DIY Vintage Doily Coffee Table Runner

I am back with a DIY Friday post! I hope you are as excited as I am! Because I am finally going to start showing bits and pieces of my new house!

About a month ago I went to an estate left overs sale in Hopkins. It was organized by Empty the Nest, one of my favorite thrift/vintage household items resellers in the Twin Cities. I scored 2 large bags of stuff for $10 (it was a 5 dollar bag sale!)
And among my many many finds were these vintage doilies. So I decided to create a runner for my oval living room coffee table.

First I laid everything out, and then stitched it together, using just a needle and a thread. I was originally going to use my sewing machine, but decided against it.

I am really happy with the final result, and glad I waited so long to get the doilies. The living room is coming together and I’ll have another post for you soon (get ready for some peacocking 😉 )

Have a great Labor Day weekend! See you on Tuesday!

DIY FRIDAY: Crochet Coasters, Fabric Yarn

Today I am going to share something that every crocheter needs to try at least once in their lives – crocheting with fabric! It’s easy, fast, but the prep is extremely time consuming!

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I am going to share how to make a set of coasters using this technique. I hope you remember my newly freecycled coffee table! Well, even though I got it for free, I didn’t want to ruin it by putting mugs with hot tea and coffee directly on the surface, so I started cutting!

Here is what you’ll need:

1-2 large T-shirts that you don’t wear anymore (husband’s will do!)

A pair of scissors

A large crochet hook, preferably number 3 or higher!


Start by laying the T-shirt out flat,

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You are going to start cutting the shirt from the bottom up! The trick is to move in a spiral, that way the “yarn” of fabric won’t break! Another great tip is to cut the strip about 0.8″ (1 cm) wide, that way you are not going too thin and fabric rips, neither is it too thick and hard to crochet with!

I cut up 2 shirts, and that was more than enough to make a set of 6 coasters! Here is a picture where you can see the giant ball of fabric yarn that I had made:

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All you do next is simply crochet a circle and make it as wide as you want! So start with ch 5, then 10 sc into the circle, then 2 sc into every 1 sc of the previous row, keep going, adding sc where you feel like they are needed, so that the coaster looks flat and round!




Have a great weekend everyone, stay tuned for more DIY posts!



BeingZhenya is now on ETSY!

Yes, I finally did it! I opened my very own Etsy store where I’ll be selling all sorts of vintage and hand-made items!

All are welcome!

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Here are some of the items that are currently on sale there:

Vintage Hand Bag with Diamond Stitching

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Vintage Pourchet Bag: 

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One of a kind lace embellished canvas tote: 

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And many more! I will be gradually updating the list of available items!

Thank you for following, commenting and spreading the word!


Warm and Cozy Winter Tote DIY / Уютная Сумка-торба Крючком

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I started crocheting this color block tote several months ago, using left over yarn that I either freecycled or thrifted. It really is a quick project if you dedicate yourself to it, and not let it lay around in your closet for months, like I did :/

To make this tote all you need is:
– thick acrylic yarn,
– number 3.5 crochet hook,
– handles either from an old bag or from a craft store (mine came from Jo-Ann’s)
– some fabric for the lining

We are going to start by crocheting the bottom of the tote, all stitches will be double crochet. You can decide how wide and how deep you want your tote to be. Mine is 10 DC wide and 22 DC long and 33 DC high. If you are using a lot of different colors, it’s helpful to draw a color scheme! But you don’t have to 🙂

Once I was done crocheting the tote, it looked like this:


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Then I traced the tote, making a pattern for the lining, adding an inside pocket as well

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To attach the handles, I simply pulled strips of fabric through the metal rings, and inserted them between the lining and crochet shell:

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And here is what it looks like on the inside:

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I hope you liked this DIY. I just can’t decide what to do with this tote now, should I keep it, or should I give it away? Please comment below!

Happy Monday,


Эту цветную сумку я начала вязать несколько месяцев назад. Мне нужно было использовать пряжу, которую я купила в секонде и раздобыла на сайте Это очень простой проект, которому нужно просто посвятить время, а не так как я – забросила недоделанную сумку в шкаф почти на пол года!

Итак, нам понадобится:

– толстая акриловая пряжа (любые остатки подойдут)

– крючок номер 3,5

– ручки, отрезанные со старой сумки, или из магазина для рукоделия (эти я купила в магазине Jo-Ann Fabrics)

– ткань для подкладки

Сумку вяжем столбиками с накидом, начиная с дна, так вы можете регулировать длину и глубину сумки. Параметры моей сумки – 10 столбиков с накидом – ширина дна, 22 столбика с накидом – длина дна и 33 столбика с накидом – высота самой сумки. Если вы будете использовать много разных цветов, то лучше нарисовать схему, чтобы не запутаться!

Когда я довязала сумку, то она выглядела так: (см фото выше)

Затем обводим нашу сумку – это будет выкройка для подкладки, не забудьте добавить внутренний карман (см фото выше)

Ручки пришиваем протянув полоски из ткани через металлические кольца (см фото выше)

А так наша сумка выглядит изнутри (см фото выше)

Я надеюсь вам понравился этот пост. Теперь нужно только решить, что я буду с ней делать: оставить себе или подарить?

Оставляйте ваши комментарии внизу, я им всегда очень рада!

Отличного всем понедельника,


DIY Doily Wall Art/ Салфетка как Картина

Hi everyone,

Today we are going to frame a doily and hang it up on the wall, so it looks like this:

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I saw this idea in one of my sewing books. And immediately decided to bring it to life. Of course it took me about a month and a half to find the right frame, but in the end, here it is, my $3 wall art!

You are going to start off by getting all supplies ready! All you really need is a frame and a doily, plus some construction paper if you want to change up the background. Now don’t worry if you can’t crochet, there are plenty of doilies you can purchase for cheap at a thrift store. I chose to make mine, because, well I can, and it gave me more options!

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As you can see, I ended up with a different doily than what I framed at first. I had a last minute change of heart. The doily I originally made didn’t look as good!

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And there you have it, our quick and easy DIY! It’s always good to add something new to the walls, don’t you think?

Have a wonderful week everyone!


Всем привет!

Сегодня мы оформим салфетку в рамку и повесим на стену как картину! В этом нет ничего сложного, зато смотрится красиво.

Идею я подсмотрела в одной из книг по шитью, и немедленно решила воплотить ее в жизнь! Но мне потребовалось почти полтора месяца, чтобы найти подходящую рамку. В итоге, вся переделка обошлась мне в $3!

Для начала нам нужно приготовить все необходимое! Вам понадобится рамка, салфетка и картон/цветная бумага если вы хотите сменить цвет фона. Если вы не умеете вязать крючком – ничего страшного, сейчас практически любую салфетку можно купить в секонд-хенде! Я, конечно же, связала свою, потому что умею, ну и потому что так намного больше вариантов!

Как вы, наверное, заметили по фотографиям, изначально я связала другую салфетку. Но она не так хорошо смотрелась в рамке.

Салфетку просто надо вставить в рамку, и повесить на стену! Вот и все, наша переделка закончена! Новые настенные панно никогда не помешают!

Всем отличной недели!


Sweater Love

There is one very very simple oversized sweater refashion. I got a size L Charter Club sweater at Goodwill about a month ago, thinking it would be a nice and cozy oversized sweater. And for some reason it looked good in the dressing room, but not so good when I put it on at home! So here is what I did:

1.Laid the sweater out and put my Missoni for Target dress on top, to see where it needed to be taken in:

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2. Pinned it all down, cut off the excess material:

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3. Using my crochet hook, I stitched up the sides (you can also do it if you set your sewing machine dial to the longest stitch)

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4. I also saved the sleeves to turn them into leg warmers:

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And ta-da:

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And trying it all on (don’t worry this will probably never be worn together 🙂 ):

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Have an awesome day everyone!



Easy Crochet Hat

Since mass retailers offer nothing but some zoomorphic hats on every corner, and I am definitely not interested in wearing a cat/dog/owl/monkey/etc on my head, I had to take matters into my own hands! A few days later I am proud to announce that I will not be joining the local zoo Minneapolis has become, but will be rocking this amazing dark brown crochet hat:


And of course I am not going to leave you hanging! You can make a hat like this as well! I will actually gladly post your DIYs on my blog here and my FB page as well! Or tweet them, whichever one you prefer!

Let’s talk materials first! I used the brown yarn I bought from Salvation Army about a year ago. I tend to buy a lot of yarn, and never using it, or starting a project and never finishing it. This was the case with this yarn. So the old project went buh-bye and the new one is here! I am pretty sure this yarn is mostly acrylic, there might be some wool in it, but since I bought it without a tag, I can’t really tell you. When it comes to the hook, I used a Boye 3.5 mm

I found the original pattern here so if you read Russian you can simply follow the instructions given, if not, below is my attempt at translating/describing a crochet pattern!


You are going to start by following scheme 85, start with 4 chain, slip stitch the chain to form a circle. ROW 1: Chain 3, 9 double crochet into the circle. ROW 2: Chain 3, 1 double crochet into the chain of the previous row, then 2 double crochet into every single crochet of row 1. ROW 3: chain 3, double crochet into the chain of the previous row, 1 double crochet, 2 double crochet into the double crochet of the previous row, keep going around the circle.

Now you are going to add leaves! That’s the fun part. To make the leaves follow scheme 85 a. The leaves are added over every 2 rows, it looks like they are added every other row, but you have to crochet the row first, so the illusion is every other, when it’s actually every 3rd! Every leaf is crocheted around a double crochet of the previous row. A leaf consists of a single crochet, a double crochet, a treble crochet and a double treble crochet! Once you are done with one leaf, skip 4 double crochets of the previous row, attach the leaf at the bottom of a double crochet of the previous row, pull out a loop, and continue on with the leaves!

Now to make sure your hat fits, keep adding a double crochet every 3rd double crochet of a row, then you can do every 4th, every 5th and so on – the goal is to make your hat fit well, without it looking too weird!

I really hope the description made sense, let’s talk about finishing off! I simply crocheted a row of double crochet and then crochet over with a row of single crochet. If you want to, you can finish off with the row that has leaves! I know everyones head is different, but I think this pattern is pretty universal! So good luck and share your pictures of the hat with me here in the comments, or on Twitter!

Happy Crocheting,


Rug Here, Rug There, Rugs are Everywhere

I’ve been dying to get a rug for our living room for a while, after my in-laws gave us one, and we unrolled it, it felt Oh-Just-Like-Russia 🙂

I was then inspired to crochet a small area rug to put under our freecycled console table and keep our shoes on. I had a whole bunch of thrifted/freecycled yarn, so that’s what came out:

Here is a close up of the pattern, it was super easy to make, just took me a while 🙂

I hope this inspired you to go crochet your own rug! Make sure to leave me links below, I want to check your projects out too!

Why do I use thrifted yarn? – First of all it’s cheaper, second of all, it’s my way of recycling, better for the environment! Being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice decorating your apartment. Just keep your personal finance in check as you thrift!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!



Upcycling a Thrifted Cardigan

Remember this number?

It came from Goodwill Outlet along with other thrift/vintage finds. When I saw it, I immediately thought of a DIY I could use this for!

I did share some of the crochet pieces that I was working on with you last Friday, and today I am finally ready to reveal the final product! I hope you like it 😉

After I crocheted all the pieces, it was time to put them on the cardigan. Pinning is the best way to go here 🙂

And a better view of the back:

And the front:

I promise to publish a separate outfit post featuring this DIY, as soon as the temperatures here drop below 90 degrees 😉



Crochet of the Day and $1 Books!

I am working on another crochet project, that is connected with yesterday’s post about Wednesday’s thrift finds. Are you confused yet? Hehe, anyways, stay tuned for next weeks posts, I have at least 3 DIYs planned for this weekend!

So here is what I’ve been working on today:

I figured I might as well attach the crochet patterns for those of you who share my addiction 🙂

And here is this one:

I got these patterns off of some Russian crochet web sites, simply because I find them better than the american ones. I love patterns vs description, if you know what I mean!

So I hope you are all excited for next week’s posts now! Don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t yet!

I also wanted to share some of the books I got today. I love going to the central library on Nicolette Mall here in downtown Minneapolis, there is a little store between a Dunn Brothers and the restrooms, where they sell “officially withdrawn” books. And I got some pretty shabby chic ones today 😉 I also got one on vintage sewing! That’s right up my ally!

I am really excited about those books, especially because all of them cost $1 each, much cheaper than that Shabby Chic book that I saw at Target for $20! Talk about savings!

I hope I intrigued you enough to come check out my posts next week (as you know I don’t blog on weekends anymore, I hope you understand!) I do take pictures for the future posts and actually write posts on the weekends!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!