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

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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/

 

 

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Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Comic Geekery

I can’t get enough of up-cycled comic book jewelry. What better way to show your fangirlness than with a necklace made from an actual comic! I’ve barely taken off my Joker necklace from Comic Geekery (below) since I got it! It’s practically perfect and great quality. Check out the fun interview with the shop owner and creator, Blake, below as well as the giveaway rules!

Comic Geekery- Joker Necklace

I love my Joker necklace!

Girl Gone Geek Discount: Enter GEEKDISCOUNT10 at the Comic Geekery checkout, and get 10% off!

Interview with Blake of Comic Geekery

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Blake Superman ProfileBlake: My name is Blake. I am a 27-year-old youth minister, currently living in North Carolina with my wife and pet hedgehog named Herbie. I studied art in high school and college. I enjoy many different studio arts: drawing, sketching, watercolor, oil painting, acrylic painting, etc…

You have a hedgehog?

Blake: Yes, he is actually my wife’s. He’s quite cranky and will poke us with his spikes if we annoy him, but can be cuddly if he wants to be. I’ve always thought that it must be a frustrating existence… always trying to intimidate and scare everyone while living in such an adorable body. Herbie

What’s Comic Geekery’s origin story?

Blake: I have always looked for a creative way to create art that people enjoy and get it into their hands. However, much of my art takes months to complete. When you invest so much of your life into a piece, separation anxiety kicks in when you try to sell it.

In the past few years, I have been growing more fascinated by the geeky world of comics. It is fun to learn the different story arcs, the creation of the worlds, and the characters.

One day last fall, as I was in an antique store, thumbing through some of the comic books in stock, I found myself admiring the beauty and color of the artwork. I just love the “look” of the comics on the vintage newspaper-stock pages. My wife was looking for jewelry at the time, and I thought, “I need to combine these two things! All geeks will love it!” I rescued some discount comics from a dull life in a box, and created them into wearable art!

What sets each piece apart is the fact that I created each pendant directly from the cover or page of a vintage comic book. They are not copies or reprints, so each one is totally unique.

I have a lot of fun planning and creating each piece. It is very relaxing and a good break from the day. This is a relatively new startup, so spread the news!

What are your favorite pieces?

DSCN6473bBlake: Even though the images from the cover have bolder colors, I really like the pieces that are made from the vintage newspaper-stock pages. They have a unique look, texture, and feel that are uniquely “comics.”

That being said, my favorite piece by far was one that has sold already. It showed Batman, still in costume, sitting in his Bat Cave, casually drinking a cup of coffee while talking with Alfred. It was unusual and made me laugh. I’m sure I will have a hard time finding another image like that.

DC or Marvel?

Blake: While I do enjoy reading adventures from both, I think I slightly prefer DC Comics over Marvel. After all, my favorite character is Batman. I also prefer comics that are pre-1995… basically, the era of my childhood and before. I like the art style from back then.

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic book, and movies would you bring?

Blake: I would bring Epic Mickey 2 (I’m also an avid Disney geek), the entire Batman Knightfall series, and the Dark Knight Trilogy with me… and If I wanted to kill even more time, I may bring the entire six seasons of LOST. And while I am at it, I would probably bring along some seeds, matches, and a water purifier.

Where can we find you in the web?

Store:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ComicGeekery

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/ComicGeekery

Pinterest:
http://pinterest.com/bmeye656/comic-geekery-dc-comics-and-marvel/


Win this Batman Pendant Necklace from Comic Geekery!

Comic Geekery Batman Giveaway

Here is how you can win:

1) The winner will be randomly selected from those who “like” the Comic Geekery facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/ComicGeekery

2) If you leave a post stating your favorite comic book hero, it won’t hurt your chances. :)

Contest ends April 20, 2013.

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Show Pony’s Fantasy Jewelry

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I’m a jewelry fiend, whether it’s geeky or not. I’ve noticed when it comes to a lot of geek-related jewelry they get an A+ on the geeky part, but miss the mark on the actual quality of the jewelry design. Thankfully, I stumbled across Show Pony on one of my weekly Etsy binges and fell in love. Her  fantasy-themed references already make the items a must-buy, and then her elegant jewelry designs put them over the edge.

I featured Show Pony‘s “Always” necklace on my Harry Potter & Valentine’s Day Jewelry Post. It’s pretty much one of those, “I need this for reasons.” necklaces. It’s a subtle way to show your off Potter pride. I absolutely adore mine!

Shelby also does custom pieces! I had her make a custom Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire cuff for me with the words, “Valar Morghulis”. It came out just as I imagined. It’s thick, but still easily bendable to adjust to any sized wrist. I’m throwing a giveaway with a few lovely items from Show Pony, check out how to win below!

Get 30% off  Show Pony throughout March using: MARCH30 

My Show Pony Jewelry!

My Show Pony Jewelry!

Interview with Shelby of SHOW PONY STORE

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Show Pony- Hunger Games Holding nightlock IIShelby: My name is Shelby Isaac I’m a college student from Maryland, U.S.A. and Etsy is my creative outlet/moneymaker. I have a pet tarantula and a kitten that keep me company while I run my Etsy business.

How long have you been making jewelry?

Shelby: I’ve been making jewelry since 2010, when I opened my Etsy shop.

How did SHOWPONYSTORE come to be?

Shelby: Oddly enough, I started out making my original items out of frustration. My first purchase on Etsy was an overpriced Harry Potter inspired vial necklace. When it arrived, it was broken, leaking through the package, and no “thank you” note was included. I knew I could make something better for a cheaper price, so that’s what I did.

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Shelby: My “always” doe patronus necklace is my favorite. It’s subtle and still geeky. That’s not always easy to find in jewelry.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so what?

Shelby: Any other geeky obsessions… I love Tolkien and Martin. High fantasy is my thing.

What do you think your your patronus be? 

Shelby: It would be a shark! A little one. Like a spiny dogfish/mud shark.

If you lived in Westeros, what would your house name, sigil and motto be? 

Shelby: I already consider myself to be of House Tyrell, so creating my own house is out of the question. Growing strong!

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

Shelby: I would bring the Potter series. Television show that I couldn’t live without: Star Trek. The original series.

Where can we find you on the web? 

SHOW PONY STORE GIVEAWAY!

Show Pony Girl Gone Geek Giveaway

L to R: Harry Potter “Always” Doe Necklace, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Necklace, Game of Thrones “The Wall” Ring (example shown) and Harry Potter Divination Class Tea Cup Necklace

1. Answer the of the following question: What do you think your patronus be?
2. Like SHOWPONYSTORE on Facebook: Facebook.com/SHOWPONYSTORE (if applicable)
3. Follow @BeansCreations on Twitter (if applicable)
* Please state the item you’d like to win, you can say all items if you’d be happy with all.
* Four readers will win one of the items featured.
* Contest ends Wednesday, March 27th

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: Tom Kurzanski’s Doctor Who Valentine’s Day Cards

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I love my Doctor Who Valentine’s Day cards as much as Rose loves Ten! Okay… that may be a bit extreme, but I do like them a whole lot! The card stock is thick and they are printed in great quality. I like that Tom’s cards are a mix of some of the older characters like Daleks and Cybermen as well as new ones like Oswin and the Silence. These V-day cards are a great way to whisper sweet nothing’s to your favorite Doctor Who fan!

Interview with Tom Kurzanski:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Tom KurzanskiI’m an illustrator and designer based out of Centennial, Colorado – a Navy brat whose time growing up was spent traveling along a dotted map line that Indiana Jones would be proud of. Now I’m content to doodle the days away creating comics, parody art, and t-shirts alongside my fiancé, Annie, and our pup, Lucy.

How long have you been illustrating?

Since I was three. My dad sent me a simple drawing of a Knight while he was away on a ship, and I took it upon myself to flip it over and do my own version. This led to creating my own comics and stories under the kitchen table. I attribute my creativity to my sister, who shoved a crayon up my nose on a long car trip, lodging it snugly against my brain.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Transformative and effervescent, with subtle earthy notes… or maybe fluid, cartoonish jokery.

Favorite artists?Doctor Who Valentines Day Cards by Tom Kurzanski

Tough question to answer, as there are so many artists I love the work of – many of them comic artists. Brian Hurtt, Les McClaine, Kazu Kibuishi, Darwyn Cooke, Roger Langridge, TaraMcPherson, Linda Medley, Mike Allred, Philip Bond, D’Israeli, Eduardo Risso, Tony Millionaire, John Currin… I could go on for ages.

Since you’re a fellow Doctor Who fan I’ve got to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

My favorite Doctor remains the seventh. While I love the Doctors who have come since, Sylvester McCoy introduced me to Doctor Who during my three-year stay in the UK. His dark clown with the trademark umbrella will always hold a special place in my heart. I had a crush on his sidekick, Ace, but as a companion Rory Williams cannot be beat.

Tom Baker/4 had the scarf and Matt Smith/11 has the bow tie. What would your signature item be if you were the Doctor?

A full, glorious beard. Out of which I would pull various objects, as needed.

What else are you a fanboy for?

Venture Brothers, Futurama, Adventure Time, Regular Show, Buffy, Angel, Firefly, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, the Parker books, Parks & Rec, Community, Nerdist, the Thrilling Adventure Hour, D&D, and Paul F. Tompkins.

Doctor Who Valentines Day Cards by Tom Kurzanski 2If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Video game– Dark Souls (so I could finally get around to playing it)

Book– Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design (I never get tired of drooling over his work)

Movie—Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure

TV Show—Secret Agent, a.k.a Danger Man (I love re-watching it when I can, and there are a million episodes)

Where can we find you in the web?

PORTFOLIO http://www.tomkurzanski.com

FANDOM http://www.facebook.com/t.kurzanski

SHIRTS http://tomkurzanski.redbubble.com

GOODIES http://tomkurzanski.etsy.com

TUMBLES http://tomkurzanski.tumblr.com

TWEETS http://www.twitter.com/tomkurzanski

Anime, Comic Book & Other Geeky Valentine’s Day Jewelry

Batman Earrings  Engraved Dark Knight Rises by LaserCutJewelry

Comic Book Jewelry Batman Earrings Dark Knight Rises Heart Stud Earrings

Ponyo and Sosuke Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea by jennyloveskawaii

Anime Jewelry Studio Ghibli Ponyo and Sosuke Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea Anime Cameo Pendant Necklace

Spirited Away Chihiro and Haku Dragon Anime by jennyloveskawaii

Anime Jewelry Studio Ghibli Spirited Away Chihiro and Haku Dragon Cameo Necklace

Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Compact by Ge3kedUp  

Anime Jewelry Sailor Moon Cosmic Heart Compact NecklacePokemon Misty Anime Japanese Cameo Pendant by jennyloveskawaii  

Pokemon Jewelry Misty Anime Japanese Cameo Pendant Necklace

Guitar Pick Necklace  Character or by RedLotusDesignz

Anime Jewelry Necklace - Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask Necklace

I Choose You PokéHeart  Pokémon Inspired by monsterkookies

Pokemon Jewelry I Choose You PokeHeart - Pokemon Inspired Industrial Steampunk Heart Necklace Pendant

Love Potion Necklace in Silver by ANORIGINALJEWELRY

Chemistry Jewelry Love Potion Necklace in Silver

Sterling Silver Serotonin Molecule Necklace With by katgirl86

Geek Nerd Science Jewelry Sterling Silver Serotonin Molecule Necklace With Leather Cord Valentines

I Say LOVE  Wood Pendant Necklace by cricketstudiogallery

Comic book Jewelry I Say LOVE Wood Pendant Necklace

For the Love of Batman Friendship Necklaces  Laser by LicketyCut

Comic Book Jewelry For the Love of Batman Friendship Necklaces

Chained Mad Love by Geekropology

Comic Book Jewelry Batman Joker and Harley Quinn Chained Mad Love

 

Death Note Ryuk Manga Necklace by OneWord111

Anime Jewelry Death note Ryuk Manga Necklace

 

Harry Potter & Game of Thrones Valentine’s Day Jewelry

Confession: Every time I ran across a Snape/Always piece of jewelry on Etsy I wanted to cry. #alloftheemotions


Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace I Love You by spacepearls

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Necklace - I Love You

Harry Potter Jewelry  After All This Time by chasingatstarlight

Harry Potter Jewelry - After All This Time Always

You are protected in short by your ability to love by chickylovit

Harry Potter Quote Jewelry Necklace- You are protected in short by your ability to love

Harry Potter Lots of Love Lily Necklace by amartone

Harry Potter Jewelry Lots of Love Lily Necklace

Harry Potter Bracelet I love you like Snape by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Bracelet -I love you like Snape loved Lily Cuff

Severus Snape Always Doe SHOWPONYSTORE

Harry Potter Jewlery Severus Snape Always Doe Patronus Necklace

Harry Potter Necklace  I heart Harry Potter by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Necklace - I heart Harry Potter with lightning bolt scar and glasses

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome by resinapocalypse

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome Necklace

Harry Potter Font Golden Snitch Always Necklace by SimplyHarry

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Always Necklace Steampunk

Game of Thrones Quote My Sun and Stars by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Quote My Sun and Stars Shekh ma shieraki anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Khal Drogo Moon of my Life by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Khal Drogo Moon of my Life Zhey Jalan Atthirari Anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff Set by JTSkyDesigns

Game of Thrones Jewelry Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff SetKhal and Khaleesi Game of Thrones  Set of Two by emerydrive

Game of Thrones Jewelry- Khal and Khaleesi Set of TWO Dothraki Rings