Saturday, December 28, 2013

Leslie Ditto Art

Happy Weekend! I cant tell you how happy I am to see it. I really enjoyed spending the holidays with my family, and I couldn't have asked for more. There was good food and even better company. I even received glow-in-the dark pajama pants, but we'll talk about that later. Maybe.

Earlier yesterday afternoon while I was wandering around Facebook, I was on the Steampunk page and saw a Mad Hatter art print. The artist's name was Leslie Ditto. I went to Google (quite fast) and found more of her art!
That hat!

Her paintings are so unique and just full of wonder.

Way too precious!
There are a lot more on her website You can even purchase some of them. I think I'll save some money up just so I can get my Mad Hatter!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Holiday Spirit, Where Are You?

I've been feeling very "blah" lately. A few weeks ago, you could just see the holiday spirit dripping out of me. Now that we're only 15 minutes from Christmas Eve, that holiday spirit has been sucked out of me. I'm going to blame it on the stress and anxiety.

When I was a little girl, the day after Thanksgiving was exciting for me; that meant the Christmas decorations were coming out! I can clearly remember my favorites: A jumping nutcracker ornament (I was constantly told to stay away from the tree because I was always playing with it), a Santa with his reindeer cardboard cut-outs, and this long, leather-type thing with jingle bells on it. My sister and I would always try to do some sort of Christmas song on it. Jingle Bells was the only song we got right for obvious reasons.

When Mom would bring out boxes and boxes of decorations, I'd get that warm, fuzzy feeling all over. It made me want to watch every Christmas movie/special ever made, listen to every Christmas song out there, become giddy with  excitement. To be honest, I miss those times. Christmas was full of wonder and magic in my young eyes.

For the past month and a half I have been dealing with an infection that is as stubborn as they come. Almost 3 weeks of antibiotics have left my poor immune system weak. I spent most of my time worrying if I ever was going to heal by the time New Years came around. Well, I have good news! I am 99.1% (that .1 is important, I promise) the way there! I am no longer on antibiotics and should be good by 2014.

This holiday season just hasn't felt magical. As much as I try to force myself to get into it, I just can't. I am hoping that as Christmas Eve day goes on, I'll get it back.

Happy Holidays from The Geeky Nutcase!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Geek-Inspired Tree Ornaments

Since I'm planning next year's tree and how I want it to look, I decided to go on a hunt for new ornaments. Our ornament collection is small so I really want to expand it to reach several miles. Okay... maybe just one mile. I've already planned to have a small, white Star Wars tree. Now, we move onto the big enchilada. The main tree that everyone gathers around and gawks at.

I must confess, robots are cool. They are just cool! So, I found these little cuties from Christmas Central.
The price of $64.99 (for 6) is a little more than I'd be willing to pay, but I can admire it from afar. (Psst, they have a lot more robot ornaments.)

Any Harry Potter fans? While I've fallen out of love with the series, I have a soft spot for Dobby.
That expression. Those eyes. *sigh*

I have to say that I never get tired of watching Ghostbusters. It was such a huge part of my childhood, and I sometimes like to relive it- even if includes wanting a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man of my own.

Calling all Whovians! Calling all Whovians! I must warn you not to blink at this next ornament. Although, it is very, very cute. A tiny killer on your tree.
I must hang you on my tree next year!

I am on the hunt for a well-made Star Wars wreath to hang near my little Star Wars tree next year. I shall find one! Luckily, I have someone who is a great finder of stuff. I think I'll call in a favor.

2014: What's In Store?

(Thanks to my sister for the image. She's awesome.)

I realize that we haven't even reached New Years yet, but as I was nursing some side effects from antibiotics for a nasty infection, I had some thinking time. Since I was barely here this year, I am going to change that! So here are my 2014 goals:

  • Update more. I promise!! I remember what it felt like to work on my novel/book, and blogging does the same for me. (Mental goal: Work more on the book, you lazy bum.)
  • More DIY. I've decided that I want to stir my creativity just a wee bit more. Now, I just have to keep myself from buying out every craft store in a 15 mile radius.
  • Books I love and hate. This, of course, will be a maybe. We'll call it an "experiment" for the time being.
  • A few giveaways. You read that right- giveaways. At some point, you'll get to win some really cool, awesome s*it. (It says "spit," I promise.)
It is a short list.... for the moment. As we actually walk through the year, it might actually grow a lot longer. As always, I am open to suggestions. E-mails are great, so just shoot me one if you feel more comfortable. It's in the upper right-hand corner. That purple box with icons. It's the first envelope.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Luke, I Am Your Snowflake

I live in Texas, and in my area, we don't get snow. If and when we do, it's only a light dusting- pretty, but snowball fight or snowman making it isn't. Because I love the cold weather as well, I get excited if I even see snow flurries. That's pretty sad, isn't it? You can agree. I won't be offended.

Since we are forever bereft (I just realized I haven't used that word in such a long time. Seriously, how often does it come up in normal, everyday conversation?) of snow, I decided to make my own paper snowflakes. Remember those you would often make in elementary school? However, these are a lot different than the glittered ones we made when we were 5. Thanks to Pinterest (once again), I found templates to Star Wars snowflakes.

Click on the picture to be taken to them!

Since I totally skipped last year in snowflake making, I'm jumping on the train this year. Herrera's 2013 designs include the Rancor, Solo in Carbonite.... you get the idea. Those I will do later. For now, we decided to stick with his designs from 2012 like Luke, Ewok, Leia, Yoda.
R-2 looks somewhat like a dalek.

(PS: Did I mention these are completely free to download? Cause they are.)
Imperial Royal Guard (by Mom)

Scout Trooper (done by sis!)

Darth Vader (Moi!)

A little bit of advice? An X-Acto knife will come in handy for those tiny little pieces. Lesson learned the hard way! By the way, if you are bad with scissors, choose an easy design. My poor Ewok didn't make it this time.

If you have trouble with the accordion-style, the video really helps!

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Friday, December 13, 2013

I'm Back!

First off, I just want to apologize for taking off and just leaving the blog to get dusty.

Now, why did I just leave? Well, I needed to step back and deal with the anxiety demons that didn't want to go away. I was feeling "smothered" by said demons, so I needed to re-evaluate what I was doing wrong in handling every day situations. Luckily, I was able to lasso those suckers!

Good news, though: I am doing MUCH better! Although there are several times I've had nervous breakdowns, that number is smaller than it has before. As I said when I started The Geeky Nutcase, writing allowed me to concentrate on something other that my anxiety. To keep that same feeling, I've decided to start it up again. I am as happy as a Stormtrooper finally hitting his target. (Well, I'm happy about it nonetheless.)

(Imagine this area as a hilarious venture into how crazy the holidays are and sleep doesn't happen.)

So I am pretty sure I am 95% finished with everything that needs to be done. Just a few more things and I will have scratched off everything on my list- except make those gorgeous Christmas cookies you see on Pinterest. One day, my sweets.... one day.

Oh, and before I end this reintroduction post, here is a picture of our tree.
It's so pretty! It has had several hugs with the floor thanks to our furry, four-legged destroyers. Now it mainly consists of plastic and paper ornaments. I'm hoping to remedy the disaster area of ornament deaths next year.


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