February 26

Star Trek and Recycled Leather Purse

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BenaeQuee of Craftster just posted this awesome purse. She submitted this purse to an art show within a Star Trek themed con. She had been dying to make a bag featuring real leather, and this was the perfect time. She had an old jacket that she rescued from being trashed and used it’s leather on this bag. She also accented the side pockets with red piping for a little pop of color, and she chose to go with a red zipper to coordinate with the piping. The bottom has feet, and the lining has a hidden galaxy print in the pocket.

BenaeQuee also used this handbag as an opportunity for a look at how they are constructed. If you check out her FB page here, you can see a tutorial on how she made it.

February 19

Bar Top RetroPie Arcade System

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Cotnheadninymug recently posted this bar top arcade gaming system on Imgur. There are a series of photos of the process of making it.

RetroPie allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi or PC into a retro-gaming machine. It builds upon Raspbian, EmulationStation, RetroArch and many other projects to enable you to play your favorite Arcade, home-console, and classic PC games with the minimum set-up. For power users, it also provides a large variety of configuration tools to customize the system as you want.

February 12

Floral Wars Glittery Star Wars Ballet Flats

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BenaeQuee of Brooklyn just posted these ballet flats on Craftster, and I lurv them!!

She took a pair of shoes she bought last year for another project and used her new Star Wars Floral Wars fabric on them. She also added fine holo glitter to give a little sparkle to this already fabulous fabric. The fabric is a cotton woven from Knitorious Fabric.

And such pretty fabric as it is! I love this project because of the sketched look to the fabric’s designs, it’s Star Wars-themed, and because while the shoes aren’t identical, they still match.

February 11

Showing Some Pug Love Today

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In honor of the little eight week old pug the hubby and I picked up last weekend, today’s post has pug crafts.

First up, a crocheted pug coffee sleeve. Bananaleg of Tacoma, WA, made this pug sleeve for one of her high school teachers that has become a good friend, and she loves pugs. She jokingly asked Bananaleg (I LOVE that name) one day when she was going to make a pug coffee sleeve. As it turns out, she had actually been planning on giving it a shot, but only for her friend, as she claims she don’t usually do well with fiddly bits.

To me, it looks like she really knocked it out of the park.

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Next up is a pug hoopla. Teandcraft made this embroidery hoop for one of her friends, using a pattern from Urban Threads. Instead of stitching all of the lines, she cut out shapes of felt and sewed them down. Love that wrinkled face she was able to make!

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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.