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DIY Elsa dress from Frozen – easy

2 Jun

Elsa dress complete

I had to come up with Elsa dress for my daughter’s birthday. There was none left at any stores I went to, but she gave me no chance in replacing it with some other option. So I had to browse some ideas, and took this one with some changes.

I am very lazy in hiding edges and doing very detailed work when it comes to projects like these, so I tried to simplify the process as much as possible. My designer friends, be easy on me please

It took me a while in Jo-Anne fabrics to figure out what I need; not having much knowledge about measurements I was left with some fabric leftovers. The whole dress costed about $25-30 in materials. Priceless in memories it created

Materials needed:DSC_4239

-plain white t-shirt, or with lace sleeves (ours from Target, $7), or with long sleeves (short sleeves are better for summer);

-stretchy jersey that will go over the t-shirt – 1 1/2 yards;

-lace for waist;

-ribbon for waist;

-2 buttons;scheme 1

-tulle – as much as you want. The more – the bigger the skirt. We had 3 pieces about 1 1/2 yards each

Top part process:

1. Lay out the jersey over the t-shirt and with pen draw the front – where you will be cutting it. Draw the heart shape (add 1/2 inch above the actual shape because you needfront stitched to hide the edges).

2. Cut out the front and hand stitch it to the t-shirt. I worked with one piece of fabric, the back piece is not a separate piece. Too much work to cut it all separately

3. Stitch the sides of the fabric to the sides of t-shirt

4. After the front and sides are attached, turn the t-shirt, and cut the back where you need it, leaving 1/2 inch to hide the edge.

5. After this is done, you can stitch it with machine. I don’t have one, the machine part was done by my mother in law when the whole dress was stitched by hand. Jersey needs to be stitched using ziback piecegzag

I did not cut the jersey part that was longer then t-shirt. In our case, it was kind of an under-skirt, because tulle is see-through. If your child won’t be wearing pants underneath, you need to create under-skirt. We didn’t have time for that.

Skirt part process:

1. Stitch ribbon to the lace.

2. Put on the ready top part on you child and make 3 dots – 2 on hips, one – where you want the lace to come together when you create a V part is ready

3. Stitch tulle to the lace and ribbon. The more tulle you will use, the puffier the skirt will be.

4. Stitch ready skirt to the top, following the marks you’ve made.

In our case, the tulle came in short pieces 1 1/2 yard each, but it wasn’t an issue. Skirt had openings, but wearing pants underneath was a great idea. And having party outside we needed them in any ways.

lace and ribbon placement5. Add buttons  to the center of heart shape and v-shapeskirt

The whole dress took me about 3 hrs to hand stitch, and about 1 hr for my mother in law to titch it on the machine. I’m sure for individuals with experience it is a faster task


Did I mention we made the cape too?dress ready




25 Uses For Lemon Peels…Including Lemon Vinegar! | One Good Thing by Jillee

21 Oct

Yesterday my daughter decided that she absolutely needed to prepare the lemonade, so we had to do it! I messed up the first try, so we had to do the second round. It turned out great, but then I asked myself what I’m gonna do with all the lemons that were left?

I found this great blog post, and attempting to make lemon vinegar! The peels from 8 lemons were enough to fill the whole jar, so I’ll wait and see if it works!

25 Uses For Lemon Peels…Including Lemon Vinegar! | One Good Thing by Jillee.

Recycling beer bottles into pretty vases

4 Sep

bottles_2Here is the project anyone can do! I’m sure you have some beer drinking action going on from time to time, so why not to get creative with bottles? I used

  • Silver paint – by Martha Stewart from Home Depot (Metallic paint, about $6);
  • Michaels – pink paint – acrylic, $1; flowers – $1.19 for 3; brushes – $4.99 for set
  • empty bottles
  • basket from TJ Maxx for $4.50

I had two layers of paint on each bottle. These are from Corona and they have dark colored writing. I think if I used the primer, it would be covered better. Pink color needs 3 layers, let it dry in between each layer completely. For silver paint 2 layers are enough.

On the photo below you see the silver box – it’s a plastic box from some toy painted with the same silver paint, one layer only for now

Have fun!

paint_brushes bottles_1



Coins in a frame project

23 Aug

coin_frameI randomly found this idea at Pinterest and thought it was awesome. We had all these coins just sitting there in a jar, so I was excited to put them to use!

I’ve got the glue gun at Home Depot, frame – in Michaels. This project took me about 20 min. Now the real question is if it’s not going to fall if it’s placed on the wall, because this piece is kinda heavy

Jar recycling project – chalkboard jars

14 Aug

jars_chalkboardContinuing my mission on recycling as many jars as I can, trying as many ideas as possible. This project is calling for chalkboard paint.

At Michaels I found chalkboard spray paint, but if to read the label, it is very scary for me to use it (being healthy freak as I am). So I did find toxic-free chalkboard paint by folkflirt. Martha Stewart makes this paint too, but there was no time for that search. paint

No priming, just cleaned the surface, made borders with sticky tape. Painted first layer, gave it 1 hr to dry. Then painted second layer, left jars on the balcony for a day. Took off the borders after the paint was dry.

If I make more of those, I would make the chalkboard space much bigger because the crayons I’m using are huge (they are for kids). Also, the chalk comes off pretty easy, so really these are for being pretty, not so useful in real life if you don’t have much space at the kitchen for display. I think just having stickers on jars is much easier, but I’m trying all the possibilities.



Jar recycling project continues – little jar for cosmetics

10 Aug

Jar recycling project continues - little jar for cosmetics

Yesterday I’ve decided to clean up my 4 most used on everyday basis purses, and in each one I had at least one lip gloss and one lipstick. Combining all together, I came up with the bunch I didn’t know where to store. Makeup artist cannot have too many…

So I took a small jar, glue, twine, and found this cute ribbon at the house.

The idea came from this blog post, and there you can find instructions.
It’s very easy, takes 10-20 min, depending on the size of the jar

I’ve got the glue from Michaels, twine – in home depot.

I made some more jars previously for flowers, and more – as a gift to my friends that just got a town house. Everyone seem to like them!



Jar recycling project, crochet

3 Aug

Jar recycling project, crochet

We have so many jars at the house that I refuse to throw away (because we don’t have a recycling here)… It might be a flashback from my Soviet Union childhood where we didn’t throw away any glass and stored it at the balcony because

1 – we could recycle it for money (at least beer and milk bottles from what I remember)
2 – we could store food in it (no plastic containers were available, even now I didn’t see them much in Kiev)
3 – we were conserving the food from summer for winter (pickled cucumbers, anyone?).

Pinterest gave me a plenty of great ideas.

I didn’t do crochet in a while so it took me about 45 min. It stretches very well, first I was making it for a jar that was 2 sizes thinner.

You don’t even have to clean out the glue that stays on the jar after removing the labels, it actually holds the crochet peace better.

This jar is great to store anything – pencils, pens, crayons, buttons, you name it.

Here is the link where I got this particular inspiration from

Have fun!