Sunday, October 26, 2014

Costumes, Art, Opera, Torture, and Comics

We had an amazing weekend that started with an exhibit of amazing costumes! These were my favorites.

Angelica Houston's gown in Ever After 
Jack Sparrow's costume from Pirates #1

Keira Knightly's from The Dutchess 

Kate Winslet's from Sense and Sensibility

Emmy Rossum's from the Masquerade in Phantom of the Opera

The gorgeous red gown from Land of the Blind!
Next, we were off to the BYU Harris Fine Arts Center

The kids especially loved the interactive pieces like walking this floor maze and ringing a huge selection of very loud hand bells. 
There, we got to enjoy our first opera experience, a special family presentation of

The kids LOVED it (shocking because they were dragging their feet saying how opera was boring.)

The amazing performers even came out for a meet and greet afterwards.

Our youngest was pouting because we tried to make him take a picture with "yucky girls." Apparently, we love to torture him... 
We topped off our fun weekend with a trip to the comic book store (Dragons Keep in Provo),
where we met Captain America!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Perler vs. Hama

You guys asked, so here it is: Hama vs. Perler Beads..

I'd never tried Hama Beads before (they're not as easy to find in the USA), and I was very surprised by what I found.

Hama beads have a much different feel to them than any bead I've used. They are actually a bit smaller than other beads (making it difficult to handle them with the perler tweeze tool, and they didn't want to stay in place on the pegboard!) The plastic feels almost soft, and when they're fused, they become almost spongy--they still retain their shape, but they're much more flexible than any other beads so far. This flexibility might be helpful when crafting items that will be handled by children who tend to bend them. They will break if handled too much, but they'd probably withstand more than other beads. ***Please remember that ALL small items can be potential choking hazards for babies and small children!***

(Pictured above, Hama Beads: Dark blue, light blue, yellow, white, and red.
Perler Beads: Pastel blue, light yellow, pink, black, green, purple, and orange.)

Hama beads have a lower melting point than perler beads, and you can see from this picture that they look quite a bit different when melted. The hama beads ended up being noticeably shorter and more rounded at the top (like nabbi beads) than perler beads. They also have a bit more gloss to them than perlers.

Read more about hama and other types of beads here.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crafting The Guardians

I finally got to work on my Guardians of the Galaxy inspired bead sprites! Here's a bit of an inside look at how I designed them.

I always start by looking at a picture of my subject and creating a color pallet for each project. 

Designing Starlord

 Had to make one with and without a mask, of course! 


Nebula was difficult. When you have a huge block of one color, it's hard to make it look good. Adding details like the stripes in her clothes helps break it up. 

The basic outline that I did for Rocket was based off my Teemo pattern, 
but I altered it quite a bit to make it work for him. 
I started with a different color pallet to see the design more clearly, 
then incorporated the real colors later. 

Baby Groot
Believe it or not, Groot was actually the hardest to make. 
I started with a design that was much bigger and more complex, 
but wanted to keep it simple and cute. 

I put the basic design together, then add details.

And here's the final product! Find these cuties in my Etsy shop or Storenvy

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Watchers

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light

In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.

“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watchers Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.

About the Author

"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

Find Deirdra Eden and The Watchers Series online on AmazonDeirdra's websiteFacebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Wattpad, and Pinterest.

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Perler Bead Obsession

I've been on another perler bead kick the last two weeks. Here's what I've come up with so far.

It started when I decided to make a Princess Peach to match Princess Daisy.
Before I knew it, I'd made a History of Princess Peach Collection!

I promised my friend's daughter a Princess Luna.. had to deliver!
And of course I needed a Princess Celestia for my MLP collection.
Which, of course, meant I needed a Doctor Whooves! 
And Zecora!
So, here's my current collection.

 Then I decided to go big. My kids LOVE Frozen, so I made a huge Elsa and Anna wall hanging.

And you can't do Frozen without Olaf...

And I ended up starting a giant MLP wall decor collection. More to come! :)
All of these and more are available in my etsy and storenvy shops.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Batman Day!

Today, for Batman's 75th anniversary, bookstores and comic shops are giving away free Batman comic books! Details and locations here.

Then, this Saturday, July 26th, libraries across the US are celebrating with Batman activities and giveaways, including a free comic book! Details here. Follow my blog with Bloglovin

Saturday, July 19, 2014

To my left was a large piece of glass, roughly in the shape of a broad knife. I picked it up carefully, settled it in my palm, and then, closing my eyes, I squeezed. Instead of the sharp pain I expected, there was the shatter of glass. I opened my eyes and looked at my hand. My palm was covered with shards. I squeezed it again, watching this time as the glass crushed to powder and trickled between my fingers.

 Newtimber: Fractured

by Karen E. Hoover, a YA Urban Fantasy

Book Synopsis

There was absolutely no way a black dragon hovered outside of Newtimber. Sianna rubbed her eyes, but the dragon was still there, clutching a round object that looked like a spotted egg. And then the egg fell, hitting the ground like an atomic bomb, sending out waves of a slow-moving fog that distorted everything it touched.

The citizens of Newtimber change. The old man down the street stretches into a screaming tree. Sianna’s skateboarding friend, Matt, transforms into a giant green dragon. Pegasus. Sirens. Griffins. Vampires. Zombies. Creatures from the myths of every culture come to life through the people.

Even Sianna changes, her skin becoming stone hard, and she gains the ability to travel from the human realm into the dimension of the fae, using it to free her father from prison and enlist his aid in battling the evil bent on taking over the world.

One person to heal a family, a town, and save the world. It seems an impossible task, but with the help of her new friends, it could happen.


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~ About the author ~ 

Karen E. Hoover has loved the written word for as long as she can remember. Her favorite memory of her dad is the time he spent with Karen on his lap, telling her stories for hours on end. Her dad promised he would have Karen reading on her own by the time she was four years old ... and he very nearly did. Karen took the gift of words her dad gave her and ran with it. Since then, she’s written two novels and reams of poetry. Her head is fairly popping with ideas, so she plans to write until she’s ninety-four or maybe even a hundred and four.
Inspiration is found everywhere, but Karen’s heart is fueled by her husband and two sons, the Rocky Mountains, her chronic addiction to pens and paper, and the smell of her laser printer in the morning.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Difference Between Nabbi and Perler Beads

As promised, here's is another experiment. This time, I tried combining Perler and Nabbi (Photo Pearls) beads. I tested them in two different ways:

The yellow stripe is Nabbi (Photo Pearls), the rest Perler Beads. They melt differently, overall, the Nabbi beads tend to look thicker and shiny as they melt.

When overly melted (which I do on the back of most pieces to make the bonding stronger), you can see that the Nabbi (Photo Pearls) -yellow- shine while the perler beads have more of a matte finish (except for random spots that end up looking shiny.) They also retain their circular shape and are raised in in the middle while the perler beads lose their form and flatten evenly.

Which is better? Honestly, I like both of them. Nabbi (Photo Pearls) I would use if I wanted the evenly shiny look, but otherwise, I'd use whichever is cheapest or on hand. As you can see, it doesn't seem to look much different in the big picture.

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Book Review: The Sapphire Flute

The Sapphire Flute: Book 1 of The Wolfchild SagaThe Sapphire Flute: Book 1 of The Wolfchild Saga by Karen E. Hoover
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Everything a fantasy should be!

I'm a HUGE fantasy fan and an avid reader, so I started reading this with some pretty high expectations. They were ALL fulfilled! This book plunges us into a fantastical world of wonder where the magic feels real. This book is perfect balance of characterization, world building and lore, action, adventure, magic, and romance.

My main complaint with a lot of fantasy is that the author spends so much time on the action that the characters end up being so hollow that I could care less about them. The characters in The Sapphire Flute are well developed, imperfect in all the right ways, believable, and I can't wait to see what happens to them in future books!
This ebook is currently available for FREE on Amazon!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FantasyCon Ticket Giveaway!


Utah is known for having the most people interested in cosplay so it's no wonder that it is ranked the most nerdy state in America. Talk about a great accomplishment! All of us have a bit of nerdiness inside and that is why I am excited to announce FantasyCon is being held in Salt Lake City July 3-5 at the Salt Palace! Plus Bargains with Brittanie has teamed up with a fantastic group of bloggers to bring you this great giveaway! FantasyCon is the first convention of its kind to open the world of fantasy to all and create an interactive, immersive experience that celebrates pop fantasy culture.

With an arena, museum, archery range, children’s area, and more, it is the perfect family activity for the 4th of July weekend! I know my family would LOVE it, it's the perfect event for my little geeklets!

Tickets for FantasyCon can be purchased in single day or 3-day multi-day pass. Tickets are priced based on the day you wish to attend, and they even include discounts for teachers, college students, and military personnel. Children 10 and under are able to attend the event for free! You can purchase your Fantasy Con Tickets Here.
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Fantasy Con is giving one lucky winner a pair of 3-Day Passes to the event! This is a $120 value!

Entering is simple. Use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is open to Utah Residents only. Winner will be chosen via All Entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted via email and will have 24 hours to claim prize or a new winner will be chosen. Giveaway ends June 27, 2014. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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