Happy Star Wars Day

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This oldie but goodie is awesome not just on Star Wars Day: this observatory was painted to look like R2-D2.

Facebook Hochschule Kaiserslautern R2-D2 Observatory

Hochschule Kaiserslautern via Facebook

The paintjob is the work of Professor Hubert Zitt at the Zweibrücken campus of Hochschule Kaiserslautern (University of Applied Sciences), Germany. (For an article in English, see e.g. My Modern Met.) The observatory was transformed with a bit more than a lick of paint by the Professor, some students of his, his father-in-law and a professional painter.

I cannot imagine how long it must’ve taken them, but the results are great!

As an aside, my linguist brain was tickled to find that in Germany, it is customary in formal situations to address lecturers with their full titles. For example, years ago when I helped Husband with his research, he was called Herr Doktor Professor in his German correspondence. I just love the variety of language use! 🙂

Found via Good Stuff Happened Today.

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

Last-Minute Han Solo Valentines

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Need a last minute Valentine’s Day card for your Star Wars sweetheart? No problem – Havalah at Sister, What! made three free printable cards, and they’re not too scruffy-looking at all. Here’s the Han Solo one, for instance:

Sisters What Havalah Han Solo Valentines Printable

“I’d be solo without you” – LOL! So awesome. The other two designs clearly refer The Mandalorian series (which I haven’t seen yet, waah).

Thank you for sharing, Havalah!

Happy Valentine’s Day, or friends’ day as it’s known in Finland!

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

Spotted Online: Life-Sized Boba Fett Wall Decal

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I had to share this in honor of the U.S. opening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Nicole Balch used a life-sized Boba Fett wall decal to finish off her son’s Star Wars -themed room, and the results are fantastic.

Nicole Balch Making It Lovely Sons SW Room

Nicole Balch at Making It Lovely.

Kudos! Visit Nicole’s blog for the full details.

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

Discoveries: Needle-Felted Star Wars Scenes

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Jack and Holman Wang created a series of books based on the three original Star Wars movies. Their take? Each book is illustrated with epic needle-felted scenes.


Jack and Holman Wang / Lucasfilm Ltd.

Wow, right? All of the scenes are meticulously made, styled and propped. They describe the project on their website like this:

Star Wars Epic Yarns is a new all-ages board book series offering a lightspeed take on the original Star Wars trilogy. Each film is pithily summarized in just 12 words and 12 eye-popping needle-felted illustrations.

“The series took nearly a year to make, including hundreds of hours of needle-felting to create the characters, hundreds of hours of scale-model set building (incorporating everything from plumbing parts to dry ice), and weeks of location shooting (including a trip to the Californian desert).”

Holman and Jack also share great behind-the-scenes material, including the Star Wars Epic Yarns Behind the Scenes video. It starts with with felting humor:

– The Emperor: “There is a great disturbance in the Force.” [Darth Vader breathing heard in the background]

– Darth Vader: “I have felt it.” [cue an image of needle felting, with continued Darth Vader breathing]

I especially love it when artists have a sense on humor about their work! 🙂

At this writing, Jack and Holman have three upcoming public appearances, including at the Jane Austen Society of North America Annual General Meeting in Washington, DC in October. Jack and Holman’s work can also found at Cozy Classics, where Jane Austen enthusiasts (like me!) can find needle-felted versions of Emma and Pride and Prejudice, among other classic books. Some fantastic preview images of all their work are also available. Thanks, Holman and Jack!

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

Online Finds: Free Hand-Drawn Star Wars Valentine’s Day Printables

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Jessica at Mad in Crafts shared her free printable DIY Star Wars Valentine’s Day cards:

Mad in Crafts Hand-drawn-Star-Wars-Valentines

Jessica at Mad in Crafts.

Very, very neat!

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Jessica at Mad in Crafts.

Visit Jessica’s site for non-watermarked versions of the graphics. (Free for non-commercial purposes.) Thanks, Jessica!

(Huh. Apparently it’s a thing for me to share Star Wars printables on Valentine’s Day… Now I need to decide whether to go all out with it or do something different.)

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

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:

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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.

Online Finds: DIY Unisex R2-D2 Apron

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I try not to do two Online Finds posts in a row, but this was just too good not to share immediately:

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Deby Coles at So Sew Easy.

Looks fabulous! The details are really great – you can tell that Deby’s a fan. And I’m sure you could use the same technique to make a BB-8 apron, too. For details (including a video), visit Deby’s tutorial at So Sew Easy!

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

Online Finds: DIY Star Wars Canvas with a Lightsaber!

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Katie at The Casual Craftlete shared a quick DIY project that’s full of Star Wars win, with plenty of time to get it done before the premier of Episode VII. How would you like a Yoda wall canvas with a lightsaber that actually lights up?

Katie Casual Craftlete DIY-Star-Wars-Canvas-Art

Katie at The Casual Craftlete.

Who am I kidding – who wouldn’t like one, right! You could even make a whole series of them, either in the same color like the elegant grey Katie chose, or you could pick a range of different background colors, something like in this set of art prints by NEVEstudio.

See the full tutorial by Katie at her site. Thanks for sharing, Katie!

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These Star Wars Group Costumes Are Awesome

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Liz Stanley at Say Yes shared a Star Wars style, easy-on-the-wallet (and nerves) approach to Halloween costumes:

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Star Wars group costumes. Photo by Ashley Thalman / Say Yes.

Perfect for Halloween: evocatives outfits that are easy to create almost entirely by using everyday items. Sometimes it’s the whole that matters more than individual details. Great job!

Credits: models Aaron, Kayti and little Monroe Oldham; photography by Ashley Thalman; styling by Sarah Larsen; production by site manager Ashley Aikele; creative direction by Liz Stanley at Say Yes.

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