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51  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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52  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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53  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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54  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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55  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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56  more bags, more pictures, more fun in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: September 27, 2010 10:37:30 AM
I have been posting pictures of bags from a summery photo shoot me and my friend had a while ago. She's going to a very long trip around Asia and hasn't managed to prepare all the photos for me, so she just gave them to me "raw". I'm not good at editing photos, but i still think they are pretty awesome:) I made all of those bags in the last year or so:)

This one has handmade clay buttons for decoration. The sister of my boyfriend makes them. I think they are really nice.


this one is made out of fabric i designed on spoonflower. i like the fabric more and more every time i look at it:)


this one is made out of ikea fabric which i don't like that much anymore. I really like the cute button though.


and those two are my almost successful projects made with metal purse frames. I still didn't find a good glue, but this frames are the ones you have to sew to the fabric so they don't just fall apart:). I also made those tiny polymer clay cakes:)
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57  yo dawg, i heard you like cookies... in Dessert by p.kok on: September 11, 2010 10:59:20 AM
It's getting really cold here so i decided it's time for the cookie season:) since i moved from home i didn't have any good cookie recipe books and me and my boyfriend had to find a great one to order. At the moment we saw this: http://www.bookdepository.co.uk/book/9780811842167/Big-Fat-Cookies, we knew we had to buy it!

It got delivered yesterday. The first recipe i saw was "chocolate chip cookies in a cookie" and was like WHAT? that sounds AWESOME! It's pretty easy to make and the result is delicious. Basically you can take your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, divide it in three parts, bake cookies from one part, let them cool, break them in small pieces and give them back to the rest of the dough. Than just make cookies as usual.

And they got me inspired, so i made a comic. )i kinda like those xzibt yo dawg comics:)) the third and fourth picture are from the actual cookies i made.




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58  memories of summer bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by p.kok on: September 11, 2010 05:39:59 AM
My friend, who took some pictures of bags I made in the summer, just sent me more edited pictures.

so here, the first bag:



it has a polymer clay brooch(is that the right word, google translate said it is:)) as a decoration. also made by me with some seashells form last summer.

and I'm really proud of the second one, it's made with fabric that I printed with linoleum myself. if you want a tutorial for printing on fabric with linoleum I can make one, but you can also find some on the Internet. I just always forget to bookmark useful pages:)



thanks for looking, c&c welcome!
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59  Re: Show Off Your Hair--Dyed, Cut, or Styled by Yourself! in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by p.kok on: September 08, 2010 02:02:31 AM


I have naturally curly hair and i always thought you can't do many different hairstyles with that. But after seeing this topic and going through my pictures i found out that you can:D

You can kinda see the short history of my hair on the picture, i'm just going to comment on two of my hairstyles.

The craziest hairstyle i ever had was when i got a job as a hair model. That's the fiery afro, if you were wondering. The man on the picture is the hairstylist, who's supposed to be very famous, one of the best in the world, or so i was told. I really loved that color.

The last two pictures are my hair as i have it in the moment. I always wanted to have short hair, but everyone refused to cut it, since it's curly. My mom finally recommended me a very expensive hair salon, where they cut my hair. I also decided i'm not going to color it anymore, since i'm too lazy and don't do it often enough, and then it's ugly like in one of the pictures.

i like my hair short, but not when it's curly. It's to eightiesy. My boyfriend loves my long hair so i'm provably going to let them grow again.
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60  faux embriodery quote hoops in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by p.kok on: August 31, 2010 04:36:58 AM
Inspired by this project http://www.designspongeonline.com/2010/06/faux-embroidery-quote-hoops.html i've decided i wanted to make something like this with my favorite quotes for our apartment. So i designed a fabric on spoonflower and ordered some embroidery hoops on ebay(if you know a good internet shop that ships to europe and has good price, please, pm me. Embroidery isn't really popular where i come from so all the equipment is really expensive!). And thats' how it looks like: (this are just two, i ordered only two hoops to see how it would look like, i like it, now i have to order more, and wait:))



and this is the fabric(it a really big image so i copied a link) : http://www.spoonflower.com/design_thumbnails/0030/4624/embrodery_highres.png?1280951792
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