11 and Jellicle

The new Nerdy Monsters are 11 and Jellicle!
11 is very into Doctor Who (especially the new episodes) and Jellicle is a big fan of the musical CATS.
Someone guessed Doctor Who and someone guessed CATS, but not one person guessed both..

They are currently in limited supply so if you are interested please let me know because they are not in the Etsy store yet.

I just released a new music video today featuring the little guys.  Be sure to check it out below.  Also, if you have a second (and a google account) I would love it if you would subscribe to my channel. If you're logged in the quick link is here.  Thank you so much.


Guess Who!

There are two new Nerdy Monsters in the sea. Can you guess what they love?
Hint: One is a TV show and the other is a musical.
Once people guess correctly I'll reveal them and soon they will be in the Etsy store!
There are tons of Monsters there already, just waiting for a loving home.



Music: Oak Street Blues

Oak Street Blues can best be described as fun. When you go to an Oak Street Blues show, you have a good time.  Depending on the venue, they have lasers, a fog machine, bubbles, Pumpkin Head guy, and a giant penguin.  See, fun! They have a watering can filled with kazoos that they pass out during some songs and there is always dancing at their shows, always.

The current members (from left to right) are Alejandra Arellano (drums), Desiree Gonzalez (keyboards), Chris Hall (guitar, lead vocals), and Jenny Arias (base, ukulele).

They performed at a local bar called Joxer Dalys this past Saturday.  It was a long three set night and they were the only band.  Apart from the dancing by the crowd, it was a rather low key show as far as 'attractions' go.  It was still super fun however!  I brought my sister (we never hang out, so that was big) and stayed the entire three sets.

Throughout the years I've become friends with the members of the band and their extended group of friends as well.  It's probably my new favorite way to make friends, through bands!

Oak Street Blues

One Last Look at the Fair

The fair was amazing.  I have already signed up for a half table at the next Whimsic Alley Craft Fair in May.  Before I move on, here's a video I put together featuring each and every booth that was there.

Everything I did not sell is now up on my Etsy store!
Nerdy Monsters: http://nerdymonsters.etsy.com


Whimsic Alley Craft Fair - November 2012

I sold crafts at my first ever craft fair! It was November 10th and the 11th and it was a success! By 'success' I mean that Whitney and I both made back our table cost.  I was there both days selling my Nerdy Monsters and buttons and pygmy puffs.  Whitney could not make it either of the days but I had helpers come visit and watch the table for me when I took breaks.

The above photo is from the first day of the fair, I mixed Whitney's paintings in with my monsters and I think our table was the most colorful there! (Defiantly the cutest.)

Giant photo dump to follow, you've been warned.

I made a large cardboard sign for my goods complete with bright yellow arrows with the prices on them.  The mailing list and business cards did not get that much attention on the first day.

I put some of Whitney's paintings in my suitcase with my monsters.  Without a clear line between our crafts, they appeared even more friendly and showed how well they went together.

The quills placed by the large paintings was a last minute prop that I feel gave the table a completed look.

Day two of the fair! Here's our setup with my favorite of my helpers, Jim!

Switched it up a bit with the large sign on the right, giving the booth workers more space to see out in the center.

Jim finished reading The Hobbit at our booth before the customers arrived.

Wiz Kid hung out by Whitney's painting prices sign. (He was the most popular Nerdy Monster at the fair!)

Out of all of my plushies, the pygmy puffs were the biggest hit!  I'm considering making them in different colors now.

Next time I want to have a wider selection of buttons.  I also offered to do custom buttons and might think about putting some designs on Etsy.

Had to take at least one photo of myself, Gryffindor pride!

Jim was such a great helper, I even bought him a Ravenclaw tie so he would fit in!

I am signed up to do the next Whimsic Alley craft fair in May.  Whitney and I will both be there this time, just at a smaller table.

Nerdy Monsters: nerdymonsters.etsy.com
Whitney's Paintings: whitneylynnart.etsy.com


1 More Day Till the Craft Fair: Pygmy Puffs!

This was sort of a last minute thing, but I made pygmy puffs!  They are small little balls of pink fluff with eyes inspired by Jake the Dog.  They will be $10 each as a fun inexpensive stocking suffer.  Any leftovers after this weekend will be for sale up at my Etsy store.

Pygmy Puffs described by the Harry Potter wikia:

A Pygmy Puff is a miniature Puffskein, bred in the back of Fred and George Weasley's shop Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes at 93 Diagon Alley in London, and sold there as one of the known products in the WonderWitch range. It is one of their more popular products, as George said they were having trouble breeding them fast enough for the demand. Ginny Weasley bought a purple Pygmy Puff named Arnold in 1996, which she frequently played with at Hogwarts. 

             - harrypotter.wikia

I only had pink fabric for mine since they were last minute, however I might make more in the future of different colors if requested.

Be sure to come visit the fair tomorrow!!


2 More Days Till the Fair: Rowena & Helga

Rowena and Helga are here! They are two more of Wiz Kid's friends who are big fans of the Harry Potter series. Rowena is full of wit and wisdom.  Helga is patient, just, and loyal.  Unlikely friends these two are, but their love of wizardry and magic bring them together.


3 More Days Till the Craft Fair: Godric & Salazar

Godric and Salazar are here! These Nerdy Monsters are friends with Wiz Kid and in love with the Harry Potter series. Godric is brave and true and very chivalrous.  Salazar is ambitious and resourceful.  They may not always get along, but they can always bond over a love of magic and wizardry.


4 Days Till the Craft Fair: Buttons!

Buttons! I just have to say it enthusiastically, BUTTONS! I love buttons (or 'pins' if you will) When I was in High School I had a ton on my school bag and jackets.  For years I have been wanting my own button maker and this year I finally got one! The buttons are $1 each and whatever I don't sell at the fair will go straight to my Etsy.

Each button features an animal representative of one of the four Hogwarts houses.  A lion for Gryffindor, a serpent for Slytherin, an eagle for Ravenclaw, and a badger for Hufflepuff.  There are two for each house with the colors reversed.  I'm not sure how I'll sell them online. As a pair of 2, 4, 8?  Let me know how'd you want to buy then if you were shopping on Etsy.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can buy them at the Whimsic Alley Craft Fair this weekend!


5 Days Till the Craft Fair: Wiz Kid

This weekend I am participating in the semi-annual Whimsic Alley Craft Fair. This is my first time selling anything at a craft fair and it's rather fitting that it would be a Harry Potter themed one. The store, Whimsic Alley, holds these fairs ever few months and I am selling my Nerdy Monsters and more!  I thought a great way to help raise excitement would be to post a new photo each day of the fair of something I'll be selling.  So without further adieu, today I am introducing you to 'Wiz Kid'!

Wiz Kid is a Harry Potter nut! It's his favorite book series and film series. He can't decide which Hogwarts house he'd be put in.  His favorite character is Harry himself and he carries around his own little golden snitch with him everywhere he goes.