Thursday, June 26, 2014

Doctor Who Hat

My poor husband has been working a lot lately. He sometimes gets one day a week off at work, and he often works over 12 hours in a day. This is really cutting in on his playing-video-games-and-eating-Oreos time.

To show my appreciation of his hard work, I wanted to buy him a Doctor Who hat to go with his scarf. Unfortunately, the official licensed hat only comes in one size, and that size isn’t big enough for his noggin. However, the internet is a glorious wonderland, and I found a suitable substitute available in various sizes.

All that useless knowledge about Doctor Who made his head swell. 
The hat is 100% wool, to which I’m allergic. I feel that is a fitting analogy of my relationship with Doctor Who. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Doctor Veil, My 12 Foot Foe

I really needed to get to work on my Doctor Who veil since the event I need it for is on the 28th of June. After I washed, dried, and ironed my 12 feet of glorious silk, I had to paint on the dye. First, I marked where all the stripes would go. I looked at the Doctor Who Scarf website and measured the stripes compared to the one Ash had. I decided to paint the original stripes. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a silk stretcher. I thought about building one, but it would need to be over 12 feet long. The local lumber yard has boards, but they are too short. Also, I wouldn’t have a way to get them home. I decided to rig a very fancy stretcher out of folding chairs, thread, and a lot of scotch tape.

Very fancy, indeed!

I drew the lines for the stripes with water based resist, and once the lines dried I painted on the dye. The resist prevented the colors from running together. I could only do a yard and half at a time because my kitchen is so small. It took all day.


After I heat set the dye with my iron, washed out the resist, and dried it, I saw how noticeable the resist lines were. I didn’t like the white stripes on the veil, so I decided to paint a second layer without resist. I used very watery dye and overlapped in the white areas. As if that didn’t take enough time, I had to heat set the entire thing again.

Ironing is so much fun!

I hope it was worth all the time and money to create this prop!

Did I mention I had to iron?

Monday, June 16, 2014

Doctor Veil

Despite the sorrow Doctor Who causes me, I know enough about it to relate to people who love it. Unfortunately, my sense of humor gets me in trouble from time to time, and I’m in one of those situations now. I know several wonderful women who love the Doctor, and a long time ago they began plotting a dance show with a Doctor Who theme. I first joked that I would make a Cyberman costume and do the robot. I spouted off a few other terrible thoughts (such as doing a cane dance with that question mark umbrella) until I joked about dancing with a 12 foot long veil with stripes as homage to Dr. Scarf.

So, guess who is going to perform in a Doctor Who themed dance show with a 12 foot long veil…

How can I remain grumpy when I have 4 yards of silk?
I really shouldn’t complain because the other dancers in the show are fantastic. Most of the performers are from Jewel in the Lotus Dance Company, and they’re talented and friendly. I went to a rehearsal last week, and it was a blast. There were snacks, shiny costumes, and of course the dancing. The show is fewer than 2 weeks away, which means I really need to keep working on my veil. 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Game Stop in Italy

I had the good fortune of being free from comics, Doctor Who, and old video games for two weeks last month. I mean, I had the good fortune of traveling to Italy for two weeks last month. The trip was for an art history course. My savings account looks pretty meager, but I’m happy I went. It was a great opportunity, and it was a good way to end my first semester in graduate school.

Instead of boring you with details about my gondola ride in Venice, seeing amazing paintings by Caravaggio, Leonardo, Artemisia, Botticelli, and Michelangelo, and visiting ancient Roman ruins, I’ll share the nerdiness I was unable to escape.

First of all, on the trip over, my potato chips made a Doctor Who reference. The packaging claimed that the bag was engineered with “Tardis-like technology.” While the bag was filled with more chips than air like most bags, it was still not quite enough of a snack.

Isn't all this fat and salt bad for the Doctor's hearts?
I also spotted a couple Game Stop stores while in Italy. There were many old buildings that were occupied with modern businesses. There was a gift store in the Colosseum, and more souvenir shops than I could count within the Vatican chapels. I breezed past this Game Stop while on a walking tour, and I saw a few other shops with superhero advertising and products.

Come se dice "nerd" en Italiano?

Surprisingly while I was away, Ash didn’t break the bank buying movies and video games. He only expanded his Doctor Who collection a little and acquired the Veronica Mars movie.