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June 7: Day after Japanese Street fair and tanning

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 15, 2015, 12:30 PM
  • Listening to: Doushitemo Furetakunai Drama CD
  • Reading: Hiragana and Katakana Workbook
  • Watching: Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
  • Playing: ...with my lip?
  • Eating: Green Tea Kitkat
  • Drinking: Tea
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In the process of tanning a coyote pelt for a friend YAY :) He is in the pickle and will be shaved thinner this Monday. Then its the final neutralizing and tanning Tuesday (?)  Happy it is going very well. His tail slipped, but a replacement will be sewn on :) 

On a side non-taxidermy/work note: I got to go to the Japanese Block Fair on Park Ave. Small but pretty cool. My buddy and I got to share pork-buns and got matching hand-made tea cups for green tea :) Paid a visit to Sunrise Mart afterwards who was having a Green Tea display. Lucky for my it's my favorite flavor and they had  GREEN TEA KIT KATS! I was looking all over for a pack! and it was a bargain at just over 7.00 a bag! 
We also got another choco/green tea candy with a gummy center. It was really really good although I despise being ambushed by hidden candy centers! Out of curiosity we attempted to translate what the word was written all over it. Failed a that. It is either a small town or a spinoff of a character from Battlestar Galactica. 
Great day! The next time this event will go down is Oct.18, so I'm planning it now XD

I'm trying to go to as many street fairs as I can these days (providing they are free to get in).

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I'm still tired from Thursday night. After work, I have more work at the high school I graduated from. I (try) to teach kids how to use synthesizers without exploding speakers... Failed at that especially with this one kid is really rude. He kicks people off keyboards, elbows me in the ribs and likes to mess up sound levels after I tell him not to touch it. 

After that, for the next hour and a half to an hour we all got into groups and were going to go over what bullying is, and how to handle a bully-situation. 
Long behold, my co-worker (who is still new to the whole program) and I somehow got stuck with the 6 kids who are super hyperactive including the rib-jabber from before. We had to cut up a bannana and put it back together Everyone else did pretty well, but ours looked like a leaky Frankenstein who ate a bomb... We had to do a skit showing how different people handle bullies... Looked like a school fight. I think our group has successfully made authority-hating banana killing bullies. 

But heck, it fun for the most part. 

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5/15/15: 51515 
I need a hug :/ My grandmother from FL who I have not seen in about 4 years has come to visit for a week. As much as I love family coming by, something is amiss and it is troubling me.
I have not told her I am transgender and going by my male name in public and aiming for surgery very soon. . To put it the best I can, I was unaware just how much I have changed in 4 years from when I last seen her. About 6 years ago when she was last here before my suicidal mess (yes, I was there too) I was trying to fight my feelings like a nut job. After I almost did myself in I gave up kidding myself and made a conscious effort to go in the direction I felt happiest. Life is great now from not having to put on a charade every single day.
But, as happy as I am, I can not tell her. Let her find the hints around the house (Men's clothes, chest binder, my male name in the library page, town-buddies calling me Keith). If she finds out that way I will not deny it, but telling her would cause a re-peat disaster of family hatred I can't live through again.

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The only reason why I listen to the song "Starships" is because it says "starships"... otherwise its just more white noise.
Next paycheck I will be getting mounting forms/supplies for the raccoon I have been working on as well as my poor red fox that I have been neglecting :P 
BUT! The red fox does not have its eyes split and he is already tanned, so any advice would be greatly appreciated! Can this be done after tanning, or might it do more harm than good?

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Had a few rough nights. Nightmares returned (unfortunately) along with some other mental health scares I prefer not to discuss publicly. But, you know that they say, every good grooming has its hairballs... and after a hack and a gag it will all be okay.
On a good note, my lovely raccoon is dry, fluffy and despite her facial injury she is all ready to be mounted and plushed up next paycheck.
I was commissioned to tan a friend's coyotes and a bobcat. I'm extremely excited to help out a friend and can't wait to make them all fluffy and ready to be mounted :)

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Foredom tool is here, Flesh-All mini flesher is here, bits of raccoon leather is EVERYWHERE!! But it works. Works very well, but with my unsteady hands it looks rather rough. Towards the end of my fleshing session and some minor adjustments, it came out pretty good despite 2 minor holes.
The raccoon is back in the citric-pickle for another day and possibly tonight I'll get to neutralizing and tanning it. I'm hoping to make this raccoon a soft mount only because I need someone to hug (and my cat hates hugs with a burning passion), then she will be sold on Etsy to a loving forever home. So after payday it's back to McKenzie to get a headform, earliners, eyes and critter clay. As always, updated updates will be stuck to this journal.

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Trying this again: been playing the backspace game for a while. Uptight with myself but I'm not one to talk about it because I hate sounding like a whiny attention sucker.
Lately things have been going well but I can't help but be aggravated at the lack of progress there has been with my surgery goal. The surgery itself is 7,900 lodging with someone who has seen this before: 110 a night plus tax, trains from my station to NYP to FLT and back 316. The medications insurance can cover.
So far all the money I have been making has been going to pay down my Care Credit card. (It's kinda plugged up thanks to my FIV cat Bozz who has had the roughest beginning I've ever seen.)The doctor accepts it (but with a nice fee) so I can use it to finance however much my limit on the card.
I hate the feeling of putting this off for any longer...

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Happy and blessed Easter and Passover to all who celebrate it (since my religious version of musical chairs, I'll observe it but not go to mass).
Good news, I brought a Foredom SR which will be here next week and the electric flesher piece will be paid next week and shipped.
After that it's practice time @.@ I'll try it out on muskrats and raccoon first before I allow myself anywhere near nicer pelts!

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Sooo... I contacted someone who was selling a Flesh-All mini flesher for a really really good price. Unfortunately hes taking a really really long time to get back to me with a Paypal address. I can't wait any longer to get a fleshing tool because my hands hurt and so does my wallet from tannery costs!
I'm talking to another person who sells Flesh-All products and he had the Foredom electric version in stock (YAY). Which I think is a better investment since our air-compressor is not only itty-bitty, but pisses water into all the tools. Al least the electric one wont suffer internal rust and break on me. 
:la: :la: :la: Complete Colorado Coyote pelt is now posted on Etsy. Black squirrels have some shedding so they will be sold at a steep discount. :la: :la: :la:

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My fox squirrels are on their way to Tubari Ltd. Tannery! I'll have 27 professionally tanned hides in stock whenever they are done :) 
Got an adorable red fox ready to be plush~mounted. Ill be posting updates on him as I complete him before posting for sale on Etsy

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Thanks to work picking up the pace, I won't be tanning the fox squirrels myself. They will be professionally tanned by the same company that did my kit foxes (they are both sold).

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Great News!
After a long span of nothing, my ETSY STORE IS FINALLY OPEN AGAIN!…

Same great quality!

Still hand made!

Still sourced from the United States!

So, grab a cup of coffee and come check out all the fur tails, pelts and crafts in stock and ready to ship.…

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Re-building this account!

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 24, 2015, 12:34 PM
  • Reading: Star Trek: Light Fantastic

I've been neglecting poor DA for a while now and as much as I'd like to just buy a new computer and jump right in, there is something I need to do first.

All my taxidermy stuff, 99% of my plushie projects, and bullshit done for people is going to get packed away and this account will then get a new name. 

I'm not deleting this account, I'm restoring it to how it should be :)

As for my Etsy account: That will be up and running too within the near distant future! Tails, home-tanned and vintage pelts, taxidermy and all that good stuff. 

I'm vegetarian again, dropped My Little Pony off  my "to watch" list, and finally stopped missing someone. 
In other-words, I've been better than usual with the exception that the new synth-music program I'm doing takes place at the high-school I graduated from. I don't like that place (haha)

Reference sheet for my fursona

Journal Entry: Fri Dec 12, 2014, 10:26 AM
  • Reading: Star Trek TNG: The Buried Age

A friend of mine at work wanted to use my fursona as a background/helper character in a video game project he's working on. Cool, right?
Dummy me, I never made a reference or character sheet for my poor mega-size kitty... I only have my in-progress suit and million ideas :/

Any of my watchers able to do a ref. sheet if I provide sketches and stuff?

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I'm Still Here

Journal Entry: Tue Oct 28, 2014, 6:48 AM
  • Listening to: Uriah Heep: Lady in Black
Been off doing other things for a while and completely forgetting about DA over the past month or so...

Looks different :) Glad to see a nice new look on the main pages and everywhere else! Now I have to get used to it :XD:

I will still continue to be off DA most of the time since my laptop has finally given up the fight to keep running and my phone is making me go cross-eyed. But, completely dropping it all together isn't something I like doing, so maybe in the next couple of days I will try posting some of my recent work.

Let me know: What did I miss?

Need help, ALL must go!

Journal Entry: Mon Aug 18, 2014, 10:53 PM
  • Listening to: fish filter noise

Luna Winking Stamp by VipeyDashie


To make a long story short I was denied my medical loam I desperate;y needed for my chest surgery...
I am trying not to let this get me down and continuing to save and find other means of paying this off.
My fundraiser is still in effect, so if anyone cares to buy something or donate, PLEASE do. Thanks :)

skin made by C4TT
Luna icon by Mel-Rosey
Luna cutiemark by Hawk9mm
Luna background by fluttershyyyyyyyy
  • Listening to: fish filter noise
Feel free to comment, I need buddies to talk to :D

:bulletyellow: August 6,2014
Epic tears of joy!! I just got off the phone with Dr. Garramone and his staff. He sounded really nice compared to what I was anticipating.
He says the surgery/anaesthesia/room cost will be 6900.00 and a 500.00 deposit to hold my surgery date.
I have all the paperwork on my computer. All I need now is the train and hotel and the MONEY!
I will put down a large down payment (as much as I can) to get started. Then the rest I will need to finance.
Please help me out with my fundraiser, even is it's a dollar or two.

:bulletgreen: August 2, 2014
Yay progress!! 1st appointment with my letter doctor was a great success. He was very well educated in trans therapy and the session was a FULL HOUR! Much better than the 25-30 I have always got in the past.
I also sent photos (huge dent in my esteem) to Dr. Garromone for a phone consultation this coming Wednesday. With the size chest I have, I can always guarantee it will be in the more expensive range. Because if this I need to raise some serious money as soon as possible. Thenonlybtjkng I can do is sell my pelts. Sadly because if the almost 6000+ price I need to sell ALL of them except for my 3 fox pelts, my gran dad's mink and my blue fox mount by :iconlethalgemini:
They will all be on my eBay account (CumberKitty) so have a look in a day it so!! Thanks and peace.

:bulletblue: July 28,2014
I finalized and paid in full for several sessions and my letter. My first appointment is.. SOON! Tuesday 8:00a London Time (3 in the morning for me). It was almost 5:00 in the morning with no sleep by the time I got it all done. Then I for an email from my supervisor around 10 wondering why I didn't come into work at 9:00.
So, here I am tired as heck but happy nonetheless that progress has been made (yay for progress)

There is one surgeon I am looking into in Ft. Lauderdale FL who uses a chest surgery technique that allows for less complications AND keeps nipple sensation. It it called an inverted T or "anchor" technique. I will white up a little something about it when I get out of work :)

:bulletpurple: July 27, 2014
To make a long story short... I put this off for a long time and even shut up about it so I wouldn't upset somebody's family. I loved them that much I was willing to suffer with something that always hurts...(Thanks)

BUT! I found some one who can get my go-ahead-letter for chest surgery and at a later date, clearance for hormones, and metoidioplasty with implants!! :) (so I CAN have a mini-actually-kinda-works-weenie after all).
I probably won't be on DA as much because 99% of my day is caring for sick cats (Bozz, and now Holley), working, and finding placed that can fix my man boobs...

Keep in touch I'm on Facebook now :la: CumberKitty Galluzzo
  • Listening to: It's not unusual
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apparently theres a glitch that makes my phone unverified yet still sends me all the info I want... Odd.
luckily I was able to link it back up with my house number (which might get disconnected.

 Last night I tried to update my bank info. As I was going through the process, they said my number was unverified despite they send all the notifications to that fucking number... Instead of just not taking the new bank and kepping my settings the same, it deletes my original bank! Now I'm an unverified account holder and can't send payments!?

FUCK YOU PAYPAL! You took enough of my cash when I was with etsy, now you're holding my money hostage for a fee if I want a check?

Perfect timing too! Had to pay multiple things from my savings acount when I have a 2 week trip and a get I'll to pay for!

im angry to the point where I want to close my account and just use my bank/debit..
  • Listening to: Time to Wander - Fursuit Musicvideo #4
First project with another artist (yay)
:iconnightswind: is restoring a vintage double-sided axe :D
I'm picking up me 1/2 to work on later today, so get ready for pictures :la:


Journal Entry: Mon Jun 2, 2014, 7:30 PM
  • Listening to: Time to Wander - Fursuit Musicvideo #4
June 4th:
I just got in from giving Bozz his antibiotics, wound-cream, moving his drain around (ouch!), and giving him a nice wipe down to freshen up his whole body. 
Here is what I'm selling to help pay for his recovery costs. It's difficult to part with my furs, but I will need to sell 99% of it  to afford his future medications due to his AIDS status. *REASONABLE OFFERS WILL BE CONSIDERED*
:heart: If you want to help without purchasing a 1.00 donation will be greatly appreciated too! (See my Paypal at bottom)

:bulletgreen: = Available
:bulletred: = Sold

:bulletgreen: Brown feline fusuit tail. Just made it, will fit most size belts. asking 35.00 + S&H

:bulletgreen: Black cosplay fox tail. Made by me using 2 dyed fox tails. Very sturdy, used twice at work and in NYC.  asking 30.00 + S&H

:bulletgreen: Brown dyed fox tail. From NYC Garment place. leather loop can be added free of charge. asking 15.00 + S&H

:bulletgreen: Poofiest damn cross fox tail I have ever seen! Sad to see it go. Has a leather loop. asking 25.00 + S&H

:bulletgreen: Coyote face. Cannot  re-hydrated. asking 5.00 +S&H

Bobcat faces garment tanned, very pretty!
From personal collection: asking 9.00 +S&H
VERY soft: asking 9.00 +S&H

:bulletred: Mountable female red fox from MillsHideAndFur. Has small cur in ear and hole near one eye. Home tanned. Dorsal skinned. asking 100 +S&H

:bulletgreen: Mountable gray fox from MillsHideAndFur. Missing right front foot. nose has slight damage at the tip. Home tanned. My first mountable pelt :( asking 90.00 +S&H

:bulletgreen: Pine marten from vintage stole. good fur, toes bent. asking 30.00 + S&H

:bulletgreen: Pink Bunny foot: Had it on my back pack during several bus/train trips and into NYC, help up great :D I will fing you a ball chain or keyring when you purchace asking 3.00 +S&H

Pay by paypal: :heart: 1.00 donations are appreciated :D

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June 2nd:
He did it again!

While recovering Bozz our cat had some "urges" and broke out of his pen to go roll around with the local females.
to make a long story short he came back with a PIECE OF WOOD THROUGH HIS LEG! God knows how he managed that, but I rushed him to the vet where he was sedated and brought into surgery.

The bill is pretty damn high, so within the next day or two I will be selling 99% of my fur collection to help this cat out. He's been fighting all his life to live so we cant give up on him!

Stay tuned!

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Back with vengeance!

Journal Entry: Sat May 17, 2014, 11:48 PM
  • Listening to: Band of Gold by Freda Payne
  • Reading: Wherever you go, there you are
  • Watching: The Office UK.. Why do I hate EVERY damn character
After much turmoil mentally, and some help of course I've decided to revamp my DA account as well as take on new adventures in my life. Every day brings something new and exciting but it is so easy to miss. For the past two years I've become fixated on the future and all it holds. I had plans and dreams and everything and believed them so hard that I missed so much in the present moment. 
Now with my future forever changed, it's time to enjoy the present moment in life. Leting go of things in my past (not my love of course! I love him with my everything) and not get fixated on future expectations are a must :)

My page will be under renovation for... A while?
watch for new projects including:
Mega foam microscope model
Articulated hand model for the Teen Services at my library
Lots of custom ponies
Free motion embroidery with my reciently fixed Singer
A new aquarium for Fizz who is pushing 8" in a tiny tank
Appearances at Bronies NYC and possibly BronyCon!

Skin designed+coded by: Wolfvids

Dr. Whooves: Update Time!

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 25, 2014, 7:37 AM

Okay! Progress is moving along! The replacement part I need for my machine is FINALLY on its way (Thank you Derpy!)

Fabric for these ponies has been ordered:

Dr. Whooves
Derpy (gray minky is a pain to find)
Vinyl Scratch
Jack Harkness
Nights Wind
Apple Jack
Another Sherlock?

Also, I also got my tiny little hands on a walking foot (sounds funny doesn't it?) In shoet, what it does it helps 2 pieces of fabric move under the sewing machine's needle at the same rate. Its really helpful sewing with minky because that stuff slips around like crazy!

  • Listening to: ~Library white noise~
  • Watching: Wreckers (again)
  • Playing: with a key chain
  • Drinking: nice cool WATER

Looking for rabbit pelts

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 3, 2014, 8:28 AM

Hello All :wave:
Within the next month I will be undertaking a special project that will require a couple (8 or 9) dyed blue rabbit pelts. I don't need ALL from the same person or dye-lot.
All they need to be is garment tanned, and in good sew-able condition. Some rips or holes are okay as long as they are repairable, if the natural rabbit's fur pattern shows that's fine too (pretty cool actually).

If you know of anyone I can get these from please let me know! (just don't re-direct me to ebay or another website)

About me the project:
For my 2nd year anniversary I will be making a rabbit fur OOAK plush cat for my love :heart: Hopefully by finding different pelts from different DA friends, this kitty will have a not-unlike-a-calico coat full of love :D This cat will not be a "yay, lets toss it around type plushie" but more of a soft mount :)
I'll keep you all updated as I find pelts and mark up patterns :D

Thanks all!

  • Listening to: That great annoying song: Europop...
  • Watching: Elementary Season 1

Store room clean out and Christmas :D

Journal Entry: Tue Dec 3, 2013, 11:15 AM

Meow Everyone :)

My holiday list of stuff to be sent out id 99% complete, I still need shipping labels then they will be in the mail mid nest week :la:

As for my store room/tanning chemical storage/ chilly fur storage/ BEDROOM, it will be cleared out momentarily meaning a good host of scrap fur parts will need to find good forever homes at a discounted rate.

Reason for the major clear out is my kitty/daughter Holley needs her room back. She's a nut for cleanliness and recently has been a little stressed out. Having an empty room with the exception for my personal fur collection, desk and tanning bin should make her happy.

P.S. I'm at work at the moment. Thanks to an odd scheduling change I'm stuck doing DA on my breaks :P

Skin by TabbyFeather
  • Listening to: Library White noise
  • Eating: My lip

Taxidermy Wish List!

Journal Entry: Tue Nov 26, 2013, 8:17 AM

NOTE: If you are somewhere in the USA, and I have your address somewhere, prepare for something in the mail :D

:bulletblue: Post up a journal with 10-15 things you'd like for Christmas

:bulletblue: Feature other people at the bottom of your journal

:bulletblue: Make sure to try and send people gifts, even just sending cards is nice!

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Taxidermy Wishlist:
1. Mini Flesh All
2. Old books on fur sewing/garment making
3. Tanned or dried mink pelt in any color! 
4. Fox or mink stole (Vintage or new)
5. Stretched and dried pelts for tanning :D
6. Tanned black squirrel (Gave mine away last year)
7. glover's needles for fur sewing (they work great)
Non-Taxidermy stuff
8.Cat treats for :heart: Holley, Beauty, Babycat, Cinnamon, Velva, Gilmour and Bozz :heart:
9.Anything to do with Kotetsu Kaburagi from Tiger and Bunny. Even Internet prints would be cool!!
10.Any Yaoi-manga (Japanese or English)
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Be sure to check out these other people and their wish lists!
If you have something to give, send it to my store :D
Tri-Town Furs (send note for address!)

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The kitten I found in the side if the road has passed sadly passed away.
Although his eyes were clearing up, his breathing normal, and a vet visit on the way, there were other complications he couldn't recover from.

While he was in my care he got good food,clean water, a cozy place to sleep, and so much love it made my other cat jealous...

During our last night together we sat outside watching the occasional meteors overhead.

He will be missed in person, but he will live on in our hearts.
  • Reading: Doubt (manga)
  • Drinking: Earl Grey Cream (black tea with milk and agave)
I'm currently looking for an air dried mink or any other animal in the mustelid family. I can't find any online. If you or someone you know is looking to trade/sell one let me know :)

So, I just made myself a personal rule that I will only buy raw or air dried pelts for my personal collection from now on.
I find that tanning them my self gives us a stronger bond....
I stole this meme from :iconfuzzythepunkcat: who stole it from :iconkirakiralubs:

[1] Are you bi?
No, I'm Keith..

[2] Where was your Facebook profile picture taken?
I don't have a Facebook

[3] What is your middle name?
Bernadette. (Thanks Mom!)

[4] Do you have a crush?
Yep! :iconmy-life-is-an-anime:

[5] Does your crush like you back?
Sure does! ...he'd better. XD

[6] What is your current mood?

[7] What are you looking forward to?
Getting my now overdue shipment of TAILS!

[8] What makes you happy?
My kitty cats

[9] Look at a poster in your room, who's on it?
Ulquiorra and Grimmjow. (Not kid appropriate)… It's above my non-existant headboard.

[10] What are you not looking forward to?
Going back to my high school. The library I'm working for is running a program there and asked me to work with some kids there. I'm excited to do it but I hate the memories in that school :P

[11] If you must be an animal for one day, what would you be?
A cat in my house. SPOILED

[12] Have you ever had a near death experience?
Almost. I did something out of desperation. I'm still alive and much better though :D

[13] What was the last phone conversation you had?
I called my mom from work on my lunch break to say hello.

[14] The song stuck in your head?
Ending credits to "Maiden Rose"

[15] What is your desktop background?
Shinobu my fox wearing my glasses…

[16] What are you wearing?
A black long sleeved shirt that's way too hot and pajama pants that are way too tight. LOL

[17] When was the last time you cried?
2 nights ago, thinking of how my brother refuses to talk to me for some reason.

[18] Have you ever sung in front of a large audience?
Yes. I used to do competition choir (NYSSMA level 6).

[19] If you could have a super power what would it be?
Super strength (not as in body odor). So I carry out a basic day without being sore and taking Advil like they're Pez.

[20] What's the first thing you notice about the opposite sex?
They don't shut up. XD

[21] What do you usually order from Starbucks?
Their WI-Fi or a banana, It is WAY to expensive. Luckily the only Starbucks I go near is next to Teavana!

[22] What's your biggest secret?
I tried to shoot a bird as a gift for my cat Gilmour. I think I hit it... but it got away she killed it and brought me a half eaten wing...
She used to love eating them when her adopted mother (RIP) would catch them.
...Damn it! now it's not a secret :P

[23] Who makes you the happiest?
My Boyfriend :iconmy-life-is-an-anime: I would say my cat Holley, but she hits me when I don't give her attention.

[24] Who makes you the most depressed?
My brother.... But is probably all my fault for being born a wack-job.

[25] Do you still watch kiddy movies or TV shows?
Nope. Never really did.

[26] What are you eating or drinking at the moment?
Nothing. I'm about to make some tea though :D

[28] What's your favorite smell?
Freshly tanned pelts.

[29] If you could describe your life in one word what would it be?

[30] When was the last time you had a hug?
Last time I was at my boyfriends house... It was yesterday but it feels like forever!

[31] What do you want most in life?
To be able to live comfortably in my own body (Plays song Dream On in the background)

[32] What are you thinking about right now?
Oh God. Jim Morrison, mounting my fox, forgetting to take my medications, a song, checking the drier... (hello broken brain)

[33] What should you be doing?
Fixing my bed so I can sleep in it.

[34] What's your favorite candy fruit?
Watermelon Jolly Ranchers!

[35] How often do you laugh?
Not often enough... every day :D

[36] Do you like working in the yard?
Absolutely! Love my garden!

[37] What are you doing this week?
Working, taking Baby cat to the Vet, going to my doctor.

[38] Do you act differently around your crush/significant other?
Yep. But that is because I feel VERY happy. I am not over burdened my my anxiety and/or other things wrong with me.

[40] Did you lie at all during this survey?
Nope :)
So, I took my fox out of its tanning solution last night and everything was fine and dandy.
I was brushing him out just now outside and hit guard hairs would occasionally pop out.
As time went on it would happen again and again hairs with the root and all, so something is wrong.
What should I do to save him, or is it too late...?
  • Eating: Seltzer water
*Please comment! But don't flame... flames ignite farts!

On my hunt for another coyote I contacted my favorite taxidermy person on eBay. Unfortunately no yotes for me :(
BUT s/he had a fox in the freezer with a missing front foot. Nabbed that little fella in a heartbeat along with 25lbs of fresh Alum.

I woke up only to not find a box at my door... he was in a tiny little box ,in the mailbox, in the sun!
Luckily I got him out before he started to stink any worse @_@ and made a fresh tanning broth for him before he slipped (fur was salted pretty well and in there strong, but why wait?) Unfortunately mom was coming home soon and my brother was waking up so I only got a picture of his back paws

**Please excuse any grammar or speling mistakes. some ass left the upstairs door open and our baby cat sprayed in my room! luckily my furs are hidden and well protected from incidents like this. But now I have to smell it all night :P

I modified my tanning bucket by adding this airtight screw-on top. It's worth the 7.00!
He's been in the mix for almost 1 week, so in with in the next day or 2 I will give him a stretch here or there, check his progress and see if he needs more time.

  • Listening to: Your Protector
  • Playing: Shinobu
  • Eating: anti-anxiety medication

Shinobu: second life (first real tanning job)

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 18, 2013, 1:03 AM
There will be many more pictures of him to come to stay tuned. **Please comment** but not flame; flames hurt.

I was on the hunt for air dried coyote skins for a while and without any luck yet. While I was watching my favorite seller on eBay I was over excited to see something close but more colorful listed for a good price, a 2XL (49") dried gray fox calling my name. I received him in record time while my mom was away so she won't freak out that I'm bringing dead foxes in the house....

He was a great fox, with a very happy vibe to him and here is his picture story from raw, to wet, to amazing:

YAY! Shinobu finally gets out of his cramped priority box, unfortunately for him President's day gave him a full extra day of complaining... but after some stretches he felt better:
Unraveling 1:
Unraveling 2:
His aching back:
His back is feeling better: (those are not rubs on his sides... just smushes.)
Tummy rub?: (he also got a visit from Cinnamon our kitty)
I'm cute:

He seems to enjoy the company of my kitty-cats as well as other pelts and adjusted to his new family with ease.
Getting a visit from Holley: (she approves!)
Leonardo makes him look massive:
He is told that tanning makes humans dark and canines white by this fluffy gang:

The person I purchased him from did a more than amazing job fleshing him, so into the tanning broth he goes! It is a lukewarm mixture of salt and alum.
He was scared of becoming a pickle because that is what is used in yummy crunchy pickles. But I reassured him that millions of dollars and research from Peta proves that this mix for tanning wasn't the same; it really is a toxic, cancer-causing, corrosive, volatile, highly unstable liquid that will cause him to be pretty and make me grow tentacles, eat my own balls and suffer a slow agonizing departure on Amtrak to Florida. He smiled at me knowing crunchy pickles are more of a risk than getting tanned...
All the way down in there is Shinobu:
Peeking out to say hi:
Four days later still taking his bath:
I thought it was cute, but turned out to be the creepiest picture of him :

After 7 days of being a-salt-ed (haha get it?) in his alum he was ready to come out and have me massage and work him as he dries so he can be nice and soft.
Here I am, feeling refreshed after a bath:
Goofing off with my coyote skull: (wow Shinobu what a good look for you!)
Some quick stitches from a fleshing wound:
A few of these stitches are visible thanks to thin arm-pit fur:
Showing off a full pose:
Lost all his fur?? Nope sanding down his neck and shoulders to make it thinner and softer

Finally after being fully dried and fluffed and brushed and kissed, he was finally done and able to enjoy life in a whole new way.
He gets to relax on a warm soft bed:
And wear my "fran's" glassed during tea parties:

Of course I'm never done with projects, and Shinobu is still just a baby in his new form!
He gained a bit of weight XD (never-mind the sub-floor, we are de-creaking it)
my 1 and only favorite fox (so far)

  • Listening to: Lido Shuffle
  • Playing: ...with my glasses
  • Eating: Elk jerky