I don’t think I’ve yet shared the awesomeness that is Geek Girl Brunch. I discovered it via the Female Geek Bloggers G+ Community, and was immediately intrigued. Ladies getting together to share brunch, drinks, and geek-talk? Sign me up!
The group started in New York City, with its own meetups. They had so much fun together that they decided to roll out chapters, not only across the U.S but worldwide! Sensing I had found my geek tribe, I signed up to be notified about news of the Kansas City chapter. I got an email a few months later notifying me that chapters were forming, and would I like to be an officer to help launch the KC chapter? Because I love my hometown and want to nurture its geek culture, I said yes!
We had our first brunch in July – an informal meetup at the Cheesecake Factory, followed by Star Wars Day at Barnes & Noble. In September we gathered at the Renaissance Festival and strolled the grounds together. Other chapters have enjoyed a wide variety of themes, from a Zombie Crawl to a Xena-themed yoga session to a Pixel Perfect ode to video games.
Next week is KC’s third event, with a “Let’s Get Crafty” theme. My co-leader, another brunchette, and I are each leading a geek-craft. My craft is comic book ornaments, as seen in the examples below. I figured it was an easy introduction to decoupage, but infinitely customizable to whatever comic brunchettes might favor, along with whatever ornament base they might choose.
- Select ornaments in shapes that will showcase an identifiable amount of comic art, in shapes that should be easy to cut out.
- Page through your comics for images that will fit your ornament. TIP: If the image you want is too big, you can scan it and resize to fit your ornament. That’s what I did for the Dr. Horrible cube above.
- Place the ornament on top of the comic page and trace around it. Cut out with scissors.
- Brush Mod Podge (I used matte, but glossy would also work) on the ornament and position the comic cut out on top. Smooth out any wrinkles (a brayer helps here).
- Brush a coat of Mod Podge over the surface of the comic image to seal.
- Optional: embellish the edges of the ornament with decorative washi tape (see Buffy example above) or acrylic paint (see TARDIS example above). For the Dr. Horrible cube, I colored the top of it with a bronze metallic Sharpie (top not shown).
I hope you will check out Geek Girl Brunch and join in on the fun! If you’re in the KC area, stop by and say hi!
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I love Transformers. I love Doctor Who. So, what’s not to love about a 3-D printed, actual working/transforming Tardimus Prime??!! Seriously. What’s not to love? Inspired by Jason Casteel’s TARDIS Prime artwork, user Ellindsey designed and created this 3-D printed realization, and it actually transforms. What’s even cooler is you can find Ellindsey’s CAD files and instructions for building your own. Oh, for a 3-D printer. Even you don’t have one, you should definitely check out the link for the additional pictures. Transform and roll out!
In honor of the recent Doctor Who premiere, AND I Love Yarn Day (coming up on 10/17), I bring you a Doctor Who knitting project: a TARDIS tissue box cover by Charla Henney.
I love the clever design that allows you to pluck tissues from the little light beacon at the top.
How are you liking the new season of the Doctor? How will you honor I Love Yarn Day? Share with us in the comments below!
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The mom over at Addled Adventures blogged about the trunk she recently made over as the TARDIS. She passed a garage sale on hermy way home from work and came across a very beaten up trunk. They were actually selling the stuffed animals inside of it and you got the trunk for free. For $5, she bought the trunk and donated the stuffed animals to charity. Someone had painted the outside of the trunk bright green and then used green and pink shelf paper to line the inside.
Mom scraped and cleaned the trunk as best she could, and peeled away all of the shelf paper. Using sandpaper, a paint scraper, and buffer, she worked on the inside until it was clean enough to look slightly presentable.
After spray painting it blue, Mom laser cut the door panels. She designed the windows and door signs, then and laser cut from Rowmark Flexicolor White/Black with 3M backing. The Police Box sign was also designed by Mom and laser cut from Rowmark Flexicolor Black/White with 3M backing.
It may be time for back-to-school, but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to leave your love of Doctor Who behind. Check out this fun and super easy tutorial from Natalie at Doodlecraft, and you can make your own sonic screwdriver pens. You’ll be the envy of all the other students, plus no one will ever be able to steal your pens! This project would make a great party activity too. Have fun!
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After finding this awesome tutorial, I knew I had to share it with you all. Kristy GD from the blog Please Excuse My Craftermath posted this lovely step-by-step tutorial, complete with downloadable printouts for the stencils, to make these awesome Gallifreyan window blinds. Even if you’re not a Doctor Who fan, you’ve got to admit this design is really lovely!
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