Monday, December 5, 2016

Harry Potter Christmas Party Photo Blitz! Come See ALL THE THINGS!

Helloooo! So our big Potter Christmas party happened Saturday night, and I have pictures.

This is by no means complete, and the pictures are just cellphone snaps, but I'll show you the main attractions, a little of the food, a little of the decorations, and a lot of our awesome friends' costumes. Just know that I'd have you all here if our house was a TARDIS, and I desperately hope this doesn't come across in a "look how cool we are" kind of way, but more of a "wish you were here, 'til then come be happy nerds with us" kind of way.

Right, 'nuff talk. PEEKTURE TIME!

You've seen our Potter tree before, I know, but gotta start at the beginning. 

Nearby decorations:

I'll have a whole House Tour later this month, taken with my DSLR; there are just too many little things to photograph for this post!

Right, turn around, and here we go: the Big Attraction.
Diagon Alley brick archway!

...and walk through it for...
The Big Reveal:
An entire room of floating candles!
There are "only" 80 candles. Next year I'll go for an even hundred.

A pretty panorama:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Quick Craft: A House-Elf Sock Wreath!

Here's a ridiculously easy Christmas craft for you Harry Potter fans:

House-Elf Sock Wreath!

This was all John's idea - I just suggested we put it on a wreath - mostly because Kreacher is John's favorite Potter character. If you ever want a passionate fictional history lesson, ASK HIM WHY. It's pretty hot. (Mrowr.)

This is also a fun craft to do with kids, since you can always invent new House-Elf names and have everyone decorate their own sock. 

All you need are an old wreath (the rattier then better), some rope or twine, clothes pins, socks, and whatever you'd like to decorate with. We used glitter glue for Dobby's name, and Sharpies for the other two.

Naturally you should make up back stories for all your elves, too, since that adds to the fun.

For ours, according to John: 

"Dobby decorated the sock that Harry freed him with, of course, but I like to think Winky sobered up after the Battle of Hogwarts and decorated one of her own socks. Kreacher, however, was freed with an old sock Harry found in the basement of Grimmald Place. If you look at it closely, you can just make out the smudged initials R.A.B." 

So there's a lil' big ol' tear-jerker for you hardcore Potter Heads. [sniff]

I'll leave you with a couple more teasers for our Potter Christmas party, happening tomorrow:

ThinkGeek's new Triwizard Tournament Cup lamp! 

We snagged it during their big sale, and I'm calling it my early Christmas present. I've got it set on a small cafe table in the back room, stacked on a copy of Beedle the Bard and Hogwarts: A History. (The lamp is plastic, and the aging is a little sloppy, but wow is it gorgeous lit up.)

Owl vignette with more glowy goodness.

(The potion bottle is also from ThinkGeek, though I added the Ravenclaw Diadem & berries. Now I feel like a commercial. Think ThinkGeek will give me a discount for that? Ha!)
Our Felix Felicis video from Instagram:

And the project we've been spending ENTIRELY too much time on, though I don't regret a second of it:
The boxes turned out great, but as with so many cases, it's what's on the inside that counts. Stay tuned for that - and a full tutorial! -  coming very soon. (EEEEE SO EXCITED)

 Rest assured I'll have plenty more to share next week. But for now, I need to go help John make a truckload of pumpkin pasties. :D Happy Friday, everyone! Hope you have a great weekend!