Etsy Crush of the Week- Treno Nights

Rachael is a gamer girl with a knack for creating darling hand-made jewelry. Whether you’re a Whovian, gamer or otaku, there’s a little bit of everything in Treno Nights for you! Find out more about the talent behind the charming Etsy shop in my interview with Rachael.

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When my earrings arrived in the mail it felt like Christmas!

Interview with Rachael of Treno Nights Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Rachael: My name is Rachael, and I live in Fort Worth, TX. I have a miniature dachshund and a silver german shepherd and I live with my husband. I am hopelessly addicted to video games… My husband got me into them when we met and I haven’t been able to stop since. I play anything from Little Big Planet to Resident Evil. I am an addict for sure. I sit in front of my computer WAY to much, I have an addiction to caffeine, and I have issues with procrastination.

How long have you been crafting and making jewelry?

Rachael: I have been crafting my entire life. My mom never did my school projects for me, and she would NEVER buy those kits that come with all the things you need. I was forced to go around the house and find things I could use in my project. As much as I would resent her some times for that, I owe her for my creativity. As for making jewelry that is a fairly new hobby of mine. I picked up polymer clay for the first time a little over a year ago. I was hooked immediately.

How did Treno Nights come to be? 

Rachael: What got me hooked on clay was cell phone charms. I went crazy and was buying all sorts of licensed charms and turning them into jewelry. Then I discovered Etsy and saw what people were making out of clay. I rushed to Hobby Lobby and I bought a sample pack, ran home, and I made a cupcake and a digivice and I was sold. I knew that making charms that you can’t find anywhere else was what I wanted to do. I wanted to share with the world my creations, so I started a shop on Etsy. :D

Where did you get the name Treno Nights?

Rachael: Treno Nights is inspired by Final Fantasy IX. In that game there was a city named Treno. Specifically the Dark City Treno. In that city there are lots of auctions, games, and gambles. I took the name because taking a risk is a gamble, and sometimes you may seem lost in the dark. It seems a little cliche, but it works for me. Although most people don’t even think twice about the reference, it has special meaning to me.

What are you a fangirl for? 

Rachael: Where to begin… Harry Potter, Kingdom Hearts, and Legend of Zelda. I would LOVE a crossover. :D

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

Rachael: This is a really, really hard question. If I could have one of each I would choose Kingdom Hearts (I could always try to beat Sephiroth), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dumb and Dumber, and for TV show I choose Mythbusters.

Where do you live on the internet?  

Rachael: I do accept commissions, so if you don’t see something in my shop that you want, I can make it just for you.

Etsy Crush of the Week- Go Chase Rabbits

I’d eat Top Ramen for a month if it meant I could own all the skirts in Go Chase Rabbits Etsy shop. Ashley is the talented creator of this geek chic Etsy shop. I’m sure I’ll be seeing geek girls sport her adorable skirts at cons and I’ll be one of them! Shout out to my internet friend and stylish geek blogger Kristin of On Wednesday’s We Wear Pink for showing me Go Chase Rabbits!

Interview With Ashley of Go Chase Rabbits

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Ashley: I am 26 years old. I originally am from Michigan but moved to Manhattan when I was 18 for college. I studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and currently work as an Assistant Designer for a large brand.

What is Go Chase Rabbits origin story?

Ashley: I started Go Chase Rabbits because I really wanted to express my own personal style. I am very girly and quite nerdy and wanted to wear things that suited my personality. I kept seeing all of these great ideas for clothing and I really wanted to make them my own. I love making things for the everyday girl. I love hearing the fun stories from my customers and it’s really what encourages me to continue creating and expanding.

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Ashley: I love making my R2D2 skirt, I’ve gotten such an overwhelming response to it, I would never have thought it would take off like it has. I had to create a printed version because of the demand as it allows me to make them for more people.

Do you have any plans for future designs?

Ashley: I am working on more Mario skirts, as well as custom requests for Harry Potter. I also just finished the printed version of my TARDIS which I hope to have up very soon.

Do you do custom orders?

Ashley: I am always taking suggestions for skirts and do make all my skirts made to each customer’s measurements. It does take time though, usually 2-3 weeks for me to make.

Who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

Ashley: David Tennant is definitely my favorite, I love him in almost anything he does!

I’m a proud Tennant fangirl as well. What else are you a fangirl for? 

Ashley: I have so many things I’m interested in, i’m very eclectic. I definitely love Star Wars and classic video games. I also love anything to do with fairy tales, especially the darker versions (I’m a HUGE Tim Burton fan).

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

Ashley: Ohh that’s a good question:

Video Game- Super Mario Kart on SNES (I spent hours playing that when I was younger with my brother)

Book- Alice in Wonderland (This is my favorite book, it’s also the inspiration for my company name! :) )

TV Show- Big Bang Theory (I’ll forever watch reruns of this show!)

Where do you live on the internet? 

Facebook.com/GoChaseRabbits 

GoChaseRabbits.tumblr.com

Twitter.com/gochaserabbits

Etsy.com/shop/gochaserabbits

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Zombie Jester Creations

Marti is the creator and owner of the adorable Zombie Jester Creations Etsy shop. She crafts the cutest bows featuring your favorite comics, games and other geekery. Marti also writes for Geeklisted, and she wrote a nice piece about my blog! I already know you want a bow, check the bottom of the post for the details on the giveaway!

Check out my adorable NES bow from Zombie Jester:

Interview with Marti of Zombie Jester Creations

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Marti: I’m a 22 year old lady, and lifelong geek. When I’m not making bows I spend my time watching horror movies, listening to vinyl records, playing video games, reading comic books, and surfing the net.
What is Zombie Jester Creations origin story?
Marti: I’ve identified myself as The Zombie Jester for years. The term combines my love for all things colorful, joyful, and lively. As well as gory, macabre, and dark. It’s the perfect fit for my personality, and a natural choice for my business.
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
Marti: Any custom pieces are always a blast since they present a challenge. I also love incorporating the cameo charms, since I design them each myself. I enjoy the digital creativity on top of the normal design process.
Do you do custom orders? 
Marti: Always! Whether it’s for a costume, event, or a gift for someone special. I love helping fellow geeks represent their favorite obsession, in a unique style all their own.
I know you write for geeklisted.com, can you tell us a little about that?
Marti: Geeklisted is a web directory of awesome websites, that makes it easy to look up and discover geeky entertainment. As well as gain exposure for your own projects.
Any plans for future bows?
Marti: I try to stay up to date with geeky happenings such as movie and video game releases, conventions, holidays, etc. In honor of The Dark Knight Rises, July is Batman month!
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Marti: I’d have to bring some form of The Sims (most likely Medieval), The Killing Joke, Battle Royale, and The Guild.

Zombie Jester Giveaway!

Two lucky readers will win one of the bows above from The Zombie Jester’s Etsy shop!

  1. Answer the following question in the comments section below:
    • “Which fictional character is your fashion icon?”
  2. FollowZombie Jester on:
  3. Giveaway ends Monday, July 23rd

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- ‘Harshness’ Geek Art Posters

Anthropologist in the house! Aside from being an anthropologist, Nicholas also creates some fun fan art to feed our hungry geek bellies. With art honoring such fandoms such as Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Harry Potter (to name a few), I’m crushing pretty hard on his Etsy shop. Get to know Nicholas and enter the giveaway, details below!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Nicholas from the Harshness Etsy Shop:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Nicholas: I am an anthropologist that has a fancy for graphic design.

What is Harshness origin story?

Nicholas:  A couple of years ago I was making a dog book with a canine-centric revision of human history just for fun.  It was purely made out of magazine collage and took me a long time to do.   A lot of people loved it so I started a tumblr and put them all on there.  I also started making them on photoshop and illustrator for the blog.  That led into selling some of them as prints on Etsy.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Nicholas: I am not quite sure how to describe it.  I don’t feel I have found a certain style that I would call me.  I like to try different stuff and would hope that shows in the different series I do.

Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

Nicholas: I do a lot of movie and sci-fi related stuff.  So I would say from those I pull a lot of inspiration.

What fandoms do you want to design for next?

Nicholas: I just did some Game of Thrones posters recently.  I have been loving that series.

Favorite artists?

Nicholas: Evan Hecox and Marc Mckee.

What are some of your current obsessions?

Nicholas: I have been fishing a lot and it’s spring in Portland so trying to skateboard more while the weather permits.

If you were a mutant what would your name and power be?

Nicholas: Mark Zuckerberg and the power to control the internet.

Where can we find you in the web?

Nicholas: Etsy Society6 Facebook Tumblr and I am on Instagram under the name Harshness if anybody wants to see my daily life things.

Harshness Poster Giveaway with 2 winners!

  •  –  Like Harshness on Facebook (http://on.fb.me/JTFWZR)
  •  –  Either comment on this blog post or like and comment on the Facebook post. That’s it!
  • –  Two lucky winners will get one 11×17 poster from Harshness Etsy Shop
  • –  The winners will be chosen by random on Monday May 21st

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Beth Yates’ Adorable British Fandom Bookmarks

I’m a fan of many things, two of them being extremely cute things and print books. So it should come as no surprise that I am a big fan of Beth Yates’ bookmarks. She used her graphic design talents to bestow charming bookmarks upon the world in the form of our favorite British fandoms. I’m one of those people who does not want to buy an e-reader (yet), so there are plenty of books that I’m reading that will become a temporary home for the Doctor, Ron and Sherlock bookmarks. Although, carrying around some books will surely give me scoliosis (I’m looking at you A Dance with Dragons), I do it for the love of print. Now my only problem is, how will I get any reading done when I’ll be too busy staring at the bookmark?! Long live print and very cute bookmarks to put them in!

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Beth Yates (giveaway below)

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Beth: Well I’m a Graphic Design student, currently coming up to the end of my second year at university. I live just outside Leeds and I’ve always been a total geek. I love videogames, movies, anything to do with fantasy, superheroes and the like. I also love reading, hence the abundance of bookmarks.

How long have you been designing?

Beth: Well I’ve always been creative; I was always drawing and doodling through school. I really started to get into drawing and design around age 15 – inspired by other fandoms; I was particularly into Kingdom Hearts at the time. It’s only in the last couple of years though that I really started to get into serious design and its completely taken over my life (in the best possible way). I just get the most amazing buzz from designing and creating things, and I’m hopefully going to be able to turn this in to a fully-fledged career.

Why did you decide to make an Etsy shop?

Beth: I’ve always made things for myself and thought it would be cool to share the stuff I make with others, see what they thought. It’s been a great platform to get feedback on my designs, and its also helping to pay my way through university, which is brilliant!

So I think it’s safe to say that you’re pro-print books since your adorable bookmarks don’t work on Kindles, right? What are your feelings on these e-readers in general? Do you think they will eventually make print books obsolete? 

Beth: I don’t think print is ever going to be obsolete, there’s just something about the experience of picking up a book, the feel and smell of the pages, the whole experience is so much more than the printed words. I’m a total gadget nut, but there’s so much about our lives today that’s completely ephemeral; music, photos, even money – its all digital and so transient, there’s a physicality and realness to a book that for me you just cant beat.

Since you’re a fellow Whovian I have to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

Beth: Oh its so hard to pick, I just love the whole program. I think it’d probably have to be Tennant and Catherine Tate as Donna. I didn’t really get into Who till Tennant took over (now I’m completely obsessed) and Donna was just brilliant! The chemistry they had was so entertaining to watch. Saying that I really love the new series too! Fishfingers and custard all the way!

What Hogwarts house would the sorting hat put you in and why?

Beth: I got sorted on Pottermore into Gryffindor! Twice! (I wanted to see if it was a random generator or not) I actually squealed. I think it’s quite accurate really, although I’ve always been quite academic I’ve got a quite strong sense of justice. I see and read so many instances of people being wronged and it really makes me want to just go out and do something about it. There’s also nothing more important to me than my friends, I love spending every day surrounded by such fun and brilliant people.

What are your other favorite fandom’s?

Beth: I absolutely love Sherlock and Merlin. They’re the main two, but I’m also a big fan of Star Trek, Star Wars, so many different video game franchises (old and new), though I don’t really take part in the online fandoms, I tend to just geek out with my mates.

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

Beth: I would have to bring the whole Monkey island series, the whole Harry Potter series, Megamind and all the series of Merlin.

Where do you live on the Internet? 

Beth: You can find me on Etsy and tumblr :D feel free to drop me message anytime, any requests for new bookmark sets are most welcome!

etsy.com/shop/bethydesigns

bethybookmarks.tumblr.com

 

Beth Yates Bookmark Set Giveaway!

Etsy Crush of the Week- Artist Scott Christian Sava

When I saw the painting of Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element by Scott Christian Sava I began crushing hard on his Etsy shop. And to think I hadn’t even seen the David Tennant watercolor! Scott is an artist who has worked on the Casper movies, Power Rangers and even conquered his dream on being the artist for Spider-Man!

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Girl Gone Geek Interview with Scott Christian Sava

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Scott: I’ve been drawing all of my life. My biggest dream was to be the artist on the Spider-Man comic book. I graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a major in Illustration in 1991. I got into video games early on in my career and worked on several big titles. Married in 1993 and a year later, we moved to Los Angeles where I got into film. After working on the Casper movies, Power Rangers, and the like, I finally got my chance to fulfill a childhood dream…I was the artist on Spider-Man in 2002. Since then, I started my own comic book, The Dreamland Chronicles, and my wife and I (along with our twin boys) moved to Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville). I’ve taken up painting again. Trying watercolors. It’s been fun to “get my hands dirty” again.

What made you decide to start selling your artwork on Etsy?

Scott: Friends had recommended Etsy. I was selling my work on Ebay…but the 7 day limit was too…limiting.
I wanted a store of sorts…and Etsy works perfectly for that.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Scott: Well, this style is still in its infancy. I guess it’s a combination of loose watercolors with the inkwork of comic books. I’m going to keep pushing myself to see where it goes…but I’m not really using anything as a template.

Favorite artists?

Scott: So many. I love Drew Struzan’s poster work. I’m a huge J.C. Leyendecker fan. Maxfield Parrish. Norman Rockwell. N.C. Wyeth. In comics, it’s John Buscema, Winsor McKay, Steve Ditko, Alex Ross. The list could go on and on…

What artist living or dead would you want to create your portrait? 

Scott: That’s a really tough one. I’ll cheat and give some options… Frank Frazetta. I could see me, sword drawn, fighting a Thark on Mars with a beautiful half-naked woman behind me. Ha ha Maxfield Parrish would have me and my family with a gorgeous landscape behind us. Norman Rockwell would tell a story of a moment of my life…all in one image. Any of these would be amazing.

What else are you a fanboy for?

Scott: I grew up on games. I love them. Still play them. Comic books are my passion. Though I can’t say I read much these days. I have lots of toys from my childhood adorning my office. I love Micronauts and Mego action figures. Hot Wheels and the like. I’m a kid. I’ll always be a kid. My 9 year old boys love that about me. My wife…well…I think she tolerates it. :)

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

Scott: Assuming I didn’t WANT to get off the island… Modern Warfare and my PS3. The Dreamland Chronicles (my own comic series) just so I could finish the darn thing. The Princess Bride. I could never be tired of that movie (though Zoolander might be a close second). Law and Order for my television show. I just keep that running all day while I work. What a great show (though I truly loved The West Wing as well).

Where do you live on the internet?

Scott:

 

Etsy Crush of the Week & Contest- My Geeky Boyfriend

Sarah’s Etsy shop My Geeky Boyfriend can also double as My Geeky Girlfriend as well because I love all of the items. Looking at the Super Mario Bros. 3 P-Wing makes me want to play Nintendo and eat dunkaroos while sipping on a Caprisun.

My Geeky Boyfriend is filled with video game inspired magnet sets, comic book and manga infused tote bags, iPad cases sure to fill your geeky fancy and more! Check out this fun interview with Sarah and don’t forget to enter the contest, details are at the bottom of the post.

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Sarah creator of My Geeky Boyfriend:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Sarah: I grew up in Chicago, and now live in Los Angeles.  I love creating (always have), and will work with any medium.  My idea of a relaxing weekend is to sew all day, then play video games all night.  I also like to travel as much as I possibly can, go to hockey games (go Hawks!), see movies, and explore every part of Los Angeles.  I majored in fashion design, so I also enjoy designing and making clothing.  However, I’ve found that my love of all things geek combined with crafting is where I want to be!  I want to spread geekery all over the world.

 

How long have you been crafting?

S: I have been crafting ever since I can remember.  Just before I started Kindergarten, my family moved into a house that had a bar in the basement.  My mom decided to turn it into my ‘arts center,’ which was more than amazingly cool.  There was a sink to wash my paint brushes, and she covered the mirror with cork board so I could pin-up all my work.  I got a sewing machine when I was about 10, and have been sewing ever since!  I have a list at least a mile long of all the things I want to make, which will keep me crafting for quite a while.

 

What is My Geeky Boyfriend Shop origin story?

S: Not long after we started dating, my boyfriend, Matt asked if I could make him some pillow cases.  I asked what kind he wanted, to which he replied “I want ninjas on them”.  Yes, my 28-year-old boyfriend asked for ninja pillowcases.  So I went to the interwebs for inspiration.  I ending up finding really great fabric that came in both red and black with Japanese characters; some of which looked like ninjas with swords.  When I presented the finished product to him, he was speechless; he thought it was the coolest thing ever.  Anytime any of his friends came over, he always showed them off.  In addition to the pillowcases, I then made several other things for him:  a matching ninja laundry bag (mostly because I was sick of stepping on clothes all the time) and oven mitts with Darth Vader on them (he was using a washcloth to get things out of the oven…).

His friends started noticing and commenting on all of this awesome stuff that kept popping up at his place, and Matt would always reply, “Sarah made it!”  One of his friends suggested that I sell online (which had honestly not even crossed my mind!) so I took that advice and ran with it.  I still make special things for Matt, and he inspires me to come up with new ideas for my shop.  I’m also in talks with a few companies to obtain licensing rights to these video game/movie/comic book characters, so I can sell to the masses!  One of my ultimate goals is to sell on ThinkGeek.com.  So watch out for that : )

 

Which have been some of your favorite items to make?

S: My favorite items to make are probably the iPad/gadget cases.  I love taking an image (the Batman symbol, Ghostbusters logo, Star Trek uniforms) and recreating and reinterpreting them into a fabric design.  I am very proud of the fact that everything I make is hand sewn – nothing is screen printed, glued, ironed, or painted on.  My other favorite item (which is not currently available in my shop) are pajama pants that I made for Matt for Christmas this past year.  I custom designed a fabric pattern with images from the Megaman videogame (yup, I’m old school), had a small amount of yardage manufactured, and made it into pajama pants.  Matt wears them all time, and even shows them off to his friends.  I am hoping to be able to have those available online later this year, along with other patterns.

 

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so what?

S: Aside from videogames (I’m all about old school Nintendo, and currently addicted to Minecraft) I LOVE Legos; especially the new architecture series and the collector’s minifig series.  I have so many minifigs, that they’ve pretty much taken over the living room.  Whenever we host game night, everyone gets to pick their own minifig as a game piece, no matter what we’re playing.

 

If Kirby were to swallow you, what power would he get?

S: I love this question, but could only come up with a semi-interesting answer: he’d probably gain the power to sew super incredibly fast.  He might also turn purple (my favorite color) buy some killer platform shoes and stomp on all his enemies.

 

The platform shoes and stomping power reminds me of Bayonetta :)… So if you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

S: … Video Game: probably Minecraft.  I’m obsessed with it right now.  Plus, what if the island has creepers?  A girl’s gotta be prepared.

Movie: Back to the Future.  I will never get tired of that movie.  Or Anchorman… or The Big Lebowski.  : )

TV show: The Office.  Hands down.  Even though I’ve seen every episode at least 50 times, I still laugh at everything.

Book: this is tough, because I have soooo many favorites.  My number one favorite book of all time is I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb.  It’s about 900 pages, but one of the most unique stories I’ve ever read.  I highly recommend it!

 

Where can we find you on the web?

SEtsy.com/shop/mygeekyboyfriend

Facebook.com/mygeekyboyfriend

I also love to take custom orders, so if you have an idea for something that you can’t find anywhere else, I’d love to make it for you!!

 

‘My Geeky Boyfriend’ Magnet Set Contest: