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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

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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

 

 

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

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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

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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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IMG_0446well, so far i’ve been struggling a lot with the sketches for the illustrations (or may be i should call it storyboard? not sure whats the correct term is)

pretty much feeling stuck and having no interesting ideas for none of them. but even so, the work progresses, i sit like for 40 min with my head between my hands almost not moving at all, and then i come up with something not too terrible after all.

my illustration teacher watches me like this and she goes “just start drawing you know it”ll come to you…”

and i go “you know it doesn’t work that way for me, Yana, i cant draw if i don’t know what to draw”

and she nods and goes “yeah….”

i filled half a sketchbook with unreadable doodles, tried different mediums (picture above) and escaped to sewing a couple of times (pic. below)

about the tilda doll it’s kind of a weird story

my mother called me. we live in different countries so we don’t call each other a lot. we skype. and asked me to make her a tilda doll (which i’ve never done before)

a tilda doll, mum, really? well ok i’m on it then….
so naturally i’ve put aside all my other chores and set to work.

the outcome is not perfect especially regarding the cellulitis legs but hey….

i have nothing witty to end the sentence with actually…should i write yolo? no, somehow it feels not too smart, so i won’t

i filled it with old pillow case filling and it got a little lumpy. all the materials recycled

and about the fabric scraps blanket- i was basicly looking for a project which will help to utilise as much fabric scraps i”ve gathered over the years as possible. i don’t wanna be a hoarder ,you know

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p.s. on a random note, watched “away we go”. i think it’s one of the best of it’s genre, great acting, and the best part is that the main characters didn’t get married in the end. so thanks, dave eggers and vendela vida for a slice of an uncheesiness it this cheesy cheesy world.

(too melodramatic? can’t help it ,sorry)

p.p.s.  i got Jim Jarmusch in recommended tags.  why him? why not i don’t know…..david lynch? hmm….

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i like to make stuffed toys some times
(actually i like to make them all the time, i just don’t know enough kids to give them to so i restrict myself)

this was a present to my mother ’cause she runs this poetry class called “the white raven”

i couldn’t find a decent raven pattern on the net so  i had to come up with something myself and this is the best i could do i guess 🙂

the raven lady wears a hat and glasses ’cause my mother does too
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