March 27

Return of the Geek Cat

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There was a lot of celebrating on the farm today.  After three weeks and two days, we finally found our cat, Ari!  Apparently he was hiding out in our closest neighbor’s shed the whole time.  I was pleasantly surprised that even after a 23 day stint in the pitch-dark shed he didn’t really resemble Gollum at all.

In addition to more cuddles than he’s comfortable with, I’m making him these geek cat toys as a welcome home gift.  (Underneath that cool cat exterior, I have no doubt that Ari is a total Whovian, Final Fantasy, AND Harry Potter nerd.)  The best part?  No sewing machine is needed for these adorable toys from Allons-Y Kimberly.

Oh man, remember when we posted this?  What a charming place for a geek cat to hang his hat!

March 23

A Bracelet DIY Using Old Comics

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I have a friend who creates awesome jewelry by recycling old comics, which got me thinking . . . what else can a person make with old comics? That’s how I found this tutorial on Oh! Rubbish! Blog. It’s a super easy DIY, with great pictures.  Plus, I’d bet magazines, newspapers, and old photos would probably work well with this idea too.  Just think of the possibilities!

March 22

The cute is strong with this lovey

Crochet Yoda lovey by Kristen McCrory

Need a super cute gift for a youngling in your life? Look no further than this adorable crochet Yoda-inspired lovey by Kristen McCrory.

The little Yoda head gives your young padawan something to cuddle onto, while also toting around the ever-so-comforting blankie, all in Star Wars geek style. Win-win-win.

Make this Yoda blankie even more geek-tastic by watching “Star Wars” while stitching it up, so the Force is melded into every stitch. Which episode of the series would you watch while making this?

Side note: I noticed Kristen also has a mega-awesome Gir lovey in her Etsy shop – makes me think, “Aw, somebody needs a hug!”

March 21

Star Wars Pallet Coffee Table

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Holy recycling projects! This is something we all could do (and even, Heaven forbid, swap out the insignia with any other kind of geek tribal marking you’d like!): a Star Wars pallet coffee table!

OcelotNikon posted this on imgur recently. He took a nicely beat up looking wood pallet, deconstructed it, put it back together in tabletop form, sanded it, and started being all geeky with his craft. He actually made a makeshift project to trace the Jedi symbol he found onto the table top. As OcelotNikon put it, his drawing skills are limited to ninja stick figures. The idea for it came from this video.

That symbol looks like black paint, but he actually burned it into the wood, going through two wood burners from Michael’s. (But unless it’s a candle or my fire pit, I don’t play with fire. A good black paint would probably work here too.) But that wasn’t enough, so he got out the good ole trusty BLOW TORCH and seared the top of the table as well (Yeah, that’s pretty badass right there!). To project the tabletop, OcelotNikon finished with a light colored stain and a satin finish. It took about 12 hours and $100 for this project but it looks like it took about 12 parsecs and a million dollars!

March 21

Magic Mirror on the Wall

I have one of those long, dark hallways in my house that’s terribly difficult to decorate.  There’s just one tiny window on one end, so I’m always looking for ways to lighten it up.  This evening I tried putting up three mirrors of different sizes…and it looks excellent!  Clearly, if three mirrors looks excellent, five mirrors would look even better (and ten would look incredible)!  I can see this quickly becoming a new obsession…

Have you seen this lovely LEGO mirror spotted on OurNerdHome?  It’s singularly simple to make (and will be featured prominently in my new mirror hallway by the end of this weekend):

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I particularly love the gold spray paint – something we go through a lot of at our house.  Have you ever wondered which gold spray paint to use for your projects? Julia at ChrisLovesJulia experimented with several different kinds, and writes about her findings here.

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What are your favorite mirror projects?  I’d love to see!