Marathoning #GravityFalls while working on my Mabel costume.

24) Set aside money in advance for tipping…they are all putting up with your brand of crazy!While there’s a lot of disagreement about how much to tip, there’s no question that some services should be tipped, especially at a convention.  Cabs, bellhops,bartenders, maid service, waitstaff, baristas…all of them are putting up with your particular brand of off-the-charts excitement as well as providing services that can help you out tremendously.  A number of these people are at minimum wages, and tips help them make their car payments, etc.  In some places, waitstaff are actually paid below minimum wage, with the expectation that tips will make up the bulk of their income.  And despite a huge rush of people, good tippers are remembered, and this can work out in your favor…I can’t tell you how many times a good tip to the bellhop at the beginning of the convention made getting everything out of the room at the end of it a breeze!I’m not saying that you need to tip for bad service, but as you are planning your budget for a con, keeps tip money in mind (and make sure you have small bills to do so!)  If you are staying with a group in a room, pre-set the amount everyone should contribute, and get that out of the way early (tuck the money aside so you don’t spend it in the dealer rooms).This is a list of suggested tips from Service* BaristaNo tip required, though many suggest throwing coins into the tip jar.* Bartender$1/drink (or 15% of total bill). Pre-tip for better service.* Delivery person (including pizza)10%, $2 minimum (also, also)* TakeoutNo tip required unless something special is done (also, also)* Waiter15% for adequate service, 20% for exceptional service. For poor service, leave 10% or less. It’s okay to leave nothing for exceptionally poor service, but only if you’re sure it’s the waiter’s fault.Hotel Staff*Bellman/Porter$1 to $2 per bag, $5 minimum. (Or, just as many places say $1 bag, $2 minimum.)* Concierge$5-$20 depending on the service. $20 if he does something exceptional. Nothing for directions.* Housekeeper$2 to $5 per night, paid daily or as a lump sum at checkout. (Most sites suggest you tip daily.) SPIDER’S NOTE: If you are leaving that room a filthy pigsty, I would hope you would tip more.* Parking ValetA wide range of opinions. Everyone agrees that you should pay when your car is retrieved. Some say to pay when it’s parked, too. Most sites say to tip $2, though some suggest $5.* Room service$5 minimum (unless gratuity is included in check)Travel* Cab driver10%, $2-$5 minimum* Porter/skycap$1 per bag. $2 for heavy items, or if porter brings luggage to counter.On  a personal note, I have worked in the bar and restaurant business, and spent several summer doing housekeeping at hotels and camps.  Tipping is ALWAYS appreciated.

Alway tip. Always. NOT just at cons. ALWAYS.
@littlecari & @jenelmore I’ll be crafting the requested pieces for you lovely ladies tomorrow. Will post when complete.
Very excited about a collaboration between @Beadlush and @borisnnatasha ! Follow them both to catch all the details! #collaboration #beadlush #charlotte #charlottestyle #jewelry #style #boho #graffiti #mural #borisandnatasha #shoplocal #shopsmall #buylocal  #buyhandmade #southernstyle

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Dye Fail.

I’ve been Dying to get this done all week :) Mabel is under construction.
My adorable #dinosaur brooch matches my adorable #dino skirt! Both made by @handmadestuffs.
My first ever #noveltybroochfriday! How better to celebrate than with a handmade Dinosaur by @handmadestuffs!
These are the color options for the aqua strawberries. I can do either a ring or brooch for $18. Will be wired to antique brass filigree.
These are the three colors I  currently have in the candy cabs. I can do these in rings, earrings, and broaches.
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