Blog Crush: When Geeks Wed

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I’ve been crushing on When Geeks Wed since its birth back in January of 2012. The title says it all, When Geeks Wed is what happens when two geeks have a nerdtastic wedding. Cassandra features everything from invitations, fashion, food and more! I can’t lie, her blog makes me want to get married every day just so I can have all sorts of geeky weddings.

Warning: When Geeks Wed will have an addicting Pinterest-like effect on you!

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Blog Crush: When Geeks Wed

Why do you blog?

image2Cassandra: Originally it was to brush up on my web design skills for my portfolio but now it’s become a hobby going on two years in January.

Favorite blog-related moment?

C: When a friend of a friend told me I had to check out this awesome site she found online and it was mine!

What do you obsess about?

C: The card game Munchkin. Throwing down the “Duck Of Doom” or “Wandering Monster” card on someone who’s about to win is pure gold (unless I’m on the receiving end then it cuts me deep). ThePacific Rim soundtrack which I listen to on repeat at work. Also, Call of Duty zombies which I don’t know why they don’t make as a stand alone game like Red Dead Redemption.

Who’s your favorite fictional couple? 
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C: The Monarch and Dr. Girlfriend (Dr. Mrs. The Monarch) some of my favorite characters in The Venture Brothers (plus they get +10 for having matching outfits).

What video game, comic/book, show and movie would you want to have if you were on a deserted island?

C: Movie: The Harry Potter series so in my delusional state from hunger and heat exhaustion I can vividly imagine myself flying off this deserted island on a broomstick. Also Star Wars because it’s Star Wars.

TV Show: Adventure Time, every time I watch one episode I end up watching at least three.

Comic/Manga:  Yamato Nadeshiko Shichihenge

Book:  Kickin’ Bot: An Illustrated Guide to Building Combat Robots (with accompanying parts) perfect for killing time and evil robotic island monkeys. My bot also makes Mai Tais because I can’t be on an island and not have a Mai Tai in my hand.

Video Game:  Puzzle Quest

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Giveaway: Win a Vintage Comic Book Ring from Comic Salvage

I love giving away free things almost as much as I love getting them! (almost) Sue Smith is the owner of the popular accessories shop on Etsy Comic Salvage where she recycles vintage comics to create beautiful jewelry and cuff links. Thanks to the amazing and talented Sue, Girl Gone Geek is giving one lucky contestant this fantastic “WHAM!” ring hand-made by Sue from a vintage comic book. 

Check out my interview with Comic Salvage and hear all about Comic Salvage’s origin story at Etsy Crush of the Week- Comic Salvage.

Giveaway Rules:

Etsy Crush of the Week- Comic Salvage

 

I’m a huge fan of Etsy if you haven’t realized. Other than the fact that I find some of my favorite things on Etsy, I love to support independent crafters and designers. Since I’m always featuring Etsy shops it seemed only right for me to start an “Etsy Crush of the Week” category. Every week, I’ll feature a shop I’m crushing on and an interview with the shop owner as well whenever possible. If you have any suggestions for shops or perhaps want your shop featured email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail.com. 

I’m starting off ECotW with a BANG! and a BOOM! Sue Smith is the owner of the popular accessories shop on Etsy Comic Salvage where she uses vintage comics to create beautiful jewelry and cuff links. She even does custom pieces! I have been working on getting Sue to create a custom Sandman quote pendent once I track down the issue.  

GIVEAWAY! Enter WIN a ring from Comic Salvage here

Interview with Sue Smith of Comic Salvage:

Girl Gone Geek: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Sue: My name is Sue and I live in New Jersey with my husband and two boys. I’m married and have kids, so I never really found the right time or place to start my career as a graphic artist. Etsy allowed me to find an outlet to create and have fun! I also started to get more serious about photography, so I’ve been practicing a lot on my family and friends.

GGG: How long have you been crafting and making jewelry?

S: I have always considered myself a creative person. Even when I was young, my cousins and I would create our own board games out of scrap paper and objects found around the house. Then we would have a blast playing each other’s games! About two years ago, I started seriously thinking about coming up with a job I can do at home. When I had my first son I was determined to find a way to work at home so that I was with him. It wasn’t until recently that I actually started my shop.

GGG: How did Comic Salvage come to be?

S: My husband is an illustrator, we actually met in art class over 15 years ago. He has been collecting comic books for many years. When we would go to flea markets I would notice tons of distressed comic books for under a dollar. I decided to try to recycle them in to jewelry and accessories!

GGG: How long on average does it take you to make a piece?

S: On average the actual production of the piece takes 2-3 days, but the actual finding of the right picture can take up to a month. I don’t just use any picture of a character or saying, it’s got to be the right one. So, I can buy 5 comic books and not have one usuable picture in them! The books that are not used for jewelry are instead used for wrapping of my finished product. I also am going to start making cutouts for customers to buy for scrapbooking or card making. I have been scrapbooking for years, so I thought it would be a perfect way to use as much as these comics as possible.

GGG: Do you have any funny crafting stories?

S: I don’t think my husband would find this as a funny story, but I’ll tell it anyway. The first time I made comic book necklaces, I underestimated the power of the glue I was using. I didn’t have anything under the comic book page that I was gluing my pieces to. Within 10 seconds I realized the 3 pieces were glued right down to my beautiful dining room table! I quickly removed them as I was screaming at the top of my lungs “NONONONO!”. Well, it ate right through the finish and now I have three beautiful perfect circles on my table forever to remind me how far I’ve come! Sorry honey!

GGG: I know you do custom pieces for customers, have you had any favorite or unusual requests?

S: My favorite requests would probably be for weddings like groomsmen sets. One of these sets I’m working on right now, the groomsman is not a big fan of comic book characters. He is an avid republican though, so I have to make the final set with a certain republican’s face! I’ve had some other requests for comic book characters that I haven’t heard of, but that’s when I go right to my husband for help and he usually knows where to find them. 

GGG: What else do you do or other hobbies do you have besides make awesome vintage comic book jewelry?

S: Besides photography, I love scrapbooking. There is something really special about creating memories for your kids in books they can look at forever. I not only put pictures of them in it, I include the picture of their favorite toys, drawings, tickets for places we’ve gone….everything and anything. 

GGG: Do you have any favorite comic books and comic book characters?

S: To be honest, I really don’t have a favorite. When I was younger I collected and read comic books, the “girly” ones. Popples, Muppet Babies, Rainbow Brite and Betty and Veronica to name a few.

GGG: Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?

S: I love anything vintage, so I have fun collecting toys from my childhood! I love the 80’s so anytime I see something at a garage sale that I used to have, it’s hard for me to not buy it! I use the excuse that my kids will play with it.

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

S: Definitely the box set of The Office, love that show! It’s my kind of humor. 

GGG: Where can we find you in the web?

S: Right now you can find my shop at etsy.shop/comicsalvage. You can also find my Facebook Fan Page under Comic Salvage. I’m currently working on putting together a blog as well! [Also check out her husbands Etsy etsy.com/shop/chrissmithwest10th, he’s an illustrator and comic book artist.]

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 →