Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Rame foto / Photo frames


Ramo foto din lemn, decorata prin tehnica decoupage si pictata in culori acrilice / 
Wooden photo frame decorated with the decoupage technique and painted with acrylic colors

Ramo foto din lemn, pictata manual in culori acrilice / 
Wooden photo frame hand painted with acrylic colors

Ramo foto din lemn, pictata manual in culori acrilice / 
Wooden photo frame hand painted with acrylic colors

Ramo foto din lemn, pictata manual in culori acrilice / 
Wooden photo frame hand painted with acrylic colors

Ramo foto din lemn, pictata manual in culori acrilice si decorata cu aplicatii de scoici si nisip/ 
Wooden photo frame hand painted with acrylic colors and decorated with sea shells and sand

Rame pentru a ne adaposti amintirile care ne lumineaza zilele. /
Frames to shelter the memories that light up our days. 
  
"Memories, light the corners of my mind,
Misty, watercolor memories, of the way we were.
Scattered pictures of the smiles we left behind,
Smiles we give to one another
for the way we were. 
...
so it's the laughter we will remember
whenever we remember
the way we were."
- The Way We Were, by A.L.Webber, T.S.Elliot, T.Nunn

Si urmariti-o pe Barbara Streisand dand suflet acestor versuri. /
And watch Barbara Streisand giving life to these lyrics. 


Friday, December 9, 2011

Testul Tripului Filtru / The Triple Filter Test




Oglinda cu floarea soarelui / Sunflower Mirror
Oglinda cu rama lata din lemn pictata manual si decorata prin tehnica decoupaj / 
Mirror with wide wooden frame, hand painted and decorated with decoupaje


Oglinda cu bambus / Bamboo Mirror
Oglinda cu rama lata din lemn pictata manual cu culori acrilice / 
Mirror with wide wooden frame, hand painted with acrylic colors


Oglinda de iarna / Winter Mirror
Oglinda cu rama lata din lemn pictata manual si decorata prin tehnica decoupaj /
Mirror with wide wooden frame, hand painted and decorated with decoupaje

In urma cu cateva zile am descoperit pe mail urmatoarea povestioara, care desi nu stiu de unde provine, mi-a placut foarte mult.  Mi se pare un test excelent pentru a ne face viata mai frumoasa.  Sper sa va placa si voua!

In Grecia Antica, Socrate era renumit pentru respectul cu care isi trata prietenii.
Intr-o zi, o cunostinta l-a intalnit pe marele filosof si l-a intrebat:
"Stii ce-am auzit despre prietenul tau?"
"Stai putin", a replicat Socrate."Inainte de a-mi spune ceva as dori sa facem un test. Se numeste testul Filtrului Triplu."
"Filtrul Triplu?"
"Exact", a continuat Socrate. "Inainte de a vorbi cu tine despre prietenul meu , ar fi o idee buna sa stam un pic si sa filtram ceea ce vei spune. Acesta este motivul pentru care il numesc testul Triplului Filtru. Primul filtru este Adevarul. Esti absolut sigur ca ceea ce vrei sa-mi spui este adevarat?"
"Nu", spuse omul. "De fapt doar am auzit despre asta si......"
"In regula", a spus Socrate. "Deci nu stii daca este adevarat sau nu.  Acum hai sa incercam si al doilea filtru, filtrul Bunatatii. Ceea ce vrei sa-mi spui despre prietenul meu este ceva bun?"
"Nu, din contra........."
"Deci," A continuat Socrate, "Vrei sa-mi spui ceva rau despre el dar nu esti sigur ca este adevarat. Totusi poti sa treci testul, deoarece mai este un filtru: filtrul Utilitatii. Ceea ce vrei sa-mi spui despre prietenul meu imi va fi de folos?"
"Nu, nu chiar."
"Bine", a concluzionat Socrate, "Daca ceea ce vrei sa-mi spui nu este nici adevarat, nici bun, nici chiar folositor, de ce mai trebuie sa-mi spui ceva?"

A few days ago I discovered in my inbox the following story, and even though I do not know its source, I enjoyed it very much.  I find it is an excellent test to make our lives beautiful.  Hope you enjoy it too!

In ancient Greece, Socrates was famous for treating his friends with great respect.  One day, an acquaintance asked him:  "Do you know what I've heard about your friend?"
"Just a minute," replied Socrates.  "Before you say more, I'd like to do a short test - the Test of the Triple Filter."
"The Triple Filter?"
"Exactly," continued Socrates.  "Before talking to you about my friend, let's stop for a second and filter what you are about to tell me.  This is why I call it the Triple Filter test.  The first filter is Truth.  are you absolutelly sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"
"No," answered the acquaintance.  "Actually, I have just heard about this and ... "
"All right," continued Socrates.  "So you do not know if it is true or not.  Now, let's try the second filter, the Filter of Kindness.  What you wish to tell me about my friend is kind?"
"No, quite the opposite ... "
"So," continued Socrates, "you wish to tell me something bad about him but you are not sure  that it is true.  You can still pass the test, because there is one more filter - the Filter of Usefulness.  Will I find useful what you wish to tell me?"
"No, not exactly."
"Alright,"concluded Socrates, "if what you wish to tell me is neither true, nor kind, nor useful, why do you have to tell me anything?" 

Friday, September 30, 2011

Decoupage

Mirodenii / Spices
Tehnica decoupage cu servetel aplicata pe o bucata tigla veche / 
The napkin decoupage technique applied on an old piece of roof tile

Trandafiri / Roses
Tehnica decoupage cu hartie de orez pe o bucata de lemn / 
Decoupage with rice paper applied on a piece of wood

Iata doua lucrari noi cu  o tehnica pe care am descoperit-o de curand si care ma fascineaza - tehnica decoupage!

Prima este inspirata dintr-un tutorial pe care l-am savurat pe site-ul creativ art-hobby.  In vara, o prietena a schimbat tigla de pe casa ei, iar eu am luat cateva bucati (care, printre altele, au rezistat la intemperii timp de mai bine de 10 ani) pentru ca-mi placea forma si textura.  Cand le-am luat nu prea stiam ce urma sa fac cu ele, dar acum mi se par si mai interesante!

Zilele trecute, printr-o plimbare prin Bucuresti, m-am oprit intr-un magazin de materiale de pictura si m-am indragostit de o coala de hartie de orez cu acesti trandafiri.  Ii si vedeam odihnindu-se pe o bucata frumoasa de lemn, protejati de un strat crapat de lac!  Desigur ca n-am rezistat sa-i si pictez un pic.  Si iata-i - proaspeti pentru totdeauna!

Here are two new pieces created with a technique I recently discovered and become fascinated with - decoupage!


The first is inspired from a tutorial I savoured on the site creativ art-hobby.  This summer, a friend change the tiles on the roof of her house, and I took some of the pieces (which, by the way, have withstood the weather for more than 10 years) because I loved their shape and texture.  I did not know what I would do with them, but now they are even more interesting!


A few days ago, during a walk in Bucharest, I made a stop in a painting supplies store and fell in love with a piece of rice paper with these roses.  I could see them resting on a beautiful piece of wood, protected by a layer of crackled varnish!  And of course I couldn't resist to add a little paint as well.  And here they are - forever fresh!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cale / Calla Lillies



pictura in acrilic, panza pe rama din lemn, dimensiune 30 x 40 cm
acrylic painting, canvas on wooden frame, size 30 x 40 cm

Saturday, September 24, 2011

ARTFair Romania


Zilele acestea are loc in gradina Green Hours de pe Calea Victoriei o frumoasa expozitie de arta contemporana in aer liber - ARTFair Romania.  O ocazie minunata de a admira lucrari originale de pictura, grafica, arta decorativa si de a discuta cu artistii intr-un cadru neconventional si relaxant.  Merita o vizita!


This Saturday and Sunday, in the Green Hours garden on Calea Victoriei, there is a beautiful exposition of contemporary art - ARTFair Romania.  A wonderful ocassion to admire original works -paintings, graphics, decorative arts- and to chat with the artists in an unconventional, relaxing space.  Well worth a visit!


Iata cateva dintre ele...

Here are some of them ...


Sculpturi din lana de / Wool sculptures by Ramona Stanca Vartosu  

Pictura lui / Paintings by Dan Isaila

Pictura si obiecte decorative de / Paintings and decorative objects by Iulian Virtopeanu

Dorel Manole

Fotografie pe lemn / Photography on wood Wood Be Nice



Ziua Nationala a Pasiunilor / National Passion Day


You will need to find your passion. Don't give up on finding it because then all you're doing is waiting for the Reaper.  ... Your pasion must come from the things that fuel you from the inside.
Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Commencement Speech, 2008
(quotations taken from www.quotationspage.com)



Ieri am participat impreuna cu Alexandra la Ziua Nationala a Pasiunilor organizata in Centrul Vechi al Bucurestiului.  Pasiunea pentru hand-made a fost gazduita cu multa eleganta si caldura de catre Club Armada!


Yesterday, along with Alexandra I took part in the National Passion Day organized in the Bucharest Old City.  The passion for hand-made was hosted with much elegance and warmth by Armada Club


Un cadru minunat in care ne-am expus piesele lucrate manual, am avut ocazia sa discutam cu alti pasionati si am confectionat impreuna brelocuri!


A beautiful scene where we showcased our hand made pieces, had the chance to chat with others that share this passion, and made together key chains!












   

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Bratari / Bangles



Dupa ce am vazut atatea lucruri frumoase, mi s-a deschis apetitul de diversificare.  Asa ca iata cateva din primele creatii!  Bratari din lemn, vopsite manual cu culori acrilice si decorate cu aplicatii de dantela vintage (din anii 70) si bentite brodate.  Sper sa va placa!

After seeing so many beautiful things, I have an urge to diversify.  So here are some first creations!  Wooden bangles, hand-painted with acrylics and decorated with vintage (from the 70's) lace and embroidered ribbon.  Hope you like them!

Vintage Never Dies

Duminica trecuta, asa cum v-am anuntat, am fost la Vintage Never Dies.  Intr-un local frumos din centrul vechi al Bucurestiului, ne-am intalnit pasionati de vintage si hand-made, ne-am expus o parte din lucrari, ne-am simtit bine si ne-am bucurat de timpul petrecut impreuna!  Iata cateva poze, facute de  Alexandra, cea care ne-a lansat aceasta invitatie, deaorece n-am fost pe aceeasi lungime de unda cu apartul meu foto si doar o poza a fost recuperabila!
Last Sunday, as announced, I attended Vintage Never Dies.  In a beautiful pub in the old centre of Bucharest, I met with other fans of vintage and hand-made, we showed some of our works, felt good and enjoyed the time spent together!  Here are some photos, taken by Alexandra, who had launched the invitation, because I was not on the same wavelength with my camera and only one photo was salvageable!


Minunatii cercei si flori ale Dianei / Diana's beautiful earrings and flowers

Hainele, gentile si pernutele jucause ale Alexandrei / Alexandra's playful clothing, handbags and pillows
 Bijuterii lucrate manual de Gem's Gems Design / Handmade jewelry by Gem's Gem Design

Creatiile Cristinei / Cristina's creations


Minunatele rochi si accesoriile pictate ale lui Gabi / Gabi's beautiful dresses and painted accessories

Accesoriile de la Pixie Stuff / Pixie Stuff accessories
Si cateva dintre lucrusoarele mele / And some of my stuff

Multumesc tuturor pentru ca ati venit si am petrecut o dupa amiaza frumoasa impreuna!  
Thank you all for coming and spending a beautiful afternoon together!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vintage Never Dies


Duminica aceasta intre orele 15:00 - 22:00, daca sunteti in Bucuresti, sunteti invitati la editia a patra a targului Vintage Never Dies, care va avea loc la Elephant Pub, str Gabroveni, nr 16, in cadrul magic al Centrului Vechi!   Veti putea sa admirati si achizitionati imbracaminte si accesorii vintage, obiecte lucrate manual si veti avea sansa sa va impartasiti pasiunea cu alti impatimiti ai genului.
This Sunday between 3:00 and 10:00pm, if you are in Bucharest, you are cordially invited to the fourth edition of the Vintage Never Dies Fair, that will take place in the Elephant Pub on Gabroveni street, nr 16, in the magical setting of the Old City!  Here, you' will be able to admire and purchase  vintage clothes and accessories, hand-made pieces as well as have the chance to share your passion with others.


Iata si unele din lucrarile mele prezentate la targ:
Here are some of the pieces that I will present at the Fair:






Va doresc un sfarsit de saptamana minunat!  
Wishing you a magnificent week-end!