Paper Flowers by RevitalisedDesigns

From the Etsy Shop:

Used and pre-loved items made new again.

Why It Caught Lady Woolthief’s Eye:

Tired of getting the book lover in your life a Barnes and Noble gift card for Christmas? RevitalisedDesigns revitalizeddesigns3takes treasured books and twists the pages so they can be cherished in a unique and decorative fashion. Creating beautiful paper flower bouquets with second hand novels, RevitalisedDesigns offers dozens of popular titles to choose from including Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Pride and Prejudice. Pages come tinted or with original coloring, and all seem to be made with a delicate touch.

RevitalisedDesigns doesn’t stop at paper flowers. Coasters, picture frames, and ornaments can all receive the novel treatment. Check out their Etsy Store to see their entire selection. Can’t find the book you’re looking for? Just email and ask — they take custom orders!

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Peter Pan “Flying to Neverland” Top Hat

Sprinkle yourself with pixie dust and escape adulthood with this colorful, fun take on the adventures of Peter Pan. The front displays Peter, Wendy, John, and Michael flying against the night sky, while Neverland is represented on the back of the hat with lush greenery and silver-blue flowers. References include Wendy’s thimble kiss, a hidden miniature hook in a pirate chest, and Tinker Bell silhouetted through her lantern.

Each hat comes with 6 small battery operated LED bulbs to light up Tinkerbell’s lantern. It weights 1.2 lbs and is 12 inches high from the bottom of the hat to the top of the lantern.

Die cuts of the characters were provided through CherokeeTreasures. Check out their Etsy store here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/CherokeeTreasures

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My Fair Porcelain Lady Top Hat

This gorgeous, unique top hat features a porcelain doll music box as its show-stopper. Truly one-of-a-kind, this hat is accented with gold and black ribbon, textured cut-outs, and purple and red-orange flowers. The structure of flowers reveals the porcelain doll’s beautiful countenance as she turns in circles and makes music.

This hat weighs 1.2 ounces, and is approximately 11 1/2 inches tall.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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Summary

Newt Scamander arrives in 1920’s New York with a suitcase full of magical creatures. Great with animals, but terrible at keeping an eye on his suitcase, several of Newt’s pets are unleashed and must be contained before the entire wizarding world is exposed to the already suspicious No-Maj..es (Lady Woolthief tried to Google the plural of this word to no avail – can it just be muggles?) of New York.

Lady Woolthief’s Take – Spoiler Free!

Like many, Lady Woolthief was skeptical about an adaptation of a 42-page textbook. After all, her favorite part of said textbook was the fun hand-written notations from Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the margins. It’s not that she didn’t have faith in her hero goddess favorite author, JK Rowling, but Lady Woolthief prefers to approach all things with a healthy dose of “hope for the best, expect the worse.”

With that said, Fantastic Beasts is everything Lady Woolthief hoped for. The balance between slap-your-knee humor and edge-of-your-seat drama is breathtaking. The creatures are infused with personality, so there’s never a dull moment when they’re on screen. Casting is spot-on. The villains are complex and intriguing. The protagonists are a likeable, well-rounded bunch.

Awkward and soft-spoken, Newt doesn’t truly come to life until he is surrounded by his creatures. He’s a completely different type of hero than Harry Potter. He’s not a leader, he’s not needlessly brave. He’s capable, but solely motivated by his love for his creatures and his desire to see them understood by his peers. Jacob (the comedic No-Maj), Tina (the disbarred Auror), and Queenie (the Legilimens) — all new acquaintances — finely round out the group of adventurers. Queenie, played by Alison Sudol, especially stands out as the candid, whimsical mind-reader.

Tonally, the story bounces between the fun of re-capturing Newt’s often hysterical creatures and a very dark sub-plot that explores witch-hunting. The subtext of that later plot line is pretty on-the-nose, especially given the current political climate. Lady Woolthief looks forward to the further exploration of these issues, most especially because the sequels are set to take place in different cities around the globe. Fantastic Beasts beautifully lays the groundwork for future conflicts, while investing in characters and creatures that will hopefully be enjoyed in the other installments.

Even though this could be considered a standalone story, hardly connected to Harry Potter aside from a few mentions of Hogwarts and some of its older residents, it might not translate well to those not already familiar with that universe. For fans, this is sure to be a delight.

Conclusion

While concerns about the ever-expanding wizarding world are completely valid, it continues to provide so many jobs, careers, and opportunities for people (ranging from graphic artists to roller-coaster operators), Lady Woolthief can’t object. She is still skeptical about Fantastic Beasts being expanded to a five-part series, but this first installment is fantastic (too much?). She intends to continue going into each movie hoping for the best while expecting the worst, but trusts if anyone can pull it off, it is her hero goddess favorite author, JK Rowling.

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Mad Hatter Pink & Blue “Tea Party” Top Hat No. 2

Join the Mad Hatter’s tea party with this fantastical, hand-made Alice in Wonderland top hat by Lady Woolthief. Perfect for a fun take on Alice’s time in Wonderland, this hat features several unique touches. Cards were custom made by Lady Woolthief to incorporate the Queen of Hearts. The metal decor features a clock, key, and white rabbit charm. The defining tea set on top was a singular find from a thrift store, hand-broken and glued back together.

The top hat is approximately 25 1/2 inches around, which will sit on most heads. Size it to perfection with the 2 feet of hat foam tape included with each purchase. It weighs 1 lb, 6.1 oz. It has some heft due to the tea set on top.

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Her Mother’s Recipe for Twice Baked Turtle Brownie Fudge Cookies

brownie-cookiesDuring a pot-luck style housewarming party hosted by Lady Woolthief and her roommates, Nurse Hautee and Sister Night, guests repeatedly inquired about the delicious batch of pecan cookies contributed by Lady Woolthief’s mother. They had never quite tasted that delicate balance of chocolate and nut before. What was her secret?

Lady Woolthief passed the compliments and inquiries onto her mother, who happily obliged with the following recipe. Please note: As will be made clear below, it is unlikely the original deliciousness of Twice Baked Turtle Brownie Fudge Cookies can be replicated. Attempt at your own risk.

How to make Twice Baked Turtle Brownie Fudge Cookies
(as written by Lady Woolthief’s Mother)

Bake a batch of Betty Crocker’s Brownie Mix according to the directions on the box for the exact amount of time the box says.

When you can tell they don’t seem done, leave them in the oven for an extra 5 minutes.

After they cool, frost with milk chocolate frosting and top with chopped pecans.

Cut them into squares. Discover they are still a gooey mess and are way undercooked even though you KNOW you followed all the directions.

Roll the brownies into balls and decide to try cooking them as cookies. What you will have is a ball of cooked (supposedly) brownies, chocolate frosting, and chopped pecans in a ball of “brownie mix.”

Place a whole pecan on top so it looks like it was intentional.

Bake for another 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

Pop the cookie sheets in the freezer because you need to leave for you daughter’s party in 15 minutes.

They will still look raw but hey, who does not love sugar and chocolate?

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Custom Top Hat for J.L. Barnes

J.L. Barnes is a local fantasy and sci-fi artist from Colorado Springs who runs DragonCrest Studios. Lady Woolthief was delighted to make her this custom top hat featuring some of her best pieces to wear on November 26th to the Holiday Fair & Artisan Show. J.L. Barnes and Lady Woolthief will be there promoting DragonCrest Studios; come check it out!

Also, look out for a fun video interview with J.L. Barnes coming to LadyWoolthief.com next week!

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