So I had a really fun and nerdy weekend. For starters Friday, May 4th, was Star Wars Day. This is an excellent holiday because not only can we celebrate our Star Wars love, but it involved a bad pun. (May the Fourth be with you!) So I had to weird my coworkers out with my nerd pride.
These pendant necklaces are easy and so addictive, so I made a Bossk and a Jedi necklace to wear. I love Bossk and his incredibly obnoxious and mildly creepy speaking mannerisms. The Hello Boba Fett necklace is from HelloWars
on Etsy. (And I should not have gone over there to get the link because I just saw that they have BUTTONS and now I want them.)
I also made myself a galaxy far far away skirt. I’ve been obsessing over galaxy print things but they’re so expensive right now. But I’m crafty so I will make my own galaxy print things, so there. This awesome multi-colored print was a lucky find and is prefectly galaxy looking after being splattered and smudged with metallic gold fabric paint. (I think it needs some glow-in-the-dark paint too.) I made an easy circle skirt and attached a Millenium Falcon from a bedsheet set.
I liked my skirt so much I decided to wear it for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday.
Yeah, I have a Star Wars skirt and a stuffed Hellboy and I’m standing in front of the Carolina Ghostbusters Ecto-1. Jealous? We stopped by Rebel Base and Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte. I got to talk to a couple people who had seen my stuff at the last HeroesCon, which was awesome. I am so ready for it to be convention time!
Our weekend was rounded out by, of course, going to see Avengers.
I hope everyone else had a fun and geektastic weekend! Handmade Stuffs SMASH!
I may have discovered a new addiction. Saturday, April 28th, was International Charm Day. To celebrate, the April Make Out with Crown Town Handmade was an assortment of different charms to make and take.
We made charms from shrink plastic, resin-style ones with coin charms and diamond glaze, and clusters of pretty beads to dangle. So fun! Of course I got home and had to think up my own fun project to do. I decided to finally work on something I’d be kicking around for awhile: decopouged wooden pendants.
Yes, obviously they’re nerdy. Between sales at my local comic shops and attending conventions, I have a sizeable stack of comics that I got for between ten and twenty five cents each. Perfect for chopping up for craft projects. (Don’t hate me!) These little pendants are so easy and so fun to make! I’m going to try and do a little how-to video this weekend to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. I’ll also be posting a few additional options here.
I also made some non-nerdy ones from an old science book I found while thrifting. Something like this might make a good gift for another important May holiday, Mother’s Day. Add a few clusters of beads dangling from the top and a nice chain and you’re all set. It’s something I think even kids could make, maybe with a pictures of themselves or a small drawing they made just for Mom.
Or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, if you want to be technical.
This little guys are the first of the dolls completed for NC Comicon
, and I’m a little bummed I won’t be keeping them. Despite all my incredibly girlish hobbies and tendencies, I did watch a ton of “boys” cartoons growing up and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was one of my favorites. (I’m still a little tomboyish about television and movies; I love zombie movies and I can’t watch a romantic movie without making puke noises. Because I am so mature.) I found this green fleece online and immediately knew it had to be turtles.
Donatello was my favorite, I think mostly because purple was my favorite color as a kid. He’s also a big geek, so that doesn’t hurt. I think my favorite part was always the the incredibly unrealistic inventions he would create, most of them pure deus ex machina. His voice actor, Barry Gordon, also did work is several other of my favorite cartoons, including Darkwing Duck and Swat Kats.
Each of the turtles has a little plush version of their signature weapon, held on with hook and loop tape so they’re removable. I think Michelangelo’s little nunchucks are my favorite.
Now I just need to make them some little plush pizza for a snack.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting the last of my custom orders done in order to start getting ready for selling at NC Comicon
the first weekend of November. I always get a good selection of interesting charcters with customs, and it seems like I’ve had an overload of aliens lately…
Oh em gee, I am super happy with how little Doop came out. I think I captured his absolute redonkulousness, along with his vacant stare. Doop is one of those dolls I had way too much fun making. He’s about 16″ tall and, like all my dollies, has jointed arms. Jointed arms are especially good for flailing while following your boyfriend around the house and repeatedly singing “doop doop doop doop doop doop” until he loses his mind. I think “Nerdy ways to irritate your boyfriend” is so going to be a new blog feature.)
I love his weird, buggy eyeballs. You don’t even know.
Kit was actually for Stitch Wars Strikes Back
at the Bear and Bird Gallery
. He didn’t sell and I’m totally disappointed to have his adorableness in my house again. Devasted. He’s not at all cuddly and loveable and I do not squee girlishly about his head tentacles. (Headacles? That doesn’t sound right.) He also did not sit with me and watch the aquatic episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
I think Marvin is the most “mainstream” of the alien plush. He looks a little cranky about it.
Here’s Starro to give you a big hug… and control your brain and subvert your will. But mostly hugs!
Come on, give him a little smooch.
My first crafting day of 2011 was a fruitful one.
I am now the proud mother of six little Skeletors. They kept my up all night with their plotting against He-Man and tried to sneak out after bedtime to attack Castle Grayskull. And they have faces only a mother could love.
If you’d like to adopt one of your own, head over to the shop
. Despite their evil inclinations, they’re quite cuddly.
I have to say, as someone who identfies as a huge nerd, I do find translating that into crafts to be both amusing and satisfying. I love reference humor and I’m sort of internet junkie (I know that is shocking news). While I’m more of a fabric and crafts nerd than your classic comic books and sci-fi kind of nerd, where I fall short my geeky boyfriend is more than happy to give me ideas and inspiration. (Have I mentioned he has an entire room full of toys? No seriously, an entire room.) I’ve also gotten some great requests and ideas from people on the internet. For example:
What an adorably grumpy death machine. While I’m more of a DC than a Marvel girl, I couldn’t resist a request I got for this little fellow. The shape was a bit of a challenge, but I’m liking him. He even has a little open engine/exhaust port/whatever that is where his butt is supposed to be. Plus his giant head and tiny little appendages make me giggle. I’ll miss you MODOK.
I’ve also been playing a bit with the Watchmen embroidery patterns. I have them all colored and will be selling prints in my Etsy shop if anyone is interested.
There are teasers for all the others on my Flickr page.
And speaking of the Watchmen embroidery, I have to share this awesome project by Allison. I think Rorschach holds the honor of being her very first embroidery project, wow! If anyone else has done anything with these I’d love to see it, please comment.