Sunday, September 17, 2017

Jams of the Week 9/17/17

Howdy and welcome to jams of the week!
This week I spent a lot of time listening to "Rake It Up" on repeat for that Nicki verse, but I'm not a huge fan of the rest of the song so I'm skipping that as a jam of the week. Instead here are three tracks I'm also obsessed with.





One of my favorite movies is Stranger Than Fiction and I listened to "Whole Wide World" by Wreckless Eric for months after seeing it. Today I turned on the radio and it was playing! Only it wasn't Wreckless Eric, it was Cage the Elephant! It's a great cover and I'm jazzed for more people to hear the song.


Cage The Elephant - Whole Wide World (Unpeeled)




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Lorde is love.

Lorde - Homemade Dynamite





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I love Tegan & Sara and this popped up on my Spotify and became an instant earworm.

Matthew Dear - Bad Ones (feat. Tegan and Sara)








till next time,
Maggie

Friday, September 1, 2017

Skele-Gro Bottles

Recently another HP fan in my area posted that Michaels had these bottles in their stores and captioned "wouldn't these be great for Skele-Gro bottles?"



UM YES
YES THEY WOULD.
Sooooo that led to a Michaels trip for a few goodies. They have all their Halloween stuff on sale...even though it's August...heck they even have their Christmas stuff on sale!! One bottle is $9.99, plus the store sale of like...30%? and then I had a coupon for 20% off the total purchase so this project is CHEAP!
I headed over to the HP Paper Crafts section of the RPF with some help for a label and they had one ready to print! Shout-out to the people who are skilled at font replicating over there. I scaled the pdf to fit the bottle and cut to to about the shape I thought I wanted. I bought a couple of the skeleton bottles so I may try to make the fit different but I don't totally dislike how this one turned out. 



Once I had the fit I grabbed some coffee and did a quick stain on the paper. The color actually turned out to be a pretty good match! 



Once it was dyed I mod-podged it in place and ta-da it's done!



Is it perfect? No. Does it make me happy? Yes! So there...
Ain't nobody got time to sculpt a real one of these from scratch. 
So if you want just a little more HP in your house, run to Michaels now!


ALSO Happy September 1st nerds, I'll meet you at Platform 9 3/4!


til next time,
Maggie









Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Jams of the Week 8/16/17

Howdy and welcome to jams of the week!
Some weeks are easier to get pumped for life than others, and thank God I can pick tunes that help me try to be a happier person. I feel like we could all use a pick me up with the crap 45's been up to this week so here are three upbeat jams to brighten your day too





This song has been on my current playlist and when I watched the video it was about music making you happy...tis perfect.

Galantis - True Feeling





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sometimes you just have to tell yourself it's gunna be a good day
(see also, "Good Day" by Nappy Roots or ask Ice Cube)

DNCE - Good Day






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Glorious makes me happy for a lot of reasons: Skylar Grey's voice, Mack doing a solo adventure, etc. 
but then I saw the music video and I cried a happy kind of happy
which can be amazing


MACKLEMORE FEAT SKYLAR GREY - GLORIOUS






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OK I'm sneaking in a fourth jam because this song's music video makes me all kindsa happy
(I see you Riz)


Charli XCX - Boys






til next time,
Maggie

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Jams of the Week 8/8/17

Hola and welcome to jams of the week!
I'm being very unproductive on my day off and doing none of the things I'm supposed to be doing. 
Maybe once I post this I'll do a thing...



so this has been stuck in my head all week
I can't explain the music video but the song is awesome.

John Mayer - Still Feel Like Your Man






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I can't believe I haven't posted my BB Jack Johnson's new stuff yet
He has three new songs out but this is my favorite
and the video is awesome

Jack Johnson - My Mind Is For Sale






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last, lets jam

Sigala, Ella Eyre - Came Here for Love








k, going to motivate myself to do a thing now. 
Until next time,
Maggie

Monday, July 31, 2017

Magic Coffee for Harry's Birthday!


I love coffee and I love Harry Potter. No surprises these, but when the two collide I nerd out pretty hard! So you can imagine my happiness with Stone Creek Coffee's blend of the week "Siriusly Black." SCC loves to celebrate nerdiness and they made this blend for Harry's birthday. Look at its "ingredients" of powered root of Asphodel, an infusion of wormwood, and a bane of monkshood =) so clever.

This coffee made me think of Magic Coffee which is a special drink I had in Madison and fell in love with. It came from a place called Cafe Soleil, which sadly is no longer in business. They did share their recipe for Magic before closing and it's perfect to use Siriusly Black with! There are two ways to make it depending on how much time you have. I recommend the cold brew method so that the flavor is stronger.



Cafe Soleil's Magic Coffee
for a 4-cup pot (serves 4 with ice)
Brew a pot of your favorite dark roast coffee. Once it's brewed, transfer to a pitcher and add 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 cup cream and 1 shot of espresso. Chill overnight, or cool and ice it down. Serve over ice. Proportions should be adjusted to the user's taste.


OR


Cold-Brewed Magic
2/3 cup coarsely ground dark roast coffee
3 cups water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup dark brown sugar
milk, half-and-half or cream

Put ground coffee and water in a wide-mouth jar or other container with a cover; stir. Add cinnamon and brown sugar. Stir and cover. Refrigerate for 12 hours or overnight.
Using a sieve, strain the contents of the jar into a bowl, then strain back into the jar for easy storage in the refrigerator. To serve, fill a glass half full with ice, add coffee mixture about halfway or so up the glass, and top off with your choice of milk, cream, half-and-half or any combination thereof.




I hope you enjoy and have a happy Potter birthday weekend!

Til next time,
Maggie


Friday, July 21, 2017

Jams of the Week 7/21/17

Welcome to le jams of the week!
Kind of a random three, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.


Max Frost - Adderall






Common Kings - Before You Go





Matt Maeson - Cringe






I felt this jams this week wouldn't be complete without a song from Linkin Park.
Yesterday when I heard Chester was gone I sat in my car and cried. How can someone who helped so many not be able to get help??
When I was a kid and felt alone, listening to Linkin Park made me feel like I wasn't the only one who felt angry and mad and sad. I listened to Meteora so much I actually broke it in half somehow. 
Thank you Chester for helping me feel heard, and making my dark days better. 

"It's hard to let you go"
Linkin Park - Waiting for the End





until next time,
Maggie


Monday, June 26, 2017

Harry Potter Awesome Art Roundup Vol 8


I was trying to think of the best way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and I think the occasion calls for another round the my Harry Potter Awesome Art Roundup!  
Lets get volume 8 started!



Invisibility cloak by wizardnem who has a whole wonderful tumblr full of awesome HP art.






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A little more love in this world by medlilove





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yer an artist by blvnk-art has a whole awesome blog full of awesome hp art. 
She's currently doing an Auror Potter series that I love. Heres a few:



Harry supporting Ginny






and this great Draco portrait






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I saw this set on my dash by Natalie and thought it was too cute not to share





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You know I love me some Dasstark and her newest HP is adorable. Can I have Draco in a jar?













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These adorable watercolors by Novahowe







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Too many to chose from with Natello 









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and I'll leave you with the trio, by upthehillart






It would be impossible for me to even try to sum up what Harry Potter means to me here, so I won't try. I hope you guys enjoy a little HP today in celebration, I'm going to go crack open the Sorcerers Stone and pretend I'm 11 again.


Till next time,
Maggie