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textile necklace

work in progress

checked yet another project off of my to do list

my partner modeling

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 quite efficient

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….

 

take care

and happy christmas to you all

 

 

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one of my hardest struggles in my efforts to keep my flat clean is the neverending battle with animal hair (i’m loosing). so everything has a slipcover that gets a thorough shake and wash every once in a while.
this is one of my last endeavors: a new slipcover for my dog’s armchair (yes it’s hers, yes the cat’s sitting in it, he’s cocky like that)
it involved:

a piece of an old blanket (underneath the denim fabric)

couple of old jeans

a piece of this beige fabric i have no idea where it came from

several shoelaces

couple of pieces of velcro from my partners old pair of work pants

couple of old backpack …emmm…belts /straps (no idea what’s it called)

and a piece of cheap knit fabric i used to use as a curtain some years ago to go underneath the chair and tighten and pull on the front part of the slipcover

nothing bought new

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and i know the sewing isn’t too neat and precise
but it works, and i made a special effort to make it as fast as i can to make more time for other life commitments 🙂

all in all really happy with it

 

untill next time and take care

 

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update from my crafting room: i made myself an ironing board

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it involved: old cupboard shelf

a piece of an old bed sheet

a piece of an old towel

a piece of an old nightie (for the slipcover)

a staple gun+staples, borrowed from colleague

an old shoelace

old rubber band

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easy to make

portable

heavy enough to be convenient to use

all materials recycled/repurposed, nothing bought new

now go and make one for yourself. instant gratification, i’m telling you 🙂

p.s pay attention to something weird in the photos. someone made an unexpected appearance 🙂

 

until next time

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hello!!!  long time no see!!  i missed u!
how’s life treating u all? i’m pretty fine thanks, nothing much to complain about.

been stitching and sewing some gifts to some of my pregnant friends. and also altering loads of second hand bought clothes.
cause i only shop in thrift/second hand stores. cause it’s cheap. it doesn’t hurt that it’s more eco-friendly. but mostly it’s cheap.

here’s some of the baby rattles and other stuff i made lately. all from upcycled clothes/fabrics

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if u shake them they make a noise of wooden beads hitting the tiny plastic box from inside. was a little worried that the noise is annoying but my partner says it’s ok….

 

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aaaaaand this gift kit that took me like 2 months to complete. it is really more complicated to make than it looks. also i shot myself in the leg multiple times in the process while making these little puffs 4 the baby rag

 

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other than that i’ve been vigorously trying to be a better cook mostly for my hard working partner’s sake. not working out so well just yet. but it will, it will in the end……   🙂   i keep telling myself i have no choice, we have to eat, right? so we might as well eat something tasty and healthy….   the fact that we have an absolute opposite taste in food complicates it a bit though…. one of the few things we both love is fried or boiled potatoes. russians, right?  although technically he is a former ukranian and i am tatar and there’s a difference. but we won’t get into that right now.
also been up to some other stuff which i tell u all about in the posts to come.

happy and fuitful spring cleaning to you all people!

 

 

p.s   on a random note, one of the admittedly few good things my life experience tought me it that u never know who has an unexpected gift 4 u.  like the most unlikely people been sharing some interesting recepies with me, and other life advices.  u just have to put some thought into picking the good ones… 🙂

 

p.p.s.  my word of the day is integrity. picked it from ‘true detective’ . and no, i don’t have it.  but i wish i did.

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storytime

‘storytime’

here’s another little drawing

many many happy hours spent like this back in the day

and here’s my last crafting endeavour:

bear-headed trash bin slipcover

bear-headed trash bin slipcover

it’s a trash bin slipcover, matching our bathroom tiles color

what i used:

shabby chrome trash bin, courtesy of our apartment previous dwellers

embroidery thread, most likely courtesy of my grandmother whom i never met, she passed away before i was born

baby rag with bear head , courtesy of some charity shop, bought to go under the cat’s and dog’s bowls to absorb some of the spilled water. i cut off the bear head and just kept it for no good reason at the time

and an odd shirt of an indefinable style, courtesy of my partner, bought  somewhere in mid 90’s.

when asked if he’ll ever gonna wear the shirt few years ago ( i could see it just hung there in the cupboard untouched for a decade or so) the answer was ”i wear it when i have a flue”.   and, surprise! he never did although the opportunity presented itself once or twice.

now every time i’m in the bathroom i see the bin and i smile. don’t need too much to cheer me up really.

and lastly here’s a couple of funtime ideas for you and one of an awesome naptime!

take care

and happy holidays to you all

p.s.  well, again, it’s not related to anything but have u heard about linda tirado ? while she is truly remarkable i don’t get why some commenters are so negative about her. thought it’s a russian-jealousy-of-the-underprivileged thing to get all upset when someone does something right for himself. i guess it’s just human nature although i’d rather prefer it was geografically/historically explainable…..

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only one serious rain this year until now. not good.

one red furred dog sneaked into my dreams again. and into my bed. and into my drawing.

my partner took a football into his face again during his weekly football game with his buddies. so it’s his sick day from work today.

having no body fat i got very cold visiting in geneva this last weekend. kept wrapping up in my scarf trying to make it go up to my eyes. this resulted in making a re/upcycled neck warmer out of couple of fleece scraps later at home. still doubtful about that fringe part. and not too happy with the colors. but i used, as i always try to, whatever i already had in my scrap stash, cause, as they say in russian, economy must be economical. let me go further and paraphrase this, saying, recycling must be…um…recycling?

that’s all very nice and all, the only problem being i’ll only get to use the neck warmer …next year visiting in colder countries. yeah, well…what can you do about it, right?

on a somewhat unrelated note: unfortunately for me i already made it neck deep into the feel-good-only books/films phase…a bit too early in my life, i think. if you’r in that phase, and a woman, and a smart one (lol) or consider yourself as such, you know how hard it is to find a decent dramedy. yesterday movie gods smiled at me and i got to watch “liberal arts”. it comes from a surprising writer, surprising director, um…not so surprising lead, and ,as your might have rightfully guessed, is surprisingly good.

note: all opinions mine, all very subjective

p.s. as i was waiting in line to pay in the supermarket the other day, an older man asked me to pass him a plastic bag. as i gave him the bag i heard ,and i quote, “i thank you in the name of barak obama”

myself and the woman behind me smiled while the cashier was less appreciative.  she rolled her eyes and murmured something about people being bored.

my unspoken advice to the if goofy but well meaning witty man is maybe to try this with a bit more receptive audience next time. after all most of the customers in this particular store don’t speak hebrew (south tel aviv)

hope the one whose name was mentioned in vain didn’t get a sudden hiccup attack…  (u know, that superstition about hiccups )

take care
and
please please please
have a good life

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i made a fabric doll for our friend’s little daughter

cloth doll

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some of the fabric scraps bought new previously for crafting purposes, some recycled from old sweatshirts and such so i guess the outcome is not entirely eco friendly
the doll’s box bed originally from some corporate unnecessary gift from my man’s work. i turned it out and painted it with acrylic. also this time i had been a little resourceful tracing the tiny bear pattern straight from my tablet screen

cloth doll 2013

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and while making the doll i managed to surprise myself with the whole new level of clumsiness. i cut off a small piece of my own finger with tailor scissors (really sharp ones) so! while searching frantically for the piece that fell off instead of maybe going bandaging the finger i thought what would i tell people when they ask. and only came up with this: “i decided i had too many fingers….” (it sounds better in hebrew or russian, i promise) well, not sure it’s all that funny but people are smiling at it (a little too high a price to make someone smile, maybe?)

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p.s.  learned a new word the other day

it’s “flabbergasted”

let me try use it in a sentence now…”i was flabbergasted to see i cut a hole in my finger”

did i get it right?

hopefully a drawing post coming up soon….


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