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!

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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.

Tea Book

Hey there! It is almost spring, and I want to show you the one of my February projects. It’s not quite ‘Quiet’ Book, but it is definitely quilt. 🙂

I made it for my wonderful friend Oksana as a birthday gift. In fact, the main gift was this tea cup…

… and the Book is just kind of addition with some tea stories.

Green tea is all about Chinese dragon in a cup:Black tea shows some Indian elephants:Linden tea reminds of grandmother and harvesting linden blossoms:

Your cup of tea can tell many wonderful stories. You only need to listen, and look, and smell, and taste…

Polar Bear Bookmark

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:polar bear pattern

So, twenty minutes of time and a bookmark is ready! And yes, if you really want, it could be a necklace too. 🙂dsc_0008

Enjoy your reading!

Fabric Doll House. Green Gables

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)

Happy New Year!

Felt Christmas Ornaments with Cinnamon

dsc_0098December is the best time for Christmas music, tea with cinnamon and warm felt ornaments. Why not use cinnamon for them? 🙂

These tiny sweet ornaments will be a great addition to your Christmas tree decoration or a wonderful gift for your friends.dsc_0076dsc_0079

To make them you’ll need:

  • Red, white and green sheets of felt

  • Pencil

  • Needle and threads for sewing

  • Scissors

  • Cute buttons and beads

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Tiny ribbons for hanging

Use these patterns to make your Christmas ornaments134135

You need to do:

Cut the pattern pieces out and apply a pencil contour to the felt. Cut the details out of fabric.dsc_0061dsc_0066

Sew small details on the base: roof, windows and buttons – on the house and the tiny decorations – on the Christmas treedsc_0065dsc_0067

Sew base peaces together with a tiny stitches and don’t forget about cinnamon sticks and ribbons for hanging.dsc_0074dsc_0108

So beautiful. So delightful. And a little bit spicy…dsc_0100

Fabric Pumpkins with Cinnamon Stems

It is still time for a beautiful pumpkins. Today I’ll show you cute sewn pumpkins that would be a perfect addition to any seasonal display.

For fabric pumpkins you’ll need:

  • Assorted fabrics

  • Batting

  • Needle and threads for sewing

  • Scissors

  • Cinnamon sticks

  • Ribbons, lace, cute pendants

You need to do:

Cut out a fabric rectangle at least twice as long as it is wide. Fold in half across the length and sew short ends together

Sew a running stitch around one end of fabric and pull together and knot tightly. Turn right side outStuff with batting. With doubled thread and running stitches, sew around open end; pull thread and stitch to secureUse cinnamon sticks for stemsEmbellish further with lace, ribbons and cute pendants

Enjoy your beautiful and even more pumpkin Fall!