January 31

Rocking Ride-In Spaceship

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Steve of Steve’s Wooden Toys of New Zealand, posted this Rocking Ride-In X-Wing Fighter on Deviant Art.

The little R2-D2 in the back is removable so he can accompany the pilot to the swamps of wooden Degobah. The rocker is made of solid wood: pine, native macrocarpa and rimu. It measures 1150 mm (45 inches) long, 1200 mm (47 inches) wide, 650 mm (25.5 inches) tall, and the seating area is 280 mm (9 inches) wide. The wings can also be unbolted to allow for ease of intergalactic travel in the back of a medium sized car.

January 26

Geeky Free Printable Valentines

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It’s never too early to get started on those Valentines, and I’ve found some great ones for Star Wars and Doctor Who fans.

The first series of valentines are designs from Alecia at AleciaDawn Photography.  She’s got seven separate designs, all of them epic, and all of them perfect for kids and adults (and anyone in between).  All you have to do is download and print them out on some card stock.

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The second series I found while exploring the wilds of the intarwebz are valentines from Heidi Schulz and her blog Frantically Simple.  These exploit my ultimate weakness, Doctor Who.  These are definitely worth traveling through space and time, but you’ll only have to download them and print them out on some card stock to enjoy.

ZombieValentinesPrintables

The last series of valentines I found are from Hanasaurusrex!  Nothing says “I love you” like zombies, so look no further for Valentine’s Day cards than here!

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January 25

Star Wars Craft: Crochet Twi’lek Hat

Star Wars Twilek hat by Sara Jean

CostumeWrangler recently shared a round-up of Geeky Winter Hat patterns – here’s another one you might want to get to hookin’: Sara Jean’s crochet Twi’lek Hat from Star Wars.

Sara Jean designed the hat to look like Aayla Secura, a Twi’lek Jedi Knight seen largely in Star Wars comics and the Clone Wars animated series, as well as Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The hat pattern looks like it’s pretty quick to stitch up, and averages 4 out of 5 stars on Ravelry. Pretty impressive, considering Sara Jean was 12 when she wrote the pattern!

Might this hat make it into your con cosplay for the year? We’d love to hear in the comments below!

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January 24

A Selection of Timey Wimey Gifty Goodness

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Even though Christmas is over, there’s been a glut of really cool Doctor Who-inspired gifts all over the internet. They’re too cool to pass up, so here’s a quick rundown of some of the best ones I’ve seen. First up, the homemade TARDIS bookshelf. There’s an entire photo album online at Imgur, showing details like the hidden compartments. It was built by the poster’s boyfriend for Christmas.

Next up, a TARDIS quilt, also courtesy of Imgur!

TARDIS quilt

If you check out the online album of this, you’ll see the poster, jgcox00’s new timey “wifey” (seewhutidid there? har har har, made myself laugh), even took the time to outline weeping angels in the TARDIS window stitching!

Last up, the same poster even got an understated TARDIS duffle bag.

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On the outside, it looks like a very nice blue patchwork duffle. However, start looking inside the pockets and inside the bag, and everything is lined with a different kind of Doctor Who fabric, with some very nice detail work.

January 12

Geeky Winter Hat Patterns and DIYs

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I don’t know about you, but it’s cold where I’m at.  Cold, grey, dead . . . Can you tell I hate winter? To combat my own winter doldrums I love using fun and ridiculous winter hats.  It’s hard not to laugh at a Yeti hat, no? (I bought this one at my local grocery store, but you can find one here.)

PoliceBoxHatCrochetPattern

There are plenty of great patterns and DIYs for geeky winter hats on the intarwebz, so I’ve rounded up a few to help you with your own winter blues.  The first is this great, free crochet pattern on Ravelry, by SnappyTots, for a Police Box earflap hat. This would be a fantastic gift for the Whovians in your life.

TMNTHatDIY

This hat would be perfect for my 2-year-old nephew.  He loves the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as only a two-year-old can, with a deep and abiding wuv.  As much as he loves Turtles, he hates wearing winter gear no matter how cold it gets outside.  This hat, though, he might never take off.  And you could probably find the fleece you need in the scrap/remnant bins at your local fabric store (or in your own stash).  You can find the pattern and instructions, all by PiePopper, here on Instructables.

 

SharkAttackHatDIY

I’m a huge fan of Sharknado, and I absolutely fell in love with this Shark Attack Hat DIY on Instructables (also by PiePopper). It’s not technically Sharknado inspired, but it’s definitely shark-tastic.

YodaHatKnittingPattern

Last, but not least, he is: Yoda! I don’t knit, but this hat pattern with giant Yoda ears makes me want to learn.  The pattern is free on Craftsy, and it’s by Kaira Anne Designs.  The pattern is sized for a child, but she’s got a link (http://aknitica.com/2010/10/01/how-to-knit-a-hat/ ) in her description to a tutorial on how to knit a basic hat, and the tutorial has some tips on sizing.

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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.