Friday, November 2, 2012

November Giveaway

Hello everyone!  So, as you know the answer to the last "What IS That?"  game was Eevee!

Eevee was hand and machine sewn.  She has a minky brown short faux fur coat, with a white 1" faux fur ruff and tail.  Her face is hand sewn on felt!  Her legs are wire lined for stability and posing, and she is stuffed with poyfil.  She will be in the store fairly soon!  Next in the works is her sister Flareon!

Well, the November giveaway is a few days late but that is because I am in the middle of buying my first house (hooray!).  But here it is!  Since I have been very busy with home purchasing dealings, and because the holiday season is fast approaching and we can all use a little help buying gifts, I'm taking the easy route this month.  Let's do a $10 gift card to the winner of this month's giveaway!  

Ends 11/15/2012.  Open worldwide. All entries verified. $10 Amazon gift card to be delivered via email.  

Friday, October 19, 2012

A Feature, A Giveaway, & A Lot of New Projects

The October giveaway is over, and congratulations to the winner Ms. Jolene D.!   (woot woot!)

Also, geekyGAMERgirl is lucky enough to be featured on the blog!  There is a cute little piece including an interview with yours truly, and a giveaway for one item from the gGg Etsy shop!  Check it out!

Remember this guy?

Nerd bunny extraordinaire!  Well, we recently had a chat and he told me that Sylvanas talks too much for his taste.  He'd rather live somewhere where his impeccable math skills are more appreciated.  So he will be joining the plush force for sale on the Etsy shop!    He is felt and safety eyes, hand sewn and embroidered, and weighed down with rice for easy standing!

The last few weeks I have been working with a customer on a custom dragon trio.  Finally finished!!  Here is the end product.

More pics of the others on the geekyGAMERgirl FB! (Don't forget to LIKE!)

More additions are coming to the shop, as well!  We have a new Fuzz-Bun looking for a home, as well as new "Supplies" section where I will be selling off supplies I no longer need, or gallon bags full of faux fur scraps and samples.  Great for scrapbooking, small projects, ect.!

A New Game!

In an effort to keep things fun (because I love keeping things fun, who doesn't?), I'm introducing the "What IS That?" game on the geekyGAMERgirl Blogger!  Occasionally I will post a picture of a partially completed project, and if you can guess the character or monster the plush will be first in a comment on the blog, you win a 10% off coupon to the geekyGAMERgirl Plush Etsy store, as well as all the glory and bragging rights that come with being a winner! 

The plush will never be a new monster creation, it will always be a monster I have created before OR a character from a popular show/movie/cartoon.  I will also always give two clues!  If no one gets it after 24 hours, the answer will be revealed with no winner.  Ready for the first edition of "What IS That?"

What IS that?!

1.  My number is 133!
2. When I grow up, I can be one of seven different things!  

What am I?

Friday, September 28, 2012

October Fuzz-Bun Monster Giveaway!

This past week has been absolutely nuts and my life has decided to do a complete 180 on me, so sorry for the lack of updates!!  I have been merrily sewing away my Kickstarter projects, which are nearly complete and I expect to send all of them that I have received sketches/orders for by mid October (yay!).  Going to do my first shipment tomorrow.  

I have been working on my animal collection, as well!  Some of you may recognize this guy from the Facebook or Etsy shop.

This is Dandy the Lion!  My husband named him.  He is a button jointed lion plush.  He is made of anti-pill polar fleece, vintage buttons, and has a fabric scrap mane.  He is up for sale at the Etsy shop now.  His giraffe friend will follow later this week, once the last pattern kink is fixed!

I'm planning on making a free pattern page some time in the near future (hopefully by Christmas) once I get a few more original patterns created. 

On to what everyone here REALLY cares about... October giveaway! By popular vote, a new 5" monster was created for this month's giveaway.  I give to you, the Fuzz-Bun Monster!

His body is 5" tall, with 6" ears.  His ears are wire lined, so they can be posed!  He is stuffed with poly-fil, and rice for weight.  Hand and machine sewn!!  If you don't like your chances of winning this giveaway, I will be adding two Fuzz-Buns to the Etsy shop on 10/3/2012 for 28 USD each!  Remember, each entry is verified.  If your entry is invalid, another winner will be chosen! Open worldwide, hosted by geekyGAMERgirl Plush Etsy!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Small Vacation, and Various Projects

Well as you all have probably noticed, I've been taking a mini vacation this week. Nothing new up in the store, and not much blog-wise either. This is because it's my son's second birthday this week, and I am really busy doing party prep for this weekend. He wanted a pikachu and mario themed party... that's my boy!

 I have been working on a custom order and a couple new patterns, as well as making some plushes for my December show (some vacation, right?). I finished my monster swap as well! My partner liked the Bride of Frankenstein, so I had to make her a doll.

I'm planning on adding dolls to the shop, I have a couple designs in the works.  But they are very labor intense and time consuming, so just a few.

The Kickstarter thank you's have been up about a week now!  Find your name on the list if you haven't already and you participated in "Plush Monster Mania".

I have noticed that many people, (mainly the ones who inquire about custom orders), are interested in animal plushes as well, just with a geekyGAMERgirl style twist.  (Wasn't aware I had a style, but someone told me it's eccentric and unique...)  So I am beginning pattern design on a few animals.  I will add a separate section to the store for these guys when I have some patterns ready and plushes made.

And here are some of the first plushes I have made for my December show!  Whales!  I will post one or two in the shop in the new plush section when I have about 10 made for my show stockpile. There are two without the mouth and fins attached, and one with in the photos.  Not great pictures, but it was about 1 AM. You can also see my new sewing cabinet with machine (THANK YOU KICKSTARTER!).  It's used... but it was a $700 machine new and can do anything I want it to and came with a serger!  And replacement parts aren't hard to find.  I learned the ins and outs of it in about two days, which is pretty good seeing as I haven't ever had this high end of a machine before!  

If my show goes well in December, I may be able to get an embroidery machine, as well!  

Monday, September 3, 2012

Kickstarter Update

Hooray! I made my stretch goal for the geekyGAMERgirl Kickstarter project! I am compiling a list of names for the blog and Facebook thank you list, and will be posting that shortly. Currently I'm trying to gather backer surveys so I can fulfill their reward orders and make tons of plushies in the next few weeks, after my funds are released from Amazon. I've been busy taking a few days off from the shop to do some personal things, such as prepare for my son's second birthday (which is the 12th), and complete a couple of personal craft swap projects through There was an organized Monster Swap... I had to participate. It was fate! Pictures from that will be posted once I get everything in the mail to my partner on Wednesday. Also, you may have noticed a difference in the geekyGAMERgirl designs on the blog, FB, Youtube, ect. I'm mid-redesign. Please bear with me as I get a hang of Photoshop! I have a couple of other graphics to update, and it may be mismatched for a couple of days as I get my ducks in a row. Don't forget to enter in this month's giveaway if you haven't already! Remember, all entries are verified! I'll be back to monster making tomorrow, and next blog will probably be picture heavy. But we all love monster pictures, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

September Giveaway!

Win this monster!  
Contest open worldwide and includes free shipping!  All entries verified.  Ends September 8, 2012.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Peek at the Geek....

I have had a couple of messages asking about what my "studio" looks like, so here is a peek!  Plus some past crafts I've done for my family and myself.

Well there it is.  The "studio".  HA!  Really it's just part of the dining room, which is really the kitchen (eat-in kitchen... I say whatever to that.  It's just a big kitchen, saying there is a dining room here is trickery).  You see, we moved here when we were a family of three... and then came the twins.  So, with it being only a two bedroom apartment, here is my office and all the poor kids are in one room.  Thank heaven their room is just as big as the master, and all their beds fit no problem. Oh, and see my pink computer? My husband custom built it for me! :)  Way cheaper than buying a pre built system and ... it's pink!

With a space this small, organization is key.  Everything in my area (besides craft supplies and some decoration) was originally used for something else or is being repurposed.  My second desk used to be my husband's computer desk a few years ago before he needed an upgrade.  

If it's a good sized small box, I take it for storage.  If it's a glass jar, I use it for my safety eyes.  I have been collecting butter and cream cheese containers when they are empty so I can decorate them later and label them for separating safety eye sizes.  The plan is to take an old cookie sheet, paint it, attach magnets to the bottom of the plastic containers and voila!  Hang the cookie sheet and I have awesome eye storage.  But that  is still a work in progress.

I had to take some shelving we bought originally for my closet and my old locker shelf from high school to add some accessable storage.  Works pretty well, for now.  I got those cork board for less than $10 at Target for a set of four! They come in useful, and were worth the investment.

I always look for things on clearance, as well.  Crafting and working a business on a one-salary family of five... not so easy.  So cutting prices where I can is essential.  I found this file folder, which is actually a hard cloth covered bag that came with 20 folders, on clearance at Wal-Mart for a few dollars.  It's excellent for felt storage.  Any small scraps of felt I always store in a big gallon sized baggy instead of throwing away, so I won't have to cut into an entire sheet later if I just need a small piece. Why was this on clearance?  A tiny tear by one of the handles in the fabric.  Really?  Drop of hot glue, good as new, and I save a ton of money.

The one thing that is a pain is my fabric storage.  Hello, big tub of fur. Finding storage for this is a work in progress, and this works for now.  The tub fits snugly under my desk, and the fabric is accessable, and kept away from dust.

Something else odd you may have noticed is this little conundrum.  Anyone know what it is?  It's a home made lightbox!  Just take a fairly large cardboard box, cut windows in three of the sides and remove the flaps completely from the top.  Tape wax paper or white tissue paper over the windows, add fabric in the background and floor, and shine lamps through the windows! You get professional looking pictures, without paying $50-75 for a real lightbox.  I got the fabric on clearance, the box came from a shipment of fabric or computer parts from my husband (I can't remember which, but it doesn't matter), and the wax paper was just from the roll from the kitchen.  My lightbox cost about $2.50 to make!  Plus, the fabric can be changed out. May look bad from far away, but the pictures are all that matters.

A close up of my computer area.  My husband got me the murloc mousepad for Christmas last year!  Also, you can see all my hoops in progress, and my toy collection.  I made the Yoshi egg out of a wooden egg and acrylic paint.  There is also a tiny Batman lunchbox and my windrider cub, and my collectable Sylvannas.  If you play World of Warcraft, you know what I'm talking about here.  You can also see my two lamps I use for my lightbox.  Five dollars a piece at Wal-Mart, and lamps are always useful for other things.  

Under my mousepad is my drawing tablet.  My husband found it on Newegg, open box refurbished for $20. Does everything I need it to.  I can sketch on the tablet and it goes into a drawing program on the computer. Handy.

We had to sacrifice the back door functioning in order to give me enough space to have a drawing and sewing area as well.  At least I get a window by my desk!  You can see my poor stuffed Yoshi has been uncerimoniously thrown on the baker's rack in the corner with all the baby food.  That rack is full of formula at the beginning of every month, and just about empty at the end of the month.  Twins eat a LOT of formula!  But the cans are reusable for other things.  If you have babies that eat rice, don't buy the cans of rice! Just pour the cheaper boxes of rice into an empty formula can. Ta-da!  Your own can of rice! And just save a formula scoop to go with it, for easy measuring.

My beautiful window decor!  I have a thing about Yoshi eggs.  They are just cute.  I also have a floating teeny yoshi egg in a one inch glass bottle I made, along with a tiny ocarina in another bottle beside it.

And just a few awesome things I have done in the past year or so...

I used to crochet a lot more, but since I moved on to sewing and hoopla I haven't had much time for it.  But this guy is still hanging around, my Chef Kirby.  He is gaurding Hermione's wand!

I also made him a huge counterpart, if you can see him buried under all my kid's toys.  That kirby is about two feet tall.  The name on the wall was simple to make.  Just buttons on white wooden letters attached with hot glue!

One last question I have gotten more than once is "what is that tattoo on your arm?"  I guess its slightly visible in my youtube video where I'm making the three baby monsters.  Well... I warned you I was a geek.

The answer: The crest of Hyrule.  I love Zelda games, way way too much.

Until next time! I have two new monsters in the works, got to get sewing!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Ultros from FFVI

Finished Ultros!  He's the octopus from Final Fantasy VI I've been working on this week.  He ended up measuring about 3 feet in length.

I never made a plush completely from fleece, but man is it forgiving fabric!  I could even use his legs as pincushions and the holes just disappeared when I took out the pins.  He has a polar fleece body, legs and eyelids.  His teeth are 3 inches long made of felt.

The eyes were a bit tricky.  I couldn't find the right colors anywhere, so I had to customize my own safety eyes.  It's not too difficult.  I know of two ways to customize eyes.  One, if you need a black pupil you can just get clear safety eyes and paint the backs of them before applying them to the plush.  With these eyes I needed a red pupil, so I had to customize full black eyes.  I bought the largest I could find (60mm), painted them with acrylics and sealed them with clear nail polish.  The polish just needs to be applied to completely dry paint, then left for a day to dry thoroughly.  It creates a hard protective cover coat, doesn't chip easily, and makes a glassy look without the high price of buying acrylic sealant at the hobby store.  These eyes took six coats of paint (yellow on black is a nightmare) and three coats of polish.

 I honestly think he turned out amazing!  Here's the picture that I had to work with:

Hand sewing this took a while, though.  Glad I'll be getting my new sewing machine soon!!!  On that note::


I met my $500 goal in ONE day!  It's amazing!  I didn't know people would love my plushies so much, but I'm honored they do.  It's truly what I want to do with my career, and launching this business means so much to me.  It will help me do something I love, as well as help support my three beautiful babies!  My husband is so supportive as well :)

My next goal is $1200.  Seems like a bit of a stretch (more than double what I wanted initially) but with 11 days left, I'm already over $900!!  With that extra $700 I could go to my first professional craft show and do business face to face with customers.  It would do WONDERS for my business!  That amount would cover rental fees, display cases, material for product, and transportation.  Here's to hoping!

And a braggy mom moment to end this post:

My twins rockin their chuck taylors! They will be four months old on the 23rd. Hard to imagine!  Also hard to imagine their brother will be 2 next month!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

geekyGAMERgirl Kickstarter

It's live!  The geekyGAMERgirl Kickstarter!  The goal is $500 to obtain a sewing machine and stock up on materials (so I don't have to save up for three months just to put new items in the shop!).  Even $1.00 donations get a reward so spread the word!

Click here to view the geekyGAMERgirl Kickstarter!

Also!  I officially applied to become a business and become self-employed yesterday (hooray!).  I had to to begin selling at craft shows!  It feels so official and completely awesome to say "I'm self-employed".

This does, however, mean that sales tax will apply in Texas beginning October 1!

And just a moment of mommy bragging ... my youngest twin is rolling over now, too!  All of this has put me in  such a good mood that I'm going to be completely crazy and post the newest item in the shop for $6.00, plus  S&H of $3.00 for one week only!  After that it goes to the regular price of $8.00 plus $3.00 S&H.

Say hello to the Puff Monsters!

Also, I'm currently working on a Ultros plush commission.  He's a baddie from the Final Fantasy series.  I'm waiting on huge 60mm eyes for him so I can finish him up!  I'll be sure to post him when he's done... He's going to be gigantic. So far his legs alone are about 21 inches... so he'll be about 2.5 - 3 feet tall.

I'm also working on a "Surprise Monster" listing for the shop, which will be about $9 per monster.  I'm trying to keep things affordable for everyone because everyone deserves a monster friend! In this listing you will be able to get a monster from the "grab bag".  They will be 3 - 5 inch tall monsters such as this guy here!


There will be all sorts of monsters in this listing... some with legs, some with three eyes, maybe even some with wings!  Who knows?  Great for those who love surprises and hate choosing.  :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


The newest member of our little monster family: The Spyster.

I want to get better at my sphere sewing, so I'm trying to come up with patterns that utilize them.  I think he turned out pretty freaking cute.  He has six legs, with paw prints.  My son loves Blues Clues, and anything that has a paw print on it he goes insane over... so I had to do this little nod to him.

I video taped the entire sewing process, but I had to do it in several sittings over two days (watching three month old twins and a 22 month old is a bit distracting...).  We'll see if I can edit it into a passable time lapse.

Also!  A Kickstarter for geekyGAMERgirl should be up late this weekend, or early next week.  I'll post here  and keep everyone updated.  If you can't donate then spread the word!

I ordered a large batch of fabric earlier this week, so I should be cranking out tons of monsters by the end of the month. Woo!

Also - congratulations to Angela C. who won this month's giveaway!  She won a free customized baby cloud monster!  Didn't win?  I'll do another giveaway the first week of September.  Wonder what it'll be... ;)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Back to School!

My latest project that I did tonight wasn't a monster, but it was pretty cute so I'm going to blog about it any way.

My sister, over at Teaching Chick, is getting ready for the start of school.  She's a fourth grade teacher, and a few weeks ago she saw my pincushion (you may have seen it flitting around in pictures and in my video) and said she wanted it.  I didn't really want to make her a pincushion since last I checked she didn't sew often.  So instead, I took the pattern (which is free and available here) and enlarged it, and made her a felt plush to match her classroom, which is done in polka dots.

I embroidered her name on the dog as well.  I figured she could use something soft to throw at students. (Kidding!)

You can see it's a simple pattern.  I used three pieces of 50 cent felt, pink DMC floss in three strands, poly-fil to fluff him up, and 15mm safety eyes.  In all, he cost about three dollars.  Pretty awesome for a nice, handmade and personalized gift.

Small felt projects like these are a great way to practice sewing by hand and learning new stitches.  I used a blanket stitch on the edges of the dog for a neat decorative look, and a back stitch for embroidering.

On the bottom middle seam I used a whip stitch with the seam facing in towards the inside of the dog.  If you don't know how to do these stitches, they are VERY easy.  The best how-to I've found for the blanket and whip stitches are at Futuregirl's Craft Blog.  This took about two and a half hours of work, but mainly because I was (ashamedly) playing Facebook games while sewing after the kids went to bed.

I ordered new fur!  Just a bit of it, and in some fun colors.  I'm planning on making little newborn monsters to give as rewards for my Kickstarter project (which should launch in the next two weeks sometime!).  I may also stock some in my Etsy store, simply because my sketch for them is too freaking cute to not share the finished product.

Oh! Also, my husband is amazing.  He found an open box drawing tablet on Newegg and bought it for me!  Awesome surprise. So now I will be able to sketch straight to the computer (or trace my current sketches) and share them on here!  

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

YouTube Channel!

geekyGAMERgirl has a YouTube channel!  Woo!  Well, I only have one video up for now, but it's pretty awesome if I say so myself.  Last night I decided to play around and just do a quick sketch of a monster and make him up in one night while recording what I did.  My husband recently bought some pretty expensive video editing software (which he has not used...) so I decided to play around with time lapse and other things.

I'll put a YouTube link to my channel on the side bar, as well as a link to the geekyGAMERgirl Facebook page.  

Update on the Foxtopus monster... I'm still working out kinks in the pattern.  But I should have his prototype done fairly soon!

Friday, July 27, 2012


Lately I have been working with a new character I want to turn plush!  ... the Foxtopus!

I think I have finally settled on a design that I like for him.

I think I'm going to add a few more legs, and a bit bigger ears.  Then, prototype plush done in felt, probably three or four times just to make changes in the pattern until I'm happy.  Then.. faux fur foxtopus plush!  I'm super excited about this one.

Also, I was being my internet troll self the other day and I ran across a site called  You can put a project on there (a creative project or invention.. things like that. No business startups unless its for a new product or tuition begging or anything...) and try to convince people to fund it.  A number of people have gotten their plush designs funded for material to make them, so I may give it a whirl.

It's a great site.  Pretty much you pitch your idea, and offer rewards for amounts people pledge.  Say, if you pledge over $5, you get a keychain or something similarly cheap.  If you pledge over $15 you get a slightly larger reward, and so on.  You choose the amounts for rewards, and you have to provide the rewards as well.  But you just factor the cost of rewards in the amount  you pitch for.  Amazon and take about 10% in fees... plus it's all or nothing funding. If you meet your goal (or over) you get the money.  If the goal isn't met you get nothing (but you're out nothing as well!).

Any way... Foxtopus coming soon! Check back for updates.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Free Giveaway!

I opened up a geekyGAMERgirl Facebook page! Woo!  To celebrate, let's do a giveaway.  That's right... free stuff!

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For participating in this giveaway, you will be entered in to win one CUSTOM baby cloud monster!  You will be able to pick your monster's face coloring and style (any color), fur coloring (white or gray) and number of eyes and size of eyes. You just tell me what you want your baby cloud monster to look like... I'll create it for free for the winner! (free shipping too!)

This contest is only available to US residents. Ends August 8, 2012.  Winner will be announced August 9, 2012! You must "LIKE" the geekyGAMERgirl Facebook page to enter, and in order to gain access to additional ways to enter more times.

I also wanted to share how I package my monsters.  It's important to be creative in your packaging, as well as your shop items.  Here's how I do it!

I wrap up the monsters in bright colorful tissue paper, include their original sketches and a packing slip and... voila!  My husband's reaction, when I first did this, was literally "WTH Heather...?".... but I love it.  It's personal, it's creative, and it's freaking cute.

Oh! And Adora has come by from her sky-cave to find a new home, as well. You can check her out on my Etsy.

And a big shout out to Matin Lapin for featuring our very own Trevor the Thundercloud Monster in her blog,  that you can read here, and in an Etsy treasury in honor of Ilyap'a Day that you can see here!  Check out her Etsy store, too.  She has a lot of cool items, see them here!