July 26

Create Your Own Studio Ghibli Scenes

Make this amazing Studio Ghibli catbus from My Neighbor Totoro with the help of a papercrafting kit. Learn more on GeekCrafts.com.

Thanks to Mental Floss and RocketNews24, we now know about some amazing kits that allow you to use paper to recreate iconic scenes and sites from Studio Ghibli films, such as “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away.”

The papercraft kits by Sankei include everything you need to create the cat bus (pictured above) from Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, the Jiji house from “Kiki’s Delivery Service,” and more.

The kits are available on Amazon, and are a little pricey, since they ship from Tokyo, but may be well worth it for big Studio Ghibli fans.

What Studio Ghibli scene would you most like to create? Let us know in the comments below!

Links of Interest:

P.S. On a related note, you may also be interested in this post from RocketNews24: Studio Ghibli letter sheds new light on Spirited Away mysteries.

July 25

Sharknado 4 Watch Party Food Idea

Sharknado4

It’s almost here: Sharknado 4! I’ve been slowly getting ready for this weekend, and I thought I’d share with you a little of what I’ve been up to, including this free printable I’ve designed for serving up some fun Sharknado themed snacks.

I’ll freely admit my design is more fun than functional.  And, I was heavily inspired by this AWESOME, free printable Shark Bait Snack Cups at MyPrintly.com.

I’m also going to try this popcorn recipe for the watch party I’m going to.  I thought Nerd Love Maggie’s Shark Bait Ocean Party Popcorn Mix looked pretty tasty, though I think I might substitute red candy melts instead of white.  What’s Sharknado party food without a little gore, right?

Have you got plans to “celebrate” the fourth installment in this epically ridiculous movie series? Share your Sharknado party ideas in the comments below!

More Links of Interest

 

July 24

It’s Never Too Early for Krampus

kraumpus

Last December, TheMistressT, of Montana, posted the altered Christmas sweater she bought and updated for her husband over at Crafster.

She remembered a decades old Martha Stewart Magazine craft about stitching with a needle and yarn over the existing knit of a sweater and decided to give it a whirl to make a tacky Krampus sweater. TheMistressT used an image of a sweatshirt printed to look like a sweater as a guide, some yellow thread to mark the center of the sweater, and went to town with some sock weight yarn. It took hours and hours and she said it was kind of a pain, but she was really pleased with how it turned out. The sweater was a wool blend.

July 20

Bride of Frankenstein Hoop

336241_15Jul16_IMG_8452

This is how I feel right now….AAAAAGGGHHH!!! I realized today the weekend got away from me (I don’t even have a good crafting reason for it!) but when I saw this hoop posted over at Craftster, I knew it was meant to be here.

Roler, of both Washington State and Japan, made this Bride of Frankenstein hoop in the monster swap, because her partner had a great retro comic style picture of Bride of Frankenstein on her pinterest, so Roler decided to try to make a felt version of it.

The stitching around the eyes is double-strand regular sewing thread, rather than embroidery floss. The pink and white of the mouth are tiny pieces of felt, while the lips are also regular sewing thread.

For anyone interested in learning to embroidery similar to this piece, I have to recommend Lime Riot’s blog. She does a lot of felt and wool stitching and it’s good place to click through for ideas and inspiration.

July 17

OMG This Emoji Clutch is Adorbs!

Want to make this cute Emoji clutch? Find details at GeekCrafts.com!

In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, it’s a thing), I bring you this adorable (and functional) Emoji clutch. Laura Gummerman at A Beautiful Mess has a full tutorial.

While ABM offers a downloadable heart-eyes emoji template, I would think it would be easy enough to come up with your own customization to feature your favorite internet-speak icon. Which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments!

Links of Interest:

July 11

Make a Sonic Screwdriver Quilt Block

SonicScrewdriversQuiltBlock

Have your choice of sonic screwdrivers at your fingertips with this cool (and FREE!) paper piecing pattern from Fandom in Stitches.  You can thank Fandom in Stitches contributor Gretchen Kohlhaas for this great idea.  You can download the pattern here, but keep in mind this one’s geared towards folks who know what they’re doing! Not sure how to do paper piecing? Try checking out the Tutorials page on Fandom in Stitches to get yourself started!

More Links of Interest