27 April 2012

Neon Custom Mini Amigurumi & Gallery Show

After finishing a couple of mini items I made for folks at the Cherry Blossom Festival, I realised that I have really missed making new work. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in making items for different craft fairs that I forget that making new art is often what keeps me from going nuts on making my millionth Mini Red Mario Mushroom.

But while I was making a bunch of neon Lumas, I thought it would be awesome if I could make them in colours I was into: hot pink,  bright yellow & teal! Guess which colours sold the fastest?!

Custom Mini Items I made for orders I took at the Cherry Blossom Festival

So it's no surprise that I wanted to make neon Mario Mushrooms. I was tempted to make some mini radioactive green ones when I decided I had better finish some other inventory instead of making new stuff. Then I got an order for a Mini Radioactive Green Mushroom. HA! Just goes to show you should go with your gut, right?

After a couple of weeks getting through the awesome Cherry Blossom Festival, I've kicked it into high gear for my first gallery show! I'm going to be featured with over 60 SF Etsy artists from the Bay Area at STUDIO Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Here's a pic of my submissions:

From left to right: Chain Chomp ($100 USD), Thwomp ($150 USD) & Bob-Omb ($80 USD)
These amigurumi versions of classic Super Mario villains have been delivered to STUDIO Gallery and will be showing from May 2nd through the 27th. Be sure to stop by to see them in person, if you're local to San Francisco. :)

I'm also prepping for a big surprise honour happening this upcoming May Day. If you're on the Etsy blog looking for rad things to make, you might wanna keep an extra eye peeled on the 1st...

OOPS! I've said too much!

Behind the Scenes - a sneak peek pic of the tutorial photo shoot
Photo by Roger Moore

21 April 2012

This is How We Do at Craft Shows - Cherry Blossom Video

A hot mess of yarn for neon Lumas!
Crocheting for Cherry Blossom Festival!

Last week at the Cherry Blossom Festival, a group of young gals came by to chat & check out my wares. I'll admit - I was lacking sleep & feelin' kinda punchy, but really, that's just how I am at craft shows.

We got to talkin' and geeking out & it was apparent that they were amazeballs. I mean, the young lady who bought my Teal Luma ended up making her friend do Yoshi impersonations in public! It was AWESOME!

So of course, Christel "taped" it.

After many hours of hard work (both for her video editing class, art classes & me, of course;), she was able to put out this awesome video for us. :D

You should come out to the Cherry Blossom Festival this weekend... cos This is How We Do at Craft Shows!

Here at nerd JERK, we love our fans a TON! And it looks like the feeling is mutual! Feel the love & join us at craft shows like these rad ladies did - geeking out together is a ton more fun!

Like what you see? AWESOME!
Check out more at http://nerdJERK.etsy.com & http://nerdJERK.blogspot.com
This video was shot at the Artist Village with Bazaar Bizarre at New People for the 2012 Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, CA.

19 April 2012

The Life Geektastic: Cherry Blossom Round 1!

Self-pixelated portrait taken at 3:30 AM:
when stitching tiny necklace art & wearing HUGE glasses makes sense

I've had an obsession with glasses for as long as I can remember. Although I have 20/20-ish vision, I own several pairs of awesome frames for various occassions. You never know when you  need to blend in with a four-eyed posse. In my case, I'm like a "NERD SCOUT" - I'm always prepared.

Thank you for all the rad humans that came out to see me & my wares during Round One of the Cherry Blossom Festival on the 14th & 15th. You could have been doing your taxes. You could have been eating sushi instead. You probably were even tempted to go watch some awesome movies at the Kabuki Theatre. But you came out to see me.

And those of you who didn't come out to see me, I know you wanted to. I received so many lovely emails & updates via Facebook, Twitter & Instagram about how much you wanted to hang out last weekend. No worries, y'all! I've got news...

I'll still be vending this weekend - April 21 & 22!

Right now my lovely intern, Christel, and I are working our little insomniatic fingers like it's goin' outta style in the name of Cherry Blossom - Round Two. If you happened to miss the amazing spread of cuddles & colours, you're in luck! We're doing our best to get all the items we sold restocked this week, along with some fan faves that didn't make the cut last week: Shy Boo, Goomba & Chain Chomp!

One of the things I'm most proud of was how much we connected with customers at Cherry Blossom. Whether it was over our mutual love of adorable plushies or the fact that everyone was constantly quoting "Don't Be Poopy" from the kit (no matter what their age!) - we had a blast!

Something I talked about with my Epic Friends last week was about my special deal for preordering my Handmade Felt Brooches. Some of my Rad Blog Readers don't get a chance to come to SF & rock out with us, so why not bring the party to them?! I'm offering the same deal to my online homies as I am the in-person humans: Grab your 2 Fave Brooches for only $25! (reg $32)

The kinds of pics I post on Instagram. You should totally follow me.

So, there's a much more awesome wrap up-date coming up next week about the WHOLE AWESOMENESS of Cherry Blossom - but in the meantime, feel free to drop by the NEW PEOPLE building (1746 Post Street, SF, CA 94115) from 11 AM to 6 PM both Saturday the 21st & Sunday the 22nd. :) 

And if you could spread the news on Twitter, Facebook, anywhere you think someone who'd be in the mood for my plush items would be hangin' out, I'd super-adore you for, like, ever!

I mean that, you know.

Okay, back to making teeny, tiny stitches at 6 AM. Maybe this time I'll really need the huge glasses. ;)

<3 - Steph

05 April 2012

nerd JERK rocks the Cherry Blossom Festival!

=NEW= Pink Boo Amigurumi Plush by nerd JERK - $54 USD

It's exciting announcement time! nerd JERK will be at the Artist's Village hosted by New People and Bazaar Bizarre at the Cherry Blossom Festival in April! It's going to be completely awesome! I'm going to have lots of new items at my booth, including a new Pink Boo Amigurumi Plush, inspired by Mario Party.

And if that wasn't enough to get you all excited for geeky goodness, I'll be selling everything for special craft show prices. You can save up to 15% off the listed price in my Etsy shop, so you don't want to miss it. And for you, loyal readers, I have an extra special deal:
Come to my booth and say the word of the day, "WarioWare" for an ADDED savings of 10% on your purchase of $40 or more! WarioWare was my favourite game ever when it first came out on the Gameboy Advance!!! It's made for people with short attention spans (which means it's fast enough for me to play between switching tasks throughout the day) & is made up ridiculously quirky content. See screen shot below if you don't believe me.
Nope, that's not a tear. Major case of the sniffles must be cured in less than 3 seconds.
Screen shot from Wario Ware, Inc by Nintendo

You may say, "But Steph, I'm not going to be able to make it to the Cherry Blossom Festival!"
I don't want you to feel poopy about it, so...
And if you're a nerd JERK fan who can't get to the Cherry Blossom Festival (but seriously, you should try to go because it's going to be awesome!), never fear! I don't want to leave you guys out, so I'm running an online special during the Cherry Blossom Festival.
Enter Coupon Code "WARIOWARE20" at my Etsy shop & you'll get 20% off your online purchase over $40, too!

The Cherry Blossom Festival runs for two weekends, April 14th & 15th and April 21st & 22nd, in Japantown, at Post & Buchanan. I'll have a booth in the NEW PEOPLE building for both weekends, so seriously you guys come down and check me out. You can even RSVP here!

Balls, guys - I'm so excited to see your faces! Let's rock out next weekend in Japantown.
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