March 16

Q and A with Jewel Staite and a Kaylee craft

Kaylee Frye Shindig dress Cross Stitch

Jewel Staite, who played Kaylee Frye on “Firefly” and “Serenity” was in Kansas City for Planet Comicon this weekend, and a local movie theatre took advantage and showed “Serenity”, followed by a short Q&A with her. As Browncoats, my husband, daughter and I were pleased to attend.

The Q&A was fairly quick but interesting. Here are some highlights:

  • Jewel is apparently an “adventurous” foodie and has a food blog. She said while many in Hollywood “juice”, she does not: “I don’t juice. I steak.”
  • She has enjoyed all the food she’s had in Kansas City, saying that what she’s eaten has been “top notch”. She specifically mentioned Jack Stack BBQ and Genessee Royale.
  • She loves wine and enjoyed visiting Amigoni Urban Winery. She said if she wasn’t an actor, she’d probably be a winemaker. As much as she enjoys wine, however, she said Adam Baldwin is an even bigger “wine snob” than she is, but that’s ok, because he usually picks up the tab.
  • When she is at cons, she is often too busy to seek anyone out, but tries to make time to find cast members from “Lost“. She is a big “Lostie”; Matthew Fox is one of her TV crushes.
  • She hated wearing the ruffled dress in the episode, “Shindig” – it was just too cumbersome and hard to maneuver.
  • Someone asked if she kept any of the props from the “Firefly” set – she said Nathan Fillion took most of them and has his own “museum.” She also said Adam has the head of the “Hero of Canton” statue from the episode, “Jaynestown.”
  • Her favorite “Firefly” episodes were “Out of Gas” and “Objects in Space.”
  • She said Nathan frequently tried to prank her on set, such as putting lotion on the door handle of her dressing room.
  • She talks and texts with other “Firefly” cast members “all the time”: “I took away eight friendships.”
  • She has two dogs and loves animals.

To make this post geek-crafty, I found you a Kaylee-inspired craft: Kaylee in her Shindig Dress Cross Stitch Pattern (shown above, originally shared on Craftster – click to see other Firefly cross-stitch projects)

If you had attended the Q&A with Jewel, what question would you have asked?

March 15

Whoa, DUDE! This Rug is Awesome, Man!

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Okay, so I’m going to either scare or offend some of the regular “Geek Crafts” readers: I have not seen The Big Lebowski. It’s okay, take a couple of deep breaths. I think I can still get us through this post responsibly.

Etsy seller Olde Tyme Notions, of San Francisco, is selling just ONE Dude latch hook rug for $800.

This is Olde Tyme Notion’s own design (taking more than 200 hours to create), and it was made with 19 colors of acrylic yarn, giving The Dude the depth of a photograph. The rug measures 36″ x 30″.

March 1

Peanut Heroes

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I am both amazed, and a little creeped out, by how realistic these peanuts look their real counterparts.

Artist Steve Casino can sum up his favorite celebrities and characters in just a single peanut each. The Kentucky-based sculptor says he can spend up to 20 hours a day making 4 inch celebrity statuettes out of peanuts, which are then painted with acrylic paint. He also uses bamboo skewers for arms and legs.

March 1

Alien Chestburster Onesie

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Let me just say, I don’t have a baby, but if I did, my baby would totally need a onesie like this!!

Writer and director Mike Dougherty (X-Men 2, Superman Returns, etc…) designed this chestburster-themed onesie with the help of a few Crayola markers. He even included the Weyland-Yutani logo on the sleeve! And because he just used Crayola markers on a white onesie, the possibilities of different movie “companies” are pretty much limited. Right off the bat, I’m thinking Omni Consumer Products from “Robocop” and Stark Industries would be fun options.

February 15

Carved Crayons as Art

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Artist Hoang Tran of Sunnyvale, CA carves intricate sculptures of characters from popular fiction like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and others, from large size Crayola crayons, which are slightly larger than the standard size. No paints are used on the crayons. Extra colors are melted from other crayons, applied and then carved.

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These detailed crayon carvings are available in his Etsy shop, Wax Nostalgic, where he also offers custom orders. Also be sure to check out his Tumblr blog for more images of his work.

February 14

Star Wars Cross Stitch

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A long time ago in a galaxy far  far away… or possibly in LA.  There was  a tapestry to end all tapestries on display.  The tapestry, tells the entire story of Star Wars in cross stitch with text, below is the artists description of the work.

A hand-stitched cotton thread on 30 foot of continuous length of 7 stitch per inch Klostern fabric. Stiffened with a thin batting and hemmed with a custom-made printed pixel star farbric on rear. This cross-stitch tapestry depicts the Star Wars saga (so far) from Episode 1 through Episode 6. Quotes from each movie are written in Aurebesh on the surrounding border. Chanelling the Bayeux Tapestry.

That is an epic work.