Entrance to Harry Potter in Orlando

I’ve been lucky to have visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando more than 4 times in the past 3 years (clearly I can’t get enough of it 😛 ).

The entrance is built at an ordinary corner, one side a bookstore called Screed & Sons and the other side is the actual entrance with a huge ‘King’s Cross’ sign through which you enter to take the Hogwarts Express.

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Right in front of the entrance is the Knight’s bus complete with the driver having a conversation with a shrunken head.

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via Photo Challenge: Corner

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Foamy Vengeance

When I think ooze, I’m reminded of a clever prank played by Sheldon Cooper from Big Bang Theory. He uses ordinary dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and saturated potassium iodide to produce a large quantity of foam that gets bigger and bigger like a giant monster.

This is a perfect prank for Halloween (and yes it does work). I’ve had friends try it out but you have to be careful with your amounts.

via Daily Prompt: Ooze

DIY Harry Potter Series – Hermione’s Wand (Blogger Request)

I wasn’t planning on making any more wands since I have enough in my stash for at least 14-15 surprise wizards / witches during Halloween. This DIY is a special request by blogger Hana Elwan from my Weasley Wand DIY post. So here goes…

Materials:

  1. A chopstick
  2. Acrylic Paints – Beige or Fawn, Metallic brass gold sharpie (medium fine)
  3. Hot Glue
  4. Pencil and brushes of medium thickness

Process:

  1. Use the hot glue to create the vine-and-leaves template on the stick (this is the image I used: Hermione’s wand template). Here’s an image of how the design looks (it’s a combination of swirls followed by leaves). Just repeat each vine pattern on the stick.
  2. Let the wand dry for 45 mins.
  3. Paint the entire wand with the beige / fawn. Use 2 coats and let dry in between for at least 30 mins.IMG_3341
  4. Use the gold pen to highlight the vine design and let dry ( you can also use a thin brush and gold paint instead of the pen).

I added the name Hermione at the bottom so I would not confuse it with my other wands. Once again, thank you Hana for giving me this idea to try out 🙂

Why willy-nilly?? Why not nilly-willy or willing-nilling?

Why willy-nilly and how on earth did someone come up with that combination?

The first use of this phrase was in the 1600s in the Oxford Dictionary. It was a contraction of  ‘will he, nill he’ or ‘will I, nill I’. In early English nill was the opposite of will; a contraction of ‘ne will’….as in will meant to want to do something, nill meant to want to avoid it. So, combining the willy – ‘I am willing’ and nilly – ‘I am unwilling’ expresses the idea that it doesn’t matter to me one way or the other.

via Daily Prompt: Willy-nilly

DIY Assorted Bookmarks

Get reading with these easy to make, fun bookmarks. These DIY creations will definitely inspire you to crack open an book. They’re also perfect as gifts to book worms you may know 🙂

Fav comic book / TV show character:

I love Archie comics and Tintin a lot, specifically the characters Jughead and Capt. Haddock.

For the Jughead bookmark, cut out a 4 inch strip of paper, as long as your palm. Write Jughead on top of the bookmark and draw his different moods (I used my old comics to find his different looks). Color and punch a small hole on the top to thread some ribbon through.

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For Capt. Haddock, I printed a few images of his, with his popular curses, and connected them with some plain paper that I drew on. I extended the first image into the paper and glued all 3 parts together. Add a layer of matte mod podge to stiffen it up and it’s good to go.

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My current fav TV show is Game of Thrones and I love Tyrion and Arya. I found this perfect image of Tyrion’s with one of his more famous dialogues and printed on cardstock paper, added some mod podge to stiffen. I didn’t add any string / ribbon. I think it works well without.

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This last bookmark was a perfect quote for bookworms. I couldn’t resist, so I printed it on cardstock paper and added some ribbon 🙂                                                                                                        IMG_3001 - Copy

Tassel Bookmarks:

I used some scraps of felt to create this cute tassel bookmark. Cut out a 2.5 inch rectangle of felt in two contrasting colors (I used blue and red) with a long strand attached to one side (see images below). Use scissors to cut out a few rows in the rectangle to make strips (without going all the way to the top).

Normally, you could just glue the 2 pieces together but I had a cute pin with a bead at the end. I placed the blue felt over the red and rolled inwards to form the tassel and secured it place using the pin. I made a second one using pink and purple felt but twisted the strands together as a braid.

Place the string through your book with the tassel hanging down the side.

Pom-pom bookmark:

Get some pom-poms from your craft store. Use hot glue to attach a contrasting or same color wool / yarn strand to one end of the pom-pom. Simply place the strand in your book with the pom-pom sticking out.

Bottle cap bookmark:

I used an old plastic bottle cap and a picture of Betty from the Archie comics coz she’s so cheery and cute. Cut out your picture to fit the inner side of the cap. Paint the cap (inside and out) whatever color you like ( I went with a bright orange to match Betty’s mood). After it dries, use glue to stick the image on the inside.

Use a big paper clip (preferably painted the same color as your cap) and use hot glue to affix it to the back of the cap. After everything dries, attach it to your page and close your book until next time 🙂

I did one more with Mr. Weatherbee because he’s my second favorite character from Archie.

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Magnet / Washi Tape Bookmark:

Get an adhesive magnetic tape roll from Michaels and some different colored washi tape.

  • Cut out a 2 inch strip of magnet. Cut the magnetic strip into two equal 1 inch strips.              IMG_3143
  •  Cut out a 3 inch strip of paper to stick over the magnet.
  • Use the washi tape to decorate your strip of paper.                                                                          IMG_3144
  • Stick the 2 magnetic strips to the decorated paper with hot glue (make sure the attracting sides of the magnet face up). You need to have a 0.5-1 inch strip between the 2 magnets to fold over the page.                                                                                                       IMG_3145
  • Stick the magnet to the page of your book. The corresponding second magnet will fold over on to the next page.                                                                                                                   IMG_3146

Popsicle stick bookmark:

Eat yummy popsicles and save the sticks. Paint them and design them as you please. I went with emoji faces, random sparkly hot glue designs and a cute li’l bird 🙂

 

Game of Thrones: Mixed Media Fan Art

With season 7 of GOT here, I wanted to temporarily fill up an empty spot above my TV with some of the key players from the season.

A very simple DIY to create. You can choose your favorite characters and customize as you please.

You will need:

  1. Silhouettes of your characters from google images (simply print on regular A4 sheets)
  2. White Canvas
  3. Pencil / Scissors / Elmer’s Glue / Thick Brush
  4. Thin / Thick Black Sharpie
  5. Color pencils – Red, yellow, orange, black, grey
  6. Champagne gold metallic acrylic paint

What you do:

  1. Arrange your silhouettes the way you want them to look on your canvas. IMG_2655
  2. Add a light coat of the acrylic paint on the canvas and let dry.
  3. Use a pencil to draw an outline of a wolf and color it grey with a bit of black. I did at the top left corner of the canvas.IMG_2656
  4. Based on your silhouette arrangement, pen the following sentences in using the same font as observed on the show’s posters and art (you can copy the font from google images). I went with …
    • King of the North
    • Kingslayer
    • Queen of the Dragons
    • Valar Morghulis
    • I drink and I know thingsIMG_2654
  5. I drew an open starburst shape and colored it with the red, orange and yellow pencils. I will be sticking the silhouette of Daenerys over it. I added a dragon over her shoulder with red flames coming out of his mouth.                                                                                                        IMG_2697
  6. I stuck all the silhouettes on using glue. Make sure you evenly brush the silhouette to remove any air bubbles. Let everything dry. IMG_2698

I added some extra detailing around Sansa… a bird, leaves and a few dots here and there (don’t know why lol). And there you have it… Your custom made fan art 😀