Category: Conventions

The Time Has Come….For Me to Start Stressing

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,

Elisha

Third Time Lucky?

There is a dream in my head that I am sitting at a convention working at my table for Lil’ Luvvies, and Brent Spiner (the actor who played Lt. Cmmdr Data on Star Trek the Next Generation) walks past, looks at my work, smiles brilliantly, and tells me to keep up the awesome work. That would be awesome…….

And then, I wake up and realize, it isn’t a dream – this actually happened at the December Steel City Con. There is no real context to this except that my husband was helping me man the table, I was working on something (maybe a Deadpool) and I looked up to see Brent Spiner walking down the aisle. I went to subtly nudge my husband so we could geek out together, and next thing I know, Brent is walking past my table, looking at my Luvvies, and telling me I’m doing a great job. It sounds like something I would write for a story.

Needless to say that was the absolute highlight of my time at the December 2018 Steel City Con.

This con was my third of 2018 (and second in as many months) and I was stressed beyond belief.

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Best Laid Plans, and All That Jazz

When I left work on Wednesday, I was full of high hopes. After all, I had a four day weekend ahead of me. I was not in charge of preparing the Thanksgiving meal, and there were no pressing concerns I had to attend to. It was a chance to get some work in and get pieces ready for Steel City Con (December 7-9, 2018, in Monroeville, PA).

The great thing about this plan – in my mind – was that I knew my daughter would be on board. She likes to sit with me and watch television and color or talk to me while I crochet. My husband would be able to attend to his blog, or have some much needed time to himself, and I could finally get work done and get some of this black cloud away from me as I stress that I will not have enough for the convention.

Pretty much as soon as I got home Wednesday things started to go off the rails. Four months ago, my father had asked me to make him a rainbow sock monkey, like one I made for last Steel City Con. I actually had started the project before leaving for Rhode Island and had made good progress, I just needed to finish it. As fate would have it, Thanksgiving this year also marked his birthday. Because it was his birthday and he had been waiting so long for the sock monkey (he affectionately calls “Bigfoot”), I wanted to work overtime to get this done.

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Under Pressure

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As I mentioned recently, I just returned home from Rhode Island Comic Con. I learned so much from the convention, had great times with friends, and helped some luvvies find their new mommies and daddies. However, on the flip side (the business side) things didn’t work out exactly as I had hoped, as I didn’t even make back the fee for my table, let alone for the hotel and gas money to travel there. While I try to chalk the loss up to experience and getting the business out there to people who might never have found me, the accountant in me is stressing. Why did I do this again? Why did I agree to take on a business? Why didn’t I just keep this as a fun hobby? Read More…

There and Back Again…A RICC Tale

I always have the best of intentions, but they don’t always work out the way that I intend them to – I guess that’s why they are intentions. I meant to post a wrap up of my first Lil’ Luvvies trip to Rhode Island Comic Con when I got back, but a terrible migraine sidelined me for a few days.

There is so much to unpack from my weekend in the Ocean State…so many good memories and fun crammed into such a short weekend. However, I will try not to bore anyone to tears and will keep things as brief as possible.

The one negative to the whole excursion was I didn’t break even – not even close. I didn’t even end up making my table cost back. But, I met a lot of people – handed out my card to a lot of potential customers, so I am hoping that will lead to future business, so I am optimistic.

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