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Hanging out with Beatrix.
Photo by Lauren Dubois.

Beatrix, our beloved bulldog and Storied Threads’ official mascot, turns eight years old today!

When we were getting ready to buy our house, my husband said he wanted to get a dog. He hadn’t had one since college and really missed being a dog owner. I wasn’t as keen on the idea at first, and I was definitely hesitant to get a big dog like Mike wanted, and then he suggested a middle ground in getting an English bulldog. Again, I wasn’t entirely on-board with it because — and I joke about this now — I thought bulldogs were kind of ugly.

But the more research I did into the breed and the more I learned about their temperament, the more I warmed up to the proposal — and the more I changed my opinion about their looks. I can’t believe I ever thought they were ugly dogs. I think my Beatrix is the most beautiful dog in the world, and I can’t imagine life without her.

We love our girl so much, we’ve used her as a model on a couple of pieces of merchandise, including a Bulldog Lover Geek Merit Badge and a laptop bag.

And guess what? She’ll be with me Saturday when I visit the Connecticut Renaissance Faire! I’ll be there working in the guest author area near The Shady Emporium, so come by and wish Beatrix a happy birthday!

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Have you seen Wonder Woman yet? Did you love it as much as I did? It’s been a week since I saw it and I’m still talking about it, so this week I’m spotlighting some items that should be of interest to fellow fans of the Princess of Themyscira.

We debuted the Amazon Fandom Pride Patch ($7) quite some time ago, but now seems like a great time to reintroduce everyone to it. This is a great little accessory to add to a jacket or bag.

Next, for all you women who, like me, love superheroines, check out the Superhero Geek Merit Badges ($8), which come in both genders and in white or POC variations. Representation matters!

 

 

 

Finally, we pay tribute to another awesome warrior princess in the Amazon mold: Xena! Lucy Lawless’s iconic character filled that too-long gap between the end of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman TV series and the Gal Gadot movie by giving us a strong, smart, sexy, and yes, skilled hero to admire.

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This weekend, my husband Michael will be heading out to his first rehearsal for the upcoming Robin Hood Springtime Festival, and this is a special rehearsal process for him because this will be his first production as the show’s fight director.

That’s why I’m using today’s space to spotlight our Stage Combat Geek Merit Badge ($8), a revamped version of our original stage combat patch. For those of you who don’t get the concept, the numbers indicate the attack and defense positions on an actor’s body as per the Society of American Fight Directors stage combat system.

Remember, we also offer this design on several items in our Redbubble shop.

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This Friday is National Beer Day, so we thought it would be appropriate to revisit our Beer Snob Geek Merit Badge ($7).

This idea came up during a brainstorming session one morning while we were waiting for a convention day to begin and was quickly developed and put into production. We had to experiment a bit to get the tones of the glass right to give it a sense of dimension, and we debated long and hard about which color would be best for the beer itself before settling on a color reminiscent of a Samuel Adams Boston Lager (one of my husband’s personal favorites).

That said, if you’re interested in this design but you’re a fan of a paler brew like a pilsner or a darker beer such as a porter or stout, we can easily customize the color at no additional charge.

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Today we’re spotlighting Geek Merit Badges with a decidedly supernatural air, because we’ve got a new design cooking that will fit this theme perfectly.

Arcane Lore ($8)

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Fortune Teller ($7)

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Magician ($7)

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Medium ($7)

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It’s been a while, but we have a new addition to our Geek Merit Badge line, inspired by a suggestion from a customer.

Our new design is the Demon Hunter Geek Merit Badge, featuring a malevolent-looking goat head based loosely on legends that portray devils and demons as having goat-like features. The patch is $7 on our web store.

We also offer this design on a sticker through our Redbubble shop.

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…but it’s aliens.

ufologistFirst up in our collection of out-of-this-world patches is a couple of Geek Merit Badges, starting with the UFOlogist ($8), for that aspiring flying saucer-seeker. This patch features a glow-in-the-dark tractor beam for a special extra(terrestrial) touch.

 

 

 

xenolinguisticsOnce you’ve been abducted, you’ll want to communicate with your new alien friends, at least well enough to ask them not to experiment on you. For that handy skill we have the Xenolinguistics Geek Merit Badge ($8). Fun fact: the alien language is actually the word “hello” spelled out in Microsoft Word wingdings!

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Sadly, alien visitors are not always friendly. Sometimes they just want to burn our civilization to the ground and terraform the planet — such as the invading Martians did in H.G. Wells’ classic War of the Worlds. Our War of the Worlds-inspired bookmark ($10) depicts a Martian tripod turning its deadly heat ray on London.

XFilesOf course, you might not believe in little green men, so for you skeptics we have one of our all-time best-selling items, the X-Files-inspired “I Want to Believe” patch ($8). We also make this design available on small messenger bags ($38) and tablet bags ($53). Want it on a laptop-size bag? Contact us and ask us about it!

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