Do you live near the Indianapolis area or just in the area for the weekend? If so, then come on over to GenCon! Nicole, myself, and Marc will be in the entrepreneurs’ alley this weekend!
We will be selling our crafts and talking to people about Craft Hackers. You’ll find us here:
So when you enter the Vendor area, turn right and Entrepreneurs’ alley is in the far right back corner.
GenCon has something for everyone with tons of panels, games, events, and just a ton of fun. Tickets are $30 for one day or $80 for all four days. Speaking of panels, check out the Craft Hackers panel:
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It is a free panel but there are only 80 spots. Gen Con likes everyone to sign up for panels ahead of time in order to make sure there is room if you would like to attend. So to sign up head over here: https://www.gencon.com/events/62731 (you may have to create an account or sign in).
We are looking forward to seeing a new city and can’t wait to see everyone! If you want more details on Gen Con in general you can find them here: http://www.gencon.com/.
After Gen Con my next official convention I have scheduled is the Forest City Comic Con here in London, Ontario. I am considering doing two more conventions for Awesome Con though. The first is back in Indianapolis October 3-5th. The second is in Milwaukee on November 21-23. If you would like to see me at either of these conventions let me know!
I am trying a new technique today to see if I am able to create quilted large bags. If I can get them perfected then I can create them with some of my embroidery or with some cool fabric (like that awesome Star Trek fabric I won). I am crossing my fingers that it works out well. Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter for any progress pictures if I am successful.
I also started the “swap” quilt for Sprite Stitch. This is a secret swap where I learn all about the person I received and try to make something just for them. I absolutely love these swaps because I can create what I want and can do something a little different and creative. Keep an eye on my Facebook and Twitter and I will give some progress shots, but no clues to what it is until she receives the finished product.
It is almost time for a convention I have been super excited about doing for almost a year now, Gen Con. It is a chance to see a new city, bring some of my friends from Canada, and debut Craft Hackers to a new area! I can’t wait!
If you are anywhere near the Indianapolis area, this is a convention that you shouldn’t miss. Even if you can only attend one day, it will be worth it. I will be in Exhibitors Alley with the Craft Hacker team. I will post the times of each day and a map to our booth in 2 weeks. Yes, the convention is only 2 weeks away!
The most exciting thing is we will also be bringing the Crafty Thinking panel to Indianapolis. So if you are planning on going to the convention, the details for the panel are:
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Crowne Plaza: Pennsylvania Stn C
It is a free panel but there are only 80 spots. Gen Con likes everyone to sign up for panels ahead of time in order to make sure there is room if you would like to attend. So to sign up head over here: https://www.gencon.com/events/62731 (you may have to create an account or sign in). If you want more details on Gen Con in general you can find them here: http://www.gencon.com/.
There is also a very high chance I will be going out to dinner after the panel with anyone that would like to join me. :D
We had so much fun at Con Bravo. I love seeing people I haven’t seen for awhile and I love meeting new people and I did both this weekend. I loved talking to everyone about Craft Hackers and of course about my quilts. The charity auction was also a success. They raised almost $1500 for Child’s Play! I am super happy and want to thank everyone that bought something on Sunday for charity.
Gen Con is only 3 weeks away! I can’t wait to go because this will be the first time I am going to visit Indianapolis. I get to see a new group of people and make some new friends. We are also bringing the Crafty Thinking panel to Gen Con as well. So mark your calendars for Friday at 6pm. It is a free panel so if you have ever thought of starting your own business or want to grow your existing business, you should definitely come. I am in the process of solidifying my line up of guests so look for those announcements soon.
You will also see a new quilt on my commissions I am really excited about, Kefka. This is going to be the classic pixel Kefka in a 4 panel style Queen sized quilt. There will be 2 Kefka sprites used with an alternating pattern. I can’t wait to get started on it, but first is the Sprite Stitch swap quilt. When will I find time?!! I will probably just end up making a Tardis for Gen Con. Unless of course if someone is going to the convention and would like to see a different one let me know!
The blog is a day late (and almost didn’t happen) because I am still scrambling for Con Bravo. I think this is the first time I am still not finished with what I need to get done. It looks like I will be up most of the night with last minute preparations! I am also talking to a couple of people about commissions so need to make some patterns as well. All of this on top of Craft Hackers and I am one busy busy woman!
I am super excited that Nicole is on her way up to London for the first time to attend Con Bravo with me. She has made it through the border and has her temporary work permit. So if you are coming to the convention this weekend you can see her work up close. If you haven’t had a chance to see her dolls and are coming to Con Bravo then you are in for a treat. I loved this convention last year and can’t wait until tomorrow.
I am also helping out with the Charity Auction that will benefit Child’s Play. If you have something you would like to donate to the auction and will be coming to the convention, feel free to drop it by my table Friday or Saturday. I welcome any and all donations.
Next up is Gen Con, but let’s get through this weekend first.
So it seems my post last week somehow was lost in world of the internet! I don’t even have a draft of it! Too bad I can’t remember what it was about. I am sure it was about Con Bravo next weekend so that is what I am going to talk about again since it is fantastic convention that I can’t wait to be a part of.
Con Bravo is an annual convention of everything geeky. http://conbravo.com/. I had a fantastic time last year and can’t wait to do it again! I will be in the artist alley again this year under the Craft Hackers table at G05. I am not sure where that will be yet because the map isn’t quite up, but hopefully it will be up next week. If not, just grab a map when you get to Con Bravo! There are tons of great panels, events, and things to do so try to make time to come by next weekend!
Unfortunately I missed the email (not sure how!) and lost my chance to have the crafty thinking panel at the convention. So instead I am going to give you the chance to pick my brain personally and not in a panel setting. If you wanted to learn more about how you can start your own business by doing what you love or take your existing business to the next level and are going to be in the Hamilton area next weekend (you don’t even have to attend the convention) I will be holding an after party! More details about where and when (after 8pm because that is when the Marketplace closes) will happen in next weeks post, but make sure to mark it on your calendar. This will be a free event. I am going to have it at a bar/restaurant so I can eat and drink while we sit back, have a good time, and talk about you. See you next weekend!
If you missed it, here is a post I put up a few days ago on Craft Hackers. If you don’t read Craft Hackers on a daily basis, why not?! It has fantastic artists that create crafty things, DIY tutorials, and crafty awesomeness including craft contests where you can win real prizes! The current contest is ending soon and the next ones starts in a week, so get crafting!
Learn to Quilt Tutorial
Many people don’t know I offer one on one quilting lessons through Skype to help design quilts, learn new quilting techniques, or help to finish off a quilt. But most people don’t want to pay for private quilting lessons to just learn the basics of learning to quilt. So I send them off to the internet to learn the basics first, then I help them refine those basics and learn more intermediate skills. If you have ever been interested in quilting, then here are some of the videos and sites I recommend that have some great easy and basic patterns with step by step tutorials.
And then there is my favorite, favorite place for super easy to follow beginner patterns, quilt in a day. This site and series of videos and books are fantastic to learn a lot of beginner techniques like which way to iron your seams.
I had a great time on Saturday at the Dundas Street Festival. I brought along Craft Hacker member Yurtle to sell her cards and Scrapbooking products and she did amazing! I am sure she had a great time as well. I met a lot of new people and stayed busy the entire day! It was my first art/craft show that was not video game or comic book related and it was my first time at an outdoor event. Even though I was a little worried I really shouldn’t have been because it was amazing! I can’t wait to sign up for my next craft show.
My next event will be Con Bravo. I had a great time last year and am looking forward to it this year. One change from last year is they have invited me to help with the charity auction. So just like the DC Comic Con I am asking for some help. If there is anything at all you would like to donate please let me know! I can take hand made things, gift certificates, or anything hanging around the house. I need to know as soon as possible if you can help out and appreciate anything you can do.
This weekend I will be at the Dundas Street Festival in London, Ontario. It is a Fringe event festival with and I am excited to be part of it. The London Community News wrote the following about it:
The street festival will feature free family activities, street performers, artist vendors and live music. The activity will start at 10 a.m. on Saturday and wrap up at 5 p.m.
Nuit Blanche runs that evening from 7 p.m. until 1 a.m. and will feature over 20 different artist installations/sites that will be open for exploration, interaction and discovery.
In between, 39 theatre groups are participating in the Fringe, presenting comedies, dramas, historically based productions, musicals, dance shows – practically everything a theatre fan could imagine. The full lineup is available online at www.londonfringe.ca.
I will be taking part in the outdoor street festival portion from 10am-4pm with quilts, pillows, iron on patches, chalk mason jars, and cross stitch kits. Fellow Craft Hacker member Yurtle will be with me with her hand made cards. So if you are anywhere near the London area (from Detroit to Buffalo to Toronto), then come by on Saturday and say hi!