Zero Waste Gift

Happy Wednesday! Zero Waste Valentine’s Gifts & Nerdy Fun

Zero Waste Gift

Zero waste Valentine’s gifts!

Happy Monday I mean Wednesday, folks! It’s been an insanely busy week, but I’m back to share some fun ideas for a Zero Waste Valentine’s Day and some cool, nerdy stuff that’s coming to Portland!


Valentine’s Day

Last year I made some Zero Waste Valentine’s gifts by filling half-pint mason jars with bulk candy (either unpackaged or in foil) and topped it with fabric I had on hand. They were super cute and I’ll be doing it again this year, with one change: I’m going to get my candy from Enchante’, an excellent chocolatier in Milwaukie. They’ve got lots of gorgeous, delicious candy in large glass jars–I’m going to ask them to use my cloth bags instead of their paper ones.


Except for the beets, it took me five minutes to put this Valentine’s Day platter together!

Need an easy, elegant, Valentine’s Day dinner idea that can be–well–cheap, too? Take a peek at the antipasto platter I made last year in I Made a Romantic Meal for My Husband, and What He Did Next SHOCKED Me! (my favorite article title ever). Platter dinners are the best–they’re portable, you don’t have to cook, you can personalize them to your exact tastes, and they can be if not zero, at least low waste. Plus even inexpensive cheese (bulk store brands can be tasty, too) can look indulgent and beautiful when it’s sliced and arranged nicely.

Geeky Stuff

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but the official announcement for GeekCraft Expo PDX went live yesterday! This is going to be an amazing show showcasing the best of Portland’s geeky crafters June 11 and 12. Plus, it’s free to the public!

I’m seeing Deadpool this Friday with a friend and I cannot wait, mostly because Ryan Reynolds was born to play this role–he’s hilarious in the trailers and TV spots. I’ve included the red band trailer below (SWEARING! VIOLENCE! NUDITY! CHIMICHANGAS!). Plus, ComicsAlliance reports that Reynolds is open to Deadpool (pansexual in the comics) having a boyfriend in the sequel!

That’s what I’ve got! I’ll be posting an overview of my first Monthly Meal Planning experiment either today or tomorrow–catch you later!


Calling All Crafters: GeekCraft Expo Comes to Portland June 11-12

GeekCraftHey all! I’m proud to announce that I’ve joined GeekCraft Expo as their Event Coordinator for GeekCraft Expo PDX, at the DoubleTree Hotel June 11-12. Are you a crafter in the Pacific Northwest? Apply for a booth! Looking to buy fun, pop culture-inspired crafts? RSVP on Facebook and mark your calendar: it’s free to the public!

February 9, 2016, Portland OR—GeekCraft Expo, a curated show devoted to handmade, “geek”-themed crafts, is coming to Portland June 11 and 12 at the DoubleTree Hotel. The brainchild of comic book writer Daniel Way (Deadpool, Gun Theory) and his wife, Kim Matsuzaki, the show is now accepting applications from local crafters and artisans until April 30, 2016. Find exhibitor information and apply here.

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GeekCraft Expo founder and comic book writer Daniel Way!

“We can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to bring GeekCraft Expo to Portland, the epicenter of geek culture in the Northwest,” said founder Daniel Way. “With its amazing DIY ethic, its abundance of artistic talent, and its incredible amount of community activism and support, PDX is an absolutely perfect city for us. We can’t wait to get all of the geeky crafters in the Portland area together in one place at one time, and we couldn’t be happier for all of the PDX locals who’ll get to attend this pinnacle of geekery . . . for free! Support your local nerds!”

GeekCraft Expo is also excited to welcome Elisabeth Allie as their Portland Event Coordinator. Elisabeth spent six years at online and brick-and-mortar comic book retailer Things From Another World, rising to Senior Marketing Manager before leaving in 2014 after the birth of her daughter. A familiar sight to the Portland geek community, Elisabeth has organized countless events, from comic book signings to conventions—and she’s a pretty good cross stitcher, too!

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Little Deadpool! An example of the type of geek craft items you’ll find at GeekCraft Expo PDX.

“When Daniel first approached me, I thought GeekCraft Expo was a perfect fit for Portland, with its passionate crafting and comics/pop culture communities,” said Elisabeth Allie. “I’m excited to help bring this event to Portland and showcase our talented local craftspeople.”

GeekCraft Expo PDX is free to the public, so make sure to visit the DoubleTree Hotel June 11 and 12 to see an amazing array of cool, one-of-a-kind items and support local artists and crafters. The cut-off date for exhibitor applications is April 30, so apply now!

About GeekCraft Expo:
GeekCraft Expo is a curated craft market specializing in handmade, “geek”-themed crafts of all kinds; clothing, accessories, toys, home decoration, furniture, art, and more. Founded in 2015, GeekCraft Expo is proud to support local crafters and artisans and is currently flourishing in 16 cities throughout the United States and Canada. Online at

Happy Monday! X-Plain the X-Men & More

GeekCraft Expo

Wait–are GMOs the mutants of food?!? Geeky lunch boxes, photo via GeekCraft Expo.

Happy Monday, everyone! Did you have a great weekend? Mine was packed full of White Elephant and birthday parties (I celebrated my 41st) and talking about the X-Men. You know the usual.

Let’s get on to links!

Nerdy Entertainments

As Jay Rachel Edidin is out of town, I was asked to guest host my favorite podcast, Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men, again with Miles Stokes! As you may remember, I subbed in last year for Rachel & Miles X-Plain the X-Men #47, where Miles and I talked about the Alpha Flight/X-Men crossover! In our upcoming episode, airing January 31, we chat about Pryde of the X-Men, Marvel’s failed 1989 X-Men cartoon pilot, as well as the spinoff arcade game, which we played in its entirety over at Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade.

You can watch Pryde of the X-Men (which is surprisingly solid, although Wolverine inexplicably has an Australian accent) on YouTube:

I was going to wait until an official announcement was made, but I figured I’ll let you guys in on a gig I’ve taken: I’m the Event Coordinator for GeekCraft Expo PDX, working with Daniel Way (Deadpool, Gun Theory) and his fabulous team to bring a handmade, curated, geeky craft fair to Portland! It will be at the Lloyd Center Doubletree June 11-12, it is free to the public, and I’m very excited about it.

Lest you think this is a strictly Portland event, rest assured that GeekCraft Expo is in 15 other cities in the US and Canada, including Austin, Honolulu, Toronto, and more. Make sure to check out their website to find nerdy, cool, unique stuff near you!

I am obsessed with Fargo Season Two and Tom and Lorenzo’s fashion analyses of the episodes. Their interpretations of the colors and fashions that characters are wearing–and what it says about them, and what will happen in the story–are incredibly engrossing. Their Mad Style posts for Mad Men were epic, too.

This week, I’ll be updating you on my Monthly Meal Planning efforts (spoiler: I planned too many meals so far) and my winter 10-item wardrobe! Also: I will be paying tribute to my Geek Mentors, starting with my cousin Danny. Get ready!