Magical Folk Art & Crafts Fair

bobbin lace making

Art and crafts have always been a great love of mine.

A few days ago, I was very lucky to visit a fair dedicated to the traditional folk art and crafts of my native country – Slovakia.

The whole experience was just magical. That is probably the best word I can use to describe the feelings I had when I was watching a selection of very old crafts being demonstrated by the most skillful craftsmen right there in front of my eyes. They are the crafts that helped my ancestors live better and nicer lives. And the best thing is that those traditions are still alive.

I am very thankful to the kind people who came to demonstrate their skills in front of curious people like me and I am also thankful to the people who want to keep the old traditions alive and organize this great festival. It was an amazing, sentimental and important touch with the wisdom of the past. Just have look…

 

bobbin lace making

Bobbin lace making.

 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

bobbin lace making
 

blacksmithing

Blacksmithing.
 

blacksmithing
 

blacksmithing
 

cooperage

Cooperage.

 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

cooperage
 

painting on glass

Painting on glass.
 

painting on glass
 

painting on glass
 

wood carving

Wood carving.

 

wood carving

Chiseling wood.
 

wood carving
 

wood carving
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

chiseling wood
 

making wooden spoons and dishes
 

making musical instruments

Making musical instruments.
 

weaving on loom

Weaving on loom.
 

weaving on loom
 

weaving on loom
 

cast brass bells making

Cast brass bells making.
 

tinkering

Tinkering.
 

heart made from wire
 

gingerbread decorating

Gingerbread decorating.
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

gingerbread decorating
 

making products from leather

Leathercraft.
 

making ceramics

Making ceramics.
 

ceramics
 

making ceramics
 

crooked needle embroidery

Crooked needle embroidery.
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

crooked needle embroidery
 

making wooden toys

Making wooden toys.
 

decorating Easter eggs

Easter eggs decorating.
 

decorating Easter eggs
 

decorating Easter eggs with wire
 

decorating Easter eggs with wax
 

making whips

Making whips.
 

making shepherd’s dishes

Making shepherd’s dishes.
 

making herding sticks

And making herding sticks.

 
I hope you enjoyed this tour of traditional folk arts and crafts.

And, by the way, which craft is your favorite?

Love,
Petra

 

Mom’s New Art

wooden statue

As I might have mentioned before, a visit to my parents’ garden is always a breathtaking experience for me. During my last stroll there I pointed the camera at some pieces of Mom’s new art. She’s been very much into wood carving and painting lately and I am very excited to show you some of her recent work…

 
 

wooden statue

 

wooden carved statue

 

wooden statue woman

 

wood carving

 

painting

Thank you for letting me share, Mom! You are amazing!!

Love,
Petra
 

My Wonderland

I know people who need to travel seven seas or spend a fortune to find things that would amaze them.

All I need to do if I need a little heart-warming therapy is to visit my Mom’s garden.

To my surprise, it looks different every time I see it. And it always looks amazing.

It’s my wonderland.
 
 

My Mom carves faces out of… guess what?

Building blocks.
 
 

A mushroom.

Too cute.

I’d also love to be a person who notices an old building block and immediately sees a mushroom in it.
 
 

Another one.

A toadstool.

Gorgeous!

These guys have to be really thankful for having been released from those boring cuboid shapes.
 
 

Hello beautiful lady!

You could have been built into a house wall.

Now you are very special.

See? Life gets truly amazing sometimes.
 
 

Mom also carves out of wood.

 

Those nuts in the foreground are for Noemi.

Noemi is a squirrel.

She visits the garden every day to grab one of the nuts that Mom has prepared for her.

Even I got to see her once.

I’d say that Noemi is one very lucky squirrel.
 
 

In addition, Mom also paints on stones.

Just for fun.
 
 

I couldn’t resist and had to have a sneak peek into her atelier, too.

And this is what I found.

Next to seven million Mom’s paintings hanging on the wall there was Michael. In all his 3D beauty and splendor.

Mom likes Michael.

She greets him every time she walks into her atelier to work.

 

See? I told you. The world around my Mom is a wonderland.

I can’t wait for the next visit…
 

My Mom Is Gorgeous!

mom's-new-painting-II

mom's-new-painting-II

This is my Mom’s new oil painting.

I have said it many times before –  my Mom is just gorgeous!

She is the kindest person in the whole wide world and she has always been my greatest inspiration.

I love you Mom!