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I realized that 2016 is already halfway done now. Eeeps. 

My goal for one craft a day has been going a little iffy but I have not forgotten about it. Count wise I might be behind but I think I will be able to catch up still for averaging things. I am happy I was able to get a bunch of circuit board jewelry done and I have been working on remaking some previous jewelry pieces to take to craft shows this fall. My plushie making has slowed down and currently no commissions means I am able to finish off personal projects that were sidelined or even start a few more. Hancocks Fabrics is closing and I bought a whole bunch for projects I had in mind. Seriously, like 4 shopping carts. (60-80% around anniversary time means I got a lot of fabric for my hobby. :-) I love my husband.)  I am putting the finishing touches on two skull goblets this week, one of the projects that was sidelined due to other priorities. 

Last year I built myself a large raised garden in the back yard.  So far this year my ability to grow things is better than last years, but sadly our area is in a moderate drought and I cant afford to water it as long as needed to grow really well. But I did still get some delicious veggies so it wasn't a waste and i did learn a bit from it. :-) Next year should be better.

For the last two months I have been working on improving my health and just generally taking better care of myself.  I feel much better after taking a good look at my eating habits and making healthy changes and after starting a moderate exercise routine.  I didn't have the motivation or desire to really implement these changes before but I am really glad I have been able to now. Embracing technology a little more has helped keep me on track. I'm not great at tasks and motivations but small improvements are better than being a slug. :-) 

I am a quarter done my to-do list for the summer, guess I better get back at it. :-) 
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Happy New Year!

One of my resolutions is to make at least one craft per day.  At the end of the year I may have hundreds of earrings or a room full of plushies but I will have things done. 

Things I will be making this year:
* circuit board jewelry
* dragon figurines
* plush dragons
* skull goblets
* new beaded jewelry

and more, of course.  Last summer I added a Cricut Explore to my crafting supplies and I have gotten to tinker with that a bit.  I have some good ideas of things I want to try with it.    I have a few more new tools being added to my crafting arsenal later this year so I am looking forward to bringing a bunch of new ideas to life. :-) 

Commissions are open on a limited basis. www.koreenascreations.com/cont…
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Edit: Commission list closed again for now.

My FAQ can be found at koreena.kirins.net/faq.html

The commission list form can be found at koreenascreations.com/contact.…

I did not expect moving to take up so much time or interrupt my schedule as much as it did at the beginning of this year. Things are organized and back to running fairly smoothly again *knock on wood*. 
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Hello all!  I am working on revising my FAQ but in the mean time I hope this can help answer a few questions.

No, I do not give out or sell my patterns.  My plushies are my art work and they are finished products only.

Yes, I would probably like to make you one IF I have the time and depending on how many requests are ahead of you.  My commission list is view-able at koreena.kirins.net/contact.htm…  .  I am trying to keep people up to date on when it opens and closes through Facebook at www.facebook.com/koreenascreat…

Yes, I do still make plushies,  I am just really slow because things keep popping up.  (recent example: Husband and I got what is likely food poisoning over the weekend. Yay.)

Yes, I will ship international BUT I am not responsible for anything that happens to it once it is in the post office's clutches.  International shipping can take a long time unless you pay the king's ransom price for Express Shipping.  Priority Mail still can take side trips into the Bermuda Triangle even though it is supposed to be faster than Standard.

No, I can not make a plush for you and have it shipped to arrive in 2 weeks time.  2 months, maybe.  Expect at least a month or two depending on your position on the commission list + shipping times from the USA to wherever you are (do not forget about customs, packages sometimes can sit for a while).

I do not work for less than minimum wage in the USA.   I have to pay retail prices (plus taxes and shipping costs sometimes) for all my materials.  The prices for my plushies will not be as low as those found in Wal-Mart.   By requesting a commission by me you are requesting MY ARTWORK.  These are not mass produced from a factory and do not get price breaks.  Making a plush can take hours per piece: it involves cutting, any special prepping (spots on quaggans need extra prep work due to the fabric used), sewing, stuffing, adjustments, finishing work.  Sometimes things go awry and I need to restart.   I rarely can work straight through a piece from beginning to end, usually I get interrupted and it ends up being 3 hours over 5 days.  Sometimes the stars align and I have several projects at the same stage and I can blast through them for a bit.  It is all stop and go.

I really do not mean to sound grumpy but I do want to explain things on my end.  My art is my hobby, it comes after my family obligations: the cooking, the cleaning, the paperwork...  pretty much everything that goes along with having 2 kids and a husband.  I get run down pretty easily and this year just has not been the best health-wise.  

I am very thankful for the wonderful patient people who can understand all this and still are willing to wait to get a cuddly piece of art from me.  It is an absolutely amazing pick-me-up to hear when you like my work so much you want me to make you one!  I will do my best to get to all requests but please understand I just am not one of those super-humans that seem to be able to do everything at once though I really truely wish I was.  All I can do is keep trying. :)  

And on a totally off side note:  All our fish died.  Not really sure exactly what caused it but it was quick.  We are trying to decide whether to start all over again or just give up.
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I got hit hard last week by a nasty head cold. The kind that at the worst part of it you nearly pass out trying to walk to the fridge because of sudden weakness. So Valentine's Day was a write-off this year (even though we normally don't do much at all over it).  I've got 9 days of house cleaning to catch up on now and putting the finishing touches on the 4 quaggans I had to hide (along with my materials) so I wouldn't get germs on them. 2 were at 95% done and 2 were at 75% done so at least now that I am healthy I can get those out asap.  I think my body is laughing at me, saying "Silly Koreena, you are not allowed to meet due dates".  Now I am crossing my fingers that I do not get sick again for at least several months.   If you emailed me and didnt get a reply I am going to try to get to those today or tomorrow.

The no caffeine thing seems to be working for me so far. Outside of having the cold, my mind has been felt cleared and I have had more energy.   It is disappointing sometimes seeing so much chocolate and having it all on my personal ban list, but I am sure it is for the best anyhow. Now I just need to start my daily DDR and Just Dance and I will be doing pretty well on that resolution this year.

I am restarting my baby quaggan backpack pattern.  I couldn't adjust the old pattern to fix what I wanted so it is time to try from the beginning again.

Edit: I guess my sinuses decided I haven't been through enough.  Lingering problems are causing me mild nausea and vertigo still.
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