July 25

Sharknado 4 Watch Party Food Idea

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It’s almost here: Sharknado 4! I’ve been slowly getting ready for this weekend, and I thought I’d share with you a little of what I’ve been up to, including this free printable I’ve designed for serving up some fun Sharknado themed snacks.

I’ll freely admit my design is more fun than functional.  And, I was heavily inspired by this AWESOME, free printable Shark Bait Snack Cups at MyPrintly.com.

I’m also going to try this popcorn recipe for the watch party I’m going to.  I thought Nerd Love Maggie’s Shark Bait Ocean Party Popcorn Mix looked pretty tasty, though I think I might substitute red candy melts instead of white.  What’s Sharknado party food without a little gore, right?

Have you got plans to “celebrate” the fourth installment in this epically ridiculous movie series? Share your Sharknado party ideas in the comments below!

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July 11

Make a Sonic Screwdriver Quilt Block

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Have your choice of sonic screwdrivers at your fingertips with this cool (and FREE!) paper piecing pattern from Fandom in Stitches.  You can thank Fandom in Stitches contributor Gretchen Kohlhaas for this great idea.  You can download the pattern here, but keep in mind this one’s geared towards folks who know what they’re doing! Not sure how to do paper piecing? Try checking out the Tutorials page on Fandom in Stitches to get yourself started!

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July 4

Star Trek Beaded Curtain

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LovelyMiss recently posted her Star Trek insignia beaded curtain at Craftster. It’s made of 12,267 pony beads strung on 36″ strands of 3mm macrame cord. Each strand is 141 beads, and there are 87 strands. She made the strands about 6″ longer than needed and then just tied them around the dowel. LovelyMiss put a little hot glue in the knots to hold them in place and then trimmed the ends. The cords are on a 36″ dowel and the curtain itself weighs about 10 lbs. She even painted the dowel as well.

LovelyMiss figured it too about 25-30 hours of beading, and then another 8 hours of prep work (measuring the beads and doing necessary math, making patterns, pre-cutting lengths of cord).

She even included her pattern in her post, in case anyone else wants to make one for themselves.

June 6

Organize All of Time and Space

Doctor Who zipper coin purse by Erica Dietz

I recently stumbled across an article on using little zipper pouches to organize and keep your purse clutter free.  Well, naturally you would want to geekify that. How about this fantastic 11th Doctor Coin Purse?

Erica Dietz of 5 Little Monsters shared a writeup on The Geeky Mormon on how she adapted a bow zipper purse to subtly reference the 11th Doctor Who (Matt Smith, for non-Whovians), who thought bow ties were cool. Add some suspenders to a bow zipper pouch and you’re good!

Please note: unlike the TARDIS, the coin purse is not bigger on the inside, unfortunately. You’d need to hit up Hermione for a bag like that.

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May 30

This Star Wars Derby Hat Takes the Prize

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I had the opportunity to spend some time at Kansas City’s longest-running science fiction convention, ConQuesT, this weekend. I ran into my friend Annastasia Webster, of Stasia Crafts, there, and her hat bowled me over. Stasia is known on the con circuit for her stunning hats, and this Star Wars confection was no exception.

“You just need a ton of crap and some hot glue,” was her advice to me on making unique headwear, but this was far from “crap” – she’s quite clever and inventive with her supplies.

Her hat featured Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2D2 figures, as well as a light saber. She mentioned that when she went looking for action figures, they were rather pricey, so she opted to grab some kid water bottles that had similar figures on top, and handy flat bottoms that sat nicely on her hat. The light saber? It’s a bubble wand! She just scraped off the bubble label, tossed the bubble contraption, and it was perfect.

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In the pic, you can also just make out her shawl, which she hand-knitted. Her talents are limitless!

What inventive creations have you seen at cons lately? Share with us in the comments below!

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May 24

Jedi Elsa Rey At Wizard World Comic Con

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This spunky little mash-up cosplayer, Stormie, has been making the internet rounds lately. As a member of the Rebel Legion, I couldn’t really pass her up!

Her father made her a Jedi Elsa Rey costume, and a friend made her staff, to wear to the Wizard World Con in Des Moines, IA. And the friend even customized a little Lego set for her!

The 19-city Wizard World tour added Des Moines to its list last year, and thanks to a startling turnout, it was back for more.

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I think this is a post where anything I write isn’t going to really capture the cuteness of this kid or her con-experience. Just go check out the images her dad posted to Imgur. You won’t regret it.

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