Friday, 22 October 2021

Unboxing Magical Classes and a cute cat

For Day 4 of 13 days of Halloween I have a Litjoy mystery box unboxing.
I know, I know, Harry Potter isn't exactly Halloween themed BUT Bert ordered that thing literal MONTHS ago and it kept being delayed and yesterday it FINALLY arrived. And I just wanted to open it, so here's a Wizarding World themed unboxing.
Spoiler alert: not everything arrived in one piece...


And to add some actual Halloween content, here's sweet Kiwi-chan being cute in her cat house :).

Kiwi in the Halloween house

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Unboxing and making art with Japanese stationery

For day 3 of 13 days of Halloween, I am unboxing the October Zenpop box: Creepy Critters. As well as make some art, inspired by the contents (and in as much as possible with said contents) of the box! 

Also, this is the last video of it's kind BEFORE I had my copy stand, so don't pass up on the opportunity to have a bit of a laugh at my wonky set-ups :). 

 

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Trying out Japanese Halloween candy

For day 2 of 13 days of Halloween my friend Claire came over to film another candy tasting video with me. We had done this before a while ago, where we tried Wizarding World candy. Back then we had decided we wanted to try out Halloween candy so... we did :D

 

And here are some photos, to make this not just a YouTube video :)

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Halloween season what to watch recommendations

This year I am attempting 13 days of Halloween, and we're starting off with my recommendations for things to watch. I've got some things by Disney, some outright horror movies, but it's all good fun. At least I think so! Click to see what I would recommend this spooky (spoopy?) season! :)

 

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Monday, 6 September 2021

Image requirements for The Quibbler Cat

As you know, The Quibbler Cat is a FREE online fanzine by and for fans of the Wizarding World.

With every edition, more and more people are wanting to contribute, which is AWESOME and Alex and I appreciate every single one of you that chips in!

That said, however, not everyone is aware of how a magazine is put together, which makes total sense and we don't expect you to be aware of any of this. So to avoid confusion and people having to resend images multiple times, here's a small submission guideline for submitting photos.

ALL photos, NO EXCEPTIONS, MUST be JPG files.

I know MP4 moving images are awesome, but sadly we are not a real life digital version of The Daily Prophet or any other Wizarding World newspaper so JPG is the only thing that works for our little digital magazine ;).

All photos must be 2000 pixels on the smallest side. At least. Think: the bigger the better (but 2000 on the smallest side at least is fine, really).

That way your photo will be large enough to use. Small photos end up looking garbled as heck because in the digital world of editing a magazine, they are effectively the size of a stamp and don't enlarge well.

You really do NOT need fancy editing software to check your photos' size, you can even do it in Paint! (open image in Paint, start, change format and there you can see what size your photo is when you click pixels).

The best way to submit images is via email attachment.

Secondary hosting sites (yes, I am aware we host the magazine on MEGA) can be finnicky at best, and please, for the love of all that is good in the world, avoid Google Drive, because it is nothing but trouble for those of us (like me) who have actual privacy settings on their computer.

If you must share via a cloud service, please use MEGA, dropbox, wetransfer or something equally fairly reliable.

So in short:

  • ONLY JPG format

  • 2000 pixels minimum on the smallest side of your photo

  • send as an email attachment or via a share/cloud service like MEGA, dropbox, wetransfer... but please NOT via Google Drive

  • Outfit shots are NOT the same as portrait shots. Outfit shots means that your legs, and preferably your legs AND feet, should also be included in the photo ;). So if you are submitting for Madam Malkins, please be aware of this :P.

  • Submissions can be sent to me (hilde dot heyvaert at gmail dot com) or Alex (apecci at live dot com)

If you have any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments down below! 
Again, thank you SO MUCH, SERIOUSLY, to everyone who has submitting, and is submitting, you are all AWESOME! 

Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Goodbye August, hello September!

August, and with it the Belgian summer holidays are finally over, so here's some last bits and bobs to send off the past month and kick on the new one.  
Of course, it wouldn't be a send off without the past month in snippets, moving and otherwise :).

 

Monday, 9 August 2021

Book review: The Dandy Medium by Dez Schwartz

The Dandy Medium is a gaslight era set detective adventure mixing up good old fashioned detective work with the supernatural and paranormal. And does a great job of it too!

Taking all the best elements from the genres it mixes: a detective duo that can easily measure up to the classics such a Sherlock and Watson, but also more contemporary teams such as Castle and Beckett with excellent chemistry. Super powered individuals that easily could have messed with the story, but don’t, because it’s just very masterfully told.

Frankly, I could go on for quite a while, but this is just a really good book. The story is well written, the pace is excellent, it twists and surprises, there is just the right amount of character and setting background to give you all the information you need and the characters just …work.

And we could all do with a lot of the advice coming from several of the characters taking on a bit of a mentor background role.

I will also quite happily admit I did NOT see the events quite unfold like that, but I was rather pleasantly surprised at the turn-out and how things wrapped up!

If you’re not a rabbit homophobe and like genre meshing detective stories, I would rate the chance very likely that you will enjoy this quite a lot. I would absolutely recommend this!

I, personally, am hoping for more instalments in the series, because I could stand to read rather quite a bit more about the dapper duo that is the dandy medium and his dashing detective boyfriend!

In the spirit of fairness, this book was given to me for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. And if you've been following me as a reviewer on Neverwas, you'll know I'm absolutely truthful when I say that :).

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Thursday, 29 July 2021

Honeydukes, because who doesn't like candy?

Like so many other Potterheads, I am quite a fan of the Honeydukes aesthetic. Of course, I'm not much of a pastel kinda girl but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate the sweet treats on offer and the look of the shop.

What I really like though, as long as I don't have to eat them at least, are the chocolate frogs. And peppermint toads, but you can give me those for eating all day, every day. 

But back to the frogs. I LOVE frogs, and toads, so it comes as to no surprise that I am absolutely here for the chocolate frog aesthetic (just not for the taste, unless we make them ourselves, but more about that in the video linked down below). 

So this is my Honeydukes collection at this point in time :).

 

And a flip-through of the book, Honeydukes: a Scratch and Sniff Adventure.

 


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Wednesday, 7 July 2021

The Quibbler Cat #2 is out! (and it's FREE)

The second edition of The Quibbler Cat, a Wizarding World fanzine that my friend Alex and I (aided by a ton of other fans who submitted all sorts of fun pieces!) put together is out now, and it's FREE.

And I do mean FREE, just click this link and grab your own copy :)

We've got fashion, bounding, cosplay, a recipe, a creator interview, outfit shots, cute pets and so much more, so check it out! :)

Hope you enjoy it! 

The Quibbler Cat #2 is out for FREE download! 

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Friday, 25 June 2021

An afternoon in Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Hotel 

On Tueday, the 15th of June, Bert and I went to Disneyland Paris. 
It was the first of two annual passport holder soft openings (the official re-opening was on June 17th) and much to my own surprise, we had managed to get a spot!

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Knitting myself a Beauxbatons capelet... in brown

I knitted a thing :)

I like knitting, and I have knitted loads of scarves in the past, and the occasional other project, but mainly scarves. I have, in the recent months, started a YouTube channel, and I am also filming project diaries for that. The first one I did was for my Weasley's Wizard Wheezes inspired scarf, but after that I felt like knitting something more challenging. Crazy, I know.

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

The Quibbler Cat needs YOU!

The Quibbler Cat needs you!

For those that have no idea what I'm talking about: The Quibbler Cat is a Wizarding World fanzine my friend Alex and I put together. We have one issue out so far, which you can download for FREE right here :).

Currently we are working on #2, and we need submissions from you guys to get it together!  
Everyone is welcome to participate, so if you feel like getting involved, please drop us a line via email on mine (hilde dot heyvaert @gmail.com) and/or Alex' (apecci @ live.com) and join us! We'd love to have you on board! 

We are specifically looking for the following submissions for #2, BUT if you have a great idea that isn't listed below, please don't hesitate to get in touch either! 
* cute photos of your pets or cute fantastic beasts 
* wizarding world themed outfit photos (don't worry if you don't have official stuff! That doesn't matter, as long as it's Wizarding World style it totally counts, as do bounding outfits!)
Again, if you have another idea for next edition, which is our summer/fall one, please do get in touch!

The deadline is June 21st, and all entries must be safe for viewing by minors/safe for work. Obviously considering the inclusivity of The Quibbler Cat, they need to be in line with that, too :). 

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