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1  Desperate Housewife Costume :) in Halloween Costumes by anjapiranja on: November 10, 2011 11:45:07 AM
Hey everybody!

This year, I decided to dress up as a "desperate-50's-housewife" for halloween.
Since I'm totally into all this vintage-clothing stuff (my secret dream is to walk
around the house in this apron all-day-long Cheesy), it wasn't really hard to decide
which costume I should pick for the occasion.

It was also a really really cheap costume!
The jewellery, the cardigan, the shoes, the skirt and
the white t-shirt were things I already had in my closet.
(The skirt is also made by me. You can see it here -->
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=341217.msg3958196#msg3958196 )

So I only needed a cute apron.
I saw a youtube-tutorial on how to make an apron
out of an old teatowel (am I allowed to share the link
of this video here?). It was so quick and easy!
After I finished the basic apron, I added some lace to the
sides to give it a cuter look.
Combined with a big  bow in my hair (also DIY-Project. I simply
used the leftover fabric of my skirt)
and some victory rolls -> tadaa!

I hope you guys like it,too! Thanks for reading Smiley

Front view on the apron (no make up, no hair did):

...and all dressed up! :

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2  super easy (fairy-) skirt tutorial ( picture heavy!) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by anjapiranja on: February 27, 2011 10:30:58 AM
thought i'd share this little tutorial on how to do this skirt :

the skirt is part of my "spring fairy costume" which you can see here  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=374070.msg4406045#msg4406045

so let's start!

here's what you will need:
- fabric ( i usef 100% polyester. it was sold as garlands at ikea and 300cm X 40cm cost only 1,60! i bought two of them because i didn't exactly know how much i would need) ( did i mention that this fabric doesn't need any hem? Wink )
- yarn
-sewing needle
- scissors
- measuring tape
- fixing pins

1. step: the waistband
- measure your waist. add some more inches ( my waist was 93 cm, so i added 7 cm = 100cm) (blue line)
- the widh of the waistband depends on you,of course. mine was 12cm ( we're going to fold it later, so
in the end, mine was something like 4cm) ( red line)

2. step: the two layers.
they should both be 2x the lenght of your waist. the widh depends on how long or short you want your skirt to be. but the 2nd layer should be a bit shorter than the first one.

3. so here's what we've got so far

4. next step - the ruffles: sew along your both layers with easy stiches like so (make soure you fix the ends of the yarn with knots so it won't slip):

..closer look..

5. now take your first layer of fabric and lay it next to your waistband. pull the yarn until the fabric has the same
lenght as your waistband. make a knot and don't worry about the ruffles beeing uneven,we'll take care if this later Wink
then do the same with the 2nd layer of fabric.

6. now we're going to sew the layers to the waistband, starting with the 1. layer ( the longer one)
take your fabric and put it on the under 3. part ( get what i mean? hope the picture helps^^) of the (unfolded) waistband:

7. now adjust your ruffles ( fixing both ends first helps a lot) , fix them with your fixing needles and then sew along. ( i made it by hand because i was too lazy to unpack my sewing machine, but this should work too,of course)

( now you can remove the yarn you used to do the ruffles)

do the same with the second layer of fabric ( the shorter one) .just put it on top of the first layer and repeat step 7!

8. here we go ...

9. now the weird part. i bet there must be one million ways to do this better than i did, but well,at least it worked.
picture :   "1" = your skirt so far.
               "2" =  fold your waistband until it reaches your ruffles. maybe you want to fix it so it won't slip
               "3" = now fold your waistband again, this time over your ruffles. fix it with pins and then sew along.


( by the way: before folding over, i inserted a piece of thick wool as a spaceholder for the elastic)

10. closing the skirt: turn your skirt inside out, so you face the backside of the longer layer( 1 ). fix the ends together and sew along ( just until you reach the waistband, don't sew over the waistband!)

then turn your skirt and do the same with the shorter layer.

11. take the elastic and put it around your waist to measure how long it should be. cut it ( leave some inches so you can make a knot later). pull it trough your waistband ( i knotted it to the wool so it was pretty easy to pull it trough). make a knot and try your skirt on, so you can alter the elastic if its too tight or loose.

then close your elastic-band-loop-thingy on your waistband.
we're done!!

hope you liked my tutorial. if there are any questions left, feel free to ask Smiley

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3  Spring Fairy in Costumes: Completed Projects by anjapiranja on: February 26, 2011 10:59:33 AM
It's carnival ("Fasching") in germany so there are costume parties everywhere and i needed a fast and cheap costume. here's what i came up with: a spring fairy! i made the skirt and the hair decoration myself, hope you like it!
i also made tons of pictures while making my costume, so i'm going to do a tutorial for the skirt, the decoration and also the make up Smiley

the skirt...

the top... (see my little bird? Smiley )

and a closer look at my head& make-up...

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4  mustache pillow(s) :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by anjapiranja on: February 06, 2011 10:17:21 AM
hi everyone!
i made these pillow cases for my best friends birthday. she totally loves all this mustache-stuff, hope she'll like it Smiley

it wasn't my idea, i've seen pillows like this on the internet, but they've been way too expensive (39 $ for two cases plus shipping which would have been something about 15$)

so i bought two pillows ( 2,95 each ) and a set of pillow cases ( 2 for 2,95 ) at IKEA. the pillows were 50x50 cm but they only had (white) pillow cases at the size of 80x80cm, so i altered them.
after that i made a mustache-pattern and painted it on the pillow cases with fabriccolor Smiley

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5  Re: cupcakes and roses in Dessert by anjapiranja on: January 24, 2011 05:40:01 AM
thanks for all your nice comments Smiley

here's the recipe ( the recipe is in gram ( i'm from germany, sorry!), i tried to convert it into cups, but i can't give you a guarantee that it's correct Wink ) i'm also really sorry for all my spelling mistakes.

the recipe says it's for 12 cupcakes, but i got 18 from it.

175 gr flour  ( 1 cup + 1/3 cup + 1/8 cup)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 pinch salt
130 gr butter or margarine ( i used margarine)  ( 1/2 cup + the half of 1/8 cup (sorry! xD ))
2 eggs
ca 5 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons cocoa
170g sugar ( 3/4 cup)

130 gr Butter ( cup + the half of  1/8 cup)
pipe vanilla-butter-flavor ( I used the german brand Dr. Oetker but Im sure you guys have something similar available in your countries)
Ca. 120 gr (1 cup )confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon water


1.  mix the flour + baking powder + salt + cocoa  , put it aside.
2.  stir the margarine + sugar ( always use a handmixer or a mixing machine, or else you wont get the texture you need)
3. after at least 2 minutes of mixing, add the first egg. Go on mixing for another 2 minutes and then add the second egg, mix again for at least 2 minutes.
4. now slowly add the flour-cocoa-mix and the milk ( if you think the batter is too dry, just add some more milk). Go on stirring until you have a fluffy texture. it should look a bit like mousse au chocolat Smiley
5. preheat your oven up to 175C
6. fill your cupcake-cups ( I used a cupcakepan and paper baking cups )  up to 2/3
7. bake for about 20 25 minutes


I must confess, I have totally no idea of how much confectioners sugar I used. I added bit by bit until the cream looked like I wanted it to. But I guess it must have been something about one cup. Im doing this recipe again soon, so Im going to see how much sugar I actually need.

 ( the butter should be soft, so take it out of the fridge maybe about 2 hours before you start with the icing)   Put the butter in a mixing bowl and start with adding 1-2 tablespoons confectioners sugar while stirring it with the handmixer/ mixing machine. Also add the vanilla-butter-flavor. Go on with putting the sugar in until the cream has the desired texture.
I had some problems stirring at the beginning, because the sugar was soo powdry and it didnt mix with the butter, so I added 1 tablespoon water which worked out pretty well.

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6  cupcakes and roses in Dessert by anjapiranja on: January 23, 2011 05:38:28 AM
these are some cupcakes i did for a friend's birthday. considering that it's only the second time (ever!) that i made some cupcakes (well, i did muffins and cakes before, but never worked with buttercream icing and marzipan) i think they turned out pretty good ( if i may say so  Embarrassed )
they are chocolate cupcakes with vanilla-flavoured buttercream icing , topped with little marzipan roses i did myself.

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7  my very first wearable item e-v-e-r! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by anjapiranja on: March 14, 2010 09:09:22 AM
this is the first wearable item that i ever (fully)made! (except for some t-shirts and pants i altered )
it's a 2 layered ruffle skirt und i must say i sort of like it.
this one was only supposed to test the pattern,but the more often i look at the fabric,the more i like it.
( i have this georgeous watermelon-covered fabric laying around and i was afraid to destroy it if the skirt wouldn't work out)

here's the tutorial i basically followed : http://grandrevivaldesign.typepad.com/photos/ruffled_skirts_tutorial/index.html

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8  granny square blanket :) in Crochet: Completed Projects by anjapiranja on: March 14, 2010 08:59:52 AM
here's what kept me busy during this loooong cold winter!
i must admit,after half of the blanket was made,i never wanted to touch a crochet-needle again.. but i can't
stand having something unfinished laying around,so i finished it. what i liked most about making it,was experimenting with all the colours and patterns (so every granny square is different now Smiley )
the blanket is 120cm x  108 cm . ( i guess that must be something like 48x 43 inches or so).

closer look at some squares...
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9  envelope bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by anjapiranja on: March 06, 2010 12:50:45 PM
ok,so this is a bag i did like 3 years ago (at this time,i just started sewing and that's what it looks like i suppose  Embarrassed )
i found this paper-bag-look-alike brown fabric and thought it would be cute to make a bag that looks like an envelope!
although i wouldn't use this fabric again (because it frays a lot at the edges as you can see),i still like the whole idea of it.
maybe i'm going to re-do it someday and make it look neater.

so that's it.hope you like it anyway Smiley  

(the red button is supposed to look like a wax seal )

(that's the stamp. it shows dita von teese and is made from printable foil that you can print on and then iron it on the fabric)

(inside look. sorry,it's a bit crumpled)
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10  Buttom Frame! :) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by anjapiranja on: January 24, 2010 06:52:51 AM
This is my first post, so I hope I'm in the right topic here!  Huh

I just wanted to show you my latest project : A button covered frame!

The pictures inside this frame were all hanging on the wall next to my bed,but I was worried about my wallpaper getting too much of those little holes the pins always make.(hope I got this right,english isn't my motherlanguage,sorry for that). So I needet a frame. First I wanted something that looked a bit antique, but those frames are very expensive sometimes.
Luckily,I found an old ikea-frame in our basement and a lot of buttoms. (unfortunately not enough. so I went to my grandmas to collect some more buttons Wink  ( There are about 200 buttons on the frame now)).
I covered the buttons in 2-3 layers of white acrylic paint and glued them with hot-glue on the frame. ( I left the frame brown as it was btw). After that, I finished it with an extra portion of varnish.
So that's it,hope you like it Smiley

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