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Sorry for neglecting all you lovely people on dA lately.  It's been a rough year in a lot of ways and an awesome year in others. 

I've decided that I'm not going to be taking any plushie commissions for the time being.  It took me so long to catch up on the last batch of orders I took, and I even had to refund the last ones because my hands were just hurting too much to finish them.  I feel terrible making people wait so long, and I'm learning the hard way that I can't just muscle through it like I always do.  The fine detail work that I love to do so much is unfortunately making my hand pain a lot worse, so I need a break.  (I also can't play Borderlands two nights in a row, lol.)

Sorry guys. I've been fighting this and putting it off for too long now because I didn't want to let anyone down. The thing about dealing with Fibromyalgia is that it's a constantly evolving process.  You have to adapt and overcome.  It's exhausting, but I'm thankful that I have the flexibility in my work and home life to do just that.  I'm choosing to look at it as a new adventure.  :D

  I'll still have most of my usual Etsy shop fodder up for sale since that hats and scarves don't seem to affect me as much.  I'm hoping that I'll FINALLY get those plushie patterns up and post some new tutorial videos.  I am taking a few costume and prop commissions here and there if I feel like it's something I can pull off well, I'm hoping to expand my portfolio this year and focus more on that.  Since costumes are full-scale, I'm learning that even the detailed ones aren't nearly as hard on my hands as the itty-bitty plushies.  I actually wanted to be a prop maker or costume designer growing up, so this feels kinda exciting!  :squee:

I will still make a few plushies here and there, most likely for charity auctions and maybe a few one-offs if I'm feeling up to it. Thank you all for sticking around!  Let's see what 2015 holds!  :katana:

 

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RieCrow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Darn, I just found you and I see you don't do plushies anymore. :( I fell in love with the Turian plushies you made as a hardcore fan of them, and I hope I won't miss the time when you will do these plushies again.<33 Can you tell me your Etsy shop? Can't find it.><
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RieCrow Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm blind, I found the Etsy shop link.xD
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Jaelie Featured By Owner Edited Feb 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So I came across your stuff first via the MMCC forums, which in turn led me to your Etsy store and here, too, somehow. I love the things you make! I'm in the same boat as Ioialoha - I can sew and make things from patterns, but I lack the creativity to make something original. I have the deepest respect for artists!
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eitanya Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
Haha, sounds like a round-about trip to bring you here! I lurk in many corners of the internet... ;) thank you for the compliments!
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trickshot Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2015
pffft you never let anyone down.. in fact, you enlighten us all by just being in your presence! :D
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RogueofAsgard Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Student Photographer
<3 <3  
i can't wait to see your tutorials. :) and patterns and such. you're pretty awesome no matter what, and i'm glad you'll be able to pursue your dreams. 
keep at it, lady. 
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eitanya Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
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Ioialoha Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
If you start selling patterns, i'm buying them ALL lol I can sew just fine, but my god the creative brain that goes into designing them is rather beyond my ability. I can tweak, but pure creation... @_@ you wow me. I'm sorry to hear your ick is progressing, though I suppose that is the way of things. Hoping the best for you in the new year!
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TovarasNightroad Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Aww, such a shame to hear that its gotten worse for you. Sounds like a break from it is needed for you, even if it means less gorgeous plushies from you (like mine, lol XD).
But take care of yourself and your health, that is the most important thing!
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