Monthly Archives: February 2017

And now, hearts are red ? – Si acum , inimile sunt rosii ?

Dragobetele (Valentine`s Romanian version) approaches and I’m almost done with lavender sachets. For those who are hopeless romantics I did some bags with hearts and started another with Romanian traditional motifs .

Because the tradition of “martisoare“ is specific to our area and may you not know why I am so busy to prepare for first March, I will  refer to Wikipedia- what means martisor where you can read briefly about. Better to tell you a story about “martisoare“from my childhood.I admit, I have always liked the “martisor“ colourful joy .The nicest one, instead to give as a gift, I used to put away in a box to admire later. My little heart does not resist separating from those miniature beauties . After a while the little box mysteriously disappeared or maybe I forgot where I put it for the next year to appear like magic. Mom? Something to confess?

In recent years handmade products have gained ground again and Romanian artist’s creation are increasingly popular.

I would say that it’s ephemeral art because “martisor“ is worn pinned near to the heart or at the hand as a bracelet, just a few days (roughly from 1 March until 10 March) but I am happy to see that, when I manage to create a useful gift- martisor, it will be used all year. The best example is the one from last year, crocheted roses made of ombre wool to which I attached a clasp for brooches and then I saw these roses fondly worn on many occasions. I made a few this year.


I found a tradition very similar to that of Romaniaat the Bulgarians, our southern neighbors, the Macedonians and Greeks. Martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница, pronounced [martɛnit͡sa] Macedonian: мартинка, Greek: μάρτης, Romanian: mărţişor).

In early March after March 8 International Day Women and we celebrate especially our moms and March 9 – the day of 40 saints or martyrs) the white red threads from martisor are put to cling in the blossom  rees in faith that will bring us luck.

Martisoare this year are still in progress, I have some ideas. You can find them here but if you want to do it yourself leave a message here with what details you need.

Have a nice day ladies


Buna ziua doamnelor,

Dragobetele (Sf Valentin in varianta romaneasca )se apropie si eu am terminat saculetii cu lavanda. Pentru cei care sunt romantici incurabili am pregatit si cativa saculeti cu inimioare si am inceput altii cu motive romanesti.


Recunosc , mi-au placut mereu martisoarele pentru bucuria colorata pe care o au si pe cele mai frumoase , in loc sa le daruiesc, le puneam deoparte intr-o cutiuta pentru a le admira mai tarziu. Inima mea de copil nu rezista sa se desparta de frumusetile acelea in miniatura pentru ca , din fericire nu ne invadasera inca cele din China. Dupa o vreme cutiuta disparea misterios sau uitam unde am pus-o pentru ca anul urmator sa apara ca prin minune. Mama ce spui ? Recunosti ceva ?

In ultimii ani produsele handmade au castigat din nou teren si creatiile artistilor romani sunt din ce in ce mai apreciate. As spune ca e o arta efemera pentru ca martisorul se poarta prins in piept, aproape de inima  sau la mana ca o bratara,  doar cateva zile (cam de la 1 martie si pana pe 10 martie ) dar am avut bucuria de a vedea ca, atunci cand reusesti sa creezi un martisor util , el va fi folosit tot anul. Cel mai bun exemplu este martisorul de anul trecut , un trandafir crosetat dintr-un fir de lana in degrade la care am atasat o inchizatoare pentru brose si l-am vazut apoi purtat la multe ocazii cu drag

Am gasit o traditie foarte asemanatoare cu cea din Romania , la vecinii nostril bulgari, la macedoneni si la greci.  Martenitsa (Bulgarian: мартеница, pronounced  [ˈmartɛnit͡sa]Macedonian: мартинка, Greek: μάρτης, Romanianmărțișor) .

La inceputul lui martie, dupa 8 martie ziua internationala femeii  si ziua in care ne sarbatorim mai ales mamele si 9 martie – ziua celor 40 de sfinti sau mucenici ), snururile de la martisoare se agata in copaci infloriti  din credinta ca ne vor aduce noroc .

Martisoarele de anul acesta sunt inca in lucru, mai am cateva idei . Le puteti  vedea pe Breslo si daca vreti sa le faceti si voi lasati un mesaj aici pentru mai multe detalii

Sa aveti o zi cu spor doamnelor


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Angels are blue- Ingerii sunt albastri

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope that each of you has someone to think about today! A good thought for those who love us and especially support us.

Meanwhile I finished the large hearts, with lavender inside and they came out really nice to be modest!



A new lavender arrived, cultivated and raised in Romania and I finished the sachets ready for “martisor“ gifts , hand embroidered in cross point with little angels.

If you want to make some  yourself, take a piece  of cloth appropriate for cross-stitching , cut into pieces the size you wish to have the sachets -mine are 9 cm wide and 13 cm height , embroider what you want on one side, and then sew, put lavender inside, a cord and wrap as a gift .Can be useful gifts for your friends and why not, even for personal drawer.


In order to lavender not shake off; I put it in a paper towel first. So, even the smallest pieces will not come out from the sachet (it’s just a precaution) and in a year or two, the sachet can be reused for new lavender or what other herbs you want to use.


If you want, you can use sachets for jewellery, small gifts or favours at weddings (stuffed with herbs or candy), etc.

If you do not have time to make them, you can find sachets ready filled in my shop on Breslo.-luciavintagelace


You want a personalized set? Please let me a message.

Ingerii sunt albastri

Happy Valentine Day ! Sper ca fiecare dintre voi are la cine se gandi astazi !Un gand bun catre cei care ne iubesc si ne suporta.

Intre timp am terminat si inimile mari, cu levantica la interior  si  au iesit chiar frumoase ca sa fiu modesta !


A sosit si lavanda noua,plantata si crescuta in Romania si am finalizat saculetii  pregatiti pentru cadouri de martisor, brodati manual , in punct cruce, cu ingerasi .

Daca vrei sa faci cativa singura, ia o bucata de panza pe care se pot coase cruciulite , taie bucati  de dimensiunile la care doresti sa iasa saculetii , ai mei au 9 cm latime si 13 inaltime, , brodeaza ce vrei pe una din parti si apoi coase, pune lavanda in interior, un snur si impacheteaza. Pot fi cadouri utile pentru prietenii  tai si ,de ce nu, chiar pentru sertarul personal.

Pentru ca lavanda sa nu se scuture, am pus-o intr-un servetel de hartie. Asa, nici cele mai mici bucatele nu vor iesi prin saculet (e doar o masura de precautie) iar peste un an sau chiar doi , saculetul se poate refolosi pentru alta lavanda sau orice alte plante aromatice doresti sa folosesti.

Daca vrei poti sa folosesti  saculetii si pentru bijuterii, cadouri de mici dimensiuni  sau marturii la nunti (umpluti cu plante aromatice sau cu bomboane), etc

Daca nu ai timp sa ii faci, ii poti gasi in magazinul meu de pe Breslo –Luciavintagelace


Vrei  un set personalizat ?Lasa-mi un mesaj .


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New Valentine Hearts- felt and hand embroidery/ Inimioare noi de Sfantul Valentin-din fetru, brodate manual

Good morning ,

Valentine’s Day is coming again, international (14 February) and our Romanian one, Dragobetele (24 February).

Even if there are always controversies to decide which of the two days are suitable for a declaration of love we found way to “reconcile goat and cabbage“  (the story of this proverb to be found here) meaning we celebrate both .The girls prepare the most beautiful smiles to receive hearts from their boyfriends (husbands ) and the boys will have the opportunity to show how romantic they are and will be invitations for a drink, or if you are not a student, even at a restaurant, flowers and more (not to be publicized here ).

For this year Valentine day, I prepared felt hearts, red of course, embroidered with silver metallic thread and blanket stitched edges with white (DMC). Only 12 small pieces yet ready but I prepared slightly larger version (in work).


Can be used as Key ring,  Charm for memory sticks or for bags, hanging from the rear-view mirror of the car, or wherever you want and you will always have in front of your eyes a nice heart (with small patch because we all have brave hearts that went through more).

If you want to make your own, you can easily cut two red felt hearts (any color is just as good), about 6 cm height and 8 cm wide, cut a piece of ribbon 0.5 cm wide, long 16 cm and looking for a bit stuffing for pillows,or if you don`t have , pharmacy cotton wool will do the same. See below front and back of the heart.

After you do nice embroidery with golden thread, silver or whatever you find in the box, starting to assembly those two pieces is simple. In blanket stitch I started to pin up ribbon, then continued with blanket stitch, up to ¾ total length. Here it is point where the needle is let down and you start filling until thickened heart is chubby and soft. If you’re having, you can sneak in there a few lavender flowers (1/2 teaspoon) – the little heart will smell nice and you have already a little secret. Blanket stitches to continue till the end and you have to add strengthens to ribbon area taking care not to become ugly.


And now, the “yesterday story“ about the meaning of goat and cabbage :

“ To reconcile goat and cabbage“ means making happy one and another when interests are opposed. Hungry goat needs to be fed and cabbage to escape in one piece.

A little hard to do, but hey, what is easy in life? If you sit and ponder a little, we are often in this situation and if we`re honest we can recognize that most times we need to get away uneaten. Probably coming from here is the expression: Man, you’re cabbage!! as a rude nickname for someone just not good at what he does.“

Have a great day ,ladies !

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