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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

My project got into the Hometalk clip collection


I love Hometalk. You can ask questions, find great projects and share your craft there. Recently my orange shell candles have been featured in Hometalk newsletter.

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Join in and follow me on Hometalk. I would gladly follow you back and enjoy your craetive ideas.

Пример работ. Статья написана мной на английском и на русском Handmade brown flower brooch


busymomhelp:

This is my DIY project for my Russian blogфом цветок коричневый

Originally posted on Master Slova:

Handmade brown flower brooch

Crafting things is a great pleasure. It’s so nice to hold in your hands a beauty and know you have crafted it from start to end. This is one of my most satisfying projects – handmade brown flower brooch.

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The brooch is made out of new material called Foamiran or Foam. It is a sort of rubber that possesses great measure of elasticity. It greatly resembles leather, but this material is much easier to work with. The flower is literally handcrafted, because when making flowers out of foam, you have to rub the materials in your fingers to warm it up. Once it gets warm, you stretch it and twist it with your hands to create flowery structure to the leaves.

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Valentine day creative candle idea (mason jar project)


I just love making various decorative candles and candles sticks. Recently I have share a DIY project for the Valentine day – orange shell candles. Here is another easy and fun project for you.

mason jar candle DIY

mason jar candle DIY

This is another cute way of decorating a mason jar. This time I used polymer clay and decoupage. I have turned a jar into a little cute house with door and windows.

mason jar candle DIY

mason jar candle DIY

Using this technique you can decorate a mason jar in any style, including a romantic one suited for Valentine day.

mason jar candle DIY

mason jar candle DIY

Here is a quick DIY on this mason jar candle:

First I painted the jar with white paint, only I left some blank spaces for the door and windows. Then I decoupaged all the painted surface. Next, I moded polymer clay details and just pressed them against the jar. Finally, I have boiled the jar in a pot for 10 min in order to get my clay firm. You may use a different type of clay that does not require any boiling. Here you go. Pin away and follow me on Pinterest. I have tons of fun projects pinned there.

Easy Valentine day upcycling project: romantic candles out of orange skins


What to make something swell and romantic quick? This is just the thing! These candles look great, smell great and cost you just pennies.

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

What you need for this Valentine day project:
Few oranges (desirably with thick skins)
Vegetable oil (any kind)
Any natural fabric (you may use an old shirt or gauze)
Little coil of nicely bending thin wire
Spices

Making candles out of orange skins – Valentine day craft
Cut the oranges in half and use a spoon to remove all the insides. All you need is just two halves of the orange skins. You may eat the oranges. Now cut a piece of wire inch long. Make a little loop on one end and stick the other end into the orange skin. Make sure not to pierce it right through, otherwise your candles will leak.

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

This candle does not look nice on my pic, I did not manage to make a nicer photo, but they surely look when burning.
Cut your fabric into inch long and ¼ inch wide strips. Pour some vegetable oil into the orange skin candles, dip the fabric strips (your wicks) into this oil and adjust them on the wire loops inside the candles. Now you may use some spices, such as cloves, anise tree seeds or cinnamon to decorate your candles and add them aroma.

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

Valentine day craft DIY orange skin candles

I have also use few drops of orange aroma oil in my candles. You ready to fire up. These candles are easy to make, but they look fantastic on your Valentine day romantic table or in the bathroom. Feel free to like and share this project on Social media and join me on Pinterest for more craft ideas.

Домашняя ароматерапия: оригинальное саше (сухие духи) своими руками


busymomhelp:

This is my UKraine blog post on how to make a sachet

Originally posted on Master Slova:

Я очень люблю делать разные милые мелочи для дома. Приятно, когда дома хорошо пахнет, но я не люблю использовать синтетические освежители воздуха. Поэтому, сделала саше своими руками. Это прекрасный способ использовать ароматерапию во благо всей семьи и дома. Что же такое саше?

сухие духи саше ароматерапия сухие духи саше ароматерапия

Немного об истории ароматных саше

Это слово и вещица пришли к нам из Франции. Саше – это небольшие мешочки, набитые ароматными травами или специями. Их использовали, как сухие духи, для ароматизации платков и белья в шкафах и так далее. Конечно, намного проще поставить дома освежитель воздуха. Но саше – это здоровый и полезный способ создать уютную атмосферу в доме.

Мой МК по саше в виде платья и шляпки

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Список материалов:

Натуральная ткань

Кружево и ленты

Проволока

Набивочный материал

Эфирное масло или специи

Изготовление саше с эфирным маслом

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На кусочке бумаги я нарисовала выкройку: юбку и…

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10 min Merengue cake recipe


I love cooking, but I also love to make simple and tasty things that don’t take too long to cook. One of such recipes is merengue cake.

merengue cake recipe

merengue cake recipe

Here is how you can make merengue in about 5 min without having to whipping up the eggs. You just take one egg white and mix it up with sugar powder. Mix it until you get sort of sweet dough. Then you make small or larger balls out of this dough and put it into your microwave for 2 min. Done!

merengue cake recipe

merengue cake recipe

I made four large merengues, so I had to crush them for this cake. I whipped cream with sugar and lemon juice. Merengue is very sweet, that’s why I added some lemon juice to the cream. I sliced some oranges and bananas and started to for layers of merengue, fruit and whipped cream. I made a cone shaped cake.

merengue cake recipe

merengue cake recipe

I used some cocoa powder and sprinkled it on the top of the merengue cake. It took me 10 min to get this cake done and about another 10 min to make merengue. So, it is a quick recipe.

DIY: glass bottle into romantic candlestick


I love making cute and useful things for my home. One of such things is a candlestick. I have made one out of glass bottle using decoupage. My can has broken it.  Now I used a different technique.  Just before New Year they started to turn off the light in Ukraine for several hours a day. So, it’s a pretty useful thing, too.

DIY candlestick out of glass bottle

DIY candlestick out of glass bottle

Here is what I made out of a small green energy drink glass bottle. I have already used these to make outdoors fire torches. Now, here is my short upcycling DIY course for you.

What you need for this handmade candlestick:

– 1 glass bottle

– hot glue gun

– organic rope or thread

– decorating items

I used hot gun glue to attach the organic thread to the glass bottle. I just rolled the thread around the bottle and glued it in several places. It took me about 10 min to finish this up. It’s pretty easy and the thread or rope doesn not have to lay smoothly on the bottle.

DIY candlestick

DIY candlestick

As you may see, it is attached unevenly. In some places you may see the green of the bottle come through. Since it is a romantic candlestick I used some pink crystals and glued them on in several spots.

candlestick

candlestick

Then I made a small decoration composition our of handmade fom flowers (I made these rosebuds myself), ribbon and pink veiling. I glued the whole composition together using hot glue gun and then attached it to the candlestick. It serves nicely. The bottle is heavy enough and it does not overturns. I head up the bottom part of the candle a bit and stick it into the bottle hole. That’s how it works. It’s an easy, fun and eco friendly upcycling DIY project.

Цветы из фоамирана – пластичная красота


busymomhelp:

Hndmade flowers out of foamiran

Originally posted on Master Slova:

Сейчас есть разные виды рукоделия. Многие мастерицы создают цветы из ткани, бумаги, лент, холодного фарфора  и других материалов. Как правило, создание таких изделий очень трудоемкое и не всем под силу. Но появился новый материал, работать с которым просто и удобно даже для новичка. Он называется Фоамиран, пластичная замша или ревелюр. По сути, это тонкая резина, из которой можно делать цветы и даже куклы.

Розы из фома Цветы из фоамирана розы

Вот такие чайные или английские розы получились у меня. Этой бутоньеркой мы украшали цифру 5 на юбилей нашей церкви.

Цветы можно делать какие угодно. Я пока увлеклась розочками. Вот небольшие цветочки на подсвечнике (он пригодился, ведь часто отключали свет :).

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И розы-крошки на обруче для волос.

Розы из фоамирана Розы из фоамирана

Работать с фомом одно удовольствие. Вырезать лепестки очень просто, размечать можно любым острым предметом, например, стэком или крючком для вязания. Фом бывает 0,5, 0,8 и 1мм толщиной. Для розочек лучше…

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