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541  Doctor Who Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2014 07:59:41 AM
As mentioned preciously, I recently organized a Dreamcatcher Swap, and was fortunate enough to swap with the lovely FiberAlchemist.  I had a very hard time deciding exactly what to make for her, as she had some many wonderful ideas pinned.  I was torn between a crafty themed dreamcatcher for her craft room, or a subtly geeky Doctor Who dreamcatcher, so I decided to try working on both, and see which one "clicked" for me during the crafting process.  This is the second one I started, a subtly geeky Doctor Who themed dreamcatcher.



The hoop is wrapped in black deerskin leather, with a web woven of royal blue embroidery floss.  The tiny TARDIS charm is on a blue clasp, that can be moved around on the web, or removed entirely for a less geeky look if desired.  The web also contains 5 swarovski crystal stars.  The fringe is made of strands of black and silver Schmaltz yarn, which is silky and contains tiny sequins dotted throughout it.


The first dreamcatcher I made for her can be seen here:
Crafty Style Silk Sari Dreamcatcher
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542  Crafty Style Silk Sari Dreamcatcher in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2014 07:55:41 AM
I recently organized a Dreamcatcher Swap, and was fortunate enough to swap with the lovely FiberAlchemist.  I had a very hard time deciding exactly what to make for her, as she had some many wonderful ideas pinned.  I was torn between a crafty themed dreamcatcher for her craft room, or a subtly geeky Doctor Who dreamcatcher, so I decided to try working on both, and see which one "clicked" for me during the crafting process.  This is the first one I started, a crafty themed piece in shades of red and turquoise to match her craft room.

Here it is in its new home, FiberAlchemist's craft room.  (Aka, her "Lady Lair", which made me laugh out lout.)


The hoop is wrapped with a yarn that is made from recycled silk saris.  The webbing is pearled cotton embroidery thread, decorated with red crystal and turquoise star shaped shell beads.  The fringe is a mix of more silk sari yarn, and teal ribbon, accented with pearlized glass crow beads in red and turquoise.

And a few more shots taken at my home.






The second dreamcatcher I made for her can be seen here:  Geeky Doctor Who Dreamcatcher.
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543  Hot Air Ballooning Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2014 07:44:16 AM
I've always been enchanted by the sight of the sky filled with colorful balloons. A rainbow of colored silks floating gracefully against a backdrop of azure blue and fluffy white clouds.  And actually riding in a balloon has been on my ultimate to-do list for years.  It seems each time the opportunity arises however, I'm thwarted in my efforts for some reason or another. (Seriously, I've been offered a ride several times, only to have things fall through at the last moment.)  And lately as I take my early morning walks, I've been seeing them out and about in the sky, teasing me evermore.  Since I haven't yet been able to take to the skies myself, I decided to do the next best thing.  Craft.   Wink

The bracelet features 17 Tibetan silver and pewter charms, and a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal and stone beads in shades of sky, cerulean, cloudy white and clear. The charms include a multitude of balloons, clouds, rainbows, and the sun.








Soft winds and gentle landings to you all.
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544  Monarch Butterfly Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 11, 2014 07:36:31 AM
Summer is officially here in TN, and tempertures are rising.  Pair that with a pale Irish girl, who nearly immolates in the sunlight, and it's a recipe for lots of time spent in my nice cool craft room.  The results have been crafting lots of new charm bracelets.  Cheesy  This is my newest, an ode to butterflies on a summer breeze.  It features 17 Tibetan silver butterfly charms, and a mix of glass, Czech glass, crystal, and semi-precious stone beads in shades of golden yellow, rich orange, and jet black. Stone beadss include striated agate, yellow jade, quartzite, carnelian and man-made amber.









Hope you're all having a lovely summer day!
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545  Re: Dreamcatcher Swap in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 10, 2014 04:09:32 PM
I received the most AMAZING swap package from FiberAlchemist today!  (Actually, I had been checking the tracking number all day, and ran straight over to our apartment office as soon as the number indicated it had been delivered.  They hadn't even checked it in yet, and I was already demanding my goodies.)  

As soon as I opened it I ran around the house trying to decide where to hang it.  FiberAlchemist very thoughtfully crafted a stunning dreamcatcher that would match either my bedroom OR my craft room.  A difficult task considering they are very different in feel.  She did an amazing job.  Cheesy I tried it in my bedroom first, but since our walls are cream, the beautiful detail of the weaving and beadwork blended into the walls too much.  The perfect solution?  Hanging it against the plum walls of my craft room, right over the big squishy arm chair where I do most of my dreaming, craft planning, and reading.  My craft room also serves as our guest room, so I'm sure it will help bring good dreams to me, and many of my friends!

Here it is on my porch, where I was able to get the best lighting. The hoop is wrapped in cream leather. The tassels are a mix of chocolate brown and olive ribbon, strips of purple velvet cloth, and ivory lace. And the beads are a beautiful combination of amethyst, and other semi-precious stone.  (I think I spotted some carnelian and bloodstone?)


This is the corner of my craft room it now resides in.  I love how it ties in the cream from my curtains and throw pillow, and the brown of my lamp.


FiberAlchemist also outdid herself with the "small".  She made me an adorable mug rug and even included a mug to go with it!  (Which I immediately washed and made tea in, even though it's in the 90's here right now.)


Detail of the mug rug:

(FiberAlchemist, what is the name of this fabric line?!?!?! It's a-freakin-dorable!)

And a detail of the craft-tastic mug!


Thank you, thank you, thank you FiberAlchemist!  I'm completely overwhelmed by the beauty of your work, and your attention to detail.  You always inspire me here on Craftster.
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546  Dreamcatcher Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 06, 2014 02:06:02 PM
Dreamcatcher Swap Gallery


Original Thread: Dreamcatcher Swap

Partners
Mistress Jennie <---> FiberAlchemist
amnesia <---> mouseatethekitty
whenindoubtsew <---> mama24boyz (Resent package 9/9/14)[/b]
Abbeeroad <---> dharma_rebel
charlieandwillow <---> adrienne_bowers
GoldenSunshine <---> aunty.hela


Status Colors
SENDING:

Green = Sent
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!

RECEIVING:
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED pictures yet)
Purple = Received & Posted Pictures

Strikethrough = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK  
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547  Love the Library Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 06, 2014 05:47:13 AM
One more new bracelet this morning. Cheesy My husband and I are both avid readers.  If I'm not reading, then I'm listening to audio books while crafting, or searching for new books at the library.  This bracelet is my ode to libraries and the lovely librarians who work so hard every day to help us learn, explore and grow.  It features 17 Tibetan silver charms, and a mix of glass, Czech glass, stone, crystal and freshwater pearl beads in shades of plum, parchment, and copper.  The charms include tiny books, reading glasses, pen nibs, open books, computer, large books, chapter book with glasses, library, fountain pen & pencil, newspaper, and a stack of books.
 








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548  Sushi Charm Bracelet in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: July 06, 2014 05:34:29 AM
I love sushi.  I mean, really love it.  I crave it throughout the week.  Sometimes I dream about it.  So it was inevitable that I'd make a sushi charm bracelet.  It contains 9 silver charms, including tiny fish, sushi plates, chop sticks and rolls, a saki bottle and large fish.  6 beautiful handmade lampwork glass pieces of sushi, and a fresh mix of Czech glass beads and stone beads in shades of bright red, golden yellow, wasabi green, jet black and clear.









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549  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 06, 2014 03:41:14 AM
Mistress Jennie: I did the Choose Your Champion Challenge as well. I made Sushi Rice and Edamame for Japan (its on pg 24). Just wanted to be sure that my team gets the points just in case my project got overlooked. Thanks

Don't worry, you got the points.  You just missed the list within that post when I was scrolling through the mega huge spreadsheet I use to keep track of House Points.

For everyone whose ever wondered what it's like to track House Points and projects, here's a screen cap of my House Point spreadsheet, reduced down until the whole thing fits on the screen.  Usually, I can only see about 1/4 of it at a time while updating it, because it is so big and contains so much information.  This is why I ask that people use the project header, and why I ask people to put multi-project posts in alphabetical order.  Scrolling around this thing is a pain!   Cry

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550  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 05, 2014 06:27:29 AM
Some notes from the Headmistress....

~*Congratulations BadWolf314*~
~*You are the first to earn the Arithmancy Badge!*~





~*Congratulations to FiberAlchemist*~
~*You are the first to earn the Potions Badge*~






~*Congratulations to rockmygypsysoul, midkiffsjoy, FiberAlchemist, netchez, noodle-bug, teag, vincentvanbuck, ErinAquaheart, TechnicolorAquahearts & Mistress Jennie*~
~*You have all earned the Choose Your Champions Badge*~






The new Detention Challenges for July was been posted a few days ago!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is....




Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the June or July challenges in August.  Smiley

To claim your badge, right click and save to your computer.  Ideas on how to show-off your badges: use it as an avatar, put it in your profile under Brief Bio, or create a pinterest board for all your badges.  

*Once revealed, a class badge can be found in the Badge Station.*
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