A Star Wars Upcycle Project: BB-8 Bag

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At the end of last year, I wanted to make myself something fun. Since the new Star Wars release date was coming up, that something turned out to be a BB-8 bag.

I used an old pair of pants and various fabric scraps to make it, so the materials were completely free. The bag took me a few nights to make – combining all of those little pieces adds up surprisingly fast. The most time-consuming part for me, though, was deciding on the droid design.

Here’s a quick how-to in pictures:

Making BB-8 Bag1Making BB-8 Bag2Making BB-8 Bag3Making BB-8 Bag4

 

1 of 4: Deciding on the droid design and cutting as large piece as possible from one pant leg.
2 of 4: Adding stripes and pieces of fabric to the outside to suggest pieces of the droid.
3 of 4: Making box corners, adding an edge binding strip to the top, and adding an inner pocket.
4 of 4: Finished bag.

Not bad for a little fur ball zero dollars! 🙂 If I were to make another, though, I’d probably try a different droid design and fiddle with the inner pocket so that it has more compartments.

This Little Library Is Much Bigger on the Inside

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Little Free Libraries aim to increase access to books for children, young people and their families.

This particular little library is certainly taking advantage of Doctor Who mythos!

Little TARDIS library via Little Free Library Project UK

Little TARDIS library via Little Free Library Project UK.

From the project website:

“The Little TARDIS Library will now embark on a tour of the UK sharing stories with children and young people to help promote their love of reading. Stocked with hundreds of classic books (because the Little TARDIS Library is bigger on the inside) it will be landing in schools, libraries and parks across the UK.

“The Little TARDIS Library is designed to engage children and young people and is scaled as such, being 1.2 metres high x 600 mm wide.”

Just lovely. 🙂 Best of luck with the tour!

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

Online Finds: Colorful Calendars for 2016

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, Colors

Time to start thinking about next year. (Already?!) Thanks to the generosity of fellow creatives, there are already free printable calendars available online. I prefer monthly write-in calendars, so I picked a geometric one by Botanical Paperworks (pdf; personal use only):

Printable Calendar for 2016

In fact, they have three different patterns to choose from; check out their website. I also liked the monthly calendars by Scattered Squirrel and by Sarah Titus. Thanks, all!

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

Online Finds: Adventurers Free Printable

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

I’ve been staring at my previous wallpaper, lovely as it is, long enough to want a change. And what better than a little adventure at the beginning of a new season:

Adventurers Laptop Wallpaper

Since this free printable was designed as a 8”x10” pdf, I saved a screencap and set that as my wallpaper. Looks quite as good!

By Katie at Upcycled Treasures (for personal use only). Thank you, Katie – I love it!

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

Online Finds: LEGO Desktop Wallpapers

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I’m late to the party, but never mind. Last year, Lifehacker collected a whole bunch of LEGO wallpapers in various genres to download. My favorite is the one with a Stormtrooper riding a bike:

ThePaperWall Lego Stormtrooper on Bike

Stormtrooper wallpaper. The Paper Wall.

 

Made me laugh out loud. 🙂

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

Online Finds: Free Floral Desktop/Mobile Wallpaper

Bits in Spaaace!, Colors, Design & Designers

For two weeks, it looked like snow was receding and spring was on the way here in Massachusetts, then we got more snow yesterday. (As if we haven’t had enough already!) I’m so parched for warm weather, sun and springtime! If only you could bottle spring, I’d make myself a reserve each year to tide me over the winter.

To cheer myself up, I found this beautiful floral laptop wallpaper by Christina Williams:

Floral Laptop Wallpaper

Feels better already – I love the perky colors and the watercolor effect. I cannot wait for real flowers to emerge, though.

P.S. Should you want one, Christina made several sizes from desktop computers to iDevices. Thanks so much for sharing, Christina!

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

Online Finds: Free Star Wars Valentine’s Day Printables

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For the SW nerd in your life: freebie Star Wars Valentine’s cards by Alecia!

Alecia Dawn Star Wars Valentines Collage

Alecia at Alecia Dawn Photography; collage by Eppu Jensen.

Go check out Alecia’s site for more designs!

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

Online Finds: Colorful Calendar for 2015

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Time to get a 2015 calendar! Thanks to Miss Tiina, I now have a gorgeous, colorful monthly write-in calendar:

Printable Calendar for 2015

It comes in two versions, North American (the week starts on a Sunday) and European (the week starts on a Monday), and is free for personal use only. I also really, really loved this colorful pixel design calendar by Maryanne:

Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess 2015 calendar pixelmayaugs

Maryanne at Scrappy Sticky Inky Mess.

Unfortunately, as I’ve come to realize, I need a lot of space for notes. As much as I liked my 2014 owl one, I have to have a calendar I can write on. To each their own. 🙂

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

Online Finds: Free Printable Gift Tags

Arts & Crafts, Bits in Spaaace!, DIY

I enjoy making my own gift tags, but we all have times when it’s just not possible because life. Fortunately, the Amazing Internets!! comes to the rescue. Here are a few cheerful, colorful holiday gift tags and other printables.

Free Printable Gift Tags

Clockwise from top right: rainbow party printables by Jaime at Everyday Art; Let It Snow gift boxes and tags by Emily Hingston; jumbo Christmas light garland by Bettijo at Paging Supermom; tags with a knit print by Amy Moss.

Thank you for your generosity, everyone!

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

Free Omnibus of Dork Tower by John Kovalic

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Earlier this morning, John Kovalic tweeted this:

It is the first Dork Tower collection, published in 2000, and Kovalic is basically giving it away this December. It’s available as watermarked pdf on DriveThroughComics for free; a dead-tree version can also be ordered (and it seems to be on sale for now). You do have to create an account, as checking out as guest is not possible. For 164 pages of Kovalic goodness, though, it’s not much to ask.

For me, this is perfect since I’ve read Dork Tower on and off over the years but never from the beginning. Thanks, John!

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