Skip to main content

Witchy Wands

When the girls and I were at the Bookery picking up Clementine, and ordering a bunch of other books I cannot wait to get my paws on, I saw Noelle had these for sale in her store. Considering they were just twigs and bits and bobs (and what crafter does not have tons of bits and bobs laying around?), G and I decided to make our own witchy wands.

We used twigs (found at our local playground), scraps of fabric, yarn, charms, and mardi gras beads. I am still getting used to the new camera, and it is a bit fuzzy, but the pink one is my steampunk inspired wand (with corset lacing). G used an old button and the gold paint pen to paint a "G" on one of hers. We had a lot of fun with this.

I cannot use it at the library (witchy things are "frowned" upon), but what a fun way to spend an afternoon!
I added my goodreads shelf if anyone is interested. It's a lot easier than listing all of the titles I have read so far this year! I noticed that I am reading about 85% YA books, 10% steampunk, and 5% other.
Also, I am convinced that the "Currently reading" shelf on Goodreads is cursed, as everything I list there I suddenly lose interest in and never finish. I'm not going to update that anymore.
For my Mockingjay Launch Party at the library, I having serious issues of what to serve food-wise. Any suggestions? I am stuck on bread and berries. I know they ate whatever they wanted on the train and on the tour, but the real stars of the series (food-wise) are bread and berries.
Do soft pretzels count as bread? Should I serve strawberries? Blueberries?
The things I think about at ten at night....


Popular posts from this blog

Nebula Award Nominees 2017- Short Stories

This post is my progress report on my self-challenge to read all of the 2017  Nebula nominees! So far, I have completed the short story category and most of the the novelettes. I have 3 novellas and 3 novels to go.

Nebula Award Nominees 2017- Short Stories

What fun! I would never have read any of these stories on my own, although I expect some of these will show up in some future anthologies.
I have one personal gripe, and this will come up again in another category, and that is the death of the horror genre. Because they have just killed "horror" and lumped scary stories in with science fiction and fantasy, we get stories like SabbathWine trying to compete with Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies and it's not fair. It really is apples and oranges. Don't believe me about horror? Go find the horror section in the Barnes and Noble. Go ahead, I'll wait. 

     Griping over, this selection of stories was AWESOME and heavy on the fantasy stories. Seasons and Wardrobe are fan…

Reading Challenge: Read all of the Nebula Nominees

I am on a mission to read all of the Nebula Award Nominees before the awards are presented on May 20th. This was prompted by the fact that I see these awards all of the time and I have only recently gotten hooked on science fiction so I think it is important to understand what the community thinks is the best of the best. I plan to do the exact same thing for the Hugos, but I have time.
Unlike childrens' book awards, in which awards do not in any way equal popularity, readers seem to like to award favorites.

It's no secret I am just crazy about N.K. Jemisin and her writing. Honestly it is because of she and Kameron Hurley and Becky Chambers and Jacqueline Koyanagi and Charlie Jane Anders and John Scalzi and James S.A. Corey (both of them) that I find myself absolutely loving this genre. I have NO desire to go back and read early science fiction with dorky cartoon covers featuring sexy aliens and white dudes holding Jetson-esque blasters. I want to read forward. I like where …

Seize The City

I'm about to hit you with a group game that 1. costs very little money to make 2. sounds a lot harder than it actually is. Ready? Okay!

This summer we will be playing Seize the City. It's modeled after my game Seize the Castle. The only thing changing here are the trivia questions will now be super hero themed and instead of a castle in the center, there will be a "city". Something akin to this:
Image borrowed from Etsy for visual aid purpose only. My teen volunteers will actually be making the city from scratch and it will look however they want it to :) 

Because this game already exists in castle form, you will just have to use your imagination.
And because NO Thing is really original here is what started me on the path to Seize the Castle greatness:

The Game:

You will need:

Up to 20 players
2 mats with grids taped out on them
1 cardboard/foam core castle (or city, for summer)