Favourite Geeky Coffee Mugs

5 Fandom Friday - geeky coffee mugs

This weeks prompt is a special one to celebrate the birthday of one of the 5 Fandom Friday creators, Megan at The Nerdy Girlie. Happy birthday Megan! Unfortunately, I had to tweak the prompt a bit as I don’t visit coffee shops much. I wanted to keep with the coffee theme to honour Megan so I’m sharing my favourite geeky coffee mugs!

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Trolls dress up mug

Troll Dress Up Mug

I spotted this in a store last year and geeked out about it; Chris was not impressed. I loved trolls when I was a kid and the idea of being able to play dress up on my mug? Awesome. ((Image Credits – Amazon.co.uk))

 

 

 

 

 

R2-D2 Mug

There are loads of Star Wars themed mugs around, including some cute Funko Pop ones, so I had a hunt and my personal choice is this R2-D2 mug. I love that it is the shape of the droid and that his domed top covers the mug. I’m really accident prone so having a top on my mug is probably a good safety feature 😉 ((Image Credit – Pricerighthome))

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marauders map mug

Marauder’s Map Mug

Colour changing mugs are becoming a thing, and Morphing Mugs has a whole range of them. It’s this Marauder’s Map mug though that remains my favourite because of how the map itself works. The map appears blank until it’s activated and the mug mimics that feature with the temperature change. ((Image Credits – Amazon.co.uk))

 

 

 

 

 

naughty nessies mug

 

Naughty Nessies Mug

I have been in love with the Naughty Nessies range since I found it, and this is my daily go to mug. I love how quirky and cute it is, and reading the ‘Nessies’ always makes me smile. ((Image Credits – Amazon.co.uk))

 

 

 

 

Little Miss Blogger mug

 

 Little Miss Blogger

Truffle Shuffle have so many awesome geeky, retro and 80s mugs that it was becoming seriously impossible to pick just one – and then I spotted this Little Miss Blogger mug! Of course it had to go in this list! ((Image Credits – Truffle Shuffle.co.uk))

 

 

 

 

Do you have any geeky mugs to share? Let me know in the comments!

 

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10 + Lovely Small Business & Blogger Etsy Stores

Small business and blogger etsy stores

I took a break last weekend as I was still polishing off the new blog theme and features, so this week I wanted to make a special Sharing Saturday. So I decided to get personal. As a part of Holiday Wishes I had offered to fulfil some wishes by promoting their etsy stores. I absolutely love etsy, there is always something for everyone and being an oddball geek I don’t tend to find ‘my style’ in main shops, so etsy is wonderful for finding things that are really me. I also admire people who are able to create, and put their work out there for others to buy. That takes tremendous courage, and I wanted to share the love so I put the call out on twitter. The result is this blog post which includes a variety of etsy stores by small business owners, many of which are also bloggers. There’s a great variety in here, some very cute and gorgeous products and I hope you take the time to go check out their stores fully! ((All images are credited to the etsy stores and their owners. If you would like any removed please contact me. Image featured in the header is from PhoenixFireDesigns. ))

 

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who tweeted me, shared my tweets and pointed me in the direction of these great stores. I’ll be doing another one of these in the future so if you missed out, follow me on twitter @JustGeekingBy and tweet me your etsy store for future reference 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

ATinyMew

I’ve always been a fan of tattoos and the tattoo style of art, and in ATinyMew’s store you can find some gorgeous prints up for grabs in that style. Bold designs and vibrant colours, I love the details on the smaller elements of her designs such as the pearls. There’s also a print (featured center) that is dedicated to spreading awareness of stomach cancer. While I’ve not lost anyone to that particular cancer, I’ve lost people to the horrible disease and admire anyone who takes the time to create something to spread awareness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DorkfaceShop

This store is run by the lovely Jemma of Dorkface, and the creator of The Girl Gang. Not only is she a wonderful girl and super supportive to others, she’s a talented illustrator to boot! This is just a small glimpse at what she’s got hiding in her  DorkfaceShop. I’m completely in love with her stickers, such as these pretty banner stickers which are perfect for bullet journals and planners!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imperfectly

An etsy store that aims to provide “Vintage and handmade awesomeness”, imperfectly’s store has a wide array of goodies for visitors. There are vintage items such as clothing, rings and manuals and some great accessories like these hemp bracelets and necklace. I also love her upcycled/recycled envelopes seen in the third image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

itslizi

If you love disney then itslizi is one for you! She has a range of disney products, however, it is these three that caught my eye. They’re all outside the box and a bit quirky, and being a Londoner by birth I love the London Transport/Disney places prints. The Mickey Mouse confetti is cute and unique, and so it this Minnie Mouse sunglasses print.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kokoba

Kokoba’s store is filled to the brim with maths, science and number based jewellery perfect for the geeks in your life. As a Pagan and an arts grad, I’m admittedly drawn to the range of gemstones and designs rather than the mathematics. Science geeks will appreciate the time and effort put into each design Kokoba helpfully offers a full explanation over on her blog about how she uses numbers in her jewellery. Among the number work there’s also some beautiful DNA sequence designs as you can see in the first image.

 

 

 

 

 

 

kriknitslakeside

These beautiful handmade cowls can be found in kriknitslakeside’s store in a range of wonderful colours and patterns. She makes scarves as well, and everything looks super snuggly and warm! I really love the range of colour combinations and there’s one for everyone’s tastes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizjowen

Next up is blogger Hello Lizzie Bee who has an etsy store dedicated to fabulous handlettered and illustrated prints. It was difficult to pick just three to showcase here for you, but I was blown away by these ones. The lovely illustrated quote “Always be yourself unless you can be a unicorn”, simple and beautiful calligraphy congratulations card and this cleverly detailed inspirational quote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizzievintage

How adorable is this crocheted elephant?! Bridget the elephant is just one of the handmade wonders in Lizzievintage’s shop (there’s also a panda called Fiona for any panda fans!). There’s a bunch more crocheted items like the cute headwraps, as well as bags and cushions including a range of comic book ones like the Avengers once featured above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PhoenixFireDesigns

These incredible necklaces and pendants are the work of PhoenixFireDesigns and her store features a range of different colour and style combinations. Her Tree of Life pendants (2nd and 3rd images) appear to be the most sought over of her designs, however, I wanted to include her other work here too to show you guys what else she makes. The first image is one of these and is her mermaid cluster necklace. There’s chakra items, steampunk designs and so much more in her store. I could seriously do a whole blog post just dedicated to her beautiful work. Best of all those aren’t coloured beads; they’re real gemstones and there are so many different ones to choose from! I also follow her instagram where she gives you regular updates on what she’s making, including commission pieces.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RosyBubbles

These embroidered beauties are the work of beauty blogger BubblyBeauty. Her etsy store is a gold mine of embroidery and framed cross stitch, including this super cute halloween kitty. Her pouches and make up bags are idea for anything, and there’s so many different designs that there’s one for everyone!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SeaKissedTreasures

 

Using sea glass and pottery, SeaKissedTreasures combines them with wire and satin knot cord to create these pretty and unique pendants. Her shop offers treasures made by the sea and that is certainly the vibe I’m getting from these pieces. Each one is a unique and idea as a special gift for someone or to yourself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SweetAllureShop

Home to the creations of the talented Tarnya of Sweet Allure, this store is home to cute watercolour prints. There’s inspiration quotes as featured above and some lovely fandom related ones like this Bambi print and Ravenclaw Crest from Harry Potter. They’re colourful with a unique and personal touch, and would look fab on anyone’s wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WyldeDesign

Probably the smallest shop on the list, but don’t let that deceive you. Small doesn’t mean bad when there’s some great products to check out! WyldeDesign’s store is all about digital and printable content, offering a range of items that you pay once and can then use over and over. There’s some great planner printables like this daily planner one, as well as some detailed prints and this super cute Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them phone wallpaper. It’s a small eclectic store which can only grow into something more amazing than it already is.

 

 


 

And that brings us to the end of this weeks Sharing Saturday! I hope you have had as much fun browsing these stores as I did, and I make no apologies for any holes that might be burning in your wallets now 😛 These are all talented individuals that you can support by buying their work, sharing their stores and using the ‘favourite’ option on etsy.

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5 Nerdy Places I Want To Travel To [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Nerdy places to visit

I have to admit; this week’s prompt had me a little stumped and it took me a while to think it through. For me, nerdy locations are a mixture of fandom related and cultural related. I’m not one for going to visit a location where my favourite movie was filmed, for example. So here is my top 5 nerdy places I’d like to visit! If you’re curious, I have a whole pinterest board dedicated to places I’d like to visit and another listing places I’ve already visited.

 

Aphrodite’s Temple, Aphrodisias Turkey

As a Pagan my patron goddess is Aphrodite, and so for me to visit a temple dedicated to her would be amazing. Honestly, I’m not sure how to even explain how it feels. I’ve had the fortunate to visit one temple before and it just felt so surreal. I’m also an art history graduate so I have an interest in the architecture and history too!

 

Musée d’Orsay, Paris

The Musée d’Orsay is a gallery dedicated to Impressionist art, a school of art that was disliked and mocked when it was first created. This was the first gallery to show Impressionist pieces, which in itself is a historical moment. Impressionism is one of my favourite schools of art, as well as being one that I enjoyed studying for my degree so a trip to the Musée d’Orsay is very high on my list!

 

Lascaux Caves, France

These caves are one of the few places where you can see centuries old art that has been excellently preserved. It’s a natural treasure that contains the work of generations of people and it’s just phenomenal.

 

Disneyland & Universal Studios

I’ve never been to either, and would love to go to both. I’d especially love to go to a Star Wars weekend! They’ve only just started having those in Europe, so until recently I’d have to go to the US version. I’ve been to Disneyland Paris twice, but it isn’t as big and doesn’t have Universal Studios and so on.

 

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

We’re both Potter fans so we’d both get a kick out of going there and being able to walk down Diagon Alley and generally geek out!

 

Do you have any particular nerdy places you want to go? Do you find that you want to visit places where shows and films were filmed?

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5 Facts About Me If I Lived In The Harry Potter Universe [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - If I lived in the Harry Potter universe

As the new US houses were announced right before I wrote these prompts I thought it would be fun to write one based on me, if I lived in the Harry Potter universe. Enjoy!

 

My Hogwarts House would be….

ravenclaw

 

Originally when Pottermore first came out I created an account and was sorted into Slytherin, however, after signing up again recently (I’d lost my account details) I found myself sorted into Ravenclaw. So obviously I’ve changed in the years between! So if I lived in the HP universe the sorting hat would probably umm and ahh between the two.

 

My IIvermorny house would be…

hornedserpent

I found it amusing that I was sorted straight into Ilvermorny considering I was previously sorted into Slytherin!

 

My pet at Hogwarts would be….

 

crookshanks

A cat, or a kneazle (or part kneazle) like Crookshanks. I love cats, have had them all my life and while I think owls are gorgeous and have a fondess for many other animals, cats remain my close companions.

 

My favourite classes would be….

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PotionsClass

 

I love animals and always wanted to be a vet, or work with animals in some form. In the HP universe there isn’t a need for certain grades, i.e. maths, to stop me working with them. So Caring for Magical Creatures would be top of my list! I also think I’d really enjoy potions classes because it requires mixing specific ingredients together, which is why I enjoy baking rather than cooking. I’m terrible at just throwing random things together and have to have a recipe to follow step by step.

 

My job would be….

 

Hip_lesson library

 

As mentioned, working with animals was my dream so working with magical creatures would be amazing. I’m not sure if I’d be interested in finding new ones and documenting them, breeding or teaching Care for Magical Creatures. As a library student, naturally being a librarian in the Harry Potter world would be a fun job for me! All that magical information and lore needs to be managed some how 🙂

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My 5 Top Quotes From The Harry Potter Series [5 Fandom Friday]

5 Fandom Friday - Harry Potter quotes

Quotes are something magical in books, changing the mood from sad to happy and having a lasting impression on the reader. Here are my 5 top quotes from the Harry Potter series.

 

“You should write a book,” Ron told Hermione as he cut up his potatoes, “translating mad things girls do so boys can understand them.”

Order of the Phoenix

 

“Just because you have the emotional range of a teaspoon doesn’t mean we all have.” – Hermione

Order of the Phoenix

 

“Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” – Dumbledore

Deathly Hallows

 

“The thing about growing up with Fred and George,” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.”

Half-Blood Prince

 

“Don’t put your wand there, boy! … Better wizards than you have lost buttocks, you know!” – Mad Eye

Order of the Phoenix

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