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I was running late. Had to drop off a costume to Sanctuary first and then whip over to Costco for some chocolates. I thought it would be nice to be able to offer visitors a treat when they stopped in to chat. I had put together a little slide show loop of pics from photo shoots, and had that on the end of my table playing on my laptop. The other end of the tabel had a list I had made up of all the retail locations where you could buy Cairns Technical Gear, some brochures and business cards. In the centre was a sample of the Cairns Full Protection Lap Blanket for wheelchair users and the Cairns Rain Protection Apron for scooter users.

I was a little disappointed by the location of my table. It was in the middle of the east side of the room, and because there was a projection screen in that corner, the lights were off. This wasn’t an issue for any of the tables around the outside of the room because they had spot lights aimed at their tables. In between presentations they would turn on the ceiling lights and cast some light onto my table… this is where the bowl of chocolates come in….

...all that glitters... and smells like chocolate...

I had some past customers come by to visit me and see the new product, which was a real pleasure for me. One of the customers who dropped by already owns two of the Cairns Full Protection Lap Blankets, one in each colour. It was the first time that I met her and it was such a treat. She was using her red one that day.

See how dark it is?

She was the second customer, that I had not met before, who approached my table for a chat. I just love that part of the Abilities Expo. I get to meet the people after they’ve been using the product for a winter and find out what they think, get their views and talk about new ideas.

I even had someone I’d been chatting with on Twitter come by and introduce himself. He writes a cool blog ‘Priority Seating’ about accessibility on transit in Vancouver. His Twitter handle is @nextstoporbust, if you’d like to join him. It’s so nice to be able to put a face to a name.

I had Rina Liddle and Prophecy Sun stop by from LiddleWorks to chat… we would be meeting up again later in the week to do a photo shoot.

Me and Rina

Me and Prophecy Sun

The afternoon was a whir of visitors and lots of people that came by 3 and 4 times to grab one of the chocolates. It was fun to watch as some people would saunter by for the 2nd time and act like they didn’t notice the bowl, only to turn back and grab a few more for later.

The entertainment was really good. The CanDance Team performed to a number by the Black Eyed Peas. And there was also a singer/guitar player that I really liked, Glenn David Loft. I’ve looked all over for the info and can’t seem to find it. Here’s a picture of him. If anyone knows his name, let me know in the comments.

For the last month I’ve been trying to find an active, younger guy who would like to assist me in my design process. I’m designing a pair of adapted street-wear pants that would be appealing to younger hip guys, that don’t want to look like they’re wearing adapted pants. Then, from across the room I spotted the best looking man I’ve seen in years. I started having one of those moments where I was thinking…”I can’t approach him… he’s WAY too good looking”. I’m glad I did because he was not only interested in helping me, but, he was full of ideas and enthusiasm. I’m looking forward to having the time to work on this new project.

Our friends Ken and June showed up for a chat as well. They have modeled for us in the past and are much fun to chat with. They have both been so supportive of what I’m doing.

Ken and June

The afternoon was a whir of visitors and lots of people that came by 3 and 4 times to grab one of the chocolates. It was fun to watch as some people would saunter by for the 2nd time and act like they didn’t notice the bowl, only to turn back and grab a few more for later. Can’t wait til next year. It’s a great event that ConnecTra Society puts on at the Roundhouse in Vancouver.

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What a beautiful Vancouver day. I just watched a hail storm with the sun coming through the clouds, just magic. The hale wasn’t big and it may have only happened up in my neighbourhood, but, it sure made lots of noise.

In the last post I showed a picture of Rina that wasn’t extremely flattering. I was just showing the moment, and it was eerie lighting from the computers, but, I just did’t see her as looking bad, but, she’s my friend and I just see how beautiful she is in her ways. Here’s another picture of her, just to show that she’s looking good the rest of the time…

Rina

I woke up with a super runny nose this morning, making it difficult to accomplish much without the tissue break every 2-3 minutes, but, I have to get back to my grading. Grading is when you take a base pattern, say it’s a sample size medium, and grade it up and down to the other sizes. For instance the new style of Buggy Bag® lap blanket that I’m doing for next fall is going to be available in sizes XS, S, M, L, so I’ve had to grade it by 4 sizes. It will fit more wheelchairs this way. This is what a “graded nest” of one pattern piece looks like.

pocket pattern graded nest

It’s called a “graded nest” because the sizes have not been traced off and put onto individual pattern pieces, instead they are nestled together on one piece of paper. I have done this for each of the pattern pieces.

Did I mention the sneezing? OMG… I am planning on making my body a very uninviting place for this cold…. it’s going to be fleeing from me by tomorrow, if it knows what’s good for it!

Hi, I’m Leslie Cairns, Owner/Designer for Buggy Bag Mobility Accessories. People often suggest that I should be talking more about who I am. I didn’t really think that you guys would want to hear about me….  I was wrong though….afterall, buggy bag® is about me, and my values and feelings about things. I’ve got some funny stories, I’m told that I’m extremely opinionated and I’ve also done a lot of really interesting things in past years. Do I dare say how many years? Well, let’s just say 40 some odd years. Like my time working at “the Hoagie House”… or maybe that 1st date that whisked me off to a hockey game in another province. Never mind my personal feelings about hockey. The Tragically Hip said it best in the song Fireworks… “You said you didn’t give a fuck about hockey, I never saw someone say that before”. As a Canadian, I do tend to be reluctant to admit such shocking truths. I almost feel like a bit of an alien for saying it, but, hockey just doesn’t give me the joy that I get from so many other things. In fact, I liken it to watching someone play Bejelewed on their iPod….Yup, that exciting. Not to mention, that you have to sit in a giant refrigerator to watch it! I hate being cold.

Owner/Designer Buggy Bag Mobility Accessories

The hockey enthusiast!

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