tacked it onto the headband material.  I made some starfish bobby pins for her hair, but they were so delicate that they broke really easily, so I don't have nice pictures of them in her hair.  I found a cool mermaid-scale stencil set at the store, and used that for her make-up.









My baby's outfit was inspired by a pin I found on pinterest.  It was just too cute.  Her leggings were made from the same material as her big sister's shirt.  I used a pair of her leggings as a guide for cutting them out and my mom helped my the surging.  We added a yoga-style band to the top of her leggings to her's, too.  For her seashell top, I cut out some seashells on a piece of card stock and used it as a guide for cutting out on some thick sparkly material and some heat-n-bond.  I also made her a stretchy, shiny pink headband to match.





HAPPY HALLOWEEN and thanks for looking!  Smiley
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4  Even More Super Hero and Villian Peg People! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: October 05, 2016 03:10:29 PM
I made my nephew a ton of super hero peg people a few years ago.  He was carrying them around along with some comic books this summer so I asked if he wanted more for his birthday.  He said YES!  So, off to work I went!  Each peg person is painted with acrylic paint and then a spray clear coat to seal.




Ironman, Captain America, and Poison Ivy!


Batman, Cat Woman, and Thanos!


The Joker, Deadpool, and Hob Goblin!


Mystique, The Flash, and Wolverine!

I wasn't sure if he had room in his other box for more, so I decoupaged a new one for him with comic book pages.





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5  Baby Bean's Tutu Party! in Costumes: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: October 05, 2016 01:58:58 PM
My mom and I had just a TON of leftover white tulle from my wedding a good 7 years ago just laying around in the basement calling out for use.  So, we decided to do a princess dress-up party for my daughter's 3rd birthday. 



To start, we dyed a bagillion yards of tulle.  We had red dye that was made for polyester and nylon.  The other was just a regular blue fabric dye, but still worked just fine on our tulle.  We boiled them outside on our gas camp range, rinsed a few times with cold.  Afterwards I ran them through the wash to make sure all the extra dye was off the tutus so they wouldn't mess up any of the girls' clothes.  Then we hung them outside to dry.  We boiled different lengths at different times to get lighter and darker shades, and mixed the red and blue dyes together to make purple. 







To make the tutus, I used wide loose woven headband material, sewn into toddler waist size circles.  I used my rotary cutter to cut the tulle into 5" wide strips.  I pulled and knotted the tulle through the headband material in two layers and then added a bow at the end on the back of each tutu.  I made 12 tutus in total!  Whew!!



The extra tulle (which there was a lot of), I used to decorate for her party.  We were going to have the party outside, but it rained so we had to move it indside.  I still got to do what I wanted with the extra tulle, though.  We used our collapsible canopy (minues the fabric canopy part) and put it up in her playroom and draped tulle over it.



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6  Plants Vs Zobmies Painted Toddler Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: October 05, 2016 01:07:28 PM
I haven't painted a lot of shoes this year.  I blame in on the baby I had in June.  Wink  But I managed to do a pair for a mom friend for her son's 3rd birthday.  He loves Plants vs Zombies!  These little guys are canvas shoes with fabric paint, painted on with brushes.







Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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7  Baby Bean's Toddler Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: July 15, 2016 01:43:06 PM
It took me forever, but I finally finished my daughter's quilt for her toddler bed.  Its a simple design, but I'm a simple sewer.  My daughter's room has base colors of black, white, and gray with bright colored accents.





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8  You Are So Loved! in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by jillybeans on: July 15, 2016 01:34:12 PM
My kids' new playroom needed some art.  I wanted something Harry Potter-ish without it being super Harry Potter since that wasn't the theme of the room.  I absolutely love this quote from Harry Potter.  In the movie, Harry's mom whispers it to Harry right before she dies.  I use to snuggle my youngest when she was a baby and say it to her, too.  So, it is now immortalized in their playroom.

I started with a large thick sheet of watercolor paper from Hobby Lobby.  I applied watercolors in a gradient fashion.  On top, once all was dry, I wrote the quote on to the paper with pencil and then black acrylic paint over that.  Popped it into a frame and VIOLA!  ART!



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9  Doc McStuffins Painted Toddler Shoes in Shoes: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: July 15, 2016 12:43:59 PM
A mommy friend and I were doing a meet-up and decided to swap homemade gifts for our toddlers who are only 3 days apart in age.  I decided to do what I'm good at, and painted her some shoes.  Violet loves Doc McStuffins, and more specifically Lambie.  She has a Lambie stuffed animal that she carries around with her everywhere.

This time I did something a little different and did glitter on the shoes.  For the glitter I did a base coat of the magenta pink color fabric paint so the mod podge and glitter would stick better to the canvas shoe.  Then, it was a few layers of glitter and mod podge ending with glitter ontop so they would be super glittery.  The rest of the shoes were painted with Tulip soft fabric paint.  I was pretty excited that I found the exact color of glitter I wanted at Hobby Lobby.  Woot!







I want to glitter up more shoes, it was so fun!  Thanks for looking!
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10  Painted Sugar Skull Shoes! in Shoes: Completed Projects by jillybeans on: March 21, 2016 01:18:16 PM
My sister requested some painted sugar skull shoes for her birthday.  I found a cute pair of Vans, though they had a colored stripe pattern all over them.  I wasn't sure if I was going to manage painting over the stripes, but it worked in the end!  I used the soft Tulip fabric paint and brushes to do these shoes.  I painted over just the fronts and left the stripes on the sides.







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