Epically Etsy.

By definition, geeks are the most inventive, ingenious people there are. It stands to reason that the people who invent robots and lasers are the kind of people who think robots and lasers are complete win. In this spirit, I bring you a collection of awesome oddities from crafty Etsy nerds.

Portal Weighted Companion Cube Pillow - $30
I can't think of a better companion for my plush companion cube than the companion cube pillow! It's twice as... companion-y. Just a bit less cube-y. Definitely not incinerator-safe.

R2D2 Infant's Crochet Cap - $17
Don't panic; I spoke to the Etsian (same as above) and confirmed that she is considering making these in adult sizes, so if you want to get your hands on one (and keep small hands off it), just convo her about it.
She also makes a crochet version of Jayne "Hero of Canton" Cobb's knit-hat. Scroll down for knitted versions.

Jayne Cobb's Cunning Hat - $25-29
There are a lot of Jayne Cobb hats floating around the internet, but this is my favourite. This one comes packed in straw with a handwritten note from Jayne's dear old ma, just like the real thing. For an extra $4 you can get the gift-kit, mailed to you which comes with a Firefly gift-tag, and a hand-stamped Blue Sun box you can assemble before giving it to your fearless recipient.

Steampunk Eye Patch: The Honourable Military Man - $30

Steampunk. Eyepatch. Think: sky pirates. Pirates commanding airships. Just try and tell me that's not awesome.

The Antiquated Carapace: Unique Steampunk Jewellery Set - $40
This set is utterly gorgeous. Fantastic statement piece, especially with Halloween around the corner. It includes matching earrings, so for $40 is a steal. By the same Etsian as above.

Vintage Book Page: Hot Air Balloon Flying Machine - $8.50
Have I mentioned that I love flying machines? Airships of all kinds are awesome. These illustrations are printed onto real vintage, turn of the century book pages and are just a smidge smaller than a standard A4 sheet. There's hundreds to choose from, including anatomical, Alice in Wonderland and various mechanisms and animals, and at $8.50 each, they all have free worldwide shipping. They also have an 'Order 3 prints, get one free' promotion going. They're unusual, whimsical, and absolutely affordable.

Retro Game Wall Decals - £29.36 each or all 4 for £82.24
If your home leans more contemporary, ditch wallpaper in favour of some awesomely-arcade wall decals. This is on my shopping list, and all four will be going up in my new home. Wall decals are a fantastic, easy way to add an unusual style twist to a room, but can often be very difficult to put up. My favourite thing about the retro game designs (aside from, you know, the games) is that you can assemble them however you like, and can put them up in smaller, manageable pieces instead of one huge sticker. This one links to their independent website, but The Binary Box are also on Etsy.

Pacman Ghost Chase Earrings - $18
I love this Etsy seller; they make fantastic quality polymer clay charms inspired by various geekery - Pacman, Zelda, Pokémon, Stargate, Mario, etc. One of my 'when I have money' desires is to commission a bunch of charms from him for a geeky charm bracelet. He's open to custom orders, extremely friendly and accommodating, and is my favourite geek-jewellery Etsian. The best thing about these earrings is, quite obviously, that Pacman is being chased by a ghost on one, and chasing a scared ghost on the other. Epic.

Super Mario Goomba Earrings - $8
This girl makes some seriously cute game-inspired jewellery, including some very affordable charm bracelets. I had a hard time deciding which to feature, because her shop is full of cute video-game memories, but there's something adorable about the little goombas.

Geek Periodic Table Pillow - $20
A companion for your companion cube cushion. It's bright, cheery, proudly proclaims your countercultural badge of honour, and you're sitting on science. What more can you ask for?

Periodic Table Soap: Plutonium - $7.50
Periodic table shower curtains are a thing of the past. Prove your love for science by collecting all 118 of the elements in soap-form. Starting with plutonium, because it glows blue in the dark. I mean, it's plutonium, of course it glows in the dark! They don't actually seem to sell all 118 elements, but maybe if you asked them nicely they'd make you an entire table. Incidentally, I had the thought that a periodic table coffee table would be amazing.

None of you are allowed to complain, this time, that I make you want to spend all your money on random, awesome things. I've been away for months. Months.
You've had plenty of time to save.

No excuses.


Phyrra said...

So. Awesome. That one seller has a tri-force necklace! <3

11 October 2010 at 00:07

A Nice Wee Lass said...


11 October 2010 at 00:09

D A V S said...

That R2D2 hat is so awesome!~=)

11 October 2010 at 00:28

Razmatazz Whimsy said...

I totally want the R2D2 and Jayne hats.

11 October 2010 at 00:38

Carla said...

Oh, the steampunk stuff. I want it. Even if I have no use for an eyepatch. And the Jayne hat! :D

11 October 2010 at 01:55

Abbey said...

I actually crocheted a Jayne Cobb hat for a friend! It was great - I used some beautiful yarn, super soft and plush (it was pricey stuff but so worth it), and it looked wonderful. She gave me some awesome Firefly "life lessons" pictures.

I wonder if I have enough yarn to make another one...

11 October 2010 at 03:56

Jessica said...

Love Etsy...it is now my go-to for gift giving when I have no idea what to give a person. BTW, we got a hand knitted (or crocheted, I dunno...) Jayne hat for Lily when she was born. There's little cuter than that!

11 October 2010 at 04:20

Jaimi said...

I used to have a Jayne hat that I knitted! I ended up giving it to a friend, but I did wear it to a midnight showing of Serenity a couple of years ago.

11 October 2010 at 05:10

Grace London said...

Love the Jayne hat too. I've just bought the Mr an amigurumi sackboy from Etsy ready for Christmas.

11 October 2010 at 05:33

Robyn said...

:D Do want plutonium soap!

11 October 2010 at 08:22

Jade said...

I love Etsy, so many things to see and buy, so little time :D. The glow in the dark Plutonium soap is awesome!

11 October 2010 at 14:54

beautifulwithbrains said...

Everything looks awesome! I want the Plutonium Soap too, it's so cool!

11 October 2010 at 21:38

ornamentandartifice said...

For further soapy geekery:





12 October 2010 at 21:18

Tea said...

I'll take one of each please.

13 October 2010 at 01:54

Anastasia said...

I knew this would appeal to everyone! Totally kickass.

Thank you SO MUCH Tempest for linking me to those Etsy shops! Now I have another giant wishlist, my bathroom needs health and mana potions. Obviously.

I've got a lot more steampunk finds I'll post eventually, along with a steampunky EOTD and some other things.

13 October 2010 at 14:36

ornamentandartifice said...

I recently moved out of an apartment that didn't have a bathtub (just shower stall), so I'm going a little crazy with bath products now, too!

The potion bottles are a bit pricey, so I'm thinking of making my own. If my local craft stores don't have suitable bottles, I'm gonna order these [http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/drinks/a273/] or these [http://www.thinkgeek.com/caffeine/drinks/b472/] and fill 'em myself.

13 October 2010 at 16:31

Anastasia said...

They do seem quite pricey, but it says they're glass? Whereas the thinkgeek ones are just plastic.

If I were to leave them unopened (and add a cork!) I'd want glass ones.

18 October 2010 at 00:50

audrey said...

wow all of these stuff are so cute and pretty!
drey jewelry.

27 October 2010 at 13:19

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