The Long awaited Pensacon pictures!! Sadly since we spent a good deal selling I was not able to take near as many pictures as I wanted but here is what I did take.
Picture 1 : My lovely booth set up! After we finished setting up it scared me how professional it almost looked. I felt like a real vendor.
Picture 2: Congratulations to http://thegeeksgarage.tumblr.com/ who correctly guessed that we were going to be weeping angels despite my lack of posts caused by my own lazyness. My friend Kenzy did the sewing of the dress and hands as well as the base of the wings, I did the masks and the wigs and the pattern on the wings. It was several days work and we were up untill three a.m. on the night before the convention finishing it up. It was a fun costume with its pro’s and con’s. The Pro’s were that they attracted attention. I was interviewed twice by local newspapers and blogs who also would ask about my booth and sales. Lots of people asked to take pictures and it was a blast scaring people. The cons were that they costumes were buly and difficult to move in. We would have to remove the wings if we wanted to move at all and the masks made it difficult to talk to customers when they came by and looked at stuff. We agreed that we will do this cosplay again just not at any conventions that I’ll be selling at again.
Pictures 3 and 4: We anticipated Saturday to be a busy day (and it was) so we went with a more easier to move costume. Steampunk!! I was so excited to have a proper steampunk Cosplay. Kenzey (Picture 3) made the corsets, Goggles and jewelry were created by me and the skirt was a thrift store find. And yes that is what happens to my hair when I sleep in curlers. I am currently working on a belt for the next convention and am looking foward to adding more and more to it as we go.
Picture 5 : I had to get a picture with this adorable Ariel. I mean come on, look at her. She’s adorable!
Picture 6 : Sunday was My Little Pony day! I knew we would be tired that day and wanted an easy costume. Luckily my boyfriend had given my this sweet little number for Christmas. It was a big hit with all the kids and kept me toasty warm when they turned up the air conditioning.
So there was my first convention experience. I had a ton of fun, sold lots of jewelry, gave out lots of business cards, attended a couple of steampunk panels, and even got to chat with the Captain of Airship Isabella. I’m already planning to sell at another local Convention in October (Paracon) and was also invited to vendor at one in Tallahassee, FL. An author Friend of mine are also talking about next year or the year after about sharing a room at Dragon Con if this contnues to do well.
The entire experience has given me a much needed boost in confidence. I am finally starting to feel like I am on my way to the path I am supposed to be, doing something I love and can be happy doing.
My Con experience.
*Le Gasp* Is Faybird actually posting jewelry!! Shocking! Yes I finally got off my but and posted new pictures. Hopefully you’ll be seeing more posts now that I have not only gotten a new lap top that actually works but my wonderful techie boyfriend showed me lots of fun new tricks that make moving pictures from my phone to my laptop much easier.
All of these pieces shown are available on my etsy shop here https://www.etsy.com/shop/FaybirdsFinds
I’ll have some new things on etsy tonight. Off to take pictures now. Perfect weather for it.
Just finished my first convention. With profit!!! I had a blast and I’m already planning the next one. I’ll post pictures as soon as I’m done being exhausted.
Spinach, Artichoke and Pesto Baked Ziti
- 1 pound of dried ziti pasta
- 1 26 ounce jar of your favorite tomato-based pasta sauce
- 1/4 cup of basil pesto
- 3/4 cup of sour cream
- 8 cups of spinach, rinsed and dry
- 1 12 ounce jar of artichokes, drained and coarsely chopped (Tip: artichokes are a pain to cut using a knife, so try using your kitchen sheers instead!)
- 4 ounces (about a cup) of mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Heat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 13x9x2 inch pan.
- Cook the pasta to al dente, per package directions. Reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Drain.
- While the pasta is cooking, heat the pasta sauce in a medium sauce pan.
- Stir together the pesto and the sour cream in a small bowl.
- In a large mixing bowl, toss pasta with the warm tomato sauce, spinach artichokes, and the 1/4 cup of pasta water.
- Add half of the pasta mixture to the pan. Spread the sour cream and pesto evenly onto it. Sprinkle half of the mozzarella on top. Add the remaining pasta. Top with the rest of the cheese.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Cucumber Tea sandwiches:
It is among the most common choices of tea sandwich. Take the cucumber to peel and slice thinly and lightly sprinkle some salt on the slices. In another bowl prepare the mix of lemon juice, olive oil and freshly ground pepper and then pour this mixture over the cucumber slices. Take another bowl to combine the butter and freshly minced garlic. Now spread the butter and garlic mix over the bread slices and arrange the cucumber slices in one layer on 1 slice and then top this with another one. Remove the crusts and cut into quarter pieces.
for my ladies who lunch
cucumber tea sandwiches with herbed cashew cream cheese
1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour + rinsed
2 lemons, juiced
2 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 - 2 tbsp water
1 handful fresh basil
1 handful fresh chives
1 handful fresh mint
2 cucumbers, sliced (using a mandolin works best)
- in a food processor, blend cashews, lemon juice, apple cider + 1 tbsp water. add additional water if necessary to get desired creaminess
- add in herbs + pulse till well incorporated
- add sea salt to taste
- serve as dip with cucumbers or make into cucumber sandwiches
*** dip keeps for at least 3 days