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1  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 10, 2016 06:53:50 PM
Alby joined me for a friend's wedding rehearsal on Saturday at the Duke Chapel (at Duke University) in Durham, NC. I was absolutely blown away by the historic look of the buildings and the chapel on this part of the campus. I felt like I was in Europe for a moment. There aren't many buildings like this that I have seen in the US.

And I know Alby isn't actually in this photo, but we had to just look up and be amazed by all the architecture and amazing structural pieces and stain glass in this cathedral. It was so gorgeous!

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2  Re: Mini Junk Journals in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 05, 2016 08:09:28 PM
I received an absolutely gorgeous journal from Onyxnox this week! It features a little bit of everything from my themes and it is all so well put together and has so many awesome little details. And there are so many pages! And lots of tags, and charms, and lace! I tried to narrow down my favorites, but that's like half the book. So here we go Cheesy

There's this one page that is actually a Basmati rice bag with the snap still intact acting like an envelope!

And there's an awesome quote at the end <3

Lots of the pages have this very dimensional layering and pages sewn together:

And look! Pressed flowers <3 <3 <3

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3  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 31, 2016 08:40:45 AM
Ha! A bank, waterbaby? I am kicking myself for not going back into a building last week that I met a client at. I didn't want to pull Alby out to take pictures on the roof or while walking out with a bunch of clients because the group of old men were already not taking me very seriously as a young, female engineer with half of my hair dyed purple and blue. The building we were at is also an old bank with the old vault turned into a vending machine room Tongue

I did get lots of pictures with Alby in Wilmington and on Carolina Beach though! Here's also some pictures from prior weeks that I hadn't gotten around to sharing.

First, we went to Downtown Raleigh a few weeks ago (to play Pokemon Go  Tongue), so I got to show Alby the capitol building, the iconic acorn sculpture, and the cool tree on the conference center. (the last one was a drive-by photo  Roll Eyes)

In Wilmington, we visited the Battleship North Carolina. I have sooo many photos of Alby in the ship, and it was late in the day, so there were no people getting in our way. Although I did feel like I was getting lost on the ship because it was so huge! There were also lots of neat (and scary) things in there.

The hallways were all very narrow (bleh)

We visited a Post Office, too! (on the ship):

I don't think most ships have wishing wells....

Alby and I dropped a few coins in to appease any would-be goblins or trolls that might be on board though:

Also while in Wilmington, we ate dinner on the river.

The condo we rented had a lovely beachfront view! Alby did lots of relaxing while I worked from the condo on Monday and Tuesday.

Lots more photos of our trip are on Alby's photo album here: https://goo.gl/photos/fmHJh8wwt9kT9wvQA Smiley
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4  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 09, 2016 01:54:33 PM
Alby "supervised" today at a wall build for Habitat for Humanity we did today. We built all the walls for an entire house in 2.5 hours Cheesy

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5  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 08, 2016 03:52:04 PM
Here are some photos from Alby and me at the Yates Mill Pond a couple weekends ago. They still do tours of the mill, but the friend we were with had to leave before the tour started, so we missed it. We got to see the mill and pond, then walked the trail behind the pond.

Here's the creek that runs away from the dam, and the bridge for the road over it:

And the mill:

The confetti someone left all over the rocks behind the dam:

And the pond!

I forgot to take pictures on the trail  Lips sealed

Also, Alex, I am playing Pokemon Go Smiley I will have to remember to take Alby on my next walk to go hunting for some. There's several "PokeStops" near my office we can check out since most of them are supposed to be culturally or artistically significant - although a ton are in the cemetery which seems a little odd and semi-disrespectful...
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6  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 06, 2016 07:30:41 PM
I received a lovely purple coneflower badge from LeapFeetFirst today Smiley I'm really impressed by the 3D-ness of the embroidered elements. It's so pretty! Cheesy

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7  2016 Featured Projects in Fiber Arts - 2nd Quarter in FIBER ARTS by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 03, 2016 07:36:55 PM
Here are the featured projects for Fiber Arts from second quarter of 2016. These projects were chosen by members of the Craftster community by hitting the "This Rocks!" button and leaving lots of replies. Please give a round of applause and some love to these talented artists that represent this board!

Mr Steampunk Pirate Fox by ThreeLittleCats

Shibori style dyed felt scarves by Belladune

Purple Rose Yarn by meleriffic

Mr Rex, felted T-rex by LevelleCreations

To see projects from the first quarter and other years, please visit the archive -->here<--!
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8  Re: Felt Badge Swap R3 Gallery (Send Out June 27!) in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 01, 2016 06:16:07 PM
Oh my goodness, that mouse is too stinkin' cute.

Petskin also made me a lovely, needle-felted badge. This one is a macaron! I'm guessing pistachio flavored. Yum Cheesy

Look at all those little seed beads! Sprinkles are the best - but hand sewn ones are crazy awesome Wink
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9  Rusty the Moth Guy - mostly needle-felted art doll in Felting: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 01, 2016 05:39:06 PM

I was sooo very excited to participate in the Strange Doll Swap in June, and when I got partnered with petskin for the first time in my swapping career, I was all the more excited. I decided to go with "moths" for the primary theme and "mushrooms" for the secondary theme of her list. I experimented and did somethings I don't usually do, and it was all a ton of fun. I really want to do more projects like this now Smiley

Rusty's body is needle-felted mostly of a plain white core fiber and then a nicer plain white top roving with four natural grayish insect-like arms, and dark natural wool accents around his eyes, legs, and forehead. Around his collar are bits of white wool locks from yet another batch of wool I have to give him a ruffled look. He has a fairly wimpy armature, unfortunately - I didn't realize how weighty he was going to get, and he didn't hold his pose well after handling and moving a lot. He can balance on his own, but his head looks down quite a bit Sad His legs were wrapped in jute twine with polymer clay claws to help provide a stable and durable foot.

For the non-needle felted bits, he has feathered ear tufts - each "ear" is three or four feathers stacked neatly and I built up the felting around them to hold them in and make them stand. You maaaay have noticed that Rusty has some abnormal "growth" on his back - mainly a few slender white mushrooms dotted with green and blue "moss". I made the mushrooms from polymer clay following a tutorial I found here. I added wires to the stems of the mushrooms, which are embedded into Rusty's humped back. The mossy bits are what I like to call "sweater droppings" or "wool pellets". They are the bits of balled up wool left in the corners of my garment bags when I machine wash/wet felt sweaters for craft projects. I have a couple bags of them because I always though I would find a purpose for them. Never through anything away, right? Wink They are also felted down in place. His eyes - which I am in love with - are made from big, flat beads that I had in my stash for a long while with plans to use for some steampunk-style accessories that never came to be. I layered on polymer clay with brushed on pastels to create the eyes. They are slightly insect like but not at the same time. The beads change from orange to green depending on the angle of light.

Now we are getting to the part where Rusty gets his name! The top of his moth wings were created using muslin fabric that I soaked for a few days in water filled with coffee grounds while the fabric was wrapped around rusty nails, screws, and hinges (kindly and gladly donated to me by geekgirl1000100). This was the biggest experiment of the project. I had never really dyed things by intentionally staining with things that tend to stain. I discovered that rust stain does not soak through fabric well. I attempted to get a symmetric look to the wings by doing two layers at once, but I wound up having to do one side and then the other (I had a small supply of rusty bits for this). I was really impressed by the overall result and found some things surprising. I expected the coffee to turn the fabric brownish, but it turned out more grayish. I added vinegar to the water bath because I heard it was good for making dyes brighter/hold better - I don't know about this and I'm not sure if it caused the coffee to change color either. Even though it was unplanned, I really liked the gray tinge around the outer bits of the fabric, but when I cut down the wings, I lots a lot of that. Finally, his wings are backed with felted sweater bits. I decided to intentionally mismatch the undersides of the lower wing parts since he is such a strange character, and it seemed fitting. Smiley

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10  Re: Strange Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 01, 2016 04:04:02 PM
I received the cutest-creepiest darn art doll ever from petskin today! Look at those eyes!!! Also, it is the tiniest, lightest thing ever, constructed with paper clay and stained with coffee and acrylics, with a hat made with sweater scraps and a lovely lace, ruffle around its neck. Clothes fully removable! (The macaron is for the badge swap that we were also partnered for.) And looks at all spotted head and freckles! So cute! And the eyes are so piercing and creepy! I love it <3 Smiley

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