It’s a me! Crafting Mario!

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For Christmas, Babe got me this awesome book. Just what I need, right? More books to enable my crafting habit.

We needs all the craft books, Precious.

The pin cushion on the front totally caught my eye, but if you know me, you know what I was thinking.

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That’s right, Mario.

So, I Binged it up, looking at all the 8-Bit Mario items I could find and traced out some rough shapes that were about the same size as the mushrooms in the original pattern. I ended up making a coin, a piranha plant, a Bullet Bill and and Mushroom. I had a fire flower, but I was worried it would look to busy with it. (I should have put it on there — the back looks a little bare.)

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The total project time took about 4 hours or so. I’m fighting the urge to take off the top and add the fire flower (or a 1-up mushroom) just so there isn’t that huge gap between the coin and the piranha plant. (Which probably means I’ll add it in the next couple of days, LOL)

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My other crafting present was a kit to learn how to crochet. *snicker* Yeah, I’m about ready to give the yarn to the cat and be done with that already. (No, really, I am going to give it a go this time.)

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Play it by Ear

I’m sorry, No Doubt, but every time I think of your music, I think of ugly, well-armed aliens.

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It’s really my 18 year old self’s fault. Back in ’98, when we were dating, Babe let me play his copy of Quake II (with the two expansion packs). I played the game for a while, destroying Strogg. I guess I got tired off the soundtrack (gasp!) and started playing No Doubt. I must have been on a ska kick or something because once I started listening to their first album, I always listened to it when I played Quake II.

The aftermath of that decision? All I have to do is play Trapped in a Box and I am looking for chain gun to pick up and Strogg to annihilate.

I guess my lesson is this. If you do decide to not listen to the game’s soundtrack, choose your songs wisely. Or else 15 years from now, you’ll be writing a blog post telling about how every time you listen to Mumford and Sons, you think ofย the Solarii Brotherhood.

(Artificial) Snowstorm

If you aren’t braving the crowds trying to get that last minute shopping done or watching The Hobbit this weekend, I found a quick and easy tutorial to make some pretty epic looking snowflakesย over here.

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I actually made two batches: blue and white for our house (The project is easy enough that my 7 and 9 year olds were able to do it themselves.) and the traditional green, red and gold for my mom and sisters. Each snowflake only takes 10-15 minutes. Not back for something so dramatic and awesome looking. ๐Ÿ˜€

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The only suggestion that I have is don’t use super heavy cardstock. The glue has a tendency to not stick and suddenly –pop!– goes one of the the sides. Also, that inner tube doesn’t want to bend if the paper is too thick.

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I alternated each piece. So, for piece one, I folded the tube forward, showing the color. For piece two, I flipped it around and folded the first tube so that the white showed itself. It’s completely optional, but I liked the way it looked with the alternating colors in the middle.

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The plus to this project? It’s super light so shipping costs aren’t going to be an issue. BUT, they are huge so hopefully you have an old Amazon box kicking around your closest, waiting for you to ship some paper snowflakes to the masses.

Have yourself a geeky little Christmas

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So, you want to make your own Destiny-themed Christmas card? Of course you do.

The tutorial to make a card (i.e. listen to me talk for three minutes about the evilness of glue guns, how to convert the card into an ornament, and suggestions for your own Destiny themed messages) is in this vid. The chart itself is here.

Like I said at the end of the video, if anyone does decide to tackle this project, let me know. I’d love to see your take on this geeky, fun project. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€