A chance to take a breath

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With April being nearly at an end, I’m finally reaching a point where I can stop and take a breath. We’re done traveling (at least until mid-May), and I’m done with my first show of the year!

I spent last weekend vending at Norwescon. I attended Norwescon a few years back, and had a lot of difficulty being there as a fan. This was primarily because we stayed in the hotel, but I got minimal sleep (lots of noise in the hallways at night), and I was just back from a trip (because Ambercon US and Norwescon are always back to back weekends).

This time around, I had a much better time. Being able to sit behind a table 90% of the time I was there was a definite help. I could watch people walking by in their fantastic costumes, and occasionally got them to stop and chat for a few minutes, while they looked over the stuff I was selling. I also had fantastic help in the form of my friend Red, and got additional help from my friend Katie on a couple of the days. They were very good about watching the booth when I needed to run to the restroom, and checked in on me regularly when they were out doing fun stuff.

I did get to a handful of panels in the evenings, after the dealer’s room closed, but my main focus was really on selling things. Which I did, well enough. I got asked about a couple of new items. One of them, eyeballs with jingle bells inside, I had done before, and was able to whip some up quickly. I then proceeded to sell EVERY SINGLE ONE that I made. I actually ran out of my stash of jingle bells. I will be getting more bells and stocking up on those before my next show.

The other item I was asked about was crocheted animal ears, which I think are totally doable. I may not have time to work those up before my next show, but I will be making them soon and listing them online, as well as bringing them to some of the conventions and nerdy shows that I do. I’m planning on doing some on clips and some on stretchy headbands, and possibly some that can be slid onto hard plastic headbands. And while rabbit ears are probably out of┬áthe question (unless I give them some structure with wire), I think I can come up with designs for a whole bunch of other animals! So let me know if there’s something you’d like to see!