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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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Little Crocheted Robot

You guys…I am in LOVE.

Just look at this adorable little crocheted robot!! DON’T YOU WANT TO GIVE HIM ALL THE SNUGGLES??!!??!

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I saw a similar robot to this while browsing Pinterest one day, but could not find a pattern to make one of my own…so I decided to write one myself! Therefore, I present to you my first 100% hand-written crochet pattern!

Yay!

I love this little robot so much…and this project works up surprisingly fast. Nonstop you could easily make one in a couple hours. I think I might have to make him a little robot buddy or lady friend so he’s not lonely!

Want to make one of your own? Check out the free crochet pattern below!

Little Crocheted Robot

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Materials:

  • Worsted weight yarn in the color of your choice (I used Red Heart Spring Green)
  • 4.0 mm crochet hook
  • Tapestry needle
  • Scissors
  • Various buttons and embellishments
  • Embroidery thread
  • Pipe cleaners

 

Instructions (Head):

Front and Back Head Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 13.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 8 more times for a total of 10 rows.
  • Bind off.

Top and Bottom Head Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 13.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (12 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 3 more times for a total of 5 rows.
  • Bind off.

Side Head Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 6.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (5 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (5 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 7 more times for a total of 9 rows.
  • Bind off.

Head Assembly:
Keep in mind that the side you seam is the front side, this piece will not be turned inside out. You want those sharp defined lines on the outside of your robot.

  • Join front head panel to top head panel by lining up both pieces on the long sides and SC through both stitches to join.
  • Join bottom panel to bottom of top head panel.
  • Join back head panel to bottom of bottom head panel.
  • When completed, your piece should look like this:

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  • Join top of side panel to side of top head panel. Repeat on other side. Now your piece should look like this:

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  • Continue joining the left side panel to the sides of the front and back panels and bottom panel. Leave the right side panel open for stuffing.
  • Now your piece should look like this:

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  • Now it’s time to weave in all those ends!
  • Phew! Now this is what the head of your robot should look like, with the right panel still open:

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Now is also a great time to add facial features to your robot.

Once your facial features have been added, stuff the head, pushing stuffing into the corners to create a more defined corner. Join right panel to sides of the front and back panels and bottom panel. Cast off and weave in ends.

Yay! Here’s our finished head piece:

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Instructions (Body):

Front and Back Body Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 9.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 3 more times for a total of 5 rows.
  • Bind off.

Top and Bottom Body Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 9.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (8 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 3 more times for a total of 5 rows.
  • Bind off.

Side Body Panels (make 2):

  • Chain 5.
  • SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (4 SC).
  • Ch. 1, turn. SC in second chain from hook, and in each chain across (4 SC).
  • Repeat previous row 6 more times for a total of 8 rows.
  • Bind off.

Body Assembly:

  • Join body panels exactly like head panels, leaving one side panel open for stuffing.
  • Add any embellishments to body.
  • Stuff body and join remaining open panel. Weave in ends.

And here’s our finished body piece:

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Instructions (Assembly):

Assembling your little robot is super easy! Simply thread your tapestry needle with some excess green thread and run it through the middle three stitches on the top panel of the body and then through the middle three stitches on the bottom panel of the head. I took a pic of mine so you can see…I ran it through twice…so the body dangles just a little from the head, but I love it that way!

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Then just weave in the ends from that string and your robot is ready.

To add arms, legs, and head pieces, I just used pipe cleaners and shoved them into the spaces between my stitches. For the arms, I cut a pipe cleaner in half, then in half again, then wound the ends into small spirals. Then just shove the straight end into each side of the body. I did the same for the legs and the yellow head pieces.

I also added a string to the top of the robot so he could hang if he wanted to!

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When completed, this little guy is a little bigger than my hand and I just love how he turned out! I need to make another so he has a friend!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun pattern! I had a great time writing it and I’m in love with this little buddy! ❤

 

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Cute Birthday Hat Garland

I recently went through my craft stash and did a MASSIVE clean…I got rid of yarn I don’t use, supplies I never use, paper I’ve never used…and sitting at the bottom of one of my craft containers was a stash of scrap paper.

Saved from various paper projects, this collection of scrap paper had a whole mess of paper in it. In an effort to really make a dent in my craft stuff, I set it aside to be recycled…

But…then I got an idea!

Also in my collection of stuff to bring to work and put on the free table was a bag of small pom poms. I have no idea why I had these or where they came from, but I grabbed them and my paper stash and got to work making some little party hats.

Needless to say, this was a great way to use up my paper scraps and now I have a fun little garland to hang up during birthday celebrations!

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I found a template for a mini hat at the This Heart of Mine blog (link below) that made super cute hats about 1 in. high. She also includes a pattern for human-sized hats if you want to get crafty for a party!

A fun garland to hang on the wall or use to wrap a gift, this birthday hat garland is fast, easy, and oh so adorable!

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Materials:

  • Pattern (I used the pattern found here)
  • Scissors
  • Scrap Paper
  • Glue Stick
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mini Pom Poms
  • String

Instructions:

  1. Cut out your pattern and assemble your little hats. You can follow the instructions at the link above for the mini party hats.
  2. Using a glue gun, top your hats with mini pom poms.
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  3. Attach back of hats to string using glue gun.

String up and enjoy!

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

My dad used to live inside his books.  He would write notes in the margins and dog ear pages with his favorite quotes.  Pages would be wrinkled from spilled water or coffee and the spines of his books might hold crumbs or notes with quotes or drawings on them.  His books were alive with his essence and he immersed himself fully in the stories he read.

For me, my reading experiences are completely different.  I hate even cracking the spine of a new book.  When a book smells new, freshly pressed with ink and glue…it’s magical.  I almost never read or drink when I’m reading, for fear of damaging the pages and I never dog ear anything…rather just fill my book with little Post-Its or bookmarks to remind myself of favorite passages or quotes.

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As a reader, you really can’t have too many bookmarks…especially if you’re one to read more than one book at a time.  For me, anything can act as a bookmark.  Junk mail, ripped up magazines, paperclips…but why use trash to dirty your books when you can make your very own beautifully painted watercolor bookmarks?

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Painting with watercolors is so fun and easy…and it’s a great way to introduce yourself to painting if you’ve never painted before.

These lovely watercolor bookmarks are so easy peesy lemon squeezy…and you can add your favorite quotes to them and give them out as gifts or keep them for yourself!

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How to Make Watercolor Bookmarks

Materials:

  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paint
  • Brushes (any variety will do, up to you!)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge or Glue
  • Spray Adhesive
  • Letter Stickers

Directions:
If you want to add a quote to your bookmark, you can either do it before or after you paint.  You can print it on your watercolor paper before painting anything or, if you have a snazzy printer, you can paint your bookmark and print your quote on later.  For me, I have a crappy printer…so I’m going to paint my bookmarks first, then add lettering with stickers.

  1. Using a ruler and a pencil, lightly trace the outline of your bookmark, making it as tall and as wide as you’d like it to be.
  2. Have fun painting!  Combine like colors for an ombre effect or mix and match to create amazing and unique designs.  If you’re struggling for inspiration, YouTube and Pinterest are great places to start!
  3. Once you’re done and your paper has dried, cut out your bookmarks.  I let mine sit under a heavy book for a few hours just to help it dry flat.
  4. For a sturdier bookmark, I glued mine to cardstock, then cut those out as well.  Place them under a heavy book to dry flat.
  5. If desired, you can punch a hole at the top and add a tassel for that traditional bookmark look.
  6. For my quote, I placed my stickers carefully with tweezers, then covered the whole bookmark with a very light coat of spray adhesive.  You can also use Mod Podge, but I like how spray adhesive doesn’t weigh the paper down or cause bubbles.

And there ya go!  A whole assortment of colorful and unique bookmarks that are just begging to be used!

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2017 Printable Oscar Ballot

Well, award season is finally here!  The Oscars air on ABC this Sunday, February 26th…and I can’t wait!

Hosted by late-night sweetheart, Jimmy Kimmel, the 2017 Oscars are bound to be a riot…and there are some GREAT movies in the line-up this year.

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Now in my household, the Oscars are SERIOUS business.  We have themed foods, we dress in our most glamorous pajamas, and snuggle in to see the brightest stars on Hollywood walk the red carpet.

One tradition I’m thinking of starting this year is to have an Oscar ballot contest…to see who can pick the winners in each category.  My family and I used to play this all the time and it was always fun to see who won (usually my dad…probably out shear dumb luck!).

Though there was never a prize, I’m thinking of instituting one this year…suggestions are accepted!

If you want to have your own fun watching the 2017 Oscars, here is a free, printable ballot you can download and print and use to track your picks for all the Oscar categories.

Are you gonna tune in with me and watch the Oscars this Sunday?  Let me know what movie you’re hoping will win!

DOWNLOAD AND PRINT YOUR 2017 OSCAR BALLOT!

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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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Mini Canvas Shakespeare Collection

When I first saw these mini canvases at my local craft store, I just had to buy them.  I mean, they’re just so tiny and adorable!

One package contains 8 little canvases, and each canvas measures 2 in. x 2 in.  I bought about 4 packs and started brainstorming how to use these.

Now, I have little to no painting experience.  Like, basically none.  I took one painting class in high school and the rest of my painting expertise came from watching YouTube videos…so I was a bit lost when it came to how to use these mini canvases.

So, it was off to the Internet!  I browsed Pinterest looking for ideas and finally found an artist who created minimalist art on these little mini canvases…and then my brain exploded with ideas…

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I could do minimalist art!  That was right up my alley!  So I started thinking of ideas, finally settling on a few collections (Shakespeare plays, Harry Potter of course, and Dr. Seuss to name a few).  I decided to start with Shakespeare, as that would test my abilities and dedication to this project.

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So this was surprisingly really fun and a true test to how well I remembered these plays!  I picked 12 of my favorites and got to work.

Here’s my Hamlet one:

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King Lear:

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Romeo and Juliet (I like how the caskets kind of make a heart!):

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Macbeth:

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Henry IV:

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Aren’t they cute?

So after finishing all my canvases, I decided to mount them on a larger canvas so I could display them all together.  I used a black 8 in. x 10 in. canvas and mounted the mini canvases using Scrapbook Adhesives Mounting Squares.

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These were strong enough to hold by themselves, but if they don’t stick that well, you can use hot glue to secure the mounts.

And here they are, all mounted!

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Now, you can just leave them like this and make it a guessing game deciding which one is which, but I decided to add the name of the play under each canvas.

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To add the names, I just used a very thin layer of Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the canvas.  The Mod Podge dries clear and is barely visible once it dries.

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This project was so fun and I had a blast playing around with different colors and painting techniques…and word to the wise, having Bob Ross on in the background certainly doesn’t hurt…

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After I finished the Shakespeare Collection, I started working on the Dr. Seuss ones and should have some pics of those soon!

These adorable mini canvases would also make cute magnets or ornaments…there really are endless possibilities for these!  You can find them in packages of 6 or 8 at your local craft store and come in both black and white canvas fabric.

Do you have any other ideas for mini canvas collections?  Let me know in the comments below!

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