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Party stuff:  The party starts at 7pm Tuesday (8/5), but the speech stuff and the prizes will be done at 8pm.  This is to give me some time to set up, for people to arrive, and for me to run around and look at people's pretty, pretty clothes.  Bring a chair if you want to sit - there will not be much of any kind of setup other than tables for the food.  Food will be sweets and sodas, and I plan to have a gluten-free tray or two (they will be marked). 

I got a request to do a post in more detail on my braiding and sewing of trim; I need to take some pictures to do that properly, so I'll probably do that some time after Pennsic.

My apartment has reached epic Clean House proportions of clutter; I have lost sight of the carpet in three rooms.  This will hopefully change after Pennsic.  The shoe population has got out of hand and is starting to graze on the empty shoe boxes in the back; I must cull. I like to bag up bunches of stuff for the thrift store every six months or so - it's all stuff that won't sell at a yard sale anyway, so getting the tax write-off makes more sense.  And it's the best kind of recycling.  

I have been making little piles of stuff that I've bought for various collections - mother of pearl and antique bone buttons, creche stuff, WWII and 1940s ephemera - I need to actually get some of that under control and in their respective boxes/display shelves.  The side table in the sitting room is starting to disappear under kitschy Christmas stuff.

The on-line shop is just not happening for a bit - I can't work out how to effectively get the patterns on line so they can be seen for purchase without people just taking the image and copying it.  There is a mistaken idea that if it's on the web it's free for the taking (and copyright notices don't seem to stop that), so I don't really have much faith that people will actually buy the patterns as opposed to downloading the pictures (albeit in a less clear and not full-sized state) from the shop web site.  Sorry.

Which reminds me - I need to get the paper catalog off to Plimoth - they are interested in carrying my patterns.  I was holding off until I had a couple of cushion patterns as well, but I'll do that later and send the patterns out now.  The news from Lilies War was that the coiling vine patterns seem the most popular.

I did finally get my copy of "Plimoth Life", and saw my picture.  I squee'd.

I'm also squee-ish because the Attack Laurel Party is being covered by the Pennsic Independent.  I haz made the Society Pages!  I am a CelebuLaurel!

Um, yeah.  I'm being exciting today, aren't I? 


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Jul. 24th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
Yay CelebuLaurel! But do you have your face on a bus? ;)
Jul. 24th, 2008 12:48 pm (UTC)
I was aiming for a billboard... 8) I'll let you have the bus.
Jul. 24th, 2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
Need someone to distribute your patterns in a more consistent manner? Maybe provide them at mutiple events over several kingdoms and many non-SCA reenactment venues? Save you the hassle of an on-line store?
Jul. 24th, 2008 12:51 pm (UTC)
Yes. Yes yes yes yesyesyesyeysyeysyeyyye6erttg hiuygsguhkghsgh *sigh*

I've been trying and trying with this damn on-line thing, and it just won't work the way I want it to for the patterns. Other stuff, yes - assuming I want to sell on line - but the patterns are just too vulnerable, and slapping "copyrught do not copy" all over them makes them look ugly and obscures the pattern. Doing it in a pale grey doesn't safeguard the pattern - anyone who is going to download the pic anyway isn't going to be deterred by a copyright notice.

Are you offering? *hopeful*
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Jul. 24th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
We have 4 or 5 6 foot tables in the gathering house and 8 (12? I don't remember how many hubby built) 6 foot benches. More seating is always good but we should have enough so don't worry about that.
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:02 pm (UTC)
You are awesome, as always. :) Thank you for all your help!
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Jul. 24th, 2008 12:55 pm (UTC)
On the patterns, what about showing the line drawing of the finished piece and/or an example of clothing made from the pattern. There is no reason to show people the pattern pieces on-line.
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
The pattern *is* the line-drawing - unless they can see the embroidery layout, people are reluctant to buy. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to make up an example (they're basically the embroidery patterns for coifs - full size, sized, tweaked, and set up - all the buyer has to do is copy, they don't even need to size up).

They are somewhat like the drawing halfway down on this page, but without the notes.

(Hmmm - maybe notated versions would be cool!)
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Jul. 24th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
"The shoe population has got out of hand and is starting to graze on the empty shoe boxes in the back; I must cull."


Free range shoes! Steroid free! Only fed organic shoe boxes!



Ahhhh the possibilities are endless when I am caffeine deprived...
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:30 pm (UTC)
I got the "turkey" pattern at Lilies. I've always loved that design and was excited I didn't have to draw it myself. I always like to think of my free time as worth $10.00/hr (because that makes the math easy), so if it would take me two days to draw out the design, then the pattern was a bargain!
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:29 pm (UTC)
I don't know what you do and don't check, but FYI I just sent you a LiveJournal private message.

Jul. 24th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
I can't access them at work. Sorry - it will have to wait until this afternoon.
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Jul. 24th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
The thing that kills me is that there are people out there who would begrudge an artist $10 for a pattern that they don't have to draw, size up, or alter in anyway. I'm of the opinion that not only is the $10 an investment in the pattern, but also an investment in future work from the artist as money made, and a good response to one's work is always a great motivator to increase product lines....... some people really suck.
Jul. 24th, 2008 02:15 pm (UTC)
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Jul. 24th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
I'll be happy to sous chef, shuttle trays and help with the setup stuff!
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
Awesome, thanks. I will be availing myself of your help! :)
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I'm sorry I didn't get you my copy of Plymouth Life, I even brought it for you to Novice, and in the heat and running A&S confusion I totally forgot.
Jul. 24th, 2008 01:59 pm (UTC)
It's okay - mine just arrived a little late. :)
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Jul. 24th, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
Sigh, yet another reason why I'm wishing I was going to Pennsic this year (darn date changes really screw up some of us Canadians)- I've been considering making a coif once I've finished my seemingly never-ending sweetbag project and being able to work off of one of your patterns would be really great. I would definitely purchase patterns if you do organize a way for those of us to order them through people like Kass.
Jul. 24th, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)

Lovin' it!
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:12 pm (UTC)
Hi, I have been reading your lj for a while. I must say I always love your posts.

Computers and selling your work online...I would suggest converting your photos to pdfs to begin with. You can also password protect a pdf and distribute them with a password assigned to each sale if you want, and just keep them on an excel spreadsheet in case you see it pop up online on a torrent or free sight you know who you sold it to and can not sell more to them if they are sharing your stuff for free. And possibly go after them for copyright violations as well...up to you.

But also, as far as the photos on the web site to show the patterns. Your web site designer can protect the photos from right click download if they want to, to protect them. And yes you will want to show the detail of the work, but you don't need to show it as such a high resolution it is easy to copy. Also, break the photos down into smaller squares and put them near each other like a checker board, it takes more effort to steal them that way and it will reduce the possibility of theft cause the more work you have to do the less likely they will do it.

If you need any help, I do web site and graphic design for a living and would be willing to convert to pdf for you, create excel spreadsheet start-ups for you, even help make the graphics online with a clarity to see the pattern but a reduced resolution to copy the pattern.

Whatever you deside to do, good luck! And have a great Pennsic!
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
My goodness! I never new you did patterns for your marvelous creations! When you get that distribution stuff worked out please let me know where an Outlander who won't make it to Pennsic any time soon can purchase them!

I must say that for a shy lady you are one memorable lady. I was fortunate enough to attend your Extreme Costuming class at the only Atlantian University I have been able to make, 68 I think, and your presentation has stuck in my memory all this time. Shy but dynamic... what more could one hope for really?
Jul. 24th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
Wow, thank you *very* much - I really appreciate that.

I'm a screwball - I'm fine in front of a crowd (performing or teaching), or when I know what I'm there for (see: performing/teaching), but in social situations, I feel incredibly awkward and shy when I don't know people well.

Not that anyone usually knows that - they usually just think I'm talking too loud, or something. It's nerves. :)
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Jul. 24th, 2008 05:17 pm (UTC)
FYI - I checked with the hubby. We have 12 benches that are each 6 1/2 feet long. They will comfortable hold 3 people and they are strong enough to hold 3 large people. I'm figuring that we can cover 35-40 people with out a problem and more if we get cozy or raid the camp seating.
Jul. 25th, 2008 02:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, the coiling stem patterns were easily the most popular at Lilies :). I also had some of the pattern sheets I passed out, don't know if you got any sales off of those.

I will happily sell these again anytime I merchant but I hope you can get online, this is a niche market and the internet will give you more coverage. There is definately a market though, as snailstchr noted. I love doing the research but trying to pull a useable pattern out of the notes is beyond my artistic talents (at least without a lot of time and frustration).

Tres Cool to have them at Plimoth :)!
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