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21  My little Bean Head in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by Jenna_Gayle on: April 02, 2009 08:12:33 AM
*In no way do I claim to be an accomplished photographer!!!!!*

I'm always trying to get good pictures of my dog, Maia, but she never sits still long enough!  We were back in the woods busting beaver damns along the road, and I think she had gone in to hunter mode!

And just because I thought this was super cute  Wink
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22  Felted Toad Stool Seating! in Felting: Completed Projects by Jenna_Gayle on: March 18, 2009 01:54:42 PM
I was doing a swap and found this idea on my partners Wist.  The original project can be found at this address   http://www.marthastewart.com/article/toadstools?autonomy_kw=toadstool  (I can get the dad gum html to work!)
I didn't follow the instructions exactly and I think it makes it a little easier the way I went about it!  Martha Stewart's site tells you to use several different things to make it, but these are the things I actually used

15" (or whatever you feel is a good size) plywood (I used OSB because I got it free!)
13" (just about 2" smaller than the first piece) plywood (used OSB here, too)
15" circle polyfoam   DO NOT get the high-density foam they recommend on the show's site - you'll pay out of the rear end for it!  I checked at the uphostery shops in town and what I would need to do this would cost $30-$45!  I went to Hobby Lobby and got 2 pieces of polyfoam and glued them together with Elmer's Craft Spray Glue.  Works like a charm and only cost me $10!  You also don't need the glue gun or glue sticks to attach the foam to the wood.  Just use the spray stuff again.
Electric knife - Don't worry about how bad it looks when you round it off.  Mine looked absolutely terrible and I thought about scrapping it, but once you pull the felt tight it looks perfect!
Staple gun and LOTS of staples
30" circle red felt.  I got a yard and have enough to do 2 more!
Batting - I used the cheap stuff from Walmart
Wool roving
Felting needles - I used one single needle and the Clover felting needle with 5 needles
Tree Stump

Using these materials I pretty much went by assembly instructions.  The only change I had to make was to cover the small disc with fabric.  Since I was using the OSB board my surface wasn't smooth so I didn't want to just paint it.  I got a light brown fabric, followed the same instructions as putting the batting on the large disk and Tada!

Since I was doing this for a swap and didn't finish until the night before I had to send my package off I didn't get a great picture of it!  The log should be a bit skinnier and shorter, but this one was closest to the house!

This only took a few hours to make start to finish.  It could have been a little quicker, but CSI was on!

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23  Re: Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Jenna_Gayle on: March 18, 2009 09:48:07 AM
I was getting a bit disheartened and thinking bad thoughts about the postal service... I checked my DC number two days in a row and all it would tell me was the package had been accepted in Robot's town!  BUT!!!  About 9:00 pm my pa-in-law came over with my package that had been dropped off in a safe place!  (We have a good bit of dogs in the area)  I was just tickled pink!!

Prepare your eyes for a feast!!!

Everything (well, except a few small things) were in this box (which we will get to later).  Robot is a master box-packer.... I don't think I will ever properly get all of that back in there so neatly!

She sent some wonderful extras!  Candles, herb seeds for my up and coming herb garden, some neat-o black sand, and a "I taught myself to crochet" kit and yarn!!  I had asked for a crocheted djembe bag, but Robot says she can't crochet to save her life and thought that I may like to try.  I have been practicing since the night I opened my package and think I'm catching on pretty well!

She made a hemp pendulum (hemp is my fiber of choice, and NO you didn't over use it by any means!!!!!)  Some Ostara incense she blended herself (can't wait to burn these- they smell SOOOOO good!!!) and disks to burn them on.  This is a new method for me.... hope I don't screw it up!  Hand bound smudge sticks.  The purple is lavender and the red is rosemary.  The lavender she grew herself!!  And then there's the God and Goddess oils!  There are so many things in these!  I want to smell so bad, but they look so pretty I'm almost afraid to break the seal!!  When I get everything set up in it's rightful place I'll bust them open!  (Check back here tomorrow and I'll update this with the herbs in them!  Assuming I can remember to grab the letter she sent!)

These she made to bring some of the outdoors in!  The moon is made of weeping cherry twigs and has little gems and a glass leaf on it.  The star has pine (I think) and another wood (check back tomorrow for this, too) with a spiral, acorn and gems on it.  I am so completely and totally in love with these things!!  I keep picking them up and looking at them!  DH threw a placement suggestion as soon as he saw them.  I need to keep my eye on him... he may sneak off with them!

Now, remember that box I mentioned at the beginning?  This is the lid to it.  

She burned the markings into it and Incorporated my love of Oaks and my father's heritage with the triquerta!!!  I had mentioned to her that this was the one symbol we used at our wedding and it meant a great deal to me!  Now I have it on my altar box!!!  YES!!!!  I said altar box!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I'm fairly new to the practice and have never set up an alter for myself so we decided that we could do one with this swap!  A lot of my practices are done outside so I wanted an altar that could easily be moved around.  She definitely hit the nail on the head with this!!

There is a beautiful marble chalice, god and goddess candle holders with a wood grain pattern, wooden bowl, offering plate (also with the triquerta) with the elements burned in on their place on the pentacle, and some stones.  The stone by itself is moonstone, the pieces in the upper right are pieces of sea shells (they are so smooth!),  the blue is amazonite she mined herself when she was 14 (!!!), two glass hearts (in my favorite colors), and a burned wooden pentacle.  I suppose I should have taken a picture with the oils in it too, but ahh well!
Here's a better picture of the candle holders.  I turned them around backward so you can see the symbols on them better.

This is the alter cloth she made.  It's hand died muslin.  Looks like the moon, huh?  That's exactly what it's for!!!  I luuuv my full moon rituals and this is going to be perfect!!!  It's just the right size!

And for good measure, a picture of all the loot together!

I can't even begin to tell you how much I LOVE this stuff!  Thank you, thank you, thank you!!  I can't wait until the 9th so I can use this stuff with the full moon!!!
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24  Re: Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Jenna_Gayle on: March 18, 2009 07:20:19 AM
I've been MIA here for a while.... Our work lines went down for a while and we had no internet which sucks because EVERYTHING I do is on the internet!!  It has been quite a boring few days and I've been jonesing for my Craftster!!!!

Everyone's packages look amazing!  Saturn, those paintings are beautiful! Toby- you are a woodburning madman!!  I saw a tutorial you put up a while ago on the Chim-Chi's, I love them things!  And do you have a tutorial on those BOS you make?  Tanza- the embroidery on that journal is wonderful!!  I wish I could do something like that!!

I got a picture of the toadstool before I sent it to Robot.  It gives the basic gist of it. The log should be smaller, but this was up close to the house and looked like it was ready to pose!  Cheesy  The stuff to the right of it is the stump of lighter'd I got the pieces off of for Robot, too.  We've been whittling away at that stump for quite some time!

Now, to attempt to put up pictures of the awesome stuff Robot sent to me!!!!!    Grin
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25  Re: Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 10 Ostera Card Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Jenna_Gayle on: March 18, 2009 07:11:50 AM
Sorry for the delay in posting these... I was dragging a little butt and then our phone lines went out a work!  I have so many things to try and post today!!!   Tongue

First, a pic of all of them together

From the mother daughter team, LunaKitten and Wind.  I LOVE the layers and the sparkles!!

From Toby and Robot.  Too much talent here!  Wink

From Solitaire and Feywalker.  A beautiful flower goddess and I am in love with the tree verse!  I think that just may be my new favorite quote!!

Thank ya'll sooo much!  I thought I had a bag of potting soil at the house - turns out its soil conditioner - so as soon as I get some I'm potting those seeds up!!
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26  Re: Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 10 Ostera Card Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Jenna_Gayle on: February 26, 2009 01:58:48 PM
Here's my card from phnxreign!!! 

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27  Re: Witch/Wiccan/Pagan Swap 10 Ostera Card Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Jenna_Gayle on: February 20, 2009 09:25:42 AM
As promised!!!

All the goodies together.  The card and matching envelope is absolutely gorgeous!  Ronda didn't write in the card in case I wanted to use it for decoupage or something else.... and I most likely will!  That is, if my unicorn obsessed friend doesn't find it first  Cheesy

The inside of it.  You can really see the picture better in person.

And my pretty little charms!

My interpretation of why these charms were chosen for me:  the dolphin for my love of water -pieces- and I love, love, love dolphins, the besom for a welcoming and guidance into this new path, and snowflake (this is what I thought it looked like when I opened my package) since I NEVER get to see snow!

She also sent a beautiful blessing!  Thank you sooooo much, Ronda!!!!!

Oh, I almost forgot my favorite part!!!!  5 million kudos to Ronda on her card choice!  The paper on the card contained NO trees!  Wouldn't it make so much sense if they started making all paper (and many, many more things) like this?  I can't remember the fibers it used, but I think that would work even better than hemp.... and that says a lot coming from me  Grin
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28  Re: Witch/Wicca/Pagan Swap Round 10! (flake free and finished!) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Jenna_Gayle on: February 05, 2009 07:23:55 AM
I've never owned a horse myself, but when I was little, my parent's best friends had many a horses that we would go ride pretty often.  They had kids younger than us so some of them we suited just fine for us to ride.  It's been a long, long time since I saddled up!  A couple of weekends ago, my neighbor stopped by with his little girl's birthday present... my husband swears he said it was a miniature Clydesdale, I say a Shetland... Anyway, I'm sure you lady's have ridden bareback on a regular size horse, and that's pretty easy.  Get your big butt on a miniature bareback and you go to sliding ALL over that poor little thing! Cheesy

They managed to take a picture of me on it right as I thought I was about to slide off!  (I was inside working on an album for a friend who just had a baby, so I put the picture on the last page!  Grin )
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29  New baby scrapbook IMG super heavy!!! in Scrapbooking: Completed Projects by Jenna_Gayle on: January 28, 2009 08:19:53 AM
I just finished making this for a friend of mine who just had her first baby!

I had some stickers left over from making my mom a scrapbook of pictures from when my brother and I were little, and got inspiration for them from this project https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=85924.0  I haven't put the binding part on.  I thought I would be able to take better pictures of the pages without it being together.  I'm going to use ribbon to hold it together.

The outer cover.  I cut out some card board and covered it with cardstock paper.  I also left a place for her to put a picture on the front.

Inside the front cover and the first page.  The front cover says "The laughter of a child is the light of the house."  For the pages, i cut cardstock (so it would be a little sturdier) in 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" squares, punched holes for the ribbon to bind it, and pasted the decorated pages to the cardstock.

"Begin, Baby Boy, to recognize your mother with a smile."

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. -Plato"

The day I was finishing up with this, my neighbor came by with his little girls birthday present and I just HAD to put this picture in it for them to remember me by!!! (They're getting deployed to..... Hawaii.... they suck!!!   Cheesy

The back cover "A boy is truth with dirt on its face, beauty with a cut on its finger, and the hope of the future with a frog in its pocket..."

There's a good bit more pages, but didn't want to totally kill people with dial up!!!
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30  Fairy painted Ceramic statue in Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects by Jenna_Gayle on: January 28, 2009 07:34:18 AM
I painted this a loooong time ago, but figured I would add it here!  I would love to say I painted her face, but this one came already painted  Embarrassed  I have some that I completely painted, but they're at my mom's house... maybe some time soon I'll get some pix and put those up, too!!

Pay no attention to the dust on her hair!!  She sits by a window that's open a lot and I live on a dirt road!!   Grin

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