Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-two and a star bread

The star scone tasted fine but I wasn’t completely satisfied with the shape so, after more internet searching, I thought I would try a star bread. This is the result just before baking.

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty-one and stars for the table

If you are so inclined, you can use stars to decorate your dining table for festive meals. Some Froebel star coasters might be nice.

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Twenty and star-shaped boxes

For little presents, you might prefer a small box to wrapping paper, so today’s post offers two options.

The first box is made from two pentagons.

It is large enough to hold 1 cup (about 240 ml) of navy beans. Yes, I measured. Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Nineteen and gift-wrapping stars

Time for a little rest and an easier day: no folding of complicated patterns! It’s getting close to both Solstice and Christmas and you may be thinking about wrapping presents.

For smaller gifts, you can print out some of my papers based on floor tile patterns.

You can find a set of six papers here. Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Eighteen and a star kusudama

Those of you who loved yesterday’s stars will be delighted with today’s post. Those who were overwhelmed yesterday should go back through previous posts to find something more personally satisfactory.

OK, I got a little hooked by the locking parts of yesterday’s origami stars. This led to making even more complicated locking parts to make a kusudama.

The individual units don’t look like much,

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Seventeen and an easy modular star

The window stars I showed you three days ago were modular, but flat and held together with glue. Today’s modular star is three dimensional and made of eight interconnecting units that hold together mechanically.

Instructions for this star can be found in many places on the internet (now including this post), with almost as many credits for its design. I don’t remember where I found it first. The one above was made with 10 cm (4″) origami foil paper and is about 20 cm 8″ across. The foil was difficult to work with (perhaps that’s just me), so I did the demonstration in plain origami paper. It would work with lightweight coloured copy paper as well. Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Sixteen and an edible star

Today’s star is edible!

It is simple to add decorative stars to food, like star croutons

or cutout stars on a coulibiac,

but I thought it would be fun to bake something star-shaped. Continue reading

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Friday Night Flicks: The Greatest Gift

I know it’s a promotion for a rather large chain, but it’s a good message. Directed by Sam Fell and produced by Passion Pictures, The Greatest Gift tells a story with a reminder for everyone about what really matters.

 

 

Perhaps you can make time to spend with family and friends this weekend.

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Fifteen and some knitted stars

Time to introduce a star for the knitters.

I found a free pattern on-line and tried it out. It was not a terrific success. After the third try I had something that looked like this.

Following the instructions as written, I kept ending on the wrong side of the bit I had just knit. You can see by the right hand portion that I worked out a solution. Continue reading

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Byopia Press 2017 Advent Calendar: Day Fourteen and a window star

Decorative stars folded from sheets of translucent paper make a great seasonal window decoration. There are many sites on the web that offer folding patterns, and most of them suggest using kite paper. Since I am trying to limit materials in these daily stars to things that you might have around the house, I made my star out of regular kitchen waxed paper.

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