Did you know that June 16th is recognized by Star Trek fans as Captain Picard Day? According to Memory Alpha:
Captain Picard Day was an annual event held aboard the USS Enterprise-D for the ship’s schoolchildren. Activities included a contest, judged by Captain Jean-Luc Picard himself, in which the children created paintings and models of the captain. Picard was himself not very fond of the event, as he generally did not respond well to children.
To honor Captain Picard’s favorite beverage, here is an easy mug cozy for you to whip together to enjoy a cup of tea. Earl Grey. Hot. Katie over at Punk Projects has all the how-to details waiting for you in the Ready Room. You still have time to make one before Tuesday.
How do you plan to celebrate Captain Picard Day?
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Ah, yes…it’s that time again: Earmuff Day! Actually, I’m ashamed to report that somehow this very salient holiday escaped my notice until this evening, when a friend alerted me to its existence. My response was, of course, to make little miniature earmuffs out of all of my leftover pipe cleaners and mini yarn pom pom balls from previous projects and go around the house putting earmuffs on everything from the owl shaped cookie jar in the kitchen to the hurricane lamps in the living room. (My boyfriend will be so impressed when he wakes up tomorrow morning and sees my handiwork! Is there such a thing as the Earmuff Fairy? I think I sense a new tradition…)
In the spirit of Earmuff Day, here are some crafty earmuff ideas from around the web:
These Princess Leia earmuffs made me smile (links to a YouTube video with DIY instructions, thanks to DeviantArt user Taniathepirate):
I want to learn how to crochet just so I can make these Spock ears (spotted on Croshame)!
I was unable to find any instructions for these Pokeball earmuffs found on Etsy.com [via monster.loveitsomuch.com], or these R2D2 earmuffs (spotted on DeviantArt from user Bee-Delicious), but they both look like they could be recreated pretty easily with some faux craft store fur and felt:
Plus, how to create faun earmuffs (thanks to Meri Greenleaf at Elfling Blog):
So, I’m dying to know: What are you up to this Earmuff Day? Any big plans?? Hope you have a good one!
It’s the USS Enterprise, made out of gingerbread! Have you see how beautiful and detailed this thing is? It’s mounted on a tractor beam made of candy canes hovering over a rocky terrain of cookies and mints. The starship was on display at the Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa, CA, who created it for the holidays.
Tea! That’s all I needed. A good cup of tea. A superheated infusion of free radicals and tannin. Just the thing for heating the synapses.
Did you think I had a different Doctor in mind? I mean there are 12 to choose from.
The Tardis Tea Infuser is available at Think Geek But to get to the actual Tea. We have so many choices. Like tea itself wasn’t geeky enough there are fandom blends to make you happy.
Fandom Blend Tea Sets from Adagio Tea Firefly, Teen Wolf, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who…pick a sampler blend for $19. If there’s a fandom or three you want to try/gift.
Tea and Absinthe Doctor Who teas and Tea, Earl Grey Hot. They also have a few tea accessories.
Tea and Other Things – Butterbeer and Chocolate Frog flavored tea need I say more?
And of course you will need something to make this tea in:
I feel like there is a degree of Serenity placing those words on a teapot.
And One would be remiss to not provide something to drink the tea from. I pity the fool without a tea mug.
Build the geekest tea set you can, and go off and spread tea among the masses. All of the shops linked above, have a few other choices for mug, for pot, for infuser, and of course for Tea.
Looking for some more geeky ornament ideas? Check out this pattern from Originals by Terry – a sparkly Vulcan symbol from Star Trek. She has this plastic canvas cross-stitch pattern in her Craftsy shop, along with other Star Trek images.
This Vulcan symbol represents the IDIC philosophy – “Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations,” which according to the Memory Alpha wiki, celebrates “the vast array of variables in the universe. In the Vulcan language, the term for IDIC is Kol-Ut-Shan.”
I like the simplicity of the IDIC symbol, and that it would just look like any other ornament unless you’re steeped in geek culture. Which of course we are.
How are you geekifying your tree/home this year?
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If you looked at that title and shook your head, you need more crafty Klingon’s in your life. Over at The Giving Flower a design for a Bat’leth scarf is up for any enterprising knitter.
As the designer describes: “Feeling a bit agressive? Need to let your inner Klingon free? Then this is just the scarf for you. It can be used in battle or just worn around your neck to keep you or your favorite Klingon warrior warm. With the silk and merino content and the holes formed by the grips, it flows gently around any Klingon or non-Klingon neck and won‘t get too warm. It also can come in handy in case a Klingon battle ensues. Don‘t be caught empty handed this winter!”
If that’s not a call to winter battle. We all know the colder season is approaching for some of us. And its time for it to taste defeat.