A few changes…

As some of you may have noticed, my blog is starting to look a feel a little different. I guess we all need a change every now and then. I’ve decided to branch out a bit and expand my horizons.

Why?

I often get excited about something and want to share it with you all but then stop myself and think ‘does this really fit in when everything else?’. Originality this was meant to just be a blog for DIY geeky crafts. Although I still plan on continuing with that, you’ll notice I haven’t really posted anything this year. Most of that is due to my lack of time. And I really don’t have time for several blogs on all the different things I want to share with you all.

So I’ll be adding in some other bits and pieces and changing stuff up a little. Don’t worry though, I will DEFINITELY still be keeping my DIY section and adding bits and pieces to it when I can 🙂 I won’t be letting go of my geeky theme. I don’t think I could ever part with that, it’s just a part of who I am now. I want to share with you  my love of books and stories and all the other wonderful and geeky things in the world. For example, did you know there’s a CatCon in LA?! Yes, you guessed right, a Convention for everything cat. How cool is that? If only I lived in LA.. sniff..

Anyhow, I will do my best to keep everything nicely organised so everything is each to differentiate and find.

Until next time,

Meow

 

P.S. seriously, check this out! http://catconla.com/

Story Style! – a sneak peak of what’s to come (new online store)

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Here’s a sneak peak at my new online store… opening soon!

story style    What’s in the name? Well most of my items will have a ‘story’ focus/inspiration – whether its from a book I’ve read, TV show or movie I’ve seen, or even from a RPG! -because geeks don’t discriminate. There will be everything from golden snitch inspired wine charms to wolf earrings, to princess bookmarks.

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There will be special occasion items for Christmas and other major celebrations times through the year. 

It’s really just a hobby to me and place I can sell some of my creations, so then I can make some money to satisfy my ever growing need to buy more bits and pieces to make crafty things. Also I think at last count I had over 20 bookmarks… Yet I only use one! 

Most of my stuff is made using beads. I’ll have bookmarks, wine charms and jewellery for sale. I’m also considering selling coasters in the future. 

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D12 Light!

D12 Light/Lamp

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WARNING: May attract fire breathing dragons ready to battle.

I’m very, very, VERY excited to present to you all the D12 light/lamp. This is a really simple design with looks great! Seriously, when it’s sitting on my bedside table at night and I walk in my room, it just magical. The photos really don’t do it justice. I’m so happy with the way this turned out (if can you haven’t already noticed 😛 ) and I think it would have to be one of my favourite creations thus far.

So, how’d the idea come about? Let’s take a step back. I first saw a silver homemade D20 here http://ournerdhome.com/diy-d20/ that then got me thinking I could make little D20, D12 & D6 Christmas decorations. Then I thought I want it to light up! So came the D12 lamp… of course always thinking of ways to make my creations bigger and better – I would be very happy if I could make it spin.. but one thing at a time..

 So… now to INSTRUCTIONS!

MATERIALS

Large piece of silver cardboard (I got mine form Spotlight)

Scissors and/or craft cutting knife

Sticky tape (both normal and double sided)

Pen

Light (I got mine from IKEA – it one where you push the top down to turn it on and off)

Computer/printer/ruler – optional

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materials

STEP 1 – first you need a basic outline of a D12. From here you can either trace the D12 sides onto the cardboard (what I did) or use a ruler to draw them on. Feel free to print out and use mine (pdf attached below). Also make sure your light will fit with the pentagon.

d12 outline

 pentagon and numbers exact

STEP 2 – trace/draw onto the back of the cardboard the sides and the numbers. Remember when tracing on the numbers to do it backwards so they end up the right way round when its al put together. I traced it on pentagon by pentagon according to my layout plan. A couple didn’t fit though so I had to do them separately. (TIP: write a number on the original pentagon so you always know which direction it should be in)

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STEP 3 – cut it out. Remember to leave tabs for when each side joins together (you only need one tab between two sides). If your finding it difficult to work out while sides to put the table on (sorry I  didn’t write it down) then just give one to all sides, then cut them off as you don’t need them. You actually only need 11 sides as the twelfth side will remain open (this is how you access the light). I decided to do away with side ‘9’ because it was on an end, so easy to do away with and the less numbers with circles in them I had to cut out the better! (see below). You can keep the twelfth side and use a ‘flat’ to access the light if you wish.

STEP 4 – use the craft knife to cut out the numbers. I don’t really like using these (mostly because I’m not very good at using them!) but I figured it would give a nice finish than trying to stuff scissors into it. You are going to need a fair amount of patience for this – its takes a while and is easy to make a mistake (is worth the patience though!).step 3

STEP 5 – fold down all the edges so they all have a crease line.

STEP 6 – stick it all together! At first I did try using glue as I thought that would give it at stronger hold, but that just got too messy so I quickly swopped to the double sided tape instead. You want to put some double sided tape on the tab, then stick it down on the inside of the adjoining side. I then put a piece of normal tape over it to give it a good hold.

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STEP 7 – turn your light on and stick it over it or put the light in it and have the top open – it your choice. Now marvel in how cool it looks!

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Alternatively if you wanted to add a bit of extra colour/effect to it you could always cover the letters with tissue paper or cellophane (I suggest red).

If you don’t have or don’t want to use a light or cut out the numbers, you could always invest in some glow in the dark paint or reflective stickers…

Deck the halls… with Pokeballs! Christmas Cards

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Yes, it’s that time of year again… The time when the shops start preparing for Christmas ALREADY and people who work in retail start preparing themselves for ‘the nutty’ season.

So, although I’m not quite ready for Christmas yet (didn’t we just have it a few months ago??) I’ve decided to try and approach it with a positive outlook and get into the Christmas spirit (slowly), with the help of some Christmas themed crafts.

Today’s (well yesterday’s) creation is a Pokemon themed Christmas card! (Turns out Christmas can be fun!) 🙂

It’s pretty simple to make, and you can have lots of fun coming up with different layouts. Here’s one that I designed.

Materials:

  • Paper – green, red, white and black
  • Card (or can use card/scrapbooking paper and make your own) + you probably want an envelope
  • Gluestick
  • Scissors or paper cutter (if you have a circle cutter that would make it look so much better!)
  • Pen
  • Some circular things to trace (if you’re not using a circle paper cutter)

 pokemon xmas card materials

STEP 1

Get your card and add a background if you wish.

pokemon xmas card step 1

STEP 2

Find something circular to trace around and then cut it out – this is the black layer and should be the largest – you will need three (I just used the lid of a hair spray can).

STEP 3

Then you want to find something that’s a little bit smaller to trace around (I used a shot glass) and trace and cut out two white and two red circles. You will only need two for each of these as you will cut them in half. After cutting them in half you will want to cut a little bit more off of them (so theres the black gap in the middle).

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STEP 4

Find two things even smaller to cut around (I used the top of the gluestick). These will be the black and white middle circles. Cut them out.

STEP 5

Arrange your pokeballs so you’re happy with sizes, how they look etc. then glue them all together.

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STEP 6

Draw some holly and cut it out.

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STEP 7

Arrange the holly and pokeballs on your card. When you’re happy with the layout glue them on!
And that’s it! All done! (TIP: remember to check (before gluing) that you’re gluing them down the right way on the card, so it opens the right way. I may have gotten a bit over excited and forgot to check and now the way you’re meant to hold it, it kind opens forward towards the holder… Still not really sure how I managed to get that so wrong and not check it… Of course, if you’re a bit ditzy like myself, you can always just the other half of the card off and turn it in to a postcard!)

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 SPREAD THE CHRISTMAS CHEER & ENJOY!

Still Alive + HOBBITON!

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So I haven’t had a chance to post anything for a few weeks. Excuse #1 – I went on holiday! (You have to spoil yourself every now and then).  Excuse #2 – I’ve been ill (sad face). However, as I’m now feeling a bit better I thought I’d quickly share with you some photos I took at Hobbiton in New Zealand (yes, this is the actually place where they shot scenes from LOTR and The Hobbit!! Cool hey?).

 So where is this wonderful place?

It’s located in New Zealand’s north Island, in a place called Matamata. You can easily do a day trip up there from Auckland if you’re driving yourself, or go on a tour bus.

Was it really that good?

Yes, and nhobbit hole gvco. The scenery around Hobbiton is superb (as is much of the scenery in NZ). It was easy to see why they choose that location to shoot the LOTR scenes there. However, once there you can’t go looking around by yourself. To get into the actual ‘Hobbiton’  area you need to go on one of their Hobbiton tour buses, and stay with a tour guide. This is what lets the trip down. Don’t get me wrong, the tour guide was nice and knew a lot of LOTR and what happened on the set, but the there were just waayyyy too many people on the tour and the next tour bus is only a few mins behind you, so you have to move around quickly. This meant there were long waits to take a photo (you can bring your own camera! yay!), and you were moved around quite quickly and didn’t really have enough time to take in everything around you. As the tour guide kept moving ahead and you’re waiting to take a photo it also means you miss most of what he says (unless you’re that luck person who’s always right up the front) – and he actually had some interesting stuff to say! Unfortunately we missed out on everything that was said after about the first 5 minutes.

On the plus side, the hobbit holes were cool, and there’s even one you can stand in the door way of which is cool, however, none are actually furnished inside which would have been REALLY cool. Also there were HEAPS of hobbit holes! Much more than I was expecting. The place itself however didn’t look particularly neat at a distance, but the individual hobbit holes were well done, and the view over the lake is very beautiful. So, you walk along the track past many of these hobbit holes, past the ‘party scene’ area and over the bridge  before coming to The Green Dragon. Now this place was cool because it actually operates as a pub (kinda). You’re able to purchase drinks and some food. However it is only accessible to people who go on the tour. But you do get a free drink when you get there! (Unfortunate though if you don’t like beer, but still, a nice surprise). You get a little bit of time there before jumping back onto the bus and heading back to the main area where there’s a cafe (which surprising closes before all the tours have finished..) and gift shop (which doesn’t have as much too it as I though it would). But overall worth a look to see where Frodo and Bilbo grew up!

Hopefully I have satisfied your geek fix for now and fingers crossed I’ll be up to make more geeky crafts soon!

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Decide on what game to play the true gamer way – roll a dice!

Gaming dice with a twist!

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Ever get stuck wondering what game to play? You spend 10 minutes trying to remember where each one is, how much time you have to play, what kind of intensity you’re up for today and what’s already plugged in.  Then after all that hard thinking you need a snack and afterwards spend another 10 minutes finally making a decision. Well, why not skip all that and leave it to fate! These dice have a different picture on each side, each representing a game. So, when you’re not sure what to play, just roll it and whatever it lands on, play that!

 

Materials

–          Dice or wooden block (I was going to use dice, but then found a pack of about 70 wooden blocks at craft store for only a couple dollars!) (TIP: so the pictures are easy to see, use bigger dice)

–          Glue (I used aquadhere on the wooden block, however craft glue might be better on plastic dice)

–          Printer & paper or pictures

–          Scissors

–          Ruler

 

Step 1 – Decide on the theme of your dice (for this one I have done a mix of computer, Nintendo 64 and wii games).

Step 2 – Measure the dice.

Step 3 – Design the picture. I did this in publisher. I started by setting out my base square size. A made it a few mm smaller than the dice so it would have a border.

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Step 4 – Insert pictures (click on the box, then ‘format’ under ‘drawing tools’, then ‘shape fill’ then ‘picture’ (this will ensure the pictures stay the correct size))

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Step 5 – Print

Step 6 – Cut out and glue on (I glued the top side as well to give it some extra protection).

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Step 7 – Wait for the glue to dry and then you’re all done!

 

(Tip: to protect the picture and make them last longer, put a layer or two of sealer on top)

 

These are so versatile, you can do heaps with them! Ideas for other versions to make include – which book to read, what to cook (could divide it by Italian/Indian etc. or type of dessert..), movie to watch, board game, card game, D&D character to play etc…  You get the picture.

Here’s a craft one I made (options are scrapbooking, quilting, knitting, cooking, painting & beading).

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Toilet Door Hanger

GEEKF CRAFT SKILL: EASY

Do you have one of those annoying toilet doors that doesn’t have a lock? Not to worry! Here are some instructions on how to make a VERY SIMPLE vacant/in use toilet door sign!

(This may be in bad taste, but I did it, I went there and now it’s done I can’t take it back..)

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MATERIALS

–          Computer & printer

–          Glue stick

–          Scissors

–          Paper

–          Cardboard

 

STEP 1 – Decide on a picture/s – You can use any images you like, I chose a GOT theme because honestly, I couldn’t resist.  (I edited them a bit before using them including adding in the ‘vacant’ and ‘in use’ text).

STEP 2 – Get an outline of a door hanger – they come in many styles. I took the easy/lazy way and just found a picture online. Alternatively you can draw your own.

door-hanger-template-outline

STEP 3 – Make sure the pictures are the right size for the hanger. I put them into publisher (word and powerpoint will also work the same way), made the background of the door hanger transparent and then put the door hanger on top of the picture and resized accordingly.  Make sure to flip the image of the hanger so you don’t end up with two pictures for the same side.

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STEP 4 – Print! When everything is the size you want just print it out! (If possible use a good quality printer – mine is rubbish! And it shows).

STEP 5 – Cut around one side of the hanger (TIP: leaving a gap around the edge will make it easier to cut – and mean you’re only cutting the shape once for this side instead of twice!). Now glued it onto the cardboard (I just used an empty CoCo Pops box).

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STEP 6 – Cut it out!

STEP 7 – Cut out the other side and glue it on (TIP: if you’re worried about edges not looking very nice you can always paint them, and deliberately leave a border, then it doesn’t matter if the images aren’t cut exactly to size).

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STEP 8 – Hang it on the toilet door!

 

Alternative options

– Print onto photo paper or use scrapbooking paper, wrapping paper, paint a design on etc.

– Use a wooden hanger (should be available at craft stores)

– If you’re worried about seeing the outline of the hanger on the picture, then you can always set the pictures to the right size, print them, then print an outline of the hanger separately and trace it on to the back of the pictures.

– Laminate or cover in clear plastic – this will make it last must longer.

 

~ After I’d made this I told my roommate I had made them a gift – their response “should I be worried?” well… maybe a little. Their response when I showed it “oh lord.. but thank you, I was thinking of buying a door sign” ~