Some people put a lot of effort into a baby’s room. They pick out the right colours, paint the walls, murals, get special thingies, using those small room décor tips etc. Jen and I decided that was all awesome, but felt less personal. What we did instead was ask some fantastic artists to make things for the baby’s walls.
They are all fantastically talented and you should go buy their stuff.
My wife has an amazing super-power; it seems to run through her whole family. It’s the ability to make friends easily and anywhere. Jen met Rebecca on the bus and loved her TARDIS hat. They struck up a conversation and became friends.
This is from Jen’s room when she was a child. We have no idea where it’s from, but it’s adorable.
Baby Dragon and Tardigrade – S. M. Carrière
The beautiful baby dragon print was painted digitally over our first ultrasound. It was done as a beautiful surprise. The Tardigrade we tried to commission, but she gave it to us as our baby shower present. Don’t you love the detail in the spacescape? So beautiful!
I’ve commissioned her to design me my first tattoo. I’m both excited and a little scared.
S. M. is Keladry’s other Godparent. She’s a talented author, artist, and all around wonderful person. Her newest book was written by votes on her blog and the profit goes to charity. Go buy it and read for a good cause!
TARDIS Lovey – Nerdy Needles
This soft and adorable TARDIS was given to us by the wonderful Nerdy Needles. She has a wide variety of knit and crotchet items. All wonderfully geeky.
We commissioned this piece, and boy did 9five7 do an amazing job. It has the Hogwarts motto on it, Keladry’s name, and her date of birth. The dragon in the middle is really awesome and designed especially for her by the artist.
They do a huge variety of fandoms and I’ve never seen woodburning done so well. Check out their Facebook page and their Deviant art page for more amazing work.
So many talented people. Keladry is extremely lucky.
Most parents call their unborn children things like peanut, or monkey. Your mother and I are not most people. Your parents are weird. We’re just as likely to get excited about Disney princesses as you are, we’re always saying quotes from movies and books, and we love games.
You’re now -181 days, and I don’t think your existence has fully sunk in. I’m not quite sure what I’m in for and that’s the first secret I have to tell you.
Despite what I’ll say, I do not know everything. I’m not perfect and I’ll make mistakes. Hopefully by the time you realize it, it won’t shatter your trust or belief in me.
I may not be perfect but I will try my best to take care of you and no matter what I’ll always love you.
If I have one hope for you, it’s that you’re never afraid to confide in me or your mother. We want nothing but the best for you, no matter what that ends up being.
My wife and I, sat down and calculated how well we were doing with coffee.
We’ve sold a lot of coffee but until we sat and calculated cost vs profit there was no way of knowing if we were losing money.
After a little over a year and eight conventions we’re making more money then we’re spending on coffee. It’s not a lot more but enough to justify continuing.
So we will have coffee beans available for Ottawa Comic Con, Creative Ottawa Nerds Craft Fair, and possible Geek Market.
There were two choices for the future. Either we continue the way we have or we expand production and try to streamline our process. We’ll be going with option two and expanding our production.
It’s a risk but hopefully, with your help, it’ll pay off.
What does that Mean?
It means selling more coffee and being smart about it.
Buying in bulk
This year we’ve been buying what we need for each convention and nothing more. However the more you buy of something the cheaper it becomes. This year has proven that there’s a demand for good flavoured coffee and I can stop worrying about ending up with useless supplies. (I hope)
Currently it takes me, depending on the roast, 7-12 minutes per 100g bag of coffee. If you consider that on average we make roughly 25 bags that size and 40 smaller bags. That means it takes me roughly 5+ hours for a moderately sized con.
My hopes are to buy a roaster on Boxing Day. The roaster I want can roast 900g per batch and will take around 15-20 minutes per batch. It should also allow for a more even roast and a darker dark roast.
I need your help.
I want to have a core amount of flavours that will always be available at a convention. I was thinking one of each kind of roast (Light, Medium, or Dark.
Please vote below on your favourite of each category and between that and demand I’ll decide on the core flavours.
Favourite Ligth Roast
Coconut - Jack Coco'Oneill (44%, 7 Votes)
Butter Rum - Spiked Coffee (38%, 6 Votes)
Banana - Minion Coffee (19%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 16
Favourite Medium Roast
Chocolate - Davroast (44%, 7 Votes)
Peanut Butter - Jabba the Peanut (38%, 6 Votes)
Raspberry - Red Pill (19%, 3 Votes)
Total Voters: 16
Favourite Dark Roast
Cinnamon - Raktajino (100%, 15 Votes)
Key Line - Key Lime PI (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 15
Below are a series of options for possible future coffee products. Please vote.
Would you buy decaf versions of our coffee?
No (60%, 9 Votes)
Maybe (27%, 4 Votes)
Yes even if a little more expensive (13%, 2 Votes)