Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Nu uita niciodata ca pielea se increteste, parul
incarunteste, iar Zilele se aduna in ani... Dar ce
e mai important se conserva; forta si determinarea
ta nu au varsta. Spiritul tau e cel care indeparteaza
panzele de paianjen... Dincolo de orice punct de sosire
e unul de plecare. Dincolo de orice reusita e o alta
incercare. Cat timp traiesti, simte-te vie. Daca
ti-e dor de ce faceai, fa-o din nou. Nu te pierde
printre fotografii ingalbenite de timp .... Mergi mai
departe atunci cand toti se asteapta sa renunti.
Nu lasa sa se toceasca taria pe care o ai
in tine.

Fa astfel ca in loc de mila, sa impui respect. Cand
nu mai poti sa alergi, ia-o la trap. Cand nu poti
nici asta, ia-o la pas. Cand nu poti sa mergi, ia
bastonul.
Insa nu te opri niciodata."


Madre Teresa de Calcutta

Monday, September 29, 2008

"Rosy Dream" - pillows

Am terminat astazi cele doua pernute decor incepute saptamana trecuta, dupa ce crosetasem cateva dantele de antrenament si nu gaseam unde sa le aplic.
I finished today the two cushions decor started last week, after several crocheted laces training and I had no ideea where to apply them.

Dantela in "lucru"
Lace in progress


Sunt primele pernute decor din seria care va urma si care va fi vanduta in viitorul magazinul online .
The cushions decor are the first of the series that will follow and will be sold in online store future.


Sunt dragute si primitoare , potrivite pentru un decor romantic ; de aceea le-am numit "Vis Trandafiriu".


Culoarea lor trandafirie e mult mai blanda; nuanta aprinsa se datoreaza cred, luminii si blitzului.

They are nice and welcoming, suitable for a romantic decor, and therefore I named them "Rosy dream".

Aici readuse la culoarea lor aprox reala cu Picassa



Si pe dos
And the backside


In lucru sunt alte doua pernute decor din batik pe nuante de nisip, roz somon, verde - galbui si usor visiniu sub forme abstracte.
In progress are two cushions decor of batik with shades of sand, pink salmon, yellow-green and burgundy in abstract forms.

Sper sa le termin curand caci nu vreau sa ma opresc acum cat am inspiratie asa ca voi profita din plin de acele ore cand am "liber" de la printesa Karina..:)
I hope to finish them soon because I do not want to stop now while I have some inspiration so that I `ll benefit take advantage of the time off that I will have from Princess Karina .. :)


Pe curand! :)
See you soon!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Culorile naturii- colors of nature

Sunt atat de entuziasmata incat nu stiu cu ce sa incep! Ei bine..am sa incep cu faptul ca azi dimineata ma uitam pe blogul peticelelor si am gasit aceasta tehnica simpla si de efect mare : vopsitul vegetal. Cum nu am avut rabadrea si timpul necesar sa incerc mai multe "potiuni magice" din arsenalul naturii :) am recurs la batutul frunzelor si florilor.
I am so excited that I dont know where to start! Well .. I have to start with the fact that this morning I was watching the blog of "peticele" and I found this simple technique of great effect: plant dyeing. As I didn't had the patience and the time needed to try more "magic potion" from nature's arsenal:) I appealed on beating the leaves and flowers.

Am luat din balcon flori de begonie si sporul casei, frunze de iedera, si frunze diverse de la florile din balcon si cateva mici buruieni de prin ghivece :) si le-am pus intre o panza de culoare galben cald si le-am batut cu ciocanul (vezi tehnica Monicai) .
I took from the balcony begonia flowers and Busy Lizzy, ivy leaf and of various flowers from the balcony and a few small weeds from the pots; I have put them in a hot yellow cloth and I've started beating it with the hammer (see Monica's technique; see here : http://www.povestimigalite.blogspot.com/)
Begoniile ...






Si sporul casei






Si iata ce a iesit!!
This is the result!!



Cele mov sunt flori de "sporul casei", cele ciclamen frunze si flori de begonia si restul frunzulite diverse. Efectul de frunze "dungate" ale frunzelor de iedera le-am obtinut batand cu marginea ciocanului de batut carne, care e din metal :)
The purple flowers are the"Busy Lizzys", the cyclamen-colored leaves and flowers of Begonia and the rest are various leaflet.




Frunzele de iedera
The Ivy leaf

Dupa ce s-a uscat seva am calcat panza sa vad cum se comporta. Minunat! culorile sunt perfecte ; mai perfecte decat natura nici nu exista!
In realitate, culorile sunt cele din prima poza; ramane sa-mi setez camera digitala...
Ramane sa vad ce fac din ele; cred ca ceva ATC-uri sau/si carti postale.

Pana atunci ies afara la capturi de flori si frunze; asta acum cat mai sunt:)
After they had dryied I ironed the cloth to see how it behaves. Wonderful! the colors are perfect, can't be better that this!
Remains to see what I make out of them, I think something of ATC's or/and postcards.
Until then I will go out to catch the flowers and leaves, while is still possible:)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Miss Leila

Miss Leila e prima papusa pe care am facut-o vreodata.
Miss Leila is the first doll that I ever made.

Mi-a fost tare drag sa lucrez la ea chiar daca paternul nu e tocmai reusit - de aici am luat paternul http://frankiefiles.blogspot.com/ -si chiar daca mi-a fost greu sa lucrez in 3D; asta pentru ca nu am mai lucrat in tehinca asta niciodata si cum nici notiuni clare de croitorie nu am, va puteti imagina ce de lucru mi-a dat aceasta domnisoara......
It was really nice to work at it even though her pattern is not too successful and even though it was difficult to work in 3D, that's because I have never worked in that technique and also I don`t have any clear notions of tailoring you can imagine what kind of work gave me this young lady...

In orice caz, imi este foarte draga si am pus-o la loc de cinste sa nu incapa pe mainile Karinei prea curand care rade in hohote de cate ori o vede:)
In any case, she is very dear to me and I put it in place of honor not to fit in the Karina`s hands too soon; Karina laughs whenever sees her :)

A trecut prin cateva etape de "nastere"
She went through several phases of her "birth"




Si aici imbracata in prima rochita a Karinei care i s-au potrivit bine pana i-am pregatit hainele ei personale
And here wearing Karina`s first dress which were well suited up until I got her some personal clothes

Miss Leila e o papusica nu tocmai bebelus- fatza ei e preluata dupa tiparele papusilor rusesti- tocmai de acceea avand un chip expresiv am gasit ca o voi transforma.:)
Are 16 inches inaltime si parul i l-am facut din mohair negru; iar fatza este desenata cu vopsea pentru materiale textile.

Miss Leila is not really a baby doll-her face looks like the face of matryushka , a Russian dolls -that is why I decided to transform it :) She is 16 inches heigh and I made her hair from black linen;and her face is drawn with fabric dye.

Si astfel domnisoara Leila s-a transformat dintr-o fetita cuminte pe canapea intr- o tanara tigancusa vesela si gata de dans
So Miss Leila was transformed from a dutiful daughter on the sofa in a happy young gypsy girl ready to dance

Tiparul hainutelor ei
Her little clothes pattern .



Pe care le-am adaptat dupa acest costum de gypsy





Si aici cocotata pe canepea pazind materialele :))

And here perched on the couch guarding the fabrics :))


Bun venit Leila! curand vei avea noi prieteni pe canapea! :)
Welcome Leila! Soon you`ll have new friends on the couch!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fireworks - Foc de artificii

Am reusit sa termin dupa 5 zile de lucru- aproximativ- focul de artificii, un miniquilt pe care am vrut sa-l incerc sa vad daca se poate reda cat de cat efectul spectaculos al artificiilor. Nu stiu cat am reusit dar stiu ca am stat pe el aproape non stop - printre vociferarile Karinei si privirea indulgenta a sotului meu :).
E lucrat in tehnica trapunto cu organza pentru a crea razele de lumina ale artificiilor, apoi am cusut cu fir metalic auriu si metalic purpuriu fondul ca sa-l aplatizez.
Aici am pus organza peste vatelina si apoi modelul transferat pe hartie cerata

I managed to finish the fireworks after 5-day working around it, a miniquilt that I wanted to try it to see if I can render the spectacular effect of the firework. I do not know how I managed but I worked on it almost non-stop ( among karina`s vociferations and under the indulgence sight of my husband).
It's worked on trapunto technique with organza to create rays of the light , then I sewn background with gold metallic thread and metallic purple to flatten it.

Here I put organza over the wadding linen and then the transferred pattern on wax paper


Ce mi-a mai ramas din organza..

What is left of organza ....




Apoi am trecut la partea cea mai putin placuta a lucrului - "jumulitul " hartiei :))

Then I descended to the less pleasant work - "bleeding " the paper:))



Si asa arata in prima faza dupa primul cusut
The first stage after the first sewing

Dupa care am taiat vatelina exact pe langa model, lucru migalos caci trebuia sa fiu atenta sa nu tai organza.Prinsa cu lucrul am uitat sa fac poza la cum arata panza decupata de vatelina..
I cut the wadding linen besides model exactly, a meticulous work because I had to be careful not to cut the organza.Caught with the work I forgot to make a picture to show you how it looks the cutted canvas...


Am luat o bucata de panza bleumarin inchis pe care am prins in bolduri bucata de organza cusuta si am inceput sa trec din nou peste cusaturi ca sa prind organza, panza bleumarin , inca un strat de vatelina sub panza si dosul quiltului: deci patru straturi
I took a piece of dark navy canvas that I set , with pins, the piece of sewed orgnaza and then I started to sew again the seams to catch organza, the navy canvas, another layer of wadding linen under canvas and backside of the quilt, all togheter: four layers.



Si cam asa arata rezultatul dupa ore bune de quiltuit fondul
And this is the result after a few good hours of quilting




Iar aceasta este poza dupa care m-am inspirat; am desenat modelul cu mana libera "din ochi" dupa cel din poza.
And this is the picture that inspired me; I designed the pattern with carte-blanche after the one in the picture.




Mi-a facut placere sa lucrez la el dar nu cred ca m-as mai apuca asa curand de ceva similar :)
.
I enjoyed the work on it but I do not think I`ll start something similar too soon:)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

crazy baby blanket

Asaaa..dupa experienta cu mozaicul si alte "experiente" :)) am invatat cum se face un paper piecing si dupa ce am scos la imprimanta mai multe exemplare de diagrame am facut un quilt micut pentru un bebe

Sooo....after the experience with mosaic quilt and another "experiences" :)) I learned how to do a paper piecing and after I have printed more copies of diagrams I made a quilt for a little baby
All I want to say is paper piecing it seems a very easy tehnique , in my opinion..I`ll use this tehnique a lot in the future.



I-am aplicat un ursulet, o girafa si o floare ca sa-l personalizez si arata cam incarcat dar arata totusi a paturica de bebe.

Asa ca sunt bune de ceva si bucatelele astea de panza ..cred ca mai am o sacosa maaaaare cu alte resturi...dar nu ma incumet acum de alt crazy quilt ca am proiecte de terminat.

I applied on it a little bear, a giraffe and a flower to make it to look like a baby blanket and it looks pretty busy but still looks like a blanket for a bebe.
So, they have some good use these scraps of canvas .. I think I still have a a big bag with other scraps ... but now I dont dare to start another crazy quilt , because I have other projects to finish.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Table runner

Am intrat in forta sa lucrez la quiltul L.C. dar cateodata simt nevoia de o pauza; de o schimbare , pentru ca modelul pe care l-am ales pentru bloc e destul de "des" si ca atare migalos.
I have entered in force to work at the L.C`s quilt but sometimes I feel need a break, for a change, because the pattern I have chosen for the block is quite "dense" and as such meticulous.

Si ca sa mai iau o "gura de aer " :) de la atatea cruciulite, am inceput acum doua zile o table runner, prima mea table runner de fapt.
And becouse I need to take a " mouth air" from so many cross stitches, I started two days ago a table runner, my first table runner actually.

Am vrut sa o fac specific anotimpului pentru ca am o slabiciune pentru toata gama de culori de toamna; si aveam in casa ceva materiale cumparate in vara care sa le pot folosi.
I wanted to make it a specific season because I have a weakness for the whole range of autumn colors, and had some fabrics in the house bought in the summer that can use them.

E lucrata in model simplu patchwork dar imi dau seama ca m-am cam grabit pentru ca nu sunt multumita de cum "cad" imbinarile elementelor.
It's a simple pattern worked in patchwork, but I realized that I was in hurry becouse I am not glad of how junction items "fall".

In orice caz , am pus-o direct la "destinatia " ei , unde era un mileu sintetic cumparat de la JoAnn- tare urat- si se incadreaza perfect cu frunzele suport lumanare si cosul de fructe .
Anyway, I put it directly to her "destination" , where it was a so ugly synthetic doily bought from JoAnn, and fit perfectly with the leaves candle support and fruit basket .

Imi creeaza chiar atmosfera atat de calda specifica toamnei, atmosfera pe care o ador.

It create me the specific warm atmosphere of autumn , thing that I love.



Friday, September 12, 2008

Lao Tzu

“Motivul pentru care universul este vesnic este faptul ca el nu traieste pentru sine, ci da viata altora in timp ce el se transforma”

"The reason why the universe is eternal is that it does not live for himself, but gives life to others while he converts"

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Joaca de-a Dumnezeu - Playing God

Inca o dimineata frumoasa de toamna, cu un cer sclipitor de senin si un aer mai rece decat cel de pana acum,atat de respirabil( de obicei aerul e umed pe tot parcursul vremii. aici)....e toamna iar.
Sunt tot aici, langa padurea inca verde pana cum cateva zile..
Another beautiful autumn morning, with a briliant sky and a cold air that until now, so breathable (the air is very humid all around the summer) ..it's fall again.
I am still here, near the forest which was green until now few days ..

E o dimineata linistita si senina in care te bucuri de viata si de natura, cand, ca de obicei faci planuri si proiecte de viitor.... brusc imi aduc aminte ca am primit acum doua zile , un email cu o stire care m-a facut sa ma cutremur de groaza si indignare..o stire care a intunecat viitorul din viziunile mele si nu numai ale mele.
Experimentul Big Bang....o caricatura a mintii umane si a ambitiei ei; un proiect inutil si sfidator la bunul simt , la drepturile noastre ale tuturor.
It's a quiet and clear morning which lets you enjoy the life and nature, when, as usually , we all make plans and projects for the future .... I suddenly remember that I got two days ago, an email with a news which it made me shiver of indignation.. a news which darkened the vision over my future and not only mine.
The Big Bang experiment .... a human mind and ambition`s caricature ; an unnecessary and challenging draft to the common sense , at all of our rights.

O incercare de a afla taina Creatiei...o sfidare la adresa Creatorului.
Cui foloseste acest lucru cand pe planeta nu s-au eradicat foametea, bolile incurabile, subdezvoltarea in general?
Nu suntem in stare sa rezolvam , la nivel planetar probleme sociale majore si elementare pentru fiecare individ in parte, dar suntem preocupati sa aflam lucruri care nu ar trebui si nu ne foloseste sa le aflam.
Cine a sustinut acele minti bolnave- numite oameni de stiinta- sa demareze acest monstruos proiect si de unde banii pentru el?? Trei miliarde de euro..daca-mi aduc bine aminte...si in Africa copiii mor zilnic, pe capete, de foame..mi se strange sufletul de indignare!
An attempt to find a mystery of Creation ... a bravado at God.
Who uses this while on the planet we had not eradicate hunger and incurable diseases and the underdevelpment in general??

We are not able to solve, the planetary major social problems and the elementary ones for every each fellow in part, but we are concerned to find things that should not be used and we dont need to find them.
Who supported to those sick mindes-called scientists-to start this monstrous project and where the money for it? Three billion .. if I remember correctly ... and children in Africa are dying every day, becouse of starvation .. it breaks my heart of anger..


Nu am nimic impotriva stiintei si mai ales atunci sunt descoperite lucruri care noi toti putem beneficia de ele; dar de la incercarea de a face o viata mai buna pana la a te aventura periculos in necunoscutul Universului ..deja e prea mult!
Inca o data aroganta umana se desfasoara in toata"splendoarea " ei...splendoare ce ar putea sa ne coste pe noi toti...
Privesc in jur si ma minunez, ca in fiecare zi , de acest miracol numit viata; viata sub toate formele ei...
Ce este viata? O manifestare a iubirii divine; o explozie de lumina, culori, sunete si armonie care sunt puse in pericol de indivizi fara scrupule ...
I have nothing against science and especially against discovered things that can be useful for all , but from trying to make a better life to make dangerous adventure in the unknown universe .. is already too much!
Once more the human arrogance unfolds in its all "splendor" ... its splendor could cost us all a lot...
I`m looking and wondering , as every day, about this miracle called life, life in all its forms ...
What is life? A manifestation of divine love, an explosion of light, colours, sounds and harmony that are put in danger by fellows without any scruples ...

O adiere de vant rece ma trezeste din reverie; nu-mi mai ramane decat speranta: ca Cineva acolo Sus sa rada de toata aceasta nebunie si cu un singur "deget divin" sa rastoarne acest plan diabolic si inutil. Ca maine dimineata,noi toti, la obisnuita cafea sa putem privi linsititi in jur si sa putem spune cu incantare : "ce lume minunata!"

A cold wind awoke me by dreaming, I have only the hope: that Somebody Up there will laugh at all this foolishness and with a single "divine finger" will turn over this devilish and unnecessary plan. As tomorrow morning, , all of us can look around and can say with delight: "what a wonderful world! "

Pentru acest lucru insa, sa speram ca vom mai primi credit de Sus...
But for this, let`s hope that we will receive some more credit from God ...
Despre toamna - about autumn

Toamna este o a doua primavara, cand fiecare frunza este o floare. - Albert Camus

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower - Albert Camus

Monday, September 8, 2008




Saint Paul

“ Chiar dacã as vorbi în limbi omenesti si îngeresti, si n-as avea dragoste, sunt o aramã sunãtoare sau un chimval zângãnitor.
Si chiar dacã as avea darul prorociei, si as cunoaste toate tainele si toatã stiinta; chiar dacã as avea toatã credinta asa încât sã mut si muntii, si n-as avea dragoste, nu sunt nimic.
Si chiar dacã mi-as împãrti toatã averea pentru hrana sãracilor, chiar dacã mi-as da trupul sã fie ars, si n-as avea dragoste, nu-mi foloseste la nimic.
Dragostea este îndelung rãbdãtoare, este plinã de bunãtate: dragostea nu pizmuieste; dragostea nu se laudã, nu se umflã de mândrie, nu se poartã necuviincios, nu cautã folosul sãu, nu se mânie, nu se gândeste la rãu, nu se bucurã de nelegiuire, ci se bucurã de adevãr, acoperã totul, crede totul, nãdãjduieste totul, suferã totul.
Dragostea nu va pieri niciodatã. Prorociile se vor sfârsi; limbile vor înceta; cunostinta va avea sfârsit.
Cãci cunoastem în parte, si prorocim în parte; dar când va veni ce este desãvârsit, acest "în parte" se va sfârsi.
Când eram copil, vorbeam ca un copil, simteam ca un copil, gândeam ca un copil; când m-am fãcut om mare, am lepãdat ce era copilãresc.
Acum, vedem ca într-o oglindã, în chip întunecos; dar atunci, vom vedea fatã în fatã. Acum, cunosc în parte; dar atunci, voi cunoaste deplin, asa cum am fost si eu cunoscut pe deplin.
Acum dar rãmân aceste trei: credinta, nãdejdea si dragostea; dar cea mai mare dintre ele este dragostea."

"Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity. "





Sunday, September 7, 2008

O zi plina !...de cumparaturi :) - A day full of shopping

As fi vrut sa pot sa pun pe blog poze facute la magazinul JoAnn dar . din pacate, nu am obtinut acordul managerului care mi-a spus ca politica lor nu permite acest lucru, doar daca fac apel la corporatie sa-mi dea aprobare; lucru destul de complicat.
I wanted to be able to put some pictures on the blog taken at the JoAnn store . Unfortunately,I haven't got the agreement of the manager who told me that their policy does not allow to make pictures in their store, only if I will appeal to the corporation to give me the approval; a job quite complicated .

Si chiar daca am fost dezamagita de reactia conducerii la apelul meu am facut totusi cateva cumparaturi , ca sa-mi treaca frustrarea :)
Eeven though I was disappointed by the management's reaction to my call I still made my shopping, to pass my frustration :)

Dupa ce m-am invartit minute bune pe acolo - caci nici pana acum nu am reusit sa-l cuprind in toate plimbarile mele - m-am oprit si am luat cateva materiale ( fat quarter) pentru niste proiecte de viitor , mai mici , ceva etamina si ata de cusut DCM

After I looked arround for some good minutes in there , I stopped and I picked some fabrics (fat quarter) for some future projects, smaller ones, something bolting-cloth and DCM sewing thread




Apoi m-am oprit la raionul de perle, margelute si tot felul de aplicatii - care este imens... si am luat cateva perlute pentru viitoare crazy quilturi sau ce mi-o mai veni in minte. As fi fost in stare sa cumpar cel putin jumatate din produsele de acolo :)) , noroc cu sotul meu care ma mai tempereaza in ideea ca deja am probleme cu spatiul meu de lucru si camera de zi mi-a devenit atelier...
Then I stopped at pearls section, beadies and all sorts of applications - which is huge ... and I also picked some pearls for my future crazy quilts. I wish I would have been able to buy at least half of the products from there:)), luck with my husband who attempered me in the idea that I already have problems to manage the working space because the living room became my workshop ...

Si in drum spre casierie , bineinteles ca m-am oprit sa mai cumpar niste bucati de materiale carora nu le -am putut rezista- spre disperarea sotului meu :))- ..nu ma intrebati la ce le voi folosi ca nu stiu inca ; pur si simplu le-am cumparat si cu siguranta le voi folosi.
And in the way to the cashier register, of course I stopped to buy some more pieces of fabrics which I have not been able to resist despite my husband`s despair :)) - .. dont`t ask me what I'll do with them, I do not know yet; simply I bought them and I will definitely use them. ...


Langa casa de platit se afla raftul cu decoratiuni si bineinteles ca si de aici am luat doua fairies micute, noii mei prieteni bostanosi; sunt tare simpatici si m-am bucurat de ei de cum i-am vazut .

Near the register is the decorations shelves and of course I got two little fairies from there, my new little pumpkin friends; they are likable and they made me fell joyfull as I saw them.



Si o surpriza care mi-a facut sotul meu tot azi, ceva ce asteptam sa vina de fapt de Craciun: un aparat foto digital pentru pozele mele :)
Caci canonul lui profesional e mare si greoi si mereu ma plangeam de asta..
And a surprise that was from my husband today, something I have expected to come, in fact, on the Christmas day: a digital camera for my pictures)
Because his professional Cannon is big and heavy and I always was dissatisfied of it..



Si dupa ce m-am relaxat facand cumparaturi in magazinul meu preferat :) m -am intors acasa unde m-am apucat sa termin modelul unguresc inceput, sub privirile pasnice ale "bostaneilor" , in linistea binecuvantata a unei superbe seri de inceput de toamna ...

And after I relaxed by making shopping in my favorite store:) I returned home where I got to finish the already started Hungarian model under the peaceful look of the little pumpkin, in the blessed silence of a magnifique evening at the beginning of autumn ...


a romanian tale




. My Pipe is with Him!

Once upon a time there was an old gypsy walking along the Olt River together with other people. Then at a certain moment, after climbing into a tree, the gypsy fell into the river and drowned. The people who pulled him out saw that he was dead and met up with the dead gypsy's son and said, "You, Ioane, your father is dead!"


Whereupon son replied, "Oh and my pipe is with him!"

See you next sunday for another story :)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Am terminat-o in patru ore!! I finished it in four hours!Crazy Heart

Astazi, dupa o ora de cusut la blocul cu cruciulite , ma cam saturasem de etamina.
Today, after an hour of sewing on the cross stitch block , I got pretty sick of bolting-cloth.

Si tare aveam chef de un quilt...macar unul micut. Cum nu am timp de stat acum pe un quilt mai mare am ales varianta de a face o inimioara crazy.
And I was in a really good mood for a quilt..... even a little one. Not having time to sew a larger quilt I chose to make a crazy heart.

Zis si facut: am luat niste resturi, le-am unit prin paper piecing si a iesit un bloc mai maricel, apoi am luat un tipar de inima , l-am aplicat pe bloc si am taiat blocul dupa forma inimii.
So, I took some scraps, I joined them from the paper piecing and came out a larger block, after that I took a print of a heart, I applied it on the block and I cut the block after heart's shape.

I-am pus dos, am umplut-o cu vatelina si apoi ..brodatul. Care mi-a luat trei ore pentru ca m-am tot "invartit" in jurul cusaturilor si le tot schimbam.
I'd attached the backside, filled it with wadding-linen and then ... the embroidery.It took me three hours to sew the heart becouse I "turned" myself around stitches and kept changing them all.

Dar in final a iesit si chiar imi place cu toate ca nu sunt adepta crazy quilt decat partial.

But finally it came out and I like it, even though I am not a crazy quilt supporter, maybe only partially.

Iata inimioara mea in faza de crazy fara modele
Here is my crazy heart in without models phase.
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Si in varianta finala langa niste ingerasi :)
And finally next to a couple of little angels:)



Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Another day


Another desert morning ... karina sleeps .. and it is quiet.
It is quiet in the forest too... all the creatures are still sleeping...but not me ..
How wonderful is to drink your coffee and make plans for a new day! A new day which may be the same one as yesterday or maybe not ...
This morning has something special, something that turns me back in the past .. maybe because the air is not as damp as always ... maybe
The thoughts start to escape me; they are rolling in my mind like an avalanche and I don't want to stop them because they are beautiful memories.
Memories which transpose me into a world of shadows, of those who are far or are in a better place ...
While the shadows crosses my mind , I look at the forest and my eyes are growing dim . Here, in the presence of the forest I can let the soul to cry.. I know that the forest will not tell anyone ... how many tears, pain and joy saw this forest? I don't know .. probably too many ...
I look up to the trees crown easily softly touched by the autumn`s life breath which is nearing and I am crying from the deep down of my soul: "Where are you my forest from home? Where is that time gone when I was playing and running barefooted on the dusty alleys at my grandparents small village or when I watched, on the night before Christmas , at the snowed up apple tree which was glistening in small shiny stars? Where is my field of wheat poppied ..?


It has been a long time since I've senced the flavour of a quince: its a lost aroma, encountered only in my childhood .. and the fire crackin in the simple stove of my grandparents ..
And where are my mountains and my sea? They are left behind .. in a place that I loved and I still love .. a place who has chased me , a place which I left, going to another destiny... I know is a better destiny with a decent living in a civilized world .... but still, it is so hard to me to be far from home; and nothing could describe how hard it is ... you understand, you forest? "


She slowly moves the crowns of her trees as a response ...she is discreet and a good listener.
She knows to listen to a story of a different destiny ...


And to show me that she is listening,the forest is sending me a sign...slowly, slowly a leaf is faling from a tree and spreads out smoothly at my feet ...
The forest is comming to life:I can hear now thousands of sounds of birds and insects swarming .. Karina slowly yammer .... I get the leaf from my feet and then I wipe off a tear .....
Another day in which life goes ahead with or without my longings and memories.
But tomorrow is another day; the forest will be here and I will too ....



Inca o dimineata pustie...Karina doarme.. si e liniste.
E liniste si in padure ...toate vietatile inca dorm..numai eu nu
Ce minunat sa bei cafeaua si sa faci panuri pentru o noua zi! O noua zi care va fi poate ca cea de ieri sau poate ca nu...
Dimineata asta are ceva deosebit , ceva ce ma intoarce in trecut ..poate ca aerul care nu mai e asa umed cum e mai mereu... poate.
Si gandurile incep sa-mi fuga; se rostogolesc in minte ca o avalansa si nu vreau sa le stopez pentru ca sunt amintiri superbe.
amintiri care ma transpun intr-o lume a umbrelor, a celor care sunt departe sau sunt intr-un loc mai bun...
In timp ce las umbrele sa -mi strabata mintea privesc padurea si ochii mi se impaienjenesc. Aici , in prezenta ei pot sa-mi strig oful; stiu ca nu va spune nimanui...oare cate lacrimi, dureri si bucurii a vazut padurea asta? nu stiu..probabil ca multe...
Imi ridic ochii spre coroana copacilor atinsi usor de suflarea toamnei care se apropie si strig in adancul sufletului:"unde esti padurea mea de acasa? unde s-au dus vremurile cand alergam in picioarele goale prin colbul marunt din satul bunicilor sau cand priveam in prag de Craciun marul inzapezit care stralucea in mici stelute argintii ? unde este campia mea plina de maci crescuti prin lanul de grau..?
Nu am mai simtit aroma de gutuie demult: e o aroma pierduta, intalnita numai in copilaria mea..si focul trosnind in soba simpla a bunicilor meu ..ce s-a intamplat cu ea oare??
Si unde sunt marea si muntii mei? Au ramas in urma ..intr-un loc pe care l-am iubit si il iubesc..un loc care m-a gonit si din care am plecat spre un alt destin..e un destin mai bun, stiu asta, cu o viata decenta intr-o lume civilizata dar.... dar im e greu; si nimic nu poate descrie cat imi este de greu...intelegi tu, padure??

Isi misca incet coroanele copacilor ca un raspuns...e discreta si stie sa asculte. Stie sa asculte o poveste despre un alt destin ...

Si ca sa-mi arate ca ma asculta imi trimite un semn: incet , incet o frunza se desprinde de undeva dintr-un copac si se asterne lin la picioarele mele...
Padurea prinde viata: mii de sunete de pasari si gaze roind se aud de acum..karina scanceste incetisor....ridic frunza de la picioarele mele si imi sterg pe furis o lacrima .....
Inca o zi in care viata merge inainte cu sau fara amintirile si dorurile mele.
Dar si maine e o zi; padurea va fi tot aici ca de altfel si eu....


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Graba strica treaba!!- Haste makes waste!

I became so busy that I forgot to pay attention to the details. And of course it's not in my advantage.
Today I started preparing the block for Lena`s quilt, but I worked for nothing.:(
After I prepared the canvas I started to work without check if it is the proper pattern : Romanian traditional.
When I looked more careful... shock! it is an hungarian embroidery!
And I've already worked a detail on it .... hmmmm ... oh well! It will remain like this, and probably I'll make a decorating pillow.
I liked a lot the pattern but it is not the one I need ...


Asa zeloasa am devenit ca nu mai stiu sa fiu atenta la detalii. Si bineinteles ca e in detrimentul meu.
Astazi m-am apucat sa pregatesc blocul pentru quiltul dedicat Lenei si am muncit degeaba.
Dupa ce am pregatit panza am trecut sa lucrez fara sa verific daca modelul e corespunzator: traditional romanesc.
Cand ma uit mai atenta....soc!! e broderie ungureasca!
Si am lucrat deja un detaliu pe el....hmmmm...asta e! o sa ramana asa si probabil il voi face o pernuta de decor.
Modelul mi-a placut mult dar nu ce trebuie..




and the free pattern if you like it





So tomorrow, after I will buy some canvas and maybe I`ll manage to make some pictures from Jo Ann, I`ll start to sew the right block.
Until tomorrow, I will still work on the hungarian pattern, maybe I`ll finish it by tomorrow :))


Asa ca maine ,dupa ce mai cumpar niste etamina si poate reusesc sa fac poze la JO -Ann, ma apuc de blocul cerut.


Pana maine mai cos la modelul asta poate il termin peste noapte :))

Monday, September 1, 2008

Primul meu quilt "urias" - my first "huge" quilt

Anul trecut, cand nici nu incepusem sa aflu prea multe despre quilt, m-am gandit ca vreau sa fac o patura cat patul. Eram grabita rau :)).
Aveam deja niste materiale cumparate , prin casa, asa ca am luat cel mai simplu pattern de pe internet si m-am pus pe treaba.
Quiltul are 90 x 54 inchi si este aproape tot patul.
E lucrat stangaci pentru ca atat ma pricepeam atunci dar e primul meu quilt "urias" .:)
Cam asa arata

Last year, when I didnt even started to know too much about quilting, I was thinking to make a blanket for the bed; so I was in a big hurry :)).
I went through some fabrics already purchased stacked in the closet, so I took the simplest pattern from the internet and I started to work on it.
The quilt is about 90 x 54 inches and it almost covers the bed.
It is primitively worked becouse I didnt know too much about quilting at that time; but for me it is my first "huge" quilt.:)



Sushi in imagini- sushi in pictures

Astazi am facut sushi, o mancare specific japoneza, foarte sanatoasa si foarte aspectoasa.
Today I made Sushi, a specific Japanese food , very healthy , tasty and very pleasing.

Reteta o recomand celor care suporta pestele crud pentru ca la sushi folosim peste si preparate de mare crude.
I recommend this recipe only to people who can stand raw fish that`s becouse sushi uses only raw ingredients .

Reteta:
The recipe :

o bucata medie de somon (sau alt peste crud proaspat)
an average piece of salmon (or other fresh raw fish)


1 cup orez basmati - 1 cup=240 grame
1 cup basmati rice

o foaie de sushi nori
a sheet of nori Sushi

pasta wasabi
wasabi paste


4 lingurite otet
4 teaspoon vinegar

4 lingurite zahar
4 teaspoon sugar

sare
salt

ardei gras rosu, castravete proaspat, seminte de susan.
red pepper, fresh cucumber, sesame seeds

Spalati orezul si puneti-l la inmuiat pentru 5 minute in apa rece. Scurgeti-l de apa, adaugati 1 1/2 cup apa, si puneti- la foc mare sa inceapa sa fiarba. Cand a inceput sa fiarba reduceti la minim focul si acoperit perfect oala cu un capac. Lasati-l sa fiarba doar 10 minute la foc mic fara sa amestecati in el. Dupa 10 min inchideti focul si mai lasati orezul acoperit inca 5 minute.

Soak 1 cup rice in water for 5 minutes, then drain out the water. Combine soaked rice and 1,5 cup of water. bring to boil and stir occasionally. reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.Remove from heat, let rice remain covered for 5 minutes.

Apoi turnati-l intr-un castron si afanati-l usor cu o paleta.
Then cast it into a bowl and stir it easily with a palette.

Am luat apoi un place mate de bambus pe care am asezat foaia de sushi nori
Then I got a bamboo made on which I settled the sheet of sushi nori.




Peste foaia de nori am asezat orezul racit.
Over the sheet of sushi nori I have settled cooled rice


Apoi peste orez, exact la mijloc lui am pus pasta wasabi (un amestec de hrean si maioneza- atentie ca e foarte iute!)
Then over rice, exactly in the middle I put the wasabi paste (a mixture of horseradish and mayonnaise-be carreful ! its hot)





Peste wasabi am asezat bucatele de peste , ardei gras rosu si castravete taiate in fasii.
Over wasabi I have settled the fish, red pepper and fresh cucumber cut into long strips.








Apoi am rulat totul cu place matu-l de bambus si am strans usor sa se lege compozitia.
Then I rolled everything with the bamboo and I tighted easyly to bind the composition.

Si asa trebuie sa arate.
This is how it shoud look like.




Puneti sulurile de sushi la frigider cateva ore bune, apoi cu un cutit taiati rondele de sushi.
Put the Sushi rolls into refrigerator a few hours at best, and then cut with a knife rolls of Sushi.

La fiecare taiere udati cutitul cu apa rece.
At every cutting put in the knife in cold water.


Si acesta e finalul
And this is the end




Pentru decor presarati pe fiecare bucata de sushi seminte de susan.
For decor sprinkle each piece of Sushi with sesame seeds.

Foaia de sushi nori o gasiti la magazinele de produse naturiste sau magazinele asiatice.
You can find Sushi sheet of nori to the stores or shops Asian Facilities for Romania.


In United States you can find sushi nori at the major grocery stores.
Pasta de wasabi originala se poate inlocui cu un amestec de maioneza si hrean
The original wasabi paste can be replaced with a mixture of mayonnaise and horseradish

Bonne apetit!