Overall a good con experience! though, to be fair, I really didn't do much but sit at the Artist Alley, eat in the restaurant, or sleep
It was a sleep deprivation con for me.
I arrived Thursday, gathered up my roommates and proceeded to discover the double bed room I had reserved was now a king and a roll-away
thankfully one of my roommates had already expressed a preference for the floor and the other wanted a bed of his own. I wandered around the con some and checked out the areas to see where everything was. I was able to register that night and then get my art hung for the Art show. So at least I didn't have to worry about that the next day.
Friday I hauled my butt out of bed at 6am since I knew I had to get to the Alley early if I wanted a table. Now, I knew about the pre-reg thing since I had tried to do so (but had been too late, apparently). I was still rather disappointed when they elected to hold the pre-reg tables until noon for people that were not there yet. That seemed rather off. However, I was the first "stand-by" and so got a table when someone did not show. I was tucked into the corner on Friday, so sales were slow. sat next to a very nice artist "Flo" who kept talking my art up, though. I guess I need a sales person
I was there until I was too hungry to do much else and I wanted to go to the Art Jam. This is when I discovered the Q de Cheval House Salad. A blessed array of greens, blue berries, dried cranberries and Feta cheese with croutons that had little bits of dried fruit in them. OMG! I proceeded to have this for dinner every night and a few lunches too. I had thought about going to the In n' Out "across the street" however the "street" was and interstate and thought there was a shuttle service, the salad was just that good!
Saturday, butt out of bed even earlier... 5am. I was #14 in line even then. Still, I did get a table. It was better positioned too. Had a more brisk business and did some badges and sketches as well as selling several of my shrinky pins. I have to say, over all I am very happy with my badges this con. to preen a little, they looked good! I was happy to be giving them to the commissioner and felt like the price was worth the quality. I will be posting these in a bit
I am happy with my sketches for the most part, too, however many of the sketches did not photograph well. The lighting over the tables was AWFUL and they tended to come out too dark. So, if you got a sketch from me and can scan it, I would really appreciate it! I'll post those that came out alright. Saturday night I got a great video of Meli trying on a very oversized fursuit by Twizzler Skunk. I was laughing so hard tears were flowing! As soon as I can figure out how to get it off my phone, I'll post the video
Sunday, 5am again. #15 this time still got a seat. better spot in front as another person wanted to trade seats. sat next to Floppybelly and her pipeys
these are awesome little sculptures, by the way, and you should check her out! More sketches, more badges, more pins. The Art Show closed and I found I had sold "fire and Ice" not only sold it, though, but it had two bids! This is a first for me and though it wasn't a very high priced piece, it still made me happy
Also with the art show... I splurged and bid on a Dark Natasha Original and a Cara Mitten original. The Cara Mitten was "Bucky and the Border Collie" which just seemed right that I should bring it back to WI, home of Bucky Badger. Plus, it is a nice piece I can hang in the clinic. The Dark Natasha I had to un-frame in order to fit it in my suitcase and portfolio, but dang it I got it home! Two of my roomies went home on Sunday so the room was fairly quiet Sunday night.
I left on Monday and got home fairly uneventfully though just started to break with a cold today
I actually think I got it from the guy I sat next to on the plane, not at the con. At least the guy next to me admitted he was sick
Over the next couple days I'll upload the badges and sketches as well as place the originals not sold up on Etsy. I did register for a table for IndyFurCon in August, though, so that will be my next con