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Craft Room Makeover!

Now that convention season has died down for us a little, we have some time to do some work around the house.  One project we’ve been working on off-and-on since last year is the craft room.  Usually, our crafting projects will take up the dining room table and any other available surfaces.  We’re trying to minimize that, and keep things contained to one room.  You can follow our progress on our Facebook album for the most up-to-date pictures, or you can check out what we’ve done so far below!

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SDCC at Home – Friday

Can’t go to San Diego Comic Con this year?  Seeing all your friends and favorite celebrities post on social media about it?  We’ve teamed up with our friend across the pond, Kerry’s Nerdy Habitat, to do SDCC at Home.  You can find her essential guide here.  And for the duration of SDCC, we’re offering a sale in our Etsy store – use the code “SDCCatHome” and get 15% off!

Each day of SDCC, we’re going to do something different.  Today, we’re sharing our most recent geek baking adventure – Unicorn Poop Cookies!

Rosanna Pansino of Nerdy Nummies always has fun geek-themed baking instructions, and this project was right within our ability range!  Check out her video below:

We used a cream cheese sugar cookie recipe, found here (in the About section).  We’ve also pasted the recipe at the end of this post

 

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Here is the sugar cookie dough recipe I used:

The dough is very sticky and need to be VERY well chilled to work with properly

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup shortening
3 oz cream cheese softened
2/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract or any other extract you want to try)
2 cups all purpose flour

Combine butter, shortening and cream cheese in a large bowl, beat together until smooth. Add sugar and salt. Beat until combined. Beat in egg and almond extract until combined and gradually add the flour beating until combined.

Form dough into a ball with your hands and then into a log shape, divide the log shape into six portions (or how ever many colours you want).
Place each portion of dough into individual bowls and tint the dough different colours.
Chill tinted dough in the refrigerator 1 hour or freezer 15-20 minutes.
Divide each tinted chilled dough ball into 8 equal pieces.
Take one piece of each colour dough ( LEAVE THE REST IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER WHILE YOU WORK) and roll out like a rope or snake on your counter-top. If you use a piece of waxed paper on the counter, you shouldn’t have to add any flour.
Roll the rope shape to about 6 inches long. Continue rolling all the colours and stacking them into a pile. Gently press the ropes together and roll the large multicoloured “rope” on the counter to round and smooth it and if desired to lengthen it to 10 to 12″.
Cut the multicoloured “rope” into two pieces, using both hands, roll with your palms in different directions on both end of the rope pieces to twist it gently.
Coil the rope into a “poop” shape, using your imagination as to what you think unicorn poop should look like 🙂
Press in some silver candy balls (dragee) into the dough pieces to decorate if desired. Place dough on greased cookie sheet (or one covered with parchment or silicone mat) and bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes until cookies are set and bottoms are light brown, they will not spread very much.
Cool on wire rack.
Coat with sparkle gel and/or disco dust to give them some sparkle and add some sprinkles to the still wet gel for more texture. Let cookies dry completely before stacking.

Makes approximately 16 cookies

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Temporarily Suspending Custom Orders on July 1

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It’s getting close to that time – DragonCon!  66 days, or a little over 9 weeks.  It’s time for us to kick the costume-making into high gear, so we will be temporarily suspending custom orders on our Etsy store starting July 1st.  Custom orders will resume after DragonCon, so don’t worry!  We just need more than 24 hours in our day to do our day jobs, work on costumes and props, AND do custom orders for the Etsy store.

Thank you all for understanding, and stay tuned for lots of progress photos!

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Geek Forge Fashion Photo Shoot!

 Over the weekend, we took advantage of the beautiful weather to take some pictures for some of our new wearables – neck ties, bow ties and headbands!  Check out the fantastic pictures, or head over to our Etsy store for your very own!

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Going analog!

homegrown-decatur-transparent-logoOkay, not entirely analog, but we are working with Homegrown Decatur in Decatur GA to sell some of our things in a brick-and-mortar store!  We’re very excited about this!  If you’re in the Atlanta area, stop by to see not only our awesome stuff, but all the awesome stuff from local artists!  We’ll still be selling things in our Etsy store and going to conventions, so don’t worry if you’re not in Atlanta!

From their website:

HomeGrown Decatur, just off the square in lovely downtown Decatur, is a retail artist cooperative selling the work of 100 local artists and craftspeople.

We are fully artist-staffed, giving our visitors the opportunity to interact with the talented individuals that create our offerings.

From handcrafted jewelry and bath products to fine art pieces, pottery, glasswork and prints, we strive to have a little something for everybody. Recycled license plate belt buckle? Got it! Baby clothes and stuffed animals? Check! 3D wooden elephant sculpture to hang on your wall? Oh, yeah…

In the spirit of Stephen Colbert’s Truthiness and Tiger Woods’ Cablinasian, we describe ourselves as a Local Funk Artporium. Part funk, part art gallery, part gift emporium and all local, HomeGrown is all that and more! You really must experience us to appreciate it.

IMG_1406ABCWe opened in 2010 and have quickly grown from a community of 35 local artists and craftspeople to our current average of about 100. We were honored to receive a “Best of Atlanta” nod from the editors of Creative Loafing as “the Best Place to Meet the Maker” (since we’re fully artist staffed). Also, very exciting, we were featured in the June 2013 issue of “Southern Living” magazine!

All the buzz, thanks to the talent and creativity on display from our artists!

So, stop on by. Grab a soda out of the 1950’s graffiti refrigerator up front. Get your picture taken with the Shrine to Mr. T in the back. And find yourself something beautiful made right here, in our community, by one of HomeGrown’s 100 talented artists.

You can check them out online, on Facebook, on Twitter, or in person!  Join us in celebrating this exciting new milestone!

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Because we need a little Geekmas…

The countdown is on!  Today and tomorrow is a frenzy of gift-buying, wrapping and baking.  And since it is the season, we found some great geek crafts to make your holidays just a little bit geekier –

Star Wars Snowflakes

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The nice folks over at Matters of Grey have provided some free templates to make your very own Star Wars snowflakes.  These designs are a little more complicated than cutting out some triangles, but it’s a great addition to any geek winter house!

 

 

 

 

product-sg-teatagsGeek Holiday Tags

Over at GirlHero, we found these great geek holiday tags.  Just download, print out on cardstock and attach!  A great way to add that last-minute touch to your otherwise boring gifts!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nerdy Nummies

Nerdy Nummies is a great YouTube channel that shows you how to make fantastic treats of the geek and nerd variety!  These range in level of difficulty, but the videos are very enjoyable, even if you’re not talented in the kitchen.  One of our seasonal favorites is the 8-bit cocoa video, shown below:

Do you have a favorite geeky holiday tradition?  We want to know!