A Quick Round Up

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

Over the next few days, I will endeavor to give you a true view of what it’s like to be a vendor at a convention. It can be fabulous, physically demanding, boring, grueling, delightful and profoundly satisfying by turns.

But first, let me give you a quick photo roundup of MarfDaze highlights in the last 6 months.

At Shore Leave in Maryland, Easter Cat hopped on Irving’s back.

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While Easter Cat and Irving were communing, his human companion John Barrowman and I had a nice chat about the importance of plushie photographic stand-ins and husbands. Human husbands. Not plush husbands.

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And then he dropped by my booth. Why, yes, he is holding a MarfDaze bag.

Then at Walker Stalker in Boston, my sister and Irving got a picture with Nestor Carbonell from Lost.

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Irving tells me that Mr. Carbonell smells like exotic spices and Christmas morning.

And Mira Furlan, of Babylon 5 and Lost, dropped by my booth looking for something to put her signing sharpies in. I loved her so much on both shows, I let her pick out a bag as a present. She came by the next day just to tell me how much she appreciated the craftsmanship. She was really very gracious.

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Irving is stunned by Ms. Furlan’s striking beauty.

Back at home, MarfDaze needed to expand again into even bigger headquarters. I now have  space to do my ironing, measuring and cutting, designing, sewing, mailing and paperwork in the SAME ROOM.

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My mailing station, sewing station and cutting table are now all in a row. The door on the right leads to a sun-filled photography studio.

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My magazine-worthy shot of my fabric library.

Back on the road, I met two of my favorite groups of fellow fan creators at LI Who.

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Look! It’s Verity Podcast’s Deb from Philadelphia and Erika from Edmonton.

I love the Verity Podcast. They are an international group of smart and witty ladies discussing all things Doctor Who. Why aren’t you subscribing already?

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Here’s the Doctor Puppet crew. I was afraid Missy Puppet might steal Irving, but she did, eventually, give him back.

Doctor Puppet is a series of stop animated short films made by professional artists and musicians. Start here.

Also, I ran into Author John Peel and Goth Extraordinaire Nan Peel. They are very sweet people. Come to think of it, I’ve never met an unkind goth.

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Sweet Nan is showing off her one of a kind MarfDaze Acanthus Leaves Wristlet.

And finally, I convinced my mom to do a little cosplay at Walker Stalker NY/NJ. How cute is she as the Twelfth Doctor?

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The coat comes with a pocket for sonic moose storage.

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