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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Squirrel: I Stab at Thee With Hairsticks

Hairsticks, despite seeming like a quick and easy way to add to our line, are a PAIN in the REAR. Why? Because I can not do anything simple. It is not enough to have a little glass filled with pretty wooden hairsticks. NO. They must be PAINTED. And in order to be painted, they must be VARNISHED. After several nights of working on these sticks, I have finally finished with the painting part. It takes an average of three layers of paint to get it thick enough to not show the wood through the paint. And another layer of decorative color, whether it be a full coat of metallic over a flat color, or just a painted design slapped on the ends. Actually, the painted designs turned out to be a bigger pain than just putting on an extra layer of color. Because I am OCD. Anyways, there is an extra two coats of varnish over the paint, and the bottom layer of varnish has to be sanded in order to make the top layer stick. Tonight, I am forsaking the stringing of tags in order to put beads on all of the sticks. It shouldn't take too long, but I'll be glad when they're done. I hope that they will sell, because that means a return on my time investment (in the form of money). I also hope that they don't sell, because dear god I don't want to have to do these again anytime soon. They are terribly pretty, I love that they turned out so well, but they are a PAIN.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Squirrel: Birthday and Big Convention

Butterfly's birthday was last week. Through the miracle of blogging and wide friends networks, I managed to raise enough money to buy her the travel bag she really wanted. It is much with the spiffy. It's like a Robo-bag. Everyone who has seen it agrees that a) it is a very awesome bag and b) it's a good thing Butterfly is tiny. The handle comes up the the top of my thigh, and rolling it out to Dragon's car on the day it arrived was a pain. 4 inch heels didn't help the situation. The look on Butterfly's face was worth it, though. She now officially has it all packed up and ready for the convention this week-end.

Our first major convention is this week-end, and we're all really excited. It's considerably more money than we're used to spending, for considerably less space, so we're all crossing our fingers. We've all been cranking out product, and a few weeks ago we sat down and had a go at putting together a better table setup. On Thursday, we're going to go over it again, put in some of the additions we talked about, and make sure that we all know how it's supposed to go. Butterfly has these nifty wire racks that we made stands out of, and I bought some cool velcro zip ties which will make it easier to put the whole thing together. Hopefully it looks as cool when covered in necklaces, earrings, and other assorted jewelry type stuff. If this convention goes well, we plan to branch out into other big conventions in the area. We've mostly been sticking to smaller cons, but this is our next big step. We're two years into my original 10 year plan, and it's very exciting to be making a bigger move, as opposed to many small moves. Wish us luck!