Sunday, 5 April 2015

Book Art 2.0

In a city like Montreal, where there's still snow on the ground, I've noticed that people just start acting like it's spring even when the weather says otherwise. Lots of comments about the increasing daylight, people going without tuques even though it's still's almost as though we're trying to bring spring into being by pretending that it's already here! 

Well, I'm fine with that! Hopefully the event that I'll be cohosting at Westmount Public Library this upcoming Wednesday will help bring spring to the city. I love it when my day job as a school librarian segues into my business. At a Quebec Library Association event on April 8, my fellow school librarian Andrea Hyde and I will be teaching other librarians how to remake their old library books into paper sculptures, bouquets, quilled pieces, and more!

Book Sculpture

Friday, 19 December 2014

Quinn Farm Christmas Craft Fair

Well, folks, after weeks of folding, cutting, and gluing, I'm ready for the Quinn Farm Christmas Craft Fair in Île Perrot tomorrow. I'll be selling my wares along with a number of other local artisans. Drop by and check us out! 

I've been busy! This past Wednesday I co-hosted a workshop on book art and paper craft for the School Section of the Association des bibliothécaires du Quebec Library Association. We had a great time repurposing some old books! Expect a post on this soon. There will also be a 2.0 of this workshop at Westmount Public Library in January. I'll post the details once I know more about it.

I have all kinds of ideas percolating in my head for 2015's entries, such as the new art I plan to take up (quilling), the plan I'm sketching out for this year's backyard garden, and of course, new recipes. 

For now, Merry Christmas! Enjoy the time spent with family and friends, and I'll be seeing you in the New Year!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Pumpkin Cardamom Ginger Ale

Pumpkin Cardamom Ginger Ale

Every year I spend November telling myself that it is too early to:
  • Play Christmas carols
  • Put up Christmas decorations
  • Make holiday goodies
Yeah, not so good at this resolution. The Christmas carols are usually in full rotation by November 5th, and the holiday goodies come soon after!

That's why I love making this Pumpkin Cardamom Ginger Ale. The traditional holiday flavours of pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies are brought together in a delicious fermented drink. I love tasting the strong ginger kick, the milder hints of pumpkin tea, and the fizzing of the tiny bubbles produced by the fermentation process. This is a home brewed soda that you can put on your holiday roster year after year.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

White Chocolate, Cranberry, and Pecan Holiday Cookies

White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Cookies

A few years ago, I used this chocolate chip cookie recipe to woo a handsome man on our fourth date. It must have worked, because that was the night we "became official," and now we're married! I attribute this more to our compatibility than to the cookies, but I do believe they helped things along.

I have gone back to this recipe again and again, and I have found that the batter is great for swapping in all kinds of different ingredients. This is a new favourite combination of mine. The white chocolate, cranberry, and pecans work perfectly together to provide the perfect contrast of sweet, chewy, and crunchy.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Three New Models of Origami Earrings

Christmas is coming! Which means that I'm already busy preparing for my next craft fair. I'll be at Quinn Farm on December 20th and 21st.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Persimmon and Red Plum Kimchi {Vegan, Gluten Free}

Fruit Kimchi

Around this time of year, I start keeping my eyes open for a favourite fruit. This is when persimmons first make their appearance! They resemble orange tomatoes, but their insides taste creamy and rich and cinnamony.

Persimmon Plum Kimchi Ingredients

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Au Papier Japonais

Places like Au Papier Japonais are one of the reasons why living in Montreal was a dream of mine for so many years. Now that my I do finally live here at last, a sojourn down to this beautiful little shop in the Plateau is one of my greatest pleasures. (It doesn't hurt that Fairmount Bagel is only a few doors down, either!)