Gingerbread: Phineas and Ferb

Hello, geeks! The project I’m sharing today is one I’d been wanting to do ever since starting this gingerbread adventure, but it took me two years to finally get to it (which was probably good, considering the challenge the characters proved to be). I’m not 100% happy with how it turned out, but I guess that just gives me an excuse to try some other scene from this amazing show at a later point, right? I first fell in love with Phineas and Ferb years ago. My older brother told me to watch it, who in turn was recommended the show by our cousin, whose son at that time was young enough to offer an excuse for his father to binge-watch Disney Channel. I love lots of cartoons, and I am no way of the conviction that cartoons are for children only, yet neither did I expect this show to be quite as grown-up friendly as it is, being a Disney Channel show ‘n all (although Gravity Falls proved to be somewhat similar in that sense, so maybe I just don’t watch enough Disney Channel shows). I think we all liked it way more than my cousin’s young son did. So how do I describe the wonder that is Phineas and Ferb to those of you that aren’t already familiar with it? I mean, I probably shouldn’t have phrased it like that, because I honestly don’t think I can, haha. But it’s hilarious, and it’s perfectly weird, and you should all definitely watch it.

disney gingerbread cake artThis is the only gingerbread set-up I’ve done to date, where I’m cheating slightly (uh oh!); I was afraid the chocolate glasses would fall down and break into a million pieces (more or less), if I tried to make them stick to Candace’s face, and so instead I photographed them separately and edited them into the picture.
… Which is why it looks super funky, because as it turns out, I’m a pretty horrific editor. I do think both Phineas and Ferb turned out really well, though, except from maybe the former’s weird hairdo. Apparently making those candy wigs look like cartoon hair is very, very difficult. I hope you like this, and again; if you haven’t watched Phineas and Ferb, what are you waiting for?

Happy Tuesday!

 

 

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Vlog: Fantasy Favorites Tag

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Happy Thursday, friends. I’ve made another video for my YouTube channel, hurrah! Since this month’s theme over at the Geek Girl Pen Pals Club is Woodland Fantasy, Jenny made this Fantasy Favorites Tag for our #IggleTube community. And of course I just had to make a video, too! Because, duh, fantasy.

 

Thank you so much for watching!

 

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Gingerbread: Twin Peaks

Happy Wednesday, nerds! I have my second (and for now, last) Twin Peaks gingerbread project to share with you today, and it’s one of my favorite scenes from the show. In fact, this was the scene that made me go from “this seems like it could be really special, so I better keep watching” to “this show is made for me, and I will forever love it.” It’s the Tibet scene, where we get the first real introduction to Agent Cooper’s, shall we say, rather unusual skill set.

TwinPeaksTibetGingerbreadSagasIn the planning stage, I struggled some figuring out how to make the image seem as crowded and deep as a forest scene was obviously supposed to be. I thought about making a much larger cake, so that I could create a whole forests of tube wafers, but I decided that might be a tad excessive (plus it takes hella long to make those), and either way, it would still look a bit flat, unless I made a cake the size of my kitchen. (Not that I’m against that per se, but I would have to invite a lot of people over to eat it afterwards.) In the end I had this idea to paint a gingerbread wall with a mostly-white-chocolate sky, and some dark chocolate trees, and then sprinkle chopped pistachios on top, before letting it dry. I know it still looks pretty bare, but I think it turned out okay, so I don’t mind. I made tiny marzipan donuts for the table in the background, and if you look closely, you can just make out a few of them behind Hawk and Harry. I am a little sad I didn’t think to take a close-up of those, because they were adorable (and I spent forever making them).

I had made an Andy, too, but I just couldn’t find a way to include him in the picture without filling up half the frame. And besides, he got to be in my last Twin Peaks gingerbread scene, even though he wasn’t even supposed to be there, so it’s all good.

What is your favorite Twin Peaks scene? Let me know in the comments!

 

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Something Etsy #5: Pillows

Something EtsyWelcome back to another Etsy wishlist, this time full of soft and fluffy pillows perfect for the nerdy home. I’ve collected a few fandom ones, and a few generally geeky ones that I really like. (And all the pictures are clickable, and will take you straight to Etsy.)

 

il_570xN.660433365_7bzqThis Ewok pillow from Heart Felt Design is all kinds of adorable, and would be perfect for a Star Wars movie night.


il_fullxfull.701231273_dw75I wouldn’t mind showing off some Hogwarts House pride with this Ravenclaw pillow from GEEK and the CHIC. (You can also find the other houses in their shop, if you head on over there.)

 

il_570xN.883676164_c8a1I’m in love with this library card pillow from Dirtsa Studio, and I imagine it would look great in any library- and booklover’s home.

 

il_570xN.669578161_kcrtThis Sherlock one from Craft Encounters of the Nerd Kind is perfect for watching Netflix all day on the couch. (Also, can we just take a moment to applause that brilliant shop-name?)

 

il_570xN.786660580_p7vwI need the whole set of these Lord of the Rings pillows from Brassington Hollow, they are simply perfect. And they even open!

 

il_570xN.529291775_buziThis Geek Girl pillow from Pái & Péar is the cutest, and would be perfect for long study days. (Plus it could totally double as a portrait of me or several of my friends, too.)

Which one is your favorite? Do you like decorating your home with geeky pillows? You should probably tell me all about it in the comments.

 

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Review: Throne of the Crescent Moon

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Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms #1) by Saladin Ahmed

The Crescent Moon Kingdoms is at boiling point.
A struggle between the iron-fisted Khalif and the mysterious
Falcon Prince is reaching its climax. In the midst of this brewing
rebellion, a series of brutal supernatural murders strikes at
the heart of the Kingdoms.

Doctor Adoulla Makhslood, three score and more years old,
has grown weary of hunting monsters and saving lives.
But when an old flame’s family is murdered, Adoulla is
drawn back to the hunter’s path. Raseed bas Raseed, a
hidebound holy warrior, is eager to deliver God’s justice.
Zamia Badawi has been gifted with the near-mythical power
of the Lion-Shape, but lives only to avenge her father’s death.
Until she meets Raseed.

When they learn that the murders and the brewing
revolution are connected, the companions must race against
time to save the life of a vicious despot. In so doing they
discover a plot for the Throne of the Crescent Moon that threatens
to turn the city, and the world itself, into a blood-soaked ruin.

Thoughts: Lately I’ve been feeling really drawn to slightly different fantasy stories, and in particular those with an Arabian flavour, as opposed to the usual European based ones. And since Throne of the Crescent Moon was not only one of those, but also came with glowing recommendations, I was very excited to dive in. It was not everything I had hoped for, and I did feel slightly let down by it, but with that said, it also had several good things going for it.

Let me start by saying that the culture and world building at least felt very rich, and well thought out; it had a wonderful One Thousand and One Nights vibe going on, and both magic and mythology worked well, and was intriguing. I quite liked how grounded it was in real-life Arabian folklore (and I’m saying this as a world folklore enthusiast only, whose knowledge of Arabian culture is somewhat limited), giving it a familiar feel, while still feeling new and fresh.

Another thing I particularly liked about this book was that most of the main characters were older and more experienced, white-haired, and in their sixties. While you often come across older characters in stories like these – and even the occasional older POV character – I think it’s rare for a book to have three out of five of the main characters over sixty, and I really enjoyed how that was the case with this book. With that said, I sadly didn’t think the characters came across as very complex; there was a distance between the characters and me as a reader, and they felt a little flat. And I thought this was a particular problem with this book, since I got the feeling that the story was supposed to be more character driven than plot driven. The romance (which is something I don’t even care for in general) also wasn’t done particularly well, and it felt forced and awkward. It was a real shame, because Ahmed has created characters that on paper seem intriguing, but for me at least failed to be so in the actual story. I’d be interested to read the second book, and see in which direction Ahmed will take them, because I think they could be great characters in the making.

I didn’t think the plot and pacing were entirely on point. I’m the kind of reader, who doesn’t care all that much about what happens, but more how it happens, and as a result I always focus a lot on structure and pacing, and I do think this book lacked slightly in those departments. The plot didn’t leave loose ends, and everything was tied together nicely in the end, but I thought it was a little too straightforward most of the time, and it could have been tightened up a little, helping to a better pacing.

And that brings me to the writing itself. There were a lot of sacred text quotation, which at first added to the world-building and felt rather appropriate, but eventually became a little boring, since they took up much of the dialogue. The language in general also didn’t feel super organic and easy flowing to me, but instead a little awkward at times (I don’t know how better to describe it); I don’t believe it was badly written, but sometimes you just come across a way of writing that doesn’t really suit your personal preferences, and I think this might have been a case of that. There were also a lot of exclamation points in these characters’ thoughts that I didn’t particularly care for, and this despite the fact that they spend a long time mulling over the same mundane thoughts, even though the world is basically coming to an end. You’d think that the apocalypse would take priority, but going by these characters’ thoughts, it just never really felt super urgent to save the world, and it felt like they cared more about what comes after that, even though they aren’t even sure to survive. (Which understandably also took away some of the drama in terms of the plot, and helped create that distance to the characters themselves.)

With all this said, The Throne of the Crescent Moon is a debut novel, and while I didn’t particularly love it, I see potential with the author, and would definitely consider picking up something else from him in the future (including the second in the series).

Somewhat Related Thoughts: I have often picked up new books based on Patrick Rothfuss’ reviews on Goodreads, and I think this might be the first time I wasn’t overly excited about a book he rated 5 stars (that I picked up because of him), and I just don’t know how to feel about that, hehe.

TL;DR: Throne of the Crescent Moon is a slightly different fantasy read, Arabian inspired as opposed to the very used European model, and it’s full of One Thousand and One Nights vibes. I thought the world building was really well done, and I liked the atmosphere, settings, mythology and magics. Sadly the characters felt a little flat to me, and I wasn’t always the biggest fan of the writing itself. It’s definitely not a bad book, but it also wasn’t my personal favorite.

Rating:

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