The Ultimate Easter Basket of Awesomeness

Head to the link and check out the lovely Dana’s giveaway!  She’s let me sneak a soap in there, and the rest is stuffed full of Toy Fair swag.  hit the link and check it out!

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and the winners are…..

countess (from g+, yay!)

amazon (from everywhere!) twice 🙂

kat (from everywhere!)

dragyn (also from everywhere!) also twice 🙂

 

congrats everyone!  make sure to send pickup or shipping info to me at lyra.cole@gmail.com by 10am pacific, tomorrow!

keep an eye out for more contests, giveaways, and maybe some actual blogging here soon.

entries for the portal giveaway are now closed.  winners announced shortly!

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it’s a good day to be a geek

today is my son’s 16th birthday, and he’s quite possibly the world’s biggest portal fan.  we’ve had little portal cubes in the shop for darn near forever now, and they’re cute, but i have to admit they’re also a little plain. 

well, i’ve been on a mold buying spree lately, and i noticed that one of the ones that came in would make a perfectly shaped portal.  and, lo and behold, the gel colours i am slowly switching to just happen to have the perfect shades of blue and orange.

all of this has led to a brand new soap in the shop, and i am giving you a chance to win a set of the prototypes!

 

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so here’s the deal:

i have six pairs of blue and orange portals.  they will likely be uneven, since they’re the ones we used to test dimensions.  they’re *unscented* and cannot be customized.

in order to successfully enter, you absolutely must leave a comment on this post, and answer the following question:

what is your favourite video game, and why (and don’t say because!)?

you may get BONUS entries for posting a link to this blog post on your social media sites (fb, g+, twitter, etc).  for each mention, please leave another comment with a link to your share (so i can check you out!).

yes, this means you could win more than one set.  just please don’t spam your followers too badly 🙂

i will pick the 6 (or less) winners by random draw at approximately noon pacific, on monday, march 24, and you will have until 10am pst, tuesday, march 25th to get me your shipping info if you are a winner.

yes, this is open to international readers, but keep in mind: shipping will be insane, and i am not able to cover customs fees.

and wish mr jones a happy birthday if you know him!

our first official review is a geek’s super mario bros decor solution

required disclaimer:  i was given a product free in exchange for this review.  all opinions are my own.

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on a tip from my good friend dana (of the dragyn’s lair), i was able to try an item from the wall decals & more section of this site.  the exact product can be found here.

i chose this particular product because we could really use some more wall decor in our studio.  we’ve been here close to two years now, and even inthe past, we’ve just never had anything on the walls.  and it’s been boring!

this past year, we’ve managed to accumulate a few cool, geeky things, like the harry potter poster in the cloud library, and the tardis version of van gogh’s starry night.  but our walls are still pretty noticeably bare, so the opportunity to try out these super mario wall decals seemed like just the thing.

i want to make a few points here, and the first one is, holy caw, there a lot of decals in this package!  you get four pages of decently sized decals, covering a wide range of easily recognizable super mario bros characters, including of course, mario and luigi, but also peach, toad, king koopa, and bullet bill.  there are even baby versions of a few of the characters, so there’s definitely a little something here for everyone.

on to point two, the quality.  these decals are actually pretty amazing for being under $15.  they’re not overly huge, so they just give a little pop of colour on our white walls, but it’s better than just plain white walls. 

also, of note, the packaging states that these ‘may not work on heavily textured surfaces’.  most of the walls here are textured, as i think the builders figured it would add to the early 1900s charm.  well, i am pleased to report that these work just fine on these moderately textured walls!

the re-usability is also excellent, after about a 7 or 8 day test.  they didn’t pull up any of the paint, and they stuck right back on after i peeled them off. 

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as you can see, these are pretty much perfect for retro gamers!  i also quite like the fact that they are on transparent backgrounds, with no borders.  this makes them look much more like they’re part of the wall itself, unlike a poster or piece of framed art.

and finally, here is one more photo of one i stuck to the side of my sodastream machine, just for fun, and to test it on another surface beside the rough wall and painted wood cabinets:

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in conclusion, i find these to be incredibly cool and easy to use.  i still have a ton more to put up, but i will be waiting until the next time my kid is here, so he can maybe choose some for his two bedrooms (one here, one at dad’s place).  i won’t be surprised if his dad tries to steal some for his own room!

 

Goings on in Etsy land (and other updates)

hey all 🙂

i am on a nice little vacation from my pay-the-bills job, so i thought maybe it was time to do a little everything-else-news kind of blog update.  there’s a lot going on, as i’ve just had my first wholesale request, and i will be working on that all week long.  it’s kind of exciting!  also, i’ll be getting a pretty big couple of parcels in from amazon and my soap supplier, containing a couple new scents, a lot of new molds, and other things that are just generally needed around here.

i’ll also be getting the new geeky mold that i hinted at last week on my social media sites, the one that i’m thinking will really be earning its wings fast!

i’ve learned how to make oatmeal soap, so will have that at the next backyard barter event up here in seattle.  i’m also on the hunt for a new batch of lavender, and more eucalyptus (it smells pretty amazing when fresh!).

and!  coming soon to the blog, i will be doing product reviews every so often.  i have something marvelously geeky on its way to me this week, and once i try it out, i’ll let you know all about it. 

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