WhedonCon Day 2

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Onto day 2! We had a lot planned for today – tag teaming the booth so we could both see things. We headed down to the vendor room about half hour before it opened and reset everything. After finishing set up, G brought me some wonderful coffee to wake up, and I found a seat for the big panel of the weekend: David Fury and Tim Minar, both writers and/producers for Buffy and Angel, as well as 24 & Lost and Firefly & Wonderfalls, respectively. It was a ton of fun listening to them talk about the hardest thing they’ve work, how they learned to write female characters, and what their favorite was. After, I ran up to our room to grab some lunch (pb&j! – not much gluten free stuff around here!) And came back to takeover the booth while G went to great Nicolas Brendon, who was apparently a bit inappropriate with some responses.

After, we traded off again and I made it to the stunt panel. I really enjoyed it; they had behind the scenes footage they were discussing as well as how the characters were portrayed and how fighting affected costume choices. Sofia Crawford, who was Buffy’s stunt double for four seasons, was fascinating. And wow, does she have defined muscles! Watching the footage as they talked was really interesting because they were explaining how Sofia was so fast with her movements they needed to keep telling her to slow down. Her husband, who was the stunt coordinator for 3 seasons, was fascinating to listen to – he both looked and sounded like a smaller Nathan Fillion, which was fun. Of course, the things he talked about we’re interesting too – character development through movement, costuming, and actors following the doubles rather than the other way around. Spike’s stunt double was there as well, and he talked about imitating James Marsters’ movements and character.

From there, G headed up to the game room again and I hung out in the dealer room until it closed. At that point we were starving again, so we headed to dinner at Chili’s. We were planning on going to the “prom” or maybe going to see a movie, but we got back to the hotel exhausted. We watched one episode of Kimmy Schmidt then fell asleep.

WhedonCon Day 1

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I’m sitting at my booth at WhedonCon getting a few sentences out at a time between chats with people. I am having so much fun! The people here have been lovely and tons of fun to chat with. I’ve found it about tons of other Cons, poetry reading and workshops, cosplay with kids and all sorts of other fun things.

My husband G took the day off work yesterday so we could get up here and set up. We dropped S off at school for just about an hour before he picked her up and dropped get and D off with my mom. We grabbed lunch and headed north about an hour and a half away. We made it to the hotel about an hour and a half before the vendor room was scheduled to open, and we were seeing up until literally the last second. However, my booth looks great! We needed to fiddle a bit with the picture frames to figure out what would best draw attention, but I think we’ve got it now.


Soon after arriving, I left the booth in G’s hands and headed to a talk by Camden Toy about acting through latex. It was super interesting and he seems like a really nice guy. For reals though, seeing him make the gentleman face (from Buffy episode Hush) was terrifying.

Once the dealer room closed, we went to dinner at a nearby sushi place that claimed to be gluten free – yeah, not so much. Although they had gotten free soy sauce and prepared my food without any sauce at all, I was served both miso soup and imitation crab, neither of which I can eat. I avoided a severe reaction but still dealing with a bit of a headache today.

We did peek into the Firefly themed shindig, but didn’t stay too long- the music was impossible to dance to. We did get pulled into the dance contest – slow classical music (no waltz beat, ftr), so since we don’t know any slow dancing, we ended up swing dancing. Didn’t match the beat at all, but it was fun. We ended up making it to the top third of the dancers, so that’s pretty good!

Then… We crashed. It was a fun day.

Wag ‘n Walk

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Check out my view!

Check out my view!

I’m finally sitting down to write a summary of my first craft fair. I had a great time! I didn’t make a ton of sales, but I made enough to cover the cost of my booth, and since it was a low-traffic event, I was able to get my feet wet without a lot of stress. Not only that, I was able to work out some of the kinks with my booth so that I won’t have to deal with those issues during a more major event. The one big thing I did not account for was the WIND. And man, there was a lot of it the second half of the day. I had planned to make table weights, but couldn’t find of the materials I needed, so I ended up dropping that idea figuring it couldn’t be *that* important. Boy was I wrong! The wind whipped my tablecloths all over, even knocking some of my stuff off. My fake Christmas tree fell over countless times (even when propped between books). Most of all, I was worried about my tent blowing away! Next time I will be bringing along some tent weights (just found these on Amazon – or I might just make my own or recruit my husband).

propsI got to the event about 7:40 (after getting lost – Google Maps failed me! I needed to use my GPS). It took me just over an hour to set up. The hardest part of the set up was putting up my curtains, but I had done a dry run the day before, so I did know what I was doing. Another good move I made was to hang most of my pieces on the props and then put the props into boxes and move the boxes. Yes, some of the pieces fell off the props, but probably 80-90% stayed on, which saved TONS of time for my actual set up.

penniesI had found this great tutorial on price signs, and my awesome best friend used her cricut to cut the shapes for me, so I had prices marked for almost everything (though that still didn’t stop the questions!). One change I made to that tutorial – I used a hot glue gun and instead of using a strip of paper on the back, I used the same shape on the back with identical writing so that if the card spun or if it was viewed from the opposite side of the table it could still be read. Very cool! Another idea I had – since my items are so small and hard to see from any distance, I stopped by the Dollar Tree and picked up some cheap frames, then printed out photos of some of my pieces. I places these frames around the corners of my tables to draw attention (it worked). I also have tons of props which I have slowly been collecting – they sometimes make it a bit hard to see all my items (as opposed to just laying them out on the table), but they make my booth much more eye-catching, and I’ll take that any day.

boothBesides the wind, the event was a ton of fun. Most of the people who were there were not there to shop – they were there with their dogs for a walk or for the competitions. I did make some sales and passed out a ton of business cards. Most importantly, I got to have a few meaningful conversations – I got to talk with a few people who needed someone to just listen. I’m delighted that I was there at the right time and right place and hopefully had a few words that might lend a bit of peace in their respective situations. It was a pleasure to talk with such interesting people all day!

Unfortunately, due to the wind, I didn’t get a goo overall booth picture. I meant to have my husband take one when he arrived later in the day, but by then I was busy coping with trying to keep things from blowing away and forgot about the pictures completely. I did remember to get some close ups, which is great. I’m also missing photos of my awesome price sign board and the crates and frames I set up to draw attention to my booth (both worked!). I’ll have to post photos of those the next time I do a show. Overall, I had a wonderful time and am definitely looking forward to my next fair! 🙂

trees, earrings, and nestsPenny table

necklaces keychains

P.S. Totally forgot to mention this. Remember I took a picture of my cat “helping” load my boxes? Well, that was apparently a good idea too. All the dogs that passed by just had to stop and smell my tablecloths and boxes to smell the cats. The owners stopped whether they wanted to or not. Mwahaha.

First Major Craft Fair Tomorrow!

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My cat wanted to help me load my boxes.

My cat wanted to help me load my boxes.

I am so very excited I can hardly contain myself. I have my first major craft fair tomorrow. Now it’s not technically a craft fair – it’s a fundraiser that has vendors, but that somehow makes it more fun. I’ve done a few table things at church, but this is different – this is me with my full booth: EZ up, tables, driving, setting everything up, being completely responsible for everything including the look, feel, questions, purchases, etc. It’s super fun, and a little bit terrifying.

I’ve been slowly collecting things (props, table clothes, etc) with prior events, so there wasn’t a huge out of pocket expense this time, but there is still a lot to get. I found a small Christmas tree to display my ornaments, I found a great display thing for earrings, and I’ve got a bunch of frame with photos of my items blown up a bit bigger to hopefully attract some people to my booth.

After spending all of today setting my booth up again, making price displays and finishing up some items that needed to be assembled, I am ready to go. I am very excited and now – exhausted. Can’t wait to update you with photos of the day and of my booth! 🙂