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21  Woodland Themed Stamped Tea Towels in Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: March 28, 2016 11:07:48 AM
Another one of the projects I made for the Woodland Creature swap was a set of tea towels using a pair of stamps I carved.

I tried some fabric medium to mix into acrylic paint this time instead of using oil based stamping inks like I usually do to make sure they dried fast enough before I sent them. I'm not really happy with the results of the fabric medium and acrylic combo, but I last minute decided to add these as an extra to my package and didn't have many other options since the oil based stuff takes a couple weeks to fully dry. The fabric medium and acrylic paint didn't stick well when trying to roll it onto the stamps, so it was all uneven and difficult to apply. Anyone have recommendations on fast drying stamping mediums that roll on well?

I'm still happy overall with the results if you ignore the ink issue. I will hopefully make a nice little set of these for myself in the future Smiley And I forgot to take pictures of the stamps, whoops!

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22  Needle Felted Fox in Felting: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: March 06, 2016 03:08:12 PM
Ok. So I like foxes. Whatever. This was for a swap, and I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity when my partner in the Woodland swap specifically asked for a needle-felted fox.  Grin It is possible I may have already made some needle-felted foxes in the past for swaps and other reasons. Like that one time. And that other time. And the time after thatWink And for the record, I don't actually own any needle-felted foxes myself. They all have found homes elsewhere. This one my be my new favorite though, so I really hope Treemoon is treating him well Wink

This was the first time I actually used a tutorial for needle-felting to see if I could learn any new tricks. And I did! I highly recommend watching a few Sarafina Fiber videos on YouTube. If you are an experienced needle felter and can get past hearing all the beginner stuff, you might pick up a few different techniques too! My fox looks nothing like hers because I went my own direction several times, but I really love the way she does armatures and some other tricks she does.

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23  Sleeping Fawn Pendant in CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES by PerfectlyBohemian on: March 03, 2016 08:45:33 PM
I happened to make this mid-February for my partner in the Woodland themed Swap and since I don't usually make many small things or polymer clay things, I thought I'd give it a shot in the challenge.

This sleepy little fawn is a pendant inspired by one that my partner had on her Pinterest. I made it with a brown polymer clay with a slightly rough "carved" texture. I then used a very light coat of shimmery gold paint to give it a slight bronze effect. It is sealed with a luster Mod Pudge for extra shine Smiley The spots in the clay didn't show up well, so I gave them a touch of paint also to stand out.

The finished pendant is about 1.75".

Work in progress shot:

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24  Re: Woodland Creatures Swap 2016 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: February 26, 2016 03:15:10 PM
I am so bad and forgot to post pictures of the delightful package I got from Treemoon a few days ago. I'm so scatter brained this week doing a million things for work and friends.

Here is everything:

I am absolutely in love with the fabric she used on this craft tool pouch. I can't wait to start carrying it to craft meetups:

I finally have a new mug rug after almost three years of using the same one I made for myself in a class. This applique is so good and has nice embroidered accents. I've already put it to use! Cheesy

And my partner and I decided to do extras! My extra was this fantastic mushroom terrarium and pin cushion in one with interchangeable props. She made me a teeny gnome and a fairy house that can takes turns being in the jar. This has been on my wish list for as long as I have had a Pinterest, so it is exciting to finally get one! Right now I have it set to "gnome" with the fairy house in a type set drawer I've been trying to fill up for the last year.

Thanks so much, Treemoon! I really enjoyed doing this swap with you Grin
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25  Welcome to Night Vale Round 2! in New Swap Theme Ideas by PerfectlyBohemian on: February 21, 2016 03:02:57 PM

Hello there, faithful listeners. My fellow reporters have informed me that the Night Vale City Council has unanimously announced that the annual Welcome to Night Vale swap is upon us. Please shout into your nearest appliance so that one of the many hidden monitoring devices in your home can inform us of your availability and desire to participate. In order to ensure we receive your comment, please also type a reply below exactly as it was shouted.

Previous Swap Discussion

Previous Swap Gallery

Going off the record - is anyone else super excited for the new show on tour? Smiley No spoilers, please, if you already got to see it Wink
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26  Miniature Kitchen Items - Pantry shelf and more in Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: January 24, 2016 02:32:15 PM
Last year I was in the "Setting the Scene in Miniature" swap - I can't believe that was in June, whoops! One of my partners requested some items for a kitchen scene, so I made a little pantry shelf and some items to start filling it up.

The shelf is made of balsa wood with a couple layers of scrap paper for the backing - isn't that blue pattern so adorably vintage looking! (the back paper was wood grain - you can see it in the photos of the coffee beans below)

The cutting board was made from a couple of wood chip samples for laminate flooring or something that I got from the Scrap Exchange in Durham, NC. The knife blade was made by cutting a soda can and folding a sheet of metal down to cut into a blade shape. The handle is polymer clay. A little ant decided to be my photo model for helping scale the objects.

One of my favorite things to make was the set of coffee bags and beans. I made the bags using an actual coffee bag from a local roaster/coffee shop, so it was already infused with coffee smell. One of the bags was sealed and had actual coffee beans to help keep the smell around a little longer, and the other bag was left open. I made these super teeny coffee beans out of polymer clay in case my partner wanted to pour some coffee into another miniature Smiley

The cinnamon rolls were my other favorite. I used a candy tin for the baking tray, and followed a tutorial that used acrylic paint and salt for the chunky bits. They looked so yummy Cheesy

A few simpler items were just some vintage printable labels that I slapped onto to cylinders cut from a log of polymer clay, jars of simple candy sticks (also polymer clay), and teeny boxes made from printable vintage labels.

And a ruler for scale Wink

I had so much fun making these. I really hope to do more miniatures in the future Smiley
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27  Up-Inspired Passport Cover in Needlework: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: November 23, 2015 05:24:14 PM
I recently made this for the Passport Cover swap for CraftyMamaBee. I saw an adorable Up hoopla on her Pinterest and absolutely had to make my own. Such an appropriate theme for traveling, right?

Mostly hand embroidered, with some applique balloons.

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28  Re: Passport Cover Swap Gallery (Send Outs Nov 16) in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: November 23, 2015 05:17:45 PM
I received from CraftyMamaBee today! She made me such a lovely cover that will serve its purpose perfectly  Cheesy

I love the light machine embroidery, but it was hard to get photos of with inside lights. It says "Bloom" on the cover and has pretty leaves on the inside.

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29  Rainbow Catching Butterflies Fingerless Gloves in Knitting: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: October 14, 2015 09:51:27 AM
This is the second pair of fingerless gloves that I made using the Catching Butterflies pattern from Woodland Knits, but without the butterflies added this time (and I haven't taken pictures of the first pair Tongue). I picked up the rainbow striping yarn on sale last time I went to Joann's and absolutely loved the mottled bits of colors in each of the stripes. I wasn't completely excited how the stripes turned out in the gloves, but it was pretty enough. I forgot to change needle sizes after doing the ribbing on the first glove, so I wound up just making them a bit small and giving them to my niece. She was with me on a cruise in August, so after I finished them up, we just took a couple of quick photos from the balcony of the room my in-laws were in, so please excuse the weird background.

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30  Needle-Felted Jack the Border Collie in Felting: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: October 12, 2015 05:39:14 PM
This was a gift I made for an acquaintance as a sort of thank you for being invited to a super cool event for the last couple years. It is a "portrait" of a favorite dog on the farm. He was a super old doggie when I met Jack, and sadly passed before I finished this project. 

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