Lauren Fairweather
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Do you sell at local craft shows? If you do, what tips do you have for product presentation and greeting people?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/20/2015
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I occasionally do craft fairs, but I also end up treating the merch table at my concerts very much like a craft show. I'm not sure how much I can really help you in this little blurb, so I would like to do a video on this sometime! But here are some things off the top of my head:

-Keep the focus on your products... I've had people try to buy pieces of my displays instead of products and they were disappointed when I said no.
-Use height and various levels
-Extend your branding onto the table (choose a similar color scheme and theme, etc)
-Clear signage, easy to read, label things and prices for them. If you take credit cards, have a sign that says so!
-Leave space for people to see you behind the table! Makes it easier to interact if you don't have to climb around a big setup to help someone.
-I usually say hello and smile, then be quiet so people can look in peace. Some people like to chat, some don't, so leave space for them to do whichever makes them comfortable.

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WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE HARRY POTTER MOVIE?
MINE IS "THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS".


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/17/2015
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I prefer the books but I'd probably choose the Deathly Hallows Part 2 movie if I had to.

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Hi, I'm they guy who asked if you were still using the Sony nex 3n and i am looking to purchase this camera because I need a new camera really badly. And I only have one softbox...do you think I will need more to get the quality that you have?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/17/2015
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Unfortunately, the room I film in is very dark which isn't the best, haha. I've found that if I only have light coming from one direction, I get lots of shadows and while I'm lit kind of well from one side, the background looks super dark. So for me, I prefer to have all three (one from each side pointed at me and one pointing down on my head and my background). You should work with whatever you have though... it'll just look different! There are no rules when it comes to which technology you use to make youtube videos. People have been enormously successful just filming on a webcam with normal room lighting. Natural light from a window or two is still the best if you have access to it!

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Canada


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/13/2015
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I played two shows there in January! They were super fun. :)

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Hi Lauren! I just wanted to say thank you :) I absolutely love your music and you've inspired me so much. I'm a crafter and artist and huge Harry Potter fan as well and I just wanted to say thank you for how much your videos have helped me be more confident with my nerdy-ness and not feel so awkward about my love and appeciate for books and all things Harry Potter. Thank you :) Also, I was wondering if you had any positive things about GeekyCon/LeakyCon that I could share with my parents? It would be an absolute dream of mine to go but I'm only in high school and my parents aren't too sure about it. It seems like such a wonderful and amazing event to be able to attend! Sorry for bothering you with this, I just know that this is a very important event to you from your videos and was hoping you'd be able to share some positive things about it with me :) Thank you so much and I'm sorry again for bothering you!! Hope you have a good day!!! :)


Lauren Fairweather responded on 04/11/2015
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Of course! GeekyCon&LeakyCon are, for me, a few days each year where I feel like I can be 100% myself. Their staff, guests, and attendees not only accept but celebrate the things that make us different. When I was younger, even my friends would tease me for liking books like Harry Potter. These conferences give me a place where I belong.

It's a safe and family friendly place with something for everyone to enjoy. A few years ago, my parents attended with my 14 year old sister. They had a great time!

If you're hoping to bring them along, the fact that they'd have the opportunity to see you in a place where you feel comfortable being yourself is really important. It's rare for teenagers to want to share the other side of who they are with their parents and this is such a great way for them to get to know who you've become. This is a positive thing that you can do together, that you're SO excited about.

Events like these helped me to become a much more confident and happy person.

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Hey Lauren. Where did you get your knittet sweater for your weasly sweater diy? I need one like that. Could you maybe send me a link of the store. That would be sooooo cool. I love your videos. Maike


Lauren Fairweather responded on 03/25/2015
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The solid-colored sweater I used as a base for my Weasley Sweater DIY was from American Eagle, but it might not be available anymore (I found it in their clearance section a few months ago). I designed the tutorial so you could use any solid colored sweater, even one you already own! You don't have to buy the same one I did to make your own Weasley Sweater. :)

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Hey Lauren,
I love your Fairweather Friends plushies and Hogwarts-themed jewelry! I was wondering if, in addition to having a necklace for each of your four House mascots, if you would consider making a Hogwarts crest necklace with all four mascots on it?


Lauren Fairweather responded on 03/07/2015
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Ooh! That is a super adorable idea. I just placed an order for my next round of custom charms, but I'll keep that in mind once those start to sell out.

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Morning Lauren,

My 11 year old daughter, Fenna, and I recently discovered your site and we absolutely LOVE your work! Your creativity, positivity, candor and kind demeanor truly draw us to your various creative contributions. Today we’ll be working on Hermione’s S.P.E.W. badge and the golden snitch hair clip. We’re so excited!! In the S.P.E.W. badge tutorial, you reference the hats and socks Hermione made for the house elves, which got us thinking that we’d love to do the same thing! All we need are Dobby and Winky plushes that we could purchase to make the right size hats and socks. We wondered if it might be in your future to make these little elves or if we should look into making our own?

Very kindest regards,
Darcey and Fenna Hott
Manchester, MD


Lauren Fairweather responded on 02/19/2015
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Hi Fenna and Darcey! I'm so glad that you're enjoying my videos! That's a really cute idea and I'll definitely keep it in mind when I'm thinking up future Harry Potter craft ideas for my channel! I can totally picture them in my head right now.

Though, you might also want to look into finding a pattern and making your own if you'd want to do this relatively soon... my plushie designs and tutorial videos sometimes take months of work to put together. Also, most of my plushie designs are two-dimensional and that might not be the best style to work in if you're hoping to knit little clothes for them.

Thanks for the kind message! I hope that you're both doing well.

Lauren

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Hey Lauren this may seems like a silly questions but how do you cut out perfect circles for your plushies eyes? It takes me like 5 tries before It starts to actually look like a circle


Lauren Fairweather responded on 02/13/2015
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I use a little paper circle template and cut the felt around it until I like the way it looks. You can see that technique in one of my plushie tutorial videos below.