ThinkGeek Charm Bracelet Giveaway!

 

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I probably have enough jewelry to open up a small jewelry store. Something you’ll always see me wearing are a stack of bracelets. They are my version of arm candy! The only geeky bracelet in my arm candy bunch was a Game of Thrones “Valar Morghulis”, that is until ThinkGeek debuted their charm bracelets!

What I love is that you can add a bunch of your favorite nerd things to one bracelet; it’s kind of like PANDORA but for geeks.

The arm party! 

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ThinkGeek charms!

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Enter the Giveaway! 

I wanna share the arm candy love so one lucky lady will win:

Giveaway ends July 24th, enter below!

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Slight Jewelry: Fine Jewelry for the Undead

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Just because you’re a walking corpse doesn’t mean you can’t deck out your rotting body parts with fine, beautiful jewelry. Slight Jewelry has answered your zombie jewelry needs with a Braaains collection featuring undead heads and zombie apocalypse weapons made from gold, silver and brass.
I know they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’d rather be besties with a black diamond stuffed in a golden zombie’s mouth.

Discount for GGG friends! Get 11% off using the code: keyboardcat  

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Interview with Amanda of Slight Jewelry

GGG: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Amanda: I grew up in sunny Tucson, Arizona, the home of the Gem and Mineral Show.  I was what my teacher called a “rock hound,” I sure did love those geodes. As a kid, I wasn’t an ugly duckling, I just had ” interesting features.”  One of which has dictated a nickname that I embrace to this day: Fangs.  I am missing two teeth where my canines meet so I literally have two fangs.  Although the goth boys loved them, I was very self-conscious about them for a very long time. I was constantly asked, “Do you sharpen your teeth?”  Anyway, fast forward past puberty and college, I ventured to Colorado where I finally learned to love my fangs.  I lived there for 5 years though the wacky weather and countless serving jobs.  I wanted to work in fashion and knew Denver wasn’t the place to fulfill that dream.   With the support of my older twin sisters, I made the leap to New York City about a year and a half ago.  It was extremely difficult at first but I had a vision: Make something as unique as my teeth, and I think have succeeded in that!
 
How long have you been making jewelry?
A little over two years but I’ve been sketching ideas for a decade.
 
Slight Jewelry- Zombie Black Diamond EarringIs there a film, book or game got your into zombies and horror and why?
If you exclude reading every Steven King book before I had any idea what it was about, I would say that I have always loved “Evil Dead” and the campy yet endearing horror movies of the 70s and 80. Although, I like to mix in some scary ones here and there.  The movie “Alien” is the best sci-fi horror film of all time – such incredible set design and makeup!  And the zombies, how can I forget about the zombies?  For humor’s sake, I choose “Shaun of the Dead” and on the other end of the spectrum “Resident Evil” Because who doesn’t love Mila Jovovich?
What’s Slight Jewelry’s origin story? 
I worked for a fine jewelry designer for over a year and it was quite the eye opening experience.  There wasn’t anything out there for my personality so I decided to make it myself.  I wanted to make jewelry that I liked and that I hadn’t seen anywhere else.  The Zombie Collection is my first collection and I will continue to add to it.  It’s my zombie baby. :)
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
I absolutely love the clown zombie cufflinks, so dear to my heart.  And the mix and match zombie earrings with the zombie weapon of choice.
Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?
3D printing- a lot of my pieces are 3D printed and then cast in silver and gold.  It’s incredible to have a plastic iteration that I can print right before my very eyes!  It also gives the jewelry some great texture and depth.
What’s your zombie weapon of choice? Slight Jewelry- Zombie Weapon of Choice- Axe Earring
It would have to be a machine gun with a bayonet mounting, double trouble.  If the zombie apocalypse struck, and I didn’t own a bayonet-mount machine gun, I would use the hand painted zombie axe I bought my boyfriend for his birthday.  Sharing is caring.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
This is a toughy.  I have an amazing HR Giger book that I can’t live without.  And if I only brought a video game, movie, or TV show, I wouldn’t have anything to play them on!  But if I could bring two items (and this island had a TV), I would bring my first version Atari and the game, Pitfall.  So many memories with that game!
 
Where can we find you on the web?
Shop online at slightjewelry.com and follow Slight Jewelry on Facebook.
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Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: WetheSciencey

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“You had me at meteorite necklace”, is how I felt when I landed on WeTheSciencey’s Etsy shop. So I can own a necklace that has a metorite fragment in it? SOLD! Who wouldn’t want to flaunt a bit of space around their neck?! And that’s not it! We the Sciencey’s shop is bursting will all sorts of science and sci-fi items that will have you manically clicking “Add to Cart”. What makes it even better is every month WeTheSciencey chooses a new Kickstarter project to back with a percentage of every sale. It’s a win/win!

The handmade (and space-made) meteorite necklace is just as beautiful as I daydreamed! It arrived in a cute little drawstring bag which includes an informational card about the meteorite fragment history and meteorites in general. The necklace itself includes an 18in silver-color chain with genuine meteorite fragment(s) incased in a glass bottle pendant. My meteorite fragment is a chondrite from fall NWA 869 and was found in 2000 in Northwest Africa. It’s pretty freaking cool.

Oh, and there’s a giveaway! Details below.

Interview with Noah of WeTheSciencey:

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

WeTheSciencey-Mad Scientist Chemistry Cookie Cutter KitI’m Noah, a 23-year old human girl who likes to think of herself as a creator and who is always on the lookout for grand adventures and tea with Jammie Dodgers. That aside, I am a sailor-in-training and I also want to be an astronaut.

Can you tell us the origin story of your shop, We the Sciencey?

One day, as I was sitting in chemistry class and sketching reaction mechanisms, the thought occurred, “wouldn’t it be brilliant to be able to buy things that are …chemistry-y! but beautiful, because there’s something quite lovely about science.” Just look at the stars on a clear night, in place far away from civilisation…it’s science, but it’s beauty. I wanted to make a place where the two could be celebrated together. Science & art. And then, maybe a semester later, I discovered ‘Doctor Who’. It was perfectly inspiring and added the fictional and imaginative side; I loved that I found an outlet for so many things I loved since childhood, and knew others loved as well. I wanted to share it and have been doing so since!

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make? WeTheSciencey- Doctor Who Whovian Timey-Wimey Greeting Card Set

The Meteorite Necklace is, by far, my favourite piece in the shop. Somehow I always end up day-dreaming and imagining the life of the meteorite and its incredibly epic journey hurtling through time and space. It’s kind of mysterious and awe-inspiring! I also just like the idea of people carrying bits of outer-space around with them. :D

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

I LIKE CHEMISTRY. And SPACE. Art & design. Anddd…well, lots of things. In terms of science-fiction, I’m definitely a Trekkie-Whovian-type hybrid. I find science fiction to be full of wonder and fantasticalness. If I feel a bit stuck, creative-wise, just watching an episode of Star Trek (original
series mostly) or Doctor Who always jostles my imagination awake again.

If you had to live in a fictional sci-fi universe for a month, which would it be and why?

Definitely the Doctor’s universe. I mean, just. Yes. Just think…the adventures, the cultures, the mysteries, the questions and answers and discoveries and beautiful vastness andandand! *sigh* CAN I JUST GO NOW?!?! >.<

WeTheSciencey- Star Trek Spock Hand StampWhich science fiction tech can you not wait to become science reality?

A replicator! The closest thing I have is the MakerBot Replicator 2 which is a 3D printer. And though, it is pretty freaking amazing, it is limited to creating objects out of 2 varying types of materials and requires a lot of time/learning (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing ;) ). The Star Trek replicator could solve a lot of problems, especially food and medicine shortages. It could also cause a lot of issues if misused. So, while I think it would be a lovely piece of equipment to have in theory….perhaps it might be better that it doesn’t exist. SO. The TARDIS, then. =]

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

I’d bring: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, A brilliant chemistry textbook so I can invent things to retrofit the island, Space Odyssey 2001, and the Doctor Who series’.

Where do you live on the internet?

You can find the WeTheSciencey shop at etsy.com/shop/wethesciencey and the blog at www.wethesciencey.com. On Twitter: twitter.com/wethesciencey and Facebook: Facebook.com/wethesci. When I’m not blogging on wethesciencey.com, I’m at galaxychild.tumblr.com (caution: it’s mostly poetry with the occasional meandering into things rather spacey and timey).

WeTheSciencey Giveaway!

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Three winners will get one of the items above!

Enter the giveaway:

  • Follow WeTheSciencey on (if applicable):
  •      – Facebook: facebook.com/wethesci
  •      – Twitter: twitter.com/wethesciencey
  •      – Tumblr: wethesciencey.com
  • Answer the following question in the comments section:
  •      Q: Which science fiction tech can you not wait to become science reality?
  • Giveaway ends Monday, August 26th

Giveaway over. Congrats, Kathryn, Jessica, Ada!

 

More from WeTheSciencey!

 

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Cthulhu Wake Up

Girl Gone Geek's Alien Chest-Burster Necklace by Cthulhu Wake Up

The chestburster Alien necklace from Cthulhu Wake Up Etsy shop is everything you didn’t know you wanted. Although I can’t lie, I’m always a bit nervous saying the Etsy shop name out loud. Not trying to cause the end of days or anything…

The Xenomorph necklace pretty much speaks for itself, but I’ll say a little about it either way. I know in fashion they talk about statement necklaces, but I doubt they even had this deadly beauty mind. The chestburster is masterfully crafted from pewter and sits perfectly on top of your chest, all a-burstin’.

I had the chance to interview Luis about his gorgeously gruesome jewelry only to find out he has a pretty impressive day job! He’s a vfx artist and has worked in movies like Green Lantern, GI Joe 2, Riddick and more. (Which explains why the craftsmanship on the pendents are damn near perfect.)

Interview with Luis from Cthulhu Wake Up

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Cthulhu Wake Up- Alien Chest-burster Pendant 2My name is Luis Alberto Cayo, I have been a a vfx artist for 5 years working in movies like “Gi Joe 2”, “Riddick”, “Green Lantern”, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter”, among others (www.cayovfx.com). Although I enjoy working for these big projects I also want a venue were I can share my own voice and jewelry is a perfect fit for me.

How did Cthulhu Wake Up come to be?

Practicing digital sculpture in my own time, I came up with the Cthulhu pendant and I really wanted to do something with it. I put it up in kickstarter and raised money to make 150 of them. I was thrilled not only that I was able to share my personal work but to make some money along the way too. After that I decided to work towards making a side business of it. Unfortunately, I can’t work as fast as I would like to towards that goal but I’m getting there!

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

Is a fluid process really. Going back and forward, doing drawings and sculptures. Because I made a point to make it as fun and freestyle as possible I can’t track it that much. 3 days would be my best guess.

I love the idea of the chest-bursting alien necklace, what inspired that piece?

It just popped in my head and made me laugh. It made sense as it looks like is bursting out so I said, why not?

What draws you to Lovecraft’s work? Do you have a favorite story?

Lovecraft is an excellent story teller. Modern storytelling is VERY rushed and the plot needs to be moving along always. Rarely movies, comic books, and TV shows slow down to take the attention from the story and spend some time building an atmosphere and taking us places emotionally. Lovecraft does this very successfully without being boring at all, not to mention he does it only with words! Of course he is not the only one that does this, there are great moder storytellers as well but no one tackles the weird mix of science fiction, fantasy and horror any more, not the way he does.

I have many favorite stories from him. Starting to “The Call of Cthulhu”, “The Shadow out of Time”, “The Whisperer in the Darkness”, and many others.

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

Many others, Dragon Ball Z and Batman being the most prominent. One of my long term goals is to write a Batman story. I love steampunk and enjoy watching cosplay.

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

Above all I would prefer an sketchbook and a ballpoint pen with everlasting ink. Video game: Street fighter 3, Comicbook: The Dark Knight Returns, TV shows: Batman, the Animated Series.

Where can we find you in the web

Our online store is Cthulhuwakeup.com and our facebook page is Facebook.com/CthulhuWakeUp

Giveaway!

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1 lucky reader will receive the Snalien chestburster pendant!

How to enter: 

1) Leave a comment on this post

2) Like Facebook.com/CthulhuWakeUp

Contest ends Monday, May 13th

 GIVEAWAY CLOSED- Raven was the winner, thanks everyone!

Etsy Crush of the Week & Giveaway: Show Pony’s Fantasy Jewelry

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I’m a jewelry fiend, whether it’s geeky or not. I’ve noticed when it comes to a lot of geek-related jewelry they get an A+ on the geeky part, but miss the mark on the actual quality of the jewelry design. Thankfully, I stumbled across Show Pony on one of my weekly Etsy binges and fell in love. Her  fantasy-themed references already make the items a must-buy, and then her elegant jewelry designs put them over the edge.

I featured Show Pony‘s “Always” necklace on my Harry Potter & Valentine’s Day Jewelry Post. It’s pretty much one of those, “I need this for reasons.” necklaces. It’s a subtle way to show your off Potter pride. I absolutely adore mine!

Shelby also does custom pieces! I had her make a custom Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire cuff for me with the words, “Valar Morghulis”. It came out just as I imagined. It’s thick, but still easily bendable to adjust to any sized wrist. I’m throwing a giveaway with a few lovely items from Show Pony, check out how to win below!

Get 30% off  Show Pony throughout March using: MARCH30 

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Interview with Shelby of SHOW PONY STORE

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Show Pony- Hunger Games Holding nightlock IIShelby: My name is Shelby Isaac I’m a college student from Maryland, U.S.A. and Etsy is my creative outlet/moneymaker. I have a pet tarantula and a kitten that keep me company while I run my Etsy business.

How long have you been making jewelry?

Shelby: I’ve been making jewelry since 2010, when I opened my Etsy shop.

How did SHOWPONYSTORE come to be?

Shelby: Oddly enough, I started out making my original items out of frustration. My first purchase on Etsy was an overpriced Harry Potter inspired vial necklace. When it arrived, it was broken, leaking through the package, and no “thank you” note was included. I knew I could make something better for a cheaper price, so that’s what I did.

Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

Shelby: My “always” doe patronus necklace is my favorite. It’s subtle and still geeky. That’s not always easy to find in jewelry.

Do you have any geeky obsessions? If so what?

Shelby: Any other geeky obsessions… I love Tolkien and Martin. High fantasy is my thing.

What do you think your your patronus be? 

Shelby: It would be a shark! A little one. Like a spiny dogfish/mud shark.

If you lived in Westeros, what would your house name, sigil and motto be? 

Shelby: I already consider myself to be of House Tyrell, so creating my own house is out of the question. Growing strong!

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

Shelby: I would bring the Potter series. Television show that I couldn’t live without: Star Trek. The original series.

Where can we find you on the web? 

SHOW PONY STORE GIVEAWAY!

Show Pony Girl Gone Geek Giveaway

L to R: Harry Potter “Always” Doe Necklace, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Necklace, Game of Thrones “The Wall” Ring (example shown) and Harry Potter Divination Class Tea Cup Necklace

1. Answer the of the following question: What do you think your patronus be?
2. Like SHOWPONYSTORE on Facebook: Facebook.com/SHOWPONYSTORE (if applicable)
3. Follow @BeansCreations on Twitter (if applicable)
* Please state the item you’d like to win, you can say all items if you’d be happy with all.
* Four readers will win one of the items featured.
* Contest ends Wednesday, March 27th

Harry Potter & Game of Thrones Valentine’s Day Jewelry

Confession: Every time I ran across a Snape/Always piece of jewelry on Etsy I wanted to cry. #alloftheemotions


Harry Potter Golden Snitch Necklace I Love You by spacepearls

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Necklace - I Love You

Harry Potter Jewelry  After All This Time by chasingatstarlight

Harry Potter Jewelry - After All This Time Always

You are protected in short by your ability to love by chickylovit

Harry Potter Quote Jewelry Necklace- You are protected in short by your ability to love

Harry Potter Lots of Love Lily Necklace by amartone

Harry Potter Jewelry Lots of Love Lily Necklace

Harry Potter Bracelet I love you like Snape by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Bracelet -I love you like Snape loved Lily Cuff

Severus Snape Always Doe SHOWPONYSTORE

Harry Potter Jewlery Severus Snape Always Doe Patronus Necklace

Harry Potter Necklace  I heart Harry Potter by SpiffingJewelry

Harry Potter Jewelry Necklace - I heart Harry Potter with lightning bolt scar and glasses

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome by resinapocalypse

Harry Potter Inspired Lovers Glass Dome Necklace

Harry Potter Font Golden Snitch Always Necklace by SimplyHarry

Harry Potter Jewelry Golden Snitch Always Necklace Steampunk

Game of Thrones Quote My Sun and Stars by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Quote My Sun and Stars Shekh ma shieraki anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Khal Drogo Moon of my Life by ChrisClosetCreations

Game of Thrones Jewelry Khal Drogo Moon of my Life Zhey Jalan Atthirari Anni in Dothraki

Game of Thrones Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff Set by JTSkyDesigns

Game of Thrones Jewelry Inspired Hand Stamped Cuff SetKhal and Khaleesi Game of Thrones  Set of Two by emerydrive

Game of Thrones Jewelry- Khal and Khaleesi Set of TWO Dothraki Rings

Star Wars & Doctor Who Valentine’s Day Jewelry

You: I love this jewelry.

Me: I know.

His and Hers Custom Star Wars Rings by SwankMetalsmithing

His and Hers Custom Star Wars Ring Jewelry Set

Time Lord Love acrylic double heart necklace by houseofdarkly

Doctor Who Jewelry Time Lord Love double heart necklace

Doctor Who Ring I Love Your Stupid Face by emerydrive

Doctor Who Jewelry Ring - I Love Your Stupid Face

Doctor Who Braceletes  You’re the Doctor to my Rose chasingatstarlight 

Doctor Who Jewelry - You're the Doctor to my Rose and Rose to my Doctor

Star Wars Necklace- “I love you, I know” Han Solo and Princess Leia by SpiffingJewelry

Star Wars Jewelry Necklace- I love you - I know - Han Solo ad Princess Leia

Star Wars Bracelets  Set of 2 Han & Leia Cuffs  by SpiffingJewelry

Star Wars Jewelry Bracelets - Set of 2 Han & Leia Cuffs - His and Hers - I love you - I know

Hello Sweetie  River Song Doctor Who Necklace by dalilicequeen

Jewelry Hello Sweetie River Song Doctor Who Necklace

Etsy Crush of the Week- Fickle Queen (and giveaway!)

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.

Girl Gone Geek readers get 10% off Fickle Queen shop until Jan 31, 2012 using the code: FICKLEGGG

Girl Gone Geek Interview with Firth and Farquharson of House of the Fickle Queen:

Can you tell us a little big about yourself?

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…

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ficklequeen

Email: ficklequeen@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ficklequeen

Twitter: @_FickleQueen

Fickle Queen Bronze Dino Earrings Giveaway:

Etsy Crush of the Week- PopCycled Baubles

Not only does Laura make comic book accessories for her Etsy shop PopCycled Baubles, but she’s a huge fangirl herself! Check the wonderful interview I had with her where she gives her thoughts on the new DC 52, the lack of geek merch for girls and more!  And readers get 15% off her online store using the code: GEEKGIRL (good until the end of the month).

Interview with Laura of PopCycled Baubles:

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Laura: Hi! My name is Laura and I am your regular “Geek Girl”. I live in the lovely town of Charleston, SC and I have a wonderful and super talented artist for a husband. I work a normal day job, managing a database for a non-profit housing agency.  At night I can be found cuddling with my pup and reading comics, playing videogames or rocking out D&D sessions with my friends.

I am a massive fan of Star Wars and my favorite character – by far – is Yoda. I have to admit I am a convert – 12 years ago when I met my husband I had no interest in sci-fi or comics. He slowly indoctrinated me and since then my interests have expanded to cover pretty much every aspect of geekonometry.

GGG: How long have you been making jewelry?  What is PopCycled Baubles origin story?

L: I got started about a year ago, when a friend of mine showed me a piece of upcycled art on the Internet and I figured it would be pretty cool to make some of my own. So after doing a little research, I built a small run of ten pendants that all of my friends loved! Based on that – I created 40 more and featured them in my local comic book store on Free Comic Book Day 2011. They turned out to be a tremendous hit, and people asked for more!

Geeks like to show off the things they like! We’re not subtle and we don’t like to hide our fandom. However, one thing I have found being a Geek Girl is that sometimes I feel a little left out by the merchandise that I find offered by retailers online and locally. This is because a great majority of fandom is male oriented, or at least is perceived that way marketing wise. For instance, a good friend of mine just had a birthday and she loved Batman. So I went to find her a Batman birthday card! It does NOT exist, unless you’re a 5-year-old boy! I couldn’t even find one for a 5-year-old girl! Nothing for girls except Bieber and Barbie! What’s that all about?

So I began PopCycled Baubles as an attempt to right that ship. Geek Girls are out there, and in my experience are avid for anything that is aimed at them. Many of my geek girlfriends gush if they see their favorite character or setting made into items aimed directly at them!
That’s not to say however, that men don’t enjoy my product as well. While pendants can be seen as a girlie item, many men have jumped at a chance to grab one of my pieces because they just love that character. And that’s what is so great about fandom, and is why we try to display a wide array of items. Currently we offer pendants, paperweights, and the aforementioned coasters, which are currently being produced and are looking towards other items that can also be PopCycled, like bracelets, rings and even Christmas decorations for the tree.

GGG: Do you have any funny crafting stories?

L: I do actually. Well it’s funny now, but at the time I thought it would as far from funny as could ever be possible. When I was creating my very first large run of pendants, I thought it would help speed up some of the process if my husband helped. He was happy to and aimed to make a great assistant. But about 10 minutes into his helping me I noticed he was dipping his brush in water to clean the glue off before starting to seal a new piece (He was sealing the backsides of the image with glue). As I am sure you can imagine water is the enemy of paper, and the water was soaking through the paper and separating it from the glass. I lost about 35 potential pendants that day and a good portion of my sanity while I was trying to recover what I could. Needless to say he does not assist me in this fashion anymore. I am, however quite grateful that I have a husband who was willing to sit at a table and help make jewelry – not to many men like that out there!

GGG: Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?

L: I am in love with the larger 30 x 40 mm or “oversized” pendants as I call them. They are such a wonderful size and allow me to capture far more of an image than the smaller 1” pendants. I am going to be using those much more going forward, the glass also has a small magnifying quality so that really helps to make the characters pop.

I’ve recently started making coasters and paperweights for home décor – what a great conversation piece I think. And is it possible to have too many coasters featuring your favorite characters?

GGG: Marvel or DC?

L: It is no secret I love DC – just a quick peek into my shop shows a heavy slant towards the DC heroines. That’s not to say I don’t like Marvel – they have had some stories over the years that I enjoyed (such as Garth Ennis’ run on the Punisher) but DC has more characters I personally enjoy reading and talking about with friends.

GGG: Favorite comic books?

L: With the new DC re-boot my list may grow quite a bit, but for now, I’ll be reading without fail: Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Batwoman and Batgirl. I’ve read almost all of the new titles and so far I am really loving some of these reboots.

GGG: Thoughts on “The New DC 52”?

L: You know this is a great question, personally I love the idea of a “universe wide reset”, so to speak. It is a great way to not only breathe new life into some characters, but to open the doors of comic shops around the world to potential new readers. People who were curious about comics but don’t want to catch up on years of backstory can go in now on the ground floor. I love that! I am kinda sad though that they took away Wonder Woman’s pants and put her back in the bikini bottom. She looked really awesome in pants.

GGG: What else are you a fangirl for?

L: Other than comics I am a massive fan of Dr. Who. David Tennant was my favorite Doctor by far, but Matt Smith has grown on my tremendously, almost like a fungus – but regardless he’s still growing on me!

I also love an absolute cubic ton of other material such as Star Wars, Star Trek (yes you can like both at the same time), Farscape, Gears of War, Mass Effect, BioShock, and so many other things I couldn’t possibly list them all without it sounding like I’m listing the dictionary of Sci-Fi. I really just love great story, characters and visuals no matter the medium presents. I find it gives me an awesome outlet to not only express myself artistically but also is just great fun and escapism.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring? (this deserted island has electricity, you can bring one of each)

L: It sounds like I’m at an expensive spa! I think I would have to have to find a way to compress some games! I cannot decide between Call of Duty, Gears of War or Mass Effect. Mass Effect may win though since I can keep finding ways to make the game different from the last play through.

Maybe I’m trying to pull a kobayashimaru here, but can I bring my iPad? I’ve got 64gb of room and that can hold a ton of literature. I cannot imagine deciding on one book to bring somewhere; that’s why I love the invention of e-readers.

GGG: Where can we find you in the web?

L: I can be found at the following online destinations…

Shop: popcycled.etsy.com

Facebook: facebook.com/popcycled

Twitter: @popcycled

I have a website also, right now it is just a portal to the etsy shop. Perhaps one day I’ll set up a cart and sell through there. www.popcycledbaubles.com

Etsy Crush of the Week- Sugar & Vice

I first discovered Sugar & Vice while I was scouring Etsy for Portal themed jewelry for a previous blog post, ‘27 Pieces of Portal Jewelry‘. Once I saw their Portal Earrings and necklaces, I became practically obsessed with Sugar & Vice ever since. Sarah the crafter and creator of Sugar & Vice was kind enough do this interview with me all the way from the U.K.! Sarah is just as awesome as the jewelry (or should I say jewellery) she makes! She has a horror movie podcast called Gorepress, she’s a gamer, comic book and action figure collector and makes her own alcohol! It gets even better, I know crazy right, but you’ll only find out from reading the interview.

Interview with Sarah of Sugar and Vice Jewelry:

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sarah: Well, I guess the basics are that I’m 28, live in Canterbury and obsess over my cat; Sir Digby Chicken Caesar. I adore making jewellery but my other love is films and I also run a horror movie website and record a podcast with a friend (gorepress.com, ahem, shameless plug).

GGG: How long have you been making jewelry?

S: I think it’s around 5 years since Sugar & Vice came about and I didn’t really have much experience with jewellery before then so I suppose I’m still a beginner, comparatively!

GGG: What is Sugar & Vice origin story?

S: So many people have asked me this question and I never know how to respond. It was a happy accident! I started making bits and pieces and selling them through my MySpace page about 5-6 years ago while working for a builders merchant (which is exactly as glamorous as it sounds.) Over the years I started a bigcartel shop, then my own website and then I discovered Etsy. Things have just gone from strength to strength and it allowed me to leave my job a few years ago to concentrate on this full-time. It’s so rewarding and although it can be exhausting, it’s always enjoyable.

GGG: Do you have any funny Sugar & Vice stories?

S: Not long after we bought the laser cutter, we’d been working with it pretty solidly in a fairly badly ventilated room and as a result started to feel a bit funny. What we thought was acrylic fumes making us think the room was moving, actually turned out to be an earthquake. Doh!

GGG: What was the inspiration behind some of your geeky and horror themed pieces?

S: Well, as I previously mentioned, I’m a huge horror movie fan so that was a no-brainer for me. As for the more geeky jewellery, my partner and I are both huge nerds. He’s an academic with two Science degrees and I collect comics and action figures. We’re both avid gamers too and there seemed to be a real gap in the market for that sort of jewellery so we thought we’d attempt to fill it. I always assumed it would be quite niche but they’ve proved to be some of our most popular pieces! I’m an enthusiastic gamer but tragically not very good and I love reading online comics and obsessing over movies.

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

S: Too many to possibly name! We do a lot of nameplate necklaces for roller derby girls so I think some of my favourites have been ‘Baberaham Lincoln’, ‘Annie Thingoes’ and a few logo necklaces for English teams. As for the more geeky stuff, we’ve recently done some Harry Potter themed pieces and the Naboo symbol from Star Wars [see left], both of which were a lot of fun to make.

GGG: What else do you do or other hobbies do you have besides making fabulous laser cut jewelry?

S: I’ve recently started making my own alcohol. In a strictly legitimate, non-prison wine sort of way! So far I’ve made elderberry wine, raspberry and rhubarb wine, sloe gin and a batch of ale. I love cooking too, I’m such a homebody! I’m also building up a substantial collection of colourful tattoos, much to my Mothers annoyance!

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

S: Hmm, good question! I think the video game would have to be Left 4 Dead (provided there was someone with me to play co-op mode), the book would have to be Girlfriend In A Coma by Douglas Coupland. Movie is a tough one, how can I pick just one?! I guess I’d have to go with something like Cecil B Demented, I love John Waters and it was my favourite movie for such a long time when I was younger. As for the TV show, that’s an easy one, it would have to be Freaks and Geeks. All the best ones get cancelled prematurely!

GGG: Where can we find you in the web (websites, online store, facebook, twitter, etc.)?

S: Well we have a very active Etsy store – etsy.com/shop/svjewellery, our own website –sugarandvicedesigns.com, and a Facebook fan page (search : Sugar & Vice) so please stop by and say hello, we’d love to hear from people who have any suggestions or custom ideas!

Sugar & Vice Jewelry Gallery

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