Sunday, March 24, 2013

Nerdy Kid's Choice Awards

It is a truth universally held that I am raising a nerdy child, and am proud of it. Last night was the Kid's Choice Awards on Nick and I wondered how the results would vary from the nerdy kid perspective. So I asked my kid his opinion and here is what I found.
(To create this list I used the results of the 2013 Kids Choice Awards compared to my sons picks. )

Mainstream Picks VS The Nerd Picks

Favorite TV Show
Award Winner
Victorious: A show about a girl who wants to become a star. The show has few strong adult characters, and most adults are shown to be stupid and incompetent.

Dr. Who: A show about a time traveling alien and his companion that save the world and place a high value on intelligence, and all life.

Favorite Animated Cartoon
My kid and the mainstream both love:
Sponge Bob Squarepants: No description necessary on this one. J

Favorite TV Actor
Award Winner
Ross Lynch

Matt Smith

Favorite TV Actress
Award Winner
Selena Gomez

Karen Gillian
(Note: Billie Piper was a close second but was not on the show in 2012.)

Favorite Book
Award Winner
The Hunger Games

Harry Potter (He has read the first three and likes them all.)

Favorite Video Game
Award Winner
Just Dance 4


Favorite App
Award Winner
Temple Run

Smurfs (I wouldn’t let him pick Minecraft twice.)

Favorite Movie
Award Winner
The Hunger Games

The Hobbit an Unexpected Journey

Favorite Movie Actor
Award Winner
Johnny Depp


Ian McKellen

Favorite Movie Actress
Award Winner
Kristen Stewart: As Bella Swan

Anne Hathaway : As Cat Woman

Favorite Animated Movie
Award Winner
Wreck It Ralph


Favorite Female Buttkicker
Award Winner
Kristen Stewart: As Bella Swan (Really?!?)

Anne Hathaway : As Cat Woman

Favorite Male Buttkicker
Award Winner
Dwayne Johnson

Thorin Oakenshield

Favorite Villian
Award Winner
Simon Cowell from the Voice



Just looking at this I have to say that my nerdy kid has far better role models. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Steampunk Superhero

I love genre crossover and the recent surge in steampunk super heroes has definitely made me happier. Here are a few of the fantastic steampunk crossover pictures.

The Joker

Green Lantern

Batman and Poison Ivy

Buzz Lightyear

The Flash

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Timeless Treasures - Steampunk Theme Fabrics

I am often asked where I find the fabric for my creations, especially the clockwork/ train theme fabric. As an avid sewer I have a several stores I shop at both brick and morter and online to find the fabric.

The thing to remember is that fabric runs on a season just like clothing and what you see now may not be available next month or next year. My rule is if I love it I buy some of it even if it is only quarter yard. (That is why my house is over flowing with fabric) If I am out shopping I take a picture of the info at the top of the bolt so that I know the designer and pattern name if I want to buy more later.

Much of my fabric is quilting quality fabric as it is a better quality and comes in a huge variety. This also means that they are cotton and run $9-$11 a yard.

Within the quilting/cotton fabric collections one of my favorite designer is Timeless Treasures. Over the past 18 months they have had several patterns that have a steampunk aesthetic.  Check thier website for stores near you that sell the fabric, if you are going to buy a larger quantity your local quilt store might give you a discount that online stores don't have.

My favorite designs by Timeless Treasure include:

That is all I have to show you today but I will continue to post more fabric options. If you know of a great steampunk fabric please post it in the comments!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Steampunk T-Shirts

Who doesn't love a great fitting t-shirt with a fantastic saying or graphic? As a fan of the graphic t-shirt I bring you several steampunk inspired shirts.

I Tink therefore I am By Buzz Multimedia

Steampunk Inventor By Cafe Press

Mechanical Heart By Pack Rat Graphics

Glue Some Gears on it By The Golden Gear

Big Wheel Keep on Turning By The Golden Gear

Powered By Tesla By DW Godwin

These are just a few of the amazing shirts out there. For more options try these sites: