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!
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.
This weeks Etsy Crush of the Week is House of the Fickle Queen, which is like the Etsy shop for misfit geeks. It’s owned by the duo Firth and Farquharson. Fickle Queen is filled with all sorts of wonderful quirky geekery.
Their shop includes jewelry that’s so incredibly random but just what you needed at the same time. Fickle Queen is stocked with all sorts of jewelry including everything from Twin Peaks, Blackadder, Monty Python, Roald Dahl, Batman villains, Freddy Krueger, Salvador Dali and more. They are sure to have something to satisfy at least one of your cravings.
Get to know more about Fickle Queen in the interview and gallery below.
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FIRTH: Most of the time known by the name of ‘Clobo’ or ‘Bows’, but I guess you would call me… genus, humanus… Chloe; or even Her Imperial Highness, Her Grace, Her Excellency, Her Royal Majesty, Madame Fickle. I am obsessed with books and if I had my own world, the books would be nothing but pictures, and then everything is left to your imagination. I am entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are; and my Curiosity often leads me to trouble. If I could adapt the world to my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn’t be, and what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?
FARQUHARSON: Well after that I guess I’ll keep my answer short. You can call me by one of three names: Frogmella Farquharson (just Farquharson is fine), Darcy Vega (secret identity) or Hall (“real life” surname). I am a self-confessed freestyle baker, super villain in training, queen of the sky castle, unicorn hunter, nail polish tyrant, chaotic designer, technology addict, wise owl, couture tramp, book fiend and consumer of popular culture.
What is House of the Fickle Queen Shops origin story and how long have you been making jewelry?
FARQUHARSON: Well around 6 months ago Firth and I decided we were sick of paying out our hard earned cash for cheaply made but unusual jewelry. So we did some investigation, got some pliers, superglue and jump rings and just taught ourselves from there. The ‘House of the Fickle Queen’ name came from weeks and weeks of brainstorming. Farquharson HQ was littered with scraps of paper with words on that we liked and we just whittled it down from there. We were almost called the Sleazy Octopus Emporium (which would also have been a rad name and will probably end up being used for a side project). Since then we’ve been selling on Etsy, doing craft fairs locally and coercing our friends & family into buying our stuff!
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
FIRTH: Charm Bracelets are where ‘House of the Fickle Queen’ started from, so they are always going to some of my favourite pieces to make. I am very keen on little trinkets, and putting lots of different things that don’t necessarily fit together, and then turn out to be something spectacular. I also do love the laser cut items, using the machine and being able to cut and make whatever you want, into either a necklace, earrings, ring, hair accessories is a very exciting process. The possibilities are endless; I am never out of ideas for new stock.
FARQUHARSON: My favourite things to make are the pop culture cameos. Nothing pleases me more than trapping my beloved TV/Film characters under glass. I treat it like a science experiment. I think the ‘Twin Peaks’ Micro Cameo earrings were a high point. Although I did just make some Sweet Valley High and Point Horror book covers into charms for earrings and bracelets so I think I might be veering off onto that as a new exciting tangent.
Do you have any funny crafting stories?
FIRTH: This has to be something to do with me designing a ‘SHITTHEBED’ laser cut necklace amongst a classroom full on kids. Their faces were a picture.
FARQUHARSON: I once glued my finger to my face by accident. True story.
What do you geek out for?
FIRTH: Mostly Disney associated things. I love anything interesting and slightly bizarre, including all things silly and complete nonsense.
FARQUHARSON: Creeping Jesus, what don’t I geek out for would probably be a better question! I’ll try keep this brief….Mae West, Bees, Hunter S. Thompson, Vivienne Westwood, Roald Dahl, Howl’s Moving Castle, Harry Potter, Point Horror books, Community, Parks & Recreation (specifically Ron Swanson <3), Green Wing (90% of british comedy to be honest), True Blood, Men with Beards, Deftones & Clutch, Empire Records, Portal, Batman, Tattoos, Owls, Beyonce and Archer. I could keep going but that is just what springs to mind
What fictional pet would you love to have?
FIRTH: The Cheshire cat, he would make life so interesting.
FARQUHARSON: Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
FIRTH: I would take my ‘Two and a Half Men’ boxset, my personalized ‘Chloe in Wonderland’ book and Batman Arkham City. If I had to choose one, It would have to be ‘Two and a Half Men’ boxset, I never get tired of watching that show.
FARQUHARSON: Can I take Portal and Portal 2? Because they just about make up one full game (in length). I will take your silence as a yes, awesome. Next I would take The Killing Joke comic by Alan Moore and book….I would take House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski as I may actually make it to the end of it if I was on a desert island (I have been trying for 10 years to make it to the end). Movie would have to be Howl’s Moving Castle and TV show would be Community.
What’s next for Fickle Queen?
FIRTH: Well, some go this way, and some go that way. But as for me, myself, personally, my ideas are endless, and also top secret; you shall have to keep your eyes peeled.
FARQUHARSON: Total world domination, a spot of light baking and many more awesome pop culture cameos!
Where can we find you in the internets?
FARQUHARSON: Well I am furiously working to try get our website finished so for now…
You can tell by now how much I like jewelry right? Well it’s only going to get worse, or better depending on how you see it. Hope you enjoy the pixel jewelry below, because everything is better pixelated when it’s on purpose. Some of the jewelry is pixel-like but ehh close enough and still cute!
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For the goth geek or those who just like skulls or morbidity:
These aren’t for sale but at view at the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Fransisco. They describe the inspiration for the design: “Using Google Image search, we browsed through some of the most expensive and often famous jewelry in the world, the low-res images we found were stolen, doctored, then transferred to leather, creating a tangible new incarnation.”
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These Lego heart pins, bowties and belt buckles are made by Dee and Rickey. They’ve been famously worn by Kanye and Japanese artist Taskashi Murakami, Kanye West and Travie “Travis” McCoy from Gym Class Heros.
Here goes part deux of the Gamer Jewelry series. This is one of the many parts of a long series of Nerdy Jewelry I will be doing because I am a girl and I like jewelry and also happen to like nerdy things as well. So this is a way to combine the two… kind of like a blog version of an attack combo WATA!
You’ll see a lot of 8-bit jewelry… this is not only because I think it’s cool but also because of the overwhelming nostalgia I get from anything and everything 8-bit. You’ll also see a lot of Nintendo stuff, this is simply because I really like Nintendo. Lastly, please forgive me in advance for the cheesy lines you are about to read, I couldn’t help myself.
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I could write some super corny line that replaces one of the words in some famous Star Wars quote with “triforce” but I won’t…
No pot breaking and bush cutting necessary to get these rupees!
“It’s-a me Mario!”
“Sorry, Mario, but your princess is in another castle!”
Didn’t you just love the underwater music for Mario?!… la la la la… eek a Blooper!
This post is the first in a series I am doing on Nerdy Jewelry (gamer and computer geeks are next). Two things I compulsively buy are jewelry and books so this is a “kill two birds with one stone” kinda post for me, and I kill a lot of damn birds.
Etsy.com is the (metaphorical) crack house to my jewelry addiction and I don’t see a need for rehab… ever. Most of these are found on Etsy and with Googles assistance.
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Alice in Wonderland
I don’t know about you but I’m MAD about these Alice inspired pieces!
← I have this one btw
If you don’t know what LOTR stands for then shame on you!