In spite of Princess Nagger’s recent obsession with wanting to read the Hunger Games books, she’s still loyal to her other obsession with the Warrior Cats book series.  So much so that she’s hoping the Easter Bunny will bring her a Warrior Cats Easter basket.  Which means I have my work cut out for getting creative, since there are no Warrior Cats products anywhere. 

I did find a black cat plush basket:

It’s meant to be a Halloween basket (hence the black and orange ribbons) but I can turn it into Easter.  The only thing I noticed after I ordered it is that when you really look at it, it looks more like a black bear.  I couldn’t put my finger on it, but realized it was because of the eyes.  It doesn’t have cat eyes. 

I had to go on the hunt for cat eyes so I can replace them to make it truly look like Scourge, Princess Nagger’s favorite Warrior Cat.  I had to order the eyeballs online (thank you Michelle from Suncatcher Eyes for putting a rush on them).  Bet you didn’t know there’s a website dedicated to crafty eyeballs, did you?  Now you do. 

They’re all hand-painted, so I know they’ll turn the black bear/cat basket into a more believable Scourge.  Just picture the above basket with cat eyes – it’ll look more like a cat then, right?  And maybe, with a little creative doctoring (and if you squint), it’ll look like Scourge:

I also ordered the next set of the book series for Princess Nagger for her Easter gift, though she has recently mentioned that she hopes the Easter Bunny will leave some Monsuno toys in the basket, too.  I guess then it turns into a Warrior Cats Meet Monsuno basket.  What, you don’t know about Monsuno?  Me either.  All I know is it’s on Nicktoons and she keeps recording it on the DVR so I had to find out what it is:

The series revolves around “re-awakened Monster DNA that finds its way into the unsuspecting hands of adventure-seeking teenagers”.  An agency called “S.T.O.R.M.” (Strategic Tactical Operatives for Recovery of Monsuno) will be involved.

She started with Ben10 on Cartoon Network, then moved on to Code Lyoko on PBS, now Monsuno on Nicktoons.  My little tomboy who has never been interested in dolls and frilly froufrou things… which confirms that she truly is a Mini Me.  I think some of the reasons behind her liking the aforementioned shows is because the lead cartoon character boys are cute and I’m betting she’s had crushes on their cartoon cuteness.  It could be worse.  She could always drive me crazy with Bieber Fever, but thank goodness she doesn’t care who he is.

In winemaking news… Some of you know I make my own wine.  Some of you have even gotten to try my homemade wine.  I have some new batches brewing (Acai Raspberry Cabernet Sauvignon and Black Current White Merlot), but guess what I’m going to make next?  Mead.  a.k.a. Honey Wine. Technically mead is the first wine produced – the earliest archaeological evidence for the production of mead dates to around 7000 BC. In later years, when honey bees became scarce, winemakers had to find an alternate source for winemaking, and found that grapes produced the closest taste-wise to mead. 

Bet you didn’t know: The term ‘Honeymoon’ comes from the common practice of drinking honey wine for a full cycle of the moon during medieval times. Mead was considered an aphrodisiac, and the newly married couple drank mead for the first month of their marriage to ensure that the union would be a fruitful one.  So I thought it would be fun to try my hand at making a batch of mead.  Maybe I’ll call it Honeymoon Wine.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  Should be interesting. 

In smarty-pants phone app news… I was so happy to see that Instagram is finally coming to Android.  I’ve been a bit jealous of all the Instagram-ers out there, because I couldn’t join in the fun.  I was ecstatic over the weekend when I saw a link to sign up for notification when it finally gets released on the Android market.  I’ll let you know when it happens so you can hit me up on Instagram.

Oh look, there’s some fairy dust happening here:

Every once-in-a-while I’ll notice someone blogging about the Fairy Hobmother, and thought it was just a myth.  Well, it’s not a myth, it’s a reality.  There is a bit of magic in the world after all.  The Fairy Hobmother is flying around the interwebs and randomly picking commenters to give them Amazon gift cards.  No joke.

The Fairy Hobmother works for Appliances Online, the UK’s largest online appliance specialist. The whole Fairy Hobmother thing?  Pure genius from a marketing standpoint.  Everyone who leaves a comment on today’s post will be eligible for a visit from the Fairy Hobmother, too.  Everyone deserves a little fairy dust sprinkled their way.

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  1. Wow, I actually never bothered to look up why it was called a ‘Honeymoon’ but that’s going to be my new favourite fact to pull out at the dinner table, especially as I am in the middle of planning mine!

  2. Man, I wish I had the patience to make my own wine! Alas, I do not so I must make do with store bought wine. Have a great Tuesday!

  3. I did not know that about mead. I love new facts to add to my growing cache of them. You are going all out for Easter. I don’t remember working so hard at it but then it has been awhile.

  4. Since I write wedding blogs I was familiar w/the honeymoon info, but I do LOVE your blog! Fairy dust is always appreciated! I must admit, my poor neglected children never had such a fun easter basket… Of course if my un-crafty self had tried to make it it would have just looked like a black fur basket, sans eyes, ears or tail… not my thing! Send wine! LOL
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  5. Just like my son… His favorite program has been Monsuno for a couple of months, he never misses any episode. By the way, I haven’t heard about the Warrior Cats, maybe I had to ask my son if he knows something about these figures.
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  6. The only kind of dust, I’m interested in is fairy dust. I hope some is sprinkled on me. I would love to get an Amazon gift card seeing how 95% of my online shopping is done at Amazon. They really good deals and for now there is no sales tax, but that changes in 2013 thanks to pressures put on them by Uncle Sam. Evil Big Government! Thanks for hosting, as always.

  7. I love your Easter basket. It is absolutely beautiful. I am sure you are going to do an amazing job. You are so creative with stuff like that.

  8. Oooooo – I can’t wait to hear how the mead comes out; I hope you make it!

    On a similar note, I was blessed with a bottle of your lovely wine, but Beloved won’t let me open the G Man Juice; he’s saving it as a keepsake, he loves it so much.
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  9. Turbo likes those shows too. With the exception that Turbo doesn’t like reading I really think he and PN would get along great.
    Good luck with the Easter basket. We are luck in that we don’t get specific requests like that. Turbo’s just hoping for some Legos–namely the Millennium Falcon. We’ve already told him that the Easter Bunny can’t swing that one.
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  10. I am still Randomizing too!! Yeah…that does look like a bear. Looking forward to seeing it “fixed”. Ha!!
    Have a great week!!

  11. A whole website for eyeballs? Who knew? You’ll have to show us the basket when you make the switch, I want to see what the new eyes look like!

  12. Oh I love the basket, I bet she’ll be very pleased with it! You’ll have to show us once the cat eyes are on it.
    Very interested in your wine making adventures, you should put some photo’s up of the progress.
    Thanks for hosting the link up 🙂
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  13. You are such a good mom! Going through all that to make a Warrior Cats Easter Basket for PN. I throw some grass in the basket and call it a day. Our grass is even old grass, like 22 year old grass. But it’s really good grass or else I would’ve thrown it away years ago.

    Yum. Honey Mead.
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  14. My mother-in-law has become a wine maker over the last couple of years. She’s currently making a big batch of Dandelion wine; in fact, we just dropped off 9 or 10 bottles for her for when she bottles in another week or two. Anyway, how did you go about the honey wine? I have no idea how to make wine, but feel free to use wine makers “lingo” since I’ll just pass it along to her with a *hint hint next to it. Thanks.
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  15. Wow! You are an excellent mother! Finding a cat/bear basket online and ordering special eyeballs (who knew you could do that??) just to make PN a happy girl at Easter! Awww…heart melting. I’m not familiar with Warrior Cats but if I were still teaching, I’m sure it’s all the rage.

    I went to a wedding this weekend where the wine was made by the bride’s mother. IT WAS AWESOME! It’s a long process so I’m pretty impressed with your wine-making ability! =)

    The hobmother? Huh. Well that sounds fun! I would LOVE some hobmother lovin’! Thanks for linking up with us my friend!! xoxo
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  16. I’ve never heard of Warrior Cats. Perhaps I should be glad?
    I did know that about honeymoon, but I’m a bit of a nerd. Did you know that bridesmaids were used to confuse warriors from rival tribes if they tried to steal the bride. Kind of gives you a new feeling on the “honor” of being a bridesmaid doesn’t it. Also, the groom stands on the left, with his men so that he can draw his sword, if needed without it being hindered by the bride standing next to him. See? Nerd.
    I’ll bet your honeymoon wine will be great! Let me know about getting some while we’re in the States.
    Happy RTT!
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  17. I hope someone is crafting your mother of the year award for all of your easter basket efforts! Love it!

    I am jealous that you know what an instagram is…I mean I have seen the notation, but…nada!

    Fairy Hobmother? Fairy dust? (no swiffer required)–Hooray!
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  18. You are making me look bad! I grab an Easter gift bag, toss some stuff in it and call it a day. I’m super impressed with your creativity and talent!

    Again here you are with your homemade stuff making me feel like a slacker. I think making your own wine would take a lot of time and patience and I have neither! How do I get lucky enough to be one of the few to taste your homemade wine?

    Thanks for linking up with us…I’m off to learn more about this Fairy you speak of.

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