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I have been approached by someone wanting original 18x24" images of my Imps (more of a refined loose style) with colored/painted backgrounds. They seem to be looking for 5-6 different pieces, will be sending me the paper to work with, I'm just NOT sure what to charge them because I honestly have NEVER been asked for anything like this.

They actually want these for their home, which is wonderful to hear someone wants my works, but I'm stumped on what to quote them as a base price. Guess I'm just needing a little input for those who have delved into this before

Fancy That

Apr. 23rd, 2012 11:03 am
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'ello fatigue, fancy seeing you STILL hanging around after all this time (and would it kill you to not make me take naps just so I can sort of function?). And back/hip pain, you need to take a holiday at some point, right? Maybe? Oh and depression, seems that you're becoming intolerant to the medication I've been on for over a year now; that's not so nice to hear.

Body, quit being a train wreck please, I need some sort of peace of mind x.x
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Zee tumblr, it is ALIVE!

Knowing me, I won't make a post every single day, but I'm going to try my damnedest to try to post as often as I can.
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Well, this is going to be different than the last two years I participated in Artslam:

- Firstly, I am NOT signing up on the LJ community this year, I am going to create a Tumblr/Blog specifically for this. No need to clutter up my account with daily sketches/doodles

- Secondly, I'm going to try and focus on my OC's for this Artslam (but I am free to explore other things as well). Doesn't matter what I do, or how little or how MANY images I end up doing over the course of however long this Artslam is going to last, as long as I'm doing something!

- Thirdly, I am going to try and do something every day. Be it a stupid little doodle with OC interaction, or just something completely RANDOM, I pledge to at least work my artistic muscles in some respect. I may even write, since writing can go hand in hand with working out things.

- Lastly, I am doing this in an attempt to finally kick my rear into gear and actually do some developing with my OCs. A good many of them are just floating around in my headspace, their purpose either long since forgotten, or they just haven't really hit their potential with where their stories are headed. And there are a few OC's up there that I have barely ever even touched on (or shared), all with some need to share their stories.

So yeah, I guess this is a long overdue personal journey I need to take in order to see where things sit & what direction I want to take them. Not to mention looking at 'art' from when I was a kid made me realize I lost my ability to tell stories via pictures somewhere between then and now. I'd like to regain that ability, and hopefully this will let me do that without the restrictions or expectations of making everything 'polished' and 'worth sharing with the world'.

I think I became more self-conscious about my work as I grew up, worrying what others thought about my 'style', and trying to 'fit in' by aiming for levels that totally stiffened my artistic flow instead of letting that flow carry me with the current to places unknown. Let's hope I can find what I lost along life's little journey, and use it to redefine myself as both a person and an Artist
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FWA, while I do hurt from it and my body doesn't enjoy that sort of thing, was a total SUCCESS when it came to my Imps (15 went, only 2 came home), my 'Impfo' book (people loved that I had all sorts of information on them), & buttons. Next year, all I am bringing to the con is Imps, Printed Imp books (people expressed they would have bought a book had I had any to sell), buttons, and yarn tails (did better than I had the previous two years when I offered badge commissions at the con). I'm interested to see if people contact me regarding custom Imps, and in the mean time, I'll be building up stock since they do take a while to make.

And would you believe that I was asked for an interview randomly by a group called 'Conman Broadcasting Productions' regarding my Imps? I was freaking surprised and thrilled all at the same time! Once they put up the video, I'll totally link it :3

So yeah, FWA is still never ceased to amaze me, and I will be attending next year for sure!

And as a side note: Anyone know anything about trademark stuff? I tried to do some research on it, and I think I figured out two classes that what I want to do will fit in (Class 28 - Playthings & Class 16 - Paper goods), but other than that, it's dang confusing!
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Yeah..... FWA is in less than 2 weeks and I am frantically trying to get it together so I am ready to go BEFORE the con. Making 22 Imps (2 are sold, so I have to make two replacements), almost done with some of the button designs, but I have others I need to make, needing to get everything printed up, wanting to make a sample tail/charm combo to have at the con, and other things I am going about doing to prepare. Also thinking about doing a little bone sculpting/carving on a pair of antlers connected to skullcaps to place in the art show (because I've always found the process to be amazing and I have a love of bones <3)

Also making homemade snacks to take with me. Biggest thing I've gained a love for are homemade Larabars (dates, nuts, and spices all mixed up), and dehydrated cinnamon apple chips (sweet and OHHH so good!).

I can't believe FWA is LESS than 2 weeks away.... OHHHHHHH FREAKOUT! (for the first one to get this reference, I shall draw you an Imp)
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Yeah...... my grandmother failed to mention that the baby gate used for the dogs was not in place when myself and my mother came back from visiting Commerce, GA. Well, not wanting to let the dogs off of the deck, I thought I was doing the smart thing by stepping over the gate from the lower steps so no one would escape out into the woods; but instead the gate lurched forward and my left knee gave out at the same time, resulting in me slamming with my FULL WEIGHT onto the wooden deck.

Normally for most this would just suck, for me, it means that I may have done some damage because I already have a ton of knee issues as it is (which in turn caused all of my back issues). Well thankfully I already have therapy at the VA on Tuesday, so I can just see if they can make sure everything is alright and I didn't do any lasting damage.

But never fear, I do have an ice pack strapped to my leg, and I am trying not to bear too much weight on it
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If you happen to want one from me, give me your address! Doesn't matter if I know you well, or if you just lurk, if you would like one from me, just let me know!
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Since there was some interest, I figured I'd do a trial run with about 17 buttons and see what people thought/if there was any interest for more (I have 3 Japanese graphic novels, so lots of chances to snag all sorts of characters).

These run $1.25 per button, or 6 for $6 (add $.50 for shipping in the US). And once a particular button is gone, it's gone (cause I don't have extra copies of the manga laying around unless someone wants to provide pages for me to take images from)
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Being that the weather is turning colder, I figured I would share a very simple recipe for Apple Crisp:

3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
3/4 tsp nutmeg
3/4 tsp cinnamon
3 Tbsp butter
3/4 cup Oats
3 fresh and ripe apples (cored, peeled, and sliced into thin slices)

6x9 glass baking dish

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, take some butter outside of what you need for the recipe and butter baking dish (thin film).

Be sure to peel/core apples before slicing into thin slices and then layer in the bottom of the pan until you have about 1/2" of space left.

Take all of your other items and place them in a microwave safe bowl, and heat on high for 45 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Mixed up this mixture until everything is coated and the butter is absorbed by the oats.

Layer the mixture on top of the apples until you make a 'crust', then pop in the over for 30 minutes at 350. Allow to rest for 10 minutes after baking so the crisp can finish cooking outside of the oven.

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But this time around I'm not so worried. Tomorrow is going to be a full day, but that is all things that will help me to move forward into a better place and a better frame of mind.

Everything happens for a reason, and it seems finally things are happening for the better.
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I have decided to try and improve my health by cutting OUT things that either do make me sick, or trying to cut out things that are known to possibly cause issues; I've decided to try the Paleo Diet (do not confuse this with a weight loss diet, I am not after weight-loss, I am after a better, overall health and well being). My mom is going to join me in this little 31 day experiment since she has issues with dairy (lactose intolerant), and I'm hoping that by doing this, I'll actually start to feel better and my general health will improve.

Now I know this won't heal my back, the damage has already been done there, but maybe it'll keep it from further problems because I am putting a much more healthier diet into my body, and cutting out problem foods in order to let my body heal itself from the damage over the years.

Pretty much I am giving it 31 days so that I can hopefully see some sort of helpful results from cutting out things I know are bad for me (gluten is a huge one, I have lots of tummy problems with it). This ALSO ties in with Samhain, which falls on the very last day of the 31 day plan, which means I'll be starting the new year with a more healthy outlook on things :3.

If you know nothing about the Paleo Diet, here's a basic rundown:

- Eat real food – grass-fed, pasture raised meat, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils (like EVOO or coconut). Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re fresh and natural.
- Do not consume pasteurized dairy products (you lose all of the good enzymes apparently when goes through pasteurization). I had read that you were not supposed to consume any dairy at all, but it seems that you lack the vitamin K2 when you do that, so I'll try my hand at some *Real Milk products in an attempt to eat a healthier form of dairy since I don't have lactose issues. Thankfully it is legal in SC to sell Raw Milk, so I can get it locally from local farmers
- Do not eat grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, corn (I count corn as a grain), oatmeal, and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains.
- Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, lentils, soy, and peanuts. (Soybeans will be coming back in 30 days, which sucks, but I'll stick it out)
- Do not eat sugars of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Truvia, Stevia, etc. (after the 30 days, I can have small amounts of real, unprocessed sugar)
- Do not eat processed foods. This includes protein shakes, processed bars (like Zone bars), dairy-free creamers, etc.
- Do not drink alcohol, in any form. (luls, not a problem on my end)

Once the 30 days is up, I'll be slowly introducing some of the foods I have to take out (like my soybeans. Those I'm going to miss). Gluten-based products will be out, my body already doesn't tolerate them very well, and I've been weaning myself off gluten for months now.

So, wish me luck! I'm going to make a public blog to track my everyday progress as I work through the 31 days, and hopefully I come out on top :3.

So yeah,
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Having a internet sale if anyone happens to be in the neighborhood for a couple of items. You pay shipping!

Items below the cut )
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Well it looks like it was a false positive on the labs part regarding my platelet count. My count is NOT 59, it's 184 (still kinda on the low end, but NOTHING like what they said), but they still are waiting on some other tests to come back from being sent out before they give me a complete answer. So as of this moment, it looks like my platelet count went UP from what it was 3 months ago, but it sill doesn't explain why I'm as tired as I have been (and just like everything else, I have some days where I'm not as tired, and I have some days where I'm whipped and want nothing more to do than to go back to sleep).

Here's to hoping they come up with some sort of explanation behind this because I would very much like to get back to having something in my life not compounded by medical troubles that I have no control over
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Dragontrap's Artslam

I can't believe that a year has already passed, and it's that time again to sign up for Artslam. last year I only did a month (Artslam 2010), and this year I'm going to be crazy enough to try for all three months. I know I want to work on things for Numskull, but I may throw my Imps and even some of my other OC's into the mix (but mostly it'll be about Nummy).

I think I may mix it up a bit and try my hand at one of those '100 theme challenges' along with development, but of course I want to try and use this summer to hopefully come out with a much better understanding of not only my style, but of my characters themselves.

I'll try to make sure to update with regular links in the list below as I finish each piece, and I'm going to try to keep at it no matter what!

Cut for the rather lengthy list )
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Yes, that IS a spinning wheel, and yes, I only paid $10 for it (you bet your bottom dollar I snapped that bad boy up). Next thing is trying to figure out what kind of spinning wheel it is, and figure out what parts might be missing.

Anyone want to be my Spinning Wheel Guru and help me track down what kinda of wheel this is (besides most likely a Great Wheel, but I could be wrong)?

Well damn, apparently it's a plant stand and not an actual Spinning wheel :<. Maybe I can mod it or something to make it useable?
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Besides offering button badges (2 1/4", so plenty of room for art), I want to offer premade button designs that will be made at the con when you pay for them (not to mention I'm offering a BYOI/ Bring Your Own Image for $3 per button).

So does anyone have any sort of ideas of premade button ideas that might do well at the con? I want to offer not only custom button badge ideas, but I want to have some that can be made on the spot that will appeal to more than one group.

I know this won't appeal/apply to everyone on my watchers list, but I welcome any ideas from all of you :3
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As promised, here is the downloadable rar file filled with 36 pages/72 recipes worth of scanned stuff (to include a few bread recipes).

Let me know if you download it :3
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