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Last week I unveiled in my Redbubble shop’s photography design section a piece using a photo I took while enjoying my holidays on the Jersey shore.

seashellsrbAs promised, here is the second new design from that vacation, a simple still life featuring some seashells I collected while walking the beach with my dog Beatrix. This image looks great on graphic print T-shirts, laptop and tablet skins, a tote bag, or as straightforward wall art.

Flashback Friday: Arisia

This weekend is Arisia in Boston, and it’ll be something of a bittersweet show for us, because it’ll be my first Arisia in four years as a plain old patron.

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My first time vending Arisia was in 2013, and as you can see from the photo at right, my setup was a LOT smaller than it was by the end of my run (bottom photo). We had a much smaller catalog of items and, as you can tell, my arrangement was a little weird, but we did all right that first year, and Arisia quickly became one of my most reliable shows.

Sunday at Arisia, in my vendor space.

I briefly toyed with the idea of using Arisia 2017 to bring my time as a faire and convention vendor to an end for that reason, but decided to make a clean break with the New Year. So if you see me at Arisia, I’ll be wandering around and enjoying the panels, demonstrations, and yes, the merchants area as an attendee, but I won’t hold it against you if you stop me and say hello 🙂

We first met the folks at Auntie Arwen’s Spices at the Connecticut Renaissance Faire, and we quickly fell in love with their staggering variety of spice blends. They’ll be at Arisia in Boston this weekend, and I plan to do a little stocking up while I’m there.

ugiWe of course love one of their signature blends, Ultimate Garlic Insanity (at right) and their many beef, chicken, and pork seasonings, but we’re big fans of many of their sugar blends as well. Try their Get Up and Go Ginger Sugar or their Luscious Lemon Sugar in a cup of tea, or their Vermont Happydance Cinnamon-Maple Sugar on some French toast!

We have a couple of new items coming through our Redbubble shop, both of which come courtesy of my trip to the Jersey shore over the holidays.

sunriserbThe first of these new photographic designs is “Sunrise Over the Atlantic,” which I took from the shore on our last day at our holiday vacation rental. You can get this design on T-shirts and other clothing, phone cases, laptop skins, and other accessories.

Happy Monday, everyone! Hope it’s warmer where you are, because we’re dealing with single-digit temps and a generous layer of snow.

I wanted to remind everyone that we will be retiring several of our designs at the end of the month, so if you’d like to grab one while we still have them, you have about three weeks left to do so. After that, the items will be removed from our website and Etsy shops forever. All items listed are patches unless otherwise specifically noted.

COMICS

Harley Quinn – Puddin’!

DOCTOR WHO

Don’t Blink

Fantastic!

Vote Saxon – Change the Future

FANDOM PRIDE

Fanboy

FIREFLY/SERENITY

All items will be retired!

GAME OF THRONES

Fear Cuts Deeper than Swords

House Arryn

House Baratheon – small

House Baratheon – large/heraldry

House Greyjoy – large/heraldry

House Lannister – large/heraldry

House Stark – large/heraldry

House Targaryen – large/heraldry

House Tully – small

House Tyrell – small

HISTORY/LITERATURE

Misty Mountain

Royal Aerial Corps

MISC TV/MOVIES

Better Off Ted – Veridian Dynamics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Minimalist Spike

Community – Troy and Abed in the Morning!

Galaxy Quest – By Grabthar’s hammer, you shall be avenged!

Pacific Rim – Drift Compatible

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead – We’re actors — We’re the opposite of people!

Zombieland – Rule #1: Cardio male and female versions

MISC VIDEO GAMES

Bioshock – Rapture Colony

SCIENCE

There’s No Place Like 127.0.0.1

SHERLOCK

The Game is On!

All remaining Sherlock items will be moved to the Literature section of the website

STEAMPUNK

Elixir label

Love Potion label

SUPERNATURAL

All items will be retired!

WORLD RELIGION/MYTHOLOGY

Release the Kraken!

For our first Fun Friday of the year, we’d like to share a card game we received as part of our Christmas gift haul.

joking-hazardThe game is Joking Hazard, from the creators of Cyanide and Happiness. The concept is very simple: each round, a judge plays the first two panels of a comic strip, and the other players have to play the punchline panel. The funniest punchline wins the round. That’s it!

Fair warning, this is a game in the same vein as Cards Against Humanity in that it is not for the timid or easily offended. It is raunchy, gory, and tasteless, but if you’re okay with that kind of stuff, it’s also hysterical (especially after an adult beverage or two).

Good morning, everyone, and we hope your 2017 is going well so far.

At the end of every year, we wrap up all our financial business so we can take our paperwork to our awesome accountant and let him figure things out for us. Part of that wrap-up is donating the proceeds from certain patch sales to nonprofit organizations we support, and we like to let our customers know how we — and they — supported those organizations.

Cosplay is not ConsentFirst is our Cosplay =/= Consent patch, which supports the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. We created this patch back when we were working conventions in response to stories of cosplayers being harassed by fellow con patrons. The “cosplay does not equal consent” rallying cry rose up, and we wanted to do something to raise awareness of the issue, show customers that we stood with cosplayers against sexual harassment, and do something good rather than just pocket the profits ourselves. In 2016 the patch raised $60 for RAINN.

bgsdNext is the #BGSD (Bitches Get Shit Done) patch, which supports the Girls Leadership Institute. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick unleashed the #BGSD hashtag on the world and we loved both Kelly Sue and the concept, so we took a chance and contacted her to ask if we could make a fundraising patch utilizing her hashtag. She graciously agreed and asked that we donate the proceeds to her favorite cause, the Girls Leadership Institute, which received $35 from us in 2016.

saftey-pinFinally, the safety pin patch to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union, which we introduced this year. For those who might be unaware of the meaning of this image: following the 2016 presidential election, people took to wearing safety pins on their clothing as a subtle sign to women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and other less privileged segments of our citizenry that the person wearing the safety pin was an ally, someone they could turn to if they ever felt unsafe. In just a few months, sales of this patch raised $85 for the ACLU.

We realize these aren’t staggering amounts, but as the saying goes, every little bit helps, and we certainly hope our customers will continue to help us help these fine organizations.