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

{27 DRESSES} Dress 1: It’s my Birthday

Have you seen that Birthday episode of How I met your Mother, where Lilly goes -

IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!!!

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And I am actually excited to be 27! But 26 has been really good to me! I like my job, I love blogging, I really feel like BeingZhenya.com has actually gotten somewhere over the past year, and it’s only going to continue developing and being there for you, to hopefully inspire and encourage you! We got a house, I mean who would’ve thought that a small town girl from Russia would actually be living far far away from home and doing what she loves!

I do get an occasional hater who comments and says – Zhenya, you moved all the way from Russia, now work at a day care, shop at thrift stores, your life sucks. And even though those comments get deleted, I just want to tell you, that life is what you make out of it, and I feel like my life is just beginning now, and it’s wonderful. I hope you all have a wonderful day today, and a wonderful life. And now a few shots from my Birthday that we celebrated with my family yesterday!

Enjoy,

Xo,

Z

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Dress – H&M // Shoes – bought in Russia over 6 years ago o_0

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Love me some ice-cream cake and look! they spelt my name right! (Thank you, Neal and Sandra!)

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Our new silverware! Don’t you just love it! Now say it with me – Sur La Table ;)

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Can’t wait to go sailing!

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Bonfire and s’mores at the end of the day!


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

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

Cleaning up and cleaning out

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After venting out yesterday and receiving a TON of feedback, all of which I truly appreciate, I came up with this note, that I posted by the door:

letter to self

 

I wanted to make it simple, easy and short. I didn’t simply write – get off of your lazy butt and do something, I went deeper into the issue, and ended up with this! I also cleaned! And here are the shots:

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The dining table, where you can actually eat now, and that’s what Sam and I did tonight! Plus all the chairs are clutter free and you can sit down! How awesome is that? I have also decided to keep my sewing machine on the floor. I don’t have a good spot for it just yet.

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Wow, look at this nice carpet! I also vacuumed! And here is something that’s been working for me, when in doubt – vacuum! Seriously, it works!

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And here are the two bags going to donations! I actually did it, I got rid of two giant bags of stuff!

And here you have it, all in a nutshell! After all, this is a 600 sq ft apartment! How difficult is it to keep it clean?

Take it easy and take charge!

Z

HELP! Early stages of hoarding?

I think I have a problem!

Seriously! Look at these pictures:

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- Earth to dining room table…

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- Husband’s desk

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- Our living room carpet looks like this 6 days out of the week…

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- Console table…

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- Crafts central

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- Random piles of stuff all over the bedroom floor

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- Closet space

And I know exactly what it is – I am lazy, I don’t like to clean, I don’t like to pick up, for some reason I want to save every scrap of paper, every ribbon, every magazine.

I keep telling myself that once we move into a house, it’ll get better, but who am I kidding – it won’t.

But nothing motivates me, I guess I am just a slob. And it’s the availability and accessibility of products here. I can go to a store, spend some money, get more stuff, but it won’t solve the clutter solution!

I have recently started an Etsy store, and one of the main reasons was to downsize my vintage collection. And yes, I have made some sales, but what’s 1-2 purses compared to a walk-in closet full of supplies, patterns, coats?

Yes, let’s talk about coats. I have an obsession with coats, I think I have about 10 of them! That’s the problem thrifters have – you walk into Savers or Goodwill and see an awesome coat say for $30, and of course you want to pick it up, because in your head you are already putting together outfits, and creating InstaCollages! And at this point you don’t realize that you have another dozen coats waiting to be worn, photographed, pinned, instagrammed, facebooked, etc.

Maybe I just need to vent, but I also function better, when more people know about my issue. I don’t need anyone to hold me accountable, I need to publicly tell everyone that modern day social networks are giving me an ADD, and that my real life is starting to go god knows where!

It’s a 1 bedroom apartment for crying out loud, how difficult could it be to clean?

So here you have it, I fessed up, and am now going to go and vigorously clean the apartment, making several trips to the dumpster!

Have a great day everyone,

Z


No Christmas Tree – No Problem

That’s how we think in this household. Last year we had this amazing cork board tree made out of push pins and yarn:

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This year we were not going to have a tree all together, but then I was feeling overly creative and made this:

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Yes, I made a Christmas tree out of TP rolls, and even painted it with glitter! So I guess DIY Christmas trees are a family tradition now!

Happy Tuesday!

Z

Easy DIY Greeting Cards

Our center director has recently quit. So I decided to make a “Good-bye” card for her, which turned out so well, that I decided to share this DIY with you!

The card ended up being a combination of scrap-booking and sewing, plus I got to reuse one of the paper bags I got from Origins! (Every time I shop there, I ask for a paper bag with a different pattern! I know it’s crazy, but those bags are perfect for all sorts of DIYs)

Here are all of my supplies (plus glue of course! Elmer’s is becoming my best friend!). As you’ll see below, I am not going to use up all of these supplies, I was simply trying this and that :)

Then I took a white piece of paper and cut out tissue paper to make my card a 3-layer one!

And after a little bit of gluing and sewing (the larger piece of lace in the bottom left corner had to be sewn on, because it just wouldn’t stick!) I ended up with this:

I hope I’ve inspired you to go make a card for someone today! I think I am going to DIY all of our Christmas cards this year :) Let me know if you want to receive one in the mail!

Xo,

Zhenya


DIY Lace Art from an Old Top

I am so glad I am done with all of the product reviews and can finally return to my ordinary or extraordinary posts (whichever you prefer).

This DIY is so easy, you can do it at 11 o’clock at night (that’s exactly what I did!) and it will still turn out great!

You are going to need:

- Small canvas (I’ve had it for the past 2 or 3 years in my craft storage box) which are usually pretty cheap!

- Lace fabric (Mine came from a freecycled XL OldNavy top)

- some ribbon (Came from the same top as the lace) if you are planning to hang your piece, otherwise, because the canvas that i used was a square it could be used as a stand alone piece on a shelf!

- staples or nails or glue, or whatever you can think of to hold it all together! I went with push pin boards!

Here we go:

1. Get your supplies ready!

 

 

2. Lay the canvas on top of the lace to determine how big of a fabric piece you’ll need!

 

3. Fold the lace nicely around the canvas (you don’t want it looking messy!) and pin it down! Hint: when you are pinning down the lace, add the ribbon into the fold, so it’s all pinned together.

And you are all done and ready to hang!

And the best part is – I made TWO!

 Happy DIYing everyone and Happy Monday!

Xo,

Zhenya

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