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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 new hobby: handmade flowers, brooches, headbands out of foamiran


This post is going to have many pics in it. I’ve been crafting these flowers for few months and I just love them. Now, Foramiran is a pretty new thing here in Ukraine. It is sort of rubber fabric and it is handy in making flowers and dolls our of  it.

You can actually make any kind of flower of foamiran and the best thing is you do not need any special tools and paints to do it. That is why I love this craft.

Here is one of my flowers – poppy flower composition. It’s a hair clip I made for my daughter to wear to school. Poppy flowers are national Ukraine flowers and they are very fashionable now.

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foamiran flowers handmade flowers

This is sort of fantasy flower, but it kind of resembles magnolia flower (they are blooming now in Kiev).

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

This flower is also can be used as a hair clip or as a brooch for a scarf. I used white foamiran to make it and I colored it pale pink and green. I really loved the result.

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foamiran flowers handmade flowers

I also love these rosebuds. They are tiny and I made a handmade brooch out of them. I also used white fabric for them and colored them to be pinkish.

foramiran flowers handmade flowers

foamiran flowers handmade flowers

This is a sample of wedding decor out of foamiran. It can be used as a pin or to adorn the glasses and bottle. These are jasmine flowers. I have many more to share and maybe I’ll do a quick tutorial in the next post on how make’em. You may find more pics on my other blog or on Pinterest.

Easter decor decoupage tutorial, DIY Easter wreath


I love upcycling and turning trash into treasure. Today I visited my good old friend and found a piece of old wood, some ledge and an old ceramic tile in his backyard. Here is what you can do out of these things. It’s my Easter door decor or wreath for this year and here is the tutorial or how you make it.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

This is what I made in 1 hour. It’s  a little bird house our made out of the old piece of wood. I’ll hang it on my door instead of the Easter wreath. This house has a little nest with felted eggs in it. Below the house there is an old tile all decoupaged and I’ll write Easter on it later on.

Here is what I had to start with.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

For my Easter decor DIY project I used a pretty small and almost square piece of wood, one old tile, some ledge, rope and a piece of tree bark.

The materials and tools needed for this easy DIY Easter decoupage project:

– white paint

– brown paint

– hot glue gun

– acrylic transparent polish

– a soft brush for decoupage

– napkins

Here the Easter door decor tutorial:

First paint both the tile and the wood (clean them well first) with the white paint and let them dry or dry them using a hairdryer. I glued together two pieces of ledge to form the roof and painted it brown.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

Step 2 – Decopuage the tile and the piece of wood. I used two different kinds of napkins. You may find my decoupage how to here.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

Step 3 – make a nest. I made it out of rope by coiling and gluing it together for this Easter wreath. I have also felted 3 small eggs out of wool and used green wool inside the nest to imitate the grass.

Step 4 is to cover the decoupage with polish, get it dry and glue the roof onto the bird house.

Easter door decor DIY

Easter door decor DIY

Step 5 – I glued some rope around the tile to make a frame for it and left the loose ends to fasten it to the bird house. I glued the bark in the bottom part of my Easter decor item and glued the nest onto the bark. I have also used this rope to make a look to hang the Easter door decor. You may find some of my crafting ideas on Pinterest. I have few cool boards there, such as upcycling or decoupage tutorials. You may also find some of the other of my Easter projects on this blog.

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

сухие духи саше ароматерапия сухие духи саше ароматерапия

Список материалов:

Натуральная ткань

Кружево и ленты

Проволока

Набивочный материал

Эфирное масло или специи

Изготовление саше с эфирным маслом

сухие духи саше ароматерапия сухие духи саше ароматерапия

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.