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51  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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52  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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53  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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54  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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55  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 https://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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56  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: https://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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57  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: December 15, 2015 08:02:46 AM
My last two ornaments came yesterday.  They went onto the tree for photos then were immediately wrapped and put under the tree for our daughter Claire from two lovely Craftsterers.  She arrives home for Christmas this weekend. 

From Acadian Driftwood, a gorgeous Ravenclaw crest.  Just stunning!  It's beautifully done. 

From jillybeans, a Dumbledore stocking ornament with her favorite quote on it.

Thank you so much to you both for helping make her Christmas so special.   Kiss
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58  Re: Harry Potter Holiday Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: November 24, 2015 01:24:12 PM
That was super fun to make, jillybeans! 

I received the most gorgeous egg shaped ornament from patty_o_furniture.  It's seriously elegant and hand carved.  Just beautiful!

This photo shows the gold color a little better.

Thank you so much, patty_o_furniture!  Is it made from poly clay? I hope you'll share how you made it.   Smiley
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59  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: November 24, 2015 01:15:26 PM
I asked our lovely and very talented organizers for some custom knitted items this round.  I already have a few pairs of fingerless gloves by loves2experiment and a few knit hats from alteredmommy and I knew I wanted more.  I asked them to send something that would go well together and they did NOT disappoint!   I've already worn the mitts a few times and the hat went on my head this morning when I walked out the door.  Thank you so much, you two.  I love love love them!   Kiss

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60  Re: STS Winter Market 2015 **Gallery** in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: November 10, 2015 05:56:04 AM
Claimed by artsycandice:

The blue bird heart and rose flower pottery magnets

The bumpy pottery ring dish

The green bird pottery buttons

Thanks so much!
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