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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 21, 2016 06:17:19 AM
I finally caught a cardinal! Our state bird! Not the clearest photos, but there was a male and female bird on the feeder when I got up this morning, so I hurried Alby up to come see. The lady Cardinal flew off, but this is better than nothing Tongue There's also a little sparrow for extra diversity Smiley

We also went to the Raleigh Little Theater last night to see a play called Beertown. It was a very audience interactive - audience members got to debate over which items presented at a town hall meeting were to be added or removed from a time capsule that is opened every 5 years.

During intermission, we got to go take a look at the time capsule items. Some of them were quite amusing - the proposed ones were a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, an old "Bee Kind and Rewind" sign from a fictional movie rental store that had gone out of business, and a telescope lends from the fictional university.

Some of the old items included a "jar of smoke", a license tag from the car of an old town hero, an editorial from the local newspaper, and a pie tin.

The time capsule itself was a beer keg. Tongue

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2  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 19, 2016 06:55:39 AM
Castor has been helping (or hindering) Alby's birdwatching:

But we have seen some sparrows, tufted titmice, and chickadees up close. I also scared off the one cardinal that Alby saw up close when I got excited and went scurrying for my camera - whoops:

Last weekend we did some gardening, but everything is tiny and sad looking right now. We do have some great hydrangea blooming right now and some pumpkins that are a bit early in the season though:

This is what a couple of my garden patches look like still - needs some work before things start warming up.
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3  You're Oh So Clever - Whimsical Fox Woodland Shrine in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 17, 2016 10:15:51 AM
In the recent Shrine Swap, I was partnered with kwality570 which I was very happy for. In the Whimsical Shrine Swap a couple years ago, I was her angel after her original partner flaked. I was super excited to make a companion piece for the "Oh Hello Deer" diorama I made her before (with her permission of course). I still had a couple of round boxes that matched the one I used for her first shrine from me and decided to do an opposite-ish night scene.

After doing some initial sketches, I sketched each piece individually, painted it, cut it out, rubbed the cut edges for a nice crisp black line, and proceeded to assemble in a layered scene. The "opposites" in this shrine are that the scene takes place on the other side of the tree from the first scene, it is night time instead of daytime, there is a female cardinal instead of a male cardinal, and the owl in the tree has taken off and is in flight. Previously, the fox was hiding behind the tree, and now he is pouncing around which a rabbit peaks out from a boulder. I tried to keep the feel of the scene very similar. I included mushrooms again, but this time they are slender white clusters instead of the fat spotted red mushrooms. There are a few things I forgot to do - like highlights and fine touches with color pencil after painting - because I was excited to put it together, and the fox looks like a more youthful pup than previously - perhaps this scene takes place first?  But I'm still happy with how it turned out Smiley

See the first "shrine" in the series here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=435660.0
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 16, 2016 04:32:51 PM
Alby, Castor, and I are watching out the window for a Cardinal - our state bird - to visit the feeder hanging outside our window.

In the meantime, here's some more photos from our trip the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham Smiley

One of my best pals StudioANF insisted on walking through the decorative greenery outside to help Alby pose in front of the sign - I'll save the photo of just Alby for his album, but I couldn't resist sharing this one I snagged of them being deviants Wink

We saw some pretty funky modern art in one of the galleries:

We saw some very classic art too, like this one by John Singer Sargent:

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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 15, 2016 03:46:29 PM
How about a photo challenge?
Does your state or country have an official flower, animal, mineral, etc? Check the list if you don't know https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lists_of_United_States_state_symbols
and post a photo with your LV and one of them Smiley I couldn't find a list for countries. I'll look more in a bit.

Eek! A challenge indeed. The NC state flower - the Dogwood - has already come and gone for the year. Maybe I'll get lucky and find the state wildflower (Carolina Lily) somewhere... although it doesn't usually flower until midsummer. Perhaps it is time for an adventure to learn which pine is the Longleaf Pine and grab a photo with one of those for the state tree Tongue I'm done doing anything active today though - I have a horrible cold that I caught from my husband who caught it while traveling to/from Florida and terrible allergies from doing garden chores that I couldn't let go of for another day. Very exhausting.

Here's a peak at Alby's trip to the Nasher Art Museum from yesterday though. More photos later Smiley

This is a piece of a Fresco from Teotihuacan, Central Mexico, dated 400-550 CE, featuring a dancing, singing bird:
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6  Woodland kitchen set in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 15, 2016 02:49:57 PM
This is a set I made for a friend during a round robin style swap with my local craft group. I went with a few fabrics she had on her Pinterest to get started and then chose some lovely coordinating fabrics I couldn't resist. The apron was made based on one I've had for several years and keep tracing to make new apron templates for. This time I added a towel loop, offset the main pocket, and attached the straps on the front so I could put button accents on them. With the leftover and scrap fabrics I made some scrappy quilted potholders to match. I went a little overboard with the quilting, so they wound up being a little overly stiff. I also added a little back pocket for slipping your hand into while taking things out of the oven. I'll talk about the kitchen towel on another board since I didn't do any sewing on it - just hand stamping Smiley

I am in love with the color combo and fabrics in this set. And the theme of the fabric is very up my alley and very fun to work with.
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7  Re: Shrine Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 13, 2016 01:41:52 PM
So many awesome shrines!!

I received these ones from kwality this week! (sorry for the late post - I've been away from my computer for the last couple nights). She made me two lovely shrines to treasure!

I'm in love with this honeybee shrine! The honeycomb looks amazing inside - I need to know how you made this, Kwality! There's such terrific detail in the bee.The stamping all around the outside is perfect, too. I absolutely love bees! (Just ask StudioANF and geekgirl1000100. This "sweet" beauty will go terrifically with all my watercolor bees that I need to hang.

And here is the precious second shrine she made. How inspiring! I also really love the key Smiley

Thank so much, WiccadWitch, Kwality, and Geekgirl for an amazing swap!
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8  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 11, 2016 10:41:00 AM
Oh! And I forgot to mention - Alby played a session of Dungeons and Dragons with me last week, and he must have some great luck! He was rolling 20's like crazy all night!!
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9  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 11, 2016 10:39:53 AM
All right! Here's a few photos from my trip down to Gainesville, FL, last weekend. More can be found on Alby's Flickr Album for his visit with me this round:

On the road, we pulled into the SC Welcome Center for a pit stop. I think I have a photo of May from a previous round in front of the same sign. A mockingbird decided to land on the sign right as I snapped the photo of Alby!

One of the first stops in G'ville was at a brewery that opened up since we graduated and moved away. The interior of the tasting room was gorgeous - lots of reclaimed wood. I loved their motto "Inherently Floridian". They were also animal friendly (like most breweries) so we had some fun watching pups play (Sadly no photos of that).

The hotel we stayed at was on Bivens Arm Lake, so despite being landlocked, we got to see some water:

No trip to G'ville is complete without a visit to "The Swamp". Alby really matched the stadium well, but we had to sneak around and avoid making anyone think we were impostors from Auburn or something Wink

Alby also got to hang out with one of the many campus gators:

And saw some of the beautiful historic dorms built in the 1920s:

The Welcome Dinner for the wedding we were there for was held in the F Club (attached to the football stadium). I'm not really into sports, but I thought it was cool that the Heisman trophies were kept there. I asked Alby to sit in front of Steve Spurier's trophy Smiley:

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10  Re: Shrine Swap Spring 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 10, 2016 04:41:21 PM
I received such an amazing and beautiful shrine from WiccadWitch yesterday and it just blew me away!! She went with my Woodland theme and made a scene out of a very magical forest.

The shrine is tucked into a shallow box with lots of bark detail around the outside that match the trees inside:

Two gnomes hide among the mushrooms on the forest floor, as well as a magical mushroom fellow. There are shiny beads and a geode nestled in with them, too.

In the background, a fairy and dryad watch over, and several more shimmery fairies float like dots within the trees. The background fades off so perfectly!

I already have this terrific shrine hanging in my hallway with past crafted swap goodies. WiccadWitch, this shrine is such a piece of art! Thanks so much for being a terrific partner Smiley
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