Monthly Archives: March 2013

Friday Crafternoon- Zombie Easter Candy

Easter is this Sunday! I don’t know about you, but candy is one of my favorite parts of Easter. Chocolate bunnies and eggs, marshmellow peeps, jelly beans- all so delicious! But what if you tried something different with your candy stash this year? This great post shows you how to create some truly ghoulish critters from candy that is probably already in your Easter basket, and just a few extra supplies you can find at craft stores. They come out looking so cool you might not even want to eat them!


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YA Book Review- Rebel Dawn by A.C. Crispin (Han Solo Trilogy Book 3)

This final book of the trilogy packs in all of Han Solo’s life from the minute he joins the huge gambling tournament in Cloud City up until the moment he meets Luke Skywalker in Episode IV: A New Hope.

Han Solo does not believe he is an especially good gambler, but he takes a chance and uses all of his money to play in a giant sabacc tournament. His friend Lando Calrissian is there, and much to Han’s surprise they are the last two in the game when Lando throws his ship, the Millenium Falcon, in to the pot- not a smart move for Lando. After winning a ton of credits and the ship of his dreams, Han is off to the Corporate Sector to spend his fortune and build up his ship. Meanwhile in the galaxy, Han’s old girlfriend Bria is a leader in the Rebel Alliance and is working hard to unite worlds against the evil Emperor. The Hutt’s are also facing a lot of turmoil as one Hutt clan is pitted against another in endless devious schemes, most resulting in grizzly murder. When Bria approaches Han to rally his smuggler friends and help her lead a Rebel attack against the slave world Ylesia that once owned her, the promise of a fortune is something he can’t resist.

One really fun thing about this book, for all of the Star Wars fans out there, is that the very last line nicely sets up the scene where we first meet Han in the movies. A great, thrilling ride, this is definitely worth picking up if you like science fiction of any kind.


Friday Crafternoon- Tie Dye!

Spring is on it’s way- what better way to celebrate then creating a cool tie-dye t-shirt? Your local craft store will have a tie-dye kit that includes the dyes as well as instructions on how to do it. If you don’t have an old white t-shirt you want to use (or a white tank top, or any white cloth item) the store should also have plain white tees available. Go crazy!

Here is a really handy guide to making certain tie-dye designs:

tie dye pattern

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YA Book Review- The Hutt Gambit by A.C. Crispin (Han Solo Trilogy Book 2)

To continue with the Han Solo Trilogy, this week we bring you book #2! If you thought the first book was exciting, brace yourselves for this action-packed title.

Last we saw Han, he was preparing to entire the Imperial Academy. When this book begins, it’s five years later and Han has just been ejected from his post as an officer in the Imperial Navy for standing up for a Wookiee slave named Chewbacca. Chewie swears a “life debt” to Han, beginning the long friendship that everyone know from the Star Wars movies. The two of them start a successful life on Nar Shadaa, the Smuggler’s Moon which is overseen by Hutt crime lords, and go on quite a few adventures. Everything seems to be going as well as it can go for two smugglers until they discover that the Empire has targeted their new home world for total destruction. The residents of Nar Shadaa are devastated, but they are a tough group- they band together to thwart the Empire’s attack! Meanwhile, Han’s old love Bria is working very hard to begin with rebellion that Star Wars fans know will eventually bring down the evil Emperor Palpatine and his minion Darth Vader.

Fans of Star Wars should definitely try and read this whole trilogy, but those of you who are only interested in Han’s life after his attempt at the Imperial Navy should not have a problem starting the story with this book.

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Friday Crafternoon- Peep-achus!

This is a fun, easy craft idea and is well timed since Peeps are all over stores for Easter. All you need is a package of yellow peeps, lollipop sticks and edible pens (you can find both of those things at a craft store). If you love Pokemon or know someone who does, you will have so much fun creating Peep-achus! Check out the tutorial here.


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YA Book Review- The Paradise Snare by A. C. Crispin (Han Solo Trilogy Book 1)

This is the first book in a trilogy written to chronicle the life of everyone’s favorite Star Wars outlaw, Han Solo. Despite the fact that this trilogy is not by any means new, it is a great read for all of you Star Wars fans who want some background on the characters in the films.

Han Solo is a young man living on a smuggler’s ship when the story opens. Despite the fact that he was found an orphan and raised to be a thief, he has aspirations to be a great pilot and longs to attend the Imperial Academy. From the second the story opens, you get the kind of great action sequences that fans have come to expect from Star Wars. Join Han as he escapes one treacherous situation after another and manages to charm his way through most of them. This story covers the years that Han is about 19 and 20 years old, and leads up to his entrance in to the Imperial Academy. You will get a ton of backstory here, including his alliance to the Wookiees, his knowledge of many languages, and some of the reasons that he is so independent and hard-hearted.

Hand this book to fans of the original Star Wars films, and any sci-fi lover.

paradise snare

Friday Crafternoon- Giant Indestructible Bubbles!

No one is ever too old to enjoy bubbles- but have you tried making them yourself? It is surprisingly easy to make bubble solution from scratch, and with ingredients that are easy to find around the house or at the supermarket. Check out this recipe for giant, hard-to-pop bubbles! A tip: add some glycerin (a main ingredient in soap, found at craft stores) to make them even stronger!


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