New Aussie Bookstore!

 

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I think some of my reader friends will be interested in this one..

I’m excited for the opening tomorrow of the new Australian book/gift store The Story Pack. On their Instagrm they’ve already released some photos of their ‘Mini Packs’ which will be available, and I must say I have my eye on one!

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D12 Light!

D12 Light/Lamp

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WARNING: May attract fire breathing dragons ready to battle.

I’m very, very, VERY excited to present to you all the D12 light/lamp. This is a really simple design with looks great! Seriously, when it’s sitting on my bedside table at night and I walk in my room, it just magical. The photos really don’t do it justice. I’m so happy with the way this turned out (if can you haven’t already noticed 😛 ) and I think it would have to be one of my favourite creations thus far.

So, how’d the idea come about? Let’s take a step back. I first saw a silver homemade D20 here http://ournerdhome.com/diy-d20/ that then got me thinking I could make little D20, D12 & D6 Christmas decorations. Then I thought I want it to light up! So came the D12 lamp… of course always thinking of ways to make my creations bigger and better – I would be very happy if I could make it spin.. but one thing at a time..

 So… now to INSTRUCTIONS!

MATERIALS

Large piece of silver cardboard (I got mine form Spotlight)

Scissors and/or craft cutting knife

Sticky tape (both normal and double sided)

Pen

Light (I got mine from IKEA – it one where you push the top down to turn it on and off)

Computer/printer/ruler – optional

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STEP 1 – first you need a basic outline of a D12. From here you can either trace the D12 sides onto the cardboard (what I did) or use a ruler to draw them on. Feel free to print out and use mine (pdf attached below). Also make sure your light will fit with the pentagon.

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STEP 2 – trace/draw onto the back of the cardboard the sides and the numbers. Remember when tracing on the numbers to do it backwards so they end up the right way round when its al put together. I traced it on pentagon by pentagon according to my layout plan. A couple didn’t fit though so I had to do them separately. (TIP: write a number on the original pentagon so you always know which direction it should be in)

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STEP 3 – cut it out. Remember to leave tabs for when each side joins together (you only need one tab between two sides). If your finding it difficult to work out while sides to put the table on (sorry I  didn’t write it down) then just give one to all sides, then cut them off as you don’t need them. You actually only need 11 sides as the twelfth side will remain open (this is how you access the light). I decided to do away with side ‘9’ because it was on an end, so easy to do away with and the less numbers with circles in them I had to cut out the better! (see below). You can keep the twelfth side and use a ‘flat’ to access the light if you wish.

STEP 4 – use the craft knife to cut out the numbers. I don’t really like using these (mostly because I’m not very good at using them!) but I figured it would give a nice finish than trying to stuff scissors into it. You are going to need a fair amount of patience for this – its takes a while and is easy to make a mistake (is worth the patience though!).step 3

STEP 5 – fold down all the edges so they all have a crease line.

STEP 6 – stick it all together! At first I did try using glue as I thought that would give it at stronger hold, but that just got too messy so I quickly swopped to the double sided tape instead. You want to put some double sided tape on the tab, then stick it down on the inside of the adjoining side. I then put a piece of normal tape over it to give it a good hold.

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STEP 7 – turn your light on and stick it over it or put the light in it and have the top open – it your choice. Now marvel in how cool it looks!

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Alternatively if you wanted to add a bit of extra colour/effect to it you could always cover the letters with tissue paper or cellophane (I suggest red).

If you don’t have or don’t want to use a light or cut out the numbers, you could always invest in some glow in the dark paint or reflective stickers…

Deck the halls… with Pokeballs! Christmas Cards

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Yes, it’s that time of year again… The time when the shops start preparing for Christmas ALREADY and people who work in retail start preparing themselves for ‘the nutty’ season.

So, although I’m not quite ready for Christmas yet (didn’t we just have it a few months ago??) I’ve decided to try and approach it with a positive outlook and get into the Christmas spirit (slowly), with the help of some Christmas themed crafts.

Today’s (well yesterday’s) creation is a Pokemon themed Christmas card! (Turns out Christmas can be fun!) 🙂

It’s pretty simple to make, and you can have lots of fun coming up with different layouts. Here’s one that I designed.

Materials:

  • Paper – green, red, white and black
  • Card (or can use card/scrapbooking paper and make your own) + you probably want an envelope
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors or paper cutter (if you have a circle cutter that would make it look so much better!)
  • Pen
  • Some circular things to trace (if you’re not using a circle paper cutter)

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STEP 1

Get your card and add a background if you wish.

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Find something circular to trace around and then cut it out – this is the black layer and should be the largest – you will need three (I just used the lid of a hair spray can).

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Then you want to find something that’s a little bit smaller to trace around (I used a shot glass) and trace and cut out two white and two red circles. You will only need two for each of these as you will cut them in half. After cutting them in half you will want to cut a little bit more off of them (so theres the black gap in the middle).

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STEP 4

Find two things even smaller to cut around (I used the top of the gluestick). These will be the black and white middle circles. Cut them out.

STEP 5

Arrange your pokeballs so you’re happy with sizes, how they look etc. then glue them all together.

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STEP 6

Draw some holly and cut it out.

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STEP 7

Arrange the holly and pokeballs on your card. When you’re happy with the layout glue them on!
And that’s it! All done! (TIP: remember to check (before gluing) that you’re gluing them down the right way on the card, so it opens the right way. I may have gotten a bit over excited and forgot to check and now the way you’re meant to hold it, it kind opens forward towards the holder… Still not really sure how I managed to get that so wrong and not check it… Of course, if you’re a bit ditzy like myself, you can always just the other half of the card off and turn it in to a postcard!)

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 SPREAD THE CHRISTMAS CHEER & ENJOY!

D&D Drinking Game!

D&D the party version? Have friends that aren’t as into Dungeons and Dragons as you? Or just want to change things up a bit and have some fun? Either way, making up your own fun games can be a great way to bring people together. 

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So for this one, I don’t really have a list of materials or instructions – although you will need a D20. It really is whatever you make it – although I do have some suggestion/ideas to help you on your way.

I wasn’t as ‘crafty’ for this one – I did it all on computer and made it booklet style (using mostly publisher, but also with a little help from photoshop and pixlr – see pdf at end of post) – but I still think it looks good and in an easy way to share.

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So, basically what you need to do first is to come up with a ‘theme’ (for this one I choose alcohol, however you can use chocolate, or lollies, or truth/dares or anything else you like. (I will be posting a chocolate version and a version to use while you’re actually in battle soon!)). Then you need 20 things to do (for each side of your D20). You can think of your own or feel free to use mine.

Then you get creative and do the instructions up. It could be on computer and then printed, done with scrapbooking paper (I think doing it up on rolled up, medieval looking parchment paper would look cool). Or feel free to just use mine. Also, get creative with the ‘cure for hangover’ cards (eg. make up little bottle figures).

If you want to get really creative, you could also make a game board to play around.

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Chocolate Dragon Eggs! GOT inspired :)

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I made these back in Easter as a gift for someone special 🙂 I figured why give normal chocolate eggs when I can give chocolate dragon eggs!!

I’m not going to lie, it took quite a while to create (and I wasn’t sure if it would actually work!)  but I’d never done anything like this before so it was a great experience (and next time I’ll know what I’m doing!) – and I’m  pleased to say they turned out well 🙂 – but what do you guys think?

The eggs are 100% edible (excluding the baby dragon inside).

I also made the box they came it. That wasn’t my first choice, but after tedious amounts of searching in stores for something suitable, I came up with nothing, so I got the wood, superglue and drill out…

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The PERFECT footware for all GOT ladies out there!

 

So I came accros this on Facebook and my instant reaction was ‘WOW!!!’ because there are amazing! They’re designed by the talented Nixxi Rose and because she’s an awesome women, she’s even telling the world how she does it!

So, ladies, get crafting and make sure you’re ready to watch next seasons GOT in style! (You have months to make these so I don’t want to hear any excuses!)