Needle holder

This sweet Soviet needle holder is probably from the seventies or eighties. It’s wooden with a plastic cap. I bought it almost by accident, I liked the nesting doll but I didn’t know it’s also something (more or less) practical :).   DSCN0261





Painted backgrounds and a real one

Some photos from my collection. I think they are more or less from the same time period (end of the nineteenth century, first decade of the twentieth century) with the exception of the smoking young man which is dated in pencil on the back 1930. The one with the two women and two boys is from a studio in Buenos Aires, so strange for it to end up here, in my collection. The woman in the ruffled dress, holding a book is from a studio in Timisoara, with an Art Noveau logo. The woman from the country side and her children are photographed, most probably, in front of their house.







Linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Thriftasaurus.

Absinthe spoon

When I picked up this strange looking spoon at the flea market (for almost nothing) I had no idea what it is. I liked its elegant leaf shape. I looked up its hallmarks, and I found out that the company Cailar Bayard went out of business in 1934. And this is an absinthe spoon. Quite interesting, besides its ugly name (Colonial).





Linking up with Vintage Bliss Tuesdays and Thriftasaurus.


Strange times of adjusting to a new rhythm, of feeling sad, of feeling angry, of trying to be hopeful, of being grateful for the good and sheltered life that I myself have while also thinking of possibilities to make small changes in the unfairness around…

Scanning a film that I have just picked up from the lab today, I was thinking that if someone in the future would find these photos, how idyllic our life would look like to that person… How good it really is most of the times…

These are some photos that I have scanned today, taken with my Welta Weltix camera and a very expired film in August and September, in parks, the forest and out of my window.





Liebster Award :)


Thank you a lot, Orange Smoothie for nominating me! It was fun answering the questions and thinking of some other ones.

Here’s how the award works:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated you.
    Include the Liebster Award sticker in the post too.
  2. Nominate 5 -10 other bloggers who you feel are worthy of this award. Let them know they have been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can also nominate the person who nominated you.
  3. Ensure all of these bloggers have fewer than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the eleven questions asked to you by the person who nominated you, and make eleven questions of your own for your nominees or you may use the same questions.
  5. Lastly, COPY these rules in your post.

I nominate these lovely bloggers (I’m not sure about the followers numbers, thought, I think some of these blogs have a larger number on different platforms):

Suzie from Second Hand Suzie

Ette from

Aniko from Idle needle

Questions for me to answer: 

  1. Clowns. Funny or Scary?

Mostly boring, but I have a nice vintage silver pendant shaped like a clown, with moving arms and legs :).arlechin

  1. Do you listen to music when you’re creating? If so, what/who?

Not so much, music tends to be disturbing to me when I need to think, and when I’m doing more repetitive things I prefer listening to audio books. But my favorite band in the last years is Tinariwen.

  1. Cars. Point A to Point B or a reflection of your personality?

I don’t have a driver’s license and I have no intention to get one. Not only that I prefer public transport for ecology reasons, but also I’m very bad at taking good decisions in crisis and I don’t have good reflexes, so I would definitely be a menace on the road.

  1. If you won the lottery, aside from savings, what would you buy first for yourself?

I always thought I like living in an apartment very much, but after having a difficult dog, who is very much controlled all the time on the street, I dream of a house with a big yard where he could run freely. I wouldn’t want to live in the country side, so this house would be in the city, so definitely I would have to win the lottery for that :).

  1. Do you have a hidden talent?

I try to make all my talents manifest :).

  1. PC or Mac?


  1. Favorite creative activity?

This changes all the time, usually I like writing and these days I’m very much into weaving.

  1. Favorite movie/tv program to binge watch?

I don’t really have a favorite one. I watch TV only in the night to numb my mind and get ready for sleep, so the silliest the show is the better.

  1. Favorite childhood memory?

Visiting socialist factories with my class in primary school. Finding out how everyday things like bread or textiles or books are produced and imagining that someday I’ll be as wise and great as the workers there. The reassuring feeling that everything makes sense in the world (feeling that it is long lost since then).

  1. Why did you start blogging?

I wanted to have a place where I can organize my collections and hobbies, a creative space to feel free in and from where to meet other people with same interests.

  1. Describe the place where you perform most of your creative work?

I don’t have a special place to work in. We use a lot the biggest room in the apartment as a workshop for sewing, crafting, making our art projects, writing and reading, etc. But I like moving around with my embroidery or weaving loom in different rooms or in the kitchen. So, I have little “kits” (boxes or baskets with the supplies for the different things I work on) that I can easily carry around with me from room to room.

To my nominees I ask: 

  1. List five things that make you happy.
  2. What’s your favorite season?
  3. Why do you like blogging?
  4. What makes you feel better when you are sad?
  5. What’s your best childhood memory?
  6. Tell us one of your strangest/funniest/nicest night dreams.
  7. Tell us one thing about yourself that you are the most proud of.
  8. What is your favorite small gesture that you do to make the world around you a better place?
  9. Who’s your favorite person/persons in the world?
  10. Describe the place in which you are the most creative.
  11. What’s your favorite vegetable?