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1  black and white feauture wall! in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by Iokken on: August 29, 2012 04:05:42 AM
I saw this awesome Ikea hack: http://www.ikeahackers.net/2007/05/black-and-red-clothespin-floor-lamp.html and decided that I needed a large black and white print on the wall. Unable to find the panel curtain used in the hack, I got out some black markers and some painters tape and free handed it : )

I hope you are as inspired by the Ikea hack as I am - I still want to do that lamp!!!!!
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2  everyone should have a comfortable chair for dinner in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Iokken on: August 13, 2012 02:53:48 AM
This is my old sofa or at least what is left of it. I cut it up to remove the leather for later use, and the foam for my new chairs.

In a second hand store I found a great new sofa and these 4 chairs.

They were very used and I didnt like the look of the cream fake leather so I stripped them with a pair of scissors, a big knife and a crochet hook. I cut down the sides with the scissors and ripped up the middle stitches with the knife and then ripped them out with the crochet hook.
Building on the aluminum frame was difficult as nothing would stick fabric and the alu at the same time. 

Therefore I sowed this strip of elastic from the sofa to it for some support.   
After that, I put the back piece from the original chairs on to the elastic band.
And then a piece of foam for a little more comfort (the old chairs were NOT for sitting around the table and talking for hours, they were so uncomfortable)

Cutting the foam (if you have to, get a large serrated knife for this, scissors do NOT work)  was a learning process. The edges arent that nice so I covered it with batting from the sofa.

I then sowed covers for all the chairs. Getting them to fit snugly was hard since the backs are wider at the top. I therefore sowed them, split them at the back and sowed them back together.

Im not happy with the seats, I will have to recover them when I get the time, but I love the look of them and its soooo nice to have a comfortable chair to sit in during meals and after : )

This is what it used to look like (they cut off blood to you legs these chairs!)

And this is now : )

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3  pink girly 3 tiered heartshaped ponycake in Dessert by Iokken on: May 20, 2012 02:59:45 AM
My boyfriends niece turned six last Friday and I had to make the cake WITH her! It was scary, so I asked you guys for help: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407131.0. After much thought I decided to make most of the base from home and then have her decorate it however she wanted. I was scared to death! Her mum decided I could just do the cake with her daughter (PHEEW!!) and the girl had no desire to sculpt horses Cheesy! I made her one, and she cut out shapes OH HAPPY DAY Cheesy
Here is the result:

After we left ( I hope it was a great party look at the Barbie house!!!)

She insisted on a Christmas tree a girly, blue and pink Christmas tree Tongue (its may)

Some of the flowers and the sprinkles are store bought, but I made some and the girl made some.
Here is some in-process pics
Before assembling (at my place)

The horse (Unicorn!)

What I brought to the party

its sponge cake and chocolate ganache.

Thanks for looking : )
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4  LOOK IF YOU HAVE SMALL CHILDREN in Dessert by Iokken on: April 14, 2012 01:07:55 PM

I agreed to make a cake for my boyfriends niece. It was all good until the mum (sigh!) called and asked for a wedding cake! 3 tiers! And her daughter loves ponies and flowers and pink and stuff I take a big sigh And oh yes, she and the 6year old wants to help! Man does anyone have kids? I want it to go somewhat smooth so that it doesnt end disasteress   the girl is really sweet but the mum thinks she can do cake, but who really nails it the first time?

So the question is: if your kids were to build a horse of fondant, which of these would be the most successful? I want her to be happy with what she makes too : )




If you have comments on the methods it will be greatly appreciated : )
Its gotta be fondant (or other edible material) so I have a feeling the long legs are going to

Have a great day : )
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5  butterflies for spring in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Iokken on: March 18, 2012 10:13:51 AM
Decor for the living room.

For the first time after I moved to the city I have a small balcony,  and soon it will be spring! Im in the mood for butterflies and flowers and bbq and gosh I love this apartment ^_^! Sun Sun come out wherever you are!

They are crocheted and then I hot glued some bling onto them . When the sun does come I bet it will be pretty : )

Decor for the bedroom window

They are crocheted and then attached with the felt (its wrapped) I used the directions from a leaflet called Lace suncatchers.

Thanks for looking : )
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6  dont buy lace and trim! diy! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Iokken on: February 18, 2012 03:37:02 PM
Hello : )

Just wanted to show you my new shirt : D I dont know why, but I just love this length! 2 inches more, and I look fat :/


I crocheted this trim...

Tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKmXQjPc9kI

... And hand sowed it onto a shirt I also made : )

The yarn is some really cheap cotton that I got for 5 kr. (a dollar) and the fabric used to be a sheet that I was about to throw out anyway this was basically free!

Here is some close-ups:

I made knots instead of adding buttons because no other color or shine goes with these materials!

The three strands of crochet on the sleeves makes all the difference! I actually didnt like the shirt when I tried it on before I added the details!

You can also see the exact same pictures on youtube if you wish Wink : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAh10vPJtoY&list=UUswzFtiZCY2f0AdaMpkI9sg&index=1&feature=plcp

Does anyone have experience with washing cotton yarn? It says on the skein that it will shrink 3%... I just hope it will still be wearable!

thanks for watching : )

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7  Furniture abuse in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Iokken on: September 28, 2011 08:11:36 AM
First, some ideas and thoughts. The colorscheme of the appartment is black, white and purple.

During the renovation of our new flat, this stool was mistreated, abused, cut, beaten, stood on, sat on, thrown around It was there when we took over the apartment and we were planning on throwing it away when we finished.

I felt, however, that I could save it!
I bought a cheap (!) pillow from a supermarket and sacrificed it (I know, the furniture suffering will not end!) I then chopped up a shower curtain (sorry guys) and used it to upholster the seat. Why not fabric? Because I am a sadistic, penniless student.

If someone is planning on doing something like this, I recommend taking the seat off first. I couldnt with this one as it was glued together and already a bit wonky.

I then tried to cover a button with the fabric. As you can see I sowed pleats on the side of the seat because it is transparent, so I had to do something like that to the button. Turns out toiletpaper hides any color! So I glued toiletpaper on, then fabric
(sshhhh! It will be our secret!)

I dont have a stable gun so I used small nails to make the fabric stay put.

Well? Worth the effort? Still trash?
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8  chinchilla house in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Iokken on: September 08, 2011 06:30:13 AM

Me and the boy bought an apartment together and in the process of flipping it (the lady who lived there had died and we bought it off her children who hadn't done anything but cut some wires here and there it was a mess!) I cut quite a lot of wood. I had some left over and I whipped up this house for Kiwi (she's a chinchilla : D)
Its 4 blocks and 3 boards

And a lot of nails

This is the wonderful saw that I have come to hate:   

It really makes cutting boards etc. much easier but my tired bicep misses something more powerful : ) if you want to work with wood but dont have the space for a big something this is very helpful. It also comes as a wooden box with different cuts in it (a cutting box?) that also helps but not as much as this one : )

Here she is sniffing it out and trying to rip out the nails with her teeth xD

I think she likes it she is sleeping in it right now <3

Oh, and to those of you who think everyone is killing chinchillas all the time; this is pine, shell be fine! Its the wallpaper she keeps eating when shes out running that is the problem
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9  bachelorette cake in Dessert by Iokken on: August 01, 2011 01:27:05 AM
My sister is getting married and this Saturday we threw her a bachelorette party : D I made the cake; raspberry/chocolate. The big difference between this and my previous cakes is that this has a layer of cheesecake in the middle. It was really really jummy! 

I molded the body on top of it with access cake, covered it in icing. Then put it in the fridge and covored it in fondant.

It says one last bite of freedom

The inside:

yum : D
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10  Re: Chinchilla home in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by Iokken on: July 24, 2011 12:21:54 PM
it is plywood, but she is really picky about what she chews... I took out all the little bits of it (the hanging ones) because she just tossed it around. She really isnt interested in chewing anything that isnt paper, cardboard or stone.

you would also be pleased to know I removed anything with loose thread (the hanging toys, the toilet roll house etc. I also re-hung all of the hammocks with hooks)

I understand your concern but there are no indecations whatsoever that pine is the only safe wood for chins. Its all speculations and misunderstandings - i know the problem with plywood is the glue, but I wouldnt think twice about giving her real wood that I had no idea what was. I also give her hay that contains all sorts of different grass and Im sure that if people writing these insanely long lists about what a chinchilla can and cannot have, knew this, they would pretty much ban all of it.

the blue stuff is fleece.

I know you are saying these things because you care, but I must admit that I really do not believe anything written on the internet. I listen to the (danish) breeder that sold me the little furball, her advice is always logical and makes sense.

on a lighter note : D

I made a cube!

her fur is a bit messy because we tried to give her a friend and the new friend thought peeing on her would be nice -_-

and a new tunnel! (the old one was knit and she had it for a couple of weeks. it was bad, I know)

hope youre not mad at me Smiley even if Im not as careful about following rules as some owners, I treat her good, I let her out (open her cage and lets her run out if she feels like it) several hours a day. we are right now in the process of getting her a friend.
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