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111  Mead (honey wine) in three flavors in Recipes and Cooking Tips by PerfectlyBohemian on: November 15, 2011 06:42:09 PM
My fiance and I are serving homebrewed drinks at our wedding next fall. This summer we started a batch of mead, honey wine, with mesquite honey and cinnamon. A couple weeks ago my future father-in-law visited my fiance and they started a second batch with wildflower honey and added blueberries (I live in a different state right now). While I was visiting over the weekend we started a third batch with orange blossom honey and freshly squeezed orange juice. Each batch will yield about 5 gallons! Yum, yum, yum!

Here are the first two batches after we re-racked the blueberry batch:

I think they look nice side-by-side to show the unique colors. (They were prettier in person)

Here is the re-racking process from the blueberry batch:

This is the third batch. It doesn't look very attractive in this picture, but it smelled wonderful.

Each batch has about 15 lbs of honey (some containers not shown):

You can see my prototype bottle label in some previous posts, but that was before I knew we were going to do the second two batches. I will design new labels when we know that all of the mead ferments all right.

Thanks for looking! Smiley

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112  Re: Jar of Whimsies Rd 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: November 11, 2011 09:52:20 AM
I received yesterday afternoon a couple of hours before flying out of town. I managed to catalog my great haul of whimsies before leaving though Smiley

Sadly, there were a couple of breaks... one jar:

And the poor tea cup (which was filled with lovely teas; great for family tea time that I have with my roommates every few days!):

I saved all the pieces from the tea cup because I recently read an article on proper restoration of broken ceramics... I'm am definitely going to try it out in a couple weeks when I have time.

Contents of the first (broken) jar:
 (The bag was outside of the jar, and isaacmom put the neato peacock design on it)
Yay for Wonderland charms! The March Hare offers Alice wine at the tea party (how rude...)

Finger pincushion made by isaacmom! Yay!

It started raining so I had to finish up in my apartment with no windows... we do have windows but they are all under balconies and don't let in light...

Contents of the second jar:

The etch-a-sketch is a working miniature (cool!), and the little notepad with the Queen of Hearts was put together by isaacmom. The King of Hearts is on the other side. She also made the little lighthouse magnet. I was wonderfully happy to receive the flower cabochons. I have been wanting those for a while. I will be using them to make gifts for my bridesmaids (and luckily there will be one leftover for me!)

Contents of the last jar:
Cute Sanrio handkerchief:

Pretty decoupage matchbox filled with bee charms (also for wedding stuff):

The little camera had a safari inside:

And outside of the jars were some awesome handmade envelopes by isaacmom, some pretty flower label stickers, and cool black and white photos:

I had a ton of fun with everything! Thank you isaacmom! Cheesy


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113  Baby room animal paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by PerfectlyBohemian on: October 02, 2011 12:24:28 PM
So my cousin that I made the diaper bag for also envied the paintings I made for her newborn niece's bedroom. Now she gets her own set. Unfortunately, I didn't take pictures of the original set I made for the girl, but here is the new boy set, all on 12"x12" canvas:

The elephant was my least favorite... Sad I don't know why I don't like how he came out. Unfortunately, I rushed to package them up and mail them before I could decide to start him from scratch, so that is how they get him.
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114  TARDIS and Alice in Wonderland Stamps in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: October 02, 2011 12:16:01 PM
These have been done for a few weeks, but I am just now getting around to loading the pictures....

First up, we have a collection of Alice in Wonderland stamps, including two more Cheshire cats, a dormouse in a teapot, two tea cups, a "drink me" bottle, and the Queen of Hearts:

Then, my first Doctor Who craft tribute, the TARDIS:

I need some darker blue ink to make it show up cleaner.

These were my first stamps using the soft pink material. It is so much easier to use. I also bought up a bunch of it on clearance at Michael's. I need to figure out how to mount the bigger ones though to make the pressure even when stamping. there are a few that I had to stamp multiple times to get full contact.
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115  A couple of Cheshires :) in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 11, 2011 06:29:44 PM
I finally broke down and decided to do something cute and fun.
These two guys are on the same piece of linoleum that was a scrap from my last stamp.

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116  Sunflower and Bumblebee Linoleum Stamp in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 10, 2011 06:33:02 PM

Another stamp to add to my wedding stationary suite. Smiley

I was playing around with some pigment so sample has a faint yellow and blue stamping underneath the black stamping.

The eyes look a little cartoony, so I think I will try to fix them... they were supposed to just look shaded.
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117  Chocolate Espresso Cupcakes in Dessert by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 08, 2011 08:03:02 PM
So my fiance asked me to bake something for him to share at work during a tediously long (3-hour) group meeting tomorrow. Usually I prefer making cookies and brownies, but lately I have been drawn towards making cupcakes. I don't really like eating cake or cupcakes... they are just fun to make and share Smiley

I decide since he is feeding a bunch of engineers and scientists, the meeting is really long, and some of them (including my boy) have to work night shift, that a coffee laced cupcake would be fitting. We also had a bag of unground coffee beans that appeared in our fridge after moving in (he doesn't know where they came from, so my guess is his mom left them Tongue) and I just got a nifty "seasoning/spice" from Trader Joe's that I wanted to use as a topping. The spices are actually rock sugar, coffee beans and chocolate in a grinder.

I also got to dig out our Italian coffee maker from my fiance's grandfather! Fun stuff. (Strong stuff.)

The recipe I used for the cupcakes is here: http://southernfood.about.com/od/cupcakerecipes/r/r90328i.htm

And again I just made my own cream cheese frosting from a pack of cream cheese, some butter, and powdered sugar. I added a little milk this time because I didn't want it to be too sweet or too thick... I don't know if that was the best choice, but it worked.

Fresh from the oven:

The nifty sprinkles in spice grinder form:

Adding the sprinkles after topping:

And the grand finale, coffee bean on top Cheesy:

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118  Re: Fall wedding color questions in Weddings and Bridal Showers by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 08, 2011 08:57:34 AM
I'm having a fall wedding next year and I am planning to do sunflowers too. I might accent them with blue bonnets, but plain sunflower bouquets look great too. I really like your second image. The purple goes great.

I have been trying to convince myself to not let the season control my theme and color selections... 

Here are the ones I am considering:
Blue and Yellow

Sunflower only

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119  Lemon curd filled mini-cupcakes with lemon cream cheese topping in Dessert by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 07, 2011 11:49:42 PM

During my summer holiday I have been staying with my fiance in North Carolina. I've been baking about every other day because he is working full time and I like to spoil him Smiley

I didn't document the peanut butter cup cookies or the white chip brownies with a mixed nut topping. I decided that mini-cupcakes are too cute not to document, however.

I followed the recipe here for the cake but I reduced the cooking time to 10 minutes for the miniatures: http://www.joyofbaking.com/cupcakes/LemonCupcakes.html

I just used store bought lemon curd for the inner filling. and I sort of made up the topping recipe after reading a few others and not being happy.

Mix 8 oz softened cream cheese with 1/4 cup softened butter...
Gradually combine up to 1/2 lb of powdered sugar...
Add the juice from one small lemon...
Add more powdered sugar if necessary to thicken (I used a little less than half a pound total)

Pretty, fresh-from-the-oven cupcakes:

Filling the cupcakes with lemon curd (I used a butter knife to cut triangle holes and used a sandwich bag with a snipped corner for filliing):

The first bunch filled up:

The frosting (using a sandwich bag again); I kept bumping the ones I had already frosted, so some of them have extra spikes on their sides, whoops! Tongue:

All 37 frosted mini-cupcakes taking over my counter (some space was also consumed from the previous night's mead production):

And the final line up with sprinkles for luck is shown at the top of the page! Smiley

Thanks for reading! Tuesday morning I am making cappuccino cupcakes, so another post is to come! Cheesy

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120  Re: Chocolate Zoo Diaper Bag (Lots of pictures) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 07, 2011 11:00:47 PM
Too bad I'm a little late to put some input in, I love the diaper bag, I'd suggest a clutch to go with it, for wallet, make-up, chapstick, extra girly things.

I have a two year old son and he STILL gets plushies, and it drives me bonkers because at this point, he has NO interest in them! LOL I tend to give his stuffed animals all away, unless it's really special.

I really like the design, I'm thinking I need to make one very similar myself! I would love to see a tutorial, or just a basic outline. Even dimensions would be cool! XD

Unfortunately, it got down to the last minute, and for me stuffed animals were the quick and easy thing to do (Pictures of those are in another post). She really appreciated them. Perhaps I can make the clutch as a gift when her baby is born. Right now I am sorta homeless and traveling while I wait for my new apartment to be available (which was part of the reason I had to get it done Sad ).

Below is an image of my planning board. I just used a cutting mat and rotary cutter for measuring the cuts. A lot of it I just planned in my head, but feel free to ask more questions! I know some of what I did isn't on the board... like the zipper flaps (approx. 20"x3.5" of accent and inside fabrics with stiff interfacing...) and order of assembly...

That was just for the outside. I didn't write anything down for the inside because I used the same dimensions.... I decided pocket widths by putting wipes and toys in them and pinning them down Tongue
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