September 7, 2011 • Cats, Crafting
Yes, you read that subject right.
Back in March, Margaret McGuire and Katie Hatz asked the Internet's cat lovers to send them their cat hair for their Crafting with Cat Hair in-house projects. The entire Quirk office was shocked by the amount of fur that rolled in. We even featured three adorable donors, Buster, Shadow and Fuzz, here on the Quirk blog.
Well, Summer is wrapping up and our supplies of cat hair are running low. So we need you, Quirk fans, to once again brush your feline friends and send us your cat hair. We're specifically looking for more white cat hair. See the sleepy kitten pictured above? Use him as a reference point. Or just look at him. Because he's omgsocutesquee!
Note, that this batch of cat hair is for a TOP SECRET Crafting with Cat Hair project. The first three people to send us their cat hair will get a free advance copy of the craftbook, as well as a copy of The Meowmorphosis (for obvious reasons). Send your packets to...
c/o Margaret & Katie
215 Church Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Questions? Email me at eric[at]quirkbooks.com. Thanks!
September 1, 2011 • Crafting
My office at the Quirk HQ tends to get rather dungeon-esque (not to be confused with dungeness, which are delicious), what with the fact that it is largely lit by the natural light pouring down from the ceiling. Alas, my current desk lamp is not nearly as cool as this custom lamp, crafted with care by Etsy seller Czechpub.
When the lamp is turned off during the day, there’s a lovely original black and white photograph printed on the front, a picture taken by Monica (Czechpub) in a little town outside of Oregon. But when the lamp is turned on, a secret message pops up on the typewriter’s paper… and you can customize the message! Awesome!
August 4, 2011 • Crafting
Ah, Shark Week. People sure do love it, and us book folk are no exception. While our friends over at Suvudu (hi Matt!) celebrated Shark Week with this awesome list of terrifying sea creatures from the Star Wars canon, we decided to go with something a little more adorable. Who says sharks can't be absolutely precious?
Kim Knutsson, the proprietor of Tweet & Tweed, crafts super cute little custom birds in an array of designs, from Muppet Show's Bunsen & Beaker to Star Trek's Spock (which I'm sure Night of the Living Trekkies author Kevin David Anderson would love). But my favorite, hands down is the Jaws Bird that Quirk editor Margaret McGuire sent me.
A vacation on Amity Island was cut short as a swim in the ocean found this little bird gobbled up by the infamous giant bird-eating great white shark from the movie "Jaws". This little blue bird is seen peeking out from behind the huge white teeth of that great white shark. If only he had a pressurized air tank and a gun, maybe he could put an end to his terror! Each one of Tweet and Tweed's birds are entirely handmade, resulting in slightly unique variations from bird to bird. They are all created with a bottle cap base, glass bead eyes, polyfil stuffing and awesome accessories.
Now, go celebrate Shark Week with something snuggly. Kim's cute, one-of-a-kind handmade birds will only run you $35. For more information, visit her shop!
July 25, 2011 • Crafting, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Ah! I am absolutley smitten with these amigurumi custom crochets of Star Trek: The Next Generation's characters by Deviant Art user Smapte! Everyone is rocking a precious smiling face, all except for Worf. Perhaps these dolls are made to mimic Star Trek: Insurrection, and he's currently experiencing jak’tahla.
Thanks for the tip, Mikey!
June 20, 2011 • Cats, Crafting
When I announced that we wanted fans of Quirk to send us in their cat hair, I wasn't kidding. Crafting with Cat Hair comes out in November, and we're getting ready, practicing our felting skills.
In fact, Katie Hatz and Margaret McGuire have been keeping themselves busy, working with a wealth of kitty fur that's appeared in the Quirk Books mailroom.
What's the source of all the fur? Well, Christina Yendall was the first to send in batches of cat hair from her three beloved kitties, Buster, Shadow and Fuzz.
We like to thank all the little people (and cats) whenever we can, so we're posting photos of these lovely cats here on the blog. Christina and Co., we thank you!
Interested in sending in your cat hair? We're still accepting submissions, and we'll happily post your kitties on here too! Details on Jezebel.
June 13, 2011 • Crafting, Video Games
Everyone here at Quirk Books knows about my crippling video game addition. There’s a reason I usually only request off on Tuesdays… because it’s New Game Day. You better believe I took two days off to play Portal 2. What? Don’t judge me. Have you seen this game?
Ahem. But I digress.
I recently stumbled upon dPad, an awesome Etsy shop that features video game inspired art crafted using upcycled books. Like this adorable 8-bit mushroom from Super Mario Bros., or this brilliant (but long since sold) vintage style Duck Hunt painting. I've posted a few more after the jump, have a look!