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.

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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!

Heart shaped brownie cake recipe


This is a delicious and “handsome” brownie cake. You can easily bake it in your microwave, if it has grill function.

brownie cake

brownie cake

The good thing is that you need only basic ingredients for this cake. Here they are:

1 dark chocolate bar
3 table spoons of cacao powder
3 eggs
5 ounces of sugar
5 ounces of butter (you can use 1 cup of vegetable oil instead, it makes the recipe healthier)
Vanilla
1 tea spoon of baking soda
4 ounces of flour
1/2 cup of yogurt (optional)

You melt butter and chocolate together. Add the rest of the ingredients to this melted mix and stir. Done.

The mix should not be thick. It should be something like sour cream in its texture. Pour the mix into the baking pan and set it into your oven or microwave. It takes me around 20 mins to bake my brownie cake.

Now, once it gets baked, you can eat it just like that or you can make a heart cake out of this brownie cake. Here is my brownie heart recipe. I bake two of the above mentioned cakes. Then it would be good to have a heart shaped baking pan, but if you do not have one, you can make one.

I used two pieces of cardboard to make mine. Here is what I’ve done. I cut to cardboard strips and stapled them together to form an outline of a cardboard heart.

Then I placed it onto the large plate and used sticky tape to fasten it there. I crushed both brownie cakes and made crunches out of them. Then I made simple cream out of sugar, vanilla and sour cream. I add few table spoons of sugar to the sour cream and heated it up.

I make the first brownie crunch layer in the heart shape on the plate, covered it with some sliced bananas and kiwi and poured some cream on the top. Then I covered the whole thing with the second brownie cake crunch layer. And, again, added some fruits and cream.

Finally, I spread some crunch lefts over and used some edible cake decorations on the top. I left the cake in the cardboard shape for an hour to get soaked up with the cream and stick together. Then I removed the cardboard border and the brownie cake stayed in the heart shape!

Handmade vintage frame tutorial


It seems like I have not been posting for eternity. Here is one of my crafting projects: it is a handmade vintage frame. And it is a quick tutorial.

vintage frame tutorial

vintage frame tutorial

This was a cheap one dollar store wooden picture frame.

frame

I have some vintage white and orange material and I torn it into straps and wrapped the frame with them. I used hot glue gun to attach the fabric straps to the frame.

I have also found a vintage photo album. It was 50+ year old. So, I used a piece of its paper for the back of the frame. Then I found some old and vintage photos in my family album. I have used three of vintage pictures for this vintage frame.

The top photo contains white birds on it. The lower one depicts my uncle in his youth and the lower photo has my mother’s friend with an old camera in her hand. So, it’s a love story. Two birds in love, a man and a woman fond of him and taking a picture of her loved one.

I glued the old photos onto the frame and made few rolled fabric flowers to decorate my vintage handmade photo frame.

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring


This is a set I have made out of recycled lace, so it is a refashion project.

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring

 

This vintage looking creamy lace flower jewelry set is fitting for many occasions. It consists of a three flower lace brooch with pink and creamy large bead in the center. It has a large ring with the adjustable size base and a lace bracelet both adorn with pink and creamy beads and rolled lace flowers. The ring and the bracelet flowers are little less than one inch wide in size.

The lace flower brooch is about two inches in size. The brooch flowers are adjusted to a piece of white and sparkling recycled belt and have a pin on the other side. This handmade jewelry set is appropriate for a wedding or any other special occasion

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring

White lace flower brooch, bracelet and ring

Part of the flowers here are rolled out of lace. The set looks vintage and very sophisticated. You may find it in my Etsy shop recycledcrafting.