Monday, 25 May 2015

Another convention complete.

Well, that's Anime North for this year!

I am so tired. I am only slightly human right now. Not FanExpo level lack of humanity but still.

I didn't realize it at first, but this year was my most successful by far. Which is very nice. Part of that is attributed to the fact my overhead was much smaller this time around, and part of it was sheer sales. A bit of a relief too, since you never know going into this kind of thing. Hopefully Fanexpo will be equally bountiful. My overhead might go high, since I went through a bunch of supplies that I might have to reorder/rebuy, but I will do everything in my power to keep it as low as possible.

As for popularity of product:

- Triforce cuffs seemed to be the consistent winner. I might look into making more colours outside of the green/gold and purple/silver variety. Possible black?

- Flowers sold well, sold about half which is fairly consistent, I'll have to remake more.

- Non-Pastel fascinators seem to sell best. Didn't sell all my Muskoka's which sort of surprised me, but it happens. I'll need to make more black/red and black/blue.

-Chocobo'\s didn't sell as much as I hoped. A lot of people liked them mind you, so I still plan on doing them. The loftwings sold however, so I will do those again. Perhaps I will add a Groose coloured one.

-My three random Dean's Bracelet sold like, right away. I will definately make those again, since people like them so much.

So... yeah. That's the trend so far. Three months until the next con, and a lot of work to do there. But not today.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Warning. Incoming Convention

Looks like it's finally time.

Dear Olympian gods on your funky mountain, my legs are tired. And I haven't even been to the con yet. I have, however, been running up and down two flights of stairs for the past four hours trying to pack everything and anything.

It's all good now.... I think. I know I am missing something. But it's all in that just about to be full packed stage which can't be done until one is about ready to leave so it's making me edgy.


I need to think about something else of a while I think.

Monday, 18 May 2015

Now on Tumblr

Okay, so my attempt have more of an online presence is unfolding. While this blog is my mental ruminations, I wanted a place on the social media network I could have more of a store like presence without the store.
Mainly because I don't really have the ability to run an Etsy at this time. 

And I like to keep my rambling seperate.

Since my current business cards don't reflect this new blog, I might make teeny labels to apply to them.

It's pretty rough so far but, eh, it's a start. A little more work, and it's much more functional for upcoming cons.

Another thing off the list anyway.


Okay. Okay.

Though I still feel like I should knock out some more...somethings, the time limit is making me antsy for getting everything sort out and ready to pack, so I am switching gears.

And making cornbread for tonight's Victoria day gathering.

Most I am uselessly going between rooms with a notebook making redundant lists of stuff I need. 

I know I am forgetting something obvious but I don't know what that is.

How unfocused.

Maybe I'll sew business cards. That will be productive.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

The Final week.


Animenorth is what, 5 days away? Totally workable.

Today was.... I suppose productive. I was out for the majority, so really anything I accomplished today was merely a pleasant bonus. 

I scampered around the house trying to chose what to wear to the con for the three days. While not in costume, I feel an outfit that is functional and one that displays ones wares is the most effective. I think I've decided to do a Legend of Zelda casual outfit (basically what I wore to the Symphony of the Goddesses), my Impala costume from Halloween with slight modifications, and one that's really just designed to show off my spats in all their fabulousness. As such, I needed to cut and fray check a ribbon for the co-coordinating supernatural cuff, and I just whipped up a triforce cuff for me personally which is currently drying as well.

I might work on my signage a bit tonight too, since I plan on having just clip art of Loftwings and Chocobos to draw attention to their associated fascinators. Pricing signage too.

Last bit of the display should be finished tomorrow then I can run a mock up to make sure everything is going to fit as planned,

Then it's just any last minute additions and then making sure I've got it all together by Thursday. Doable, I hope.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Off the Cuff - This time with more lace

I rarely get a lot of sewing work done once I am home from my day job, because frankly, my legs are tired and there isn't much energy around elsewhere either. But, somehow I managed to whip up the last three vintage lace cuffs I need to make.

And by last, I mean, no more. The vintage lace I saved from Costume Con is now used up save for a small bit left for me personally. Get 'em while they're hot because when they are gone, they are gone.

Friday, 8 May 2015

Off the Cuff Part... *shrugs*

Triforce cuffs complete, and currently drying.

Just had enough ribbon for all of them. Just. Which is good....except FanExpo's overhead is going to be that much higher if (when!) I need to make more.

That leaves the Supernatural set to be decorate...because I think I grommeted them already? Right? And then I should knock off a pair of Attack on Titan ones.

After that, it's a few more flowers and....that could be it? I think that's all I planned on making?

Still have to finish up the display, maybe tomorrow. I just need to figure out the spacing of the magnets and then glue them on. Then last coat of paint and that's done too.

Oh. Business cards. Need to sew them.

Animenorth is sneaking up, but no panic yet. 

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Off the cuff - continues

Finished black/red cuffs. Currently drying, but done enough to add them to inventory.

*pats self on back*

Off the Cuff

With freshly cut ribbons swaying their fray checked ends in the breeze, I carry on with today's cuffs.

Applied the grommets for the black and red cuffs, though I had three failures so hopefully I have enough to make all that I planned for animenorth, because I really don't want to have to rush order more.

Trims for Antiforce and Black/Red cuffs have been pinned on and ready to sew, and the triforce's have been stitched to their Antifore bases.

I should start cutting out the triangles I need for the like... 8 triforce cuffs, but I should also eat breakfast since it's like...nearly one now. Oops.

Ah well, getting more done than I expected this morning... or now afternoon. Cool.