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Tuesday’s Treasury: Dig it!

14 May

Mining games seem to be all the rage right now. Everyone knows and loves Minecraft, but there are other equally awesome but lesser known mining/crafting games out there too, such as Terraria, Miner Dig Deep!, Total Miner, and probably others that I haven’t played. These games are absurdly addictive, whether your obsession is building a bigger and better castle, slaughtering zombies or searching for those elusive diamonds.

In today’s treasury, get ready to leave your colorful, pixellated overworld, craft yourself some awesome tools, and dig deep! But watch out, zombies and other enemies are lurking below the surface. If you survive, you may just find the treasure you’re looking for…


Cubeland

$40

Perler Bunny – Terraria

$3

Handmade Creeper Queen Size …

$280

8-Bit Fireplace Art

$80

Minecraft Crafting Table

$25

Hair Axe Durin Mint Swirl an…

$41

Miniature pickaxe (pick axe)…

$29

GRAVE DIGGER-silver shovel n…

$62

Dig it – Terraria Pin/Magne…

$7

Steampunk Goth Victorian Lea…

$300

Sedona Red Dirt Necklace – E…

$38

Bloody Zombie With Ripped Ja…

$48

Handcrafted “Warface&qu…

$625

Art Glass Gold Nugget Glass …

$20

Exotic- ocean green and blue…

$690

Minecraft Diamond-Paper Tile…

$95

Go Bold

30 Jan

You can tell by my hair that I don’t like to be subtle in my appearance. This sometimes applies to the jewelry I wear as well. I like all kinds of jewelry, but occasionally, I want something that makes a statement. Fortunately, if you feel the same way, there are many artists out there that create such pieces. Prepare to be noticed!

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven  Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Warrior Pagan Fae Woven Wire Copper Necklace by WireMoon

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Raw Pyrite Four Finger Ring

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

Super Space Tetris Man Nintendo Bib Necklace by MyCheekyCreations

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Battle Party

9 Jan
Fantasy Cover - PulpComicsMgzn by XabzOnFire

Fantasy Cover – PulpComicsMgzn by XabzOnFire

When I was younger, I was never really into classic fantasy. I was strictly a sci-fi girl. But when I started dating my husband, I discovered fantasy could be really awesome. He played D&D, Magic: The Gathering, and played hosts of fantasy-themed video games. He also urged me to read some of the Dragonlance series, which convinced me there was room for both sci-fi and fantasy in my heart.

Though I’ve never played D&D, I’ve played enough other fantasy games to know what makes a good team. And when you’re going out to fight monsters, it’s best to have a party with you!

Penultimate Fantasy by kalessaradan

Penultimate Fantasy by kalessaradan

Final Fantasy Classic by AIBryce

Final Fantasy Classic by AIBryce

Fantasy Fellowship by WillDan

Fantasy Fellowship by WillDan

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The Finer Things

14 Nov

I love jewelry. I love bold, fun jewelry, understated, pretty pieces, and everything in between. There is a lot of geeky jewelry on Etsy, and much of it is of the fun and quirky variety, many of my own creations included. But sometimes I want to wear fine jewelry – something elegant that will stand the test of time. Luckily, there are artists on Etsy that have combined geekiness and fine jewelry, so you never have to choose between the two.

If you’re fond of dragons and fantasy, this ring should make you happy. It was created with a glass taxidermy eye and argentium silver.

Evil Eye Ring by thatSandygirl

Jewelsvine is one of my favorite shops. I have purchased from them in the past and still love my necklace. It was hard to choose just one item to feature, but I love this test tube necklace! Be sure to check out their shop for other awesomeness, like rocket lockets, skulls, robot kitties, and steampunk instruments.

Steampunk Necklace Embryo Test Tube Vial by jewelsvine

I own a skull necklace from MichelleChangJewelry as well. She makes simple, elegant jewelry featuring skulls, foxes, hedgehogs, octopi and more.

Baby Skull Necklace in 14K Yellow Gold by MichelleChangJewelry

If you’re a gamer, MB’s own SketchyStories has some awesome jewelry for you, including this jumping Mario pendant, as well as a D-pad necklace, Link, and Minecraft pickaxe!

Mario Pendant 8bit Silver by sketchystories

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Taking a Bite Out of Japanese Folklore with the Book Japanese Tales by Royall Tyler

18 Aug

When my friend and I took the JICC and Freer and Sackler Gallery by storm last year, we found ourselves enraptured by the intriguing folklore of Japan. While our interest had first been piqued by CLAMP’s series xxxHolicas each chapter is a veritable nugget of Japanese folklore and legend—there was something about seeing the objects and artwork from the era when these legends were treated as fact that made us want to take a more active role in learning more about them.

The only problem? We had no idea where to start.

In case you haven’t gone shopping for Japanese folklore books lately (or, even tried to Google for Japanese folklore and myth), the pickings are slim unless you speak Japanese or have the time and energy to read through academic legalese. The other problem? Most of the myths and legends are jumbled or poorly attributed, making it hard to create any kind of chronology or connection between the stories.

My friend and I had nearly given up on learning more about Japanese folklore without the aid of a Master’s program when we finally found the book Japanese Tales, compiled and translated by Royall Tyler.

Boasting rave reviews by respected sources such as The New York Book Review and Publishers Weekly, we thought that we may have hit the jackpot. It turns out we were right. Continue reading

A pie, A pie of Meat!

5 Aug

Hello there!  I’m Emily, I’ll be presenting you Foodie Fridays from on.  I’m in college currently studying Theater Design.  I make hand-sewn plush toys that I sell on Etsy!  When I’m not crafting I like to hang out with my friends, watch Disney/Pixar/Miyazaki movies, draw comics, listen to or read the Harry Potter books (I officially got registered for early access into Pottermore, eeeeee!), and read up about lovebirds because, once I don’t live in a dorm I am going to get one (and when that happens you will have to deal with cute bird pictures).   About this segment: you can expect geeky recipes that I find on the internet and test out for you/give you easier instructions, geeky recipes that I make up, info about awesome geeky kitchen items, Etsy geeky food related seller features, and basically anything else I can come up with that will satisfy your geeky appetites!

For this first installment we are going to be making a Pork Pie, brought to you by Game of Thrones.  Disclaimer: I have not actually read George R.R. Martin’s books but, have been told by many folks that the descriptions of the food are pretty intense.  I am totally into the HBO show though and got really excited when I found this fantastic website. Sariann and Chelsea make really amazing food from the books and have all of the recipes available on their site, how cool is that?  They even do a medieval and a modern version of most recipes so you have DOUBLE the amount of food to try and make!

I decided to go with the Pork Pie because I have never made a pie, let alone a pie filled with meat, and it was an adventure that needed to happen.  Now as a Public Service Announcement: I am in no way a talented or even experienced Chef.  I promise that every recipe I will make and post on this site with pictures, that will be the first time I am making it so you can really get a gage of how doable it is.  My friends, if I can do it, I promise you can do it!

So first things first, ingredients!

Why, yes that is a whole roll of Ritz crackers

You will need:

  • 1 9″ pie shell with lid (I used a Betty Crocker pie shell mix in a box, you could also by pre-made pie shells)
  • 1 1/2 lb. ground pork (The pork I bought came in 1 lb. bags, so I used the extra half pound to make patties that I can put on pitas or something later!)
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tube of ritz crackers, crushed
  • 1 Tbs.  pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
The first thing I did was crush my Ritz crackers, because that just sounded like the most fun activity. Also, preheat your oven to 375 degrees!
Pre-Destruction: So unaware of the massacre that is about to occur Post-Destruction: Wahahahahah
Next I put the spices in with the Ritz crumbs and mixed all the spicy goodness in. Then it was time to brown the onion, you should probably dice said onion before trying to brown it ^_- After dicing has occurred just toss the pile in a skillet and poke around at it until it is sorta brownish.
Weee onions!
After your onions have achieved a sorta-brownish state, plop them in the bowl with the crumbs and spices, and then plop the meat right in there too.  Mix everything up so you don’t have sections of pie that are pure crumbs or pure onions.  This is where I followed the instructions on my pie crust box and put the bottom crust in the pie pan.  You could also just plop a pre-made pie crust in there at this point.  Once your pie crust is in, put the meat mixture in the crust!  Spread it out all nice and even.
It doesn't look very delicious yet.
Then put your second pie crust on top and pinch around the edges for decorative purposes.  Grab a knife and cut around the outside of the pie pan to remove excess crust.  Then poke some vent holes in the top of your crust.
Still doesn't look delicious
Now it is time to pop this baby in the oven.  The recipe says for 45 minutes to an hour or until it’s golden brown.  Mine was done after 45 minutes.  And here we have the finished product:
Sooooo delicious!
The Verdict: This is actually 100% definitely the most delicious thing that I have ever made.  The spices and the pork go together so amazingly!  I fed it to my friend and she didn’t even realized the meat was pork it is so good!  I even ate some cold for breakfast this morning and it was still delicious.  Definitely going to have to make it again.  I also have to make everything at Inn at the crossroads because, whoa, delicious!  You can find the original recipe here!  Seriously, go make it right now.  It is so tasty!

‘A Game of Thrones’ by EeeBeeDee

Totally awesome items inspired by George R. R. Martin’s novels and the HBO series!


Valar Morghulis & V…
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Direwolf Sigil Hera…
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Khaleesi -Copper Pe…
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Targaryen, Lanniste…
$3.50

Hand Stamped Bracel…
$14.95

House Targaryen Lea…
$45.00

House Tully sigil -…
$22.00

Targaryan Daenerys …
$59.00

Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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