After a bazillion years, I finally had a chance to get the sketch of E framed that Kucyki of Ask Caramel made while I was embroidering on my machine for folks at BronyCon; using me as a reference as this is from the angle he would have seen me working on the machine. I absolutely love it, and it is now hanging on my wall by my machine.
Kucyki was awesome enough to help run the booth, and he was a huge help during the weekend. It would have been immeasurably harder without him there, and I know because I did it by myself last year.
Finally made a Luna season 2+ patch, which was done as a commission. The The Latin says ‘Serve the Masses, Protect Dreams’. i really love how this came out at such a small size. This is only 3” in diameter so that it works on uniforms and other cool stuff.
Patch commission request for Fallout Equestria. Reference design is here. This took a half dozen attempts and iterations to make it look good, it was significantly harder than I expected, but I really like the design.
Not sure if allergies are kicking my butt or if I have a head cold. either way, blech.
some surprise bags from ethepony showed up today! (I can’t get a decent picture of them, sob.) sciency goodness for me, and Colgate/Minuette/Background Pony #5 for Texel!
thanks E, today’s kinda sucked so far so that was a great pick-me-up! :D keep being your amazing self!
Sorry you had a bad day, but tomorrow is a whole ‘nother day that will be great!
Finally cleaning up from BronyCon and finishing all the things I said I needed to do. One of those was making it so the folks that asked can get a messenger bag for those that I ran out of at the convention.
So here you go, Messenger bags: Get one here. I have about 40 left, a few of them blank, so I can make other characters if you would like, such as the custom one I did at the convention for SwissCrusader to match his shirt (:
I couldn’t sleep last night so I made a plush of Tobi from Okami. Tobi is currently relaxing on my couch.
I mentioned yesterday that the US Secret Service came to see me at my booth in the vendor hall at BronyCon. That wasn’t a joke, the Secret Service really did come to my booth; suits and all. They came to see me because they were fans of mine and wanted to meet me in person. We talked shop for a while, which was a great conversation. In addition, they awarded me a Secret Service Challenge Coin before leaving.
I am constantly surprised by my fans, and fans of MLP in general. We are from all walks of life and a show about cartoon horses has brought us together.
Now excuse me for a moment, I need to find a display case.
The US Secret Service came to see me at Bronycon. That was a fun conversation.
back from bronycon
I have returned home from another excellent BronyCon. I loved meeting new friends and seeing familiar faces. Thanks everyone who stopped by and said hello! I will type up my thoughts later, but for now I must get some sleep. Party on!
After an adventure, my embroidery machine is now up and running. UPS decided not to deliver the package even though I paid about $50 extra to have it delivered on a saturday. I had to drive to where their trucks are dispatched from and pick it up myself. What a mess.
But the sensor is now replaced and my machine is currently running. I ordered extra reaplcements since the cost for additinal ones was tiny compared to the cost of shipping, so now I have a bunch of spares and can change them out inside of about 10 minutes if it happens again.
Here’s more pictures and the process for replacing it by the way: http://ethepony.blogspot.com/2014/07/replacing-thread-change-potentiometer.html
My embroidery machine started making funny noises, so I took the needle case apart to figure out what it was. I believe I solved that, but the needle changer sensor (this potentiometer in the picture) also failed.
So yeah, my machine is now broken because it won’t sew unless it knows what needle is selected. This is one of the parts I don’t have a spare of, so I just ordered a replacement (and a spare) shipped to me for Saturday delivery. Shipping for this part that weighs about 2 tenths of an ounce and costs $30 from a sewing parts store or $8 from digikey was $65. Hopefully, I can be back up and running tomorrow once I get it.
Bigger concern is if I can’t fix it, I won’t be able to use it at bronycon :/
So, earlier in the year I got a letter from the IRS that they couldn’t find one of the forms from my taxes for the patches I make; I have a business for it to keep it separate from personal stuff. Okay, no problem, I kept a copy like a good taxpayer should. So I made a copy and sent it to them.
Skip to today and I get a letter in the mail saying I owe a fine of $975 for them not getting the form. Well, thanks IRS. I love you too.
And so begins the weekend of trying to embroider everything for BronyCon.
This is a test of the emergency Colgate system. This is only a test.
Making messenger bags for BronyCon and finally settled on this bag style after testing more than a dozen different designs for strength, waterproofedness (is that a word?) durability, and all that good stuff. They have to be able to protect all that bronycon swag along with your phone and drink (so it has a phone pocket and elastic bottle holder).
They aren’t as expensive as I expected to make (I was expecting a cost of around $30 each to make, and this is around $20ish), so they should be inexpensive if you want one for your BronyCon Swag. I won’t know actual final cost until I am done sewing them all, but they will probably go for between $20 and $30. If there’s a character (or cutie mark) you really want, please send me a note and I will try to make it for you and stick your name on it so you can pick it up at Bronycon booth 508 first thing when the con doors open.
The first one I made was for Texel of Egophiliac stream fame as Colgate was his favorite character last time I had a chance to visit Ego’s streams. Colgate was also one of the very first designs I made, so it was fitting to put her on the first bag I made (: