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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / first boned corset on: February 08, 2013 03:14:55 AM
I always wanted to sew a corset for myself, but when it came to boning I never really understood hot it works (I tried it with patterns form burda style magazine, which we only get in German where I live, and my German isn't exactly perfect:)). But then I found this page http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/index.html that helps you make your own pattern that requires cutting just 2 pieces of fabric (I also always had problems with seams form the fashion and lining fabric matching up. I'm not a really precise person:)), and since I already had all the required materials at home and with carnival coming up I thought I'll try again. And it worked!




And here is a picture from the insides. i didn't have enough boning to do the exact same pattern as suggest on that webpage so I improvised a little.


Well it's a bit too big, since we use the metric measuring system and there were some mistakes made while converting cm to inches, but I'm still really really happy with how it turned out. Now I just have to figure out how to incorporate it in a costume for carnival:) any sugestions:)?
12  COOKING / Dessert / Christmas cakes on: December 26, 2012 02:23:10 AM
This year I made Christmas cakes for gifts. I'm pretty new to covering cakes in fondant(I think this was my 3rd attempt?) and I always make my own (it's really hard to find it in stores here and really extremely expensive) and I think it was too soft this time. I also made the marzipan and was really surprised that there is raw egg yolks in a lot of marzipan recipes. I hope it doesn't go bad and cause problems for all my soon-to-be-in-laws that got the cakes:))



I left the fondant out on this one because my fiances father doesn't like his desserts to be too sweet.



13  COOKING / Dessert / Cake with a geode and succulents! (and the sad story behind it:)) on: November 17, 2012 09:54:19 AM
My mothers boyfriend (or whatever they are called at that age;) ) celebrated his 60th birthday and I really wanted to bake and decorate a cake for him. He is really into mineralogy so i knew I will decorate it with that theme in mind. But let's start with the backing...
He doesn't eat sugar for health reasons and his daughter doesn't eat egg yolks for allergy reasons so the cake had to be sugar free and yolk free. I made the first batch (with a recipe I just made up) of batter very carefully with apple sauce, and yoghurt and agave syrup, adding beaten egg whites and flour gradually,.... but well, it ended up looking like two giant pancakes Smiley then I tried making swiss meringue butter cream with agave and that also didn't work out. So I just added some flour and random stuff to it and baked another cake, which turned out pretty well Smiley Then I tried making another batch of SMBT, but it also went south. I was pretty frustrated at that point, so i just added some thawed blueberries and mixed everything together (it didn't look very appetising at all, kinda like vomit... Wink), and spread it on the cake. (luckily, I din't take any pictures before the decorating part, it wasn't pretty:)). But the cake held together...

I could decorate with fondant, since you can just peel it off and don't eat it. The cake wasn't a really good base for covering with fondant, but it was OK and stones aren't that even anyway.... I made some gum paste and made succulents out of it. It's so easy and I loved making them (another funny thing that happened- my dog ate like 5 of them when they were drying... ). I wish I had some petal dust to make them look more realistic, but I'm still pretty happy with the result. I also made a geode, which, in my opinion turned out awesome:) Mums boyfriend really liked it, although he said that if you find geodes that are blue in a store, Brazilians probably coloured them:) I also added some candis sugar (i don't know if you have that in other parts of the world) to look like crystals. I wanted to make rock candy, but I still have 4 glasses of coloured sugar syrup in the kitchen, waiting to crystallize:)).







But in the end, I was really happy with the result and everyone liked it. It even tasted good! I just don't know what to do with all the egg yolks in my fridge (17 Cheesy)
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / firefly teesha more bag on: October 29, 2012 05:12:08 AM
For the "end of summer swap" I had a partner with a "teesha moore bag" on her wish list. I always liked them as a concept, because they sounded like a lot of fun to make, but since they don't really go with "my style" I never made one. This was the perfect opportunity to try myself at making one! Smiley
I had NO idea how much work goes into a bag like this, especially if you're not skilled at embroidery. I also didn't make a plan of how many patches I will need and how big the bag is going to be when I started, so before actually putting everything together, I realised it was going to be quite big and that I had to sew more patches. (so if you want to make a teesha moore bag, is strongly advise you to plan ahead:)). Luckily I own an embroidery machine, so I could make a lot of patches with its help. Anyway, here are the pictures.





I know the pictures are quite bad, but I wanted to share the project as an inspiration, since I couldn't find any other firefly teesha moore bags on the internet, and had quite a lot of trouble to think of what to put on the patches.

The patches I made were:
on side 1: the course of the song that's at the start of every episode, the logo of the series, Jayne's hat, Wash's dinosaurs ( made them with polymer clay), which is my favourite patch:), "Also, I can kill you with my brain" quote, and a kind of portrait of the Captain (I got inspiration for that one somewhere on Craftster, don't remember where)
on side 2: "big damn heroes", a patch with fabric that reminded me of Inara, a patch that say "Captain tightpants", a picture of Serenity, a patch from Kaylee's uniform, and the quote "I'm a leaf on the wind, watch me soar"
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / milk&cookie BFF embroidery on: September 26, 2012 11:58:24 AM
This is one of my first digitizing projects that I think came out pretty good. I made the illustration in adobe illustrator (inspired by a "milk and cookies" google search) and then digitized it with PE design which I'm really really slowly learning how to use (it came with the machine:)). I still have trouble understanding different kinds of stitches and settings for the stitches (which you can obviously see on the hearts:)).



I would love any kind of feedback and suggestions on how to make it better. If anyone wants to try and stitch it out themselves (and give me some feedback) I would love (LOVE LOVE) to send you the file ( i can also change the word "Mleko" on the carton to the English word milk, if you want:)). But any comet would help! Thank you!
16  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / small pumpkins stuffed with mushrooms on: September 24, 2012 10:34:54 AM
We just harvested all of our pumpkins for this year, and there were quite a lot of them that ripped at a very small size. So I decided I wanted to stuff them with something. It's also the season for porcini mushrooms and my father brings some home every night (you usually don't pick them at night, but my father realised that it's quite easy to find them with a light:)). So I stuffed the pumpkins with a mushroom stuffing that turned out surprisingly delicious (I improvised the recipe), so I decided to share:)



For stuffing 2 small pumpkins (i guess you can use all kinds, mine was one Hokkaido and one that my father calls "Provencal" pumpkin, but even he's not sure what it is:)):
- one medium onion
-around 2 cloves of garlic
-3-5 porcini mushrooms (depends on the size, they should make around a cup when diced)
- half cup of whole grain bread crumbs
-1 egg
- half cup of parmesan cheese
- a tea spoon of dried herbs de Provence
-some grated smoked Gauda cheese (it is very important for the taste, that the cheese was smoked)

Dice the onions and saut them in a pan until translucent; add minced garlic and when you smell the garlic (after 30 sec), add the diced mushrooms. Add salt (according to your taste), and cook the mushrooms on low heat. In the mean time, cut off the tops of the pumpkins and take out all of the seeds. Cut out some of the pumpkin meat, dice it and add it to the mushrooms. When all off the water from the mushrooms evaporates, take off the stove and leave to cool for some time. In a bowl mix the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese and herbs. Add the mushrooms and the egg, mix well. Stuff the pumpkins with the mixture and put them in an oven proof pan. Add some water to the bottom of the pan. Bake in a 180C oven for 40 minutes or until the pumpkins are soft. 3 minutes before taking out off the oven, sprinkle the Gauda over the top  of everything and let it melt.  I served them with mashed potatoes and tomato sauce and it was really really delicious! Wink

Dober tek! (bon apettit:))



17  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / 3/4 circle skirt with lots of embroidered flowers on: July 11, 2012 01:49:24 PM
I had my embroidery/sewing machine for a bit more than half a year now and I only embroidered some of my very poorly digitized own designs and was never really happy with the results. So I also never bought any designs because I wasn't sure I would like the result and that it would be worth the money and time. But now Urban Threads is giving away this awesome designs of "painted flowers" and I had to try again. I wanted to try and make something wearable, so I sewed a 3/4 circle skirt. Which has a very very long hem, but I still decided to embroider flowers all around it:)

So I had to embroider 18 of them, each took around 10 minutes just for the sewing, but add the stabilizing and putting the fabric in hoops, changing the colours ( I used around 10 different ones, around 4 per flower), changing the broken needles (4 Smiley)...

But enough with my rambling on to the pictures:) (which are not that good, sorry:))

Here is the front side (I'm not showing you the back, because my zipper inserting skills are very bad)


and 4 of my favourite flowers


and that's how it looks on me


I'm not really sure if it's age appropriate (it kinda looks like a skirt for little girls), but I'm gonna wear it any way. And I'm also gonna buy more designs, now that I know that it really pays off:))
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My very first fancy dress:) on: June 04, 2012 11:31:33 AM
My brother got married this weekend, and i thought that that would be a great occasion to sew myself a dress. I only sewed one for carnival before, but that one doesn't count because I didn't pay much attention to detail and doing everything the right way (it wasn't even hemmed).
This time, I bought silk taffeta for 55, so I had to do it very carefully, and with much attention to detail:). I chose the pattern for the dress from Burda Style, march 2011 issue, model 108. I chose not to make the bubble skirt.

I'm very proud because the dress has the inside just as neat as the outside;). The bodice is lined with the same material (don't know why i didn't buy something cheaper though...), I did french seams on the skirt part and an invisible hem. I decided to insert a fuchsia pink metal zipper, because I knew I wouldn't be able to sew an invisible one, so going with the exact opposite seemed like a good idea Wink . I also wanted to add something interesting and unique to the dress.



I know this pictures are very bad, taken with a mobile phone, but I might add some, once the professionally taken ones arrive. Oh, I also did my own hair and makeup, so I'm pretty proud of that too;)
19  COOKING / Dessert / A sixpack is made in the kitchen (male torso cake:)) on: May 20, 2012 05:40:46 AM
My future sister in law had her bachelorette party yesterday (so if this should be posted in another topic, feel free to move it) and I had to bake her a cake. Since baking and decorating giant you.know.whats didn't really sound like fun, I decided to make a torso cake, because it seemed more sexy to me, and we didn't order any strippers(and there should be some hot sixpacks at a bachelorette party:))) It was my first time using fondant (which i also had to make, since they don't sell it anywhere here) so I encountered some problems (lots and lots of cracking of the fondant and my muscles are still sore from rolling it out). But i am still very very happy with the way the boy turned out. We just said he's a tough guy and has some scars from saving kittens from trees and such.



(should I have tagged the picture as mature? I figured every little girls has seen enough of those in a twilight movie, so it's not really mature content...)
And here is a picture before applying the fondant.


20  COOKING / Dessert / I made my own chocolate. How sweet is that? on: April 23, 2012 08:40:12 AM
For the last month our so a new range of ecological products has been extremely popular in my country. Before them, most of us didn't even know than you can actually buy cacao butter. The minute I saw it, I decided I want to try and make my own chocolate:) I love dark chocolate, the darker the better. So I searched the internet for recipes and found out that big companies make chocolate directly from the cacao beans  by roasting them and then making something called chocolate liquor, and then there is a series of other complicated procedures. Which, obviously, I couldn't do.
But a lot of people make chocolate at home using quite simple ingredients: cacao butter, coconut butter, high quality cacao powder, corn syrup/liquid glucose and sugar. So I did that myself! I didn't really measure anything, I just melted the same amounts of the butters, added quite a lot of cacao and some liquid glucose(so the sugars don't crystallize) and some agave syrup (for sweetnes), mixed untill combined, poured in silicone moulds and put in the freezer. After 20 or so minutes, I got chocolate!


(sorry for the crappy mobile phone picture, I'm so excited about this, i couldn't find my camera:))

It's not really like the chocolate you buy, but I like it a lot. The taste is quite similar, with a touch of coconut, but the structure isn't as smooth. I especially love the way it melts in your mouth, which is quite different from the way ordinary chocolate melts and much more pleasant. The best part is that I can control how sweet it is and add different flavouring and experiment. Unfortunately, it's quite an expensive experiment, but hey, Lindt is pretty expensive too:)

Does anyone else have any experiences with making chocolate at home? I would love to learn some tips and tricks:).
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