30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 15

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Day 15: Pebbles Flintstone from The Flintstones

Yabba Dabba Do this!!!

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair – Day 13

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Day 13: Lucy Ricardo from I Love Lucy

This one is for my sister-in-law, Caroline, who loves Lucy more than anyone I know! And for my little niece who was named after Lucy herself.

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30 Days of Nerdy Hair Day 13 Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy Lucille Ball blog post

30 Days of Nerdy Hair Day 13 Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy Lucille Ball blog post

30 Days of Nerdy Hair Day 13 Lucy Ricardo I Love Lucy Lucille Ball blog post

5 Fandom Friday

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5 Things I Like About Winter

Today’s 5 Fandom Friday, brought to you by The Nerdy Girlie and Super Space Chick are things you like about winter. This is a tough one for me. I actually hate winter with a deep, fierce passion! It’s mean and cold and it’s just brutal trying to get around the city. But this is a list of things I like about it. I guess that means I have to choose positive things, so here goes!

#1 – Flying Home

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My family lives in sunny, sunny Florida. So one of my favorite things about the winter season is that I know I will be leaving the cold to fly south. This year it was a lovely 71 degrees on Christmas day. Now, that’s what I call Christmas!! I should be wearing flip flops… it just makes sense!

#2 – Christmas

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Which leads me to the next thing I love about the winter. Christmas! Jesus’ Birthday! The season of giving. It’s the best holiday of all. Especially since my family dresses in themed costumes every year. So it’s basically Christmas with a little Halloween thrown in. I love going to Christmas Eve services and having breakfast at my Granny’s on Christmas morning. I love seeing my cousins and brothers and parents and aunts and uncles and grandparents. It’s such a happy time. (Made happier when there is no cold weather and no snow!)

#3 – My Birthday

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32 years ago, a lovely thing happened on the day after Christmas. Yours truly was born into this world. And the world would never be the same again… cause I’m awesome! 😉 Winter is worth it all because of my birthday. I have always loved birthdays. And most years I  had elaborate parties and invited every person I ever knew in life. We’ve always been a Do-It-Yourself kinda family. (Why pay someone to do something when you can do it yourself?) One year we did our own homemade Glamour Shots. Complete with before and after pictures. I had a really elaborate Alice in Wonderland tea party one year (I was 25 years old!) Age never stopped my birthday fun. Every year we go to the Cheesecake Factory where we are able to be loud and boisterous and eat Cheesecake and just have a blast. It’s the best!!

#4 – Wearing Fuzzy Slippers

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Last year for Christmas I got these amazing fuzzy slippers that are really only best when you are completely freezing. And I love that I can wear them all winter long. I live about 10 blocks away from the subway stop and on a blistery, winter night when I’m frozen all the way through, I love walking through the door and immediately hoping into these babies. They go best with flannel pajamas, a bowl of mac and cheese and a well thought out Netflix binge session!!!

#5 – Snail Mail

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Winter is really the only season in which I get a steady flow of mail. You know… the mailbox kind. And not just junk mail and bills and offers to sign up for a new Capitol One credit card. But real deal mail. Mail that I get excited to open and read. I have always loved getting mail!! It just makes me happy. It’s fun to get an envelope and not know what’s inside. Is it a picture of my friend’s new baby? Is it another da-gum wedding invitation? Is it money from my Gran? I don’t know!! And that is the best part. During the winter I am usually inundated with cards! Not only Christmas and Holiday cards, but Birthday cards too. I love taking a huge stack of mail out of my mail box and sorting out the good stuff! It’s such a joy.

So all in all there are some things to like about cold, gross winter. I guess it’s an important season to have in the mix, after all! What do you like about winter? Let me know in the comments below! And if you wanna send me some snail mail or receive some, I’d be happy to send you my address and take yours. Let’s be pen pals!! 😉

Happy winter, my lovely nerds!

DIY Halloween Costume

Ever since I was 2 years old and my mom stuck a pair of white tights stuffed with cotton on my head and called them “bunny ears” I’ve had or made my own Halloween costume. There’s something special about finding all the pieces and putting them together to make your costume. It means more. It has more value, than some store bought concoction. Here’s a look at Costumes of Future’s Past…

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Ok this last one was totally store bought… but how cute are we!!!

That being said, not every one out there is a maven of the homemade, do-it-yourself realm. I get it. Who has the time? As I’ve gotten older, it has gotten harder some years. But I make myself try! And this year I decided to do Frida Khalo.

I did her hair for one of my 30 Days of Nerdy Hair series and loved how it turned out. (Make sure to check back starting November 1st for a brand new series of 30 Days of Nerdy Hair!!)

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So I thought, why not try the whole thing this time! The key to capturing Frida is a flowing peasant blouse and a well-drawn unibrow!

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I added a scarf like she wears in this photo:

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b77fbc833c945b69f54afe700b714887To tell you the truth, I think I did it much better for 30 Days of Nerdy Hair than I did for Halloween this year, but as long as the representation is there, I think the point comes across. Check out this week’s episode of So…This Happened to see more about Halloween.

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25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“Nerdy Claus is comin’ to town.”

Day 7: Homemade wrapping paper

This is a super easy one. You need some butcher paper.or maybe newsprint and whatever you want to decorate it. I used dot markers and my own drawing skills.

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25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“Joy to the nerds!”

Day 5: Decoupage Picture Frame

What you’ll need:

-a picture frame

-a couple comic books

-scissors

-Mod Podge

-a paint brush

Start by taking your comic books (make sure they aren’t super collectible ones if you are going vintage.) Cut out a bunch of phrases, characters, and panels that you may want to use on your frame.
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Then take your paint brush and apply the Mod Podge to your picture frame. It will dry clear, so use a liberal amount.
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Once you’ve applied the comic to the frame, apply more Mod Podge over the comic to seal it in.
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Continue the process until your entire picture frame is covered in comics and here’s what it can look like:
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25 days of (nerdy) Christmas!

“Have yourself a nerdy little Christmas!”

Day 3: Superhero Snowglobes

What you’ll need:

-Mason Jars (however many snowglobes you want to make.)

-Glitter (whatever color suits your fancy, though silver looks the most snow-like)

-Water

-Figurines, small toys, action figures (whatever you want to put inside your snowglobe)

-Goop (or any other water resistant glue)

-Christmasey decorations to go inside with your nerdy figurines (pinecones, mini Chrismas trees, ribbon, small Christmas village houses, etc. Be creative. Think outside of the jar!)

Take the tops of your Mason jars and begin gluing your chosen decorations and filling inside the top of the jar.
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I also glued some on the base of the jar so that they would suspend from the roof of the snowglobe as well.
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Make sure to leave your windows open for any strong apoxy glue. Leave the glue to set overnight, if you can, to ensure that it will resist the water.
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When the glue has fully dried, add water and liberal amount of glitter into the jar.
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Then apply more glue onto the lid of the jar before screwing on to seal the top and keep any water from coming out.
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There you go. Perfectly nerdelicious snowglobes for your holiday viewing pleasure!

Tomorrow: Nerdy Christmas Cards