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101  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: September 09, 2014 08:07:44 PM
Here are the blocks I cut and a couple other versions I printed. They are actually speedycarve and some other rubber product because linoleum is a lot tougher to work with. Works the same way though.

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102  Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 27, 2014 10:08:47 AM
I just got my package from Ludi! She created another amazing felt sculpture with lovely embroidered details Smiley This on is a hanging pitcher plant because we were following the carnivorous plant swap details.

The base is a 2-3/4-in circle that can hang on the wall! I can't wait to decide where to put it. It might find its way into the kitchen so I can see it quite often Smiley
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103  Giraffe, Fox, and Raccoon Sculptures - Crafting with my Little Brother in Polymer Clay: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 26, 2014 10:14:23 AM
My little brother is such a champ. He's 17 and has cerebral palsy, hypothyroid, and epilepsy. He is mentally and physically disabled, but he still gets through life with a huge smile on his face, and is quite the social butterfly. For a few years, he has been insisting that every time we are together, we create some kind of art together. Usually this involves painting or drawing Disney characters to the best of our abilities.

Earlier this month, he wanted to make something out of clay with me while visiting. I taught him how to pinch off pieces of polymer clay and roll balls and logs to make the bodies of the animals. He did this all with his one "good hand". I helped even and smooth out the shapes for him, but he assembled most of the pieces. Sometimes I just held his hand/finger out and sort of used his hand to do the smoothing just so he could have the experience. He was really excited about them. I'm pretty surprised how they came out actually. These were the only photos I got because the next morning, he took them with him back down to Florida, so the colors are bit off from limited lighting in our dining room. My brother insisted that the giraffe be sticking out his tongue, that the tongue be blue, and that the giraffe also have Elvis-style hair. Wink

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104  Nature Fairy/Pixie Shrine in Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 23, 2014 08:00:13 AM
I made this for Cackle in the Whimsical Shrine Swap. It was a mash up of a few of her themes: "Artist's Choice," "Insects," and "Botanical". The base I started with was a black solar-powered lantern from Target. For some odd reason, I like putting little characters in my bigger shrines, so the main focus of this one was going to be a fairy. She is wingless though, so I guess she is more of a pixie. Her body and flower petal skirt are polymer clay, her hair is made of mohair locks, her hat is felt, and her shirt is scraps of fabric. Other elements of the shrine include a felt and button moth inspired by Mister Finch, teeny mushrooms made based on a tutorial by Knickertwist (with polymer clay instead of paperclay though), a miniature nature shrine on the back based on an altered matchbox by Rackycoo, and several other items I saw on Cackle's Pinterest.

And the painting on the back is based on two photos of birds I that I took in my backyard

And here are some of the components before putting them inside:

The moth with its wings open didn't fit, so I actually just gave it to Cackle out of the shrine Tongue

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105  Re: Bird Shrine in Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 14, 2014 06:43:58 AM
I really love my shrine, Cackle!! Here are some pictures I took of the cards the night I got home with it:

I can take some nicer ones outside over the weekend when there is daylight if you would like Smiley I don't have a light box for taking pictures, so that is my preferred method usually.
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106  Re: Whimsical Shrine Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 12, 2014 07:21:55 PM
I picked up my shrine from Cackle today and got to enjoy some amazing Earl Grey while we chatted this afternoon. She made me an amazing (interactive) bird-themed shrine! I've been learning about birds and doing some amateur backyard bird watching since my husband and I bought our house in April, so I love everything with birds lately!

The star of this shrine was a little guy that I admired on another project that Cackle did (and I pinned Grin). (I think he is a blue tit, but I've not seen one in person before). I love all the little twigs she added. They add a touch of organic to the very orderly feel of the shrine. And how about that crown of twigs on the top?!:

She needle-felted the teeny little eggs that this fellow is guarding <3:

There is a lovely pair of "framed" bird/plant hangings on the sides of the shrine. And time for a little confession: I love velvet ribbon - this shrine has it all over! I think the bows above the frames are the sweetest thing ever:

And I completely missed that the knob on the front was for a proper drawer!! (I'll blame it on sleep-deprivation Wink) I was instructed to open it, and I discovered some more birds on some amazingly assembled "tags":

I've actually taken photos of some of these guys in my back yard Smiley

And in case everyone was not aware, Cackle has some of the most beautiful lettering!!

I love my new bird shrine! Thanks so much Cackle! You were an amazing partner. And thanks a ton Smeddley for organizing Cheesy

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107  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PerfectlyBohemian on: August 12, 2014 06:39:26 PM
Here are the last pieces of my puzzle for this swap! I really love these two from seeuudee.

And here are my completed pieces from this swap all together:

I've got half a puzzle to go, but I'm doing some private swaps with other Craftster folks, and some local friends Smiley

Thanks everyone!

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108  Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 28, 2014 05:43:30 PM
I've got a few sets to show off because I've been slacking on loading photos lately.

Here is a lovely pair from rscowtown with a coneflower and a goldfinch:

And then an eastern bluebird and a tiger lily from GoldenSunshine:

And finally a northern cardinal and a wooly fern from artmomto 5:

Thanks so much everyone! I'm so excited to see my puzzle almost half done Cheesy
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109  Re: Stitching INCHIES Craftalong *JOIN IN ANYTIME!!* in Craftalongs by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 20, 2014 03:51:29 PM
Here are some new squares I did on my vacation earlier this month. There is a second tufted titmouse, but this one is in a birdhouse. I didn't actually finish the cardinal. She is just missing her eye, and I need to wash out the marker. I still haven't started anything for my borders.

And here are the photos they are based on:

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110  Whimsical Fairy Toad House (from a Mountain Dew Bottle!) in Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 17, 2014 10:41:02 AM
I built this toadhouse for Ludi in the Woodland Creature and Enchanted Forest Swap. I hope that one day a toad actually inhabits it Smiley If not a toad, than hopefully a fairy will find it cozy enough.

The house started out as a 2 liter Mountain Dew bottle. I glued small polished rocks to it with E6000 because hot glue would not hold the polished rocks on. After that I used sanded grout to fill in the gaps:

That was the only progress I photographed... Afterwards I used hot glue to secure smoker wood chips for the roof. In this case the E6000 didn't dry fast enough and I couldn't get the bottle at a good angle to keep the shingles from sliding while drying. I added moss, feathers, and little acorn lamps as additional details to finish it off. And a little birdy friend for the toad.

I also sent a fence and flower pot for the toad's "yard":

This was so much fun to make. There was just a ton of drying time between gluing on rocks and shingles and then grouting the rocks.
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