Monday, February 08, 2016

Maker Monday creating a glowing wand


My simple list of tools.  I found the mini party lights at a retailer online.  The dowel I found at Wal-Mart.  It's the same width as the lights.  I used my dremel tool and my hot glue gun.  From there, it's how you want to decorate the wand.  Whether that's paint or other materials is up to you.


I first used the dremel with a sanding/filing bit to open up a hole just wide enough and deep enough for the loop part of the light.  (Trial and error to get the right depth.)


Once it's big enough, I used hot glue to seat the light into the end of the dowel.


I checked to make sure it would light properly.


I used some scrap material to give it texture which I painted black.  I then got "fancy" and used some scrap leather to wrap the handle section.


Ta Da!  A light up wand.  Took me about 2 hours total to do.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Visiting University of West Georgia #uwgpreviewday #gowestgowolves #visitwest

So, I'm still touring colleges with my son.  We went to their preview day Sunday to see the campus of the University of West Georgia and learn a bit more about it.  I'm reasonably impressed. I think my son was more interested in their Move on When Ready program (what used to be dual enrollment).  He has to process his thoughts on whether it'll make his top 5 list of collegsor not.  We have one more tour (GSU) in February, then his SAT in March.  From there we'll start figuring out his plans.  In the meantime, here's a few photos I took on the tour.

The mascot, Wolfie.


The climbing wall at the Campus Center and the cafeteria at East Commons.  My son was duly impressed by both.


These guys are all around campus and (from what we were told) around Carrollton as well.  

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The Proving by Ken Brosky #Review #BlogTour #Giveaway #Ad @IAmAReader


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The Proving by Ken Brosky

It's been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn't a choice--it's an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they've learned may be wrong ... and Earth is in grave danger.

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Suddenly, the area all around her began to glow, as if some sinister light was slowly coming to life. Thin pine and tupelo trunks were painted in a fiery red light, bright enough that each tree cast a bloody shadow. The creature was near. She ran left, thinking about her family and blinking away stinging hot tears. She hoped to see them again. She hoped to tell her husband and her daughter how much she loved them both. Her body, numb, expected death at any moment but she refused to give in. Ahead, she could see an end to the forest. And something else . . .

A fence! An old fence whose links were being pulled earthward by heavy vines with thick stalks and fat, crescent-shaped leaves. And beyond the fence: a dim pool of white light illuminated a squat building at the far edge of a barren lot. The building must be an emergency supply depot, no doubt running solely on stored energy from the solar panels attached to the roof, slanted up at the sky. The depot would contain emergency equipment and maybe some kind of weapon. It would have a communication system, too.

She could jump the fence. She could take one step on the constrained chain links and reach the top and hop over. She could reach the building. She could survive. She’d carried a child in her womb for nine months, seven days and an additional fifteen excruciating hours of labor. Her back had endured. Her legs had endured. This pain she felt in her shins now? It was nothing. It was an annoyance.

She could do this. She could send a warning.

Review

I can honestly say that I was pulled into the story very quickly and that it kept moving fairly quickly.  From the initial prologue which gives just enough to pull you in, to the background of the main characters, the story flowed.  You meet Skye, Ben, Gabriel, Wei, Reza, Cassidy, Tahlia, Seamus and Cleo.  A coterie of New Adults and Young Adults learning to live in a world taken over by Specters.  They go on their Proving, which isn't what they (or anyone) expected, and it pulls you in to go along with them.   Once the action starts, it doesn't quite finish, even at the end of the book.

I read the book almost completely straight through.  A very good start to the Earth-X chronicles, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.


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Monday, February 01, 2016

Wand Making with paper and paint #maker #crafting #HarryPotterinspired

My daughter and I tried this craft at Conjuration Con last year.  It was so simple I wanted to share it.  I didn't find a video of it and I really don't like my voice recording, so a series of photos is hopefully enough.  Basic supplies are paper (I used printer paper), paint, glue gun, regular glue and sand.  You can do it without the sand, but I think it adds a nice weight to the finished product.


Start by rolling your piece of paper.  I like fairly narrow wands, so I tend to roll it tightly.  If you want something fatter, that's up to you.  Once you get to the end of the rolling, put elmer's glue to hold the roll together.


Close the narrow end with hot glue.  Fill with sand through the wider end. I used floral sand.  You can use play sand or even clean kitty litter if you'd prefer.



Close the larger end with hot glue as well.  You can either snip off extra paper or fold the extra to help close the end.


From there you get crafty with the hot glue.  They created vines and such at Conjuration.  I created neat ends on my sample wand.  Then just wide enough for my hand to fit, I made a second band.  I did a wrap up one wand and a sample vine on the other.  You can't see the details as clearly here.


Paint.  Colors and designs are up to you and your creativity.  The green on the one wand is all hot glue.  The bronze on the other is all hot glue.

Finished products.  I put the two wands we made at Conjuration beside the two new ones.  The paint wasn't quite dry when we left the con that day, so there are flaws in the ones on the left.  Personally, I don't want my wand to be perfect, just fun.  I have an idea that I want to try when I get the chance.  When I do, I'll show you how it came out and what to do if you want to copy it.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Getting it done #newyearsgoal #procrastination

I'm working on fixing small things, like a bad case of procrastination.  I was caught in my own little world last year.  I am trying to be more involved and just get things done.  Easier said than done, as I'm sure fellow procrastinators would tell you.

For example, my engagement ring hasn't fit in 5+ years.  I finally took it and got it resized.  Not that it would have cost me anything to do it before now, so it was just a matter of deciding to actually do it.

We had needed a new hdmi cable for about 2 months.  They only cost about $5.  I finally got around to getting it.  Now I can watch movies again.

They were little things that by themselves aren't particularly important, but I feel a lot better just having gotten them done.  I have plenty of these little things that need to be done.  So, one of my goals for the year is to practice getting them done.  After all, it only takes 3(?) times to make a habit, so I can potentially change it.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Catching the flower @MedievalTimes #Atlanta #birthday #family #WW



It was actually quite funny.  We were cheering on the yellow knight (first time not being red/yellow in ages).  He tossed the flower to my daughter, she knocked the flower into the crown on my head.. so my crown caught the flower.  We had a blast (as usual) and it was great spending time at one of my favorite "to dos" in Gwinnett.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Proving Book Blast #ad #giveaway @iamareader

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The Proving by Ken Brosky

It's been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn't a choice--it's an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they've learned may be wrong ... and Earth is in grave danger.
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Excerpt

Skye took a deep breath, held it, then forced it out quickly between her pursed lips. The loud whistle seemed ear-splitting, jolting her nerves — too late to change her mind now, she twisted her body, her boots digging into the gravel as she fell back and faced the farming contraptions. She lifted her rifle, seeing the Specter’s strange glow change, move, and then without warning its crocodile face emerged from the body of the large machine. Its mouth opened. Cleo fell back, screaming. A claw phased through, reaching out for Skye.

She fired her rifle. The blue proton bullet tore through the creature’s arm, sending yellow sparks fluttering like butterflies into the air. The Specter’s mouth opened wide, revealing sharp, finger-length teeth, so close that Skye could see their serrated edges.

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