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As I always seem to start my journal entries: It's been awhile!

Things have definitely changed a lot in the past six months, that's for sure. I ended up moving to a new apartment, got a new studio, and things changed quite drastically. I got a part-time job outside my home to stop me from being such a hermit and it's been very nice. I enjoy my job a lot and I am usually working about five hours a day, five days a week. I'm just glad to be out of the house and I have learned a lot more about being social.

Any job I have ever had I have always been "behind the scenes", so to speak. Most of my jobs have been in kitchens, so you never really have to talk to anyone besides your co-workers or boss. This job is a little bit of both, actually - making chocolate, treats, and working on orders in the back and then making hot and cold beverages, scooping icecream, using the cash register, and chatting with customers in the front. And even though I deal with a lot of people on a regular basis through Monster Kookies and Blackmaille, it's almost always behind a computer screen. With the exception of conventions, of course.

Aside from work outside the home, work inside the home - Monster Kookies and Blackmaille, are getting a little more busy as well. I'm a lot less stressed out now that I have stopped taking custom orders and can concentrate more on what ideas I may have that day. I can come home and work on a project idea that I had earlier that day and not have to worry about creating it to someone elses expectations or in a specific timeframe. It's just my specifications and my time. On the downside, when you don't have a deadline, it often leads to procrastination. I've had a few projects that I am *just* getting around to listing that I have been working on, off and on, for the past four months. Take a looksie!

Severed Mechanical Tentacle Specimen by monsterkookies Heartwreck by monsterkookies

For the plain and simple reason that I am not home all day like I used to be and just don't have the time needed to concentrate on other people's ideas in a timely manner (people often have a specific deadline such as a birthday or holiday), I don't plan on re-opening custom orders anytime soon.

Don't get me wrong - I do enjoy a good semi-custom order, which is why I have still been offering MechOwlies every so often. The customer gets to choose the colour theme, which still allows me a lot of creative freedom with the final design as that part is determined by me. I've gotten into a good pace, as well. As I sell one and finish/ship it, I will list another one shortly after. That way, I can concentrate on one at a time and give it my full attention until it is finished before I begin to think of the next one.

Everything in my shop is already made and ready to be shipped, aside from my Pokehearts and Companion Hearts because they are my biggest seller and I am always making them. I enjoy making them, as they are rather simple in design but rather meticulous and easy to screw up if you aren't paying attention. I enjoy little things like that - they keep my mind busy.

Speaking of keeping my mind busy, I've been working on some chainmaille, too...

Alice In Wonderland Chainmaille Charm Bracelet by monsterkookies Candyland Chainmaille Bracelet by monsterkookies Brass Triforce by monsterkookies Gearmaille Flower - Even Better! by monsterkookies

Do you guys remember the bunnehs I made a long time ago? Five of them in five different styles. Ninnles, Mischief, Pixie, Luna, and Xpid:

Ninnles Zee Bunneh Bun by monsterkookies Mischief The Bunny by monsterkookies Luna The Bunny by monsterkookies Xpid by monsterkookies

I don't have a photo uploaded on DA of Pixie - I'll have to do that later when I re-find the photo.

Anyways, these bunnies were turned into adorable characters for a cute little Mobile videogame called "Luna Attack" - it's for Android based devices. Check it out if you like fun little platform-jumping games. You move your phone to move the character. XD It's kind of cool seeing my characters in a different medium, that's for sure.

Luna Attack: Download HERE

Anyways - I hope you guys have been good. Santa is coming soon. I'm going to be making a lot of my gifts this year and have a few recipes that I have been meaning to try. What do you guys do for Christmas?

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CutePigTail Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
I love bees! (But pigs more :happybounce: )
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hehe. :aww:
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KirstenRowe Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Welcome back!!
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Heeeeelllllo! :D
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FatallyFeminine Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
So good to hear you are doing well! I have only recently been back on DA after not having logged on for 3 years. I love your new chainmaille work too! So pretty. And I understand what you mean about feeling stressed about creating to someone else's standards and not having enough time for your own ideas. That's where my shop is right now since I'm trying to make it my full time job again since I've been out of a job for a few months. but, I think like you I would ideally love to work a low-stress part time job and do my polymer clay work part time. I think that's a really good balance :D 
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monsterkookies Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes, I was wondering where you went! What have you been up to? :)

I'm definitely enjoying a smaller amount of stress, that's for sure. I've been trying my best to keep up with the sculpting, though. And chainmaille!
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