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31  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 8--GALLERY!--Mail by 11/14/11 in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: December 28, 2011 04:39:41 AM
I finally received my package from bubblegum_phoenix on the 24th. It was like an early Christmas present:)

Before i post the pictures, I have to explain some things. When I singed up for the swap i had the idea that i'd link to receive a tiny version of my wonderful shar pei dog, but was afraid it would be to hard to make. But since bubblegum_phoenix also has a dog and she like challenges, she agreed she'll try and make a tiny copy of Ita(and also some extras). But just before the send out date, Ita became very ill, her livers started failing. Unfortunately we couldn't save her.
I am at the stage where I appreciate the wonderful moments we had with our dog and don't mourn any more. So when I received the package and saw its wonderfull contets it didn't really make me sad, it made me melancholic. I'm very happy I received so many beatuful things that will remind me of my dog.
here they are:

The first picture is the miniature dog, i couldn't get a better picture, since it's black, but it is just like a tiny shar pei. She also has a tiny bone and ball. My favorite part of the package, though, is the hoop. It is incredible. She also made me a cowl, which indeed was like a warm hug. I love it very much. Very cute are also both of the tiny foxes, i love foxes very much. And i had to be very patient to not eat the chocolates before i took the pictures, now i already ate the flakey chocolate bar and it was delicious:)
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32  Giant Christmas cupcake in Dessert by p.kok on: December 28, 2011 03:13:36 AM
I am a bit obsessed with cupcakes (like so many of us are:)). So, obviously, I had to buy a mould for giant cupcake-cakes. The perfect opportunity to make a giant cup cake was Christmas dinner:)

I tried making one before, but didn't make a chocolate cup, and it collapsed. So if you make one for the first time and have a silicone mould,
I would recommend you make a chocolate cup, because it's really easy to make and it looks so much better.

Here are some photos from the process of making the cake:)

Hope you like it:)
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33  foxy! animal friendly fox scarf *tutorial added* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: September 22, 2011 12:47:26 AM
When i was little I used to sneak into my mothers warderobe and admire her beautiful fox fur that was so soft and warm and grown up. I kinda wouldn't like to wear dead animals around my neck nowadays, but i still liked the idea. Then I saw all of those faux fox scarfs poping up all around the internet in the last few months and i knew I had to make my own:)

I wanted it to have eyes, but i couldn't find them in any store in town (i orderd some form etsy, since I plan to make more of those scarfs), but i kinda like it the way it turned out.

If you want, i can make a tutrial and post the pattern for the head in the next days. C&C very welcome


1. cutting the fabric:
You will need approximately half a yard of some soft warm fabric like wool (fake fur would also probably work pretty well). So first you cut out two head shapes and two rectangles. the rectangles should be around 15 cm wide and the length depends on your wishes (or on the width of the fabric you chose, if you actually bought just half a yard:)). Then you fold the rectangles in half. (you can cut both at once if you have scissors good enough to cut though 4 layers of fabric). Cut them as shown on the picture (that is really really bad, but stupid illustrator won't work so i had to use paint instead:))).

also a "pattern" for the head. just copy it to a word document and size it the way you like.

2. embelishing

If you want to put eyes or noses or any other embellishments on anything (like contrasting fabric on the paws or on the tail) or do any embroidery, do it now (so the stitches won't show later).

3. sewing

put the right sides of the fabric pieces for the head together and sew almost all the way around- leave a gap to turn everything inside out. Then turn everything inside out, iron it and top stitch around the edge and close the gap that was left. Now do the same with the body. Sew the head to the body and voila- you're done!:)

*i hope you understood everything- english is obviously not my first language:) if you have any questions, feel free to ask:)

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34  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 7 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: September 17, 2011 04:14:59 PM
I almost posted this in the wrong gallery. anywayz, sorry for the late pic, I had a crazy busy week. But i LOVE my new magical friend. I have named her Konstanca.

(she is a unicorn, I'm not sure you can see that on the very bad pics I made. I'm a horrible photographer)
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35  Re: I Heart Bicycles Swap in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: September 14, 2011 12:52:10 PM
Finally, my picture. I'm sorry it's not really good, but I fear I won't have time to take any in decent light in the coming week(s) (seriously long work days).

I love everything and have a A LOT of respect for all the work that went into making that bag(since I make bags and know how much work has to be done to finish something like this...). I think it's perfect:) Now I just have to get some nice necklaces for the pedants.

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36  rose cupcakes in Dessert by p.kok on: July 31, 2011 10:57:03 AM
I simply LOVE the taste of roses. People usually look at me as if I'm crazy when I say that Wink . "Silly girl, roses aren't for eating, roses are for decoration!" Well, if you think the same, I would advise you to try them sometime. But don't just take a bite in your garden, try something like this:

Rose cupcakes are just your favorite vanilla cupcake toped with butter frosting mixed with two spoons of rose syrup (mine is from Bulgaria, I guess you can get it in shops that sell oriental stuff) and a spoon full of dried rose petals and some lemon juice (i squeezed one half of lemon in it). I also aded two drops of red food coloring to make it pink-ish.

I decorated them with tiny rose flowers from our garden (i know they are eco friendly and not poisons) dipped into egg white and sugar. They are mostly decorative, but my boyfriend and father ate the petals and said they were tasty:)

the cupcakes are very sweet delicious and girly and I can imagine they would be perfect for a bridal shower:)
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37  my (almost) first cross stich project in Needlework: Completed Projects by p.kok on: July 31, 2011 10:30:12 AM
Some time ago I got an x stitch craft kit in a swap and I decided I was going to learn how to do it. I finished it quite quickly and liked the result, but it wasn't really good and not even as pretty as it was supposed to be, so I just hung it on my wall. So the photo I'm about to post isn't of my actual first project, but somehow I feel that it is, because it is the first one in which I decided what the motive is going to be(which was really hard) and then designed it in photoshop and then stitched it on a hoop:)

When i bought the hoop and fabric I didn't know what I was going to sew, so I didn't buy any thread. But when I decided on the motive I couldn't wait until Monday to go and buy it, so I just used some thread that I found in a sewing kit I got from Aldi. I'm not completely sure it was meant for x stitch. I also know I made thousands of mistakes, but I somehow still love it. The word "kit" means whale in Slovenian and my boyfriend also says the it is the sound the whales make. I decided on the motive of whales because both of us like them and think they are awesome. They symbolize us, where the male whale says "I love you" with the watter and the female one says I love you more:)
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38  Re: I Heart Bicycles Swap (signups to 6/30; sendouts 8/15) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by p.kok on: July 20, 2011 08:59:41 AM
Here we are together:)

The weather has been really bad for the last couple of days so I wasn't able to go on a real tour with her, but I can't wait to try it out. It'll be my first time riding with road tiers, so I'm a little scared. But I'm sure it's going to be awesome:)
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39  Re: Fabric Lover Scavenger Hunt Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: June 05, 2011 06:52:13 AM
I finally have some time to post this. I have received my package from gatheredthreads a fed days ago

First everything together:

My favorite is definitely the peacock fabric that she designed and printed herself. I do love everything else too, of course!

A closeup of the bumpy texture of the pleather

and a closeup of the trims:

I really like all of them! I'll probably make hair bands out of some of them this evening:)

oh, gatheredthreads, btw, spoonflower shipped the fabric on Friday so it should arrive soon:)
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40  Re: DIY Craft Kit Round 14 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: May 12, 2011 09:29:16 AM
I was sure i posted this yesterday but obviously i didn't. Anyway, the two kits I received this far:

A sewing kit form Calabaza:

It has everything I need to learn to make nice shirts, tunics and possibly dresses:) I'm going to order some fabric from spoon flower, and can't wait to get started:) She explained what I have to do to change the pattern for a bigger bust, which was why I never dared to start sewing anything with darts:)

And the scrap booking kit form mom2em

I asked for one because I want to make a photo album for one of my best friends who is getting married and is moving to another country. I think she's going to love it(if I do everything correctly:)) because mom2em send sooo many wonderful things. I'm pretty sure I'll have enough supplies left over for some projects for myself. i didn't want to get into scrapbooking (i don't need another addictive hoby:)), but seeing all the nice papers and accessories... will I be able to resist:)?

Unfortunately the package was damaged a bit. For some strange reason the postman decided to stuff it the mailbox (they are definitely not supposed to do that - where I come from, they are supposed to check if anyone is home and hand the pacakge to someone directly or leave a note for the receiver to come get the pacakge at the post office). The sticker alphabet sheet was the most damaged one and also the album fell apart. I saved most of the stickers (I hope) and I'm pretty sure my boyfriend will be able the fix the album with some two component glue:)

Thank you both!
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