Free Phone Case Giveaway for Mother’s Day

Tech21 iPhone 6 case
My Tech21 iPhone 6 case

Geek Mom’s Review

Looking for an affordable accessory for Mother’s Day? I have three new Tech21 gadget cases to give away! I’ve just slipped a new Tech21 FlexShock™ case onto my iPhone 6, and here are my first impressions:

  1. It’s hard, but flexible. Easy to slip onto the phone, because it bends a little bit.
  2. Shiny and colorful. Reminds me a bit of those plastic “jelly shoes” from the 80s. Or a phone-shaped gummy candy. Very pretty!
  3. Interesting looking texture. I can see through the case to the Apple on the back, but there is a nice polka-dot texture overlay.
  4. Excellent fit on the phone. Fits like a plastic glove.
  5. Screen protector not included. The case covers the back, sides, and buttons, but leaves the screen and ports open.

So far, I’m enjoying my free phone case. I’m tempted to taste it, because it looks like candy! It’s shiny, but not slippery. It’s hard, but not rigid.

How to Win a Free Tech21 Case

Want one for yourself? Or to give to the woman who brought you into the world? Leave a comment to enter, and three people will win a free case (for any major mobile device), provided by Tech21.

Thanks to Tech21 for sponsoring this giveaway! Tech21 is the leader in impact protection for smartphones, tablets and laptops. Tech21 has a suite of protective cases featuring Tech21’s scientifically proven material, FlexShock, and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The new Tech21 EVO range featuring FlexShock delivers thinner (by nearly 30%), lighter and more stylish impact protection than ever before. Learn more at Tech21 or follow @Tech21_UK on Twitter.

Winners will be randomly selected, and will be contacted via e-mail, so be sure to use a functioning address when you submit your comment. Winner’s choice of case will be shipped directly from the sponsor.

GeekMom’s Newest Crafty Creation

origami pendant

Hello everyone! Here is a project I worked on this weekend. It combines my love of making jewelry with my love of origami. (Some of you may not know that I am half Japanese, and I love making crafty things.) I really love the florals, swirls, and geometric patterns on traditional origami paper, and I thought it would be great to make it wearable. So…

Ta-da! It’s an origami paper pendant. I made it by cutting out the most interesting and beautiful bit of a piece of origami paper, set it inside a sterling silver bezel cup, and covered it with a crystal clear epoxy resin. What do you think? Super kawaii, right? Kind of like wearing origami, but much more durable. It’s even waterproof!

Give this pretty pendant to your favorite geek

Fuze quartz LED pendant

Well, it may be too late to get this pretty pendant for Valentine’s Day, but you don’t need a holiday to shower affection upon your favorite geek, right?

These unusual pendants are made from quartz crystals embedded with color-cycling LED lights. You can choose your preferred shape, and give your sweetie a luminous, wearable symbol of your heart light. Anyone else thinking E.T.? Sorry…

Seriously though, I would totally wear one of these. I think they are beautiful and unique. If you’re curious, you can get more information on the Fuze Necklace at ThinkGeek.

Blizzard Bracelet: Thinking of sunshine and citrus!


Here is a photo of what I did this afternoon. We had a big snow/ice/wind event this weekend, so even church was cancelled. I don’t mind winter weather, as long as I don’t have to drive on ice. Besides, I needed to make a Christmas gift for someone, so I came up with this. It is fresh and fruity, and makes me think of sunshine and citrus — exactly the opposite of today’s weather! I used all kinds of beads, including fire-polished faceted Czech glass, peridot gem chips, clear quartz chips, and cathedral beads. I love the way it turned out. It’s a bit heavy with all that glass, but boy, does it sparkle! Do you like it?

Geek Mom: I think I have Wii elbow!


My husband surprised me with the news a few months ago. “Honey, I got a Wii! I wasn’t looking for one, but I just happened to wander into the game store, and the guy said they had just got the shipment, and they hadn’t even unpacked them yet. They’re really hard to find, so I was lucky to find one, and I had to get it, and we can give it to the kids for Christmas…” That was back in September.

We love video games, and it’s not that I didn’t want a Wii. It’s just that I don’t need another device that encourages me to waste more time playing games. I know that once the Wii is unwrapped and installed, there will be almost no chance of turning it off. The kids will want to play it all the time. And worse yet, I will want to play it all the time! And I’ll have to take turns!

So Hubby brought it home, and we tried it out (after the kids were asleep). We played tennis, golf, bowling, baseball, even boxing! It was awesome! I lost every challenge except for boxing. I don’t know what got into me, but I turned into a crazy manic Wii punching machine, and somehow I knocked him out. I was sweating and out of breath, but I won!

I think I’m developing “Wii elbow.”

We put it back in the box, and we’re hiding it under the bed until Christmas. Don’t tell the kids!

Geek Gift Idea: Lorem Ipsum…

This is my latest geek design: “Lorem ipsum…” Lots of people won’t understand the humor of this one, but if you are someone who routinely builds or uses web site templates and such, you’ll recognize the familiar dummy text. I thought it would be funny to put it on shirts and stuff, so here it is. Maybe this would look great on your office wall. Or maybe it would make the perfect gift for a certain someone. Enjoy!

Artist Website of the Week


Woohoo! I got a mention over at creativetexturetools.com, a site featuring all things polymer metal clay and lots more, including jewelrymaking and online selling. My shop at smallandsimplegifts.com was named Artist Website of the Week! You can read the blog entry here. And while you’re there, check out the other useful stuff Elaine has compiled. Thank you, Elaine!