Cock doll and pattern

I’ve done this paper one at about one year ago as an eastern gift for my daughter’s friend. However this cock is pretty good toy for all seasons and can be made not just from paper, but from a fabric too.

The pattern (should be printable) is simple and easy to create.

Description of the pieces:

1. Body (8.5 x 8.5 cm) – 1 piece

2. Wings and tail – 3 pieces of each color (6 pieces total in my case)

3. Base of the body – 1 piece

4. Beak – 1 piece

5. Foots – 1 piece

6. Eyes – 2 pieces

7. Cock’s comb – 2 pieces


Form a cone from piece 1, fill it with  cotton and close it with the cover 3. Glue the cone to the foots (5), add the other pieces in order as you like it.

The finished cock doll is at around 13 cm high.

Wish you a wonderful and happy game!



I like the little things and I’m addicted to details. When an year and a half ago I red some publications about “inches” (the little square pieces at 1×1 inch) I decided to try a variation of them.

Hm, poor me, I didn’t even suspect how passionating this job can be! 🙂

The very first knick-knack pieces I’ve made was from cardboard squares (1*1 cm), the front part was stamped with the frog stamps of my daughter and sloppy colored. The back side was covered with tissue paper.

The second one is a flower embroidered on a fabric. I don’t remember how its back was made, but I suggest that there was a second square glued to hide the edges of the fabric.

As I said in the beginning to make a  knick-knacks is very addictive job, so I wasn’t able 😉 just to stop my experiments.

The next pieces are made from the rests of a picture that I used for a card. They are not square, but are even smaller than 1*1 cm. Almost the same is the story about the little fishes. 🙂

And what about the embroidery on a cardboard? These are my favorite pieces! I just made holes on the card board and embroidered what came in my mind.

I don’t like quilling very much, but I tried it also for the knick-knack. As you can see on the picture I varnished very well the pieces to make them harder. And just to add splendor 🙂 I glued a pieces on a handmade paper.

The finished pieces are good to be used in a different projects. They fit to zippers, bracelets, pendants, cards, gift boxes etc.

These are made only from paper, now I’m experimenting to make a fabric and button ones.

Happy crafting, friends!

From a jar to a vase

I’ve dressed up these jar and yogurt pots and planted inside a lentils for Easter natural decoration.

Now the jar is a vase. I like its colors. The chestnut blossom liked them too. 🙂 Together the blossom and the jar are a joyful, pretty spot on the gray urban environment. 🙂

You can take a look at the decorated bottles, that I posted some days before.

With this publication I’m linking to “Dress up a jar” at City Crafter Chalange Blog.

Have a lot of fun, dears and thank you for stopping here!

Paper beads out of napkins

This is a video tutorial that I made last summer for Janice Mae and her Paper beads blog.

Making jewelry from paper is one of my favorites, so I’ll talk about it more in the future.

Watch the video and do not hesitate to ask questions if you have any.
Happy crafting!

Happy bottles

The name of this project is quite easy to be understood when you simply see it. 🙂

These bottles are so happy to stay alive and undertake a new adventures instead to go to the trash. 🙂 A simple and important reason for anyone to be happy. Don’t you thing?

The story of the project in brief – I had a client who ordered 6 presents, with the condition that the pieces are similar, but in the same time differ to each other. I had the liberty to decide the  type of pieces and to design the decoration as I like it. (Wish to everybody such a clients 😀 )

Materials for the project are – 6 empty glass bottles (250ml), paper napkins and glue.

With this post I’ll participate, for the first time in my life, in a contest at Running with scissors.

Wish me luck and happy crafting to you!

Bookmark with paper flower

Some weeks ago a friend of mine borrow to me a book. I wanted to make a little something as a gift to thank her when I gave back the book.

That’s in brief how I decided to make a little “thank you ” card which is also a bookmark. When the card is folded its 5 by 5 cm. square. The rose is one of those that I started to make the last week. I’m still  experimenting with different types of paper or  dimensions of flowers and hope to show soon some interesting and beautiful little roses. 😉

The name of the book is “Possible mothers”, it’s a collection of more than 150 texts about maternity written from different women from Bulgaria, Italy and Ukraine.

This is the front side of the unfolded card which is a bookmark already. And there is a little orthographic tease for my friend who is a teacher.

The back side of the bookmark made from cardboard, wrapping paper, paper band and bordered with cotton thread.

The bookmark is the first of its kind, but it was fun and pleasure for me to work on,  so it won’t be the last, definitely.


While I tough about a project in which to use some colored crepe paper, I found the word kusudama.

It’s super easy and fast to make these flowers from  paper. Here you can find a great tutorial.  I worked with 7 x 7 cm. squares, appropriate dimension for the soft crepe paper. I tried also successfully to make such a flowers from wrapping paper, but with smaller dimension of the square – 3 x 3 cm.

I made a lot of  flowers  from gold and silver colored crepe paper for the Christmas trees decoration of my family and friends.

N.B. A part of this post was written in November 2009 for my blog in Bulgarian.

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