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:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lootcrate
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/lootcrate
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/lootcrate
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lootcrate

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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:

 

Etsy Crush of the Week- nerdJERK

You might remember this weeks Etsy Crush of the Week from a previous post ‘The Most Adorable Crocheted Video Game Characters. Once I started this new category I new I had to feature a few of my favorite amigurumi makers and nerdJERK is definitely one of them! The hot pink Bob-Omb (see slideshow below) is destined to be in my life! It was practically made for me, plus my pink cthulhu has been lonely wrecking havoc on the world, she could use a buddy. The talented crafter behind this insanely adorable crocheted is Steph Cortes! Read her funny the interview below and check out the slide show and marvel at the handmade kawaii plushies. 

Get 10% off your ENTIRE order from nerdJERK with the code: GIRLGONEGEEK

Interview with Steph Cortes:  

Steph Cortes aka nerdJERK

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Steph Cortes: As I sit here on my grandma’s vintage sofa from the 50s, listening to Queen, I’m tempted to say that I live a life of luxury! After all, not everyone gets to listen to Queen on old school couches on Sunday mornings whilst being virtually interviewed. But I guess the difference lies in the details: I’m also surrounded by hundreds of little bombs/mushrooms/whatever-Goombas-are, made of yarn. That and every colour of felt you can imagine, stacked in looming piles near the RockBand drums. And when all I wanna do it play some dang RockBand (yes – I’m stuck in 2009), I’ve gotta finish prepping for a giant show in 5 days.
My name is Steph Cortes and I’m one crafty broad with a huge deadline.

GGG: How long have you been crocheting and crafting and how did you get into it?
SC: When I was a little chubby Stephy, my grandma used to take time to show me some of the basic smooth embroidery moves that made her a stitchin’ success. I thought it was just a different way to draw, but the little details you could get from a needle and thread on, well, ANYTHING was kind of amaze-balls.
Fast forward to awkward & teenage-y chubby Stephanie in a high school rad enough to have a crafty arts class. Our teacher taught us the basics of a few other art forms, including crochet (and embroidery-revisited).
Little did I know that grown-up chubby Steph would be making a living from these techniques in ten years time.

GGG: What is nerd JERK’s origin story?
SC: The long version of the story is that there was a demand for these little guys from some gamer peeps and I seemed to be the lady to fill it.
The short version is that nerd JERK started cos there was a boy…
Here’s the longest version: the night before going on a date, I stayed up all night to make a really rad present. I didn’t know how I was gonna make it happen, but I wanted to make a crocheted penguin. So I designed it, crocheted it and created Penguin Seymour Hoffman. It was a big splash with the fella. Lesson learned: Boys like geeky stuff.
Later on in our relationship, he showed me a Bob-Omb online that he wanted to buy. I told him that I’d just make one for him. Again, I didn’t have a pattern, just a tutorial on beginner’s amigurumi & a pixelated picture of a  Bob-Omb from N64 to go off of. A day later, I gave him a Bob-Omb. He showed his friends and they wanted to buy one! Lesson learned: Geeks will tell other geeks about awesome stuff.
A few years later, I was dating this foxy fella and wanted to impress him, so what did I do? Other than invite him over to play video games with me? Made him a Turnip from Super Mario World 2. Then that reminded me of the second lesson I’d learned.
I decided to run a business that specialized in handmade geeky art. Perhaps in hopes that others would connect in some special way: that bouquet of Fire Flowers or that Shy Boo could inspire smiles for years.

GGG: How long on average does it take you to make a doll?
SC: I’ve been designing these guys from 2005, so there’s been a lot of re-designs and upgrades in my patterns and techniques. For a mini item, it can take me anywhere from 1.5 hours for a Mini Goomba or 3 hours for a detail Black Bomb Angry Bird. For a large item, it can take me 4 hours for a Luma to 8 hours for a Bob-Omb. For epic items, anywhere from 2 weeks to a couple of months, depending on level of awesomeness. [See left: Meta Knight]

GGG: Do you have any funny crocheting stories?
SC: You mean other than using my crochet powers of good to lure cute geek boys with glasses into make out sessions?
How about the fact that the current geek boy I’m with didn’t think people would pay for yarn toys and now these soft sculpture plushies pay our bills? That’s what I call a “BOOYAH!” 

GGG: How do you keep your fingers from falling off?

SC: Easy – colourful duct tape! No, but really, it’s very hard on my hands to be a one-woman operation. I get help with cutting felt pieces sometimes or stuffing fluff, but all the crocheted and little details are all me. So when it gets busy, sometimes my body decides it’s had enough. Usually, this manifests itself in 2 ways: severe pain or ridiculous numbness. So, while being an entrepreneur is exciting, it doesn’t have the greatest health benefits. That means lots of stretching, wrist guards & Tiger Balm. 

But isn’t it worth it to know that your items are made from someone who loves making geekery enough to make sure it’s done really well? That’s the best thing about my business, to me, anyway – hand-crafted & designed by one person for the nerdy masses. It just makes me so happy to know people all around the world connect with something that came from my two taped-up hands. :)

GGG: I see a lot of your items are Nintendo characters, what are some of your favorite Nintendo games?
SC: A local bookseller turned out to be my bestest geeky chum right out of high school. As I never had a NES growing up (I know – the HORROR!) Aaron had to show me the wonders of all that is Nintendo. I fell quick and hard for the graphics, cuteness and overall raddness of the worlds & characters. But am sad to say that most of the characters are merely custom requests, not nostalgic recreations of my childhood.
However, I do love me some Nintendo, dudes. I would say I have a huge fondness for the N64 Harvest Moon and GameCube Alien Hominid. I wanna make that Alien SO BAD!

GGG: Do you have any other geeky obsessions? If so what?
SC: Other than the adorable Alien from Alien Hominid? Maybe some real-life characterizations. I’ve been wanting to make Roy & Moss from “The IT Crowd” for a while now. And I’d love to try my hand a making a bunch of Wes Anderson characters, mainly from “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Life Aquatic.” I’ve got a crazy-love for Wes Anderson flicks and geek comedies featured on the BBC.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
SC: DUDE! I get one of each? Okay *takes deep breath*
Video Game – RockBand (I can bring a franchise, right? It’s all one big package, k?) The way I play it, it’s like exercise. So it serves a few purposes: tunes, rockin’ and cardio!
Comic/Book – Jeffrey Brown’s “AEIOU” / Chuck Klosterman’s “Killing Yourself to Live”
Movie – Wes Anderson’s “The Royal Tenenbaums” The soundtrack and imagery are delightful. I watch it over and over whilst pulling all nighters for craft shows. That movie coupled with “Harold & Maude” and chased with “Dr.Horrible’s Sing-along Blog” is pretty much the reason I can cut out 200 mini white ovals for hours on end.
TV show – Ooooh! That’s a hard one. Probably a tie between “30 Rock” and “Home Movies.” I’d let my deserting party flip a coin for it. I’d be happy either way. :)

GGG:Where can we find you in the web?
SC: I’m all over the internets!
Inspire Your Inner Geek at:
s.h.o.p. http://www.nerdJERK.etsy.com   
b.l.o.g. http://www.nerdJERK.blogspot.com  
f.a.n.s. http://www.facebook.com/nerdJERK   
p.i.c.s. http://www.flickr.com/photos/nerdJERK   
t.w.e.e.t. http://www.twitter.com/nerdJERK     
n.e.w.s. http://www.eepurl.com/ZtWA   

 

nerdJERK Slideshow:

 

Interview with Crafting Maven Lesley Karpiuk and Geek Soap Contest Winners

Lesley Karpiuk, the creator of Geek Soap and crotched Cthulhu goodies at The Pink Toque, was nice enough to take the time for an interview for Girl Gone Geek Blog. Read it below and find out her inspirations, geekiest thing she’s done, geek soap making process, her favorite video games, what she’d take on a deserted island and more!

Also a big congratulations to the three winners of the Geek Soap contest and thanks for everyone who entered! It was really tough for me and Lesley to decide on winners for each of the soaps there were so many great answers!

Winners:

Jesus won the Donkey Kong Barrel Soap! Here’s what he’s going to do with it: “If I won the DK barrels, I would use them as a mean for self-defense against guys in red shirts. Finally, after a long day of climbing ladders and rafters, I would retreat to my cave, and use my barrels to lather the stress away.”

V. Nerdy won the Hearthstone soap from World of Warcraft, here’s what they will do with it: “I would use the Hearthstone soap to unwittingly send myself back to Org mid-shower. Hilarity would ensue… including a flash-mob of whispers asking if I want some intimate RP action on the second floor of the Inn.”

Mister Z won the NES cartridge soap, here’s what he will do with it: “If I were to get the video game cartridge I would take it with me to PAX East when it comes back around and get it signed by the team behind Guild Wars 2. (They throw the best open bar/beta parties btw)”

Interview with Lesley Karpiuk:

Age: 31

Hometown: Greenwood, IN, but I’ve lived in Calgary, AB Canada for several years and am now back in Indiana.

How did you get into crafting:

I don’t know when, but I was young. I have been making things my entire life; as far back as I can remember. I must’ve had an active imagination as a child; I would make castles out of cardboard for my toys or draw backdrops for my friends’ Barbie playsets. I’ve always loved making things, and over the years I’ve tried it all at least once.

What made you want to take your crafting to the next level and start selling it?

When I first moved to Canada in 2006, I was unable to work. I had to wait on immigration for nearly a year before I was legal to work, and so I spent most of my days knitting or sewing. (in addition to A LOT of World of Warcraft, lol.) I started a craft blog during that time in 2006 as I was learning how to knit and sew, and I started making things that people were interested in purchasing. I decided that since I couldn’t get a proper job in Canada yet I would try to sell some of my handmade creations online. Etsy was barely a year old and most people didn’t know what it was yet, and I opened a store there. My husband also built me a store website and I began selling my wares online by the fall of 2006.  Continue reading →

39 of The Most Adorable Crocheted and Amigurumi Nintendo Characters

I’m completely obsessed with Etsy, and since Girl Gone Geek is a love letter to my obsessions I figured it was a fine time to feature some ridiculously adorable Amigurumi geekery from Etsy. Not only did I want to do this because I think these dolls are super cute, but I think it’s great to support actual people and fellow geeks (and not just big companies) who spend hours making these gamer goodies.

Since there is a massive amount of knitted geekery out there I have to narrow it down to separate categories. This post is dedicated to the cutest crocheted Nintendo video game characters I discovered on Etsy. I think since I’ve now summed up the video game realm i’ll delve into Sci-Fi.

Metroid

Samus Aran by deadcraft

Samus Aran by deadcraft

Amigurumi Baby Metroid by FuzzyViper

Super Mario Bros.

Mario and Luigi by menwy74

Tanooki Mario Crochet Pattern by michellerheaume

Waluigi by janama

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