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St. Vital EMC Craft Show

Small church craft shows are rarely exceptional, but I have to say, St. Vital EMC’s craft show this year was superb.
With all that I’d had going on these past couple of months (particularly Comic Con), I hadn’t given the show much thought (which is why there wasn’t a pre-show post about it). Initially, I’d only agreed because it’s my church, it was convenient, and I had gone three times before.
So I wasn’t thinking much about it, and didn’t even do my usual test run set up at home.

But despite that lack of thought, it was amazing.
It’s a small show – thirty-something tables, but it’s very community based. They set up some tables and chairs in one corner for shoppers to chat around, and sell hotdogs and homemade soup. There’s a lot of people I know, so the atmosphere is a lot of fun.
Set up was surprisingly quick, even with my lack of planning, so I was actually presentable before the doors opened (which I hadn’t been sure would happen). Sales were great, and a friend hung out at my table and figured out how to make European 4 in 1 by copying one of my bracelets. And I made a trade for fudge with someone I met last year.

The next day at church, I was given these pocket watches by a member of the church. He had got them for free a while back, and having seen my chain maille watches, thought this would be a great home for them. They’re fairly basic pocket watches – nothing fancy – but they don’t have batteries! They’re watches you have to wind, which I find so cool. They sound different from battery operated watches, and it’s cool seeing the little gears spin through the clear panels.
IMG_1830So look forward to some new watch chains for them – as soon as I get rings that match. I’m thinking Byzantine for one of them, but I haven’t decided which other weave to use.

I don’t have any more shows left for this year, so it’s great to end on such a high note.
If you were hoping to get something from me yet before Christmas, shoot me an email. While I don’t have any weekends free for shows, I still have time for commissions.

Comic Con 2015

Comic Con 2015 wrapped up yesterday, and I’m both exhausted from it and feeling geek withdrawal at the same time. But as much as I’m a bit relieved to have this over with for the time being, and only a little bit of christmas shows to do, as my life keeps getting fuller and fuller, sometimes I wish I could make my living from selling jewelry in a setting full of film/game/television references and cosplay.
This year was much more profitable than last – I sold almost exactly twice as much jewelry! I can only attribute this to having a much better booth location, and perhaps the fact that I tailored my jewelry to be a little more geek this year. Speaking of which, there was a rather unexpected trend in my sales this year. 24% of the items I sold were Hogwarts jewelry, either owls or bracelets in the house colours. And almost more shocking than that was the evenness in house distribution. Griffindor sold one more item than the rest of the houses, which were tied. The entire weekend I was trying to keep up with my Hogwarts sales, and needless to say, I’ll need to do a lot more work on stocking it back up before my next show. IMG_1827
Some of my highlights (besides running my booth and talking to con attendees) were as follows:
1. The Wandering Minstrels. I saw them last year already – a group of about a dozen people wandering around singing songs ranging from Lord of the Rings to Men in Tights to the Pokemon theme song. When they broke into Still Alive from Portal not to far from my booth I was so tempted to run in there and join them. Turns out they’re from a ministry called Geekdom House, and I’m excited to see what else they all do.
2. The one con attendee who was in character all weekend. Wearing costumes is popular, but not many people wear the character as well. This Joker was hilarious – telling us to have a bad day, and outsourcing some of his murderous schemes to other Jokers, as ‘there are far to many Robins here for me to kill myself’. I may have to finally watch some Batman films after this.
3. Actually knowing people at the Con. From chatting with artists I’d met previously to having friends (and friends of friends) stop by the booth, it just makes it all better to know some of these people beforehand.
4. Meeting Sylvester McCoy – the Seventh Doctor and Radagast the Brown from The Hobbit. While I haven’t seen any Classic Who yet, it’s only a matter of time till I do, and this was the perfect chance to meet The Doctor. One down, eleven (plus the War Doctor) to go. And Mr. McCoy was exactly the way I imagined he would be.
5. Being surrounded by art. Same as last year, I made it my goal to pick up as much art as I could through trades, and really enjoyed it. Last year none of my trades were particularly geeky – only two referenced something, and one was very subtle. This year however, I went in an entirely different direction.

Normally I don’t go for close-ups of characters – usually something is a bit off, and I don’t particularly like to have faces staring at me in my room, but there was something about this Ninth Doctor that really caught my eye. Unfortunately, I didn’t get her card, and google images search didn’t turn up any results.IMG_1823It was love at first sight with this Dalek print. I love the art style and the colours. I hadn’t seen Gillian Newland‘s art before, but I definetly hope she’s back next year.  IMG_1821I also love her take on Spirited Away, turning it from Anime to a more realistic style, and the more I look at her T.Rex print, the funnier I find it.IMG_1820Blacks Side Show was at Comic Con last year, has adorable Chibi art of pretty much every fandom. They’re super cute, and I particularly like the Fire & Death print, as my brother and I mocked the dramaticness of that line mercilessly when we first saw the film. IMG_1818Christopher Jones‘ ‘Most Heinous’ print went viral a while ago, and I was so surprised to see the original at Comic Con. It doesn’t really fit with the style of the rest of my art, but I’m going to have to find a place for it somewhere. IMG_1822

All in all, it was a great show, and I’m excited for next year, as well as the Pop Culture Convention C4 is putting on this April.

Comic and Toy Expo Followup

Every time I do a craft show, I re-remember why I love the business part of this hobby – it’s just so much fun. I love talking to vendors and customers, and building a bit of a connection with them.
This show in particular is so much fun, because it’s a geek community. And if you share a common interest with whoever you’re talking to, it’s almost like a shortcut to a deeper level of connection. Now rather than talking about the weather, you can talk about story lines and plot devices, which shows are worth watching, and which actor is your favorite Doctor. And as I don’t have many friends who are into the same shows as me, it’s cool to meet people who are into Doctor Who, Sherlock, Anime and things like that.

Anyways, the show itself seemed a bit slow – the Viscount Gort was doing some construction on their parking lots, which may have scared some people off. The show wasn’t a loss, but it wasn’t amazing either. However, someone commissioned a piece that will require me to make a Ring Lord order, so I’m pretty excited to do some online shopping this week.

I ended up trading some jewelry for art with Kemik LyIMG_1793IMG_1792She going to be at Comic Con in October, and plans to have the rest of the Avengers then.

Another person to look out for is Brenda of Stellar Evolution Designs. I didn’t catch whether she’ll be at Comic Con or not, but she has some pretty cool stuff, including plush weaponry.

The Comic and Toy Expo was a lot of fun, and Comic Con is going to be even better! I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of the same people again, and hope to have some new geeky designs ready!

Swords and Sabres

I’m setting up at Swords and Sabres in less than two weeks!

What: A medieval/pirate/steampunk festival
Where: Coronation Park
When: Saturday, June 13th, 11am-8pm

I set up there two years ago, and enjoyed my time there. I couldn’t make it last year as I was busy sewing my grad dress, so I’m excited to be back. This time I will have my own tent rather than sharing the larger vendor tent, so it should be even more fun.

My booth in 2013

 

Reaching Across Borders show followup

Last Saturday I was at the Reaching Across Border’s Tenth Annual Craft Show, and it’s definetly one I’d like to return to. Not only was it a lot of fun, and the customers were buying, I thought the organizers put a special effort in to make the crafters feel welcomed. This included – and this is the first time I’ve been to a show that does this – assisting the crafters in bringing in their supplies.
I also had lovely neighbors, and I ended up selling all the remaining pieces of steampunk jewelry. It was a lovely show, and I ended up picking up a Christmas gift as well, so it was successful in every way.
I definetly recommend you attend next year. If you’re interested in finding out more about Reaching Across Borders and the work that they do, you can find their page here.

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.

Craft Show Followup

Both Craft shows I’ve previously posted about were a success. Interestingly the Interlake show sold more than the St. Vital show.

The St. Vital show was slow, since half the city was putting on craft shows at the same time. I was introduced to several people whom I’m supposed to have met in the past, and I had a great time. It’s an annual event, and I definitely want to go next year.

The Interlake craft show was fun, very much a social event. Lots of people from my church came, and I knew almost everyone.

I also was at the Fellowship Circle Church’s craft show during Riverton’s Midnight Madness, but it wasn’t busy at all. The location wasn’t the best, and I think that Riverton’s Midnight Madness is running out of steam.

All in all, the shows were good, I made some new friends, and enough money for it to be worth it. I’m probably not going to do any more shows this season unless I can find some good ones in the area.