Girl Gone Geek’s 2 Year Blogiversary & Giveaways

Two years ago today I started Girl Gone Geek Blog. It began with just my friends and family reading it, and has slowly taken on a life of its own. It has grown into a 2-year-old baby geekling (23 in blog years), and I couldn’t have done it without you.

As you are probably well aware, I’m pretty obsessed with a lot of things. I started this blog because I wanted to talk about my many obsessions because I couldn’t keep it all bottled up inside me. I had no expectations with my blog. I just hoped some people would come on by, read it and hopefully enjoy what they read.

This blog has become a large part of my life these past two years. I’ve been able to meet amazing people and do amazing things because of it, and I’m extremely grateful. For my blogiversary I’ll countdown Girl Gone Geek’s Top 5 Moments. And also throw a pretty sweet giveaway to celebrate thanks to Universal Pictures’ Snow White & The Huntsman, LivingRoyal.com and The Geekerie. Giveaway details below!

 

Girl Gone Geek’s Top 5 Moments

5/4. Meeting the Cast of Doctor Who & Doctor Who Series 6 Premiere Screening

I’m madly in love with a lot of shows, films, books, series, etc. But Doctor Who is by far my favorite thing in all of time in space. Simply put, Doctor Who makes me happy. So when I found out the cast and crew were coming to NYC for a signing and a screening I knew I had to go. Last April, I stood in line for over 12 hours (for both events combined) and I would do it all over again. I was able to meet Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and see Steven Moffat and Alex Kingston at the screening as well. Of course I blogged about it and you can read about that here and here.

3. Neil Gaiman Retweeting Me and Seeing him at an Event

Twitter handle is now @girl_gone_geek

Yes, I said “retweeting me”, and yes it was one of my favorite moments. I completely adore Neil Gaiman and think he’s a literary genius. I did a Sandman Tattoo Tuesday post back when my blog was only a few months old and I tweeted it out to my Twitter followers and included @neilhimself in the tweet just for kicks. I never expected him to actually see it, but he did. I woke up in the middle of the night and compulsively checked Twitter before going back to bed only to see that Neil Gaiman RT’ed my Tattoo Tuesday tweet. Needless to say I was so happy I couldn’t fall back asleep. That is still the highest viewed post to date. I also went to see him at 92nd St. Y for his discussion on the 10th Anniversary of American Gods. That was, of course, better than any RT. I really love that mans mind.

2. The Day I met Grant Morrison 

I’m an enormous Grant Morrison fan. If I were to name my top 3 personal geek gods he would be one of them (Also Neil Gaiman and Hayao Miyzaki). When I read The Invisibles a few years ago, it blew my mind. It was brilliant and bizarre simultaneously. I had never, and will never, read anything like that again. That was the series that ignited my love affair with comic books. Because of him, you can take a wild guess where I am every Wednesday. Last year I was able to meet my comic book super hero and, you guessed it, I blogged about it.

1. You

Albeit corny, but I’m serious. If it weren’t for you this blog might have ended ages ago. But as long as you keep reading it and supporting me, I’ll keep on writing. Girl Gone Geek Blog is an extension of myself and I write from the heart; so it means the world to me when anyone says anything nice about it. I’ve gotten emails, tweets and people who have told how much they really like my blog and it makes me incredibly happy every time I hear it. I’m still shocked and elated when I meet someone and they say they’ve heard about it. There have been some girls who’ve contacted me saying how much the blog means to them because they are the only geek among their friends and often feel alone. Or they feel like an outcast not just because of what they like, but because they are a girl who likes these geeky things. I can’t even describe how unbelievable it feels to hear that my blog has inspired and made some lady geek out there happy. I’ve made so many friends through this blog, both in real life and through the internet. I write because I’m passionate these things, but it wouldn’t mean anything without you. Every word I write is dedicated to you. Thank you.

I also have to give a special thanks to everyone who has ever supported this blog in any way, whether it was an interview, RT, tweet, blog post, or Facebook post, sponsored a contest/giveaway or discount code . You know who you are, and you are amazing!

Blogiversary Giveaways

Living Royal Gift Basket Worth Over $100

Snow White & The Huntsman  Prize Pack worth $49.99

3 Poster Bundle from The Geekerie

Rules Part 1- Like & Follow: 

Rules Part 2- Answer Question: 

  • – Answer ONE of the following three questions in the comments section of this post or on Facebook
  • – Q1: Why do you like Girl Gone Geek blog?
  • – Q2: What do you like about Girl Gone Geek blog?
  • – Q3: What’s your favorite post on Girl Gone Geek blog?

Giveaway Info:

  • * Giveaway ends on Wednesday, June 6 at 12pm EST
  • * Winners will have 48 hours to contact me before another winner is chosen
  • * Snow White & The Huntsman giveaway is open to U.S. & Canadian mailing addresses only
  • * If you do no specify which giveaway you are entering you will be entered for all three
  • * If you wish to only enter one of the giveaways, mention which giveaway you are entering in your comment and you only have to like/follow the pages for that related giveaway

One winner will receive a 3 Poster Bundle from The Geekerie’s Esty Shop

One winner will receive a LivingRoyal.com Gift Basket worth over $100:

  • – mini ice glass tray
  • – whole world in a can
  • – babushka tweezer
  • – hand & foot clippers
  • – dashboard monk
  • – istrike
  • – screw pushpins
  • – screw doorstop
  • – boxing glove oven mitts
  • – mechanical wood pencil

One winner will receive a SWATH Prize Pack worth $49.99:

  • – T-Shirt
  • – Nail Polish
  • – Lip Shine
  • – Necklace
  • – Cell Phone Mirror
  • – Sling Bag
  • – Official Soundtrack

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MOO Giveaway- Win Awesome Minicards & Stickers

MOO Giveaway with Girl Gone Geek! 

Remember those MOO.com guys I was gushing about in a review? Well they were awesome enough to sponsor a giveaway!

There are 3 sets of MOO’s adorable MiniCards up for grabs, plus one of those extra lucky winners will ALSO get a set of MOO stickers too! In case you’ve not come across MOO before, they print business cards, greeting cards, stickers, greeting cards, labels and more.

A Little More About MOO 

MOO was born out of a passion of beautiful, high-quality print and design – they make creating and printing your own unique products so simple. You can either upload your own artwork and designs, or select from one of MOO’s business card templates and personalize from there.

MOO also offers their unique ‘Printfinity’ technology which allows customers to print a different image on each card, at no extra cost!

Giveaway Prizes 

Grand Prize: 100 MOO MiniCards and a set of 104 MOO Round Stickers

Runners Up: 2 sets of 100 MiniCards for 2 separate runners up. 

How To Win!

To win one of the MOO prizes, all you have to do is leave a comment below or on this Facebook post and tell us how you would use your MiniCards? What would you print on them? A portfolio of images? Or a set of fun quotes perhaps? Be creative, fun and most importantly unique!

The winners will be selected from the comments on Monday Feb. 20th. Please remember to enter a valid email address. Good luck!

 

Minicards

Stickers

 

Winner of the X-Men Nagel-Inspired Shirts from MightyFine.com!

The winner for ‘X-Men 80′s Patrick Nagel Designs’ is Heather aka @ZombiEdward! I loved reading everyone’s “If I were a mutant…” response on Twitter, Facebook and the blog post. Thanks to everyone to entered the contest and a HUGE thanks to Mighty Fine for sponsoring this contest. 

Check out Mighty Fines on: 

Congratulations again Heather/@ZombiEdward! She won because not only did she explain what her mutant power would be, but described her impressive costume too! I know who I’m siding with when the mutant war erupts. Check out her answer: 

“I already have my answer for this (thanks to playing table-top super hero games.) I would have the mutant ability to control metal. Not just a Magneto thing, I’d kick more ass that he does. He can only magnetize, I could magnetize, rust, bend, melt, weld. If metal can do, so could I. My super hero name would be MetalSurge and my costume includes a metal spiked covered leather jacket and metal boots and all of the metal in my clothes can then meld together to form a full bodysuit when the mutant fighting begins.” 

Picture of the Week and Contest- X-Men 80’s Patrick Nagel Designs

I bet you thought this post would come with leg warmers and shoulder pads, nope! Just totally gnarly X-Men apparel from Mighty Fine (welovefine.com) from their 80’s Art Fashion Series. These bodacious X-Men babes are inspired by the 1980’s minimalistic illustration style of Patrick Nagel.

The day I discovered welovefine.com was the same day I ordered a Storm Nagel-inspired shirt (and Phoenix for a friend’s birthday gift). The icing on the cake was when I received my package in the mail and not only did I get my shirts but also they threw in some great Mighty Fine swag. It included a big bag with Hello Kitty on one side and Elmo on the other, a Mighty Fine poster with my name on it and some stickers. It was a nice touch to see all that fun stuff in my box which shows how they go the extra mile to make their customers happy. They also keep adding new and fun Nagel-inspired designs check them out here.  

Mighty Fine has much more (non-80’s) addictive designs and shirts ranging from My Little Pony to Star Wars.  Since I love you and these shirts so much I’m going to give one away to a lucky reader! A huge thanks and shout out to Mighty Fine for sponsoring this contest! 

Mighty Fines links: 

Contest Rules to WIN a Nagel-Inspired X-Men shirt from Mighty Fine:

  • – Answer the following question: If you were a mutant, what would your powers be?

  • – Subscribe to my blog on the top right hand side of the page or click here 
  • – Like my Facebook page 
  • – You can submit your answer THREE different ways (or all of them if you fancy):
  •           – The comments section of this post
  •           – Facebook: Post your caption in the comments section of this image
  •           – Twitter: tweet me @girl_gone_geek your answer using #ifiwereamutant (you can use more than one tweet to respond)
  • – Winner will be chosen next  on Monday Sept 5th


CONTEST: Win $100 Worth of Geekery from BuyStarWarsCostumes.com

It’s CONTEST TIME again! And this one is major! Thanks to the awesome people over at BuyStarWarsCostumes.com one lucky winner will win $100 worth of anything they want from their website! I know! I can’t believe it either! The only thing is, this is limited to US residents only.

Buy Star Wars Costumes have anything and everything you cosplaying Star Wars heart desires. From authentic officially licensed costumes, helmets/masks, accessories and more. You will be the best looking Star Wars character galaxy at the next con, Halloween party or just a trip to the supermarket if you fancy.

Caption contest! The best caption to this picture wins!

Contest Rules for $100 worth of goodies from BuyStarWarsCostumes.com:

  • Subscribe to my blog on the top right hand side of the page or click here
  • Like my Facebook page
  • Caption the image above
  • You can submit your caption TWO different ways (or all of them if you fancy):
  • The comments section of this post
  • Facebook: Post your caption in the comments section of the image
  • Contest for US residents only 
  • Winner will be chosen on Monday Aug 8th
  • My favorite caption will win the contest! 

Picture of the Week- National Mario Kart League and Interview with the Artist Rodrigo Ferreira

*Mario voice* “Here we go!” This weeks PotW is also the design for the week-long contest I’m having. To see how you can win visit the CONTEST post. 

The NMKL (National Mario Kart League) design was created by Rodrigo Ferreira, which combines sports logo design with my all time favorite racing game Mario Kart ( which is also the only racing video game I like). I think the combination is perfect considering the intense competitiveness MK can bring out of a player and the ritual victory dances after a win which are reminiscent of end zone dances after an impressive touchdown.

My brother and I spent an absurd amount hours and days playing Mario Kart on N64, the best in my opinion (this is no way related to the fact that I’m better on N64 than on other systems). You can already guess which was my favorite character to play, I’m partial to pink. Whether it’s the tracks or battle mode, no matter how many times you play it never seems to get old which is why Mario Kart will always hold a spot in my top favorite video games. 

Rodrigo was kind enough to answer a few interview questions telling me about the inspiration behind NMKL, his favorite character and item from Mario Kart, as well as advice for aspiring illustrators and graphic designers. 

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CONTEST: Win a Doctor Who shirt from Threadless!

You all are fully aware of how much a massive Doctor Who fan I am. I literally waited in line for over 6 hours on two separate occasions mind you for DW related events and to meet the main cast and Steven Moffat (you can read about that here and here). Where’s my (#DWlineCon peeps at?!). That’s some serious obsession right there!  

My Facebook page and Twitter is practically a continuous love letter to Doctor Who. I want to thank all my fellow Whovians for emailing me Tennant LOL cats, tweet-a-thons, Facebook gush-a-thons, sending me Doctor Who episodes that haven’t made their way across the pond yet and just basically existing. No really, I barely have anyone IRL to talk to about Who so I love that I know I can go on Facebook or Twitter and have the best conversations with you all that madman in a box we love so much.

This giveaway is exclusively for my Twitter followers and Facebook fans. Two lucky Whovians will win the very popular shirt design from Threadless Doctor Hoo, depicting all eleven doctors as adorable owls designed by Mallory DyerHow cool is it that Hartnell and Troughton are in black and white?! It’s the little things ya know? A big thanks to Threadless for sponsoring this giveaway! 

The rules the contest will end on Monday June 6th:

  1. Please don’t post responses on here, this is exclusively for my social networking friends, don’t worry everyone else there will be more contests to come!
  2. Subscribe to my blog on the right hand side of the page
  3. Answer the following question:
    • If you could have the TARDIS take you anywhere in space and time where would it be and why?
  4. Twitter Followers: Tweet your response use the hashtag #DoctorHoo and make sure you @ reply me @girl_gone_geek 
    • You can seperate your answer in parts if 140 isn’t enough just make sure you @ reply me and use the hashtage in both
  5. Facebook Friends: Post your response to the question in the comments section of this picture
  6. The winners will be chosen at random using randomizer.org 
  7. If you follow me on Twitter and are a Facebook fan you are lucky and can enter twice!

 

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 →

My 1 Year Blogiversary & Geek Soap Contest!

Girl Gone Geek blog water bottle my friends got me!

Happy Blogiversary to me! 

Girl Gone Geek Blog turns 1-year-old today! Which is about 13 in blog years. I can’t believe it’s already been a year… Actually that’s a lie, it totally felt like a year. I started this blog with no intentions other than to blab about all of the brilliant things I am unashamedly obsessed about, they just so happen to dwell in the geek realm. The fact that it continues to grow and the positive feedback you all give me is something I never anticipated, but it thrills me to bits!

The blog is like an extension of myself, albeit the geekiest parts. One of the aspects of my blog that I hope that comes through is how I try to create a sense of connection with my readers and fans. I think my favorite part is geeking out with you all every day whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook or email. The past two years I was going to graduate school full-time (I just graduated with my Master’s), interned at NYLON Magazine, working part-time and all the while trying to squeeze in something that resembles a social life. But blogging never felt like a chore it was something I loved to do and an escape from all the chaos. Well I guess that’s more than enough mushy bloggy talk for one post.

Now to move along to what you all are really here for, free stuff! To thank you all for being so awesome I’m having a giveaway contest with the talented Lesley Karpiuk of Geek Soap and The Pink Toque.

Lesley makes these insanely cool soaps which are not only geeked out but are “individually handmade from all natural and vegan friendly ingredients.” What’s not to love?! She’s made such exclusives like “Game Cartridge soap, D20 Soap on a Rope, and almost all of the soap themes [she’s] used such as [Doctor Who] and Cthulhu.” These soaps didn’t exist before her, and we are forever grateful. She also knits Cthulhu themed goodies as well which you can find on The Pink Toque.

Thanks to Lesley, Girl Gone Geek is having not one but three winners! The soaps being given away are the “Clean of Kong” which are the barrels from the Donkey Kong video game, the NES “8-Bit Game Cartridge” and the “Soapstone” aka Hearthstone from World of Warcraft.

HOW TO WIN:

  • The 3 winners will be chosen on Friday, June 3rd,  I will pick the three winners that have the best answers to the question below
  • Answer the Contest Question below in the comments section of this post
    • Question: How would you use one of the geek soaps if you won?
    • Example: I would use the Donkey Kong soap to… *insert something witty here*.
  • Subscribe to this blog (right hand side of the page)
  • Like my Facebook Page (if you have one)
  • Follow me on Twitter @mschicgeek (if you have one)
  • Like The Pink Toque Facebook Page (if you have one)
  • Follow @GeekSoap on Twitter (if you have one)
  • *Please include your Twitter name and your name as it appears on Facebook (if you don’t want the public to see this, email it to me at girlgonegeekblog-at-gmail-dot-com)
  • *If I do no hear back from a winner by June 6th I will choose another winner

Tattoo Tuesday- Hayao Miyazaki Films

This past Sunday was my 200th post here on Girl Gone Geek Blog and I decided to celebrate by having a giveaway.  I will be giving away a Kodama decal, all you have to do is go here and tell me what your favorite Miyazaki film is and why, that’s it!  I will be chosing the winner Sunday, November 14th.  Tell your friends!

Staying in the Miyazaki moment, (because honestly how could you not the man is a genius!) this weeks Tattoo Tuesday theme is Miyazaki movies!  A majority of the tattoos I found were Princess Mononoke, which is my favorite.  If you are wondering where Totoro is don’t fret!  I previously did a Totoro Tattoo Tuesday which you can see here.

I <3 Hayao Miyazaki.  Watching his anime films tickle my soul. 

 If you are interested in having me feature your geeky tattoo on a future Tattoo Tuesday feel free to email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com.

***click on the images for their source links***

Okami and Forest Spirit

Forest Spirit from Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

San from Princess Mononoke

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