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!

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Vegan Mushroom Soup

This is probably the most simple soup recipe that can be. At the same time, this soup is very tasty. It is also light, gluten-free and vegan. 🙂

You will need quite a bit of ingredients:

  • 3-4 potatoes

  • 1-2 carrots

  • 1-2 onions

  • 1/2 lb mushrooms (I made it with shiitake, but portobello or button mushrooms are also good)

  • Salt, pepper, seasonings

  • Vegetable oil 3-4 tbsp

You have to do:

Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Salt the water and add the chopped potatoes and carrots. Leave to cook for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile stir the diced onions with the vegetable oil in a frying pan.

Add slicing mushrooms and stir them with onions together. Add some salt, pepper and seasonings and continue to cook about 10 minutes.

Reduce the heat under the saucepan and add mushrooms and onions to it.

Allow to cook for at least 15 minutes.

When the soup is ready, you can use a blender to make it creamy. Or just eat it with some bread or croutons.

Enjoy your delicious vegan soup!

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!

Pumpkin Juice

Halloween, and all this magical Fall! This time is perfect for the HP books, movies, knitted striped scarves and pumpkin juice.

I really like the concept of this Bottle Pumpkin Juice, but I’m not sure that it is healthy as the original wizarding beverage. You know, the students at Hogwarts drink it all the time: on breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions.

Well, in our world there is still no ‘London Pumpkins & Sons’, but instead we have Dinah Bucholz’s The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. So, let’s make our own HP pumpkin juice!

You need:

  • 1 small pie pumpkin (or 1 cup canned pumpkin)

  • 2 cups apple juice

  • 1 cup white grape juice

  • 1 cup pineapple juice

You need to do:

For fresh pumpkin, preheat the oven to 400 F (200 C). Split pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and place pumpkin on a baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour or until soft.

When pumpkin is cool, scoop out the flesh. Discard the skin. Using a spatula, press flesh through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl. Scrape and mash as you push until you have 1 cup of pumpkin. Discard the pulpy mass in the sieve.

Pour apple juice, grape juice, pineapple juice and pumpkin into a pitcher; stir well until combined completely. Chill your juice until it’s very cold. Enjoy!

And… Happy Halloween!

Gryffindor Sock Bookmark. HP book 2

I am so happy that the second illustrated HP book is out! Yes, it’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and, of course, I made a new bookmark for it!

As you can remember, I made a little owl bookmark for the first book, but this time I decided to choose a Gryffindor Sock just like the one that gave freedom to Dobby.

I made my bookmark from felt. You can use this pattern for yellow base and then sew the red stripes on it.

Gryffindor Sock Pattern

Gryffindor Sock Pattern

Now let’s look inside of this beautiful illustrated edition. The images in the second book are much darker than the first. But since the story is significantly darker, it makes perfect sense. The artwork is incredible! I love it and now just have to impatiently wait a year for Prisoner of Azkaban!