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Feathers Unruffled {A Home Decor Post}

I don’t normally post about home decor, unless it’s DIY, but this time I just wanted to share how something random, bought on a whim,, transformed my living room and made that one small part of it (aka my console table) complete.

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I got these feathers a week ago at the Minnesota State Fair. They were only a $1 each at the International Bazaar (which does by the way have a Russian booth!) and I couldn’t simply pass by.

So after spending all afternoon wandering around the Fair Grounds with these feathers sticking out, I was amazed they actually made it home that night.

To be honest, I wasn’t going to put them in a vase. I did have a different spot for them in mind, but they never made it there!

Instead they were dropped off on the console table that I freecycled a couple years ago, next to these two frames, one being a cross stitch by my dear friend Tamara, reminding me where, when and who I married ;) And the other is a picture version of the latter.

Once I sat down and actually looked over where the feathers were, I knew that it’s where they belonged.

So then the vase hunting began. From Target to TJ Maxx, to Marshall’s to finally – BINGO – a thrift store (this time it was Salvation Army) during a Labor Day sale, this beauty ended up costing me only $3.50 plus tax!

Ding Ding Ding we have a winner thought I…

Now to find the lamps…

Xx,

Z

PS. Check out these salt and pepper shakers Sam’s friend Blake brought me from England:

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One of them is a London Guard and the other is The British Gentleman! Can you guess which one is which? LOL

 

 

One Flew Over Flyover Press

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Today I want to introduce Flyover Press! It’s an online store of Midwest inspired apparel and design items! Nick’s (the creator of Flyover Press and blogger at Great Lakes Prep) love for all things Midwest is so clearly seen through every single item listed in the store!

“Located in southwest Michigan underneath planes venturing cross country, Flyover Press seeks to end the coastal bias that leaves the Midwest so often ignored. By crafting made in the USA apparel and posters inspired by the people, places and traditions of America’s Heartland, Flyover Press serves as a way for Midwesterners to display their pride to the rest of the country.

We’re committed to three things, high quality American-made products, excellent customer service and providing products for the people of the regions of this country that are too often ignored. And having fun while we do it. Some of our best ideas are hatched over a couple beers with old friends. So make that four things.

We also love the Midwest and try to support it in as many ways as possible. That’s why we try to produce as many of our products in the Midwest as we can. Our shirts are printed in Indianapolis and while our posters are printed in Connecticut, they’re done by a couple who broke into the business in Chicago. As we add more products to the line we’ll continue trying to seek out Midwest sources. It might not be the least expensive way of doing things but it’s how we believe in doing business.

And that’s why we give back 3% of profits to Midwest-based non-profits. We want to support the area that raised us and we want to spread the love. That’s why we don’t have just one organization we support, but several. While we have a few organizations already selected, we’re always open to learning about the organizations you love”

How amazing is that? I thought I’d share some of my favorite items from the store with you:

North Star State Print

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Patriotic Midwest Tank (love the corn and the wheat logo!)

Navy Blue Patriotic Tank Product Shot

I know they are just starting, so they need all the love and support, especially from us, the midwesterners, so spread the word!

Xx,

Z

 

 

 

Introducing Anna Tail Designs

Today I want to introduce you to my friend Anna of Anna Tail Designs! She makes beautiful beaded jewelry, embroidered jewelry pieces, which include custom made and designed items as well!
Anna is originally from St.Petersburg, Russia but now lives and works in San Francisco, CA!

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A Burberry inspired bow!

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And the best part is – she is offering 20% off on all the orders in her Etsy store right now! So go ahead and check her out!
And stay tuned for an outfit featuring a unique custom made piece on my blog!
Xx,
Zhenya

Vintage Leslie Fay dress refashion (PSST! What I really wore for the 4th of July!)

After we moved, I have come to realize how much vintage clothing I actually have. Unfortunately I couldn’t wear some of it, because it needed to be altered or refashioned! So I decided to start with this vintage Leslie Fay dress:

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I got it at Savers last fall, and never wore it because of the neckline, or should I say the lack of it :) So, that collar was the first thing to go:

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Then I cut a good chunk off the bottom, lets be honest, I still got some killer leg to show ;)

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I hemmed the raw edges using some vintage navy colored trim that I had, making this dress perfect for the 4th of July!

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SAIC 79th Annual Fashion Show

As you know during my last weekend’s trip to Chicago I was able to attend SAIC fashion show! It’s a show put on by sophomores, juniors and seniors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and they do a wonderful job! I actually have something special coming up on the blog next week, SAIC related, so stay tuned, you don’t want to miss it!

And the show was amazing! We all got to sit in the front row, take pictures and videos with our new Samsung Galaxy cameras (See Disclosure) and chat about the designs in between! I think the most interesting thing for me (other than the clothes of course) was reading the names of the students, and the different scholarships they’ve received!

Now I am going to let pictures and videos do the talking!

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I am wearing: Dress – Diesel (thrifted)//Jacket – The Limited (thrifted)

Boots – A.N.A (thrifted)//Clutch (not pictured) – ETRO (thrifted)

Necklaces – H&M, river pearls (Russia)

I hope you were able to experience some of the fashion show’s ups, because there were no downs ;)

Xo,

Z

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Style Voices program and have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.

Spring Cometh OOTD

Happy Spring everyone! It’s finally here in Minneapolis and I couldn’t wait to show you my latest outfit, which includes a refashioned vintage dress and my latest DIY tote bag, that actually got featured on CraftGossip!

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Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and let me know if any of you are in Chicago and would want to meet up! I have all day Saturday to hang out:)

Xo,

Z

Warby Parker’s New Limited Edition 1922 Collection

Warby Parker, a company that brings us the latest designer sunglasses at affordable prices, has come out with another great eye wear collection with a vintage twist and I am so excited to be sharing it with you today!

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This time the designers are taking us back into 1922! And before I share pictures of the product, let’s look back into the era (photos courtesy of Shorpy.com)

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I actually think those ladies could use some Warby Parker sunglasses to go with those hats ;)

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Now let’s take a look at the collection:

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The New Collection includes 3 new styles: Porter, Duke and Joplin. That includes both eyeglasses and sunglasses! Let’s take a look at some of those:

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Duke Optical in Gold

 

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Joplin Sun Silver

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WB Porter

Porter Sun Gimlet Turquoise

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I hope you enjoyed the release of this limited edition collection as much as I did! Which style do you like the best? I think I am definitely a Joplin girl!

Happy Tuesday and stay tuned for more posts on BeingZhenya this week!

Xo

Nothing New: Furniture

Hey everyone, I hope you all had an amazing week and a Happy Easter :) I know a lot of my friends and readers in Europe will be celebrating later this spring, so get ready for the Easter Bunny to hop overseas!

Today’s blog post is about furniture, and since some of you know my minor (*COUGH* yeah, right) obsession with Freecycle.org, the post is going to be about “not so new”, but beautiful, vintage and FREE furniture!

I finally got tired of not having a coffee table in our living room, and wrote a Wanted post on Freecycle, and here is what I got:

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The lady who gave it to me was so nice, she even delivered it to my apartment building! I am serious! I was shocked too! Trust me! Most of the time it’s your responsibility to go and pick something up off of freecycle, but this time I guess I got lucky! It’s a wooden table, definitely vintage! I looked under it, and it said Massachusets! I am such a sucker for vintage furniture! It’s so beautiful and elegant, that Ikea and Target simply become a blasphemy!

I’ve acquired another piece of furniture this week – a night stand/end table, thanks to my mother-in-law! Since our bed is so high, very few nightstands work with it! I have been looking for a tall nightstand for months, because that corner between the bed and wall started to feel more and more empty with every day that went by. So Sandra, dropped off this beauty last Tuesday, and it fit right in!

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I love it, don’t you? I immediately took Sam’s old green lamp out of storage, and placed it on the table:

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Now it reminds me of a short story by a Russian writer Alexander Green, called the Green Lamp, which I am planning on translating and posting on here this week! I love Russian literature, makes me feel nostalgic, but at the same time appreciate my background and culture!

An oldie, but a definitely goodie is my console table, which has been recently featured in my “Early Stages of Hoarding” post, and is another great freecycle find, that I got from a woman, who said her husband was a hoarder (Oh-oh!)

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Some other items that I have freecycled include (but are not limited to ;) )

- books

- clothes

- vintage

- kitchen appliances

- arts and crafts supplies,

and the list goes on!

It really is a great source, but don’t forget that it’s not all about getting, it’s all about GIVING!

Xo,

Z

DIY Shabby Chic swimsuit Coverup

Hi everyone, and thanks for stopping by for today’s DIY post!

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It’s going to be an easy “Get Ready for Spring/Summer 2013″ refashion/sewing project:

Start with picking your fabric! I got this curtain/table cloth material at Goodwill for only $2.99

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Don’t you just love it?

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Then I laid it out flat, and as you can see the front is shorter than the back (yes, I intended it to be like that! :) ) and placed a shirt on top of it, to see where the seams would approximately go:

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Then I cut along the lines, pinned it like so:

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And here you have it! A very chic and shabby swimsuit cover up!

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Now if only spring would come!

Xo,

Zhenya

DIY Friday: Getting Ready for Spring: Color Block Pillowcase skirt/ Шьем юбку из наволочки

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What better way to get ready for spring than add a couple new pieces to your wardrobe? Today’s DIY is all about that! And we’ll be using an ordinary pillowcase for that!

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Here is all you need:

1. Pillowcase

2. A wide strip of fabric to add the color block segment on the bottom

3. Scissors

4. Pins

5. Matching thread

6. Sewing machine

7. Elastic

Start off by laying out your pillowcase, then turn it inside out, cut the seam on one end, now you have a tube! Fold out one end – that’s where your waist line is going to be:

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Once the fabric has been folded on one end to form the waistline I suggest you either pin it or fasten with a running stitch. Then decide how long you want the top part of the skirt to be, and cut off the remainder:

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TIP: Don’t throw the cut-off, you are going to use it to determine how much of other fabric you are going to need! It’s a perfect “stencil”, that will make your life a lot easier! 

Let’s work on the waistline now. This is where you are going to need your elastic. If your waistline is wider than 1″ you might want to run two rows of stitching, just to make the skirt sit properly. The elastic goes between the two rows:

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Now it’s time to pin the other fabric to the main part of our skirt. I used bright fuchsia fabric, which you are going to see in a lot of other refashions and DIYs this coming spring!

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It’s also a good idea to add a slit to the back of your skirt, like in the picture above! And your skirt is done and ready to wear! 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog! I hope this was a helpful and inspirational post for you! Stay tuned for more fun refashions, sewing tutorials, and DIYs.

Cheers,

Z

Какой самый верный способ подготовки к весне? Конечно же с помощью добавления новых предметов гардероба в этот самый гардероб! Сегодня мы сошьем модную юбку в стиле color blocking из обычной наволочки!

Нам понадобятся:

1. Наволочка

2. Яркая ткань для добавления сегмента в стиле color block

3. Ножницы

4. Булавки

5. Подходящие по цвету нитки

6. Швейная машинка

7. Резинка

- Разложите вашу наволочку на плоской поверхности, вывернув ее на изнанку, отрежьте шов с одного конца, у нас получился цилиндр из ткани! Загните ткань с одного конца, это будет верхняя часть юбки, сюда мы будем пропускать резинку.

- Теперь когда мы определили сколько мы отступим для пояса, нам нужно будет закрепить отступ булавками или скользящим швом. Теперь вам нужно определить высоту верхней части юбки, и отрезать низ.

- Не выбрасывайте отрез, по нему вы сможете определить количество ткани, которое вам понадобится для нижней части. Это, так называемая, тканевая выкройка, которая облегчит весь процесс шитья!

- Теперь поработаем над талией. Нам понадобится резинка. Если вы отступили более 1 дюйма для резинки, то прострочите два ряда стежков, между которыми затем пропустите резинку. Так ваша юбка сядет лучше.

- Теперь прикалываем новую нижнюю часть подола юбки. Я выбрала яркую ткань цвета фуксии. Эту ткань вы еще не раз увидите в будущем на моем блоге!

- Не забудьте добавить разрез, как на фото вверху! Вот и все, наша юбка готова!

Спасибо за то, что заглянули ко мне на блог! Я надеюсь этот пост вдохновил вас! Не забудьте подписаться, чтобы не пропустить новые посты!

Женя

 

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