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ALL MEN MUST DIY: 10 Game of Thrones DIY’s

THE PREMIER IS COMING.  In a mere 46 days, the season 7 premier of Game of Thrones will air on HBO…and I couldn’t be more excited!  Every preview is better than the last…and as the final players begin their rise to battle, it will soon become clear who’s truly meant to rule the Seven Kingdoms…

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But, until then…we wait.

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Since us loyal fans have some time on our hands, here are a few Game of Thrones-inspired projects to help you pass the time.  Whether you make them to better decorate your home (because every home needs an iron throne, right?) or you’re planning an epic viewing party for family and friends, these GOT DIY’s are just what you need to prepare for July 16th.

 

ALL MEN MUST DIY:  10 Game of Thrones DIY’s

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Mother of Dragons Necklace
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Game of Thrones Chair
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Geoffery’s Crown
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Winter is Coming Scarf
Laura Semesky, via Ravelry.com

Khaleesi Necklace
PolkaDot Tat, via YouTube.com

Westeros Cork Map
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Hot Pie’s Shaped Bread
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House Motto Coasters
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Ghost Brooch
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Raven Wreath
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You May Say I’m a Dreamer

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“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”
–John Lennon

 

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Summer Pasta Salad

Looking for a light and refreshing summer pasta salad that isn’t dripping in fat and mayo?  Well, look no further!

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This tasty and bright Summer Pasta Salad is bursting with color and features tasty veggies and other ingredients that will keep you fueled all day.

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The great thing about this pasta salad is that you can really add whatever you’d like – but remember – we eat with our eyes!  EAT THE RAINBOW, PEOPLE!

Summer Pasta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 box bowtie pasta
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • Small yellow tomatoes
  • 10 strips bacon, cooked and chopped into small pieces
  • 1 head broccoli, florets cut off
  • ½ red onion, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 container small mozzarella cheese pearls
  • 2 small cans black olives, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • Good quality olive oil

Instructions:

Prepare pasta following the package directions.  While the pasta cooks, prepare the rest of your ingredients.

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Once the pasta is cooked, drain it completely and run it under cold water to stop the cooking and cool off your pasta so your cheese doesn’t melt.  Pour the cooled pasta into a large bowl.

Then just add all your ingredients and mix it together!  Salt and pepper to taste and drizzle with good olive oil.

Like most pasta salad, this gets better as it sits in the fridge and the flavors marinate.

Feel free to mix up the ingredients to whatever you fancy…but try to get a good selection of color to make your salad all the more appetizing!

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Before the Fall Book Review

I love me a good survival story.  Whether it’s surviving a zombie apocalypse, traveling the Alaskan territories, or hiking the Amazon trail, I get such a high from humans beating all the odds to ensure their own survival.

Why?  I have no idea.  I guess subconsciously I desire to go on my own daring adventures…risking the elements and taking my body to the limit in the face of ultimate danger.  So far, camping in a park is about as rugged as I’ve gotten…but there’s still time!

Recently I went on a little trip to visit my alma mater and, since it’s about a 7 hour drive up to Marquette, MI, I stopped at my library to pick up a story to listen to on the way.  I knew it would have to be something that would keep me interested during those looooooong hours driving up through Wisconsin…so I needed something exciting, enticing, and engaging…

TO THE THRILLER SECTION I WENT!

Since I’d be driving by myself through the backwoods of Michigan, I didn’t want anything too scary, so I settled on a story about a plane crash called Before the Fall.

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Little did I know that this would turn out to be such a gem in the realm of survival fiction…told with such fluidity and honesty that I completely found myself engrossed in this amazing tale of strength and the human condition.

On a foggy summer night, eleven people board a small plane departing Martha’s Vineyard, heading for New York.  Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane crashes into the ocean and most of the passengers disappear.  The only survivors are a down-on-his-luck painter named Scott Burrows and a young four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful family.

With chapters that weave between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members, the reasons behind the accident begin to unfold…and as the media frenzy spirals out of control with false accusations and media outrage, the fragile relationship between the two survivors begins to grow and blossom…and truly is the beating heart of this story.

A unique POV story that gives almost every character a moment in the spotlight, Before the Fall aims to highlight the life of each passenger before they boarded that small plane from Martha’s Vineyard.  It puts into perspective how small events in their lives lead them to the pinnacle moment where most of them perished…and also highlights why Scott, a man who wasn’t even supposed to be on the plane at all, was one of the only ones to survive the horrific accident.

A bittersweet and tragic story about fate and human nature, Before the Fall is a spot-on novel about what humans – and the media – will do to survive.

 

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53 Facts You Should Know: MOVIE EDITION

The movie industry literally titillates with wonderful fun facts about production, budget, casting and more.  If you love movies and weird random factoids, check out this collection of 53 Fun Facts You Should Know:  MOVIE EDITION!

Also, check out the collection of book facts here:  25 Fun Facts You Should Know:  BOOK EDITION

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53 Facts You Should Know:  MOVIE EDITION

First movie to be released on DVD:  Twister (1996)

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First movie made in color:  Cupid Angling (1918), though some of the first movies made in Technicolor include The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone with the Wind (1939).

When the movie Clue was shown in theaters in 1985, each theater was given 1 of 3 possible endings.

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The film Saving Private Ryan (1998) was so realistic, it triggered PTSD in some WW2 veterans.

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First movie to be released on VHS:  The Young Teacher (1976)

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More than 90% of American movies made before 1929 are lost.  No copies are known to exist.

The first animated film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture was Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (1991).  It lost to The Silence of the Lambs.

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The script for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) took just 6 days to write.

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Will Smith, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, and Leonardo DiCaprio were all offered the part of Neo in The Matrix (1999) before Keanu Reeves.
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In the original Psycho (1960), chocolate syrup was used to show the blood in the shower scene.

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Talk about an epic movie hop…in October 1994, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption were all in theaters at the same time.

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The man who inspired the 2004 Tom Hanks movie, The Terminal, spent 18 years living at the departure lounge of Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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Movie with the most Oscar nominations:  Titanic (1997) and La La Land (2016) are tied with 17 nominations each.  Titanic won 11 awards, while La La Land only won 6.

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When adjusted for inflation, Gone with the Wind (1939) is the highest grossing movie of all time.

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Sandra Bullock won her Oscar for The Blind Side (2010) and a Golden Raspberry for Worst Film for All About Steve in the same weekend.  She collected them both.

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Movie with the most Oscar wins:  Ben-Hur (1959), Titanic (1997), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) are all tied with 11 Oscar wins.

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In the US, movie theater popcorn costs more per ounce than a filet mignon.

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Despite smoking in numerous films, Clint Eastwood has never smoked habitually.

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The word “mafia” is never mentioned in the film version of The Godfather (1972) because the actual mafia demanded it that way.

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When Charlie Chaplin received his honorary Oscar in 1972, he got a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest in Oscar history.

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More than 500 girls have been named Hermione since the first Harry Potter movie came out in 2001.

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Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) has the highest body count of any movie ever made with 836 on-screen deaths.

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There’s a Starbucks coffee cup in every scene of Fight Club (1999).

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The film Rocky (1976) was shot in 28 days.

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From Dr. No (1963) to Quantum of Solace (2008), James Bond has killed about 352 people and slept with 52 women.

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There’s a hotline filmmakers can call for science advice with the goal of helping filmmakers incorporate accurate science into their films.

The movie Titanic (1997) cost more to make than the actual ship cost to build.

It also won 11 Oscars, but none for acting.

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Actor with the most movie roles:  Christopher Lee with 276 credited roles/appearances

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The parody national anthem of Kazakhstan from the movie Borat (2006) was accidentally downloaded and played in 2012 for a Kazakh gold medalist.

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Joe Ranft, co-writer and co-director on the Pixar film Cars (2006), died in a car accident while the movie was still in production.

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Leonardo DiCaprio improvised the line, “I’m king of the world!” in the film, Titanic (1997).

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Actor John Hurt holds the record for dying in more than 40 different movies.

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Morgan Freeman didn’t appear in a movie until age 34 and didn’t get a big role until he was 52 with Driving Miss Daisy (1989) and Glory (1989).
And now…
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Men account for 74% of lead roles in Hollywood movies.

However, in the 1920’s and 1930’s, women dominated the screenwriting profession in Hollywood movies.

Gone in 60 Seconds (2000) has the longest car chase in movie history, at 40 minutes long.  It wrecked and destroyed 93 cars in the process.

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Charlie Chaplin’s daughter played Charlie Chaplin’s mother in the 1992 biopic, Chaplin.

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India’s movie industry, Bollywood, is the largest in the world – producing more than 800 movies a year.  Hollywood only produces half of this number a year.

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Last movie to be released on VHS:  A History of Violence (2006)

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A 2-hour movie, plus 5 minutes of previews, uses 2.1 miles of 35mm film.

Best-selling DVD of all time:  Frozen (2014)

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According to a study on Academy Award speeches, Steven Spielberg has been thanked more times than God.

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The first ever 3D movie was The Power of Love, a silent film released in 1922.

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The stunt doubles for Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy in the movie Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) fell in love on set and got married.

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There is statistical evidence that the number of archaeology students increased after the release of Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981).

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Liam Neeson declined the role of James Bond in 1994 because he “wasn’t interested in starring in action movies.”

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Apollo 13 (1970), Armageddon (1998), and Around the World in 80 Days (1956) are a few movies NASA keeps aboard the International Space Station.

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The movie Paranormal Activity (2009) cost less than $15,000 to make but grossed more than $193,000,000.

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Best-selling VHS of all time:  The Lion King (1994)

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Samuel L. Jackson has said “motherfucker” more than 170 times in 27 different movies.

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Actor Sean Bean has died in 32% of the movies he’s made…the highest percentage of any living actor of note.

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Most expensive movie ever made:  Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), with a budget of $378.5 million.  You could buy a lot of rum with that dough…

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Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues

Some couples bond over their shared love of fine dining…others bond over their love of books or art.  Some bond over similar political or social views…and still others bond over a mutual love of sports or travel.  And still some, like my husband and myself, bond over a love of the ghost with the most…

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While it actually was a love of theater that originally brought us together, it was our mutual love of Beetlejuice that cemented the fact that we were meant to be.  Besides the fact that my husband does the BEST (the BEST) impression of Beetlejuice, our joint love of Michael Keaton and Catherine O’Hara has further proven that our lives would just be one dark room without the other!

Let’s just drive the point home a little further by saying that we even went to the town where Beetlejuice was filmed on our most recent road trip!  Needless to say it’s a bit run down and the amazing Deetz house is no longer there, but it was still magical just to be in the town where it happened!

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Here’s where we think they built the bridge where the Maitland’s had their accident that ultimately killed them.

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The school where Lydia Deetz attends at the end of the movie.

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The possible location of the Deetz house!

We even ran into Beetlejuice on our most recent trip to Universal Studios for my sister’s bachelorette party!  I almost peed myself with excitement:

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Clearly I have a problem…

And if you’ve spent any time on the Internet these last several months or so, you may have heard the rumors about a possible sequel to Beetlejuice in the near future…I will not comment to much on this (I HATE THIS IDEA), but let’s just say I’ve been feeling nostalgic about this amazing cult movie and decided to add a little Deetz culture to our own home.

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Remember these?  They’re the sculptures Delia Deetz made that later came to life during the séance they had to bring the Maitland’s back from the dead.  While my versions are MUCH smaller than the original, I still think they add a little charm to our home!

Delia Deetz’s Mini Beetlejuice Statues

Materials:

  • Stone-Colored Clay
  • Gold Clay
  • Clay Roller
  • Large Ball Tool
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Quick-Dry Tacky Glue

Instructions:

For the leaf claw statue, I rolled the stone-colored clay into a leaf shape.  I used most of the block for the leaf, setting aside about a 1 in. ball for the base.

To make the prongs, I just pinched the sides of the leaf and gently molded them into spikes.  I did the same for the base, pulling a small amount into a tab to be inserted into the base.

For the base of the statue, I just made a square and used a knife to cut a hole for the tab on the top part of the statue.  Bake these pieces separately…you’ll assemble them once they’ve been baked.

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For the round square statue, I divided the gold clay into two portions, with one portion slightly larger.  Reserve a tiny amount for the neck and feeler on the head.  With the smaller portion, make the square.  With the larger portion, make the head…first forming the clay into a ball then elongating it slightly into an egg shape.

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The neck was made with the small reserved portion and I attached it to both pieces using a large ball tool to smooth out the clay.  The antenna was also made using the small reserve and attached to the head with the ball tool.

Transfer all pieces to a baking sheet (you can cover the sheet with aluminum foil or just have a sheet that you devote to clay baking, which is what I do!).

To keep the antenna up while baking, use aluminum foil to hold it in place.  Bake your pieces following the instructions on your clay…most likely a 275 degree oven for about 20 minutes.

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Once baked, remove from oven and let cool completely!

Once completely cool, remove aluminum foil from round square statue.  Place tacky glue in slot of square base and insert leaf statue into base.  Let dry.

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And there you have it!  Hopefully these little buggers won’t come to life in the night…

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No Day But Today

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“Forget regret or life is yours to miss.”
–RENT

 

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