Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 2016 Crafts

It's been a crazy couple of months!  I did get a significant amount of crafting completed, so I'm hoping this means I'm out of my crafting slump!

Tea Cup Bird Feeder:
While cleaning out the basement, I found some old tea cups and saucers. Using this tutorial, I put together a new bird feeder for the backyard!

Golden Snitch Metal Pendant:
I tried my hand at making a pendant for a friend's birthday. As with all crafts I complete, inspiration struck last minute, so it was a challenge finding the supplies I needed. I couldn't find a gold/yellow bead that I liked, so I used gold floral wire I found at the Dollar Store instead.  I had the silver wire lying around and it wasn't the ideal gauge, but after a few tries, I got it figured out.  I had to make several pendants to get the technique right and to make one where the metal wasn't all chewed up by the pliers. Not too bad for a first try.  I really liked the way the wings look with the 28 gauge necklace wire wrapped really tightly around.

Amaterasu from Okami
Another last minute birthday gift, I crocheted an Amaterasu pup in about four hours. It's always super stressful trying to get the amigurumi pieces to line up, but if I do things last minute, it doesn't leave a lot of time to stress about the details as much. I think she turned out pretty cute. :)

In other news:
I tried my hand at baking with Matcha green tea. Several years ago, there was a coffee hut up the street from my work and they made an awesome green tea smoothie. While Geek Trivia was at CoHo, I talked the owner into making me green tea lattes.  A few months ago, Starbucks started offering green tea drinks.  I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!  So, I bought a bag of Matcha from Amazon. My first green tea snack were these cookies.  They are so good with chocolate frosting!

At work:
We celebrated a staff member's graduation. He earned his Master's in Anthropology. While discussing party options with staff, more than one person brought up dinosaurs, even though our university doesn't even offer a paleontology track. I knew our staff member's thesis was on boats, so I glued dinosaurs in boats.  It was fun and nobody bothered to question why I was hot gluing dinosaurs in toy boats at the Reference Desk.

Free Comic Book Day was also this month. We gave out over 200 comics, did a bookmark craft that recycled old file folders and damaged comics, and set up a photo booth.   The backdrop was a piece of fabric I picked up from IKEA years ago. I think I've figured out the fun but low stress program. :)

I've been advertising for volunteers to deliver materials to patrons.  Drumming up interest has been a slow-going process, but I now have 3 drivers.  My ideal is 8. I've heard feedback from several people they would be interested in the fall, so I'm going to try and work it out through the summer.

Went to see Captain America: Civil War. It was pretty great, as expected. I felt like a VIP, sitting in the reserved seating area. Here I am being reserved.

Friday, April 8, 2016

30 Gifts in 30 Days for 30 Years

This year, Husbeast turned 30. When I turned 30, he bought me an awesome iPad!  I was going to return the favor and had even been saving money for it, but  he recently mentioned that he didn't know if he even wanted a new device.  A few of the Christmas gifts I bought for him were backordered and started showing up in February. I was trying to decide if I should hold onto them for next Christmas, or give them to him now. Then I had a brilliant idea: why not give him a fun little gift every day for 30 days leading up to his birthday?  Even though it totally ruined the surprise, I asked him if he would prefer an iPad or 30 gifts. Without any hesitation, he opted for gifts.  This was a little more challenging than I expected, but it was pretty fun! :)

Gifts included:
Mega Man keychain
Computer Programmer Mini-Fig
TriForce Socks
100 Facts About Pandas (book)
Fangamer swag
Sonic pins
Splatoon Squid Amiibo
Ryu plushie
Tickets to see 10 Cloverfield Lane
Tickets to see Blue Man Group
Albertson's pistachio muffins
Popcorn Shop popcorn
Fire Emblem T-Shirt
Machi Koro (board game)
Legend of Zelda Wind Waker puzzle
Dinner (several times)
Mega Man wallet
Platoon pillow
A funny picture from Osomatsu San
A custom pin-back button
An art book
A lot of cookies
An evening of board games
Custom Kirby ceramic bowl
A haircut

All culminating with the most epic backordered Christmas gift: a full size Mega Man helmet!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Late Summer

Summer went by so quickly!

I hosted a Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego Geek Trivia. It's my favorite this year :)

Had some fun with a shark toy that mysteriously showed up, then vanished:

Got to see Eddie Izzard perform live!

Finished physical therapy after knee surgery!

Put stairs in this hill:

Helped husband promote his first video game by tying information to tiny dinosaurs and watching him photograph wildlife:

Monday, August 31, 2015

Nerdopolis T3R3

Totally lost track of July, but here are my submissions for Round 3!  A bunch of coffee cups to give to my LibraryCon volunteers for manning the information table, watching sessions, keeping statistics, and taking pictures!

Rav handle: zombearthur
Team Name: Shady Cels
Craft: crochet
Description of how event theme is met: Shady Cels are celebrating summertime activities. One of my favorite activities is going to the beach. The blue in my coffee cups remind me of the cool blue ocean:
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Photo of project:
Team shout out for Nerd Cred: (Optional)
These cups are pretty much identical. Much like Kaoru and Hikaru, the twins in the manga/anime Ouran High School Host Club.
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Rav handle: zombearthur
Team Name: Shady Cels
Craft: crochet
Description of how event theme is met: Well, the yarn I used is stash, but no one gifted it to me. I made some coffee cups to give AS thank you gifts for library volunteers, so that’s something.
Photo of project:
Team shout out for Nerd Cred: (Optional)
These are coffee cups full of coffee. In the cartoon Regular Show, Rigby and Mordecai run on coffee.
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Rav handle: zombearthur
Team Name: Shady Cels
Craft: crochet
Description of how event theme is met: I made tiny coffee cups. Pictured with my regular size coffee cup for scale. They are adorably tiny.
Photo of project:
Team shout out for Nerd Cred: (Optional)
Comic strip character, Garfield, is quite the coffee advocate. His coffee cup is red, just like my tiny coffee cups.
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Rav handle:zombearthur
Team Name: Shady Cels
Craft: crochet
Description of how event theme is met: Still doesn’t meet the theme, but more gift coffee cups to show off.
Photo of project:
Team shout out for Nerd Cred: (Optional)
These coffee cups are orange, like Kyo’s hair from the manga/anime Fruits Basket!
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Rav handle: zombearthur
Team Name: Shady Cels
Craft: crochet
Description of how event theme is met:
I have always loved these ball-shaped flowering onions. Every time I see them, I think of Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss. And these are a really pretty shade of purple and green, similar to the purple coffee cups I crocheted.
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Photo of project:
Team shout out for Nerd Cred: (Optional)
My coffee cups have a purple face, just like the Marvel supervillain, Thanos!
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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Expanding my Recycled Jewelry Collection

Somehow this month I found some time to make more jewelry!

Manga necklace made same way as these necklaces:

This necklace features characters from Samurai Champloo, Rurouni Kenshin and Fruits Basket

More bracelets!

Inuyasha (from a book purchased out of the library book sale):

Calvin & Hobbes (damaged library book):

Saturday, August 15, 2015

LibraryCon Crafts

So, the 2015 summer reading theme was superheroes. As an end of summer party, I planned a comic-con for our library. It was terrifying, stressful, and amazing. You can read about the process behind the event on my library blog. On this blog I get to post all the crafts I worked on for LibraryCon!

So, we started planning LibraryCon in mid-March. Unfortunately, the library budget had been decided in mid-february of the previous year, so there wasn't a ton of money. I was able to get a lot of volunteer support and was able to get 100+ door prizes donated or made. It was awesome.

LibraryCon Craft Program
We actually had several crafts that day. I worked with one of our volunteers who is quite fond of anime conventions to create a furry animal ear craft similar to one she'd seen at a con she went to. This idea came up long before I bought way too much fur for my Squirrel Girl costume, but it ended up using all my extra fur nicely. We made templates for bear, fox, and cat ears. I made a bonus pulsing vein hair clip. I love it.

Prize: Paperback Wallets
I used this tutorial as a guide. I used contact paper to laminate my wallets, black construction paper for the inner lining, and stick on velcro dots instead of grommets.

Prize: Nerdy Magnets
I love this craft so much. I sacrificed a water damaged Calvin and Hobbes book to the cause. It was worth it.

I even used this tutorial to make packages for the magnet sets so they looked like totally legit prizes!  I didn't bother with washer though. My magnets are stuck to the cardstock with a glue dot.

My last two crafts involved a lot of silver spray paint and the Dollar Store.

Speaker Gifts
I found tiny Bartman figurines at the Dollar Store. I don't know why they were there, but I took it as a sign that I needed them for LibraryCon. I spray painted them silver, glued them to the top of glass jars (also from the Dollar Store) and filled the jars with M&Ms (of course I had to layer the colors). I also attached a small gift certificate to my favorite coffee shop! Each of my presenters volunteered their time and talents. This was a very small way I could show my appreciation.

Costume Contest Trophies
I was inspired by this tutorial to create my own trophies. I found professional wrestler figures at the Dollar Store.  They came with weird accessories, like a ladder, a chair, and a barrier. I didn't have a solid plan in mind (other than spray painting them) until I messed around with one of them and his arm totally popped off (classic Dollar Store):

I could have reattached it, but something about the look on his face and his missing arm clicked in my mind and I decided I was going to incorporate all the pieces in the playlets and the fact that the costume contest is at a library to make some epic trophies. I created some origami books using this tutorial and pasted on tiny covers of books from each age group.  The letters were cut on my Silhouette machine using scrap vinyl...

Children's trophy book: Elephant and Piggy by Mo Willems

Teen book: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Adult book: First Aid and Safety for Dummies
This was my absolute favorite. I kind of wished I could get a trophy for making such fun trophies and that this trophy would be my trophy.