I don’t think I’ve yet shared the awesomeness that is Geek Girl Brunch. I discovered it via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and was immediately intrigued. Ladies getting together to share brunch, drinks, and geek-talk? Sign me up!
The group started in New York City, with its own meetups. They had so much fun together that they decided to roll out chapters, not only across the U.S but worldwide! Sensing I had found my geek tribe, I signed up to be notified about news of the Kansas City chapter. I got an email a few months later notifying me that chapters were forming, and would I like to be an officer to help launch the KC chapter? Because I love my hometown and want to nurture its geek culture, I said yes!
We had our first brunch in July – an informal meetup at the Cheesecake Factory, followed by Star Wars Day at Barnes & Noble. In September we gathered at the Renaissance Festival and strolled the grounds together. Other chapters have enjoyed a wide variety of themes, from a Zombie Crawl to a Xena-themed yoga session to a Pixel Perfect ode to video games.
Next week is KC’s third event, with a “Let’s Get Crafty” theme. My co-leader, another brunchette, and I are each leading a geek-craft. My craft is comic book ornaments, as seen in the examples below. I figured it was an easy introduction to decoupage, but infinitely customizable to whatever comic brunchettes might favor, along with whatever ornament base they might choose.
- Select ornaments in shapes that will showcase an identifiable amount of comic art, in shapes that should be easy to cut out.
- Page through your comics for images that will fit your ornament. TIP: If the image you want is too big, you can scan it and resize to fit your ornament. That’s what I did for the Dr. Horrible cube above.
- Place the ornament on top of the comic page and trace around it. Cut out with scissors.
- Brush Mod Podge (I used matte, but glossy would also work) on the ornament and position the comic cut out on top. Smooth out any wrinkles (a brayer helps here).
- Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the comic image to seal.
- Optional: embellish the edges of the ornament with decorative washi tape (see Buffy example above) or acrylic paint (see TARDIS example above). For the Dr. Horrible cube, I colored the top of it with a bronze metallic Sharpie (top not shown).
I hope you will check out Geek Girl Brunch and join in on the fun! If you’re in the KC area, stop by and say hi!
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Jillianjiggs posted on Imgur, this crocheted pelt-like scarf of everyone’s favorite comic strip tiger, Hobbes! Because as she puts it, what better way to fight off a Canadian winter with a friend?
But luckily for anyone that doesn’t have a scarf, Jillianjiggs owns LoopTeeLoops, an Etsy shop based out of Ontario. If you can’t figure out the pattern for Hobbes here by studying the picture, you can buy her pattern for just $9.
I almost can’t believe that this incredible sculpture of Groot is a cake!! Isn’t it amazing? It was made by the hugely talented Tattooed Bakers who have made dozens (if not hundreds) of other equally mind-blowing cakes.
- More Guardians of the Galaxy Geek Crafts here.
- More Marvel Geek Crafts here.
- More Geek Cakes here.
In celebration of my sister having her first baby, I have collected some of my favourite geek crafts for babies.
There are some amazing baby crafts available on Etsy. Some of these are super cute! There are hundreds of things there that I love, but these are just a few of my favourites.
How about some Harry Potter inspired keys flying around the ceiling, you just have to catch the right one!!
And what do you think of this onesie I made for my new baby niece? I can’t wait to educate her in geekery as she grows up!
I’ve mentioned before the fantastic geek fabrics that are becoming more readily available, both online or in local fabric stores. Every day I see new fun prints that make my fingers itch to get geek-crafty.
I recently spotted this fun dresser and lamp re-do by Melissa Nieves, and it has me salivating over the fabric, AND eyeing the furniture in my house for possible makeovers. I’m sure the superhero in her life was super-pleased with her results, too!
I actually got a couple yards of the bottom two prints and plan to make matching skirt-scarf sets out of them – just searching for the right pattern. What fun new geek fabrics have you spied recently, and what do you plan to make? Let us know in the comments below!
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Talk about sisterly love! For her sister’s wedding recently, Amber Lackey of Sissy La-La created unique bouquets using comic book pages.
She cut each comic book page down to two 4×4″ squares and folded them into petals, using five squares to make each flower. The bride’s bouquet featured more than 300 petals and measured about 12-1/2″ across. It took about 150 pages and 14 hours to make. She went on to make two more bouquets.
Amber also created a garter using Marvel fabric:
Did you have any geek elements in your wedding, or have you seen some fun references in weddings you’ve attended? Please share in the comments!
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