I teamed up with a bunch of other amazing bloggers to do a HUGE contest. You want to enter this. The contest includes a KitchenAid Mixer, Coach bag, Tiffany necklace, Fujifilm Camera, and a $100 PayPal gift card. Your holiday shopping will be done and/or you’ll have tons of goodies for yourself. The amount of entries may look scary, but you can get up to 148, so it’s not as bad as it looks. And bonus? You’ll get to know a bunch of awesome party bloggers! Enter in the Rafflecopter below. For more information, check out Pretty My Party’s post!
Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday is upon us and I just keep finding reasons to get all of my holiday shopping done this weekend. Below are some awesome geeky sites that are having sales/deals I recommend you check out (the list will continue to change/grow as I find more). Best part? You can shop in your pajamas all weekend long! Bolded items are exclusive deals for Geeky Hostess readers!
Amery Studios: 20% off with code BLACKFRIDAY. Good until 12/1.
Athena’s Wink: Items will be on sale on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Black Milk: 30% off certain items from 9:00AM (AEST) 12/2 to 9:00AM (AEST) 12/4.
Chronicle Books: 35% off and Free Shipping with code FRIENDS until 12/5.
Crit Success: Buy 2 dice rings, get one free. Good from 11/29-12/1.
Dark Horse: 150 digital Star Wars comics for $100. Good from 11/29 – 12/1.
50% off your entire order (with a $20 minimum) with code DHDCYBER2013 on 12/2 only.
DriveThru RPG: Various sales on RPG downloads.
Geeky Hostess Store: $10 off a purchase of $30 or more with code GHSALE. Good from 11/29 – 12/2.
Her Universe: Free Darth Vader Holiday Pin and Free Shipping with purchase. Good from 11/29-12/2.
Jordan Dene: 40% of everything with code EPICSALE13. Good from 11/29 – 12/2.
Julep: $1 Nail Polish with code BLACKFRIDAY.
Kate Spade: Up to 75% off until 11:59 on 11/30.
Katie Clark Art: 11% off all original paintings with code RainbowFriday.
LuvCherie: 30% off with code BLKCYBIZ. Good until 12/2.
Megan Missfit: 15% off an order with coupon code CYBORG13. Good from 11/29 – 12/2.
Modcloth: New sales and deals every day from now until 12/2!
Nice Rice Shop: 10% off with code SMALLBIZTY.
40% off the Flavor Box Set with code GEEKYFLAVOR on 12/2 only.
Picture Purrfect Art: 25% off any orders over $10 with code HOLIDAY25. Good from 11/29-12/2.
QMX: Black Friday Sale Page at the link.
Rakani: 25% off all black watches on Friday, 20% off all watches on Monday.
Sew Cherie: 15% off an order with code XMAS2013. Good from 11/29 – 12/2.
Spiffing Jewelry: 25% off with code BLACKFRIDAY25 from 6am-8am on 11/29. 15% off with code BLACKFRIDAY15 from 8am-11:59pm on 11/29.
Steam: The Steam Autumn Sale has different featured deals every day until 12/3.
Think Geek: 20% off orders of $40 or more with code BLACKMAGIC. Good now until 11/30.
Verona the Mad: 10% off an order with code ShopSmall10Percent. Good from 11/29 – 12/2.
We Love Fine: 25% off all t-shirts on orders of $100+ with code BLACKFRIDAYTSHIRTS25. 15% off all t-shirts on orders under $100 with code BLACKFRIDAYTSHIRTS15.
Woot: It’s a Woot Off! Woot Offs will occur on Friday and Monday.
Why give a friend a gift of teas or olive oils when instead you can give them their own olive tree or tea garden? This is the concept of Nudo: you can adopt a tree or garden and receive a seasonal selection from your own adoptee. I’ve written about Nudo in the past and have loved checking up on the company. (I mean, how cool would it be to tell your friends the story of the exact tree your oil is from?) This holiday season, they’ve expanded their olive tree selection and added Darjeeling Tea Gardens.
I had the pleasure of sampling their new Sicilian Feudo Giulfo single-estate extra-virgin olive oil as well as their Darjeeling Tea, and oh my gosh you guys, the stuff is good. The olive oil is spicy, fruity, and so good on its own with a bit of bread. The Golden Harvest tea was indeed golden in color and tasted like the ultimate cup of tea. This is the stuff tea parties are made of.
If you’re looking for a fun, unique gift for someone that loves food or tea, or cares greatly about where their food comes from, Nudo is for you. And because they’re so awesome, they’re giving away a tea adoption! You’ll receive an adoption certificate from your tea garden and a shipment of the Golden Harvest Darjeeling loose leaf tea. Enter using the rafflecopter below:
The holidays are the time for parties and traveling. Whether you’re stopping by for a cookie exchange, spending the weekend with friends or family, or just need a gift for a geeky cook or entertainer in your life, these gifts will guarantee you get more invites in the new year.
Geeky Hostess Apron
Ok, this one’s kind of a no-brainer. You’re on The Geeky Hostess looking for gifts for a Geeky Hostess. Get her the Geeky Hostess apron! Problem solved. $16 at The Geeky Hostess Store.
Looking for something a bit more festive? This Santa apron is super cute and will get you (or the host/hostess you give it to) in the mood to make ALL the Christmas cookies. $14.99 at MelissaAnne.com.
Why bring a bottle of wine when you can bring something that will be used every time they open one? I have a corkcicle and love it–if I ever want to open a bottle of white wine, I can just put a corkcicle in it. It keeps the bottle cold once it’s open and sitting out for guests. My favorite design is the Corkcicle One, which allows you to pour the wine while the corkcicle is still in the bottle. They’ve come up with a variety of colors since last year, and even have one for your beer. $20-$50 at Corkcicle.com.
If your host is into gaming, get him/her the Power Mitt–an oven mitt inspired by the Nintendo Power Glove. It’s hilarious AND practical. And that’s a tough combo to beat. $15 at fangamer.net.
Downton Abbey Wine
The host will feel extra fancy with a bottle of Downton Abbey wine. They can have their servants put it out when guests are due to arrive, or they can just keep it for their next Netflix marathon. $16.99 at DowntonAbbeyWine.com.
I’ve written about them a couple times, and that’s because I love them. What host wouldn’t want olive oil or tea from a specific tree or garden they’ve adopted? It makes a great story for their next dinner party! I particularly love their kitchen plant kits. They have ones for chili, basil, and olive trees! $22 at NudoAdopt.com.
Does your host like whisk(e)y and RPGs? These D20-shaped stones will keep their drinks epically cool during their next game night. Set of 2 for $29.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
D20 Ice Mold
Not a fan of stones in your drink? This mold will allow you to make ice (or whatever else you want to put in it) into the shape of a D20. Great for a crafty host/hostess or anyone who likes to entertain often! $11.99 at ThinkGeek.com.
This cupcake carrier is one of my absolute favorite things. If your host is a cupcake baker, this is the handiest, most wonderful carrier. Plus, they can use it to bring cupcakes to your place next time you host them! $29.95 at Amazon.
What gifts will you be getting for the hosts/hostesses in your life?
While a handful of fun size candy bars will always be an acceptable gift in this home, there are some items out there that will rock the socks off of your average Halloween treat. If you’re looking to impress your party attendees or want a fun and creepy host/hostess gift, I’d recommend one (or more) of these fun and spooky treats that are perfect for All Hallows Eve.
These white chocolate crispy bars are green with a blood red “Bite Me” message on top. It’s a perfect gift for anyone who loves zombies (or anyone you’ve always wanted to say “Bite Me” to!). The bars were recently featured on the Food Network. It’s pretty cool to see how they’re made! Get 10% off your order with code “GEEKGIRL10″. Pack of 4 for $19.95.
Freak your friends out with these spider lollipops that look a lot more scary than they are! Instead of a spider, you’ll actually just be eating a cotton candy lollipop. That’s not so bad! Pack of 6 for $15.
This ground gremlin meat from Dylan’s Candy Bar is actually 2 pounds of Strawberry licorice laces. Delicious! 2 pounds for $14.99.
Complete your zombie costume with these fruit punch flavored lollipops. Or give them to someone whose brain you love. 6 for $9.99.
Lastly, protect your loved ones and your breath with these silver bullet mints. Guaranteed to keep werewolves away! (Well, people who have eaten these have never been seen with a werewolf.) Tin of 45 mints for $2.50.
Are you planning any fun gifts for Halloween?
I have two new items in the Geeky Hostess store! Woot!
This shirt shares my love of Disney princesses in a more modern, hipsterish way. Show everyone that you liked the original Disney Princesses with this thin, easy to layer tank top. I’ve worn it to Disneyland, conventions, and photo shoots, and always get compliments! $14
I had the idea for this bag in my head for a long time. Something that shows a subtle geekiness with its Wonder Woman references, but is cute enough to use everyday. The design is created by my good friend Kyle Reardon, who is just amazing. I gave him a basic prompt and he totally rocked the design. Plus, I did my research on totebags to find a bag that’s big enough without being too big. The straps will even fit over your shoulders, which is a HUGE plus for me. This bag will take you from conventions to class to the grocery store easily. $16
You can see these products and more at the Geeky Hostess shop at geekyhostess.bigcartel.com. I’ll also have a booth at GeekGirlCon and will be selling all of the products there. I’ll be setting up a system for pre-orders if you’d prefer to skip on shipping costs and pick up at GGC, and will have more information on that later!
What products would you like to see in the store in the future?
I attended the media event for the new Trophy Cupcakes and Parties book yesterday, and holy cow. I am blown away. I own my fair share of cookbooks, cupcake books, and party books, but this is my new go-to.
First off, it’s written by the amazing Jennifer Shea. Not only is she the founder of Trophy Cupcakes, but she’s also a beautiful, sweet, charismatic person with an amazing sense of style–she’s the type of person everyone either wants to be or befriend. I had a fantastic time meeting her when we worked on the Hunger Games Cupcake video and I always look forward to seeing what new beautiful cupcake or project she’ll announce.
Second, the book is just BEAUTIFUL. Rina Jordan did a fantastic job with the photography and the styling of the photos and the book as a whole makes you feel like you’re at a charming and whimsical party and leaves you inspired to create one yourself.
Third, the book holds so much great information. Not only does it include tons of recipes for popular Trophy cupcakes (and fantastic tips and tricks on how to frost cupcakes like the pros!), but it also includes decoration, craft and activity ideas as well as other recipes, all broken up in adorable party theme ideas. There are parties for adults, kids, babies, and everyone in between. I love the Andy Warhol-inspired Pop Art Party, the “Superhero Training Camp” Party and the Life Aquatic Party meant for a baby’s First Birthday.
Or, if you’re in the Seattle area this weekend, you can pick up your book at the Trophy Book Launch Celebration. Cupcakes, champagne, an amazing book, a dance floor, and me? You know you want to. You can get your tickets here. If you decide to attend, let me know so I can say “Hi” in between bites of cupcake!
Now I’m off to practice my piping skills and study up on methods of cupcake-making.
Shapeways, an online maker and seller of 3D printed products, contacted me asking if I would be interested in reviewing their products. I’ve been interested in 3D printing for a while, and loved the chance to see some items up close as well as ask one of their designers some questions about the process. I picked out two products in different materials so I could see a variety, and I just happened to pick out two Harry Potter-inspired items. Check out my reviews of the products and an interview with Designer Evangelist Duann Scott, as well as Seedling Design shop owners Chris Schmidt and Megan Ender.
Deathly Hallows Dice Set
3D printed dice sets are ridiculously awesome. You can play around a lot with the individual shapes and designs and you can make it out of so many different materials. I chose to have my dice set made out of “Black Strong and Flexible” as it seems to be a 3D printed standard. The material is extremely lightweight but feels nearly indestructible. The design of the dice itself is beautiful, but a bit difficult to read in its normal state. The link has some great examples of dice that have been painted, so I’ll most likely be doing that to my dice very soon.
Ravenclaw Crest Necklace
Although I’ll always be a little bit Hufflepuff at heart, Pottermore sorted me into Ravenclaw and I feel like it was time to rock the crest. Ordering this gave me a chance to check out 3D printed metal, and it’s pretty cool. I got the pendant in stainless steel, and it looks like a nice piece of jewelry you’d get anywhere else. The steel is almost a bit gold/bronzeish in certain light, has a textured look to it, and has a good weight to it. The design itself has quite a bit of detail and looks almost stacked on each other. I can’t wait to put it onto a chain and wear it around!
Interview with Designer Evangelist Duann Scott
Duann was kind enough to answer some of my questions about 3D printing. Want to know more about the process? Read on! (And special thanks to Seedling Design shop owners Chris Schmidt and Megan Ender who chimed in on the last question!)
1. Why 3D printing? What makes it so much better than other methods of creating?
Duann: 3D printing makes it easier for people to make exactly what they want in a range of materials from plastics to stainless steel, ceramics to Sterling silver. Because you can make an object exactly the way you want it, you do not need to settle for a mass produced item that is ‘close enough’ to what you want. With 3D printing, it does not matter how complex an item is, as the cost is calculated by the amount of material used only.
2. What type of object is most recommended for 3D printing? Anything that doesn’t work as well?
Duann: When you make anything, be it a bike or a cake, it is important to choose the right tools and the right materials, the same is true with 3D printing. Laser sintered Nylon is incredibly versatile in that you can make anything from a structural furniture component to an iPhone case, a fully articulated garment to a static bracket, it is important to design to the material limitations. 3D Printing is currently best used for smaller complex parts, it does not make sense to 3D print one hundred thousand golf tees, unless each one is unique.
3. You have a variety of materials available for 3D printing. Any new materials coming to the site soon? Anything you’re working on?
Duann: We currently have over 30 material options on Shapeways, a range of plastics, ceramics and precious metals. Over the coming weeks we will be introducing more jewelry grade precious metals to our material option. We have some really exciting new materials that will not be available until early 2014!
4. What are your tips for someone that wants to create something through Shapeways.com?
Duann: When designing for 3D printing with Shapeways, it is important to use the right 3D modeling application and material for your project. If you are doing organic forms I recommend a surface modeler, if you are doing mechanical parts it is easier to design with a solid modeling application. Choosing the right material is also very important, if you have a functioning part I recommend Nylon or Stainless Steel, if you are looking for and incredibly high detail our Acrylic has details down to the microns, and if you are designing jewelry, our Sterling Silver and Gold Plated Brass is beautiful.
Chris and Megan: 3D printing allows you to create anything that you can imagine, but it’s important to really get to know the technology. Designers and artists who take the time to become experts in 3D printing will definitely be forefront of cutting edge technology.
Interested in learning more about 3D printing or getting something printed yourself? Check out Shapeways.com! And let me know your thoughts on 3D printing in the comments.
GE has started some kind of marketing campaign of some type that involves them creating “Hey Girl” memes, but replacing Ryan Gosling with Thomas Edison. It works. It works so well. Check them all out on their Pinterest page and send your favorite to some fellow geeky ladies. Below are some of my faves:
I’m expecting a Tesla version to pop up any moment. Seriously. One of you, get on that.
This whole “monthly box” things has really taken off, and I feel like there’s a box out there for everyone. So I took the three I get and did a giant unboxing video. Now you can compare the contents and get a good feel for a variety of monthly boxes! (Also, it felt a bit like Christmas opening so many fun packages!)
Take a look at the video above and then leave a comment (on the video or blog) on monthly boxes you get (specifically if you get one I should check out!).
Here’s additional information on the boxes I get:
Julep: $19.99 a month.
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Loot Crate: $13.37 (plus s/h) a month.
Save $3 with code “GEEKYHOSTESS”
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Birchbox: $10 a month.
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