Your Game of Thrones Gift Guide – Best of Etsy

If you REALLY want to find the dorky stuff, do a search for “ASOIAF” (A Song of Ice and Fire).  For those of you who are just watching the show, that is the name of the as-yet-to-be-finished series by George R R Martin.  Game of Thrones is just the first.  I’d say it is icing on the cake, but this cake is all frosting.  The second season series premiere is on Sunday, and I’m going to impose if I have to, because I don’t have a TV or HBO.  I want to watch this show as it’s crowning out of HBO’s on-air birth canal.  Sorry about that.

My favorite stuff isn’t emblazoned with the show or series’s name, or the faces of the characters*.  That’s why I loved the Westerosi coins I posted about earlier this week. Let’s take a look at some items that further flesh out Martin’s universe or make real things already described in the book:

Dragon-scale bracelet

from JDesigns129 on Etsy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melisandre’s Necklace (The Red Lady of R’hollor)

from sthenno on Etsy

An entire Cersei Lannister costume (I’m beyond impressed)

from Valchiria on Etsy

Very nice!  House words plaques, and not just the well-known ones:

from RFabiano on Etsy

An embroidered map of Westeros, which I can imagine would exist since paper is hard to make.

from Savage Sewing on Etsy

Davos Seaworth Finger Bones (that’s a bit more off the beaten path…)

from Westeros on Etsy

And in an sillier mood… Joffrey Baratheon’s head as a cat toy

from Microbe on Etsy

And finally, THIS is some dedication: Daenerys’s dragon eggs

From Underground Aquarium on Etsy

I guess there is a ban on “weapons” on Etsy, because I saw not a single dragonglass knife or replica of Arya’s sword Needle.  Don’t worry, you can get the latter one at Valyrian Steel dot com!

When I first discovered Etsy, I was intrigued by the ways people would tack on tags of popular books and movies to get people to see their stuff.  Sometimes there would be a very tenuous link between their item and the tag (for hilarious example) but it is a lot more interesting than commercially produced merchandise.  I’d like to mention ex-Etsy member Foxwise** who makes simple stamped bracelets with “Valar Morghulis” on them.

So, get thee to a TV screen on Sunday night!  If you haven’t seen the first season or read the book, you might wanna just wanna catch up on Season One.

*When I was little, I thought the tackiest and most absurd thing in the world were Halloween costumes that had the face of the character you were dressed up as, on them.  Gem does not wear a dress with her face on the side.  That is wack.

**She’s got a sad but common story of getting ripped off on Etsy, so she moved her shop to its own site.


Game of Thrones-inspired Coinage

WINTER IS COMING!!  Well, the much-anticipated second season of Game of Thrones is premiering on April 1st, and we here at Jumbo Jibbles are very excited indeed.  My husband and I are fan of the books and do such crazy things are obsess over imagined maps of Westeros and send “Valar Morghulis” bracelets anonymously to friends.

Photo by Tom Maringer, Shire Post

I found out recently that citizen of Springdale, Arkansas*, Tom Maringer  at Shire Post makes coins inspired by the Song of Ice and Fire series that Game of Thrones is a part of.  No, not cheesy coins with likenesses of Sean Bean and Lena Headey, but conceptualizations of what the coinage may have looked like.  You can buy the coins and roll them around in your hand: coins for Winterfell, tokens for brothel visits, Dothraki puli– this is a nerd’s dream.  I like it more because it is a single person making these things and not some fantasy company.  I remember seeing his small stand of brass buttons at the Farmer’s Market in Fayetteville.  Had I only known about this supreme dorkiness…

Maringer visited the Springdale Public Library recently to talk to a book group about making coins.  He has his own press, and you can read about it on the Shire Post.

You will not find coins bearing the images of film characters here… but rather the coins that those characters might have been carrying in their pocketses!  The premise of this effort is that coins provide for us a TACTILE sense of time and place…. something we can touch and handle. It is to this goal of making history, mythology, and fantasy seem more real that we dedicate our labors.

I love movie/book art that doesn’t just bear a familiar image, but fills a gap in your knowledge and experience of that world.  Blogger Stellar Four has a great list of Game of Thrones-inspired crafts to keep your passion alive until Book Six, Winds of Winter, comes out.

If you’re foggy on what happened last season, here’s some catch-up: 10 Things You Need To Know.  Or, just fully immerse your head into the magnificent Tower of the Hand website, where you can prevent spoilers by setting the “scope” of your knowledge by season or book.

*Exciting because I used to work at the public library in Springdale.


Put a bird on it!

I’m really late on this one– my spouse has been using this catchphrase for months it seems, and I had no idea where it was from!  It’s just the bird zeitgeist, ya know.  I am a bird fan (it’s the nickname my spouse calls me) and I’ll admit that I’m huffy about the sudden preponderance of bird merchandise*.  That’s the latent hipster in me, I’ll admit.

I didn’t like Portlandia at first, having come back from my first trip there and TOTALLY in love with the town.  I gained enough of a sense of humor since then to enjoy it.

Detail of a letter to be mailed to PDX

*As much as I am irked by the bird stuff, the mustache items make me want to put a turd on it.