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For the past two years, I’ve been in love with the video game The Sims 4, but over the past two months, my copy of Origin must have been dealing with a gremlin infestation because I couldn’t open the game. But now that I can open the game, I realized that they released a new game pack called Realm of Magic, and now I just can’t get enough!
When I started playing this game pack, I fell in love with the concept of the neighborhoods, the outfits and accessories, and the Art Nouveau-inspired designs in Build Mode. I also found the game pack Strangerville, and it reminded me so much of the podcast Welcome to Night Vale that I wanted to try it out. I’ve been focusing more on the Realm of Magic game pack, but I liked the concept of Strangerville being more story-driven, so I’m excited to start and see what’s going on for myself! Who knows? It might inspire some ideas for a new story!
Do you play The Sims 4? Have you tried Realm of Magic yet? If so, what were your thoughts about it? Let me know what you think the comments section below!
Thank you so much for reading! Until next time, stay magical, everyone!
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Well met, everyone, and welcome back to the blog! Today is interesting because here in Florida, we have quite the unwelcome visitor coming our way: Hurricane Dorian. As I’m typing this, it’s not supposed to hit our area directly, but we might get the outer edge. We joke that the closer we are to Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel, the more concerned we need to be. Luckily, he’s not super close by, so we shouldn’t be that concerned—not yet, at least. To everyone that may be in Dorian’s path, I hope you all stay safe during the storm!
Earlier this Labor Day weekend, I also binge-watched the new Amazon Prime series Carnival Row, starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. After watching the series, I was inspired by the neo-noir Victorian vibes—not necessarily steampunk, but still having the Victorian and distressed elements along with a fantastical vibe from the Fae. I have some ideas for DIY home decor and fashion pieces inspired by the series, but I’m still not sure how to execute them. Luckily, with the hurricane coming, I should have plenty of time to brainstorm ideas and practice the techniques I’d want to use.
What would you want to see for Carnival Row-inspired DIYs? Let me know in the comment section below! Thank you so much for reading! Until next time, stay magical, everyone!
Well met, everyone, and welcome back to the blog! I’m so excited today, because I’ve uploaded my first video on my YouTube channel! My video showed how I made over a crafts-store candle holder into a vintage-inspired crystal candelabra.
My inspiration for this DIY experiment came from Lulu Sapphire‘s videos on YouTube. Her style seems to be French Baroque inspired with a whimsical touch, with many of her videos inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Personally, I love the combination of bronze and crystal; the bronze gives an antique feel to it—like the piece has a long, fantastical history behind it—while the crystals give a bit of a glamorous touch. What I also love about this type of project is that you can really make it your own, using different colors or crystals to achieve the look you want. Here’s how I made over this candelabra into a piece that fit the aesthetic I was going for.
I bought my candelabra from Michaels (if this isn’t it, then it’s very similar to it), and because I like warmer metallics like copper or antique gold, I used bronze spray paint (I used this type) to make it the color I wanted. I then ordered crystal strands from Amazon, as well as 38mm (1.5 inch) teardrop pendants. A word of friendly warning: it can be a bit tricky working with the small crystal pieces and connectors, but be patient, and you’ll get to where you want.
To keep everything from slipping off the candelabra, I took five links from the crystal strands and linked them together to form a ring. These rings would go around each of the candle holders to hold the strands and pendants in place.
After I connected all the rings, I then worked on the strands. The strands I used come with connectors that remind me of staples, and the pendants come with jump rings, so I added the jump rings to the strands in order to thread the strands through the connectors. I left one connector open in between where the strands connected, because that’s where I’d connect the teardrop pendants.
After I finished all the strands, I then added one extra octagonal crystal to each of the teardrop pendants that would go on the arms of the candelabra (I left the teardrops that would go on the topmost ring as they were). Then, I attached the pendants to the rings in the same way as I did the strands.
After I added the teardrop pendants to the topmost candle holder, I called the project complete! I’m so happy with how this turned out, and I’d love to see your take on this project! If you want to see the finished result, please check out my YouTube video!
Thank you so much for watching! Until next time, stay magical, everyone!
So we have four days left of NaNoWriMo, and as I’m writing this blog post, my current word count is just past 37,000 words. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll be able to win this year, but honestly, I don’t care too much if I lose.
In my opinion, November was not really well-timed to write 50,000 words what with things I had to deal with like my emotional stuff, extra demands on my time for travel, plus my full-time job. On top of that, with all the hype surrounding NaNoWriMo, it starts to feel like if I “lose” (I use quotes, because I don’t know how one can really lose NaNoWriMo), then I’m not a “true writer” (whatever that means). I don’t think that’s a healthy way to look at it.
For me, “winning” or “losing” NaNoWriMo means next to nothing, apart from bragging rights and the ability to wear a T-shirt without shame. Just because I don’t reach the 50,000 words doesn’t mean it’s all for naught. Maybe I’ll only write 46,000 words for NaNoWriMo this year, but it’d still be impressive that I wrote 46,000 words in one month. Some is better than none.
I use NaNoWriMo as a writing exercise, and to get into a habit of writing every day, even if it’s just bits and pieces of stories that I’ve had in my mind. If I win NaNoWriMo this year, great—it’s a great jumping-off point to write a full novel. If not, I would be rather disappointed in myself, but that still doesn’t make me any less of a writer.
In any case, I have not declared defeat just yet. Will I make it? Let’s find out.