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Hi, I’m Natalya Golovey! I’m a wife to my wonderful husband, Sergey Golovey for 15 years now, a stay at home mom to two beautiful girls, Sarah (9) and Daniella (6), and a newly proud parent of our puppy, Joy-Joy (you may call her JJ). I’m also a worship leader at my church CFC in Sacramento. Now let’s go to the beginning. I was born in Riga, Latvia. I’m child number three of six children. Since childhood I loved to sew clothes for my dolls, make paper crafts, help mom in the kitchen (even though she didn’t always let), knit and just about everything artsy. I always dreamed of being a fashion designer but somehow ended up finishing culinary school in Riga, Latvia. Then my husband swept me off my feet all the way to the beautiful United States of America. Fast forward to today, I now enjoy doing the same things but this time with my girls. I want them to be creative and enjoy making beautiful things with their hands. The same passion I have for my girls I have for you. Age doesn’t matter to start creating something new. So please join us on this new journey and let’s make blissful things together!

Hi, I’m Ruth Mihalchuk! I am married to Natalya’s brother, Victor. We are celebrating our 3 years really soon and I am so crazy in love with him! But enough about him! :) I always loved to learn new things. Don’t get me started with my list of  classes I  have taken.  Since childhood I was always drawn to the arts but I only discovered how much I love DIY projects when I got married and got my own place. Now you can’t stop me. :) I’m so excited you have decided to stop by. May this place inspire you to do something creative!

Blissfully yours,

Natalya & Ruth

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20 comments

  1. Uri says:

    Natalya, if you had become a fashion designer, what type of fashions would you have chosen to pursue? High-end Supermodel labels or low-end casual apparel? I understand Riga has a Fashion Week. Did you ever dream of it? Or do you prefer traditional dress?

      • Uri says:

        From SAVEUR:

        A delicious way to use leftover rye bread, this sweet pudding enhances the bread’s tangy flavor with the addition of spices and dried fruits. This recipe first appeared in our May 2011 issue, with the article Riga Revisited.

        SERVES 6-8

        Ingredients
        10 oz. Latvian or dark rye bread, cut into 1″ cubes (about 3 1⁄2 cups)
        1 cup minced dried apricots
        3⁄4 cup minced dried prunes
        1⁄4 cup sugar, plus more to taste
        2 tbsp. packed dark brown sugar
        2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
        1 tsp. ground cinnamon
        1⁄4 tsp. ground cloves
        1⁄4 tsp. kosher salt
        Sweetened whipped cream, to garnish

        Instructions

        Heat oven to 350°. Place bread on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted and dry, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and pour over 4 cups boiling water; let sit for 20 minutes. Pass bread mixture through a food mill or coarse strainer into a 4-qt. saucepan; add apricots, prunes, sugars, lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, and salt; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until slightly reduced and fruit softens, about 15 minutes; season with more sugar, if you like. Let cool to room temperature; garnish with whipped cream.

        Only one question, though… where to get Latvian rye bread in Sacramento???

  2. Uri says:

    What’s the best way to make a DIY coffee table? I am planning the old wood box configuration with four wooden legs and glass plate insert for the top. Do you think that is practical? A friend told me I could go to SMUD or Comcast and request a wooden cable reel that I could just lay flat. That is circular, but large! Any help appreciated.

    • BlissGoldLeaf says:

      Hello! There are a lot of ways to make a coffee table. It all depends on how much work and creativity you want to put into it. You could do the old wood box; the cable reel is a great idea as well. Or you can try our “DIY Side Table” tutorial and just make it bigger. :)

      • Uri says:

        Thank you for the DIY tip. I did, however, go the old route. By telling people I wanted to build a coffee table, almost everyone already had one that they wanted to get rid of! A lady gave me a nice rectangular ice box type with two doors! Some furniture polish and like new! Cost? Nothing but the labor to move it. I’m sorry this doesn’t help the site on DIY matters, but perhaps someone will inquire first before starting a furniture project. Americans have way too much stuff and love to clean out their houses to make room for more stuff! I lucked out.

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