sâmbătă, 1 decembrie 2012

traditional sewing art
Ziua nationala a Romaniei! La multi ani, Romanie! La multi ani, romani, oriunde v-ati afla!

Romania's national day! Happy anniversary, Romania! Happy anniversary, Romanians, wherever you may be!
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sâmbătă, 24 noiembrie 2012

Vineri, 29 noiembrie 2012, la ora 17:30, la Casa de Cultura F. Schiller din Bucuresti, are loc vernisajul expozitiei anuale a Asociatiei Romane de Patchwork. Participantii la tombola pot castiga cate una dintre gentile prezentate in afisul expozitiei.  
On Friday the 29th of November 2012, the Romanian Association of Patchwork opens its annual exhibition.

sâmbătă, 17 noiembrie 2012

Am inceput matlasarea si am racit cobza! Nu, nu e de la viteza cu care am manuit acul :-))).

I started quilting and I caught a cold! It has nothing to do with the speed of hand quilting I did :-))).


vineri, 2 noiembrie 2012

Am adaugat ultimele borduri si acum ma gandesc daca sa aplic ceva frunze, cu decuparea carora m-am delectat ieri. Gandit initial ca o fata de masa, acest proiect evolueaza incet dar sigur intr-un quilt de perete (cand ma gandesc la el, nu-l "vad" aproape niciodata pe o masa, ci mai mult pe un perete)

I attached the last borders and I am thinking about applying some leaves here and there, on the grey border. I spent some time yesterday cutting out a few leaves. I see this project evolving, from a table topper to a wall hanging. 


miercuri, 31 octombrie 2012

Prima parte a noului proiect e gata si imi place foarte mult cum a iesit. Insa oricat am incercat, nu am reusit sa prind ca lumea culorile superbe ale materialelor. In realitate, ceva mai putin galben si mai multe nuante de bej. Mai aproape de realitate sunt culorile din poza a doua. 

A fost uimitor sa constat cat de mult mi-am iesit din mana in pauza lunga din vara asta. Dar am lucrat cu aceeasi pasiune dinainte, ceea ce a fost excelent pentru sufletul meu. 

The first part of the table topper is finished and I like it a lot. But no matter how much I tried, I couldn't get the right colors in the picture. In reality, less yellow and a lot more beiges, earthy nuances of all the used colors. Better look at the second picture, the colors are much more real.

It was amazing to see how much of the working habits and even abilities I lost during the long long pause I took in the summer. But I found myself working with the same passion and dedication, which left me tired but happy and fulfilled. 

luni, 29 octombrie 2012

Am vazut padurile, sunt superb colorate! Cu gandul la ele, ma delectez cu materialele prin care n-am mai umblat de ceva vreme... Ce dor mi-a fost de lucru! Idei, idei... O fata de masa in culorile toamnei ar fi o idee buna, ne-am aminti mereu de frumusetile care ne-au incantat sufletele zilele trecute.

We've seen the forest, it's wonderfully colored! I re-emerse myself in fabrics and try different ideas. Oh, how I missed patchwork and all! I am thinking about a table topper in autumn colors; I would be a good way to remember the beauty we've seen a few days ago. Thinking, thinking...

marți, 2 octombrie 2012

O vara lunga, fierbinte, extrem de complicata si de dificil de traversat... E deja octombrie si as vrea sa pot privi in urma si sa spun "gata, s-a terminat!". Dar nu simt asta...

A long and very hot summer, extremelly complicated and difficult... It's already October and I wish I could look back and say "ok, it's over now!". But I don't feel it's quite over...

toamna in bloc renovat si izolat termic / autumn in newly renovated block of flats
primele atingeri ale toamnei pe salcami / first autumn touches on accacia tree
Aproape de suflet ne raman copacii care invaluie blocurile de pe aleea pe care locuiesc; fara umbra si energia lor ma intreb daca am fi facut fata acestui an...

Close to our hearts for offering us plenty of shadow and a lot of good energy are the wonderful trees that surrounds every block of flats on our alley. Without them I cannot imagine how we would have coped with this year's stress...

Nu am avut parte de vacanta anul acesta, doar cateva foarte scurte iesiri, din care am adunat mici amintiri, mici cadouri primite, mici intamplari frumoase. 

We had no holiday this year, we had only a few short trips, from which we have some small items that will help us remember them, small gifts, lovely moments.


vineri, 10 august 2012

Am primit de la Ela o surpriza frumoasa, un premiu pe care il trimit mai departe cu drag urmatoarelor doamne creative si blogurilor lor frumoase:

Ulla , Lenna , Linda , Nellie si Greetje .

I received from one of my friends this sweet award and I am giving it to the talented ladies and their beautiful blogs from the above links. 

All they have to do is:
- to write a small post about this
- to put a link toward my blog, mentioning my name
- to offer it to other five bloggers
- to leave a comment on their blogs. 

Am primit un cadou superb pentru ziua mea, care a trecut deja de ceva vreme, de la parintii mei: o caseta din sticla pentru bijuterii si o sticluta pentru parfum, asortata cu caseta. In realitate ambele arata mai bine, nu reusesc sa le pozez mai bine de atat. 

Last night I received a splendid gift from my parents: a glass case for jewelry and an assorted small bottle for perfume. They both look much better in reality, I cannot take better photos.


luni, 25 iunie 2012

Nu-mi vine sa cred ca a trecut atata timp de la ultima postare! Nici nu stiu cand au zburat lunile mai si iunie, prinsa fiind intre teste de final de an ale fiicei mele, probleme incurcate la firma si lucrari de renovare ale blocului in care stam (anvelopare, schimbare de ferestre, un zgomot infernal saptamani la rand, caci se lucreaza de mai bine de doua luni la mai multe blocuri simultan), dar sa nu uit de praf si de canicula :-(... Doar putin timp am reusit sa gasesc pentru cusut, in doua seri, tarziu, dupa ce am crezut ca o sa cedez nervos de atata galagie si stres. A fost cu adevarat o binecuvantare sa pot coase in linistea noptii!

I can't believe how much time passed since my last post! I can hardly imagine when May and June flew... I have been caught between the final tests of my daughter, a difficult time for our company and the renovation of our block of flats (meaning terrible noise all day long, for more than two months now), but I cannot forget about the dust and the very hot weather! :-(... I managed to find only a little time for some hand quilting, two nights in a row for a few hours. It was a true blessing!


miercuri, 16 mai 2012

Stiu, am spus acum cateva saptamani ca m-am cam saturat de romburi si totusi iata-ma folosind romburi din nou :-))). Singura solutie insa pentru a folosi eficient o cantitate mica de materiale care imi plac la nebunie. Puteti arunca doar o privire acum, ma pregatesc de matlasare. Sa aveti o zi frumoasa! :-)

I know, some time ago I said I won't be using diamonds for a very long time, since I was tired of them, but still, here I am, using some diamonds for my last small project. It was the only and the best way to wisely use some small quantities of fabrics I simply adore. You can take a look, only one! :-))), I am preparing myself for quilting. Have a beautiful day! :-)


marți, 1 mai 2012

Am norocul de a locui intr-o zona retrasa de la sosea, pe o alee plina de arbori frumosi. In fiecare primavara urmaresc izbucnirea mugurilor in frunze si flori superbe si apoi in cursul anului citesc trecerea anotimpurilor peste mica noastra zona verde. Plopi, tei, salcami, castani, pini, tuia, o nebunie frumoasa, verde, vie, parfumata primavara, umbroasa toata vara, aurie toamna.

Azi dimineata devreme, cand am deschis geamurile, parfumul salcamilor infloriti a umplut casa. Alaturi de ei, castanul enorm din fata geamului de la bucatarie isi afisa mandru superbele flori, pe care mereu le privesc cu mare incantare si pe care le aseman unor lumanari aprinse intr-o catedrala. 

I am lucky to live in a nice place, far enough from the main road, on an alley hidden by lots of trees and bushes. Every spring I watch with great delight the green explosion of life. Poplars, limes, accacias, chestnuts, pines, all kinds of schrubs, a green madness, this is how I call it and I love it. 

The big chestnut tree in front of my kitchen window is in full bloom and I adore it's majestic flowers. I always think of them as of some giant candles in a great cathedral.

In fiecare an, cand infloresc salcamii, imi amintesc de o calatorie facuta candva in zona Vaslui; sotul meu pleca intr-o delegatie si avea posibilitatea sa ne ia si pe noi cu el. Am plecat noaptea din Bucuresti, incantati de mica excursie care ne astepta. De la iesirea din Bacau am luat-o la dreapta si ne-am indreptat spre Vaslui. Era o noapte senina si calda, cu luna plina, nu mai era nimeni pe drum. Soseaua trecea peste dealuri imbracate de paduri de salcami, paduri intregi! Erau infloriti, iar parfumul lor era ametitor! Imi amintesc urmatoarea imagine, care stiu ca imi va ramane mereu in suflet: ne oprisem si coborasem din masina. In dreapta soselei era un lac destul de mare, cu apa perfect calma, in care luna plina se oglindea in toata splendoarea ei; in stanga soselei, paduri mari de salcami parfumati. Cateva broaste oracaiau incet, iar glasul lor doar amplifica senzatia de pace si de ireal pe care o aveam toti trei. Ne-am desprins cu greu din acea vraja, trebuia sa ne continuam drumul. Cu parere de rau ca urma sa pornim motorul si sa intinam acea liniste dumnezeiasca, ca de inceput de lume, am plecat mai departe. Cativa kilometri mai departe, paduri intregi de tei infloriti au luat locul salcamilor. Ametitor parfum! Eram uluiti, ne priveam fara sa putem scoate o vorba. Dealuri intregi acoperite de paduri de tei! Mergeam printre dealurile mangaiate de luna si ne imbatam de parfum. Privelisti de vis, la fel de frumoase, la fel de greu de descris... Fetita noastra, era mica atunci, ametita de parfumul de tei, adormise in bratele mele, iar noi taceam, admiram si absorbeam cu toata fiinta acea frumusete parca iesita dintr-o alta dimensiune. 

This morning, when I opened the windows, I smelled the bloomed accacias. Oh, I remember again... It was some years ago, when we had to make a trip to Vaslui, a town placed in the eastern part of the Romania, called Moldova. We had to leave Bucuresti late in the night, but we were filled with joy, we were together and we were on the road, yupiii! All went well and after we left the town of Bacau, we headed toward east. Soon, the landscape changed a little and we found ourselves on a road which was swirling between hills. Nobody was on the road except for us. We stopped once and we saw the most beautiful scenery possible: on the right side of the road there was a big lake and the full moon was reflecting itself in all its splendour. On the left side of the road there was a huge accacia forest in full bloom and its strong and sweet perfume was filling the night air. A few little frogs were croaking, but otherwise the silence was perfect. We stood there and watched everything for quite a while. But we had to continue our trip so, reluctantly, we started the engine and broke that godly silent... 

Not too far away, we had another big surprise: we found ourselves driving through huge lime forests, also in full bloom! Lime forests for miles and miles! Their wonderful perfume was amazing and the landscape was beyond beautiful! Our little daughter soon became anesthized by the lime smell and she fell asleep in my arms. We continued our trip in total silence and we were feeling like we were in another dimension...

Teii inca nu au inflorit, dar ii asteptam... si ne amintim iar de drumul printre dealurile Moldovei imbracate de paduri de salcami si tei...

The limes are not blooming yet, but we are expecting them to bloom soon... and we will remember again the night trip through the hills of Moldova, covered in accacia and lime forests...

duminică, 29 aprilie 2012

Proiect finalizat! Lucrat cu mare bucurie, de la inceput pana la sfarsit :-).

Spring table runner finished! It brought me great joy while making it :-).


miercuri, 25 aprilie 2012

Ieri am vrut sa pornesc un proiect simplu, destul de mic, dar care sa contina mult galben. Am depasit de curand o perioada dificila, in care optimismul mi-a fost pus la grea incercare, iar acum am nevoie de culori vii, calde, vesele, ca sa-mi spal sufletul de temeri si tristete. Mi-am terminat rapid treburile si m-am apuca de treaba. Si nu m-am mai oprit :-))). Am terminat topul, dar cum nu am aparatul de fotografiat acasa, nu pot face poze ca lumea cateva zile. Va arat deci doar doua poze, facute cu telefonul. Cand aparatul de fotografiat va veni acasa, va fi gata si proiectul, deci pozele vor fi mult mai bune. Am lucrat ca o nebuna ieri, dar mi-a prins atat de bine si sunt atat de multumita de culori! Ma uit la ce a iesit si mi-e foarte bine! :-)))

Yesterday I was thinking about a new, simple table runner, with a lot of yellow. I have just come out of a difficult two months period, when I had to fight hard to keep my optimism, so now I need bright, warm, happy colors to wash the worries and sadness from my soul. So, I finished my daily choruses and I began cutting and sewing. And I didn't stop until I finished the top for a spring table runner :-))). I don't have the camera at home, so the pictures you see are taken by phone, but in weekend, when my camera will be back home, I will use it to take pictures of the whole thing done. I worked like crazu yesterday, but I felt so good! I am pleased with the colors and I love watching it, it makes me happy! :-)))

luni, 23 aprilie 2012

Ce a inceput candva ca o joaca pentru fiica mea, ieri s-a finalizat! Ma bucur nespus pentru deschiderea ei catre patchwork, catre lucru de mana in general. Primul ei proiect, mic, simplu, a fost un prilej perfect pentru a invata multe: cum sa alegi proiectul, cum sa alegi materialele (modele si culori), cum sa le imbini, cum sa le tai (cu foarfeca si cu cutitul rotativ), cum sa cosi de mana patratele alese, cum sa cosi la masina astfel incat sa iasa cum trebuie, stiti voi, colt la colt :-))), cum sa alegi vatelina si cum s-o potrivesti, cum sa alegi materialul de spate si cum sa insailezi cele trei straturi de materiale, pentru a le putea matlasa, cum alegi modelul de matlasare, cum matlasezi la masina, cum sa alegi modelul si materialul pentru margine, cum anume sa montezi marginea si cum inchei totul frumos. 

What began as a game for my daughter, it was finished yesterday! I am so happy for her creativity and for her willingness to learn patchwork and all kinds of hand made techniques. Her first project, a small and simple one, was a perfect opportunity for learning so many things: how to choose the project, how to choose the fabrics (patterns and colors), how to combine them, how to cut them (with scissors and rotary cutter), how to sew by hand and by machine so it will turn out perfect (you know, corner by corner!), how to choose the batting and the back fabric, how to sew them together in order to quilt, how to quilt by machine (just a simple straight line for now), how to choose the type and the fabric for the binding and how to bind and to finish everything nicely.

Am ramas placut surprinsa de cat de atenta si de exacta poate fi! Sigur, fiind un copil al acestor vremuri, rabdarea nu e totdeauna punctul ei forte, insa sunt foarte multumita de ce a iesit din mainile ei, chiar daca a durat ceva timp pana a terminat. Important pentru mine este ca a vrut sa lucreze, ca a vrut sa invete (si a si invatat o gramada de lucruri!) si ca i-a placut. Nu stiu daca va ajunge vreodata sa faca din aceasta placere o chestiune serioasa si cred ca nici nu are importanta. Important este ca a invatat sa faca ceva cu mainile ei, ca nu va uita si ca asta poate ii va folosi candva.

I was amazed to see how carefull and precise she can be! Of course, being a child of these times, patience is not always her biggest asset, but I am pleased to see what she managed to make by her own hands, even if it took so long until it was done. The important thing for me is that she wanted to learn, that she did learn a lot of things and that she enjoyed it. I don't know if she will become a serious quilter someday and I think it doesn't matter. What matters is that she learned to do something by her hands that she won't forget and this might be useful someday.

sâmbătă, 14 aprilie 2012

Ne pregatim sa plecam la slujba de Inviere, insa afara ploua de rupe. Vom vedea, mai avem ceva timp sa decidem. Pana atunci, iata cum am decorat cateva oua de Paste anul acesta. Le-am numit "oua patchwork" :-))):

We are preparing ourselves for attending the Resurection church service, held in all the orthodox churches this night. It's raining a lot and we wonder... Well, we'll see, we still have time to decide. Here is how I decorated some Easter eggs. I called them "patchwork eggs" :-))):

sâmbătă, 7 aprilie 2012

Am terminat steaua!!! Cred ca o buna bucata de vreme nu voi mai folosi carouri :-))))).

I finished the star!!! I think I won't use diamonds for a while :-))))).

Au inflorit narcisele si majoritatea pomilor, mugurii plesnesc pe rand si miros delicat si dulce de liliac imi intra pe geam...

The daffodils have bloomed, like most of the trees, the buds are bursting and a sweet and delicate lillac perfume is entering my opened window...

Tuturor celor care maine sarbatoresc Pastele :-):

For all that tomorrow celebrate Easter, Happy Easter! :-):



luni, 2 aprilie 2012

Se pare ca este sezonul tombolelor ;-). Intrati aici , pe blogul lui Mieke si inscrieti-va, puteti castiga panze superbe pentru patchwork ;-).

It seems that it is give away season ;-). Go here , on Mieke's site and join a nice give away, beautiful fabrics for patchwork ;-).