I am back after a long break, and hopefully this time I am here to stay!
Today is Mărțișor (Romanian pronunciation: [mərtsiʃor]), an old Romanian celebration at the beginning of spring. People offer each other a little talisman tied with a red and white string. Symbolically, it is correlated to women and to fertility as a means of life and continuity. The tradition is authentic in Romania, Moldova, and all territories inhabited by Romanians and Aromanians. Alike, though not identical, customs can be found in Bulgaria (see Martenitsa), while similar ones exist in Albania, Greece and Italy. If you would like to learn more about this celebration, you can find an interesting article on Wikipedia: Mărțișor.
I will keep this post short and show you some of my ‘Mărțișoare‘. For the past few days I’ve been “swimming” in dozens of red and white flower petals, trying to get back on quilling and I must admit it was strange after a few months break. Here is the final result:
And here with the red and white string:
For the flowers I’ve used 160g/sm paper, hand cut into 1.5mm paper strips. To achieve a glossy look, I coated them with water based varnish.
P.S. I really missed quilling and this blog! But most of all, the wonderful people I got to meet here!