craftiness: my main man, Stefan

Posted by on Mar 11, 2012 in craftiness, pc-romania | No Comments

As a Moldovanca (a Romanian from the Moldavian region), when it comes to historical Romanians, I’m partial to Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) who built many a monastery in Moldavia after his victories in battle (or in the bedroom, depending on who’s telling the story).  But if I’m honest, the real reason for my […]

on the job: crafting with beneficiaries

Posted by on Jul 11, 2011 in craftiness, on the job, veronica | 2 Comments

Radu Update Radu has been regularly mentioned on my blog (here and here); don’t tell, but he’s a favorite. He’s the kid who’s really into crocheting and knitting on a loom. So much so, that he wants to crochet 24/7 — at home, at the center, in winter, in summer. I taught him to use […]

keeping traditions: Valentine’s Day

So the title is a little misleading.  I’m not typically one to put much emphasis on Valentine’s Day — it’s overly commercial, too couply and more about gifts than love.  But this year in Romania, David and I have been trying to celebrate holidays with a bit more pizazz.  As I’ve mentioned, being far from […]

keeping traditions: Christmas decorations

As I said in my last post, David and I didn’t do ANYTHING last year along the lines of decorating for Christmas.  This year, I’m trying to be better about it — because it keeps me busy, it keeps me creative, and it’ll feel better on Christmas Day for it to look Christmasy around the […]

craftiness: our advent calendar

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in craftiness, pc-romania | No Comments

Last year, we did very little to prepare for Christmas.  No shopping, no decorating, no listening to Christmas music.  It was our first Christmas far from home and we thought that if we skipped the sentimental stuff, maybe we wouldn’t be too sentimental.  But that didn’t pan out — it was tough and sad not […]

on the job: radu makes a fular

Posted by on Oct 6, 2010 in craftiness, on the job, pc-romania, veronica | No Comments

This is Radu. He’s one of my beneficiaries.  Radu loves weaving and making rag rugs, really anything that uses a gherghef (a loom).  He talks and talks and talks all about his dreams of having really big gherghefs and really little gherghefs for any project he can think of. There’s even a dream of a […]

about romania: martisor

Posted by on Mar 7, 2010 in about romania, craftiness, pc-romania, veronica | No Comments

You can tell that Romanians across the ages have gotten tired of winter by the end of February because when the first of March hits, they celebrate by pretending  it’s spring.  Martisor is a holiday that welcomes spring even though it could be snowing.  It’s celebrated  with children giving men presents (booze and hygiene products […]

craftiness: crocheting madness

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in craftiness, pc-romania, veronica | No Comments

It’s cold, icy, grey, and dreary; It’s dark by 4:30PM. Romanian reality shows aren’t helping my language or my nerves.  We only have so many books.  So, I’ve been crocheting.  Bunches. I started an afghan on my train ride to Bucuresti back in November (a few interesting stories from that) and I finished it last […]