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.

Around the House Geekery

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One of the reasons I got into making/designing my own plush were to the lack of decent official merchandise for most of my favorite fandoms. Think Geek as certainly filled this gap for some with their gadgets and clothes, but decoration isn’t an area that really gets attended to….unless of course you shop hand made. 😉 So today I’ve gathered some wonderful artist who specialize if just that; making custom high quality decorations for your home that fill that nick knack void in your life.

First we have Lost Realm; he who specializes in all things Harry Potter. While his design aren’t just for the home, he does make some lovely custom potion vials and magical books to adorn that empty looking bookcase in your living room.

If something more useful is your style then WillBrooks has something if you like Doctor Who. Originally done as a gift, he makes custom wooden Doctor Who coasters. He also works for Doctor Who as a graphic designer so his shop isn’t always stocked, but he’s going to start selling the prints from his Big Finish designs if you need some wall art instead.

Or perhaps you are like me and like to make your own home decor. Well Otaku Crafts is here to help you. They have tutorials to help you create some absolutely stunning custom art for your home. From wall art to amiibo display cases, they are a DIY fandom friend. 🙂


A New Challenger Approaches

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One of the things I’ve loved the most about being into ‘fandoms’ for shows/movies/genres, is finding that community that you just instantly feel apart of thanks to your shared interest. Something that I see happening more and more as I go to cons now as an adult is how often younger children are being encouraged to join and express their love as well. Not to say it didn’t happen at those cons when I was 14, I’m just more aware of it now I think. So today, I wanted to celebrate the youngest generation of fans and the things their parents do to help them join in the fun. ^_^

Doctor Who Themed Mobile by lausz7


Avengers Bunny Mobile by P-isfor-Plushes

It can start before they are even born as you can see above with these adorable mobiles. My husband and I have agreed on a video game themed nursery personally, but I will definitely take a note from these artists and make a mobile. Speaking of babies, a crafter named Darling Army actually specializes in making baby bibs (among other clothing pieces) from a wide rage of fandoms, and I highly recommend checking out at her store.

Oh my ovaries. Toddler cosplay. There is nothing better.

By the time they are 2-4, kids begin to express what they are interested in and what they want to dress up as and I love seeing parents that go the extra mile to help. A+ job parenting for all these children. Children are just (if not more!) passionate about what they love, and adorable to boot. I could just go on and on covering kids and their crafty parents, but I’ll just point you towards these resources instead, should you be interested in learning more.