photo of figurines of Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase standing in front of a display of blue cupcakes

Chapter 28: I Throw a Fictional Birthday Party

“Hey.” Annabeth slid next to me on the bench. “Happy birthday.”
She was holding a huge misshapen cupcake with blue icing.
I stared at her. “What?”
“It’s August 18th,” she said. “Your birthday, right?”

The Last Olympian (pg. 372)

This is my third time rewriting this introduction, and this time I’ve decided that I’m just gonna be as weird as I want because this is MY blog and I do what I want.

Anyway, last weekend, my friend Rachel came up to visit and we threw a birthday party for a fictional character.

Now to be clear, this wasn’t just any fictional character, but Percy Jackson, hero and protagonist of the The Lightning Thief (which was recently named as one of Time‘s 100 Best YA Books of All Time), its sequels, and many spinoffs. For longtime readers of Maggie’s Musings, it should come as no surprise that I’m a huge fan of the Percy Jackson series. I grew up with these books, and even now as an adult, I still love re-reading them. They hold a special place in my heart.

I usually don’t remember dates like this, but Percy’s birthday just so happens to be the day after my brother’s birthday (speaking of which: Paul, if you’re reading this, IOU one (1) birthday gift and a cake or other treat of your choice). And since Rachel was already coming to visit that weekend and she also happens to be a Percy Jackson fan, we thought, why not? Let’s live the lives our twelve-year-old selves would’ve wanted us to have.

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DIY Bookish Figurines Part 2 (Featuring Criminals and Thieves)

Approximately a thousand years ago in June 2020, I wrote a blog post about a new hobby I started during the quarantine: creating Funko Pop figurines inspired by my favorite book characters. My first project was June and Day, the protagonists of one of my all-time favorite books, Legend by Marie Lu. In that post, I talked about my research, the tools I used, the sources that inspired me, and the process behind each figurine.

When I finally finished those first two figurines, I was feeling pretty proud of myself. I was pleased with how they’d turned out, especially for a first attempt, and I was already looking forward to the next project I’d be working on.

So, naturally, since I’m an overachiever, my next project was much more ambitious: the six main characters from Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology.

Since I’ve already gotten into the nitty gritty of my creation process in my first post, I’m going to spend this one focusing more on each character and the choices and challenges for each one. Without further ado, here they all are, in order of creation.

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Making My Own Bookish Figurines

It seems like everyone and their weird uncle has started a new hobby lately. Some people are baking bread, making soap or candles, or learning a new language.

Me?

Well, I’ve also started a new “quarantine hobby.” It was a terrible idea, not because I hate it, but because I’ve become practically obsessed with it over the past few weeks and I can’t make myself stop.

I started making custom figurines.

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Bullet Journaling: Third Time's The Charm

Bullet Journaling: Third Time’s The Charm

Every year, I think “I won’t do another bullet journaling post” and then I do anyway.

If you’re not familiar with the term, bullet journaling is a style of organization system that combines planners, to-do lists, and ideas in an often creative and artistic way. Everyone had different style of journaling – my own journal has gone through different iterations since I started doing it in 2016.

With the start of a new year, I bought a brand-new journal and started fresh. Now that I have a couple months under my belt, I thought it’d be nice to share what I’ve changed and how my journal has grown since last year.

(But hey, if you missed my 2017 and 2018 posts, be sure to read those first!)

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Bullet Journaling (Part 2)

Around this time last year, I wrote a blog post about bullet journaling, which, if you’ve never heard of it before, is an organization system that combines planners, to-do lists, ideas, and many other things. People who have bullet journals use them for all sorts of things, from keeping track of their health, writing down ideas, or just making fun pages like you would with scrapbooking.

I began my bullet journal in late 2016, and so I’ve been doing it for just over a year now. I still have the same journal (well, sort of), and I’ve been filling my pages quite a lot in the past year. Since my last bullet journaling post is almost a year old now, I figured today would be a good time to give you an update. Plus, I want to show how my journal has grown in the last year!

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Baking Adventures: Raspberry Lemonade Cupcakes

I like baking. Have I talked about that before? I can’t cook an actual proper meal to save my life, but I do love baking, especially when it comes to cupcakes. Although I don’t do it as often as I used to, just because of school and life stuff, I still enjoy getting out the mixer every once in a while.

I’ve wanted to share some cupcakes on my blog for some time now, and now that I’m finally home from school, I had access to a proper kitchen. And with summer being just around the corner, I thought it’d be appropriate to share some raspberry lemonade cupcakes! That wasn’t entirely my decision – I used a Twitter poll to see what people were most interested in – but these were definitely the perfect cupcakes for the season, and they were a lot of fun to make!

The cupcakes and frosting were all made from scratch, although I didn’t create the recipe myself. I adapted the cake recipe from an cupcake recipe book (if you love baking, this is definitely worth checking out), and the recipe for the frosting comes from Wilton, the baking company. I’ll be sharing everything below, but I wanted to give credit where credit is due.

Are you ready to get baking? Grab your apron and mixing bowls and let’s get started!

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How I Do Bullet Journaling

A couple of times, mostly in my Week In Review posts, I’ve mentioned that I’ve started bullet journaling. If you’re not familiar with the idea, basically, it’s a planner, idea book, to-do list, and organizer all in one. You’re not really limited in what you do with it, though, which is really nice. I use mine for a bunch of different things, which I’ll share in a little bit.

My mom was the one who introduced me to bullet journaling, and I really liked the idea. It’s a fun place to jot down ideas, and keep track of all my stuff. Plus, it gives me a chance to doodle with a purpose, so to speak. I’m adding new pages all the time – it’s a good way for me to relax.

If you want to know more about bullet journaling, you can visit the official website where the idea got started. But today, I’m also going to share a bit about my bullet journal and how I use it!

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7 Gifts You Can Totally Make

Have I talked about crafting here before? Well, surprise, I really love crafting. Now, I can’t crochet or knit or anything, but I can use a sewing machine and Mod Podge so I think that gives me at least some authority on the subject. Anyway, I used to hand-make a lot of the gifts I gave to people, for a couple of reasons: 1) they felt more personal, 2) it was usually cheaper, and 3) it was something to do when I wasn’t doing school anymore.

With school and finals and all of that fun stuff, I didn’t get the chance to go out and buy craft supplies to make anything this year, but I still wanted to share some of my favorite handmade gifts I’ve made. I don’t have any pictures of what I’ve made myself (see: computer issues), but I’ll link to the tutorials and also list some tips I have from my own experience.

On to the crafts!

UPDATE 12/16/16 – There are now pictures of what I’ve made coupled with the tutorials!

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