Pictures and a Studio

I wish I could afford to have a true studio.  It would be the size of a small house, have a ton of different items like tri-pods, and lights, and setups for all kinds of things from people to tiny jewelry.  Instead, as I am trying to make this work, I’ve been learning to do a bunch of stuff myself.

One thing that I have learned is to love overcast days.  When a day is overcast, the shadows are bled out, and so pictures are easy.

The other thing is a love of the Photo Studio in a box.

One of these things was given to me by a dear friend, and it is making it so much easier to do stuff – especially taking pictures of the small stuff.

Now to learn a ton of Photoshop.

2011 Oni-Con Report

I like to offer a con report, for those who care.  This one is inspired by something that I read a long time ago, about a game. Hopefully, you will see it for what it is – a tongue in cheek perspective of a really awesome convention.


- Rode with Bad Wolf Trading/Those Anime People/ Meauho – Sleeping baby, nice ride, rumble, rumble, rumble – What’s that smell? Eww! Emergency flashers mean we are having issues you idiot in the Lexus! Flat tire on trailer? Crap. Limp, limp, limp.  Off to side and call emergency services. An hour? OK. Apprentice looooooooves baby.  Baby eats truck. Apprentice feeds Meauho.  Trailer fixed. Off to Galveston!
- Arrive at show – where unload? OK, thanks.
- Her name is not Cheesecake.
- Unload.
- Her name is still not Cheesecake.
- Grid is annoying.  Someone give me new foot.
- Thank you, but her name is still not Cheesecake.


- Holy excrement they have good coffee at the hotel! And good food! How’d that happen!
- Chinese hell of hanging things.
- More hanging things.
- Are we there yet? More hanging. Are we there yet? More hanging.
- We open in ten minutes. Craaaaaaaaaap!
- People!
- Sell, sell sell.
- See, see, see.
- Take a million pictures.  Butterfly and The Curse of the Golden Flower and Steampunks and Cosplay and SuperHeroes.
- Zatana!
- More pictures.
- We close in five minutes! About time. I’m tired!
- Quick inventory – I sold new things? Duuuude!
- FOOD DAMNIT!  And the hotel STILL has good food.  Wow!


- Gruh? Wrgraphaplip? *Coffee* English language option engaged.
- More sales. More pictures! More sales! More pictures!
- Total fangirl squee at the dragon!
- Lots of stuff happening everywhere.  Tons of pictures.
- Met peeps.  Met models.  Met an entire airship of wonderful loonies who are fun and happy peeps.  Life is good.
- Husband!
- I’m out of the new item? When did that happen?
- You know what? The intern is scary good at this.  Promote intern to apprentice.
- Pictures! Impromptu photoshoot of stuff and stuff and things and stuff. Discovery of relation of cameras to sales.  Hrmmmmmm
- Five minutes everyone!


- I don’t wanna gedup.  Shan’t! Can’t make me…..oooooohhhh, coffee.  Well, OK.
- Sales, pictures, sales, pictures, sales, pictures.
- Pre-order booth for next year, damnit!
- Five minutes!
- Collapse into pile of human jello while husband takes down booth.

Seriously, as tired as I was when it was finished, it was a brilliant and fantastic time to be had. I cannot wait until next year!

The Kitten Smuggling Sleeves

At various conventions, I have often been asked about the origin of the phrase “kitten-smuggling sleeves”.  I always tell people where the phrase came from, but it might be kind of fun to put it in here.

According to the story, in ancient China, only the Emperor was allowed to have cats. At the same time, cats being cats, they would reproduce.

Periodically the Emperor would host dinners of state.  People would be invited to partake in the feast with the Emperor, and would, of course, wear their finest robes.  Sometimes, certain dignitaries would sew their sleeves shut, so that there was a pocket created in the sleeve.  Here, if they had a chance, they would sneak a kitten into the sleeve and smuggle it from the Emperors palace.

Naturally, one can only imagine that if the Emperor were to see a visiting dignitary, leaving the palace with his or her sleeves wriggling and mewing, that there must have been a certain amount of indulgence involved.  But it is still a fun thing to think about.


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I Have a Working Web Site!

I believe that the word to use is “woot”.  And this is worth major wootness (yes, that is so a word… that I made up… just now… err….never mind.)

I’ve been wanting to bring the website from “stuck in the 90′s to the present day.  The previous webmistress did an absolutely wonderful job with the previous design.  It fit what I wanted at the time.

However, I am so in love with this new design that I can barely stand it.  Thank you Janice of Geek Artist Solutions (


Now if I can just figure out what to post in the blog…..

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