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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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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

 

 

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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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hi

been quite busy lately with this special project:

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a brand new human being!

other stuff i made lately

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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.

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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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ahoy there

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

 

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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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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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