Knit your own Death Star!!!

Knit your own Death Star!!!

And the Star Wars craft bonanza continues! This is likely beyond my knitting skills, but wow.

That's not a moon...

You can get the pattern for free at Ravelry. Happy knitting!

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Star Wars cookies!

Star Wars cookies!

Those who know my family well also know that we have a tradition of Cookie Day, a day of baking and decorating cookies for Christmas Eve, which is when our big family celebration is. My gramsbear started this tradition when I was very little.  We started easy with sugar cookies & spritz, and as our decorating skills improved (and subsequently became more, um, dirty), we added shortbread and gingerbread to our regimen. The tradition movedto the Saturday after Thanksgiving when I went to college, traveled with me to Florida when I was in grad school, and now my mom has carried on this tradition with our kidlets. Needless to say, I have an impressive collection of cookie cutters, including a lobster, squirrel, and hammer (often these are combined in some fashion). We are also not above using cookie cutters to make something they were not intended to make, which is why this post at the Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle made me so happy!

All that wookie needs is a santa hat.

Not only are these cookies amazingly decorated, they are all done with common cookie cutters!

Genius!

Now, there are Star Wars cookie cutters available from Williams-Sonoma (which we got as a gift last xmas), but this completely expands our repertoire.  And as a fellow cookie decorating person, I totally give Sugarbelle props for her creativity (and envy over her mad decorating skills), and will be looking at my cutters again for inspiration this year.  Suddenly, my hammer-wielding squirrel doesn’t seem so creative.

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pumpkin

Happy Halloween and Samhain!

Wising all of you a Happy Halloween and Samhain! We’ve already finished our festivities here, as Meadville does trick or treating well before Halloween. That hasn’t stopped me from wearing my Brain Slug today, though. And I will leave you with this pumpkin, courtesy of my friend over at the Fat Pastor:

One pumpkin to rule them all!

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Shark culling in Australia?

Some of you may know that my lab has a separate blog, where I tend to write about our research & related stuff. Rather than repeat the exact same blog entry, I figured I’d just post a link to the most recent entry on that blog, regarding the call the hunt sharks in Australia as a response to some fatalities they’ve had there in the last few months. In addition to providing some insight about why this is a terrible idea, I’ve also posted some links to other sites and a petition to some of the government officials asking them to call this off. Here’s the link to the post: http://whitenacklab.wordpress.com .

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Banned Books Week!

It’s Banned Books Week once more. Take some time to check out the official website and the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books by decade or year, and read some of these books today!

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Star Wars pancakes!

Via geekmom: http://www.geekmom.com/2011/09/star-wars-pancakes/

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Collectible geek cards!

Collectible geek cards!

Check out this post from Geekmom: not only can you own a set of training cards of some of the most famous geeks (as shown below), you can also commission one of yourself!

From geekmom.com

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Geek craft abound!

Geek craft abound!

I hopped over to craftzine.com for a short break from preparing for classes, and found 2 great posts that I need to share. The first is a super sweet R2D2 bike helmet.

Ball-oop! Beep! Phhhhhtt.

Next year, when we get our geeklet into a bike seat, we’re going to have to do this. Maybe for all of 3 of us.

The other is a tutorial film with Terry Gilliam on how those great cutouts were made for Monty Python’s flying circus. Can’t wait to watch it!

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Fantasy football!

Fantasy football!

It’s almost football season, and I’m totally stoked. Yeah, that’s right, I said stoked, what of it?

Anyway, football. Love it, love it. My NCAA team is Illinois (Go Illini! I miss the Chief.). My NFL team is Da Bears. I’m looking forward to my second fantasy football season, and will actually be able to keep up with it better now that the little geek is one year older. Now, I understand that this may be a non-geek thing, but bear with me (ha! Bears!). A friend of mine from way back in the day (as in grade school) runs a lovely blog called The Fat Pastor. During March Madness, he picks winners in his bracket based on which mascot would win in a fight, complete with rules. For this year’s NFL preseason, he has picked his Fantasy Fantasy team, which includes the Kool Aid man as fullback. Oh Yeah!! I then made him a team photo for his offensive line, which he has also posted.

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Cephalopod madness roundup!

Cephalopod madness roundup!

Yesterday, Craftzine was full of all sorts of wonderful cephalopod crafts, including this awesome bottlecap nautilus by Ryan Lytle:

<drool>

And this octopus shower curtain from Casa Sugar

<drool again>

….which has inspired me to do a cephalopod craft roundup! So here we go!

If you’re a knitter, here’s a pattern for a squid hat for kid or cat (via Poor Mojo):

That is one tolerant cat.

What’s that? You want a variety of cephalopods? Check out this banner by Craftster thelastkodama:

Each one uses a different technique.

Not into making your own? How about this octopus ring (which I had to buy when I first saw it a few years ago) from westernmountain?

Or, if you’ve got the $$ (and I know I wish I did), how about these sweet chandeliers by Adam Wallacavage?

So pretty…

I really need to work more cephalopods into my decor, though I am proud that my almost 2-year old can say “Nautilus”.

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