My Ticket To The Hogwarts Dream

When you see those graphics that summarize fandoms into doors, then they ask you which door you’d choose I always choose Harry Potter. Not that I have any great love for Potter himself, I’d probably say Potter like people say ‘Thanks Obama.’

But, the world, the fantastic magic. I love it. I want it.

I waited for my letter.

You can guess that I was a very disappointed pre-teen. I’ve had time to grow up, but that kid is still inside of me. She thinks that late night Harry Potter movie marathons and Hogwarts inspired bedroom decor are totally cool. Especially when you get sick Voldemort glamour shots.

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This set isn’t that nice tea stained color of the map, but I love having that bright white in my bedroom. It’s uplifting and can make a small space seem bigger, which mine needs!

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This is an absolute necessity! There’s no lights in our upstairs bedrooms and this little beauty would look wonderful lighting up the space before bed.

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This print beautifully depicts that magic that is Hogwarts and the wizarding world. I really like the cool colors used. It’s calming and conducive to sleep, duh. This particular print comes framed, which saves some time and money.

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Since I can’t have candles magically floating around my bedroom before bed (fire hazard, duh), I would opt for equally as magical fairy lights to string around the room. Maybe I could DIY, wrapping them around a hula hoop and hanging some winged keys from it!

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We watched another movie again tonight and every time I’m reminded just how much the Wizarding World is my happy place. Checking out Pinterest for DIY can be fun. I saw a cardboard DIY Mirror of Erised, an oil burner owl in a cage like a mail owl, and a DIY time turner made from embroidery hoops.

Can someone buy me tickets to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios? Please?

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Girl Getting Her Geek On New Year’s Resolutions

We all know that New Year’s Resolutions are hardly followed through, but they are a great way to ring in the new year. Bringing the idea of fresh starts and positive energy into such a charged time of year seems powerful. Just keep the resolutions within your reach.

ONE: Do More DIY

Ever since I saw this really cool Chain Chomp Cat Bed I’ve been dying to try it. My cat doesn’t love pet beds, but he does love small spaces to chill in. I’m the kind of person that loves to put things together, to make it myself and feel that sense of accomplishment. Plus, my house could totally use more geeky elements. I especially love hoop art (not my pinterest board, but it shows you what I mean). I could totally do that!

TWO: Fix My Eating Habits

Five years ago I put a lot of effort into losing more than fifty pounds. Happiness in marriage always adds on weight, but I’ve also noticed that my eating habits have almost reverted back to the days before my weight loss. That is a definite NO NO.

Also, I’ve discovered a love for tea. There are so many different varieties and flavors and effects. I’ve fallen in love with a lavender chamomile blend that I just purchased from Target. I would definitely like to try to work more teas into my daily diet.

THREE: Finish Writing My YA Books

I’m not letting go of this story. I feel as though it is just different enough to become a hit, but it needs so much work before that happens. There’s alchemy and tattoos and, of course, dragons. Fun, right?

FOUR: Go Back To School

Very recently I decided that I’d like to get my Bachelor’s in Library Science (most likely online). I’m going to spend the beginning of this year filling out as many scholarships as I can and self-publishing my first novel so that I can get the money for my new start.

FIVE: Figure Out What I’d Really Like to Sell on Etsy

My shop is a dud. Honestly, we need to get it together and figure out what we really want to sell then get some graphics made up to spruce the place up. I also need to work on better marketing and SEO.

SIX: Do More For … Everyone

I’d like to do more. It does look good on scholarship and job applications, but it also gives to those who need it. I should donate books to the library. I should try to fund a food drive (as someone who benefits from similar things). I should try to bring awareness to suicide and depression, something that affects me greatly as well as many others either directly or by proxy.

I don’t know how I plan on doing any of these things, but there’s still time to find out.

SEVEN: Adventure

To me, that is what life is really about. It’s about fun and discovery and truly enjoying each day. My mother-in-law has somewhat planned a road trip to Indiana and then to Nashville, Tennessee. Halfway through the year we will be moving again. It will either be in or close to my old college town, a place full of cafes and shops and restaurants to discover.

I’d love it if hubs and I could get together the funds to attend more conventions. For me to visit the bestie in Portland, Oregon. Also, I’d like there to be more hiking and perhaps some kayaking to come in the year.

EIGHT: Moar Tattoos

Because we are a married couple, we often shower together to conserve hot water. I’m not kidding. Hubs commented today that I should get a huge back tattoo as the space is still pristine. I’m not so sure that I’m down for a back piece, but I do like the idea of a back tattoo. Oh, and a thigh tattoo. Aaaaaand all the other tattoos I have planned in my mind.

While hubs reserves tattoos for things with great sentimental value, I’ll drop cash for ink at the drop of a hat if I like the idea. The only thing sentimental about my foot tattoo is that I designed it myself. I tell people that my arm tattoo is for my grandmother, but I added that after the fact. It’s honestly just really pretty.

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I’m a baker at heart. Always have been. Always will be. One of my goals should be to post more geeky sweets, collect more cookie cutters, and share my recipes with you! I’ve always wanted to master iced cookies.

To Get Crafty or Not, That is my Question…

I’m upstairs, trying to watch Adventure Time episodes on the Hulu account that I had thought was canceled (twice), and the internet just can’t seem to stretch far enough to load video. My super obsessive brain seems to be down with this because it can’t get off the subject of candle making, among other crafts.

It is something that I’ve really wanted to try my hand at for a long time. I’m a crafty sort of person. I like bringing together things with a very hands on process. Perhaps that is why I like cooking and painting as well. I’ve made flowers from paper, flower crows from dollar store bouquets, and definitely had my fill of jewelry making. For a little while, I was obsessed with sewing until I jammed my nearly unused sewing machine.

Now, it seems that all I can think about are different homages to geek culture that I can make with candles as my medium. When my friend mentioned Zelda, a pale purple candle immediately came to mind. I imagine that it might smell like lilacs and fresh cotton or linen when you hold it close to your nose. Link’s candle might smell like woody leather while Epona’s would be something grassy and delicate like Lily of the Valley. Maybe I could even re-purpose the horrible D20 cake molds into candle molds.

And heaven knows that the internet sucks you in like a black hole. While surfing reliable Amazon for a decently priced candle making kit to test my skills on, I came across a simple kit for making your own bath bombs. Seeing as Lush is a new discovery for me, I have an insane fascination with bath bombs. Turns out, they aren’t much more than an oil of our choice mixed with baking soda, citric acid, cornstarch, and a fragrance. Kind of like how you can make a sugar scrub with oil and sugar. That sounded so doable, right? My next thought was obviously to press them into the Avengers ice mold that hubby and I got from our last Loot Crate.

It feels like the beginning of a very geeky apothecary version of Bath and Body Works. I’d like to test my skills at scent blending because I know that will be my selling point. I mean what else keeps potential buys from making it themselves if I think it can be so easily done?

Another part of me is kind of terrified that I’ll lose interest, like I did with the eighty dollar sewing machine. I have a habit of dumping a bunch of money into one craft or another that I will become obsessed with and then abandoning it. Not too long ago I purchased a point and shoot camera for a food blog that I wanted to start. My skills with capturing a decent photo with a point and shoot seemed relatively good when I was working with my husband’s medieval helmet, but I got discouraged when my food didn’t photograph as well.

I guess I might say that I’m on the fence right now. I really want to give this new venture a try because it is so similar to cooking or baking that I might hang on to it and make some money. But on the other hand, I could waste money right when we’re trying to save it.

Tell me, what is your favorite hobby or craft? Have you ever tried making money from it and succeeded?