Tagged: gifts

May 16

7 Great Teacher Appreciation Gifts!

Seven Great Teacher T-Shirts!

Seven Great Teacher T-Shirts!

Everyone has a story to tell and great teachers help us to learn  how to tell that story. With the school year coming to an end, take some time to show your appreciation for everything that your teacher has done this last year. The late nights at events at school grading papers… the way they buy school supplies out of their own money… how they pour their hearts and souls into our precious offspring. You can find great gift ideas at my Cafepress t-shirt shop. And if you want to learn more about why I am selling these t-shirts, follow the link at the end of this post. But for now, I hope you like these clever designs!


1. My students have an awesome teacher!


My students have an awesome teacher!

My students have an awesome teacher!

This design looks great on a pink t-shirt for your favorite teacher. It also comes on coffee mugs and tote bags.

Pretty in Pink!

Pretty in Pink!


2. Cool Teacher!


Cool Teacher!

Cool Teacher!

Not everyone is lucky enough to be “Cool” but your teacher gots it! Don’t you think that they would look marvelous sporting this t-shirt?

Cool Teacher!

Cool Teacher!



3. Alphabet Elemenopee


Learning your alphabet is the start of the wonderful journey of becoming a reader which leads to creative and fruitful lives. But doesn’t make a sing-song out of saying the alphabet. This adorable design brings back that giggling fun of childhood.


Fun Alphabet!

Fun Alphabet!


Put this alphabet design on a tote bag so your favorite teacher can carry their supplies in style!





4. Education is the key to unlock the golden door of Freedom.


George Washington Carver was a great thinker. A quote of his gives rise to this Victorian inspired design perfect for the history geek in your life.


Education is the Key to unlock the golden doors of Freedom. - George Washington Carver

Education is the Key to unlock the golden doors of Freedom. – George Washington Carver


The teachers in our schools help to form the person our children will become. Let them know how important that job is by giving them this t-shirt.




5. World’s Best Teacher


While we could argue for hours who is the Best Teacher in the World, but you can show your preference by giving this design on a t-shirt or mug!


World's Best Teacher

World’s Best Teacher


Bright red apples may have been the gift of choice in the past, but today we give t-shirts so we don’t have naked teachers running amok during summer break.



6. Teaching is a work of Heart


No one can doubt that teachers pour their heart on soul into educating the minds of the young. Honor that dedication and hard work by making sure they can stay reasonably caffeinated and hydrated. Because a dehydrated and de-caffeinated teacher is what we call in academic circles, a zombie. And we all know how THAT always ends.


Teaching is a work of heart

Teaching is a work of heart




7. I’m a science teacher. What’s your superpower?


Teachers are superheroes, plain and simple. The Avengers have nothing of the bravery and tenacity of those who join the ranks of educators. They may not always wear capes but they can wear an awesome t-shirt.


I teach. What's your superpower?

I teach. What’s your superpower?


Teaching is not for the weak. It is for those who believe in the power of thought, of ideas, of honor, and hard work. Show your appreciation for your local educator super hero by giving them an end of the year gift!



So, here are some excellent ideas for you when you are shopping for something to give those excellent teachers in your life. I sell these designs on t-shirts and other gift items in order to pay down my student debt. I finished graduate school with significant debt, as many do. But this hurts the economic well-being of an entire generation of students who need higher education to achieve success. So help a girl out and make a teacher happy at the same time!

If you want to learn more about my journey to get clear of my student debt, check out these posts.


Apr 09

5 Great Mother’s Day t-shirts for your crafty Mom

Does your mom go by the old adage that “she who dies with the most fabric wins”? ARe you likely to find piles of fabric in a vast rainbow of colors in her closets and sewing room? Are you looking for a unique gift to give your mom on this Mother’s Day? Then check out these top 5 t-shirt designs for your crafty maternal units!

1. It’s not a hobby. It’s a post-apocalyptic life skill.

CRAFT It's not a hobby



2. Know your cuts of lamb

CRAFT Know your cuts of lamb


3. Yarned and Dangerous

Crafts Yarned and dangerous



4. I am not easily distracted. Oh, look! Yarn!

Craft Distracted by yarn


5. I sew, therefore, I rip!

Craft I sew therefore I rip


My daughter is starting at Oregon State University in the fall. And gee, wouldn’t you know, I still have student loans of my own to pay off from graduate school. Let’s hear it for multi-generational student debt. I am selling this t-shirts and gifts to pay off my students which you can read about in other blog posts. (here and here). So, help a girl out and get an awesome t-shirt for your Mom at the same time. Or coffee mug. or messenger bag. or tote bag!


Feb 15

Pi Day is coming! Pi Day is coming!


Come to the dork side, we have pie

Who doesn’t love pie? Seriously. Who? I will tell ya who…. geeks, nerds, scientists and mathematicians of all stripes. Ok, well, just about everybody loves pie.

I’m not here today to talk about PIE, but about PI. The mathematical constant that relates a circle’s circumference to it’s diameter and is often shortened to 3.14159, or even 3.14. Actually the number is infinite. It goes on and on and on and on and on and … It is an irrational number, meaning it can’t be defined using common fractions. So it’s a bit of a conundrum as you can never really find the square of a circle using a compass and a straight edge.

It has also spawned an International Pi Day, observed on March 14 (Get it? 3/14?) that started, of course, in San Francisco as all good counter culture movements have in the past 5/10ths of a century. A fine gent by the name of Larry Shaw started the first Pie Day at the Exploratorium in San Francisco by eating pie on March 14, 1988. Since then it has become a beloved, yet little-known holiday … except to the geeks who observe it.

Larry Shaw, the founder of Pi Day, at the Exploratorium in San Francisco (Ronhip (Ron Hipschman), uploaded to the Commons by Furfur on 22-Jul-08)

Since I love geeks, but think they really shouldn’t be running about naked (think of the children! And the cold cold winter!), I have a bunch of t-shirts and hoodies over at Cafepress perfect for wearing on Pi Day. And since my student loans won’t pay themselves off, the proceeds will help me end my debt slavery. So be a darling and get a t-shirt or two. I will be adding new posts and t-shirt designs here regularly throughout the month leading up to Pi Day. There might also be recipes for pie. I also welcome suggestions for new concepts, and new pie recipes.

So help a fellow geek out and fly your Pi High …..

How have you celebrated Pi Day in the past? What are your amazing plans for this year?


Nov 22

10 Best-selling t-shirt designs at Malarkey Pie

Bold (and often snarky) graphic designs for geeks and science-y types abound at Malarkey Pie, but some designs rise to the top and become best-sellers. Here is a review of the designs that have been purchased recently! Every single item that I sell helps me to pay down my student loan even faster!

1. Apparently, fiber geeks also like coffee (or tea! or hot cocoa!)

I am not easily distracted... oh look, Yarn!

I am not easily distracted… oh look, Yarn!









2. Do you love that science fiction television show with the LSD dropping mad scientest, the peacoat wearing prodigal son, the sensible show wearing FBI agent, and a Holstein cow named Jean? Yeah, I loved FRINGE, too! Because, really, every laboratory needs a cow!

Every science lab needs a cow like Jean!

Every science lab needs a cow like Jean!









3. Even feminists love a  comfy t-shirt, and they really seemed to love this fiery feminist symbol. This seemed to pop up on jewelry a lot.

Where there is smoke there is a fiery feminist heart

Where there is smoke there is a fiery feminist heart








4. Edgar Allen Poe himself  would probably drink absinthe wearing this t-shirt.

I'm just  Poe boy from a Poe family!

I’m just Poe boy from a Poe family!









5. If you are looking for geekwear for your favorite geek to wear while watching Star Wars for the thirty thousandth time, then this is just the thing.

Come to the dork side! We have pie!

Come to the dork side! We have pie!









6. Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century poem, the Divine Comedy, this design  showcases beautiful calligraphy.

Inspired by Dante Alighieri's 14th-century poem, the Divine Comedy.

Inspired by Dante Alighieri’s 14th-century poem, the Divine Comedy.










7. The great state of Oregon is represented here. Pentagon, Octagon, Oregon!

Pentagon! Octagon! Oregon!

Pentagon! Octagon! Oregon!





8. The Ride of the Valkyries is not just an awesome song by Wagner used in a quirky slapstick comedy called Apocalypse Now. No, these awesome female riders carry the heroic Viking fallen warriors to Valhalla.

Ride of the Valkyries

Ride of the Valkyries






9. The real Seven Deadly Sins ….

The seven deadly sins ...

The seven deadly sins …









10. Not all who wander are lost. Tolkien’s words are so right on today.

Not all who wander are lost....

Not all who wander are lost….










Check back for more best-selling t-shirts and gifts for geeks and scientists!


Oct 29

Norse Trefoil Brooch – New design at Cafepress.com/suvia

The Viking period spanned the 8th to 11th centuries and centered on the Scandinavian countries, although the Vikings had cultural ties around the world.

We owe much of our knowledge of Viking dress to archeological finds and the metal objects found in graves and associated sites. One of the types of brooches found, was a three-lobed, or trefoil, brooch. This was thought to have closed either a cloak or gown at the neck. Vikings could have adopted this from a Carolingian belt-fitting of a similar shape. Fantastic animals decorate the surface, frequently in the Borre style.

Want to own a beautiful brooch yourself? Check out Torfin’s work on Etsy.

Check out this design on t-shirts and gift items!


Sep 21

Vendel Period artwork at Suvia’s Emporium

The period after the “Fall of Rome” until the rise of the proto-nation states is a time of migration and cultural upheaval. It was also a time of intense creative artistic expression in every day objects. Many of these goods made their way into Vendel era (550-793) graves found in Sweden. Helmets, probably based on late Roman models, are found in high status male graves. These helmets were decorated silver foil plates that depicted helmed warriors in richly decorated bands.

These new designs illustrate some of these centuries-old figures, some taken from the grave finds in Torslunda. You can find them on t-shirts, sweatshirts, and other gift items.

Vendel Period design from Torslunda




Viking rider from Vendel Period helmet