A Behind the Scenes Look at a Fan Convention: Sewing and Set Up

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

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The final MarfDaze set up at Heroes & Villains Fan Fest.

Over the next few days, I’m going to give you a backstage peek at one of the more exciting aspects of my job: selling my handmade bags and pillows at conventions.

This weekend, I’m at the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest in Secaucus, N.J., right outside of Manhattan. It’s a new convention, but it’s run by the same folks who do Walker Stalker Conventions, so I know that it will be well-organized and entertaining.¬†I’m also very familiar with the venue. This is my fourth convention at the Meadowlands Expo Center in 13 months.

I’ve stayed in this hotel so often, I have a favorite parking spot.

That having been said, there are always surprises. This weekend’s surprise: an epic¬†blizzard. I just got an email that announced that Saturday has been cancelled. Sunday will go on as planned.

That means I’ll be spending my snowy Saturday in my hotel room. I’ve got plenty of food, a new book to read and Netflix. Folks at the various hotels are connecting on Facebook, organizing impromptu events. There are worse ways to spend a day.
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MarfDaze HQ

By Martha Michaela Hutchman Brown
aka Marf

Today I’m inviting you on an annotated tour of the new MarfDaze studio.

After two years of start-up costs, rookie mistakes and learning on the job, I made my bag-making business, MarfDaze, profitable. To celebrate, my husband and I moved my studio from a smaller room to this one, which used to be my husband’s office. He took over the big guest room on the third floor. So win-win. Except maybe for guests, who are now stuck in my old sewing room.

MarfDaze Sewing Room

The view of my new digs from the doorway.

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