November 5

Cute couple, thoughtful & talented wife, no hyperbole

I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while. A wonderful crafter and lady I am proud to call a friend, Lisa Muccigrosso, cross-stitched a panel from one of her  husband’s favorite online comics. It is called Hyperbole and a Half. It makes me laugh alot ;-)

I don’t recall if this was a special occasion gift or just kind of a “yeah that’s right, you’ve got an awesome wife who cross-stitches hilarious panels from a geeky corner of the internet for ya” kind of thing. Either way, I’m bad at straight-up buying presents for my husband, never mind  custom crafting one, so I’m pretty envious of Lisa’s skills here.

November 4

Killer Candy tutorial

Kryptonite Candy

OK, so this candy isn’t really “killer” – unless you’re Superman. It looks pretty cool, right? I love how it appears to glow, even in normal light.

I also love that the process is also a bit of a science experiment, because you use vitamin B2, which apparently has fluorescent properties.

October 31

A Star Purse for Every Occasion

If only I had my sewing machine in my possession (I lent it to a friend) and a place to set it up, I might have given this a shot! See, deciding to work with my hair (it’s pink), I opted for a pink-hair-friendly Halloween costume and am currently sitting in my office dressed as Ramona Flowers. I went the easy route and bought a pre-made star purse, but how awesome would it have been if I’d bought this pattern and made my own bag with a star I could swap out in any color? That woulda been pretty sweet….

If I’m up to it in the future (or you want to give it a shot prior to next Halloween or any impending cons or costume parties), you can pick up the pattern from Haley’s Wonderful Distractions.

Oh, and happy Halloween!

October 28

No Lie, This Cake is a Nightmare

Perfect for Halloween this week, perhaps you’d like to whip up a Nightmare Before Christmas cake to enjoy. All it takes is some super-major cake ninja painting skills – surely you have those up your sleeve just, right?

I like how she includes all the different steps for creating and painting the fondant – I always wondered how the bakeries did that! I had no idea cake painting pens were a thing!

(P.S. Did you see what I did with the title of this post? “The Cake is a Lie” refers to what video game?)

October 24

Death Star Doggie

Welp, this is something you don’t see every day. I can’t imagine there’s really a genre of crafts dedicated to the prettification of apparati for injured pets, but blogger HoboHiatus got creative with his dog Musha’s cone. Et voilà—a cone fit for an evil emperor. Of course, I’m not sure this made the recuperation experience any more pleasant for the dog, but hey, it surely kept the owners entertained.

October 22

The Exorcist

Halloween is getting closer and closer, so I wanted to celebrate with an homage to one of my favorite horror movies…

They just don’t make them like they used to, right? 1970s horror was great at mixing creep and gore. Shove Mink has more terrifying stuff in her Etsy shop so if horror is your thing, be sure to check it out. These are art pieces, which is one reason why this is not meant for kids. Also nightmares.

Oh, Sex Pistols fans, you’ll find a pretty amazing and twisted memorial there as well.