Etsy Crush of the Week Junior: Pop & Moo, FrillyMonster and The Albino Hare

So, I was trying to figure out how to give the illustrator and tattoo artist,  Imani,  something extra as thanks for tattooing the beautiful Neil Gaiman Sandman quote on me. But I didn’t really have to look for too long, because a few minutes hanging out in Etsy I found these kawaii accessories perfect for my favorite lolita! Huge shout-out to the shops featured for being awesome!

pop and moo

Pop & Moo

Kawaii cloud pin by Pop & Moo on Etsy

Pop and Moo- Kawaii cloud hairpin

More Goodies from Pop & Moo

Pop and Moo- Cute Cat Hair Clip

 

Pop and Moo-  Kawaii kitty blue canvas mary janes

Pop and Moo- Kawaii felt cute hair clip

Pop and Moo- Red kawaii rocket brooch

Pop and Moo- ZAP! Comic Brooch

 

FrillyMonster

Frilly Monster

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Hand drawn Dalek necklace by FrillyMonster on Etsy. Who knew Daleks could be so darn cute?

More Goodies from Frilly Monster

frilly monster Hello Kitty 1:2 Plugs

Frilly Monster- Skeleton Hands Collar Jewelry

Frilly Monster- 8g Light PIink and Green Rose Plugs

Frilly Monster- Adventure time Character Necklaces

Frilly Monster- Hello Kitty Nerd 0g Plugs

The Albino Hare

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The Albino Rabbit- Puffy Pastel Dripping Frosting

The Albino Hare- Meowmaid Mermaid Kitty Felt Brooch

The Albino Hare- Hot Pink and Green Coro Coro Kuririn Hamster Earrings The Albino Hare- Ghost Kitty Felt Brooch The Albino Hare- Bright Green Pouting Bunny Post Earrings

The Albino Hare- Cute Hot Pink and Bright Yellow Bunny Felt Brooch

 She loved her goodies!

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Etsy Crush of the Week: Designer Lollipop

Designer Lollipop

Interview with Pricilla of Designer Lollipops

Designer Lollipop- Eye Of SauronCan you tell us a bit about yourself?

HI! My name is Priscilla and I was born and raised in Utah. I love the mountains, cooking and art. I absolutely love to learn, I have worked in the fields of Massage Therapy, Digital Artistry, Photography, Photoshop Artist, and finally Candy Curator.

How did your designer lollipop Etsy shop come to be?

Designer Lollipop opened in November of 2012. I have always loved edible images and one day I put them inside a lollipop! IT took us a while to work out the kinks in our recipe but finally we have that brilliant, clear front which show cases our Art. I have to say that I think the Planet Lollipops and Creature Eyes have to be my absolute favorite!

How long on average does it take you to make a lollipop?

We make our lollipops in large batches. We make close to 160 at a time and it takes 3 hours give or take. I personally make them all by hand. It starts with designing the image, creating both sides of the candy. Secretly ;) getting that image inside and then each one is polished by hand and sealed tight in plastic.

Do you have any funny crafting stories?

Funny story, I had made probably close to 12 batches of candy and had forgotten to stick the sticks in. Can I just say too, candy making can be very hard. I have burned so many batches that I can’t even count them on my hands!

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests? Designer Lollipop- Death Star Lollipops

I have to say that my most unusual request was from a guy in Canada. He was a visual art major and had his final project coming up. He really wanted to do something unusual to showcase Violence in the world.

So he sent me some violent images, quite frankly they were pretty sad and wanted me to put them inside lollipops. He wanted to see if people could eat the lollipops. I will let you know how the study went, next time I talk to him!

Favorite custom lollipops I have done: I love doing Weddings! I have had many customers call and send me personal images to put inside the lollipops. They get it! They want one of a kind and we are totally excited about one of a kind lollipops!

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 

Deserted Island, I wouldn’t play video games or read comic books. I would be running in the ocean, forget electronics!

Where can we find you on the web?

You can find me online:
www.designerlolli.com
www.etsy.com/shop/designerlollipop
www.facebook.com/designerlollipop
www.theplanetlollipop.com (coming soon!)

 

Etsy Crush of the Week: Warp Zone Prints Geeky Cookie Cutters

warp zone prints

Interview with Athey Moravetz of WarpZone Prints

WarpZone- Mario 1-Up Mushroom CookieCan you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Athey: I’m 30, married, and have two kids, age six and three. I live in Central Oregon, where I’ve been for the last nine years. I moved here from Seattle, where I went to college. For eight years, I worked in the video games industry as a production artist. My husband also works in the video games industry, and for the same studio I did. When you’ve got two people, both working full-time for a game studio with yearly crunch hours, it can make things overly complicated, and after a series of events, I ended up at home instead.

What inspired you to a career in 3D art?
Athey: Long long… long, ago, when I was in middle school, a friend of mind got me a pirated copy of 3D Studio for DOS, that his friend’s father had brought back from a business trip to China. This was long before the days of bit torrent and easy software pirating – hah – so this was a huge deal. Half the people I knew didn’t even have a computer at home.

So, I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved it anyway. Looking back, I know I did everything wrong, but it was a learning-blind self-taught sort of experiment. To put things into perspective a bit – There was no Undo option in this program. There was no shaded view, only wireframes, and there was no back face culling. You saved every thing you did, just in case something went wrong, but if you didn’t realize you’d messed up until sometime later, you’d probably already saved over any opportunity to back up before the mistake because the hard disk was so small that you couldn’t afford saving even a half-dozen iterations of your file. And if you wanted to edit a texture map? You had to close the program, exit out of DOS, boot up Windows, load up your graphic editing program, make whatever changes you needed to make and save it – shut windows down, go back into DOS, wait the excruciating long time it took to do all this and load up 3D Studio, and then hope and pray you got everything right.

Despite all this, I was hooked, and years later, when the guidance councilors were pressuring all us high schoolers to decide what we wanted to do with the rest of our lives and apply to a bunch of different colleges, I decided I wanted to go into 3D Animation. WarpZone- Game of Thrones Sigil Cookie Cutter Set of 4

Originally the goal was 3D art for movies, but that eventually morphed into 3D art for games. There was definitely no plan, way back then, to be 3D modeling for a home 3D printer. Definitely never saw that coming.

Warpzone Prints happened mostly because of a guy at my old work named James. James is a mad-scientist kind of guy. He likes to build things. He’s very into DIY stuff, and he built himself a 4ft x 4ft CNC in his garage a few years ago. He’s also made an Egg-bot, and a number of other crazy things. He’d been eyeballing 3D printers for a long while and ended up deciding that, this time, he’d get one that was pre-built, rather than building it himself. He bought a Makerbot Replicator when they were pretty much brand new.

My husband and I had printed things through Shapeways for years at this point, but we’d sort of disregarded the at-home 3D printers because the quality just wasn’t good enough yet.

When we saw the stuff that James was able to make with his Replicator, we caved in and ordered one of our own.

WarpZone- Doctor Who Cyberman CookieIt was, quite literally, nothing more than a toy in the beginning. We thought it was really cool, and wanted one. That was all there really was to it. But we told ourselves that maybe we could make it pay itself off a bit, by printing things for other people, and maybe even selling stuff on Etsy.

At this point, we were both still working full-time in the games industry, so anything done on the bot, was done in our free time.

After my job in video games came to an end early this last fall, I had a lot more free time on my hands and ended up putting a lot more time and effort into the Etsy store and the one item that seemed really popular – cookie cutters.

I made a ton of new designs and started taking custom orders, and things just kind of exploded from there.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so, what? 
Athey: Oh… so many. Let’s see – for a 30-year old mom-of-2, I’m probably unhealthily addicted to Harry Potter. I even made my own full set of Slytherin Robes for Halloween a number of years back.

I love Portal, and 3D Printed my own Portal gun last summer. I started working on the model for making a Wheatley core, but then I got busy and it was kind of a hugely intensive project to figure out how to separate it into pieces small enough to print and then to assemble together.

I -Love- Game of Thrones, and thing Peter Dinklage is absolutely amazing.

All three of my cats, and my daughter, are named after characters from One Piece. My son is named after a character from Final Fantasy 7. Both my kids have the middle initial D, because of One Piece. I intend to wait until they’re much much older, and in a forgiving mood, before I tell them this. WarpZone- Avatar the Last Airbender Symbol Cookie Cutters

My husband’s ‘man-cave’ is a Retro-Gaming wet-dream of collectables and rare games and consoles, including an actual Neo Geo arcade cabinet that was an outrageous struggle to get up the stairs because it weighs a ton, and is huge.

We have a life-size Master Sword and Shield mounted on the wall of one house along with a huge framed map of Hyrule. We also have a life-size Buster Sword. It is very very heavy.

If Kirby were to swallow you, what power would he get? 
Athey: Probably the power to speed up time. I seems like every time I start working on something, I blink, and its been five hours.

If you were on a deserted island, what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? 
WarpZone- Bleach Kon CookieAthey:  I’d probably bring all of One Piece. It’s very… very…. long. It would last a while. Although, I would magically have it be finished, too. Maybe I’d just bring Eichiro Oda with me.

Where can we find you in the web? 
– www.warpzoneprints.com

And, as for social media –
www.facebook.com/WarpzonePrints
twitter.com/warpzoneprints
pinterest.com/atheym/warpzone-prints-cookie-cutters/

 

 

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Nerdy Hussy

During my weekly Etsy binge, I was searching for comic book decoupage goodies and stumbled across Nerdy Hussy shop and immediately ordered a Batman flask! (And it’s just as amazing as it looks) After interviewing Carrie I discovered we pretty much have the same pull list. Find out all about Carrie, how she got into crafting and all of the geekery she loves. Oh there’s a giveaway too! See details below.
The flask I got from Nerd Hussy! (Surrounded by Arkham Asylum)

The flask I got from Nerdy Hussy! (Surrounded by Arkham Asylum)

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Carrie of Nerd Hussy sporting Captain America earrings she made.

Carrie of Nerd Hussy sporting Captain America earrings she made.

Carrie: I live in a small town in Illinois but live very close to St. Louis, MO. I work as a Case Manager for an agency that advocates for the prevention and treatment of HIV. I consider myself a feminine feminist, I love wearing dresses, makeup, and jewelry and advocating for gender equality, education, and eliminating homophobia. I believe that socially constructed gender roles should not interfere with a person’s interests. Isn’t that what being a nerd is all about; liking something even if it’s considering uncool?

How long have you been crafting?

Carrie: Since I was very young. As a child I would request craft kits and paint supplies as presents. I was a creative child, I once used my older sister’s liquid foundation to create a beautiful wall mural…i.e., I covered my hands in foundation and made hand prints all over her room.

How did Nerdy Hussy come to be?

Carrie: It started as a hobby, mostly watercolor paintings that I would sell in a different Etsy shop, it wasn’t too popular but I had a lot of fun doing it. Slowly my crafting became exceedingly reflective of my nerdy personality and a coworker suggested I start selling the nerdy crafts on Etsy; however, the products were not congruent with the other store front, so I scrapped the other shop and created the NerdyHussy, specializing in geeky products.

Do you have any funny crafting stories?

Carrie: No animals were harmed in this story. For a few months I was doing most of my crafting on the floor, I would spread out all the materials I needed and watch Star Trek while creating items for Etsy. My cat found this incredibly interesting and took it upon herself to treat it as an adventure, investigating every scrap piece of paper, tissue paper, or product. After I had finished crafting for the night, I noticed my cat was trying to get something off her paw; she was licking it and trying to flick it off her paw. She had a piece of comic book stuck to her paw. She had stepped on one of the scrap pieces that still had the water-based glue on it and managed to glue it to her paw, the glue is non-toxic and removable with soap and water so I washed her paw off and removed the glue and comic book. I have since moved from the floor to a sectioned off part of the living room with a table and shelves, no cats allowed.

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?

Carrie: My favorite requests are the ones who force me to broaden my nerd knowledge. I know very little about Transformers but when I first started, I had a request for a Ratchet necklace, with a little research I was able to make the necklace and she was incredibly happy and I was able to learn a little more about Transformers.

Do you have any favorite comic books and comic book characters?Nerd Hussy Comic Book Shoes Made to Order

Carrie: Yes, definitely! My favorite comic book from DC is probably the New 52 of Wonder Woman, my favorite Image comic book is Saga written by Brian K. Vaughn and artist Fiona Staples and my favorite Marvel comic book is Hawkeye, so far. As for comic book characters, most strong female characters such as Wonder Woman or Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. I roughly have 15 comic books in my pull and hold at my local comic book shop, not including the trade paperbacks I read.

Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?

Carrie: I have an obsession with Firefly, Doctor Who, and Star Trek — in order of favorite The Next Generation, The Original Series, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, and then Voyager. I get so excited when I watch any of these shows that I’ll clap like a misguided penguin trying to fly.

I also game. Once a week I play a table top RPG that’s similar to Dungeons and Dragons called Pathfinder. In addition, once or twice a month I play board games such as Settlers of Catan and Dominion.

I enjoy going to conventions but I’m fairly new to them, I’ve only been going the past couple years. I’m looking forward to attending C2E2 in Chicago and GenCon in Indianapolis in 2013.

If you were a superhero what would your name and power be?

Carrie: Easy question, Boobarella with a transgender rooster named Cock Punch. During the day, we would educate men and women on healthy relationships and at night, fight crime.

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Carrie: I would bring my Nook, Laptop, and the collection of Sandman by Neil Gaiman.
Where can we find you in the web?
Carrie: Where can I be found on the web? In addition to the Etsy shop, I have a Facebook page Facebook.com/NerdyHussy and I can be emailed at nerdyhussy[@]gmail[dot]com. I have some pictures on Facebook how my products hold up over time and pictures of custom orders I’ve done in the past. Occasionally, I’ll post a promotional coupon code.

Nerdy Hussy Giveaway!

Spiderman Pendant

Spiderman Pendant

Win a custom pendant from Nerdy Hussy’s shop! She can customize it with either Wonder Woman, Batman, Batwoman, Batgirl, Flash, Green Lantern, X-Men or Spider-Man.

  • 1. Answer the following question: What comic book would you love to live in for a month?
  • 2. Like Nerdy Hussy on Facebook: Facebook.com/NerdyHussy
  • * One reader will win a pendant from Nerdy Hussy
  • * Contest ends Jan. 14th

Etsy Crush of the Week: Word To Your Unicorn

word to your unicornI met Leslie of Word to Your Unicorn like everyone else meets most people nowadays, on the internet. We instantly  became blogging buddies and then turned into internet friends (Facebook makes everything official). In October our geek girl worlds collided when I met her IRL at NYCC! Other than being her friend I’m a big fan of her blog, designs and overall kawaiiness. I was thrilled to hear that she opened an Etsy shop featuring stickers and buttons that are, to quote one of her items, “Whimsical as f*ck”! Find out more about Lelsie and her wonderful world of unicorns, cupcakes and geekery.

jamila and leslie

Pink Dalek Leslie and I at New York Comic Con 2012!

Promo code for 50% from Word to Your Unicorn Etsy Shop: girlgonegeek50

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

leslieLeslie: I’m a geek girl, kawaii fanatic, & costumed fancy pants living in Northeastern PA with a blogging obsession. I do design & marketing by day and blogging (darlingstewie.com) & web design by night. I also design super kawaii whimsical geeky such as stickers, pins, & other fun print items at my etsy store, Word to your unicorn. I apparently do too much.

How long have you been designing? 

Leslie: I started doing web design geocities style at the age of 13. This, fueled by a fire of Mountain Dew and Pokemon, led me to become this funky geek girl, cosplayer, and asian adorable kawaii mish mash that I am.

What made you decide to start your blog Darling Stewie, and what is it about?

Leslie: I was obsessed with the internet but I felt like… for all the time I was spending on it – I had nothing. I thought a blog could be a showcase of the things I create (web sites, adorable stickers, cute outfits, costumes) and the things I find (kawaii jewelry, geeky things, memes, cartoons, silliness) but showcased in a cool professionally silly way. I also do freelance web/graphic design so I was hoping to showcase my portfolio to get some more business.

What’s Word To Your Unicorn’s origin story?

Leslie: I felt like I could make cool things people might want to buy … so I started designing stickers. Inspired by the adorable and the geeky, I found myself leaning towards sugary sweet designs like cupcakes, mixed with geeky Doctor Who and Ninja Turtles nonsense. I plan to make a lot more designs and spawn them into notecards, prints, maybe even tshirts or something. I’m trying to see what the demand is and go from there.

Do you have any plans for future designs? Doctor Who Stationery Set - 4 Notecards

Leslie: I plan to design a Powerpuff Girls / cat mash up and probably some Adventure Time moustaches.

What are you a fangirl for?

Leslie: Hardcore fangirl for Harry Potter, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Sailor Moon, Star Wars, anything Tim Burton, Bobs Burgers and anything Loren Bouchard.

The fourth doctor had the scarf, the eleventh doctor has the bow tie. What would your signature clothing item be if you were the twelfth doctor?

Leslie: A giant pink bow on the top of my head. God I hope the twelth doctor is a woman. How epic would that be??

Which fictional character is your fashion icon?

Leslie: I love Luna Lovegood’s funky thrift store style. I rock River Tam on occasion… I can be seen in a flowered dress and combat boots. Oh and sometimes a mix between Lydia from Beetlejuice’s gothy style and Strawberry Shortcake fluffy cute babydoll dresses. Random, ain’t it?

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Animal Crossing, Harry Potter, Amelie and LOST for irony’s sake.

Where do you live on the internet?

Decals for Macbooks Review and Giveaway

My Game of Thrones and Aperture Science decals from Decals for Macbooks

I don’t know about you, but I really love covering my computer in decals and stickers. I’ve been through several since my computer has had more wear and tear than I’d like to share. But I’m really excited for my brand new Game of Thrones decal and Aperture Science (Portal) decals from Decals for Macbooks!

I probably spend more time than necessary deciding on which decals to put on my laptop. Because I have a lot of love for many things, I want to make sure they are all represented. Currently the ones I’m rocking are video game and Doctor Who related (surprise surprise).

But now I’m proud to show my Westerosi pride with a Game of Thrones Stark sigil decal that states the infamous and ominous, “Winter is Coming” line from Decals for Macbooks. And of course I needed the Aperture Science decal… for reasons. I’m sure GLaDOS would approve. Since I’ve had my fair share of really good and really bad decals, I’m happy to say that the application process on these decals was super easy and it only took me one try to apply! Decals for Macbooks has tons of geek themed decals you can stick on your laptop, video game consoles and and other flat surface you fancy.

Get 20% off your order of Decals for Macbooks with the code: GIRLGONEGEEK

GIVEAWAY!

  • Answer: Decals aren’t just for computers, they work on any flat surface, tell me in the comments section below where you’d put your decal if you won.
  • Three winners will get a decal of their choice!
  • * Contest ends Monday, Oct. 15th

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Ketchupize

When I first wandered onto Ketchupize during one of my weekly Etsy binges, I kind of lost my mind a little at her amazing items. Tina hand-paints absolutely incredible headphones, sunglasses and phone cases. When it comes to geek merch, it’s hard to find something new and interesting that makes you excited and I felt that excitement again when I look at Ketchupize’s Etsy shop. Tina’s shop features everything from Super Mario Bros.  and galaxy sunglasses, to a pokeball and companion cube headphones.

It literally took me a few weeks to narrow down and decide on which item to buy and review. I finally decided on the companion cube headphones for obvious reasons. I waited for the package like a kid waiting for Santa. When my companion cube headphones arrived I literally did a little happy dance. The hand-painted companion cube is damn near perfect. They are extra special because I know that someone spent time painting the details by hand. That someone being Tina. Other than being very pretty to look at, the headphones are great quality and sound.

Interview with Tina of Ketchupize Etsy Shop

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Tina, I’m a graphic designer and I live in Greece. I love music, video games, sci-fi movies, comics and all kinds of geeky things my parents thought I would grow out of when I reached 16!

How did the Ketchupize Etsy shop come to be?
It all started about two years ago. I wanted to create a unique gift for someone special. It was a pair of headphones and I decided to paint it. The whole process was so much fun and I loved the result. That’s how Ketchupize was born. It allows me to combine all the things I love and it’s really fulfilling, designing functional products for people who appreciate uniqueness and want something different and fun!

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?
One of my favorite requests was a pair of ”video games” themed headphones. I was contacted by a girl who wanted some custom headphones inspired from her favorite video games. They were some of my favorite video games too so it became more of a personal project and it was so much fun to make.

Are there any upcoming designs you’re looking forward to creating?
I try to come up with new designs as often as I can as it keeps things fun and interesting. My sunglasses line became quite popular during the summer so I thought of customizing normal glasses too. I’m currently working on new designs so I’m looking forward to that, hopefully they’ll be a big hit!

What are some of your favorite geeky obsessions?
My favorite geeky obsession is gaming. I’ve been a gamer since I was allowed near a computer or console. Through the years I’ve tried all kinds of different games and no matter how busy I am I always make time for that. Lately I’ve been playing Diablo 3 and I’m really looking forward to trying all classes in the new Guild Wars 2!

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
I’d bring my ”Big Bang Theory” box set! It’s my favorite tv series. It’s so brilliantly made I can watch all seasons over and over again and it always makes me laugh.

Where do you live on the internet?
www.ketchupize.etsy.com  
www.facebook.com/Ketchupize  
www.twitter.com/Ketchupize  
www.ketchupize.deviantart.com  

Enter for a chance to win these pokeball headphones from Ketchupize!

  • 1. Answer the following question in the comments section below: What’s your favorite video game soundtrack? 
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/Ketchupize
  • 3. Follow @Ketchupize (if applicable)
  • 4. Contest ends Monday, Sept. 24th