Tuesday, March 30, 2010

silence means...I'm working!

Daca e tacere in partea mea nu inseamna ca nu cos... ceva. Ceva mai "colorat" de aceasta data... cu aceeasi tehnica draga mie - decupajul pe textile - am imbinat patchwork-ul si quilting-ul si am creat un set la fel de romantic ca pina acum doar cu putin mai multa culoare. Albastru. Se pare ca e culoarea favorita din ultimele saptamini.

If I'm silent it doesn't mean I'm not sewing. Something. Something more colourful this time....with the same beloved technique - decoupage on fabric - along with patchwork and quilting I create this set. Also romantic as the ones before just this time with more colour. Blue. It seems to be my favourite colour in the last weeks.


Apoi am facut doua servete decorative pentru masa, avind la baza acelasi amalgam de tehnici. Imi face placere sa lucrez astfel, cu toate ca panoul central imi fura cam mult timp pina e gata : lipit, uscat, finisat. O dupa-masa intreaga rezervata doar realizarii panourilor in tehnica decoupage...Nu e usor dar e placut...

Then I made two decorative place-mats with the same combined techniques. I love to work this way, even that making the central panel takes me some time : glue, dry, finish . An entire afternoon reserved just for making some panels on decoupage technique....it's not easy, but it's nice. 

Apoi am facut intr-o seara testul setului pentru fondue....nu cu ciocolata ci cu brinza fondue. Si pentru ca nu ma multumesc cu atit, am scaldat crutoanele imbracate cu brinza fierbinte in....supa-crema de dovleac. Si ca embellish-are un chips de sunca uscata. 
No comment ;). 

In another evening I "test" the fondue set...not with chocolate but with cheese. Fondue cheese. And because I'm naughty in kitchen I bathe the croutons in....hot pumpkin cream-soup. Add as embellisment  some chips of dried bacon.
No comment ;). 


Chiar daca au trecut doar citeva zile de la momentul maxim al infloririi , - era inca zapada afara daca va uitati mai atent la imagine - nu pot sa nu va arat frumusetea de Amaryllis care anul acesta a avut doar 2 inflorescente....oare de ce ? 

Even that already passed some days from the maximum flowering moment - outside still was snow, look carefully in the image - I just can't let it pass without showing you those two beauties .This year it have only two flowers....I wonder why ? 
Primavara a sosit si aici....gradinaresc zilnic, urmaresc cum totul creste mai mare zi dupa zi, si uit de fiecare data aparatul foto in casa....hmmm....uitarea aceasta nu e noua pentru mine in ultima vreme....
ma intreb.....de ce ? :))

Spring arrived here, too...gardening daily, watching how everything grows bigger and bigger, day by day....and forgetting, all the time, the camera back in the house....hmmm...forgetting, this is nothing new to me lately.
I "wonder"....why ? :))

Friday, March 19, 2010

...farewell, Pasha....

Adio pentru totdeauna, Pasa ! ai fost primul meu catel....imi amintesc cu atita claritate o zi din octombrie , acum 15 ani, cind te-am vazut pentru prima data : un ghem de blanita neagra, doi ochi mari cafenii si o funda rosie....apoi au urmat
15 ani de prietenie, 15 ani de incredere, 15 ani de bucurii.....

Farewell, Pasa ! you were my very first dog....I clearly remember that october day , 15 years ago, when I see you for the first time : a small ball of black fur, two brown eyes and a bright red ribbon....then follows
15 years of friendship, 15 years of trust, 15 years of joy....

Fie ca locul in care ai ajuns sa fie plin de flori....racoros si parfumat ca si locul tau preferat unde te asezai peste vara....la umbra florilor....aproape de noi....

I wish you that the place where you arrived now to be full of flowers....cool and perfumed as your favorite spot where you lean over the summer....at the shade of flowers....close to us....

De aceea am hotarit ca aceasta piesa sa se numeasca 
"Flori pentru Pasa "...
..mai ramine sa ii gasesc o incadrare adecvata....

Therefore I decided that this piece will be named 
"Flowers for Pasha"...
...only I should find an appropriate binding for finishing it....

Iti cer iertare....
I ask for your forgiveness.....

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

practice for "painted batting free project"

Pentru ca azi am avut ocazia sa traduc pentru prietenele mele din grup unul dintre proiectele free de la  "3Creative Studios", si anume tehnica din luna Ianuarie : Vatelina pictata, m-am gindit ca ar fi grozav sa incerc sa si pun in practica ce am citit. 
"Practica inseamna experienta" ! mai multa practica-mai multa experienta...azi ramin la primul principiu la care mai adaug si "experienta se capata si din greseli" :))

Because today I've got the opportunity to translate for my quilting group friends one of the free project from the "3CreativeStudios"- and I'm refering about the January technique : Painted Batting - I thought it would be great to put in practice what I read.
Practice means experience ! more practice-more experience....but today I stay close to the first part of this principle to which I add  : "experience is gathered from mistakes, too !" ;))

deci : se aduna materialele necesare : vatelina, vopseluri, pensule, folie de protectie, pulverizator cu apa. 

So : needed materials : batting, a few paints, brushes, nylon cover for protection, water spray. 

Si pentru ca m-am entuziasmat si super-grabit sa o pun in practica, am inceput cu o greseala cu care ma voi duce pina la capat....si pe care am descoperit-o de-abia la final !!!! 
Am uitat sa termo-lipesc vatelina pe o pinza de bumbac care sa ii dea stabilitatea.....in schimb, eu am lipit marginile acesteia cu banda de hirtie, direct pe blatul de lucru. A mers si asa dar nu foarte grozav....

and because I was in such an excited hurry, I started with a mistake that I will carry on till end and will discover just at finish !!!
I forgot to fuse the batting to a cotton fabric to give it some firmness....instead, I taped it to the table...worked but not as charmed....

am inceput prin a pulveriza un strat subtire de apa peste cele doua bucati de vatelina....da, doua! cea mai mare este sintetica 100% - sfinta noastra vatelina din Romania, din cea mai subtire - iar bucatica mica este o vatelina de bumbac (!!!) primita ca mostra . 

I started to spray a thin layer of water over the battings. Yes, there are two pieces of batting : the biggest one is 100% synthetic - our unique and "holly" batting from Romania with which we are struggling to make our best creations - and the smallest piece is a cotton (!!!)  sample of wadding that I received. 

apoi am scos toate vopselurile pe care le aveam....nu la indemina, ci pe care le aveam in stoc. :))Putine, recunosc si nicidecum marcile mentionate in proiectul mai sus-amintit...de unde asa ceva la noi ??? in fine, fiecare lucreaza cu ce are, nu ? 
then I took out all my paints that I have....not all I have on hand, but ALL I HAVE. :)) Too few, I know, and none of those precious brands used in the project named-before...we do not have such beauties here ! well, everyone use what has in stash, isn't ? 

si am inceput. ..joaca. Intii pe bucatica de bumbac. Care a "luat " culoarea ca prin minune....efectiv a supt-o . M-am si speriat ca imi voi consuma prea repede stocul pretios de vopseluri :)))

and I start to ...play. First of all, on the cotton piece. Which took the colour like magic. 
I was a little scared that I'll run out of my precious paint stash to quickly :)))...

apoi am trecut la bucata sintetica. Care....hmmm....se jupuia si se agata de pensula....un chin la inceput. Pina am prins smecheria. Pai, da, ca in orice sta o mica smecherie ;).

Then I passed onto the synthetic one. Which...hmmm....skin itself, or peel itself or you named it, it was a pain in my.. heart  ;) untill I discover the trick. yep! in everything dwells a small trick. ;)

Pentru urmatoarea imagine :  -va rog, nu ucideti "artistul" :)))) !... aveam nevoie de culoare....

For the next image : -please, don't shoot the "artist"  :)))) !... I was in need of colour...

si aici smecheria : vedeti dunga subtire albastra din mijloc ? cea fara contur, forma ? ei bine aceea este o dunga de vopsea pura, nediluata....
and here's the trick : do you see that thin blue line in the middle ? the one without contour , shape ? well, that is a pure undiluted paint line....

si daca umezesti bine pensula cu apa si tragi peste linia de vopsea nediluata.....iata ! ia contur, se imbiba in vatelina , prinde viata !!
apoi nu mai e nevoie decit sa va jucati cu "vecinatatile", sa lasati culorile sa se juxtapuna  , sa devina alte culori sau chiar sa le suprapuneti... doar asa pentru distractie. 

and if you dip the brush in water and pass over the line again....voila ! it takes shape, it sinks in the batting, it comes alive !!then you need just to play with de neighbouring, letting the colours to blend between, to become other colours or you can ovelap them... just for fun. 

Si cam asa arata dezastrul la un moment anume ....
oare ce nume sa ii dau ? "In graba mare " sau... "Unde au fugit neutronii ??" :)))

and at some point this was the great mess ....
how should I name it ? "In great hurry" or "Where does the neutrons ran? " :)))

Apoi mi-am dat seama ca in toiul distractiei cu piesa mare, am uitat cu desavirsire de bucatica mica si atit de pretioasa de vatelina din bumbac...pe care am aplicat repejor niste perlute liliachii de vopsea puff-paint.

Then I realized that in all that fun with the big piece of batting I totally forgot about that precious square of cotton batting....so I quickly added some lilac puff-paint pearls....

care la acel moment chiar au aratat bine :)...dar nu si mai tirziu. 
that looks quite good in that moment :) ....but later not.

Si pentru ca experienta nu ar fi fost completa fara o mica supriza : cind am ridicat vatelina de pe foaia de nylon am descoperit ca  : 
1. am uitat sa o termo-lipesc de o pinza de bumbac asa cum cerea de la bun inceput proiectul . 
2. mai mult de 1/3 din vopsea statea bine mersi pe foaia de nylon traversind fara nerusinare vatelina.....

And because a new experience isn't complete without a small surprise : when I lift the batting from the nylon protection sheet I discover that : 
1. I forgot, from the very begining, to termo-fuse the batting to a cotton cloth
2. more than 1/3 of paint was resting on my nylon cover, passing shameless through the batting. 

Asa ca am luat o bucata de pinza alba si am aplicat-o peste vopsea cu speranta ca....va iesi ceva o bucatica de pinza -vopsita artistic- buna de folosit intr-un proiect viitor. Speranta moare ultima....

So I took a white cotton cloth and put it on those stains hoping that I'll get some usefull artistic painted piece for a small future project. Hope dies last....

dar nu ! acele vopseluri au propria lor vointa : nu vor sa se lipeasca pe pinza mea alba . ha-ha...
But no ! those paints have their own life . They do not want to stay on my white cloth . LOL. 

Un servetel de hirtie si putin spirt sanitar au facut curat intr-o secunda. Totul e curat ca la inceput, pot sa o iau de la capat....dar nu azi, poate miine. 

A tissue-paper and some alcohol made the board clean in a second. Everything is clean as in the beginning, I could start over again....but not today, perhaps tomorrow.

Pina miine, piesa aceasta va ramine la uscat. Pe urma vedem ce se intimpla mai departe....

Until tomorrow this piece is going to dry over night. After that we'll see what happens further more.... 

Sper ca v-am deschis apetitul pentru joaca cu pensula ;).
I hope that I opened your appetite for brush paint-playing. ;).

Monday, March 15, 2010

hello, my name is Berry

Buna! numele meu este Berry si sunt cel mai moale si mai pufos ursuletz din lume. Dar, hai sa nu vorbesc despre mine acum ;). 
Uite ce am eu aici  : 
Hello, my name is Berry and I'm the softest little bear on the world. But , let's not talk about me ;)
Look what I've got here : 

este atit de moale....
is it so soft ...

As putea chiar sa dorm si sa visez frumos pe ea....

I could even sleep and dream on it...

si daca unui ursuletz micutz ca mine i se intimpla un accident peste noapte, poate fi spalata, stii ?  ;)

and if an accident happens to a little bear, like me ,during the night, it can be washed, you know ;) 

Somn usor !
Sleep tight !

Povestea lui Berry poate sa continue la nesfirsit pentru ca cele mai frumoase povesti sunt cele din copilarie....apoi urmeaza alta perioada in viata cind povestile copilariei se transforma in povesti de dragoste...

Berrys' story could go on for ever and ever because the most beautifull stories are childhood ones....then follows another period when childhood stories becomes love stories....

delicate, azurii, fine...romantice. 

finesse, soft blue...romantic.


                                                              Ce frumoase sunt visele....

                                                                 Dreaming is nice....

Sunday, March 07, 2010

ribbons and laces

I always have a fling for laces...and ribbons....and pink... and light blue....I often dream at a small white house, filled with roses and blue pillows....and tons and tons of white lace ribbons.... it hit me that ,until then, I can "practice" in real life all of these...all of them....first I made some soft and fluffy pouches for my new friends : Beverley,Ann and Alice. Hope they will remember me every time when will touch these...

then I want to continue with that light blue but the checked fabric is finished...so I changed on stripes.Different light blue stripes...same lace.Same ribbon. I'm constant in my dreams, you know...
then something happened. I suddenly needed some...colour. A bit of. So I grab some cream fabric...with just a hint of green....but I feel hunger for more colour and then I insert a hot red poppy panel . Follow an unexpected change : cream lace. Just as my grandmother used in her youth....yep, still soft but , sincerely, was a little too much colour for my... dreams. 

so, at the sunset I feel the need of vintage perfume...lazy flavour of some dusty roses....on some real vintage cotton. Same fluffiness, same lace-ness, same ....ness. T.-ness.

 ...oh, and I forgot : I love white angels, too . :) 
   Too much for you ? 

want a beautiful bag ? make one !

Va doriti o geanta frumoasa, realizata din materiale alese pe gustul vostru ? o geanta UNICA care sa va reprezinte ? o geanta care sa va complimenteze ? o geanta, pur si simplu ,aparte ?
atunci, faceti-va una ! sau doua... ;)

Do you want a beautiful bag, made in fabrics of your choice ? a unique one that represent YOU ? :)))
a bag that complement you? a flattering one ? a one of a kind bag ??
then, make yourself one! or two... ;)

Uite : este chiar usor . Puteti alege de AICI modelul acesta : 

look : it's pretty easy , you can choose from HERE  between this model :

sau acesta : 
or this one : 

sau puteti alege varianta in care cumparati ambele tipare :

or ,  you can buy both patterns : . 

Tiparul ( tiparele ) sunt extrem de bine realizate, foarte precise in explicatii si va ofera imagini la fiecare pas. Pe linga asta mai primiti un intreg capitol-GHID cu sfaturi si indicatii pentru realizarea, modificarea si finalizarea diferita a tiparelor.
Toate de AICI .
Iesiti in evidenta : meritati o geanta hand-made ! si daca o faceti singurica atunci este nepretuita !!!
Spor la munca !

The pattern is extremely well done, very precise, you have plenty of photos for each step and above all you get a great GUIDE- chapter for tips, advices and tricks. So that you can alter in any way these patterns. 
All of them from HERE

Stand out: you deserve a hand-made bag ! and if it's done by YOU then is invaluable !
Happy sewing ! 

Friday, March 05, 2010

her work , my quilt ;)

Sper ca va mai amintiti povestea de acum vreo citeva zile despre proiectul Magenta, si de surpriza cu care se incheie proiectul .
Ei bine, uitati ce am montat azi in living ;)

I hope you remember the "magenta project"story that I told you a few days ago ...project that ends with a surprize for each of us , the participants. 
Well, look what I mounted on the living -room wall today ;)  

Multumesc, Betty ! a fost cu adevarat o surpriza frumoasa....
si cred ca e cazul de un nou proiect, nu de alta dar poate asa il schimb si pe acel Kandinsky  :)))

Thank you, Betty ! was indeed a beautiful surprise....
and I think that's needed another project for me so that next time I'll change that Kandinsky :)))

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

tutorial : decoupage on textile fabric

Am tot promis un tutorial pentru tehnica decoupage pe textile....si cum vremea , afara, este mizerabila - ninge-ploua si e trist, mi-am spus ca e momentul sa fac citeva poze demonstrative :)

I still promised a tutorial for decoupage on textile ( fabric) technique....and as outside is a miserable weather - snowing, raining and sad, I take this opportunity to show you some pictures along the process .

Intii de toate aveti nevoie de: 
-o placa de sticla ( la mine e rosie)... pentru ca tehnica aceasta e ..."mizgalicioasa",
- pensula - dimensiunea 12, 14 sau 16 mm, 
- un patratzel de material - eu am folosit pinza alba,
- un servetel cu motiv central sau alt model ales dupa gustul fiecaruia, 
- adezivul pentru servetele PENTRU TEXTILE
- lacul final .

First of all you'll need : 
- a sheet of glass to work on, be aware this technique is..."mushy",
-a painter brush - 12, 14 or 16 mm,
- a square of fabric, I use white muslin,
- a tissue paper with central motif or any other as you like,
- the special glue for this technique , FOR TEXTILE, 
- the final varnish - water-based.


Se incepe prin a aseza patratzelul de pinza pe placa de sticla si cu pensula se intinde un strat subtire de adeziv, cit suprafata servetelului....fiti zgircite cu adezivul, oricum se consuma incredibil de mult ! dar nu incercati sa sariti acest pas cu gindul ca veti pune mai mult adeziv peste servetel in pasul urmator, pentru ca...nu merge! :) am incercat deja ;).

Starting with setting the muslin on the glass sheet, aply with the brush a thin layer of the special glue on the surface of fabric. Be stingy with this glue, its incredible consuming! but don't try to jump this step thinking that you'll put more on the next one because....it won't work! I've already tried it ! ;)

se desfac cele trei straturi ale servetelului - se va folosi la pasul urmator doar foita de la suprafata, cea imprimata cu model....celelalte doua le veti folosi la stersul degetelor, va asigur ! ha-ha...

Loosen those 3 layers of tissue paper - you'll use only the printed one....the other two you'll use for cleaning your fingers from glue, I assure you ! LOL.

se aseza foita de deasupra cit mai repede peste stratul de adeziv aplicat anterior, ca acesta sa nu apuce sa se usuce...se intinde USUREL cu palma ca sa faca contact deplin....MUSAI !!! 

Put the printed layer - face up -  on the muslin very quickly, so that the glue doesn't get dry...spread it CAREFULLY with your hand all over the surface to make a full contact with the glue and the muslin. It's a MUST ! ( or you can approach the step-by-step technique , trying to neat the napkin with a plastic bag, portion by portion ) 

se incepe aplicarea adezivului cu pensula, de la mijloc spre margini , cu extrem de multa finete si grija....acum veti descoperi daca servetelul vostru a fost de calitate sau nu...cele mai slabe calitativ se rup IREMEDIABIL la a doua pensulare, pe acestea mai bine le aruncati la gunoi, nu merita sa consumati adezivul pe ele...

starting by aplying the glue with the brush on the napkin surface , from center to edge, extremely carefully ....now you'll see if your tissue is a quality one or not. Those poor quality ones are very breakable starting with the second brush...irretrievably. Better throw them to the trash then consuming that precious glue on them.... You must use a very soft brush and soft movements for this step. 

cind spuneam cu mare-mare grija ma refeream la faptul ca pot sa apara aceste dungi ( in coltul stinga jos ) care in functie de cit de "brute" sunt pot sa arate urit sau ....shabby-chic. :). Ale mele sunt chic, nu-i asa ? :)

When I said : extremely care, I mean that there can appear some streaks ( in the left down corner) which depending on how brute they are , could be ugly or...shabby-chic. Mines are chic, isn't it ? :)

Mare grija la marginile servetelului! acestea valuresc si e nevoie ca stratul de adeziv sa treaca peste ele pina pe materialul de baza ( pinza ) , putin mai mult consum dar nu strica! ce e acum fixat bine, este fixat definitiv. 

You should have great attention on the edges of the tissue paper. This become wavy - under the glue - and this means that you have to pass with the glue again over them and a little bit on the muslin, too. More intake is better for a final better fastening. 

Dupa ce v-ati saturat sa stati cu sufletul in cer de atita grija sa nu se rupa servetelul si sa fie fiecare milimetru acoperit de adeziv, le puneti cu grija la uscat. Eu le agat pe niste umerase metalice cu clips-uri deasupra sobei calde...astfel se usuca in maxim 20 minute...altfel, la temperatura camerei se usuca peste noapte. 

After you get enough of stress for not breaking the tissue paper and for every bit of it to be covered with glue, put them to dry. I choose to clip them on metal hangers over my warm stove, this way they are ready in 20 minutes. Otherwise at room temperature it may take over night to get them proper dry.

Si pentru ca tot nu sunt gata, dupa ce s-au uscat este nevoie sa le termo-fixati :  se calca cu fierul de calcat CU FATA IN JOS . Se dezlipesc usurel de pe masa de calcat si treceti la urmatorul pas : 
aplicati un ultim strat de lac final...ceea ce transforma patratzelul intr-unul impermeabil, deci poate fi spalat manual .( in caz de nevoie ) .Acesta este lacul : 
And because you're not finished with them yet, you'll need to pass to the next stage : fixing them with heat. Put the square WITH THE FACE DOWN on your ironing board and pass the iron over it several times. Peel them carefully off of your ironing board and to the next step : applying the final varnish layer. This makes it waterproof so you can wash it , by hand if needed. This is the varnish  - water-based : 

iarasi se intind la uscat si cind sunt bine uscate se aseaza pe masa de calcat cu fata in jos si se calca...Din NOU ! mda...multa munca....stiu, dar merita ! 
Si tot aici , va dau si un sfat pentru ca am patit-o : sticluta de adeziv este bine, la final,  sa o sigilati cu o punguta legata cu elastic strins si de-abia apoi sa puneti capacul. Altfel se transforma intr-o chestie gumoasa, tare, care nu mai poate fi nici intinsa cu pensula nici diluata....Am patit-o si imi pare rau de adezivul pierdut....

Put hem AGAIN to dry and after again to ironing. Yep! I know....a lot of work. But it worth it !
And also I give you an advice : is better to close tight the bottle of glue with a plastic bag and a gum and just after to close the cap. Because otherway the content became a chewy "thing" impossible to spread with the brush or to take out of the bottle. It happened to me and I'm still sorry for that losted glue....

si pentru ca am folosit aceasta tehnica si am consumat atita timp si materiale, e bine sa iasa si un produs final, nu ? :)
ceva de genul ....

and because I use so much time and so many materials, I must get something at the end , no ? 
something like this .... gifts for my friends. ;)

Sper ca v-a fost de folos ...pentru orice nelamurire astept un comentariu - mai jos - sau un e-mail privat.
.....Taaare mi-ar place sa vad ce ati realizat si voi in tehnica aceasta....poate imi trimiteti citeva poze ;).
Spor la munca !
P.S. Apropo : adezivul ce nu s-a sters de pe degete cu servetelul, se da jos prin jupuire mai tirziu :))).

I hope this will be usefull for you...for any questions I wait a comment below or a privat mail. I'd looove to see your works in this technique....you could send me some photos if you want ;).
Wish you a wonderful day !
P.S. By the way : the glue that doesn't come off your fingers with those left layers of tissue paper will come off later ...just peel it  :)))


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