Thinking about Korovai Rituals

A few weeks ago, I made this two-tier korovai encircled with braids, doves and periwinkle flowers for a wedding in Burlington, Ontario. During my email exchange with the mother of the bride, she asked about korovai rituals that are typically performed at Ukrainian-Canadian weddings. Sometimes I get so caught-up in the making of the korovai,... Continue Reading →


So Much More Than a Korovai

This small korovai with purple flowers meant a lot more to Robyn than just one of several Ukrainian rituals performed at a wedding. Her comments tugged at my heartstrings in more than one way, and sparked a conversation about our mutual love for our Ukrainian heritage, as well as a deeper personal reflection. Robyn wrote,... Continue Reading →

Trial Run

When I hung up the phone with Kathy, all I could think of was, "What did I get myself into?" I had just accepted to make a three-tier korovai with baked-on decorations - something I had never tried before. Here's the inspiration picture... no biggie: The inspiration photo for the korovai I agreed to make... Continue Reading →

Beaded Eternity Band

It's that time of year when sadly, I have to stop kidding myself by thinking it's still summertime. The days are cooler, windier and shorter, leaves are turning bright crimson and gold, and pumpkin spice lattes are on every coffee shop menu. A week from now, Thanksgiving will be over. Need I say more? Thankfully... Continue Reading →

Tree of Life

I had so much fun making this korovai for my friend! She basically gave me carte blanche with a few preferences: "Here are some pictures that make me happy. I like the idea of a дерево життя (tree of life). I don't want the korovai to be fully covered with decorations. I like the doves to... Continue Reading →

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