June 27, 2007

Star Wars Hammerhead (Momaw Nadon) Sock Doll Craft

If you have a pair of old brown socks with holes in them, instead of sticking them back on your feet make your own Hammerhead sock doll! Otherwise known to his Cantina pals as Momaw Nadon, this gentle Ithorian was sitting quietly in a darkened booth that fateful day that Luke Skywalker wandered in.

Check out my tutorial here on starwars.com:
Hammerhead Sock Doll

June 25, 2007

mc chris: Napping with Artoo

Growing up in the north shore suburbs of Chicago, rapper mc chris (Christopher Ward) spent his childhood being tormented by the wampa, playing with his Yoda action figure and dreaming of Star Wars. Because he was too young to remember seeing the films in the theater (though he did watch them later over and over on Betamax tapes), his first memory of Star Wars revolves around hanging out with everyone's favorite droid.

"I had this plush Artoo that beeped, and there's this picture of me sleeping by the Christmas tree waiting for Santa and I'm using Artoo as a pillow," mc chris says. "Wishful sleeping, maybe?"

Read my interview with mc chris here:
mc chris: Napping with Artoo

June 21, 2007

Yoda and I Wish We Were Bettie Page

A portrait of myself and Yoda pretending to be Bettie Page, drawn by Star Wars artist Randy Martinez.

June 20, 2007


So for those of you crafty kids looking for a new book to add to your collection, I have to say I'm really impressed with the new book Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues by Nancy Flynn. You might recognize Nancy's name from her column on GetCrafty.com, plus she's done sewing demos at Maker Faire. She has a blog here too: Belleepoquewhimsy.

When I picked up her new book, I was happy to see that she has all kinds of sewing projects in the book and not just really advanced stuff -- especially since I don't sew that much. Her book has around 25 cool sewing projects that help you find uses for old jeans you'll never fit into again, or were ruined, or you bought and never wore. For the projects jeans are reinvented as other clothes, bags, wallets, jewelry, coasters and pillows. And there's some pretty cool projects that guys can do to like wrist cuffs -- which is nice to have a book that isn't just for the crafty ladies.

You can find the book here on Amazon. And the book is on Myspace with blog updates in case you want to see what Nancy is working on lately -- she often links to DIY projects both in the book and new stuff: Jeaneology book on Myspace

I have to say it was a blast to meet Nancy at the Maker Faire. In fact, because of her really fun sewing demos, she made me want to start shopping around for a real sewing machine again. I usually sew everything by hand, which can take forever. So if any of you get the book, let me know what projects you're making from it. I've made a few so far and I'd love to see how other people customized their projects too!

June 18, 2007

The Making of "Sgt. Lucas" Poster

Star Wars artist Randy Martinez creates an impressive mashup of Star Wars and the Beatles Sgt Pepper's record cover for a poster he's designing for our Star Wars European Convention (Celebration Europe). To make the collage he used over 300 fake flowers, foam core and lots of cut-outs! I chatted with him how he put the whole pop culture masterpiece together, with a little help from his friends.

For my full interview:
The Making of "Sgt. Lucas"

June 16, 2007

Bill Hader Channels His Inner Tauntaun

For "Saturday Night Live" cast member, comedian and actor Bill Hader, seeing Star Wars at a young age left a strong impression on him -- removing a few baby teeth in the process. "The first movie I remember seeing in a theater was The Empire Strikes Back with my dad," Hader recalls. "And when the movie got to the part with the tauntaun dying and he's cut open and I saw all that rice-like innards, I freaked out. I was probably about 3 years old and that scene scared the crap out of me. But my earliest childhood memories are mostly about collecting the Star Wars toys. In fact, I knocked my first tooth out running around with my Millennium Falcon and I hit a wall by accident. I was doing about six parsecs to warm up for the Kessel Run."

Hanging out at the local movie theater to see Star Wars films began at an early age. "My birthday is in early June, and since the movies always came out around late May, my birthdays sometimes had a Star Wars theme to them," Hader explains. "For my fifth birthday party, Return of the Jedi came out so all my friends and I went to go see it in the theater. All the users and concessions people were dressed up like stormtroopers and it was awesome."

Later on in high school, Hader took his then girlfriend to see one of his favorites in the saga -- The Empire Strikes Back -- with mixed results. "I went with a bunch of my friends to see a midnight screening The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition," Hader recalls. "Fans were dressed up in costumes and everyone was excited to see the film. I brought this girl I had started dating with us since she said she'd never seen a Star Wars film before. I filled her in on the storyline from A New Hope and said she should just enjoy watching it and not get too caught up in the plot. So as the movie starts in Hoth, and as the characters show up onscreen, she turns to me and gasps loudly, 'Hey! I didn't know Harrison Ford was in this!' And it got super quiet and some guy in the back of the theater then said, 'Who the hell just said that?' And then everybody in the theater groaned and starting booing my date. Obviously, we're not dating anymore."

Read the rest of my interview with Hader here:
Bill Hader Channels His Inner Tauntaun

June 13, 2007

My interview on Voice of the Republic podcast

The cool fellas at Voice of the Republic interview me about stuff like my You Can Draw Star Wars book, CIV, celebs who love Star Wars and more.

Listen here.
(I show up on the podcast around 19:40)


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