1

Meet the Maker – Kelly of Freak + Pocky

20638257_1413135822097057_1458545636945675225_n
Hey guys! I am excited to share this interview showcase of Kelly, one half of the new online shop of handmade fandom fun & geeky cuteness, Freak + Pocky, with you! On my vacation, I was able to stop in Lexington, KY and spend the night with Kelly & Josh. They are SO cool and I am so eager to introduce you guys to such a fun maker, creative spirit and geek girl soul sister. I think you guys will love her just as much as I do! Without further ado, let’s get to know Kelly!
20480015_10211096879916076_3537542752337985955_n copy
Kelly, Me & Zoey!
Hi Kelly! Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m Kelly – or better known to my gaming friends as Pocky, the pocket-sized healer.
I’m a 30-something crafty nerd living in Kentucky with the geek of my life, who I married 6 years ago, and our 14 year old rescue mutt Skylar. I have some nerdy degrees (B.S. in Electrical Engineering & M.B.A.) and work at a zombie job, but would rather spend my days making things + playing games.
When I’m not slaying the zombie job or being the poppet master, I can usually be found gaming with my friends or curled up with Freak and the pup catching up on anime or binge watching tv shows we are seasons behind on.
20662819_1411637215580251_1846348263_o
When/how did you learn to crochet?
I learned to knit + crochet when I was 11 years old.
My mom was learning to knit and crochet in some group that was meeting at our church. When she came home to work on her project I was mesmerized at how you could tangle up yarn to make a sweater. So I did what I always did…bugged her to teach me because I wanted to learn to do whatever craft my mom was doing.
That was over 20 years ago and I’ve seldom put down the yarn since.
20676836_1411637202246919_429417135_o
What got you started as a geek? What was your first video game or geeky obsession?
 
I like to say that I was raised to be a geek. The first movie my parents took me to see – I was just a wee nerdling at the time – was The Empire Strikes Back. I don’t remember it, of course, but I’ve always loved the original Star Wars Triology.
But what really got me started was gaming. I started out on Atari, but Nintendo is where my true gaming love really started. In our house, as an only child, I had to fight my parents for a turn to play. And my dad would organize Nintendo tournaments for my friends and I, which I kinda threw when I picked a game I knew this one boy was better at than me. And yes, I’m still a Nintendo fangirl.
20684457_1411637208913585_1149455912_o
How did you first intertwine crafting & fandoms? How did you first bring your love of fandoms & craft together?
 
The first project I designed that brought my love of yarn and fandoms together was a surprise birthday gift I was making for my husband, when we just started dating. I designed a stocking hat after Link from Zelda, and a matching Triforce scarf.
It wasn’t until I first came across amigurumi, specifically Creepy Cute Crochet by Christen Haden, that I started finding new ways to make nerdy things. And now I just can’t stop!
20663219_1411637212246918_195884_o
What is your favorite fandom?
 
Ummmm…I honestly can’t decide. I love Doctor Who. Sherlock. Supernatural. Firefly. Star Wars. Sword Art Online. Invader Zim…I could seriously go on all day.
What are you thoughts on a female Doctor?
 
I think it’s great and can’t wait to see where they take the story with her!
Secretly I would love to see Simon Pegg be the Doctor, but I know that really wouldn’t make sense since he’s been a villain.
Zombies, werewolves or vampires?
 
Zombies, no question! I’m a huge Walking Dead fan!
In your honest opinion, should they reboot Firefly?
 
The answer is always YES! The world needs more Captain Mal!
20663531_1411637198913586_1040766752_o
What Poppets are next on your to-make list that fans can look forward to?
 
Well, my list is longer than I am tall, but a few that I’ve been brainstorming recently are: some Star Wars characters, Leela from Futurama and Shaun from Shaun of the Dead.
How do fans submit suggestions for Poppets or place custom orders?
 
Right now the best way to reach out is by emailing hello@freakandpocky.com.
Since each poppet is handcrafted, we do have a limited number of custom orders we can take at a time. If we’ve reached our limit at that time, you can be added to a wait list and contacted once we’ve caught back up.
kevin.PNG
Can people order poppets of their favorite actors to gift at Cons?
Absolutely! Right now these are done as custom orders, so just send an email to hello@freakandpocky.com with the request and we can hash out the details.
Thanks for taking the time for the interview, Kelly! Happy launch day – and happy birthday! ♥
Head over to visit Kelly’s shop, follow their adventures on Instagram and be sure to give them a “like” on Facebook, too!
4

February #creativedaily Prompt List

Yay! I don’t know about you, but this daily photo challenge has really helped me dust off my IG account & step up my photography game while also helping me out of the rut I’d been stuck in since my divorce. So I’m stoked to be launching another month of prompts – can you believe we had almost a thousand new photos uploaded to Instagram with the #creativedaily hashtag last month?! Whoa. That’s insane! With over 10,000 images already in the collection, it’s fast becoming a trending craft tag on Instagram! That is so cool!

fsfdhaskjfdhskdha

Ahem, all that wild excitement aside, I hope you guys will join me for another month of this fun photo challenge! And if you want to jump in now, here are the last three days prompts:

29: Needed This Today

30: Positive Vibes

31: Looking Up

New here? #creativedaily serves as both a creative outlet & a way for makers to network on Instagram. The dated prompts help makers & creatives come up with fresh content for their IG accounts besides the basic product pictures & mug shots, all while building a community of artists, designers and makers. It’s incredible to look through the #creativedaily feed on Instagram & see how differently we all interpret a single word!

To participate, all you have to do is a snap a picture that relates to the dated prompt, upload it to Instagram with a description & add the #creativedaily hashtag! Be sure to click the tag and check out what other maker babes and dudes are posting daily, too!

Here is the February prompt list. It’s sized for Instagram so feel free to download it and share there to help spread the word about the challenge – because hey, the more people involved means the more people seeing your awesome pictures, so why not?! – plus if you want you can also repost the graphic on your blog or Facebook pages, too. Wherever you wanna spread the word is cool with me, let’s just get people excited about making things, taking pictures and being creative daily!

feb2016

Want to help me plan for March? Leave your suggestion’s for March prompts in the comments of this post! 😀

5

Maker Made Monday – Happy Guppy

After a brief break to celebrate the holidays and travel from NC to OH, then back to NC, then to GA, then back to OH, then HOME to NC finally, I am finally back to the daily grind and back to my weekly Maker Made Monday posts!

These week I’m showing off the colorful work of Happy Guppy by Danielle Begnaud. I have been friends with Danielle for over a year and adore her colorful, fun work! Having her come crash at my house in Missouri before Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair last year was awesome! Danielle is genuinely a sweet, funny & kind maker with a huge heart and vibrant soul.

My favorite things Danielle makes is these amigurumi cacti snuggled into their colorful terracota pots. These hold a special place in my heart because my ma has grow & bred cacti & succulents for as long as I can remember and her home is full of pokey, prickly goodness every where you turn.

il_570xN.838311291_cx3h (1)

I’m also fawning over her amazing afghans – squeeeee! They are so colorful and cozy looking. I want for every room in my house, please!

popcorn+2.jpg

And I know Christmas/Yule literally just happened but can was just all just pretend like it’s perfectly normal to already be planning next year’s decorations?! Because I am totally going to be custom ordering one of these tree skirts for our fantastic purple & pink tree next year!!

Rectangle+skirt+1+.jpg

If you wanna stay in touch with Danielle & be awed by her colorful awesomeness daily, head over to Instagram and click “follow”. You will love her feed!

What makers are you currently crushing on? Leave their shop link in the comments – I am always on the hunt for awesome new makers to follow & shop from!