Tuesday, February 14, 2012

mini marauder maps

I have yet to save up money for an official Harry Potter Marauder's Map.  I swear, if I was a gifted illustrator I'd try to make one from scratch, but I found the next best thing - in minature.

A talented young woman has been kind enough to make a miniature version of the map, and posted it on the interwebz.  You can find it here: http://britta.com/hogwarts/Year6/prep/map/index.html

Her directions were to print the drawing on regular 8.5 x 11 parchment paper -  but to my chagrin, my wallet could not afford to buy any.  So I did the next best thing.  I aged the paper myself.

After printing out the drawing, I rushed over to Staples to make a number of photocopies of the map.  I then made some strong black coffee, set my oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and followed the instructions I found here: http://www.curbly.com/users/diy-maven/posts/863-how-to-antique-paper

And here were my results:

This was so much fun to do.  And the finished product is really adorable - fits right into the palm of my hand. I think I'll give copies along with any more magic wands I make and give as gifts.

Note: if you do plan to age regular copy paper, then make sure to do both sides of the map to keep the color consistent since both sides are viewable after folding.

i heart . .happy valentine's day!

Happy Valentine's Day, folks!  I usually love making valentines this time of year.

Here are some photos of what I whipped up, along with some little packages filled with chocolate.  Found the design via yes, my favorite website, Pinterest.com.  The instructions to making the little candy holders can be found here on this blog.

And this holiday was the first attempt at baking I did with my 2 year old little girl.  We got all gussied up in our matching Hello Kitty aprons and toques and made sugar cookies.  I really should have had my husband video the whole thing.  She was in charge of decorating the cookies with "sparkles" (ie sprinkles).  What she did most of the time was to pour rivers of sprinkles into a plate (missing the cookies entirely).  Then we had to convince her to take the piles of sprinkles and smoosh them onto the sugar cookies I cut out.  She was quite proud of them.

And a lovely song appropriate for the day by Gary Stockdale (thanks to my friend Tressa for posting it on my facebook page.

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