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Dr. Who Steampunk Bling


Gifts for Geeks is a new blog series I am starting. There are so many talented artists in the world trying to sell their unique creations, and while I can’t buy from everyone I can certainly entice and tease my readers into checking them out. So I shall make it my sworn duty to hunt down those people making jewelry, clothes, art, shoes, bags, etc. that speak to my Geeky little heart.

Dr. Who, TARDIS, Steampunk, necklace, The Broken Sprocket, Alica Mckenna-Johnson

TADRIS Gears Necklace

Shannon Dickey artist of The Broken Sprocket on etsy.com is making the cutest Dr. Who and Steampunk jewelry. I saw a picture of one of her TARDIS Gears Necklaces on Facebook, and was so sad to find someone had bought it already.

I emailed her and asked if she was making more, she said yes, and then was kind enough to email me once it was posted for sale.

Squealing I quickly clicked the link and saw my prize a brand new TARDIS Gears necklace for the amazing price of $15.00. Now as many of you I was nervous about buying from an unknown source but I was willing to risk $15 for Dr. Who goodness.

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Look at these beautiful boxes!

I waited, impatiently as I always do, and finally my husband brought me a package from the mail- I made him stand outside and wait for it to come. I opened the yellow padded envelope and a beautiful box tied up with black cloth ribbon decorated with white gears was inside. I hadn’t just bought myself a goodie, I had bought myself a gift, a wonderful present just for me.

I opened it up and found a sweet necklace. It’s light, the gears are suspended in a clear resin which makes the TARDIS look like it is floating. I loved it, and wore it until the two year old try to take it from me and then I hid it from his evil little hands. He might work for the Master, or the Daleks.

I emailed Shannon letting her know how much I enjoyed my necklace and to please let me know when there would be more. A few weeks later she said there were more up. I waited until pay day and bought myself a matching TARDIS Gears ring, and a necklace and pocket watch for my daughter. I also received a lovely pair of TARDIS Gears earring, which are made out of bottle caps and have the cutest little skeleton keys attaching the posts to the earring piece.

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My Dr. Who ring and earrings.

I am now all decked out in Steampunk Dr. Who bling, and I love it. These are fun pieces, I’ve gotten several complements on them and I haven’t even gone to a geek convention yet- I shall be a major hit at Comic Con just wait! But what is so lovely about the treasures at The Broken Sprocket, the prices are so reasonable. Whether you’re on a budget or looking for gifts for a Dr. Who/ Steampunk loving child the prices will allow you to deck yourself or loved one out in style.

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Steampunk, Zodiac Pocketwatch, photo from The Broken Sprocket

The Broken Sprocket has a 100% satisfaction rating from 16 customers, she’s made 59 sales, people don’t forget to rate and review!

Yes, I do have some of her work and I would/will get more.

Go check out her wonderful store, which she just updated with all new wonderful jewelry, hurry before I buy it all.

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Skeleton Key and Gears Necklace from The Broken Sprocket.

What is your favorite piece from The Broken Sprocket?

Dear Buddah I’d like a pony ….

Photo by Red

Photo by Red

I don’t know what I want for Christmas. My hubby says I’m hard to shop for, and I’ve never thought so because don’t I want everything? But apparently I don’t because I’m not even sure what I want!

At first hubby showed me a statue he was thinking of getting me, gifts over a certain amount we always check with each other unless we know they really want it. Anyway, it’s a beautiful statue of Quan Yin, and I would love it- but *sighs* of course there is a but, I don’t have a lot of room and my bedroom, where I would keep it, I just don’t spend that much time in.

Then I thought, what about a spa day? I could get a massage and fun spa treatments and totally pamper myself. That sounds like heaven, but I would be by myself and that doesn’t sound like fun. I’d rather do a spa day with someone else 😦 Plus surely I can think of a better way to spend that money.

Then I saw this post by Julie Glover on gifts for writers. I’ve heard a lot about Scrivener but I’ve never used it- it seems all shiny and one can never have too many writerly things right???

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ACK! So what should I do? Do you have any other ideas of what I should ask Santa for? Do you use Scrivener? Do you like it? Please help me figure out what to get for Christmas.

I survived the first 18 years!!!


My son, Logan, is turning 18 on Friday and I want a gift.

Yes, I know traditionally the birthday boy would a get a gift, and he will. I’m thinking of getting him a passport so he can go on all these grand adventures he has planned. It is significant because I’m 38 and I have never even had or needed a passport.

I’m also giving him money because there is an EMT class he is saving up to take over the summer.

Don’t worry, he doesn’t read my blog and even if he did, he already knows about this stuff.

Anyway back to ME! Not only did I survive his first 18 years, but I also have molded him into the amazing young man he is today, and I think I should get a birthday gift on his 18th birthday. Diamonds are always nice 🙂

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Logan is unconvinced. At every opportunity I let him know how I, personally, have made his life better.

Logan: I have really good eye hand coordination.
Me: That’s because I breast fed you. Bottle-fed babies tend to be held the same way every time, but I had to switch you from one side to another which means you had one eye and one hand free, then the next time the other. So as you looked around, at me, grabbed for things, you used both your hands and eyes through the day.
Logan: Huh

Logan: I’m really glad that I chose to go to St. Gregory.
Me: That’s because of me.
Logan: No, you can’t claim this one, I asked, I biked for the internship, I got in.
Me: Um, hello! I was trying to be a good mom and homeschool you at the level you needed to get in Annapolis (the school he wanted to go to at 14). You refused to get out of bed, so I sent you to Edge High School, where you were taken on a field trip to St. Gregory’s ropes course. You are now at St. Gregory’s thriving and happy because of me.
Logan sniffed and changed the subject.

I could go on and on about how the good things in Logan’s life and the things he likes about himself are as a direct result of ME.

So what do you think my Spider friends, should moms get a gift on their child’s 18th birthday??

And don’t worry I haven’t forgotten about dads. They get presents on the kids 21st birthday.