March 30, 2012

Geek of the Week: Meet Tara


What's your name?
Tara


Where are you from?
Toronto, Canada

What does it mean to you to be a geek/nerd?
Liking cool stuff! There's loads of different flavours of geeks and nerds but I think you just have to really like some sort of obscure book/movie/show/comic/etc. Sometimes I like to throw out obscure references to things and see who gets the joke. It's like a cool test. If you snicker at my "Hello my name is Yolanda/Bridget/Saffron" shirt, then chances are you're cool.
Ed. note: I need one of these shirts!

What are 2–5 things you're particularly passionate about?
I love reading and being crafty. I fell into sewing but I really, really enjoy it. If a few days pass and I haven't made anything, I feel a bit off. I'm always trying new crafty things, even if I apparently stink at it, like crochet. We love to travel as well. In the past few years I've been to about a dozen countries and I hope to add more to the list in the next few years.


Why are you passionate about these things?
I love learning about things and reading, creating and traveling lets you learn all sorts of things about the world and yourself. It's a bit addicting.

Do you have any special or hidden talents?
My super power is being able to pick up any sort of craft and giving it a try. I might not stick with it, but I'll give it a try!

What was your favorite book/movie/TV show/other from 2011?
All the good shows get cancelled :( I really enjoyed the book Room—plus it was the first book I read on my iPad!

What book/movie/TV show/other are you most looking forward to in 2012?
More Walking Dead!

What are three websites you like to visit every day?
I try to get through my reader each day, but it's hard. Mostly I pop by crafty sites but I do love CrappyPictures.com.

Do you have a blog/website/Twitter name/etc. that you'd like to share?


Any additional comments or thoughts?
Thanks for having me here! Can't wait to discover some new fun people and blogs.

Tara's bonus questions:

What has been your favorite country to visit so far? Where is the top priority for you to visit next?
I really loved visiting England. We did a lot of train-ing and driving around to see cool sights of the area we were in.

It's also so great to be close to so many countries. We hopped in a plane for a flight to France, then took a train to Germany. We passed a sign for Switzerland while we were in our rental car but with a 20 month old and pregnant me we weren't up for the few hours in the car.

We just got back from Belize and loved it we/re already working on going back! Our opinion may be biased since we left Canada in December for a sunny tropical paradise but it was lovely.
Ed. note: I'm so jealous of all this travel!

Which craft is next on your list to try?
I'm dying to start printing my own fabric. I've carved stamps a few times and I do screen printing for my cup cozies so I just have to figure out some small points and I can get started on fabrics. Oh and I need some time!


Thanks, Tara, for being a Geek of the Week!

If you'd like to be a future GotW, please email me.

March 29, 2012

Nerd News: Doctor Who series 7, Epic Mickey 2, Hunger Games art and more

Vol. 3, Issue 13

Have you seen this? Eleven! The Ponds! Ben Browder!

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In other TV news:
Dornan plays serial killer Paul Sector, who stalks his victims in and around Belfast. Anderson is talented Detective Superintendent Gibson on secondment from the Met, brought in to catch him. (via)

Ahahaha. The best part is the far right.

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Mariel of More Than ... has been posting Game of Thrones printables this week in celebration of the premiere of season 2. Here are a few of them; definitely check out the others on her site!



Holy crepes—Community Pogs! I totally used to play with Pogs in middle school. Here's a refresher on what they are/the game, if you didn't. (Click to embiggen.)

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I'd never thought of connecting the companions with storybook ladies, but I like it.


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I miss Ms. B.

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In movie news:

A few teasers/trailers:

Breaking Dawn: Part 2

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Total Recall

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Rise of the Guardians

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This post is full of awesome Hunger Games art and crafts, like:



Also, I love this version of Katniss and Peeta. (Why yes, I am avoiding the terrible nickname the fandom has given them.)

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These posters from Entropy Trading Co. are super cool.







SCIENCE! (And tech news:)

I need to purchase me some blank TOMS, stat.

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These would certainly might be effective for people I knew in college.

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I always knew Ewoks could be creepy if they wanted to be.

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NNGC Wes has a new nickname, friends, one that rolls off the tongue a little easier and is reminiscent of newspaper nicknames of yore: The Gentleman Gamer (TGG). Thanks to him for the following gaming news:

Why not buy a few Inflatable Sentry Turrets to go along with your Portal gun? (Thanks, Wes.)

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While we're on the topic, here's a look at those guns in action. (Thanks, Wes.)

I'd like a whole set of these three posters.



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This article series—in which the author writes about video game locales as though she's a travel agent—is a fun read. In this installment: the Citadel from Mass Effect 3. (Thanks, Wes.)

While you're reading about the Citadel, perhaps you'll also like to think about perusing the holds of Skyrim?



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These cardboard costumes are brilliant.

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As are these 8-bit superhero illustrations.


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This is a very cool adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood.

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And finally:

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My feelings on this image can be best summed up like so:


March 28, 2012

A Life More Pinteresting: Easter wreath inspiration


Somewhat subconsciously, I've started creating a year's worth of wreaths for the major holidays of 2012. I just took down my one for St. Patty's Day, and now I need to make one for Easter/Spring. Lacking inspiration, I turned to the motherload and found these cute ideas:

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I think a trip to Hobby Lobby is in order, don't you?