Category Archives: crafts

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

 

Random Joy (A Very Colorful Edition)

colorful glass flower beads for crafting

Crafting is my love and joy and a few lovely and colorful things of crafty kind have made me really happy recently. I love those phases of my creative process where I gather cute little things and let them inspire me. Ahh, pure joy! And the joy gets even bigger if I can share those little thingies with you…

 

crochet

I enjoy using my new colorful flower beads. They are already playing an important prettifying role in my new crochet project (psst, more on that in my later post).

 
 

crochet presentation in ikea frame filled with burlap fabric

I also enjoy my new Ikea frame that I have adjusted a little and use it as a presentation board for my crochet ornaments.

 
 

colorful sequins

I enjoy these colorful sequins. Christmas projects, here I come!

 
 

colorful heart beads

And these heart beads – them and me, that is true love.

 
 

wooden sticks heart and star

I have yet to find a way how to use these wooden sticks (any ideas?). But aren’t they just adorable?

 
 

colorful ribbons

And these ribbons. A colorful ribbon is a girl’s best friend… is what I say.

 
 

owl notebook with owl pen

I really love my new owl notebook too. Oh, and it came with an owl pen. Ahh, my heart is happy.

 
 

heart punch

Thanks for letting me share my little joys, dear friends! I appreciate it!

Wishing you a nice day!

Love,
Petra

 

Lovely Handmade Baskets

handmade baskets

I have always been a big fan of crafts and handmade products. They hide so much love and make me truly and utterly happy. I love looking at them, I love studying each and every part of them, I love imagining life stories of people who created them and why they were drawn to this or that particular craft. And most of all, I absolutely marvel at products made by my own people, I mean, my family.

Like, these baskets, they were made by my Grandpa – an avid basket weaver.

I introduced his work to you a couple of years ago. I loved his recent baskets so much that I thought I’d definitely need to share them with you.

Enjoy!

 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets
 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets

 

handmade baskets

I am looking forward to all the future baskets that my Grandpa will give life to. He is a true master!

Love,
Petra

 

Some Cute Sweaters My Mom Knitted

cute knitted sweaters and vests

Earlier this week I went to visit my parents after a couple of months.

When a visit like this takes place, me and my Mom always share the results of our current crafting adventures with each other. Thanks to this happy tradition I was allowed to see the knitted sweaters and vests that my Mom managed to finish during the months of this past winter. I have to admit, that sight left me in a state of complete amazement for quite a while… there were so many items and they were so… well… beauuutiful!

To make her sweaters, Mom almost never uses patterns and her knitted or crocheted products are usually the result of her own imagination.

Would you like to see these beauties in some more detail? Well, I will be happy to show them to you then… 

green knitted sweater

I love this color.

 
 

black and orange long knitted vest

Mom fell in love with vests like this one.

 
 

black and orange long knitted vest neck detail

Oh, how I love all these details. They are truly fascinating to me. I could study her work for hours.

 
 

white long knitted vest front side

As far as I can remember, Mom has been really great with various pattern and shape combinations.
 
 

white long knitted vest back side

The back parts of her sweaters tell their own stories. They usually look more or less different from the front parts.

 
 

purple long knitted vest

Ah, magnificent!

 
 

purple long knitted vest back side

And again, the back side of the vest shown above.

 
 

pink long knitted vest

I like this one too. It looks so comfy.
 
 

white long knitted vest with pockets

And this I call a masterpiece. It took me quite some time to figure out how it had been done.

 
 

white long knitted vest with pockets back side

The back side – just wonderful, in my humble opinion.

 
 

stirped pink grey and white long knitted vest

And this is the last one I snapped. Just waiting to be finished. Love the choice of yarn. My Dad chose it, as I’ve heard… great job, Dad :).

I hope you enjoyed this little presentation. I myself am looking forward to many more knitted and crocheted items from my beloved Mom!

With love,
Petra and Gitka