July 12

Tutorial Tuesday: Colour Changing Drinks

This is a must for any of you who are having a Harry Potter movie party.

However you’re preparing for the return of your favourite wizard, whether it’s having an epic 6 movie marathon, getting dressed up, or reading one of the books to your kids (friends/dog?). You can really add a touch of the supernatural to it by serving up some  magical colour changing drinks.

July 12

Pac Man Ukulele

Pac Man UkuleleWhen I am not playing Video Games, I tend to dabble in a lot of different things.  One of those things that took my fancy was the Ukulele, due in no small part to a Youtube Video of one of the most talented Ukulele players of our time.

So when I stumbled on this Pac Man Ukulele by celentanowoodworks on Etsy I knew I had to share it with all of you.  It is just too cool.  It took me a while to really piece together what I was seeing.  It’s Pac Man, the fret markings are like power pellets, and the head is a ghost.  It’s like Pac Man was always supposed to be a ukulele, and now HE IS!

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July 11

Reader Submission: Harry Potter Acceptance Letter

So… you’re planning your epic Harry Potter party, and you want to out-do those muggles down the road who are trying to steal all your guests. How do you make sure your party stands out?

Give your guests personalised Harry Potter Acceptance letters from Nikinut’s Etsy shop.

These are bound to make any Harry Potter fanboy/girl squee with excitement, the attention to detail is enchanting, each one is sealed with a Hogwarts gold wax seal, the letter itself is signed by Prof. Minerva McGonagall, in green ink and includes a list of everything you will need at Hogwarts your first year.

July 10

Amigurimi Coraline

“I have no plans to love you,” said Coraline. “No matter what. You can’t make me love you.”
— Neil Gaiman (Coraline)

Crochet Coraline doll - amigurumi patternThat may be what Coraline said to “the other mother”, but you won’t be able to say it to this adorable amigurimi by Ravelry poster, Sharon Rose, aka Homemade Obsessions.

I love her little yellow boots, her key necklace, and the drapey blue hair, and of course the button eyes are perfect. (Even though, I have to admit, they creep me out a little bit.)

The blog post includes the pattern, and stepped-out photos for attaching the pieces and hair.

Also be sure to check out Sharon’s patterns for Wybie and the Ghost Girl.

In case you haven’t heard about Coraline, it’s a fantasy/horror novella by British author Neil Gaiman, published in 2002. There was a graphic novel adaptation, published in 2008, and illustrated by P. Craig Russell. The stop-motion animated film was directed by Henry Selick, and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2009. [Historical facts per Wikipedia]

Now, unrelated to Coraline, but related to Neil Gaiman…have you seen the footage of the Minnesota Public Radio interview with Neil Gaiman, where they call Mythbuster’s Adam Savage and he does a short singing stint in the voice of Gollum?  According to theonering.net, it “contains so many different brands of geekery it might shut down the internet.” You simply must see.