Saturday, November 22, 2014

Giveaway Marathon Day 3: A Firefly Inspired Jayne Hat From Tiff Sits and Knits!



Firefly fans! Here is my own rendition of a very cunning hat worn by none other than Jayne. The colors as well as method of knitting is different than the licensed product. This is an inspired hat, not the official. But handmade with love and especially made for any firefly fan. I spend a lot of time being a nerd and trying to match the colors to almost exact :-) 
Made with 100% Acrylic Yarn. Hand Washable
-Tiffany from Tiff Sits and Knits

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Giveaway Marathon Day 2: Minecraft Wall Decor from ToLTot


Made from premium vinyl, this 30x22 inch self-adhesive decal set adheres firmly to flat wall surfaces, but it can be lifted off without damaging the paint when you're ready to redecorate the room. Available in your choice of eight colors, the graphic will be personalized with your child's name as you specify.

Visit ToLTot on Etsy to see fun and geeky baby and toddler clothes, bibs, beanies, wall decor and more. Find them on Facebook or their website!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Giveaway Marathon Day 1: $18 of FREE Handmade Artisan Jewelry or Accessories from TheNerdNiche!


Welcome to the House of Geekiness Giveaway Marathon! 

A preview of a few of our prizes! 
Our giveaways will include free geekery from some of our favorite fandoms. I'll be announcing a new giveaway each day (Monday-Saturday) and you'll have a week to rack up entries for each one.





We're kicking our event off with one killer of a giveaway from TheNerdNiche!

Handmade artisan jewelry and accessories? Yes please! Doctor Who, Avatar, Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, League of Legends, The Legend of Zelda, The Lord of the Rings,  Pokémon AND MORE? Even better! TheNerdNiche is the home of all things nerdy and they're giving one lucky winner anything up to $18 from their shop!

I think it makes me more happy that so many love my shop than anything else. Nerds UNITE! I want to mention that if you have something custom in mind that's a bit different than what you see, I'm totally willing to work with you to get it something super special! So if you have a different Doctor Who quote you want, or a specific set of Pokemon that isn't the Eeveelutions (like a team of 6 or something)... I'd love to do it for you! -Heather
 
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FREE Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack


 
 

Get the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for free from the Google Play Store today only!
*Looks like it might be free in the US only and 99 cents elsewhere.

 

When Good Legos Go Bad


To be honest, it wasn't the lego's fault that my six year old put it up his nose... And it wasn't this particular lego either.



But it was a lego of this size and shape in either "a yellow or pink" color, according to him. But we'll never know for sure. By the time the doctor took a look, it had magically disappeared! I know he didn't fake it. First of all, eww!! Secondly, the kid was way too freaked out to be messing with me, he's not that good of an actor. The doctor said he that the lego in question was probably lost in the snotty tissues we had him blowing into, or, most likely, swallowed.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Halloween 2014

It took forever to post this because the kids took off with my camera, and I just found it.
 
We had such a fun Halloween! 


Ash from Pokémon
Our oldest really wanted to be Ash, so we hit the thrift store, hand-painted a hat, raided the toy bin and closet, and came up with a costume he loved.




A "princess cat"
Our daughter really wanted to be a cat but couldn't pass up this princess dress, so we ended up with a cat princess.

A Star Wars clone trooper
Our youngest has been wearing this costume almost non-stop since I found it months ago!


Cinderella Bear's ride to the ball
We always dress up the dog too, but our daughter misplaced Daisy's Batman costume (probably after trying to put it on the cat...) and this is what we came up with in the few minutes we had before trick-or-treating.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Costumes, Art, Opera, Torture, and Comics

We had an amazing weekend that started with an exhibit of amazing costumes! These were my favorites.

 
Angelica Houston's gown in Ever After 
 
 
Jack Sparrow's costume from Pirates #1

 
Keira Knightly's from The Dutchess 

 
Kate Winslet's from Sense and Sensibility


Emmy Rossum's from the Masquerade in Phantom of the Opera

 
The gorgeous red gown from Land of the Blind!
 
Next, we were off to the BYU Harris Fine Arts Center

 
The kids especially loved the interactive pieces like walking this floor maze and ringing a huge selection of very loud hand bells. 
 
There, we got to enjoy our first opera experience, a special family presentation of


 
The kids LOVED it (shocking because they were dragging their feet saying how opera was boring.)

 
The amazing performers even came out for a meet and greet afterwards.



 
Our youngest was pouting because we tried to make him take a picture with "yucky girls." Apparently, we love to torture him... 
 
 
 
We topped off our fun weekend with a trip to the comic book store (Dragons Keep in Provo),
where we met Captain America!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Perler vs. Hama

You guys asked, so here it is: Hama vs. Perler Beads..

I'd never tried Hama Beads before (they're not as easy to find in the USA), and I was very surprised by what I found.

Hama beads have a much different feel to them than any bead I've used. They are actually a bit smaller than other beads (making it difficult to handle them with the perler tweeze tool, and they didn't want to stay in place on the pegboard!) The plastic feels almost soft, and when they're fused, they become almost spongy--they still retain their shape, but they're much more flexible than any other beads so far. This flexibility might be helpful when crafting items that will be handled by children who tend to bend them. They will break if handled too much, but they'd probably withstand more than other beads. ***Please remember that ALL small items can be potential choking hazards for babies and small children!***


(Pictured above, Hama Beads: Dark blue, light blue, yellow, white, and red.
Perler Beads: Pastel blue, light yellow, pink, black, green, purple, and orange.)

Hama beads have a lower melting point than perler beads, and you can see from this picture that they look quite a bit different when melted. The hama beads ended up being noticeably shorter and more rounded at the top (like nabbi beads) than perler beads. They also have a bit more gloss to them than perlers.

Read more about hama and other types of beads here.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Crafting The Guardians

I finally got to work on my Guardians of the Galaxy inspired bead sprites! Here's a bit of an inside look at how I designed them.




I always start by looking at a picture of my subject and creating a color pallet for each project. 



Designing Starlord


 Had to make one with and without a mask, of course! 


Gamora


Nebula
Nebula was difficult. When you have a huge block of one color, it's hard to make it look good. Adding details like the stripes in her clothes helps break it up. 


Rocket
The basic outline that I did for Rocket was based off my Teemo pattern, 
but I altered it quite a bit to make it work for him. 
I started with a different color pallet to see the design more clearly, 
then incorporated the real colors later. 


Baby Groot
Believe it or not, Groot was actually the hardest to make. 
I started with a design that was much bigger and more complex, 
but wanted to keep it simple and cute. 



Drax
I put the basic design together, then add details.


And here's the final product! Find these cuties in my Etsy shop or Storenvy

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Watchers

The Watchers Book 1: Knight of Light







In England, 1270 A.D., Auriella (pronounced yurr-ee-ella) flees her village after being accused of witchcraft. Pursued by nightmarish creatures, she struggles to accept the truth about her humanity. Filled with fairies, dwarves, pixies, dragons, and monsters, Knight of Light is an enthralling tale that will capture the imaginations of readers young and old.
The Watchers Series has been described as Braveheart meets Supernatural. The mythology for the series is based on many theological texts from dozens of sects with correlating themes. Ancient writings include The Dead Sea Scrolls, The Traditional Apocrypha, The Pearl of Great Price, and The Kabbalah.



“The Watchers” are supernatural beings in human form whose duty it is to protect and guard mankind from the armies of darkness. Unfortunately, as the Book of Enoch mentions, some of these Watchers go bad. Although the mythology is based on these texts, Deirdra Eden’s The Watchers Series is written in a traditional fairytale style with a young girl’s discovery of incredible, but dangerous powers within herself, a cast of humorous side-kicks, a quest for greater self-discovery and purpose, and villains of epic proportions.




About the Author


"My goal in writing is to saturate my books with intrigue, mystery, romance, and plot twists that will keep my readers in suspense. I want to see fingerprints on the front and back covers where readers have gripped the novel with white knuckles! Aside from writing, I enjoy jousting in arenas, planning invasions, horseback riding through open meadows, swimming in the ocean, hiking up mountains, camping in cool shady woods, climbing trees barefoot, and going on adventures."
-Deirdra Eden

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Perler Bead Obsession

I've been on another perler bead kick the last two weeks. Here's what I've come up with so far.

 
It started when I decided to make a Princess Peach to match Princess Daisy.
 
 
Before I knew it, I'd made a History of Princess Peach Collection!

 
 
I promised my friend's daughter a Princess Luna.. had to deliver!
 
 
And of course I needed a Princess Celestia for my MLP collection.
 
 
Which, of course, meant I needed a Doctor Whooves! 
 
 
And Zecora!
 
 
So, here's my current collection.
 

 Then I decided to go big. My kids LOVE Frozen, so I made a huge Elsa and Anna wall hanging.
 

 
And you can't do Frozen without Olaf...
 
 

And I ended up starting a giant MLP wall decor collection. More to come! :)
All of these and more are available in my etsy and storenvy shops.

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