I am a very happy subscriber of World of Warcraft: The Official Magazine and recently received issue # 4. I know the subscription seems ridiculously expensive for only 4 issues a year, but think of it the other way around… you’re spending $10 on something really, really cool and you’re only doing it 4 times a year. See, isn’t that better? Seriously, it’s a gorgeous magazine and every time I receive a new issue I fall in love with it all over again. The insight into the creation process and the artistic process, the stunning graphics, little known behind-the-scenes information, the fact that each issue averages 145 pages and there isn’t a single advertisement in the whole damn thing… it’s amazing. I highly recommend you subscribe if you are able.
In the most recent issue, the community section features a story about players who combine their real life talents with their love of the game to create some amazing WoW inspired crafts. I have always been jealous of people who are crafty because I have always wanted to be crafty. The closest I get is when I buy unpainted ceramic figurines at craft stores and paint them up as gifts. Or the one time I collected ginormous acorns with my niece and nephew and painted them up as ghosts and jack-o-lanterns for little tabletop Halloween decorations. The people who are really talented are making highly-detailed sculpted clay figurines that have wire and tinfoil frames, plushy voidwalkers, hearthstone cookies, faction-based jewelry and other similar items. I wish I had their creativity and skills. It has inspired me to try and think of something WoW related that is simple enough for even me to be able to create. It has also made me curious to know how many of you guys are crafty and if any of you incorporate World of Warcraft into your crafting hobby. I would love it if you commented here to tell me about things you make or things that you know other people make.
While we’re on the subject, I’m sure everyone already knows that you can go to CafePress.com and type “WoW” into the search to find all sorts of t-shirts, bumper stickers, coffee mugs and mouse pads. That’s where I got the awesome bumper stickers that adorn the back window of my beastly vehicle. What you may not know is that you can go to Etsy.com and search for “Warcraft” to find little crafty items that people have made. In fact, currently there is a WoW Alliance Pillow Slip cover that fits over an 18×18 pillow that I would love to have on my new couch in my new apartment. But since I need to come up with the money for the new couch and new apartment first, I guess I’ll just have to hope somebody keeps cranking these out so I can buy one in a few months.