Getting it together

It’s been an interesting couple of months. We have had a lot going on personally as well as professionally. We’ve been R&D-ing our parts off to come up with some new designs both for jewelry and props. It’s amazing how much you learn just from one show to the next. We’d like to thank all of the people who came to see us at Phoenix Fan Fest and Keen Halloween! Both were fantastic conventions and we not only got to see some old friends, but made new ones!

Speaking of shows, our next show is Tucson Comic-con! We’re really looking forward to it, as it’s our home town show. It’s going to be much bigger this year, and we also have some media guests, which is a first for TCC. Kind of excited to meet Marina Sirtis, that is if I can get up the cojones to speak to her. 🙂 I dunno, we’ll see.

We’ll be in Crafter’s Alley, right in between Cosplay and Author’s Alley, tables C-7/8.

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We are also starting to lay out our schedule for next year. We’re adding some street festivals and art fairs in addition to the Conventions. Come February, we’re looking to do the Two Rivers Renaissance Festival. That should be a gas! Wild Wild West Con,  Westercon70, Phoenix Comicon, and Boston Comic-con are on the list of conventions so far. We’re also looking at events in Southern California, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada. Basically, anywhere we can drive to reasonably in a day.

Stay tuned!

Rocks and rolling ankles

I have been out of commission for the last week.  I threw my back out when I rolled my ankle on a rock during my morning walk. I am not the most graceful at the best of times, and I probably should just wear a helmet all the time.

That postponed a lot of plans I had. I was kind of angry about it until it dawned on me that I wasn’t panicking. I have a list of what I have to get accomplished for the opening of my gallery (that is happening on Monday, 7/18!), along with having everything made (kind of behind on that what with the whole being flat on my back thing), inventoried, packed, and ready to go for our next convention, SuperToyCon. That’s the first weekend in August.

The first few days, I couldn’t hardly move. And let me just say that I’m cranky when I am prevented from doing what I want to do. So what did I do while listening to Dune play in the background? I started to set up my store on my website.

I really haven’t been happy with Etsy for a while. I feel I don’t have much control over what I can do with my shop. I like to be able to tweak things. The fact that I can’t seem to link to my blog annoys the hell out of me. That coupled with the fact that unless you pay them or watch your shop like a hawk, your creations get lost in the “stuff and shosh”*.

Jonathan helped me start a shop on my blog a long time ago, then we tried Etsy. Well, we’re revisiting hosting our own store on our own website. He gave me advice and pointed me in the right direction and I stared teaching myself how to use the WooCommerce software.

Much swearing, tears, running of cats, and a few “Eureka!” moments later, I found my groove and proceeded to totally rock the building of my happy shop.

I (and my shop) will be happier when I have more products listed. I think I’ve done well so far. My goal is to upload at least one item per day. That involves taking photos, quick editing said photos, writing a bit of code, writing (at least somewhat) interesting product descriptions, and using one of the least intuitive pieces of software that I’ve come across in a long time. Having said that, once you figure it out, you think: “Of course you do it like that! It makes sense now!” You find your groove and move on.

 

*Thanks Cathy for the turn of phrase! :^*

Back from Phoenix Comicon and Our Next Shows

Phoenix Comicon 2016

STCLV16-510x510We would like to thank each and every one of you for coming out to see us at the Phoenix Convention Center last weekend for one of our best shows ever. The good people with the Phoenix Comicon, the Phoenix Convention Center and everyone working there have really gotten things under control and it was a really smooth process for us (and you). We met so many new people and many have subscribed here.

Announcing SuperToyCon LV 2016

Look for us at the upcoming Las Vegas Super ToyCon at The Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, August 5-7, 2016. We do not have our table number yet, but we will have 2 large tables in Artist Alley. This is our first time at this show so we are very excited to see how things go. Come on in for some awesome retro-vintage, see our new prop guns, and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for the latest products and promos.

Upcoming Venues

Phoenix Comicon FanFest 2016

Now at the Phoenix Convention Center in Downtown Phoenix. October 22 & 23. Don’t have a table assignment yet, but we’ll have 2 tables in Artist Alley.

Tucson Comicon 2016

Our 2nd year in a row for Tucson Comicon on November 4-6, 2016 at the Tucson Convention Center in Downtown Tucson. We will also have 2 tables for this show, but won’t have our table assignment for a while.

Keep an eye out for future shows! We can’t wait to see you there!