Custom Bookcases with Carvings for a LotR Collection

Arts & Crafts, Design & Designers, Geek out!, Room of Awesome

Now this is a treasure, preciouss! A Finland-based company built these amazing custom bookcases for a collection of figurines and other materials from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

FB Puustikki LotR Bookcases

Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

Many (if not all?) of the bookcases also have carved crowns. Here’s the Rohan one:

FB Puustikki LotR Bookcases Rohan

Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

There are also metal shields that function as handles. Behold Smaug:

FB Puustikki LotR Bookcases Dragon

Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook


Puustikki talk about their project a bit on Facebook:

“Finally we’re able to publish photos of these custom made, epic showcases for LOTR and Hobbit figurine collection. Probably the biggest collection in Finland and now it’s also displayed in showcases it deserves! This whole thing is 100% handmade out of solid oak and we wanted to use glass doors to maximize visibility into the cases. Each one of the showcases has distinct features to corresponding races/nations; carvings on the top and a custom made steel handle.

“Height of these wooden marvels is 250cm, so they barely fit into a regular house! [sic]”

Puustikki is run by carpenter Jarkko Pilvinen and jeweler Juho Manninen. The makers pull their inspiration from history and historical fantasy. At this writing, their online store includes drinking horns, a picnic table and benches, beds, dragon pegboards, runed coasters, and jewelry, among others.

My goodness! Astounding, aren’t they? Stylistically, a lot of their other wares are not our style at all, but as a maker myself, I really admire and appreciate the consideration and effort that went into all of their designs.

Check out the Puustikki website or Instagram for more.

Images by Jukka Alasaari Photography via Puustikki on Facebook

Cross-posted from Co-Geeking.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

My Con or Bust Donations for 2017

Arts & Crafts, Geek out!

Here are my donations for Con or Bust‘s yearly online auction for 2017: two sleep masks.

One is a sleepy critter. It’s made from brown polyester felt lined with a soft linen blend fabric; there’s also felt applique (ears and nose) and embroidery (eyes).

Critter Sleep Mask Collage

The other has a stylized dragon embroidered as an interlace pattern on black polyester felt lined with navy blue cotton.

Dragon Sleep Mask Collage

Bidding will start in two weeks, on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Before that, you can have a look at the 2017 Auction Index (Google spreadsheet), visit the Con or Bust website for more information or browse the 2017 Auction Tags.

Con or Bust, Inc., is a U.S.-based, tax-exempt not-for-profit organization that helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited to the United States, to particular types of con-goers, or to specific cons; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves. It is funded through donations and an online auction held annually.

As I’ve had firsthand experience of being on a miniature budget and having to limit my geeky hobbies accordingly (i.e., not that much fun), I decided to add Con or Bust to my list of things worthy of support. This is my second time donating.

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Potential for DIY Knockoff: Dragon Mosaics

Arts & Crafts, House Tours, Room of Awesome

Did you see the listing for the almost unbelievably ornate, wizard-esque custom house that’s been making rounds on the Internet? (Here it is on Zillow; found via Little Things.) This single-family house in Ashland, Oregon, is huge, HUGE – almost 9,000 square feet (about 825 square meters) – and has hand-carved woodwork, river-rock accents, sculpted banisters that look like trees, cloud-shaped windows and other organic designs, to name a few features.

Just look at the entry:

Ashland OR Custom House Entry

Via Zillow.

Wow. Clearly a lot of effort and skill went into building it. My favorite is the fireplace with two entwined mosaic dragons:

Ashland OR Custom House Dragon Fireplace

Via Zillow.

While most of the house’s custom work is out of reach for regular people with regular salaries, dragon mosaics might not be so far-fetched. Among the many gorgeous examples I found online is this glass mosaic of a dragon’s head by jocarra on DeviantArt


jocarra at DeviantArt.

…and this dragon mosaic by Lynn of SiriusMosaics, posted on Flickr, also made of glass:

Lynn Flickr Dragon Mosaic

Lynn at Flickr.

And this ceramic dragon by Greensam17 on DeviantArt has a bit of the same shape as the Ashland custom house dragons:


Greensam17 at DeviantArt.

Even if it’s smaller than the fireplace dragons, it shows you how you could achieve a similar effect on your own. I even found detailed directions of how to make your own dragon mosaic on

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Walk As If on Dragon Wings

Arts & Crafts, DIY

User Brooklyntonia shared their clever design for adding dragon wings to your boots:

Instructables Broonklyntonia Dragon Wings Boots

Broonklyntonia at Instructables.

Alternatively, instead of burning the wing spines with a lighter, you could make them by sewing either by hand or with a machine.

Full tutorial at Instructables. Love the concept – you could just as easily make other types of wings. Thanks, Brooklyntonia!

Note: I wasn’t paid or perked to mention this; just passing along a good thing.

Geeky Cakes & Such

Arts & Crafts, Food & Drink

With July heat, my craving for cool treats has soared. Lately I’ve been looking for ice cream cake inspiration. Somehow that turned into browsing geeky cakes and confectionery. Wow, there’s an abundance of talent and inventiveness out there!

The cake below is described as an Independence Day cake at Instructables, but if you ask me, it’s unmistakeably a Captain America cake!

Instructables Cake stevequag

Independence Day Surprise Cake by stevequag at Instructables.

Independence Day Surprise Cake by stevequag.

A beautiful Jane Austen cake by Little Miss Krafty:

Little Miss Kratfy Jane Austen

Jane Austen cake by Little Miss Krafty.

Deceptively simple yet elegant, just like Austen’s fiction.

This is more ambitious, and not for the faint of heart:

Dinosaur Cake Donna Marsden

Dinosaur cake by Donna Marsden.

Dinosaur cake by Donna Marsden.

And lastly, just because they’re so breathtaking, Game of Thrones dragon egg cookies by Mike at Semi Sweet Designs:

Semi Sweet Designs game-of-thrones-eggs-cookie-platter

Game of Thrones dragon egg cookies by Mike at Semi Sweet Designs.

Holy moly, Mike airbrushed the color on. Airbrushed! Kudos, Mike!

I’m very impressed – and relieved that baking isn’t one of my things. I really don’t need a reason to turn the oven on right now! 🙂