September 2014

We are incredibly lucky and we live in quite a large house. We rent this place, but it’s reasonably priced (which is rare in Austin, Texas), and it has two stories with an open floor plan downstairs. That means it’s great for parties.

We decided for this party, we would split each room downstairs into it’s own house common area. So Ravenclaw is in our small library, Gryffindor will be in the living room (because it has a fireplace), Hufflepuff is in the dining room, and Slytherin is in what we currently call the LAN cave. Because we’re dorks and have our PS3s setup in there so we can play Borderlands 2 together. (I warned y’all about that geek thing.) I think it was at one point a patio that was closed in, so it’s a step down and seems kind of dungeon like, which is perfect for Slytherin. We’re also turning our kitchen into Honeydukes.

The main plan right now is to add house-themed curtains EVERYWHERE, on top of traditional Hogwarts things. It is also a Halloween party, so my boyfriend is in charge of making sure there are enough Halloween-themed elements as well. That’s the super basic plan.

Craft project list includes:
– Making curtains
Making wands
– Floating candles
Floating pumpkins
– Photo booth using an Azkaban Wanted background/sign
– Handmade Owls
– Horcruxes (to hide and give to those who find them)
– Jack-o-lanterns
– “Brick wall” for Platform 9 3/4
– Phoenix perch
– SPEW buttons
– Invitations
– Printed things and handmade signs for everything…

So this is where it begins. And hopefully it’ll turn out as well as I hope. Stay tuned.

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Have you ever had at least 5 different kinds of glue sitting on your desk, each with a very specific purpose and recently used? That’s where I’ve been lately. Glue, feathers, chopsticks, marbles, lists upon lists, jack-o-lantern doodles, tiaras and paper. What in the world am I doing, you ask?

I’m having a Harry Potter masquerade ball. Like any other normal 30 year old does on Halloween. Ahem…

But seriously, I think it’s going to be a lot of fun. I take my Halloweens very seriously. Last year we threw a vampire masquerade ball – formal blood-splattered invitations, tiny jack-o-lanterns and the like:

Mini Carved Pumpkins for a Vampire Masquerade Halloween - Whiskandthread.com

It was actually quite a big to do, honestly. After I finish this Harry Potter party, I’ll come back and talk about how I managed to vamp up the entire house on a super cheap budget.

I do crafts all the time (not just Halloween), and I make cupcakes for friends’ birthdays/baby showers/special events/just because events. I’ve had a few folks ask if I would start a blog, and I actually had this one already. So here I am doing the blog thing again. :) There are some posts from the past that I deleted (in case this isn’t your first visit here — and if that’s the case, HI! And welcome back!), but I’m hoping this will turn into a regularly updated blog on crafts, baking, geeky things, probably a few pugs, and any other fun thing I come across. Thanks for dropping by! More Halloween and Harry Potter updates are coming soon.

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