Adorable & Geeky Amigurumi Giveaway

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I don’t do giveaways often, but when I saw Louie’s Loops crocheted cuties I couldn’t resist! It was hard to pick just one mini doll to review but I had to go with Aang. I’m in the process of finishing Avatar: The Last Airbender and I think the show is perfect. The knitting is tight which makes it durable and perfect for a keychain. Although the shape of Louie’s little pod people are similar, he manages to make them all clearly distinguishable and extra adorable. Enter the giveaway at the bottom of the page for a chance to win a Louie’s Loops amigurumi doll of your choice!

Some of my faves from Louie’s Loops Etsy Shop:

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Loot Crate- Monthly Geek and Gamer Subscription Box

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You might have heard of the Birchboxes if you’re fancy, or the BarkBox if you’re a dog. But now us nerds have our very own monthly subscription box appropriately called Loot Crate!

How It Works

loot crate 1You subscribe  for one of three available plans, all under $20. Each month you receive 6 to 8 hand-picked products focused around a geeky theme.

The theme for August was CAKE, and  if you’re a Portal fan like I am, you’ll understand why.

It came with:

  • – Caffeine Power Up Shirt – Shirt Woot!
  • – Walking Dead Mystery Minis – Funko
  • – Aperture Labs Lanyard – Valve
  • – Aperture Labs Wristband – Valve
  • – Aperture Labs Tattoo – Valve
  • – $5 OFF Shirt Woot! Coupon – Shirt Woot!
  • – Portal Stickers – Loot Crate Labs
  • – Jelly Bean Pyramid Pack – Jelly Belly

So basically, if you think Christmas should be once a month sign up for LootCrate– lootcrate.com/girlgonegeek!

Get 10% off using the code: GIRLGONELOOT

Follow & Like:

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Use the Force with Lego Star Wars

 

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Or rather, a few decades ago in Denmark, Lego was born. A couple more decades after that, Star Wars hit our screens for the first time and created a pop culture phenomenon. In 1999, fate finally joined these star-crossed lovers, Lego and Star Wars, together and created and the perfect collectible toy sets for the young and young-at-heart alike.

With the news of Disney acquiring Star Wars, we now know the space epic is set to find a third generation of fans with the 2015 release of a new trilogy. To occupy your time between watching the old films and waiting for the new, you can build your little Hoth, X-Wing, Millennium Falcon, Sebulba’s Podracers you name it! You can buy the Lego Star Wars collection at Tesco. The Rebel Alliance needs you… or The Empire depending on how you feel that day.

Etsy Crush of the Week: Red Lotus Designz Featuring Manga & Comic Book Jewelry

When I was trying to figure out which manga and panels I wanted Red Lotus Designz to make into a bracelet for me, I knew one of them had to have Tetsuo’s arm being blown off (because it’s beautiful). Needless to say, I got what I asked for and more! I couldn’t be happier with my custom Akira bracelet. The quality of the manga and craftsmanship are both great.

Get 15% off your entire order at Red Lotus Designz is using the code: GEEKISSEXY2013

My Akira Bracelete by Red Lotus Designz

Interview with Diana of Red Lotus Designz 

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Diana from Red Lotus Designz

Diana from Red Lotus Designz


RLD: 
My name is Diana Chin and I’m the co-founder of RedLotusDesignz.  My husband and I run a small business where we create handmade custom order jewelry and amigurumi.  We also specialize in website and app development. 

How long have you been making jewelry?

RLD:  I’ve been crafting jewelry and amigurumi since 2005.  It was a form of therapy for me while I was working on my Masters in Internet Technology.  Believe me – writing a thesis on social media and privacy while trying to design and program user interfaces was very stressful!  But it was worth it :) Plus I was able to produce some pretty pieces for me to wear during grad school!

What is Red Lotus Designz’ origin story?

RLD:  Our small business was founded in the Year of the Rabbit (February 2nd 2011). We wanted to create affordable jewelry pieces that are fully customizable and won’t break the bank.  When I first started selling our jewelry pieces, they were mostly anime/manga related.  Etsy had a market for people who sell comic book jewelry.  While I love them, I felt that there weren’t enough upcycled manga jewelry pieces available.  So I started making Sailor Moon earrings.  I felt fortunate (and lucky!) that we were able to make a good amount of sales right after we posted them. Eventually, we started to introduce more custom order listings (currently we have 17), and the option to make photo jewelry pieces.  I’m pretty happy that after two years, we’ve managed to bring a variety of character customizations (from anime/manga, video games, comic books, etc.)!

It brings back to why we named our shop RedLotusDesignz in the first place. In Asian culture (my husband is Chinese-American and I’m half-Guyanese), we believe that the color red symbolizes good luck.  The lotus represents the ability to bloom beautifully in times of disaster.  The “Designz” part, we added the “z” since we were deriving it from the slang term “azn” (that was actually my husband’s idea lol).

Do you have any funny crafting stories? Red Lotus Designz- Comic Book Braceletes

RLD: Well…there was this one time that I did drop all of my yarn supplies while carrying them upstairs to my storage room.  It wasn’t fun when I had to walk back down the stairs to gather all of the amigurumi eye pieces that were scattered all over the floor >_<

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

RLD:  Anything related to Sailor Moon! It was the first anime / manga that I was exposed to.  Even until now, the story never gets old :) I sometimes reread the manga when I feel nostalgic.  Whenever I receive a custom order that features one of the characters from Sailor Moon, I get really excited :D That’s how much I love the series!

If you could live in any anime show, film or manga for a month, which would it be and why?

RLD:  Hands down, it will be Sailor Moon.  What I love about the series is that the storyline doesn’t focus only on the romance between Usagi and Mamoru.  The friendship that Usagi shared with her teammates was even more spectacular.  It goes to show you that with the power of friendship and love, the impossible can be achieved.  Despite the odds stacked against you, Usagi was a normal girl that simply had her strong faith with her friends and the love of her life :) That’s how I feel towards my husband and our friends/family.  Without their support, we wouldn’t went this far with our dream to start a small business.   

Where do you live on the internet?

RLD:  Our official website is http://redlotusdesignz.com.  Here, you can find our latest blog updates regarding our shop and website/app development projects. We recently moved our pre made and custom order listings to our main website.  It’s under the Shop link :)

 

Etsy Crush of the Week- Lara Theme

When I browse the Lara Theme Etsy shop it feels like I’m in Kirby’s Dream Land because everything is really cute and really soft and looks really tasty (although you shouldn’t eat it).

I ordered a Totoro, because honestly how could I not, and Lara made me a custom Mega Man that I’ll give to my brother for his birthday. I couldn’t be happier with the way they came out! The quality of the material and craftsmanship is wonderful. I know my way around the hand-made crochet and plushie shops on Etsy and a lot of them are pricy. So I’m glad to say that Lara’s shop is extremely affordable which makes deciding on which item to get easier (get them all!).

My Totoro and custom Mega Man plushie by Lara Theme

Interview with Lara of Lara Theme Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Lara: My name’s Lara. I’m a 23 year old girl from Scotland with a serious coffee addiction. I care for two children: my 5 year old son, and my 27 year old boyfriend. I can usually be found on the sofa with my nose in my Kindle, in front of my sewing machine, or getting excited over something happening in space that nobody cares about but I still ramble on about anyway.

How long have you been crafting and making jewelry?

Lara: Honestly, not very long at all. I think it was roughly 18 months ago that I came across a really cute tutorial on a blog, showing you how to make a felt hair clip. It all started from there!

How did Lara Theme Shop come to be?

Lara: I realised that I couldn’t carry on creating all this stuff and keeping it myself – I don’t have enough room for it all! That, plus a bit of nudging from family and friends, made me decide to start selling on Etsy! 

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Lara: It changes all the time. At the moment, I’m really enjoying making polymer clay necklaces, especially the octopuses!

What are you a fangirl for?

Lara: The Dragon Age games. It’s ridiculous how much I adore Alistair and Fenris!

If you could live in any Studio Ghibli/Myazaki film for a month, which would it be and why?

Lara: Ponyo! I reckon my little boy would get on well with Sōsuke.

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

Lara:

Video game – definitely Dragon Age Origins.

Book – tough one… would have to be The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. Maybe then I’d finally get it finished!

Movie – Sunshine.

TV show – Probably the Big Bang Theory!

 

 

Find Lara Theme on the Internet:

Lara Theme Giveaway!

  • 1. Tell me your favorite item from Lara Theme‘s Etsy shop in the comments section
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/LaraTheme (if applicable)
  • * One reader will win a free item from Lara Theme
  • * Contest ends Wednesday, Nov. 7th

Etsy Crush of the Week- N3rdWool (and giveaway!)

N3rdWool first flew into my life on a Pop-Tart space cat meme made of yarn and I’ve been hypnotized by her designs ever since. I mean, have you seen her Nyan Cat Scarf? It actually plays the music. I know, crazy right?!

Valerie is the magical hands behind N3rdWool. She crochets everything from customized WoW characters to lungs to zombies and probably zombie lungs if you asked.

Find out more about N3rdWool, my favorite Etsy (nerd) shop of the week, in the interview below. And we get an answer to that question burning on everyone’s mind, what power would Kirby get if he swallowed Valerie?

 Oh, and there’s a zombie doll GIVEAWAY too, details below!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Valerie of N3rdWool:

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Valerie/N3rdWool: Hi, I’m Valerie, and I’m a nerd. (Hi, Valerie.) By day I am a mild-mannered web & social media manager for a local university; by night I am a crocheting fiend. I’ve been into all sorts of geekery since the tender age of 8 (Monkey Island REPRESENT) and have been enjoying a life of obscure internet meme references and gadgetry babble ever since. My household harbors a gamer husband, a fairly spoiled dachshund, and two renegade kitties. Things I’ve done recently include: learned how to make absolutely pro cupcakes, ran my first 10K race, mastered the art of the bow-tie.

How long have you been crocheting?

I learned somewhere along the way in undergrad, but didn’t really get into the meat of what I do now until the fall of 2009 when I stumbled upon the awesomeness that is crocheting in the round. Once I mastered the basics of crafting body parts and gussying them up with various crafty bits and accessories, I just hit the ground running and haven’t stopped. I’ve made some pretty crazy pieces, and I love the challenge of churning out something unique, quirky, and possibly appealing to those who heart the internet as much as I do.

How did N3rdWool come to be?

I wish my shop had a magical back-story, but it’s pretty straightforward: I did an entire Christmas in crochet, photographing everything I made. Friends and family loved what I created, urged me to set up shop… It was simple enough to use the pictures of what I’d already made to list items. The name of the shop came to me as I was trying to describe what it is I offer. (And I couldn’t resist including the 3.)

How long on average does it take you to make an item?

I generally give my customers a time-line of 2 weeks maximum for their item, but small pieces I can usually complete in a night or two of work. Larger, more complicated pieces (like the customized WoW characters or the nyan cat scarf) can take close to the full 2 weeks to complete.

Do you have any funny crocheting stories?

Not really funny ha-ha, but funny-cute: I decided to create a replica of my husband’s WoW character (undead male warlock) as his Christmas present one year. I spent most of the month beforehand crafting bits and pieces of it right under his nose, telling him they were for other projects. He never suspected a thing, and opening his Lil’ Blasphemar on Christmas day (complete with tier 10 gear, weaponry and the signature turquoise mo-hawk) was a total surprise. #Winning.

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

I’m secretly convinced I’m really a Care Bear masquerading as a human. I played World of Warcraft for a pretty significant amount of time, enough to use a phrase from raids as my license plate (I can always tell when fellow gamers spot me on the highway). I have watched the American version of The Office on Netflix Instant more times than I care to admit. Anything related to nyan cat will freaking MAKE MY DAY. I think that’s why I ended up actually making the scarf… I wanted it badly enough for myself that I just had to try it. My original geeky obsession was actually reading, which I would do for days on end as a kid and eventually translated into an English Lit focus for both of my degrees. Shout-out to the bookworms!

If Kirby swallowed you, what power would he get?

The power of unflappable optimism. (Also laser eyes.)

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

Wait, does the island have wifi? 4G? THESE ARE VITAL DETAILS. With internet connection, I’d definitely bring WoW as the game. Without, it would have to be the Sims. (pre-emptive claim here: Sims would include *all* Sims. 1, 2, 3, all expansions. Don’t like it? Doesn’t matter. It’s my island.) One book is just cruel, but since I’m being forced to pick I’ll go with House of Leaves (should keep me entertained for quite some time). TV show would be The Office (U.S.), movie would be Fight Club. Yeah, that’s a pretty sweet island right there.

Where can we find you in the web? 

You can find my N3rdWool shop on Etsy here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/N3rdWool

And my N3rd Wool page on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/N3rdWool

(Also, the video of the nyan cat scarf in action is here: http://youtu.be/_pV9A7bfN1U)

I do contests and give-aways every so often on my Facebook page, so feel free to follow and join in! I also like that Facebook allows me to display photos of things I’ve crafted in the past that may not necessarily be for sale at the moment… so definitely check out the pictures and let me know if you see something you’re dying to have!

 

N3rdWool Zombiefied Giveaway: Win a zombie doll!

 

Etsy Crush of the Week- MiCrochets

I discovered Mike’s Etsy shop, MiCrochets when I did the post The Most Adorable Crocheted Video Game Characters. I fell in love with his shop and his creative way of making crocheted sackboy and sackgirl characters from Little Big Planet. Mike even does custom sackboys and sackgirls so you can conquer your not-so-secret desire of owning a sackboy or sackgirl version of yourself.

You already know which one is my favorite, I didn’t know David Tennant could get any cuter until I saw this Tenth Doctor sackboy! 

Girl Gone Geek Readers get 10% off  MiCrochets Etsy Shop with the code: GGGEEK

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Interview with Mike from MiCrochets:  

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a bit about yourself? How long have you been crocheting and how did you get into it?

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Mike: I am a large tattooed father of two boys. I have an attitude of “I can do that.”. When my youngest wanted a sackboy I checked around and Little Big Planet didn’t make one at the time so I thought “I can do that.”. It took me about a month to figure out how to crochet via the internet and off I went. First I did the tutor on youtube and my son was happy. Then it was daddy can you make me this and daddy can you make me that. Since I was self-taught and didn’t know how to read patterns I learned to create as I went along. So when my older son wanted his own sackboy I was ready to make my own design with working arms and legs (he wanted an action figure).

GGG: Tell us MiCrochets origin story?

M: One day while my son was playing at the park someone asked me if I sold the toy I was working on. I think I laughed. It wasn’t until I visited a yarn store that I realized I was good enough. The owner loved everything I had crocheted and would have taken them all if my son wasn’t there yelling these are mine! A week later someone approached me at the park again and asked if I sold on Etsy, I didn’t even know people sold hand-made online much less somewhere as cool as Etsy. I came up with the name MiCrochets by combining my name “Mike” with what I do “Crochets”.

GGG: How long on average does it take you to make a sackboy/sackgirl?

M: Depending on the difficulty 8-20 hours.

GGG: Do you have any funny crocheting stories?

M: Most local yarn shops are used to me now, but whenever I visit a new one I usually get looks like I am lost.

Dr. Horrible by MiCrochets

GGG: Are there any characters you haven’t made yet and can’t wait to create?

M: Death from the Sandman series, or Skeeve and friends from Robert Asprin’s Myth series.

GGG: Is there a personal favorite doll you’ve created that it was hard to part with when sold?

M: Almost all of them. I keep thinking I won’t be able to do it again but that’s just nerves.

GGG: Do you have any other geeky obsessions?

M: I play Magic the Gathering the card game at tournaments.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? (this deserted island has electricity)

M: LBP, Groo/Abarat, Titus (the Anthony Hopkins one), Wonderfalls

GGG: Where can we find you in the internets?

M: