Book of the Amber Dragon

That time of year.

Oh boy, where do I start. It’s that time of year, which means: illness factor x100%. So far we have weathered two stomach bugs (one me, one W), and poor V has scarlet fever. (as an aside, when I told my coworkers, the unanimous reaction was “How Victorian!”) stress factor x100%. End of term is…

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Square in Square blocks

Project: Hand-pieced Christmas Quilt

I have been bitten by the quilting bug, and in my usual fashion, have dived in headlong. While three (!) quilts I have planned are going to be machine-pieced, I decided that I also wanted to try hand-piecing. I had some random Christmassy fabric in my stash from my mum, I picked up a couple…

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Happy Hallowe'en from Kylo Ren, Rey, and Captain Phasma!

Rey from The Force Awakens: Final Hallowe’en Costume

(I was trying to have this done earlier, but maybe it will inspire people for the premiere, or next Hallowe’en!) Now that the goggles and head scarf were done, I turned to the rest of the costume. If we break it down, there is a short-sleeved knit undershirt, blousy trousers with long ties at the…

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Getting ready to make Cornish Pasties

Cornish Pasties (with my go-to pastry recipe)

While the weather had been unseasonably warm this past week, there was a definite chill in the air that means winter is finally on its way. My thoughts turn at this time to hearty soups, stews, homemade bread, and pies (both sweet and savoury). I decided to make some Cornish pasties, and although the recipe…

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Highbush Cranberry Jelly

When is a cranberry not a cranberry? The Highbush cranberry (a.k.a. American cranberrybush, viburnum cranberry),  isn’t a cranberry at all! It is a shrub in the Adoxaceae family (same as the elderberry) with three-lobed leaves that kind of look like maple leaves (hence the name Viburnum trilobum). This native plant is found across Canada, and…

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Goggles and wrap

Rey from The Force Awakens Hallowe’en Costume: The Goggles/Head wrap

I was armed with masses of inspiration from the reference photographs, but had constraints of time and climate to deal with. So, I abandoned perfectionism and embraced the challenge to create a costume that evoked Rey but could be worn by a kid in cold weather, and would stand up to tromping through the neighbourhood….

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Rey from The Force Awakens Hallowe’en Costume: Inspiration Notes

I am so excited for the new Star Wars movie! I love the new look for the First Order stormtroopers, and Captain Phasma is stunning. My kids have just gotten into Star Wars and have seen the original trilogy many many times (I don’t know if I can ever bear to show them the prequels!)….

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