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Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays – Let The Games Begin

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If you’ve read them, you get it. If you haven’t read them, what the heck are you waiting for? No, I am not talking about the *shudder* ever popular sparkling vampire meets girl meets wolf sappy teen pulp series that shall remain nameless, yes that one. I am talking about a series of books that redefines Teen Fiction as a genre, and doesn’t wrap up in the end with a shiny pink bow. I am speaking of The Hunger Games, the must-read three book series by Suzanne Collins that is soon to be a must-see movie scheduled for release in late March of 2012. Wednesday’s are all about the things that fall under the heading “geekery”, and today… book geeks shall rejoice!

I read, a lot, and I have read a lot of Teen Fictions. The Hunger Games is unlike any series of books I have read before, it presents a cruel vision of the future where the vast difference between the classes is for some, quite literally, a matter of life and death. Before this becomes a book review, something this blog is not about, I need to say that praise for these books, and the passionate following they have garnered is absolutely well placed. As I said to my 14 year old niece in a recent “book club” phone call, these books are not about happy endings, they are about reminding us to appreciate the good things in life, the people we love, and about the horrors of war.

They are not for everyone, particularly every teenager, but if you love The Hunger Games series, or love someone who does, you will understand the flourishing market for items that remind readers and fans of their heroes and the messages these books highlight. I would go further to say that handmade, one-of-a-kind [OOAK], and unique items are more likely to delight true fans of the books. Forget the licensed and mass marketed items that will no doubt be flooding stores soon. I believe Katniss Everdeen, the hero of The Hunger Games trilogy of books, would be the first to tell you that it is the rare finds that are often are the ones worth having.

This selection of Hunger Games inspired items would be a dream come true for any fan, and make a perfect Valentine’s gift or birthday present. This is a something that means something more than yet another mass produced something. That is a lot of somethings. Call it geekery, call it being a book nerd, say that it is fanatic fandom, but you just have to love someone who loves to read.

All items featured here were found on Etsy, and all details and links can be found at the end of this post. Whether you are a fan of the books or not, you can certainly appreciate the appeal of these beautiful, handmade, and OOAK items. Enjoy, and pick up a great book that you can get lost in today. May the odds be ever in your favor.




  1. Golden Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen Mokingjay Pin by  Ryanrunsriot, A Weary Wandering Etsy Shop.
  2. Vintage Linen Czech Military Bag, Hand Painted Mockingjay – Hunger Games Inspired by Cindy, CLP Studio on Etsy.
  3. The Hunger Games Inspired Rue’s Lullaby Hand Stamped Silver Necklace With Charms by Shelby Issac, shelbyissac on Etsy.
  4. Hunger Games Books Fringe Charm Bracelet by sophiesbeads, Sophie’s Beads on Etsy
  5. Mockingjay Headband in Double Braided Leather by Michele, quirk shop on Etsy.
  6. The Hunger Games – Katniss Arrow, Mockingjay, Freshwater Pearl and Key Charms – Ladies Working Watch Necklace by Twilight Eyes Studio on Etsy
  7. Hunger Games Altered Book Purse Featuring a Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins by Erin Strauss, Make Believe Books LLC on Etsy
  8. Hunger Games 74th, Filigree Mockingjay Katniss Necklace by Jackie, geraldsbargains Movies & Books That INSPIRE on Etsy
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Wacky & Wonderful Wednesdays – Play With Your Geeks

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It is Wednesday at last, the day we affectionately call “Hump Day”… but not too affectionately if you know what I mean. This is the day I get to let my geek flag fly proudly and show off some of the most awesome items that fall into the category lovingly labeled ‘Geekery’. I would refer you to the definition on Wikipedia, but that would be too nerdy even for me. Basically, this is the reclaiming of nerd culture, reveling in all things techie and intellectual, and a celebration of all those hyper obsessed with gadgetry, gaming, and collecting. These are my people, and I am willing to bet they are your people too. Everyone knows that geek is the new chic, and this is the day of the week that features all those fab objects of desire that celebrate the ‘in-jokes’, the ‘out there’ fun, and the suddenly celebrated ‘beyond’ the mainstream.

Ever wish you could carry your heroes in your laptop bag? Hold your icons in your hands? Have the cast of a favorite show share your cubicle with you? Well now you can, and I am going to tell you how, isn’t that magnanimous of me? If you mosey on over to Etsy and visit Paper Pal you can bring home your very own Steve Jobs paper-doll, fully assembled with articulated arms and legs. That’s right kids, for less than $9.00 USD/CAD you can have the ever inspiring late co-founder of Apple Inc. sit in your cubicle and help you make all those important decisions, like whether to use Google Chrome or stay with Firefox. Deep thoughts!

What if you could be a part of the cast of your favorite television workplace? Invite the cast of The Office over to your place and you can utter endlessly entertaining “Schrute-isms” and create as many awkward moments with Michael as possible, just imagine the possibilities. Hang this gang of four Paper Pals on your fridge [Dwight, Michael, Pam, and Jim] and let them watch over your Nutella Sandwiches.

Hope to LLAP? That would be “Live Long & Prosper” for all the non-Trekkie folks out there, as if? Spock can be your wing-man, set him up on your cars’ sun-visor and you can have him there to co-pilot your very own Enterprise. He’s a real ‘Babe Magnet’, if you like your ‘Babes’ geeky, and who doesn’t. Am I right?

For those of you more Star Wars inclined, as I myself am, you can face off with a Storm Trooper while brushing your teeth each morning. Tack one of these battle ready bad-boys to your bathroom mirror and you can turn your tooth brush into a Light Sabre and save the galaxy from the evil Empire, all before breakfast.

I admit I am having a little too much fun with this post perhaps, but you have to admit, these hand-drawn, handmade, and relatively inexpensive dolls are downright awesome. Designed by Izabela Stafford from Lomita, California, you can find these and so many more fab Paper Pals in her Etsy shop. Ranging from $8.00 to $10.00 USD per doll, you can grab up the cast of LOST, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or take home Freddy Krueger or Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, there are so many ‘Pals’ to choose from. You can even get custom commissioned dolls made by Izabela of you or a friend for a very reasonable price considering it is an original hand-drawn work of art in the form of fun. Dash over to Paper Pals on Etsy to check out the fab geeky goods.

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