Kickstarter Feature

Long time no see! Sorry I’ve been away for a while–I’ve been incurably busy. I just thought I should pop in and tell you about an awesome–and geeky–Kickstarter happening right meow. 



Drowsy Aurora creates adorable plushies inspired by characters from your favorite geek fandoms. She’s running the Kickstarter campaign now through April 15, so there’s still time to become a backer. …Just do it now before you forget. 

What are the rewards? Keychains, stickers, notepads–some of the usual backer rewards. She also has the option to get a plushie of your choice. I must say, the plushies are absolutely adorable!

She also has some fun rewards planned if the goal is surpassed like a little Lord of the Rings inspired bag (see updates).

Intrigued yet? Visit the campaign here.  





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Creative Challenge: Geek Edition, Week 5 Highlights

Yet another week has passed in our #geekuary challenge. This past week’s theme?

Superheroes.

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You were challenged to create something inspired by your favorite superhero. The end results? I am Groot.

As always, be sure to visit the Facebook event to see all of the entries! Also be sure to search the hashtag #geekuary on Instagram and Twitter for more.

My first pick of the week is by Sheena Fratto of Shabby Chic Soap Company. She created a Groot soap! She even created a scent for him: “this scent is modest, pure and natural, just like everyone’s favorite talking tree. A sharp base of mahogany, lemongrass and basil is paired with top notes of lavender, mandarin, lemon leaf and fern, bringing you a woodsy forest scent with just a hint of sweetness. Perfectly symbolic of Groot.”

Groot soap by Sheena Fratto
Groot soap by Sheena Fratto

My next pick is from Rachel Foland, who created a key-chain with Batman and a snuggly cat. Awww!

Batman key-chain by Rachel Foland
Batman key-chain by Rachel Foland

My third pick comes from Miranda Woodcock who created a wooden plaque that says “Always be yourself. Unless you can be IRONMAN. Then, always be [Iron Man].” A perfect motivational message for a geeky shelf.

Iron Man wall art by Miranda Woodcock
Iron Man wall art by Miranda Woodcock

I don’t always feature one of my own creations, but it gained many likes on Facebook, so I decided I should. I created a Wonder Woman plush out of felt. She’s roughly 2.5″ tall. I may be biased, but she’s even cuter in person.

Wonder Woman plush by Abby Brazell
Wonder Woman plush by Abby Brazell

Lastly, I present Spawn. Technically he’s an anti-hero, but we’ll allow it. I really like how detailed he is–the studs especially. I also like how his cape billows! Chelsey Scully is the creator of this guy.

Spawn crochet doll by Chelsey Scully
Spawn crochet doll by Chelsey Scully

Join us this Valentine’s Day week for our villain theme! Create something in your art medium of choice inspired by your favorite villain. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #geekuary when you post!

Creative Challenge- Geek Edition, week 6

Creative Challenge–Week 4 Highlights

Week four has come and gone and I’m here to show you some of the highlights!

Week four’s theme was fantasy, so you were challenged to create something in your art medium of choice inspired by unicorns, elves, dragons, and so forth.

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My first pick is a taxidermy styled unicorn. How epic is that?

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Phoenixes always intrigues me. They’re probably my favorite mythical creatures. Amanda created this gorgeous necklace. Just look at those colors!

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Unicorns. My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic made them popular again. What are your thoughts on this sparkly creation?

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What would fantasy be without dragons? Krystal made this little emerald cutie.

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Lastly, though it’s not quite your typical fantasy, Rachel created a little felted badger–the mascot for Hufflepuff. It’s so adorable!

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Join this week’s challenge and create something inspired by your favorite superhero!

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Creative Challenge Week #3 Highlights

I can’t believe week #3 is already over! It seems like just yesterday I was scrambling to finish week #2’s project.

This past week you were challenged to create something inspired by your favorite TV show or movie. As always, there were some amazing creations; it’s so difficult to choose JUST three each week! I decided to change it to my favorite five.

If you’re interested in taking the challenge, it’s not too late! It’s never too late to start thinking more creatively. Visit my original post (here) to see what the coming weeks will bring. Join the Facebook event (here) to get updates and reminders each week.

Creative Challenge- Geek Edition, week 3The first item I’m going to highlight is from Amanda Mayer. Her current favorite series is Harry Potter, so she created these sparkly necklaces in the Hogwarts house colors. I can’t say no to glitter. 😉

Amanda from Nerdtastic
Amanda from Nerdtastic

The mom and daughters team at TC Girls Crafting created a set of Flinstones peg dolls. I bet you can’t guess what their favorite show is.

TC's Girls Crafting
TC’s Girls Crafting

A Whovian created this gem. Miranda Woodcock created this snowglobe with an Amy Pond figurine and a perler bead TARDIS. She plans on giving it to Karen Gillan herself soon!

Miranda of That's Incredibow
Miranda of That’s Incredibow

Next is another Doctor Who piece, or, well, a set. Aren’t they ADORABLE? These come from Barbara Henning.

Barbara Henning
Barbara Henning

Lastly I have to include my own creation. I had been avoiding it since I’m biased, but I should at some point, right? My two favorite fandoms are Doctor Who and Harry Potter. Since I created something from Doctor Who last week, I decided to go with Harry Potter this week. I created a little cornish pixie to get into lots of trouble.

Abby Brazell from Drowsy Aurora
Abby Brazell from Drowsy Aurora

There are SO many other amazing entries that I’d love for you to see! Stop by the Facebook event or search the hashtag #geekuary on your favorite social media sites to find them.

I hope you’ll join me next week in seeing some of the amazing creations these creative geeks have come up with!

Creative Challenge: Geek Edition, highlights from week #2

Sorry I didn’t publish this earlier–it’s been a rough week for me.

As I’m sure you know by now, I’ve issued a creative challenge with a geeky theme. It has been going on for 22 days now, but it’s not too late to join in! Just use the hashtag #geekuary wherever you post. Visit my blog post (here) to find out what the upcoming challenges are! Also, if you’re on Facebook, you can join the event (here) to share what you’ve made with some of the other participants.

10898159_781833035218577_8628619838192610700_nLast week’s challenge was to create something inspired by your favorite sci-fi that is actually set in space–Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and so on. As always, you were challenged to make something to fit the theme using your own medium of choice. Here are my top three favorite creations from week #2!

My first selection comes from Megan Shea–she made dragon versions of two of the Doctors out of clay, then set them in resin shaped like the TARDIS. So cute!

Megan from TuShea Crafts created these adorable figurines!
Megan from TuShea Crafts created these adorable figurines!

My second selection comes from Barbara Henning, who made a shiny piece of wall art featuring three fantastic space shows. Can you recognize all of them?

Barbara created this amazing crossover.
Barbara created this amazing crossover.

Lastly, my favorite piece of the week comes from Andrew Schmidt. It’s another crossover, this time with Star Wars and Futurama. It’s amazing. If you like it, be sure to stop by his Facebook page and let him know!

created by Andrew Shmidt
created by Andrew Shmidt

Do you have a favorite? Comment below! I’d love to know.

This week the challenge is to create something from your favorite geeky TV show or movie. Simple enough, right? Remember to share with the hashtag #geekuary!

#geekuary Week 1 highlights

As many of you should know by now, I issued a challenge to you to be creative this year. Each week I give you a new assignment and you have one week to complete it and submit it online.

This past week I had nearly 20 submissions and I’m hoping for an increasingly better turnout each week. Even if you missed out on this week’s challenge, I encourage you to jump in whenever you get the chance! It’s never too late to benefit from this.

If you’re on Facebook, join the event to see what others have created and to have a little reminder each week to work on your own project. www.facebook.com/events/610512769094893

If you’d like to see the original post about this event, visit here.

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This past week’s challenge was to create a self-portrait. You were to use your own art medium of choice, as it will be for the challenges. You could make it however you wanted, as long as in the end you felt that it represented who YOU were as a person.

There were so many incredible entries that it was difficult to pick my favorites, but I can’t post all of them, so here goes. Be sure to visit the FB event page to see the rest or search the hashtag #geekuary.
Here are my top three favorite submissions from this past week:

Sheena is and will always be a Disney geek at heart, so she created a soap inspired by Ariel. The scent is called “Part of Your World.” How fitting! Sheena runs Shabby Chic Soap Company, so she’s well-versed in soap making. I can’t wait to see what you make next week!

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submitted by Sheena Fratto‎

Jesse didn’t quite explain his entry, but I still love it. It’s so random!

submitted by Jesse Kiefer
submitted by Jesse Kiefer

Vanessa from Scrubs of Love made this amazing galaxy bomb. It’s a bath bomb that has sparkles in it! Vanessa is a huge science geek that loves sparkles. Perfect fit!

submitted by Vanessa Michel Stepp
submitted by Vanessa Michel Stepp

2015 Creative Challenge: Geek Edition

Creative Challenge

We’ve all seen and many have taken part in various creative challenges. I propose a new one–with a geek theme!

You can use YOUR OWN art medium to fulfill these, you just have to have fun! All of these will have a geeky theme, though some will be abstract enough for many interpretations. You’re artists, so be inspired and take these as a way to challenge yourselves to try something you might not have tried before. Not all of your projects will be perfect, but that’s okay! As long as you are challenging yourself and doing your best, you’ll beat this challenge.

Here we go.

You’ll have one week to finish each challenge. Once you’ve finished your artwork, post a photo online–you can use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Deviantart, or whatever platform you like to use. Feel free to come back here and comment with a link to your post in case we miss it!

Use the hashtag #GEEKUARY when you post!

I’ll be sure to post each week with some of the highlights from the previous week, as well as a reminder for the next week’s theme.

If you already have made something for the theme, you have to make something new. No cheating. This is to challenge you to stay creative each week!

The list:

January 

Week #1, due January 10:
Create a self portrait. I expect there to be obvious signs that you’re a geek.

Week #2, due January 17:
Create something inspired by your favorite sci-fi set in space. Think Star Trek, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, and so on.

Week #3, due January 24:
Create something inspired by your favorite geeky TV show or movie–you cannot pick the same one as last week! Use that other favorite one.

Week #4, due January 31:
Create something inspired by fantasy–unicorns, faeries, elves, and so on.

Week #5, due February 7:
Create something inspired by your favorite superhero.

Week #6, due February 14:
Create something inspired by your favorite villain. (What, you can’t think about villains the week of Valentine’s Day? TOO BAD.)

Week #7, due February 21:
Create something inspired by your favorite video game. For those of you who just died a little because you aren’t a gamer, you can still use classics like Pac-Man and Tetris. We won’t judge you. They’re classics for a reason!

Week #8, due February 28:
Create something inspired by your favorite anime or manga. Don’t watch anime? Google Pokemon, Naruto, Sailor Moon, My Neighbor Totoro, or Dragonball Z, or just Google “anime”–if you’re at work or around little ones, make sure your safe filter is on first, just in case.

That’s all for now! I’ll post more later for the next two months!