February 25

Hand-Made Wiz-War Board Game

Wiz War boardI’ve long admired folks with the skill and patience to make their own scenery for table-top games, though I’ve never had the chance to play with someone with the space or time to go the whole nine yards.

I first saw this incredible Wiz-War board game a few years ago. Don’t be fooled by the professional look of the scenery; it wasn’t manufactured in a factory. This is a hand-made labor of love constructed by Hirst Arts Fantasy Architecture, a mom-and-pop operation run by Bruce and Joanne Hirst.

Not only do they create and sell molds for crafty gamers to make their own scenery, they have detailed tutorials (including videos) on how to use their molds to make impressive sets. It’s like Legos, taken to the next level!

The Wiz-War board stood out to me because the original game, as packaged, is all cardboard tiles and pieces. To see it blown up in beautiful 3-D detail is amazing, and makes me wish I had the space in my wee apartment to house such an impressive board.

February 24

Gnombie Fever

Is it spring yet?  Here in the Great White North it certainly is not, but I’m sure it will be soon (that’s what I have to keep telling myself).  In the meantime, I’m stuck with what I can only assume is gnome fever.  I’ve been looking at all sorts of gnomes on DeviantArt, remembering the days of green grass and fresh warm air, but I was stopped in my tracks when I caught sight of Deviant user Jevist’s Gnome Family Portrait.  I love so much about these little plushie guys, from their goofy eyes and poofy beards to their detailed belts, but what I love the most is how Gnombie fills my mind with terribly wonderful ideas of a world full of tiny undead gnomes, complete with their colorful pointy hats.  Don’t stop at just the family portrait though, continue on to read about Gnibble, and don’t miss Voracio, the gnome eating Alien! 

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February 23

“Do you know a girl with hair like this?”

Thomas over at Game Craft tumblr posted this Ramona Flowers embroidery (featuring “7 little kisses?”) on February 5th. The drawing is from the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, but it was drawn by Bryan Lee O’Malley (the author of the comics) for Michael Cera to use. I can’t believe I didn’t think of this! I had planned to put this on a tee shirt, but now I want to embroider it too! Maybe one in each of her hair colors?

If you haven’t seen that movie yet, btw, you should. It’s awesome!

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February 23

DIY free clock upgrade

DIY free clock upgradeIt was a week full of projects in my home, and I thought I should share one with you all!   When I moved into my apartment over the summer, I purchased two cheap-o $4 wall clocks with the intention of upgrading once I had decorated my new space.  Well, I’ve lived here for more than half a year, and can NO LONGER stand the ugly clocks… what’s a girl on a budget to do?  Get creative!  Here’s what you need:  A Sharpie (I had a package of @ ! { &  stickers on hand that I purchased on clearance and was waiting to use, but you could easily draw the same characters), opaque paper, screwdriver, and a clock.

This project actually took me under 5 minutes from start to finish.  Simply unscrew the clock frame, pop off all 3 hands, cut the paper to fit, draw your characters, and reassemble! Happy crafting :)

DIY free clock upgrade

BlackPixel on SmugMug (shameless plug)

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February 22

Geek Onsies

Creator Rossie says:

“Iron-on transfer paper exists because I *heart* Daleks.  And so should my baby, darn it.  Though if it turns out to be a boy that bow could get awkward.”

I know exactly what she means! I’ve recently made my peace with iron-on transfer paper. I always thought it looked really bad and anything with the words ‘iron on’ always seemed like a cop out, but crafters like Rossie are rapidly changing my mind. I can see myself making a batch of onesies and bibs this way. I love embroidery, but it just takes so LONG!

Follow the link and you’ll also find a “World of Warcraft – level one human” onesie and “I may be a noob but I just pwned my nappy” onesie

Just so cute.

What do you think, inkjet transfer paper, yay or nay?

February 22

Felt Microscope Magnet

Microscope magnetSometimes your mad laboratory needs a homey touch (especially if you spend more time there than you do at home).

You’re in luck! Sasha offers some super science-themed felt creations — including this charming microscope magnet — at her Etsy store What. No Mints?.

She also has other fuzzy creations for the chemistry nerd in your life, from Erlenmeyer Flasks key chains to brooches sporting the dopamine molecule.