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Fandom Guest Wifi Signs – the BETTER Newest Trend!

Have you seen one of the Cutest Ideas Ever™?  They are the Guest Wifi Signs of Pinterest. Some can be kind of clever, but for the most part they just aren’t my STYLE.

However, I do see a huge advantage to having a WiFi login just for visitors.  It does allow to partition off your personal devices, not that your friends will intentionally go snooping.  But perhaps someone in the house has work files or access through their desktop to other more sensitive job networks, and with the amount of hacking going on, it’s just an added security measure.

So what does one do when they want to offer their guests the login but want to make it reflect their personality?  GO GEEKY!

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This was a super easy, very inexpensive DIY that I was able to do in about 10 minutes once I had all the elements in hand.  Want to do something similar?  Here’s what I did:

The Fandom

So many to choose from, only one guest login!  I will list some other ideas I had at the end of this post (including Lord of the Rings, Supernatural, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly and Game of Thrones), but I decided to go with Harry Potter theme for now.  I thought the Connecto Patronum network name was really great, but I also considered:

  • Hogwarts Express WiFi
  • Professor McGonagall’s Office
  • Hogsmeade
  • Shrieking Shack
  • Ministry of Magic

Because this is such a cheap and easy thing, I can change it whenever I get bored!  So the first thing I did was look for the decals.

The Decals

WARNING: I first ordered what I believed were decals from Amazon, which I thought fit perfectly, however it turned out that they were only stickers (despite the product descriptions) and I was not as happy with the finished project.  So be VERY careful when you purchase decals, make sure the design or letters TRANSFER to whatever you are putting them on.

Because Amazon surprisingly let me down on this one, I found a small online company that just does car decals, and though the decals are perfect for car windows, they are a bit larger than I originally intended and needed to modify them to work with the frame I had purchased along with the first set of stickers.  But these are the decals I got in BLACK MATTE (but they have almost any color you could want!):


I Solemnly Swear I am up to no GoodDecal

 

 

and


Mischief Managed Decal

 

 

I did also see this one which would work too:


The Deathly Hallows Decal

I found they have a lot of great Harry Potter things, but if you have a special request, they can help you so just contact them!

The Frame

I wanted something with a thick mat because I knew I wanted the decals around the network information, and found this picture frame with a 5″ picture and 4″ frame for $13.99.

Amazon didn’t let me down with that one 😉

The Fonts

For the Network and WiFi information, I wanted to stick to the Harry Potter theme and use appropriate fonts, so I found and downloaded the Lumos font and the Caslon Antique font, which I found to be great for this project.

You may also like this Harry P font which is the classic lighting bolt font, I just decided not to use it this time around.

Once your fonts are downloaded, for Windows users go to the font file via Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization > Fonts – they should then be visible in in any word processing program you use.

From there it was just a matter of making sure the printout fit the 5×5 picture opening of the mat – for reference, I used Lumos at font size 36 and Caslon Antique at size 32, but I did adjust the line spacing to make it what I wanted.

The Assembly

Here is how the decals arrived, with a white backing, the decal and a clear top transfer sticker:

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  1. Trimming – The wand and the very low-swooping “p” pushed the overall decal outside the visible mat area of the picture frame, so I decided to CAREFULLY trim off the wand and use that as a separate element.  Additionally, the Mischief Managed decal was quite large, so I EVEN MORE CAREFULLY cut that so the words were separated.
  2. Cleaning – I took the frame apart and cleaned the glass (pro tip: use glass cleaner and newspaper to clean, it will leave it streak-free!).  Then, on a flat surface, I placed the mat, then the glass, then the frame itself.  I did this so I could visually see where the decals would best be positioned.
  3. Application – I then peeled the backing off the decals and gently laid them onto the clean glass, being sure to only touch the clear transfer sticker – I find it’s best to get the positioning right about a half inch from the glass, then bend the transfer slightly so it starts sticking in the middle and work your way out.  This will cut down on any air bubbles.
  4. Pressing – Once the decals were down, I removed the frame just to get it out of the way, and used a credit card to gently but firmly press the decals onto the glass to get them to stick better.
  5. Peeling – I then picked up the corner of a transfer sticker and gently peeled it off.  If you’ve pressed firmly enough, the decal should remain on the glass.  You may find, as I did, that one or two places sticks to the transfer rather than the glass, just put it back down and try re-pressing, or coming at the peel-off from the opposite direction.
  6. Add your network info – Tape your printed network name and password to the mat, making sure it’s fairly centered.
  7. Reassemble – Put all the pieces of the picture frame back together and you’re done!

Other Fandom Ideas

Maybe Harry Potter isn’t your thing?  No worries!  There’s SO MUCH to choose from, so here’s a short list of ideas:

The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings

One of my other favorites is anything Tolkien! The decal place has this AWESOME decal I will definitely use if I decide to go towards this next:

Again, be super-sure it’s a car decal, not a sticker.

Network name ideas:

  • The Shire
  • Bag End
  • Mount Doom
  • Rivendell
  • Minas Tirith

Recommended Fonts: Ringbearer, Party Business, Aniron

Supernatural

Decal idea:

Network name ideas:

  • Baby’s Hotspot
  • Men Of Letters Bunker
  • Singer Auto Salvage Yard

Recommended font: Supernatural Knight,

Star Wars

OH THE POSSIBILITIES.  Here is just ONE decal idea:

Star Wars Rebel Alliance Emblem Car or Truck Window Decal Sticker

Network name ideas:

  • Rebel Alliance Base
  • Order 66
  • Death Star
  • Yavin 4
  • Millenium Falcon

Recommended fonts: Star Jedi, Aurebesh (for design elements)

Doctor Who

One decal idea:

Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Car or Truck Window Decal Sticker

Network name idea:

  • TARDIS (obviously)
  • Gallifrey

Recommended fonts: Doctor Who, WS Simple Gallifreyan (for design elements), Dalek

Firefly

One decal idea:

Network name ideas:

  • Serenity
  • Kaylee’s Room
  • Persephone
  • Companion’s Quarters

Recommended fonts: Nuptial, Voluta Script, Joanna and of course Papyrus (which are likely already installed as a basic available font in your system)

Game of Thrones

One decal idea:

Network name ideas:

  • Westeros
  • AGirlHasNoWifi
  • Winterfell
  • House Targaryan

Recommended fonts: Game of Thrones, Trajan Pro, Mason

Hope you enjoyed! I’d love to see other people’s geeky wifi signs so link ’em up!

5 Easy Harry Potter Drinks

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We are in the midst of two of my favorite topics – Halloween and Harry Potter celebrations!  There has been a surge of town-wide Harry Potter Days where businesses will specialize in all things HP (like this one for 10/28/17 🙂 ), and it’s the perfect time of year to do it.  Hopefully all you fellow PottHeads have one nearby?

Even if you don’t, you can still join the fun! I’ve compiled a short list of my favorite Harry Potter inspired drinks you can toast your favorite characters with.

But here was the challenge… finding recipes that not only tasted good and reminded me of specific HP characters or places, but also didn’t call for hard-to-find or bizarre ingredients (I found this drink, which uses squid ink – bless that mixologist, but…NO.) – there is nothing more frustrating than buying a bottle of liquor I’ve never heard of, to create a drink using only 1oz of it, only to realize I hate the taste and will never use it again.

Oh, and if you’re looking for a cool Harry Potter glass or mug to hold your concoction, I’ve posted a few at the bottom you may want to check out!

That said, let’s move on to the drinks!

VERY Low Calorie Butterbeer!

Glasses_of_ButterbeerI’ve been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Florida, and I was lucky enough to get to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London.  The Butterbeer served is DELICIOUS, but will give you sugar shock! I needed to find a way to make it lower in sugar and calories, but also simple enough that I won’t blow too much money.

First, the non-alcoholic recipe (keep the kids happy!):

  • 12 oz of Diet Cream Soda
  • 1 T of Imitation Butterscotch Extract
  • Cool Whip
  • Drizzle of Walden Farms Calorie Free Caramel Syrup (usually found near the ice cream toppings)

Start with the Butterscotch Extract and then add the Cream Soda to mix, top with some Cool Whip and let it get a little “relaxed” to look like beer froth.  Drizzle a bit of the Caramel Syrup on top and you’re good to go!

Now for the ADULT version:

  • 12 oz of Diet Cream Soda
  • 1-2oz of Butterscotch Schnapps (to taste)
  • Cool Whip
  • Drizzle of Walden Farms Calorie Free Caramel Syrup (usually found near the ice cream toppings)

Start with the Butterscotch Schnapps and then add the Cream Soda to mix, top with some Cool Whip and let it get a little “relaxed” to look like beer froth.  Drizzle a bit of the Caramel Syrup on top and you’re on your way to a lower-calorie drink.  Accio Butterbeer!!!

Photo credit to harrypotter.wikia.com

The Half-Blood Prince Potion

By now you should know that our favorite potions master was also a master of manipulation and lies – for the good!  In honor of Severus Snape’s ability to hide the light within the dark, I present one of the most gorgeous drinks I’ve ever seen!  With it’s lime flavoring (green for Slytherin!), black color and silvery sparkles when you swirl it, you will look more than ready to take your NEWT level Potions exams!

  • 2.5 ounces Black Vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice (2/3 – 1 Small Lime)
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • Ice
  • Wilton Edible Pearl Dust in White (Find at craft store in baking aisle or HERE on Amazon)

Instructions:

Into a cocktail shaker add in your simple syrup, lime juice, and black vodka. Fill with ice until the liquid line. Give it a hard shake for 30 seconds. Add a dash of pearl dust to the bottom of a martini or coupe glass. Pour cocktail into your glass and serve. Add more pearl dust if it’s not shimmery enough and stir it with a bar spoon to combine it.

Photo and drink recipe credit to elletalk.com!

The Order of the Phoenix

OrderofPhoenixIn searching for a recipe to honor the many fierce and determined witches and wizards – many of whom perished fighting You-Know-Who and the Death Eaters, I found this drink to pack the right punch!  Don’t consume too many of these, or it’s a trip straight to St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries!

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Blue Curacao
  • Lime juice to taste
  • Black Sanding Sugar for coating the glass
Instructions:
Pour equal portions of the alcohol into a shaker over cracked ice. Shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass that has been rimmed with black sugar.
Photo and basic recipe from RecipesJust4U.com, tweaked by me.

The Goblet of Fire!

GobletofFireThis one is a FUN one to make AND to look at!  I found several recipes out there with similar ingredients and think this one is the best. Astound your friends with your potion skills with this one and sip while reminiscing on the past Tri-Wizard Tournament Champions!
  • 1 1/2 ounce blue curaçao
  • 1 ounce orange-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavored sparkling water
  • 1/2 ounce 151 proof rum
  • Cinnamon

Instructions:

 

In a goblet, pour the blue curaçao, vodka, and sparkling water.Carefully spoon a layer of rum over the drink. You can also pour the rum over the back of the spoon. Using your wand, cast the fire-making spell to light the drink. If Ollivander’s was closed when you went to buy your wand, you can just use a long-stemmed lighter. If it doesn’t light right away, pour a little more rum on top and try again. Sprinkle with cinnamon to create those sparks. Put out the flame by blowing on it or covering the drink with a plate before drinking.
Photo and recipe from Spoon University.

The Hogsmeade Special!

Organic Apple Cider with CinnamonWhen strolling down the street in Hogsmeade during the height of snow season, despite the warmth of your Hogwarts cloak, the only thing you want is something toasty to sip next to the fire.  This super-simple recipe is great when ice-cold in the summer, but OUTSTANDING in the winter!

Instead of cursing the snow and using your wand to try melt it away, embrace it gratefully with this drink in hand. Honestly, I don’t think I could have made this recipe any easier unless it was literally already bottled at the Hog’s Head ready for pickup!

  • Apple Cider
  • Honey Mead
  • Cinnamon stick (or a few sprinkles of ground cinnamon)

Instructions:

Mix one part each in your favorite mug, heat to preferred temperature in the microwave or in a small pot on the stove, add cinnamon stick (or ground cinnamon) and ENJOY!

Need a special drinking cup for your favorite recipe?  Check these out!



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