Monday, October 5, 2015

Craft Nerd

Confession: I am a huge nerd. Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Superman, Disney, Harry Potter…I am a fan of all of them and more. The list goes on and on. I just adore science fiction, fantasy, and animation. I think the appeal for me is the amount of creative talent and imagination that goes into these particular genres. There is also something about nerds themselves that I find endearing, and not just because I consider myself to be one. The amount of enthusiasm they can have for the things they love—in a way, it's very inspiring.

I may be a nerd, but, really, isn't everyone? You might not be planning your next trip to Comic-Con or tuning into the latest season of Doctor Who, but we can all find SOMETHING to obsess about just a little (or a lot) more than most other people do. For me, it’s the act of creating—whether it be crafts, food, art, or fantastical stories—that I "geek out" over. My guess is that if you’re reading this blog, you’re at least a bit of craft nerd yourself. I hope my passion for the things I love and make shows through in these blog posts, and I hope they inspire you to keep on adding your own fun, tasty, wonderful, and whimsical creations to this beautiful world in which we live.


P.S. Here's a round-up of some of my geekiest crafty creations. Descriptions and links (when applicable) are below.


1. Harry Potter wand (tutorial on Instructables)
3. Knitted miniature Hogwarts house scarf bookmark
4. Bellatrix sketch
5. Ravenclaw Christmas stockings
6. Homemade butterbeer (My favorite recipe is by Bakingdom.)
7–9. TARDIS cake, quilt, and cross stitch design (see also my post on the TARDIS quilt)
10–11. Frozen-themed paper Christmas decorations
12. Anna and Elsa sketchcards
13. Mickey Mouse scrapbooking
14. Belle sketch
15. Totoro and Jiji mittens (The pattern for the Norwegian Totoro Mittens is by brella on Ravelry. The Jiji mitten is my own design.)
16. Maleficent drawing
18. Up-themed cross stitch design
19–21. Wreck-It Ralph–themed cake, cross stitch design, and sketch
22. Mario cross stitch design
23. Empire Uncut animation I created with my sister Dani.
This is the second installment of the Star Wars Uncut project, where fans recreate the scenes of the Star Wars films. Dani's and my animation (Yoda's "Do or do not" scene) is featured in the director's cut of their version of The Empire Strikes Back.
A fun Halloween web comic, which I also created with my sister Dani. It is available to read online, and you can purchase a physical copy as well.
25–27. Star Trek sketches (by me) and phaser prop (by Dani)
28. Iron Giant cross stitch design
29. Hunger Games cake
30. Computer cake
31. Kermit plush doll
32. Sketch inspired by the film Hero

**UPDATE 10/11/15**
As it so happens, on this week when I'm focusing on geek crafts, I was asked to knit this Captain America sweater for an 18-month boy. I modified it from a pattern for an adult-sized version (link to that pattern, created by Beth Kluckhohn, can be found HERE).


Here is a Pinterest board I created with some of my favorite geek crafts from around the web.

You can find lots of fun fan art by my sister here on her DeviantArt page.


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