January 18

Han Solo Cross Stitch Pattern

Han Solo Cross Stitch Pattern

A little over two years ago, I created my first cross stitch pattern for a Craftster challenge. Naturally, it was a geeky cross stitch, immortalizing one of my favorite Star Wars quotes in floss and Aida cloth. I designed it by hand using pencil and graph paper, which took foreeeever.

Now, thanks to a free pattern-making program a fellow Craftster pointed me towards, I was able to chart my Han Solo sampler! It’s available both as a simple JPEG and as a PDF with color chart.

I have to say, the free KG-Chart software I used was pretty awesome. It was incredibly user-friendly, and included pre-programmed palettes for both DMC and Danish Flower Thread. You can export your final pattern as a jpeg, or print it out with a color chart and comments. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to make their own geeky cross stitch patterns.

January 17

Crocheted Sheldon

The Big Bang Theory is one of my absolute favorite shows, so I was incredibly excited to see this Crocheted Sheldon Cooper on the Craftster frontpage yesterday. Anne11 made him as a Christmas gift for a friend. He now hangs out at her friend’s office (I wonder if he plays computer games when people aren’t looking?). Anne11 combined two patterns to make the perfect Sheldon. I love the tee-shirt she picked for him. I want my own Sheldon!

Her timing for posting this couldn’t be better, since Jim Parsons (who plays Sheldon) won a Golden Globe last night for Best Actor in a Comedy Series.

January 17

Chemistry crayon wrappers

Need a gift for your favorite aspiring chemist? Or perhaps you’re just looking for a way to bring some color into your own chem lab? What you need is this set of chemistry labels for your crayons. Queinteresante sells these for sets of eight, sixteen, twenty-four, forty-eight, ninety-six, or one hundred twenty crayons!

Chemistry crayon wrappers
She explains:
This listing is for a set of 24 labels to stick in the crayons in a basic 24 pack of crayons so that while children are coloring, they are also exposed to the names of chemicals that will make those colors! So instead of thinking “I want green” they will think “I want Barium Nitrate Ba(NO3)2 Flame” and then when they take chemistry in high school and their teacher sets some gas on fire and it makes a green color and they ask the class what chemical it was your student will know it was Barium! Genius!

Genius for sure. I love these, and little kids are such sponges when they’re young… I’m sure some of this will stick with them for a long time. The wrappers are available through her etsy shop, or for those of you without etsy accounts, she’s made a separate website to sell from!

January 15

I (heart) Lightsabers Postcards

I (heart) Lightsabers PostcardsLast night I was doing some very important garden gnome research (seriously!) and came across The Nerd Nook on Etsy run by a husband and wife team. I bought this hand-carved gnome stamp for my own collection and then browsed through the entire shop to find all sorts of geeky carved stamps and paper goods, including these I (heart) lightsabers postcards, perfect for any Star Wars fan. You should also check out their clothing shop, Ten Shades of Awesome, full of geeky t-shirts.