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31  2016 Featured Projects in Machine Embroidery in SEWING IN GENERAL by MissingWillow on: March 08, 2016 03:03:41 PM
Here is a list of our current 2016 featured projects in machine embroidery.  Thanks to everyone who contributes to this section of Craftster!

Family Portraits by lindyv321

Free Motion Bunny Embroidery by pottermouth

Machine Embroidered Hoop Art by Nicc79

Hagrid's Hut by pottermouth

Always Machine Embroidered Hoop  by lindyv321

Owl Embroidery by alwaysinmyroom
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32  A Tiny Tea Room in CHALLENGE 112 ENTRIES by MissingWillow on: March 04, 2016 08:00:46 AM
I had a small box and was inspired to turn it into a tea room, complete with a pretty little pink floral tea set and the perfect sentiment, "Where there is tea there is love".

Extra cups hang from hooks on the wall.  I constructed the cake stand from a metal bead and a stamped metal embellishment.  The cake is molded from paper clay and dusted with glitter 'sugar'.  The lemon slices are nail decor and the sugar cubes were made from polymer clay. 

This project has inspired me to make a series of miniature tea rooms.   Smiley
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33  Re: IYP 28 - Winter Wing Ding GALLERY!! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: March 03, 2016 08:06:20 AM
My package arrived from alwaysinmyroom and boy did she spoil me with the most perfect, personal, epic, overthetop, spoilery package ever!  She selected the best theme for me... sheeps! 

Our swap started with her asking me if she could make me a plum scarf.  Um...yes but only if you agree to IYP with me!  Here it is... I love it and am wearing it to lunch today.   Smiley

She sent this scarf as an 'extra'.  Are you kidding me??  It's totally soft and the most gorgeous heather green (my new favorite color).

I am totally in love with this knit pouch.  Totally, I tell ya!  I can't decide if I'm going to carry my loyalty cards in it daily or save it for foreign money when I travel but I was looking for a zip pouch for both purposes. 

I love love love this jar lid pincushion!  Alwaysinmyroom needs to post a tutorial on how to make these so I can make them for my daughters.

Note cards that are cute cute cute!  She made me some a few years ago for another swap and I am sad every time I send one off.   Cheesy

An embroidered hoop of the hiney of one of our most affectionate sheep, Kat.  She is heading through a gate to our lower pasture.  I've attached the photo she used from my blog for reference.  She nailed it!  This is so special!

Check out this amazing tote!  It's gorgeous!  I think I'll use it to replace one of the boxes I use to take our things to the farmer's market every Friday.  Her sewing skills amaze me.  Amaze!!!

The inside is just as beautiful and she included a zipper pocket.

I asked Jack to help me show how big it is.  Huge!

And finally, whew, yummy Birch fabric.  We decided to swap a yard of fabric because who doesn't love an excuse to shop for fabric??This is my first Birch fabric, but not my last!

Thank you thank you thank you alwaysinmyroom!  I bow to your crafting skills!  Thank you so much for everything!   Kiss
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34  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: February 17, 2016 02:44:32 PM
That bunny card is adorable!  Texscrapper, you are a woman of many talents, and a superwoman on your sewing machine! 

I (finally) finished the miniature for Lionel that I've been working on. 
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35  Re: A Miniature (Actual) Bakery in Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 17, 2016 02:37:55 PM
Here's a photo to show scale.  I am super jealous you are close enough to pop in for macaroons whenever you have the urge!  He said something along the lines of 'ooh lala' when he opened it.  He kept asking questions about how it was done.  It think he was expecting a leg of lamb.   Cheesy

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36  A Miniature (Actual) Bakery in Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: February 17, 2016 02:15:28 PM
Before we bought our farm almost 10 years ago, we lived in Cary, NC and our favorite local business was La Farm Bakery, an authentic french bakery within walking distance of our house.  About five years ago we started running into the bakery owner at food and wine festivals, where he was doing baking demonstrations and my husband and I were spit roasting lamb.  He's the nicest, most generous guy and I was inspired to surprise him with a miniature replica of his business.

I included a display of his cookbook, A Passion For Bread.  It's fantastic!  The pastries were made from polymer clay and paper clay.  The bottom shelf holds his bags of hearth baked granola, his scone mix and bags of the coffee he carries.  The counter is the base of a miniature china cabinet.

I've literally had that miniature baker's rack for at least 30 years, waiting on the perfect project.  The breads are made from paper clay with acrylic paint and chalk highlights.

I grabbed a few photos of the inside of his bakery, to show what I used for reference.  

I had to include a photo of his signature whole wheat sourdough boule with a butter knife for scale.  It's to die for!  If you'd like to check out his website, it's www.lafarmbakery.com
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37  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: January 29, 2016 05:02:29 AM
I can mark 3 things off of my list.  I was asked to provide side dishes for a lamb dinner with a food writer.  It was last night and it was delicious.  I made spinach salad with bacon and my homemade goat cheese with a sherry vinegarette, twice baked potatoes and a broccoli spinach quiche.  Our host provided leg of lamb, lamb ribs and awesome wine. 

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38  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: January 26, 2016 03:47:47 AM
That cross stitch is amazing. Shocked  So tiny!  I have my first project to share.  Some holiday minis that will go into a larger setting I'm working on.

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39  Miscellaneous Featured Artist, PerfectlyBohemian! in MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS by MissingWillow on: January 20, 2016 01:12:43 PM
We've long admired PerfectlyBohemian's gorgeous nature-inspired creations here and are thrilled to recognize her as our latest featured artist for the Miscellaneous category!

How long have you been crafting? What's the first thing you remember crafting? 
I've been making art since I was 10 years old. That is probably also the same age I was when my childhood neighbor started teaching me about sewing. I remember the first projects she worked with me on were making pajama shorts with plaid seersucker in bright colors.

What's your favorite media to work with? 
My favorite media changes almost yearly. Some of my favorites still are fabric, wool roving, and lately, yarn.


What inspires you? 
Nature is my biggest inspiration. I love being outside, watching for birds and other animals, and . My favorite craft themes usually incorporate elements of nature.


Do you have a creative philosophy?   Don't spend too much time striving for perfection. Focus more on pouring your love and care into a project (and getting it done before that birthday, holiday, deadline, etc. Wink). A minor flaw will only serve to remind people that your craft is handmade, and truly appreciative people, will never be bothered by it.

What's your favorite creation you've posted on Craftster?   It's hard to pick a favorite of all time because I feel like I have really grown and expanded my creative resume since joining Craftster, and all the old things still represent a special time of my creative learning. For the longest time, I was really proud of the two art dolls that I made almost 10 years ago and were the first things I posted on Craftster

 I don't consider them to be my master pieces, but when I made them, that's when I really started crafting outside the box. I'm also really proud of the diaper bag I made for a cousin in 2011. Again, not a masterpiece, but that's when I started paying more attention to details in sewing, like top-stitching. People even thought it was store bought - I still haven't decided if that is an insult or a complement. Also, sadly, that bag was stolen from my cousin. My most recent favorite though is Mr. Hare that I made for Cackle in the IYP swap. He's a nearly life-sized posable critter that I needle-felted to life. I just wanted to play with him in the woods, taking a bunch of pictures, but alas, he had to go to his forever home with someone else Wink

What's your favorite item on Craftster created by someone else?   In 2010, Phizzychick posted a Fairy Godmother Cabinet that really inspired me. I still look back at it occasionally when I'm trying to make fun altered stuff. All the details and knickknacks are amazing. It's like looking at an I Spy book trying to find all the magic hidden inside the photos! Smiley http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=332796.0

On what other Craftster boards can we find items that you've posted?   Needlework; Fiber Arts; Knitting; Purses/Bags/Wallets; Home Sweet Home; Toys, Dolls and Playthings; Paper Crafts; Image Reproduction Techniques; More art, less craft; and probably a few others.

Tell us more about your username!: In middle school I used to watch lots of movies with my best friend, and our most favorite was Moulin Rouge. We watched that thing so many dang times that we could probably have performed the movie ourselves back then. One of the themes of the movie was Bohemian ideals, and as an young, aspiring artist, I wanted to be "Bohemian" - of course, not the kind that is literally a person from Bohemia; we are talking about the unconventional artist. The Bohemians in Moulin Rouge just wanted to make art and write and not be held down by the fancy, rich people. The funny thing about being "perfectly" Bohemian, is that there's nothing really perfect about being unconventional, now is there? So any Bohemian can be perfectly Bohemian.
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40  How to Decorate Cookies Like a Pro in Cooking: Challenge Entries by MissingWillow on: January 07, 2016 01:33:19 PM

Cackle and I have an annual cookie decorating get together right before the holidays.  This year, we decided to try edible wafer paper decals and were thrilled at how they came out!  

We ordered the decals from Fancy Flours (www.fancyflours.com).  This is how they come, in sheets.  Just cut around the images and set them aside for adhering to the cookies.  

The great thing about this process is you can use your favorite sugar, shortbread, gingerbread or butter cookie recipe.  Whatever you usually bake for decorating during the holidays.  

We used Cackle's royal icing recipe (of course)!
Royal icing recipe....
4 cups confectioner's sugar
3 tablespoons meringue powder
7 tablespoons water

She posted a great tutorial on how to make it back in 2011: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=380065.0

Outline where you will be placing your images then flood the center with more royal icing.

We let them sit overnight uncovered so the icing would harden.

Adhering the cut outs is super simple!  Just paint the back of your image with corn syrup and place it on the iced cookie.  Blot carefully with a paper towel to make sure the image lies flat.  That's it!

Here they are all awaiting final embellishment.  

I finished mine off with some stiffer royal icing squiggles and candy dragees.  This was the complete set of the 12 Days of Christmas that went to a friend who is a true cookie monster.  She loved them!  She kept saying "they're too pretty to eat, but I'm going to eat every one of them".   Cheesy

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