I like to think we know each other well enough now for you to know that I am not the most laid back of people; probably why I’m diagnosed with chronic migraines. I like to be as much in control of my own destiny as possible. However, I also am aware of my (many) faults, one of the biggest of which is that I hold an advanced degree in the field of Procrastination.
Sometimes it isn’t even that I procrastinate so much as I am just slow still at crocheting, and am easily distracted…..squirrel.
Whatever the heart of the matter is, as of today I have 30 days until Awesome Con and my first convention of 2019. With that deadline approaching I am starting to worry about the fact that I don’t have as many Luvvies ready for stock as what I was hoping for: This fact has me more than a little nervous. Part of the reason I don’t think I succeeded as well as I could have in Rhode Island is because I didn’t have enough stock – neither from a diversity standpoint, or from the multiples for the same item. Another reason could be different crowds, different desires.
It is this second reason that has me doubly nervous about Awesome Con – that and the fact that I have never attended the convention before, even as a guest. I don’t know what to expect. Are these fans who have a wide array of interests? Should I focus more on my Pokemon materials? More on less popular characters? It is this indecision that is hindering me the most because I start a project and then stop it because I think something else could potentially sell better.
I’ve been tying to think about what I want to do. I’ve done superhero Luvvies before and they have not been super successful. At the same time, some of the more generic cuties that I had so much fun making and that I think will be well received, sit unloved and have to be packed back into their crates to wait for the next con.
I’ve been trying to look at a some what different approach. I’m doing comic/fan related softees, but more generic. Bear with me, I know that doesn’t make a ton of sense.
One thing that I’m trying to incorporate is having some of the Peanuts characters available for sale. I have just completed Lucy van Pelt and Charlie Brown. I’m hoping to be able to get at least Snoopy and Woodstock done so they can join their friends.
I grew up with the Charlie Brown cartoons and comic strips (and yes, I sobbed uncontrollably at “Snoopy Come Home,” I do not watch it any more). And I enjoyed the “Peanuts” movie when it came out. To me, the Peanuts gang is timeless – it isn’t something that is going to be a fad that I have to make sure I hit the right con at the right time. So I think they will do well.
Also when talking about more “timeless” fandoms, I have been working on a series of Winnie the Pooh characters. I have Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger, too all ready for Awesome Con. I am hoping I will be able to get Eeyore done so he can join his friends.
My room was done in Winnie the Pooh for years when I was growing up – and then I changed to Strawberry Shortcake. When I was pregnant with Desi, I immediately knew that I wanted her room in Pooh, too. She still has that theme, even at 10. She loves the characters, and they definitely had a resurgence with last year’s “Christopher Robin.” With all that said, I think they can be rather successful at the convention.
Of course I know that the con is the same weekend that Avengers: End Game debuts, so having some Iron Man, Cap, and Hulk would be a good idea. The question truly will be how much can I get done before it is time to go?I guess we will see how much I can produce and that I’m happy with. In the meantime, the stress is on, as is the countdown.
Hugs and Cuddles,