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101  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 25, 2014 05:19:40 PM
I finally finished my first square (1"x1"). I didn't do a border, but I might add something later to divide the squares up. I'm sticking with the "bird watching" theme. This one is based on a photo I took of a tufted titmouse on the mulberry tree in our backyard:





I stocked up on floss to take with me on vacation next week. We are going to the UK so there will be a couple of loooong flights, as well as some train rides. Crafting seems the perfect way to kill time Wink
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102  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 18, 2014 05:45:31 AM
I still haven't started my squares, but I did do some inchy-ish embroidery in the altered spool swap for MissingWillow. The scroll around the spool I altered had some <1" sheep, zombie sheep, and a dog on it. I didn't measure the width of the scroll though:



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103  Needle-Felted Zombie Sheep on a Spool (with embroidered "scroll" action) in Felting: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 15, 2014 06:54:54 AM
I made this little guy for MissingWillow for the Altered Spool Swap. This was such a fun little swap to get me back into swapping online again, although for some reason I was a real slowpoke on getting it finished. She listed 10 themes, so I had a lot to choose from, but I noticed she had commented on her desire for a zombie-sheep combination in another swap, so two themes became one Tongue I found a wonderfully bright green spool at a antique shop by the flea market. After searching the flea market for a spool less than 6 inches big for a couple hours, I was pretty relieved to find this one.

The sheep parts are all needle-felted with the exception of the ears which are a wool-poly blend. One ear is a tad bit nibbled by fellow zombie sheep perhaps. His legs have decayed a little, but he still gets by. His zombie infection must have been transmitted through that nasty bite in his side from a fellow sheep.

The scroll represents the unwritten story of how the great Lizzy saved Missing Willow Farm. The sheep, zombie sheep, and Lizzy are hand embroidered onto fabric which was then attached to some more of that lovely wool-poly blend felt. His scroll ties closed to a little red button on his belly. (Belly button! Grin)














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104  Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 14, 2014 03:53:01 PM
Hurrah! That was the most fun I've had doing a craft swap ever! Who else can say they learned to milk a goat while meeting for a swap? Wink Missing Willow Farm was aaammmazing!! (I'm in love).

And now for my new treasure. I received a lovely Alice in Wonderland tea party spool! (With a bonus pretty little spool as Alice's pedestal):


MW made some adorable pastries for Alice's little party, complete with macarons! (my favorite). Those little fruit are amazing too! So much detail Smiley


And the bottom is decorated all the way around the bottom with wonderful wonderland memorabilia! The potion bottle actually has liquid in it Tongue


The locket on top even opens <3


Unrelated nonsense: (Baaah!)


Thanks so much for the amazing swap, MissingWillow! You were a fantastic partner (and organizer). Cackle, it was so wonderful to meet you too!! Cheesy
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105  Applique Tea Towel Set - Teapot and Teacups in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 24, 2014 07:37:16 AM
After the official Tea Swap I did on Craftster, I did a follow up private swap with my fellow local crafter geekgirl1000100. I don't recall our point guideline, but this is one of the projects I made for her. I nestled this set of tea towels into the tea box I built for her and posted about here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=158844;sa=showTopics#axzz32dxKXwaw

The applique parts are made with more left over fabric from the fabric bins and placemats that I made for geekgirl. I used a set of flour sack towels that I found at World Market.


Tea-themed Applique on Flour Sack Towels by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Tea-themed Applique on Flour Sack Towels by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Tea-themed Applique on Flour Sack Towels by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Tea-themed Applique on Flour Sack Towels by MissRiggles, on Flickr
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106  Rustic Fairy Tea Box with Fabric Bins in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 22, 2014 07:12:24 PM
After the official Tea Swap I did on Craftster, I did a follow up private swap with my fellow local crafter geekgirl1000100. I don't recall our point guideline, but this is one of the projects I made for her.

I could not for the life of me find an appropriately sized box for altering (until after I made this one), so I instead of altering a box, I built one. I started with a pine crate from Michael's which I stained to give an older weathered look. Then I found a frame that was as close as I could get to being the same size as the box, and that became the lid. There was a slight difference in width, so I added a decorative piece of wood to shim the latch up.

After making the box, I drew and colored the picture of the fairy to go in it. I had originally planned to do some kind of papercraft, but on a whim, I thought a fairy in her tea cup would be a nice addition. I used some fabric leftover from a private Christmas swap that I did with geekgirl to make her a set of placemats. This time around, the fabric made the outside of the fabric bins. I had ordered some pretty awesome tea-themed fabric that I didn't manage to use for the first tea swap we did, so I used that for the inside. That way when the box is closed, the fabric matches other decor in geekgirl's dining room, but when it is open, it is all fun and exciting! Wink

Finally, I filled it to the brim with tea, cookies, and tea towels. So of course, she could not actually use it for it's original purpose by the time I gave it to her Wink


Homemade Tea Box with Fabric Sorters by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Homemade Tea Box with Fabric Sorters by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Homemade Tea Box with Fabric Sorters by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Homemade Tea Box with Fabric Sorters by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Fabric Storage Bins by MissRiggles, on Flickr
(poor photographing location Sad Ignore the parking lot in the background!)


Homemade Tea Box with Fabric Sorters by MissRiggles, on Flickr


This was a really fun project because I used lots of skills on it! Painting, staining, using tools, sewing, and drawing/coloring. I'll post the tea towels some other time too Smiley
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107  Departure Satchel/Traveling Weekend Bag and Matching Mini Accordion Wallet in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 22, 2014 06:51:42 PM
One of my very best friends that I met after moving to North Carolina was assigned to be my partner in a local meetup group craft swap. I wanted to really spoil her, especially since she might not to do much crafting starting this summer (she got accepted into a graduate architectural program, and I may never see her again... for the next four years... or so Wink ). Swapping with my local craft group has also been my reason for absence on Craftster for several months.

She had the Amy Butler Weekender Bag on her wishlist, but I couldn't find the pattern as a pdf, and was being lazy and didnt' want to wait to ship it. I search high and low on the internet, and this bad boy was the closest I found to a nice traveling bag that was attractive and practical. I found the pattern on this Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/156970315/departure-satchel-pdf-sewing-pattern?ref=shop_home_active_9

I removed about three of the zippered pockets that were in the pattern to save time. I also added piping to make it look a little more like the Amy Butler bag (and to add a nice pop of contrast). And finally, I used a heavier interfacing to make sure the bag maintained its shape.


Departure Satchel/Traveling Weekend Bag by MissRiggles, on Flickr

It has a  neat "trolley sleeve" on the back for sliding over the handle of pull-along luggage, too!


Departure Satchel/Traveling Weekend Bag by MissRiggles, on Flickr

And it still has lots of pockets, including two plain pockets, and a zippered "laptop pocket" which seems more tablet sized to me, but I think I printed the pattern off too small. Whoops!  Tongue


Departure Satchel/Traveling Weekend Bag by MissRiggles, on Flickr

With the left over fabric, I made a little accordion wallet to go with it. I should have used a thinner fabric for the sides so that it would fold up slimmer (lesson learned!). I also need to figure out a better way to put the zipper in next time so it doesn't get all puckered and weird.


Mini Accordion Wallet by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Mini Accordion Wallet by MissRiggles, on Flickr


Mini Accordion Wallet by MissRiggles, on Flickr


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108  Re: I Heart Tea Swap Rd 2 - Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: January 15, 2014 07:18:27 PM
I received a fantastic package from whenindoubtsew today! She was so generous with her crafting and sneaked in some extras that are quite awesome.

First, a just-out-of-the-envelope shot with everything still wrapped:



The cookie got a little crumbly, but I'm surprised after the long trek that it wasn't in worse condition. There are 3 large samples of tea: Daintree Blend (Australian black tea, hibiscus, blackberries, & orange); Japanese Garden (sencha with peach, corn flowers, rose petals, & calendula); and Arctic Fire (black China and Ceylon tea with fruit, mint, and cornflowers). There is also a "Friendship Tea" felt badge with a clip on the back.

Inside the tissue paper were all these goodies:



A whole TWO tea press cozies. I have the urge to buy a second small tea press so I never have to take them off! One is my first Sherlock craft item!! Sherlock and John portraits with "221B" in the middle. The fabric even matches their wallpaper! Then there are wonderfully hand-embroidered teacups and teapot on the second (in my favorite colors). There is also a Union Jack fabric on the back that I forgot to get a photo of. To top it off, she sent a beautiful mug rug with three "whimsical woodland" scenes <3 It has pretty lace and lots of delicate stitches. The extra is a tea strainer set with the classic blue willow design on it Smiley








Thanks so much, whenindoubt!!
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109  Madman with a Box Doctor Who wood burned spoon in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: September 26, 2013 11:09:06 AM
This was my first finished project using a wood burner that I picked up at a thrift store ages ago. It was one of the items in the first package that I sent to deathbeforedishes in the Make-a-Friend Swap. I found the main image I used on dbd's Pinterest (not my design!). I also added the sonic screwdriver and an appropriate quote/reference from the 11th Doctor's first episode. This item represented my love of cooking, with the extra twist of having Doctor Who designs that appeal to both me and dbd. Smiley









I don't think I'll be doing much more wood burning with the tool I used. It took a lot longer than I thought it would because the wood was pretty dense and the burner didn't have any sort of temperature control. Now I need something different to do with the extra wood spoons I bought Tongue
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110  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 10: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: September 25, 2013 05:11:19 PM
I received such a beautiful table runner from deathbeforedishes tonight! She said that each snowflake took 15-20 minutes to make, and there are more than 30 of them! She also sent me some acorns and a bigger nest similar to the ones she sent me in package 2.







Thank you so much, dbd! You've been an amazing partner, and it was awesome doing this swap with you!
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