Take a Seat in This Beautiful TARDIS Chair

Image: Etsy Seller WittsWhimsy

Image: Etsy Seller WittsWhimsy

Yes, what we all really want is for that magical blue box to appear in our yard one day. Chances of that are pretty slim, but you can at least get this incredible TARDIS chair for your living room. It’s a one-of-a-kind piece made by Etsy seller WittsWhimsy who turned an old chair into something entirely new.

It’s a Begere Regency chair that needed lots of love, so she started with sanding down the worn wood until it was smooth and then painted it black. The original cushion was also in bad shape so she completely remade and replaced the cushion with 4″ heavy duty memory foam.

The whole thing is then covered in silk shantung that she hand-painted in blue with that familiar TARDIS theme. It’s covered front and back so it’s the TARDIS no matter how you look at it, and there’s even a little surprise when you lift the cushion. No, it’s not bigger on the inside but it does have a field of stars as though you just opened the door to the galaxy.

The TARDIS chair is currently for sale for $695 in Illinois with shipping available throughout the United States.

(via RiellyGeek)

Product Review: Doctor Who Bakeware Range From Lakeland

My creations using the Doctor Who range from Lakeland

If there is one type of product certain to send my geeky heart a-flutter, it’s bakeware. My kitchen is full of everything from Portal cookie cutters to Star Wars cake pans so when Lakeland (one of my favorite kitchenware stores) announced their exclusive collection of Doctor Who products, I may have danced for joy. Lakeland kindly sent along a sample of products from the collection and I have spent the past few weeks trying them all out.

Dalek Cupcakes © Sophie BrownThe first products I tried out were the Dalek cupcake wraps. These are simple cardboard wraps and toppers that are placed around a finished cupcake, transforming them into Daleks. The £9.99 pack contains 24 wraps in four colors—a good number for a child’s birthday party. As it happened, a few days after receiving them I was baking cupcakes for my village fair so I decided to try them out there. I stuck with the white, red, and blue wraps simply because I didn’t want to spend the extra time mixing up orange food dye when I was already busy. The wraps are very easy to use but I did find a few problems with them. First, even at its smallest, the wrap was significantly larger than the cupcake, making it very hard to pick up, especially for clumsy kiddie fingers. I ended up using a craft knife to make another slit further around the wrap; not a major problem but one I could happily have done without in the busy prep time for the fair. Any of us who have catered a child’s birthday party knows that convenience is key and adding in an extra job was more than a little annoying. Secondly, to make your cupcakes look anything like the pictures on the packet you would need an extraordinary quantity of icing on top. I was using standard size cupcake cases filled to the brim with cake and what I felt was a lot of icing, especially for a child’s cake, yet my cupcakes still didn’t come close to the catalogue pictures, and the Daleks ended up looking somewhat squished. I can only assume the wraps are designed to be used with larger-size muffin cases, as this would help to eliminate both problems. Naturally this would also result in the cakes being rather big, especially to give to a child. Regardless of these issues the cakes went down a storm at the fair. I saw lots of children (and adults) dragging people over to the cake stall to point them out and they sold out rapidly.

Doctor Who Cookies © Sophie BrownNext I tried the cookie cutters. These come in sets of two each priced at £4.99 and you have the choice of Dalek and Sontaran, K9 and Cyberman, and the TARDIS and a Weeping Angel. I’d prefer if they were sold individually as this double-pack method means anyone wanting to make the TARDIS and a Dalek must purchase two additional cutters they may not want. (Perhaps that’s the idea?) The cutters are all spring-loaded to make removing the cookie dough easier, and each one is incredibly detailed, especially the Dalek. This detail means that the cutters get sticky very quickly; I found myself dunking them into flour between every use to prevent sticking. This was especially helpful with K9’s thin and fragile tail. My cookies came out with a varying degree of success. My TARDIS cookies were especially wibbly-wobbly, but this can be at least partly attributed to baking with a three-year-old and partly to my own lack of skill at making cookies stay straight. I generally found the TARDIS to produce the least defined results while the Sontaran and Dalek cutter provided exceptionally defined cookies. The level of detail made icing them very fiddly. I used a tiny piping nozzle (Pampered Chef number two for those baking aficionados) which worked well but even that felt a little clunky in some parts. If you’re hoping to reproduce the pictures on the website make sure you have a good piping kit and a small nozzle on hand. The results do look fabulous even though I didn’t use any color on my batch. If you have the time and the patience, you could produce something truly spectacular.

Doctor Who Chocolates © Sophie BrownSome of my favorite baking items are my collection of chocolate molds. The £4.99 TARDIS chocolate mold can make 12 chocolates in the same designs as the cookie cutters and has the added cool factor of being shaped like the TARDIS itself. The shapes are quite shallow making nice thin chocolates that won’t break your teeth if eaten direct from the fridge. They’re solid enough, though, to easily remove them from the silicone mold. Each one is also highly detailed; surprisingly so for tiny chocolates measuring only about an inch tall). I think this is one of the most flexible items in the collection, especially as it’s one of the lower cost items as well. The chocolates can be used on top of cupcakes, to decorate larger cakes, or just eaten as they are. If you use white chocolate you could even dye them—blue chocolate TARDIS chocolates, anyone?

Doctor Who Cakes Before & After Icing © Sophie BrownThe final product I tried was the cake pan. I was fairly dubious about this one simply because the catalogue photos didn’t look all that spectacular; if they can’t make the cakes look great for expertly photographed promotional photos, then what hope does the average home baker have? The cake pan creates six dome-shaped cakes with the characters as raised figures on top. The first issue comes with the pans themselves. The characters are fairly small and detailed so you really need to grease them well; a bit of butter rubbed on with a paper towel just isn’t going to cut it. I used Wilton’s Cake Release which has never once let me down. Even so, you need to be careful that the product doesn’t pool in the indentations, since that will prevent the cake mix from filling them. I found this to be a particular issue with K9’s tail. The cakes are also an odd size; significantly larger than a cupcake or even a large muffin but smaller than a full sized cake. It makes them a little too big for eating in a single serving but also awkward to use as a full size cake. And who wants half a Cyberman in their party bag? As I predicted from the photos, the cakes produce less than impressive results. Icing them helps but because they are dome shaped, the designs arch away from you making them difficult to ice and also somewhat awkward to actually see. Out of the collection, this is definitely the one I’d say to avoid. Personally, I’d simply invest in the cookie cutters and use them to cut fondant icing shapes to decorate a regular cake.

There has been a lot of thought put into these products, which is to be expected from a company with such a bakeware and cookery pedigree as Lakeland. The items in the collection are not cheap, but they’re pretty reasonably priced compared to other products in the store and most importantly, they produce good, consistent results except for the cake pan. If you have a child who loves Doctor Who or if you just want to impress your friends next time they visit, then I cannot recommend the collection highly enough. The range is exclusive to Lakeland but the store ships worldwide. If you do order any of the products, let us know how you get on with them. There’s nothing we at GeekMom like more than drooling over pictures of delicious geeky treats. Yum!

Google Maps Takes You Inside the TARDIS

Street View Inside the TARDIS © Google / BBC

It might look like an ordinary police telephone box on a street in London, but according to Google Maps, it’s something far more special.

Allons-y!

As you view the map of the road near the Earl’s Court tube station, click street view to explore. In the street view of Google Maps, click the double arrow next to the police box to live your dream of being whisked away by the Doctor. The street view continues on the inside, where you can take a detailed look at the close workings of the TARDIS.

And yes, it’s bigger on the inside.

5 (Or Maybe 7) Awesome Doctor Who Fabrics

Photo by Jackie Reeve

Photo by Jackie Reeve

When Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th Doctor last week, the news obviously took over the interwebs. And it got me thinking about Spoonflower, the custom fabric printing company, and it’s great collection of TARDIS-loving fabrics from independent designers. I’ve had the above print, an old design from K. Mayes, in my stash for a couple of years now (check out all her designs here). These are the other Doctor Who fabrics that I’m coveting right now.


1.
Timey Wimey Toile. Hand-drawn portraits of all 11 Doctors. As toile. And available in every fabric option, plus wallpaper and decals. I could definitely imagine wallpapering my house in this design from Emily Binard.

Timey Wimey Toile in Tardis Blue

Photo courtesy of Spoonflower, used with permission. Design by ebinard.

2. 11th Doctor Baby Onesie. A cut and sew knit print by lady spacefem for the coolest baby onesie ever. And there’s a 10th Doctor version, too. And I can’t get enough of her Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey Stuff print and the incredible infinity scarf someone has made with it. I need to conquer my fear of knits just for her prints.

11th Doctor Baby Onesie

Photo courtesy of Spoonflower, used with permission. Design by spacefem.

3. Stuff That’s Cool. The GeekMoms are fiercely divided by their Doctor allegiances, but you can’t really argue with the sound logic in Marisa Roberts-Hauptman’s 11th Doctor print.

Stuff that

Photo courtesy of Spoonflower, used with permission. Design by risarocksit.

Or the awesome that is her Tenth Doctor Chevron. Check out her stuff, seriously. So much good.

Tenth Doctor Chevron

Photo courtesy of Spoonflower, used with permission. Design by risarocksit.

4. The Doctor’s Favorite Things. Technically this would be the fifth fabric in my list (or sixth if you count the one from my own stash). But who wants to get technical where Doctor Who is concerned? Designer Kathryn Downing’s gorgeous damask print just screams to be transformed into something awesome to wear. I love this.

The Doctor

Photo courtesy of Spoonflower, used with permission. Design by kdowning.

5 (or 7?). 4th Doctor Apron and Pot Holder Set. Clearly I love a cut and sew project. It’s the crafty equivalent of the 1980’s Rice Krispies Treats commercial where Mom douses herself with flour to look like she has worked all day in the kitchen. And this Fourth Doctor apron pattern from Jenn of All Trades (who has patterns for the fourth, fifth, tenth, and 11th Doctors, plus so much more) is the epitome of dinner party conversation starting. And it comes with pot holder cutouts. I’m a little obsessed.
4th Doctor Apron & Pot Holder Set 2

These are my favorites, but if you head over to Spoonflower you can spend hours staring at all the geeky fab options. Sew away!

Ten Geeked Up KitchenAid Mixers

A kitchen geek is lost without her KitchenAid. Sometimes I wish I had two or three of them, but I settle for having two bowls and multiple attachments for everything from casing sausage to extruding pasta. What I don’t have is an awesome design on it. I should work on that. Meanwhile, I’ll gaze at these:

If I could have made my Mass Effect costume out of batter instead of foam, this would have come in handy:

KitchenAid Brasil produced this special design:

Image: KitchenAid Brasil

Image: KitchenAid Brasil

Alas, most of us don’t live in Brazil. But you can buy decals for your KitchenAid designed for mixers that are blue. white, or red.

    Image: Alan Chris Ltd.

Image: Alan Chris Ltd.

You can always go hand-painted if you’re a committed DIY geek, but the easiest route is vinyl decals, and Etsy is a treasure trove of them. Click the names in the captions to go to their stores.

The KitchenAid’s shape practically screams Bullet Bill from Mario, doesn’t it? Mustard Seed Dream on Etsy makes a white vinyl sheet that when applied to your black KitchenAid looks like this:

I think if you put these TARDIS decals on your mixer, you’re obligated to make Ood rolls with it.

Or there’s the Batman option:

For cupcake pirates, wandering the seven kitchens looking for tiny dessert booty:

And finally, though not strictly geeky in the way the rest of these are, I couldn’t resist adding this:

Doctor Who Leggings: Better Than Fish Custard

Doctor Who leggings by Her Universe

Image: Video screencap, Doctor Who leggings by Her Universe (see full video below)

Why should t-shirts get all the fun designs? Her Universe is sharing the love with our legs with new Doctor Who leggings, as well as dresses and PJs.

The leggings come in three designs, including one based on “The Pandorica Opens,” aka the van-Gogh-exploding-TARDIS painting, which I’ve been wearing. The first thing I noticed about these leggings is how magnificently buttery soft they are! It’s like dipping your legs into custard. If your legs were fish fingers… no, nevermind. Let’s kill that analogy here.

There are things to consider before wearing them, of course, particularly if you happen to be a companion. You shouldn’t wear these leggings for any visits to Vincent Van Gogh’s house, or any time prior, really. You could inadvertently influence art history.

And frankly, wearing them around the Doctor is just a rude reminder of the destruction of the TARDIS. The man had to pull a piece of it out of a crack in time and space. Wasn’t that enough? How cruel are you!? Consideration should also be given when wearing the Dalek blueprints based on the likelihood that you’ll be encountering any Daleks that day. And if you’re a companion, the chances are… well, you should pass on those, shouldn’t you? Who knows what they’d think!

Ahem. Assuming you’re just an ordinary person who means Time Lords (and history) no harm and aren’t likely to run into any alien species on an average Tuesday, you’ll find these a delightful addition to your wardrobe. Some less humanoid species may find challenges in sizing and fit, but should consult a size chart and try to work things out. These leggings are worth it.

I usually wear a size 8 in pants, and the XL leggings fit me fine, but there’s definitely room in them for someone bigger. (The size chart lists them as for a size 11-13.) It seems almost mandatory to make a “bigger on the inside” joke here, but that pretty much defines leggings, doesn’t it? However, I do solemnly swear that I recognize that leggings aren’t pants and promise to wear them only with appropriate other clothing or in legging-appropriate situations, such as exercise!

That said, I did wear them to a trampoline arena. That counts like exercise, right? I thought I should thoroughly test them and see if with a TARDIS on them, they could help me travel like the Doctor. Due to cutbacks in my huon-energy budget, I figured the trampolines might serve as a sort of launching fuel, just to get them started. Alas, all I managed was a single flip in front of an outer-space mural:

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The only proper way to test leggings, obviously. Photo by Ruth Suehle.

My experiment’s failure to achieve interstellar travel, much less any change in my progression on the same timeline, suggest the leggings don’t have any actual TARDIS powers. Slightly disappointing, but expected. Instead they have the power to generate compliments from many passers-by. Or bouncers-by, as the case may be. It’s a fair trade.

You can buy these delightful reminders of your favorite Doctor from Hot Topic for $26.50 each in sizes S-XXL in one of three designs: Van GoghDalek blueprints, and TARDIS in space.

Note that 2XL leggings are listed separately on the Hot Topic site from the S-XL listings.

See all three designs in this video from Her Universe:

I received this item for review.