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His name is Oliver Queen.

So, after I made the Felicity Smoak sprite cross-stitch, someone asked me if I was going to make any other Arrow sprites. I confess, I hadn’t intended on doing it, but here we are and yet another member of Team Arrow has arrived.IMG_20141001_173749

Say hello to the Hood, er, the Vigilante, er, the Arrow–
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Oliver Queen wearing leather while shooting arrows.

I used the technique of blending colors in this cross-stitch which, if you have never done it before, is super easy. I briefly talk about it in the video, but seriously — SUPER EASY. To make the pants look like how they do in the picture, all you’re going to do is combine two strands of 3799 and one of 934. Then, just cross-stitch like normal and watch the blending magic happen!

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For all of you on Team Diggle (Go Digg!) fret not. His chart should be finished…soonish. I’m already working next week’s chart (which I am super excited about!) so the Diggle chart will possibly be out the following week. Then, all three original members of Team Arrow will be ready to make your room more awesomely geeky.

Chart is here!

The supply list: 14 count aida cloth, DMC threads: 3799, 936, 319, 934, 310, 830, 869, 3827, 597

And if you do tackle it, let me know! 😀 😀

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. 😀 😀

Through the Rabbit Hole

This year, we decided that we’d participate in our church’s Trunk or Treat event for Halloween. Our theme? Alice in Wonderland.20131030_125901

I originally thought we’d go with the Tea Party theme, but nixed that idea when I found some awesome looking flowers over at Hobby Lobby. The Red Queen’s garden, it was!

We had three major components to the decor. First was our Wonderland tree. It only took about 20 minutes to make. If you are armed with a glue gun and a few craft supplies, then you can make it fairly easily. The first thing I did was lay out my dowels and my red and white striped fabric. I cut the fabric the length of the dowel and about five inches wide. Then, I ran a line of hot glue down the dowel and attached one side of the fabric. When it had set, I rolled it (not too tightly — I didn’t want it to look too perfect) and glued the other side.

When I had finished all four, then I set to making the base. I found an old box (Thanks Amazon!) and sealed the top and bottom. Then, I poked a hole for each dowel. When I was happy with the placement, I tied a red ribbon around the four dowels, creating the trunk. Next, I covered the box with the same red and white striped material. Now, I had a couple of topiary spheres kickin’ it on my mantle, but you can pick those up at your local craft store. I put some red roses and hearts in them to make them look like they were fit for a (Red) queen.

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Lastly, I had to make those oh-so-Wonderlandian signs. I just used some construction paper and a Sharpie, but if you’re really wanting something that will last longer than an afternoon, I would suggest using foam board or balsa wood.

The next project I tackled was the card soldiers. This is a super easy project. All you need is white foam board, red and black poster board and some glue. (OK, you’ll need scissors too.)

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All you need to do is cut out rectangles from the foam board. Then, I used this image to make their faces/tops of the cards. Now, I did “cheat” a little — I had Babe use the vinyl cutter to make the card’s respective shapes and the “A”s, but with a little time and patience, you can cut out the shapes on the poster board.

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Finally, I made the card centerpiece that was really cool to make (and to look at). Now, I did not come up with the brilliant idea. I saw the pictures over at MissParty.net and knew I wanted to try to make it up for myself. It does take a little bit of time (I worked on mine for about an hour and a half or so) and you better love working with a glue gun because you are going to have plenty of bonding time with it.

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I followed the guidelines over at MissParty and started with two bases and worked up and out from there. And they are absolutely right — there is no longevity with this project. I made it the day before Halloween and had to go in a fix a couple of things right before the event because gravity was having its way with it. That being said, it looks really quite epic and if you are having an Alice-themed event, it is certainly something that will grab your guests attention.

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The Trunk or Treat itself was a lot of fun (and busy!). We even had a Mirana stop by the car which was downright awesome!