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The Pink Samurai: July 2007

The Pink Samurai

Monday, July 30, 2007

chillin on the nets...

...the internets that is.

Just been listing some new stuffs. Getting myself together.

I'm going to be moving in the next few weeks to go back to school (after a 2 year break) so I'm trying to get as much cash as possible. The Day Job is going to have to be cut back due to studies and such, so I'll be pretty dependent on Etsy for a while.

Change is frightening, but I'm trying not to be a spaz ^_^

It'll all be ok tho, cuz I'm majoring in art (i'm totally taking a print making class this semester!) and I'll be taking some graphic design classes so I'll be able to do this even better:

Yeah, that's me on a deserted island with Han Solo frozen in Carbonite. What are you gonna do about it?

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

First Otakon ^_^

Omigosh what an experience! I enjoy myself some anime, but these kids are intense. I took off work last weekend so I could try out my first convention with The Pink Samurai. My family and I took the train up Friday morning with all my swag stuffed in a bright pink rolling suitcase. (we rode backwards and that always messes with my head >_<) Registration was a nightmare. Note to Self: next time pick up passes the day before. It was only 11:30 or so when we got there (the artist alley didn't open till 2:00 pm the first day) and there were already hundreds of kids roaming the streets of Baltimore and the endless maze that is the Convention Center. After going to about 5 or 6 people, we found someone who knew what the hell was going on and got me on my way. The Alley was huge. About the size of 2 or 3 basketball courts next to each other. My little money maker was all the way in the back corner too. Teh suck. But I set up shop and I thought I made a cute little table. Check it:

I had this idea of sticking some chopsticks in the bowls of buttons. People were practicing their skills with the sticks all weekend ^_^ Close-ups of my amazing set up:

Hooray! So like I said, I was about at far away from the action as you could possibly get. It was ok though, cuz the people that came by were awesome. My first sale was so great and it just got better from there. I made up my expenses (cost of the table and registration) halfway through the first day, so Saturday and Sunday were just icing on the cake. Acutally, I had to wake up super early Saturday morn (which sucked cuz we got home after midnight and we're both such homebodies that's super late for us) to make more comic book and anger mark buttons. They were selling like Pocky lol!

The second day is when the people got awesome. One girl came by a few times checking out my "Dirty Laundry" bag. I feel so bad I never got her name! You know who you are though! And Here's a pic of my favorite Naruto fan:

Roxas wasn't feeling very well...eat those Saltines! They cure all ills. But these cool chicks looked great and got the coolest stuff. Thanks ladies ^_^

And I had one girl wander over just looking at my wares, then she picked up a card and said, "Hey! I bought stuff from you online!" And was like, "No way! Forreals?!" And then she showed me her purse:

Donna you rock my button-filled world. I was so excited and felt so cool! Being recognized and seeing people who like what you do really is the best feeling of them all. Oh to have your efforts appreciated ^_^

So yeah...it was really fun and I made pretty good money. Very cool experience. Definitely going to go again next year. Hopefully I won't get stuck in the corner again lol!

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Sunday, July 08, 2007

I should be sewing...

ok. So there is SO much going on right now that I really shouldn't be on the internets.

A friend of mine in Texas (my motherland) is opening up a kick ass shop in Waco that has an award winner tattoo artist, a piercer, live shows, and original art. I was lucky enough to be able to send some of my wares down to be featured there! It opens up this Tuesday the 10th and if you live in the area, you have to go. No excuses. I sent down some tote bags, a bunch of zipper coin purses, and a few handfuls of buttons. SO EXCITED! Cross stitch stuff is going to make it now there as well, don't you worry. It's just so amazing to be featured like that.

I think this is just the beginning. It's been really hard trying to find the time to do anything with my shop. I work from 830 to 630 almost every day. There is not much sleep to be had lol. Take a gander at my schedule from Monday - Thursday:

  • 5:00 am : wake up, get ready for the day job
  • 5:30 am : work on any project I can (cutting fabric or buttons)
  • 8:00 am : leave for work
  • 7:00 pm : get home from work and check online for orders & emails
  • 8:00 pm : work on projects started in the morning
  • 11:30 pm: hopefully at least 5 or 6 projects have been completed
  • 12:00 am: go to sleep
So tired. Totally worth it. My friend is going to send pics of my section in his shop, so I'll share those with you when I get them ^_^


Now, you may be wondering, what's she working so hard for if she's already sent out her first shipment to Waco? Well my curious friends, remember that table at Otakon I wasn't sure if I was going to get? Of course you do. I got an email a couple of weeks ago that one had opened up for me! Totally awesome. Now I have 2 weeks left to make 3 days worth of merchandise to sell to over 20,000 people. Oh.my.god. See why I said I should be online right now lol!

Anyway. I'm totally gearing up for it and gathering promos from other etsy shops who have asian like items so I can pass them out at the con. So far, marissajoannarojas , riotsqurrl, and Atelier Kanawa have responded and are sending some great promos and flyers. Be sure to check them out!

In etsy news, I was featured in a few treasuries that have long since expired, but I am in one now. My OMG IM YELLING is at the bottom in the middle. I giggle whenever I see it ^_^