At last! The Borders Picspam of Ungodly Wonderfulness! Cue epic soundtrack now.
Just kidding. The following is a play-by-play of my birthday festivities and the art show, and I'm so pleased to share this with you guys, since you've all sort of been a part of the preparations. Although my tendonitis slowed down my artwork, I'm still going to finish the canon art winners because Borders has invited me back to display at the midnight release party. Now, who's comin'? :D
In any case, on with the picspam! :D Major thank-yous to kirleyfries for being an amazing event photographer!
I'd start with the morning preparations, but it was a blur. I was so nervous and so preoccupied with transporting artwork, framing the last minute art edition, and picking up Luna Lovegood (aka. pennswoods/Shannon from Snapecast!) that I don't quite remember what happened before 2 pm. Except that my nephew woke me up at 6:15am after I had gone to bed at 2am. I was hella tired, but totally wired! *is rhyming*
So my roommate, Bevan (kirleyfries) and good friend, Ashley (below), met me at Borders to set up:
Note the fact that my hair is already ginormous. I'd made the mistake of driving to Borders with the windows down. Not good times.
Anyway, the three of us, with the help of Mr. Reed Jarrell of Borders Bailey's Crossroads, set up this lovely display:
(Thanks again for letting me display your commissions, witherwings7 and uponadream!)
Panel One of the Lunch-Break-Sketch board.
Allow me to take this moment to register my astonishment at the fact that it is so expensive to frame and mat stuff.
But it sure does make things look purty.
Kinda wish I'd gotten a close-up of that one on the left. Those are the holiday cards from 2006, and they're sorta teeny, aren't they? :)
These stands are made for holding DVDs.
Now I'm thinkin' I might get some for my living room. :)
You can roll them around!
And change the space between the shelves!
I like to call this one "The OBHWF Wall."
But yeah, anyway, we waited a bit for people to roll in. Lucky for me Ben Stiller showed up on time.
Actually, a fair amount of people came at 3pm. If you could only see me in this shot, I'd probably look pretty nauseous.
Before I started the presentation, I gave a short drawing lesson to the kids who had come eager to draw.
We drew a sort of simplified Dumbledore together. They were absolutely adorable and responded really well. Heck they probably drew the old man better than I did.
And then my Dad showed up. As Snape. Except... he's definitely not tall. And he's not thin either. And my mom penciled in black eyebrows and gave him eyeliner. So ultimately... he looked like a cross between Professor Flitwick...
...and Moe from the Three Stooges. (That's my mom next to him.)
So Mr. Reed Jarrell of Borders gave me an absolutely lovely introduction. Despite having told him I'm from Long Island and would be bringing a couple of pieces of art to the cons in New Orleans and Toronto, he told the audience I was from NYC and had made Borders the first stop in my "Summer Tour." ROFL! Seriously though, he was really an awesome host and quite chuffed to be surrounded by so many Potterheads, myself included, I think. Bless him for talking me up. And then it was my turn...
"Can someone please explain why the woman on the book behind me is staring at my butt?"
"Can I get an 'AMEN'?"
So what really made this event so special was all the people who had come to have a bit of fun, revel in all things Potter, and celebrate how much fun it is to be a fan. Here are some pictures of spectators, friends, livejournalers, and LUNA!
Shannon is the best ever for coming to be our honorary SpellCast Correspondent.
Just look at her work the crowd. I seriously need to take notes from her when it comes to interviewing.
My grandmother was having an awesome time!
Meet Joey. He loves to draw. He loves Harry Potter even more. He also finds it sort of gross that Ron and Hermione are sitting so close in front of the fire in "Ron's Secret."
Wait... I daresay that's paetonsrider! And... belladonna803 in the Orange Cannons shirt!!
There is nothing more bizarre for me than signing autographs. I'm not famous. Nor am I all that cool. The only thing sort of redeeming about it for me is that I like my handwriting. ;)
kirleyfries 'n' me!
After presentations had been done and I'd signed a bunch of stuff, cauldroncakebkr came! That's us above with her absolutely adorable son, Daniel. :) But she didn't just bring her kids...
SHE BROUGHT CAKE.
AND AN EDIBLE SORTING HAT!!
This was the part I didn't expect. Mr. Jarrell got everyone in the upper level of the store to sing me Happy Birthday. I kid you not. And to top it off, the funniest thing about this picture is the fact that I'm dressed up as Hermione, holding a copy of "Thunderpants" (lent to me by the awesome nutnatz), and making a wish. LMAO.
Blowin' out the candles!
ZOMG Livejournalers! From left to right: nutnatz, jocap, flyingcarpet, me, belladonna803, pennswoods, paetonsrider!
Meg, Ashley, Bevan, Dad, me, Melissa, and Deborah! :)
My biggest fan: Michael Patterson, my nephew. Here he is trying to stick his elbow in his nose because his mother told him that "the only thing that goes in your nose is your elbow." Cute as all get-out, isn't he?
Michael and mudblood125! (His mommy, my sister.)
At last, people started to filter out, and Shannon and I sat down to have an interview. This was one of my favorite parts of the day, but primarily because Shannon and I got some time to hang out and enjoy one another's company. Again, she's wonderful for having made the trip down.
And now, for my favorite part. After we all went to dinner with cauldroncakebkr and her family, we went back to my apartment for - drumroll please:
TAKING APART THE SORTING HAT!
Stage one: Take off the fondant tip of the hat. (Note my absolute horror at having disturbed the utter perfection of the cake.)
Stage two: Stabbing the hat. (Note the absolute horror of the hat at being stabbed.)
Stage three: Eating the hat. With gusto. And "moo juice."
After a healthy dose of chocolate Sorting Hat cake, we ended the night with Wizard Rock ballads, a sure sign that I had had a wonderful day. Margie and her kids sang along to "Someone Else's Life" and previewed a song I wrote about Neville for robertstandring.
So, here's the wrap-up:
Frames, mats, stands: $788.00
Caffeinated beverages: $75.00
A day with friends and family celebrating my favorite fandom: