Dina

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Dina Y. Moscow, Russia.

Wedding decorator & florist. Magic Factory and Party Business Editor.

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Hello there,my name is Dina. I am the craftlover, the dollhouse builder, the soapmaker, the scrapbooker, the do-it-all-with-your-own-hands devotee. A few years ago I almost got a PhD in political science, but my love for freedom, gardening and DIY got the upperhand and I became a florist and wedding decorator.

I suppose you can call me lucky. In a lovely summer season I attend a new wedding every week! And from time to time I get to the pages of bridal magazines. My life is full of encounters, new beginnings and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I live in Moscow, but accept invitations to work anywhere. So far I decorated weddings in Italy, Greece, Montenegro and as far as Australia. By the way, I am crazy about Australia!

I am a skirts and curls kind of girl. I love the sea. I collect ceramic birds and miniature milk jugs. I love simple pleasures of life, hot cocoa and knitted plaids, long strolls around the lake (whenever I find one), gathering chestnuts and maple leaves (and you won’t believe what one can do with those nuts and leaves!), chilling out with friends.

I believe that magic can be felt and touched, even smelt. It can be sealed in en envelope and sent over the ocean, or given to someone as a token of gratitude. My part of the blog is all about DIY and decoration ideas, but it’s a little more than that. It’s about how getting your hands dirty, sticky, wet and even scratched at times will make you a happier person. It always works for me.

 

All posts by Dina

Fairy flowers. Beginning

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Today I will talk about flowers. Do you care about flowers as much as I do? I think it is one of the most magical, inspiring and beautiful things created by nature. There are so many different species, families and kinds of flowers on our planet! And many can only be found in one little corner of the earth. Thinking of it makes my head spin. Last year in Australia I saw wild flowers, pretty much weeds, that are considered rare and exotic in my native Moscow. Isn't it magic? If I wasn't afraid to bore you, I could go on for hours. But let's go slowly, I have planned a whole series of posts about flowers. Let's start with a couple of tips for beginners: how to choose flowers for bouquet or arrangement, and how to make them live longer.  

5 steps to creating great party decor

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Chances are, you are feeling like you've had your share of parties for now. But listen, Valentine's is not that far away and then St. Partick and the First Day of Spring (you do celebrate the first day of spring, don't you?!) and Mother's day and birthdays... You see, there is always a reason to celebrate and, since there is a reason, why not celebrate in style. So, let's talk about the principles of good party decor. I'm a wedding designer and I use these all the time to prepare wedding receptions but they totally apply to casual party planning. I will use my upcoming birthday as example.  

Every fairy needs wings: simple wings DIY

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It doesn't really take much to be a fairy. Fairies come in all shapes and sizes, all colours (blond, brunette or ginger) and any dress. A fairy can wear a coat with lots of pockets or a cotton dress with old fashioned lace or modest jeans with a knitted jacket. It's not the dress that makes the fairy. But something else does. There is one thing every fairy absolutely needs... Every fairy needs wings! I should even say that every fairy should have more than one pair of wings: snow-white angel wings for Christmas, bright elven wings for casual summer parties and tiny invisible wings for everyday use.  

Come, Christmas! Simple Christmas wreath DIY

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I've been listening to Christmas music for a week now. Moscow is still all grey and cloudy and it makes me long for winter so much more! So why don't we start with some hand-made winter magic, while Christmas mood is slowly taking over and I am waiting for the first snow to cover my city? How do you feel about a Christmas wreath? I mean, about making one this weekend? Of course, you can go and buy it on any corner, but let me tell you that hand-made things have their own special magic. And magic for Christmas is just what we need! So I really think it's time to make your Christmas wreath.