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A gift worthy of a Fan Girl? How about a DIY TARDIS galaxy shirt?

A gift worthy of a fan-girl? Is there such a thing? We all know those people who are head over heels for that one thing they are into. Or several things they are in to, what ever the case may be. And usually, finding gifts for said people, with such a specific interest or interests is relatively easy.

So what then, do you get for a 13-year-old girl who is all up in the fan fiction? And not just any girl, but the bestie/neighbors kid you love as one of your own? Something that is beyond cool, beyond awesome? I’m sure you can to Hastings or such and check out the latest Harry Potter get up, or as any Whovian knows with a new Doctor comes new Dr. Who merch. That’s all fine and well, but let’s face it, it’s; well boring and unimaginative I guess.

Now when said 13-year-old has taken to heart one of the very things you grew up with, one of the very things she gets picked at for, as you did. And is very willing to follow her own path, stand on her own feet and proudly nerd up, not following the society of sheep all around. What gift then, is personalized enough for a kindred spirit, to cheer her on in her rebellion of “Nay-sayers” and “Should-doers?”

Not just anything will do. And being a fan-girl, knowing every minute detail of story lines and a personal knowledge of characters that are closer than people in her real life, well you simply can not just pick something off a shelf, or even scour the internet for that one perfect gift. Not if you want to blow her beautiful nerdy mind.

So what do you do? Once you work out the direction to take it becomes easy. And as said fan-girl is 1) a real Whovian, 2) with a love of t-shirts; it becomes even easier. See? We just narrowed it down to a Dr. Who t-shirt. And in two steps!

But how do we make this a one of a kind, personal gift that no one else can copy off her remembering the kids that pick on others for being different, and then copy and steal said new, awesome, cool thing she came up with? Because kids are freaking mean.

  • Well, we find a black shirt, you know, because teenager now…
  • And we find bleach, spray bottle, paints, brushes, sponges, even sticks…it’s art. Have fun with it!
  • And then we print out an epic picture of the Tardis off the googles on to iron-on-transfer paper (the kind made for dark fabrics)
  • And then we wing it. Galaxy shirts, clothing and such are apparently all the rage, or have been or something. I must have missed the memo on that one. So we wing it, ok.

But I can close my eyes, remember images from the Hubble Telescope and overlay them with my imagination (adding in limited art skills) and memory of the Tardis from Dr. Who, and this, very loosely re-imagined, is what I see….DIY T.A.R.D.I.S. galaxy T-shirt at itsnannasplace.com

I know there are tutorials all over the place and I admit I really didn’t worry about them (Sorry creative people, I am a hands on type also.) I did however spend several minutes looking at images of what is floating about the ether, and I was so excited to just jump in and give it a go. I’m not sure if there are rules for Galaxy wear, being a form of art and crafts, nor do I particularly care.

Now having worked with all these materials and having them on hand already, I not only saved money (always a win) but I was familiar with understanding that spraying bleach in random gaseous and star type ways needed to be done before washing, drying and then playing with paint. I was also very careful, since I cheated with making an iron on, not to have paint too close to the placement of where I would need to use the iron, as that is the last step.

So there it is, a Tardis Galaxy t-shirt. And just because I had a boring denim jacket onDIY T.A.R.D.I.S. galaxy denim jacket at itsnannasplace.com standby, loyally awaiting a fun idea, I made one for me, sans color. And no it’s not stealing her awesome juju on account I have been a Whovian since Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor) with reruns of previous Doctors at the same time. Yeah, old and all that lol.

So, what do you think? Is this something you will try? I’d love to see them! If you have questions I would be happy to do my best to answer them in the comments below.

Oh, and she loved it, to the point of praise, a smile and a giggle (which coming from a shy person is huge!)

Happy crafting creatives!



Halloween Crunch Time! All hands on deck! -updated

The Bane Mask

Well Halloween is upon us once again and our living room, shall we say appears to be a craft store after a tornado. All manner of craft foam, fabric, paint, plastic tubing, buckles and the trusty hot-glue gun at the ready.

The Mr. has finished a Bane mask for a friend and is feverishly putting together his Judge Dredd vest. Pepakura (think origami on crack) is his thing for sure, and he is amazing at it! As per the Iron Man costume that got him started. (See Below)

Iron Man and Bat Girl at itsnannasplace.com
Us as Iron Man and Bat Girl 2011

Being nerds on a budget and having a love for DIY, Halloween has turned into a world I never knew existed. Oh the fun! The RPF is an absolute must for anyone wanting movie quality costumes that you can make yourself. And who knows, maybe you’ll even win a costume contest or two. At the very least, you’ll blow your friends minds!

Even now, we have another friend, parked on the couch with coffee in hand, troubleshooting and planning techniques to construct his Henchman 24 costume (from Venture Brothers.) It’s a team effort with no detail or technicality left undiscussed.

pepakura, cosplay, DIY IronMan handmade costume by Papa at itsnannasplace.com
Papas pepakura Iron Man

I am amused at the transformation from the agonized week he had, fretting over what he would be this year; to right now, excited and willing to learn new skills. Honestly, I love to see people begin their journey towards their goals.

Usually by now, this close to Halloween, we have bought and started carving pumpkins. A lot of them! It’s an event to behold. Every night the week before Halloween, a huge sheet of plastic completely covers the living room floor. Neighbors, Awesome Kid #2, The Mr. and I sit on the floor, design, cut, scrape and carve. Many a laugh to be had every time. (I’ll have to scare up the pictures for you some time.)

This year is different as we’ll sadly not be doing pumpkins. Sigh. So focus is on the costumes, and ours are last. Again. Panic! We have so much fun trying to make our friends visions come to life and hopefully teach something along the way, that we lose all track of time. Wait, what day is it again? Here’s some of Papa’s Judge Dredd bits drying.

Judge Dredd costume pieces at itsnannasplace.com
Craft foam never looked so good.

On a good note, I finally came up with a costume. Hooray! While not cheating exactly, I’ve decided to go with items I already have. Mostly. Better late than not at all, or so I’ve been told.

If you know of Judge Dredd, you may be familiar with Mama. Head of the Mama Clan that runs Peachtree. I know, little time and effort in this one and I used things I already had for the most part.

The red shirt was an over-sized cheapy from Walmart. A can of dark hair colour spray for $1 and the whole get up cost $6. Some super glue and makeup work and it was all done in about 30 minutes. But work smarter, not harder I say. And hey, an accidental couples costume is also a win.

DIY Mama (Judge Dredd) costume at itsnannaspace.com
My last minute Mama costume.
DIY Mama costume at itsnannasplace.com
The fake scar upset some family at first.


Are you ready for Halloween? Do you have, or partake in parties with all the fun ghoul noms and decorations? Are you a costume person or do you like handing out candy to all the little goblins and ghouls? Or perhaps hiding with all the lights off pretending not to be home? Are you into cosplay or pepakura? let us know in the comments!

What ever your poison, may it be a safe and happy Halloween!

Oh, and please REMEMBER FOOD ALLERGIES when handing out goodies!!!

Happy Haunting!

Update: Here’s Papa all done up as Dredd

DIY Dredd Costume at itsnannasplace.com
Papa’s Judge Dredd costume from the back.
DIY Judge Dredd costume Halloween 2011 at itsnannasplace.com
“I am the law”