December 27

DIY Pom Pom Soot Sprites

Soot Sprite pom poms by Kate McCurrach

This has to be one of the easiest DIYs we’ve shared on GeekCrafts – yarn, felt, thread, and BAM! You got yourself some Soot Sprites from Studio Ghibli.

Kate at Scientific Culture shares how she likes to string them up so they hover in the corner of her apartment. “I’ve been taking those little sprites around with me for years now and any visitors always give me weird looks at the eye ball Pom poms I have hanging in the dark corners of my ceiling,” she explained.

For the uninitiated, the Soot Sprites are supernatural spirits seen in Hayao Miyazaki’s famous anime-productions “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Spirited Away” [Wikipedia and Spirited Away wikia].

Would your visitors give you a strange look, or a thumbs up? Share with us in the comments!

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December 13

Crochet Totoro Lovey: King of the Blankie

Crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens

“Do you like spirits, mommy? Even fuzzy ones?”
Mei Kusakabe in My Neighbor Totoro

Here’s a fuzzy spirit you can’t help but like – a crochet Totoro lovey by Katie Stevens at Craft Sauce. This adorable half-amigurumi, half-blankie looks like it would be quick to stitch up, and oh, so huggable!

Katie also has patterns for other geeky loveys, like Pikachu and Nyan Cat!

Are you madly stitching for the holidays? What’s left on your to-craft list? Let us know in the comments!

August 13

Pokémon Amigurumi – Pin of the Week

cyndaquil ami

 

I actually came across Wolfdreamer‘s crochet patterns a few years ago, and I think they’re fantastic. This gorgeous Cyndaquil just popped up on my pinterest and I had to share it, as well as her other patterns, with you all. She not only has dozens of free Pokémon crochet patterns, she also has patterns for Sonic the Hedgehog, Mario Bros, and lots of other wonderful characters to crochet. Thank you, Wolfdreamer, you’re awesome!

July 6

Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo

Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo

Check out this stunningly beautiful Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo! Ghibli has to be my all time favourite animation studio (possibly tied with Disney), and this tattoo shows off the artwork beautifully, incorporating at least five different Ghibli films in a seamless sleeve. I have to say, I am very jealous of this ink!

April 26

Jupiter Power, Cosplay!

Sailor Jupiter cosplay by Geeky Seamstress
Cosplay photography by Aperture Ashley

I’ve mentioned before how cool the Female Geek Bloggers Google+ Community is. It’s through that community that I found the Geeky Seamstress. She is a cosplayer/seamstress extraordinaire – her blog is packed full of tutorials and costume notes on her various projects.

One striking project she completed was this fantastic Sailor Jupiter cosplay, which she debuted at Anime Fest 2014. Her blog post details her design process, including extensive customization. I bow to her sewing greatness – I’m lucky if I can sew a straight line for an infinity scarf!

What cosplay projects have you been working on, or are you most proud of? Share links in the comments!

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October 26

My Bouncy Neighbor Totoro for Geek Babies

Totoro bouncer by Cation Designs

I get a little thrill when I see crafty projects that repurpose/upcycle a useful something into a geekier version of a useful something. Case in point: Cation Design’s Totoro variation on an existing “Snugabunny” bouncer. I mean, really, if a manufacturer can make up something called a Snugabunny, it equally stands to reason it could be morphed into a Totoro.

For those unfamiliar, “My Neighbor Totoro” is a highly popular anime movie written and directed by the world-renowned Hayao Miyazaki, who also made “Spirited Away,” “Princess Mononoke,” and “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Cation’s post walks readers through her creative process, including crafting a fleece-lined Totoro-shaped slip cover and dangling Soot Sprites.

What geeky repurpose/upcycle projects have you created? Link us up in the comments!