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

Hello Nerdom!

Well if you’ve wandered to my blog I’m going to assume you are vaguely (or extremely) interested in the wondrous world of all things geek.  If you are here for another reason this site should bring out the inner geek in you … *crosses fingers*.

Some things I’m completely obsessed with that I will featured on the blog:

  • Video Games- my brother is a hardcore gamer which may account for my love of D pads and the letters A, B, L, R and things of that nature.
  • Literature- I love everything from Shakespeare, Hemingway, James Baldwin, Chuck Palahniukk, Edwidge Danticat to J. K. Rowling.
  • Anime- I celebrate Faye Valentine’s Day on February 14th.
  • Art- I don’t think many people consider art to be geeky but it’s my blog and ima do what I want! *crosses arms and looks away*
  • Comics- Not as familiar with this medium as I’d like but being a descendant of Marvel fanboy should mean something… Right?…Right?!

Everyone feel free to send me geeky things you think I should contribute and will give you a shout out and/or link to your blog/twitter/facebook/etc.!

Some of you may (or may not) care what I look like so here’s a pic of yours truly!

Okay okay okay… so that isn’t me. But isn’t she cute?! I altered Princess Peach with the assistance of Photoshop.

Here you go! Now this nerd girl has a (non-animated) face.