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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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! 🙂

So Tiny Stitches…

DSC_0014Want to decorate your clothes with something unusual? Well, you can use a beautiful scarf or jewelry… Or make a small hand embroidery.

Choose a piece of clothing that you want to decorate. For example breast-pocket of your top.DSC_0003-001

You also need some embroidery thread, needle and scissors. You can find any cute pattern in the Internet (Pinterest is always a good idea), but I prefer to improvise.

Very little time, so tiny stitches and your top (T-shirt or whatever) is quite unique. Just like you are.DSC_0005-001

Lily Crown Hairpin

DSC_0015What girl doesn’t love a crown? Even if it’s a big girl. I made this crown hairpin for my very sweet friend ukrainian writer Oksana. She called it ‘lily crown’ because it seems like water lily (truly romantic, right?).

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Paper Princess from one of Oksana’s book. Illustration by Svitlana Balukh

To make it quick and easy. And yes, I made a pattern that you can use not only for fabric.crown_pattern

For lily crown hairpin you will need:

  • Two sheets of fabric (one felt)

  • Pencil

  • Needle and threads for sewing

  • Scissors

  • 5 beads

  • 1-2 hairpins (or clips)

You need to do:

Cut the pattern pieces out and apply a pencil contour to the fabricDSC_0052

Cut the details out of fabricDSC_0053

Sew peaces together. I prefer to make felt base and bottomDSC_0055

Don’t forget to decorate the crown with some beadsDSC_0001

Sew the front and underside of the crown togetherDSC_0002DSC_0006

Sew the hairpins (or clips) to the bottomDSC_0007

That’s it. Cute lily crown is ready for the little princess. Or for the big one! 🙂DSC_0020DSC_0022

Owl Bookmark. HP book 1

dsc_0034A few months ago I’ve got this beautiful illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. And I wanted so much to add even little more magic to this adorable and well crafted book. So I decided to make an owl bookmark. Well, maybe not the snowy owl (like Harry’s Hedwig), more likely the barn owl. Still cute and the style observed, you know what I mean. 🙂9feda6ce17c671c131c615a6c7034495

I chose for my owl is very soft fleece. But felt will be also nice.DSC_0039

Use the following pattern to sew your owl bookmarkPattern

Sew one by one the right parts. Use the embroidery threads to make eyes, beak and feathersDSC_0003DSC_0005DSC_0013

Be sure to leave a hole on the top of the owl head to sew it to the ribbon bookmarkDSC_0038

And here is the finished owl bookmark for a wonderful book. Looking forward to the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets!dsc_0033DSC_0027DSC_0024DSC_0033DSC_0032DSC_0029