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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



Bao’s engagement – looking forward to May wedding!

13 Jan

We have met with Bao and her family in the end of November, what a beautiful day it was! Hair and makeup by Alina G Karaman ( Photos are taken by HNM Photoz (

Looking forward to see Bao again very soon, in May!1422443_625943654128631_1809284741_n 1460027_625943624128634_1606729387_n 1465110_625943620795301_1450950863_n 1467485_625943754128621_674277785_n 1477451_625943500795313_1370163768_n 1488058_625943844128612_805083394_n 1488119_625943707461959_30091922_n

Seamus turns 3, a Wantable accessory, and a sweet thank you note

12 Nov

lora weaver

So I feel a little guilty because the love of my life, my little furry guy, my round and low to the ground best friend Seamus, turned 3 yesterday and damn if I didn’t just forget it. But leave it up to my boyfriend’s mom to remember because she just remembers everyone’s birthdays like that. So after I got her text I gave him a nice all over body scratch and a couple of treats before leaving for work. And of course, later last night Alan ended up buying him some cool new, annoyingly loud toys.

I thought in honor of his 3rd (21st in human years!) birthday, I’d post a couple funny pictures of him behind the scenes at one of my latest shoots with Melanie Blankenship. There is no way I can take a decent photo of this dog.



See? There he is just KICKING Melanie out of…

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Mixed berry bundt cake – vegan, soy and nut free; simply awesome!

10 Oct

This recipe is from book “Vegan – 100 everyday recipes”, with some changes that I’ve made, as usual.

bundt_cakeYou need:

2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup dry unsweetened coconut

2 cups coconut vanilla milk

2/3 canola or any other oil (not pure olive)

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups mixed berries



1. Preheat the oven to 350 F

2. Mix dry ingredients

3. Add liquid ingredients, mix well. Add berries

4. Butter the bundt pan, pour the batter in there.

5. Bake for 45 min – 1 hr. Check with a toothpick


When it’s ready, the book suggests serving it with vegan ice cream. Should taste awesome, but mine was great without it as well



How to Meet Russian and Ukrainian Women

8 Aug

How to Meet Russian and Ukrainian Women

I am an Ukrainian women and I find this post hilarious!
Click on the photo to read this.

The tips that made me smile and I agree with:

“…they will be less likely to have an open face and to smile and say “How are you?” to any stranger who passes by”

“If you take her out to eat, you should know what to order” – not the case now, but it used to be

“Learn not to take things literally. Russians love saying the opposite of what they mean (irony)”

“If you’re in America, many Ukrainian immigrants from the capital city of Kiev will actually consider themselves Russian because the country was still considered to be a part of the USSR when they lived there and because they grew up speaking the Russian language. Before 1991, Russian was the language spoken in schools, used in newspapers, and in every day life in Kiev, but now, Ukrainian is used in schools, advertisements, and some television shows, though many city people still speak Russian at home.”

“Learn to love black bread”

“Before you leave for a journey, you must sit down for a minute to reflect on the trip ahead.”

“Don’t ever wish her a happy birthday before her actually birthday because—believe it or not—it’s bad luck.”


Herb and Hemp Stuffed Vegan Potatoes

5 Aug

Herb and Hemp Stuffed Vegan Potatoes

I’m always looking for low calorie fulfilling vegan dishes. This one I liked because it has 564 cal per serving, but the serving is so big, no way I can eat the whole thing, so the half would be 280, works for me!

I tried it with sweet potato, didn’t work for me.

Instead of cashews that the original recipe calls for I used raw sunflower seeds, and instead of miso paste I used soy sauce. I also didn’t blend anything in food processor. So here is my version of this dish:

½ cup raw sunflower seeds
4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed
3 Tbs. nutritional yeast
2 Tbs. coconut oil, melted
2 Tbs. lemon juice
1½ soy sause
½ cup finely chopped fresh chives, minced, divided
½ cup finely chopped fresh parsley, minced, divided
½ cup hemp seeds, divided

1. Soak seeds in large bowl of cold water 1 hour.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake potatoes 45 to 60 minutes on baking sheet, or until tender. Cool 15 minutes, or until easy to handle.

3. Drain and rinse seeds. Combine seeds with nutritional yeast, coconut oil, lemon juice, and soy sauce in the large bowl.

4. Scoop the inside of the potato and mix it with seeds mixture. Add 1/4 cup chives, 1/4 cup parsley, and 1/4 cup hemp seeds. Stuff mixture back into potato skins.

5. Place potatoes on baking sheet, and bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until tops are golden. Serve garnished with remaining chives, parsley, and hemp seeds.

The original recipe is here


Classic Meringues

2 Aug

Classic Meringues

I found this recipe at my favorite magazine Vegetarian Times.
Pretty easy to prepare, but takes long time to bake. Last time I was making them, I decided to cut 1 hr and raised temperature to 350, and after 7 min they almost got burned! So try not to do this unless you’re in a hurry

You need
2 egg whites
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
6 tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar

The preparation process is a little different then the magazine suggests, but I make it easier

Start the oven on 225F.
Separate egg whites, start beating them with the cream of tartar. I stop the mixer, add 1 tsp of sugar, then continue to beat, until I have 6 tsp added. Beat a little more then.

Then add vanilla extract, 1 pinch of salt, and while beating the eggs, add confectioner’s sugar.

Beat until it’s all very thick.

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper, and using a tablespoon, try to make a meringue that looks decent.

This recipe suppose to make 15 meringues, I came up with 12, go figure.

And then the “best” part – baking them for 2 1/4 hours!

Per meringue – 30 cal, 7g sugar, not too bad!

Original recipe is here