Posts tagged ‘geekery’

I am burdened with glorious breakfast cereal (and other things)

Prompt #9 (my 9th, despite some shuffling) January 9th: Make something with your breakfast before you eat it.

IMG_0096I had postponed this one previously because I didn’t read it until after I’d eaten breakfast and, not being a hobbit, I don’t routinely engage in second breakfast.  I usually have a cup of coffee and a bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios, so I tried to think of what I could do with Cheerios.  The obvious first thought would be some kind of jewelry, but a string of Cheerios isn’t all that creative or interesting.  I thought about arranging them on the table in some kind of creative way, and I thought that some kind of cross stitch pattern might be good. The basic ones are just on/off patterns and, if the design were only one color, then the Cheerios would work well.

There was no way that any decent amount of words would fit on the table (Cheerios take up a lot more space than you’d think) so I looked at the few cross stitch patterns that I currently owned, and decided that the easiest one to do would be this Loki one. So here’s the progression:

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IMG_0105If you’re wondering when I started to feel a bit silly, it was around here.

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Two things occurred to me around now.  1. I should have done some kind of tribute to noted Honey Nut Cheerios enthusiast Omar Little.  And 2. This probably was not going to fit.  At least without using the entire box of Cheerios.  So I decided to do only the helmet and stop there.

IMG_0114Ta-da!

If I were to do this again, I would have used regular Cheerios, because my fingers quickly became very sugary.  But who wants to eat regular Cheerios?  They’re really kind of flavorless.  Even Omar will only eat them if he has to.

Prompt #11 (my 10th) January 12th: Work on the other hand. Pick a medium you’re comfortable with, then work with your nondominant hand. If you usually favor your right hand then only use your left and vice-versa.

I decided to try crocheting with the left hand since I’ve been doing that with my right hand for 5 years.  And wow was it ever difficult doing it that way!  I decided to try a granny square. I got through one round before giving up.  And even then, I needed to keep switching hands just to wrap my mind around what I was supposed to do next.

IMG_0115Later in this entry, you’ll see what one of these is supposed to look like. And it’s not like that. At all. Like not even a little bit.

Prompt #12 (my 11th) January 12th: Camouflage. Make something that disappears into its background.

If you ever order something from Bed Bath and Beyond with gift-wrapping, know that they go a bit tissue paper happy.  It’s not even wrapped around anything or crumpled for padding. It’s like someone just throws a bunch of sheets in there on top of things.  So I had a lot of tissue paper. I didn’t want to throw it out, since it was hardly used.  When I read this challenge, I knew I had to use it.  Other than that, I’m not really sure where I got this idea from.  But I like it.

IMG_0131Yeah, I know I have the spoon and knife reversed.  Whatever.

Prompt 13 (my 12th) January 14th: Use tea leaves or tea bags (used or unused) or even just liquid tea (in a cup or not) to create something today.

I had read previously that you could dye yarn with tea, and Tazo Passion tea has a really nice deep red color. (And is delicious.) Long story short, it didn’t work.  I kept some fiber in the hot tea for several days (mostly because I got busy and forgot about it, and obviously it wasn’t hot the whole time) but all I got was a vaguely dusty pink color.  Fail.

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Prompt 14 (my 13th) January 14th: Make something microscopic. How small can you work? Can you make something that requires a magnifying glass or microscope to see?

Spoiler alert: the answer to that last question is no.

When Scott’s grandmother passed away, I inherited several craft items, including a collection of very small crochet hooks. Some of them needle sized.  I hadn’t ever used them for anything, so I thought I’d try them out. I used the largest of them and all six strands of embroidery floss, so I’ll start out by saying I could easily go smaller.

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IMG_0165And this is what a granny square should look like.

That’s it for the time being. I’m going to try to get caught up before I leave for the cruise and then bring some supplies with me there so I don’t miss an entire week. ETA: Oh! I do have more! I just don’t have photos yet. Next time. 🙂

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01/31/2013 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

GeekCraft Friday #4: T-shirts!

Everyone love t-shirts. I’m wearing a geeky t-shirt right now. So this week, I decided to take a look at some geeky T-shirts.  Found a lot of great ones.

Shop#1: CrazyDogTshirts.

They do not, in fact, make T-shirts for dogs, which is what I thought when I saw the title.  And I think most of you know how I feel about dog clothes.  They have some great shirts: Street Fighter, science, Portal, and dinosaur. Also, while not geeky per se, this one  has a special place in my heart.  Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets that.  But the best one by far is this one:

Clearly.

Store #2: wickedmoxie

This had me laughing for a good minute or so.

They have a lot of ladies’ shirts (and men’s as well) in some great designs: Victorian octopus (yes, you read that right), book nerd, and laser cat. And, again, while not nerdy, I obviously like this one. They also have quite a few Twin Peaks shirts, which isn’t something I know a lot of about, but I know people who like it.

Shop #5: MrsTShirtsco

A big fan of the mashups, particularly with Star Wars, although others as well.  Star Wars & Tarantino seem  to be the most popular.  And you can even get that one in baby gear! There’s also some great comic book, Super Mario and other geeky baby outfits & accessories. When I have kids, I want them wearing this stuff for sure!

Lastly, while this isn’t crafty in the typical sense, WeLoveFine is having a contest where you can judge user submitted T-shirt designs for Marvel Villains!  There’s a lot of great Mystique, Apocalypse, Red Skull, Magneto, and Dark Phoenix designs, among others (and yes, Loki).  I suggest taking a look and casting your votes.  Especially for this one or one of the other Sauron designs:

Bonus points if you appreciate this shirt. Double bonus points if you appreciate the Seven Up one as well.

07/27/2012 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

GeekCraft Wednesday: Bonus geekery!

I have updates on three stores featured previously on GeekCraft Fridays.

1. I think I mentioned this earlier, but I bought 6 cross stitch designs by pixystitches from GeekCraft Friday #1.  I had to.  Hoping to try some soon.

2.  I also bought stuff from GnomeAcres from GeekCraft Friday #2. Not a surprise. 🙂 Since I’m trying to spend some time with Schrödinger (my neglected spinning wheel) I bought some more fiber, along with a skein of yarn.

Obviously I’m a little fond of this color.

Another pretty color called “No Place Like Gnome” (Obviously that’s a different dyelot than mine, but hopefully it will look something like that when I spin it up. Just way less even.)

 

From all the purple and green yarns to choose from [Hulk, Joker] I went with Maleficent.  Fitting, since I was actually given the nickname Sorcerist [sic] at work this week.

I message all the crafters that I feature a) because they might like to know they’re being written about (who doesn’t like praise?) and b) so they can tell me if they want their pictures taken off or anything like that.  She was supportive of the blog and said to let her know when I ordered again.  I said hello in the notes section of the order, and she included two mini skeins! I believe they’re in the Roller Derby Diva colorway, but I’m not 100% sure. Also I got a button. And I love buttons.

5. One of last week’s shops, ptierneydesigns was actually inspired by my last post. I commented that I thought her charms would make great stitch markers AND SHE MADE SOME.  Just off one thing I said!

I’m astounded and flattered that these came from my comment. And they’re Sherlock Holmes, so obviously they’re awesome.

I will be back on Friday with more geekery. I can’t tell you what kind, because I have yet to pick something, but I promise it will be fun.  I do not promise no Loki.

07/25/2012 at 8:05 pm 1 comment

“…and pretend you’re laughing at it.”

I came across this great cross stitch pattern from Black Books (which, if you like funny things and have Netflix, you should watch).:

It reminds me of a project idea I had back when I first found pixystitches on Etsy.  That was to take a hilarious line from the first episode and make it into a cross stitch sampler.  That line is “Add a drop of lavender to your milk, leave town with an orange, and pretend you’re laughing at it.” (If your wondering if that means anything in the context of the show, while there’s an explanation for it, there’s no meaning.)  It also makes me happy that there are other people  who appreciate Black Books and needlework at the same time.

I definitely plan on making the Black Books one I came up with at some point, but before that, I should probably do some others and, you know, learn how to cross stitch properly.  I know the stitch, because it’s just embroidery, but the pictures are formed differently, so it is a slightly different skill.  I did buy some fabric yesterday made for cross stitch samplers…and six of pixystitches’s designs….so hopefully I’ll have something cool to show soon.

07/22/2012 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

GeekCraft Friday #3. This one’s for the literary nerd.

Before I get to the geeky craft goodness, I’d like to say that I finally got sucked into Pinterest, thanks to my friend Megan.  If you’re interested, I have a wedding board, a fashion board, and a most relevant to this blog’s interest, a crafty stuff board. Those last two don’t have much in them yet, but I’m sure I’ll add more soon, Plus, the wedding one has a lot of crafty stuff in it at the moment.

Moving on to GeekCraft Friday the 3rd!

This is getting to be a dangerous blog project for me, because I want to buy everything I see.  But I’m exercising self-control and refraining from purchasing everything. I make no promises for the future though.

Speaking of promises, last time I said no Loki next week, and I’m keeping true to that. 😛

This first Etsy shop, ptierneydesigns, has a very special place in my heart. I am most definitely a book nerd, among other things, and this shop has projects relating to two of my favorite literary works of all time.  In fact, I found this store originally after searching for Nero Wolfe on Etsy. (If you are unfamiliar with Nero Wolfe, I highly suggest you educate yourself, particularly if you enjoy mysteries and humor.) The Nero Wolfe showed me two things: a) that a lot of people sell Nero Wolfe “vintage” paperbacks (and it would never have occurred to me to look on Etsy for the few that I’m missing) and b) this stunning decorative pin with various Nero Wolfe charms on it.  My first thought (other than “I want that!”) was that I’d love to have these charms as stitch markers for knitting/crochet.  She also has a great pair of Nero Wolfe earrings. I have no idea where I would wear them, but they’re also great.

When I visited the shop, I also found an awesome amount of Dracula items— movie references rather than the book itself, but hey, I’ll take it. The items include a Dracula pin and earrings, similar to the Nero Wolfe ones already described. There are also a bunch of really nice charm bracelets with “dark” themes (which, again, just make me think of stitch markers…one track mind, I’ve got) .

What I think is the coolest item on the site, because it’s customizeable* is this typewriter pin:

(*spellcheck is telling me that this it not a word, both with and without the first e)

Seen here with a quote from The Maltese Falcon (love her taste in mysteries!), you can get a custom pin with any quote that you’d like on it up to 145 characters, making this the perfect gift for book nerds of all types.  I am very tempted to get one with my favorite Dresden Files quote on it.  (I’d get strange looks at work, but it would be worth it.)  Or any number of Nero Wolfe quotes such as “The police will receive no sandwiches!” Or “‘What passed between you on Friday night?’ “Corn. Corn passed between us.'” (That last one, you probably need context for, but hey, if you’re going to confuse people anyway, you may as well go all the way.)

The second shop for today, SewKawaiiStudio, makes great Kindle/iPad cases.  There’s an awesome vintage monsters one (which includes Dracula), some vintage comic book designs, PacMan, and this great Space Invaders one.  Makes me wish I could sew better.  I actually considered buying some of her Kindle cases, but ended up making my own. It’s just a sleeve though, so perhaps I’ll get one of these eventually. Of course, I need to stop buying things from every cool geeky shop I see.  Or maybe I’ll wake up one day able to sew like my Mom–OK, that’s probably not going to happen. But maybe FindXDesigns will have a class, and I can learn how to operate a sewing machine properly.  Still unlikely, but more possible. 🙂

07/20/2012 at 8:35 am 4 comments

GeekCraft Friday #2

My original intention was to actually write some entries in between my GeekCraft Fridays, but my 10 hour days at work and an impending move (I’m not moving, but my space is being moved both in and out of by others) has kept me quite busy.  But I do actually have something I made to share in this post!

This week I’m featuring an awesome yarn dyer/spinner I found on etsy called GnomeAcres.   Her yarn is awesome, and most definitely of the geeky variety.  The vast majority of fiber at the moment is Harry Potter themed, with yarns for Dobby, Hermione, Dumbledore, and even Bertie Bots, pictured here. I WANT ALL OF IT. *ahem*

She also has fiber dedicated to other random cool things, like Rainbow Brite ,Darkwing Duck (remember that show??), and everyone’s favorite sorceress Maleficent.  Also as a spinner, I have my eye on this slimer fiber seen here for obvious reasons. OK, I have my eye on everything in the shop. Let’s be serious.  Writing about it is dangerous, because it’s just making me want to get it all. And I haven’t even gotten to the best part.

The comic book yarn! More picture time:

X-Men’s Hank McCoy (AKA Beast)

Batman’s The Joker

The Avengers’..well The Avengers. Plus Loki.

And speaking of Loki, I did actually purchase one thing from this shop the first time I saw it.  (I know this makes two weeks in a row that I’ll be talking about Loki stuff. Next week no Loki. Probably.)  I bought some awesome Loki yarn, and because my office is so darn cold, I made some arm warmers. The arm warmer are a free pattern available from Lion Brand Yarns, who have lots of awesome free patterns on their site. (You may have to be logged in for that link to work, but signing up is free.)

Here are my arm warmers of mischief:

(Please excuse the crappy cell phone photos, but my digital camera was a college graduation present to myself and it’s been long enough since then that the camera has become old and crotchety, and only works when it feels like it.)

It’s a sock weight yarn, and I believe I knitted them on a size one needle. That means a normal person probably would have used a three or four to get the gauge that I got.  I don’t know why I always have to go down several needle sizes, but I do.   I have a little over a third of a ball left, and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it. If anyone has any suggestions, please do pass that along.

Also, as a bonus, for Jen, who is celebrating a birthday today, embroidered Chakra symbols from Urban Threads. You’re welcome.

So that’s my GeekCraft for the week: GnomeAcres. If you like yarn and geeky things you can find something you like there.  (And even if you’re not a geek, hey pretty colors!)

07/13/2012 at 5:33 pm 2 comments

GeekCraft Friday #1

I come across a lot of awesome Geeky crafts. I think I’ll start doing GeekCraft Friday to highlight all the awesomeness.
For my first entry, today on The Mary Sue, I came across Nerd Glass. Custom stained glass done in geeky characters/logos.  For some reason, The Mary Sue’s entry has pictures that aren’t on the actual site (or at least I can’t find them), and my favorite one can only be seen there:

It’s the BPRD logo from Hellboy. I totally want one.  There’s Mario characters and other superhero things on the actual site as well as Mary Sue’s entry, if you want to take a look.

Also, I’m currently quite taken with Loki, and etsy user pixystitches on etsy has an amazing Loki cross stitch pattern that I totally want to make. (No I don’t do cross stitch, but embroidery is close enough. I can figure something out.):

Also, in the midst of going to grab the link to that pattern, I had a mini geek out at this next one, which is my favorite quote from The Dresden Files series, and the quote that I often use to sell people on the series:

I see a lot of cross stitch samplers in  my future…I think her stuff is absolutely brilliant.  There’s Star Wars, Blues Brothers, and Community patterns as well.  There’s even one that says, “I made that bitch a sampler. Bitches love samplers.”  I’ve also been wanting to make this one from sublime stitching.  My walls will soon be covered…

07/06/2012 at 11:52 am 1 comment


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