March 20

X-Wing Pilot Motorcycle Jacket

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Having just come home from the Ring of Fire con in Hampton, VA with the Rebel Legion, this is a project I was immediately drawn to.

CharlieMcN33l has ridden a Harley for years but has been a Star Wars fan for even longer. He even customizes helmets for himself to wear. When he started using his X-Wing pilot helmet, he wanted a flight jacket to go with it. Charlie is an Industrial Designer/DIYer/amateur tailor, so he decided to make a motorcycle jacket for himself.

Usually, Charlie wears a “Carhartt Duck Detroit” jacket or a MA-1 Bomber jacket when he rides. To break it down, his new jacket is 60% X-Wing flight jacket, 30% Carhartt jacket, 10% MA-1 Bomber jacket. He laid out the pattern for the grey vest based off the measurements of his size 40 Carhartt jacket, based off of scene shots of the Empire Strikes Back X-wing pilot jacket Luke wore. Once he sewed together the grey vest with the padded ribbing, he added reflective ribbons to be easily spotted at night. He also chose to attach the grey vest to the orange jacket all in one piece. Next, the grey arm pleats went with the rest of the orange arm pieces.

It’s hard to see in this picture, but Charlie also added a wind breaker and a very soft polyester lining (the same soft polyester that is used on blankets), making it soft and warm.

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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February 27

Rey’s Portion Bread

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I’ve been on a bit of a cooking kick lately, thanks to a couple new cookbooks, but this recipe…I need to squeeze this one into the menu. It’s Rey’s Portion Bread, from The Force Awakens!

Now you can recreate this magical meal by making your own version of Rey’s Portion Bread in under a minute. Pour the ingredients into a cup, add liquid and heat, and just like that — you’ve got a fluffy, sweet, portable bread ready to take with you to the junk fields. In reading the recipe, I can only guess the pistachio green color comes from the matcha powder.

Ingredients:
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
4 tablespoons cake flour
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:
1. Place the oil in a mug and swirl around to grease the inside.
2. Add the cake flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder and salt into the mug, stirring together.
3. Pour in the milk and vanilla, then cook in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.
4. Let cool slightly and serve.

It’s the perfect little snack to make for your own little scavenger after a busy day of work.

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 1

Share the Love with this DIY Gift Idea

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Looking for something to make for your significant other this Valentine’s Day? Jessica from the Nifty Nerd has got you covered with this fun Geeky Love Quote Collage Tutorial.  You’ll find step-by-step instructions with pictures in Jessica’s tutorial. Plus, she’s included quote ideas for you, as well as the template she used to make her Geeky Love Quote Collage.  This is a great gift idea, plus it’d be super easy to customize for your special someone.  You could use Shakespearean quotes for a literature buff, or quotes from Neil Degrasse Tyson for a science fan.  How would you customize your collage?

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