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1  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Felted Leaf Art Pieces on: December 18, 2019 05:30:29 PM
Hello dear friends. As a parting farewell tonight, I'd like to post one last felted piece of work I completed. This was for the awesome LeapFeetFirst who I had the pleasure of swapping with during the Houseplant Swap. Her wish was for something mid-century inspired. I really didn't know what I was doing, but came up with this configuration of needle-felted leaves mounted onto a burlap-ish canvas with fabric accents and mounted again onto a piece of art that I bought, ripped apart, then reused Smiley I think it said "love" in a white wire, but the "frame" was perfectly suited for what I wanted. I was really happy with how dimensional everything looked after the bazillion layups I did before attaching them.

As accents to go with the main piece, I also included teenier canvases that were less decorated, but had wet-felted "pockets" that can hold air plants. each canvas was 6"x6".

2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / A collection of wet felted witch hats! on: December 08, 2019 07:30:45 PM
My dear friends, I woudl like to share with you a collection of hats that I've made since the summer. For the Great British Bakeoff Swap, I took a peculiar route and made MistressJennie a Kitchen Witch Hat! Because I had never made a hat before, I made several practice hats first! So here's the whole collection including two protoypes (one becoming my forest/green witch hat), Jennie's GBBO Kitchen Witch hat, and a fourth hat that I made for a friend for a more classic witch hat.

The GBBO hat was finished off with needle felted treats - strawberry cake and some extra strawberry slices, and a trim of embroidered Union Jack bunting. I felted a bit of a swirl into it to make a whipped cream kind of look:

I added dried flowers from a bouquet from my husband from our 7th wedding anniversary and some ribbons to finish off my first hat, making it a lovely forest witch hat:

I had plans to make this one an astrology witch hat, but it's now destined for another cause Smiley Keep your eyes open on the "Garage Sale" in the coming days if you would like to get your hands on it Cheesy

Not many pictures of this last one, but it had the first twirly bit of the hat collection!

All right, good night! <3
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / I love Houseplants Swap Gallery 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

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

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4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Indian-inspired Chicken, Pea, and Paneer Savory English Pie 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

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

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:

5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Mushy the Mothman 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)

6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / CLOSED - I love Houseplants Swap (SU: 5/14-5/21; SO: 6/27) on: May 14, 2019 09:36:12 AM

Swap name: I love Houseplants Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: PerfectlyBohemian
Sign-up date range: 5/14-5/21
Date to send item by: 6/27

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): no
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? no
Additional Age requirement? no

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Anyone else crazy for houseplants and succulents lately? Or has ALWAYS loved a greener life? I feel like everything looks happier with a plant on it! Smiley You don't have to have a green thumb for this swap! Crafts can feature cozies for pots, decorated pots, pretties to put in pots with plants, things with favorite plants used to decorate them (i.e. kitchen towel with designs), OR crafted plants!

SWAP REQUIREMENTS: We will send one medium crafted item and one small crafted item to our partner. Extras are optional, but please discuss with your partner first. If sending internationally, do not send actual plants or seeds!


Name of swap: I love Houseplants Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Have you posted in the thread yet? (If no, please go post before sending your Q)

Do you have any allergies?

Does your home contain any allergens your partner should be aware of?

Which of these are you interested in?
- Crafts for living plants? (i.e. pots, garden accessories)
- Crafted plants? (i.e. crocheted, felted)
- Crafts with plant themes? (i.e. patterned fabric, embroidery)

If you said yes to craft for living plants, what are some themes or items you would like? (Please list a few)

If you said yes to crafted plants, what are your favorite house plants? (Please list a few)

If you said yes to crafts with plant themes, please list at least five items or types of items you would like:

Anything you really do not want?

What are your favorite colors/patterns?

What colors/patterns do you hate?

Do you have a Pinterest?

Anything additional you'd like to share?



Growers and Plant Lovers:
1. PerfectlyBohemian
2. BigBangMomma
3. kittykill
4. bec99
5. dharma_rebel
6. LeapFeetFirst
7. ChameleonHound  
8. craftylittlemonkey
9. crafty-becky
10. StainedMushroom

LeapFeetFirst <> PerfectlyBohemian
StainedMushroom <> ChameleonHound
dharma_rebel <> kittykill
craftylittlemonkey <> BigBangMomma
bec99 <> crafty-becky
7  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle-Felted Luna Moth Hoopla on: May 02, 2019 11:50:08 AM
For the recent Asheville Craftster meetup, I made this hoop for the in person "white elephant" craft swap. I've been on a big moth kick lately and thought about making one of my moth guy sculptures, but didn't think everyone would be super on board for a creepy-cute sculpture, so I went with a 2D felting instead. In person the moth actually has some dimension - his body and antennae kinda pop out. By itself, the moth looked a bit lonely, so I added some needle point flowers to keep him company Smiley Now that I'm looking at him in a photo though, they look terribly lopsided :x

(Photo by Rackycoo because I was a dunce and forgot to take some)
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Needle-Felted Squirrel Pals and Workshop on: April 29, 2019 09:56:59 AM
I volunteered to teach needle-felting at the Craftster Asheville meetup that over the last weekend and when I found out that a whoppin' 15 people wanted to learn, I decided I'd do something more organized than "here's a box of wool, now stab it into something". I decided to teach our craft buddies how to make an Eastern Gray Squirrel because that is the state animal of North Carolina - this amuses me greatly Tongue

There were two workshops so I wound up making two of my own squirrels as part of the demonstration. Here's my little squirrel pals:

And here's aaaalllll the squirrels from the first workshop!!

And here's an in progress while I was demonstrating my techniques. Everyone did SO great and I was really impressed by all the first time needle-felters producing really really good squirrels in JUST an hour and a half! Some people kept working on them after that to add eyes and noses and clean up around the edges, but for such a short period, they were so fantastic Smiley

I hope we see more felted projects on our board now!! Cheesy

9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Rock Collection on: April 01, 2019 12:16:06 PM
Today felt right to show off my rock collection.

Here's the whole family:

Here's Bob:



Bob Two:

Edward Eisenhower Prometheus the Fourth:

And the twins, Pete and Joe:

10  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / The Teeny Triceratops Team on: April 01, 2019 10:37:09 AM
Just some friends I met. They are pretty tiny guys. About 1 thumb long? Very enjoyable company. Don't eat meat, so leaves more for me Smiley

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