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21  3/4 circle skirt with lots of embroidered flowers in Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects by p.kok 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:))
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22  My very first fancy dress:) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by p.kok 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;)
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23  Re: Fabric Lovers Scavenger Hunt GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: May 26, 2012 03:28:18 AM
I think spoonflower isn't expensive if you consider you can get one of a kind fabric:) Also, i really love the fact that other people can buy your designs and you get some money;) I didn't sell a lot until now, but it's still nice;)

An here, finally pictures of the package i received from ecopp (i had some trouble getting those on my computer because the card reader stopped working...)

A group picture:

-something local is the top right sunflower fabric (it's the states flower)
- something green is the lovely little needle book- really needed one, i keep loosing pins and needles all around the house
-something vintage is the clasp purse- ecopp says it's her forst try of sewing with a pattern and i think she did an awesome job
-something round: an infinity scarf in very pretty colors
-senders choice:batik fabric
on the picture are also some sweets and an zipper that i already know what to use for, i just need some black fabric:)

a close up of the needle book

and here is the sharp item inside the needle book: heart shaped pins

and the tiny item (which i forgot to include on the group picture): a leaf key chain
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24  A sixpack is made in the kitchen (male torso cake:)) in Dessert by p.kok 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.

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25  I made my own chocolate. How sweet is that? in Dessert by p.kok 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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26  spring basket easter cake in Dessert by p.kok on: April 15, 2012 10:20:58 AM
I've got a Wilton ultimate cake decorating set for my birthday a month ago, so every time I bake something, I make A TON of gumpaste flowers. This time I also tried basket weave piping around the cake, since baskets are so Eastery:) But I mixed my ganache a bit to long and it became a bit grainy, so I had some problems... I also didn't really think about it, so I din't know, but basket weave piping takes A LOT of time.

The cake itself is from Julia Childs book, but I don't remember the French name (it might have to do with Geneva). It's made without baking powder, so you have to be really careful when mixing the fluffed eggs with the flour. But it is really really good in the end. The cake has 4 layers but I can't find the "insides" picture. It was filled with fruit(cherries, blueberries, raspberries) and Swiss meringue butter cream.

Anyway, i hope you like it:)!
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27  Re: March 2012 Birthday Swap - Discussion and Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: April 12, 2012 08:06:35 AM
I got two of my gift packages today! I love them both very very much.

The first is from our awesome organizer, TroubleT. It's a hoop inspired by my pinterest. It's perfect! I wish I could make pretty things like this myself:)

The second is from aheartofglass and it's full of wonderful things:) Incredibly good smelling coffee, chocolate, fabric, fondant stamps, shimmer dust for decorating cakes, bias tape, thread, polymer clay, and lastly a pretty ornament. I can't wait to try out/eat everything:)

I love both packages so much! Turning a quarter of a century old isn't that bad after all... Cheesy
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28  Re: 100 Facts About Me Swap Rd 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by p.kok on: March 21, 2012 10:02:00 AM
I finally received too! banana731 sent me an awesome (and delicious) package.

Here is a picture of everything together:

My favourite is the Kurt Halsey hoop. This is one of my favourite KH pictures, whales are in top 5 of my favourite animals (and that piece of information wasn't in the 100 facts:)). The hat is so beautiful that I'm starting to regret it's spring already (and spring is my favourite season)
Also, as you can see, I had to open and try the chocolate, because it made the whole package smell delicious. And it's just perfect - not too sweet and not too bitter.

Here is a close-up of the bird pins

And a close-up of the cupcake charm. I think it's great that we both made miniature polymer clay food for each other:)

Thank you so much  banana731, I really really love everything:)
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29  25th b-day cake - first time making gum paste flowers in Dessert by p.kok on: March 11, 2012 12:16:29 PM
I'm 25 today. And my awesome father bought me a Wliton ultimate cake decorating set for the occasion. I, obviously, had to try and make a ton of different gum paste flowers to decorate my birthday cake:) Half of them didn't even make it on the cake and it still looks, ... well, like this:

the holes in the frosting are from the b-day candles. One of my friends said that it kinda looks like a poster with comic sans - but i do hope it is not that ugly:) I can't really tell how it looked like, i'm extremely proud of myself and I loved it:)

I also have a question- it was my first time making gum paste and I had a problem - some of the sugar crystallized, or at least I think it did - there were tiny pieces that look like crystals in the paste. Did anyone else ever make gum paste and had the same problem and then found a solution? I googled it, but didn't find any answers.

oh, and here are the insides- it's chocolate gateau filled with white chocolate ganache and raspberries, frosted with butter cream and then glazed with white chocolate. and then decorated with royal icing and whipped cream. (yes, I experimented with many different techniques making this cake:D)

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30  raspberry rose cheescake in Dessert by p.kok on: February 26, 2012 07:30:53 AM
If you have a pinterest account and you like desserts, you've probably noticed the cheesecake with a raspberry sauce and rose water flavouring from design sponge, that has been repined quite a lot of times in the past days:) here is the link if you don't know what i'm talking about:) http://www.designsponge.com/2012/02/in-the-kitchen-with-christelles-raspberry-and-rosewater-cheesecake.html
Well i'm a huge fan of cheesecake, raspebries are my favroite fruit and I love the taste of roses. So I had to bake one:) I also thought this would be a marvellous opportunity to try piping some roses with royal icing, because I have never done it before and I really wanted to try. And i must say I'm really proud of what i made.

I had lots of trouble piping the roses... The first batch melted into litlle poudels and those on the cake are also far from perfect. But I think they still look great for my first attempt. I would love any advice on how to make really nice roses, if you have any personal experience. Those, and C&C are very welcome:)

(there are two more pictures of the roses on my Slovene blog, if you want to see them more closely. unfortunatly you probably won't understand much:) http://fenchurch.blog.siol.net/2012/02/26/ko-bom-vlka-bom-cake-boss/ )
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