Saturday, October 25, 2008

Its here - Pam's Perfect Poisonous Paralyzing and Petrifying Potions

Pam prepared potions as her contribution to Saucy's Zombie swap. I love it and here are some photos that Pat helped me take. He definitely sees it as an interactive display. The tiny skeleton has been attacked by the spider, has been head down in a jar, splayed in front of the display etcetera. I have it set up on a little table at the entrance to our living room and every time I turn around he has adjusted it. Pam used jars that had spices in them so there are remnant fragrances in the jars which Pat is fascinated by - of course he has taken the tops off - he is really impressed that they have different odours. Pat is a huge Harry Potter fan and potions could not have been a more perfect choice for me. Thanks so much Pam!!!

Here are a few teasers about my Zombie swap sent to Pam. I will post details when I get confirmation that Pam has received it.

Thanks so much Saucy for hosting this swap!!


AwtemNymf said...

oh my goodness! I love this one... one of my faves!
I'm curious- how do the heads stay on??
Just Fab!!

Anonymous said...

Big Harry Potter fan here also! I love the potions ideas. So creative. This has been so fun. Can't wait to see yours.

MJ said...

Sorry, blush, I haven't read any of the Potter series! Still, what a great idea for a Potter fan plus a fun view of a "Zombie Jar"!

Kimberly said...

What a fun interpretation of the theme!

Thanks for dropping by! Here's how I made the banner:
-Got Martha Stewart glitter which comes with glitter glue...convenient, but use whatever you like
-Used the drawing toolbar in Microsoft Word and drew a circle to the size I wanted for the top layer of the banner
-Inserted a text box in the circle
-Found a font I liked in Microsoft word (something like Rockman or of the stock fonts that came with Word) and put a 'B' in the first circle
-Blew up the circle and the 'B' until the whole thing was the height I wanted
-Copied and twice pasted that circle complete with text box and letter on the same page and simply changed the 'B' to an 'O' in each text box
-Printed the page and cut around the outer edge of the circle and cut the letters out of the center of the circle to make a stencil. You'll have to leave a thin piece of the letter intact so that the center of each letter is still there...otherwise when you use the stencil to apply the glitter there won't be a blank space in the middle of the 'O' and other letters where you need blank spaces...they'd just be solid glitter blobs
-Used the circles to cut out circles of my chosen paper
-Held down the stencil and very slowly and gently used the glue brush to apply glue to the base paper
-Lifted the stencil and filled in any parts of the letter as needed
-Poured glitter over the glue and let dry
-Shook excess glitter off circles onto a piece of paper to pour back into glitter bottle
-Used my fingernail to knock off any glitter outside the boundaries of the letters to make the letters look as crisp as possible
-Took my weekly newspaper and cut a strip running from the top of the page to the bottom that was two newsprint columns wide (3-4 inches)
-Accordion folded that strip. The width of your folds determines the height of the finished rosette. Make the folds as even as possible. The rosette under the 'B' is all whompy b/c its the first one I did and I just folded it as quickly as I could...I was more careful on the other 2
-You will end up with a stack of accordion folded paper. Pinch it in the middle so the folds are closed, apply glue to 1/2 of the top flap and fold the whole stack in half like you are making a hand-held fan. You are gluing the top flap in half to itself
-Gingerly try to hold the stack together and do the same with the bottom flap
-I held the paper together in a rosette shape in my palm (like holding a CD with ones fingers on the outer edge) and put a blob of hot glue in the center to hold the whole thing together in a circular shape
-Hot glue the glitter letter paper to the rosette
-Cut whatever shape you'd like out of your chosen paper for the bottom layer and hot glue the bottom of the rosette to that paper
-Cut 2 slits near the top edge of each bottom layer of paper big enough for your chosen ribbon to pass through
-Voila! Fun banner!

I love to see your banner if you decide to make one!