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Winnipeg Comic Con Follow-up

 The Winnipeg Comic Con has been over for two days, and I think I’m still short on sleep/energy. Sales were not as good as I was hoping – but I made back my expenses, so with 3-4 other people selling chain maille I guess I  can’t complain.
Besides the unfortunate sales (and the standing for basically 12 hours straight), the Con was a lot of fun. My biggest highlight was trying out the Oculus Rift, a virtual gaming headset. My brother has been telling me about it, so as well as trying it myself, it was pretty cool to be the one in the know, and tell him it was there. And it was amazing! The headset immerses you in a virtual world – from an evolution of a landscape, to a room without a door, to outer space, to the very top of a construction tower. After I tried out the demo, the people running it said they could tell I was afraid of heights, cause I didn’t interact with that last one much. Enough with the endorsing… but it was one of the coolest things ever.
Something else I really enjoyed was seeing all the costumes, especially a few lesser known characters. I’ll be posting some of the pictures I took on my Facebook page, hopefully within the week.
Between seeing the awesome leatherwork across from my booth, and people talking to me about larger projects, I think I’m going to get back into some non-jewelry pieces. Unfortunately, my funds and supplies are a bit limited, but I think I’ll be trying some shoulder pieces and bracers in the not to distant future.
Comic Con was a great event, and I think I’ll be going again next year with a better costume, geekier jewelry, and a better idea of what I’m getting into.

Comic Con!!!

I’m excited and nervous and freaking out all at once – Comic Con is today! I’m not even sure what to say about it. In less than three hours, I head down there (I’ll be on the second floor in Artist Alley). And I’m so excited!!
I do have a give away in honor of the con . You could win any of these three items, buy going here, and following the instructions.  IMG_4564 IMG_0558IMG_0567I will be in costume (which I don’t have pictures of, as I’ve been focusing on chain maille for the past while). I’ll be in a black vest/tailcoat and skirt on friday, pop-can tab chain maille shirt on saturday, and a green dress on sunday. Hopefully by the end of the con I’ll have pictures of all of the costumes.

Comic Con is coming up!

Earlier this week I attended a pre-Con meeting, and the Con’s website countdown is telling me the same thing: Comic Con is almost here! It’s slightly terrifying to only have two weeks left to get everything ready, but hopefully I’ll get everything done on time. Here’s a few new pieces that I’ll have out:
IMG_0546Lock and Key bracelet: I’m really excited with this bracelet. The key is part of the clasp.IMG_0563 IMG_0566A Full Persian Sheet bracelet in a chessboard pattern.IMG_0560And last but not least: a subtler version of Tom Baker’s Scarf from Doctor WhoIMG_0558Comic Con website is here. Schedules here, and ticket prices here. And of course, guests. The only ones I really know are the dwarfs from The Hobbit.
I’ve also been working on display pieces for my table. I built the stands the other weekend when I went home to my parents place. My new favorite tool is the dremel set into a table. Those things are nice!B&A - Bracelet Stands B&A - CratesDates are:
Friday, Oct 31 – 2-9 PM
Saturday, Nov 1 – 9 AM – 9 PM
Sunday, Nov 2 – 10 AM – 6 PM

Morris MCC Auction

On Saturday I had the privilege of selling my jewelry at the last ever Morris MCC Auction. The auction hasn’t been doing so well in the past few years, so they decided to close it down after this past one. This year the money raised is going to the troubled areas in Syria.

I was in a large hall along with the other crafts (mostly knitting), baking, book sale, quilt auction, and Ten Thousand Villages (a fair trade store run by MCC).IMG_0200

 

There weren’t a huge amount of books, but the selection was pretty good. I managed to pick up a couple of good books. IMG_0205

Some of the quilts that were up for auction. Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of my favorite quilt, which went for $1150 on auction. IMG_0201I really enjoyed the event, and I think it’s a shame that it’s dying out.

Many Things

Thing #1
I have been absent from this website for a very long time, unfortunately, and I have decided that it is time for a change. I’m hoping to make this website a much more interesting place to be, including new and better pictures, more jewelry designs, and lots more posts about the random interesting things that come with owning and operating a business.

Thing #2
I am going to Comic Con! It’s the one in Winnipeg, so it isn’t the hugest, but it will be the first Comic Con I’ve ever been to, and the largest event that I’ve had a table at. And I’m super excited for it! It’s pretty cool that I got a table at all: I had called to see if they had any tables left, and at a month and a half away, I was told they didn’t. But they’d put me on a waiting list. THAT SAME DAY I came back from the city to find an email telling me they had a table for me.

Thing #3
Next weekend, September 13th, I will be at the Morris MCC Auction. For those of you who don’t know, MCC stands for Mennonite Central Committee, and is a relief/humanitarian aid organization run by Anabaptist churches. All the money I make will go straight to MCC.
The Morris Auction (apparently) hasn’t been doing that great these past few years, so they’re trying to bring in a few different things to attract people, including storytellers and buskers (one of which is my little brother) and well, me, and other interesting things like that.

Thing #4
I’m moving! It’s a huge change for me, from small town to city life, as well as in many other ways. I’m excited for it, but really nervous too.

Thing #5
Do I have a thing #5? That’s probably it for now, although I should mention I got a really epic birthday present from my Uncle and Aunt that I will post pictures of, as soon as I get some pictures. My mom had mentioned to them that I was looking to update my jewelry display, so they HAND-MADE me some really nice necklace busts.

Christmas Season Craft Shows 2013

As usually, I’ve booked up every weekend in November with craft shows. Here’s this year’s selection:

November 2 – Mall in the Hall,
– Teulon-Rockwood Centennial Centre
– 10:00-3:00
November 9 & 10 – Christmas Trade and Craft Show
– Lakeview Resort, Gimli
– 10:00-4:00, both days
November 16 – St. Vital EMC Craft Show
– St. Vital EMC, Winnipeg
– 9:30-3:00
November 22 – Riverton Christmas Market
– Riverton Hall
– 5-10pm

Shows for the rest of the year

This weekend is the first in a streak of shows before I’ve got the rest of the year off.

Oct 26 – 7:00-10:00 – Riverton Hall – Party in Pink, a fundraiser for cancer and the hall.

Nov 02 – 5:00-10:00 – Riverton Hall – Christmas Market

Nov 10 & 11 – 10-4/11:15-4 – Gimli Hotel – Christmas Craft and Trade Show

Nov 17 – 9:30-3:00 – St. Vital EMC – Christmas Craft Show

Nov 24 – Craft Show in Matheson Island, details yet unconfirmed

And that’s the rest of my year. Next year I hope to do a few larger shows, but show season doesn’t start till spring at least.

Summer Overview

So far this summer I’ve gone to the Arnes Farmer’s Market several times, the Cook’s Creek Renascence Fair, and the Icelandic Festival located in Gimli. They all went fairly well, but the Renascence Fair was my favorite by far. It was huge: there were displays of Fighting, Dance, and Music going on at three different locations the entire day, as well as Market Vendors and a few interactive stations.

I will also be at the Morden Corn and Apple Festival from the 24th to the 26th.

The Summer Show Season has Begun

And it starts with a bang, or rather, the sound of thunder. Saturday was the first day of the Arnes Farmers Market and it poured. Hopefully the weather will be better next week.

This summer I hope to go to the Icelandic Festival, the Renaissance Fair in Cooks Creek, and possibly ‘the world’s most amazing farmer’s market’ in Kenora, as well as the Arnes Farmer’s Market every Saturday that I’m not busy.

Hope to see you at at least one of these places.