Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones Characters

Have you all seen this? Disney Princesses as Game of Thrones characters, woot for a great geeky mash-up. I’ll admit I probably don’t get all the nuances because I have a cursory understanding of the characters, but mash-ups will always equal awesome in my mind and these are some really pretty ones to boot. These beautiful illustrations are the result of DjeDjehuti on deviantArt. [via The Mary Sue]

Thanks to Sara for sending these my way. Sara you are right, seeing Belle’s side boob is very strange.

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Winnie the Pooh Homage

According to the Huffington Post, A.A. Milne was born in January in 1882 and so they did a whole piece on favorite quotes from the Winnie the Pooh books. Check them out here, they are adorbs. But if that isn’t enough cuteness for you here is some more Winnie the Pooh to aid in your addiction.

Because I’m an enabler.

Winnie the Pooh coffee mug.

Christopher Robbin encourages that gang. Sweetness.

Winnie the Pooh cake with Piglet and Eeyore.

Nailing the tail puzzle tray for sale on Etsy.

Stuff versions of the gang reading.

pooh and his books

Sherlock Love

Due to incoming guests and family meals, I haven’t watched Sherlock. Yet. But I will. So, no spoilers. In the mean time, here is some fun Sherlocky spoiler free stuff on the interwebs.

Sherlock cosplay. His grin is the bestest!

Sherlock and John fan art. Though, I think John is quite clever himself.

Sherlock and MGM lion mash up. Because this one made me laugh out loud.

Sherlock and Mary Hopper anime fan art.

Possible Sherlock Legos to be made. It’s currently in the review stage. In the mean time enjoy the concept art work.

sherlock lego

Life is a Video Game, I Can Prove it

Recently, I had a visitor, my best friend came west for a few days. We went antiquing, to the aquarium, and spent a day at the Dallas Museum of Art. On our way to the museum I pulled up the latest app on my phone, Waze. A community sourcing gps map provider. As people are driving down the road they can input road hazards warning other Wazers of upcoming traffic delays which in turn can be useful in rerouting and avoiding traffic jams. As we by-passed cars on the shoulder, construction, and made our way through the ever present road obstacle, I input hazards and earned points. Upping my Wazer toward the next level, where I will get a shield. I really want that shield!

Once we got to the DMA, which is wonderfully free, we were somewhat bombarded by staff to sign up in their points system. At each entry way into a new gallery there was a code posted, after sending the code as a text message we would get points on our account. These points could be used to get a ticket into one of the two exhibits that cost money, or used as a discount at the cafeteria or store. You can also save up your points over several visits to get free parking etc. At some points, where all the masks start looking the same and I get overwhelmed, I found myself wandering from gallery to gallery just to get the points.

Sara turned to me and said, “I think life is a video game to you some times.”

Yes, yes it is. I love collecting points. I love redeeming points. My smartphone has turned my life into a video game.

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Disney Done Right

I have a Pinterest board title Disney Done Right. You should follow it. I put a lot of cool Disney Mash-ups and other fairy tale like things on it. Here are some recent finds:

Bell and the Beast by Lehuss on DeviantArt.

Baby Belle and the Teddy Beast. It is as adorable as you think it is.

Speaking of babies, Baby Ursula is just too cute for words. I mean, Gah!

Rapunzel art work. Just gorgeous.

Is Prince Charming really a name? A funny strip about the Disney Princes.

I like the concept of this piece of Ariel trying to sew her legs together to be a mermaid again. Though the artist has a bit of a ways to go when it comes to faces.

What does the fox say? Robin Hood has an answer.

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Tearing Up Books, Litterally

Here is our latest project. Tearing about Where the Wild Things Are like the wild things inside of us wanted. Plus, we had a cool ideal to relieve them in black and put them up on our wall as decoration. Additionally, we found our favorite pictures and framed them and hung them up. Furthermore, we made some Christmas presents too, which were a big hit. All in all, tearing apart this book was a fabulous idea.

Chris cutting them out of the book

Chris cutting them out of the book

A wild thing cut out and its relief next to it

A wild thing cut out and its relief next to it

I used special paper modge podge to glue the wild thing to its background and then added a layer on top to seal it.

I used special paper modge podge to glue the wild thing to its background and then added a layer on top to seal it.

Max ready to be hung on the wall

Max ready to be hung on the wall

 

Wall with the Wilds Things playing in between tree photos I took.

Max in the boat

 

Little Bunnies and littleBits

It’s in my best interest to keep my four year old niece occupied with art projects. I swear. I don’t do it because I love crafting. She never leaves the table and the project and I’m never just sitting there by my self getting annoyed with mod podge. Nope, never.

What can I say? I LOVE crafting!

I found these adorable bunnies on Pinterest, but no actual instructions so I just sort of came up with my own based on the picture. I wrapped each toilet paper roll with tissue paper from my stash using mod podge and putting on a couple of layers to cover the roll completely. After the mod podge had dried, I used hot glue to put on googlie eyes, pipe cleaner for the whiskers, and a button for the nose. Looking at the picture on Pinterest I cut out the ears and feet. Sometimes I get lucky and my first attempt is perfect and even I was amazed how the ears turned out freehand. So I traced them on another piece of paper and it came out worse. What? Le Sigh. After we colored the ears with markers I used Elmers glue to attach the ears and feet to the cardboard.

The stick bunnies are Popsicle sticks colored with markers and with attachments with hot glue

The stick bunnies are Popsicle sticks colored with markers and the same attachments with hot glue

If you notice one of the bunnies does not have a button nose. That was not an accident. My mother was visiting and she brought a littleBits kit with her for my niece. While crafting I got an idea to use the littleBits in our art project and add an engineering component.

littleBits is an “opensource library of electronic modules that snap together with tiny magnets for prototyping, learning, and fun.” Because of the magnets and color coordination anyone (even a four year old) can learn how to put circuits together to create electricity that turns on lights, makes noise, or this thing that vibrates. (We tried to make a tickle machine, but it needs some modification to work better.) My mother works for the company as their Education Account Manager.

Putting together our circuit for the bunnie nose

Putting together our circuit for the bunny nose

I needed my niece’s help to get started with the circuitry. No joke. My mother taught her how to put the pieces together and she later taught me that I needed a blue piece (she wasn’t even able to see the pieces being shorter than the counter and not on a stool at the moment) in order to get started. She was right. We clicked all the pieces together and got the circuit to light up the bulb. I created a hole out of the back of the second bunny and hid the circuitry in the bunny itself. And voila, a bunny with a nose that lights up!

Engineering art

Engineering art

I really enjoyed this project on several levels. I enjoyed that the littleBits added science and engineering to our construction. I think it’s important to introduce children to the way things work in a fun and creative manner. My niece loves learning how things work, which I assume is why she is always asking why. But for girls it helps to have a “story” or meaning behind the creation. This time it was adding to our art project of adorable bunnies a nose that lights up!

Nodds & Nends: Skull Sheets, Tattoos, and Improv Class

Skull bed sheets that cost more than I want to spend on sheets. Why are sheets so damn expensive!? Thanks to Chris N. for the tip!

Really detailed tribal tattoos. I really need to decide what tattoo I want to get next. Thanks to Tara N. for the tip!

The 10 People You Meet in Every Improv Class. Yaaah, I’ve definitely met all those people and did improv with them. And I’m totally not the last one, nope, not at all. <.<_>.> Thanks to Sara H. for the tip!

I’ve been apartment hunting, which is going dismally may I add, but I’d live in this abandoned tree house in a second. I’m marrying a handy man after all. Thanks to Tara N. for the tip!

Cool skeletal cosplay. I <3 Pinterest. And cosplayers.

Check out my newest favorite podcast on Nerdist, called Terrified, hosted by Dave Ross. I first heard him on Sex Nerd Sandra, but he has also been on Risk, another great storytelling podcast. Dave is really good at asking questions, he would make a great therapist.

I try to do an art project, craft, or some kind of fun activity with my niece every day that we play together. One day we made play dough using this recipe I found on Pinterest. It uses kool aid so it smells really good and you can get some fun colors if you can find them. (Damn you stores, why don’t you carry the blue Kool Aid any more?? Nobody wants tropical punch!!!) My niece loves cooking and baking so making something that she could later play with was a huge bonus. I even taught her how to knead the dough, she did an awesome job, standing at the counter muttering to herself the steps I had told her. Too cute!

kneading play dough