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51  from useless bed to awesome couch in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by p.kok on: January 25, 2011 12:51:58 PM
Me and my boyfriend moved back to my home some time ago for various reasons. We have been using my brothers ex-room as a living/work room. The only thing my brother said we should leave in the room was the bed, so he can sleep somewhere if he fights with his girlfriend:)) So we decided we're going to turn the bed, which was only being used as some kind of a "doesn't have to be tidy and clean" zone (since my brother and his girlfriend never fight:) into an awesome couch.

The bed looked like this:


And after spending around 40 for fabric and cushions at Ikea ( I kinda thought it's going to be cheaper, but it was probably still the cheapest option. We don't have thrift stores and stuff like that around here) and one whole afternoon of sewing it looks like this:



I sewed all of the cushion covers, which was pretty easy. The tricky part was the covering of the headboard of the bed, but after some time measuring it and trying to make a pattern, i just put the fabric on there, cut around the edges with some sewing allowance and sewed it together(I wanted to make a cover that you can take off and wash). I'm so happy that it turned out this great:)

And the best part: our dog loves it too:)

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52  Tropical cheescake in Dessert by p.kok on: January 23, 2011 12:52:15 PM
I come from a former socialistic country(Slovenia, which was a part of former Yugoslavia). When I was a child we didn't have a lot of tropical fruits in stores and it's still pretty fascinating when you find passion fruit in a super market. Even the boy who weights the fruit didn't know what the strange looking round stuff in the bag I brought him was:) So i bought a half kg(i think that's around a pound) of the fruits, which was crazy expensive (5 , which is around 6$) and had no clue what I was going to make with it. Another surprise in the store was finding a big bucket of cream cheese. It's also a product not found often. If I make a cheese cake I usually buy ricotta cheese(we have a lot of that:)), which is similar but not the same. So I bought the bucket (1 kg) and also bought 1 mango fruit and decided to make a tropical cheesecake. I didn't have a recipe so I just went with the flow, but the result was pretty awesome so I decided I'm going to share it with you:)

First some pictures of the proces and the cake:


You will need:(I'm sorry that the measurements are in the metric system, but that's the one we use)
500 g of passion fruits
1 ripe mango fruit
600 g of cream cheese
2 limes
1 orange
sugar as need
gelatin

For the crust
Butter cookies
25g butter

Preheat the oven to 180C
Grind the cookies(i think i used 20, I have no clue how much it was in g) to get crumbs, mix them with the butter and make a thin layer of the dough  in a cake pan (lined with backing parchment). Place in oven for 10 minutes.
Peel the mango and cut it in small pieces. Take 1 (if it's big) or 2(if they are small) passion fruits and put their insides in the bowl with the mango. Grind to make a puree. Add the juice of 1 lime. Mix the cream cheese and the fruit puree and add as much sugar as you like (I put in 3 table spoons and it was almost not sweet enough. but that's the way I like it). Use the gelatin as recommended by the manufacturer ( I had a thing called gelatin fix which is awesome- you just mix it with the batter and put it a fridge for 3 hours and the dessert is ready.) Pour on the the crust and set aside for an hour.

Peel? (I have no idea which expression is used in connection with passion fruits) the rest of the passion fruits, add the juice of 1 lime and 1 orange, sugar if necessary and again use gelatin as recommended by the manufacturer. Pour it on the cake.

Put it in the fridge for some hours, it's probably the best if you let it rest during the night:). Enjoy!

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53  Re: Chocolate Swap Gallery Sendouts- 12/6/10 in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: December 25, 2010 03:36:38 AM
My boyfriend finally returned home(he was stuck at an airport for most of the week) with the camera and I found some time for taking pictures:) I had the package at home for almost a week, but i din't have a camera. It was  sooooo hard not to eat the chocolate:D, but i somehow managed. I did, however use one of the wonderful items i received and I forgot it at work:/ I got awesome crocheted fingerless gloves in chocolate brown, and i love them. I am a smoker and it was very cold at the beginning of last week, so i wore them. But then, it was very warm yesterday and i forgot them at work and now we have holidays and i wont  get there until next year:) So I will post a picture of those then, or maybe wonderwoman1976 can post it before, if she has the time.

On to all the other awesome stuff i received.



I got a very lovely notebook, a set to make my own felt owl (I think I am going to do that today and post a picture afterwards, if anyone wants to see) and a set for making my own photo album. Which I have no clue how to make, I have never scrapbooked anything in my life, but can't wait to get some pictures from wonderwoman1976 to learn how to make one:)




I love dark chocolate and I especially love dark chocolate with raspberries. I am eating it right now and it's delicious:)
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54  Re: mini witch hat (tutorial!)-update-whole outfit in Halloween Costumes by p.kok on: October 31, 2010 12:31:57 PM
So, as i promised, my whole outfit, and a picture of me wearing the tiny hat, for size reference. I'm really bad with taking pictures.

I kinda like how it all turned out, the corset is far from perfect, but quite ok for Halloween. I'm pretty sure not a lot of people are going to see it at the party, smoking is banned inside in Slovenia and I smoke a lot a parties, so i'm probably going to be outside a lot:)

so here is me, with the tiny hat trying to look nice:) I hate taking pictures of myself:)


and the whole outfit. It' just normal black clothes, just the corset is special:)
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55  Re: Newbie Swap Round 14! in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: October 29, 2010 09:51:30 AM
I finally got my package. No wonder customs wanted to get an original receipt, all of the goodies in the package look so professional and awesome, they wanted to know where to get them:D (OK, they didn't actually see them, they were neatly packed, but if they would, I'm pretty sure they would want to keep them for themselves:))

I didn't know that there was a way to make things, put them in a box and make a package that captures everything I love. And windgie79 somehow managed to do exactly that!

I did take pictures of the package still being warped up all nice, but because i was so excited, i forgot to put the memory card in the camera, and now those pictures are trapped in the camera because I don't have a cable (i have a memory card reader)

the first set of pictures:




first there are all of the wonderful things I got all together in a picture. Then, the first thing I unpacked. A drawstring bag, made out of a towel, that says "ne panike". windgie79 put so much effort into it, and actually translated "Don't panic" into Slovenian with google translate! (in the book it says "Samo brez panike" but there is no way in the world she could have found that out. And "Ne panike" is pretty much the direct translation.) It's from The hitchhiker guide to the galaxy. If you don't know the book, it states that you should always carry a towel with you and the moto of everything is "Don't panic". Inside the bag, there was even more awesomeness (to be honest, I would have been completely satisfied if I only got this bag in my package, but even more awesomness comes later:)) First I found Marvin, the paranoid android (who is one of the best characters in the book, and is really really cute in the movie). Then I found a metal pencil case with r2d2 and c-3po from starwars on it. AWESOME. Inside the pencil case was magnet poetry from the Hhg2tg! I don't know if it was a coincidence(but i do think windgie79 prepared that:)) but the first word I found on the top where "to Fenchurch". Fenchurch is my favorite character from Hhg2tg, and was also my cyber nickname for a long long time (still is some places:))

also on the picture is the Chewbaca pygmy puff, which was in the second little package i opened. He is sooo adorable! He is, as you can see a cross between my favorite character from star wars and pygmy puffs from Harry Potter, which is also one of my favorite books. (And pygmy puffs are awesome!)

On to the second picture.



I LOVE giraffes! And oh my god isn't he like the cutest one you have ever seen? I have to name him (I think it's a he:)) but can't think of any adorable names yet. I posted him in his own picture, but the picture doesn't do him any justice. I'm really in a hurry (i have to go back to work in like 5 minutes) and I wanted to brag post this first:)

and no, this isn't all. I even got extras!



This pictures are really bad, but as I said, I have to hurry up. i also forgot to take a closer picture of the wonderful card I got (well, you can see, i got so many awesome things...). I guess you know the "Silly Bandz" in the first picture better than I do, but I really like them:) I love Disney princesses:D
And there are also her favorite recipes she wrote for me, because she knows I love to bake. I also wanted to do something like this, but ran out of time (well i wanted to send the package early) and now I'm sorry I didn't do it:) So windgie79 if you still want a book full of Slovenian cake an cookie recipes, I will be really happy to make one for you:)

Seriously, this is the best package I ever got. Really. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much. I shall write some more grateful words to you in a private message once I get back from work again. (well i didn't pick a good day to volunteer and work at a movie premier in the evening...)
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56  mini witch hat (tutorial!)-and the whole miniwitch outfit:) in Halloween Costumes by p.kok on: October 27, 2010 02:29:30 PM
First I have to say I'm pretty much in love with tiny hats. Unfortunately I come from a small town where wearing a tiny hat in normal day life would attract too much attention. And I'm too old for that shit:)(well I'm not a rebellious teenager anymore)
Also, we don't really celebrate Halloween in my Country. It's becoming more and more popular every year, but it's not popular enough that stores would sell all kinds of Halloween stuff and that everyone would get dressed up and party. There are, however, some parties and I intend to attend one. But I have to work first...

So I'm going to join my love for tiny hats and the wish to be able to switch from being in a costume to semi-normal clothing and I'm going to be a stylish witch:) I'll wear an orange-black corset(if I will be able to finish it:)) and a tiny witch hat i almost finished before:) I have to decorate it a little more, and for that I made some polymer clay spiders(i couldn't find plastic spider anywhere!) and they have to bake first, and I just want to post this:D

So here is the tiny hat ( i wont post a picture of myself wearing it, because i have greasy hair and the hat is not finished yet. maybe I'll post a picture of the whole "costume"Smiley) [edit:  Full ensemble photos here! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363040.msg4267081#msg4267081 ]



And here is tutorial I made. I think ithe hat is pretty easy to make and also pretty cheap (it cost me around 3) and that maybe someone will want to make one as well:)
And i want to practice writing tutorials and my English, so pretty please, tell me what you think:)



You will need
-   A juice or milk carton
-   a useless but clean carton box
-   felt
-   Thread matching the color of your felt
-   Elastic band or hair clip
-   Decorations (ribbon, feathers, whatever you want)
Step 1: Make the top
Break your juice carton and cut it so that youll have a sheet of the material. Draw a circle on the sheet. The radius of the circle will be the height of the top of the hat. Cut the circle out.
Cut the circle from the edge to the middle. (This is really tricky to explain, I wish I had taken some pictures while making the hat) Now move one edge of the cut over the other, so that a cone starts to shape. Once you get a cone of the size you would like, cut off the excess material. Now flatten the cone. You should get the base in the shape on the picture.
Draw the same shape on a piece of felt, with some sewing allowance (half of an inch). Now glue the juice box cone together. Sew the felt cone shape and turn around so that the seam is on the inside. Dress the juice box cone with the felt cone. Sew around the edge.

Step 2: Make the base
Now take a side of the carton box. Draw a circle a bit bigger than the radius of the cone. This is going to be the base of your hat, so just think about how big you want it to be. Cut it out. Draw a circle with a radius half of an inch bigger than the base circle, and a circle with a radius an inch bigger than the base circle on the felt. Cut it out.
First sew the small felt circle on the carton base circle, all around the edge. Than sew the bigger circle on the carton circle on the opposite side, so that the whole carton base is dressed in felt. When sewing the bigger felt circle do it neatly, since its going to be visible. Cut off all of the excess felt around the seams on the base.

Step 3:
Sew the elastic band in the size of your head, or a hair pin, on the wrong side of the base.
Glue the top to the base. You could probably also sew it if you had a curved needle, but I dont have one.
Step 4:
Decorate!
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57  batman apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: October 25, 2010 01:57:38 PM
I made this for my first swap ever and I'm really really happy how it turned out. I think it deserves a separate topic, I'm pretty proud of myself:) I didn't use a pattern, I kinda don't like patterns that much and this is the first half apron I have ever made. It was also the first time  have ever tried to make the ruffles (or whatever the yellow thingies around the edge are called:)), and I am really happy with the results.

The batman appliqu on the pocket is just the same yellow fabric with the batman logo painted on with fabric paint. I kinda like the hooks (also, however they are called, I'm really bad with English vocabulary for sewing) where you can put your kitchen appliances in, but i don't think they are that useful. It's just so it's more batmany:)

anyway, on to the pictures:)





C&C always very welcome:)
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58  what to do with tons of kiwi fruit? in Recipes and Cooking Tips by p.kok on: October 24, 2010 04:16:11 AM
There is a HUGE kiwi tree(wine, what ever it would be called) in our family garden. Every year it grows tons(not literally) of kiwi fruits. Since it's huge we can't even pick all of the fruit, but it's still too much. My father usually uses a quarter of it for marmalade and we eat half of it during the winter, but still half of it goes bad.


this is just the amount of what we picked yesterday. there is like 10 times more of it in the garden:)

and here's a picture of a part of the kiwi, just so you can imagine how huge it is:)


Any suggestions what to do with? Cakes, deserts, chutneys(my father really hopes there is a good recipe for kiwi chutney), anything:D?
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59  kawaii kitty tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: October 08, 2010 08:35:29 AM
There was kawaii contest on spoonflower some weeks ago. I have had the idea of making a bag pattern on fabric for quite some time, so I decided I'm gonging to use that possibility and make a bag pattern for a kawaii kitty tote.

so that's what i came up with:


(the link to the spoonflower site: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric_items/new?design_id=348963 )

and the printed version looks like this (it's much the same as the digital version, only the colors look better. I think i designed the picture in CMYK or something:):


The finished bag looks like this:



I am very pleased with the results. I chose linen cotton canvas, because it's sturdy enough and the bag doesn't need any interfacing (i don't like interfacing, it's really hard to get the right one at the stores where I buy fabric). I have to make some corrections with the pattern, but when I'm done I'll make more designs. I love how much easier it is to make a bag if you have the pattern on the fabric and you don't have to transfer anything or measure anything... Computers are much better at measuring than me:) And it's so much fun to create the outside of the bags, the lining and even add some things to the pockets. I guess you could do it by hand, but it would be so much more work.... It's not the cheapest solution, but I still love it:)

Once I start an etsy (if ever:)) I'll probably make starter kits for sewing bags. I'm not sure because i don't know if I'm good at giving instructions. Especially in English:) There are some instructions on the fabric already, I wanted to try that out, but i think they take up too much space that could be used for useful fabric:)

I would really like some feedback, so please, please say something:) but if you're not in the mood, thanks for taking the time and reading all of this:D


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60  Re: more bags, more pictures, more fun in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: October 05, 2010 02:04:47 PM
more pictures:):





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