Category: Conventions

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


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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On the Road Again….


One week from today I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my display table and anxiously awaiting the arrival of the first customers. This is because one week from today I’ll be at Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence, RI. As this only is my second show as a vendor, and my first out of the state, to say I’m a little nervous is a bit of an understatement.

As with my first time at Steel City Con, I have had many sleepless nights worrying about what could happen. We are leaving late Thursday afternoon/early evening – will we have any problems getting there? Will the New England weather be accommodating? Will it be easy to find where I’m supposed to be. Add to that this is my first time ever attending a convention in Rhode Island. At least with Steel City Con I had the benefit of knowing the layout, having been there multiple times as a guest, and it was close to home, so the additional expenses were minimal. This is completely uncharted territory.

I worry, too, will I have enough products – will I not sell anything – I check and double check all my stitches, but has something happened and there is a tear? I mean endless scenarios of self-doubt go through my head. Part of me wonders if it was so wise to jump into the vending arena this early in my business life – part of me wonders if I would have done this when I had essentialEme (my essential oil business) if that would still be going strong today.

I know that whatever happens is going to happen – logically. And I know that I need to just relax and try to enjoy the experience. However, those little voices in my head just don’t want to quiet. They want to torment me with insecurities and doubts. Fingers crossed all will go well and the show will be a success – I hope to even see some of you there if you are in the Rhode Island vicinity.

I’m sure there will be a ton of pictures on Instagram (@lilluvviesamigurumi) of what is going on at the show. I will also do a wrap up here once I get home and get settled. The only bad bit of planning is I come back from Rhode Island and in about a month, I have Steel City Con again. I need to pay more attention to the calendar when planning these in the future to give me time to restock.

Okay, I’m off to furiously crochet and get as much stored up as possible before next week. Wish me luck.

Hugs and cuddles,