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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Baby blanket so colorful you wont believe on: February 16, 2012 01:04:50 PM
Right, right, its an enormously colorful object for a goth household but the hormones compelled me to do it:

This blanket is for our latest addition to our nest of tiny baby owlets and I hope it will like it Grin!

Its really at least as colorful as on the pics, approved by the big brother and as Im recovering, Im knitting on a blackn goth wrap to get grounded.

Some details:

Its got a generous size, too, anyhow Id like to add more rows one day. Since baby will be here soon I put the priority on having a finished object better sooner than later.

More pics and making of can be found on my blog. Thanks for looking at Grin!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Macram attack vs. more space for the plants on: December 19, 2011 12:51:45 PM
Ok, realy no one seems to macram plant hangings these days, they seem to be incredibly outdated but we needed some quick and cheap extra space for our plants because its freezing, insanely cold outside, plus, out of toddler reach. I wanted something colorful yet not too much over the top which is why I cose dark red jute yarn for it (which comes out waaaaay too bright on the pic). Id still love to cover it with red sparkling beads but I guess Id have to knock dh unconscious before Grin.

More pics and the making of photo love story on my blog http://bohemiancrafting.blogspot.com/2011/12/plant-hanging-pics.html
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Decadently embroidered pencil roll on: June 14, 2011 02:44:25 PM
Ive needed something to store all those pens in that normally clutter my living space plus, Ive always admired those pencil rolls where you can just slip in the pens and roll the whole thing up. So practical. And it takes away almost NO space which is an argument if youre aiming on de-cluttering Grin.
I used several sturdy black fabrics for the base (jeans and a bit of black dupioni silk, not so sturdy), then added the print, stitched it with my textbook embroidery stitches which was sooo relaxing and meditative to do. Next came the beads and the lace and it was great to finally put them to a good use instead of hoarding them Cool.
Long story short, here it is:

Aaaand some of the embroidery in detail:

You can find more photos and info http://www.bohemiancrafting.com/2011/04/heavily-embroidered-pencilcase.html
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coffee pad totes on: March 09, 2011 03:09:48 AM
During my first serious bout of recycling fever I made those about four years ago: Theyre made from sewn-together aluminium baggies, those in which they sell coffee pads (which dh and /me used to drink like mad), neatly lined with black cotton and a sturdy handle attached.

The perfect bag for hauling home even more coffee Grin!
5  COOKING / Dessert / Vegan swiss hazelnut tartlets - img heavy on: January 26, 2011 12:48:42 PM
If you love hazelnut fillings, this is your pastry of choice. Its related to the "buendner nusstorte", a famous swiss nut cake, modifired by me and in cupcake size. This is what it looks like once its finished:

For the dough youll need:
- 350gr flour
- 200gr sugar
- a banana/an egg
- 250gr butter/shortening

For the filling:
- 200gr ground hazelnuts
- a tablespoon of oil
- 100gr sugar
- milk/alt milk

Stir together flour and sugar, melt the butter/shortening and mix it with the banana (or the egg if you want it less vegan). Mix the liquid stuff with the powdery stuff to get an easy to process dough.

Now get out your cupcake baking tray and line it with paper cups. Take a bit of the dough, soll it into a little ball with your hands, press it flat and line the paper cups with it all the way up. Save some of the dough as we will need it in a few more steps.

Now lets make the filling (yum):
Get out a pan, pour in a few drops of oil, heat it and roast the hazelnuts until they get slightly darker. Add the sugar and let it melt to caramel. Now add some (alt)milk - carefully, it might get a bit messy since the pan is all heated up. Stir well and keep adding milk until the consistency is somewhat creamy. Let it cook for a few minutes until the consistency of the filling gets firmer.

Take a tablespoon and heap the filling into the dough lined cupcake moulds. Once all are filled, use the remaining dough to cover the filling.

Put it into the oven at approximately 180C for no longer than 20 minutes. Check every now and then to make sure theyre not getting too black. When you get them out of the oven, the dough may not appear all solid but it will become firmer once its completely cooled out.
Congratulations! Youve just created a baking tray full of pavingstones on the sweet road to diabetes Grin! And youre darn good if you can eat more than one of those per day Grin!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby blanket - my first quilting project on: January 23, 2011 03:40:00 AM
After having shied away from patchworking/quilting projects for all throughout my sewing life (15 yrs+) I faced the challenge and came up with this baby blanket made from hexagons which seemed both easy to handle for a beginner like me, sturdy enough for a 5 months old mini owlet and somewhat appealing to look at.

Heres a detailed shot showing a glimpse of the great, incomparably cute mushroom fabric I found for lining the back of the piece:

It took me approximately one month to finish, lots of hand-sewing were involved as well as nightly sewing-sessions and I was progressing rather slowly both due to being a beginner in this technique and due to the little owlet, now owner of the blanket. All in all Im quite happy with it, its kinda addicting to see how the pieces fall into place -literally! Anyhow, Im planning to do my next quilt all by hand, so much more accurate than doing it with the machine!

Theres a detailed img-heavy making-of-photo story on my blog starting out here http://bohemiancrafting.blogspot.com/2011/01/patchwork-blanket-in-making.html:
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Octopus shirt on: August 05, 2010 02:25:40 AM
This ones for my brother who loves all things octopus/kraken and steampunk. It was not only my first try with a ironing transfer pen but also my first fabric painting project in *ages* and it proved to be a bit more tricky than I actually thought. The design was whipped together by me, using various sources from the web and tons of time and pencil.

The coloring was done with violet silkscreen paint which I toned a bit down and a golden contrast gel which is usually used for silkscreen as well but also works fine on cotton. The border was done with an ordinary black fabric marker with a 3 milimeter tip. The design is placed on the back of the shirt, it looked kinda weird on the front. You can find the complete "making of" here: http://bohemiancrafting.blogspot.com/2010/08/octopus-steampunk-shirt-all-done.html

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pillowcase of Blinding Colors +3 on: July 27, 2010 01:00:30 AM

This pillowcase is for a friend of mine who just moved into her first own appartment. I have no idea what her interior and decoration looks like but I know she likes bright colors and those are about 1000 times brighter in real life than on those pics Grin. I started out with some common granny squares
which I crocheted together with some sturdier white thread as a contrast. Once the front was finished I made the back of the pillowcase from fabrik, including a hemstitch border to finally crochet front and back together with the matching colors. This took some time because you have to be really careful not to create a twisted mess out of the fabric. Heres a more detailed shot:
. Hope you enjoyed it Grin!

More details and making-of can be found here: http://bohemiancrafting.blogspot.com/2010/07/pillowcase-of-blinding-color-3.html

P.S.: Living in a goth household I almost had to wear sunglasses in the process of making
P.P.S.: DH was shocked by the colors but relieved when I told him the piecell leave the house soon
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