DIY Dreamcatcher Tutorial

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There are a few craft projects that I’ve been keeping up my sleeve from you, and today I am finally ready to share this DIY Dreamcatcher with you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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Ashley Barlow Art

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Ashley Barlow is hands down one of my favorite local artists. I met her last year at the Edina Art Fair, and have been in love with her collages ever since. The vintage element, the combination of colors, the DIY element (stitching) and the thought process that goes into her pieces is amazing.

Edina art fair took place a couple weekends ago, and I naturally stocked up on some more Ashley Barlow for my house. You see, I have this vision for my living room, which I can’t wait to bring to life, and Sam is finally okay with it. So now it’s a waiting game! But I will definitely be sharing that with you, be it next week or next month!

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Let Me Entertain You

Having been obsessed with home decor lately (probably because now that I am in school my house is a mess and looks nothing like I want it to), I have finally started to come to a realization what I want my house to look like in the long run. So maybe 5-10 years down the road. And yes, I love everything white, and no, white on white will never get old. I decided that if I can’t start with having everything the way I want it, I am going to begin with a few touches here and there.

Vases and Bowls

I love the gold and rose gold shades in all of these, they bring an element of shine every girl likes.

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Jewelry Boxes and Candles

Something I can never get enough of! And notice how candles are monogrammed? What a great touch!

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Candles and trinket trays

Champagne scented candle? Yes please! More room for my jewelry? I adore!

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Paperweights, more candles and trinket trays that scream unique and personal!

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What are some ways you personalize your space?

And make sure to stop by this Calvin Klein underwear sale! It’s 25% off! I know you don’t want to miss it!

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Uncommon Mother’s Day Gift Guide

With Mother’s Day coming up in about two weeks, I decided to create a gift guide with products from one of my favorite online stores – Uncommon Goods. They have put together amazing collections for Mother’s Day, as well, as a Personalized jewelry collection. They are always full of ideas, and inspirations. I hope you’ll be able to find something special for that special someone in your life!

For the Jewelry-Loving Mom

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1. For the statement-loving mom 2. For the flower-loving mom 3. For the accessories-loving mom

For the Green-Thumb Mom

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1. Grow what you know 2. Veggie and Spice 3.Give back to the earth

For the Home-decor loving mom

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1. Never leave a ring mark again 2. There can never be enough State art 3. Find time for peace and quiet
4. Never loose the keys again 

For the In-the-Kitchen Mom

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1. Reminder to be active 2. Measure twice 3. Two in one 4. Wine will tell  5. Hot Dog 6. Mix in stone

For the Flavor-seeking mom

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For the entertaining mom

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Happy Saturday and I hope you enjoyed my picks today!

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Accessories, Shoes, Home Decor

Sundays are perfect! They are laid back, they are relaxed, they are mine! Sundays are great for planning, for inspiration. Since moving into our new home, we’ve been trying to decorate it and set it up just the way we like it. And so far, only the living room has been coming along. Of course setting up a home takes time, and a lot of patience, but I have been really focusing on the upstairs story and half space, that is also my office/writing space. Would you like to see my wish board?

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The rest of my wish board is here:

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My other weakness are the shoes, and this spring, above all else, I want to be comfortable! What about you?

comfyspringshoes  Check out the rest of my board on Mavatar!

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And finally, some accessories to share with you on this beautiful Sunday morning! I hope there is less snow where you are 😉

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More of my picks of sunglasses, hats, scarves, and keychains here:

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend! See you tomorrow – I have an exciting new Giveaway for you coming up!

Zhenya

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Gilda Dog – A Dog Lovers DIY

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A boy in my class has a dog, and when you ask – What’s your dog’s name, he always says – Winston dog! It’s never just Winston, it’s always Winston dog! Unlike the cat – the cat he just calls kitty cat!

When my husband was growing up he had a dog named Mike, and she (yes, SHE!) was a doberman. I never got to meet Mike… But I got to meet Gilda, and even though it’s been over 2 years since she died, we love her, remember her and miss her!

This DIY is for Sam, and Gilda, and all of you dog lovers out there!

For this DIY you are going to need:

– A frame – mine came from an estate sale, and is probably older than I am,

– Some sort of fabric or cardboard, I picked hemp,

– A stencil – I always make my own by printing it off the Internet and carefully cutting it out,

– Paint – I used 3 different kinds and I am not sure one of them is even a paint, because it’s a nail polish 🙂 – white paint for the frame, gold acrylic paint for the hemp part of the frame, and nail polish for the fabric,

– Nails, or push pins,

– Ribbon to hang your artwork up!

For this project all you need to do is:

1. Cut the material (fabric or other) to fit the frame.

2. Lay out your stencil and carefully fill it in.

3. Paint the frame if that’s required.

4. Put it all together and you are done!

Happy Hump Day everyone! Don’t forget to join in tomorrow for #ThriftStyleThursday – it’s going to be plaid central!

Z

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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

 

 

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!

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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.

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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.

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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 😉 )

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Have a great Labor Day weekend! See you on Tuesday!
Xx,
Z

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!)

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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

 

 

 

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!

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

Xo,

Z

Have a great weekend everyone 😉

PS. Linking up with Domestic Superhero

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