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Manchild: A full grown man of delayed emotional maturation. They’re easy to spot. He’s the one watching Star Wars with his kids and imparting invaluable light saber moves, courtesy of the toothbrush, the hair comb, the garden rake… anything he can get his hands on really. He’s also thrilled that Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) recently released on Twitter more behind the scenes photos from the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Another little boys birthday is on the horizon and a Star Wars book and Lego set needs gift wrap.

Star Wars wrapping paper using thumbprints and paint.

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Darth Vader & Yoda duel

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The finished product demonstrates a versatile Darth Vader…

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No one rocks that Do like Leia!

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Mermaids

Mermaids, unicorns, knights and dragons, pewter plates, smelly people and a world that’s flat…welcome to the Dark Ages! Mermaid legends were rampant then, sight sworn by more than the odd sailor, believed to be beautiful and dangerous, much like the high seas.

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In 1493, during his first voyage to the Americas, Christopher Columbus noted in his journal a mermaid sighting:

‘The day before, when the Admiral was going to the Rio del Oro, he said he saw three mermaids who came quite high out of the water but were not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men.’

Not exactly the hair brushing, mirror toting dames of Disney!

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Shakespeare wrote of mermaids in ‘Midsummer Nights Dream.’

‘Thou rememberest

Since once I sat upon a promontory,

And heard a mermaid on a Dolphin’s back

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,

That the rude sea grew civil at her song;

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,

To hear the sea-maid’s music.’

It’s believed he was having a go at Mary Queen of Scots!

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Here are my Sirens of the Sea, bewitching sailors to their underwater world.

Mermaid wrapping paper made with acrylic paints, bubble wrap and thumb prints. Anchor made with apple core.

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Hello Sailor gift wrapped …

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Mary Mary quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockleshells

And pretty maids all in a row.


A sweet nursery rhyme dating back to Olde England. A simple straightforward tale about a gardening green thumb?

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Apparently not. Like many nursery rhymes that sound sweet enough, this one too has sinister roots. It tells of Mary Queen of Scots.

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How does her garden grow? Fertilized by the bodies of many, many protestants. How pretty is her garden filled with silver bells and cockleshells. No again. These were slang terms for torture devices. As for the pretty maids….  guillotines.

Twin GuillotinesMary Quite Contrary Wrapping Paper for my mum Mary (who is fortunately nothing like the Queen of Scots) using Acrylic paints, thumb prints and black marker pen.

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Birthday card made by daughter

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How to make Floral Wrapping Paper with Thumb prints

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Gift wrapped with Mary Quite Contrary Wrapping Paper

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Thumbs up for Star Wars

If fantasy were to become reality, would it ever be just as good?

For me it would be the day I could have a satisfying three course chewing gum meal, think Willy Wonka minus the side effects of when you get to blueberry pie! For Star Wars fans, Princess Leia style holograms projected from a mobile device is apparently a soon to be reality. Happy you must be!

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Drawing inspiration from Star Wars Thumb Doodles, I made Star Wars wrapping paper using thumbprints, paint and a marker pen.

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With a clean thumb and acrylic paints I set to printing. Here are the fingerprint doodles before and after…

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Here’s the Star Wars fingerprint gift wrapped Birthday present…

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Say it with Stamps…

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More Star Wars fingerprintspiration…

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