Winter blues are starting to set in, and the snow just keeps on coming!! My solution for seasonal depression is to craft and just pretend it’s already spring. I need some green in my life, so since I’ve been obsessed with terrariums for awhile, and have an overload of mason jars from the holidays and canning…. I present to you, Jenny Ryan’s tutorial to make your own tiny terrarium in a jar!
If you make one of these, please let me know. I’ll be posting mine as soon as I finish collecting supplies! And better yet, have more ideas for my overflow of various sized mason jars? Send me ideas for those too :)
I need this hat. I don’t even wear hats and I want this hat on my head. As soon as I finish the 5 other projects I have on my needles I am casting this on. Designed by Ravelry user Allison MacAlister this Chain Chomp Hat will delight any gamer. MacAlister runs Knittingninja.com where she blogs about her knitting designs.
Hobbits, wizards, elves, and kings.
What’s not to love about Lord of the Rings?
Many a crafter has been so inspired,
to knit, sew, or sculpt from this story admired.
But some feel the need to go a bit further,
to celebrate this story with a touch of odd fervor.
So check out these crafts, both geeky and unique,
and I promise I’ll stop rhyming in faux-Tolkien speak.
Eye of Sauron Journal
Hobbit Feet Baby Booties
I’ve seen various incarnations of these crazy hobbit-feet slippers, but none so cute as these wee baby booties. Knit some up for your own little hobbit with this free pattern offered by Penwiper. Grown-ups can also get in on the hairy foot action with this Hobbit foot pattern from The Unique Sheep.
Door of Durin Beaded Necklace
It took Etsy seller Whitestar Jewelry 15 hours to hand-bead this striking Door of Durin necklace. What impresses me more is the story behind the store, as the maker uses beadwork as a way to soothe her bipolar disorder.
Craftster member MumbleFord wasn’t content to simply buy a plush Frodo from a store. She had to make her own! I think he turned out even cuter than the original. She was also generous enough to share her pattern, so you can make your own hobbit.
The latest LOTR swap on Craftster yielded some amazing projects, from replica cloaks to an amigurumi Bilbo. What impressed me the most, though, was this map of Middle Earth burned into a cigar box, made by Craftster Gommeriffic. Perfect thing for hiding your Old Toby in, eh?
The man himself, adorably immortalized in clothespin-doll form. Debbie Ritter (Etsy’s Uneek Doll Designs) also has a little C.S. Lewis doll. Makes me wish she had a dollhouse version of the Eagle and Child pub they used to meet in!
Our very own Redd is having a sale in her Etsy shop, Geekopolis. She needs to raise funds quick for a very serious Xbox emergency, so go help her out and use coupon code XBOX20 to save 20% on awesome geeky crafts like this cross-stitched piece. Sale ends February 4th.