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May 4th: Star Wars Day fun for FREE!

Yup, nearly STAR WARS DAY (aka my folks silver wedding anniversary!) and for a little celebration I bring you things you can do for free rather than the usual “here’s where you find cool shit you have to pay for” post.

I am a huge fan of Mollie from Wilde Olive and her super cute artwork with faces. She’s also a big Star Wars fan and she’s put together a few SW based projects that you can do at home for free (because she’s amazing like that).

So here are the two currently released – go to her blog for some free stuff to do this year on Star Wars Day.

 A few free motifs for your crafting pleasure: 

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and this AMAZING Wampa with a removable arm!

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Aren’t they fantastic! Wishing you all a fantastic STAR WARS DAY, may the 4th be with you 😉

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The Muppets Most Wanted

Have I ever said how much I love the Muppets? I was pretty obsessed with Fozzie when I was a kid. My first ever watch was a Fozzie bear one which had tomatoes on the strap and Fozzie on the front. I thought (and still do to some extent) that he was the best comedian I had ever seen. How can you not love a bear with a pork pie hat and fart shoes?

Looking for muppet merch? Why not try some of this?

As a nail obsessive I love OPIs new set they’ve brought out with the new film. You can get this four mini polish set for a very reasonable price at Nail Polish Direct.

This awesome Kermit the frog cameo ring is available from yshtainberg on Etsy

This Piiiiiiigs In Sppppppaaaaaace! Thermos from kerrilendo on Etsy

The RetroInc on Etsy have this fabulous minimalist Sam the Eagle print (and many others which are also amazing)

And last and in no means least this fantastic Faces of Kermit poster from JoeKayse on Etsy

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Captain America: The Winter Solider

Have to say, the first Cap film did not blow me away. I can’t even remember much of it now that I’m thinking about it BUT with the addition of the Black Widow and the juxtaposition of their views on what the greater good is, The Winter Soldier really looks promising and more to the point interesting to those of us who aren’t all AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!

So on that note I went looking for some non official merch and these are the good things I found.

Vintage Style Captain America Cross Stitch? Yes please!  (Uniquelyeunice at Etsy)

 Pretty awesome handpainted converse from Rahul Mistry at Etsy

This mini skirt from Sweetcheekstitches at Esty is pretty

Want to add some finishing touches to home made projects with some ribbon? The grosgrain from St Tiger at Etsy would be perfect 

My personal favourite this brooch from Visiting Cinderella at Etsy 

And just in case you really, really want your cat to have that Steve Rogers touch, then this little collar tab might be for you, from Happy Pet Tag at Etsy

Enjoy the film folks, I’ll be waiting for it’s release on DVD rather than going to the flicks after the disappointment last time round. Let me know what you think!

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A Little Robocoppery

Robocop (2014) will be upon us tomorrow.

I have to say, I’m not a big fan of the original, I managed to somehow miss out on it – a major film landmark if you were born in the 80s – and I only watched it around seven years ago after my husband saw it as something he needed to put right when he realised what a travesty had occurred in my film watching history.

I watched it and I wasn’t that arsed. I really think if I’d have watched it when I was younger I would have liked it much more but watching it in my late 20s I wasn’t bowled over. As my husband says, there’s no accounting for taste.

I have reasonable hopes for the new one and I wonder if I’m the best person for it from an audience perspective as I don’t have the years of watching it over and over on VHS. I actually can’t remember a lot of it at all.

I think Joel Kinnaman is a fantastic actor and I loved him in the Killing so that’s a good start.

I did go and have a look-see about the net to see what was out there in terms of merch and on that note, if you’re looking for a little Robocoppery of your very own I’ve located some fantastic roboproduce.

First up these awesome heels from Deko Fab

How’s about a miniature arcade game for your desk? This pretty nifty piece is from Arcade Boutique

Omni Consumer Products Mug? Sumotees

This fantastic ED-209 Service and Repair Manual design can be applied to a whole host of goods, thanks to Adho1982 via Redbubble

So there we are: Robocop (2014) is on my Lovefilm list in advance, waiting to be released and will be winging its way to me as soon as it is.

I’d love to hear peoples thoughts on it, so let me know what you think.

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Shoot Me Like One of Your Film Stars

I did some work at the end of last year which I was paid for with a shoot from the awesomely and amazingly talented Mr Neil Kendall of Chester, which I eventually booked in a couple of weeks ago (fashionably late…daaaaahlink)

If you don’t know if Neil’s work, check out the link to his page on facebook, he’s shot some of the world’s top burlesque and cabaret stars and to add to that he is a super chap and has a beautiful fluffy playful kitten called Napoleon.

For inspiration I went for one of my favourite 60s zany treasure hunt comedies, and in particular the go-go scene with Barrie Chase (youtube link).

Copyright: Neil Kendall & Ivy Wilde, NOT TO BE COPIED OR USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

Copyright: Neil Kendall & Ivy Wilde, NOT TO BE COPIED OR USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

Aren’t they great?!

And to top it off Neil shot me in a dress that I made which is, of course, Mad Men inspired

Copyright: Neil Kendall & Ivy Wilde, NOT TO BE COPIED OR USED WITHOUT PERMISSION

I’m a little in love with Joan. Can you tell? It’s not really obvious, is it?

Have to say, I am over the moon with how they’ve come out, and I can’t recommend Neil enough, if you need some promo shots or even something to treat yourself or for a special occasion call him up.

NOTICE: Please don’t use these photos without my express permission.

In the immortal words of Bryan Mills: I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.

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Harry Potter, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, Watford

It was my birthday last June and my lovely husband bought me tickets to the Harry Potter studio tour in Watford. To say I was happy would probably be the understatement of the year!

Tim got the tickets last year, so I have been patiently (read: annoying Tim every few days by telling him how excited I am) waiting for the day to arrive, as I was going on my actual birthday. I couldn’t think of anything better than spending the day looking at awesome Potterstuffs.

I awoke early and donned my outfit as previously planned, including my new Qwertee Harry Potter t-shirt.

We arrived around midday and stopped for a coffee (and a quick check to see if my hands were the same size as Radders, which they are!) before joining the queue, although it doesn’t feel much like a queue, they have little bits and bobs for you to look at while you’re waiting including the cupboard under the stairs and a few family portraits waiting on the walls for you to nosey at. They stagger it out quite well so that there aren’t too many people in the queue at any one time.

You are then shown into a small room with screens on the walls displaying posters from across the world for all of the films (which was pretty cool) and they then show you a little film on those screens about the series of films and how they came about to be make. Then the lady asked if it was anyone’s birthday….

So I shot my hand up straight into the air.

“me, me, it’s my birthday!”

“well happy birthday, and what’s your name?”

“Stacey!”

“and how old are you Stacey?”

“32! I am 32 TODAY”!

“…….oh, and is there anyone else?”

“It’s Amy’s birthday today”

Lady looks in Amy’s direction

“Well, I won’t ask how old you are….”

“I’m only 26!”

Sorry to say, that did brighten my day a little!

We were then shown through to a cinema where Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint were shown talking about their experiences of the films, the sets and the studios this ended with the doors of the great hall being shown on screen, and then the screen went up and the doors to the Great Hall were right behind them.

At this point another lady said “I believe it’s two people’s birthdays today”. At which point me and Amy made ourselves known. The lady then asked us to join her at the front and said as it was our birthdays we got to open to doors of the Great Hall for everyone. So up I strode and took my place, me and Amy exchanged glances, then we gave the doors a push and were confronted with the Great Hall in all of its glory. We both looked at each other and said “WOW”. It’s an awesome memory that I don’t think I’ll ever forget in my life time.

Harry Potter or not, when do you ever get the chance to go and stand in a spot and push the doors that have been made famous on film the world over?! It was tremendously cool.

The Great Hall is beautiful inside and we were treated to a little talk about it, and a wander about. It was really amazing and beautiful and great to see the costumes alongside the setting.

Then it was off into one of the main studio parts where they had hundreds of props, various sets and the chance to get your picture taken on a broom or in the Ford Anglia all via greenscreen, well we queued up for an hour to get our car photo taken (decided against the broom as I was in a rather tight skirt and it wouldn’t have been very ladylike getting on or off and there was no option for side saddle). The queue wasn’t that bad, and only what you’d expect from an attraction such as this, plus we wee entertained by seeing everyone else do their bit on the screens. We made sure we gave it our all when we went up there, face licking, Tim miming being sick in my lap etc

After this we wandered about the bits we hadn’t had a chance to look at and wholly admired the Magic is Might statue that they had in the end section of the room.

We went to the outside section with No. 4 Privet Drive, the Potter house in Godrick’s Hollow, the Knight Bus and chess pieces and we settled down for a glass of butterbeer, which is scrummy. It tastes like cream soda with butterscotch topping, it was extremely sweet and I don’t think I could have managed more than one but it was just what was needed after our wait for the green screen stuff and it was nice to have a little rest before moving onto the second part of the tour.

We then went to the prosthetics and mechanics part of the tour which shows you all sorts of wonders including a bookcase full of goblin heads, the animatronics behind the big book of monsters,  buckbeak, the dementors, the incredibly lifelike dummies made for the underwater scenes and more.

Then it was round the corner to Diagon Alley which thankfully was quite quiet when we got there meaning we could have a proper look and take a few photos. This was another one of the things I won’t forget in a long time, that first glimpse of the street and seeing it up close, it’s just as detailed as you’d imagine. I even fitted in a little time mooning over Lockheart in the window of Flourish & Blotts.

We then went on to the original art work section which is completely breathtaking, all of the concept design was awe inspiring and had come straight from the pages of the books. We then went through a section with the white card models of which I especially liked the prefects bathroom.

Through the next doors we found the model of Hogwarts.

Imagine the best miniature village you’ve ever seen times that by a million and you’d be a little close to how impressive it is. The set up means that it turns from day to night in front of your eyes and the model comes to life with lights in the windows and doors and there are screens where you can zoom in to see the detail in the model. It’s completely outstanding and I spent quite a bit of time in there watching it change through the day.

In the next room were rows upon rows of wand boxes each containing the name of a cast or crew member of the film, which was completely crazy when you added up how many boxes there were.

Then it was to the gift shop where I purchased a time turner necklace and a chocolate frog and some every flavour beans for the following days’ Potter film watching at our gaff.

Full set of pics here on my flickr if you wish to have a nosey

Then it was the long drive home, which didn’t actually take us so long. It really was the best birthday I have ever had in my life!