Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Holiday Shopping Event

Come join us December 22, 2012 for our Holiday Shopping event and get a special and unique gift for those left on your shopping list!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Small Business Saturday TODAY!!!

Please come out and help support small businesses today:

Wyng'd Lyon Creations will be open from 10 am to 6 pm and we'll have items from the below artisans and crafters:

Wyng'd Lyon Creations
Original Cin
Atomic Kitty Designs
GCat Studios
Lee Kohse
Twylite Creations
Christal Blu Creations
Leon de Glas
Little Vampires
Ms Formaldehyde

Wyng'd Lyon Creations is located at

10028 Campo Road
Spring Valley, Ca 91977

phone(858) 876-7398

We hope to see you there!!!

Happy Shopping!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Small Business Saturday!!

The Holiday season is fast approaching and what better way to start off by getting something handmade by those on your holiday list.

Come join us on November 24, 2012 and help support some great local businesses.

We'll have items from the following artisans and crafters:

Wyng'd Lyon Creations
Original Cin
Atomic Kitty Designs
GCat Studios
Lee Kohse
Twylite Creations
Christal Blu Creations
Leon de Glas

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

San Diego Comic Fest - October 19-21, 2012

October 19-21, 2012 is San Diego Comic Fest at the Town & Country Hotel here in San Diego. From their website the describe SD Comic Fest as "An old-school comic con brought to you by some of the same folks who produced Comic-Con in the 70's"

We'll be set up in the Dealer's room for the three days of the event, so please stop by and say hi!  Ticket information can be found on the SD Comic Fest website.

Sunday we'll also have a special guest, Tawmis from Neverending Nights will be spending the day with us in the booth.

Come out and support SD Comic Fest in it's first year and help us to make it a con that will be held for many years to come!

Hope to see you all there!


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Grand Opening Recap

First off, I want to say "Thank you!!!!" to everyone who came out for Wyng'd Lyon Creations grand opening celebration on September 29, 2012.

You are all amazing with your support and patronage!! People like you are the ones who make running a business worth the time and effort.

I'd like to put out a very special thank you to the following people:

My dear friend Tawmis Logue from Pirate Booty &  Never Ending Nights. With out all his hard work promoting things not only on the Wyng'd Lyon social media sites but also on his own pages, and all his support in keeping me from freaking out because of the level of stress I was dealing with, I would have been a total wreck come Saturday morning. Besides that he gives some pretty damn good hugs! I'm fortunate to have such a great person keeping me grounded and from running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

Katie is another one of those great people that I am honored to call a friend. She took the time out of her crazy, busy schedule and made all the food for the grand opening. Not only is she a fabulous person, she makes some seriously amazing food!

The DJ of the day: Michael over at DramaFree Productions. He spun some great tunes and endured the heat  outside to keep things going. If you need a DJ here in San Diego, check him out!

And last, but not least, my husband Tom. He's been there to deal with the ups and downs of everything and has been supportive of this endeavor. He's done all the installation work at the shop and helped set things up as well as took care of the kids so I didn't have to worry about them running rampant around the parking lot.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming days with the shop and growing the business. The grand opening was just the first of many events to happen. so please stay tuned for more.

Here are some of the photos, more to come soon!

Partial setup before the opening

More of the partial shop setup

Food & DJ setup

Me & Tawmis
Photos on top row by GCat Studios, Art Prints by OriginalCin
Final setup

Artwork by Lee Kohse & Handblow glass vases & goblets by Lance Burcham

Fabric ornaments by Wyng'd Lyon Creations

Vest by Wyng'd Lyon, Hair Barretts by Original Cin & Tshirt by SighCo Graphics

Bottles & Pillows by Wyng'd Lyon Creations

Ascots & Gift bags, by Wyng'd Lyon Creations
Outside the shop

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Grand Opening Update

Things are coming together slowly but I still have a ton of work to do for the grand opening on September 29, 2012.

I'm slowly adding raffle items as they come in and all the other little details.

We're going to have some great music by Michael over at Drama Free Productions

Photo by Pat @ GCat Studios
One of our raffle items is going to be a custom piece of art by Cindy over at Original Cin, the very same very talented lady that did the artwork of me for the grand opening flyers. In addition to the raffle item, there will be prints of her work for sale as well.

Another item, which was so kindly donated is from Pat at GCat Studios. It's an amazing photo of the San Diego Trolley as seen below and will be matted and framed.

As I get more raffle items in, I'll post some info and a photo if I have one.

Until then have a great day!


PS: Feel free to pass around our grand opening flyer!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

San Diego Pagan Pride Festival

pa·gan noun
1. one of a people or community observing a polytheistic religion, as the ancient Romans and Greeks.
2. a person who is not a Christian, Jew, or Muslim.

On September 8, 2012, I had the pleasure of vending at the SD Pagan Pride Festival with my dear friend Sarah from SindaAran Glass.

Since I'm only 2 miles from Balboa Park and we had no clue how parking was going to be, we met at my place, loaded off and then headed to 7-11 for some much needed coffee and because I forgot to grind coffee beans while the kids were awake.

We got there about 7:15 am, went over and checked in and found out where we'd be set up for the day. Lack of complete ingestion of my coffee had me almost walking into an area they marked off because it was a live bee hive. Go me!

We moved the truck to the end opposite of the check-in table and started to haul our stuff over to the booth space, to which the first thing I did was spill my coffee, can you tell I was on a roll? Thankfully it was on one of the plastic tubs and not on my chair. After cleaning up my mess, we set up the pop-up and as I turned around to head back to the truck I was pleasantly surprised to see someone from the event helping unload our stuff. And people say chivalry is dead, ha!

About an hour later and with no major incidents aside from the coffee spillage we were set up.

I had never really given much thought about the pagan community and didn't realize there was even an event for it. For what I heard this was the 10th year of the event.

The event got started at 9 am and went until 5 pm and to say I have fun was an understatement. It was a great event despite me forgetting sunscreen and starting off the day spilling my coffee. The people were amazing and so very friendly and very welcoming. It made for a wonderful day with wonderful weather!

I look forward to vending again next year and even expanding to some of the other Festivals if possible.


The booth set up. I forgot my camera so I had to use my cell phone for the photo. 

This is Odin. He's my friend Tawmis' keeper . Isn't he adorable?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Grand Opening Celebration!!!!

Please join us on September 29, 2012 for the grand opening of our retail space:

Friday, September 7, 2012

This is a bit overdue, but I didn't want to spoil the surprise before the whole project was complete. A friend of mine put together a book for a dear friend that passed away of photos of many of us holding a sign that said Happy Birthday Kevin.

Shots of us doing something that Kevin would have enjoyed doing or seeing.

My photo was inspired by all the support that I had seen Kevin give his friends and family over the years in their endeavors. I know had he been here, he'd be more than overjoyed to see me opening my store and would have been another pillar of support to the foundation of Wyng'd Lyon Creations. Now that the book has been delivered, I'm sharing that photo of me in front of my store, with my two wonderful kids. Thank you Kevin for inspiring me to take the step in growing my business. I miss you, but I know your watching over us all. And big love to Kevin's parents for raising such a wonderful man!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

San Diego Pagan Pride

September 8, 2012 Wyng'd Lyon Creations will be sharing the booth with Sinda Aran Glass at San Diego Pagan Pride. Also we will have some incredible art from Cindy over at Original Cin - You can visit Cindy's FB page by going here:https://www.facebook.com/originalcinart !

We'd love to see you out and about so grab a friend, family member, or a random stranger and come visit us at the San Diego Pagan Pride!

For more information on the San Diego Pagan Pride you can visit their site here - http://sdpaganpride.org/

Hope to see you out and about!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sometimes you really just need some help

I'll admit it, I'm horrible at asking for help, it's just one of my quirks. I love to help everyone I can, but I very very rarely ask for help.

We'll with my life as nuts as it has been between moving to a new (at least new to me) house, herding two kids, leasing a retail space for my studio and to actually do business out of, plus working full time, things have slipped through the cracks, like this blog.

So I finally made the decision to enlisted some help and without further adieu I'm happy to introduce my friend Tawmis, who is a fabulous guy, a damn good writer and lets me harass him on a regular basis plus he has some pretty fun blogs/webpages like Pirate Booty & Neverending Nights. This also means there should be more regular updates here and everywhere else. Yay!

But for now....I'm back to running around like a chicken with my head cut off.


Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Exciting News!!!!!!

Here is it ladies & gentlemen.....Wyng'd Lyon Creations has a new home! We will be opening our doors to our new studio/storefront August 1, 2012 out in Casa De Oro off of Kenwood Drive.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Home again, home again.

Back and unpacked  from Gaslight Gathering II, recap of the event coming over the next couple of days!

Hope everyone had a grand weekend!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Gaslight Gathering 2012

I'm currently gearing up for my weekend at Gaslight Gathering II and trying not to run around too much like a chicken with my head cut off.

I've got a lot of great new vests on the sewing table, even a few in kids sizes that will hopefully be completed by load in tomorrow morning and maybe a few more to be hung up when I come in on Saturday. I also did another run on ascots and purchased a nifty new display for them as well.

Cindy over at OriginalCin will have some of her prints in the booth as well and we have some great Absinthe glasses this year for sale as well.

If you're going to be at Gaslight Gathering II, stop by and say hi!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Back at it...

Hello Internet World! Please accept my apologies for my absence, I've just returned from the nightmare known as moving and I am in the middle of the second nightmare known as unpacking and organizing.

To top it all off, I have less than 10 days before I load up all my stock and head off to vend at Gaslight Gathering. No rest for the wicked for sure!

If you're in San Diego May 11-13, 2012, stop by and say hi!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Giveaway #2 Winner!

Sorry for the delay in posting this everyone, I've been up to my elbows in house paint all weekend.

Our winner is..PuffPastryShop!  Congratulations!!!!!!

Please look for an email with me in regards to your mailing address so we can send you your prints!

Have a wonderful day everyone!


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Guest Interview & Giveaway from OriginalCin

Giveaway is now CLOSED!!!

Our second giveaway running until the end of March is from my dear friend (and partner in crime for some of the shows I do), Cindy from OriginalCin. She's a fun loving person and a great artist to boot!

Here's my interview with her:

Colleen: What got you started in your business ?

Cindy: I always was an artist, since I was a kid. I remember being eight years old and selling hand drawn greeting cards in my front yard to my neighbors. Some kids sold lemonade. I sold drawings. I began drawing character sketches for gamer friends when I started on the internet, just for fun.  After a while, when I started to develop a skill, I thought "huh, People are always asking me for art, why not start selling commissions and prints?"  And much to my surprise, people were willing to pay for it.

Colleen: How long have you been in business?

Cindy: I started doing art commission work back in 1998, when I was introduced to the internet. I had so many gamer friends who had other gamer friends that wanted sketches of their RPG characters. I didn't start selling my craft work until 2010 when I wanted to expand what I did. I started making hair clips and other sundries.

Colleen: What are you focused on right now?

Cindy: Right now? My art. I love to draw. Its what I always have done since I was little. I try to improve myself with every sketch I do. For a while there I was falling into some lazy habits with my work. But for the last two years I have been trying to push myself further and further towards improvement. Its an eternal process.

Colleen: Where do you get your inspiration and ideas?

Cindy: My friends. Seriously. I have tons of creative friends who inspire me everyday; crafters, illustrators, writers, and costumers. The list goes on and on. When someone gets bitten by the creative bug its infectious. I need to be a part of that as well and share with them.

Colleen: How would you describe your personal style?

Cindy: Quirky. Definitely quirky. I have a weird sense of humor and I tend to paint the world in broad colorful strokes.

Colleen: What does the handcraft/DIY movement mean to you? Where do you see it going?

Cindy: For me its a sense of community. The DIY crowd have been so warm. Everyone wants to share with everyone else and everyone revels in eachother's work. Its nice. Its like a huge think tank...but with more hot glue.
Colleen:  How do you balance things like family, work and your crafting/art business?

Cindy: Well, I don't have children. I have a husband, two cats, and about 12 fish in a 100 gallon tank. My husband supports my crafting habit. He knows its my way of unwinding and tends to get out of my way when I'm on a roll. Not to mention he is a bit of a DIY guy himself and loves woodworking. Its easy to balance your habit when you live with another "user".

Colleen: Do you have specific things you do to keep yourself motivated or things you do to handle the stress?

Cindy: I make lists. LOTS of lists. I also find other friends to create with. Arting in groups! It keeps you focused, not to mention helps if you need a little girly bitch fest WHILE you are working. Doing art is my stress relief. Sitting and sketching or sewing focuses me and helps me keep my "normal" life under control.

Colleen: Are there any local businesses or artisans that you are exited about right now?

Cindy: Oh GOD I am addicted to etsy. Seriously. How awesome is that place? Its not really a local business but it really excites me to see other people and their work.
An artisan I am particularly inspired by these days is Shing Khor form Sawdust Bear (http://www.sawdustbear.com/). She is amazing with what she does. She has a thriving business but is always 100% true to who she is as an artist. I admire that. I hope someday I can be that.

Colleen: Any tips for setting up a table for vending?

Cindy: Make friends with your neighbors! Seriously. They will help you out. We're all in this together!

Colleen: Do you have any upcoming shows that you are doing?

Cindy: I'll be doing Artists Alley at Anime Conji in San Diego March 16th - 18th. I'll have prints and will be taking commissions! Also, Colleen, from Wyng'd Lyon is kind enough (AGAIN! I owe her a HUGE BEER!) to have some of my clips and prints at Gaslight Gathering May 11th - 13th.

Colleen: Do you have any suggestions for getting your name out to the public?

Cindy: Hell, I'm still working on that myself. Right now what is working for me is always keeping my blog current. Showing people what I do, how I do it, and just talking about what I love keeps an interest and most of all  keeps me motivated.

Colleen: What is one thing you would like people to know about you or your Art?

Cindy: I do what I love. Period. Granted, it might not be a mass market type of deal but dangit I have so much fun!

Colleen: Do you have a website, blog, store front ?

Cindy: You can find my art blog at www.originalcin.net I also have an etsy store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/CinsAngel

Colleen: Is there anything else you would like to add?

Cindy: I...got nothing. CHEERS!

Giveaway is now CLOSED!!!

And now onto the giveaway! Cindy has so graciously offered up two prints for us to giveaway.

We're proud to present Lord & Lady Cthulhu


To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on what type of costume or character you would like to see Cthulhu in or dressed up as.

Please note that your entry is null and void if I have no way to contact you. If you have your profile set to private or if there is no email or blog connected to your post, you must leave an email address with your entries. If there is no way to contact the winner after they are picked, a new winner will be selected.

Please note that contest is open to US & Canadian residents only. 

Giveaway is now CLOSED!!!


For extra entries, you many do any or all of the following.  Each requires a separate post in the comments.

*Visit Cindy's  Etsy store, Original Cin, then return here and leave a comment about your favorite item from her shop.(1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway (1 entry), with link back to this page.  Leave a comment to this post with the URL of your blog post.
* Become a follower of this blog. New followers only.  Leave a comment stating you have done so. (1 entry)
* Become a follower of  Cindy's blog. New followers only.  Leave a comment stating you have done so. (1 entry)
* Tweet about this giveaway, with a link back to this page.  Leave the URL of your tweet in comments.  This entry is available daily (up to 24 entries; leave a comment for each individual tweet).
* Make  Original Cin   a "favorite" on Etsy. Leave a comment here stating that you did so. (1 entry)
* "Like" Original Cin Art on Facebook - New followers only.   Leave a comment here stating that you did so. (1 entry)

PLEASE NOTE: Comment moderation is on.  You will not see your post immediately, but it is there - please do not repost. Duplicate posts will be removed.  =)

Contest ends March 31, 2012 at 9:00 pm  Pacific time, with a winner selected by a random number generator and announced shortly thereafter.

Entries must be in English.  Entries containing URL links not connected to this giveaway will be considered spam and deleted. Please note that contest is open to US & Canadian residents only. 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Giveaway #2

We're prepping for our second of four giveaways, details are coming soon!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Gaslight Gathering II

We're happy to announce that Wyng'd Lyon Creations will once again be vending at Gaslight Gathering this coming May.

Let the sewing commence.

Friday, February 10, 2012

We have a winner!!!

Congratulations to Shani who is the winner of our Flaming Heart Bunny Giveaway!!!!

She was picked via the random number generator. 

Shani, watch your inbox for an email to get your information so we can send out you bunny, which you said you would name Flaming Fire!

Thank you all for your entries and comments! We'll be hosting another contest soon from a great artist and dear friend of mine.

Check back soon!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

More Spring cleaning

In addition to all the supplies that we've been listing on Etsy & Artfire, we're running a special on out bat pillows.

For a limited time, buy one get one free. (same color)


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Our first giveaway for 2012 from our own shop!

**Giveaway is now CLOSED!!!!**

Just in time for Valentine's Day!

Flaming Hearts Bunny is up for grabs! He's made of grey cotton fabric printed with red hearts with flames. The inside of the ears are black cotton flannel and he has button eyes.

But the little guy needs a name.....

Fine print: This stuffed animal is not intended for young children as the buttons could present a choking hazard if they were pulled off and swallowed.

Now onto the stuff you need to know..

**Giveaway is now CLOSED!!!!**


To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment on what you would name this little guy.

Please note that your entry is null and void if I have no way to contact you. If you have your profile set to private or if there is no email or blog connected to your post, you must leave an email address with your entries. If there is no way to contact the winner after they are picked, a new winner will be selected.


For extra entries, you many do any or all of the following.  Each requires a separate post in the comments.

*Visit my Etsy store, Wyng'd Lyon Creations, then return here and leave a comment about your favorite item from my shop.(1 entry)
* Blog about this giveaway (1 entry), with link back to this page.  Leave a comment to this post with the URL of your blog post.
* Become a follower of this blog. New followers only.  Leave a comment stating you have done so. (1 entry)
* Tweet about this giveaway, with a link back to this page.  Leave the URL of your tweet in comments.  This entry is available daily (up to 7 entries; leave a comment for each individual tweet).
* Make Wyng'd Lyon Creations  a "favorite" on Etsy. Leave a comment here stating that you did so. (1 entry)
* "Like" Wyng'd Lyon Creations on Facebook - New followers only.   Leave a comment here stating that you did so. (1 entry)
* Add Wyng'd Lyon Creations to your circle on Google+. Leave a comment here stating that you did so. (1 entry)
* Follow Wyng'd Lyon Creations on Pinterest. New followers only.Leave a comment here stating that you did so. (1 entry)

PLEASE NOTE: Comment moderation is on.  You will not see your post immediately, but it is there - please do not repost. Duplicate posts will be removed.  =)

Contest ends February 10, 2012 at 12:00 noon Pacific time, with a winner selected by a random number generator and announced shortly thereafter. 

Entries must be in English.  Entries containing URL links not connected to this giveaway will be considered spam and deleted.

**Giveaway is now CLOSED!!!!**

Friday, February 3, 2012

Giveaways coming soon!

We're putting together a few different giveaways together right now, details are still being worked out, but when the fun is ready to start, we'll let you know!


Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Your feedback....

About a week ago I asked for items that our customers would like to see us carry and here is the feedback I got:

1. Gloves
2. Spats & Gaiters
3. Shirts (lacy and non-lacey)
4. Victorian coats
5. Hats customize-able by the wearer
6. Ties, cravats & ascots
7. Collars & cuffs
8. Waistcoats
9. Dusters

Have something on the list you don't see that you would like to add? Let me know! I'm open to suggestions for men, women & childrens' clothing and accessories.

I do have to comment on a couple of the items though. I've tried gloves and they can be a nightmare, I may give them a shot again, but if I carry them, they'll probably be made by someone other than me. As for hats, I can make them, but I find that there are plenty of milliners, haberdashers and other hat makers that are already doing Steampunk hats and I would much rather concentrate on clothing.


HRM Steampunk Symposium - Part IV - Saturday & Sunday


Let me state for the record, I think it's sacrilegious to have a hotel room without a coffee pot, however, the coffee on the Queen Mary was pretty damn good, so I'll let it slide. Next time I bring an electric tea kettle with me.

I didn't really want the coffee pot for anything but to make hot water, because I brought a long my French Press and some Kona Coffee for consumption in the morning. To say I'm picky about my coffee is a bit of an understatement. ;)

After a really good dinner, a tasty pint of Guinness and a damn good shot of Feckin' Irish Whiskey (something I have now acquired at bottle of), Friday night at The Auld Dubliner we sank into a deep sleep for about 10 hours. The 6:30 am text message was not amusing though.

We rolled out of bed and pulled ourselves together as much as we could sans coffee and began working on some of the unfinished vests that I brought with me. Cindy stitched on buttons while I sewed button holes into the vest. Around 9 am we stopped sewing, got dressed, gathered our things and headed to the vendor room. Once we got everything uncovered and set back up, Cindy went in search of coffee goodness. Just when I was ready to send out a search party for her she returned. See, the problem with being dressed up for an event is that people want to take your photo every 5 feet, not that it's a bad thing but it slows you down a bit, at least the coffee was still hot when she got back. ;)

Most of the day was spent taking to customers, making a few sales and working on those unfinished vests. We were visited by my friend Phineas Sinclair from League of Supremely Evil Revolutionaries and a few of their other members.

We also had a visit from Queen Victoria during her rounds of the vendor area.

6:00 pm came pretty quickly and we headed back to the hotel room to grab the camera and take some photos of ourselves on the ship. Those can be found over in Part I.

We then met up with our friend Trishana for dinner and then sat up giggling until 12:45 am when someone banged on the wall. Whoops!


Sunday found us packing up everything in the hotel room, running our suitcases to the truck and then back to the hotel room to grab the items that we wanted after the event closed down,  dropped those off at the booth and *then* went to grab much needed coffee before the vendor area opened.

The day went by at a fairly good pace and before we knew it 4:00 pm had rolled around and it was time to pack up. We each made our own mad dash to change into more comfortable close and then began breaking things down. In most cases I'm pretty certain on how I want to break things down, pack them up and load them up, but for some reason, my brain decided that it was time to go for a saunter somewhere other than the vendor room and well I stood there trying to figure out where to start. Thankfully Cindy & Noell kicked me in the rear and we got packing.

Of course this lead to utter chaos, especially when I bent down to pick up one of the U-shaped hanging racks for the gridwall, turned around and whacked it squarely into Cindy's knee as she stepped into my path. The exchange ended up something like this:

"Oh my god, Oh my god, Oh my god" ~Cindy
"You ok?" ~me
"Yes, but if I stop to think about it, it's going to hurt like a SOB" ~Cindy

From there we all bust out giggling and then into fits of laughter, then we heard..."I recognize that laugh!" coming from the neighboring booth. Cindy and I suddenly looked like a set of deer in headlights.

"You were in room 128 weren't you?"

"Uh huh"

"You two were so funny! You had us laughing so hard. We had no idea what you were laughing about, but every time you started to giggle and laugh, we busted up laughing. You must have been having a great time!"

Of course all I'm think of at this time is "Oh crap! They were the ones banging on the wall last night. Breath, just breath, where's the closest exit"

"We didn't happen to keep you up did we?" I asked

"What? No! We just thought you two were funny."

Big exhale, "Oh thank god. We though you were the ones that banged on the wall at 12:45 am" said Cindy

"Oh no! We were asleep by then"

Talking about dodging a bullet. Though if you were the ones next to us one the Queen Mary and banged on the wall at 12:45 am because our laughter kept you up, we are so sorry! We didn't realize what time it was.

After I got my scattered brains back together from that exchange we had the pleasure of taking everything down stairs. Now if you heard my tales of load in over here you know the fun we had getting everything upstairs to the vendor room, and by fun I mean "OMGWTF!!! we have to carry our grid wall up how many flights of stairs???" Ya well, we got the enjoyment (/sarcasm) of doing the reverse, in addition we had to compete for the elevator with the cleaning crew of the Queen Mary.

Of course hauling everything down left us with an interesting dilemma. Who was going to watch everything while we packed up? Thankfully our friend Noell stayed afterwards and helped us do just that. She watched everything as Cindy brought it down and I packed the remaining items up and helped some of our neighbors remove zip ties from their grid walls in record time. The trick? A set of wire cutters, cuts through those things in no time.

Of course after the second load was down, Cindy comes back upstairs and informs me that it has started to rain. So we did our final load of tubs and she took it down to Noell and then helped her move everything undercover so it wouldn't get wet and then trekked back upstairs to get the gridwall.

We ended up taking a queue from the guys at Last Wear, we staged three grid wall on either side of us and then Cindy grabbed the front and I grabbed the rear and down the stairs we went. Success! It was much lighter than hauling two or three panels each.

From there I went and grabbed the truck, parked and we made a mad dash to load up in the rain which had abated a bit, but was headed south so we were going to end up driving in what had already passed anyhow.

Loading the truck took about 15-20 minutes and we were off to San Diego! We made it home in about 2 1/2 hours, (that included a stop for food at Jack in the Box) unloaded, Cindy headed home and I went in and got mobbed by my kids who hadn't seen me in 3 days.

I have to say it was a great weekend. I had a lot of fun even though there were some minor issues and things that need to be tweaked for next year, but there is nothing in the world like coming home to your kids and them greeting you with hugs and kisses.

Take care and hope to see you all at the next event!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Looking for ideas, suggestions, etc.

Ladies & Gents, I'm looking for some input on things to make for upcoming shows. I'm leaning towards doing more items for me since it seems that area is a bit lacking, especially in the Steampunk genre. So here's your chance, what would you like to see available for mens' wear? I already have vets and ascots in my inventory.

I'm also open to suggestions for women's and children's wear too!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Support small business

Being the owner for a small business, I know how much work goes into keeping it up and running which is why I'm asking for your help in supporting a great small business, Last Wear.

Starting tomorrow, January 23, 2012, they're having a "Staying in business sale". For more information on this sale go here and support a great business that proudly stands behind their "Made in America" tags on their clothing.

Thank you!

Friday, January 20, 2012

HRM Steampunk Symposium - Part III - Setup


That ended up being the random phrase of the weekend, that and a very dramatic "Dun Dun Dunnnnnnnnn!!!" due to the alert that Cindy set on her phone to remind me to check the oil in my truck before we left to head back to San Diego. We never did remember to check the oil, d'oh!

Why "Pants"? Well after our harrowing adventure loading in we took a breather by leaning on a stack of plastic tubs full of merchandise to catch our breath (too much cardio also known as being way out of shape) when I looked up and blurted out "Pants!" Of course this makes Cindy look at me like I grew a second head and maybe tentacles or something. "Pants" I said as I pointed at the floor to the stacks of pants that the crew from Last Wear had laying out and then we both proceeded go into a fit of giggling. I'm sure all our neighbors though us slightly nuts, well at least those who weren't dead from hauling mass amounts of grid wall up 4 flights of stairs.

I usually have a pretty good plan for getting the booth put together and all my merchandise out, but Friday morning, my brain had decided to leak out my ears and curl up in a corner to sleep for a while longer, due to the cardio we forced it into and the lack of coffee. I stood there trying to process what the heck we were going to do and where to start.

We started by getting the grid wall all set up and then went in search of the vendor coordinator to find out where our tables where. Seems the staff for the Queen Mary was a bit behind in delivering the tables that morning, maybe they were suffering from the same brain issues I was. We got permission to pirate a couple of the solo tables and well, we didn't have to be told twice. Two tables later, we had dug out the PVC pipe and fitting that was going to add 2 feet of height to the grid wall. I had decided two days before that I didn't want to bring my 2 - 8 foot panels with me because they're unwieldy and of course after load in, I was *doubly* glad I didn't bring them. So to give me some height to hang the banner from and the torso forms, or Mr & Ms. Nudie Pants and they were so named by Cindy from.

Now the PVC pipe idea was an idea I came up with as I was driving home from work the week of the event. I then sketched out what I wanted for my husband and he went to town cutting the pipe and spray painting it black. Come assembly time, it was an another adventure, actually it was like playing with life size tinker toys. A few tweaks and zip ties later, we had it all set up and functional. The measurements were a bit off, but it wasn't bad for being an untested idea in my head. Though we did learn that Krylon Spray paint for plastic is great if you're using something stationary not something that is going to be tossed in a bag and then hauled up in a truck.

From there we got everything laid out, checked into our hotel room, changed into our outfits and waited for customers.
Our booth set up

Part IV

Photo shoot photos

So back in December I posted this post about a photo shoot at my friend Ginger's 125 year old Victorian home.

The photos were taken by my friend and co-worker Marc Espina of  Marc Espina Photography and the model is my best friend Chris aka Ducky.

 I posted links to the photos over at our Google+  and Facebook pages, but now that I've had some spare time I'm posting them here for your viewing pleasure.

Burgundy Vest - view 2
Burgundy Vest - view 1
Burgundy Vest - view 3

Olive vest - view 1
Olive vest - view 2
Stripe vest - view 1
Stripe vest - view 2
Stripe vest - view 3
The vest has the fashion fabric or outer shell fabric for the front and back and then the vests are fully lined with a lining fabric. Some vests also use the lining for the outer back portion of the vest, but most of the time I prefer to have the entire outside of the garment out of the same fabric. There are 6 buttons up the front of each vest and a two part belt with a buckle at the back.

I sold the burgundy vest at HRM Steampunk Symposium last weekend, but the olive and striped vests are now available over in my Etsy Store.  I have only one olive one left in stock right now, however, I do take custom orders if you are looking for a specific color and I currently have patterns drafted for chest sizes 38 through 52.

I also have some other vests cut out and waiting to be sewn. Once those are all done, we'll be getting together for another photo shoot and then listing them vest up for sale as well.

As a teaser here are the fabrics that we currently have vests cut out in. The photos don't do the colors much justice though:

This piece is a light yellow with black flocking

Black with grey flocking
Electric blue with black flocking

Red with black flocking

Dark rust with black flocking

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

HRM Steampunk Symposium - Part II: Adventures in Vending

Continuation from Part I

The Queen Mary is a beautiful ship and one would think that living in Southern California for over half my life, I would have managed a trip up to roam around the vessel and see if there were any ghosts lurking about at least once.

Incidentally, this event was my first trip to the Queen Mary. I had the opportunity a couple years back, but I was 37+ weeks pregnant and my mid-wife didn't want me out of San Diego just in case my daughter decided to arrive early. She didn't, she was 2 weeks late like her brother, but that's another story. ;)

View from the promenade deck of the Queen Mary
As with any show or event I do, there is always last minute sewing that is being done. Most of the time I'm also sewing on the way to or at an event, which also means that I'm usually running on little to no sleep. So per usual I was up until 2 am finished up a batch of vests before I decided that I needed to try and get some sleep before my alarm went off at 5:30 am, get loaded up and be on the road no later than 6:30 am. I actually rolled out of bed at 6 am, scrambled to get dressed and get my clothes & other things packed before Cindy showed up. I wasn't the only one running slow that morning, she actually text-ed me to let say she got up late.

After all was said and done we hit the road about 7:15 am with some much needed coffee in hand, got gas and made it up to Long Beach by 9 am where the real fun began. First we pulled into the general parking area and found a parking space up front, walked to the find out where check in was and then walked over to where everyone was unloading. We talked to the security guard there and he directed us to where we needed to park to unload, so we wandered back to the truck, hopped in and drove out of the parking lot toward the direction of the exit looking for a place to loop around and looked and drove around and looked some more and when we finally resigned the fact that we were doing to have to exit the lot and then drive back in we noticed the road going back towards the Queen Mary and made it the unload area.

The security guard informed us that we needed to unload our stuff into a pile and then move the truck to a parking spot so other people could pull in and do the same. We nodded our heads, looked at each other, chuckled a bit and went to work. For anyone who knows us, Cindy and I do a lot of volunteering with the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronisms) and we can unload and load things like no ones business. We're also pretty good at playing car-tetris too. ;)  The only thing that slowed us down with our unloading was the fact that we had to walk around someone else's stuff to set ours down. I had to chuckle at the expression of the security guard when he saw how fast we had unloaded and had the truck ready to move, we don't mess around.

I got the truck parked back in our original spot and then began the task of loading up the dolly with our stuff. After doing a few shows with grid wall, I've gotten the packing and loading down to a method where I have to make as few trips as possible, mostly because I do a lot of shows where I'm setting up and vending on my own and the fewer the trips I have to make the better.

The loading goes something like this: lay down the 6ft grid wall pieces, lock in the arm of the handcart/dolly and then load all the tubs of merchandise, etc, on top and go. It makes for less carrying and less trips, though  the trade off is that maneuvering can be a bit difficult, but it's not totally unmanageable.

So we make the trek over to the freight elevator that goes from the dock to the ship and wait for our turn. While I'm waiting there, Cindy took some of the smaller items up the stairs and waited for me. I have to say I'm glad I don't have a phobia of elevators as this one was a bit daunting. I think it was the first time that I was ever in an elevator that you had to close the large doors by hand and then closed the accordion style gate and hold the button all the way up until you reached the top and not to mention rickety. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Off the elevator and across the bridge onto the ship we went with some bumps, dips and sliding to deal. We were doing great and were going to be set up in no time!

Of course that is when Murphy decided to show up. "Just to let you know, your grid wall may not fit on the elevator" said one of the other vendors as they walked by.  Cindy and I looked at each other with raised eyebrows and scoffed bit. "It's only 6ft grid wall, I don't see why it shouldn't fit" I stated with a shrug and continued on down the hall to the onboard freight elevator.

Now when one thinks of freight elevator, you think of an elevator large enough for well freight and large boxes, etc., not something with a door that is maybe 30 inches wide and maybe 7 feet tall (if that) and might be 6 feet deep. So you can imagine the looks on our faces when we saw what we had to contend with and that we would have to unload and reload the cart.

So unloading and reloading we went and then came the first catch phrase of the event: "Cardio!". See, the freight elevator deck was 4 flights of stairs below the vendor room so we had the pleasure of hauling 6 pieces of 6 ft grid wall up 4 flights of stairs. Of course I didn't know this until I grabbed the first set of two and started my incline went through the door and looked around only to be told I had three more flights to go and up I went, found our vendor space and then trekked back down. Lather, rinse, repeat with the second batch. by the time I got back downstairs Cindy had everything loaded up and opted to take batch number 3 to the vendor room and I got to deal with getting the dolly into the elevator. I got the dolly all lined up with the entrance, rolled it towards the open door and got stuck, of course it didn't help that on of the tires was going low because of the weight and that the corner shelves for our set up were too wide. Cue me backing up, letting someone else go on and removing the shelves and re situating the load and taking the next  ride up, disembarking and getting the cart to our vendor space. Our trip back down to the dock and  then back up with the rest of our items much more efficient and done in a lot less time with a lot less swearing too.

More to come in Part III =)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

HRM Steampunk Symposium Part I: The Recap

We're home and mostly unpacked from our weekend at the HRM Steampunk Symposium on the Queen Mary up in Long Beach.

First off, I want to send out a big thank you to all of the customers that stopped by our booth, shopped, took a card, inquired about things, etc., it was wonderful talking to all of you!

Thank you to the organizers of the event for all your hard work too! I know what goes into planning and setting up an event of this magnitude and I really appreciate all the work you put into everything. For a first time event it went well, even with the things that were out of everyone's control like the elevator sizes ( more on that later).

I also want to thank my partner in crime for the weekend, Cindy from Original Cin Art. Without her helping me man the booth and schlep things, I'd be sitting in the corner rocking back and forth by now and I wouldn't have laughed nearly as much as I did this past weekend.

This was were we resided during vendor hours all weekend, with the occasional breaks for the important things like coffee, food, restroom breaks and more coffee.

We also ended up with some great neighbors in the vendor room too!

Across from us we had Last Wear out of Seattle and the entire crew was fun to chat with throughout the entire event. Plus they have some damn cool clothing all made in the USA too!

Next to us we had the two lovely ladies from Ravenworks out of Madison, WI, who also had a great selection of men's clothing and accessories.

I made a couple laps around the vendor room though I spent most of my time in the booth, mostly because I didn't have a lot of extra money to spend on things this round plus I like sitting in the booth chatting to people as they come by.

Chris London from 6 String Samurai
There were a couple highlights for me this event, the first being that Chris London, the drummer from 6 String Samurai bought one of the vests that I made on Friday and stopped back by on Saturday where I was able to snap this photo of him in it. I would have loved to have chatted with him and the rest of the group he was with as they were all fun to talk and interact with.

Back in May I vended at Gaslight Gathering and took a custom order for a vest as I didn't have it in the customer's size at the event. Incidentally he was at this event at stopped by to show off his vest and also allowed me to get a photo of said vest as well. As you can see Burgundy was a very popular color for vests.

Though the hot item this event seemed to be ascots. I sold out of all the black, blue and patterned ones that I had in stock. It's a good thing I have more cut out waiting to be sewn, along with another 27 vests.

The photo above with the custom vest also has one of the ascots I did as well the one in the photo on the right. The color in person is more of an olive green with a swirl pattern in it like the burgundy vests. I have a vest in stock made out of the same material that I'm hoping to get listed up on Etsy in the next week or so along with some other great vests.

We also had some great hand blown Absinthe glasses made by a dear friend of mine for sale and I'll be posting those up for sale over on Etsy as well as some more bottles that I finished up right before the event.

Cindy and I suffer from the "Cobblers children go barefoot syndrom" when it comes to events. We're always working on things for other people or to sell. Some day we'll both actually come up with enough outfits for a Con that we don't have to scramble together from the depths of our closets.

Friday we were both dressed up as "Steampunk Romani" though true to form, I left all my belts and jingly bits for the outfit at home. Packing and loading up on 3 hours sleep will do that do a gal.

Saturday, Cindy wore her Regina Black costume and I dug out my wedding dress from the depths of my closet and wore that. (Yes, it still fits after 5 years of marriage and two kids!)

Of course drop two costumers onto a ship like the Queen Mary along with a camera and we're bound to end up doing something silly, like this:

Regina Black aka Cindy making sure the coast is clear...

Colleen making sure she's not being followed.

And this:

Are you pondering what I'm pondering?

Yes, but next time I wear the pants
And then final photos of us in our outfits from Sunday:

We had a great time and were sad to see the weekend come to an end (mostly, I wanted to sleep in my own bed again and see my kids.) But we're gearing up for the next event and plotting more wonderful items to add to our inventory and funny photos to take whatever site we're going to be vending at and we're looking to see old friends and make new ones as well.

Stay turned for another post for the *fun* (can you feel the sarcasm in that?) we had loading in and setting up at this event in part 2.

But before I go, one last photo of one of the costumed patrons that I got at the event, who was also a blast to talk to!

ARRRRR......It's drivin' me NUTS!!!!

On to Part II