July 1

Nyan Cat Roundup

Pauly’s awesome and fuzzy Nyan Cat scarf got me thinking… there must be more Pop Tart kitty goodness available. Lo and behold, there is. I present to you my favorite Nyan Cat crafts from Etsy:

Nyan Cat Cross-stitch Pattern

If you’d like to make your own Nyan Cat, thatquietchick has a cross-stitch pattern. How long would you make your rainbow?

Nyan Cat Keep Calm Print

Why keep calm and carry on when you can keeep calmz and nyanyanyanyan with this print from DesignNoy?

Nyan Cat Key Chain

Let Nyan Cat keep watch over your keys with this tiny kitty keychain enclosed in resin from BitOfSugar.

Nyan Cat Mouse Pad

Nyan Cat will help you navigate the interwebz with DesignNoy‘s mouse pad.

Perler Bead Nyan Cat

NostalgicNerd made this Perler bead Nyan Cat extra special with neon and glitter beads.

Nyan Cat Plushie

Cuddle up with this plush Nyan Cat from Cinnamonstitch.

Nyan Cat Rubber Stamp

Stamp this hand-carved Nyan cat from xxNostalgic on all of your important papers. Add your own rainbow.

Nyan Cat Vinyl Wallet

 

I might have to buy this Nyan Cat vinyl wallet myself from kittencamaro.

July 1

Crazy 4 Cult in Los Angeles, July 8-30

Crazy 4 Cult posterI know I mentioned it in my last post, but I thought folks might be interested in knowing a little more about Crazy 4 Cult, an annual art show exploring the intersection of fandom and fine art.

Held at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles, the show features pieces ranging from paintings to hand-sewn plushies. What all the art has in common, though, is a deep love for the movies that have made a mark on our cultural conscious, from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to The Shining.

This summer, the show celebrates its fifth year, as well as the publication of Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art. A 176-page book featuring some of the best art from the show’s previous years, it also boasts an introduction by filmmaker/pop culture connoisseur Kevin Smith.

Crazy 4 Cult 5 opens with a reception on Friday, July 8, 7-11pm, and runs through July 30. The galley also hosts a book signing for Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art on July 10 at 12pm, with many of the featured artists in attendance.

If anyone gets a chance to check out this awesome show, drop us a line and let us know what wowed you!

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And with that, dear readers, I am officially off for summer vacation! My husband and I are traveling to Southeast Asia for the first time ever, and I’ll be gone for most of the month. So, everyone have a great July (and a happy 4th to all U.S. Geek Crafters), and I’ll see you soon!

June 30

Flickr Pool: Royal Tenenbaums Pillows

Royal Tenenbaums PillowsGrab your goggles, because Geek Crafts is taking a dip in the pool…the Flickr Pool!  Each week we’ll be showcasing some of the awesome geek creations made by our Flickr group members.

There are a lot of great crafts floating around the pool right now, and it was tough picking just one to kick off the series. As both an embroiderer and a film nerd, though, I was instantly drawn to Ellen Schinderman’s stitched submission.

This trio of pillows features the lovable losers from Wes Anderson’s film The Royal Tenenbaums, complete with quotes from the narrator. Drop by Ellen’s blog, Schindermania, to check out the backs of the pillows, too, which have fabric correlating to each Tenenbaum child’s personality (you can already see the fuzz from the fur coat backing for Margo’s).

Royal Tenenbaums Pillow MargoIf you want to see the pillows  in person, they’ll be part of the fifth annual “Crazy 4 Cult”  gallery show in Los Angeles, July 8-30. Congratulations, Ellen!

June 29

Portal Hoops

This is such a cool idea! I wish I had thought of this. TroubleT made these for her husband as part of his Father’s Day present (apparently she spoiled him big time–she also stitched him a Binary Man). This is so simple yet SO brilliant…I’m still kicking myself about not thinking to paint hoops as portals!

June 29

READER SUBMISSION: River Song Plushie

Dr. River SongI love Doctor Who, I love classic Who, new Who, I love Number Ten, and I LOVE Eleven. But the character that has been making the last few seasons spectacular, in my humblest of opinions, is Dr. River Song. She is just hot in all the right ways and cool in all the right ways–and now that we know who she is, I can’t wait to see how things play out.

Rain submitted this awesome River Song Plushie from her MoonyCouture Etsy Shop. They can make you a plushie of ANY human character on the show (and I even spotted a Weeping Angel in there)! They are really cool, and I don’t know how anyone could stand to pick just one!

June 29

Trek in the Park: Mirror, Mirror

For those in Portland (or anyone who can rapidly book a flight, drive, or teleport here), Adam + Amy Rosko of Atomic Arts are putting on another fabulous live Star Trek episode: Mirror, Mirror. The performances (which use all handmade costumes + sets) are July 9-10, 16-17, 23-24, and 30-31 at 5pm at Woodlawn Park. They’re free, and I highly recommend boldly going at least an hour or two early if you want to be able to squeeze into the lawn amphitheater area with a picnic, and without binoculars!