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Geek chic wedding

Its spring time which means that if your in your 20s or 30s there will inevitably be at least one wedding you are invited to. Well, we should all be so lucky as to get invited to a wedding as cool as this one featured on Offbeat Bride.

Stephanie & Chase’s Gamer, Nerdabilly, Geek Chic Wedding

While we’ve all seen geeky themed weddings before, what I like most about this one is that they still managed to make it look chic and classy all on a minimal budget! First of all, note the awesome 8bit ties worn by all the men as well as the obligatory light sabers

Instead of a traditional cake, they used cupcakes to make Zelda, Link and a life heart…8bit style of course!

My favorite part has to be the adorable Super Mario table decorations!

Classy and geeky all at once! Im sure even those unfamiliar with Mario found these table decorations to be adorable.

To read more about this epic wedding including the orchestrated Zelda music for the processional, read the bride’s writeup here!

<3
Seanalyn

ps- thanks to my friend Julie for pointing me in the direction of this awesome wedding!

BSG Cylon Knit Hat

Previous I wrote about how my friend Steph made the most amazing Battlestar Galactica beanie based off of Starbucks mandala aka the Eye of Jupiter. Well I just came across yet another crafty BSG fan who has made the most amazing and adorable cylon hat youve ever seen.

The Happiest Cylon Beanie

A knitted by a crafty little geekster by the name of Wonderfallz, this pattern is so frakin awesome (although I’ll have to make sure I done wear it riding my bike. To make your own Cylon beanie download the pattern for free here.

Happy knitting all you fraking toasters!

<3 seanalyn

Recycled Bottle Lamp Kit

I was browsing one of my favorite sites today, Perpetual Kid and came across an amazing kit to help you make your own recycled bottle lamp!


Cute huh? And its all awesomely eco friendly…so bonus points for this one!

All you need to do is save 6 of your favorite soda or beer bottles and thoroughly wash them out and youve got yourself a spiffy new lamp. Now Im wishing I hadnt thrown away my bottle collection a few weeks ago! Oh well time to start drinking and accumulating more!

The kit retails at $39.99 and includes everything you need…except for the drinks ;)

<3 seanalyn

Make your own vegetable pasta!

As many know, I am on a wheat free diet for medical reasons so often I find myself having to come up with substitutes for my dishes. Im Italian so I love pasta dishes, but Ive never really liked the taste and texture of pasta…its too bland and gummy. Enter veggie pasta. Veggie pastas are when you use a vegetable to simulate the pasta in your dish. Its far more healthy than the carb rich noodles and I find it much more tasty. The easiest to prepare and most popular is spaghetti squash. The large gourd is cheap and all you have to do is cut it in half, boil it and then scoop out the meat with a fork and it will fall out like noodles.

Cool huh? I use this all the time when I need spaghetti noodles and frankly I like it more than regular spaghetti. Its got a more firm texture and a flavorful nutty taste. Im a big fan of just tossing the noodles with some olive oil and garlic then sprinkling with some fresh Parmesan cheese.

One of my recent discoveries has been the use of zucchini as noodles. All you have to do is take a zucchini and cut the ends off and peel the skin. Then using a potato peeler slice long even strips of the zucchini. About 2 average sized zucchinis makes enough for one serving.

Heres my 12seconds video of how to make the noodles

Cooking Lesson 1: How to make zucchini noodles in 12 seconds! on 12seconds.tv

Once you have a big pile of zucchini noodles you can either quickly boil them our lightly saute them in oil. Be careful not to cook them too long or they will become soft and mushy. All you need to do is get them nice and hot, any longer than that and they will loose their noodle-like texture. I really like using them in a chili and soy stir fry but you can use them in any recipe that calls for flat noodles. So enjoy the healthy and delicious taste of veggie noodles!

<3 seanalyn

Super Mario Felted Knit Bag

I guess Ive just got knitting on the brain today because I just stumbled across this…

Super Mario Felted Bag

This super cute bag is fairly basic as long as you have a good grasp of Intarsia and Fair-Isle knitting. The pattern is very well laid out and lets you know exactly what you need to do every step of the way. To make this bag yourself click here. This bag is perfect for toting around your Wii…or your DS and wallet and other things that live in a purse ;)

Im definitely adding this to my ever growing list of knitting projects.

DIY Cat Hoodie

Today at work we started up a weekly knitting circle for a bunch of us to sit down and chat while working on our projects. Right now Im embarrassed to say Im knitting a scarf for my cat (it was going to be a headband for me but I decided I like torturing my cat more). My friend Stephanie mentioned a project she saw on Craftlovers that was a DIY knitted cat hoodie so I just had to see it for myself.

Cat Hoodie

So adorable and so hilarious. Im filing this under my list of projects that I can make in order to torture my cat with.

To get the pattern to make your own cat torture device hoodie, click here.

T-shirt panties!

On Current today I saw a link to an amazing how to guide for turning those extra t-shirts you have lying around into a cute pair of undies.

Cute huh? We all have piles of shirts that we cant wear for one reason or another (too big, too small, ripped, faded, etc) but you just dont want to get rid of because its a cool design or holds some sentimental value. Well with a little bit of elastic, a sewing machine and about 1 hour you can create cute bum covers out of your beloved tossed aside tees. The guide even describes how to alter the pattern to make boy-shorts, ruffled panties and swim suit bottoms.

Personally I have a giant pile of unused t-shirts (mostly oversized mens gaming t-shirts back from when I worked at 1UP.com)and a panty fetish, so you can bet Im going to be churning out some of these!

[link via Current]

DIY Mobile Bar

This week on Instructables user jamiep posted up instructions for how to make your own Mobile Bar aka BaR2D2.

If only the frat boys of the world could figure out how solder and hard-wire, theres nothing that could stop them from building a beer slinging army of BaR2D2s! Actually, just from skimming the instructions, it doesnt look like a terribly complicated project. In fact with some elbow crease and patience just about anyone could construct this project even if they’ve never worked with robotics before. The creator of this project described BaR2D2 as “is a radio-controlled, mobile bar that features a motorized beer elevator, motorized ice/mixer drawer, six-bottle shot dispenser, and sound activated neon lighting.” Apparently its also “driveable” so you can “take the party on the road.” Im not exactly sure how this is drivable, but I can only hope that they mean you can ride it home on autopilot after you get to drunk to drive.

Below is a video of BaR2D2 in action and click here for step by step instructions to make your own.

<3seanalyn

DIY wrapping paper

If youre like me you’re waiting until the last minute to finish wrapping up all your presents. Lets say you go to the store and all they have left is that weird reindeer wrapping paper…not so nice eh? Well put your computer and printer to work and print out your own wrapping paper.

Not only does this paper cheap but it is much more stylish than Rudolph. All you do is download the patters and print. Easy huh?

I myself am finishing up wrapping presents using only newspaper and some ribbon, Im trying to go a little more green this Christmas season. I’ll be sure to post up some pictures of my creations when Im done. I will be traveling for the next week visiting family, so my blogs may be a bit sparse. But I have plenty of recipes and gadgets to talk about in the coming days so I’ll try to pop in as often as possible!

Happy Holidays everyone!

Batgirl knitted gloves

Do you like being warm AND fighting crime? I know I do! Thats why Im eyeing this as a post holiday knitting project….

Batgirl Knitted Gloves

From popular geek knitter Ansley Bleu who became popular for her Katamari Hat and Knitted Leia Wig. If youre too lazy or not exactly the most skilled knitter, you can buy several of her completed crafts on her etsy page.


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