Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway- Ketchupize

When I first wandered onto Ketchupize during one of my weekly Etsy binges, I kind of lost my mind a little at her amazing items. Tina hand-paints absolutely incredible headphones, sunglasses and phone cases. When it comes to geek merch, it’s hard to find something new and interesting that makes you excited and I felt that excitement again when I look at Ketchupize’s Etsy shop. Tina’s shop features everything from Super Mario Bros.  and galaxy sunglasses, to a pokeball and companion cube headphones.

It literally took me a few weeks to narrow down and decide on which item to buy and review. I finally decided on the companion cube headphones for obvious reasons. I waited for the package like a kid waiting for Santa. When my companion cube headphones arrived I literally did a little happy dance. The hand-painted companion cube is damn near perfect. They are extra special because I know that someone spent time painting the details by hand. That someone being Tina. Other than being very pretty to look at, the headphones are great quality and sound.

Interview with Tina of Ketchupize Etsy Shop

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
My name is Tina, I’m a graphic designer and I live in Greece. I love music, video games, sci-fi movies, comics and all kinds of geeky things my parents thought I would grow out of when I reached 16!

How did the Ketchupize Etsy shop come to be?
It all started about two years ago. I wanted to create a unique gift for someone special. It was a pair of headphones and I decided to paint it. The whole process was so much fun and I loved the result. That’s how Ketchupize was born. It allows me to combine all the things I love and it’s really fulfilling, designing functional products for people who appreciate uniqueness and want something different and fun!

I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?
One of my favorite requests was a pair of ”video games” themed headphones. I was contacted by a girl who wanted some custom headphones inspired from her favorite video games. They were some of my favorite video games too so it became more of a personal project and it was so much fun to make.

Are there any upcoming designs you’re looking forward to creating?
I try to come up with new designs as often as I can as it keeps things fun and interesting. My sunglasses line became quite popular during the summer so I thought of customizing normal glasses too. I’m currently working on new designs so I’m looking forward to that, hopefully they’ll be a big hit!

What are some of your favorite geeky obsessions?
My favorite geeky obsession is gaming. I’ve been a gamer since I was allowed near a computer or console. Through the years I’ve tried all kinds of different games and no matter how busy I am I always make time for that. Lately I’ve been playing Diablo 3 and I’m really looking forward to trying all classes in the new Guild Wars 2!

If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
I’d bring my ”Big Bang Theory” box set! It’s my favorite tv series. It’s so brilliantly made I can watch all seasons over and over again and it always makes me laugh.

Where do you live on the internet?
www.ketchupize.etsy.com  
www.facebook.com/Ketchupize  
www.twitter.com/Ketchupize  
www.ketchupize.deviantart.com  

Enter for a chance to win these pokeball headphones from Ketchupize!

  • 1. Answer the following question in the comments section below: What’s your favorite video game soundtrack? 
  • 2. Like Facebook.com/Ketchupize
  • 3. Follow @Ketchupize (if applicable)
  • 4. Contest ends Monday, Sept. 24th

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

Geek Backpacks

So today I start my last year of grad school *insert applause*.  I stumbled across the Darth Vader backpack while wandering through the land of Interwebs and decided to find some more.  And although I don’t wear backpacks anymore you might!  I hope all of you back-to-schoolers have a great year!

***Click on the images for their links***

Darth Vader Backpack 

This Yoda totally creeps me out 

“C-3PO Bespin Backpack and your friends will think you’ve just rescued an over-talkative droid from the smelter on Cloud City. C-3PO features light-up flickering eyes and has a zippered storage pocket in his torso.” 

Chewbacca Backpack 

R2D2 BackPack 

Boba Fett Back Pack 

Portal Backpack 

Koopa Shell Backpack