February 19

Bar Top RetroPie Arcade System

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Cotnheadninymug recently posted this bar top arcade gaming system on Imgur. There are a series of photos of the process of making it.

RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and many other projects to enable you to play your favorite Arcade, home-console, and classic PC games with the minimum set-up. For power users, it also provides a large variety of configuration tools to customize the system as you want.

February 12

Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats

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BenaeQuee of Brooklyn just posted these ballet flats on Craftster, and I lurv them!!

She took a pair of shoes she bought last year for another project and used her new Star Wars Floral Wars fabric on them. She also added fine holo glitter to give a little sparkle to this already fabulous fabric. The fabric is a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabric.

And such pretty fabric as it is! I love this project because of the sketched look to the fabric’s designs, it’s Star Wars-themed, and because while the shoes aren’t identical, they still match.

February 11

Showing Some Pug Love Today

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In honor of the little eight week old pug the hubby and I picked up last weekend, today’s post has pug crafts.

First up, a crocheted pug coffee sleeve. Bananaleg of Tacoma, WA, made this pug sleeve for one of her high school teachers that has become a good friend, and she loves pugs. She jokingly asked Bananaleg (I LOVE that name) one day when she was going to make a pug coffee sleeve. As it turns out, she had actually been planning on giving it a shot, but only for her friend, as she claims she don’t usually do well with fiddly bits.

To me, it looks like she really knocked it out of the park.

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Next up is a pug hoopla. Teandcraft made this embroidery hoop for one of her friends, using a pattern from Urban Threads. Instead of stitching all of the lines, she cut out shapes of felt and sewed them down. Love that wrinkled face she was able to make!

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January 22

Calvin and Hobbes Nursery Mural

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Oh, this makes my heart happy! I need this simple, sweet little mural in my bedroom!

Dikaneisdi recently posted this Calvin and Hobbes mural, of the boys asleep on a tree branch, to Imgur. Dikaneisdi used a projector to put the image on the wall as a reference but actually sketched it on the wall, freehand. The paint Dikaneisdi used was just jars of wall paint samples. Mom-to-be painted this while she was seven months pregnant. It took her a few hours each day, over the course of three days.

There are a series of pictures of the mural in progress, but really, no other text or information about the lucky recipient of this mural. However, Dikaneidi said this was the second choice for the mural, with glow in the dark stars.

January 15

Yakko Warner at RCCC

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This is actually the second time I’ve posted about a Yakko Warner cosplay, and I think this one takes the cake!

Brady Danger Gage creates amazing costumes. This Yakko Warner was created for the 2016 Rose City Comic Con in Oregon. Brady also made Wakko and Dot Warner costumes as well, AND he created costumes for those costumes: Batman for Yakko, Superman for Wakko, and Wonder Woman for dear little Dot. They were surprises for the awesome Keith Tucker, based on his own artwork.

And if you click here, you’ll be able to watch a short video of Rob Paulsen, talented voice-over artist and the voice of Yakko, meeting the Animaniac in real life.

From a practical point of view, if you’ve ever thought about making a mascot-type foam head for a costume, you might want to check out Brady’s Facebook page. He’s got a series of pictures that show how to stack the foam, how to start sketching on the faces, and how to wrap it in fabric. It’s a good tutorial.