DIY – Little girl dress

DIY - Little girl dress Craft takes on a whole new dimension when you get to make something that is actually useful. It is especially gratifying when you can tell your spouse that in fact you saved money by making this dress.


This is a beautiful frilly dress, with butterfly sleeves, just below the knee, with a bunny rabbit applique. Though it is not an original pattern (the pattern is from Burda), I love how customizable it is. You can pick your own fabric, your own ribbons, underskirt, and even make your own applique!


Lexie said she wanted a Blue Ribbon Bunny applique (from Sofia the first, but in order to avoid infringing on some copyright laws, we improvised). I have a previous post that shows a very simple step by step tutorial how to make appliques using sewing machine. You can find the tutorial here.


The front of the dress is so simple, yet delicate. Reminds me of the Russian uniform we used to wear during Soviet times (I am that old! Sounds like a different lifetime altogether!)


Really grateful for the buttonhole function on my sewing machine!


My little girlie girl was very excited! What girl would say no to a pretty frock!


Here is a close up of the Blue Ribbon Bunny.

If you enjoy sewing, here are some of my older posts for inspiration:

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DIY – Crochet Collar

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Although craft has always been part of my life, it has always involved doing something creative for something or someone else. In school it was either part of a curriculum or extra-curricular activity.  I remember doing logo for our puppet theatre in school, or being the editor of our college newsletter, or decorating friends’ parties – it was never really just for me. It was always more reactive that proactive. Something needed to be done, let’s get Olga to do it. And while I love getting involved in things like this, it was always directed by someone other than me.

Then one day, I went to a shop, bought myself some yarn and crochet hooks, and learned how to crochet. This was purely for me. No other reason than just me, acquiring a new skill. Whatever I would do with that skill was irrelevant. Crochet was a medium for expressing creativity and I wanted to create, so I taught myself how to crochet.

Today, I am super glad it is something I know how to do, because Cyprus weather has been rather nasty, and crochet proved to be an excellent antidote to bad weather! It is easy, quick and you can pause at any moment (whether that’s pausing your life, or pausing crochet, I don’t know)!

Beginner crochet level + rainy weather = this pretty crochet collar for my daughter!


It only took me one evening while watching “Come, Dine with me” with my hubby. There is a wonderful tutorial here, do check it out, it is one of the best! I am definitely keeping it bookmarked! The author of the tutorial takes you stitch by stitch through the making of the collar, the petals and these adorable little flowers.


The front:SAM_8053

The back:


How dreamy is that?


To my usual “Make it and love it!” I have to add – I made it, but it is my little girl that absolutely loved it!

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Wall Mural – DIY


On numerous occasions, and yet not frequently enough, I have praised my mum for her creativity and never ceasing willingness to help. Such is the case with this beautiful wall mural she did for my daughter’s first nursery, almost 4 years ago. 

We were renting a two-bedroom accommodation then. As we were planning to move country before Lexie was born, we got rid of all our belongings and literally downsized to a couple of suitcases. When those plans fell through, we had to move in somewhere. Anywhere, really, that was available and furnished. It was difficult to go through “nesting” period, as nothing was really ours, nothing felt permanent, and I was increasingly consumed with a feeling that Lexie, once born, would feel unexpected and unwelcome.  Help…

Too-to-to-too!  Mum to the rescue!

My mum and her extraordinary creativity produced this wall mural. Yes, it was rented accommodation, and yes, it did take me several coats of paint to cover it up once we were ready to more; but, oh yes, it did make me feel special. That childish awe, when you ask your mummy to paint you a picture, and she does – quite well, too. 

It did just what it was meant to do. 

Tutorial – Dress-up Nurse Apron

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Today both my kiddies had to get vaccinated, and to take our mind off of it, our answer lay with Dress-up Nurse Apron. Nothing like a theme fitted craft!

Just recently I’ve been donated some fabric scraps, all sizes and all colours. Just so happened, I found all the fabric scraps that would work for me. Perfect to turn our stressed up day into a dressed-up day.


I’ve cut out whatever pieces would make up the nurse apron, leaving enough space for seam allowances. I also planned to make a little red cross on a white circle.


Next step was to tidy all sides, and work on the little red cross. Looked tidy enough. I also added some rushing on the skirt piece, to make it more girly.

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The remaining steps were about putting all the pieces together, hiding as many seams as possible.


All I need to sew now is a little nurse hat. In good time.

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DIY Dream Doll House


Love the Doll house my mum and dad made for my daughter for her 2nd B-day!

Another dream fulfilled, with the help of my wonderful dad who can do absolutely anything, and my mum, who loves my visions, understands me at half a sentence, and executes my requests better that what I could have ever imagined.

A doll house is not only every little girls’ dream. It’s every little girls’ mother’s dream, too! I thought about getting Lexie a doll house probably before she was even conceived. First time Lexie picked up a toy was my signal to get to it! Plans for this doll house were born in my head, discussed with my dad and it suddenly all came together.


Lexie was super-excited even with two walls. 🙂 Could have stopped there!

We used only left over boards from old furniture or other projects to keep the costs low.


We used wrapping paper as wallpaper


Front of the house


С Днем Рождения Лекси – Happy Birthday Lexie in Russian

The house can be rotated to reveal a beautiful town house front painted purple and decorated with colourful bunting. The roof was painted with black chalk board paint to add yet another fun element. The walls inside were covered with wallpaper (some of which is just fancy wrapping paper).  The greatest find I would say was the non-slip material to use as carpets on the floors. It keeps all the furniture in place and looks great too!

As the Doll House was Lexie’s birthday present, all her other gifts were coordinated around the house. She got most of the doll house furniture from ELC (Early Learning Centre) the same week.  A few bits and pieces were added the following Christmas. There is one lady in Cyprus that sells doll house furniture, and although its very detailed and fragile, I managed to find two pieces that would go perfectly into our doll house – a light blue high chair and a white fire place. Perfect!


New addition

When I was packing away Christmas lights, I got this brilliant idea to wrap them around Lexie’s doll house. These lights are quite unusual in a sense that its not a string of lights. They are meant to be hung in the window, cascading down. Which is perfect for the house, as the strings of lights went through all the windows on all the floors.


Using IKEA Christmas lights to light up the Doll House


Baby room, completed with a bunk bed, a doll house doll house (what?!), some tiny wooden toys, a pony and a kitchen set that came with a Lallaloopsy.


Master bedroom on the 2nd floor.
The super posh wallpaper is actually wrapping paper. The baby cot is in the bedroom too, which I love! I nipped a small make up mirror from my mum and now you can see it glue-gunned on the right.


Poly pocket is about to have a bath in the bathroom on the 1st floor.


Ground floor holds a huge kitchen which occupies the whole of this space. Christmas tree is seasonal. Lallaloopsy fits well in this Doll House.


Living room on the 1st floor. A fridge magnet of New York is playing the role of a TV; as soon as I find a miniature TV, it will be replaced. I have made the pink chair and the beige couch you see in the picture. Tutorial will follow.

This truly was one of the best presents! Lexie and I love our Doll House! The best part? The fun isn’t over yet! Over the next few years, we can repaint, redo wallpaper, make new curtains, carpets, etc. My hope is that as Lexie grows, her love for craft will grow too, and this will be her medium for expression.

Thank you, Dedushka! Thank you, Babushka!


Redecorating the house is one of my favourite craft activities, so please check out my other fun projects: corner sofa tutorial, fun ideas for doll house curtains and an animal rug.

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DIY Toddler Kitchen

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I have been researching different designs for a toddler kitchen. People are so creative – I have seen some amazing designs out of old dressers, TV cabinets and even chairs!

I shared my ideas with my handy dad, and he brought the following: an old shelf with vertical (!) partitions, a very old bedside table and an old Ikea cutting board.


I played around with the arrangement, twicked here and there, removed the shelves partitions and suddenly – I could see my vision…556561_10151225013336120_267727278_n

Then I painted, added a few horizontal shelves, and got my dad to cut out a hole for the sink.Image

As I never like to pay for anything, especially when its DIY, I like to challenge myself to keep the costs to the minimum, so I ventured out on “one-of-those” scavenger hunts. Every Home Centre has a discounted  section where they sell paints that were mixed but not purchased. You can get a good colour at half price.  Out of some purples, creams and oranges, I liked a pine green hue best. In another department store, I also bought half a can of green chalk board paint, some white paint and some drawer handles which I planned to use for the hobs.735162_10151225013826120_856342823_n

A short weekend plus valuable experience with power tools minus a few euros, and “ta-da!” –  my toddler kitchen was completed! At least the “architectural” part, as I have to admit that I still needed the following: a metal bowl for the sink, a tap and drawer handles for cooker hobs.

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Finally, I found the missing pieces. The tap is not exactly what I had in mind, I am still looking for something smaller and with personality (can you say that about a tap?), but for now, my daughter is happy, and that makes me happy. 🙂