January 18

Sherlock Craft: A Study in Pink Earrings

Sherlock Study in Pink Earrings by Angelas Crafty Distractions

Many of the Sherlock fandom crafts I see pay homage to his iconic damask wallpaper, or his signature coat and scarf. I like this project because it steps outside that, with a hat tip to the first episode, “A Study in Pink.”

Angela put together these cute earrings using “growing” sponge capsules and candy sprinkles! Because who doesn’t need more sprinkles in their life??

I also like that she made them based on a challenge issued by her daughter – crafty mom superpowers to the rescue!

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January 10

These Hand-Painted Shorts Are Obviously The Droids I’m Looking For

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Someday, all this cold weather will end and we’ll be blistering in the dog days of summer. This might be the best time to get started on hand painting your own astromech shorts. These R2-D2 shorts were painted by Areyna Schmidt , and her Facebook page shows more of her hand painted clothes and shoes. She’s a third year art studies major at ASU and she works seasonally at Walt Disney World as a character performer.

January 10

Make your Bedroom Bigger on the Inside With this TARDIS Fold-Down Bed

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The Time Lords of Gallifrey know a thing or two about interior design. Blogger and DIY-er Stubbs from “The Stubby Thumb” wanted to to make her guest bedroom a little bigger on the inside, and since “Murphy beds” were a little too expensive, she decided to make one of her own.

Since Murphy beds are the ultimate space maximizers, it only made sense to build it using Time Lord technology: bigger on the inside! If you’re interested in making something like this, check out the complete blog entry/tutorial that Stubbs compiled over at her blog. Even of you don’t need a Murphy bed, you can use her guidance to turn a door, closet or table top into your very own TARDIS.

January 4

Jewelry for Band Geeks

Clarinet key earrings-140848-BOA by Hangups in KC

Any Band Geeks out there? My husband played trumpet in his high school marching band, and continued as a member of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. Now my daughter is following suit, playing his horn in her school marching band. Over the past 20+ years, I have attended and cheered at many a band performance, and developed a definite soft spot for those musical type geeks.

So I am pleased to toot the horn (couldn’t resist the pun) of a local Kansas City duo who is making some pretty cool things out of retired band instruments. Hangups in KC has created the Band of Angels Retired Instrument Jewelry Collection, crafting unique handmade items such as clarinet key earrings (pictured above), guitar string bracelets, and a necklace from repurposed violin wood.

These ladies are passionate about their craft and their commitment to using repurposed materials. I love their brand vision and message, and that they are giving new life to retired band instruments in a unique way. And bonus –  they give 30% of every sale from the collection to Band of Angels, a non-profit that collects used music instruments and makes them available to kids in need so they can join band and orchestra programs. Nurturing future generations of band geeks is something I can get behind!

For Christmas, I gave my daughter one of Hangups’ ornaments made from a retired trumpet mouthpiece. She thought it was pretty cool, then when she heard it helped other kids get started in band, it became an even more meaningful keepsake. Band mom win!

Trumpet ornament by Hangups in KC

Are you a Band Geek? What instrument did/do you play?

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December 13

Xena Princess Warrior Doll Hack

Suereal posted a doll modification she did on Craftster: Xena, Warrior Princess from an unknown thrift store doll.

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Aside from making the entire costume and her accessories, all Suereal had to do was boil wash and cut her hair, and then repaint her eyes. The doll was completely flat chested, so Suereal made the breast armor out of two balls of brown FIMO with a coil added as detail to the armor. The squiggles that join the breast bits to the shoulder are wire painted gold. The rest of the metal details are gold Martha’s paint. All the armor is sewn and glued on. The details were painted while the armor was flat. The armor pieces are all cut from a vinyl sample book from a decorating store. Her chakram is made of two parts: the inner gold part is a metal part painted gold, the blade part is silver FIMO. The holder is just a bit of wire bent to serve it’s purpose. The sword is a tongue depressor with FIMO accents.

After the base was made, Xena was sent off her to her home in a swap.

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December 6

A Batgirl Cosplay Bright Enough to Blind You

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Wow…that’s the only way I can think to begin this entry…HOW MUCH WORK was it to attach all of these sequins??? It’s like looking at Bat-Lady GaGa!

For a few Batgirl readers, the stylish leather jacket and snapped cape she wears now just seems so much less practical and realistic than the heavily seamed skintight spandex, leading them to express genuine concern about Batgirl’s effectiveness as a crime fighter. Fortunately for those compassionate souls, Cameron Stewart has made a concession in the form of a variant cover of Batgirl’s costume that is more practical. Which is to say, it is covered in golden sequins and rhinestones.

This cosplay is modeled by Stella Chuu, a cosplayer and burlesque performer, and made by Dangrrr Doll of New York, NY, based on the cover of Batgirl #37 by Cameron Stewart.

This could make for a hysterical panel in a comic book: Batgirl goes to fight Catwoman, but Catwoman is distracted by all the shining little lights bouncing off of Batgirl’s suit…it would be like watching a cat chase a laser.