Hard Working Leather

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Happy Sunday, all!

I promised some more MAGfest vendors and this week I would love to direct your gaze toward the creators over at Detroit Leather Company. They have quite the selection of very wonderful leather goods. Ranging from masks:

   

To goggles:

 

To leather wrapped flasks:

 

To these absolutely gorgeous leather journals:

   

I am so entranced by the twisting lock and the pin locks on those last two pictures. Aren’t they amazing?! I can personally attest to the effective holding power of their flasks as well. If you would like to view their other wares, they can be found on their website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. See you next week with a new tutorial!

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Simply Charming

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Happy Sunday, all!

We are back from MAGfest and I find myself with a rather nasty bit of con crud but we definitely had a great time! As promised, I scouted out some new and amazing creators, this first of which I realized I’d already met before. Apparently when I purchased adorable Calcifer cameo and Kodama in a bottle necklaces from Stephanie of Charming Little Fox at Anime Central last year, I didn’t post about it. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa?!?!? I know! What is wrong with me??? So here we are giving her absolutely cute cutey cute creations a spotlight. Did I say Calcifer cameo? I did:

Lookit this widdle mean and scawy fiwe demon…

She makes all of these crazy tiny beauties by hand with clay so each one tends to be somewhat unique (which I love) so mine actually has a pretty teal background. The main pendants that truly captured my attention the first time around, though, were her terrarium necklaces like Totoro here:

This one looks so confused, too, like how did I get in here?

My little Kodama is just as tiny and detailed plus it glows in the dark! It’s these bitty details that really set her apart. Just think about the amount of time it takes to make things like these teeny sushi rolls or this koi pond:

 

Super duper cute, right? She also does do some slightly larger but no less detailed pendants like this lovely octo I would just love to put in my own rotation:

All the tentacles to hold you!

I would highly encourage you to take a look through her Facebook or Instagram for more examples of stunning clay artwork and once she comes back from a brief hiatus, you can purchase a piece on her Etsy shop. Next week I have some new leather wares to take offer.

Stay crafty!

~Laura


Meet the Hackers: Magfest

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This is my favorite time of year.  The days are shorter, the world around me has a bit of chill while the snow falls.  People are crammed into small spaces shopping for their favorite goodies and the sounds and songs ring out through the festive air.

It is Magfest.  Always happening in the coldest part of the year, video game bands sing their songs and people shop for their favorite goodies.  I love Magfest.  Short for “Music And Gaming Festival,” MAGFest is a four day-long event dedicated to the appreciation of video game music, gaming of all types, and the gaming community.
The event runs 24 hours a day, and offers consoles, arcades, tabletop, LAN, live video game cover bands, chiptunes, vendors, guest speakers, and much much more.

Nicole and I are returning once more!  There are no maps to find us so you will have to look for the tower of pillows and quilts!  This year Nicole is launching a line of hats!  I will have new quilts, pillows, and of course patterns.

So swing by and say hi!  Not going to Magfest?  It is definitely a convention to consider for the future.

-Toni


Feature: 42 Nerdtastic Place

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Happy Monday, Hackers!

Today I want to tell you about a wonderful place you should all visit: 42 Nerdtastic Place.

Last month, I was working at a convention out in Schaumburg, IL for the television show, Gotham. It was a small show, it only had a few vendors but there was a new booth that I hadn’t seen before. I was intrigued. A friend of mine and I went over to check it out on Friday night during pre-registration and the young woman I spoke to was an absolute delight. She told me all about her products and that they are all handmade. I told her about my quest to become truly cruelty-free in my product usage and asked about that. She said that not only are her products cruelty-free, they are 100% vegan. What caught my eye was the comprehensive selection of lip balms she had out (and it wasn’t even all that she offers). I had found out that the balm/chapstick I had been using most of my adult life wasn’t something I was comfortable using anymore (short version: the company itself is cruelty-free but the parent company is not). So I had been looking for a balm to replace it and was finding it difficult. You don’t want to spend money on something like that only to discover you hate it and you have this whole tube of it you won’t use. So a lot of the online options I was finding, I was hesitant to purchase. But here, I had testers.

Long story slightly less long, I fell in LOVE with these balms. It was like smoothing silk onto my lips and the scents were unique but still heavenly-scented. The best part was that they are GEEKY. This woman taylors her recipes and products to a myriad of fandoms.

I walked away from that convention with four new lip balms (two of which were Gotham-themed).

Now, I want to share this fabulous person and her equally fabulous products with you all!

Amanda Mayer launched 42 Nerdtastic Place on Etsy in 2014, starting out with fandom-themed jewelry and coasters. But Amanda’s crafty mind didn’t just stop there. She branched out, wanting to provide a plethora of items for shoppers. She started making other items, like scented candles and melting waxes, lip balms, room sprays, etc in addition to original items like necklaces, bracelets, and bag clips. Her site’s About page states that they “wanted the feel to be of a place you would go to when shopping for your Hogwarts school list or a place you might go to cozy up to fellow enthusiasts.” Amanda and her crack team have accomplished this goal resoundingly!

42 Nerdtastic Place sells both online and maintains a presence at local fan conventions so you have different ways to purchase products. They are also always expanding. The Gotham blends, for example, were created specifically for the Gotham convention (though Amanda had been asked by shoppers in the past). And it doesn’t just stop with television and movie fandoms. There are products that feature animation (both American and Japanese), fantasy creatures, literature, even musicals (I personally need to try the Forgotten Spot in the Caribbean – Hamilton body spray).

42 Nerdtastic Place offers the following items: Bag clips, bracelets, necklaces, Hogwarts House combs, air fresheners, candles, hair care & grooming products (like Asgards’s Finest Beard Oil…You too can have the beard of a god!), lip balms and lip sheers, perfumes, and wax melts. They also have some lovely gift sets and they offer samples (not something you come across for online stores much, in my limited experience).

Amanda has also generously provided all our Craft Hacker readers a discount code for 15% off any regular priced items. Simply input code CRAFTHACKER15 to receive 15% off any of their regular priced items!

Hope you all enjoy as much as I do, Hackers! Be beautiful to each other.


Meet the Hackers: Playfair

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Tomorrow starts PlayFair in New York City and Toni will be there will her quilts, patterns, pillows, and Dice Bags.  She can be found at booth 355.

 

So what is Play Fair?

Play Fair is a celebration of play and entertainment for all ages. It’s an immersive, experience-rich event for children, parents, families, and teenage and adult fans. With hands-on exhibits, awe-inspiring displays, dozens of toy and entertainment brands, and never-before-seen exclusives, attendees can feel, touch, and take home their favorite toys and games — and be the first to glimpse the toys of tomorrow!

Last year sold out so if you want to experience it for yourself you better grab your tickets now.  If you can’t join us in New York Toni will be live streaming her experience on Twitch!  So make sure you follow her.

We are super excited to be a part of this immersive experience and can’t wait to see you in New York!


Twitch Con and Quilt Market

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We are now half way through my stretch of 4 conventions in 5 weeks!

I had such a great time at Twitch Con this past weekend.  It was my first time and it was everything I hoped it to be.  I even streamed on Twitch live from my booth every day!  Want to see what Twitch Con looked like without all the people?  I did a live stream Saturday morning.

Want to watch and interact live when I stream?  Follow my Twitch page!  Don’t want to interact but still want to watch the videos?  Subscribe to my You Tube page!

Next up is Quilt Market this weekend.  What is Quilt Market?

It is a credentialed quilt trade show.  This means you need to be a quilt shop owner, buyer, or industry professional (professional quilter, teacher, designer, or publisher).  The fabric manufacturers, wholesalers, and companies that we want to see will all be there.  This is the show where we get to see everything new coming out!  I have seen a few previews and am SUPER excited about the new fabrics I will be able to get.

I don’t have a booth so will be wandering the floor.  So make sure you find me if you want one of my collectors cards!

I will be doing a few giveaways again!!  I will only be doing a few of them on my Facebook page (not on Twitch).  So if you want to see when I go live for my Facebook Giveaways, make sure you follow me!

See you online!

-Toni


Meet the Hackers: Twitch Con

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Today is the start of Twitch Con in Long Beach, Ca and it will be my first time there!

I am super excited to not only connect with my Twitch fans, but to live stream from the convention and attend panels that will make my stream even better!  Make sure you follow my Twitch channel to see all of the live streaming.

I will be set up in the Creative Corner at Booth CC50.

 

Because I am flying I can’t bring my throw pillows, but I will have plenty of patterns, kits, dice bags, and a selection of quilts.

I will also have a special guest, Liz from Seams Geeky!!  I am very excited that Liz decided to join me for Twitch Con.  She will have a limited amount of her embroidered items for sale.

I will also be handing out my own Twitch Collectors Card!!

 

These are limited!  So if you want to get your hands on one make sure you swing by our booth at CC50 to pick one up. (or check out my schedule to see where I am to get one)

-Toni


Meet the Hackers: NYCC

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New York Comic Con starts tomorrow!!  I am so excited to be back in New York City.  It is an amazing convention and the city has shown me love every year.  We are exactly in the same place we have been the last two years, booth 2582.

This year will be just Nicole and I with a few of our friends helping us out.  We have our quilt pattern line, quilt kits, quilts, pillows, dice bags, amigurumi, plush, scarves, and mystery boxes!!

The mystery boxes are the ones we have left from C2E2 and Awesome Con.  So there are just a few left.  If you want to take your chance and get over $90 of handmade goods from us for just $40, you probably want to swing by early.

We plan on live streaming on Twitch (including today) depending on the signal strength throughout the day, so make sure you follow me on Twitch to be notified when we are live.

See you in New York!

-Toni


Meet the Hackers: FCCC

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Today is my local Comic Con! You can find me at Forest City Comic Con here in London, Ontario. I Am here with Megan of Absynthetika! You can find us at Booth 87.

I have some of my quilts and pillows and all of my patterns, kits, and dice bags! Megan had both her corsets and her Christmas stockings. Forest City Comic Con is an amazing combination of comics, anime, cosplay, gaming, and everything geeky! Their program and guests can be found here: http://forestcitycomicon.ca/schedule/.

If you are in the Ontario area, swing by and say hi!

 


Meet the Hackers: Dragon Con!

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Toni will be a part of Dragon Con this year!!  Originally she was going to help a friend at their booth but was offered her own at the last minute.  You can find Quiltoni in the America’s Mart building, third floor at booth 804.

In addition to quilts, pillows, dice bags, quilt patterns, and quilt kits there will be carrying some very special products, Famore Scissors!!

These are Toni’s scissors of choice and all she uses.   Better yet, if you have questions about their scissors a representative will be at the booth to answer them!  This is your chance to see these scissors in person.  So swing by Booth 804 to see Quilt and Scissor goodness!