In honor of the recent Doctor Who premiere, AND I Love Yarn Day (coming up on 10/17), I bring you a Doctor Who knitting project: a TARDIS tissue box cover by Charla Henney.
I love the clever design that allows you to pluck tissues from the little light beacon at the top.
How are you liking the new season of the Doctor? How will you honor I Love Yarn Day? Share with us in the comments below!
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I love Doctor Who (though not nearly as much as my OH!) and I cannot wait for the new series to start in a few weeks!! Let’s celebrate with these wonderful Doctor Who inspired creations!
Find more Doctor Who related Geek Crafts here, here and here. Find more Etsy Treasuries here and here.
In honor of Harry Potter’s recent birthday (July 31st), I bring you a set of adorable Harry Potter puff crochet patterns from Lee Mac of Totallee.net.
A self-proclaimed pop culture addict, Lee has developed step-by-step tutorials for how to create charted/colorwork squares featuring Puff versions of some of her favorite Harry Potter characters: Harry, Ron, and Snape.
As an aside, these patterns are based on the Powerpuff Girls version of Harry Potter characters, but I was unable to track down the original artist for that concept/art. Anyone have a link?
Lee also has a pretty amazing Hogwarts Bunch charted afghan you’ll definitely want to check out.
Have you ever attempted chart/colorwork in either crochet or knit? I’m working on a TARDIS crochet afghan and it’s really challenging!
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Bad title puns aside, this is a lamp I need.
Dickie of Master Glasster of Sandusky, OH recently made this stained glass R2-D2 lamp shade. It looks to be about 18-20″ wide and 10-12″ tall.
It’s no longer a part of the Master Glasster’s Etsy shop, but he does have a great TARDIS glass lamp you might be interested in.
I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on decoupaging shoes, but this one is really good. I found it on Anomaly Geek Girl Podcasts and Blog (a site well worth investigating!). It’ll take you step-by-step through the process, complete with pictures. And the results are pretty awesome. Just imagine, you could have comic book shoes for every fandom!
Want another idea for up-cycling shoes into geek-tastic awesomeness? This tutorial is all about making your own glittery Police Box shoes! Look below for more fun links, and be sure to share your incredible comic book shoe creations.
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Have you been to a Maker Faire? A celebration of things people make themselves, Maker Faires are organized by MAKE Magazine, and started in San Mateo, California in 2006. Now these events take place across the country. My hometown, Kansas City, happens to be one of the “featured” Faires, where more than 200 makers participate. I have shared Faires in the past, in 2011 and 2012, so I figured it was time for an update.
Above is a montage of photos I took – here are the highlights, starting in the upper left corner, and working around clockwise:
- 3D printers were big again, as they have been at each Faire I’ve attended. These were some 3D-printed TARDISes and Star Trek Lego figures.
- Some more examples of 3D printed items – these were very ornate vases by Sage Kaneko.
- A chainmail demonstration by Michael of Amanda Lynn Chainmaille Creations.
- The Artifex 2 desktop 3D printer – it printed in the usual hard plastic filament, but also wood and a flexible “NinjaFlex” thermoplastic elastomer.
- Eco Elvis performed – he was all shook up about the effects of acid rain.
- The Flipbookits were a cool find in the Maker Store – it’s a DIY kit to make your own motorized flipbook, designed by kinetic artists.
- Artists from Dare to Dabble were on hand to help attendees create gelli prints with acrylic paints, brayers, stamps and stencils.
- I made my own glycerin soap with Feto Soap! It smells like cinnamon and I chose a cute little gnome as the “prize” in the center.
- There were speakers scheduled throughout the day, discussing all sorts of interesting make-y type topics. The one I heard was about the use of hydraulics in Hollywood.
- Many booths encouraged attendees, particularly kids, to try their hand at a variety of tasks. This booth by Leela Village School for Purposeful Play offered a DIY playground with robots made from found materials. (P.S. Did you know “Leela” means “divine play” in Sanskrit?)
- A steampunk dirigible
- There was a table for Raspberry Pi Geek magazine – we got my husband one of these little credit card-sized computers for his birthday this year, so I was sure to pick up one of their sample magazines.
There was so much to see, and scrolling through the Instagram feed for #MakerFaireKC, I can see I missed quite a bit! Be sure to allow a few hours at least if a Maker Faire hits your area, if not a whole day!
What have been your favorite things to see at a Maker Faire? Share with us in the comments below!
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