December 21, 2010

Holiday hiatus

The 2010 Curtis Christmas card

I'm on holiday from work for the next two weeks, which means I won't be around a computer as much to post. I wanted to check in, however, to wish everyone the best of Christmases. See you in the new year, with a renewed sense of wonder and nerdiness!

December 16, 2010

Nerd News: Fast Five, Mass Effect 3, X-Men art and more

Vol. 1, Issue 24

Why, hello again friends!

Biggest nerdy news of my week is the trailer for the third game in the Mass Effect series.


Mass Effect 1 and 2 are the only video games I've ever "beaten." I love the gameplay, the story, my character ... I can't wait for the third one to be released!

I love these colored X-Men illustrations.


In movie news:

These TV shows-turned-children's books would make great additions to any nerd-sary (Get it?!).

Some movie trailers for you to peruse:

Fast Five (!!!)

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen


Red Riding Hood

Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides

And, this isn't a movie trailer, but a wicked mashup of Edgar Wright's films.

These WWII Bounty Hunters have a bit of a steampunk feel to them. (Thanks, Wes!)

In TV news:

This is an interesting timeline of the Royal Family using actors who've portrayed them throughout the years.

Threadless has some great designs, but this one takes the cake:


We have a large (2ft) AT-AT which lives in our kitchen. It's name is Dog, so this shirt really speaks to me.

Take a look at the best Shakespeare "riffs" in science fiction and fantasy.

And finally, a fitting holiday image:


December 14, 2010

obsessed.: Home for Christmas

Everything is feeling so festive these days that it's only fitting that I've once again become obsessed. with the best Christmas album of all time: *NSYNC's Home for Christmas.

One of the most familiar songs off the album is "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays."

This reminds me, I need to ask Santa for an *NSYNC reunion. I've been a mostly good girl this year!

December 13, 2010

Holidays at The Murtis

Before we got married, our friends gave us a Brangelina-esque name that seems to have stuck: The Murtis. (And one must always include the "The".)

We like to call our apartment The Murtis as well. Only fitting, right?

I shared a small bit of the holiday decor in my office with you all a while back and said I'd soon be sharing some of the decor around our home. It took a little longer than I thought to finish up a few of the details—and I still have yet to make/hang the stockings—but I do have a few good photos from a post-cleaning shoot this weekend.

Here's our lovely white tree, with black, silver and blue ornaments. The blue round balls are all vintage glass, from my grandmother's stash that I inherited when she passed away. The topper is made from cardstock (I used this tutorial, then glittered and spray-sealed the whole thing), and the skirt is a tablecloth I cut up the middle and hemmed. There's not a whole lot of black accessories out there, at least not that I could find.

Here's a picture with no flash. Makes the tree look like it's made from feathers!
Elsewhere in the apartment, I set up little vignettes using some One Spot foil trees, some ornaments, some black glitter "beads", spare tree branches clear vases, "fairy lights" and a few glass trees, also from my grandmother's Christmas decor.

The catch-all bar area:

The top of our bookshelf/entertainment system:
Those large Moroccan-inspired stars are there year-round. Our stockings will hang on this piece when I get them made. (I'll post pictures of those too ... later.)

The coffee table/ottoman:

A small mirrored side-table behind our couch:

The headboard in the bedroom:

I also found these great foil 3D snowflakes on sale at Target.

The wreath on our front door. I made it with a wire frame, garland, and ornaments.

Hope you enjoyed that little mini-glimpse into our home!

December 10, 2010


Sunday is my 27th birthday.

Up until this morning, I was feeling much like this about the day:

This morning, however, I finally got excited and started feeling like I normally do about the day.

I've always loved birthdays, I've always loved my birthday. It's not really about the presents and the attention—although those are great, too, of course—but more about the reminder that I'm alive, and well, and living a fantastic life full of wonderful family, friends, pets, books, nail polish, tv shows, movies, sunsets, rain showers, laughs, Internet memes ... It's a day to feel special, and revel in it. (Age ain't nothin' but a number, you guys.)
Since I won't be posting this weekend, I wanted to post today, and share with you, my friends, some cake. Each year for a very long time, my mom's made me a cake and decorated it all fancy-like. She cut the Cullen crest out of fondant two years ago, she made vampire/True Blood lips and teeth last year ... In high school, she once set up a scene using mini Star Wars figurines, marshmallows and colored sugar. I know, you're all jealous. *wink* I can't wait to see what this year's is! (Oh, and in case you're curious, the cake itself is always Funfetti. The. Best. Cake. Ever.)

Enjoy! And have a great weekend, whatever you're up to.
(Disney Princesses!)
(All images via we<3it.)

December 09, 2010

Nerd News: I Am Number Four, Minimalist art, Star Wars meets Dr. Seuss and more.

Vol. 1, Issue 23

Is anyone else having the longest week ever? Not really bad, per se, but it's just been going on for years now.

A quick welcome before we get into everything to my new followers. I thought I'd never make it to 20! I appreciate you, ever so much. (I appreciate all you oldies, too, of course!)

There's a minimalist movement going 'round the Internets these days. I posted some a while back, but here's a couple more.

Minimalist Muppets:

Minimalist Doctor Who (but only the first six, bah.):

In movie news:
Speaking of which, here are a couple of official photos from Pirates 4. Who does Penelope Cruz play, again?

Some more Star Wars art? Don't mind if I do.

Chewie's looking very ... chewy. (BA-DUM-CHA!)

This A is for Ackbar Star Wars alphabet book is adorable.

Interested in a Darth flake?

And thanks to the lovely H for alerting me to these:

This could be condsidered SW art, I think?

Stick around for the credits. They're good for a giggle.

Here's a new trailer for I Am Number Four:

And a trailer for what looks to be a movie based on ... Rock 'em, Sock 'em Robots. Starring Hugh Jackman.


And finally, here's a few little random bits that caught my eye this week:

The sonic screwdriver—not just science fiction?

Need a Marvel-ous Christmas card?

If only we'd known: Get married on "Pandora"!

If you were a kid in the 80s or 90s, you will enjoy this. (I really, really miss some of these shows.)