Dragon Bookmark

DSC_0071While we are all waiting for the new illustrated HP (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire), I got the British edition of Fantastic Beasts illustrated by Olivia Lomenech Gill. Olivia’s graphic style is very different from Jim Kay, but I think that can be attributed to the merits of the book. The edition turned out very atmospheric and even vintage. I really love it! And of course, I made the bookmark for it!

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This time I chose the image of a small cute dragon:DSC_0106

Not sure that it can be classified. Newt Scamander would have accurately determined that guy, but for me it will quite come for the Antipodean Opaleye or even the Swedish Short-Snout.DSC_0109

It seems that the book now has a special Ravenclaw mood, but I don’t mind at all.DSC_0103

Here is the Dragon pattern:IMG

And a few more pages from the book:DSC_0110DSC_0112DSC_0116DSC_0114

The other bookmarks you can find herehere and here.

P.S.: Did you see the new covers of Harry Potter 20th anniversary editions designed by Brian Selznick? They will be gorgeous!

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It’s Time For Bunnies

DSC_0005 copyIt is no secret that now is the best time for bunnies. There are many cute bunny shaped Easter treats in the stores. These days I often meet some wild rabbits on the trail near my home. There are bunnies in trend books and movies. Therefore it’s not surprising that I chose the bunny when I started sewing a toy for the newborn son of my friend.
This little polka dot guy is now going to baby boy Theo, and you can use the pattern to make the same one:

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Happy Easter, friends! 🐰

Black Dog (or Grim) Bookmark. HP book 3

Recently I received my copy of the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and as always I’m thrilled with the beauty of Jim Kay’s work. This is my favorite book from the whole HP series and to have it in such a glorious format is a real magical happiness. I like a different vision of the characters by the artist, his attention to detail and stunning ingenuity.

And of course, I made a new thematic bookmark! I thought for a long time on what to stop. Or not, actually, I chose between a ginger cat and a black dog. I really-really like Hermione’s Crookshanks! 🙂 But eventually, I stopped at the Animagus form of Sirius Black. This guy is one of my favorite characters, and the Grim-like dog is a very symbolic for the Book 3 in general.

It is best to use felt to make a bookmark and ‘for Geminio’ you can use the following pattern:

That’s what I got as a result

And as always, let’s look inside the book!

The title of Style Icon undoubtedly goes to Professor Trelawney!

Yeah, it is an excellent illustrated edition like all the previous ones!

The other bookmarks you can find here and here. And here is a great recipe for yummy pumpkin juice!

Wheat Risotto

Recently I had a small vacation in Spokane. In a nice cozy restaurant, I ordered a wheat risotto and it was so insanely delicious that I decided to cook some at home.

This recipe is a kind of experiment. Must admit, it’s a pretty successful experiment, so I can safely advise to try it. Do not add some ingredients at the end of cooking and your wheat risotto will be a vegan-friendly meal. 🙂

You’ll need:

  • 1 сup wheat grain

  • 1-2 chopped onions

  • 5-6 Champignon mushrooms

  • finely chopped rosemary (fresh or dried)

  • 2 cloves of garlic

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 cup vegetable broth

  • 1 cup white wine

  • salt, black pepper

  • 1/2 cup butter (optional)

  • 1 cup fresh shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (optional)

Instructions:

Place 1 сup wheat grain in a large heavy saucepan. Add 3-4 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Drain and rinse.

I like this Organic Whole Grain Emmer Farro from Bluebird Grain Farms most of all.

Saute onion in a bit of olive oil on medium heat about 5 minutes.

Add chopped mushrooms and rosemary and cook about 3-4 minutes.

Add garlic and cook another minute.

Add cooked wheat grain, 1 cup wine. Turn heat up to medium high and cook until liquid is absorbed.

Stir frequently. Add 1 cup vegetable broth. Cook until liquid is absorbed.

Your risotto is ready!

Optional:

Chopped butter, add to risotto, stir. Then add some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Enjoy!

Leonardo Cat. Cross Stitch

Today I will show you a very beautiful large cross-stitch picture. This is a reproduction of the picture by wonderful artist Geoff Tristram and it’s called ‘Leonardo’.

This project can take a lot of time, but the finished cross-stitch picture turns out magnificent.

I found the pattern here. Please, keep in mind that the key table shows only Dimensions threads codes. To convert them to DMC use this link.

Books for Kids

Dear friends! I know you haven’t heard from me for a long time, but now I am excited to announce something absolutely special. Four of my books for toddlers, created in a wonderful collaboration with Chimalecha Books publishing house, are now available on Amazon.
You can purchase any of them in paperback format or choose the Kindle Edition option with a great price (and even for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited member).

What Does The Ball Like Most Of All

Bears Can Fly

For Whom Does The Sun Shine?

The Little Train Goes On A Trip

Hope you and your kids will enjoy these books! 🙂