This is a very small and simple oil painting I did a while ago -- I based it off a picture I saw in a magazine (which I tore out and stole), as I thought it was very beautiful, and it made great practice.
These are plyushki, though my grandmother calls them zhavoronki (in Russian, that's the name of a bird -- I think it's "lark" in English). I have made these only a couple of times because it takes so long -- 2 hours or so for the dough to rise and probably another 3 hours to cut and shape the pastries. But the result is very satisfying.
I have had a big and ugly beige-ish sort of rug sitting rolled up in my living room for forever. Is there any way I can improve it (like painting, etc)? And if I paint it, what kind of paint should I use?