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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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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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Valentine Day=Dragobete Day in Romania

Dragobete Day (Romanian Valentine Day) has very old roots, being celebrated even during the Dacians. Dragobetele is similar of the Roman Cupid and Eros.

Country people remember their old habit of adolescent girls and boys who went in to the woods to gather snowdrops, violets, incense, and put them to use for various charms of love.Towards noon, the girls raced to the village, each followed by the boy who loved them. After the girl was caught, the boy stoles a kiss in the open, which symbolize their love for the whole year.

It is also imperative 🙂  that in the Dragobete Day, men to be cordial relationships with females.Men are not allowed to bother women, nor to engage in quarrels or they will have bad luck all year. Both boys and girls have a duty to be happy on Dragobete day  to be loved throughout the year.

Field works, weaving, sewing, household heavy chores on Dragobete Day are not allowed. Instead, light cleaning can be done , considered that bring growth and freshness in your life .

You can not cry on Dragobete day. It is said that tears flowing in this day are bringing trouble and grief- in the coming months.

As you can see Valentine day is very similar to romanian Dragobete day (both celebrate love) the difference is just 10 days – from 14 February to 24 February and for a good measure the romanians celebrate both days with  same chocolate, flowers, and parties as everybody on the planet.

Happy Valentine Day to you all.h13-a


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Romanian stitched motifs on small pillow case

Feeling blue again.

Good progress  on my blue small pillow case. I have to admit that is not because I am a busy bee. It has to do with my best friend K, who keeps me on the phone around one hour almost daily and I have to do something with my hands .

Voila !!

blue romanian stitched motifs on small pillow case

blue Romanian stitched motifs on small pillow case

Last time we`we seen each other 5 years ago.May be, it will be a gift to her, because she had a good word for me so many times when I was really feeling blue.


blue romanian stitched motifs on small pillow case

blue Romanian stitched motifs on small pillow case




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Romanian Point Lace- How to start a project

Romanian Point Lace doilies are small projects to do whenever you want something small enough to fit in your bag.

To start a project you need

— a pattern.Yes, you can create one. Or you can buy it of course.

— some thread ( original is 100% cotton in cream colour ) but you can use any colour you like

— a crochet needle to fit your thread (I use 1 mm crochet hook) .

Below is a quarter of a pattern created by me to exemplify different types of cord and fillings in Romanian Point Lace . Is not finished yet because  I struggle with a new program to do patterns (hopefully final version will be ready soon)  but you can have a first impression .

a quarter of a doilie in Romanian Point Lace

If you do it yourself, you need to transfer the project to a piece of cloth ( using carbon paper) moving the pattern 90 degrees to create a complete square. The cloth needs to be with 3-4 cm bigger than the pattern. If you have a ready printed one on cloth , skip this point.

The result will be like this :

Romanian Point Lace complete doily pattern

Final dimension : a square of 18/18 cm .

Now I go to sleep but not before I tell you the good night… yesterday story.

To do a big Romanian Point Lace project is necessary to transfer entire project to cloth.To do the transfer you need to pin the pattern over carbon paper and after, both of them over the cloth and start to pass over tracing the pattern with a pen.

My mother (remember that we had communist times then ) borrowed pins from all lady neighbors and put me to count them and made a list  in order to return correct number to each one. Funny now but for me, to count so many pins was not. I still hate to transfer big patterns .

Good night ladies


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