Thrifting for Your Home: It’s easier than you think!

This post is long overdue, but I am glad I am posting it today. You all know I love thrifting, and since we’ve been going to a lot of art events here in the Twin Cities area, I was able to lay my eye on some amazing pieces. The only sad thing is that a lot of times the prices are too high.

I lucked out at Steeple People, especially when it came to Pottery. I scored a hand made mug, that holds more coffee than I’ll ever need in the morning. As well as a Frankoma pitcher! I also got a small bowl for the keys to keep on the table by the door. I got so tired of keys laying around everywhere, and falling between the couch cushions, so this became a perfect solution.

Paintings are always fun, especially when they are nice and affordable! I scored the two for less than $15!

As you could probably tell from the pictures I also bought some books, two of them are on sewing, one on junk style, one on making your own accessories, and one cook book!

I hope this inspired some of you to go check out your local thrift store! Thrifting is fun, easy and green!



artOPENer2012 or a day in life of a blogger

I don’t always blog, sometimes I forget, sometimes I have nothing to blog about, but when I have something to blog about, I usually don’t have time 🙂 Murphy’s Law, I know!

Last week I was so excited to get 2 days in a row, and I am going to dedicate a post to each of those days! But we are going to take it one day at a time!

Sunday, May 6, we all went to 2012 artOPENer:

But before we got to see some of these amazing pieces, we had lunch at Culvers:

Talk about healthy, right?

My in-laws 🙂

They take turns smiling!

And Sam and I don’t 🙂

On the way to our first stop we passed by a mail box:

A prison:

And a cemetery:

Isn’t that pretty? Too much forest for me though 🙂

Finally we got there and that’s what we saw:

Oh wait…

Here we go!


Another cemetery, this time it’s for skateboards, hmmm…

Ah! Finally, some pottery!

Oh and the chair picture that I am sure everyone has already seen 😉

I found this weird guy in the garden too, I can’t remember his name though :/

And finally the actual studio and the artist at work!

This bowl took her less than 5 minutes!

Hey look, there is more!

Next stop – Hudson, Wisconsin!

And St. Croix Gallery:

I want this at my house! NOT

More stuff:

Up next – the Casanova Glass Studio!

I didn’t really take a lot of pictures there, most of the pieces were unfinished, but it was a cool experience nevertheless!

And last but not least (to be honest, my personal favorite) – Melissa’s Studio D’Art

Up up the steps…

Thank you for joining us on this fun trip, let me know which of these places you liked the most, and definitely let me know if you actually visited them!



Spring Art!!!

I blogged about 10 exciting things to do this spring about 3 weeks ago. If you missed out on that post by any chance, here is the link

I also promised you that I am going to try and do all these things. Number one on my list was creating spring art.

And today, on a gray cloudy day, but also a day when I got my new stove and some amazing handmade soaps, I also painted some Spring Art! Using watercolors and some paper I found left over from the previous tenants.

These two pictures were my inspiration:







And this is what I created, after about an hour of work 🙂 You can do it too! I think it’s a fun and easy way to redecorate your kitchen or room for spring. Now I just need to find the frames! And also, the one with the red poppies is going to have a sequel 🙂 Intrigued? Don’t forget to check my blog for more info and fun DIY projects every day!

PS. These are prints alternatives. I am not trying to convince anyone here that I have an amazing artistic talent. But if you are interested in my more serious paintings, you can check out this post here

10 Things to do This Spring!

I love spring! Wait… I LOVE SPRING!!!!

This was better! And I am extremely excited that tomorrow is the first day of spring! And even though it snowed like crazy here in Russia yesterday, my hopes are up, and I know that “the Spring is a Coming”!

Now this spring I have decided to challenge myself to do these 10 things, and you are more than welcome to do them with me, because it’s going to be FUN!

1. Create Spring Art!

I came across this beautiful watercolor pastel of Cherry Blossom trees in Central Park, painted by a Brooklyn artist. And I was so inspired and moved by it, that I decided to create some spring art of my own!

You can learn more about the artist here

2. Wear florals, or bright colors!

I have noticed that lately I’ve been wearing a lot of blacks and grays, and decided to brighten up my life and my outfits this season. I found a great inspiration on

Love the parrots!

3. Hear the birds singing!

I wake up to birds, there are two trees outside my window, that seem to attract the most annoying kinds of birds – crows and jackdaws. But I found this amazing video and you can hear the birds singing no matter where in the midst of the busy city jungle you are!

4. Eat Healthy!

Am I the only person in the world who didn’t know about all the amazing resources has to offer? I found some great homemade hair care recipes yesterday, that I have mentioned in my previous post. But there is also a giant section on healthy eating, recipes included! So let’s all eat healthier this spring!

5. Do Some Yoga!

Whether you choose to follow the lifestyle of a yogi, or simply do some exercises to become more fit, you won’t regret it. I have already mentioned Namaste Yoga by Kate Potter. My new favorite is Yoga with Rodne Yee! If you are a Mac lover like me, check out some great Yoga Apps that are out there! And remember – stay motivated!

6. Begin your day with Laughter!

I learned this from Sam, he always checks what I call “his” websites with some comics, funnies, or humor! There is a great blog here on WordPress, that makes me laugh so hard, esp. the latest post on Easter Bunnies, make sure to check it out! http://ske​tchybunnie​

Some other websites that I like are:

And don’t forget about the many many videos on YouTube of Kathy Griffin, Dane Cook, and other great comedians out there!

7. Believe!

Believe in God, believe in yourself, believe in others! Believe that you can, that you have the strength, the ability! Believe in opportunities, chances, fate! Believe in good, love, hope!

8. Take up a New Hobby!

One of my friends and fellow bloggers has recently started making her own soap, you can check it out here!

There are millions other hobbies out there! My mom does quilling! Here is a link to her website! I know that it’s all in Russian, but you can still see the works and how they are made!

Check out this link with a list of hobbies!

9. Plant an Herb Garden!

I always felt iffy towards house plants, but I love herbs, they smell great, and make food taste so much better! I am planning on planting a small herb garden and put on my kitchen windowsill! (Pictures coming soon!) I also believe that working with your hands, planting, gardening (which I don’t think I will be doing anytime soon) is good for your body, health and mind! And the smells of fresh herbs are also known to be great mood enhancers!

10. Redecorate your house, room, wall, table, shelf, ANYTHING for SPRING!

I found this amazing blog, that has some great redecorating ideas, the picture above shows a craft room, but there are other ideas there as well

I am planning on redecorating my TV stand, and maybe my desk! I am tired of the old dark brown color, and want to make it more vivid and exciting! (Pictures and DIYs to come!)

I hope you all enjoyed these ideas, and will be willing to give some of them a shot! Make sure to get back to me and tell me what changes you’ve made and whether you found this post helpful!

10 Things I’m Grateful For

“The more grateful you are, the more good comes!”


1. My wonderful fiance, I don’t know what I would be doing without him. I have a purpose in life and a goal because of him! Thank you for being who you are, and being a part of my life, Sam! I love you! You are one in a million and I am the luckiest girl in the world to have you!

2. Family, especially my future family, really excited for all the fun times to come, all the holiday celebrations, all the book and art discussions, all the tank models and pictures!

3. My friends, esp. my best friend Kat, who is also going to be my maid of honor. You are my encouragement, my inspiration, my reality check. I trust you, I love you, thank you for being there for me! “I just want to leave already and go to Target!”

4. My job, and the opportunities it gives me – the flexible schedule, the ability to work from home, and to chose who I work with.

5. Grateful for faith, being raised at a church, and then going through some personal transformations, re-evaluating my life and what I want to put my faith in, I am grateful for what I can believe in, and that I know what I put my faith into.

6. I am grateful for the daily inspirations and affirmations that come from everywhere. I am grateful for The Daily Love devotional email. (You can all subscribe to receive a daily email too at . I am also grateful for the websites that have all the funnies and comics. XKCD ( being one of them, also bringing out my nerdy side. It’s all about becoming a new person after all anyways!

7. I am grateful for where I live. My room, everything I have surrounded myself with, the little things here and there, the designs, the DIY projects. It’s comfortable, it’s my sanctuary. I am grateful for the sunlight that comes through the windows. It’s beautiful, it’s inspiring.

8. I am grateful for health, for my physical condition, for everything I can do, for everything I am able to do. It’s so important to be healthy these days, everyone is talking about it! I am grateful I have the will power to limit myself, and to push myself.

9. I am grateful for my education, I want to thank all of my professors, who have invested into me, engaged me, and were patient with me. I am especially grateful for Natalya Belym, who was my English Teacher. I am where I am right now thanks to you.

10. I am grateful for the websites that let me keep up with all my shows! Thank you and Keep up the good work. Now if only one of you would post Extreme Couponing! That would make me ecstatic!

PS. The pictures are of the paintings I have done in the past. I thought I’d add them to this post, because I am also grateful for my talents and the talents of all the people in the world, who are not afraid to share their art with us!