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31  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / my (almost) first cross stich project 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:)
32  COOKING / Dessert / tiny "potica" (now with recipe) on: April 23, 2011 02:44:04 PM
Potica is a traditional Slovene special occasions cake. It more or less has to be baked on every holiday there is, and there is no easter breakfast whiteout Potica. (i don't know if you have this tradition, but you have to eat A LOT on easter Sunday morning in Slovenia:)) Basically potica is just sweet bread filled with different kinds of stuffings. My favorite is the walnut version. Slovenes are pretty proud of the potica and every girl basically has to know how to make it and this year me and my sister decided that we want to try and bake one. But to give it a little twist, we baked tiny version of the traditional big cake. And they turned out great:)

There are some recipes on the Internet in English, but I'm not sure if they are any good(Every household has it's own recipe:)). If anyone wants to learn how to make the one I made, I can translate the recipe. It's a lot of work, but seriously delicious in the end!

*the recipe*

The dough
600 g of flour
20 g of yeast
2 egg yolks
1,5 dcl of warm milk
2 tsp of rum (or some rum extrtact)
a pinch of salt and some sugar for the yeast

Stiff the flour in a bowl and make a small hole in the center. In it you should put the yeast with some of the warm milk and approximately a spoon of sugar. Leave it until the yeast rises (5-10 minutes). Than start kneading the dough and add all the other ingredients. Knead the dough thoroughly and than let rise at least twice (when it doubles in size, knead again and wait until it doubles in size again).

In the meantime prepare the stuffing (filling?)

For it you will need

400g of ground wall nuts
60 g bread crumbs
1-2 dcl warm half and half
120g butter
150 g brown sugar
2 tbsp of rum
1 egg

Mix the wall nuts, bread crumbs and sugar. Pour the butter and half and half over them and mix throughly. Leave to soak for 30 minutes. Add the egg and the rum.

Now you have to roll the dough until it's very thin. Than spread the stuffing over it in a layer a bit thicker than the dough. Roll it like a jelly roll, but very carefully. Put it in a greased cake pan. In Slovenia we have special cake pans made out of clay, but they are similar to the ones where you bake marble cake in. (You can also just put them on a baking tray. But in these case it's probably best if you spread a little egg white on them before baking)
Before you put in the oven, you should again let it rise for 20 minutes. Than put bake it in an oven preheated to 220 C for about 45 minutes (or if you are making tiny versions like me, 25 minutes:).

It should look like this in the end, but only grandmothers make poticas this beautiful. You need a lot of experience for that:):

33  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / bicycle swap? on: April 13, 2011 01:38:03 AM
I don't really have the time to organize a swap but I just had an idea for a theme. I ride my bike to work every day and I guess a lot of others here also like cycling, so wouldn't it be nice to have a swap for all the cyclist out there:)?
There are some many things you can craft that are bicycle related...
here are some examples: http://www.threadbanger.com/post/17522/weekly-diy-roundup-bike-projects

Would anyone bi interested in something like that:)?

Well if there will be a lot of interest and no one to organize it, i might try to organize a swap:) but I would just really like to participate in one:)

34  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / necklace hanger thingy -images work on: March 31, 2011 11:02:23 AM
I'm still pretty bad with English vocabulary for some specific things:). Is there a word for a thing where you hang your necklaces on:)? Anyway, i made one today and I think it turned out pretty nice.

I first glued and then stapled some fabric to a wooden board and then screwed some of those curved screws(they probably also have a name that I never heard of... they don't teach you vocabulary like that at school:)) in. The fabric didn't tear (because of the glue), I was afraid that might happen. It took me 10 minutes to attach the fabric to the board and then it took my boyfriend 20 minutes to screw all the screws in (but that's what boys are for, right  Roll Eyes ?). So all in all: it's really not time consuming and really easy to make(with a little help), it looks nice and I had most of the materials at home, so it was also really cheap. If you need a place to store tons of necklaces, like me, It's really easy to make something like this:)

35  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / ad for an ad agency:)-paper house on: March 09, 2011 06:40:54 AM
I work at an advertising agency and I had to make and ad for it for a marketing magazine. This issue of the magazine will be focused on paper- like how paper can be creatively used in advertising, different types of paper, etc. I'm actually copy writer and I had the idea of making the building of our agency out of paper- because one of the special things about it is the old church that is now the agency. Since the designer I was supposed to work with was on a vacation and because I'm also kinda crafty(and also studied graphic design, so I felt I'm qualified:)), I decided I'll try and make the house myself:)
And I did it! (I'm really proud since this is my first paper project:))

Well another coworker helped me with the main roof part, and the designer finished all the surrounding elements (the grass and the stars, etc) and took this wonderful picture. That's the only picture I have until now. We're still at work and he has to finish the ad so I don't want to bother him. But if you want to see more pictures, I will:D

ps: here is a picture of the house in real life http://www.mediamix.si/your-business
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from useless bed to awesome couch 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:)

37  COOKING / Dessert / Tropical cheescake 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

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!

38  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / mini witch hat (tutorial!)-and the whole miniwitch outfit:) 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:
39  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / batman apron 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:)
40  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / what to do with tons of kiwi fruit? 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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