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Year in Review and Upcoming

This year has been amazing! I got my first four shows out of the way. From the first one, I was blown away by the response. I love people “getting the joke” and laughing. I love the “awww, so cute”s, the repeat customers, and just the general feeling that somehow, I made the world a little bit better. If you would have told me last year this is where I would be now, I would have laughed and said how nice that sounded, but certainly would not be true. Every day, I get to be creative. Every day, I get to do what I love and that is so rewarding. For everyone who has supported me through purchases, posts, likes, word of mouth, and kind words, THANK YOU. You are the reason I am able to continue doing this.

So what now? I’m in the process of upgrading my website to a storefront. Being able to reach the market between shows and being available to your timing needs is important to me. Each order will include FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. I am always open to a custom order, from bulk to some crazy octopus I haven’t thought of yet.

Next year, I have NerdFaire mini con at the Lynnwood Convention Center in February. I cannot tell you how excited I am. It used to be a dream to be a con vendor and now, I venture into con vendordom. (Say that 5 times fast.) I will be offering a con exclusive design, so be on the lookout for that in February! As mentioned before, The Make Sale will be in April, so I have a limited time to restock, followed by Geek Craft Market on May the 4th! June is Oddmall Emporium of the Weird Summer Spectacular. Keep in mind I design and make all the things I sell, so I will be super busy and loving every minute of it!!

In the meantime, enjoy this photo of me trying to make a sign with my name, being annoyed I didn’t have another “s”, then realizing something just wasn’t right…

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I’m Octo-sessed!

Or maybe I’m an Obsess-topus? I’m not sure. All I know is that I CANNOT stop making octopuses. (I did some research and grammar nerds say it is octopuses, not octopi, but feel free to debate amongst yourselves. That didn’t stop me from making an “Octo-pumpkin-pi” for Thanksgiving, though.)

Anyway, here are a few samplings that will have their unveiling at Lake Forest Park Holiday Market December 16 from 10-3. Be sure to grab them before they are gone FOR-EV-ER, or at least until I make another one (which could be forever).

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Well that went well

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Thank you all for coming out and supporting me at my very first show ever! I had an absolute blast and enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new ones. I knew I would enjoy the making of all the things for a show, but I wasn’t sure I’d like the show itself. Sure, they were long days, but I had help from a couple very special people (who I appreciate and love so much) and was situated next to two very nice and helpful vendors. One of my favorite things was MacGyvering the display so signs stayed up and looked nice. On a whim, I brought T-pins and I used them ALL OVER the booth. I learned so much over the weekend: about myself, business, and people!

My main take away is: You like me. You really like me. My top sellers were manatees and miniatures. I was blown away by their popularity. They are my favorite things to make, so that works out REALLY well. I’d made some things simply because I thought that’s what people would expect to find at a fair booth, but they didn’t do so well. What sold was MY IDEAS and MY DESIGNS. I think I’ll just keep doing whatever the hell I want, because that’s who I am. I started doing this to be me, make all the things and make people laugh. (My business cards even say I’m a humorist.) I’m just not a very good “corporate” employee, nor am I good at conforming. So now I have bins of inventory I thought were my guaranteed sellers staring at me, reminding me that people want genuine-ness and made up words. I’m already applying to my next shows and I hope to see you at one of those!IMG_5442