World of Warcraft Love Stories
9/24/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
Back when I had a lot more time, I used to play World of Warcraft, and I made a few youtube music videos.
I like the last one best. Enjoy!
The very first video I made, about a human + dwarf relationship.
My second video, another "romantic comedy".
This one features my husband's main character, a human, and mine, a night elf.
The last video I made before we stopped playing WoW,
and my sentimental favorite, partially because of the song .
My Doctor Who Collection
For those that know me well, and most who I've spoken to for 2 seconds, this collection should come as no surprise. It's an obsession, but a great one! For more Whovian (and random geek) awesomeness, check out my Pinterest.
9/23/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
The 9th Doctor (holding a banana, because they're fantastic!), Rose Tyler, Captain Jack Harkness, The Tardis, Blon Slitheen, Jamie - The Empty Child (who would tear the world apart to find his mummy), and a Dalek
Amy Pond (with black jacket and scarf), The Tardis, Centurion Rory Williams (wearing full armor and cloak, holding sword), The Doctor (#11 with mop and fez), and River Song (with gun, River's journal, wearing a vortex manipulator, and hair full of SPOLIERS!)
YogiYo Accessories: Bringing Seoul to Geek-kind
9/21/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
Doughnuts, Costumes, and Fun
9/20/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
Our Pirate Adventure
Don't forget Pirate Day - Free Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
9/19/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
Avast ye scurvy landlubbers! Don't forget today be Internationally Talk Like a Pirate Day, the one day a year dat me shipmates hoist anchor and hornswaggle....um, I'm no good at this. I love pirates as much as the next person, but my pirate lingo needs help!
Don't forget to get your free doughnuts at Krispie Kreme today! You get 1 for talking like a pirate (or attempting to, in my case) and a dozen for dressing like a pirate! Here's the info:
Getting Started with Perler Beads
What are Perler Beads?
9/19/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
The beads are small plastic cylinders that can be placed on a special pegboards to form a design or pattern, then melted (or fused) together with a household iron to form one single, solid piece.
What You Need to Get StartedThere are a few basic things you'll need before you start your first project:
Beads - Obviously...
Pegboard(s) - Specially made for perler/hama/fuse/melty/pyssla bead crafts, these hold the beads in place so they can be melted together. Pegboards come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Clear boards allow you to place a pattern beneath the board and see it while you craft. Different shaped boards are important for a variety of patters because the pegs are arranged differently by board. For example, the pegs on a square board are arranged in a square-grid pattern, while the pegs on a round board are arranged in a circular pattern. There are also inter-locking, small boards that can form a larger board when locked together.
Tweezer-type Tool - This tool is specially made to allow you to pick up individual beads, so you can place or remove them delicately. Another great feature: the opposite end is a small shovel that lets you scoop up piles of beads easily. *When I first started bead crafts, I didn't buy one right away, when I finally did, it changed my life! Sounds corny, but it's amazing what a difference such a small, inexpensive, weird looking set of plastic tweezers can be!
Ironing Paper - (or regular parchment paper) - The paper is as essential as the beads themselves and can make or break any project (more details in the step by step crafting instructions). The paper is used to keep the melting beads from sticking to the hot iron. *I forgot to use this one time, and believe me, it wasn't pretty! Thankfully, the beads came off pretty easily once they were cooled, but my creation was destroyed...
Small Craft Iron or Household Iron - While small craft irons can be easier to work with, regular old clothing irons work too!
Patterns or Design - You can either create designs yourself, buy them, or find free designs that others have share. Some bead kits come with designs!
What Does Teemo Say?
9/18/2013 Laura Watkins 0 Comments
My husband is a HUGE League of Legends fan, so I made this Teemo inspired magnet set (also available as hanging ornaments and wall décor, which you can order on etsy.com or ebay.com) for him and our kids (that he's indoctrinating into the LoL world). He also tried to wake me up from a much needed nap, just to watch this video... Yep, I was absolutely thrilled. . . My kids think it's the funniest thing in the world, and made us play it for them so many times that I think I might actually want to listen to "Call Me Maybe" just to get it out of my head! Ok, maybe not. The kids have been dancing around the house, singing it all day, and won't stop begging us to play it again! So here's the song that's been stuck in all our heads and screamed through the halls of our home, What did Teemo Say?
The Difference Between Perler, Hama, Fuse, Melty, and Pyssla Beads
9/18/2013 Laura Watkins 1 Comments
Not All Beads Are Created Equal
"Fuse bead" is the general term for any of these beads which are melted (fused) together, not a specific brand type.
They have slightly curved edges, and a shiny sheen once fused, which makes them look different than other beads when used. (See "Perler, Pyssla, and Melty Beads Side by Side" below.)
Don't be fooled by cheaper prices, melty beads are the worst beads I've tried so far. Sold by companies such as Walmart, these beads are TERRIBLE!
Their shapes and sizes vary, so you can't even use the tweezers included in their packaging to pick them up and handle them. Their slightly cylindrical shape is wider at the edges, and their middles are not always hollow, as they should be. About 10% of the beads in the packages that I bought were so misshapen that they weren't usable.
As pictured here, a lot of the beads are so poorly formed that they have a bit of excess plastic bits that hang off the side. In the two packages that I bought, I found some that actually covered the entire bead, and some that didn't have a hole in the middle at all, making them completely useless.
Melty Beads do NOT fuse together well, so anything made out of them breaks really easily. When they are melted, they tend to form a horseshoe shape instead of a circle. (See "Perler, Pyssla, and Melty Beads Side by Side" above.)
Perler, Pyssla, and Melty Beads Side by Side
Nabbi (Photo Pearls)
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.
Perler Beads and Nabbi are, by far, the best quality beads that I've tried. Read about where to find the best Perler bead supplies here. All perler beads are uniformly shaped, except for extremely rare mistakes - I've seen about 5 or so beads out of around 300,000+ that I've handled that cause the bead to be slightly shorter than the standard size. They are made of high quality material that is slightly flexible shape when fused together, which makes for a more durable creation.
Hama Beads: Dark blue, light blue, yellow, white, and red.
Perler Beads: Pastel blue, light yellow, pink, black, green, purple, and orange
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