Category Archives: Hobbies

“Genius is 1% Inspiration and 99% Perspiration.” -Thomas Edison

First off, I want to apologize for my blog posts being so few and far between. At the moment we have one computer down (my computer) and I have a busy school schedule keeping me from my blogging when I want to.

Today I want to show you my friend Michaela’s work. She makes tutus for a living and is quite good at what she does. She just opened her business to the public and has already handled some custom orders.

Her work is great quality and she puts her heart and soul into every tutu. She has her own little room that she can escape to and work as long as her heart desires. Please feel free to visit  her website for pricing and for any questions. Redheaded Owl Creations on Storenvy or Redheaded Owl Creations on Zibbet

Here is her own dress that she made for a Masquerade Ball we are going to next month…she’s not completely done with it yet but here it is:

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This is a tutu she made for a newborn for a wedding:

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Please, check out her store. She’s great at what she does and she will not disappoint.

Thanks for reading and for supporting her business.

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“You’re different. I like it.” -The Corpse Bride

Today I want to talk to you about an activity that my best friend and I have embarked on. First, I want to ask you all a question, though. Have you seen The Corpse Bride? It’s a Tim Burton movie and I’m not going to tell you about the movie but it’s pretty awesome. My post will get into why this is important but if you have then just think about Emily, the bride (the dead one, not the live one).

Next month, my best friend (Redheaded Owl) , her boyfriend, my husband and I are all going to the Labyrinth Masquerade Ball in Los Angeles, California. It is required that you either A) dress in costume or B) dress in formal wear. Of course, we decide that we will be in costume. It’s kind of like cosplaying, which I have never done. Nevertheless, I love dressing up in costume, which is why Halloween is my number one favorite holiday. Redheaded owl decided pretty quickly that she was going to dress as a fairy. I thought about doing the same thing because I have most of what is needed for a fairy costume. Then, I really thought about it and decided to ask if it would fit with the theme to be something dead (I am usually something dead). She got super excited and was eager to help me find a costume. Well, I reminded her that I still had my old thrift store wedding dress (I thought about wearing it for my actual wedding but found a better one I absolutely loved) that was only $26. We thought for a second about what we could do with it and quickly decided that it would be a perfect Corpse Bride costume, after we made a few adjustments to it. Well, with about a month left until the ball, we decided to start on those adjustments.

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It’s not too much of an activity but in a way it is. We started working on it. It took a lot of time, though. And we haven’t gotten very far, yet. Really, we just cut up the dress and added some of the blue. We still need to finish the blue, get some blueish tights and add white paint to make bones (using a stencil of sorts) then get another pair and make them for my arms. We also need to get the blueish body paint, a wig, and make the little maggot. Oh, we need to make the flower crown and veil as well, which we bought the stuff already we just need to put it together.

Here are some of the things I just mentioned, if you are thinking of making your own Emily costume:

Maggot       ///        Wig       ///         Makeup Tutorial      ///     Blue flowers

Also, here is the dress… (it is an A-line Jasmine dress that I found at Goodwill):

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Also, here are two images I found on Google to help you see other people cosplaying Emily…

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I will have to post again after the Masquerade Ball with how I look. I hope it turns out well! I still have so much work to do on my dress so here is to hoping!

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.” -Margaret Atwood

Hello readers!

Again, I haven’t written in a while. I apologize and I really don’t have any excuse to it, I think about posting almost every day and then I think “I’ll do it later” but obviously I never do. It is actually annoying. I need to be better about posting, I really do. But, I didn’t make this post to talk about how much I need to write, I just wanted to apologize to you for not being more “on the ball” with my posts. I hope to change that today!

Today I wanted to post about my garden. I am ver pleased with how well everything is going! My cucumbers are flourishing, I have 2 baby cucumbers right now. I also have 1 tiny watermelon on the watermelon vine, which made me jump for joy. The herbs have basically died, which makes me sad but I will try again next year. I actually just bought 2 new plats for the garden over the weekend:  a second chocolate mint plant and rosemary. I am excited to watch them grow! I had purchased my first chocolate mint plant about a month or so ago and it has done well so I hope that this second one will do just as well.

I have many plans for my garden and I know that I am a new gardener so I need to start small but I just am so excited. Next year I plan to do more with it than I did this year. I want to continue experiencing and see what grows better than other things. I know I am going to continue to keep planting cucumbers and watermelon because I love them both. I also want to continue to try tomatoes each year, even though my tomato plant this year hasn’t done very well. There are plants I want t add to my collection for next year and others that I won’t grow as much of, like bell pepper. I have 6 bell pepper plants and I don’t think I actually needed that many.

Well, I do need to go do some work now, it won’t do itself. I hope y’all have a great week! Please share stories, tips, or questions about your garden. We love to hear what you have to say.

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“Sul sul” -Sims

If you can’t guess by the title of this post, it is going to be about my second obsession: The Sims 3! First, there are some Sim to English translations at the bottom of the post so if you want to know what Sims say, go read it.

Sims 3So, If you haven’t ever played The Sims 3 before, you should give it a try (or don’t because it is very addictive). The game can take up a lot of your time if you allow it and a lot of your money as each Expansion Pack (an addition) is usually about $40.00 new and a Stuff Pack (you get more stuff) is about $20.00. They aren’t done making games for The Sims 3 but I suspect they are close because in the live broadcast for the 70’s 80’s & 90’s Stuff Pack they announced several Expansion Packs that were in the making, one of which being

University Life which comes out this month, March 5th, actually. Which, someone actually just pre-ordered it for me. I prefer to have my games pre-ordered because you get exclusive content and I like my exclusive content. I have only pre-ordered three of the last  four Expansions though (Pets, Showtime, Supernatural). Seasons was a Christmas gift, which I got the exclusive content somehow with that too. I actually barley started playing in July of 2011. Ha ha, I know some of you are thinking “Barely?” Yes, barely. I have friends who have been in love with the game and have Sims, Sim 2, and Sims 3. I never played any Sims game until Sims 3 so I have no idea what the others are like. I have been told that Sims 3 has better qualities in some aspects and not so good aspects compared to the others.

So, I’m sure some of you are wondering why I am so in love with this game. Well, you get to make a little person and live a life that’s not really yours. Some people say that it’s like playing God but I don’t really see it that way because God has control over Everything, including when everyone dies and how. In Sims 3, you can die unexpectedly by a Meteor and you can’t do anything about it (This happened to me once and I was in shock). Or die eating a Jellybean, and again, you can’t do anything about it. I mean yes, you can deliberately kill your Sim in a few ways: Drowning, fire, freezing, electrocution. I don’t like to kill my Sims, I like to try to get as far into their lives as possible. And another question you might have is “Why do you waste so much money on something so pointless?” Well, I cannot answer that in a grown-up way so I will just say that I do it because this game is something I love. Besides, I can always give it to my kids when I have them and they are teens (if computers in their generation still read CDs lol). And in my opinion, buying the physical copy is better than the downloadable version for a few reasons. The main reason I like them is because you have something to actually hold and show people. That’s just me though. Well, I hope you all learned something from this post about my love of TS3 (The Sims 3). I’m sure I would have been more productive in my college courses if I hadn’t had these games but that’s just because I needed to sort out my priorities. Now that they are sorted, when I come back the games will be much lower. Goodnight everyone!

Simlish
English
♪ Sul Sul
♫ Hello
♪ Oh Feebee Lay!
♫ I’m Hungry!
♪ Nooboo
♫ Baby
♪ Lalo
♫ Milk
♪ Checkmar
♫ Checkmate
♪ Za Woka Genava
♫ I think you are hot
♪ Ooh Be Gah
♫ Very Good!
♪ Woofum
♫ Dog
♪ Dag Dag
♫ Goodbye
♪ Xor
♫ Be
♪ Choo wagga choo choo!
♫ Something in the way!
♪ Whippna Choba Dog!
♫ This is cool!
♪ Sulsul! Plerg Majah Bliff?
♫ Hello! Can I do something else?
♪ Sherb
♫ Shake
♪ Gerb Woof Em
♫ Come Here
♪ Sass Awrful
♫ That’s Awful!
♪ Badeesh / Vadish
♫ Thanks
♪ Blursh! Meshaloob! Blursh!
♫ Excuse me! Get out of my way!
♪ Zor
♫ More
♪ Dooby Zession
♫ Detonation
♪ Minicule
♫ Cat
♪ Ah, van vesua! Cummuns nala
♫ Hello, how are you doing?
♪ Arriba chandler
♫ You annoying TV workout presenter!
♪ Araganda
♫ Move away
♪ Awasa poa
♫ I’m bored
♪ Atohteh
♫ I want to go to the bathroom!
♪ Bum Bum
♫ Woah! This is fun
♪ Bloo Bagoo
♫ Hey whats up?
♪ Baba
♫ I am pregnant
♪ Boobasnot
♫ I don’t like you
♪ Cuh Teekaloo
♫ Hey there, how’s it going?
♪ Depwa Spanewash Depla Blah
♫ You! Yes you! Go away!
♪ Dis Wompf Es Fredesche
♫ This food is delicious
♪ Elicanto
♫ You are looking good!
♪ Geelfrob
♫ See you soon
♪ Huree
♫ I’m tired
♪ Hooba Noobie
♫ What’s up?
♪ Nicloske Ga Gloope
♫ I would like a taxi to come pick me up
♪ Shoo flee
♫ There’s a problem!
♪ Veena Fredishay
♫ Let’s play
♪ Wee-bow
♫ I do when proposing
♪ Mychuno
♫ Bingo!
♪ Uhh shamoo ralla poo
♫ I’m so bored
♪ Renato! Renato!
♫ Go Away!
♪ koomeba
♫ Kaleidoscope
♪ burbin nerbs
♫ Broken glass
♪ firbs
♫ fast
♪ rushe
♫ rush
♪ toochse
♫ touch
♪ juum
♫ Zoom
♪ Neeshga! Neeshga!
♫ No, no!
♪ Ahhhh Molombia
♫ this one i don’t know
♪ Abbi anar
♫ Car
♪ Balinda macoy
♫ Hello, cutie/ Nice chick
♪ Cayoo
♫ Damnit! You are in the way
♪ chum-cha
♫ Pizza
♪ Dustin aey ball
♫ bend and stretch now.
♪ Fleny Fleny
♫ Get out, I really gotta tinkle!
♪ Frabbit
♫ aw, dangit
♪ Flart or Flort or Flarn
♫ Argh!
♪ Fro
♫ Oh?!
♪ Green iguanas fluing in the sky
♫ Green iguanas flying in the sky?
♪ Garnar frash
♫ damn
♪ Grouw
♫ listen
♪ Harva sol labaga along with hava so lawnumg
♫ Hey! party at my house
♪ Hey you ball of sacks
♫ Um… absolutely no idea!
♪ Jowlenin
♫ Interesting
♪ Jamoo
♫ Oh my god!
♪ Kooj
♫ Sweet!
♪ Le la la cula
♫ Said when a need is low
♪ Nash-Na-Poof
♫ Anyone home?
♪ Nurfver
♫ big, gigantic
♪ Oh moratic!
♫ Oh hysterical!
♪ oo krem letich
♫ ow man, this is great
♪ Ooh shaboo
♫ Oh, this is a nice piece of clothes
♪ Ooo shanga day
♫ Why me?
♪ ole-like (m)joel
♫ Attention, help
♪ O vwa vwaf sna
♫ Nice to meet you
♪ Paba
♫ Pain
♪ Ravasheen!
♫ ooh, I look like a smokin’ hottie in this!
♪ Sisaroom
♫ is this a room?
♪ Uh-Uh
♫ When they are low in mood
♪ Uh, licht nar
♫ When an obstacle is in the way
♪ Wetash
♫ Oh,yes……yes.
♪ Yucky, yucky
♫ This food is great, when used by toddler
♪ Ya gotta wob’ere! Ya gotta wob’ere!
♫ Don’t give up! Keep trying!
♪ Deesh, deesh, deesh
♫ Think! Think! Think!
♪ Sperk
♫ Speak
♪ Zo Hungwah
♫ So Hungry!
♪ Fretishe
♫ Everything
♪ Fretishe Miza
♫ Everything is in the way
♪ Mik Up
♫ Make Out
♪ Litzergam
♫ Thank You
♪ Dobbinips
♫ Dominoes
♪ Mik
♫ One
♪ Mak
♫ Two
♪ Maka
♫ Three
♪ Gerbit
♫ Llama
♪ Wabadebadoo
♫ I’m on fire!
♪ Turkey nurbler?
♫ Does that feel better?
♪ Firby nurbs
♫ You have some nerve
♪ Delco webney
♫ Believe it or not
♪ Arbo gwinchey
♫ By the way
♪ Kabuna
♫ Who cares
♪ Benzi chibna looble bazebni gweb
♫ Nothing is impossible if you believe
♪ Ah, gwanda blitz
♫ Hey, great idea
♪ Ribby wibbs
♫ Remember this
♪ Ah, docka morpher
♫ Hey, I know what you mean

“You’re just as sane as I am.” -Luna Lovegood

Ok, this post is about my obsession: Harry Potter. Have you ever read any of the books? There are seven: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s StoneHarry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsHarry Potter and the Prisoner of AzkabanHarry Potter and the Goblet of FireHarry Potter and the Order of the PhoenixHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Have you seen any of the movies? There are eight…Deathly Hallows is split into two movies: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. I have read the first 3 books all the way through and the fourth book about half way through. I have seen all of the movies though and this causes some people to say that I am “not a true fan” just because I have only seen the movies. So what if I’ve only seen the movies. There are different kinds of Harry Potter fans. I am obsessed with the series and when I come home, I will try to finish reading the books. I own five or six of them so getting them is no problem. I have even decided that when I have kids I will have a Harry Potter themed baby shower, I even have stuff saved on my pinterest account.

Little onsies for babies: Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, And Grifindor.
Little onsies for babies: Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, And Grifindor.

Then, when my kids get to the age of 11 I will give them each a Hogwarts acceptance letter, like the one I uploaded here. And I will make their birthday party “Hogwarts themed.” People have told me that this is mean because it will break their hearts to find out that it’s not real, my kids will know the difference between fantasy and reality I’m sure so it won’t be that bad, sheesh.

The acceptance letter.
The acceptance letter

There is a website for those who enjoy Harry Potter whether you are a movie fan, a book fan, or both. It is Pottermore . On this site, you go through the whole series and you get to act as if YOU are a student going to Hogwarts. You get a wand, sorted into one of the four houses, and whatever else is needed. Certain chapters get unlocked at a time, like right now you can only go up to the third book, seventh chapter. I was sorted into Hufflepuff and my wand had a unicorn center. my wandpuff  It’s pretty awesome! I actually just recently made my own wand with my friend Michaela. We are total Potterheads, which is the term you use when talking about someone in the fandom. Urban dictionary defines  Potterhead as “Amazingly cool people who are obsessed with Harry Potter.”

Anyway, I just wanted to share my wonderful thoughts on Harry Potter with the world. Everyone should try out Pottermore! You never know what you will find. If you have or make an account, post your username on here in the comments or just add me, my username is MidnightStone16666. I hope one day that the next generation can enjoy the love of the series just as I and people in my generation have. I love the message of the books, and before you tell your kids that it is an inappropriate book, actually read it first. There is no “dark magic” or something that is going to brainwash your child. It’s just a fiction book, let them enjoy their imagination! Well, I’ll post another post before I leave! Love you all, even if I don’t know you. Have a wonderful day. And yes, I am an American for those of you who want to argue that the title of the fist book, movie is wrong. I know that in other countries it is something else. Here in the USA, it is what I posted. Thank you for reading!

The wand that I made. It's dark green and pink with little diamonds on the handle. The little ball at the top, that's the handle. It's a purple and green bead.
The wand that I made. It’s dark green and pink with little diamonds on the handle. The little ball at the top, that’s the handle. It’s a purple and green bead.