In this post: the cast of an NBC sitcom surrounding me as they hold stitched samples of their likeness. In other words, just a normal Thursday…
First, a brief apology. After the rush and whirlwind of finishing my Sprocket costume I took a little break from crafting, and blogging. Took advantage of not needing to stay up until 3am to crash early, or do other things that didn’t involve math, or thinking. Couple that with an onslaught of weather-induced migraines, and I’ve been getting a lot more rest lately, but it means the blogging has suffered. :/
I knew that since it would be a con-style panel, vs a stand-up-type comedy show, there was a chance the audience might be able to meet the cast. And I decided I wanted to do something for them. While I enjoy the show, I didn’t do it because I’m the ohemgee number one fan!!! nor to get a chance to potentially meet them. I just thought it would be nice. :)
I hit upon the idea of doing something in cross stitch right away. I knew it was easy and portable and something I could likely finish in time (I had less than a week until the panel). I’ve had transactions in the past with an etsy vendor called weelittlestitches and I absolutely love her work*, and immediately I thought of contacting her to commission a custom pattern of the cast. Unfortunately I didn’t think the timing would work out, so I ended up designing them myself.
I did an image search for each character and put together a little file for each one, giving me the gist of that character’s ‘look’. At the same time I also pulled out some quotes from each episode so I could add a funny line for each character.
“Justin”, played by Brent Morin
“Burski”, played by Rick Glassman
“Leslie”, played by Bianca Kajlich
“One-night-stands are like fast food- sure you feel guilty the next day
but sometimes you just need something cheap you can enjoy in your car.”
“Danny”, played by Chris D’Elia
“Change is hard, Baby Bird, but I’m gonna help mend those broken wings.
I’m gonna be the father bird and just feed you knowledge.”
“Candace”, played by Bridgit Mendler
“All I have is a scrawny little white-girl butt… There are people out there who like those too, right?”
“Brett”, played by David Fynn
“I’ve had sex with a lot of ladies.”
And finally “Shelly”, played by Ron Funches… who wasn’t there, but I hope his got to him anyways.
“I identify with piñatas. I’m also adorable and full of candy.”
Once at the panel my mom and I were seated pretty close. Like…
My feet were about 2 feet from the stage.
…really close. So close in fact that when the cast came out and Rick was using his phone to stream the panel for Periscope, I jokingly offered to hold it for him and he leaned over and handed it to me. (So if any of you reading this were watching the panel, I’m sorry for swinging it around and possibly making you nauseous before I realized where it was actually aiming).
Brent answering a question, possibly about the little gnome in his butt (you had to be there), while David, Rick, Bianca and Bridgit look on and feign amusement.
The other side of said gnome-butt convo, egged on by Chris and more feigned amusement on behalf of Adam Sztykiel and Bill Lawrence, along with the panel moderator (who I think was from Mashable?).
Towards the end of the panel they took audience questions and I got the last one, asking, rather awkwardly, “I, um, made you guys something. Can I give it to you?” (Not my finest moment). Luckily they said yes, and I got to give each one their framed portrait. At one point Chris asked if it was called needlepoint, and started calling out, all Oprah-esque, “YOU get a needlepoint! And YOU get a needlepoint! Aaand YOU get a needlepoint!”.
There was a funny/sad moment towards the very end when they were all looking at each others’ and then Bill put out his hands and looked around like “Where… where’s mine?” I offered him a hug instead but he didn’t take me up on it.
Then the panel was over, and I thought that was the end of it. Instead, however, David jumped right down and came and gave me a hug and said thanks. Bianca did too, before walking away. Brent came by, and suddenly I turned around and the whole cast (minus Bianca and the absent Ron) were standing right behind me. My mom had been taking pics the whole time, so I wound up with this:
Yep. That’s me looking all dork-tastic. :)
Mom and I had barely made it to the elevator when my phone buzzed, and I saw this Tweet:
* If you’re into cross stitch, or pop culture, or any combination thereof, go check her stuff out, it’s amazing. :D