DIY Instagram Inspirational Coasters via Shutterfly

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Since we’ve moved to our new house, I’ve been much much more furniture conscious. Meaning I am done leaving ring marks everywhere 🙂 Yes, I was one of those people, who didn’t take care of her nice (even though most of the time freecycled or gifted) furniture. And I am ashamed of it.

So when I saw that Shutterfly offered personalized coasters for only $20, I knew I was in!

I had several ideas as to what put on them, from all the places Sam and I have been to, to maps, to quotes… But I finally decided to go with my Instagram photos that I have been lately editing with a new app called Rhonna.

It was hard to pick out 4 images, but I went with these:


And that’s how my coasters turned out:

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Don’t you just love them?

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Ironically enough this is my second coaster DIY this year, you can read about the first one here.

What have you been making lately?

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: Florals, Florals Everywhere (two refashions in one!)

Today’s refashion is going to be quick and easy and as summery as it can get! A couple weeks ago I thrifted these Guess capris:

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What an awkward length!

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But what an amazing floral print! Besides I’ve always loved Guess 😉

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The first refashion that I am going to suggest is a no-sew refashion. All you need to do is simply roll up the pant legs like this:

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But I already had a pair of summer shorts like this, so I decided to chop the excess off and hem each pant leg!

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And the new shorts were done:

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My question is – HOW SHOULD I STYLE THESE?

Please comment below 🙂

Happy Friday,



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DIY Friday: Denim Rug

I saw an idea for a DIY denim rug a couple weeks ago! And I knew it was going to be perfect for me, because I had so many freecycled pairs of jeans, that I knew were waiting for their moment! And it finally came! Unfortunately it didn’t use up as many pairs, as I was hoping (only 1 1/2 or 3 pant legs 🙂 )

Here is what you are going to need:

– Old jeans

– Scissors

– Fabric

– Sewing Machine

Then simply follow my easy instructions and enjoy!


I hope this was nice and easy, let me know how your rug turns out!



Have a great weekend everyone 😉

PS. Linking up with Domestic Superhero

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!



Dress Refashion: Maxi to Peplum/ Маленькое Черное Платье с Баской

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I hope you all had a great weekend! I was trying to be as productive as I can here at BeingZhenya and bring to life a refashion I’ve been planning for a while! Transforming a maxi dress into an LBD with peplum!

Peplum dresses are extremely popular now, but can be pricey. I found a JIL SANDER dress that runs for $696, and that’s the sale price!

Peplum also works for smoothing out the silhouette , and drawing attention away from a not so perfect abs!

That’s why I think it’s worth giving a try!

Now on to the refashion!

Back in my retail days (which weren’t as long ago 🙂 ) I used to wear a lot of black. So I thrifted a whole bunch of black clothing, and this $9 maxi no brand dress was one of the finds.

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It looks like a giant black noodle, doesn’t it?

The whole refashion took me about 3 hours. All in all it was a perfect Saturday afternoon project!

We are going to start by laying the dress out flat! See the two white lines?

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We are going to cut along those! The bottom one first and use that fabric to make our peplum. To make peplum you need to follow one simple formula:

rrThen measure 20 cm/8 in along both sides and draw another semicircle. And there you have your peplum. You can also vary the length of it, making it as short or as long as you want!

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Since I used the leftover material, I ended up with 2 semicircles.

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Now we are going to sew along the edges to make it into a full circle and hem the outer edge as well!

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TIP: Because of the fabric, I used the widest stitch setting on my machine!

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Next cut the dress along the waistline, add peplum and the skirt, and sew everything together! Make sure all the edges are aligned properly!

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You may have noticed that there is one suspicious bar of soap popping up in my pictures, that’s what I use to draw on the material, I really need to make it to Jo-Ann’s and get a chalk marker, but the soap has been working out great so far!

Now we are going to take in the skirt. The original dress had an A-line shape, and that caused the new dress’s skirt to be A-line as well, which I thought was too much! I preferred it straight. So I took it in on each side like so (about 1.5 inches on each side)

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Then I sewed along the lines on the machine, hemmed the dress and viola:

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Now I have something to wear to dinner Sam and I are going to on Friday!

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And of course it goes well with my favorite metallic belt!

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I hope you enjoyed this refashion! I know I did, especially after hearing all the compliments from my husband! And he is my highest critic!



Всем привет! Надеюсь вы отлично провели выходные! В эту субботу я постаралась на славу – перешила платье! Эту переделку я задумала давно! Мне было очень интересно превратить черное платье макси в маленькое черное платье с баской!

Платья с баской сейчас в моде, но стоять они могут очень дорого! Я нашла похожее платье от JIL SANDER, цена которого составляла $696!

Баска также отлично подходит для визуального сглаживания линий фигуры. Особенно если вы не являетесь обладательницей плоского живота!

В общем, даешь баску!

Ну что же, приступим (перешивка заняла у меня около 3 часов) :

Когда я работала в магазине (что было не так давно), нас заставляли носить все черное. Поэтому я пошла и купила кучу черной одежды в секонде! И одной из моих покупок было это черное платье за $9, похожее на длинную черную макаронину!

Для начала давайте разложим платье, и проведем 2 линии (по талии, куда встанет баска, и по подолу, который нужно укоротить)

Сначала мы отрежем по нижней линии, и используем эту ткань для баски. Формулу, по которой мы будем строить кокетку очень простая:

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Сложите вашу ткань в четверо, и прочертите дугу, затем отступите еще 20 см и прочертите вторую дугу! Вы можете отступить меньшее или большее расстояние, тем самым варьируя длину баски!

Так как я использовала отрез с подола, у меня получилось 2 полукруга. Сшиваем их по краям, и подгибаем наружный край.

Так как мы имеем дело с трикотажем, будем использовать самый широкий стежок на машинке.

Затем разрезаем платье по талии, и собираем все части вместе – баску, лиф и юбку надо сшить вместе! Но убедитесь что все края выровнены!

Вы, наверное, заметили, что все линии я прочерчиваю обычным мылом. У меня просто руки не доходят купить профессиональный мел! (Может быть я когда-нибудь выберусь в Jo-Ann Fabrics!)

А теперь мы будем ушивать юбку по краям. Из-за того, что само платье имело трапециевидный силуэт, наша юбка получилась расклешенной. Мне же хотелось прямую юбку, поэтому я ушила ее по краям примерно на 3-4 см!

Осталось подшить сам подол и наше платье готово!

Теперь мне есть что одеть на ужин с мужем в пятницу!

К этому платью также отлично подошел мой металлический пояс!

Я надеюсь вам понравилась эта переделка! Мне уж она точно пришлась по вкусу, особенно после всех комплиментов от мужа! А он у меня еще тот критик!

Люблю, целую,


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!


DIY: The More Feminine Sweatshirt/ Кружевная Толстовка


Hi, everyone! Today I am going to share my sweatshirt refashion. This is a great way to up-cycle your old or stained item of clothing! I started off with a $2.99 sweatshirt from Savers, that I bought back in November. The idea that I was going to use for it, was an idea that failed me back in the summer when I was refashioning a T-shirt. But since I never give up, I decided to try it again! And this time it worked!

The method: simply cut out a piece (any shape and size) anywhere on the sweatshirt and replace it with lace or any other fabric. Since I am lace obsessed, and somehow have lots of it, we are using lace!

You want to start by laying the sweatshirt out flat, and cutting out the material that is to be replaced:

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I was originally going to do a pocket shaped piece, but cut it out too far to the left, so that’s what I replaced it with instead!

Now you are going to cut out a piece of lace to go over this “hole” and don’t forget some pretty trim (all of the lace and trim came from an Old Navy shirt, that I freecycled a while back), and pin it all together:

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Then simply sew it all together using your machine! As you can see some lace is sticking out past the trim. Don’t worry, once everything is sewn together, cut the excess fabric off with your scissors.

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I hope you enjoyed the refashion and the pictures 🙂 And you might have noticed that it’s the same lace I used for my wall art DIY! Don’t forget to check it out, if you haven’t yet!

Have a great weekend everyone!



Всем привет! Сегодня мы будем перешивать толстовку! Таким способом вы сможете с лекгостью обновить потрепанную или испорченную вещь! Эта толстовка стоила всего лишь $2.99 в магазине Savers (наш местный секонд!), и куплена была еще в Ноябре. Задумка для этой переделки была испробована на одной футболке прошлым летом, и провалилась с треском! Но я никогда не сдаюсь, поэтому решила попробовать осуществить ее еще раз – и у меня получилось!

Способ: Вырезаем кусок ткани толстовки (желаемого размера и формы) там, где хотим, и заменяем кружевом или любой другой тканью! У меня небольшой сдвиг на кружево, может потому, что у меня его много? В общем, используем сегодня его!

Начнем с того, что разложим нашу толстовку на плоской поверхности, и вырезаем ту часть, которую планируем заменить.

Изначально, я сделала вырез в форме кармана, но он заходил слишком далеко в лево, и пришлось вырезать такой прямоугольник!

Теперь отрезаем кусок кружева нужного размера, чтобы закрыть нашу “дыру”. Не забудьте добавить красивую тесьму (кружево у меня осталось от старой кофты из Old Navy, которую я когда-то раздобыла благодаря сайту, и прикалываем все на булавки!

Затем мы это все прошиваем на машинке! Сверху на фотографии видно, что кружево выходит за тесьму. Не волнуйтесь, все это подравнивается ножницами, после того, как мы все прострочили.

Я надеюсь вам понравилась эта переделка и фотографии к ней! Возможно вы также заметили, что я использовала это кружево, когда делала эти декоративные панно на стену! Не забудьте кликнуть на этот пост, если вы его еще не видели!

Всем отличных выходных!

DIY Central: 2 skirts and a scarf

Hemming is easy, especially when you have a good movie or show to watch! This morning, as I was watching 2 Broke Girls, a new series on CBS, I was working on the red skirt I thrifted last week!

The skirt is a treasure indeed, very versatile, can be dressed up or down. This is what it originally looked like:

Then out came the scissors:

Then I hemmed this baby – all by hand, it took me about an hour and a half. Bonus: I ended up with a pretty good amount of red fabric, which I am dying to use in an upcoming project!

Paired up with my black heels and a vintage white top, it’s a real high waisted red gem in my clothing collection:

More ideas on styling this skirt here!

Continuing the subject of hemming – I have finally finished working on one of my summer skirts! I wore it to my rehearsal dinner back in August, but later decided that if I wanted to get more wears out of that skirt I needed to hem it. So here it is!

And last, but not least, probably my biggest DIY project here yet – I finally finished my infinity scarf! Remember when I did a post on scarves a while back? Here is my own personal creation!

Double looped for a loose fit

Triple looped for extra warmth:

For those of us who forget to wear hats

Happy Monday everyone, it’s a new week and a fresh start!




Crocheted Water Bottle Holder

I love my water bottle! It’s a number one thing I need for the summer! I’ve already been through several water bottles, but the only one that kinda stuck was this one from Duane Reade.

And I love everything about it, the lid, the NYC sights, but as every stainless steel bottle it makes noises, especially when i carry it around in my Zabar’s bag (more on those bags in my upcoming post). So I decided to crochet this holder

There is even a pretty little ribbon bow on top! Totally girly 🙂

How do you decorate your water bottles?