Blog announcement


Hi everyone, this is me, busymom

busy and crafty mom of two girls.

busy and crafty mom of two girls.

I am thankful to you, folks, for all the great responses and comments to my posts. I really and trully enjoy hearing from you.

When I started this blog a while ago, I had no idea of how posts I would have here or how many projects and recipes I would share. So, things did get a bit out of hand. I have TONS of great stuff here: easy and quick recipes, fabric flower projects, decoupage ideas and how-to and variuos useful DIY things.

But, they seem to be hard to find and poorly arranged. I’ll try to fix things up, if I can and reaarange the posts. But for now here is a quick tip on how to use this blog the best.

Blog tips: you may find a search box on the right hand bar. Just type in the things you like to find: recipes, decoupage on glass, DIY and go for it. Or browse the categories menu, as most of the posts are arranged under the categories and tagged.

Feel free to contact me at kievtranslator@gmail.com or find my hometalk at http://www.hometalk.com/busymomhelp

Door repurposing: hanging garden table out of old wooden door DIY


I really love this door repurposing project. I always dreamed to get a hanging table in my garden pavilion, finally I have one. Here it is:

wooden hanging table

door repurposing DIY

I love just the way it looks and feels, this repurposed door table is very usable. As you may see on this pic, it is coupled by a bench made out of an old door too. Here is a quick DIY course for it.

The table is fit into our summer pavilion, so we already had wooden planks to fasten it to. You may attach it to a strong tree outdoors.

What you need for this DIY door repurposing project:

1 old wooden door

Drill

Spade bit

Level

Strong rope or chain

Indeed, this is a very easy project, if you have the right equipment for it. The trick is to use a special kind of drill bit for making holes in the door. I am not sure how this tool is called in English, but I’ll provide you with its picture.

DIY door repurposing into a table

This is what it looks like. If you know its proper name, please add a comment to this post and I’ll add it in. – I have been able to find out what the proper name of the tool is. It is called spade wood bit. I asked a question on HOMETALK and got many great answers. You may join this great community and follow me there, too http://www.hometalk.com/busymomhelp.

You need to pick the tool of the right size to match your rope or chain diameter. We used organic rope for this project. It is strong enough and it looks so nice coupling the old door shabby chick surface.

Basically, my husband has drilled 4 holes in the 4 corners of the table, put in the rope and made large and strong knots on the rope from the bottom side to fasten it. Then he tied the rope to the pavilion roof.

old door repurposing

old door repurposing

This is what the surface of the old wooden door looks like. I still did not have time to sand it well and cover it with polish. But it wears nicely. My kids sometimes use the table as a swing and it holds perfectly. The tip is to use solid wood old door, so it can stand any type of weather outdoors.

This is an easy and quick repurposing project. I love hanging tables and it took just 2-3 hours for my husband to make it. You are welcome to pin or share this projects and check out on my other DIY or upcycling projects.

Decoupage on wood: spice mortar and pestle with poppy flowers


Recently I have fallen in love with poppy flowers. I have already posted my Ukraine stlyle poppy flower clip or head whreath you can buy in my Etsy shop. Poppy flowers are very Ukrainian. They grow freely on our fields.

!!! Ukraine facts: it is illegal to grow poppies in your yard or garden  in Ukraine. If you grow 1 to 100 plants, you get fine, if you grow more, you get to go to jail!!!

So now I have decided to use them in wood decoupage on spice mortar and pestle.

decoupage ideas for kitchen

Spice mortar and pestle

It’s a small spice mortar with pestle made out of wood. As usual, I repainted it with white water based paint and let it dry. Then I cut out poppy flowers and glued them to the mortar. Finally I used green shiny paint and wood polish to cover it up. Now the pestle and mortar have become usable once again. But I think them very pretty, too.

Ukraine style decoupage on wood

Ukraine style decoupage on wood

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It is washable and usable. You can grind your spices in it and wash it with hot water. This set makes great and authentic gift. You can find it in my Etsy shop for a very appealing price. Feel free to Pin away.

Handmade fabric flower hair clip


fabric poppy flower Handmade fabric poppy flower

This is my youngest daughter Kira wearing a wreath of poppy flowers made out of ribbon. I love poppies. They are so Ukrainian. You can find them growing on your fields or on the sides of the roads.

We had our apple harvest day at home. She just loves wearing poppies and I do too.

fabric poppy flower

fabric poppy flower

It works just well at a purse clip, hair clip or scarf clip for me.  I make these out of silk like ribbons and the heart of the flower is all handcrafted after the old “grandma” fashion. When I first discovered how to craft those tiny black threads with white ends I was much surprised. But they do make poppies look so natural. Visit my Etsy shop or write me today to get your poppy fower clip or wreath.

My new upcycling Easter egg project


Upcycling Easter egg

Upcycling Easter egg

This is a fun Easter egg with a stand. I have made the stand for the egg out of an old coffee can. So that is why it is an upcycling project. The can is made out of glass. So, first I pained it with waterbased white paint, let it dry and decoupaged it.

I used the wooden egg for this project. I painted it as well and made just a little decoupage in the middle of the Easter egg. The rest of the egg I deocrated with organic threads.

Upcycling Easter egg

Upcycling Easter egg

P1070039I glued the threads with the glue gun onto the decoupaged egg and used some Easter bread decorations to adorn the egg.

decoupage on Easter egg

decoupage on Easter egg

So, that’s my decoupage on Easter egg project for this year. It’s a pretty jolly egg, too.

Old glass bottle into a candle stick – new decoupage project


It’s been a while since I posted new projects into my blog. I was really busy working and writing, as I am a copywriter. But I had some time to craft, too. Here is one of my little glass decoupage projects.

decoupage on glass

decoupage on glass

I have to admit that I have found this bottle somewhere on the lake bank. I live in a beautiful neighbourhood, but some people make this place a mess. I picked this bottle up and decided to make something special out of it.

The bottle is good, because it does not get turned over easily; it has a wide bottom. So, I decided to turn it into a candle holder. We need one because the do turn the lights off once in a while. BTW, I have found another similar bottle, but a bit smaller in size and I’ll make another candle holder out of it to match this one.

glass bottle candle holder

glass bottle candle holder

First, as usual I have painted the bottle with white acrylic paint. Then I added some blue shade into it and painted the bottle using a brush. I make upward strokes to add different colors and texture to the bottle. Finally I decoupaged it with spring flowers and covered with transparent polish. It’s a ten min project, if you use hairdryer to speed up the drying processes. But it looks nice. I have managed to turn a piece of trash into something useful and good-looking! Pin it, if you like it!

 

2013 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Crafting, SEO writing and making money go hand in hand


Do you enjoy crafting? Is it something you would like to do for life? Do you wish to sell online? Then you certainly need to find a way to promote your crafts through articles, blogs and descriptions. This is the best way to get traffic and sales, too.

seo copywriting, articles services

seo copywriting, articles services

Do you wish to get your writing done in a smart way? Then you need a professional to do the job. I professionally write for 8 years. I do SEO articles, SEO texts, descriptions, ebooks – all of it. And all it takes to get you sales and lead you to success!

Contact me at kievtranslator@gmail.com or visit my Facebook page and let’s write your way up to success!