Yup, We Went to a Bigfoot Festival in 2019!

Here’s some of the fun I didn’t get to share with everyone in the busy time of the year – we went to a Bigfoot Festival! Actually, we sort of went to two. Let me explain… 🙂

IMG_20190824_112553.jpgAs often happens in a year, we found we had a gap with fewer shows than we thought, so we went on a last minute online rush to find some shows we could do and keep things going. We ended up finding a small event in Cherokee, NC. It was the first Cherokee Legends Comic Con. As we’re still having fun exploring our state, we decided why the hell not?

So first the fun that is Cherokee… We had never been out there before, and I have to say it was kind of cool to do an event on the Cherokee reservation. We had no idea how we would do business-wise, so we made sure we would have fun anyway. I found us possibly the oddest and most fun hotel we have stayed at. We were in what looked like a 1970s built tourist “teepee” fronted cabin. It looked run down terrifying from the drive up (seriously, I forewarned my husband so he wouldn’t think I was totally crazy), but absolutely delightful once you were there. We had a full cabin with a nice kitchen and multiple bedrooms, and then the back opened up into an awesome porch with hot tub, over one of the creeks that feeds the river in town. So nice!

And that river was one of the things I loved about Cherokee. When we weren’t working, we were taking walks in beautiful parks on the water, and stopping in silly touristy shops. (Yes, we did also go to the casino before we left.) Since I grew up in a family that collected native art, I also took time to find some real galleries.

The event was entertaining, and not bad for a very small first year event. Unfortunately several vendors did not show up… but fortunately we’d also brought pretty much all of our stock with us, so we ended up taking over an entire row to help fill the room. We were back to back with two of the celebrity guests, so we had an awesome time chatting and laughing during the many slow times. Not exactly a  money maker for us, but fun.

The event was organized by someone who had primarily had organized Bigfoot and related conventions in the past, and it showed. There was a lot more Bigfoot or alien sightings or supernatural experiences to the panels than comics, but it was still a lot of fun, and an introduction to an event type that we had not done before. And as a result of being there, we were invited to the South Carolina Bigfoot Festival.

IMG_20191026_102306This was another moment of “Sure, why not?” So in October, we were off to a Bigfoot themed street festival in South Carolina.

We don’t do a lot of street festivals anymore. We used to do more, but as our work is not exactly main stream it doesn’t tend to do really well for us. Well, not so great at sales for this one because of that bane of outdoor festivals in October – rain. But oh my was it a blast!

Costumed people as Bigfoot wandering around and posing for pictures, contests for Bigfoot look-alikes and having the biggest feet, this town knows how to throw a great event!

If we do these again, we hope for better weather, and will bring more Bigfoot and cryptid related items with us.

(I did make these silly journal covers for the South Carolina Bigfoot Festival. I’m going to make more – see them on Etsy here!)

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Event Review – Anachrocon

We spent last weekend at another event that was new to us, though it was the 10th anniversary of the event overall. The fun of moving south means that our day-travel radius has shifted… if we’re willing to push it, as far south as Atlanta.

So that’s where we went!

The other fun part of this is that we are meeting all new vendors and customers. So we had a nice weekend meeting fun new people.

Unfortunatly, much like our show earlier in February, we had a lot of time to meet our fellow vendors. Traffic was light, and those who had done this convention repeatedly all agreed that things were down year over year. Still, we did generally well, met awesome new people, and have some new custom orders to tackle – which I will definitely be sharing in progress pictures of! Keep an eye on our Instagram if no where else.

Now on to the photos!

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I love this dealer’s room sign! I wish more conventions would be creative with it.
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The nice and not to big dealer’s room.
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Obligatory picture of Nathaniel finishing pieces in the booth. He’s gained an audience.
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Another booth photo! The creepy shield did startle a couple of people.
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Wood spoons and wood knives. We’ve got it covered!
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A fun example of taking creative inspiration from found objects. The skull sword got lots of attention.
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There were so many excellent costumes about! Love these two.
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Steampunk Scarecrow! Wish I’d seen him back when I did steampunk Batman villians for Dragon Con.
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This woman is determined to spread more positivity to the world, and I love her cause!
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Awesome time machine made out of a mobility scooter.
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When traveling in time, you totally need a plasma caster, right?
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Our big steampunk contraption is finally ready for sharing. Glad they had fun posing with our weapon!
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Excellent music for the Saturday evening concert. Tuatha Dea were lots of fun!
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Wish this band had a larger audience, because they were a blast!
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Spider lace totally needs a spider sword…
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…or, apparantly, a Harley hammer, since that went home with her for her own customization.

 

 

 

Event Review: Bull City Robotic Rodeo

We’re happy to have started our year with an all new adventure in Steampunk, and a new local show! This show had its good and bad, but I hope the team that put it together tries again next year.

First, huge compliments to the organizers of this event. They had all sorts of awesome things going on all hours of the event, and a bunch of amazing creators. Honestly, it was one of the best dealer’s rooms for quality that I have ever seen. We had fun reunions with steampunk creators that we usually see up north.

I even ended up on TV!

 

 

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Catching Up – What a Year It’s Been!

Hello everyone! It’s been quite the crazy year and we’re way behind on sharing what we’ve been up to. And there is awesome news to come!

So, let’s start with catching up on a year worth of incredible shows and a huge thank you for everyone who came out to see us.

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First to kick off the summer was Awesome Con! Cynthia squeezed a lot into one little table. Next year, we have a full booth to share our geeky armor designs!

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It was the weekend of Wonder Woman! This amazon came back to show off the bracers she bought from us.

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Blerdcon was a first year convention in DC, dedicated to underrepresented groups in pop culture. It was one of the most welcoming events I have ever been to, and we are happily looking forward to next year.

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A closeup of our extreme colorfulness for Blerdcon.

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Scares That Care! This was our third year at this event, one of our favorites every year.

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Our awesome artist friend Kat joined us in our room this year, and made these awesome signs to help people find us.

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…and then she became part of the room decor…

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…until we had a little building emergency adventure.

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But all was well and we kept on having fun for charity!

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Next was our first time at FanExpo Boston. A decent weekend, though we definitely learned from it if we choose to do it again.

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Our endcap booth at Boston. The artist section of this one really is print and comic artists, so we’d be better off in the dealer area.

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Dragon Con! Another crowded tiny table. I am hoping for more space for next year.

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These bottles continued to be a huge hit – almost all of them sold day one!

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Entering fall with Frederick Pagan Pride. A beautiful, brightly sunny day.

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Nathaniel put out a great display of new bone knives for the fall.

That’s it for the shows that I remembered to take pictures of this past year! Check out our show schedule to see where to find us next.

Event Review: Steampunk World’s Fair 2017

This was our second year doing Steampunk World’s Fair, and we were happy to move to an inside hotel room space. This set up is unique as far as shows we have done – the first floor hotel rooms become vending space, small boutique shops that have creative set ups. Fortunately a vendor friend pointed out we would need to bring more lights, because hotel rooms are not meant to be bright. We also thought to buy a lot more vertical displays, because this was not a good space to try and bring multiple tables in and have multiple customers at a time.

Only things we’d change for next year? Confirm all details with the hotel so we don’t have any check-in issues like we did this year, get something eyecatching to put outside our room, and make some advertising posters including that we do costume repair.

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First wall you see when you come in – our refinished water guns, the popular flasks, and more.

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Fully into the room – waist cinchers and masks.

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The grid wall and extra lighting really made a difference in our display.

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My first holsters, and a continuation of my leather and lace series.

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More swords and the giant flask. Our eye catching corner.

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One of the takers on our repair services. Love to corgi themed costumes!

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The costumes are definitely one of the highlights of Steampunk World’s Fair.

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Nathaniel’s plasma caster – huge steampunk mod. Can you guess what this started as?

Show Review: Glimmerdark 2017

Yeah, I am way behind. Glimmerdark was in February, a fantasy and dark fairy convention that took over from Wicked Faire. It had it’s issues as a new/revised event, but I look forward to seeing what it becomes.

So to catch up more easily, I’m just going to sum it up in pictures. Enjoy!

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All set in the ballroom. We had to be a little creative since our booth opened on three sides.

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My new lightup cloak! Playing with sheer materials for the fairies.

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Masks and light up blades. The light ups were a hit – one area where occasional darkness was to our benefit.

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New sign, and lots of cloaks.

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Green fairy backpack flask.

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Happy barbarian fae with her new club!

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A view down the aisle, for a bit of the show feel. We don’t get out of our booth much.

After Show Report: Steampunk Frederick

We don’t do a lot of one day shows, and this one was unique. Fun, creative… It was great for a small show’s first year, and I really look forward to seeing what it becomes.

In August in the historic downtown of Frederick, MD, there is a Penny Farthing race. You know those Victorian bicycles with the huge wheel? Yup, people race those. Steampunk Frederick was located at a small theater about a block away, with all sorts of interesting creative types. It took a lot of adjusting to figure out how we were all setting up in the odd spaces of the hallways and small rooms, but once we worked that out it was a fun, long day.

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We got our almost two tables worth of space along a wall across from the entrance to the actual stage.

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Thank you neighbor, we think you’re awesome too!

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Hello again Momo! It’s fun seeing rennaissance faire vendor friends at the steampunk shows.

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And our steampunk vendor friends, bringing out their awesome costumes!

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Steampunk Dalek and a penny farthing. I love the pairing.

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Awesome Steampunk Tardis!

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Moment of recognition for contributions to the steampunk community.

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Show Review: Scares That Care Weekend

Hello again! We are entering our slow time between shows, so I’m getting caught up on all of my show photos and such from this past year. Then it’ll be time for year in review and fun planning for next year!

Scares That Care Weekend is one of our favorite events. It is not our most profitable, but it’s a weekend of awesome people who love horror and trying to do good for charity. This year, we got a whole conference room to fill with our stuff however we wanted. Up side – we could show off a lot of stuff and be creative with our display. Downside – the second floor gets less traffic and the room we chose was… well, more hidden than we realized.

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Come on boney, help us show people where we are…

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So, leave the haunted house, then take a sharp turn…

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…down the skinny hidden hallway…

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… and into room 14! We posted lots of these posters to try and help people find us. Plus, first show with our new logo!

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Nice and open room to show lots of different products!

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Room was an unusual shape, but that meant we could set up a nice sales and work table.

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More shadow box kits! People got a good laugh out of these.

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Swords, props, bottles… so much to shop through!

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Costumes around the event were awesome. The Chanels and the Red Devil came for a visit.

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Even out in the parking lot people were having a silly, fun, horror time.

Huge thanks to all of our helpers who showed people where we were!

We are already paid up for next year. We will be on the second floor again, but in a more obvious room next time. And we’ll go even further on atmosphere and display!

Shore Leave 2016 – After Show Report

Shore Leave was one of my first conventions I did regularly. I have a lot of early convention memories from this show – volunteering with the art show, hanging out with Klingons, getting some of my first celebrity autographs. But, after a couple of hit or miss years of sales, I hadn’t vended at this convention for a while. Looking for more shows this year, and now that I am selling completely different things than I used to, it was time for another try.

All told, it was awesome to be welcomed back. Sales weren’t amazing but weren’t bad, good staff and fun to see people again.

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Getting ready for a show is always interesting. Here is what going through the inventory looks like.

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No need for a mirror – there’s a huge one behind us! We got creative with splitting a six foot table, which is a small display for us these days.

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We were given a table by a ballroom door, so we were able to hang cloaks on a chain for people to look through.

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Light up Death Star fascination with tie fighters! I loved it.

Steampunk World’s Fair 2016

Speaking of shows with interesting weather problems…

I can not say enough positive things about the staff of Steampunk World’s Fair. It was everything else that went wrong.

So, first there was pouring rain during set up. Made the traffic to get there horrible, and we showed up just before the show was supposed to open. Steampunk World’s Fair has a vendor set up different from any other show we have done. There were several different places that vendor tables and booths could be set up – ballrooms in each of the two hotels, first floor rooms in the hotels, hallways in the hotels, and the outdoor midway between the two hotels. We were located in the midway. Which, if the weather had been nice, would have been a really neat place. There were a lot of vendors and the main stage, giving the whole area a really festive feel.

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Browsing the damp booth on Friday afternoon.

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I didn’t have time to catch many costume photos, but I loved this Spidey.

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Happy customer! The giant hammer finds a new home.

We were allowed to pull up even though we were late, rush set up in the rain, and were ready to go. The weather cleared, and Friday night was awesome. It also is one of the few shows we do that goes to after dark. That means good booth lighting if you are outdoors is a must.

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Friday night at the World’s Fair. The booth lighting and the concerts made this so festive.

Saturday started good, but then the clouds and wind really picked up. Rain is manageable, but wind is complete havoc on an outside show. About 4:30 the clouds got really, really dark and we found out about a lightning storm coming in. So with all of us with metal tents, we were told to evacuate the midway.

This was another time the staff was awesome, as well as the guests. We had so many helping hands to first get our inventory packed up and inside, and then getting the tent taken down and into the van. We waited out the storm from the van, then came back about 7 to set back up. A bunch of other vendors did not return that night… which, since it was also a big concert night, made it the best part of our sales.

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Adventurer’s tea sets – one of my big hits of the fair.

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Fun Steampunk jewelry, made with pieces of old books, gears, propellers, wings, and crystals.

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Plastic refinished toy guns – a lot of these still made the ridiculous sound effects.

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For pirates, airship or otherwise, a hand tooled leather water skin.

Unfortunately, setting back up also resulted in a call from the staff at 2:30 in the morning. The wind had picked back up and our tent had tried to make a break for it. The staff was awesome – we showed back up to find everything broken down and anything that might blow away weighted down. We packed up and got what sleep we could.

Which leads us to Sunday. First, the adventure of getting to the show. The convention was right near Rutger’s University, and that day was their commencement. On top of that, the speaker was President Obama, which meant all sorts of road blocks. We got lucky – a cop managing one of the blocks recognized us as heading to Steampunk World’s Fair, and gave us directions that would get us there. Other visitors were not so lucky.

We made it back out the try and set up again to find even fewer vendors outside. The wind was vicious. We and one of our neighbors gave up on attempting tents after they tried to blow away the moment we tried to set them up, and went for just tables and product, yard sale style. About an hour of that, and the vendor coordinator offered those of us who wanted to move tables in one of the hallways.

So, we condensed our 10 ft by 10 ft booth inventory to a single table as best we could, but at least we still had the chance to sell all three days.

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Light up knives and whatever we could fit on the hallway table.

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What’s left on Sunday – we needed more inventory!

We learned quite a bit with this show. We really hope to do this show again, but any indoor space we can get. And we know better what inventory to bring. For one, we need more of it. My adventurer tea sets, which I launched at this show, almost completely sold out. Nathaniel almost completely sold out of his refinished toy guns and light up knives.

And above all else, we have to say, this staff was awesome.