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luni, 6 iulie 2015

The Gatherer

In jur e o abundenta de flori, verde si gaze, iar inspiratia se lasa usor tentata zilele astea. Ma uitam la niste flori de echinaceea si mi-am dat seama ca, dincolo de proprietatile lor curative, sunt niste flori deosebite cu o culoare frumoasa. Atat mi-a trebuit:) Le-am pictat si m-am bucurat ca nuanta lor roz-lilla (nu ma prea pricep la termeni "profi" pentru diversele nuante) e intr-un constrast superb cu lemnul.

EN: There's an abundance of flowers, green and bugs all around, so inspiration is easy to tempt these days.I was looking at some Echinacea and I realized  that, beyond their medicinal properties, they are some special flowers, with a beautiful color. So I painted them and i was pleased that their pink-purple shade is in a great contrast with the wood.
 Tot pentru a stimula creativitatea (sau sa zicem ca asta e scuza:), nu ratam nicio zi cu vreme buna fara o plimbare prin padurile seculare ale Bucovinei. Am plecat dupa ciuperci, dar ne-am bucurat si de alte roade ale naturii. "Campuri" de fragute asteptau coapte si rumene sa le culegem si din inatmplare (si fericire), aveam la mine doua canite in care am "cazat" micutele parfumate.

EN: Also for stimulating imagination (or let's admit that this is the excuse:), we don't like to miss out a single sunny day without a walk through Bucovina's old forests. We left to find mushrooms, but we were as excited to find "fields" of wild strawberries.
 Am dat si de mult-ravnitul hrib, in exemplar unic, dar am compensat cu niste galbior proaspat iesiti.

EN: We found the wanted and famous king bolete, only a small one, but we compensated with some fresh chanterelle.


 Am surprins si un moment de tandrete intre doi fluturi, care parca asteptau sa fie fotografiati in lumina perfecta. Uneori ma gandesc ca tot ce creeaza natura e facut special pentru delectarea noastra.

EN: We captured a rare tenderness moment between two butterflies, which seemed to be waiting for a picture of them to be taken, in the perfect setting and light. Sometimes I think that nature creates all these beauty for us to marvel. 
 Si dupa o plimbare incantatoare, incarcati de soare, triluri de pasari si insecte si cu ochii odihniti in marea de verde, ne-am ales si cu o "recolta" bunicica: fragute, ciuperci, soc (chiar ultimul pe anul acesta inflorit) si niste rasina pe care planuiesc sa o combin cu ceara de albine, pentru lumanari parfumate.

EN: And after a lovely walk, charged by the sun, birds singing and with our eyes rested in this sea of green, we got ourselves a beautiful harvest: wild strawberries, mushrooms, elder tree flowers (the last flowered one for the year) and some resin which I plan to mix with bees wax and turn it into some scented candles.



marți, 30 iunie 2015

Day Dreaming

 Dorul de mare si vacanta devin cumva laitmotivele acestor zile si se pare ca nu doar eu visez la soare si relaxare. Comenzile sunt si ele in ultimul timp cu tema acvatica si estivala.

EN: Sea lust and craving for holiday seem to be the main topic these days and it feels like I'm not the only one dreaming of the sun and relaxation. My orders tend to have also a watery-summerish theme.

Daca in ultimele luni m-am simtit intr-un soi de roata care ma alearga, cu atatea evenimente, proiecte si comenzi, am reusit de curand sa imi gasesc ritmul si energia. Am inceput cu trezitul (mai) devreme, eu care ador orele multe de somn si leneveala de dimineata. Dar mi-am pastrat cate o zi pe saptamana (de obicei duminicile), pentru dormit neconditionat, iar in restul m-am obisnuit sa ma trezesc (fara ceas, pentru ca mi se pare o pedeapsa sa fiu trezita de brutalul sunet de alarma care tipa). Si e bine. Am spor mai mult si timp suficient pentru plimbari, cules plante, fructe sau mici experimente cum e si crema de arnica. Am primit cateva flori uscate de arnica, de la o matusa si m-am hotarat sa profit de proprietatile lor. Am facut o alifie simpla, cu ceara de albine, unt de cocos, ulei de masline si florile infuzate in acest amestec uleios, fierbinte. O sa o folosesc pentru dureri de articulatii si vanataile pe care reusesc sa le capat cand lucrez prin gradina.

EN: If the last months felt like a wheel running after me, with lots of events, projects and orders, I finally managed to find my rhythm and regain my energy. I started with waking up earlier, although I'm not a morning person and I enjoy laying in bed till late. But I kept one day in the week (usually Sundays), for unconditional dreaming and in the rest I wake up (without the alarm clock, which would feel like a punishment to me). And it's all good. I have more time for walking, picking plants and fruits or for little experiments, like this Arnica montana salve. I got some dried flowers, from an aunt, so I decided to take advantage of this plant's properties. I made a cream with bees wax, coconut oil, olive oil and the flowers infused in these hot oily mixture. I'll use it for rheumatic pain and the bruises I get when I work in the garden.

duminică, 28 iunie 2015

Playlist

 Ceva de duminica, ironico-amuzant, dar cumva foarte in ton cu tendintele actuale:)
 Febra 30 "Zen fratioare"

Richard Dadd "Comeunto these yellow sands"


vineri, 26 iunie 2015

Flying High

 E sezonul tricourilor (yupii, ca mult l-am asteptat!), asa ca si comenzile sunt majoritatea cu aceasta tema.
EN: It's T-shirt season (finally, after a long awaiting), so most of the orders have this theme.




Practice, usor de purtat, sunt pictate in culori rezistente la spalat si sunt niste tablouri la purtator.
EN: Practical, easy to wear, I make them with water resistant colors and they are paintings ready to wear.
Cum ne plac plimbarile prin paduri si eu una sunt culegator innascut, nu m-am putut abtine sa nu adun cea mai recent descoperita planta comestibila: macrisul-iepurelui. E acrisoara si frageda, numai buna de pus in salata. Eu am combinat-o cu ceapa verde, rucola, salata din gradina si am pus doar un strop de sare si niste ulei. Delicios!
EN: Because we enjoy walking in the woods and I'm a natural born gatherer, I couldn't help picking up the most recent discovered edible plant: wood sorrel, or Oxalis Acetosella). It's sour and fresh, suitable for salads. I mixed it with onion, lettuce, ruccola from the garden and added a pinch of salt and some oil. Delicious!