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Breaking Dawn Blog Party! | Bleached Breaking Dawn Shirt

Thanks to an invitation from Marrissa from Rae Gun Ramblings, I'm participating in a multi-blog Breaking Dawn Part 2 (a.k.a. CGI Renesme) Party! 

Breaking Dawn Blog Party
 Breaking Dawn Party Peeps

Breaking Dawn Part 2 Bleached Shirt DIY

My childhood friends and I have what has become a tradition, where we watch the midnight showing of the Twilight movies together each year. We've done it for every Twilight movie (and now Hunger Games!!), and for the first three years, it was basically the only time we had seen each other in a year. This year, we've broken tradition in favor of sleep, work, and money. But we'll still be watching it together...just at an hour more becoming of our rapidly progressing ages. ;)

BUT I know I'm going to miss the anticipation of attending the midnight showing; the adoring crowds who laugh, cat-call, and sigh together, and who share a camaraderie that just isn't as present at any other showtime. Most of all, I'll miss the random people one meets while waiting in line, or sitting in one's seat. The small-talk; the gossip; the critiques and plot guessing. 

Even though I won't be at the midnight showing, I'll still be wearing a Breaking Dawn t-shirt when we do get to watching it. And because I not only have an obsession with bleaching shirts, but it's also extremely quick and easy to do, I have designed a chess piece template just for bleached BD shirts! If you were waiting until the last minute to make your BD shirt, this one is for you! It's subtle, different, and extremely easy to make.

Items needed:
Fine misting spray bottle (any size, as long as it sprays a fine mist)
Bleach (any brand will work)
Dark cotton t-shirt (50/50 Cotton/Poly blend is ideal)
Contact paper, or other sticky paper (freezer paper will work, but you’ll have to iron it on)
X-acto knife or precision cutting tool
Printed template

1. Tape printed template over a piece of contact paper, and carefully cut through both layers with an X-acto knife, or another cutting tool. (I have provided two different templates; I prefer to use the first, while the second template saves ink.)

2. Stick the contact paper chess piece on chosen area of a dark t-shirt. Make sure all edges are sticking to the shirt. Slide a piece of cardboard or other surface, in between the front and back of shirt, to prevent bleaching the back side.

3. In a spray bottle, mix a solution of 1 part water & 1 part bleach. You don’t need a lot for one shirt; not even half of a bottle. DO NOT let this sit in the bottle for longer than 1/2 hour, without using it. It will burst!

4. Hold spray bottle a few feet above t-shirt, and spray. Focus on the chess piece, and the mist will fall in the negative space around it. Only a few sprays are needed; about 3-4. Don’t overdo it! It takes a few minutes for the bleach to finish working, and the color to actually show up on the shirt. You can always spray more later, if you want more color.

5. After about ten minutes, check the t-shirt. Spray once or twice more, if you want more color, or if you feel the top/bottom section needs more.

6. Peel contact paper off, and hang to dry. Wash in COLD water before wearing.

Have fun watching Breaking Dawn P2!!


More Hunger Games FB Cover Photos

After the last Hunger Games cover photos I made, there was a request for more, from Lissa. Specifically: Katniss in the dress, Katniss and Prim, and Katniss and Rue. I started making those, but couldn't stop there. It's too much fun! I used screencaps I grabbed from my then newly purchased HG DVD. :)

And don't forget to enter the giveaway for a copy of The Hunger Games DVD! It ends tonight (9/6).

Read: None of these are shown in full size!
Right click on the photos and choose 'open in new tab' to see the full size versions. 
From there, you can right click on the photos and choose 'save image as.'
Upload to your Facebook page, and enjoy!


Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photos + Giveaway

Happy release day!!!
I am SO excited to finally have a copy of The Hunger Games DVD! Now I can watch it at home, as many times as I like (and you'd better believe I'll be watching it a lot). Are you excited, too? Here are some cover photos for your Facebook page, so you can show off your Hunger Games fever. I know you have it! ;)

Most of these also have the option for a plain photo, without a quote. Look for the link below the photos.

Looking for my Hunger Games wallpapers? Get them here.

How to use cover photos:
  • These photos are NOT full sized on this page! Right click, and choose "open in another window/tab," to get the full sized versions.
  • Right click on the photos once they have opened, and choose "save image as."
  • Upload to your Facebook page.

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo
Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo
Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo

Hunger Games Facebook Cover Photo
Character images used are from Down With the Capitol's collection of Hunger Games media images.
Elements in the last three photos were created by me.
All quotes are from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

P.S. I made MORE! See them here.

Enter to win your own copy of The Hunger Games DVD*, along with an exclusive pack of 6 Hunger Games trading cards! Giveaway ends September 6th, 2012.
*Because I am feeling the Hunger Games joy, the winner can request to have a Blu-Ray version! You must let me know when I contact you.

(The trading card cover has different wording since it was made exclusively for Walmart purchasers, but is made by the same company. I just couldn't find a photo of the exact cover I have.)

Open Internationally.
Must be 13 years or older to enter.
Winner has 48 hours to respond after my email has been sent, or another winner will be chosen.

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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green book cover
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Publisher: Dutton Books
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult
Publication Date: Jan. 10th, 2012
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

. . . but it is the nature of stars to cross, and never was Shakespeare more wrong than when he had Cassius note, "the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars / But in ourselves."  . . . there is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars.
-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I put off reading this book for one reason: I knew it would hit really close to home. It was published while my child was still in the thick of cancer treatments (oddly enough, that was only three months ago), and I wasn't sure I would be able to handle reading it. It wasn't until I read last week that John Green personally signed each and every 1st edition copy of this book, that I decided to see what was so important about this book that such a thing would take place. I knew that with such a touchy and personal subject, I was likely to either love or hate the book in the end, and that it could possibly intrigue me to pick up more of his books in the future, or prevent me altogether from ever being able to. It was a risk I took.

Let me say this right off: John Green gets cancer right. He gets it so right, that at one or two particularly truthful points in the book, I yelled "dammit John Green!" ...just for his causing me to think so philosophically about something that at one point was trying to take over my son's body. Let it be noted that I have never before, and will never again, cuss on this blog. There are so many powerful and poignant passages in this book, that I was practically snapping pictures of every page (how I document favorite quotes). Along with that, there are steady bursts of comic relief--the kind born out of tragedy--the combination of it all producing laughter through tears, and tears through laughter, and ultimately, a messy face not fit for public eyes. ;)

I did find a few flaws in the book, all of which involve a trip that the characters take. I want this to be a semi-spoiler-free review, so I'll summarize what I typed in the spoiled paragraph below. In short: the trip seemed unorganized, and not consistent with the organization for the type of trip people in their position would take in real life. I also didn't like how easily, and how often, the characters were left alone while on this trip. Even I was worried for their health while they were off and alone, and just wanted them to have someone nearby in case anything happened...I guess caution is another side-effect of dying. (Read the book and you'll get that one.)

*Spoilers in this paragraph*
So, the Wish trip: for one thing, the planning of the trip felt a bit unorganized. My experience with Wish trip planning is that it takes a lot of time, people, and coordination, to put a Wish together. And all the little details (like meals, places of travel, and most importantly in this case: the special person you'll be meeting) is handled by the Wish coordinator, who makes absolute certain that you have no problems on your trip. Not so in the book. I was also under the impression that they frown upon a.)making a wish FOR someone else, even when cleverly disguised as a wish for yourself, and b.)your parents not coming along! If you wish for a trip, the whole family (or at least your parents) are always included to make it a family experience. I also don't agree with how often the main characters were left on their own for the entire trip, either. For someone who was SO worried that something would happen to her daughter while in a country where she would be without medical assistance, Hazel's mother sure left her to fend for herself a whole lot. But I digress.
*End spoilers*

In truth, the flaws in the book were easily forgotten in lieu of a gripping storyline, and deep, thought-provoking, passages. This book is tough on both the mind and the soul, but is worth every tear shed. For anyone waiting to read this book--unsure if it's realistic--or anyone who's read it and still wondering if this is what it's really like: it really, truly, is. This is the truthful, gritty, trenches of love and cancer--analyzed in ways that make you contemplate every agonizing moment of it. I appreciate the deeper view of life, love, and death.

I appreciate this book, John Green.

Fever Meter - 101.6 - Fantastic Book
Temp. Guide
Read this if: want a realistic view of life, love, and cancer, told in an unforgettable story.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Death, illness, loss, underage drinking, sex (not descriptive), drugs (cigarettes, which are often present, but never lit), and some swearing.}

“People talk about the courage of cancer patients, and I do not deny that courage. I had been poked and stabbed and poisoned for years, and still I trod on. But make no mistake: In that moment, I would have been very, very happy to die.”
-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

"What am I at war with? My cancer. And what is my cancer? My cancer is me. The tumors are made of me. They're made of me as surely as my brain and my heart is made of me. It is a civil war . . . with a predetermined winner.”
-The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Quote design from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
I bawled at this part. It's one of the sentences that stood out the most to me.

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2 More Hunger Games Wallpapers

You guys...The Hunger Games movie comes out THIS WEEK!

Can you believe it? It has been such a long wait, and it is almost over! Need something to get you in the Hunger Games mood? Something simple that makes an impact, right? I've totally got it.
Here are two more desktop wallpapers, just for you. Just right click to open in a new window, where you can download them. These look so great on the desktop!

Don't forget to check out the link below to see the ones I previously made using the character posters.

Click the photo below to view and download the first set of Hunger Games wallpapers I made!

P.S. I want to know what you're wearing for The Hunger Games movie premier! Send me pics of your outfit before the 22nd, and I'll post them on my blog on the 22nd! I'd also like to see how you've decorated for any parties you're having, so I'd love it if you would send me those pics, too! 
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Book Review and Wallpapers: Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles #1)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Format: ARC (courtesy of Feiwel & Friends)
Genre: Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Dystopia, YA (take your pick)
Publication Date: Jan 03, 2012
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

Holy Lunar Batman. Think the combination of Cinderella + cyborgs + dystopia, can't possibly work out? Well, it does, and this book is the proof.

But first: the negatives. The biggest distraction I found in the book is Prince Kai. I didn't understand his character very well, especially his sudden attraction to Cinder. We see his actions, and get to occasionally read his thoughts, but they aren't consistent with each other. I'm not quite sure if this is done on purpose (showing how much he has to learn) or not, but it is clear that he has a lot of growing to do as a character.

The ending was also a bit of a let-down, if only because I am dying to know what happens next. The full Cinderella story arc doesn't happen in this book, so we are left waiting for the next book, for what I hope has some sort of a conclusion.

Lastly: The book is set in "New Beijing," the future China, but aside from character names, there was no Chinese culture in the book at all. I refuse to believe that even hundreds of years from now there wouldn't be something cultural that stuck, especially in such a rich and deeply-ingrained culture.

And now: the squealing! Despite the above, I really enjoyed this book. I was enthralled with Cinder and her life as a mechanic/unofficial servant. She's a spunky character, who comes complete with guts, honor, and interchangeable parts. It took me a few chapters to really understand her, but I must say that I'm quite a fan.

The world Meyer built is impressively detailed. I could picture everything in my head as I read, and was able to lose myself in it, completely. Meyer is great at explaining enough so that the reader understands what is going on in the story, but not explaining so much that it feels like overkill. She hints at just the right details to get your mind spinning with the possibilities.

I was hooked with the details; fantastic descriptions of mechanical body parts, internal wiring, and futuristic machines, made better by the fact that Cinder is a mechanic with lots of knowledge about them. And little fairy tale hints kept popping up in the most unexpected places. It was a fun surprise each time I realized what something represented (much like I fun I get from realizing what things represent in Once Upon a Time).

This is a book you need to read. The dialogue is great--sometimes funny and other times heartfelt--and Cinder's sarcastic humor comes out in just the right places. You'll love the way the writing sweeps you into Cinder's story, and the world she lives in. And you'll gasp at the end when it leaves you wanting more.

Read this if: are looking for something fresh and memorable; a book to get lost in.

Fever Symptoms:
Major loss of sleep, inability to function, accelerated reading, shifted priorities, and the sudden urge to cry in frustration upon finishing.

Content Warning
Clean read!

Had to get my energy out after finishing this book, so here are some wallpapers for you. Enjoy! :)

Other Books in the Series:
Book 2: Scarlet (2013)  /  Book 3: Cress (2014)  /  Book 4: Winter (2015)

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Hunger Games Desktop Wallpapers Made From the Character Posters!

I absolutely love the new character photos that were released yesterday! They are powerful images; profile shots usually are, but the high contrast and perfect lighting make me swoon pretty much every time I look at them. I can't wait for this movie to come out!!

Sometime yesterday, I got to looking at all the wallpapers others made from the posters, and although they are really cool (I especially like these ones made by Novel Novice) I decided I wanted something more simple and minimalistic for my own I made my own. And since I have an obsession with The Hunger Games, I couldn't stop at just one. I had to make more. now I get to share them with you! These are for your personal use, but you are welcome to share the ones you like with others (I'd love a link back). They're for widescreen computers, but I may make some for regular sized screens, if I have a lot of requests, although that's not something I'm expecting.

To save them in their original size, right click on the photo and choose "open link in new tab." Then click on the photo to magnify it. That way you can save the largest version.

Happy weekend!

Edited to add:
(got a lot of requests for these)

See super hi-res versions of all the original character posters here.

Edited (again) to add:

Click here for two more wallpapers
Includes a simple Mockingjay, and one with the meadow/valley song.


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