DAY 3: An Actual Convention. Huzzah!

On Sunday, thanks to more cooperative weather and a bevy of intrepid plowers and other helpful folks, Irving and I finally got to be vendors at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.

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Good morning!

When we headed over to the convention center to get ready for the day, people were already lining up. A good sign.

I always get a little thrill when I pass all the eager fans queued up patiently and just sail right in, smiling at the security guard at the side door, armed with my vendor’s badge of admittance power.

It’s silly. I know.

We settled in, set out our signs and enjoyed a little coffee.

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The view from behind the table. Irving kept asking, “Is she here yet? She’s so pretty and funny. Is she here yet? When is she coming?” Not sure whom he meant.

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A Moose Loose at Two Conventions

Dear Readers, I’m busy sewing bags and preparing for a series of upcoming scifi conventions, so I’ve asked guest plushy blogger Irving to fill you in on our recent adventures. 

Love, love, love, Martha

The Walking Moose

Irving here, ready to tell you about life on the road as the Official MarfDaze Spokesmoose.

Martha thought she’d try to sell her fandom bags at fan convention. To get her feet wet, she applied for the December 2014 Walker Stalker Convention in NJ/NY, which celebrated The Walking Dead.

Why start small when you can do a convention featuring the most famous actors from the most popular TV show in America, right outside of the most populous city?

It was quite a change from the local craft fairs we’re used to.

Before the show, Martha, David and I toured the venue and snapped some pictures to burn off some nervous energy.

Here I am at the December 2014 Walker Stalker Convention in NJ/NY. Behind me is the infamous train car A from The Walking Dead.

Behind me is the infamous train car A at Terminus during a soundcheck.

I pretended to be Mr. Wilson, but I don't think I fooled anyone.

Scott Wilson, aka Hershel, is my personal favorite because he’s a veterinarian. I avoided Norman Reedus’ booth because his character has that crossbow.

But once the booth was set up and customers arrived, it was a whirlwind. We had very little time for moose glamour shots.

I try to stay out of the way during super busy times.

I try to stay out of the way during super busy times.

Suddenly, there seemed to be people everywhere. Martha and David had their hands full.

Folks come by wearing amazing costumes. At least I think they were costumes.

Folks came by wearing amazing costumes. At least I think they were in costumes.

On the second day, reinforcements arrived in the form of Martha’s sister-in-law and nephew. I got to hoof it and meet my favorite Walking Dead actor.

Scott Wilson was just as nice and cool as his character, Hershel.

Turns out, Scott Wilson is just as nice and cool as his character, Hershel.

It was an amazing and amazingly fast-paced experience. Can’t wait to go back this December.

Farpoint: To Boldly Go Where No Moose Has Gone Before

Next, Martha left David at home and we headed to Farpoint, a Star Trek-oriented convention near Baltimore.

It was much, much smaller than the Walker Stalker convention, so Martha and I actually got to talk to people and take tons of pictures.

Here’s the view from the MarfDaze bridge:

I've been working out. Can you tell?

I’ve been working out. Can you tell?

Our vending neighbor, Cynthia from Wyrd and Wired, was friendly and full of good advice.

Cynthia makes cool jewelry from dice, game pieces, books and comics. You should check her out. 

Cynthia makes cool jewelry from dice, game pieces, books and comics. You should check her out.

There were lots of authors at Farpoint, so Martha brought some books to sign in case some wandered by.

A nice sunny reading nook.

A nice sunny reading nook. With a Dalek.

And some did!

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This book features Doctor Bashir, Martha’s favorite. I’m more of a Janeway kind of moose, myself.

Then, the most famous author at the convention — guest of honor Timothy Zahn — came to the table and Martha didn’t have any of his books out! She didn’t bother to pack any because she figured he’d never come by. Oh, the horror!

Plus, he bought a bag!

Mr. Zahn was a good sport. Plus, he bought a bag! Mrs. Zahn is awesome, too.

You know who else came by the table unexpectedly? Tim Russ, aka Tuvok from Voyager.

Martha tried to play it cool, but inside she was a mess. She was relatively non-embarassingly squee-ish asking him to take a picture with me in the autograph line, but then he showed up as a civilian going through her wares and she started to get giddy. He was very nice, though. And what a great voice that man has.

I'm ready for an adventure in the Delta Quadrant, Mr. Russ!

I’m ready for an adventure in the Delta Quadrant, Mr. Russ!

We also met YA mystery-book author TJ Perkins, who has an intriguing-sounding new children’s book coming out in April.

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Also at the convention was the dreamy Colin Ferguson. Martha couldn’t get away from the table long enough get picture of us together, but we saw lots of him coming and going.

Here's his IMDB picture. Now just imagine a little moose on his shoulder.

Here’s his IMDB picture. Don’t you think he’d look even more handsome with a plush moose on his shoulder?

Farpoint was a Star Trek convention, so we saw lots and lots of Starfleet admirals and captains and ensigns and red shirts. But you know who else kept showing up? This guy:

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We compared stripy scarves.

First he was going solo and looking old school. Later he reappeared with Ace.

Looking natty.

Looking natty.

Then he came back alone in a dapper suit.

I'm the sonic screwdriver! Bzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

I’m pretending to be the sonic screwdriver! Bzzzzzzzzz!!!!!

He had the Brigadier keeping an eye on his ride.

When Martha asks if she can take a picture, she never suggests where to hold me or pose with me. But I keep ending up on the best shoulders in town.

When Martha asks if she can take a picture of me with someone, she never suggests how that person should hold me or pose with me. But I often end up on the best shoulders in town.

But Farpoint wasn’t all Doctor Who and Star Trek.

Kaylee came by from Serenity.

Shiny!

Shiny!

And I met a new dance partner.

IMG_0328It was a great weekend!

Next stop: David, Martha and I are headed to Wizard World Comic Con in Raleigh with James Marsters (Spike from Buffy!), Ian Somerhalder (Lost! Vampire Diaries!) and Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha on the Walking Dead!). In short it will be a festival of awesome cheekbones.

Your Friend in Plush,

Irving

A Walk from Dusk to Dawn

I’m busy training for an 18-mile overnight walk to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and I’m excited for two reasons:

  1. It’s a great cause that means a lot to me. The AFSP does research, education, outreach and helps people in crisis and people who are grieving.
  2. The walk will be a big mental and physical challenge. The poetry of an endurance walk with a goal of reaching sunrise should not be lost on any one who has struggled with depression, anxiety, substance abuse or other mental illness, or watched a loved one struggle.

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Tutorial: Easy, sewed scarf with a fringe

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

This long scarf is super easy to make. It could be your second-ever machine sewing project. No pattern. Very little measuring. And, because of the wrapping and scrunching nature of scarves, if you make a boo-boo or two, no one will notice.

Finished Scarf

You can do it. In fact, with only 2 yards of fabric, you can make two (TWO!) 10 inch x 68 inch scarves (one for you and one for a grateful buddy) in an afternoon. And a chunk of that afternoon won’t even involve any heavy lifting on your part because your washing machine will be making the fringe for you. Continue reading

A Moose Loose in Ireland

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

Dear Readers, I’m swamped with work and sewing and stuff, so I’ve asked a guest blogger to fill you in on our recent adventures. 

Love, love, love, Martha

Hi. I’m Irving. I’m a moose. I usually live on a shelf in Martha and David’s kitchen. But recently they took me on a two-week trip to Ireland.

If you don’t like looking at other moose’s travel pictures, I suggest you skip this post. It’s almost all pictures — my hooves make it difficult for me to type long essays. But I’ll keep it pithy and entertaining.

Here I am going through security at Philadelphia International Airport. It was like a log flume ride, but with more radiation.

Here I am going through security at Philadelphia International Airport. It was like a log flume ride, but with less water and more radiation.

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