Saturday, February 11, 2012

Been too busy to blog

I know it's been a while since I've blogged, but it hasn't been because of a lack of ideas or topics to blog about!  A lot has been going on in my personal and business life and I've just been too busy doing things to actually write about them (although I've composed a ton of blogs in my head while I'm working out, most haven't actually been written yet).  On the personal side of life I put the house up for sale and have been dealing with showings at least a few times a week.  Of course that means having to spend more time keeping the house clean and organized, something that can be difficult to do at times.  I don't know exactly where or when I'll be moving, but it doesn't look like I'll get to have a garden this year, which really bums me out.  This will be the first time in about 15 years that I haven't had a garden :(  But hopefully wherever I end up I'll have lots of room to plant everything I want to grow.  I do know I want to move to a more rural area and have at least a few acres of land to work with. 
Then of course there are the critters.  Ginko is very happy in his new forever home and just adores Calcifer.  The two of them race around the house like wild beasties playing tag and wrestling, but never actually hurting each other.  Then when they're tired they hop into the fabric bin and curl up for a nice nap together.

Ginko certainly does know how to get comfortable!  I've also discovered that he's the kind of cat who likes to carry his toys around.  He drags his string all over the house, and a lot of times Calcifer will run after it and they end up playing tug of war.
I think I got pretty lucky when I picked Ginko out.  He's a sweet, loving, and funny kitten, and is exactly what Calcifer needed too.
Things have been very busy for me on the business end of things too.  I've been making lots of custom pet sculptures for customers on Fiverr. And I now have quite a few very happy customers over there.  I even moved up a Level so I can now offer multiples and add-ons, such as creating a larger sculpture for an additional $5.00.  I love this picture that one of my repeat customers shared with me.
These are some of the pets I sculpted miniatures of for him.  I almost feel as though I know his furry family now ;-)  I just finished sculpting several dogs including a long haired chihuahua, a golden retriever, and a yellow lab.  I'm currently working on a poodle and two beautiful cats.  I really do love recreating a customer's pet in miniature.  I work very hard to capture their personality as I'm sculpting.  That isn't just any Russian Blue cat up there, that's Symon the Russian Blue ;-)
And the there's the hippo plushie project.  I was contacted by the author of children's book who wanted to know if I could create the main character as a stuffed animal.  The main character is called the Blue Toothed Sleuth and is a whimsical hippo wearing camouflage pants.  After some trial and error I created a pattern that we were both satisfied with and that represents the hippo quite nicely.  I sewed a few different versions and now she just has to decide whether she prefers the light gray hippo or the dark gray hippo.  These are the first two versions.   I've modified the pattern a bit and changed a few things to improve the ones I'll send to the customer.
Cheryls Custom Order Light and Dark Gray Plush Hippo Stuffed Animals  
So that's basically what I've been up to lately.  And of course there's the Smooshers too.  As guild master I try to post to the Smooshers blog regularly, post on the Smooshers Facebook wall, check in to the guild forums, and organize the Challenges.  The Challenge for this month is Celtic, and I think I want to sculpt some type of Celtic fairy, if I have enough time.  All this and there's still a million other things I want to do as well!  And before I forget, I also added Feedburner to my blog, which allows you to subscribe to my posts by email.  That way you won't miss out on any of the fun and excitement ;-)
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