The Wizarding World of Once and Again Books

We did it, and it looked spectacular!

Harry Potter Decorated Bookstore

And, for that matter, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that many people squished into the store at the same time before.  I didn’t know we could squish that many people into the store at the same time.  It was so much fun, though; and for everyone who thought Barnes and Noble was the way to go for the midnight release, well, did they have Harry’s Birthday Cake Cupcakes?

Harry Potter Birthday Cake Cupcakes

I didn’t think so.

Casey did a spectacular job decorating the store.  She hung tulle from the ceiling in grand Harry Potter black and purple.  Plus she magically managed to make candles levitate several inches below the ceiling.

Once and Again Books storefront

The house banners now hang proudly from the windows, and Casey transformed the front door into Platform 9 3/4.

Harry Potter bathroom

The bathroom may or may not be the home of Moaning Myrtle and the Chamber of Secrets OR the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.  I’m not stepping into the toilet to find out which.

What did I do?  Why am I so tired?  I made three wizard robes in a week.

Angela, Casey, and Alex

I still cannot feel my fingers.

Also I made fancy potions bottles…yesterday…when I also finished the wizard robes.  If you ever have the inclination to make your own, but don’t think you’re fancy enough to pull it off, check out the blog Over the Big Moon.  She has a printable/downloadable set of potions labels up for free.  Print those out, stick them to your bottles with a little mod podge, and you’re good to go.  I used two of her labels myself: my Flesh Eating Slug Repellant and Skele-Grow are better for it.  I really, really, really wanted to make all of my own labels, but, as these things go, I ran out of time and only got to make a few, so having those available was pretty awesome!

Taryn, Angela, Jennifer

Thank you Taryn and Jenny for coming all the way down to Marietta with me.  It wouldn’t have been half as fun without you!

I’m a wee bit on the tired side, but like I said, no regrets.  I’m really happy with how everything turned out.  I know Casey and I both geeked out a bit on Pinterest because we wanted to do everything under the sun, and the store looked/still looks perfect.

If you want to see it for yourself come visit us at Once and Again Books.  The decorations will probably be up until Halloween. 🙂