My Favorite Things cuz why not

Pictures are more fun right? So, from left —> right.

  1. Campy movies. I love The Room and Labyrinth for reasons I can’t quite explain. I have watched these movies more than anything else I have ever watched.
  2. Frogs are great. I caught them a lot when I was younger, and I’ll never forget the endless fun (or terror if you were a frog) we had every summer.
  3. Blackwarmetalgraymon. That’s quite the mouthful eh? One of the charming aspects of Digimon was how bizarre the evolutions and names were. I had a great time transforming this here toy from Agumon into Blackwarmetalgraymon and back again.
  4. A married couple from Japan. I got these from my host family when I went to Japan. They are so pretty! Even more meaningful now that I am married now.
  5. Love Letter: the best game ever. For those that have an aversion to romance for whatever reason, this game doesn’t really have anything mushy about it. Just a cutthroat trick taking game that is totally perfect. Easy to learn, fun to play endlessly.
  6. More movies! Who doesn’t love Miyazaki? Howl’s Moving Castle and Kiki’s Delivery Service are my favorite. Also pictured: Gigi.
  7. Pokeball from Burger King. What a relic! I can’t believe the toys used to be so good! I got that for buying a burger??? Anyway, I’m still in disbelief. No mom, I never did outgrow Pokemon.
  8. Tarot cards from a rummage sale. Now I can live my childhood dream and be just like that girl from the anime Escaflowne.
  9. A card game no one has ever heard of (aka Warlord). I entered quite a few tournaments with this guy.

Take notes, because there will be a test on this later 😉

What are your favorite things?

How my parents shaped me and my business

Couldn’t think of a click bait title for this one so I’m just laying it out there 😉 mother’s day was last week, but you can appreciate your parents any time! This post is a shout out to the ‘rents and how they inspired me 🙂

My mother is a beacon of sunshine, and nothing can ever dampen her positivity. She stays the course, happily plodding along. She is also incredibly organized, which is a trait she fortunately passed along to me. She takes care of everyone and makes them feel at ease. She also appreciates a good TV drama as much as I do.

Dad is so tall it made cropping this picture hard lol

My father is always pushing me to try new things- we often had competitions at restaurants to order the most unusual foods. He is unapologetically himself and has a wide variety interests; he enjoys D&D as much as he enjoys fishing. He is the reason I am a huge nerd; we played EverQuest and World of Warcraft together when I was growing up. He also took me to Gen Con where I won a Happy Birthday Pikachu (one of my most prized possessions). Because of him, I will always feel at home at game shops and conventions, and hope to one day sell my creations at a convention like Gen Con!

New Summer Collection Launch – Fruity Delights

My new collection launched yesterday!!!

Kawaii Pies

This collection was a joy to work on whilst I was cooped up in my apartment from snowy February to snowy April. It started while I was daydreaming of summer and what I was most looking forward to: 4th of July. Who doesn’t love the 4th of July? Being outdoors in the sun, grilling with friends and family, fireworks, and most importantly: those blueberry and strawberry pies that look like American flags. I absolutely LOVE those pies, and those are strong words coming from someone who pretty much exclusively eats chocolate.

Gingham Strawberry Pies

I asked some of you what your favorite part of spring is and you said the green grass and sunshine- I am happy to announce we finally have green grass in Minnesota (even if it occasionally still gets covered by snow in MAY. MAY!) Anyway, we’ve had a couple of days in the 70s already and we’ve already grilled out twice. You never know when the weather will change here, so we make sure to pack in as much summer as we can whenever we can!

Gingham Blueberry Pies

This summer I am most looking forward to strawberry picking! Strawberries are my favorite fruit. Though I will admit, I definitely do more strawberry eating than picking. What are you most excited for?

I tried something new with this collection and made my own gingham pattern, and I am so happy with the results 😀 and the fabric is the same buttery soft, thick fabric with a quality zipper! Hopefully you can see the quality and texture through the pictures. I absolutely hate it when I buy something online and it’s nothing like the picture, or it feels really cheap because it was made in China. I 100% promise my pencil cases are so much better than that 🙂

Check out the new collection here: etsy.com/shop/questforcute
And don’t forget to receive 20% off your first purchase! Be a cutie and join my VIP list for the coupon code: http://eepurl.com/gby2Gz

XOXO,

Deidre

Nerdy Horizons – Oldies and Goodies!

What a whimsical blog title!

I really do have two loves: cute and nerdy. A few of you may know of my other Etsy store where I sell RPG related items. Previously known as Gems and Scales, I did a complete rebrand, and it is now called Cutest Loot! (I couldn’t let that gem of a name fall by the wayside) more cute goodness but with an RPG twist. In the semi near future, I will offer skirts, yoga pants, and hopefully enamel pins!

My best selling mug. Are you sure? If the game master has to ask, then the answer is no.

There is a lot of overlap between Quest for Cute and Cutest Loot, and when they do overlap, I will be sure to post about Cutest Loot updates here 🙂 think of it as Quest for Cute’s far nerdier twin.

As I also briefly mentioned, I am doing my first Kickstarter! This is one of those moments where there is overlap between my two stores: cute cats, nerdy theme.

If it is fully funded, I will create cute character class pins 🙂 right now, I have pins designed for barbarians, rogues, and warlocks.

Enamel pins are durable, light, and small enough that you can bring them anyway. The options for self expression and flair are limitless (plus they are so darn cute). If you are interested, you can check it out here.

That’s it for now! If there’s anything you’d like to see in the future, be sure to let me know 🙂

How Tidying and Life Goals Go Together

About a month before the KonMari craze, my husband picked up the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. At first I was confused by his choice, since our apartment is so small, we already have to be tidy by necessity. How could we be any more tidy?

I strongly encourage you to read it (watching the TV series doesn’t count!). Because her book is so succinct and free of clutter, it is hard to summarize how magical it is. You’ll just have to trust me on this 🙂

After going through everything in my apartment, I had 6 grocery bags of stuff to donate. SIX BAGS. That may not sound like much, but our apartment space is at a premium. We could fit a few extra people in our apartment for 6 bags worth of stuff!

It was so liberating to purge the clothes that plagued me- ones I bought on sale that were just a little off such as shoes that were just a little too tight. and pants that were a little too short. Yes I paid money for them, and for the longest time I held on to them because of that. But now, I am not haunted by my clothes. They were still invaluable because they taught me a lesson: don’t buy things you don’t really want just because they’re on sale

And now we’re getting to the part where it actually relates to my Etsy store: the items I was collecting without realizing I had a collection. Who knew I had a penchant for toothbrushes, tea tins, beads, and… pencil cases??

“No duh, Deidre,” you may think to yourself. We all know you are a 6 year old princess at heart who loves collecting shiny things. Yes, I love unicorns. Yes, I love cats. And about 50% of my clothes are a shade of pink. And now that I know myself, I can embrace it. Looking at all my stuff made me realize, “huh, so this is who I am,” and gave me so much self awareness. I love things that not only make me smile, but are also functional! (Such as toothbrushes, and you guessed it- pencil cases)

As you may have noticed, I now have a kawaii themed Etsy store with functional items. I absolutely love it! Who doesn’t feel happy after looking at a cute animal? Who doesn’t want accessories that express themselves? Which is why I do what I do now- functional cuteness. When you have limited space, you need to make everything you own count 🙂

Have you tried the KonMari method? What did you discover?