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Me, on camera.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1285575774/embroidered-equines-20-cooler-pony-plushes <--this link now contains a video of me, rambling on about ponies and embroidery and showing off adorableness.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1492436.html.

Free stuff

In case you haven't already seen this elsewhere, I'm doing a giveaway "contest" that's super easy to enter. Details are on my tumblr.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1492034.html.

It's that time again!

Yep, I'm kickstartering again. Kickstarting? Kicking? Whatever it is, I'm doing it. With pony plushes this time, because it's about fricking time I get an embroidery machine, but every time I think I've scraped up the money for one, something happens. This way the means to get one and the obligation to get one are tied together, and thus the end result will be that I actually get one.

Assuming it funds that is. Which is where you guys come in. Please go check it out!

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1491760.html.

Convention news, commission news.
So I just got the final word from Everfree, and I won't be getting a booth there. I have to say I'm really disappointed. Personally, I very much enjoy Everfree, but I can't afford to go unless I'm selling. Business-wise it's a real blow, too. But hey, every cloud has a silver lining, so for you guys this means a couple of things:

1. I you have commissioned me already and are on my project list, I can bump up one or two people into the now-empty space I've got over the next few months. So if you'd like to get your project done early, please contact me. There *will* be a rush fee of 15% of your total commission cost for this, though. (I can't bump up everyone, so charging a fee seems like the best solution. I mean, everyone may end up getting bumped a little, just in a chain reaction sort of thing, but I can't fit the whole next year's worth of people into this immediate completion space.)

2. I can also take one or two new commissions, (plush, fursuit, giant plush, whatever!) to be finished right away. So if you'd like to commission me and my usual year-ish wait time has been holding you back, you should jump on this now! As above, there will be a small extra charge for the fast completion time.

3. My webstore is open, selling most of the things I *was* going to be taking to the convention. A few of them are even already started, so they'd ship out even faster than usual. Please check it out. The prices there include shipping inside the USA, even, so they're a pretty good deal. No extra rush charges for these guys! http://sparkcostumes.com/store.php

I'll be uploading some photos and plugging the store a bit over the next few days, as I'd really like to get more business through there.

Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about any of this!

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1491709.html.

Back from the gym. It was the kind of day where I was pushing it a bit on every exercise, which is frankly fantastic. I feel slightly wobbly and just a bit high. :3 It is awesome.

I was talking about this a bit with JJ earlier today. It's an unfortunate side effect of stupid gender roles that until relatively recently it never occurred to me that I might love weight lifting. I was presented by society with the options of frilly girly-girl, or geeky, frumpy outcast, basically, so I picked the latter because I despised the former. Yet my childhood was really physically active, and I should have naturally been interested in things like lifting, even if I'm not social enough to love group sports, but I just... never though I'd like it. Even with how much I've tried to reject gender roles, I was still not examining the idea that weight lifting is for stupid, meaty jock men without two brain cells to rub together.

Not even! Lifting is the most mentally stimulating form of exercise I've ever run into. Everything else I've tried has bored me to tears. This is endlessly interesting, engaging, thoughtful, fascinating, and has made me aware of my body in ways I've never been before.

It's also basically saving my sanity right now, as it's all that's keeping me from sliding down into an endless pit of depression.

Wish I'd known about this ages ago.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1491097.html.

Back from the gymn
I'm doing pretty well, and it feels really great. Today's accomplishment was kind of a funny one. Somebody left the barbell for deadlifts with 45lb plates on them, which almost made me call JJ over to help me get them off, but I ended up doing it myself, which involves holding 45lbs of bar in one hand, and pushing around 45lbs of weight with the other, and actually turned out to be super-easy, even though I couldn't do that at all when I started. (And I deadlifted 85 today!)

The growing amounts I'm lifting is nice, but it's just also nice to notice that moving the plates around keeps getting easier and easier. :3

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1490561.html.

Almost everybody else
So I tried doing the non-humans too. Just kinda... trying to capture their personalities and to pick appropriate accessories. Some of them came out better than others.

I have spent way too much time on this now.Collapse )

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1490397.html.

I snagged a link to one of those anime portrait makers from [personal profile] thearistocrats and noodled about with it briefly today.

Here's the results so farCollapse )

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1489933.html.

I am basically in the process of getting screwed. It's all the more "fun" for being drawn out over the course of more than a month, before everything will be settled and I'll know exactly how bad the situation is.


See here because I don't feel like copying it over here too.

Now I am going to crawl into bed and try to sleep, for not nearly enough time, before getting up and trying to look normal at church tomorrow because frankly I'm kind of sick of people at church offering me stupid platitudes, no matter how well meant, whenever I have a problem, and fussing at me to let them help when they can't help, and then (more joy) I get to feel guilty for brushing them off and shutting them down. Urgh. (Seriously. Offer to help once, TAKE IT GRACEFULLY WHEN THEY SAY NO, otherwise you are just going to add to the problem.)

Guh. If I hadn't missed last week, I'd be tempted to just skip the damn thing entirely this week.

This entry was originally posted at http://bladespark.dreamwidth.org/1489533.html.

What's the female form of dudebro?
So I am lifting weights these days. :D And by "these days" I mean "for the last two weeks."

It's been fun, frankly. I really like it, and I look forward to having great arms instead of noodly, middle-aged-lady arms, which I currently have. (And, you know, other muscles and things, but I *do* have decent legs already, it's the arms that I've always found lacking.)

It's also *really* surreal, though. What the heck am I doing in the weight room at the gym? Srsly, what? I haven't set foot in a weight room since a high school gym unit on weights 20 years ago. People like me do not belong in weight rooms!

It's not a gender thing, either, there are other girls there, and it's not like I've felt I was too girly a girl to lift. I am not a girl girl, I never have been! It's more that I've been a *nerd*. Nerds read books and have arguments about superheroes, they don't lift. Dudebros lift. Whatever it is you call those aggressively fit ladies that could break me in half without even trying lift. Nerds like me do not lift.

Except I guess I do. I *like* it, even.

Still, it's just so incredibly surreal. I just got advice on a problem I've been having from schwarzenegger.com, for frick's sake. In what world does a person like me visit the governator's bodybuilding-centric site? Srsly, that's weird, weird, weird.

But it feels good, and I'm going to keep doing it. I don't plan on being one of those piles of lady-muscle, but I do plan on being able to flex and tell that I've done so. :D

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