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Make a Hunger Games fan shirt

Here is a little project for you Hunger Games uber fan– watching the clock all day, with butterflies in their tummies in anticipation of Friday March 23 at 12:01 am (otherwise known as the middle of the night, tonight) when they can- at last- witness the film version and decide if it can do the book version justice.

You get to also decide which actor is hotter- Gail (Liam Hemsworth) or Peeta (Josh Hutcherson). As you can see, we are definitely choosing sides here.

Shout it out son.

All you will need is a few t-shirts, paper or cardstock, an exacto knife, a pencil, a printer  (optional), tape, spray paint and paint markers (optional).

A few of these were drawn out by hand onto the cardstock, then cut out. The small, precise “I <3 the boy with the bread” was printed up in a large font then the letters were cut out with an exacto knife.

We used spray paint **in a well ventilated area**. Tape the stencil down with loops of tape on the back of the paper, under the letters and around the edge of the paper. Be sure to cover up any parts of the shirt you don’t want painted with extra cardboard or paper.

Use paint markers or regular permanent Sharpies to highlight around the letters or add a heart or two.

Re-use your stencil often and then tuck it safely away in your “fan” drawer. You know the Star Wars homemade t-shirt makers wish they still had their original stencils…

countdown to Mad Men, season 5

After a year-and-a-half hiatus, AMC’s Mad Men will finally return to television next Sunday March 25th at 9pm with a 2-hour opener. Season 5 will find Don Draper and the gang well into the mid 1960s, as reflected in the costumes showcased in promotional images. Not much has been revealed surrounding plot, but judging from the pictures, the fashion alone will warrant watching.

Friends, the wait is almost over. If you haven’t watched the previous seasons, you have about a week to catch up- or refresh the gorgeous memories for current fans. Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love watching the characters get dressed every day.

whatever happened to…

I think they jury will forever be out on the subject of instant access to any possible topic or question via the internet- we won’t know definitively, maybe ever, if it’s bad for our puzzlers to no longer have to puzzle through trivial facts but simply type a few keywords into a search engine and let the mystery unfold before you. This TV show has been stuck in my head for years, (12 years now I just discovered) I couldn’t remember the name, only the premise- an all boys prep school, girl enrolls as a boy, then falls in love with one of the hotties and the whole thing looks like a Ralph Lauren ad.

I ever so recently discovered (thank you internet), the show is called Young Americans (I could have never come up with that on my own) and it aired in July 12, 2000 on the WB as a summer replacement for Dawson’s Creek. There were only 9 episodes ever made and the last episode left you hanging- I mean seriously hanging and wondering years later if it ever worked out between Jake (really a girl, Katherine Moennig) and Hamilton (Ian Somerhalder) … as if they were real people.

Here the cast & the characters they play- which gives you all you need to know about the plot.

    • Rodney Scott as Will Krudski, a poor but brilliant young man who cheated on the entrance exam to ensure his admission and with a complicated relationship to his father.
    • Mark Famiglietti as Scout Calhoun, Will’s roommate at Rawley Academy. Scout meets, and dates, Will’s old friend Bella until her father explains his disapproval.
    • Katherine Moennig as Jake Pratt, a teenage girl who disguises herself as a boy to get the attention of her absent mother.
    • Ian Somerhalder as Hamilton Fleming, a student at the school and the son of the dean. Hamilton finds himself confused by his attraction to Jake.
    • Kate Bosworth as Bella Banks, Will’s childhood friend – a pretty townie torn between Scout and fellow New Rawleyian, Sean.
    • Ed Quinn as Finn, coach of the rowing team and also a teacher

    You can still (and yes I will) watch it online- just google it.