This takes “Movember” to a whole new level! This old-timey gentleman is actually Dallas photographer S. Van Lokey…a modern day woman. For the second year in a row, the short-haired, part-time office manager has been transforming herself into old-timey mustached men with the help of black face paint, some hair gel, a few props and an iPhone. She shoots hundreds of photos in slightly different poses and picks her favorites to make her Facebook profile picture throughout the month. She recently shared some of them on CNN iReport with the headline, “Just a crazy woman wearing mustaches.”
While some of these mustached-characters may look familiar, most aren’t based on real people though Lokey draws inspiration from her Italian family and old photographs she finds online. She estimates she owns more than 50 mustaches of varying thicknesses, her favorite being the big and bushy style.
For those who don’t know, Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men’s health issues, such as prostate cancer and other male cancers, and associated charities. The goal of Movember is to “change the face of men’s health.”
Each day, Christy Kilgore of eastern Illinois likes to bring a little sunlight in her children’s life by drawing pop culture artwork on the lunch bags they bring to school. She’s been doing this for about a year now and uses regular colored pencils, sharpies, and crayola markers to create her art. Be sure to check out the original posting, check her out on Instagram (linked above from her name), or follow her on Twitter to see more of her work.
I’m jealous…I need someone to pack a lunch for me everyday and draw on my lunch bags!
My_RubySlippers of Aurora, IL posted her version of Katniss Everdeen’s cowl wrap over at Craftster.
She used a #6 super bulky yarn from Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick & Quick in #123 Oatmeal The S/M size took just under three skeins, and she only spent about $12-15 total on it. An added bonus for My_RubySlippers: she is also an archer and the design works well and stays put while staying out of the way, while out shooting some arrows.
She has her pattern available for sale in her Etsy shop, Orange September, for anyone that’s interested. This fun and trendy cowl is seamless and reversible. The armhole can be left or right, and cowl can be worn over a shirt, sweater, or jacket. Instructions given for two size ranges, S/M (formerly One-Size Fits Most) and L/XL. It will also stretch to fit a range of sizes when crocheted with recommended yarn and hook size, and matching the gauge.
I think one of the cutest aspects of “Adventure Time” is all of the different “princesses” on the show. Case in point: Breakfast Princess.
Lapine403‘s daughter, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, wanted to be Breakfast Princess for the 2014 Calgary Expo. Lapine403 said this was a pretty simple costume to make: a circle skirt over a tutu with wire from a pop-up hamper for structure. The pieces of toast are 2″ foam with pillow covers out of a polyester suede. They are pinned to a tank top so she can remove and keep them as pillows.
I love a good crochet project as much as the next geek, and gaylefrancis just took it up a notch, with her crocheted Big Barda costume.
Gaylefrancis said with the exception of the hexagons, she didn’t use any patterns. The legs, torso, and gauntlets are crocodile stitch. The cape is triple crochet. The rest of it is half-double. The megarod is single crochet with bubble stitch on the top and the buttons were stitched on separately.
For those of you not in the know, Big Barda is a fictional comic book superheroine appearing in books published by DC Comics. She first appeared in Mister Miracle #4 (October 1971), and was created by Jack Kirby.
Have you heard of Spoonflower? It’s a company/site that allows you to create print-on-demand fabric, wallpaper and giftwrap. Which makes it a geekcrafter’s dream, both for designers and general crafty folk. You can upload your own designs to print on fabric and such, or browse the thousands of patterns created by others. There are a bounty of categories, including Geek, and pretty much every fandom you can think of is represented, including Doctor Who (see also Whovian), Star Trek, Firefly, Sherlock, and Hobbit. I’m personally eyeing this swirly Doctor Who fabric by Risarocksit to make a skirt in the near future. (I actually took a skirt making class, just so I could use this fabric!)
I recently met a geekcrafter who uses Spoonflower to print her designs and then creates items to sell in her Etsy shop – Elinor Parker, aka The Costume Wrangler. I purchased a cool Doctor Who headband (pictured above) from her at a local craft fair, which features her custom design of TARDISes spinning in the cosmos.
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