Interview with Crafting Maven Lesley Karpiuk and Geek Soap Contest Winners

Lesley Karpiuk, the creator of Geek Soap and crotched Cthulhu goodies at The Pink Toque, was nice enough to take the time for an interview for Girl Gone Geek Blog. Read it below and find out her inspirations, geekiest thing she’s done, geek soap making process, her favorite video games, what she’d take on a deserted island and more!

Also a big congratulations to the three winners of the Geek Soap contest and thanks for everyone who entered! It was really tough for me and Lesley to decide on winners for each of the soaps there were so many great answers!

Winners:

Jesus won the Donkey Kong Barrel Soap! Here’s what he’s going to do with it: “If I won the DK barrels, I would use them as a mean for self-defense against guys in red shirts. Finally, after a long day of climbing ladders and rafters, I would retreat to my cave, and use my barrels to lather the stress away.”

V. Nerdy won the Hearthstone soap from World of Warcraft, here’s what they will do with it: “I would use the Hearthstone soap to unwittingly send myself back to Org mid-shower. Hilarity would ensue… including a flash-mob of whispers asking if I want some intimate RP action on the second floor of the Inn.”

Mister Z won the NES cartridge soap, here’s what he will do with it: “If I were to get the video game cartridge I would take it with me to PAX East when it comes back around and get it signed by the team behind Guild Wars 2. (They throw the best open bar/beta parties btw)”

Interview with Lesley Karpiuk:

Age: 31

Hometown: Greenwood, IN, but I’ve lived in Calgary, AB Canada for several years and am now back in Indiana.

How did you get into crafting:

I don’t know when, but I was young. I have been making things my entire life; as far back as I can remember. I must’ve had an active imagination as a child; I would make castles out of cardboard for my toys or draw backdrops for my friends’ Barbie playsets. I’ve always loved making things, and over the years I’ve tried it all at least once.

What made you want to take your crafting to the next level and start selling it?

When I first moved to Canada in 2006, I was unable to work. I had to wait on immigration for nearly a year before I was legal to work, and so I spent most of my days knitting or sewing. (in addition to A LOT of World of Warcraft, lol.) I started a craft blog during that time in 2006 as I was learning how to knit and sew, and I started making things that people were interested in purchasing. I decided that since I couldn’t get a proper job in Canada yet I would try to sell some of my handmade creations online. Etsy was barely a year old and most people didn’t know what it was yet, and I opened a store there. My husband also built me a store website and I began selling my wares online by the fall of 2006.  Continue reading →

My 1 Year Blogiversary & Geek Soap Contest!

Girl Gone Geek blog water bottle my friends got me!

Happy Blogiversary to me! 

Girl Gone Geek Blog turns 1-year-old today! Which is about 13 in blog years. I can’t believe it’s already been a year… Actually that’s a lie, it totally felt like a year. I started this blog with no intentions other than to blab about all of the brilliant things I am unashamedly obsessed about, they just so happen to dwell in the geek realm. The fact that it continues to grow and the positive feedback you all give me is something I never anticipated, but it thrills me to bits!

The blog is like an extension of myself, albeit the geekiest parts. One of the aspects of my blog that I hope that comes through is how I try to create a sense of connection with my readers and fans. I think my favorite part is geeking out with you all every day whether it’s on Twitter, Facebook or email. The past two years I was going to graduate school full-time (I just graduated with my Master’s), interned at NYLON Magazine, working part-time and all the while trying to squeeze in something that resembles a social life. But blogging never felt like a chore it was something I loved to do and an escape from all the chaos. Well I guess that’s more than enough mushy bloggy talk for one post.

Now to move along to what you all are really here for, free stuff! To thank you all for being so awesome I’m having a giveaway contest with the talented Lesley Karpiuk of Geek Soap and The Pink Toque.

Lesley makes these insanely cool soaps which are not only geeked out but are “individually handmade from all natural and vegan friendly ingredients.” What’s not to love?! She’s made such exclusives like “Game Cartridge soap, D20 Soap on a Rope, and almost all of the soap themes [she’s] used such as [Doctor Who] and Cthulhu.” These soaps didn’t exist before her, and we are forever grateful. She also knits Cthulhu themed goodies as well which you can find on The Pink Toque.

Thanks to Lesley, Girl Gone Geek is having not one but three winners! The soaps being given away are the “Clean of Kong” which are the barrels from the Donkey Kong video game, the NES “8-Bit Game Cartridge” and the “Soapstone” aka Hearthstone from World of Warcraft.

HOW TO WIN:

  • The 3 winners will be chosen on Friday, June 3rd,  I will pick the three winners that have the best answers to the question below
  • Answer the Contest Question below in the comments section of this post
    • Question: How would you use one of the geek soaps if you won?
    • Example: I would use the Donkey Kong soap to… *insert something witty here*.
  • Subscribe to this blog (right hand side of the page)
  • Like my Facebook Page (if you have one)
  • Follow me on Twitter @mschicgeek (if you have one)
  • Like The Pink Toque Facebook Page (if you have one)
  • Follow @GeekSoap on Twitter (if you have one)
  • *Please include your Twitter name and your name as it appears on Facebook (if you don’t want the public to see this, email it to me at girlgonegeekblog-at-gmail-dot-com)
  • *If I do no hear back from a winner by June 6th I will choose another winner
Breakfast Soap Combo

Geeky Soap- Part 3

This is the last part of this fun Geeky Soap series.  If you like to eat, which I assume most of you do then you’ll love Dirty Ass Soaps!  Although most of them aren’t very geeky but they are all awesome.   All of the soaps are 100% vegan (ironically) and made with Shea Butter!  In related news, doing this post has made me extremely hungry.

Geeky Soap Part 1

Geeky Soap Part 2

Try and resist om nom noming on these delicious looking soaps!

 

Geeky Soap- Part 2

This is Part 2 of Geeky Soap.  This post features the handmade works of Geek Soap and Digital Soaps.  I have to keep reminding myself these are actually made of soap, they look so realistic!  Like I said previously, these make great stocking stuffers for the upcoming holidays!  Check out Geeky Soaps Part 1 here.

Geek Soap Info:

GeekSoap.net

Twitter @GeekSoap

Geek Soap Facebook Page

Digital Soap Info:

DigitalSoaps.net

Etsy Shop

Digital Soap Facebook Page

Twitter @DigitalSoaps

 

***click on the images for a larger view***

 

Geeky Soap- Part 1

There are several great geek soap sellers out there but my favorites are Geeky Clean, Geek Soap, Luxury LaneDigital Soap and Dirty Ass Soaps. They are a great way to wash off the funk brought on by jedi battles, saving princesses and fragging.  I plan on getting some once I narrow down which ones to get.  But they look so great I don’t even think I’d use them, just marvel at their beauty all day.  These make great stocking stuffers for the holidays!

Since these sellers make so many pretty soaps I’m going to make this a three parter, because if you haven’t noticed I have a hard time narrowing things down.

Part one is featuring Geeky Clean (twitter @GeekySoap) and Luxury Lane Soap (twitter @KyleeLane).  They are all handmade with geeky love for you and yours.  The gallery below is a few of my favorite picks from the two sellers.  Check out their websites to get your own!