Thanksgiving Break

Time for the annual turkey day! We’ll be off for the next week or so for Thanksgiving.

WoW Druid Turkey Worship

If you’re celebrating, hope you’ll have a good one!

Image: screenshot from the World of Warcraft Critter Gitter achievement with turkeys

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Some things are just too silly not to share!

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Happy New Year 2017!

Happy New Year, everyone!

New Year 2017

May 2017 both delight and challenge you.

Ours definitely holds promise: Apart from some significant personal events, 2017 is also the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence. Hooray! I’m so thrilled to be alive when a big anniversary like this rolls around. And, coincidentally, Worldcon 75 will be in Helsinki August 9-13, 2017. Not yet sure what kind of a trip we could manage, but it sure would be fantastic to go. Might we see you there?

Image by Eppu Jensen

Seasonal and Geeky Trees

Here’s a few of our favorite brilliant and inventive Christmas trees from around the web.

A hilarious Cookie Monster Christmas tree by imgur user enhydralutris45:

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An ingenious Star Wars tree by Amy at DIY Candy (with how-to instructions):

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Kathryn Burnett’s fantastic Harry Potter tree (from North News via Bored Panda):

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And finally, a little less extravagant but no less charming, a small Hunger Games tree from Hunger Games Lessons, with a helpful how-to:

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We’re vacationing for a week or so. Until then, Happy Merry!

Hey, look! We found a thing on the internet! We thought it was cool, and wanted to share it with you.

Happy Halloween!

What’s a party without munchies? Make some mini monster eyeball treats for yours from donuts and candy with this how-to by Ashley Rose at Sugar & Cloth; photo by Jared Smith.

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Ashley Rose at Sugar & Cloth; photo by Jared Smith.

Happy Halloween!

Crossposted from Playfully Grownup Tumblr.

Geeks eat, too! Second Breakfast is an occasional feature in which we talk about food with geeky connections and maybe make some of our own. Yum!

Feasts and Fools

151026jackHalloween will soon be upon us. The origins of this holiday are obscure. It is often connected with the Gaelic festival of Samhain, which marked the end of the harvest and the beginning of winter, but Halloween, at least as popularly celebrated today in the US and some other countries, has wider connections. It is an example of a type of holiday found in many cultures: the “feast of fools.”

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These Star Wars Group Costumes Are Awesome

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

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

Perfect for Halloween: evocative 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.

Crossposted from the Playfully Grownup Home blog.

In Making Stuff occasional feature, we share fun arts and crafts done by us and our fellow geeks and nerds.