Blogger Spotlight-Eilidh from British Nephilim

One of the best parts about running this blog is having the ability to meet some really cool people, diagnosis and some of the coolest people that I have met have led me to really cool blogs. I’ve said it before, no one’s blog is 100% original but everyone’s voices are different so there are blogs that I love to read because I love the writer, and I love the passion that they show for what they are writing. They are fun and interesting to read and they inspire me to get better and better in my blog.

So I decided to do a feature (inspired by Megan at the Nerdy Girlie’s Geek Girls Gab), where I profile the bloggers that I love. Not only do I get to find out more about them, but I also get to share them with you guys! Most of the bloggers that I follow are like me, nerd girls, fan girls and they enjoy the same things as me, and you! Every blogger that I profile is one that is super important to me and I urge you to check them out!

If you are interested in being featured on the Blogger Spotlight, feel free to contact me, please! I would love to hear from you, to feature you on the blog and to help spread the word about it!

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This week’s blogger is Eilidh from British Nephilim.

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Sara: Tell me a Little Bit About Yourself:

Eilidh: I love to read and write, I also spend a lot of my time pretending I’m famous and dating someone famous (this is normally Jamie Campbell Bower, of course!). My favourite book is The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass. My favourite place in the world is Disneyworld in Florida and my favourite city is San Francisco! My hobbies are playing loads of sports and planning trips around the world!

Sara: Tell me about your blog: 

Eilidh: My blog is run with my parabatai, Sarah (twitter.com/TMI_TID_UK) and Daisy (twitter.com/tmibritian). We update our site as soon as any news comes out regarding Cassandra Clare and her books OR any movie news!

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Sara: What inspired you to start your blog?

Eilidh: Sarah and myself had noticed there wasn’t really a site in that was specifically for British Shadowhunters. A lot of sites run competitions that is just for the US and we wanted to give the opportunity for British Shadowhunters to join in as much as they could.

Sara: What is your favorite nerd memory?

Eilidh: This is a really hard question!! I have 3, because it’s so hard for me to pick.
1. When Cassie followed me on twitter!
2. When Kevin Zegers tweeted me.
3. When my amazing friends from LA decided to surprise me and get Robbie Sheehan to sign a book from me – I cried so much my eyes were so puffy my dad thought I had reacted to something!

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Sara: What are you most looking forward to, as far as new books/movies/etc?

Eilidh: New books would have to be Allegiant (Divergent series) and OF COURSE City of Heavenly Fire! I’m also looking forward to any books coming out by JL Armentrout!! As for films, City of Bones and Divergent, as well as The Fault in Our Stars. I also am looking forward to Obsidian to go through the film-making process!! So exciting!

Sara: As my blog is mostly about books and reading, what are some of your favorite books or authors to read? 

Eilidh: My two favourite authors are Cassandra Clare and JL Armentrout. My favourite book is The Mortal Insruments: City of Glass… closely followed by JL Armentrout’s Covenant Series. (I love that series SO much!!)

Sara: What are some of your favorite blogs to follow? 

Eilidh: WhatANerdGirlSays, City of Shadowhunters, FanGirlFeeels. I also keep up with the LuxenArmy and ClubFandemonium a lot. TMI Source is always on my list and I also love My Hunger Games to keep me up-to-date with other fandoms, iFandomsCollide is also great for the mixture of fandom culture

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Sara: Who is your fictional crush (what, we’re nerd girls, we all have one!)

Eilidh: Easy! Jace from the Mortal Instruments, of course. Even Will holds a strong place in my heart, as does James. I think I’m just a Herondale girl through and through! But I do love Aiden St Delphi from the Covenant Series too!

Last Word from Eilidh:

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ASKING ME TO DO THIS! I LOVE YOU!

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I hope you all enjoyed learning about Eilidh! She’s an amazing person, that I met through Twitter, and her blog is awesome! Definitely check it out, and follow her!

And don’t forget to check out last week’s featured blogger, Erin from That One Geek Girl!

Tuesday Top Ten-Favorite Romantic/Sexy Scenes!

Apparently I am in a super romantic mode right now because I am continuing the romantic Tuesday Top Tens. I got the idea for this one from my dear author friend, check Erin Albert, sildenafil who read last week’s top ten and suggested something very similar to this one that I am doing right now.

I liked the idea because there are so many movies and books, cure TV shows, etc, where you wait and wait and wait for that moment, the moment that we’ve been building up to for way too long and when it finally happens, you want to squeal with happiness. Or there are those scenes that surprise you out of no where and you’re suddenly blushing. I love it. I love that a book or movie can make you feel that way and so I’m counting down some of my absolute favorite moments.

Also, most of the pictures that are posted today are fan art pictures, and I tried to find the artists but its really hard to find them when you Google the pictures. If you know who these pictures belong to, please let me know, so I can credit them! Especially since these are so beautiful :)

Here we go:

10. Harry and Ginny-Kiss After the Quidditch Match

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Seriously? I did not see the Harry and Ginny thing coming at all in the slightest. We all knew Ginny had a crush but she moved on, and dated Michael Corner and Dean Thomas and then out of no where, Harry is super in love with Ginny and I was way into it. I feel like I am one of the only people who actually like Ginny and Harry together. I think it was both the most obvious and yet the least obvious thing to happen. And their first kiss was the first romance we really get in Harry Potter. Harry and Cho’s kisses are “off screen” and same with Hermione and Krum. Ron and Lavender is just straight up annoying. But Harry and Ginny’s first kiss after they win the Quidditch Cup, where Ginny goes sprinting across the common room and into his arms, is SO hot and so awesome. I was so incredibly disappointed in the movie kiss. SO lame. Harry and Ginny straight up have a juicy, beautiful first kiss and the kiss in the movie is too tame for me.

9. Samantha and Jake-After the Wedding

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When I was a young teeny bopper, from the age of about 12-18, I loved this movie with a huge passion. It still remains a movie that I adore but in high school? This was MY movie. I watched it so many times that even now, I can quote it on command. This moment in the movie is always the one that gets me every single time. Not the moment where they’re sitting on the table, and blowing out the candles and the kiss. This one. I remember seeing it for the first time and getting so excited. You’re not expecting it and Samantha is totally not expecting it and the music starts and Sam is so excited because the boy that she’s madly in love with is waiting outside the wedding for her, and you’re just filled with happy tummy bubbles. Plus, Jake Ryan was so hot. So so hot. I loved the name and he was so yummy to look at it and I so wanted to be Molly Ringwald and I just adore this moment.

8. Jace and Clary-City of Glass Moment

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This moment (spoiler if you haven’t read these books) when Jace comes to Amatis’ house, after walking alone for hours, to tell Clary what they’ve both known all along? I die. Every single time. Jace is about to leave, to track down his father and kill him, to stop the war from happening and he has to tell Clary before he goes. He has to tell her. And at this point, we still believe Clary and Jace to be brother and sister, and I know I was shipping incest SO hard. When Jace cuts Clary off and says “There is no pretending. I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there is a life after that, I’ll love you then.” Literally my favorite quote in the entire series because you’re just like, YES FINALLY! They can both stop denying it. Of course, then we learn that they aren’t actually brother and sister, and they can be together, but this is my moment. Its such a simple sweet moment, and Jace and Clary sleep together in the bed, barely touching, and its so simple, and it doesn’t have to be overly sexy to be perfect.

7. Magnus and Alec-First Kiss

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This is an outside story, taking place during the events of City of Bones, but written as supplemental material. Alec is one of my absolute favorite characters in the Mortal Instruments series and I admire Cassandra Clare so much for including LGBT characters in her novels. I love the relationship between Magnus and Alec and the dynamic and all of that, and when I discovered that there had been a story written of their first kiss, I loved it. I was so happy, and I’m happy to hear that there will be more of Alec and Magnus in the Bane Chronicles. But this story of Alec’s first kiss ever is amazing because its so…real. Alec is so awkward and unsure, and he’s fumbling around and when Magnus kisses him, he reacts in such a cute and awesome way, and then he grabs Magnus and plants a messy kiss on him….its just too much for my Malec feelings to handle haha. And Godfrey Gao (who is playing Magnus in the movie) confirms that this scene WILL be in the movie. Oh.My.God.

6. Scarlett and Rhett-Dance at the Bazaar

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I LOVE this moment. Its one of my absolute favorite parts in the book and the movie. I love that Scarlett is so different. I love that she wants so badly to be a pretty, popular, perfect Southern Belle but she isn’t. She’s not overly attractive, but she’s feisty and flirtatious and selfish and she likes to break the rules. When she’s in mourning for a husband she most definitely didn’t love and just wants to dance, its hard not to feel for her. I know, you should feel some sympathy for dead Charles Hamilton for a woman who married him and didn’t even care about it. But well, Charles is dead and Scarlett is seventeen years old and already a widow with a baby. So when Rhett purchases her to dance with him at the bazaar, and she’s not allowed to and yet she screams out “Oh, yes I will”, I just died. Its SUCH an amazing part. And they dance together all night. I think this is the moment when they both SHOULD have realized they were meant to be, and it was such a beautiful moment they shared, scandalizing all the respectable families of Atlanta.

5. Percy and Annabeth-You Dropped This

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My Percy friend, Deb, would totally appreciate this, and we constantly fangirl about this part together. It took five books in the Percy Jackson series for Annabeth and Percy to finally get together, and then in the Heroes of Olympus series, we don’t get to see Percabeth until the Mark of Athena because they have been separated. That was just too hard to handle. So every little interaction, every kiss, every conversation is just too cute for me in Mark of Athena…in all the good ways. I just really love this part because it’s so…its so Percy and its so hilarious and its always so ridiculously romantic. Annabeth is being attacked, along with Hazel and someone else, I can’t remember, and she drops her dagger in the water because she knows Percy is in the ocean. Percy leaps out of the ocean, with the dagger, to save her, but says in a straight face “You dropped this.” Demigod in shining armor. Then Annabeth throws her arms around him and tells him she loves him and its just one of those moments that we had been waiting for for so long.

4. Will and Tessa-Balcony Scene

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Okay, Cassandra Clare built up this scene for ages. She referred to it as the Dirty Sexy Balcony Scene and released a tiny little snippet to tease us about it and I was like, can this scene really be that good? Then I read Clockwork Prince, and I was practically panting by the end of this scene. We had been waiting to see some affection from Will for so long, and I was a major Wessa shipper once I had figured out why Will was so mean. I mean, if you thought a demon had cursed you so that everyone you loved and loved you died, you would act the way he would. But he loves Tessa so much that its tearing him apart and he’s killing himself trying to find the demon who placed that curse on him. So when this moment happens, I just was so happy. All this build up for this scene and it definitely delivered and it definitely did not disappoint. They both let go of their inhibitions during this scene (okay, and it was totally the punch, but whatever) and it makes for one sexy, beautiful scene.

3. Ron and Hermione-First Kiss

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I had to put up this fan art of the scene instead of the movie scene, because even though I actually did like the movie scene, the book scene is better, and this artwork of it just made me crack up so much. I think it was so typical Hermione and Ron, and it took way too damn long to get there. I remember breathing really hard, and I had tears in my eyes and I squealed with excitement. This was a scene that had been built up for so long and when it finally happened, I was so happy. Through all the war, and the dying, and the crying, and all of that that was going on in Deathly Hallows, you had Ron and Hermione finally falling in love and being together, when Hermione realizes how much Ron has changed, how compassionate he is, and how they both just love each other so much. Its such a perfect moment. I really love the book scene because of Ron’s concern for the house elves, which everyone knows is SO important to Hermione and she just throws herself into his arms and they have an amazing kiss. Then there’s the awesomeness of Harry standing there, like, “Um, guys, there’s a war going on…” Such a great moment.

2. Jace and Clary-Seelie Court Scene

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Again with the incest! Seriously, Cassandra Clare, you are such an amazing and talented writer that you got a ton of people to ship incest for two and a half books. We’ve just found out Jace and Clary are brother and sister at the end of City of Bones and we spend the first half of City of Ashes watching the ANGST of these two characters as they can’t even look at each other anymore, because they are so obviously madly in love. We get to the Seelie Court (which is faeries, if you don’t know), and the Seelie Queen says Clary has to say because she has consumed some of their drink. The only way to free her is with a kiss. There’s a debate on what that means, and Simon, who is kind of dating Clary, tries to kiss her but that’s not the kiss that works. “The kiss that will free the girl is the kiss that she most desires”. Meaning Jace, of course. And you think, they want to save Clary so Jace’ll kiss Clary real quick and it’ll be done. But NO, its a gut wrenching, sexy, beautiful, amazing kiss that is so heartbreaking and amazing. Oh god. I love that scene so much. The amount of pain and confusion and emotion that is going through Jace and Clary and Simon and Isabelle and Jace makes this easily one of my VERY favorite scenes. It MUST be in the City of Ashes movie, or I will be SO disappointed.

1. Han and Leia-The “I Know” Moment

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I literally find this to be the most romantic scene EVER. Like, I thought this scene was so incredibly romantic that all I wanted my entire life was to find a guy that would say “I know” to me when I said “I love you”. And not the way my high school boyfriend said it. He said it because it was the easiest way for him to completely avoid what I said to him haha. When Jon said it to me, and he had a smile on his face, I so knew I had found the right guy because he was saying it like Han Solo. George Lucas talks about how the original script had Han saying “I love you” back, but after several takes, it just wasn’t working. So they decided to just go with it, and this is what came out of Harrison Ford’s mouth. And I don’t think there could have been any other way for this to work. Its SO Han Solo, and so romantic because he is totally saying it back but in his scoundrel, bad boy ways and I just love it. Han Solo <3 Sigh.

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Hope you enjoyed this week’s post of the Tuesday Top Ten. Check out the Tuesday Top Ten page for previous lists!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway to win an entire ebook set of the Between the Lines series by Tammara Webber and her standalone novel, Easy!

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What are some of your favorite romantic or love scenes in books or movies? Share them below in the comments!

Nerd Ink, Part Two!

So this week has been hard as far as blog posts have gone. I’ve been writing a lot of these at the beginning of the week, order and scheduling them to be posted on the day that they are supposed to be posted. My best friend is getting married today (tomorrow, page from my perspective) and I’m just SO busy. I was also unable to find a contributor for the Fandom Friday this week, tadalafil so I have a little something special instead!

Over a year ago, I did a post, featuring a lot of my friends and their nerd ink. Way before I joined the Los Angeles Dumbledore’s Army and started this blog, I didn’t know a lot of people with nerd ink. I knew a few people online, and maybe a couple in real life, but I wasn’t as immersed in the world. As soon as I joined LADA, I saw SO many Harry Potter tattoos, and I felt like…yay, my family!

Then as my nerd endeavors have increased due to this blog, I’ve met more and more people with tattoos and I love it. So far, I have six tattoos.

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All of my tattoos so far are fandom related (mostly). My first tattoo was the Deathly Hallows symbol, which is on my right wrist. My second tattoo was “wit beyond measure” under that, and “man’s greatest treasure” on my left wrist, also from Harry Potter. The third one I got was “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death” from Harry Potter, as well, the quote on Harry Potter’s parents’ gravestone, paired with page stars. The fourth one I got was the Rebellion Alliance symbol from Star Wars. The fifth one I got was “Always”, also from Harry Potter, on my ankle. The musical notes are the only non-fandom part, they are musical notes from “Konstantine” by Something Corporate. The last and most recent tattoo that I got was the Fearless rune tattoo from The Mortal Instruments series.

I won’t go into detail for each tattoo, but I will say there are two main reasons I got each tattoo. One is that they all come from fandoms that mean a LOT to me. Harry Potter, Star Wars and Mortal Instruments have all played important parts in my life and getting permanent ink shows my love for those series. But I also got them because they all kind of have something to do with fear and courage. I can be a fearful person and I got these as a way to learn to overcome all the fears I have, from the fear of spiders to my fear of failing and being left alone.

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Now I have a ton of tattoos to share with you! These are some seriously awesome people, with equally awesome tattoos!

Also, if you click on the person’s name, you’ll reach their blogs, Twitters, etc. so make sure to follow them!

Ang

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A bookworm because she loves books!

Galaxy Fox

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(yes, that’s her real name)

My tattoo is Wolverine from the classic animated series.

I got this because I am a huge comic book and X-Men fan! And also because I feel I closely relate to Wolverine’s character in and out of costume. We have the same way of dealing with our pain and we are both very intuitive and strong willed people.

Thomas

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My tattoo is the ship from Galaga.

Story behind this isn’t all that interesting but basically i’m a huge nerd and wanted to get a tattoo that reminded me of my dad, my dad used to play a SHIT TON of galaga back in the day. He talks about it all the time, always looks for the game at arcades we go to and my earliest memory of him was that he got a port of the game for the PC and he and i would play it even though i was only 3 years old. means a lot to me. hope to get more nerdy tattoos but this ones my first.

Steve

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It’s the name of my favourite character ever, Castiel (from the TV show Supernatural) written in Circular Gallifreyan, the alphabet featuerd in another favourite show, Doctor Who.
Why I got it: I was planning on something Supernatural related but changed my mind the night before I had the appointment to get inked, and picked this one. Castiel is my favourite character of all time, and as an illustrator/designer, I find Gallifreyan writing fascinating and extremely beautiful. Plus, Doctor Who and Supernatural are the two shows that have helped me during the most difficult times of my life, and have literally saved me from losing my mind. This tattoo will always mean the world to me.

Mimi Schweid

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This is the Dark-Hunter Double Bow and Arrow, the Fearless rune and Angelic Power Rune. The double bow and arrow is for my love for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. She’s a dyslexic author that is always on the best seller list and I hope to one day be like her. The Angelic power, the one underneath it is a victory tattoo for surviving my first year of college and the Fearless on my right wrist was for starting college/a new chapter in my life.

Effie

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My tattoo is of Sputnik II and Laika, who became the first animal and living organism larger than a microbe to be launched into orbit. She died within hours after launch of overheating but because of her it paved the way for human spaceflight.

Why you got the tattoo: I got the tattoo because I love space and the exploration of space, but without Laika and Sputnik II our discoveries could have come at a later time. This was to honor her memory and her death to further help our understanding of the cosmos and our place in the universe.

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And her Supernatural Instagram Account

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My tattoo is from supernatural, it’s the protection symbol that Sam and Dean have, Castiels wings, and I chose Latin writing because they always use Latin in the show, and it says “carry on my wayward son” which is the theme song :)
I got it because supernatural is my favorite show and felt I needed something to express it :)

Sarah

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I got this at the same time as my best friend. We’ve both been through hellish times, my sister broke her spine, her brother died in a car accident but through it all we were there got each other through thick and thin, true parabatais. I’d be lost without her.

I got this quote because I’ve spent my life shying away from anything that could hurt me. I got this tattoo when i decided the time was right to go to university to remember no matter how scary it is at the end of it something amazing will happen.

Bethany

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 The first one is from the anime, D.Gray-Man. A saying that Mana Walker would always tell Allen Walker before he died. I chose this quote because at the time, the quote was very meaningful to me. I felt like it was words that I need to live by and words that I still need to live by. Plus, it was the first anime that my brother and I actually watched together. Especially he is the one who got me started on anime. And it’s an awesome anime!

This is the healing rune from The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. I chose the healing rune because it’s one of my favorite runes, from my favorite series.

Lorie Nicewonger

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This tattoo is “Always”  Snape’s love for Lilly Evans Potter from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Along with chapter stars. Lori got this tattoo, because “that’s how I feel about the series. HP will “always” be my favorite book series.”

Amanda B.

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Harry Potter Always :) (or forever but this is my interpretation of an Always tattoo)
Because I’ve always wanted a Harry Potter tattoo. The books helped me through difficult times.

Josh Taylor

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The Deathly Hallows are a major plot point and source of power from the magical world of Harry Potter.
4. I got the tattoo because the books and movies got me through some very dark times in my childhood (self acceptance issues) and I wanted a constant reminder to look at, to keep me going should I feel down.

Michelle H.

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These are the chapter stars from the American edition of the Harry Potter books.  The tattoo is located on each wrist. I battle with depression. When I am low, I turn to Harry and the gang. More recently, I am unable to read as often as I need. I see the stars, on my wrist, approximately where my book would rest and it comforts me. Sometimes, it is the only reminder I need.

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I hope that you all enjoyed checking out these nerd tattoos! I think its really awesome that all these people are able to express their love for a particular book or TV show, or just something nerdy, by creating art on their skin. Beautiful.
If you would like to be featured in a future edition of Nerd Ink, please email me a picture of your tattoo, what it is (because I may not know haha!) and why you got it!
Happy Nerd Everyone!

Handmade Fandom Merch!

One thing that is really awesome about books and fandoms and all that is the stuff that comes out of that: fan art, this fan fiction, information pills fan merch, all of it. I love the creativity that pours out of people when they read these books or watch these shows. I seriously admire it. I just tend to drool over fictional characters, and curl up in a ball and cry when the authors torture us with sad parts and cliffhangers.

But, really, I admire so much the amount of awesome that comes from fans. I think its fantastic and I love to admire things like that and I love to BUY things from all these cool people.

And I know a few people, personally, who are part of this, and a couple people who I don’t know personally but I want to talk about anyway.

So I’m going to talk a bit about some shops where you can buy some really cool, handmade things, based on some of the fandoms we love!

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Ellie’s Quirky Creations

The first person that I am going to feature is my own mother, Ellie, who runs Ellie’s Quirky Creations. 

Ellie’s Quirky Creations mostly focuses on custom made dolls, of various people in different fandoms. She has made several Harry Potter characters, the 10th and 11th Doctors, and more. She does custom orders, of course, and I’ll let you in on a secret: She’s working on some TMI dolls! Check out some pictures!

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Amy Pond and the 11th Doctor

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Severus Snape

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Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Severus Snape.

She takes custom orders, and ships internationally and her dolls are absolutely awesome. They are made with sturdy fabrics and are super durable. I have a Luna Lovegood, Amy Pond and 11th Doctor and they are constantly on my bed, being tossed around and they are in perfect condition.

She also dabbles in other crafts as well, such as handmade wreaths (her Angels one is to DIE for), and cosplay costumes as well!

Check out her Facebook page for more pictures and how to order!

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FanGirlFeeels Fangirl Design

The next person I am featuring is Sylvia from FanGirlFeels, who just started her own shop, FanGirlFeels on Etsy!

So far, Sylvia is working on over the shoulder bags, with fandom symbols, but she hopes to expand to more, because she is incredibly talented. Check out some of the Divergent bags she has already worked on!

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Dauntless bag

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Amity bag. My personal favorite but I could be COMPLETELY biased because I’m Amity ;)

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Erudite, Candor, Amity and Dauntless. She also has Abnegation bags available as well.

All of these are handpainted and handsewn and are WONDERFUL. I can’t wait to get my hands on them. Each one is individually made, and super sturdy and can hold a good amount of stuff! She also ships internationally as well!

You can check out Sylvia’s Etsy Store, and look out for more things from this creative girl coming soon!

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Bittersweet Stories Designs

Next, I am featuring Natasha and Delilah of Bittersweet Stories Designs!

Natasha and Delilah are BIG fangirls, with some serious creative awesomeness. They mostly are working Mortal Instruments bags, with custom fabric, as well as custom Divergent fabric as well. I know they also are working on blankets and all sorts of super cool things. Check out some pictures!

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Handmade TMI bag, featured on their site. (Photo credit to Bittersweet Stories Designs)

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Divergent fabric (credit/photo to Bittersweet Stories Designs)

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my good friend Victoria from Novel Reality, with her handmade bag.

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myself with my handmade TMI bag (photo credit to Bittersweet Stories Designs)

These girls are fantastic, and their bags and some seriously high quality. They are a little pricier than others you may find, but they are unique and they are worth it. I can tell this bag is going to last a VERY long time. I also love that they take the time to design each bag individually, that they send “proofs” of the design before making it, and all of that. They are amazing!

Check out their website here, and also their Facebook page! Don’t be afraid to contact these awesome ladies for their custom designs! They even gave some of their custom work to Cassandra Clare, Jamie Campbell Bower, Lily Collins and Kevin Zegers!

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SugarDukes Magical Sweets

The next person I am going to feature is my friend Suzanne, and her company is Sugardukes Magical Sweets!

Suzanne gets her inspiration from the Harry Potter series and makes her way across the country, building up her business and coming up with new products all the time! She has the traditional Chocolate Frogs, Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, Sugar Quills, but also fun ones like Dill Pickle Barrels (like root beer barrels; they’re delicious!), Sugar Plums and Ticklish Pears. Check it out!

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Sugar Quills

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Sugar Plums. THESE ARE SO GOOD! I love these!

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Ticklish Pears! Also super delicious!

She makes appearances often at Los Angeles Dumbledores Army events, and at the various Harry Potter conventions, like Misti-Con and this weekend’s Leaky Con!

You can check her out on Facebook and Etsy!

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Hebel Design

The next person being profiled is Viviane Hebel of Hebel Design.

Vivi might be very familiar to you, especially if you are a fan of The Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices series, The Lux Series, the Grisha trilogy, the Lynberg Legacy, The Syrena Legacy and more. She works with jewelry mostly, but also bookmarks, keychains and more. Its hard to choose what photos to share but here you go!

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Faerie ear cuffs for the Modern Faerie series by Holly Black

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Customizable bookmarks :) Mortal Instruments is shown

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Quote bracelet featuring a quote from the Lux series

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My own personal Clockwork Princess pendant that was given to me by Cassandra Clare :)

There is SOOOO much more on that website. Vivi does absolutely beautiful work and each piece is made so well. Her stuff is absolutely gorgeous, I can’t even begin to describe it. Her stuff is a little pricey but I’m telling you, its worth it, definitely. Her stuff is made super sturdy and for long wear. I wear mine quite often.

Definitely check out her site for more pictures, because you want to get your hands on some of this awesome work.

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Karen Hallion

The last person I am going to feature is my favorite fan artist, Karen Hallion.

Karen Hallion’s claim to fame tends to be her Disney/Doctor Who mash-ups, but she also does a lot of Disney, Doctor Who and other fandom in Art Nouveau style. She does prints, paintings, cards, stationary, stickers, and you can get her shirts on various sites like TeeFury, etc, if you pay attention. Here are some examples of her art.

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Art Nouveau of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite

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Note card with a Doctor Who and Nightmare Before Christmas mash-up

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Art Nouveau bookmark of The Princess Bride characters, Buttecup and Wesley

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One of the MANY Disney Princess and Doctor Who mash-ups, this one featuring Cinderella. My favorites are the ones featuring Belle and Rapunzel!

You can check out her Facebook page here, and her Etsy page here. She also travels a lot to various different conventions so look out for her :) Also! If you check Day of the Shirt daily, you can catch her designs on various sites, if you look carefully as well!

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I hope you enjoyed checking out all this super cool, handmade fandom merchandise. All of these are super fantastic, made well, and are super creative and beautiful. I hope you all are able to buy some of these!

If you, or someone you know, has their own shop set up, please contact me, send them my way! I would love to feature them, and I’d probably love to buy their stuff too!

Fandom Friday-The Covenant Series

The Fandom Friday is a weekly feature, generic with each blog post written by a new contributor.

This is the weekly post where either myself, this or a guest blogger, talks about a new fandom. See, I’ve had the experience in my life where I’ve been made fun or put down about my particular fandoms. And that has made me feel pretty crappy. But I’ve also put down other fandoms as well.

So I’ve decided to change that. I’m opening my world up to new fandoms, and the best way to do that is to bring people in to write about various fandoms. I’m very excited about this segment.

If you guys are interested in becoming a guest blogger for the Fandom Friday, feel free to email me at whatanerdgirlsays at gmail.com or contact me HERE

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This week’s post comes Eilidh, from Scotland, who is a good TMI friend of mine. She is the brains behind the Twitter account, @TMIScotland and co-runs The British Nephilim. Read more about her!

Hey guys, my name is Eilidh (excuse the name, it’s Scottish. For those interested it’s pronounced Ay-lee – stupid, I know!) But I also go by the name Mrs Bower (yes, I am completely obsessed with Jamie Campbell Bower!). I’m 18, and I run TMIScotland on Twitter (because I am also obsessed with The Mortal Instruments) and co-run britishnephilim.com – a site dedicated to TMI. I study Business Management at university, however am currently working on my first novel while on summer break. 

Now, Eilidh is here to talk to you about another series of Jennifer L. Armentrout‘s, the Covenant series. A few weeks ago, Megan from Luxen Army, talked about Jennifer’s Lux series, which you can read here :)

Check it out!

The Covenant Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout!

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I’m here to speak to you about the Covenant Series, written by the amazing JL Armentrout. JLA has also written another series called Lux, if you haven’t read that, you should!!! and also you can read about it here.

A friend recommended that I should read Lux, as soon as I finished it, she demanded that I read Covenant. I am so glad she did because this series is amazing, and I prefer it to Lux (I’m sorry, don’t shoot me – Lux is still amazing!!).

There are 7 books in the series, Daimon is the prequel to the series (I didn’t know about this until I did my research into it!), Half-Blood is the first book, then Pure, next Deity, Elixir, Apollyon, and lastly Sentinel (which will be released November 2nd 2013). (please note – Elixir is a novella, and it is extremely important you read this if you want to thoroughly understand the next book.)

The story is in Alexandria (Alex) Andros’ point of view. She is a Hematoi, the race that this story revolves around. Hematoi are the descendants of gods who have had unions with mortals. However, Alex had been taken away from the Covenant by her mother for reasons unknown.

There are multiple Covenants around the world that house the Hematoi. In the Covenants, youngsters attend classes learn to train as a Sentinel (daimon hunters). Covenants also deal with any wrongdoings that the Hematoi may commit, and punish them accordingly. Within the Hematoi community, there is segregation. They are divided due to blood status, Half-Blood and Pure Blood. Halfs are not treated as equals to the Pures, and the biggest rule between Pures and Halfs? No relationships between the two blood types.

The story begins with 17-year old Alex, who is a half, waking up to some daimons roaming around her, searching for any Hematoi. Soon enough, she is battling a few of them, but she is assisted by the wonderful Aiden St Delphi, a pure Sentinel, in ridding the place of those horrid daimons.

During the series, it is evident that Alex has a tough time complying to rules, however she’s always doing it for the greater good. She is snarky and stubborn, but she is fierce and dedicated to everything she does. Without a doubt, Alex is my favourite female character of any book series I have read!

Aiden is also an amazing character, and as the story goes on I have my moments where I want to snap his neck and others where I wish part of the book just to meet him.

There are SO many other characters in this series that I want to fan-girl about, but I want you to discover them for yourselves. You will fall in love with them, so much so that your heart will break at multiple parts of the book just because of how they act or what they do.

Personally, this series is third to The Mortal Instruments and Harry Potter, beating The Lux Series, The Infernal Devices and Divergent. I would thoroughly recommend this book series to everyone who loves Young Adult literature, it is a perfect summer read! If you want a series that will keep you up all night, and in my case, throw your kindle at the wall – then this is the series for you.

This whole new world kept surprising me, especially when I least expected it (like I said, kindle off the wall kinda thing). There’s a lot more to the series than rule-breaking and hot Sentinels. JLA’s writing kept me wanting more, and allows you to understand every character around Alex without actually being inside their heads. You can feel as if you’re in the same room as Aiden, and experience Alex’s emotions as if you’re taking this journey yourself. For me, I relate a lot to Alex, so the connection I had with her character heightened my love for this series further. Alex is someone that I think, if she was a living being, that everyone could relate to and love easily, no matter how much she breaks the rules.

(Can I just say how hard it was to write this without speaking about Apollyons and sexy gods?!)

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Hope you guys enjoyed this week’s edition of Fandom Friday!

Check out previous Fandom Fridays here, and come back for more soon!

Dear Cassandra Clare Secret Project Update!

Hey guys!

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So I know a ton of you are Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices fans, treat and so I want to share this project that Sylvia, purchase Tatiana, Megan and I over at iFandoms Collide are working on for our beloved Cassandra Clare. I know that I posted on this awhile ago but I’m here again to talk about it, to remind you guys that its happening, and that its going to be super awesome. We’ve been working really hard, and we can’t wait to share this with Cassandra Clare.

Its called Dear Cassandra Clare and we want you ALL to be involved.

So where did this come from?

Tatiana, Sylvia, Megan and I all met through our love of Cassandra Clare and her books. We’ve been friends for just barely over a month but you wouldn’t even know if you saw us together. She really brought us together, and I am so lucky to have found such a great group of friends.

And we’ve all been so fortunate enough to be able to meet Cassandra (and Jamie, Kevin and Lily and Harald Zwart) several times. And its been amazing being able to talk to her and hang out with her and all of that. We know that there are so many fans out there that love her just as much as we do, and have been affected by the books just like we have.

So the idea for Dear Cassandra Clare was born.

This is a collective book that we are putting together for Cassandra, to give to her at the Los Angeles premiere of City of Bones. We are asking all the Shadowhunters all around the world to write letters, draw or paint pictures, anything creative, and send it to us so that we can put it together in this book and give it to Cassie to show her how much she has done for us, all around the world.

This is a project that is so important to us at iFandoms Collide, and we are SO excited to be doing this. We have paired up with some awesome sites to get the word out, and we really hope ALL of you can be a part of it!

So here’s the 411:

You can either send it to us via email, in a scan at ifandomscollide@gmail.com

or you can send the actual physical drawing, letter, picture, etc. to our address below:

P.O. Box 9335
Whittier, CA 90608
USA

There are some rules that go along with it (as, of course, there must be) but they are pretty simple and can be found HERE.

If you have any questions, any at all, please feel free to contact us through iFandoms Collide here.

You are more than welcome to post any comments or questions below, or you can contact me as well, but please try to contact us through iFandoms Collide first :)

The deadline for this is July 21st, 2013, to receive your contribution, through email or snail mail.

We hope you all are able to contribute and we can’t wait to see what you contribute!

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I have one more request of you guys :) If you have a blog, or a website of sorts that has to do with similar things like this, we have a widget! You can see it on the right side of my blog! I would love to send you guys the code so you can have the widget on your blog, and help us promote. Please contact me for details! I’d love your help!

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We also have a SECRET artist designing our cover for this book, and we are super excited to tell you guys once the book is