Pinspiration – Black Panther

When completing the Road to Infinity War pinspiration posts, I missed out one significant character, Black Panther. So to mark recent the home entertainment release of Black Panther in the UK. I am sharing my favourite Wakanda themed crafts and products.

Pins from Pinterest inspired by Black Panther
Black Panther Cookies
Cookies by Afropolitan Mom

The Afropolitan Mom has some amazing recipes inspired by the movie, I am including two of them on my list. First up these, cookies based on the Black Panther mask. The easy step-by-step instructions mean you can easily whisk up a batch for your viewing party.

Heart of Wakanda Cocktail
Cocktails by Afropolitan Mom

Next up also from Afropolitan Mom, is this cocktail. Her interpretation fo the Heart of Wakanda drink from the movie. Whilst this cocktail will not give you the power of the Black Panther, it certainly looks like the drink from the movie. The site also has a Vibranium themed cocktail, which takes its inspiration from the blue in the Black Panther suit.

Nakia's Infinity Wrap
Knitted Wrap pattern by Jeff Gillies

Whilst watching the movie in the cinema the first time, I immediately became obsessed with Nakia’s green shawl. During the weeks that followed my obsession and that online also grew. With a dedicated Ravelry group and article on Buzzfeed. Jeff Gillies also made the pattern available online, I joined the hundreds of others in casting on this wonderful wrap.

Kimoyo Bracelet
Kimoyo Bracelet by RockLove

All of the costumes in Black Panther were stunning, I adored the mixing of traditional African design with the technically advanced designs from Wakanda. The Kimoyo Bracelets are probably the perfect example of this fusion. The Vibranium beads, carved with traditional glyphs, have many uses in the films including communication devices. RockLove Jewelry has beautiful replica bracelets, complete with a  glow-in-the-dark “prime bead.”

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Fangirl Afternoon Tea’s in London

Having Afternoon Tea in London is on many people’s bucket list. Traditionally, it was always “Tea at the Ritz.” Although, judging by Instagram posts, Sketch seems to currently be the place to go. With its millennial pink decor and space-aged toilets, you can see why it has become so popular. In London, there is no shortage of places to have afternoon tea, and a lot of them have an interesting twist.

Ordinarily, I might be a coffee drinker. However, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying a good afternoon tea. Whilst traditional afternoon teas are fun, As a fangirl, I love quirky versions. Especially those linked to a fandom, designed around a book or film. With this in mind, here is a list of six afternoon teas I want to try.

Places for Fangirls to have Afternoon Tea in London
Sherlock Holmes Afternoon Tea at Taj
Sherlock Holmes Afternoon Tea
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  1. Sherlock Holmes Afternoon Tea at the Taj 
    (Not available in May)
    The Taj offers several interesting tea experiences, but the one that interests me the most is the Sherlock Holmes themed one. Designed around Arthur Conan Doyle’s books the menu features sandwiches named after Holmes stories. Namely, Hound of Baskerville (Roast beef filling) or The Five Orange Pips ( Smoked salmon and orange flavoured horseradish).
  2. Cutter and Squidge’s The Potion Room
    Available from the 3rd May to 30th October
    This summer, Cutter and Squidge have transformed into “The Potion Room” offering a wizard-based afternoon tea. Even though, the experience isn’t linked to the Harry Potter books or movies. It clearly takes inspiration from the wizarding world and famous witch school. One of the highlights from the menu is the Hubble Bubble drink served in a cauldron.
  3. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory tea at One Aldwych
    When Charlie and the Chocolate Factory returned to the West End stage a few years ago. The nearby hotel One Aldwych designed an afternoon tea based on the classic Roald Dahl novel. Food from the book provides the inspiration for the menu. By creating such delights as bubblegum pannacotta to blueberry cake pops and of course a lot of chocolate!
  4. Mad Hatter’s Afternoon Tea at The Sanderson
    Available from the 2nd May to 26th September
    Arguably, one of the most famous tea parties in literature has to be the Mad Hatter’s party in Alice in Wonderland. This summer you too can venture down the rabbit hole at The Sanderson Hotel. Their Alice themed afternoon tea features desserts includes Queen of Hearts cookies or a chessboard gateau.
  5. Theatre Not Afternoon Tea at the OXO Tower
    The iconic Oxo Tower on the banks of the River Thames, offers an afternoon tea, with a definite twist. The emphasis is on pairing cocktails and cakes  (but they do offer a non-alcoholic version for children). The Theatre Not Afternoon Tea takes its inspiration from not one but several West End stage shows. For example, cakes are inspired by iconic shows including Hamlet, Wicked and the Lion King.
  6. Tale as Old as Time at The Townhouse
    Sold Out
    Finally, the Tale as Old as Time afternoon tea at The Townhouse. Originally created to coincide with the release of the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. This tea has been incredibly popular, that they are continuing to still offer the experience. Unfortunately, it is currently sold out, although you can sign up for updates via their website.

Places for Fangirls to have Afternoon Tea in London

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Pinspiration -Spider-Man

Avengers Infinity War has now been released, but I never did complete my series of Road to Infinity War pinspiration posts. So for the last character in the series, it is the turn of Spider-Man. Peter Parker’s alter ego has remained a fan favourite for years, due to the reboot movie franchises and animated series. Personally, I am a fan of the 1994 Spider-Man: Animated Series.

Pins from Pinterest inspired by Spider-Man
Spider-Man blanket
Spider Web Blanket by AnneM

The Spider-Man’s Web Blanket by AnneM, is an amazing pattern. I am obsessed with knitting patterns that use different construction methods. Which this pattern does, the blanket is knit from the inside out and the “webbing” is added afterwards. Creating a visually stunning blanket.

Candy Apples, always remember me of Bonfire Night. We always ate toffee apples whilst watching the fireworks. I never thought of having them at any time other than in November. But these are seriously cute. I love how Nerdy Mum make eyes from marshmallow to decorate them.

Spider Man Cross Stitch
Cross Stitch by Nikki Pattern

I love how this cross stitch used the different shade of thread to add a geometric dimension to the sewn artwork. The different triangles interlock to create a textured effect to Spider-Man’s mask.

Spider-Man Cake
Spider-Man Cake by Amanda Cookin

Normally, I have added cupcake or cake pop recipes to these pinspiration posts. However, this Spider-Man cake is fabulous. Amanda’s Cookin has given detailed instructions not only on how to decorate the cake but also to make the oval-shaped cake.

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It Is All Connected

Monday Musings: It Is All Connected

Monday Musing: It Is All Connected

During Phase One of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), S.H.I.E.L.D. featured in the storylines. Nick Fury appearing in several of the movies. Natasha Romanoff was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent working undercover at Stark Industries. Phil Coulson dealt with Tony Stark in both Iron Man movies and S.H.I.E.L.D. tried to secure Mjolnir in Thor. It was it was the presence of the S.H.I.E.L.D. organisation that linked the movies.


During the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Marvel movies affect the storylines. They cleaned up the mess in Greenwich after Thor: Dark World. The whole organisation collapsed after Captain America: Winter Soldier. Also, Nick Fury saved Fitz and Simmons in the season finale. There is no denying there was an association between the television programme and the movies.

The second season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has linked to the Agent Carter TV show but had fewer links to the MCU movies. The movies never mention the characters from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. At the start of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are working for S.H.I.E.L.D. hunting down HYDRA weapons. As Phil Coulson is still working for S.H.I.E.L.D. at the time, does that mean they know he is alive? Why do they not address this plot hole?

In the later seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the link is barely there. There is an appearance by Lady Sif. A newspaper headline mentioning Peggy Carter’s funeral in one episode. Later, several “Inhumans” signed the Sovokvia Accords. Now, the show operators almost separately from the movies.

I felt there were opportunities for crossovers. When writing the Sovokvia Accords, it must have included S.H.I.E.L.D. Why were they not mentioned? Likewise, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents must have helped with the closing The Avengers Tower in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Why didn’t Coulson have a guest appearance then? It will be interesting to see what happens post-Infinity War. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has yet to be renewed for another series. Will the organisation end after this season and the events of Avenger: Infinity War? I can’t wait to find out.

The Defenders

As for Netflix/Marvel TV shows or The Defenders, there is a very loose link to the MCU movies (and other TV shows). It appears more as in passing in conversations, mentioning one of The Avengers or the “Battle of New York”. In the Daredevil, they manage to get reduced rent on their new office because of the incident. Or in Luke Cage, a man selling bootleg copies of the battle on DVD.

But I wonder why they haven’t linked the shows more. Whilst they don’t have to include the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents we know. They could have included someone from the organisation. From the end of the first Captain America movie, we know there is a S.H.I.E.L.D. base in New York. I am sure agents would have investigated a giant hole appearing in Midland Circle. Or at least wanted to question Jessica Jones or Luke Cage after their arrests. Why was this never explored?

In the Netflix/Marvel shows, they are hinting moving towards a Luke Cage and Iron Fist partnership. As seen in the Heroes for Hire comic books. How about a Punisher and Ghost Rider collaboration? This would be a great way to link the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. programme to Netflix programmes.

Similarly, I would love to see Avengers interact with The Defenders. Spider-Man is the obvious character to do the crossover from the movies to television shows. From the comics, he has ties most of The Defenders. Now personally, I like to think of Spider-Man as more a street-level hero. I loved the 1990’s cartoon, one of my favourite storylines was whilst he was working with Daredevil to take down Kingpin. How amazing would this be to see in live action?

Of course, I haven’t even mentioned The Runaways or Inhumans series (because I am not up to date with these programmes). As for the new upcoming shows link Cloak & Dagger. I have no idea if they have connections to the larger MCU, be it movies or television programmes.

The Future?

So what about the future? As I said Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. might not be renewed for another series. Rumour has it Phil Coulson will be appearing in the new Captain Marvel film. As I understand, this film is set in the 1990’s, so a prequel to the stories we know. But will it relate to the programmes? As the movie will also include the Kree, who are in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Will the movie explain where the alien involved in the T.A.H.I.T.I. project came from?

There is no doubt everything is going to be shaken up by Avengers Infinity Wars. The future of the MCU will be very different to the universe we know and love. I am wondering if this shake-up will link the programmes to the movies more or less? Or if the future will be a blank slate to continue the programmes without referencing the movies.

What do you think? Do you like that the Marvel programmes are connected? Do you wish they were more connected? Or do you think they should be separated? Let me know in the comments below.

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Game of Thrones Territory

Northern Ireland is really embracing the fact it is Game of Thrones territory. There is a “Welcome to Westeros” at Belfast Airport. The tourist board have created an app of film locations. As well as several extra attractions designed just for Game of Thrones fans. So whilst we were in Belfast we decided we had to visit some of the locations used for filming the programme.

Northern Ireland: Game of Thrones Territory
Titanic Studios
Titanic Studios

HBO film a lot of principal photography for Game of Thrones at the Titanic Studio in Belfast. As well as in the surrounding areas, that serve as locations for Westeros. Unfortunately, the studios aren’t open to the public. But you can see some of the sets towering over the waterfront. Whilst we were there, they were filming at Moneyglass. Which is now used as the Winterfell set, again this is not accessible to the public. Fear not, there are still plenty of film locations to see in Northern Ireland.

When visiting the locations, you will see tourist board plaques, relating to Game of Thrones. The plaques contain information about filming, like which scenes feature this place. As well as including behind the scenes photos and screencaps from the television show.

Game of Thrones Territory
Location Sign at Carnlough Harbour

When researching our trip to Belfast, we found several companies that ran Game of Thrones tours from both Belfast and Dublin. There also seemed to be two tour routes. One north of Belfast along the coastal route and one south of the city. We decided to hire a car and attempt to do both tour routes in a day. (Which didn’t work out, more on that later).

Carnlough Harbour Steps
Carnlough Harbour Steps

We started heading north along the Causeway Coastal Route to Carnlough. The harbour here serves as the Braavos canals in the programme. Notably when Arya jumped in the canal during her fight with the Waif and had to crawl up the steps.

Dunluce Castle
Dunluce Castle

As I mentioned in my post about the Giant’s Causeway, the bad weather meant Larrybane Quarry was closed. So we missed out on seeing that location. The next stop on our tour was Dunluce Castle. This ruined medieval castle on the cliffs depicts the Iron Island. Primarily, when Theon Greyjoy returned home to the Pyke.

The Dark Hedges
The Dark Hedges

One of the most dramatic locations in Northern Ireland is The Dark Hedges. The avenue of trees is a must for everyone visiting the area, but especially for Game of Thrones fans. They filmed the scene on the King’s Road here, in the opening episode of season two, when Arya is fleeing King’s Landing. Unfortunately, several of the trees were destroyed in a storm last spring.

As I mentioned the Northern Ireland tourist board are encouraging Game of Thrones to visit. One of the attractions is Journey of Doors, using the wood from the fallen trees ten intricate wooden doors were carved and places in pubs in Northen Ireland, each pub is near a location used for filming Game of Thrones, so spotting the doors can become a fun game whilst visiting the locations.

Day Two

On the first day exploring Game of Thrones‘ Territory, also decided to visit the Giant’s Causeway (as it was en route). We ended up spending a ridiculous amount of time there, as it was truly breathtaking. So we postponed visiting Castle Ward until the second day.

Castle Ward
Castle Ward

In the first few seasons of Game of Thrones, they filmed a large number of scenes at Castle Ward. Although the property isn’t used for filming anymore, it has become a must-see attraction for fans of the show. Winterfell Tours, operate cycle or boat tours around the grounds, as well as offering archery demonstrations. Once again, we opted to adventure on our own and spend the morning wandering around the beautiful area.

Castle Ward is a National Trust property with a Gothic house and beautiful grounds. The old demise includes a Tower, courtyard and stables. These buildings create the backdrop for Winterfell in the first season. Memorable when Tyrion slapped Joffery during their visit up north.

The Riverlands
The Riverlands

They also filmed a lot of additional scenes on the grounds of Castle Ward. The ‘Battle of Whispering Woods’ in season one and Robb and Talisa’s wedding were all filmed here. We walked along the towpath on the bay, which served as a film location for the Riverlands, it was easy to see why they used this beautiful location for the Trident.

The Twins
The Twins

Of course one of the most famous locations on the Trident is The Twins, home to Walder Frey. And sure enough on the banks of the bay is the old castle that they used for filming scenes outside The Twins in season one. As with a lot of the locations, they footage is heavily CGI’ed in post-production. But it was still nice to get a sense of the place.

Inch Abbey
Inch Abbey

A short drive from Castle Ward is Inch Abbey. The ruin of a medieval monastery is a historic location in Ireland. However, it was also used as the location of Robb’s camp in the finale of the first season.

I loved seeing all the locations and adore the fact Northern Ireland is embracing the fact it is Game of Thrones Territory! It has given me the taste for exploring more locations. I would love to go to Croatia or maybe our next visit to Ireland would include a trip to Skellig Michael where they filmed Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Inch Abbey
Ravens over Inch Abbey
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Guardians of The Galaxy

For this week, Pinspiration post, I could have just added four Baby Groot projects! But I tried to restrain myself and include some of the other members of the Guardians of the Galaxy, well just one!

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Pins from Pinterest inspired by Guardians of the Galaxy
Disneybound Everyday Cosplay
Star Lord Everyday Cosplay by DisneyBound

When it comes to Everyday Cosplay, Disneybound really is the queen. I love their take on Star-Lord’s outfit, complete with retro walk-man. Although it is based on the outfit from the first movie, you could also add Peter’s t-shirt from the second movie, that is available from EMP.

Groot Bark by Geeks who Eat
Groot Bark by Geeks who Eat

Geeks Who Eat have done it again, with this beautiful chocolate bark, inspired by Groot. The Bark features, peanut butter and green chocolate melts to give the appearance of tree bark and peanuts for a salty sweet taste.

Baby Groot Amigurumi by
Baby Groot Amigurumi by

As I mentioned in my post about Loki, I love amigurumi figures. If there is one character destined to be a cute crochet figure it’s Baby Groot. Luckily the 53 stitches have written pattern, that is easy enough for beginners.

Groot Inspired Jewellery
Groot Inspired Jewellery

One of my favourite ways to show off my geekier side is by wearing geeky jewellery. Rock Love‘s Guardians of the Galaxy range is amazing. The dancing Baby Groot earrings and Candy eating Groot are adorable. However, the range also includes a “Power Stone” necklace and Awesome Mix Cassette earrings.

Guardians of the Galaxy Pinspiration

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Pinspiration -Loki

In my previous “Road to Infinity War” Pinspiration posts, I have included “heroes,” this week is the turn of a villain, Loki. Is he a villain or more an anti-hero? I like to think of him as a toxic hot ex-boyfriend, the guy you hope will change, but who always lets you down! And, yes I do believe Loki will betray Thor yet again in Avengers: Infinity War.

Loki
Mischief Dress by Elhoffer Designs

One of the reasons I love creating these Pinspiration Posts is to promote fellow geek bloggers and independent geek brands. So for this Loki themed pinspiration post, I am happy to include two geek girl favourite brands. First up is the Mischief Dress from Elhoffer Designs. Inspired by the original Loki outfit from the movies.

Loki Quote Boy Shorts

Next up is the cute Boyshorts from Jordandene, featuring Loki’s quote from The Avengers. Speaking of Jordandene, have you seen her newest project The Sartorial Geek? It’s an amazing magazine celebrating geeky women.

Amigurumi by Over the Bifrost

I am principle a knitter but have dabbled in some crocheting, saying that I am a huge fan of amigurumi. Whilst, amigurumi patterns are mainly for cute animals. In recent years, more patterns are emerging based on pop culture and characters.  Over the Bifrost has created a lovely pattern for an amigurumi Loki, and you can follow her Loki’s adventures on her blog.

Loki Helmet Ring from TotallyObsessed

This ring based on Loki’s helmet, it a great way to carry the God of Mischief with you. TotallyObsessed has created a lovely piece of jewellery that can be worn every day to show your love of Loki.

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Loki Pinspiration

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Pinspiration -Black Widow

It is almost a decade since Black Widow’s first appearance onscreen in Iron Man 2. Since then fans have been wanting a stand-alone film for Natasha Romanoff. Which hopefully, we will be getting in the next few years. Until then she is an important member of Avengers Team (for a while the only female member).

Black Widow
Black Widow Cookies
Black Widow Pinata Cookies

When I listed my favourite Captain America pins, I mentioned that I loved piñatas, will I am also a fan of piñata cakes and cookies! I was so excited when I found the Black Widow piñata cookies on the Ya Gotta Have A Hobby blog.

Black Widow Belt
Cosplay Belt Tutorial

It would be quite easy to add this rhinestone design to an existing black belt. Although Set to Stunning designed this belt is intended as part of a cosplay, I think it would be great would be for everyday cosplay. Wearing it over a little black dress or playsuit would make a cute Black Widow themed outfit.

BlackWidowCocktail
Cocktail by The Experience Bar

The Experience Bar designs nerdy cocktails based on video games, cartoons and movies. By blending Vodka, Kahlua, Grenadine with Cola. The Black Widow cocktail manages to incorporate the colours of her “suit” in this drink.

Black Widow Nail Art
Nail Art

I love nerdy nail art but tend to be drawn to the simpler designs. Like the Thor Manicure I wrote about, this Black Widow themed manicure is easy enough for a beginner and Chalkboard Nails has created a great step by step guide.

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Pinspiration -Hulk

For this Pinspiration post, it is the turn of the Incredible Hulk. Although Bruce Banner’s alter ego has only had one stand-alone film in the MCU, he still proves to be one of the most popular characters.
I must have been hungry when I collated this list as it included several recipes for Hulk inspired food!

Hulk
Hulk Cake Pops
Cake Pops

Cake Pops seemed to be incredibly popular a few years ago, appearing in coffee shops or dessert buffets everywhere. Geeky shaped treats also started appearing on blogs, like these Hulk Fists. Craftsy has a simple tutorial explaining how to mould these cake pops. I think they would be amazing for any superhero themed party.

Smash Potatoes by Geeks Who Eat

I only recently discovered the Geeks Who Eat blog, but they have quickly become some of my favourite bloggers. They manage to create innovative recipes related to marking the release of a new movie, game or TV Show. Like these Hulk Smash Potatoes, they produced to make the cinema release of Thor: Ragnarok.

Hulk Smash Toast
Hulk Smash Toast by From Girlie to Nerdy

Who doesn’t love Avocado on Toast? It is my go-to Sunday Brunch option. Danielle created this amazing Hulk Smash Avocado Toast to introduce her son to the popular breakfast dish. I think it is a great food to eat when to start your all day Avengers movie marathon.

Cross Stitch Pattern
Cross Stitch Pattern by Hall Stitches

If you are not a budding chef or have no culinary skills, I had to include something non-food based. This cross stitch pattern by Hall Stitches on Etsy, featuring both the silhouettes of The Hulk and Bruce Banner. I love the simple design, shows the two sides of the character resulting in a beautiful handmade piece of art for you to create.

Incredible Hulk

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The Giant’s Causeway

Giant's CausewayFor our wedding anniversary, Jason and I wanted to have a mini break somewhere different in the U.K. Whilst tossing around ideas of the obvious places to visit, Oxford, Brighton, or Bath, Jason suggested Belfast. I immediately loved the idea because of the Game of Thrones connection and so our research began. Every guide about Belfast you read will include a trip to the Giant’s Causeway.

After the snow storms in London last week, we were fearful we would have to postpone our trip, or that if we did travel we might have to cancel some of our plans. However, luckily the snow didn’t seem to hit Belfast, yes it was cold, but we managed to achieve most things on our list. Including a few Game of Thrones-themed adventures (which I will post about later).

Causeway Coastal Route
Causeway Coastal Route

Saturday our first full day in Northern Ireland, we drove along the Causeway Coastal Route heading north. Driving along the landscaped varied from pretty fishing villages to rock headlands, making it easy to see why this is such popular scenic drive. We had planned on visiting the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge but, the wet weather caused the area to be closed off. So we were unhappy to miss out seeing it. As the site is also used as a filming location for Game of Thrones.

The Giant’s Causeway

Basalt Columns

Giant's Causeway

The highlight of the Causeway Coastal Route is, of course, The Giant’s Causeway itself. The result of volcanic activity millions of years ago, the Giant’s Causeway is thousands of interlocking basalt columns. From above the columns look like hexagon paving, but actually the pillars run deep into the ground. (You can read more about it here)

Giant's Causeway
Giant's Causeway
Hexagonal Stones

Included with the cost of entry into the Causeway Experience, was an audio guide. The onsite staff recommended we took headphones with our interactive guides, to be handsfree and kee our hands warm. As we walked along the trail the audio guide explained the legend of the stones and the giants. Each part of the stones is built into the legends from the rock format that looks like the giant’s gate, camel or boot.

Giant's Gate
Giant’s Gate
Giant's Boot
Giant’s Boot
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