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My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Converse Chucks DIY

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday. This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

The summer has definitely derailed my time management! So, sorry for the huge lapse in posts. If you follow my Pinterest board in conjunction with the blog series, you would have noticed that I have still been active on there, but that is mostly due to slight insomnia & my tendency to pin in order to fall asleep [admittedly, not the best plan].

I’ve been a bit obsessed with sneaker DIY lately, which brings us to … this week’s installment is all about sneakers; more specifically the classic Converse All Star Chuck Taylor, or more commonly known as Chucks.

Converse Chucks DIY

Crafty Geek Corner Converse Chucks DIY

 

Who doesn’t love a god pair of Chucks?! Apparently a whole lot of people! They are an iconic part of Americana & super cool. The NY Times published an article on the history of Chucks & the 31 companies with various copyright infringement cases in an effort to maintain the iconic brand.  Today is all about making your pair of Chucks truly yours. The post focuses on hi-top Chucks, but I will be doing another post in the future looking at lo-top DIY.

Custom Pac-Man Chucks DIY

How neat are these?! I love these Pac-Man Chucks because they hit right in the nostalgia of my childhood, as discussed in a previous post. These are adorable, but the best part is that Candy’s Custom Paints has a great selection of custom Chucks that you need to go check out now! (No, I do not get commission, but wouldn’t mind if I did!)

Custom Wonder Woman Chucks DIY

Give it up for Wonder Woman being represented in a custom Chucks DIY. The no face is a bit creepy, but hey, at least there is a female superhero option available. The lack of more options got me thinking about making some Black Widow ones myself; you know, when I have better time management skills.D FeslegenDesign’s store on Etsy has a lot of options as well, spanning many genres including some particularly neat Doctor Who inspired ones.

Custom Doctor Who Chucks DIY

Speaking of Doctor Who! These custom Chuks feature the TARDIS on the outside & Gallifreyan on the insides of the shoes read: (left shoe) “Nice to meet you Rose Tyler” (right shoe) “now run for your life”. There is a waiting list, but the attention to detail on these is pretty intense.

Custom Harry Potter Hogwarts & Marauder’s Map Chucks DIY

Here is a little something from literature/movies: Harry Potter.  I love the duality & contrast of these shoes. A great way to celebrate the magical world of Hogwarts. The detail on these is also astonishing.

Custom Howl’s Moving Castle Chucks DIY

Custom Converse All Star Chuck Taylor Howl's Moving Castle DIY

by My Painted Shoes

Last, but not least, a great Howl’s Moving Castle option from My Painted Shoes. This site had the largest range & selection to choose from out of the ones featured in this post.  Definitely worth a shot for anyone interested in checking custom chucks out. All things Studio Ghibli are spectacular, so why not celebrate a great heroine with this pair of Chucks?


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own Converse Chucks DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at more crafts!  Don’t forget to check out my previous Crafty Geek Corner posts, for other great DIY pins.

Crafty Geek Corner blog series

Crafty Geek Corner: Doctor Who’s TARDIS DIY

In this new blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday.  This will hopefully accomplish two of my goals: 1) continue time management & blog consistency, & 2) share more ways to geek out over fandoms with all of you!

Okay, last week I was on a much needed vacation; hence, the lack of Crafty Geek Corner goodness. Fear not, we are back on track. This week’s installment is all about Doctor Who‘s TARDIS! Doo wee oooooh!


DIY Doctor Who‘s TARDIS

Crafty Geek Corner: Doctor Who TARDIS DIY edition

I’ve already talked about this in a previous post, but it bears repeating: I started watching Doctor Who (the reboot) simply because of the sheer magnitude of pins related to it in the “Geekdom” category on Pinterest. I have seen every episode of the reboot series (or seasons for non-Brits), but haven’t ventured into classic Doctor Who out of already meager time management when it comes to keeping up with my current TV/cable/streaming shows. I’ll get to it eventually. As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Doctor Who. In fact, that is my hand-drawn sketch of the TARDIS in flux.

So, what has caught my eye as far as Doctor Who‘s TARDIS-related DIY crafts on Pinterest:

TARDIS key

When I originally saw this pin, I was instantly intrigued by the sheer genius of it. It is fun & cheeky, plus you will never again forget which key is the one to your front door.

TARDIS Sharpie lamp

As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Doctor Who. In fact, that is my hand-drawn sketch of the TARDIS in flux. This craft seems like it would be something I could knock out in not that much time. Once you have the outlines drawn, it is mostly filling in with the blue. This would look great on my desk in the petite home office I am planning on creating.

TARDIS Murphy Bed

For when you need to maximize the space in a room, a Murphy bed is always a great idea: it’s bigger on the inside! Yup, I’m still thinking of my upcoming home office/guest room. This would be great in that setting, albeit as a strong focal point in the room.

TARDIS flats/sneakers

DIY Doctor Who inspired flats.

via pinterest.com

While the shoes in the pin are TOMS, I could definitely see this idea being tweaked & looking great on a pair of white Chucks, which would also be very Ten! I love comfy shoes, so this could be modified to various different shoe types.

TARDIS nail polish art

I would most definitely need to put the TARDIS on my left hand, as I am a righty.  I like this subtle nod to the Doctor Who fandom.  Whenever I can fly my geek flag & still be work appropriate, I am a happy geek.


Well, that is all for today!  In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own Doctor Who inspired DIY posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek Pinterest board!

Join me next week for a look at Nintendo related crafts!

My Top 5 Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

So with the new series (season if your American) of Doctor Who & the full introduction of the Twelfth Doctor just around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to reminisce on my little journey as a Whovian so far.  Don’t laugh, but I actually started watching the reboot of Doctor Who because of Pinterest.  Seriously!

Geek section of Pinterest made me want to start watching Doctor Who!

This happened in real life!  Yes, I know it is “Doctor” not “Dr.” but I didn’t create this image, just felt it represented what happened. My Whovian cred is still intact!

It was during the peak of David Tennant’s brilliant run as the Tenth Doctor & there was a never-ending stream of Doctor Who pins in the “Geek” category.  It felt similar to when you walk by the same person for a couple of weeks; at a certain point you HAVE to say hello, because if not it is just going to be rude & awkward.  And so, I said hello to Doctor Who about 4 years ago.  Pinterest is a pretty good match-maker, by the way, because I have thoroughly enjoyed the ride so far.

Doctor Who is a fairytale.

Via Tumblr

I still haven’t delved into classic Doctor Who, but I do have it in mind down the line.  What I have done is gone through phases of watching the new series: watching key episodes as a sort of crash course on The Doctor, then going back to the reboot’s beginning with Nine & Rose, binge viewing the first 4 series on Netflix, & then watching all of Matt Smith’s run on TV or online.  Now, as I am days away from watching the Twelfth Doctor, I can’t help but be thankful for this incredible fandom & multiverse.  I thought I would share my favorites from the series reboot to date:

My Favorites from the Doctor Who Rogues Gallery

One of the things that has made my experience of watching Doctor Who so enjoyable, has been the very well-rounded opponents of the Doctor.  Some of these are recurring, while others are more stand alone.  The brilliance is that many times, you can’t tell 100% if something is “good” or “bad” because the Doctor lives within many shades of grey.  Though, the following are always up to no good.

1. & 2.   Daleks & Cybermen.  Both are classic Who villains: each is very disturbing and rooted in the same highly ethnocentric & prejudice foundations.  In both cases, the “original” & “other” is flawed to the point that extreme measures are used in order to become “perfect”.  Of course, the Cybermen & Daleks have very different concepts of perfection, and even of conquest.  The Daleks are big on genocide & “cleansing” the universe of inferior beings (anyone who is not a Dalek or hasn’t been turned into a Dalek).  One incredibly iconic aspect of the Dalek, aside from its design, is its voice.

Doctor Who villain: Dalek.

A Dalek (source techcrunch, via Pinterest)

The Cybermen, on the other hand, are like the Borg: both assimilate (aka: “upgrade”) anyone who doesn’t die or is killed (aka: deleted) in battle/conquest.

Doctor Who villain: Cyberman.

Cyberman (source Pinterest)

I absolutely loved the sass-off in Doomsday between these two classic Doctor Who villains.  Allow me to set up the scene for you.  Two Cybermen come across a lone Dalek.  The following exchange occurs:

Doctor Who Daleks versus Cybermen

via Pinterest pin of deviantART image.

How can you not love that?!

3.  The Silence  Moffat must have some truly wretched dreams, because some of the creepiest things seem to come to life under his watch.  The Silence is definitely one of the most disturbing & off-putting, in my opinion.  It is said the inspiration came from “The Scream”, but I never was really creeped out by that painting.  The Silence is another story all together!  The concept is very disturbing, they look scary, they make that horrid noise/howl/scream, continually wipe your short-term memory (which has serious health consequences), & shoot electricity out of their creepy hands.  The whole package is just too much.

The Silence from Doctor Who.

As if the Silence needed to be creepier, here you have a 3D picture of them! via Pinterest.

4. Weeping Angels  Talk about re-appropriating an iconic image & Moffat-izing it for optimal creepiness.  Angle statues have been never been so deadly. One of the first episodes I watched in my mini intro phase, introduced me to these creatures in a brilliant fashion.  Of course, the episode I am talking about is “Blink” (Season 3 of the reboot episode 10).  As introductions into Who-verse, this is among the best. While it doesn’t give the Doctor as much screen time, the time he does have explains all things Who: “wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey”, Easter eggs, explanation of what the TARDIS is, & “it goes ding”.

via Pintereset, source MacabreRob.

5. Clockwork Androids  These 51st Century clockwork androids were using time windows to basically stalk Rienette, who grew up to be Madame Pompador, throughout different stages of her life during 18th Century France.

David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor unmasking the clockwork androids on Doctor Who series 2 episode 4 titled

The unmasking of the clockwork android. Via Pinterest, source Tumblr.

To blend in, if being incredibly creepy counts as blending in, these androids are dressed in clothes and wigs of that era with jester’s masks.  Apparently, it was very common in that time to always have at least one jester in the room, or even garden.

Clockwork android from Doctor Who series 2 episode 4,

Clockwork android, dressed as an 18th Century jester, menacing Rose Tyler. (via Pinterest)

All in all, Moffat has been the evil-mastermind behind most of my favorite members of the Doctor Who rogues gallery!  I can’t wait to see what crazy new interpretations of regular things Moffat will make me fear in this new series!

So what are your favorite members of the Doctor Who rogues gallery, past or present series?