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1  Re: Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: February 15, 2018 02:29:01 PM
Meanwhile, I also received a BEAUTIFUL package from studioANF! 

First off was this beautiful gingham lapghan, which just happens to perfectly match my new studio!  Please forgive the poor yellow-ish lighting.  The light purple in the afghan is nearly the identical shade as the walls of my room.  And the teal coordinates well with the upholstery of my office chair.  I often get a bit cold when working in there, and end up stealing afghans from around the house, or wrapping my legs in a shawl, so I'm so in love with this.   

Next, I mentioned that I love strawberries as a motif, so she made two lovely strawberry trivets.  They were so cute that I wanted to show them off in an action shot, so I made myself a tea party this morning.  One of the trivets is under the plate in the background to demonstrate the size under a dish.  The plate is smaller than a dinner plate, but larger than a salad plate, if that helps.  Aren't they adorable??

(And a shout out to Abbeeroad for the strawberry napkins in the shot too!)

Finally she included an awesome book about designing your own crochet patterns, and some of my favorite hooks!  I'm really excited about the book, and have been reading a bit every moment of down time I get.  Cheesy
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2  Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: February 11, 2018 05:50:16 AM

Hookers Only Swap - Round 2 Gallery!

Link back to the original thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=454037.0

Mistress Jennie ---> StudioANF
StudioANF ---> Mistress Jennie

Bugaboo1 ---> Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen (sent 2/14) ---> Bugaboo1

craftADDchick ---> geekgirl1000100
geekgirl1000100 ---> craftADDchick

curiousfae ---> sheepBlue
sheepBlue ---> curiousfae

craftylittlemonkey ---> pottermouth
pottermouth ---> craftylittlemonkey

Status Colors
Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication

Magenta = Missing Package
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
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3  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2018 07:58:11 AM
Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Project Link: The Purple Chairs of My Dreams

Brief Description: These are BOTH something that I plan on using in the near future, AND something that was unpredictable while making.  Full story of how I tried and failed and tried again, and was terrified they would be awful, and I wouldn't want to admit I hated them to my husband, so I'd just have to live with hideous chairs forever, and then they finally turned out perfect, is in the project post.  And I predict using them every morning when I have breakfast.  Cheesy
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4  The Purple Chairs of my Dreams in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2018 07:53:11 AM
Just before buying our house in 2016, I bumped into an Etsy shop that made the most beautiful furniture, and promptly fell in love with all of their tables.  (Nature Inspired Crafts on Etsy.  The owner Kent is super nice, and was great to work with.)  It was an extra happy surprise that they are here in TN too!  So when we moved in, I started saving for a small table for the breakfast room, and was able to buy it last summer.  The table is made from reclaimed wood, and inset with beautiful iridescent tiles in deep purple and blue, that shimmer with hints of olive green, magenta and gold.  Only problem?  The awesome artist who made it, doesn't make chairs to go with it.  What's a crafty girl to do, besides make them her own damn self?!?! 

Originally I was going to stain whatever chairs I found a solid brown, in the same stain that the Etsy artist used, but while looking around for the chairs, I bumped into some on Target's website, that had the back and legs painted in a vibrant color (turquoise, blue, red, sage, white, etc.), with the seat in a brown stain.  Clearly I needed to add some color to the chairs, to stand up to the beautiful color in the tiles!  I searched for unfinished chairs, and finally found some that I liked the shape of, from made by International Concepts for sale on Amazon for $130.  They come in pieces, which was actually perfect for me, as I could stain them all individually before assembling them. 

I began searching for colorful stain, and discovered a company called Unicorn SPiT that makes incredibly bright gel stains.  I admit that this took me a bit of trial and error to get right.  I wanted to be able to see the woodgrain through the stain, and according to their website you can dilute the stain (which is VERY thick and goes on like tempera paint) with water. I diluted it to about 80% stain and 20% water, and used a brush to apply it.  Sadly, I didn't like the results.  It was a greyed out purple, and was very streaky.  So I sanded it all back down, and bought another bottle of the stain.  (All colors available on Amazon, a few of their colors available at Home Depot.)  This time I kept the stain undiluted and used a rag to apply it.  It took 2-3 coats to get good solid coverage, and it dried a BRIGHT poster paint purple that was kinda terrible, and had me worried.  (My husband was eying them dubiously at this point.)  After everything was dry and assembled (and sanded and buffed with steel wool several times between coats), I started in on the polyurethane coat.  They got 3 coats of an oil based finish, with a day between coats to dry.  This took the bright (kinda awful) purple into a deep rich tone that I LOVE.  Seriously, I keep going into the kitchen, and just stand there staring at my awesome new chairs.

And since they look so good, I'm thinking of sanding down the boring old wooden step stool that lives in the same room, and staining it purple to match with the leftover stain.  And of course, since the table is handmade, and the chairs are diy, I *clearly* need to make a rug to go with all of it....  So of course, that's in the works too.  #neverdone #ialwaysneedanewproject Wink 
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5  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 10, 2018 06:56:57 AM
Note to my fellow Advanced Studies Examiners: I am abandoning my current NEWT for the foreseeable future.  Since I never got a chance to start it, this isn't a big deal.  Sad  I still plan to do it, but it will take a while to get back to.

Subject: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Solar System CAL from Two Hearts Crochet

Brief Description: I will be crafting an afghan of the solar system, for my husband's new study/den/home office that we are currently renovating.  The pattern is a Crochet Along, with each section being released over 12 weeks.  Currently the first 5 weeks have been released, with 7 more weeks to go, so this will certainly fill the allotted 4 weeks for a NEWT project, and then some!  I actually started the project on Thursday, and had the usual fun of frogging back all my work and starting over, in order to get the gauge right.  Currently I've completed the first 21 rows, and it seems to be going well.  Smiley  My husband is going out of town tomorrow, and will be gone till Thursday night.  Meanwhile there will be workmen in the house installing new floors in my studio and his new den, so since I can't work, I plan to hunker down on the couch and see if I can catch up to the current week while he's gone.  That would put me at round 89.  Right now it's somewhat bigger than a pot holder, but smaller than a placemat.  Wish me luck!

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6  Re: Fairytale Swap 2018 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: February 07, 2018 01:30:36 PM
I received a beautiful package from itsmereba!  I told her I enjoy cute tea towels, and she ran with that.  She embroidered 7 beautiful towels, one for each day of the week. 

Here are some detail shots of each one.
Sunday & Monday:

Tuesday & Wednesday:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday:

She also included a copy of Snow White, that I can't wait to read to my neighbor's son.  He loves books.

And finally, she included some fun candy from Mexico!

Thank you so much Reba!  Your work is so beautiful, and lovely.  Cheesy
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7  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2018*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: February 06, 2018 01:29:44 PM
Class: DADA
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Fairy Godmother Dreamcatcher

Brief Description:  So, I have a secret....   I both love, and hate fairytales.  I hate insipid heroines who sit around waiting to be rescued by a fairy godmother or a prince charming, and generally want to shake the heroines who are so often wilting flowers.  I tend to love stories in which girls save themselves, but I also recognize, that even the best of us can use some help sometimes.  So, in the spirit of my favorite version of Cinderella, Drew Barrymore in Ever After (original working title: Cinderella, Balls of Steel) who got some help by none other than Leonardo da Vinci, I created a Fairy Godmother inspired dreamcatcher for my partner in the fairytale swap.  
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Challenge: Headmistress - February
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: We Can't All Be Princesses Tote

Brief Description: This was also created for the Fairytale Swap.  My partner had the sentiment pinned to her Quotes board on Pinterest several times, so I decided she needed it as a tote.  And clearly, that tote had to sparkle with glitter heat transfer vinyl.
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Class: Study of Ancient Runes
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Briar Rose Scarf

Brief Description: this strange little project was a constant study in turning, and returning the work in my hands.  Crochet up one side of a vine, turn around and hook it back down the other side.  Start a rose, turn the work a few times, only to end up twisting the whole thing into a spiral and sewing it in place!  Also made for the fairytale swap.  Smiley
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8  Fairy Godmother Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: February 06, 2018 07:43:57 AM

(Pic stolen from itsmereba, and altered.)

While working on a few other projects for the Fairytale Swap, I bumped into some ribbon in my stash that reminded me of the tote I was working on for my partner.  It was so pretty, I wondered what I could do with it for her, resolving to at least use it to wrap her gifts up.  A few hours later I dug through one of my containers of charms, and saw a magic wand charm, and it came to me.  Fairy Godmother Dreamcatcher!  Full of cute fairytale charms, and beautiful ribbons and fibers reminiscent of princess gowns and gossamer Fairy Godmother wings.  

The hoop is wrapped with the original ribbon, and he web is strung with a few strands of metallic silver and lilac embroidery floss held together.  In the center is a light purple Swarovski crystal heart, with a silver Fairy Godmother on one side, and a pocket watch on the other.  Below that, hung among the ribbons are a rhinestone encrusted angel wing, filigree crescent moon with a pumpkin coach hanging from the center, a magic wand, a crown, and several antique gold stars.  The fibers are a mix of ribbons, seam binding, yarn, threads, etc.  I'm really happy with how it came out, but none of the pictures quite captured the colors correctly; deep sapphire blue, bright lilac purple, burnt pumpkin orange, and a rich magenta.  

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9  We Can't All Be Princesses Tote in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: February 06, 2018 07:32:34 AM

This was made for itsmereba in the Fairytale Swap.  I found the sentiment repeated on one of her Pinterest boards a few times, and decided she needed it on a tote.  It was cut on my Silhouette Cameo.  The cut file is from the Silhouette Store online, and it was cut out of glitter heat transfer vinyl in pink, lilac and gold.  I worried some other wannabe princess might try to walk off with it when Reba was busy with important matters of her realm, so I added a monogram on the back for her.  (There are a whole series of Regal Monograms on the Silhouette store.)

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10  Briar Rose Scarf in Crochet: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: February 06, 2018 07:12:21 AM

I recently made this scarf for itsmereba in the Fairytale Swap.  She mentioned that Briar Rose was one of her favorite fairy tales, and I got the idea of creating a scarf reminiscent of the rose vines that surround the castle in the story.  I wanted it to be something she could wear in the mild winter of TX, but that could also be displayed decoratively like a garland in the summer.  I searched around, certain that someone had created a pattern like I was dreaming of, and found the Belle Fleur Scarf by Michele Wilcox/Stitch Nation.  The roses are made from Bernat Satin in Bordeaux and Yarn Bee Soft Secrets in Rosebud, and the vine and leaves are Lion Brand Heartland in Joshua Tree. 

I will warn that while the picture makes the scarf look simple, it was actually much more fiddly than I was expecting.  The vine and leaves are created with a foundation chain, then slip stitching all the way back down, making leaves along the way, then slip stitched again back up the other side, again making more leaves on the way.  While none of it was difficult per se, I find slip stitching in such a skinny area a bit tedious, especially when the yarn wants to turn around on itself.  The roses were just plain crazy.  I read the pattern, and tried to follow it, but it didn't make sense at first, so I checked other uses comments on Ravelry, and discovered that most people didn't understand what the pattern wanted you to do.  After a lot of frogging and retrying, I did finally figure out the pattern as it was written, but I wasn't very impressed with the finished rose.  It wasn't as big and full as I'd like, so I dug around on Youtube until I found a tutorial I liked by simplydaisy, then altered her method a bit to make the roses just a pinch bigger by adding 6 more petals made from triple crochet stitches.  I've included my rose pattern below.

Rose Pattern (US Terms):
Leaving a long tail (about 10), chain 54.

Row 1: Sc in 2nd ch from hook. Sc all the way across. (52 sc)

Row 2: Ch 1, turn. Skip next ch space, and trc into 3rd st. 4 trc in same space. (This makes 1 triple crochet shell.) Skip next ch space, sc in next space, skip next chain space, 5 trc in next space. Repeat 4 more times for a total of 6 triple crochet shells.

Skip next ch space, sl st in next space, 5 dc, sl st. (This is 1 double crochet shell.) Repeat double crochet shell 5 more times for a total of 6 dc shells.

5 hdc, sl st. (This is 1 half double crochet shell.) Repeat half double crochet shell 4 more times, for a total of 5 hdc shells.

5 sc, sl st. (This is 1 single crochet shell.) Repeat 2 more times, for a total of 3 sc shells. After slip stitching in last space, fasten off, and leave another long tail.

Working from the sc shell end, start twisting the work into a flower spiral. Use the long tails of thread to sew the petals in place.
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