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The Princess Bride Coasters

HOW STINKIN’ CUTE ARE THESE PRINCESS BRIDE COASTERS?

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Made using artwork I found online by Nathan Pyle (check out his art…it’s pretty awesome!), these coasters are perfect for your next Princess Bride-themed movie night.

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The Princess Bride Coasters

Materials:

Instructions:

First, paint your coasters.  These are just painted with one coat of paint.  You can add another coat for a richer color, but I just stopped after 1 coat.

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Cut out your images.  I edited mine using a photo editing software to be a 3 in. x 3 in. square.

Paint a LIGHT coat of Mod Podge on your coaster.  Adhere the image.  Paint over with Mod Podge to secure.  You can cover the entire coaster with Mod Podge to protect the paint layer, too.

If desired, add felt feet on bottom of coaster.

Pour yourself a glass of wine and enjoy watching The Princess Bride!

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17 Gifts Dad Will Actually Want

Father’s Day is right around the corner…If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for dad, fear not…these adorable Etsy finds are great for whatever type of dad you have!

Whether your dad loves sports, music, beer, cars, or a good dad joke, these Father’s Day gifts are a clever and fun way to show dad how much you care.  And don’t forget grandpas, uncles, and brothers, too!

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17 Gifts Dad Will Actually Want

For the Sporty Dad
Baseball Coach Gift - Baseball Love, Love Baseball Wood Sign, Baseball Team Gifts, Gifts for Coaches, Baseball Decor, Sports Gifts, Letters

For the Dad Who Loves Music
Any Song Sound Wave Print Fully Personalized Soundwave Picture - Any Colour Background - Any Message - A4 A5 A3 PP77

For the Grill Master

For the Gamer Dad
Nintendo Controller Printable 11"X14" Set, Nintendo Art, NES Controller print, Geek Chic, Geeky Nordic Print, Retro Video Game, Gift For Him

For the Techy Dad
iPhone Stand - Mobile phone & tablet Docking Station - Charging Station - Bedside or Desk Tidy -  Smart Phone Samsung - Mothers Day Gift

For the Dad Who Loves Nerdery
Father's Day Whiskey Glasses - Geek Fathers Day Gift For Dad  - Nerd Dad Gift Ideas - Nerd Dad Birthday Gifts - Geek Dad Birthday Gift

For the New Dad
New dad gift for dad fathers day gift dad husband gift first fathers day dad to be gift for new dad new daddy dad gift pregnancy mug

For the Beer Lover
USA Beer Cap Map Craft Beer Caps USA Map Beer Bottle Cap USA Map State Beer Cap Maps State  usa Shape Cap Map us craft beer cap map gift

For the Whisky Drinker

For the Crafty Dad
SAWDUST is MAN GLITTER Mug

For the Auto Enthusiast
Mechanic Gifts, Man Candle, Fathers Day Gift, Car Gifts, Soy Candle, Manly Gift, Boyfriend Gift, Husband Gift, Gifts For Him, Gifts For Dad

For the Active Dad

For the Bookworm
T-Rex Attack Metal Art Bookends - Free USA Shipping

For the Dad Who Loves to Fish
Fathers Day Fishing Lure - Personalized Hand Stamped Key Chain - My Greatest Catch - Mens Gift - Baby Weight - Fish Fishing Dad

For the Dad with Wanderlust
Whiskey Leather Toiletry Bag Travel Shaving Dopp Kit with Free Monogram and Optional Interior Message Gift for Man Groomsmen Groom Wedding

For the Family-Centric Dad
Lego family gift frame - personalised!

For the Dad Who Loves a Good Joke
Funny Dad mug, fathers day, sperm jokes, gifts for dad, rude mug, sarcasm, adult humor, funny mug, pull out, thanks dad, sex humor, snarky

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14 Mugs Only FRIENDS Fans Will Understand

Let’s face it, Central Perk was just as much a character on FRIENDS as Ross and Monica.  The pictures on the wall changed, the mugs changed, the staff changed…it was an ever-evolving character all on its own!

And since so much of the show took place in a coffee house, no FRIENDS episode would be complete without coffee…and super cute mugs!

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Though these may not be as stylish or latte-ready as the mugs at Central Perk, there’s no denying that these are perfect for the FRIENDS fan in your life.

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So next time you sit down to binge watch your favorite episodes, pour yourself a cuppa joe in one of these adorable FRIENDS-inspired coffee cups.

Best of all, you can buy ALL THESE MUGS on Etsy!  Could we BE more excited?!

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“I’m the Chick & He’s the Duck” Mug

“How You Doin’?” Mug

“You’re the Monica to My Rachel” & “You’re the Rachel to My Monica” Mugs

“No Uterus, No Opinion” Mug

“They Don’t Know that We Know that They Know” Mug

“A Moo Point” Mug

“Be the Monica Geller of Whatever You Do” Mug

“You’re My Lobster” Mug

“So No One Told You Life Was Gonna Be This Way” Mug

“Crab Bag” & “Princess Cansuela Banana Hammock” Mug

“Smelly Cat” Mug

“Central Perk” Mug

“Chandler’s Nubbin” Mug

“SEVEN!” Mug

 

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Harry Potter House Bears

Founded by Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Rowena Ravenclaw, and Salazar Slytherin, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – the educational system in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – is divided into four houses or communities, each named after one of the founding members of the school.

When students come to Hogwarts, they are sorted into one of four houses, so labeled Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.  Each house has its own qualities and dynamics and students are sorted based on whether or not they share those qualities with any given house.

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Each house has its own mascot and house colors.  Gryffindor’s sport maroon and gold wearables, while Hufflepuff students wears black and yellow.  Ravenclaws are silver and blue and Slytherins are green and silver.

Whether it’s walking the halls of Hogwarts or attending a Quidditch game, each student is extremely loyal to their house and they wear their house colors proudly…and these little teddy bears are no exception!

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Each wearing a turtle neck in the Hogwarts house colors, these little crocheted teddy bears are beaming with house pride!

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Sold as a set of 4, these crocheted teddy bears are available for sale at my Between the Pages Etsy shop.  Head on over and check them out!

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Stacked Marauder’s Mugs

Every true Harry Potter fan knows about the four Marauders.  A group of Gryffindor friends made up of Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black, and James Potter, the four attended Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the 1970s and had a serious knack for rule-breaking…

The truest of friends during their time at Hogwarts, Pettigrew, Black, and Potter all became unregistered Animagi (a wizard who can turn into an animal) in order to protect their friend, Lupin, who was a werewolf.  Pettigrew’s Animagus was a rat, making him small enough to slip under the Whomping Willow so the group could go to the Shrieking Shack, where Lupin would stay during his time as a werewolf.  Black – a dog – and Potter – a stag – were both big enough as animals to help control Remus during his monthly transformations.

In order to protect their identity, the four Marauders gave each other names that nodded to their animal counterparts.  Throughout the Harry Potter series, these four are known as Moony (Lupin), Wormtail (Pettigrew), Padfoot (Black) and Prongs (Potter).

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Towards the end of their education, Remus, Peter, Sirius, and James created the Marauder’s Map, a small, bewitched roll of parchment that displayed the castle grounds and inhabitants of Hogwarts – including all staff, ghosts, and students – in great detail.  It showed where everyone was in the castle so the boys could continue their mischievous ways without getting caught, as well as help Lupin escape the castle when the full moon rose and he would begin his transformation.

At an unspecified point in time, the map was discovered and confiscated by Hogwarts caretaker, Argus Filch…and remained in his custody until Fred and George Weasley stole the map in their first year and later passed it on to James’s son, Harry, in 1993.

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Much of the history of the Four Marauders is introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and continues to come up now and again throughout the remainder of the story.

Designed to pay homage to the four Marauder’s, these stacking bowls each feature the name of one of the Marauder’s, as well as the footprint of their animal counterparts on the back.

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Great for holding snacks, treats, or just odds and ends on your desk, these stacking bowls are a must for any Harry Potter fan, and are available for purchase at my Between the Pages Etsy shop!

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12 Easy DIY Lip Scrubs

As a life-long trumpet player, I know all about taking care of your lips.  The cold, dry weather, the heat from the sun, it can all wreak havoc on your skin, especially your more sensitive areas on your face.

In the winter, I easily go through a few tubes of Chapstick before the season is over, but sometimes it just doesn’t do the trick.  When I need to bring out the big guns, I use lib scrubs.

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Lib scrubs are so amazing, and once you start, you’ll find it hard to stop.  Made using anything from sugar to coffee, these scrubs help remove the dead skin and dirt from your lips and leave them feeling super soft.

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While you can buy scrubs in a variety of flavors and styles, it’s just as easy to make them at home…and chances are you probably have everything you need in your pantry already.  So don’t fear the extreme weather…make your skin super soft with these easy DIY Lib Scrubs!

PS – you can also use these on your feet and hands, too!  We won’t tell!  😉

12 Easy DIY Lip Scrubs

  1. Honey Lip Scrub
  2. Raspberry Lemonade Sugar Scrub
  3. Vanilla Mint Lip Scrub
  4. Cotton Candy Lip Scrub
  5. Cinnamon Lip Scrub
  6. Mint Lemonade Lip Scrub
  7. Cucumber Mint Sugar Scrub
  8. Dark Chocolate Lip Scrub
  9. Rose Petal and Mint Lip Scrub
  10. Pineapple Lip Scrub
  11. Vanilla Peppermint Lip Scrub
  12. Lavender Vanilla Lip Scrub

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Easy DIY Sharpie Mug

From craft fairs to Etsy shops, everyone is loving on the Sharpie Mugs. Often sporting quotes from some of our favorite TV shows, movies, and books, Sharpie Mugs are a fun and easy project for anyone to do (and they make great gifts for pretty much every occasion)!

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But first, a lesson.  Let’s talk tools.  The two things to keep in mind when creating your Sharpie Mugs are A) quality of your mug and B) types of markers you use. These two things will insure you have great results every time!

First off, the mug. For this project, the cheaper the mug, the better! You don’t want a mug that’s glazed beyond belief, as it will be hard for the markers to set on this surface. Shop the dollar store for cheaper mugs that don’t have layers of protective coating on them. You can always add coating yourself once your design is set.

Second, the markers. Though these are called Sharpie Mugs, not all Sharpies work here. The regular Sharpies will not last and will easily rub off your mug with a sponge or a run through the dishwasher. What you want are OIL-BASED Sharpies…these are like paint markers that will set and ensure long-lasting results. You can find oil-based Sharpies at almost any craft store.

Finally, I also suggest hand-washing these only for best results. Supposedly these mugs will survive washes in the dishwasher, but they’re sure to last longer if you take the time to just carefully wash them by hand.

So for my first Sharpie Mug project, I decided on this quote from Peter Pan. I really like how it turned out and can’t wait to create more mugs to add to my already large mug collection!

 

Easy DIY Sharpie Mug

Materials:

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  • Plain ceramic mug
  • Graphite Paper
  • Quote printed on computer paper
  • Scotch Tape
  • Ballpoint pen
  • Sharpie Markers (make sure they’re oil-based…regular Sharpies will wear off over time)

 

Instructions:
The graphite paper step is optional, but I love using it because I’m not artistically gifted when it comes to hand-lettering…so the graphite is an easy way to transfer your design onto the ceramic mug without having to sweat the details!

  1. Tape the graphite paper to your cup following the instructions on the package (I carefully ripped my graphite paper to a more workable size).
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  2. Tape your quote over the graphite paper.
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  3. Using the ballpoint pen, trace over your pattern.
  4. Remove both sheets of paper from the mug.  Your outlined quote will appear on the mug.  This is washable and will come off easily if you accidentally mess something up.
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  5. Once your design is how you want it, simply color over it with the markers.
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  6. After I colored in my quote, I wanted to add a few more details, so I threw in some flower sprays, just for fun!
  7. Once your design is done, let your mug dry a good long while…at least 2 hours, if not overnight.
  8. When it comes time to bake your mug, there are several schools of thought.  Here’s my way:  Place your mug in a cold oven (I put mine on a baking sheet for stability).  Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Let the mug sit in the oven for 30 minutes, starting from the time you put it in the cold oven.  After 30 minutes, turn the oven off and leave the mug in there until the oven has cooled completely.  This process will help prevent cracking, since the ceramic slowly gets used to the changing temperatures.
  9. Once your mug is cooled, you’re all done!  If you really want to set your design, you can repeat the entire baking process, but keep in mind the coloring of your design may change with further baking time.
  10. If you still have graphite paper trace marks on your mug, you can remove them with an ear swab or cotton ball dipped in warm water.

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