For lack of a better post:

Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, by Jessica Day George

I don't think I've reviewed any of Jessica Day George's books on here, which is a pity.  I have read most everything she has published and loved every last one.  She does a great job with setting, and character development, and plot, and I all around just love her. 

This particular book is a retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, which I'm not at all familiar with, so I don't know how true she was to the story.  Regardless, it was a great story with mystery, adventure, and, of course, a little bit of love. 

The main character is nameless, because her mother did not deem her worthy of naming, (she was the 5th daughter in a land and time when daughters weren't worth much) and is called only the pika (girl in Norsk) or the lass.  So when the lass is offered a chance to live with a giant isbjørn (ice bear, or polar bear) in a palace for a year in return for wealth for her poverty-stricken family, her mother is eager for her to be off.  Against the wishes of her father and eldest brother, she goes with the bear and into a world quite different from the one in which she was raised.

I always worry in writing reviews that I will spoil the plot (probably because I so enjoy reading a book knowing not even as much as is printed on the back cover) so I will stop there.  But I highly recommend Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, or pretty much anything else by Jessica Day George.


Making good

You may remember this post where I said I would make items by hand within the next year for the first five commenters. I only got four, and three of them don't blog, but I love them anyway! I thought I would give you all a peek at what you missed out on. :)

The funny thing is I had all of them done within a couple of months, except for Grant's, which I finished in time for Christmas.  And just now got a picture of (thanks, Jon!).  

For Beth, I made two items, because one earring would look a little awkward:
Stephanie got two as well, because I couldn't very well do one without the other:Those are her boys, in case you were wondering.

I rarely know what to do for my Dad, so I ended up making a shirt (okay, I bought the shirt, but I added the words).  This was my first time freezer paper stenciling.  It was fun, and it turned out alright:

For Grant, I debated between a freezer paper-stenciled shirt and a chocolate chip calzone, I went with the shirt (though we've made the calzones together at least twice):

So there you have it.  Aren't you sad you didn't comment?