luni, 23 decembrie 2013

Am terminat quiltul de Craciun, cu efort, caci inspiratia nu a fost mereu aproape si nici timpul prea generos. Totusi, imi place cum a iesit, chiar daca nu e perfect.

I finished the Christmas quilt, with some effort. Time and inspiration were not always available, but I did it. It's not perfect, but I still like it.

 

vineri, 13 decembrie 2013

Am inceput un quilt pentru Craciun, pornind de la patru blocuri pe care le am de multisor si care nu si-au gasit rostul pana acum. Nu cred ca timpul imi va permite sa mai fac si altceva, dar mi-ar fi placut sa reusesc sa termin Steaua din Betleem, care asteapta cuminte sa fie matlasat. 

I began working at a Christmas quilt, starting from four blocks I had for some time and which didn't have a purpose until now. I don't believe I will have time for anything else, although I would have loved to be able to finish the Star of Bethlehem, which is patiently waiting to be quilted.
 

marți, 10 decembrie 2013

Gata, a trecut 1 decembrie, lasam deoparte toate cele aflate deja in lucru si pregatim Craciunul. Pentru inceput, trei perne decorative, lucrate simplu, caci materialele sunt absolut superbe si nu m-am indurat sa le tai prea mult.

Ok, the 1st of December has passed, so it's time to put aside those projects still in progress and to prepare Christmas decorations. First, three decorative pillows, made in a simple style, because the fabrics are gorgeous and I just couldn't cut them more.









Continui sa ma gandesc la decorarea pomului de Craciun doar cu alb si argintiu... E frumoasa ideea, numai ca pe masura ce trece timpul, imi dau seama ca nu este in stilul familiei noastre sa facem asa. Noi preferam decoratiile colorate, mai ales ca fiecare dintre cele ce urmeaza sa fie puse in pom sunt legate de momente deosebite din viata noastra (globuri pe care le avem de cand eram copii, decoratii lucrate la scoala in anii '70, ceva decoratii foarte vechi din copilaria parintilor, lucrate in anii '40), fie sunt legate de calatorii facute impreuna, fie sunt legate de visele noastre de viitor. Asa incat cred ca vom ramane la culorile si amintirile noastre atat de dragi, si ne vom conecta din nou cu momente dragi din copilarie, ne vom aminti de bunici si de nazbatiile pe care le faceam in fiecare an de sarbatori (asta nu inseamna ca azi nu ne mai tinem de traznai!) :-))). Si poate, printre toate cele, isi vor gasi loc si cate o decoratie alba lucrata de mana.

I still think about the use of white and silver decorations for our Christmas tree... Although it's a nice ideea, it's not our family style. We much more prefer to use our usual Christmas decorations, which are colorful and are linked to so many things in our life. We still have old decorations from our parents' childhood, in the '40s, decorations from our own childhood (we made them in the '70s, in school years). Some other decorations are linked to special moments (our daughter's birth, even though she is not born in winter), or to beautiful long trips, or to our dreams about our future. So, I think we will stick to colors and to our memories, which will connect us again with our grandparents and childhood and all the crazy things we did then (not that we stopped doing crazy things now!) :-))). And maybe some white, hand-made Christmas decorations will find their place among them.

duminică, 1 decembrie 2013

duminică, 24 noiembrie 2013

joi, 21 noiembrie 2013

Am terminat de brodat florile si frunzele din stropitoare, urmeaza fluturii. 

I finished the flowers and the leaves in the pot, the buterflies are next.







 

joi, 7 noiembrie 2013

Am adaugat cateva flori: / I added a few flowers:
Ce zi frumoasa e azi! Soare, cald, frunzele au explodat in nuante de auriu si se astern la picioarele noastre, o zi perfecta pentru o plimbare lunga in parc, pentru cine are timp, bineinteles! Cine e la scoala sau la birou sa mai astepte, sa le fie suficient ce vad pe geam :-))).

What a wonderful day it is today! Sunny, warm, the leaves are shining in gold light and they cover slowly the streets. A perfect day for a long walk in the park, of course for only those who can afford this kind of treat, those who are at school or at the office should work and wait for another time to walk in the park. They should be happy enough with what they can see on the window :-))).

duminică, 3 noiembrie 2013

Am inceput al treilea bloc cu cusaturi. Bineinteles ca nu ma pot abtine si modific :-). Nici mie si nici fiicei mele nu ne plac florile acelea rotunde, de aceea ne gandim cum le putem modifica. Una din ele s-a transformat deja intr-o floarea-soarelui, celelalte vor deveni, cel mai probabil, flori de maces. Vom vedea. Tiparul original folosea back stitch, dar cum eu sunt din ce in ce mai incantata de broderie, ma las dusa de imaginatie si caut metode de a exersa cele invatate pana acum. 

We began the third block with stitches and, of course, I cannot behave myself and I modify :-). We don't like those round flowers, so we decided to change them. One has already turned into a sunflower, the others will become wild roses, probably, we'll see. The original pattern "asked" for backstitches, but I am so into embroidery these days, that I do everything I can to put in practice what I've learned until now (stem stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch).


miercuri, 30 octombrie 2013

Printre picaturi, am finalizat un proiect care astepta de multa vreme (click aici ). Citind postarea de atunci, mi-am amintit cat de dificila a fost vara trecuta, asa incat cea din acest an pare sa fi fost chiar suportabila :-))).

Among other things to be done, I managed to finish a project that was long waiting to be done (click here ). Reading again that post made me rememeber how difficult that summer had been, and so this year's summer seems to have been a lot easier than I realized at the time :-))).




Bun, acum la spalat si la calcat frumos :-).

Ok, now to be properly washed and ironed :-).

joi, 24 octombrie 2013

E gata si a doua casuta, tot in echipa lucrata. E fascinant sa privesti cum copiii iti cresc, se maturizeaza pas cu pas, iar relatia ta cu ei se schimba si ea, incet ;-). 

The second bird house is done, by both my daughter and me. It's fascinating to watch your children growing, getting more mature step by step, while your relationship with them slowly changes ;-).



Inca nu am nici o bordura pentru quiltul de toamna, mai caut...

Still no border for the autumn quilt, still searching for inspiration...
 

luni, 21 octombrie 2013

Am terminat prima casuta din cele doua care intra in quiltul de perete pe care il lucrez impreuna cu fiica mea (detalii aici). Tot ce e verde, fara frunze, casuta si chenarul sunt lucrate de fiica mea, florile si frunzele sunt lucrate de mine. Urmeaza a doua casuta. 

I finished the first bird house of the wall hanging quilt I am working on with my daughter (see here). Everything green, except for the leaves, the bird house and the frame are done by my daughter, the flowers and the leaves are my work. The second bird house is in progress.
Cat despre fata de masa in culori de toamna (detalii aici), inca ma framant, caut o bordura care sa-mi placa si, eventual, care sa ma puna sa fac ceva nou ;-). Asa cum am facut si cu broderia din poze: am considerat interesant ca fiica mea sa invete un nou fel de cusatura, drept urmare am renuntat la back stitch (asa cum era prevazut in modelul original) si am invatat-o stem stitch. Iar eu am preferat satin stitch pentru flori si frunze. 

The autumn colored table runner (see here ) is waiting for me to find a border that I like and, hopefully, it will teach me to do something new. I am still searching through my books and magazines for inspiration. I feel it's important to learn new things, and I did the same with my daughter. We gave up the back stitch from the original pattern and I tought her stem stitch and I used satin stitch for leaves and flowers.