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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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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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Cross stitch hearts pillow

A lovely cross stitch pillow with 12 hearts finished. Each one is different. Easy, fast and nice to do project.

Be careful to measure enough allowance around. I let about 15 points – pattern is 153/153, I calculated 183/183 and after another 2 cm all around. I started from left side down, made the frame first and then the heart. Colour is dark red 814 from DMC . I think that cream on white will look great too, or black… it will be a repeat for sure.

Beautiful pattern from http://www.carton-marie.fr/

SNC00303 SNC00309 SNC00324 SNC00326

Thank you Marie.

I have a heart pattern collection and yours is on top.Good for Valentine gifts too, one heart for a small potpourri or a pin cushion.

Still have to do the actual pillow, now is just the front . In fact 3 or 4 ready to be done pillows wait on “to do“ list. I am at work from 7.30 to 17.30 and “to do“ list is loooong.

Have a nice day ladies.

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Romanian Point Lace-two types of double cord new photos and cross stitched pillows


After  this post about double cord in two variants_ see here_ new photos with details . A video will follow soon.

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

double cord in RPL with details

Hope that this is helpful. I try to do the video on this as soon as possible.

Mean time I finished to cross stitch my trio of 100% love .

cross stitched celtic heart

cross stitched celtic heart


 cross stitched love square gift

cross stitched love square gift



You make me smile when skies are grey  cross stitched words

You make me smile when skies are grey cross stitched words

We speak of pillows of course and all 3 are made on a square of aida 100 per 100 points, so 100 percents of love . How cute is this!  Lavender colour,not very visible here,  so sweet and calm inspiring. A gift to be for my friend K. and her husband.

Good night ladies.

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Yesterday stories to remember

It is important to save yesterday stories because all the people have something to tell that otherwise will be lost.  Stories about handmade arts that may be my child will never do because they are lost already.

My grandmother taught my mother, my mother taught me and the story continues. A little bit of cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, knitting and who knows what else.

beaded scissor fob no2

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