Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Love is in the air

It is still very cold here and it seems that winter doesn't want to step aside just yet.
 
However, rather than snowflakes, it's time for hearts (and kisses and huggies :D) for the upcoming Valentine's Day and Dragobete, which is a Romanian holiday that takes place 10 days after, on the 24th of February.

One of the old customs was that young people went in groups to the woods to look for spring flowers and then sit and talk. Around midday, the girls would run back home chased by boys that liked them. If the boy was fast enough and caught the girl he liked and she liked him back, they would kiss in front of everybody.

Such lovely traditions our country has!

In keeping with the spirit of the season, where you see red and pink hearts all over the place, I took the time and tatted a small red heart myself:

I named this "The ember within"
 
The pattern is one that I really like, by Mary Konior, from the book "Tatting with visual patterns".

I actually made this heart when I was just learning to tat, as one of my first attempts at a more elaborate pattern (i.e. more than just one dozen rings and chains together). I learned by watching a lot of tutorial videos and I followed this one, by 24atp.

Back then I had a much thicker needle for such thin thread, so the heart ended up quite big compared to the one above.

I was very proud of it nonetheless and blocked it and put it aside in a box, wondering what I could stitch it to so it would look nice.

This was also very close to our wedding and my godmother and my mother-in-law were busy redecorating the little wooden house for the big event. You see, in Romania, it is customary to have a box shaped like a house that the people attending can put their gift in for the newlyweds (this was considered money for their first house together, hence the shape of the box).

My mother-in-law was telling me about the decorations and I told her I had a little purple lace heart that I wanted to add there. When I arrived there, the house was almost ready. To my surprise, she had used some store-bought lace that had a similar motif and color to the heart. It fit perfectly on top of the house:

The little heart I made is on top
 
I was very happy with the result and of course had to brag about it to everyone who would listen, heh.

I hope everyone has a love-filled week... month... make that a love-filled life!

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