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1  Re: Warm & Cozy Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by theartofarejay on: March 13, 2017 10:07:58 PM
I received the best parcel from Annchen this weekend!

First of all, she made some beautiful knitted wrist warmers. I absolutely love the colors and the leaf pattern! They're perfect Cheesy

Closeup of the front

Closeup of the back

Action shot - they fit great!

She also knitted me the coolest mug cozy! I love that quote, I wouldn't be able to survive without coffee Tongue

I took it to work this morning, here's an action shot.

She also spoiled me with a bunch of Swedish treats!! There's extremely minty tea (it literally has my whole craft room smelling like mint), a tea strainer, fruit soup (I'm super excited to try it!), coffee flavoured toffee (which were delicious, I only have 1 left Tongue oops!) AND mint/green tea lip chap!!

(The wrist warmers and mug cozy were wrapped in the white tissue paper in this photo)

Thanks so much Annchen, you're a great swap partner Cheesy I really hope you like everything I sent you as much as I like my stuff!
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2  Re: Stranger Things Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by theartofarejay on: February 25, 2017 10:44:30 PM
I received my awesome swap package from gala_apples this week!!

She made me a ton of cards with all the best quotes from the show:

I think my favorite is the one that says "Mornings are for coffee and contemplation" in red writing on a yellow background.

Second, this waffle pendant:

And lastly, this light alphabet hoop:

Thanks gala! Cheesy
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3  "The Burrow" Teacup Pincushion in Completed Projects by theartofarejay on: July 30, 2016 12:04:53 PM

My partner in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap requested a new pincushion in her questionnaire. She also has oodles of teacup pincushions with little houses on top pinned in Pinterest... so in a (self proclaimed) stroke of genius, I thought hey!! There's no reason I couldn't make a miniature Burrow and put it on top of a pincushion, right? Right??

As per usual, this proved much more difficult than I anticipated... lol..

Firstly, I used this great teacup pincushion tutorial to create my base.

I then created a miniature Burrow using Sculpey Clay, acrylic paint, and polymer clay glaze. The sculpting was the difficult part; I probably attempted a dozen mini Burrows before I made one that was acceptable.

After my Burrow was complete, I hot glued it to the pincushion along with dried moss and mini mushrooms from Micheal's. I used Jacquard Textile Colour to paint the cobble paths.

Now for the exciting part, pictures!!!
Full Front

Full Side

Closeup Front

Closeup Sides

(if you look closely I've even painted a door for the small magical creatures who inhabit the Burrow knowingly and unknowingly) ;P

Closeup Back

Sadly, the teacup broke in transit, but that can be easily replaced! Overall, I was super excited for how this turned out and for my partner to receive! As I said with my Marauder's Map Mug Rug I may have to make one for myself in the future! Eventually...

C&C Welcome Cheesy
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4  Marauder's Map Mug Rug in Quilting: Completed Projects by theartofarejay on: July 30, 2016 11:34:03 AM

I recently participated in the I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap and one of my partner's requests was for a mug rug. She also listed one of her favorite quotes as "I solemnly swear..." and once I read that my brain gears started turning...

So, I went down to the local fabric store and almost peed my pants when I found this fabric!!

It was a done deal.. And the cherry on top was the bolt was in the super reduced sale cabinet sooo naturally I bought the rest Tongue

I decided to do a simple quilt pattern (which proved to be quite difficult for me due to the fact that I have limited experience quilting) with quilt batting in the middle. The fabric configuration is reversed on the back.


I then used Jacquard Textile Colour to paint my Marauder's designs on the front and back. The designs are adapted from images I found through Google and hand painted on the fabric. My process was quite convoluted because I like to do things the hard way Tongue I drew the designs on paper, then traced/hand drew them on fabric with pencil, then painted overtop with textile colour.

Closeup of front design


Closeup of back design

I also included this mug with an Albus Dumbledore quote to make it a bit of a HP set:

The quote was drawn on using one of those fancy ceramic pens from Micheal's Tongue

I thoroughly hope my partner, fatewineroses, enjoys her mug and mug rug for many years to come! I was pretty happy with how it turned out so I might have to make one for myself! Eventually...

C&C Welcome Cheesy
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5  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by theartofarejay on: July 29, 2016 05:04:19 PM
Oh my... fatewineroses you weren't kidding when you said the teacup was broken Tongue I was expecting cracked in a few pieces but that's pretty awful. This is the first and last time I'm shipping with purolator... lol

Anyways, I hand painted the lettering on the mug rug with some fabric paint. I drew the design first then copied it onto the fabric with a pencil the old fashioned way lol (I really need to get some transfer paper or something).

Here's some more photos of the Burrow pincushion:




And here are a few more pics of your fox patronus (my camera flash made the blue look a lot brighter, it's more navy in real life):

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6  Re: Harry Potter - I Want to Live in the Burrow Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by theartofarejay on: July 27, 2016 09:27:28 AM
I received from fatewineroses and was absolutely blown away! I couldn't have asked for a better partner.

I've always coveted a Weasley clock and fatewineroses certainly delivered! I'm absolutely in love <3

She had originally planned on adding the hands depicting the Weasley family, and included blank ones for my own family, but the part she had ordered never worked unfortunately. So she included her handmade clock hands in case I wanted to add them, but to be honest I just love it as is!

Secondly, she made me the most amazing felt Buckbeak ornament!! I can't believe all the tiny details she put into him... his limbs are even jointed.

And lastly she included the following print.. I definitely follow this philosophy Tongue (sorry it wasn't orienting for me properly)

fatewineroses you are an amazingly talented crafter! Thanks for everything Cheesy
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7  Calypso bulbosa in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by theartofarejay on: April 06, 2016 12:09:42 PM
'Calypso bulbosa'
Acrylic on canvas

People give flowers as presents because flowers contain the true meaning of love. Anyone tries to possess a flower will have to watch its beauty fading. But if you simply look at a flower on a field, you will keep it forever, because the flower is part of the evening and the sunset and the smell of damp earth and the clouds on the horizon. - Paulo Coelho, Brida

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This piece was inspired by a drawing I did recently during a live model class, and also the coming of spring. My style of artwork is usually fantasy mixed with realism and lots of detail! One thing I loved about the live model class is the limited time frame to draw a figure so my sketches became much more expressive. I wanted to try the same thing out in a painting, and instead of focusing on small details create something more emotional and expressive. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out!

You can view my piece larger here: http://rjannelle.deviantart.com/art/Calypso-bulbosa-601395759

Critiques are much appreciated Smiley
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8  From Secondhand Sweater to Fabulous Fox Stuffie in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by theartofarejay on: March 28, 2016 02:27:28 PM
I made this little guy for P_E_S_T in the Woodland Creature Swap. I used secondhand sweaters from the local thrift shop as my fabric. It was a challenge (the fabric was uncooperative to say the least!) but I'm really happy with how it turned out in the end! It has definitely opened my eyes to the joys and benefits of re-purposed clothing!

Let me know what you all think Cheesy
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9  Re: Woodland Creatures Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by theartofarejay on: March 23, 2016 11:31:12 AM
I received the most wonderful parcel from P_E_S_T last night!!! (I apologize in advance that my pictures are orientated sideways... I don't know how to fix that Huh)
Here's everything together Shocked

I wonder what this could be Huh

OMG Shocked A Satyr from Narnia!!! (ps P_E_S_T he also reminds me of the faun from Pan's Labyrinth which makes me extra happy Cheesy)

Just look at the detail in his face and horns!

I love him Kiss

I also got a lovely magnetic bookmark (How did you know I wanted one of these!!)

Some gorgeous collage paper...

And last but not least... A lovely card

Thanks P_E_S_T, you're amazing Cheesy
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10  Upcycled Sweater Mittens in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by theartofarejay on: March 09, 2016 08:55:25 AM
These mittens have been on my crafting to-do list for a couple weeks now! I need to refine the pattern I used a little bit (the mittens are a tiny bit too tight for my big mannish hands haha) but overall I'm really happy with how they turned out! These are very simple, quick, and inexpensive to make. Since it was my first pair (and I had to rip out A LOT of stitching Angry ) They took me about 2 hours. I anticipate I can get that time down to an hour or less. You can't beat the price though... they only cost me a dollar or two to make!

Here's the link for the tutorial: www.forestquilting.com/images_home_page/mitten_directions_2012_Nov.pdf

Thanks for looking!
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