Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Home is where the Geek is: Geek Chic Interiors Part 2

Home is where the Geek is.  That's not saying Geeks only like staying home - despite the stereotype, many of us can be very sociable people.  I, however, love hanging out in my place, getting in time with my family.

Adding in personal touches are really what makes a house a home (yes, it's cliche, let it go, let it go...). I've continued digging through Etsy and other online shopping venues to find fun, pop-culture goodies to give your space a little heart and brain. Let's get started with Part 2 of Geek Chic decor! 

I have a friend who mentioned that my lack of TARDIS was disturbing, so we're going to going to head over to ThinkGeek to  start off with some Doctor Who today, specifically, a Dr. Who bathroom:

http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/14b1/http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/f0e7/ 

Behold the trifecta of TARDIS bathroom essentials!  Toothbrush holder, bath mat, and shower curtain all ready to transport you through time. You can pretend that you're the Doctor every time you take a shower (because I know you're weird like that).  Here's what ThinkGeek has to say about the TARDIS shower curtain:



Your bath: it will be upgraded

If you've always wanted to step inside the TARDIS, here's your chance. This 72" square shower curtain will let you get away from the craziness of the real world, if just for a few minutes. (It works best if you actually take a shower. If you just stand in there, people tend to ask questions.) But when you step inside, you'll be able to transcend time and space... at least until the hot water runs out. However, if the control room is overrun with mildew, that's your problem.

I had to throw in that photo - the purple shower cap completes the essence of Doctor Who, doesn't it? You can purchase the toothbrush holder here for $19.99 (shipping only to Canada and the US), the bathmat here for $24.99, and the fabulous shower curtain here for $29.99 (shipping only to Canada and the US).

Star Wars is the movie of choice for many fangirls and fanboys.  Wall decals can help bring your home to jedi life without breaking the bank:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/86684055/vinyl-wall-decal-star-wars-luke?ref=sr_gallery_1&ga_search_query=star+wars&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery      

These decals are shown in nurseries, but you can really use them anywhere.  They're easy to apply and are a simple way of adding some interest to an otherwise blank wall.  They're also easier to remove than wallpaper, so you can change the decals out as frequently as you wish.

is the store owner of the "Jedi" decal.  The write:

This Vinyl Wall Decal is made with high quality MATTE vinyl and will last a long time. The decal has the appearance and thickness of about two coats of paint stenciled. Wall decals are very easy to install and just as easy to remove when you are ready to change the decor of your home. These can be applied to almost any surface and can easily transform every space in your home. (Think walls, windows, mirrors, and cabinets.)
 You can purchase the "Jedi" decal here for $40.00 (a very typical price for decals),  and the "Force" decal from at this page for a steal of $19.99.

If hanging things on your wall is more your style, I have a few more Star Wars items for you to peruse.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/194963366/star-wars-starships-and-fighters-clock?ref=sr_gallery_40&ga_search_query=star+wars&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery      https://www.etsy.com/listing/188464167/princess-leia-and-han-solo-hoop-set?ref=sr_gallery_41&ga_search_query=star+wars&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_view_type=gallery
Wall art is a great, portable way of decorating your home.  It can come with you when you move, which is a wonderful thing. You can also move it from room to room, if you're  fan of rotating schemes.

The clock is made from brushed metal and features different Star Wars starships and fighters.  Writes shopowner (great punny name!):


This beautiful clear and bushed metal clock boasts 12 vintage classic Action Fleet Micro Machine battleships and vessels. They are hand finished in a black and silver pewter-like color. Each Star Wars Starships and Fighters clock is YOU gNeek (pronounced Unique). If you have some favorite ships or vehicles in mind, let me know so I can include them if I have them in stock. Time to do battle! Requires one AA battery (not included - I use to include them but it made shipping more expensive due to weight).

James Hance, one of my favorite artists, created the print of Han and Leia in the style of the movie "UP."  I personally own the print and it hangs above my bedroom wall - I can honestly say it makes me smile every time I look at it. 


The stitched hoop set of Han and Leia are handmade by and takes 7 days for production. It's a cute simple way of dressing up your walls.

Purchase the clock here for $99, the James Hance print here for $15 (unframed), and the hoop set here for $45.

Blanket sets make you want to dive right into bed and stay there - these sets are no exception (except the zombie one).



https://www.etsy.com/listing/103834582/zombie-duvet-bed-set-and-pillowcases?ref=sr_gallery_3&ga_search_query=geekery+bed&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery



You know blankets, Jon Snow!  And he would, wouldn't he? The North gets cold, and he protects a giant wall of ice, for goodness sakes! makes the Game of Thrones quilt by hand.  
This listing is for one custom created quilt depicting an 8-bit Jon Snow and Ghost! Meticulously created by sewing together over a 1000 pieces of fabric, this is a unique piece that will truly showcase your love for the Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire series.
Have breakfast in bed, literally!  Pancake Pillow and Butter Blanket are a yummy way to end your day.  also creates this set by hand. The Zombie duvet and pillow case by set isn't quite as awwdorable as the pancake pillow, but some of us like a good scare before going to bed. 

Purchase your Jon Snow quilt here for $400.  The Pancake Pillow and Butter blanket can be purchased here for $75, and the zombieriffic set can be selected here for $145.

That's it for this edition of Geek Chic Interiors. Happy Shopping!












Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Home is where the Geek is: Geek Chic Interiors Part 1

If you're anything like me, you get bored and restless easily. Many times this translates, for me, into redoing my home.  Personally, we're currently in the middle of a shower remodel, but if redoing fixtures and finishes isn't in your budget, you can always add little accents around your house to liven up a room.  Of course, you'd want to do it Geek style.

I wandered around Etsy for a bit to find a few, fun things to spruce up your living space. Check out these adorkably awesome things that will sure to personalize your geek cave.

Let's begin with one of the simplest ways to refresh your home: throw pillows.


Hayao Miyazaki's Totoro is one of the most beloved illustrated movies of all time.  has created five different, very cute pillows featuring different characters, including my favorite, the Catbus.  

Although slightly written in Engrish, the shop owner describes,

"This product is 100% natural cotton exports thick pound, foreign manufacturers, export quality, 100% praise, quality is guaranteed. Hemp cloth very textured, pro and earth colors, thick slightly rough texture, is the pursuit of natural simplicity, low-key luxury you the most suitable choice. "

You can purchase the pillows here for $19.85 each.

The kitchen and dining room are two areas that could always use a little fun TLC.  Here are a couple of cool items you could throw in for a bit of color and character:

 
Pac-man placemats are sure to keep your guests entertained, even if they’re eating salad.  The mats are backed in cork, helping to regulate any temperature from hot plates. Shop owner writes, 

"These table mats / place mats are based on the Pacman video game. The table mats features pacman, 3 ghosts (Inky, Pinky and Blinky) and cherries. Each mat is different with pacman and the 3 ghosts moving around the mat in between each mat. Each table mat is backed in cork. "
The mats are made to order, so please allow 4 weeks for delivery.  You can purchase them here for $43.81 a single or $140.20 for a set of four.


This cutting board is fabulous for those who cook - after all, what chef doesn't have a bit of chemist inside them? It's also eco-friendly! Writes ,

"The original Periodic Table of the Elements cutting board! One of the greatest features of our Periodic Table design is the ability to personalize the 118th element Ununoctium. You may use this power to create an element named specifically for a person you know, or to commemorate a special occasion such as a graduation or wedding anniversary. The perfect gift for science students and teachers, graduates, professionals or anyone who just likes a little chemistry in the kitchen. The table is both beautifully engraved and fully functional, complete with atomic masses, element symbols and element names. We've also included both recently named elements Flerovium (114) and Livermorium (116) for a completely up-to-date design. Engraved on eco-friendly bamboo, a durable and sustainable wood which is naturally resistant to bacteria."
Purchase it at for $40.00.

Lighting is a very important feature of a home.  It adds ambiance, character, and even texture to what can be a monochromatic theme.  This particular lamp will add some color and heart to your room:


The "Robot Love" night light is meant for a nursery, but I don't see why you couldn't use it elsewhere.  From the shop of ,
They are small hanging night lights that are made from Repurposed & Upcycled items! They each have an Industrial Vintage feel to them while keeping with an eco friendly theme!

Custom made from my Vintage Dictionary Print designs using a repurposed, industrial electrical box. I use half-inch thick custom cut acrylic panel to additionally magnify my print with a thinner sheet of acrylic under the print to protect it. The 2 panels are then mounted onto the electrial box. My boxes are left raw to enhance the industrial vintage feel.
Another eco-friendly way to show-off your geek chic.  You can purchase it here for  $36.00.

Tomorrow I'll cover a few more items I found for your geeky interior decor needs. Happy shopping!






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Doggone it, I'm a geek!

People who know me personally know that I'm obsessed with my golden retriever, Wookie.  He's hands down the cutest pup I've ever seen.  It's only natural that one day I should peruse Etsy for some awesome items in dog geekery (because all dogs love to dress up and whatnot, right?).

We're going to start off this post by combining two things I love:  Dog costumes and Harry Potter:

It's Harry Pupster! Have you seen anything more adorable? Seriously, this has shot up to my next "must-haves" when it comes to canine costumes.  Writes shop owner ,
"Bless my soul it's Harry Potter" or in my case since my boy's middle name is Potter first name Henry, "the Henry Potter." Pet costume features a black cape, and a shirt and tie collar in the Gryffindor house colors. Other house colors are also available upon request. This costume is custom made to your pet's specific measurements to provide a comfortable fit, please provide all of the measurements listed below with order. Perfect for Halloween and just because!

Halloween? More like a everyday walking outfit. I'm kidding (sort of).  You can purchase this unique dress-up here for $45.00.

Despicable who? Not me, of course. But your furfriend might just be desipicable!

 Pawsitively cute.  Explains :

**If you love the movie, why not have a minion of your own??!**

This Minion costume is just too cute! Made to look like the cute little guys from Despicable Me, this costume is made from fleece and cotton. It fits your dog’s front and back legs to create a “suspender” look—just like the Minions from the movie. The hat is Velcro adjustable and made to look like the face of a Minion. Perfect costume for any mischievous little puppy!
 You can create your minion here for $29.22.

Of course, not everyone is into dressing up their dogs (blasphemy!), but you can still get into the geeky spirit by investing in real estate, doggy style:

Yes, that is a house for your dog, and yes it is all kinds of PAWESOME!  I kinda wish that I could live in this charming abode myself.  It's a like a mini fairytale in your backyard! The shop owner, writes,
This is a whimsical theme dog house for small dogs. Approximately 16 inches wide,30 inches long and 32 inches high. Hand crafted and the wood was aged to appear old. Front door is a "doggy door style" door. Will deliver to within 50 miles of where I'm located. Please email me about shipping cost so there is no surprise.
Yes, I imagine shipping must not be cheap. If you're really into doggy houses, you can purchase this enchanting canine cottage here for $399. 00.

If you want your dog house to resemble a Disney cartoon, you can go with this style of home:

Can't you just imagine Snow White and her seven dachshunds prancing out of this wonderfully whimsical home? creates these dazzling dog houses.

Introducing the FIRST of their kind Storybook Style dog houses! These amazing cottages can be used indoor and out.

ANNOUNCING OUR INTRODUCTORY OFFER OF $649.00 + tax & shipping! (reg $989.00)

*2 lb. density EPS foam.
*Hard coated with a protective industrial coating (safe for animals and kids).
*Custom hand tooled and artisan painted.
*100% waterproof, insulated and ventilated.
As the studio mentioned, you can purchase these homes for $649.00, here.

Bonus listing - as I mentioned, I love dressing my dog up, but if you don't want to go all out, you can get your canine a crocheted R2D2 hat:
knits these hats by hand. According to the shop owner,

Now your dog can sport a cool beanie right along with you!! This R2-D2 hat comes with ear holes for their ears and tie flaps to secure the hat in place while you guys are out and about.

The hat pictured fits larger dogs but the hat can be made to fit smaller dogs as well I just need a few details about your pup to make sure the hat is a perfect fit :)
 C3PO not included.  You can purchase this here for $15.00.

That's it for this blog's episode of canine crafts. Happy Shopping!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Accio Potter Paraphernalia!

I've made no secret about my Harry Potter obsession. In fact, despite the fact that I've watched each movie at least 5 times, I will still plunk myself in front of the TV and force my family to watch any Potter marathons that play over the weekend.

Oddly enough, however, I own zero Harry Potter paraphernalia outside of the books.  Why?  I'm not quite sure.  Perhaps it's like admitting to myself that I'm a full-scale geek if I purchase it (who am I kidding, I am one). I decided to seek out the handcrafted goodies dedicated to our Hogwarts heroes.


Ok, so this doll is a little creepy, but adorable at the same time - just like many things in the Potterverse! Wouldn't you want your own Harry to cuddle up to? You can pretend you shoved Ginny aside.   "He's an Isul (Groove dolls) full custom by .  Scar and lips carved. Handpainted faceup. Glasses and wand handmade.  Full clothes set also handmade. Includes the entire Hogwarts uniform."

You can purchase your own Harry here, for the slightly pricey cost of $279.96.

Speaking of cuddling with Harry, here's a very cute way to take him to bed every night:


 Look at those bottle green eyes (just like Lily's).  According to shopowner, , "Each item is pre printed onto high quality cotton fabrics and backed with super soft fleece. Pillows measure approximately 14 x 14 inches."

This pillow will Arresto Momentum any falling you have over it.  Get it here for $25.00.

If you're more the Hermione-type, or ever dreamed about being called a "Half-Blood Prince," you'd definitely want this book:


 I have to admit, this replica is pretty neat.  The pages are blank inside, perhaps for you to come up with a few genius brews yourself!  "The book has been customised to look and feel as though they have been taken straight from Professor Snape's potions class! !. Printed with the very same cover seen in the Harry Potter films," writes shop owner, .

"Advanced Potion Making" for those of you taking Slughorn's NEWT class is available outside of Flourish and Botts for $26.37 (not sure how much that is in sickles).

After you've purchased your copy of "Advanced Potion Making," you'll be well prepared to win that tiny bottle of Felix Felicis from Professor Slughorn.

 Of course, if you're more of a Neville, you  may  just have to buy a bottle from . Her extensive details include:

"Felix Felicis, also called "'Liquid Luck'", is a magical potion first introduced during Professor Slughorn's initial potions class in Hogwarts. Felix Felicis makes the drinker lucky for a period of time, depending on how much is taken, during which everything they attempt will be successful. It is meant to be used sparingly, however, as it causes giddiness, recklessness, and dangerous overconfidence if taken in excess. Felix is highly toxic in large quantities and is also a banned substance in all organised competitions"

Need a little luck? This little bottle contains gold flakes submerged in water to recreate the 'liquid luck' potion. The label worn down reads the effects and warnings of "Felix Felicis." 
 Purchase it here for $21.98, a steal, considering it takes 6 months to brew!

Happy Harrying!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

You Know Nothing, Etsy! (Or maybe you do)

Hi guys! Holy cow, it's been a while since I've last blogged, hasn't it?  I have to admit, the writing bug flew away for a bit, but it seems my muse has woken up! I'm going to begin this new era of writing by dedicating this first post back to our new favorite show and book, The "Game of Thrones" (or "A Song of Ice and Fire" as the bookies know it).

 As we all know, Etsyists have geek hearts of gold, and true to spirit, there are a LOT of GoT items up for grabs on the site.   First off is a custom made Game of Thrones Lego set that is simply adorable:

Custom GoT lego

The shop, Demonhunterbricks, has this to say about his pieces:

These custom designed Lego mini figure's are based upon Jon, Tyrion, Jaime and Daenerys from the popular Game of Thrones Series. Jaime includes custom made sword, cape and shoulder armour. Tyrion includes axe, gold goblet, wine bottle and table of wildfire mixtures. Jon includes his wolf snow and custom made sword and synthetic fur cape. Daenerys includes her three baby dragons and custom made shoulder cape and dress. All Parts are brand NEW, and are supplied unassembled.
 You get get the legos here, for $87.89.

Next up is a Tyrion Lannister inspired necklace, the ever fearsome foe - Wildfire:

Wildfire

It's pretty cute for something so fearsome, isn't it?  The shop, Drogon's Den (what a fabulous name!) has this to say about her necklace:

Necklace inspired by the character Tyrion Lannister from the book series A Song of Ice and Fire and the TV show Game of Thrones.

Features 3 charms: a lion symbolising house Lannister, an axe representing Tyrion's choice of weapon at the Battle of the Blackwater, and a vial of Wildfire.
 

All money raised from items in my shop will be donated to Marie Curie Cancer Care, as I am taking part in a sponsored trek for the charity later this year.

How is that for awesome? You can look good, be a fangurl or fanboi, and also be a part of raising funds for cancer.  It's a win-win in my book. You can purchase the Wildfire Necklace here for $7.91 here.

"Valor Morghulis" is a term uttered by Arya Stark, which translates to "All Men Must Die."  We hear her uttering the phrase at the end of Season 4.

Shop owner, GoldNStitch, has a hand-stamped necklace to commemorate her journey.

The last words heard in season 4 of Game of Thrones. Arya has dealt with pain and loss these last few seasons. The look she gives on the ship gives us hope, and also shows that she is ready for revenge. People underestimate Arya, but nobody sees whats coming next!

Hand stamped by me onto flattened aluminum wire.

This necklace is available for $18.00 at her store, here.

Jon Snow is your typical broody, strong and silent, bastard type of man you cannot help but fawn over.  Pair that with his direwolf, Ghost, and you have a Stark child worth drooling over.  Keep him near you with this set of cheeky Jon Snow panties:

Three sets of your very own Snowties to protect your very own wall.  (If you prefer blonde, Kingslayer types, there's also a pair of Jamie Lannisters.)

Shop owner, kayleeksauvey, writes:
This adorable panty set will keep you smiling every time you wear them! Featuring Jon Snow's face, Longclaw, and part of his vow, subtly modified to reflect his duty to the wall, this set would be the perfect gift or an excuse to spoil yourself. Celebrate season 4 with a secret! :)
You can purchase this set of GoT lingerie here for $30.00.

If you want to be a character on GoT, but just don't seem to get hired when stalking the set, you can pretend to be THE woman, Daenerys Targaryen, by purchasing this awesome cosplay gown:


The gown, created by shop owner, PungoPungo, is handmade and was featured on "My Big Fat Geek Wedding!"  PungoPungo writes:

The dress is completely hand made and features much hand sewing and beautiful finishing details, following construction methods taken directly from the original dress. The cape features a train, making for a dramatic gown.
 We would swoon if we could be married in this dress to a Khal Drogo of our very own! You can purchase this dress here for $360.00. Please be aware of the lead time before ordering.

Last but not least is Hodor:


Because Hodor.

Shop owner, , writes about her art:
Hodor. Hodor hodor hodor. Hodor! Hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor. Hodor hodor hodor? Hodor. Hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor hodor hodor. Hodor. Hodor hodor hodor hodor!!

Not really, but you know. Hodor.  Get the print here for $5.00.

Thanks for reading folks! Hopefully this gets you through the wait until Season 5!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Love Is Wrapped In Many Shades Of Color

I woke up early this morning, thinking of my upcoming nuptials; the music, guests, the simple joy of being able to marry someone I love. It seems so easy; not the wedding planning itself, of course, but the act of being wed to a person you want to spend your whole life with.



It's amazing how in this new millennium, we have come such a long way.  We can speak with someone thousands of miles away over the computer.  Send them messages instantaneously.  We can use an amazing machine to find that molecule that sparks life.  We can detect certain defects in the womb, and fix them in the womb.  A new face, a new hand, new eyes from transplants have all been accomplished. But marrying someone we love: that seems to be a milestone difficult for us to cross as humans.  A simple, natural act as love for us becomes a major issue, a point of contention - a feeling so good to all of us, dismissed as "wrong" because of who the two people who happen to be in love are.

I grew up in a religious household.  I went to church every Sunday until I graduated high school.  I participated in choir and youth groups, worshiped my God who I thought loved everyone. The older I got, I realized it wasn't everyone who was loved and accepted, per se, but everyone who fit into a particular mold as dictated by a holy book.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Like many people I know, this has been one of my favorite verses from the bible.  It, to me, spoke volumes of what I thought my religion was about. Delving deeper into knowing what Love is, I don't understand is how Love can apply to those who believe a particular way, and not to human beings in general.  If I believe in a different God, should that bar me from a "Love" that is "patient, kind, does not envy, is not self seeking and does not dishonor others?"  

I know this blog is usually lighthearted and fun: a way to find kooky things on the internet, but Hunting for a Wabbit isn't only about hunting for great fun - it's about hunting for something you love, something that inspires you.  Love inspires me.

There was a time, not too long ago, when something as simple as Love wasn't accepted in the US. If that sentiment persisted, many of our friends, including me, including a big majority of our Aloha State would not exist.  Because interracial marriage was legalized, we "hapa" kids can coexist happily amongst our friends, without fear of being stigmatized.  When will we follow suit with gay marriages?  Love is Love, no matter what kind of package it comes in, whether it's a white wrapper, a brown bag, or a rainbow ribbon wrapped gift. Who are we to decide that it was the wrong theme for the party?  

Everyone has a right to their beliefs, and I can respect that. If someone wants to worship God, Buddha, a polka-dotted cow, it's their choice.  I may not understand it, but since everyone is different, they have a right to believe in what they please, as long as it doesn't hurt anyone else, and to me, denying the right of two people in love to be wed is hurting someone else.  I believe we should all believe in the verse that Love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."

Love is wrapped in many shades of colors.  Let's just open it up and see the goodness that's inside, no matter what the packaging.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Oh, Geppetto, I Wanted to be a Real, Undead Boy!

I grew up watching Disney movies.  I didn't necessarily ever want to be a princess because I was never that girly.  My Halloween costumes consisted of Ewok, punk rocker, gangster, etc., but I did love watching the music-driven, hand-drawn Disney cartoons.  As I grew older, I never lost that familiar sense of nostalgia when a song plays on the radio, or I catch a snippet of it on TV.  So I figure, why not have some fun and post some Disney Zombie action?

 Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh!  Tubby little cubby all stuffed with...Piglet's brains! 

Oh my. I seem to have gotten myself a little dirty, Eeyore. Where's that pot of intestines? Shop owner PEMEXS notes, "deranged disney. winnie the pooh and friends take a trip on a bath salt adventure." Indeed.  You can purchase this print for $120.00 at his store. 

Another fantastic piece of artwork to peruse is Zombie Pinocchio:

This 9x12 is hand drawn with watercolor, ink, marker and paint.  The shop owner is Erik Spencer and he's offering it for a very reasonable $15.00 at his shop, which you can find on Etsy, here.
I don't generally offer more than one item from an Etsy shop owner, but since discovering UndeadEd yesterday, I wanted to spotlight a few more of his fantastic items.



The shop owner has also created a few other Disney Princess Zombies, but I found Cinderella and Belle to be my favorites.  Belle is really a Beauty, isn't she?  Both of these are available for $80 each.  You can purchase Cinderlella here and Belle here.

Last, but not least, is my favorite movie of all time - The Little Zombie...err..Mermaid!

Isn't she ridiculously adorable?  The shop owner, Kimberly Perez, offers this as a "5x7 print packaged in plastic sleeve with back board." The print is only $10.00...and I'm thinking of getting it myself! Beat me to it and get it here.

Hopefully Walt Disney isn't turning over in his grave. Hope you've enjoyed and stay spooky!