i’m so sorry i havent been here lately
not much crafting and drawing going on right now sadly
lots of helping other people IS going on which is my all time favorite hobby
(i know it sound quite weird and kinda…emm,…not modest and cheesy, but whatever, it’s the best i can do with my knowledge of english i guess)
lots of giving away stuff i dont need but smbdy esle does is happening too
i kinda got in the mood of this and just cant stop decluttering!! 🙂
and! i met some nice people on the way which is always a bonus
here’s some pics from my workplace, a local national theater (where i’m still surprised to find myself making a humble living as a dresser), for your viewing pleasure
before the show selfie
props, props ..and some more props
the stage looks kinda bleak but looks better from the audience seats
backstage. the kind of chaos that strangely feels like home
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work in progress
checked yet another project off of my to do list
my partner modeling
i love textile jewelry
i badly wanted to buy a piece from this amazing etsy shop for my mom who is a real sucker for all things colorful (good thing she doesn’t know about this blog otherwise i’d be ruining the surprise) but totally couldn’t afford it.
so i had no choice but to make it myself. or that’s what i told myself deciding to skip cooking a proper dinner the other night…
other than that i returned to work from my maternity leave
and keep being inventive with various household devices on zero budget and environmental awareness in mind:
maybe looks weird but is quite efficient
on a random note: being introvert is exhausting, remind me not to go on these saturday picnics with 15 little children covered in mud running around with sharp branches….
and happy christmas to you all
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i saw this beautiful ted talk a while ago from a voluntier firefighter
and could really relate to it
you see, oftentimes i meet/read about/hear from friends about people in hard life situations of all sorts
and feel like i have nothing to give/can’t do anything about it. i feel helpless.
i dont have much money, no real estate no car, most of the stuff i own is junk
i’m not charismatic enough to persuade others give away their money/time/knowledge/whatever to people in need
so some times i give up alltogether, like, what good will my 5 bucks do to a single mother/person with cancer/orphan?
what good will my facebook repost do, i only have about a hundred ‘friends’ there….
so i often think about other creative ways to contribute to, excuse my cheesiness, making a world a better place.
that’s why my fabric scraps stash had to go
this is only maybe 5% of it
and you know what? it’s pretty awesome. so far i’ve been able to ‘supply’ 2 preschools, one nursing home (for their craft classes) and 2 artisans
i think it’s the best use for my stash
so, if you have something to give, give it now, as that ted talker said
fabric scrap anyone? 🙂
p.s. another thing i’ve been doing from time to time is spending some time helping people pack and move to another apartment. disassembling/reassembling furniture and stuff… i love it. this is my idea of fun 🙂
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one of my most favourite things to do is making gifts.
this week i’ve occupied myself making a baby mobile for a pregnant friend
work in progress. and if you’r wondering it’s dinosaurs
then decided my baby needs some sort of mobile too and the quickest way to get one is by making this decoration…emm….thingy from a bunch of thin cardboard packaging boxes
it’s blurred cause i gave it a spin. it kept spinning for quite a long time afterwards actually and the background is blurred because…..because i know my photoshop and thought a radial blur effect would be appropriate…
the flower printed segment of the decoration thingy was once a packaging box of some cheapish pantyliners. not sure why i’m telling you this.
anyways take a good look at it cause i’m switching to reusable ones for good. yes, i’m making them myself.
bottom line: making this paper mobile wasn’t too time consuming, i got to use some of my paper junk and baby thinks it’s fascinating. maybe she thinks it’s a UFO.
dinosaurs and pantyliners……could be a good start to a story (no, it couldn’t)… you see, when i was little, my dad being a poet and passionate about all things russian language, played a bunch of language related games with me, one of them was just take too things completely unrelated whatsoever and make up a story about them. not so easy as it seems 🙂
until next time.
go make some handmade gifts for your loved ones 😉
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not my normal self just yet after having a baby
getting used to the new routine and stuff…..
making some paper beads these days. fun and very theraputic.
the paper sheets on the left are my partner’s high school phisics notebook from about 19 years ago
love the idea of wearing (as a necklace) and giving a new life to something of his
on a random note: you know, when i was pregnant people actually gave me their seat in public transportation.
while they should really be giving the seat to the senior citizens among us.
they need it so much more.
just a thought
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been quite busy lately with this special project:
a brand new human being!
other stuff i made lately
couple of old nighties and funny fabric scraps, some buttons or velcro…et voila! super easy and quick project to get the crafting germ out of your system. and with a very useful outcome!
i’ve been desperately needing a bathroom organiser but was not sure what’s the easiest way to make one until finely a friend gave me these shorts she didn’t want anymore. i replaced some pockets added an old hanger, some jeans fabric, a really old tea towel (back side and edges) and some thick wire (edges). actual sewing of the thing can be easily done in 40 mins. well, maybe less if u r a pro…
lots of fixing repurposing and upcycling going on around the flat these days
did u know that someone’s old dinner table can make a very convenient changing table?
old bookshelves – a storage unit for shoes? a fan rack – a laundry basket?
well, now u do!
p.s. more baby bibs, great use for smaller scraps i had laying around. and i really think they make a cute handmade gift.
i think i need an intervention… 🙂
other than sewing bibs not much going on right now. just dealing with poop and puke most of the day i’m sure you know how it is….. oh, no wait! in-laws are coming from Kiev to visit in 2 days…guess i’m in deep denial about that…
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lots of stuff is going on right now
not sure how to put it all in words. not sure if i should at all bother…
well lets start and then see how it goes
the war, people. the war is real. the air raid sirens are real. the mortar rockets are real.
my ever strengthening faith is real too. the faith in evil.
the ninth month of my pregnancy is real. the kicks and pushes to my insides are real.
isn’t that weird…
part of my man’s colleagues are recruited so he works double shifts now. which is hard.
even though, we slowly prep and organise our flat, and do a ton of crafting, fixing, organising progects. which is awesome.
as for the couple-quality-time – it’s long gone. that’s why i so smartly use the air-raid-sirens-hiding-in-the-bathroom-time as an extra hugging-time.
(officially we should be going to the staircase or a basement every time but we don’t)
other things i’m up to:
cooking efforts still going strong. kinda.
redoing and upcycling some of our furniture, all found on the streets or been given by friends and coworkers still going strong.
drawing…. going pretty weak… 🙂
here’s another sketch for my dad’s poem about an old sailor, where he tells picturesque stories about his adventures to kids
p.s. people had been really amasing and just won’t stop giving me all sorts of baby stuff. loads of it. i love it. i love that it’s all second hand. love that it’s eco-friendly cause i don’t buy anything. love that it’s free. love that people i barely know care enough to do that. and i have so much of everything now i might start regretting i don’t have twins or something. i was thinking when the time comes and i don’t need these things anymore i’d pass it to new emigrant single mothers or something. russians are always so confused and smitten when someone is nice to them just because. sad really.
p.p.s. latest film recommendation – ‘boyhood’. haven’t seen it myself yet but looks like something extraordinary!
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