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1  Re: Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 27, 2019 12:59:43 PM
Oh my goodness, my absolutely lovely doll from Nathan came in a few days ago, and she is definitely my new best friend! Her face is so wonderful and all her little clothes and her camera and her PINS! and all sorts of other lovely details. Nathan really nailed it, even down to the windowed purse (of which I use several for displaying my massive pin collections). He also made a stand and sent fiber and yarn and the littlest D&D dice <3 And everything was wrapped in some awesome pieces of fabric that just tickles me! She also has lots of layers in her clothing, so she can go without the cardigan and her top is also a dress.

















Even the hair is perfectly on point!


And here's the real me and my new buddy!

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2  Re: I love Houseplants Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: July 01, 2019 05:19:44 PM
My package from LFF came in on Saturday and it was FULL of goodies! She definitely spoiled me Grin

First of all, there was an impenetrable layer of plant-themed wrapping paper (protected by loads of tape) on the outside of the package, so it was so exciting to come home to Smiley



LFF sent sooo many things! Here's the big pile of treasures all together!



She sent stamped plant markers, a saucer, with a leaf pressing, and a super fun feather accent for my houseplants:



A bajillion "antique gold" animal figures (which all have already made their homes among my plant friends Cheesy)



And the giant T-rex planter to match! This guy roooocks!! I have three dinosaur planters now and they are all different Grin



And of course, what's a swap between two fiber lovers without a bit of fiber fun? She sent me some gorgeous green fiber that I will for sure be putting to good use <3




Thank you for being such a fantastic partner, LeapFeetFirst!!
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3  Re: Great British Bake Off Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 23, 2019 05:52:13 PM
Aaaand now for what I received from Jennie!! She sent sooo many things and they are all so terrific. Everything was wrapped so lovely like little pastries from a bake shop in gingham tissue paper and ribbon and bakers twine.



She embroidered a very beautiful tea towel with all the bakes you could possibly imagine. The stitching on this lovely piece is SO NEAT and the back is too!



She crocheted the most beautiful dragon egg dice bag in "cupcake" silk yarn. It's the prettiest thing in my D&D bag now!



She made an insanely long, super intricate, paper Union Jack bunting for me! It is insanely long and I can't wait to find it a spot in our home because it's so lovely! I love the variety of papers and the soft colors. It's super lovely and aallll miiiine.



The next thing she made was the sweetest (hehe) crocheted rhubarb pie hot pad. It's so perfect! I love it. Cheesy



She also sent a jar of her homemade Strawberry Elderflower jam with a doily she made on the lid. (Bebop approves).



And two boxes of "macaron" soaps! Macarons are my most favorite baked good of all time and these smell so heavenly. There was also a jar of vanilla sugar scrub to go along with the bath and body themed treats:





AND THEN there was a huge set of wine charms in a rainbow of colors and all with a different tasty baked good or baking tool!



She also sent a donut themed kitchen towel (that I happened to have been eyeing at Target already Wink ) covered in enamel pins!!!!! Like... so many pins (I only have a "small" collection - seen in the background of the pin shot :x). And a teeny macaron container with another pin inside, vanilla macaron Tazo tea, and strawberry socks! I feel super super spoiled and this was suuuuch a fun swap <3





Thanks so much for the freaking amazing package, Jennie, and thank you sooo much for organizing, sheep!
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4  I love Houseplants Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 12, 2019 06:19:13 AM

Swap name: I love Houseplants Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PerfectlyBohemian
Date to send item by: 6/24

Planters:
LeapFeetFirst <> PerfectlyBohemian
StainedMushroom <> ChameleonHound
dharma_rebel <> kittykill
craftylittlemonkey <> BigBangMomma
bec99 <> crafty-becky

Sent
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Sent & Received

Feedback Given
Late with Communication
Late without Communication

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5  Indian-inspired Chicken, Pea, and Paneer Savory English Pie in Recipes and Cooking Tips by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 05, 2019 11:56:39 AM


I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes, though slightly altered for a dinner party with picky eaters Smiley This is a modified recipe from my favorite cookbook which calls for paneer instead of chicken and some slightly different amounts and types of ingredients, and also adjusted for American grocery stores since the original recipe is British Smiley
This week I made one with a low carb, coconut flour crust (recipe from sugarfreemom.com; net 2 grams of carbs per serving! Wuuuut?), and one with store bought shortcrust.

Makes two 9-inch pies. While watching the Great British Bake-Off, takes about 4 hours to prepare and cook. If you decide to try this, please let me know if you were quicker Smiley

Ingredients:
4 portions of preferred pie crust (two bottoms and two tops)
5 Large tomatoes, diced
Pinch of salt
4 Skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into 1 inch cubes
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 cup canola oil, plus 2 TBSP if needed
1 Vedalia onion, quartered and thinly sliced
5 garlic cloves, minced or put through a garlic press
1.5" - 2" piece of ginger, grated or minced
1 red chili pepper, chopped (add one or two more if you like things spicier - this is mild)
1 1/2 tsp cumin seed
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp ground corriander
1 1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp salt
1 big ole box of fresh baby spinach - equivalent of 2 bags?
1 bag of frozen peas, warmed up before cooking.
3/4 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tsp ground mustard seed
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 egg, beaten

Directions:
1. Cook the tomatoes with a pinch of salt for about 15 minutes on medium low - essentially stewing them. Do not overcook or let them turn to mush. I didn't add any oil at this stage.  Take off heat and put to the side until needed.

2. Heat up your oil a high walled suate pan or pot. There's going to be a looot of filling, so don't pick a small pan! Sprinkle the next two portions of spice over your chicken then cook them in the oil until done. Take the chicken out of the pan and put to the side.

3. If needed, add another tablespoon or two of oil before adding the cooking the next ingredients. Saute the onions for a couple minutes then add the garlic, ginger, and chili peppers. Once the onions are translucent, add the next four spices and mix thoroughly.

4. Add spinach one handful at a time and let it cook down so the pan doesn't overflow. Folding the sauce over the spinach leaves helps it cook down faster. After you have all that spinach in there, add the tomatoes and peas. Mix it up!

5. Add the heavy cream and remaining spices. Lower the heat and simmer while preparing the pie shells.

6. Lightly oil or spray two 9" pie dishes then place a portion pie crust in each. If your crust recipe or directions call for prebaking, so so while the sauce is simmering. When ready, ladel in the pie filling, draining off excess liquid if needed. Leave enough room for placing and sealing the top crust. Before placing the top crust, brush the egg along the edges to help seal the crusts. After sealing the crusts, make four small slashes in the tops to let air out. Brush the rest of the tops with the egg and sprinkle with salt if desired.

7. Bake for about 45 minutes at 350 deg F or until the pies are golden. Allow to cool for about 15 minutes or more before slicing and serving.

Notes: In the past, my filling was thicker using paneer instead of chicken, so maybe cookdown the liquid between the chicken and onion stages or boil off some extra liquid after adding tomatoes.

I think I could have cooked mine longer. I started at 30 minutes of cooktime and kept adding 3-5 extra minutes a few times. After cutting into these, you could see that the regular store bought crust did not absorb any liquid and it was not a solid pie filling, while the coconut flour crust did absorb it and left a dryer, more solid filling. Both were delicious, but I usually stick to a keto diet, so the coconut flour crust lets me have pie instead of just pie filling Smiley


Sadly, no photogenic pie slice photos, but here's an in progress and after progress shot:



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6  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 05, 2019 09:59:51 AM
Challenge: Floo Powder Challenge (June 1-17) : Kowalski's Quality Baked Goods
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name & Page Link: Thali Paneer Chicken, Pea and Spinach Pie
Brief Description:
This challenge inspired me to step up my baking game! Last night we had some friends over for dinner and I decided to bake a pair of savory pies to share! The savory pies, traditionally an English dish, were actually filled with an Indian inspired filling. The recipe was from The Pieminister Cookbook - one I picked up while visiting England a few years ago (and also my favorite cookbook) - with some adjustments to appease a cheese-hater. To really challenge myself, I decided to make a low carb crust variation, hence the two pies of the same recipe. My crust was made from coconut flour and was from the sugarfreemom blog. It was really delicious and I'm so glad I finally tried it! Otherwise I would have been eating crustless pie filling Smiley

Project Picture:



One we cut into the pies, we could tell more of a difference. For some reason the regular shortcrust let all the filling juices stay... juicy. But the coconut flour absorbed the juices, to the bottom was... a bit soggy. Wink Still scrummy though!



Not shown were the nearly empty pie dishes after dinner. Everyone else decided they needed to try both crusts ;P
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7  Re: 2019 Make-A-Friend Revival: Miniature Version Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 04, 2019 01:05:42 PM
Ooooh my goodness, I got a very heavy, filled to the brim box from Lindy!! She sent so many things! It was very exciting to unpack Cheesy

Here's all of the goodies over three photos:






There were so many awesome things, including:

- Some dinosaur castings to make magnets, some dinosaur shoe lace decorations, and a dinosaur toy figurine (I love dinos!)
- A big sheet of bug stickers (I love stickers!)
- A Notebook and gel pins from Tokidoki - maker of our beloved Mermicornos Cheesy
- Hand cream and another face mask
- Playing cards with Arizona themed backs
- Mickey Mouse themed jelly bellies and old fashion fruit flavored candy sticks
- A little unicorn bud vase
- A blind bag Harry Potter figure - I got Hermione! Grin (She and I have the same hair, lol)
- A TINY Terrarium for growing the teensiest cactus!
- A "Handmade" laser cut wood tag
- A Cheshire cat enamel pin - my favorite Disney character and one of my favorite things to collect Smiley One of the first enamel pins I ever got also had the Cheshire on it ;P
- A kit for making my own Mickey ears for my trip to Disney in the fall!
- A collectible McDonald's Epcot glass - my family had this collection when I was growing up and I am thrilled to have this vintage glassware in my cabinet Smiley Epcot is also my favorite of the parks! Super appropriate!
- A collection of Alice in Wonderland quotes as interchangeable charms on a bracelet! <3
- A felt tea cup pouch  Cheesy
- A necklace with a lava stone that she put together and a vial of lavender oil - can't wait to use this <3
- A HUFFLEPUFF Hoopla!!! My first Harry Potter hoop AND the first crafted item that is going directly into my Hufflepuff guestroom  Grin Grin Grin
- An Alice in Wonderland Triptych - Also super awesome because I was ready to pounce a bunch of people at the Asheville Meetup during the craft exchange because of the Wonderland themed items that were brought Tongue
- And last and probably my most favorite of all, a handwoven wall hanging with all the best textures that is going straight into my sun room Smiley (Along with the Wonderland triptych since my Wonderland art is currently also in there, lol).

And here's some closer pictures of some of the more details handmade items!







Thank you SO much Lindy for the amazing package. I love every last bit of it and it was so fun swapping with you Smiley <3 Grin
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8  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong ~ Midsummer Term 2019*~ Join ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 03, 2019 02:44:53 PM
Class: Care of Magical Creatures
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name & Page Link: Mushy the Mothman
Brief Description: A needle-felted sculpture takes so many pierces with a painfully sharp, barbed needle - watch your fingers! This mellow Mothman also has some teeny fungi details that tool a few tries to get right Smiley
Project Picture:







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9  Mushy the Mothman in Felting: Completed Projects by PerfectlyBohemian on: June 03, 2019 02:39:26 PM
For the recent Art Doll swap, I had the pleasure of crafting for The Raging Sloth, and her questionnaire was a dream come true. I'm always looking for more opportunities to make weird moth dolls Smiley This distant relative of our buddy Rusty is called "Mushy the  Mothman". He likes taking long walks through the forest to gather mushrooms. In fact, he's spent so much time among them, that he too has started growing fungus.

Mushy's body is needle-felted on a wire armature and his wings are wet felted - I went with bat shaped wings instead of moth wings like most of my moth guys because Mothman the creature of legend specifically is a bit more batty Smiley. His legs are wire wrapped with jute twine. The shrooms scaling up his body are polymer clay. The ruff is also needle felted but with some nice curly mohair locks. The eyes are made from flat beads set in polymer clay. His necklace is a collection of stone beads. And finally, his satchel is felt with an embroidered mushroom filled with half needle felted, half felt mushrooms that have french knot spots. I had so much fun making him and I'm sure he and Rusty would get along swimmingly Cheesy











Also his lil' antenna ears can be posed, for a sense of alterness! (Or derpiness Grin)

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10  Re: Art Doll Swap 2019 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by PerfectlyBohemian on: May 17, 2019 07:48:22 AM
OK. I received the most amazing rainbowy, mermaid-tailed, moth-winged, deep sea-inspired, space critter from The Raging Sloth! She somehow took all my themes and made something so fantastic! The fabric body and wings were all hand painted and the rainbow colors are blended so beautifully. There are individual scales painted over its ENTIRE body, plus little shimmery iridescent sequins. The antennae are stiffened embroidery floss with fun colors to match all the rainbowness. It looks like she made the beak with polymer clay. The eyes and lantern pieces are so neat, but I have no idea how she did them - they look like clear orbs filled with glitter and have so much dimension! I am so in love! This is the most perfect creation <3 Thanks soooo much Sloth for the awesome package and organizing (I want to do it again and again and again because this swap is so my favorite).





We also agreed to send extras based on things we already had on hand or were already working on! She sent me some goodies made for trading at festivals! They both nail my love of nature and earth tones. I definitely felt like they were made for me Cheesy

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