Yes, I finally did it: I went to a LARP. A real, actual LARP. And it was FUN. A little backstory for everyone: when I was a freshman in college, many many years ago, a couple of friends felt it’d be a great idea to start a Vampire: The Masquerade LARP. They loved role-playing, and they thought it’d be awesome to do some live-action Vampire: The Masquerade stuff. So, they herded … Read more The LARPing Nerd
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, folks! One of the things I end up doing most years since I started The Crafty Nerd is collecting a bunch of nerdy valentines for people to share with their loved ones – and this year’s no different. Here’s a selection of some fun, nerdy valentines for everyone! Share them on Facebook, print them and leave them around the office, do whatever you like … Read more Nerdy Valentines for 2017!
Maybe I just like to dress up as pink haired characters. Maybe I really am obsessed with Steven Universe. Either way, it’s led me to my cosplay idea for this year’s conventions (yes, I’m actually going to make it to at least ONE convention this year, if it kills me or not) – Rose Quartz, from Steven Universe. Finally, someone I can cosplay as who has a similar body shape to … Read more New cosplay brainstorming: Rose Quartz
You may have seen some more Steven Universe images creeping into my blog as I’ve been posting (infrequently as its been, I know) – and there’s a reason for that, friends. I am ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH THIS SHOW. I haven’t been this enthralled with a show since I discovered Sailor Moon back in 1997, you guys. I love the characters, I love the overwhelmingly female-positive vibe of the show, I love … Read more Steven Universe: my new obsession
At least, I’m pretty sure that’s how I messed up my shoulder a few months ago: too much crocheting. Who knew there was such a thing as too much crocheting? Then again, I was cranking out a cardigan like a madwoman for a little bit, and even tried crocheting some socks… (which is a different story for another time, my adventures in sock creation) So, yeah, The Crafty Nerd was out … Read more Why yes, I did crochet myself into a repetitive stress injury.
Wow, it’s really been three years! (Well, almost three years and one week at this point!) Three years since I started blogging about my crafty, nerdy adventures. In the past three years, I’ve… … owned three Crafty Nerdmobiles – Scooterlou, the original Crafty Nerdmobile, as well as Mia, and the newest little scooter in my family, Max – he’s a 1989 Honda Elite. (I also call him The Spaceship, because to … Read more Three years of The Crafty Nerd!
Like many people nowadays, I spend a LOT of time at the office. More of my waking hours are spent at the little desk I’m parked at right now than anywhere else – and being the crafty nerd I am, of course I decorated my cube to make it feel a little bit more like home. Take a peek into my working world, and see what I surround myself with 40 hours … Read more The Crafty Nerd’s Workspace: At The Office
As I’m sure many of you have heard last week, David Bowie passed away – his music had a profound impact on my life, and was the soundtrack to my early college years. When Ross shared the news last week, I thought he was kidding, to be honest – but my Facebook feed said otherwise. I spent the rest of the morning trying not to burst into tears while I got … Read more Crafting for a Cause: The David Bowie Button
And no, I’m not talking about Pokemon here, heheh. One of the things I’ve noticed as an emphatic collector of things that relate to my most loved fandoms is that my collections tend to evolve, especially the longer I end up in the fandom. When I’m building my collection, I tend to buy anything and everything relating to my favorite show or game. Sailor Moon hairbrushes? Sure, I’ll buy six! Twilight … Read more Evolving Collections
It’s the movie everyone’s been talking about all over the internet the past few weeks: the new Star Wars movie. After the mess that was the prequel trilogy, I know a lot of us Star Wars fans (myself included) were wondering what J. J. Abrams would do with the series. Would he ruin it or change it beyond recognition, like the Star Trek films? (Don’t even get me started on the … Read more Spoiler-Free Review! Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Happy New Year, everyone! I’ve got a good feeling about 2016 – I think it’s gonna be a great year. And I want to make sure it’s great, too. I’m not normally the type to make resolutions, but I think it feels right for this year – so here’s The Crafty Nerd’s Resolutions for 2016! The Resolutions… Post at least one new blog post a week. Even if it means spending … Read more Crafty New Year Resolutions
Last year, I did a collection of free cross-stitch patterns – and everyone loved it! I think that’s one of the most viewed posts on the blog. So, as a holiday treat, I’m going to share ten more awesomely nerdy cross-stitch patterns that are completely free! Simply click on the image for your desired pattern, and it’ll take you to the pattern’s website. TARDIS Quote Pattern
Well, the weather here in Bloomington isn’t exactly super wintry, but it definitely is a bit rainy here – and one of my favorite things to do when it’s rainy and wet out, aside from crafting, is reading – as I’m sure you’ve all figured out by now. 🙂 And since most of us are probably enjoying some much needed time off, how about picking up one of these books to keep warm … Read more Books to Keep Warm With this Winter
With all the hype surrounding the remake of Final Fantasy VII floating around the internet lately, and with the lack of classes for the next couple of weeks, I figured now was the best time to get re-acquainted with one of the most applauded and well-loved RPGs around. (It also didn’t hurt that FFVII was on sale for $3.60 on Amazon/Steam on Black Friday, either…) For those of you who haven’t … Read more The Crafty Nerd Revisits Final Fantasy VII
Since I got full-time at IT Training, I’ve been working on beefing up my professional wardrobe. And, well, my wardrobe in general. For those of you that know me, while I can be professional when I need to be, sometimes I want to have some fun with what I wear. And after doing some searching, I’ve found that there’s no shortage of work-friendly clothes that show off my nerdy and geeky … Read more The Fashion Nerd: clothes to show off your fannish side