Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Convention prep stuff

Y'know, I pulled up iPhoto to put up this post... and realize I was so crazy busy AT the convention, that I hardly took any pictures at all!!!

Well, here's what I have:

This is some of the prep stuff, all the gift bags needed to be chosen, bought, stickers made up and stuck to the fronts, then all the stuff inside had to be gathered and then individually stuffed... our theme for the convention was 'A Splash of Colour', so everything was primarily black and while with an occasionally shocking 'splash' of colour (hence the blinding pink tissue paper).

All of this stuff was prepped and stored in the basement at my painting mentor's heritage house.

 Lanyards had to be made up individually... so, a name tag on the front, then the correct tickets for everything had to be stuffed inside. So, there were the individual gala dinner tickets with names and what they chose to eat, tickets for any workshops they signed up for, tickets for demos, and tickets for raffles. I think I checked these about six different times...

We also had separate lanyards for people just coming for the day.

 We also had tons of boxes and bags of stuff you might not think of, but had to be done. The box on the left are small gifts individually wrapped to put be each place setting at the gala dinner, and the bags (only three showing) were the gifts for each of the Featured Artists, who were giving the workshops.

We also had gifts for every single person who gave a demo, and I think there was a total of 34 demos...

 Since all the demos and workshops needed turpentine and alcohol, and those can't be transported on airplanes, we had to individually bottle up and mark enough for every room

And again, almost every demo needed a clean piece of porcelain for the teacher, and every workshop needed one for the teacher, and extras in case students hadn't brought their own.

...this picture is actually of pieces for the raffle. We photographed every piece and wrapped it up so nothing would get broken.

And I'm not going to bother posting pictures of the program I put together. Let's just say it took a VERY long time and turned out amazing.

...and since it was me, I included several funny things, like this cartoon I found online:

...and this list, which no one non-local will get:


  • Feel guilty throwing aluminum cans or paper in the trash.
  • Know more than 10 ways to order coffee, and can taste the difference between Starbucks, Second Cup, and Tim Horton's. 
  • Know the difference between Chinook, Coho and Sockeye salmon.
  • Can pronounce Coquihalla, Tsawwassen, Osoyoos, Ucluelet, and Esquimalt.
  • Obey all traffic laws except ‘keep right except to pass.’
  • Know that finding parking will take longer than it did to drive to your destination
  • Hear someone is “doing the Grind”, you know they are hiking, not hitting the books.
  • You know the mountains are located north. In fact, you use them to get your bearings when lost.
  • A nice day means it’s not raining no matter how cold or cloudy it is. A beautiful day means you can see the mountains.
  • You know that West Vancouver, Vancouver West, the West End, and the West Side are different places.
  • You hate the Calgary Flames, but not as much as the Toronto Leafs.
  • Rent and housing prices make you cringe.
  • You know people who are legally adults, but can only drive with one passenger in the car and a 0.0 blood alcohol level.
  • Have no concept of humidity without precipitation.
  • Deciding where to eat is a matter of deciding what type of food you’re in the mood for: Japanese, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, etc.
  • You consider anything below 5 degrees as freezing, and over 20 degrees as roasting.
  • You’ll always refer to ‘The Telus World of Science’ as ‘Science World’.
  • Say, “the mountain is out” when it’s a pretty day and you can actually see it.
  • The concept of skiing, golfing, and sailing in the same day does not seem impossible to you.
  • You become greatly offended when someone mistakes you as American. However, you take even more time to argue that you’re from the west coast and not the east.

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