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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Sewing room and decorated sewing table -- pic chubby on: July 11, 2009 08:59:00 AM
So up until recently, my sewing room looked terrible -- instead of a real table, I had a tiny one from a previous, non-working sewing machine, and since I had no storage, my floor was invisible due to large amounts of clothes, fabric, pins, needles, and god knows what else scattered all over it. Every time I wanted to sew, I would spend an extra 30 minutes or more searching for something and dropping things off the table. Instead of a curtain, I had a semi-transparent white sheet thumbtacked over the window. Needless to say, I didn't get much sewing done...
After some pestering, my carpenter boyfriend agreed to make me a table -- or two tables, rather, one of which was to have cubbyholes. I helped him put it together and we painted them, and after they got to my room I actually got to organizing and decorating.

I made the curtains and the pencil holder; the swirly thing you see by the pencil holder is a magazine-trashcan in progress.
Then! I decided to decorate one of the tables. I was inspired a while ago by a couple of tables I saw here... So I bought some pretty paper, and voila!:

22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Plantain and Tea Tree Oil Salve on: July 01, 2009 12:17:04 PM
By plantain, in this case, I don't mean the banana-like fruit, but the common leafy plant the Latin name of which is Plantago Major (http://botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/p/placom43.html). I've been taught to use it since I was little for bruises and cuts. It's great for skin problems of any sort, actually -- I didn't have the oil made until recently, so I ended up making plantain tea, most of the time, and that worked well enough -- stopped the pain in blisters and so on.

I don't know if I've added enough tea tree oil, considering I can't really smell it, but oh well, it's in there anyhow.
23  COOKING / Dessert / Peanut Butter Cake on: June 21, 2009 10:06:13 PM
So my boyfriend's 20th birthday was today, and I decided to make him a cake. He has the habit of eating peanut butter and marshmallows together (who knows why, he has odd tastes), so I decided the flavours would correspond. Both the cake and the filling are peanutbutter-y, and it is covered in ganache and marshmallow flowers (as you see):

Making it was sort of a fiasco. See, I have only made cakes twice before, and both of them, they were, erm... odd. I didn't even bother to decorate them much. This time, however, I was set on making it look "professional".
Have you ever heard of the superstition that you shouldn't bake when you're on your period? Well, it seems to exist in Russia, anyway. I couldn't put it off, however, so on the very morning it started, after eating a ton of Midol, I went ahead and tried to make it.
After a lot of swearing, this is what came out:

I have titled it "Failcake".

After yet more swearing and some moody weeping, I tried again, this time with the help of my boyfriend. Fortunately, he has the magic ability to get cakes out of cake pans without breaking them.
I decorated it, splattering much of the kitchen with melted chocolate in the process, but it looked pretty good at the end. I was going to do something to the middle, but by then it was midday and the temperature in the (non-air conditioned) kitchen rose to somewhere in the 90's, and everything was melting. I decided I didn't care. Anyway, both he and his family seemed to like it a lot, so I guess it was a success.

24  COOKING / Dessert / Chocolate-Rum Balls on: June 15, 2009 01:12:59 PM
In Russian, these are called "kartoshka", or "potatoes". My boyfriend's brother thinks they look odd, which they probably do, unintentionally, but they are one of the most delicious things ever. They're made out of cocoa, sugar, graham cracker crumbs, milk, and butter (and rum, or rum flavouring).

25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tiny dress form on: June 01, 2009 12:20:14 PM
Out of air dry clay and wire:

For vague comparison of size:

I may paint it and someday put it on my sewing desk (that is, if I can get one, which I doubt), but then again it would probably get squished or eaten by my cat while sitting out to dry.
26  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Tiny clay skulls on: May 19, 2009 07:24:41 PM
I suppose these should be classified as trinkets. I made these out of red beads and clay, so their eyes would glow red.

(sorry for the blurriness)
27  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Honeysuckle cough syrup on: May 19, 2009 07:18:14 PM
So I read a lot about how honeysuckle flowers work great against coughs and sore throats, and since I have practically clouds of them in my backyard, I made this. Cheesy

28  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Dandelion Flower and Lavender Salve on: May 15, 2009 10:36:46 PM
I had made some dandelion flower infused oil a month or so ago and finally decided to use it in a salve. It smells absolutely wonderful.

As soon as the plantains in my backyard grow I'm planning to make a salve out of them as well. Cheesy
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flowery orange skirt on: May 12, 2009 02:33:42 PM
Since the time I got my sewing machine, I have only used it for taking in shirts and the such. I don't know why, because the whole reason I got it was so I'd actually finish something rather than spending the whole night handsewing it. But anyway, I put down my foot with my hand and using some instructions from Burdastyle, made this:

Please excuse the mess... I have been sickly.

I'm quite proud of it. The button at the top of the zipper is a tiny gold-coloured sun, but I couldn't get a good picture of it.
30  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Moomintrolls on: May 08, 2009 12:52:51 AM
I did this on a whim -- I don't usually do embroidery unless forced to (and then it's cross stitching) so I don't know much about it, but I didn't feel like doing anything else craft-wise, and I have been re-reading a lot of Moomintroll books... and so, voila!

I first drew in the pictures with a pencil, traced them with a pen, and then stitched them in. It's Moomintroll, the Snork Maiden, and Little My. I'm quite proud of it.
Though I'm not sure whether to make a patch out of it, or hang it in a picture frame or something -- any suggestions?
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