Saturday, January 31, 2015

Finally - Dragon Manual Printable

I need to offer my sincerest apologies to all those e-mails I never answered. My computer is old and glitchy, and I wasn't even able to use it for a long time, and that's where my Dragon Manual files were.

There have also been many difficult personal circumstances in my life lately, though I hate using these as an excuse and I feel absolutely terrible for letting you all down. I was totally unprepared for the popularity of this little book!

Anyway, thank you for your patience. I finally figured out how to get my manual online. I hope this works! If it doesn't, please comment. I will try to get back to you asap! (for real this time - i promise!)


to download the Dragon Manual from Google Docs

Monday, May 19, 2014

Geeky Wedding Gifts

My brother in law got married last weekend. It was a perfect day, and we are so happy for the new couple! This brother lived with us for a short while and we enjoyed spending time together. One thing we shared a lot of is our love for the Legend of Zelda game series. We played the recently released Skyward Sword quite a lot while he stayed with us, and the kids loved to watch.

Fast forward a couple years later, and our brother marries a girl who is also a very big Zelda geek just like the rest of us (probably more so!). I was so excited for the chance to create something Zelda-ish. You know i'm always looking for the opportunity to create something geeky! 

I was invited to attend the bridal shower, but was unable to make it on the date, so I put together a gift basket and gave it to them when they came in March for Bug's baptism. I found an inspiration on Pinterest for a "Perfect Pairs inspired by the perfect pair" basket. I made it my own with whatever I had.

Items in the basket included:

Tortilla Chips and Salsa
A box of microwave popcorn and movie passes
Salt and pepper shakers (that were shaped like two little people hugging - so cute!)
Hand towel and dish cloth (washer and dryer - haha)
Cereal bowl and spoon (this family is big on cereal)
a  pen and note pad
Oven mitts (which i geeked out with the Legend of Zelda Triforce)
and a jar of pears. Just pears. that was my husband's contribution.

I  love the mitts! I used the pattern found HERE for the mitts, made them out of solid green and zig-zag stitched three triangles onto the backs. 

For the actual wedding gift, i decided to sacrifice the rag quilt i already had under construction. It was meant to be the first quilt made for my husband and I (everything i've made so far has been gifted to others!), but we thought they would really like it. I'm very happy with the way it turned out, and I was so tempted to keep it!!

Here's the front:

 and back:

I was inspired by the quilt made HERE, and i used the same 8-bit image from the original Legend of Zelda game. I added my own adjustments to fit the size i wanted, made it Rag instead of pieced, and filled the empty space with life hearts and a Triforce. I might just have to start collecting fabric to make another one for me!

I also wanted to make some pillows to go with the quilt, and as the idea evolved, it became special weapons for pillow fights! Every couple needs a creative way to work out their differences, right?

I based the weapons off of my favourite version of Zelda, The Ocarina of Time. There are various types that the main character, Link, uses. Here we have the Deku Shield, the Master Sword, the Boomerang and the Hylian Shield.

Both shields have straps on the back for easy use. From cushion to armour in seconds!

I saved all the patterns pieces for these projects and hope to put together some actual tutorials. Which would you like to see first?

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Christmas Mouse Days 16-18

On the 16th, Monty was found sitting in one of the boys' lunch kits, nibbling a cracker. His note encouraged them to plan their Christmas gifts for their teachers.

We browsed Pinterest together that night, and over the next few days put together the gifts the boys picked out. Bug chose a foot spa kit, packed with fuzzy socks, pumice stone, foot soak, washcloth, and lotion.

Boo picked a crochet Mug Hug with hot chocolate, candy canes, and cookies.

We gave these to the teachers on their last school day before the holidays.

On the 17th, Monty invaded mom's paint supplies!

He brought them each a small canvas and an assignment...

So we browsed Pinterest again for ideas, and that night, we did some handprint art.

I helped Bean and Hoot with theirs, but the older two did it all on their own!

On the 18th, Monty showed up by the stable dressed a little differently...

Monty knows we're big Doctor Who fans around here. The boys LOVED this one.

Some cardboard, a box cutter, hot glue, paint, and some pictures printed from Google (windows and signs), and some brown ribbon tied into a bow tie. It was a quick throw together, so it's kinda shoddy, but the boys had a blast playing with Monty and the TARDIS all day long!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Mouse Days 13 - 15

On the 13th, Monty went downstairs and was practicing his gift-wrapping skills. He didn't label any of the gifts - they each chose one. They were little dollar store trinkets that broke after less than a day, but the boys loved them. 

On the 14th day, Monty had a little accident while exploring the boys room...

On the 15th, he went exploring outside in the snow, and brought in some branches from the tree in our yard.

He showed us that we could make shapes and words out of them, so we did.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Mouse Days 8 to 12

Yeah, i'm behind. It's seems to be an inevitable and everlasting condition in the month of December. But here are the past five days!

On the 8th, the boys found Monty in the crib which, since Hoot is still sleeping in a bassinet in our room, is currently occupied by a few stuffed animals.

There were a few more than usual, and they had all gathered around to hear Monty read some Christmas stories. 

On the 9th, the kids found Monty had made a pile of the books and climbed onto the side table. He was busy writing a story.

I realized the next morning that it didn't make any sense at all for the mouse to build a tower of books to help him climb up when he's been climbing up on things this whole time (i was SO tired!), but the kids liked it. They said it was a bus. Hahaha!

They were running late for school, so they never actually finished the story. Otherwise I would have posted it, but it's still kicking around and we'll do it together one of these days.

The next day they found him building "snowmen" on the kitchen counter!

Again, they had school that day, but i encouraged them to build snowmen on the playground at recess.

Then we found him sitting by the DVD player with a movie and a bowl of popcorn!

It wasn't a new movie, but when i put out all the Christmas DVDs i held this one back, knowing it's one we all enjoy together. So last night was our family movie night. We meant to have popcorn, but instead the day got away from me and we ended up having a late supper in front of the TV. The kids were okay with it.

This morning they had a really hard time finding Monty - until i mentioned that i heard some strange noises downstairs. Bug's eyes widened: "Maybe it was Monty!"

The squeals of delight made me smile. They were amazed and delighted to find Monty had set up a huge track in the play room. They screamed up at me "Mom! Mom! Come see what Monty did!", and they thought Monty riding in the freight car was hilarious!

I was up late doing this because i was so busy yesterday, but it was so worth it! They played trains with Monty for a while, then put him to bed and moved on to other games.

I've used up all the quick and easy ideas because of the busyness of the week, and i'm now getting into the ones that take time and preparation (like the train set). So now I have to make sure i prepare ahead of time for tomorrow.

Until next time!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Mouse Days 6 and 7

Another crazy day yesterday, so here i am doing two days again.

Friday morning, my kids found Monty nestled on the shelf next to the sugar bucket, wearing a Santa hat and bringing with him a pouch marked "magic seeds"

After school, we planted the seeds in a bowl of sugar.

While the kids were in bed, I made some sugar cookies "jelly roll" style, baking them with popsicle sticks in them. I took  out the "seeds" and stuck in the cookies. In the morning, the kids not only found Monty with his letter of the day, but a bowl of what they called "cookie trees"!

It had been a long day, so I chose a super simple assignment - this morning they got to hunt for candy canes.

I didn't take any pictures of them searching. My house is kind of a mess. haha! 

Until next time!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas Mouse Day 4 and 5

So, yesterday was busy and I didn't get to post. But I'll do both days today!

 Yesterday morning, the boys found Monty on the table. He had obviously enjoyed the trees they made for him. He even smeared a little icing on his face! He was perusing the Sears Wishbook, and writing his Christmas list.

His note encouraged the boys to write their wish lists, and to think about what they want, and what they'd like to give.

The boys were a little disappointed that Monty didn't bring them anything, but it's still early in the game so they don't realize that Monty won't always bring them stuff, but will sometimes just assign them an activity.

Last night, after finally getting my fussy, teething baby girl to sleep at 11:30 and just about ready to conk out myself, my husband asks "do you need to do anything for Monty tonight?"

I'm so glad he's there to be my brain when my own is so tired! So i quickly raided the boys' rooms and set up a scene. This morning, they found a trail of dress up clothes leading all the way from the box in their room, out across the living room.

Monty and some of the other toys were playing on the rocking chair!

All the costumes were obviously too big for Monty, but i found a black strip of fabric they use as a headband and made him a ninja! The boys thought it was hilarious!

He'll be bringing them another "craft" or something tomorrow. Stay tuned!