Published February 2, 2010
Tags: computer, craft, decor, etsy, etsy.com, geek, geek decor, home, home decor, printer
Ever wondered what to do with leftover printer cartridges? Probably not, like most people, you probably just disposed of them and went about your day. Well, I bet you never thought of turning them into a chandelier! But, apparently one crafty Etsy seller has!
Check out Boxlightbox’s Etsy store to see all their fun cartridge lamps and chandeliers ranging from $35 to $100.
I was trolling around Craftzine and I came across the most awesome of projects.
Going To Grandma’s Laptop Case
This project was designed by Jennifer Perkins who owns Naughty Secretary Club which specializes in beautifully funky jewelry with a vintage flair. I absolutely love her laptop case design because it is so effortlessly retro-chic and is a great way to carry your laptop without looking like youre carrying your laptop (great for thwarting would be thieves). The step by step instructions show how easy it is to create this unique case, really the hardest part would be finding the suitcase although most thrift stores will have some nice moderate sized ones.
So click here to get started on your own vintage laptop case!
Published June 12, 2009
Tags: craft, crafts, etsy, hand-made, knit, knits, knitting, pixel, pixel knit, pixel sweater, robot, robot sweater, sweater
Its not often I find reason to shell out $600 for a sweater, but if I had some spare change right now I would definitely drop it on this amazing hand knit (thats the key here) sweater from etsy seller elf518.
Robot Pixel Mash-up Fair Isle Sweater
This awesome sweater is hand made tailored to your measurements, color choices and each one has a slightly unique pattern.
“the floral motif in this sweater is taken from a german lace chart published in 1597”
Of course that old German lace chart has been given a hip modern twist with robots and other pixely goodness. $600 may seem like a steep price but when you consider that each sweater is handmade without a machine, unique and takes 8 weeks to make…well, $600 doesnt seem all that outrageous.
Published May 6, 2009
Tags: art, cool, craft, crafts, crochet, crocheting, DIY, geek knitting, knit, knitted graffiti, knittin, knitting graffiti, neat, street art, urban art, urban knitting
Knitta please! Move over spray cans and markers, theres a new form of graffiti in town and its showing the softer side of tagging.
Deputy Dog posted a blog about a new trend called knitting/crocheting graffiti. Basically crafty yarn wielders are taking to the streets with their scrap yarn and creating public works of textile art.
“Knitta began in August 2005, when the soon-to-be-Knittas were discussing their frustration over unfinished knitting projects: half-knitted sweaters and balls of yarn gathering dust. That afternoon, they knit their first door handle. Then it dawned on them… a tag crew of knitters, bombing the inner city with vibrant, stitched works of art, wrapped around everything from beer bottles on easy nights to public monuments and utility poles on more ambitious outings.”
To learn more about this trend and see videos of these renegade knitters in action, check out the website Knitta Please
I think I know a few statues around town that could use a warm fuzzy scarf!
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Published April 9, 2009
Tags: blogs, craft, craft fail, crafts, crochet fail, fail, fail blog, funny, humor, knit fail, spam soap, wtf
Lately Ive been on a blog kick for blogs featuring crafts gone wrong. It started with Fail Cakes but now thanks to my friends Ive learned of several other blogs featuring adventures in domesticity that dont quite turn out as planned.
Why Would You Knit That
This blog explores all the things people knit that probably shouldnt be knitted. Because you know, knitted candy corn pasties are just oh so sexy.
What Not To Crochet
This blog is much like the previous one but for those of us who yield one stick instead of two.
What Not To Craft
Because yarn shouldnt get to have all the fun in failing this site to highlights all sorts of crafts and cooking ventures gone horribly horribly wrong. Or horribly horribly right? Felted Jesus is kind of totally awesome.
Another hilarious site for people to show off all their failed craft projects. Not all of them are fails in my mind…this failed attempt to make a pink parsley flecked soap resulted in something amazing…SPAM soap!
Anyone else have any links to blogs that feature failed crafts? Post them up in the comments! Or share your own craft failures!
Published April 8, 2009
Tags: cardigan, cardigans, craft, crafts, DIY, DIY cardigan, recycle, recycled, recycled t-shirt, sewing
Today I awoke to an email from my good friend Jenn that linked me to an awesome page with instructions on how to turn an old oversize t-shirt into a cute and flirty cardigan.
All you need is an old t-shirt, some yarn, a crochet hook and a few minutes on a sewing machine.Click here for step by step instructions.
What a cute way to reuse old shirts and add to your wardrobe without having to spend much money. Cute and cheap! A perfect combo for this tough economy!
Published March 20, 2009
Tags: coffee table, conference table, craft, DIY, elements, geek, homemade, nerd, periodic table, periodic table table, project, science
When Theodore Gray read Uncle Tungsten by Oliver Sacks he misread a passage and thought there was actually a Periodic Table table in the Kensington Science Museum, he soon discovered there was none and felt a void needed to be filled….oh and he needed a new conference table. So he set to work with a pantograph engraving machine that he got at a hospital auction and created a table depicting the entire Periodic Table of Elements.
But of course making a table with the Periodic Table of Elements on it isnt enough, he actually filled each slot with samples of its respective element (Uranium in the coffee table?!).
To see the whole process visit his website.
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