Golden Girls Go Funko

The Golden Girls getting Funko-fied!  Whether you are a collector of these crazy bobbly-heads or just adore the girls you probably need these to add to your cubicle or Golden Girls fan room to go with your Script Prints😉

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To celebrate here is the best rendition of the TV Show theme song that I have ever heard:

Wizarding Worldwide New Schools Announced in the Harry Potter Universe

It’s true, this magical and expansive universe can go on for ages.  I just want J.K. Rowling to keep writing all the books from all the schools for the rest of TIME.  Four other wizarding schools have been identified and you can read about them on Pottermore!

Mahoutokoro in Japan

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Uagadou in Africa

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Castelobruxo in Brazil

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Ilvermorny in the Northeast – We have to WAIT on this one it’s just a giant cock tease for now!

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Get your dose of Harry Potter products and check out the book prints featured in my Etsy shop!

Pink Ladies Magnets are Here

The Pink Ladies Collection has expanded!  I’m pleased to announce the new Grease magnets of your four favorite sassy ladies.

This set of six magnets includes Rizzo, Marty, Frenchy & Jan. Each magnet is hand pressed with a mylar front and a metal backing. The six images in this collection are pictured and are one of a kind. Each magnet measures 1 inch in diameter.

Ready to ship in 1-2 business days, get yours before Grease premieres live on Sunday January 31st! Be sure to check out the Pink Ladies Script Prints too in the Avant Dante Etsy shop.

Grease Live!

We have a new holiday on our hands, and it’s called Grease LIVE Premiere Day!  That’s right we all get to go back to High School on Sunday, January 31st with a fresh new cast for the all-time classic. These are the cast members I’m crushing over the most… to say the least!

JuliaMV5BMjA5MjUyNDEyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzU3NTAzMDE@._V1_UY317_CR3,0,214,317_AL_nne Hough as Sandy                                                                                 If ever there was someone to physically embody a role without even having to try it has to be Julianne right here and now.  I can’t argue, she is PERFECT for Sandy.  They may need to change the outcome of that American Bandstand dance contest because this Sandy can out Cha-Cha anyone from Saint Bernadette’s.  #WATCHMEWHIP

 

MV5BMjA2NzA2NTMxNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMjA1ODEy._V1_UY317_CR105,0,214,317_AL_Vanessa Hudgens as Rizzo                                                                           The HUDGE is back where she belongs!  In fake high school hallways singing and dancing out all of her feels.  This brings me back V. Hudge to your High School Musical days of yore and I’m sure she will the delight the hell out of us once again.  If only we got Zac Efron to play Kenickie, that shit is what dreams are made of. #SEVENTEENFOREVER

 

Carly Rae Jepsen as Frenchy  MV5BMTM2NDg5ODQ5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTE5OTQwOA@@._V1_UY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_                                                                            I mean the hottest pop song of my adult life isn’t enough for her, she has to go and bring back one of the best teen best friend characters of my LYFE.  If you need me to believe Carly Rae dropped out of high school to pursue a passion for the arts I’m sold.  You’re now an actress, this is crazy, wish you luck girl, call me Frenchy. #PINKHAIRDONTCARE

 

Kether Donahue as Jan    MV5BMTg5ODQxNDQ2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjgxNTI3OA@@._V1_UX214_CR0,0,214,317_AL_                                                                                    Okay Kether, here is the deal, I know we are friends in real life… we just haven’t been graced with the opportunity to meet yet.  If you haven’t seen her genius at being horrible in You’re the Worst please do so immediately.  My actual BFF played Jan in high school so basically, our friendship is destiny.  Also, we’ve seen this lady eat ribs like she DGAF and it’s magic.  #YASKWEENKETHER

 

Martin Short as Coach Calhoun (rumored) MV5BMTgyODMyNzIwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMzgyMjQ0._V1_UY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_                                                      This is one rumor that had better be true.  Mainly because I want Martin to reawaken his Performing Arts Professor character of Desmond Forrest Oates from the early 2000’s teen movie Get Over It.  If you haven’t seen that one, leave right now, drive to the nearest shell of a Blockbuster video, punch yourself in the face because you missed your chance to see this GEM of a movie (jk find it online and BUY IT). #SHORTCHANGED

 

Ana Gasteyer as Principal McGee    MV5BMjA5MzMzMTM1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNTg1NTUz._V1_UY317_CR4,0,214,317_AL_                                                                  Again the casting choice evokes a memory.  It’s the image of Ana and Will Ferrell as the Culps on SNL bringing the latest hits of today to your high school gym assembly.  If it has been a minute since you’ve treated yourself to that musical snack, here you go sickos.  She is perfection and has clearly been preparing for this role for years. I hope she sings the Rydell High Alma Mater WITH a baby xylophone.  #SCHOOLED

 

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Boyz II Men as Teen Angel                                                             Come ON!  This is so perfect. We have the most classic boy band for the most classic teen musical. Whatever they sing to me, I would certainly listen to before the water runs dry, or I can’t re-enroll in class.  Plus we already know they look great in all white. #ONBLENDEDMILKSHAKEKNEE

 

Didi Conn as Vi     MV5BMTgzNTAxOTQ0MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzYzMzgzOQ@@._V1_UY317_CR2,0,214,317_AL_                                                                                              Would you just look at her?  She is the cutest.  I’m so glad they have at least ONE original cast cameo.  The original Frenchy playing the waitress is the best use of this little nugget of a grandma who used to french inhale her cigarettes. She is head bitch in charge on this set, everybody better bow and kiss her class ring.  #DONTCRYOVERSPILLEDMILKSHAKE

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I’ve been practicing my hand jive for years and to celebrate I’m adding to the Pink Ladies Collection in the Etsy shop. Stay tuned for details this week!

 

DIY Wine Cork Bulletin Board

In my slow quest to turn our townhouse into a living Pinterest board, I have another project to share with you guys today.  This was the first project I attempted and successfully completed in our new place.  Let me take you on a journey to that time I converted the side of an exposed kitchen cupboard to a wine cork bulletin board!

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Disclaimer:  I had been diligently drinking wine and saving corks for about a year and a half to two years when we moved in.  I was waiting and hoarding wine toppers like a drunken squirrel for the perfect project to use them with.  So I did not have to steal, beg for or, most horrifically, purchase these corks in order to do this project.  I earned it and I can tell you it is all the more satisfying.  Do your own damn drinking for your crafts.

Step 1:  Removing the dirty cork that was peeling off the cupboard.  The previous tenants that the same idea, “let’s stick stuff up here!” but by the time we got there the thin cork sheets they had put up there were mangy and dirty.  It bothered me so much I started picking at it the night we signed our lease and neglected to take a photo.  After some broken nails, a butter knife and half a bottle of Goof Off here is what it looked like:

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Step 2:  Since we are renting, I knew I would have to remove the corks one day so rather that perma-gluing them to the wood and hating my life more than I already will when we move out one day, I cut a piece of chipboard to the size of the wood slab and fitted the back with poster tabs.  It is hella secure but will pop right off if I wanted it to.

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Step 3:  Cut your corks!  You want them to lay flat on the board rather than trying to glue a round object, so you need to cut each cork lengthwise with an Exacto knife.  This part is laborious and I did get some blisters due to the sheer volume of corks that needed cutting.  However by chopping them in half, you get two pieces out of each cork and you double your supply!

Hot Tip:  Soak the corks in hot water for 10 minutes or so before you cut and it will be much easier to slice the knife through them.

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Step 4:  Arrange your pattern and glue (I used E600 permanent fixative).  Gloves are good idea, but I am notorious for getting too excited to remember to put them on.  I decided on a patchwork pattern of alternating between two horizontal rows and one vertical row.  I love the pattern it created and allowed me to showcase the different writing and graphics on each cork the way it was oriented and designed.  Not every row matched up with the space on my board exactly, so I did some shaving on a few of the pieces to get the corks to fit all the way across.

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I love puzzles and this was the ultimate one; designing it as I went and gluing row by row and allowing it to dry.  It took about a week to complete working on it here and there, waiting for it to dry and resetting.  I glued everything onto the board already hung up on the cabinet so to battle the gravity of wet glue, I loosely taped each row in place as it dried so it would stay where I wanted it.  Ta da!

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It was a labor of love and each piece of my bulletin board is a memory forged over a bottle of wine with friends and loved ones.  I encourage every patient and ambitious crafter out there to do your own wine corking project and upload your pics to the comments!

For more buyable decor for the home, check out what’s on sale in my Etsy Shop!

Harry Potter Marauders Book Prints on Etsy

Today is the first day of Autumn.  Fall makes me think of back to school, sharpened pencils, crunchy leaves and warm scarves.  The only way I’m going back to school is if I finally get my letter from Hogwarts.  To celebrate the change in season and my insatiable appetite for HP once summer is gone, I’d like to focus this blog post on a newer item in the shop the Marauder’s Book Prints:

When I first truly fell in love with the Harry Potter books was when I read the origins of the Marauder’s map and the story of friendship between Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew, Sirius Black and James Potter.  Perhaps because of this small gilmpse into the generation before The Prisoner of Azkaban is still my pick for one of the strongest books in the series.

These prints are inspired by the quartet of anamagi; Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs.  The respective animal that each of these four friends would turn into and wander the grounds of Hogwarts school.  Each is printed on a retired library book page of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban where the Marauders first appeared in the story. While all the characters are members of the Gryffindor house, the chosen colors reflect the individual characteristics they possess from all the Houses of Hogwarts. You need these patronuses to protect the walls of the Harry Potter mega fan in your life.

Sold as a set of four or single printed and framed pieces each page measures 5.25″x 7.5″ in black ink and the following colors:

Moony (Remus Lupin, The Wolf) in Witty Blue
Wormtail (Peter Pettigrew, The Rat) in Cunning Green
Padfoot (Sirius Black, The Dog) in Loyal Yellow
Prongs (James Potter, The Stag) in Courageous Red

The print is mounted in the 8″ X 10″ black, pine float frame. Included with the frame are wire table stand and hook and screws for mounting. The text from the book and the image itself can be seen from all angles. The page of the book is chosen at random and the only one of its kind.

Individual frames are available for purchase for $25 each + Shipping

Set of four for $85 + Shipping

I Love Gold: Project Glamfan

I used to really dislike gold. I mean really not like it. I chose silver jewelry, silver everything all the time because gold felt tacky. I was probably rebelling against the gaudy 80s and the faux brass fixtures in my house growing up, but as of late I’m changing my tune.

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The style cycle continues and now gold everything is making a comeback and basic bitches everywhere are dipping, spraying and shellacking their shit gold.  I particularly fancy the white and gold decorating combo. If it were up to me I would redo my living room white and gold, but reality, Boyfriend and future puppies dictate a more durable color palette. I deserve to have some glamourous accents though, so I started with this glam fan makeover!

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To call this a “project” feels like cheating because it was so simple and easy. I kidnaped Boyfriend’s old fan that was too ugly to be outside of the closet.  Carefully took each piece apart and washed them with soapy water.  I spray painted the fan cage only in metallic gold foil and voila!  The cutest fan in America!

For more white and gold decor check out the handpainted animal toothbrush holders currently on sale in my Etsy shop and Follow Avant Dante LLC’s board White and Gold on Pinterest.//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js


This is the Story of a Chair

Too long I have been away from this blog and neglecting to share all of the wonderful projects I have been working on. Moving, building my workshop, decorating and keeping up with the steady Etsy orders have made Jack a dull girl… Online.

I’ve decided to expand the essence of this blog to go beyond my products for sale and the fandoms they come from, and include my everyday projects and gift making that I do for me and my dear ones.

I’m made of home improvement projects these days and it’s time I shared some of that too! To kick things off, I present to you the most challenging undertaking of the year, the reupholstering of my parents’ old armchair.

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This little beauty was bought in ’85 and graced our various living rooms across all our houses growing up. It was the “nice” chair we weren’t allowed to sit but certainly did anyway. After 30 years and at least 7 moves, she had taken some beatings and lost her twin sister along the way.  It was time for a facelift.

Boyfriend and I took a trip to Downtown LA’s fabric district and found the crazy purple fabric of our dreams at Michael Levine’s for I shit you not, a grand total of $35.  So far I was winning. I called on my seemingly all-knowing, innovative and talented friend @sarad314 who had done this before. Who showed up with her staple gun and a whole lotta chutzpah and we went to work.

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After spray painting the legs matte black we ripped into this thing like the last wild buffalo and made slow progress over the weekends of the next 3 weeks. I’d like the record to show that the pace of our work was subject to Boyfriend’s continued help by pumping us full of fresh fruit margaritas while we worked. The curved arms and the wing backs were the trickiest and there was many a staple removed and replaced until my perfectionist goblin was satisfied.

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When it came time for sewing a case for the cushion, I knew I was just kidding myself. I beelined for my incredible Godmama’s house and begged her to help. She is such a badass  that she took the cushion with no pattern and whipped out a PERFECTLY fitting case for it with a zipper on back in under three hours. Behold the goddess of sewing and her handiwork:

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Just a few more margaritas while we stapled up the back and we were done. The entire project cost next to nothing and gave me the chance to spend some quality creative time with my fave ladies. Now Boyfriend and I have a new chair that no one is allowed to sit in!

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