About Tara


Tara is the Geeky Hostess. Lover of entertaining, decorating, and gift-giving with a personal and geeky flair. Have a question on Geek entertaining or etiquette? Email her at tara@geekyhostess.com !

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Seattle Mini Maker Faire Recap

Seattle Mini Maker Faire

Over the weekend, I got to check out the Seattle Mini Maker Faire at the EMP, and it was really, really cool. There are SO many local maker groups in the Seattle area alone! I learned of some maker spaces and tool libraries near me, saw a lot of kids and families get to make things, and found practical day-to-day uses for a lot of science. A few exhibitors stood out to me as ones that would be at home on The Geeky Hostess, and I’ve profiled them all below for you! Check them out and feel inspired, as if you’re at your own digital mini maker faire!



This was my first stop and also some of the most colorful 3D printed-objects I saw during the day. Tinkerine is a 3D Printer manufacturer, and you can buy one of their three models pre-assembled or save $300 and put it together yourself. Their printers range in price from $999-$1900, and include your first filament spool (normally $45). They have more filament colors than I’ve seen anywhere else. If I was interested in picking up a 3D printer, I’d seriously consider these guys.



If you like things that light up, then you’d love SeattleLumin.com. They sell everything  you need to make yourself or other things glow–from EL Wire, Drivers, and Kits, to premade items. If you want to make your clothes or bike glow, these are the folks to talk to. (The picture you see above were of some flashing plug and play kits they had available for purchase. The blurriness is what happens when I tried to get a pick of them all lit up at the same time. Let’s just pretend it’s supposed to be artsy.)

Ill Gotten Games

Ill Gotten Games

Il Gotten Games is a game development company out of Bellingham. They were showing off a variety of awesome miniatures and games they’ve created with a 3D printer, which totally makes me want to buy one. (Creating your own miniatures??? Seriously, how cool would that be?) They’ve also recently launched a Kickstarter for an RPG they’re creating! Check it out!

Hack Your Clothes

Hack Your Clothes

Jennifer, the creator of Hack Your Clothes wants to help people learn to sew and “hack” their clothes to get pieces that fit them perfectly and that they love. She currently has a site and offers weekly sessions where she’ll oversee your projects and assist you as you need it. Want to take in a dress, make a corset, or create a great costume from scratch? She can help! And I hear that she’ll be opening up a studio in the Seattle area sometime soon. I’ll let you all know as soon as it opens! (She also blogs often about cleaning and restoring old sewing machines which is a really cool read! Check it out!)

Scroll Wood Shop

Scroll Wood Shop

As I walked by this booth, I had to get a closer look. There was a man making puzzles out of tiny objects (seen here with postage stamps adhered to wood) entirely by hand. All using a scroll saw. Scroll Wood Shop has an Etsy page available, where you can purchase these handmade puzzles or have a custom one created with stamps of your choice, or even from a business card. I also love their jigsaw coasters–they would make a super cute gift for gaming/puzzle enthusiasts!

You can stay up to date on future Maker Faires in the Seattle area by visiting makerfaireseattle.com. I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the next one! Have you been to a Maker Faire before? Are you an avid 3D printer, arduino, or woodworking maker? 

Win Tickets to Wedlocks


My friend and geeky event-planner extraordinaire Kelli Bielema is hosting a really fun event this weekend and she wants to give YOU free tickets! It’s in Seattle on Sunday,  March 30th, which is during Emerald City Comicon, but if you didn’t get tickets or just need a break on Sunday afternoon, you’ve gotta check it out. (You could walk between the location and the convention center!)

The event is Wedlocks: a day where a bunch of salons, makeup artists, and beauty experts all gather in the same room and let you try them out and ask questions. Although originally created to help brides and wedding parties find the right look for their wedding, the event is open to anyone. I’m excited to go just to get to know new trends, check out some local talent in the area, and to feel pampered and extra pretty after mini makeovers! Bonus, since Kelli is involved, I’m guessing most of the vendors at the event will be geek/offbeat-friendly. So don’t be afraid to ask questions and try out more risky looks! (Also, there’s going to be photo booths and COTTON CANDY.)

Want to attend and get pampered with me? Then start gathering your friends, because the winner will receive a code good for FOUR free tickets! Just enter below. I’ll notify the winner on Friday!

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Tara’s at Emerald City Comicon!

ECCC logo


Emerald City Comicon‘s coming up this weekend, and I can’t wait to see folks, roam the exhibit hall, and attend/be on some panels! This is where I’ll be:

Friday: I won’t be at the convention itself, but I’ll be in the area and will most likely be hitting up some parties or shows in the evening! (Out of town friends: Let me know if you want to meet up for a drink or meal in the area!)

Saturday: Saturday is my day of panels! I’ll be on the following:

3pm: Makeup For Geeks (Room 2B)

The OneUpMakeup ladies will be joining forces with Espionage Cosmetics and Atomic Cosmetics to talk makeup! I’ll be moderating the panel and I’ll be providing some of my Geeky Hostess Espionage Cosmetics Collections for giveaways!!! (There are going to be a lot of great giveaways, so make sure you get to this panel on time!)

5pm: The Couple The Games Together… (GAMING – Sheraton Issaquah Room)

Mr. Geek and I will be joining other awesome couples to chat about what it’s like to be a couple that games together. I’m hoping to get to share some of my fave two-player board games as well as some “gaming with your sig. other” etiquette tips!

6:20pm: Building  Events the Geeky Way (Hall C – Room 610)

I’ll be talking about planning events–both Geeky Hostess-style parties and Dammit Liz-style larger events. If you want to know anything about any type of event planning in the Geek World (from dinner parties to conventions), you’ll want to be at this panel!

Sunday: I’ll be wandering around the exhibit hall, trying to say “Hi” to folks, and possibly catching some panels! I’ll also be at the one below…

1pm: Job Hunters Screening (TCC LL2)

Get ready for Season 2 by doing a re-watch of Job Hunters Season 1 with some members of the cast and crew. We’ll also show the teaser trailer for Season 2. We won’t have a chance to do an official Q&A, but grab us after the screening and we’ll be happy to answer your spoiler-free questions!


Emerald City Comicon is already sold out, but I’m guessing some of you already have your tickets! Will I see any of you there? What panels/guests/exhibitors are you looking forward to seeing?

Rapunzel-Inspired Makeup Tutorial

Sometimes, you’ve gotta do things that scare you in order to grow. And while I love makeup and think I’ve mastered basic natural looks on myself, I don’t have the artistic flair that my fellow OneUpMakeup ladies have. I love getting my makeup done by them, but I hadn’t done a look on anyone else. (Heck, I barely know how to use makeup brushes and everything I do ends up looking way too natural or fading instantly.)

Well, I finally did it. I did a Tangled/Rapunzel-inspired look on Kristina. Is it flawless? Not at all. But I did it. And I’m excited to see what my next look will be and how I can grow and learn from this first experience. (For instance, colors look different on different skin tones! And the lighting you use for your filming will affect how the makeup looks!) Take a peek and let me know what other characters/looks you want me to try in the future!

Custom Named Nail Polish

Pretty Please Polish

I have a problem. Well, a couple problems. The first is that I have a slight nail polish addiction. My collection has grown larger than my lip gloss collection (and that’s saying something). The second problem is that I’m a sucker for fun nail polish names. I could do without the punny OPI names, but if something geeky comes up, I’ve got to have it. I’ve almost purchased this $27 Chanel nail polish just because the color name is “Dragon.” (And I still want it!)

So I’m naturally thrilled about Pretty Please, a nail polish company that lets you pick your color and name it whatever you want. You can purchase one bottle for yourself (for $10) or a bunch for gifts, party favors, etc. (depending on how many you purchase, the price can go down to $5.50 each!) I think this is a ridiculously fun way to wear the latest colors on your nails, but call the polish a name based on your favorite fandom, inside joke, or person.

Did your DnD group just complete their quest? Get them the gold nail polish with the quest name or their XP.

Have a weekly tv-watching session? Get a color named after one of the characters so you can all paint your nails together the next week!

Want to thank your wedding party for being in your wedding? Pick the color that suits each person best and name it after them.

What color and name would you pick? (Check them all out at prettypleasenailpolish.com)

Her Universe Fashion Show Design Competition


Calling all geeky fashion designers! If you prefer to create couture to cosplay, and want your character-inspired pieces to be as beautiful as something you’d see on the runway, then you’ve got to enter this contest!

Her Universe is putting together a Geek Couture Fashion Show during San Diego Comic Con, and is accepting entries to be one of the 30 designers to show off your stuff. Two Winning Designers will have the opportunity to work with Ashley from Her Universe to co-design an exclusive Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic!

Enter and get more information from the official rules here!

Pi Day Deals

Pi Day Tee

It’s Pi Day! A day where lovers of math, baked goods, and all things irrational come together to celebrate 3.14. And lucky for us, a bunch of stores are celebrating with sales or special products! Check out these places below:

Hot Topic: Nerdist and Hot Topic teamed up to create you the awesome shirt you see above. They’re also currently running a Pi Day Sweepstakes.

Pizza Hut: Pizza Pie more your thing? Use #PizzaHutPiDay on Twitter between 1pm and 4pm CST and be entered to win one of 140 $10 gift cards!

ThinkGeek: ThinkGeek is celebrating with Pi-themed items and 100 items on sale for only $3.14! Plus, use code PINSTEIN for 20% off orders of $40+.

WeLoveFine: 20% off all t-shirts from 12pm PST to 3:14pm PST on 3/14! Use code TGIPIDAY.

Whole Foods: A variety of events/sales are going on nationwide. In the PNW, you can get $5 off a large fruit pie!

Do you know if any other sales/deals going on today? Let me know in the comments and I’ll update the post! Have fun and Pi responsibly!

LRR Con!

LRRCON logo-02

When I’m not blogging and making cupcakes, I’m working with Dammit Liz Productions on awesome geeky events. And we have one coming up in May that I’m pretty psyched about! We’ll be putting on the first ever LoadingReadyRun Con.

LoadingReadyRun, for those who may not have heard of them, is an online sketch comedy troupe. They’ve created awesome content for The Escapist and Penny Arcade, and are celebrating 10 years of videos! They’ll be taking over the Doubletree Inn in Seattle exactly two months from now (May 10th) for a day of gaming, videos, and live entertainment. There will be board games, MtG, exclusive merch, a panel showcasing LRR’s favorite sketches, and a  concert in the evening.

Tickets are available for $25. For tickets, hotel room reservations, and more information,  check out loadingreadyrun.com/info/lrrcon.

If you like hanging out with awesome geeky people, you’ve gotta go! I hope to see you there!


Geek Fit: Cos-Fit

Cos-Fit Big Bad Wold

Looking for a workout to match your favorite cosplay? Want daily geeky fitness reminders, tips, recipes, and encouragement? Then you’ve gotta follow Cos-Fit. Monday through Friday at 5pm they share a new themed workout featuring an awesome cosplay photo. You’ll feel motivated and encouraged to hit your cosplay fitness goal, and you’ll have fun mixing it up with the different routines.

CosFit D20 Game

…Sometimes they even incorporate other geeky things (like dice!) into the workout. Plus, they recently posted a recipe for “Bacon Cupcakes.” I mean, how can you not love them?

I joined their Facebook group a week or two ago and have loved seeing their photos and posts in my newsfeed. It’s a must for anyone trying to get their geek-fit on! Check them out at facebook.com/cosplayfitness.

What’s your favorite workout? And what character would you like to seem them base a workout on?

Movie Roulette

Movie Roulette

A couple weeks ago, I got to attend a fantastic event helmed by Logan Bonner called “Movie Roulette.” The premise was a genius one: Instead of debating with all of your friends on what movie you should watch, everyone brings their movie of choice, one is drawn randomly, and then everyone watches that one.

Logan rented out Central Cinema and we all paid a small cut of the rental fee to attend the event, but a Movie Roulette can happen just as easily at your home. (Having a large theater and a bar/restaurant to be able to serve people is pretty nice, though!) Just instruct your friends to each bring a movie they’d like to show everyone else, but to keep it concealed. Make sure you let them know of any restrictions: Length, rating, nothing too explicit or scary, etc.

When your friends arrive, hand them each a raffle ticket (or have them put their name on a small piece of paper) and then draw the winner. This person’s movie will show! The movie selected for ours was “Thank You For Smoking,” which everyone seemed to love. It was a safe choice, considering some of the weirder options people brought or thought about bringing!

I’m already excited for the next Movie Roulette and am starting to brainstorm early for what movie I can bring. Would you attend a movie roulette night? What movie would you bring with you?