Domestic Geekdom

Highlighting recipes, crafting, and art projects, Domestic Geekdom is your source for exploring your creativity at home – with that geeky twist you’ve been looking for!

Hangi: A New Zealand Culinary Experience

This summer, I took an amazing trip to New Zealand. As someone with a lot of food restrictions going into unknown territory where I would not be cooking my own food every week, this was definitely a challenge. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find delightful meals that accommodated my needs in unique ways. Foremost among the surprises was hangi, a traditional Maori way of cooking. The first week of my stay in the land of The Lord of the...

The Art of Last-Minute Cosplay

I’ve had it happen myself: I start out the year thinking, “No, I’m not going to cosplay this year. I don’t have the [energy/budget/time/insert reason here].” Then as the convention creeps closer, the itch sets in. The next thing I know I’m scrambling to find something quick and easy in the days leading up to the my next convention. Well, my repeated procrastination can now benefit you! Here are some fun ideas for a last-minute costume based on what...

How Does Your Geek Garden Grow?

Spring has officially sprung with its moody temperature changes and hordes of people desperate to get out of their houses after a long winter. Now that the harsh cold has passed, people are turning their attention to their gardens and other outdoor areas of their homes. Hopefully, one of these items will catch your fancy and give you something on which to spend your hard-earned pennies. So get out there and geek up your garden! Doesn’t it deserve it?...

May the 4th Be with Your Crafting!

Star Wars Day is upon us again! (And once again I have nothing to wear . . .) For a long time, my love of Star Wars had waned. The more popular it became, the more “meh” I felt about it. But The Force Awakens really helped light a fire under that fandom again, and now I find myself with no Star Wars related clothing or jewelry to wear. So why not make something? Since I work in an...

Kitchen Gadgets: The Microwave!

I love kitchen gadgets. I have an Amazon wish list full of kitchen gadgets, from an immersion cooker to a strawberry huller. Today, I want go back to the original kitchen gadget: the microwave. According to Wikipedia, the first idea for using wavelengths in cooking emerged in the 1930s. Westinghouse used vacuum tubes placed in radio transmitters to cook foods in minutes at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. It wasn’t until the 1940s, however, that the microwave (as we know...

Be Shiny and Crafty with This DIY Duct Tape Purse

In planning for CONvergence 2016, I was skeptical that I would be able to come up with a costume that could work with this year’s theme of transportation. But while brainstorming and researching for something else, I hit on an idea: cosplaying as “Baby,” the 1967 Chevy Impala in Supernatural, and as the Deathcoaster, which Ash makes out of his 1973 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in Army of Darkness. One of the first things I thought of was, how do I...

10 Geeky Holiday Crafts to Deck Your Halls with Awesome

Normally, you see holiday posts closer to, well, the holidays. Most people find the sight of festive décor before Thanksgiving nauseating (and in spirit, I’m right there with you). But if you’re a crafty geek, you can’t wait until December to start thinking about the holiday crafts—most crafty genius takes time to create! And these crafts that I’ve rounded up from the far corners of the Internet are genius, in my own humble opinion, and worth planning to spend time...

Get Ready for Halloween with This Easy Pumpkin Diorama

I was at the dollar store the other day when I came across some carveable Styrofoam pumpkins. I didn’t give them much thought until I found the little science figurines in the next aisle. Next thing I knew, I had two pumpkins, some figurines, and a package of moss in my basket. Add some spray paint and googly eyes from Target and I was ready for a diorama! What You’ll Need At least one carveable pumpkin (you can get...

Make-Ahead Food for Conventions

So I’ve previously talked about the Dos and Don’ts of Drinks to Bring to Con and taken you through the Geek Convention Survival Guide. Justini has also given you some tips on physical and mental health at cons. This time, I’m going to go over some make-ahead snack and meal recipes, along with some ideas for having food in your hotel room. Disclaimer: Many cons take place in hotels and conference centers, each with its own rules. Please make sure you read...

“This Land” Fake Moss Terrarium

In October I was given a large glass vase. It is almost a complete sphere with a small opening on top. When I first saw the vase, ideas started popping up and swimming in my brain. I’m addicted to Pinterest and have seen the terrariums all over the site. The shady miniature landscaping caught my eye immediately. What you could do with some moss from outside, a few tools and some miniature figures was outstanding. I had recently seen...
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