Thursday, May 31, 2012

Jen's Gems 5/31/12

(The consensus last week seemed to favor Jen's Gems, so I'm giving that a whirl. )

Goody Goody Tutus has just unleashed my inner squealing girly girl:


And look how pretty:

And how cute!

"Storytime Cowgirl" complete outfit (except boots) $95

I am now a puddle of girly goo. Love it.

ImagineeringDisney just posted a fun "Then and Now" post comparing shots of Walt in different parts of Disneyland next to a current view. Now *this* makes my inner Dizgeek squeal:

Check out how much those little trees have grown!
Hit the link to see the rest.

And if you're a Disney art fan, then you're going to love all the sneak peeks WonderGround Gallery just posted on their website. WonderGround is a new art gallery opening in Downtown Disney in California, and I am insanely jealous of anyone going to their June 9th grand opening. The exhibitors at the show read like a Who's Who of some of my favorite artists!

Here's one from Matt Hawkins, my favorite papercraft designer:

And I'm going to have to find a way to buy a print of this beautiful Art Deco Mickey by Scotty Reifsnyde:

Hit the link up there to see lots more - and *all* of the art at the show will be posted on June 9th. (Can't wait!)

Here's the coolest craft tutorial I've seen this week: DIY Shrinky Dinks!

Michelle over at Rust & Sunshine shows you how to take a #6 plastic container and make a gorgeous bracelet:

Doesn't the shrunken plastic look like glass? I have to try this!

You guys are going to flip for this: Wired's Kickstarter of the Week is for a toy called Roominate - but it's so much more than a toy. It's fully customizable dollhouse that comes with electronics girls wire and build themselves. Here's the video, which explains it much better than I can:

Can I just say how much I would have loved this when I was a kid? (Heck, would STILL love it?) Not to mention it helps teach the foundations of electronics, an advantage I dearly wish I'd had back then.

Anyway, I'm thrilled to report that the Roominate crew has already far exceeded their $25,000 Kickstarter goal, and with over two weeks still to go I bet they're going to at least double that amount. Still, head on over and show 'em some love; for $59 you can get one room & reel, and that includes shipping.

And speaking of girls who know their wiring, check out this gorgeous illuminated photo slide dress made by Emily Steel:

Spotted on Fashionably Geek

Hit the link for more pics and information on how she built it.

As always, if you've seen something geeky and girly or just generally awesome, please share it with me in the comments or over on Facebook!


  1. I suddenly have the need to watch Toy Story, thanks to those cowgirl dresses. All that is going through my head right now is, "Somebody poisoned the water hole!"

  2. Thanks for the heads up on Roominate. I just "backed" the deluxe 4 room set for my daughters. This is up their alley, since they are always constructing elaborate houses out of anything they can find. Reusable and electrified? Science based? Perfect! - Lori Jo

  3. I think I might need to make a superhero tutu dress for myself.

  4. Not to be a wet blanket, but ... Is it *legal* to sell tutus with the Superman and Batman trademarked logos? (The Wonder Woman tutu seems arguably generic; the "S" and the bat, however, clearly aren't just *inspired*, they're *copied*.) I recall that you've angsted on Epbot before about wanting to buy a product that crossed the line; we all have. How about dedicating a blog post to guidelines on responsibly crafting (and shopping) on the borders of someone else's intellectual property?

  5. Are you freaking kidding me with those tutu costumes?! I want one. Bad.

    Also, the art deco Mickey is gorgeous! I love the colors so much.

  6. You might wanna change the year on the post header. :D

    How I love shrink plastic! I made a pair of earrings and a bracelet recently...the earrings are roughly shaped like drops and colored very light sea colors and the bracelet is inspired by paisley and mehndi designs.

    Earrings Closeup

  7. A Victorian ring with a baby tooth? A wee skeleton in a sarcophagus ring? Must share with Epbot:

  8. I might just HAVE to go to Downtown Disney next weekend! I will be sure to share if I do! =)

  9. @ Anony - I don't think that question makes you a wet blanket at all! And frankly, it touches on something I've often talked about with John: where copyright infringement ends and parody or fair-use situations begin. I'm most confused by the art world, and even after having artists attempt to explain it to me, I still don't understand how they can paint & sell exact replicas of copyrighted characters (without a licensing agreement) and not get in legal trouble.

    And what about all the sculpted Mario and Portal jewelry on Etsy, for example? How does that work, legally speaking? Is it a "everyone else is doing it so it must be ok" deal, or is it legitimately ok?

    As you can see, I only have questions: no answers. I CAN tell you that I'd be terrified of selling anything even *remotely* copyright-infringey (heh), because I've seen too many horror-stories of artists being sued. Still, if any of you guys have a better understanding on it all, I hope you'll chime in!

  10. LOVE the superhero tutus! and that shrinky bracelet is PRECIOUS! I bet with all the cakewrecks out there, folks are just running out and buying the worst cakes they can find, just so they can send you a photo, eat the sugary ugliness, and then use the containers to make pretty jewelry. :)

  11. Oh, that "Robin" dress is adorable. I might have to make one adult size!

    And thanks for the bracelet project, I will definitely have to try that with my daughter.

  12. Roominate=WANT. xD I'm 24, but still obsessed with miniatures. That looks SO cool.

  13. ACK! Please tell me those Super Hero tutus come in big girl sizes!!

  14. Ironically, I actually had a dollhouse as a kid that had real working lights in it. You literally plugged in little tiny lamps in each of the rooms and they would light up. But Roominate is MUCH cooler!

  15. I flipped and ordered the Kickstarter room. My Only Hearts Pets need an apartment with functioning electricity. :)

  16. I love the Shrinky Dinks bracelet. On a side note, I was looking through a catalog for new products for our game store and came across Shrinky Dink Civil War soldiers. As we have a large group of historical miniature players I was laughing about it until my children (21, 20 and 15) asked me what Shrinky Dinks were. Sigh!

  17. I always love your links! The shrinky dink bracelet was aces! Jen x

  18. Pretty seahorse:

  19. I found the lyrics and translation to the french video. You're right, I love it! :)

  20. I wish I could get all those super hero tutu dresses in barbie size.
    May sound silly, but they'd last alot longer and get more play time that way.

  21. As soon as I saw those Shrinky Dink bracelets I KNEW they would be a great end-of-the-year teacher gift. My girls (and I) had a blast making them and their teachers loved them! Thank you for sharing that!

    Also, I really wish my girls were still little enough to want to wear tutus, because those are killing me with their cuteness.

  22. i love the tutus they are wonderful , i think it's great you made something fo rlittle girls to dress up in as superheros . Yes it is legal and it doesn't make you any less creative you can't really take anything used for say batman and not use the logo then it wouldn't really be batman. Being a batman fan i think these are great . I'm making a poison ivy cotume and i surely do think it's creative it's got my own creative ideas in it just like you put into these: ]


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