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

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!

Owl Bookmark

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