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My Geek Side Is Showing Blog Series: Crafty Geek Corner

Crafty Geek Corner: Easter Egg DIY

In this blog series, Crafty Geek Corner, I will highlight my favorite pins each Monday(-ish). 

Back to the blog business, after another hiatus. Eek. Work has been pretty intense, but here is another stab at consistency!

This week I wanted to look at how to geek up Easter!

Geeky Easter Egg DIY

Crafty Geek Easter Egg DIY

I was looking over my Crafty Geek Pinterest board & realized there were some creative geek inspired options for Easter Eggs.  Why settle for pastels & tie-dyed eggs when you can  geek out?

T.A.R.D.I.S. Easter Egg DIY

TARDIS Easter Egg DIY

Item no longer available on Etsy, which it is a shame.

What makes more sense than Doctor Who themed Easter Eggs? Come to think of it, the Doctor probably would reveal that the Easter Bunny is some sort of alien. If Moffat had anything to do with it, probably an alien bent on destroying the world.  Going only based on the image, it seems these might be paper mache?  A bit confusing, but I guess painting hard-boiled eggs would work just as well.

Yoshi Easter Egg DIY

For when you are not committed to using actual eggs. Plastic egg shells + a pot painted green = Yoshi awesomeness! Our Nerd Home does a great job with the tutorial, so you should be ready to add these to your Easter Egg Hunt.

E.V.E from Wall-E Easter Egg DIY

EVE from Wall-E Easter Egg DIY

EVE from Wall-E tutorial via CoolMomPicks.com

As I was pinning for this post, I came across this great post on CoolMomPicks.com that had great geeky Easter Egg options, but the EVE one just struck me as genius. It is spot on! Wall-E is one of my favorite movies & what a great crafty geek spin on a wonderful character, EVE.  I would add the little green “eco” symbol in green Sharpie, too. You could have a few variations of EVE in Easter Egg form.

Minion Easter Egg DIY

Celebrate with the lovable Minions from the Despicable Me series. Minions are already fairly egg-shaped, so this one works well if you want to do hard-boiled eggs or plastic ones, as shown.  Either way, a Sharpie is your fired here. I love the googly eyes!

Legend of Zelda Rupee Easter Egg DIY

Why limit yourself to eggs? Why not create Legend of Zelda inspired Easter rupees, instead? This pin came from a great tutorial on Instructables.com by Eric Hart. It involves vacuum forming, but if you have access to those tools, why not include these?!


Well, that is all for today! In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own fandom-themed Easter Egg 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.

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!

Crafty Geek Corner blog series

Crafty Geek Corner: DIY Covertly Geeky T-shirts/Jackets/Sweaters

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!

As you can easily tell from the sidebar of my blog, I am a wee bit obsessed with Pinterest. One of my favorite new boards is Crafty Geek. I don’t really have the time to get around and try these out, but I am enamored with the ideas & geeky focus. If I ever do get around to crafting, I would definitely begin with these projects.


DIY Covertly Geeky T-shirts, Jackets, & Sweaters oh my!

For this first post, I wanted to start with something I could definitely tackle over the weekend … once my time management skills are better honed. I love t-shirts, much to my mom’s objections of them making me age down. I own a couple of geekdom tees, mostly Zelda & Rogue, & I must admit that these types of shirts can skew teenager if I am not consciously trying to dress them up a bit. So, the thought of creating my own t-shirt that could be a bit more “adult” is very tempting. Also, in preparation for this post, it occurred to me that I could also modify light outerwear to also covertly display my fandoms, but in a more sophisticated manner.

Star Wars Rebel Jacket

 

As you can tell from my blog’s header, one of the things I geek out over the most is Star Wars & with the upcoming movie by J.J. Abrams, I am definitely in the mood for trying this DIY out from geek with curves.  Granted, I don’t live anywhere jackets are truly that necessary, but I’m sure this could easily be applicable to a DIY t-shirt or tank.  Oooh, lightbulb! I am definitely going to do this in a racer back tank top!  I would use the following symbols as reference though, pin courtesy of www.psd-dude.com:

Row 1: Alliance For The Republic(Rebel Alliance), Jedi Order, Galactic Empire, Galactic Senate
Row 2: Jedi order with ring, New Jedi Order, New Republic Department of Research and Development, Black Sun
Row 3: Mandalorians, Galactic Federation of Free Alliances, Confederacy of Independent Systems, Sith Empire
Row 4: Two X-Wing Pilot helmet markings

DIY Galaxy TARDIS T-shirt

An example of when getting bleach on your dark clothes is actually a good thing! This pin comes from the blog, 3 Chic Geeks. While the blog instructs you to use fabric paint, I’m sure bleach could also work in a pinch.  I love the subtle depth this tee has & that it looks more grown up than just a bold outlined TARDIS. Plus, this is a sneaky & subversive way to flag my geek flag, much like the Doctor Who Van Gogh leggings I already own & love.

DIY Assassin’s Creed Ottoman Empire crest

I love this idea because I think it would look great done in fabric paint or with bleach. This pin comes from Theatreorchid‘s post on Craftster.org.  The Ottoman Assassin’s Creed (AC) crest is ornate enough that it isn’t as obvious as the other AC crests, but is at once recognizable to a fellow fan.  I think this would look really great on a sweater or cardigan, especially on the front-right lapel area


Well, that is all for today!  I’m sure that I will come across more great DIY t-shirt pins to share in the future.  In the meantime, feel free to share links to your own DIY geek-inspired t-shirt posts in the comments.  I’ll gladly pin them to my Crafty Geek board!

Join me next week for a look at Doctor Who 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?

 

Some snazzy new upgrades to my blog!

I am pleased to announce that I finally installed Photoshop on my new laptop!  It allowed me to create my nifty new header (please see above).  I am thrilled with how my sketches representing a snippet of my geek outs turned out.  The TARDIS looks a bit unstable, but I kind of like how it appears to be in flux, making it extra timey wimey.

I will be adding to them as time passes, but it is seriously already crazy late/early in the morning & I have a very long day of waiting in airports tomorrow.  Why must inspiration always strike at the most inappropriate times!  Actually, <light bulb!> I can sketch whilst seemingly endlessly waiting at the airport for my connecting flight!

Well, now that I have finished a project I was working on the last two weeks, I will be back to blogging, & apparently sketching some more.

I’m trying to think of what I can draw to represent The Lord of the Rings series, since I tried drawing the ring & it looked incomprehensible!  Any ideas?  I’m open to suggestions!

Showing my geekiness via my iPhone 4S

So, I love my tech!  Video games, computers, gadgets, cellphones, & more.  I’ve been jailbreaking my iPhone since back when I had a 3G!  I just love having control of my iPhone.  One of the ways I like to express my geek side is by adding tweaks & themes to my handy iPhone.  Currently, I am sporting a mix of fandoms on my lock screen that I wanted to share:

iphone lockscreen

I’m sporting Doctor Who logo in place of my carrier name thanks to Zeppelin & Doctor Who Mega carrier pack, changed my slider to include MegaMan, & instead of the stock camera grabber icon I have Star Wars Rebel Logo.

I like to switch the look up, so I am probably going to mix it up again in a week.  I figured I should take not of what I had already chosen & what had motivated me to choose each item in the first place. This way I can have guidelines when looking for replacements.  There is no shortage of tweaks & themes, so without an idea it can be quite daunting.  I used to have my wifi signal strength themed with Super Mario Bros. mushrooms: red was weak, orange was good, & green was excellent.  Haven’t been able to find a replacement compatible with iOS7, but I am constantly checking for something like that.

On top of the visual expression of my geekiness, I also have ringtones & alert sounds from Legend of Zelda, Donkey Kong Level 1, Super Mario Bros., Doctor Who, Chuck, & Assassin’s Creed.  One lesson I learned the hard way: the TARDIS sound is awesome when you are expecting it, but out of no where it can be pretty jarring & a bit freaky.


How do you express your geek side via your tech: computers, smartphones, video game consoles, & more?