November 7

Mom Makes American Boy Doll for 6-Year-Old Son


When Gina DeMillo Wagner’s 6-year-old son began asking for an American Boy doll last year, she went to great lengths – at a low cost (less than $50!) – to give her boy the doll of his dreams. Currently, the company that makes the American Girl dolls does not make a boy version of the toy. The doll she started with is actually a Madame Alexander brand doll.

And it wasn’t just any doll he was after – Miles wanted one that looked just like him since his older sister had an American Girl doll that looked just like her.

Wagner was inspired to take on the DIY project after a friend jokingly suggested she “get a girl doll and give it a haircut.” One swift makeunder later (she gave the doll a haircut, used acetone to remove the doll’s lipstick and blush, and trimmed the eyelashes), and Miles had his perfect doll, which he decided to name Fred Jones, possibly better known as Freddy from Scooby Doo. His sister named her doll Daphne.

As for whether her crafty endeavor has inspired her to take on more DIY toy projects in the future, Wagner says, “I don’t have any specific plans right now, but I did download some sewing patterns for 18-inch dolls, so if we want to make Fred some new T-shirts, we might do that!”

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November 1

Harry Potter craft: Magical textbook skirt

Harry Potter textbook skirt by Marissa Fischer

I don’t know about you, but this time of year makes me want to pull on snuggly socks, bury myself beneath a cozy blanket (hand-crocheted, of course!), and dive into a good book. Or perhaps dive into a sewing project inspired by a good book – Harry Potter, to be specific.

Marissa over at Raegun Ramblings has posted a tutorial for just such a project: the Hogwarts Textbook Skirt. Her write-up includes a 20-minute a-line knit skirt tutorial (including “super-easy hemming knits trick”), which you can then embellish with your choice of Hogwarts-required reading. I love her furry Monster Book of Monsters with googly eyes! I also love that you could easily add textbook embellishments to a ready-made skirt for an even quicker project.

What textbooks would include on your skirt? Let us know in the comments below!

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October 31

Lady Skellington for Halloween

lady skellington

Just in time for Halloween, Darkspectre Custom Couture of Newberry, FL, posted this image of a gender bent Jack Skellington dress on Imgur.

It is a one of a kind commission piece, and the store do not have any more in stock, as all of their items are hand crafted and made to order. Their garments are not costumes, but rather, they are actual clothing quality pieces and meant for wear. This dress was in the works for four months.

October 29

Target Star Wars Keychains – $1 each


While browsing the $1-$3 section at my local Target (I love that section), I saw these awesome Star Wars keychains for a mere $1 each (they also had Vader and a stormtrooper). They are made of silicone, I think. I had just recently bought a vew small backpack (a sling bag) to take to work and needed some geeky accents on it and I thought these would be perfect (and CHEAP). R2 ended being too big so he now dangles from my rear view mirror in my car and the Star Wars logo is attached to my backback. I didn’t like the fact that the backs are just plain (no design) so I ended up going back and buying two more and supergluing them back to back so no matter which side they flip to, you can see what it is. I removed the chain on the Star Wars one for my backpack and left it on R2 so he can dangle.

Here’s the Star Wars logo on the packpack:
Star Wars keychain on backpack

Looks pretty good for only $2! The Space Invader is made of Perler beads my daughter made for me and the stormtrooper key chain I got at Amazon for $4 before I found the Target ones.

October 26

Optimus Prime + The TARDIS = Awesome.


I love Transformers. I love Doctor Who.  So, what’s not to love about a 3-D printed, actual working/transforming Tardimus Prime??!! Seriously.  What’s not to love? Inspired by Jason Casteel’s TARDIS Prime artwork, user Ellindsey designed and created this 3-D printed realization, and it actually transforms.  What’s even cooler is you can find Ellindsey’s CAD files and instructions for building your own. Oh, for a 3-D printer.  Even you don’t have one, you should definitely check out the link for the additional pictures.  Transform and roll out!

October 25

Perfect Cupcakes for Halloween


Usiris23 posted a tutorial (and the cupcakes were made by Instructables user SemadarG ) over on Imgur on how to make these scrumptious zombie teeth cupcakes for Halloween. Believe it or not, everything on top of the cupcake is actually just fondant and food coloring.

The fresh blood finish is made by mixing red coloring gel with drops of vodka of lemon extract. The dried blood is a mix red with a drop of royal blue and drops of vodka/lemon extract. Using a brush, apply the “fresh blood” color mix around the torn skin tissue, and apply the “dried blood” color mix around the gums, especially where the gums meet the skin tissue.

Can you imagine biting into one of these, if it were a red velvet cupcake?