Sunday, June 27, 2010

Update on my talents

Just thought I'd show you a mismatched array of things I have produced in the last month. First of all, I found a calendar- teatowel at a thrift store and loved the image on it,

Ma gandeam sa va arat o colectie haotica de lucruri pe care le-am produs luna asta. In primul rand, un prosop de bucatarie cu calendar pe care l-am gasit la un second si a carui imagine mi-a placut f mult, I bought it, cut it and turned into a little quilt. I'll hang it in my kitchen as soon as I decide upon the location.
...asa ca l-am cumparat si l-am transformat intr-un quiltuletz. O sa-l pun pe perete in bucatarie, imediat ce ma hotarasc unde.
Secondly, I made a gift for my godmother. I knew I wanted to make some jewellery, but that was the only thing I knew for certain. So after drawing about 10 necklace versions, deciding on the winning one and starting to work on it, the new (and infinitely better) idea came to me, so I dropped what I had begun and started on this:

In al doilea rand, am facut un cadou pentru nasa mea. Stiam ca vreau sa-i fac ceva bijuterie, dar asta era singurul lucru sigur pe care-l stiam. Asa ca, dupa ce am desenat vreo 10 variante de colier si m-am hotarat asupra celei castigatoare, am inceput sa lucrez la ea, cand mi-a venit brusc noua (si infinit mai buna) idee, asa ca am lasat din mana ce lucram si m-am apucat de asta:
I had never done beading before, but with the help of a free book (discovered by Teodora), I managed a final product that I'm very proud of. It took me about 24 hours of solid work but hey, what are nights for? To me it looks Indian, to others it looks Egyptian. What do you think?
Anyway, I'll definitely make more stuff with this technique...but possibly less shiny :)

N-am mai lucrat cu tehnica asta inainte, dar cu ajutorul unei carti gratis (descoperita de Teodora), mi-a reusit un produs final de care sunt foarte mandra. Mi-a luat cam 24 de ore de lucru dar pentru ce sunt noptile? Mie mi se pare ca arata indian, altora li se pare egiptean. Voi ce credeti? Oricum, sigur o sa mai fac chestii cu tehnica asta...probabil mai putin stralucitoare, totusi :)
And last but not least, I made my very first item of clothing! Which took the shape of some very simple wrap-around pants, but I love them and have worn them a lot already. I'll be back with less pathetic pictures; here I had to edit out the messy room behind me.
Si nu in ultimul rand, am facut primul meu obiect de imbracaminte! Care a luat forma unor pantaloni petrecuti foarte simpli, dar pe care ii iombesc si i-am purtat mult deja. O sa revin cu poze mai putin jalnice; aici a trebuit sa tai afara camera dezordonata din spatele meu :)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Hot sexy...Pops

Ladies, let me present to you the most eligible bachelor of 2010. On his street at least, anyway.

Doamnelor, dati-mi voie sa vi-l prezint pe cel mai ravnit burlac al anului 2010. Ma rog, cel putin pe strada lui.

Mr. Octavian Cotârţă, or Moş Cotârţă, as kids on the street call him nowadays, has been retired for a couple of years. He now fills his spare time by reading scientific papers and looking after his garden.

Octavian Cotârţă, sau Moş Cotârţă
, cum ii spun copiii de pe strada, e pensionar de cativa ani. Acum isi umple timpul citind lucrari stiintifice si ingrijindu-se de gradina.
And of course, looking for a lady to share his retirement years with. After all, he's still going strong and is still rather handsome and well groomed, isn't he?

Si, bineinteles, cautand o doamna cu care sa-si imparta anii batranetii. Ca doar se
tine bine inca, e chipes si ingrijit, nu?

Sure, he has the odd ache here and there, but so do all of us.

Desigur, il mai apuca cate o durere pe ici pe colo, dar toti suferim de asa ceva.

I must not forget to tell you that Mr. Cotârţă is not just any old pensioner. He used to be a reputed ornithologist in his day. Yeah, don't look at me like that! He even had a new species of bird named after him. The moşcotârţă is a medium sized water bird with interesting dotty plumage. Unfortunately, Mr. Cotârţă's thesis on the bird was just as dotty, which lead to Oxford University's repeated refusals to publish it.

Sa nu uit sa va spun ca Dl
Cotârţă nu e un pensionar oarecare. A fost mare ornitolog la vremea lui. Da da, nu va uitati asa la mine! Exista chiar si o specie de pasari numite dupa el. Moşcotârţa este o pasare de balta, cu un penaj interesant, bulinos. Din fericire, tot de balta au fost si cunostintele prezentate de lucrarea Dlui Cotârţă, care a condus la refuzurile repetate ale Universitatii Oxford de a o publica.

Oh well, life goes on. A nice lady to make tea and watch birds with would be nice though... Any volunteers?

Dar asta este, viata merge inainte. Ar fi frumos totusi sa aiba o doamna draguta care sa faca ceai si cu care sa se uite la pasari... Se ofera cineva?

P.S. This man-doll is part of a group project with my online quilting group. I will post all the dolls as soon as they are all ready.
P.S. Acest papusoi e parte a unui proiect de grup, cu grupul Peticelul. Va voi arata toate papusile imediat ce sunt gata.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Expo Craiova

My online group is currently exhibiting their work in Craiova. Over 40 original, pretty and very well received quilts. Just thought I'd brag. :) More pictures here.

Grupul meu virtual, Peticelul Romanesc International, are o expozitie la Craiova. Peste 4o de quilturi originale, frumoase si foarte bine primite. Voiam doar sa ma laud. :) Mai multe poze aici.

Daca aveti drum prin Craiova, mergeti si vedeti, e deschisa pana in 11 iunie.