January 22

Calvin and Hobbes Nursery Mural

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Oh, this makes my heart happy! I need this simple, sweet little mural in my bedroom!

Dikaneisdi recently posted this Calvin and Hobbes mural, of the boys asleep on a tree branch, to Imgur. Dikaneisdi used a projector to put the image on the wall as a reference but actually sketched it on the wall, freehand. The paint Dikaneisdi used was just jars of wall paint samples. Mom-to-be painted this while she was seven months pregnant. It took her a few hours each day, over the course of three days.

There are a series of pictures of the mural in progress, but really, no other text or information about the lucky recipient of this mural. However, Dikaneidi said this was the second choice for the mural, with glow in the dark stars.

January 15

Yakko Warner at RCCC

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This is actually the second time I’ve posted about a Yakko Warner cosplay, and I think this one takes the cake!

Brady Danger Gage creates amazing costumes. This Yakko Warner was created for the 2016 Rose City Comic Con in Oregon. Brady also made Wakko and Dot Warner costumes as well, AND he created costumes for those costumes: Batman for Yakko, Superman for Wakko, and Wonder Woman for dear little Dot. They were surprises for the awesome Keith Tucker, based on his own artwork.

And if you click here, you’ll be able to watch a short video of Rob Paulsen, talented voice-over artist and the voice of Yakko, meeting the Animaniac in real life.

From a practical point of view, if you’ve ever thought about making a mascot-type foam head for a costume, you might want to check out Brady’s Facebook page. He’s got a series of pictures that show how to stack the foam, how to start sketching on the faces, and how to wrap it in fabric. It’s a good tutorial.

January 8

One, One Birthday Cake! Ahh ahh ahh!

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This Craftster post caught my eye because from the thumbnail, I thought this was going to be a felt hoop. But rather, it was about cake, and that’s pretty good too.

Pottermouth of Savannah, GA, was asked by a friend to use a vintage Wilton cake pan of “The Count” from Sesame Street to make a birthday cake for her daughter.

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The one special request, make him look, “less high” than he did on the package. You be the judge with the pictures here, but I think Pottermouth did a fantastic job! Just a tweak to The Count’s eyes and he’s good to go.

January 1

Ouija Cheese Box

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Mandykaye of Michigan recently posted the Ouija Cheese Box she made as a gift for her sister-in-law. Mandykaye got her hands on some wooden cheese boxes from a local cheese shop for $3 each. She immediately had this project in mind when she saw them.

Her sister-in-law likes scrap-booking and taking photos, and you can never have enough good storage for your supplies, so she created this ouija board/box for her. She burned all the lettering. After stenciling and burning the letters, numbers, etc., she took a torch and burned around the edges of the top. She then applied some polyurethane clear coat finish. For the bottom part, Mandykaye blended some brown and bright blue acrylic paints to give sort of an antique patina to it, and then clear-coated that as well.

For the inside, she left it bare, with a bit of upholstery material to the bottom. With the humidity we get in Michigan, she didn’t want anything that could be sticky inside since her sister-in-law will most likely have photos and papers stored in there.

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December 24

“Blues Brothers” Cross Stitch

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Merry Christmas Eve, everyone. Just in case you need a little mental break from everything Christmas, here’s a fun cross stitch project.

Kittykill of Oregon posted this finished project on Craftster last week. She made it for her husband’s birthday, because he loves, “The Blues Brothers.” Kittykill said she loves the stencil street vibe of the pattern: all black thread on white cloth.

And to finish off with a Christmas touch, if you’ve little ones that believe in Santa Claus, sit down with them tonight before bed and get on the internet to check out NORAD’s Santa Tracker. And if your kids don’t believe in Santa, well, check it out with them anyway. This is actually a really cute site.