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21  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED 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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22  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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23  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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24  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED 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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25  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED 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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26  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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27  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 04, 2016 05:47:14 AM
Last weekend, Alby and I kept StudioANF company at her Spring Daze booth in Cary, NC. Alby was really supportive and helpful! The festival is usually one of the most enjoyable arts and crafts festivals in our area when it isn't raining all morning like last weekend.





We saw some fun things at the festival, like this cool owl wandering around, and an adorable old school trailer where someone was selling cupcakes.





My favorite bakery, La Farm, was also there. Anyone recognize the name or breads? Wink



The next day, we had brunch, sherbet mimosas, and a Tom Jones watercolor paint session with friends.





I hope Alby is having fun being dragged all around with me! Tomorrow we are headed down to Florida for four days, so we will be a little our of touch for the rest of the week.
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28  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: April 29, 2016 04:21:18 PM
I received my flag from Acadian Driftwood today, and it is perfect for my collection! The hand stitched wood grain is amazing and her stitches on the text are awesome too. I love how the bottom edge has very natural decayed wood tattered-ness to it Smiley


And here is the one I crafted for myself using scraps from the printed fabric swap - I carved the tree stamp and used textile ink for stamping it. The base of the flag is wet felted roving in lots of colors that I love.


And all of them from this swap together! So perfect Smiley


I'll have to take a bunch of better pictures in the daylight and with my previous swap flags after I get back home next week.
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29  Re: Prayer Flag Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: April 27, 2016 10:54:11 AM
I received two beautiful flags from cmarion this week! She went with "Bloom" and "Flyte". I love all the fabrics and colors she used. The stems on the flowers are super interesting looking too. I need to try something like this next time.

I can't wait to hang all my new flags Smiley Thanks cmarion3!





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30  Re: Traveling Little Visitor Swap Round 23 Gallery! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PerfectlyBohemian on: April 27, 2016 10:51:16 AM
Oh my goodness, that painting smock is adorable on Felicity!! I love all the "coworkers" too. Alby is spending a craftathon weekend with me and . I might have to make him a smock too because we are having a watercolor painting brunch on Sunday after swap crafting and a craft festival on Saturday Smiley

Here's some more from our weekend trip in Maryland!

I am such a nerd for structural things (which is probably why I am a structural engineer Wink), so on the return trip, the bride-to-be who was carpooling with me took some photos of Alby riding along as we went over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge:



While taking a pit stop in Baltimore to pick up my husband before returning to Raleigh, we decided to get a snack at R&R Taqueria - a Zagat rated taco place that my husband has been mentioning he wanted to try.





On the road again! I love the Virginia is for Lovers slogan everywhere, so while Mr. PB was driving, I managed to grab an on the move shot of Alby with a sign on the interstate again.



We grabbed dinner in Richmond and sat outside where we could see several VCU buildings in the city.



I also took this shot of Alby yesterday with my team's mascot at work - the Green Monkey. They were just "hanging out" Wink Grin



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