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1  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 17, 2017 06:28:43 PM
I received my last from Monty this weekend. Its a pretty pine cone ornament. Thanks!

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2  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: December 11, 2017 07:40:02 AM
I have received two packages so far!

First up, from dinkime:

She sent me a pick of mistletoe that has a warning to watch out for nargles who commonly infest misteltoe. She also sent over an extra little wreath with lights ornaments. They are awesome! Thanks, dinkime!

Next up from Ant Bee:

Ant Bee sent me an amazing package! It was all packed into a holiday tin and full of extras like HP stickers, little bottles, and a dumbledor card! The card she sent along with it was awesome, too! But the ornament, you guys! Its a little potions table!!! All the little things on it!!! Its got little bottles, a tiny frog, a tiny spoon and bowl. Just omg! I love it! Thank you so much, Ant Bee! <3
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3  Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap in The Swap Gallery by jillybeans on: November 30, 2017 04:13:29 PM
I received 2 ama omg secret Santa packages this week!

The first package had The Christmas Story ornaments. They made me laugh, they are so wonderful! They are in amazing little frames! I also got some buttons (I am in love with buttons!!), cross stitch fabric, and a buttferfly tool (which I forgot to take a picture of, I guess). Thank you so much, secret Santa!

Next up I got a package of 3 beautiful bird nest bracelets! Ive been eyeing these for a long time but I just never find time to make myself stuff. I love them so much!  The colors are beautiful!  Thanks, secret Santa!!

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4  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!

Here is the before:

Thanks for looking!
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5  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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6  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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7  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.

Thanks for looking!
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8  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 (minus the fabric canopy part) and put it up in her playroom and draped tulle over it.

Thanks for looking!
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9  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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10  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.

And here is a picture of the top without the binding and back.

Thanks for looking!
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