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Sac-Con Recap

On Sunday I went to my very first convention as a vendor! Sac-Con was a pretty amazing and freakishly scary experience for me. Why freakishly scary though? Oh, well I dunno… maybe because a majority of the items I was selling were my handmade necklaces and earrings from my Etsy store, so I had a personal stake in it, y’know? And it’s absolutely nerve wracking having some people check out your table for a few seconds and move along to the next one, or having people ask how much one of my handmade necklaces or earrings were and be completely appalled by the price. Many of my pieces are one of a kind — I have no intention on making another one exactly like it, and I use ‘spensive genuine Swarovski crystals, thus the reason why a My Little Pony necklace is priced at $35. Despite that, quite a few people swung by my table numerous times, so that was pretty cool!

Overall I found the whole thing to be a good learning experience and a step forward with my jewelry thang. 🙂 Plus I met some pretty awesome people and got tons of compliments on my pieces, SO YAAAY!

The pieces left over from the show will be up on Once Upon a Smorgasbord sometime tomorrow or Thursday. I’ll post an update once they go up. But for now, here are some pictures of my booth and a few cosplayers Tim found! 🙂

Cheers,
Nina

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Once Upon a Smorgasbord is going to Sac-Con!

original photo courtesy of superbwallpapers.com

On my “Happy New Year and Whatnot” post from December I compiled a list of all the things I hope to achieve in 2013. One thing I mentioned was that I hoped to sell my jewelry from my Etsy store Once Upon a Smorgadbord at conventions and that I was on a waiting list for a show in March. Sooo… I was informed a few days ago that there was a last minute cancellation from a vendor, thus I. AM. IN. WOOOOP!!!

I will be at Sac-Con in Sacramento, CA this Sunday (the 3rd). If you happen to be going, please stop by and say hi! Since John DiMaggio (the voice of Bender from Futurama and Jake the Dog from Adventure Time) is going to be there I’m working on some special Adventure Time pieces.

MATHMATICAL!

Cheers,
Nina

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Dapper Day: Fairest of Them All

outfit details – cardigan + belt: Merona (found the belt at Goodwill for $2!) dress: BCX (buy here) // cowboy boots: Rampage (buy here) // purse: Coach // earrings & necklace: Once Upon a Smorgasbord (made by me!) // glasses: Derek Cardigan (buy here)

Picking out an outfit for Dapper Day was extremely frustrating for me! I wasn’t sure whether to throw an outfit together inspired by  a Disney character a la Disneybound with whatever I had in my closet, or go out and find a new dress. Of course I went with the latter, especially since I had a loaded Macy’s gift card! I ended up getting a blue dress and red cowboy boots. I like calling them my ‘Mosbys’ like Ted Mosby from How I Met Your Mother. And I know, cowboy boots on Dapper Day is kind of… um… not dapper. BUT, I was aiming for comfort! And it’s not like Dapper Day is strictly for “old fashioned” glamour — all kinds of fancy styles are encouraged! Plus I wasn’t about to walk around in heels or ballet flats. Wearing my Chucks to Disneyland sometimes leave my feet aching — imagine what a pair of heels would do. EEK!

And this is basically how I feel about going to Dapper Day with red cowboy boots:

Pulling. Them. Off.

With the blue and the red I figured I would just put together something inspired by Snow White and accessorized with a necklace featuring the Designer Disney version of Snow White that I made myself (see a similar one here)! And I threw together my Vinylmation prince earrings the night before Tim and I left for Disneyland! They’re actually keychains from the Snow White Vinylmation series — I got them on one of my many excursions to Disneyland and ended up getting doubles. That’s usually a bummer (getting duplicates from blind boxed toys), but I thought they were perfect for jewelry making purposes. 🙂

I was originally going to wear my hair down and curl it like I always do, but my dumb ass forgot to pack my Chi hair straightener! I went into panic attack mode once I realized I didn’t have it and thought, “I’m a fashion blogger going to a fashiony-event  and I’m going to want to take pictures for my blog but my hair is going to look like shit. DAMMIT!” I tried putting my hair into multiple buns to curl it, but it looked fug. Then I remembered this tutorial I saw on YouTube on how to make Milk Maid Braids. Click here if you want to watch it. I didn’t get to follow it to a tee, but whatever!

Dapper Day was so fun! I loved seeing so many people dressed up in their finest attire. Even though my annual pass is expiring this weekend (and I am so not renewing it because it is ‘spensive), I’d love to try and go to Dapper Day in the fall (whenever that is).

Oh, and sidenote — the skipper Tim and I had on the Jungle Cruise was a fuggin’ Nerdfighter! Some of you are probably like WTF is that? Go find the Vlogbrothers on YouTube or watch this video. He made a comment about puppy sized elephants (Nerdfighter inside joke) and I was like, “HE’S ONE OF US!” Afterwards I asked him if he was a Nerdfighter and replied with an enthusiastic “YES!” and we high fived and it was awesome, but then I realized Tim exited the boat, so I just waved bye at Kevin, the Nerdfighter skipper, and threw up the Nerdfighter gang sign and said, “DFTBA (don’t forget to be awesome)!” It would’ve been nice to nerd out about John Green and stuff, but I had to go!

Cheers,
Nina

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Of Little Ponies & Unicorns

outfit details – dress: Xhileration // peter pan collar necklace: M Style // my little pony necklace: Once Upon a Smorgasbord (I made it!) // glasses: derek cardigan (buy here)

This is something that I think of almost everyday and it constantly annoys me because I can never think of a good answer for it: If I were a My Little Pony, what would my cutie mark be? No, I’m serious. I think about this a lot. Cutie marks are like tattoos, y’know? Once you have it it’s there FOREVER. I already know that I will eventually get a tattoo of Rory, a carousel horse, and the Gallifreyan symbol for ‘friend,’ but if I were a MLP I wouldn’t want a dog on the side of my ass! I used to think I’d have chocolate chip cookies on the side of my flank (because I love cookies, duh), and later on I thought maybe a book + quill (for my love of reading and writing), and now I’m like maybe a laptop (for my love of the internet?)… or a pile of Swarovski crystals (because I love to make necklaces)? I DON’T KNOW. And let’s not even talk about what color combination I would be. UGH.

It’s normal for a woman that just turned 27 last Saturday to think of things like this, right? o,0

So anywho — why do I keep talking about ponies? Um, because they’re awesome. Duh. And I also started experimenting with my jewelry making skills by using toys as pendents! Specifically My Little Pony toys. I know this isn’t an original idea, but I wasn’t too crazy about some of the ones I’ve seen made, so I wanted to put my own spin on it. I approach my jewelry making the same way I dress myself — how can I incorporate geeky/childish elements without looking like a 12-year-old, but still age appropriate? I think I succeeded in making them simple, yet fun, statement necklaces that anyone anypony can wear! 🙂

After making the Rarity necklace (pictured above) I decided to keep it because… well, she’s my favorite! She’s a unicorn with a purple mane who loves fashion. How could she not be my favorite?

All the ones pictured above are currently listed on Once Upon a Smorgasbord 😉

I’ve been cranking out necklace after necklace for the past two weeks and I’m really excited about them! I have all sorts of things planned for my Etsy store this year and these MLP necklaces are just one of those things. Hope you guys like them!

Cheers,
Nina

PS: If any of you happen to play the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic game on the iPad/iPhone, add me! My Gameloft username is ‘chezfancypants’ 😀

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Grand Opening!

I’m very excited to announce that Once Upon a Smorgasbord… is officially open!!! And just in time for the holiday season. Huzzah!

Here’s a peek at some of the necklaces I have available:

Thanks to my friends and family who have been very supportive of this endeavor. I hope you all enjoy!

And don’t forget, the giveaway for my Rapunzel necklace is still going on! Click here for a chance to win. 🙂

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GIVEAWAY!!!

I am having my first giveaway EVER!

My Etsy shop Once Upon a Smorgasbord will be opening this weekend, so to celebrate I am giving away a Rapunzel (from Tangled) necklace that I made for the store (retail value $20). The image is from Disney’s limited edition Designer Princess collection.

For a chance to win it, all you have to do is…

  • comment on this post for 1 entry
  • “like” the le fancy geek Facebook page and tell me about it in your comment
  • subscribe to le fancy geek for another entry and tell me about it in your comment
  • follow the le fancy geek Tumblr for another entry and tell me about it in your comment
  • follow le fancy geek on Bloglovin’ for another entry and tell me about it in your comment

So that’s up to 5 entries!

*Note: If do like, follow, or subscribe, you MUST comment on this post to let me know so I can count your entries. Okie dokie? And that’s just more chances for you to win. Good stuff right?

I will be choosing a winner at random next Thursday.

Please note, this will have to be a US/Canada giveaway only as shipping overseas cost a bit of money. :/

Good luck and keep a look out for Once Upon a Smorgasbord!

😀

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Today is Matt Smith’s (a.k.a. “The Doctor”) birthday! I decided to wear some Doctor Who gear in honor of his coolness’ anniversary of birth because the obsessive teeny bopper part of me never died. Does that mean I’m a geeky bopper now? Oi.

And note how my shirt is the exact same pattern as the le fancy geek site! It’s by Rosemary Travale and it’s available on Threadless as a shirt or a tote. Of all my geek shirts, this one is the most subtle as it looks like an ultra fancy damask design. You’d never know it was a TARDIS if you weren’t familiar with the show. 🙂 If I had a house, I would want to wallpaper the dining room in this print. While there isn’t a wallpaper available, you can buy fabric with her “Tardamask” design on Spoonflower.

I also made this 11th Doctor necklace a few days ago. I think it turned out quite nice. I’m trying to find more Doctor Who images to use for jewelry making purposes. When I open Once Upon a Smorgasbord (which I mentioned in this post) I’d like there to be non-Disney things as well.

Jen and I checked out a used bookstore to see if they had cheapy copies of The Devil’s Arithmetic (it’s the next book we have to read for our Children’s Lit. class) or Mary Poppins, but I found a Nick Hornby book (can’t remember the title), The Princess Tales by Gail Carson Levine, The Little Prince (but it was binded the wrong way), and a Disney art book from the 70s. I also went to the public library for the first time in YEARS. When I asked if I could replace my library card, they said I was no longer in the system. Damn.

Jen and I also went to Joann’s Fabrics and I saw that their Halloween candy was on sale, so I bought a bag of candy corn because I’ve been craving it for the past week. But the damn stuff tastes like frosting! That wouldn’t have been such a bad thing if I didn’t eat a Pooh Bear cupcake I bought at Podesto’s yesterday for breakfast this morning. It was like 75% frosting and made me feel all kinds of gross. 😦

So yeah… that’s how my afternoon went (we also went to the Halloween store and ate breakfast food for lunch). Tim and I are going to watch 50/50 later this evening. Too bad he doesn’t like candy corn. What am I supposed to do with the rest of that crap? *le sigh*

outfit details:

  • shirt: Threadless
  • vest: ???
  • jeggings: H&M
  • boots: Madden Girl
  • ring: gift from parents for my 21st birthday
  • necklaces: Once Upon a Smorgasbord and one that Jen gave me