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).
Try these wonderful muffins when you want light and delicious baking without eggs. These muffins have a very delicate orange flavor. They are perfect for tea parties and stay fresh for a long time, but will probably be eaten instantly.
You will need:
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick of butter
1/2 almond flour
a pinch of salt
1/3 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp soda
Preheat the oven to 340 F (170 C). Leave the butter to soften.
Squeeze the juice from the orange, add cinnamon
Mix butter with sugar, add almond flour and orange juice with cinnamon, pinch of salt and soda
Pour in the flour, mix well
Add some raisins. Put the dough into forms and bake for 30-40 minutes
Cool the muffins and decorate them as you like. Enjoy your tea!
Do you like ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ and its retellings as I do? This fairy tale was collected and recorded by the Norwegian folklorists, Peter Christen Asbjornsen and Jorgen Moe. They published it around 1845 in one of their first collections of tales. ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ had been previously popular in Scandinavian countries and then gained popularity in the United Kingdom and United States after the first English translation. It was also included by Andrew Lang in ‘The Blue Fairy Book’ (1889).Today ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ has so many adaptations, I can’t even count, but few of them I really like because of illustrations (‘East o ‘the Sun and West o’ the Moon’ by P.J. Lynch), or narrative (‘East’ by Edith Pattou), or singularity and design (‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’ by Jackie Morris). So I decided to make a fairy bookmark for these books.
Of course, I was inspired by a necklace from Jackie Morris’ book, and made it with blue lace and beads.
For Polar Bear I took white felt and used this pattern:
So, twenty minutes of time and a bookmark is ready! And yes, if you really want, it could be a necklace too. 🙂
Well guys, one little girl has already got her gift for Christmas, so I can show it here.
I wanted to create something special for the little lady, especially because she has a wonderful romantic mom who loves great classics. Not long thinking, I created a tiny rag doll with red hair and sewed for her a house. I named the doll Anne Shirley.
“But if you call me Anne, please call me Anne with an ‘e’.” (c)
And, as you may have guessed, her house is a symbolic version of Green Gables from the novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery.
“She opened her eyes and looked about her. They were on the crest of a hill. The sun had set some time since, but the landscape was still clear in the mellow afterlight. To the west a dark church spire rose up against a marigold sky. Below was a little valley and beyond a long, gently-rising slope with snug farmsteads scattered along it. From one to another the child’s eyes darted, eager and wistful. At last they lingered on one away to the left, far back from the road, dimly white with blossoming trees in the twilight of the surrounding woods. Over it, in the stainless southwest sky, a great crystal-white star was shining like a lamp of guidance and promise.” (c)
Let’s look inside.
Anne has a nice little bed…
and wardrobe with some cute clothes.
She has a bright skirt and beautiful dress. Sorry, Anne, it is although without puffed sleeves.
“Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves…” (c)
She can take a bath with a yellow rubber duck…
wear a cute robe after bathing…
and look into the mirror.
She can also make some tea in a small cozy kitchen.
And it is so good to sitting at the table looking at the favorite geranium!
“Oh, I like things to have handles even if they are only geraniums. It makes them seem more like people. How do you know but that it hurts a geranium’s feelings just to be called a geranium and nothing else? You wouldn’t like to be called nothing but a woman all the time. Yes, I shall call it Bonny…” (c)
Here are some more pictures of this portable fabric doll house. It is a good toy for home or in travel.
I think this is also a nice acquaintance with ‘Anne Shirley of Green Gables’ by Lucy Maud Montgomery.
“It’s delightful when your imaginations come true, isn’t it?” (c)