March 7

These Are The Shoes You’re Looking For

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I know I’ve posted shoe tutorials before, and there are certainly a lot of them out there, but this BB-8 Heels Tutorial is intense. To make your own BB-8 heels you’ll need to know how to weld, because that’s how user mikeasaurus attached the new 2.5″ steel post that supports the shoe and sports the rotating body of the cutest little droid ever.  The tutorial is great, complete with step-by-step pictures and detailed instructions.  If you’re like me and perhaps find welding a bit beyond your skill set, then maybe try adapting this cute shoe design to a pair of flats. Either way, these shoes would be a big hit at your next convention!

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March 6

‘Blasphemous’ Brazilian Artist Under Fire For Turning Religious Figures Into Pop Culture Icons

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While this might not be everyone’s cup of creative tea, I thought it was pretty clever. Brazilian artist, Ana Smile, has created a bit of controversy with her company Santa Blasphemy, which creates plaster religious statues painted in the form of pop-culture icons such as Batman, Frida Kahlo, Catwoman, Captain Hopper, The Joker, and Minnie Mouse. (Quick note: her Facebook page is in Portuguese but there are still some really great pictures of her work there.)

Reportedly, angry emails from offended Catholics have been sent petitioning the local government to do something about the “blasphemous” paint jobs, but the government has not attempted to intervene. Since then, the artist has been bombarded with outraged Facebook and Instagram messages.

Because I don’t speak Portuguese, I can only guess Ana uses some sort of clay, along with craft paints and a really good sealer, to create her works. Personally, I’m not Catholic, so what she does with her statues doesn’t affect me, but I have to admit, I like these and wouldn’t mind one to mix in with my painted KISS gnomes.

February 28

DIY RPG Dice Earrings

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Roll 20 for charisma with these role-playing game dice earrings designed by Amy Ratcliffe – she’s written up a quick 5-step tutorial that make you the hit of your next campaign!

It would also be easy enough to adapt the tutorial to make a keychain, should you (or your gift recipient) not be the earring-wearing type.

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February 15

Deadpool Earrings

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In honor of all the big bucks Deadpool is raking in at the movie theaters (some of my money is included in that pile), here are a pair of Deadpool earrings that I think we all need.

Made by TroppaMangaStyle of Spain, they are made with polymer clay. They can also be bought in pairs or individually. For just $10.33 each, you too can have the Merc with a Mouth hanging from your earlobe(s). They look to be abut 1.5″ long.

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Or, if up-cycled earrings are more your style, and probably a little lighter in weight, these 1/5″ cardboard circles, paper, glue, metallic paint, Dimensional Magic, bead, and clear plastic backed dangle earrings might be more your style.

Made by NCSustainableStyle of Prundale, CA, these earrings are on sale for just $7 for the pair.

February 7

I Wanted To See The Universe, So I Made a TARDIS and I Ran Away.

I didn’t see anything that really struck my fancy to post about today, so I decided to post one of my own projects: my very own refinished TARDIS!

Well over a year ago, while doing some Christmas shopping for the 2014 season, we ended up at a store called At Home. There was a lot of interesting things there but I didn’t end up buying anything. However, they did have two different sized TARDIS cabinets that I realllllllllly wanted. (They don’t show them on their website so, I don’t know if they still carry them in store.)

I talked myself out of either of them, because I need more furniture like I need a hole in the head. But the thought of those lovely blue cabinets never left me. Fast forward to about a one month ago. I decided it was time to transform a small cabinet I already had into a version of the TARDIS. I only spent about $28.50 on this refinish.

This is what I started with. I don’t believe this is solid wood, but rather some kind of compressed sawdust kind of thing, mixed with something else. It doesn’t feel like pure wood. I’ve had it since probably 2005, if not longer. It was something my mom bought for me at Hancock Fabrics. I always thought it was fairly homely but it’s function was too good. It’s been where I’ve stashed my paints and PS2 games in the past.

Sorry for the potato here. I removed the top (unneeded) drawer pull and filled the hole with wood filler. I found the windows, St. John’s ambulance, police box signs and public sign on various websites, printed them to fit, and then decoupaged them on with some Modge Podge. The window trim is actually automobile pin-striping tape from Pep Boys.

I liked how the front door of the cabinet had that faux trim and recessed area on it, so I tried to recreate a version of it on the sides. these are $1 wood frames from AC Moore, with thin wood trim, from Michael’s, mitered and added to the sides.

I thought about adding some simple Home Depot stock furniture legs to it, to raise it up a little bit and give it more of a weight in my room, but I decided against it. I thought it would take away from that perfect “base” it already sits on.

I also tried my hand at some distressing/weathering painting all around the TARDIS. I bought some craft paint in lighter and darker shades of blue, and then finished it off with some clear coat to help seal it. My TARDIS is well-traveled. It’s been through a lot.

January 31

A Star Wars: The Force Awakens Mural For a Fan

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Emily Rose’s 7-year-old daughter has always been a huge “Star Wars” fan. After the family saw the newest film in the saga, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Rose knew a mural would be the prefect way to celebrate her daughter’s admiration of Rey, the movie’s lead woman character.

Rose told HuffPost they had difficulty finding a Rey action figure and visited nearly 20 stores before locating one.

Rose has painted murals for her children in the past, so she figured a mural of Rey would be the perfect surprise for her “overwhelmed fangirl” daughter. In two days, while her daughter was away, Rose painted a mural of Rey in her daughter’s room.

Not everyone can be an artist like Emily Rose, but with a little help, anyone could do a SW:TFA mural. Pick the search engine of your choice and look for Star Wars The Force Awakens coloring pages, and choose the Images link. Save the ones you like and then project them onto the wall of your choice. You can outline them on, and fill them in with paint later on.