January 28

Lots o’ Lord of the Rings

Hobbits, wizards, elves, and kings.
What’s not to love about
Lord of the Rings? 

Many a crafter has been so inspired,
to knit, sew, or sculpt from this story admired.

But some feel the need to go a bit further,
to celebrate this story with a touch of odd fervor.

So check out these crafts, both geeky and unique,
and I promise I’ll stop rhyming in faux-Tolkien speak.

Eye of Sauron Journal

Sauron Journal

Etsy seller ArtBug offers this one-of-a-kind Eye of Sauron journal, perfect for scribbling down all your evil plans. What I love about this most of all is that the eye friggin’ LIGHTS UP.

Hobbit Feet Baby Booties

Hobbit Feet baby booties

I’ve seen various incarnations of these crazy hobbit-feet slippers, but none so cute as these wee baby booties. Knit some up for your own little hobbit with this free pattern offered by Penwiper. Grown-ups can also get in on the hairy foot action with this Hobbit foot pattern from The Unique Sheep.

Door of Durin Beaded Necklace

Door of Durin beaded necklace

It took Etsy seller Whitestar Jewelry 15 hours to hand-bead this striking Door of Durin necklace.  What impresses me more is the story behind the store, as the maker uses beadwork as a way to soothe her bipolar disorder.

Frodo Plush
Frodo Doll

Craftster member MumbleFord wasn’t content to simply buy a plush Frodo from a store. She had to make her own! I think he turned out even cuter than the original. She was also generous enough to share her pattern, so you can make your own hobbit.

Map of Middle Earth Cigar Box
Map of Middle Earth Box

The latest LOTR swap on Craftster yielded some amazing projects, from replica cloaks to an amigurumi Bilbo. What impressed me the most, though, was this map of Middle Earth burned into a cigar box, made by Craftster Gommeriffic. Perfect thing for hiding your Old Toby in, eh?

Eye of Sauron T-shirt
Eye of Sauron Tie Dyed Shirt

Throw Led Zepplin’s “Ramble On” on the turntable and rock out with this crazy Eye of Sauron tie-dyed T-shirt, available from Portland-based Etsy seller Tie Dyed Monkeys.

Miniature J.R.R. Tolkien Art Doll
JRR Tolkien clothespin doll

The man himself, adorably immortalized in clothespin-doll form. Debbie Ritter (Etsy’s Uneek Doll Designs) also has a little C.S. Lewis doll. Makes me wish she had a dollhouse version of the Eagle and Child pub they used to meet in!

January 15

I (heart) Lightsabers Postcards

I (heart) Lightsabers PostcardsLast night I was doing some very important garden gnome research (seriously!) and came across The Nerd Nook on Etsy run by a husband and wife team. I bought this hand-carved gnome stamp for my own collection and then browsed through the entire shop to find all sorts of geeky carved stamps and paper goods, including these I (heart) lightsabers postcards, perfect for any Star Wars fan. You should also check out their clothing shop, Ten Shades of Awesome, full of geeky t-shirts.

December 17

HELLO from England!

my picture


So! I’m Samantha and I’m one of the newest additions here at geekcrafts, I’m ABSOLUTELY over the MOON to be here and I can’t wait to share my geek craftings and those if other fabuously interesting internetty people with you!

I think superfluous text at this point is irrelevant, you guys want to see my credentials, what do I do?


From left to right: (1)“Cate has the Power” He-man dress ucycled from duvet cover (2) geodude had embroidered jeans patch (3) Superman dress upcycled from duvet cover (4) Hole Tank top mod (5)  supergirl costume (made with no pattern from scratch) (6) 3 3/4 inch Star Wars figure cloak (for the man in my life) (7) reversible K-9 and TARDIS bag (8) slouchy dragonballZ tank mod (9) chubby bow bag upcycled from shrunken jumper.

Want to know anything else? let rip in the comments section here, I’ll be sure to answer! And you’re always welcome to pop by my ‘Home’ blog or my facebook page, I’ll have the kettle on waiting.

See you on Tuesday!

Samantha x

June 24

DEVO Shirt Contest

For a very brief interruption to Renee’s awesome Doctor Who week, I wanted to mention that Woot is hosting a pretty rad DEVO band shirt contest right now! I’m partial to this Methane, Benzene, 1-Butane, Cyclohexane, DEVO design by dirtdirt, but there are dozens of cool entries to check out.

And the prizes are impressive, to say the least…

Our winning design will be hand-picked by DEVO themselves, with second place being chosen by our usual Derby voting and third place being selected by the editorial staff here at Shirt.Woot.

In addition to the usual Shirt.Woot payout, DEVO is upping the ante with fabulous prizes:

1st Place (as chosen by DEVO themselves)

– 2 tickets to a DEVO show of your choice in the upcoming Fall tour and a meet & greet with the band
– $1,000 spendin’ money (on top of the usual winning payout) courtesy of Shirt.Woot to help get you there and
– Signed DEVO merch
– Limited Edition 7-inch record
– Full DEVO discography on your choice of CD or vinyl
– One Jumpsuit, Energy Dome, and Glasses ensemble

Shirt entries have been closed but there’s still plenty of time to vote for your favorite, who will be the lucky second-place winner!