Review: The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter by Jamie Harrington

The Unofficail Guide to CraftingSource: Library
Publisher: Adams Media
Series: –
Edition:
 Paperback, 183 Pages
Genre:
 Nonfiction, Crafting
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: 3/5

Charming crafts even Muggles can make!

You won’t need alchemy or a magic wand to make these magical projects inspired by the world of Harry Potter. With a little Hogwarts creativity and the step-by-step guidance of this spellbinding book, you’ll be able to transfigurate simple supplies and things around the house into everything from Remembrall Rings to Butterbeer Lip Balm to Nargles for your front lawn.

You’ll be as busy as Mrs. Weasley knitting her Christmas sweaters as you dive into dozens of Potterific projects. Relive the excitement of Harry’s adventures with these genius crafts. Drop some homemade Pgymy Puff Bath Fizzies into the tub and pretend you’re Moaning Myrtle. Keep memories of the Quidditch pitch close with your very own Golden Snitch Necklace. Or show off the Sorting Hat’s selection with a House Colors Tie-Dye Shirt.

Accio, crafting supplies–it’s time for some wonderful wizardly fun!

After enjoying the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, I was excited to see that my library also purchased this one! It’s full of cool little ideas for crafting, some hits and some misses…and others that I plan to tinker and change. Thankfully a lot of these are change friendly and the book even encourages those who want to expand on the ideas.

Crafts I Love:

  • House Color Tie-Dye Shirts
  • Golden Snitch Necklace
  • Spellbook Journals
  • Pencil Wands – I’ve actually made wands out of chopsticks, which is basically the same thing as this! It’s a ton of fun, I really recommend it!
  • Monster Book of Monsters Tablet Cover
  • House Color Sugar Scrubs
  • Marauder’s Map Mug – Not dishwasher safe though…
  • Lumos/Nox Light Switch Cover – I’ve made one of these!

Crafts I Plan to Change:

  • Lightning Scar Earrings – These rely on Shrinky Dinks, but instead of using lightning bolts I’d probably do something a bit more obviously Harry Potter like Dark Marks. Or maybe even Luna’s Radish earrings. Maybe even a few keychains!
  • Rememberall Ring – This is a bit bulky to be a ring, so I’d probably make it into a necklace or a bracelet charm.
  • Mandrake Root Pencil Holder – The little blurb at the end of this mentioned making a planter instead, and that is just perfect!
  • Dementor Soap – I can’t get behind putting fabric in my soap…what happens when I get to the middle of the soap in a shower, now I just have a dementor shaped piece of fabric. BUT I do think it’d be a cool idea for gifts for Potterhead kids if you put something else in there like little snakes, badgers, eagles or lions.
  • Chocolate Frog Coasters – I would add are more card like look to it and cover it with Mod-Podge to seal it in.

The Misses: 

  • Sorcerer’s Stone Paperweight – I just don’t like how this one looks, at all. I can’t figure out a way to make it better either.
  • Pensive Dish – This was just sort of too vague of a craft to be ‘Harry Potter’ but it’s a cute idea for personalizing your desk or jewelry area.
  • Honeydukes Cookie Jar – This was sort of a simple idea that kind of seemed obvious.
  • Free Dobby Clothes Hamper – This is sort of ‘meh’ overall, and I think a Free Dobby (spare sock) board with some clothes pins to hold random spare socks would be cuter.
  • Nargles for the Yard

Overall I do really like this book and think it has some great ideas! I think there is a lot to work with in here and for all crafting levels, making it great for adults and kids as well! I didn’t list all the crafts above, just the ones that stood out to me in some way and there were a few that were pretty great but I didn’t want to overload the review with them. If you are a crafty Potterhead I really urge you to find a copy and check it out!

3 star

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Audiobook Review: The Woodsman by Belle Scarlett

The WoodsmanSource: Audavoxx/Author – I received this in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Publisher: Audible
Series: The Enchanted Lovers #1
Narrator: Honey Scarlett, Leeroy Will
Edition: Audiobook, 2  Hours 39 Minutes
Genre: Fantasy Erotica
Purchase: Amazon / Audible / Barnes & Noble
Rating: 4/5 Stars

En route to becoming an elderly marquis’ arranged bride, Lady Lily Rouge’s carriage becomes stranded in an Enchanted Forest rumored to be populated by loup-garou and le gobelin, where cursed creatures are consigned until the spells that bind them are broken. A huge black wolf stalks Lily, forcing her to shelter in a rustic cottage. In the morning, she comes under the protection of the cottage’s owner, a ruggedly handsome (and naked!) woodsman. He’s determined to seduce her before sundown, even if it means giving the nosey pixies fluttering outside the window an eyeful.Sir Marrok Ulfang has been impatiently awaiting the arrival of the comely maiden in the red cloak for over a millennium. Now he has one day to win her heart and claim her first sexual surrender, or he’ll remain a wolf shapeshifter, alone forever. But spirited, saucy Lily has a mind of her own, and the daylight is fading fast.Meanwhile, the one who cursed Marrok lurks in the forest and will fight to keep the couple from leaving together alive…

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The Woodsman is a fun little romp through an enchanted forest, and a perfect listen for a weekend afternoon spent relaxing at home.

Our story centers around Lily Rouge, a maiden on a journey to be married to a marquis, and Marrok, a man cursed to live forever in the enchanted forest as a werewolf. The story starts off steamy and teasing as Lily’s mind wanders during her travels, but pulls back to allow us time to get to know Marrok and his plight…and to see the chemistry between them. I loved the delightful twist to the fairy tales we all know by adding a little of non-fairy tales and a dash of lore. It sort of makes the enchanted woods a character in its own right as it plays host to countless legends. The romance between Lily and Marrok is heated from the moment they meet, and I quite liked the nice balance they played to each other. For all her ‘innocence’ she is full of brazen wit that toys with Marrok’s gentlemanly restraint and manners, and it’s really nice to see an alpha who places his lady’s comfort, life, and needs above his own.

The narrators are the team of Honey Scarlett and Leeroy Will, with Honey reading Lily’s sections and Leeroy reading Marrok’s. Initially when listening to the sample what caught my attention was the use of sound effects, which isn’t something I see a lot of in audiobooks but do usually enjoy. I do think there were some effects that could have been slightly more varied, but I really liked the use of the ambient noise for the settings and the creatures around them. Both Honey and Leeroy seem quite capable of dishing a nice number of different voices as well and capturing the emotion needed, making the listening experience pretty fun.

Overall I’d say listening to this was a pretty good way to spend a few hours. It’s a fun little tale with plenty of steam and some pretty unique ideas for a book so short.

4 stars

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