Etsy Crush of the Week: Word To Your Unicorn

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

jamila and leslie

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

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

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

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

How long have you been designing? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What are you a fangirl for?

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

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

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

Which fictional character is your fashion icon?

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

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

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

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Picture of the Week- Princess Peach

Carlos Lerma made this super adorable and colorful Princess Peach artwork. I originally found this on Geek-Art.net and I also featured his abstract Batman artwork for a previous PotW.

Check out Lerms and all of his greatness on his Deviant ArtBlog,Website.  My favorite of Lerma include Neil Gaiman, Sirius Black, Darth Vader, Buddha and Riff Raff


NYCC & NYAF 2010- Kirby’s Epic Yarn Review

During NYCC and NYAF this past weekend I was allowed to go in a few hours early on Friday because of my press pass.  Besides being able to walk around and feel slightly important, I was able get some game play in before the big crowd showed up.  I played Kirby’s Epic Yarn, The Michael Jackson Experience, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kidz Bop (which I won’t review) and River Rush for the Kinect. Reviews for the other games coming soon.

Kirby’s Epic Yarn was just one giant ball of adorable!  This game, and Kirby in general, is heaven since I am a total Nintendo whore, have an incurable sweet tooth and obsessed with the color pink and all things cute.  I like Kirby, as does anyone else with a heart, and I just loved Kirby’s Epic Yarn.  I played it with Anime Angel over at Otakus and Geeks and we had a blast.  The entire time I kept blurting out “Aww’s” and “How cute’s”.

My review: Kirby is made out YARN! It’s a-freakin-dorable! Do I need to really say anything else?  Not really, but I will because I like you.

Release Date: October 17 (for North America)

Plot: “One day, Kirby spots a strange-looking Maximum Tomato and decides to eat it. However, the tomato belonged to an evil wizard named Yin-Yarn who becomes angry at Kirby and sucks him into a dimension where everything, including himself, is made of yarn. Upon arriving in this strange world, Kirby saves a young prince named Fluff from an enemy. After Fluff explains Yin-Yarn’s plans, Kirby agrees to help him (Wiki).”

To play Kirby you hold the Wiimote sideways. From playing only one level I didn’t have to use any Wii motion control in the game. As you can see from the video below it can be played as two player, the other player being Prince Fluff.  There are a few things different in this Kirby game than previous ones.

First of all Kirby no longer swallows enemies and copies their power, which was one of my favorite things.  Instead, he has this kind of whip which is used as a weapon and a tool to interact with the environment.  He can grab on buttons and swing on them to get altitude. You also use the whip to pull open patches, unzip the background and more.  You also use the whip to pull the background closer (so it bunches up) in order to get across a pit or a large body of water.  When you defeat an enemy, which is also made out of yarn, it’s unravels.

He can also grab enemies so they turn into balls of yarn which he can then throw.  In two player mode, in order to get certain items you have to pick up the other player with your whip and throw them.  You can also carry them around, much like Super Mario for the Wii.

They really took advantage of the title Epic Yarn because the levels are made out of textiles, buttons, cloth, yarn, you name it.  You can even go behind the foreground and when you move it looks like a little lump moving behind cloth.

Kirby doesn’t float like the previous games either, rather he floats down as a parachute, which is just darling!  Certain sections of the level you could also turn into a car for extra speed.  Another new feature is you can collect beads throughout the game to increase score, get medals, unlock side levels and spend them in the in-game shop to buy furniture for Kirby’s living area.

Because I only played one level and not the entire game I won’t give it a number score but I loved it.  Kirby is cuter than usual, if that is even possibly, but if you like Kirby you know the game is ridiculously easy and that remains true in Epic Yarn.  If you have a Wii and love or even like Kirby I recommended it 100%.

Trailer