Thursday, February 28, 2013

Aaaaas Yooouuuu Wiiiiiish...

     In a previous post, I told you that I made it a goal of mine to do at least one craft a month. I know in my last post I said that I was going to give you this extra post as compensation for posting late, but, truthfully, I realized that if I set this post to update at midnight then my February craft would end up in March. ☺

     I have seen a few ideas on the internet that I have liked, and have been thinking of trying. One of them is painting a chapter of a favorite book onto a wall of your room. Another, is art printed onto a dictionary page like I posted in "Dr. HUH?!" The problem I had with the first idea is that I can't even pick just ten of my favorite books, let alone one. And the problem I had with the second is that I don't have a printer. ☺ I thought about using my Mom's, but she doesn't have any color ink. So I came up with the idea to combine the two and made this:

WARNING: May Contain Spoilers although, if you haven't seen or read "The Princess Bride" then you really need to. NOW. 


      I used a couple of pages from the abridged version of "The Princess Bride." If you're wondering why I didn't use the original, that's because there is no original. William Goldman, the author that "abridged" the book, actually wrote the book under a pen name S. Morgenstern. In the "abridged" version, Goldman writes how his father read the book to him as a kid, and then how he became obsessed with writing an abridged version for his son to read. All of his little stories that he would put in throughout the book kinda bugged me, but now that I know that it's all just a part of his "story," I find it rather amusing.
     Now back to my craft. I didn't want to put the quote on just a plain white background, so I got out a gift-bag that I liked from my "emergency present supply stash."

I then got the picture frame that I planned to put it in, 

took off the back,



and traced around it onto the bag.

     Then I cut along the line I traced and made sure it fit in the frame, I had to cut the edges a bit more, but that's because I used a dull pencil at a tilt when I traced the back of the frame. ☺

     I then picked out a passage from the book that I liked. I picked the part when *SPOILER* Prince Humperdink kills Westley in the Zoo of Death. If you have really good eyes and actually managed to read the passage in the picture, and if you've read the book, you'll see that I cut out the bit in the book where Goldman interrupted the story to tell a little story about when "his Dad read the book to him as a child." I figured, it's my art piece, if I don't want the story to get interrupted at such a crucial moment, then I won't let it. ☺

     Then I got to work with my quill and Black India Ink and started writing.






After it was done, I had to let it dry.



While it was drying I started on the mask that I wanted as my "image."

     First I outlined the mask on a piece of paper. I thought about drawing the mask directly on the writing but decided against it, since I was afraid I wouldn't be able to get it symmetrical enough.

     Then I filled in the mask using a paintbrush and the Black India Ink.

     Next, I cut out the mask and cut two eyeholes as well. I then measured the mask against the quote page to see where I needed to trim the "straps." I realized that I didn't want the mask to be straight across, like I had originally planned.

  So I placed the mask, at an angle, inside the frame and trimmed the corners of the "straps" so that it would fit nicely, put the quote page in, and put the frame back together. Here's a closeup.




  I love that it's such a heart-wrenching part of the story over a pretty flowery background. ☺



Real Life Real Steel

  Woops, sorry about the late post, I usually schedule my posts to update at midnight, but I forgot to set the correct time yesterday. As compensation, I'll give you an extra post today.^_^
      There's a new show on the SyFy channel called, "Robot Combat League", and it makes me think of the movie, "Real Steel." The robots aren't as advanced, but that's because they're real, and not CGI. ☺ If robots can dance "Gangnam Style," I'm sure it won't be long before they improve their fighting technique to be like on "Real Steel." Here's a trailer for "Robot Combat League."


     The show is an hour long, but we were so into it seemed like it went by so fast. Although that could also be because we were munching on my Mom's delicious Thai Yellow Curry while we watched R.C.L. ☺

♥Yummmmm♥ ☺



P.S. I have a Facebook page now, please go and "like" Hermitrae. ☺

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Si and Ghee Buttersnaps

      Tonight is the season premiers to two shows that my family likes to watch; "Duck Dynasty" and "Psych." We love comedies in my family, and these two shows are hilarious. Here's some funny clips from the shows.

Hahaha, their uncle Si is so funny and crazy. ☺

Teehee, I love their girly screams. Here's another "Psych" video, this one is all of the nicknames that Shawn gives to Gus.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

♫Steam Powered Amazingness♪

There is an awesome steampunk band called Steam Powered Giraffe. They all dress up and paint their faces and move like automatons. Here's a video of my favorite song, "Honeybee."


They are so funny and amazing. I want to go see one of their shows in person so bad. ♥

Monday, February 25, 2013

Padawan Training

     We just got the Star Wars game for the Kinect, and it is fun. Also, very tiring. I wish I was better at waving around the lightsaber. Maybe I should take one of these classes.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Art Attack 2/24/13

     For today's Art Attack, I'm going to post some videos of a type of art that I absolutely love. Spray paint art. Not graffiti or street art, but spray paint art. Here, see for yourself.



Here's another one with fire.



And, lastly, here's a picture of a plate of sushi I made for my brother in order to fulfill my promise from the wasabi dare.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Icy Fun

     I had so much fun ice skating. As I guessed, I, of course, was a skating prodigy. Just take a look.

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Sorry for the bad quality, it was pretty dark and we were just using my Mom's camera since we don't have a video camera.

 


    Hahaha, what happened was, I had done a tiny little wobbly spin but my Mom hadn't gotten it on video, so she asked me to do another one. I had succeeded in the first one, so I thought that I would have no problem with the second........yeah. Later, I saw my Mom by the rink, so I went over to see her, but a little girl zipped right in front of me. Here's what happened.

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     Crazy, right? Throughout the whole night of skating, I only fell twice, so I'm pretty happy.


The second time isn't on video, so I'll tell you what happened. At first my brother hadn't been skating with my cousins and I, because he wasn't feeling well. So when, later, he was feeling better and had joined us skating, I was feeling pretty confident in my skating abilities. Especially since it was his first time as well. A little bit later, we were skating in the regular, not-just-beginners section, and we saw our sister on the other side of the rink. Buddy decided to go and catch up with her and took off......fast. I thought to myself, "If he can do it then so can I," and took off after him. Of course, I fell.......and slid halfway across the rink. It didn't hurt though, it was actually kinda fun. ☺ I can't wait to go skating again. ♥

Friday, February 22, 2013

Icy Fears

     I'm going to be ice skating for the first time. I'm very clumsy, so I'm a little wary about what is going to happen. But then again, I keep having these fantasies about being some sort of prodigy and going out and doing a triple axle on my first try. ☺ But knowing me it will probably end up something like this:


"TOOOOOEEEEE PIIIIIIIIIICK!"

Hehehe, I just couldn't resist. ☺

Thursday, February 21, 2013

PrincessRae

     As you might know, I've watched a lot of Disney movies. Whenever I found myself alone I would always be singing and dancing. I imagined myself as a beautiful, on-key, princess.

Yeah, my favorite colors as a kid were; white, silver, and blue.

     Unfortunately, I wasn't the neatest of kids. I loved to roll around in the grass and I had reeeaaaly long hair that I hated to brush. So my little princess self looked a little more like this:

     That was my great Gramma's yard, and I loved that swingset. I think it was way better than I drew it. There were also a bunch of raspberry bushes behind that shed that I used to love to eat. The berries, not the bushes. ☺ Do you see that bush with the blue dots on it?

     My Mom told us to never eat the berries off of that bush. For some reason, us kids took that to mean, "It's okay if you dare each other to eat these, as long as you don't chew them." You're lucky I lived through it  and can now tell you all of my stupid stories. ☺

     My favorite plant in Great Gramma's backyard wasn't the giant redwood or the raspberry bushes, no, it was that weird, twiggy, bush-tree-plant thing with the red waxy flowers.

You see, those weird little waxy flowers looked just like the lipstick Ursula used in "The Little Mermaid." So what I would do is pretend to be Ursula the Sea Witch and sing "Poor Unfortunate Souls" while putting on my "lipstick."

Haha, even as a kid, my favorite Disney character was a villain. Mainly for her song. ☺

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Robot Party

     Check out the robot I made! To make your own, click on this link. Haha, you were probably thinking that I made a real life robot, but no, I did not.

Here's some more great robots from etsy.

Robot Necklace $19.80
 Awww, he's just so cute, and just look at his little key. ♥

Robot Sculpture $195
I love how his arms and head are flung back.

Robot Octopus Art Print $25
Isn't that cool? Here's another print from etsy seller opafaf.

Robot Giraffe Print $30
Now here is a video of a robot dancing "Gangnam Style."


I can't even describe to you how ridiculously happy that video made me. ♥ ^_^ ♥





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Room Drooling

I've been trying to think of ways to give my room a theme so that it wont be a cluttered, anything-goes room any more. I've been thinking of a Fairy Tale theme because of my bed. Here's some pictures of fairy tale rooms that I've been drooling over.

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Isn't that adorable? I love all the little details, like the mouse-guards on the closet/castle doors and the little crown on the desk chair.

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I love the little lily pad steps.And the colors. And the flower lamps. And the "rocks." Okay, I love everything about this room.

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Ok, I know that those aren't bedrooms, but they are too cool not to post.

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The story of two plumbers rescuing a princess counts as a fairy tale......right? Yeah......I get distracted easily. At the rate I'm going, I'll never settle on a theme for my room.

And now my computer is being stupid, maybe more tomorrow. Maybe not.

Monday, February 18, 2013

♫ Ninjas Of The Niiiiight ♪

My cousin showed me this video years ago, and to this day, I still love watching it.


I couldn't find the original video, but this was made by Sifl and Olly.

Here's a cool Portal skit.

by Ninjas of the Night Cosplay.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Art Attack 2/17/13

Today's theme is 3D street art. Some of the art that these people do is amazing.

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Doesn't that look like a giant triangular hole? I wish there was a picture of someone actually walking across it. It would probably look like they were walking across an invisible bridge. Speaking of bridges,

via Street Art Utopia
     Okay, it's not really a bridge, more like a plank of wood. But doesn't it look so real?

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It took me forever to decide whether or not the wall that he is leaning against is fake.

3D Street Painting by Manfred Stader
     At first I thought this was photo-shopped until I saw his video showing it at different angles.

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I'm still not sure how he did it, though.

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 Here's another of Manfred's cool art. the only thing that's real is the baby.

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I love how most of his art, he makes it so that people can pose on it. ☺



Saturday, February 16, 2013

Wasabiiiiiiii

     I got a pack of sushi from the store and it came with a little package of wasabi that was very strong. After we were done with the sushi, there was still about half of the little package of wasabi left. So I dared my little brother to eat it. He, of course, demanded some type of payment for if he did it. I told him that, if he ate it, I would make him sushi whenever he wanted it, if we had money for supplies, for this whole year. Luckily for you guys, I took a video. ☺


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Haha, that was my Dad teasing Buddy about making him eat a full, family size tube of wasabi, and my Mom was the one who told him he was lucky that the little package wasn't full. Yeah, we kinda sound alike.




If anyone is wondering what's on the T.V., Buddy was playing Minecraft.


Friday, February 15, 2013

Big Love For Big Bang

     I love to listen to KPop. My absolute favorite group is Big Bang.


I have bit of a crush on G Dragon. Here's a video of a song off of his solo album.


Haha, he is so cute, and such a goofball. ♥

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Funny Stuff

I came across a comic that was made by blogger, The Oatmeal. I t was very amusing and also a little bit sad since it's a true story. To read it, click on the link
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This is my favorite scene from the comic. ☺


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Shrimp Scampi

     I'm lactose intolerant, so on the rare occasions that I cook something other than ramen, I try to make sure it doesn't have any dairy in it. This evening, I decided I wanted to try making Shrimp Scampi. It has butter, yeah I know that butter is still dairy, but butter doesn't seem to make me sick, as long as I don't use too much of it. Here's a picture of my attempt.
Shrimp Scampi, recipe here

     Hahaha, I bet you thought it was a failure. ☺ Actually, it almost was. I must have had the burner too hot or something because the butter browned really fast, so did the garlic. So of course, my solution was to add a couple tablespoons more butter. ☺ Plus we didn't have any parsley, but I think it tasted okay without it. I put it over noodles but I always have the hardest time getting the correct sauce-to-noodle ratio. I think it would have turned out better if I had either doubled the sauce or cut down on the amount of pasta I made. But the shrimp tasted perfect, and even though I got the garlic slices kind of brown, I have to say, they were my favorite part. Next time, I'll put more garlic, because I found myself saving all the yummy garlic pieces for last.


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fairy Tale Dreams

     I've been debating about whether or not to decorate my room Fairy Tale style. I already have a Princess and the Pea style bed,


I'm thinking about getting a pretty little step stool so that it will be easier to climb up top.

     The only problem with having a Fairy Tale room is my posters. I have these two awesome Doctor Who posters that I absolutely love.

T.A.R.D.I.S. Van Gogh $4


Dalek Victory Poster $4.19

Doctor Who can be considered a Fairy Tale,.....right?

Any other ideas for interesting Fairy Tale themed bedroom decorations?


On another note, my little brother turned 22 today which, as I'm typing this, is the 11th. Sigh.....they grow so fast. ☺


Monday, February 11, 2013

♥ Crafty Ideas ♥

     While I don't have any plans for Valentine's Day, I love any excuse to decorate, craft, and bake. Since my parents don't celebrate most holidays, I have to just be content with just admiring other peoples decorations and crafts until I am able to move out. Here is a few DIY ideas for Valentine's.

Make a Wall of Paper Hearts
So cute and simple. Here is a link to the tutorial.

Click Here For Tutorial
The great thing about this is that you can do any image you want, not just a heart. Also, she has you put modge podge over the glitter so that the pillow won't shed glitter everywhere.

Tutorial
These are great for any type of decorating. And, they are made out of Dollar Store materials. Wooohoo!
Here's a link to the original tutorial that she used, she just didn't use the spoons.

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     These cotton candy sheep are way better than giving a cheesy valentine's card. Because they're full of sugar.
     Not that there's anything wrong with cheesy valentine's cards, I find them pretty entertaining. I am easily amused. My brother thinks it's ridiculous how much I laugh at his and my Dad's silly little puns. ☺

Tutorial 
Teeheehee. ☺

Tutorial 
This is a fun alternative to candy if you have a kid in school. This is so cute it almost makes me wish I was still in school. But not really. :P

Tutorial 




I love that she used an ombré effect with the yarn.

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So sparkly.

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Isn't this a cute idea? I'm going to have to try it. Unfortunately, I'm afraid that if I do, my dad will expect some sort of "hidden surprise" in everything I bake. ^_^

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 Aren't these cookies so cool?

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One time, when my Mom and I were on our way to my aunt's house, we stopped at a bakery and I had a cookie just like this. I loved it so much I begged my Mom to stop by the bakery again the next time we went to my aunt's. We went, but the bakery was closed. The next time we went, it was closed down for good. I was so upset. But not anymore, because I now have the recipe! MWAHAHAHAHAHA!

♥ Have a fun week! ♥ Or not, I won't tell you what to do. ☺