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To Metrocon!

Hello everyone!

In just a little over 24 hours I’ll be heading off to Metrocon in Tampa, Florida until Sunday, July 13th! As always, I hope that I get to see some of you there! I’ll be selling my typical cosplay hats and hoodies, but I’ll also have copies of my books for you to flip through as well as fukubukuro-style mystery grab bags filled with little odds and ends I make from my leftover fabric and supplies.

I hope you’ll stop by the convention if you’re in the Tampa area! It’s downtown at the Tampa Convention Center and you don’t need to buy a pass to visit the artist alley, where I’ll be at booth A8. Just travel the back row along the railing and you’ll be sure to find me ♥

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So if you see me, be sure to say hello! I’ll give you free stickers or something >w<

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New Freebie for July!

Hello everyone!
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already July! June was a real whirlwind for me, between preparing for Metrocon in a just over a week and running the aviator cap giveaway to celebrate 100K pageviews on DeviantArt ^-^ The giveaway went fantastically thanks to all of you and Metrocon is still on the horizon, so it’s no wonder I barely remember anything from June x3 While I’m on the subject, you all should know that while I’ll be attending Metrocon in Tampa, I’ll be taking all of the physical stock from my Etsy store with me. I’ll be leaving up the listings for .pdf patterns, since those allow instant download. So if there was anything you wanted to order from my shop, now would be the best time to jump on it before it gets sold in Tampa!

It also looks like it won’t be too much longer before I’ve got another giveaway going! I’m incredibly close to my next pageview goal; it’s probably my own fault for picking such a small goal, but I couldn’t resist the number :B
DeviantArt pageviews: 110,940/123,456 = 90%
DeviantArt watchers: 4,258/5,000 = 85%
Facebook likes: 1,380/2,000 = 69%
Tumblr followers: 755/1,000 = 76%
Wordpress followers: 1,269/2,000 = 63%

Onto the fun part, though! The next leg of the monthly crafting challenge! This month’s prize is for a fat little takoyaki plush ^0^
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This one is definitely one of my favorite patterns of the bunch ^w^ Takoyaki are little fried balls of batter, filled with a bit of octopus. The finished ball is slathered in sauce, then topped with various things like bonito flakes. The real deal doesn’t have octopus legs like these guys, but what better way is there to show what’s inside these adorable and delicious balls of dough?
I’ve only had takoyaki at my local Japanese restaurant so far; they’re quite delicious though I hope to try the real thing in Japan one day. However, making them for myself might also be in the cards, since a few months ago I scored a $3 cast iron aebleskiver pan (the kind used to make Danish filled pancakes – I hear the pan works perfectly for takoyaki too) at Goodwill – I’m pretty proud of that find :3

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from June when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.
If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during August to see the newest creation!


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Aviator Caps for Sale! With Coupon!

My latest giveaway to celebrate 100k pageviews on DeviantArt went amazingly well last week! I reached over 2200 entries, which is 3x as many as my last largest giveaway for the BMO plush. I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone that entered; the outpouring of support and well-wishing was amazing and I can’t get over how sweet and supportive everyone was!

Over the course of the giveaway I actually reached another goal, 4k+ DeviantArt watchers, so the giveaway was bumped up to two winners instead of one :D The winners (BreezePleeze and KatWynn of DeviantArt) and I are now hammering out their custom hat details, but that means I can now offer the rest of the hats to you for purchase!

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Above you’ll see all of the sample hats I’ve created to showcase the suedecloth fabric I have in stock. Check out my newly updated Etsy store for these ready-to-ship hats (which are cheaper and don’t require any creation time) and also listings for custom hats sorted by suede color. Because Etsy only allows two variations per listing, you’ll find there are only options to choose your ear and headflap combo and side motif. Though if you want to customize even more (like lining or paint colors), you’ll just need to contact me first to sort out the details. The turnaround time for the caps is listed as 2 weeks, which is a big overestimation, but that’s only as an insurance policy in case people buy out ALL the hats at once. Not likely, but I thought I should be safe.

As my way of saying thanks to all of you for participating in my giveaway and helping me get to 100k+ pageviews and 4k+ watchers, please use this coupon if you get yourself a hat!

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The coupon code is good for the entire store, but the suede I have in stock is limited, so if you had your eye on an aviator cap I encourage you to buy it soon! This coupon is good until the end of the month, so you have a few weeks to take action ^-^

That should finally wrap things up with the aviator cap giveaway ^-^ Thank again to all of you that gave your support or entered the giveaway. I hope you’ll check out the hat collection if you’re still interested and save some money in the meantime too!

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Custom Steampunk Cap Giveaway!

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Hello everyone! As promised, I’m announcing the new giveaway to celebrate 100k pageviews on my DeviantArt page!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a custom steampunk aviator cap! This is a design I’ve been wanting to implement for a long time now – a suede cloth aviator cap with minky faux fur lining and a choice of hand-painted motifs on the side. The chosen winner will get to work with me and pick out the color, ears, headflap, motif, you name it!

And, when the giveaway is finished, I’ll be launching the rest of the hats on my Etsy store! You’ll get the same color selection with a few custom options. Be sure to check back here when the winner is announced as I’ll be giving out a coupon!

Since the giveaway is due to my 100k kiriban on DeviantArt, I’m actually hosting the giveaway there :) So to get all the details and enter you’ll need to visit my DeviantArt page directly (and make an account if you don’t already have one). I just wanted all of my followers on here to get the heads up as well ^0^

Good luck to everyone who enters! ♥

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New Freebie for June!

Hello out there!
May really went by in a flash for me :D I don’t know about the rest of you, but it’s great nonetheless because there are a few new things going on!
First off, thanks to all of you awesome fans, I’ve reached over 100k pageviews on DeviantArt! I’m going to celebrate with a brand new giveaway starting tomorrow morning, so be sure to check that out! In the meantime, have a look at this teaser photo of the prize :3

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The next giveaway might not be too far off either ^-^ Looks like I’ll be reaching my next goal of 4k watchers on DeviantArt quite soon too!
DeviantArt pageviews: 100,149/123,456 = 81%
DeviantArt watchers: 3,658/4,000 = 91%
Facebook likes: 1,299/2,000 = 65%
Tumblr followers: 759/1,000 = 76%
Wordpress followers: 1,244/2,000 = 62%

Of course the next leg of the Monthly Crafting Challenge is also on the table! The new prize this month is the Umeboshi Onigiri plush!

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I’ve made an onigiri plush before, but I felt compelled to try a different kind this time that has a slightly different shape. Most onigiri have some kind of special filling inside – this one in particular has an umeboshi, which is a pickled plum. I haven’t had one before, but I hope to try one someday ^-^ You could easily adapt this pattern to make other fillings or other faces to match whatever you had in mind since the original shape of the onigiri I think is so adorable!

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from May when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during July to see the newest creation!

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A New Book! Bling it Up! Debuts

Bling It Up!: Super Cute Craft Techniques to Add Decoden Sparkle to Phone Cases, Purses, Jewelry & More

Bling It Up!: Super Cute Craft Techniques to Add Decoden Sparkle to Phone Cases, Purses, Jewelry & More

For all of you that have been wondering about my absence for the last few months, I can finally divulge some details – I’ve been writing books! So I do apologize for being gone for so long and hardly updating at all x_x But I am still here, and I’ve been working on even more projects that you’ll soon hear about just like this one :D

Bling it Up! is the book that released most recently, and it’s filled with 16 over-the-top decoden projects. What’s decoden you may be wondering? It’s a craft that’s huge in Japan and basically translates to “phone decoration,” but it can apply to lots of other personal belongings too. It consists of covering your phone with loads of over-the-top glittery and whimsical items like rhinestones, jewelry findings, cabochons, and other trinkets, some of which are applied with fluffy ‘whippy’ frosting to make your items look like a big mound of cake >w< That's not to say that decoden hasn't been around in the US before now — a lot of awesome artists have shared their decoden creations on the internet. But what’s so great is that until recently, you needed to buy silicon bathroom sealant to achieve the whipped frosting look for your decoden pieces, but Mod Podge recently came out with their own frosting adhesive called Collage Clay – it’s non-toxic, comes in two colors, and is much more user friendly!

Making this book was a load of fun because I got to play around with so many trinkets and clay food. You’ll find projects inside that range from simple rhinestone decorated items to all-out frosted goodness. There’s inspiration for several cell phone case ideas, journals, tablet cases, boxes, and the like. The beginning section also goes into how to sculpt different foods with polymer clay, like macarons, ice cream scoops, and Pocky. It’s a short book at only 48 pages, but it’s really chock full of tips, techniques, and projects that should jumpstart some ideas for you :D
If decoden sounds like something you might enjoy, I hope you’ll give it a look!

In the meantime, I have to keep working x_x But know that I’ll be back very soon to let you know about more of the projects I’ve got going! Thank you all for your continued support!

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New Freebie for May!

Hi everyone!
As usual I’ve been pretty nonexistent on the internet, but I still make time to provide updates for the Monthly Crafting Challenge! With any luck you should also be hearing from me again about a new giveaway and getting to see some of the projects I’ve been working on all this time I’ve been on semi-hiatus!

Here’s how my stats look – I’m extremely close to my next giveaway goal! Once I reach my 100k pageview kiriban (milestone) on DeviantArt, I’ll start up the next giveaway ^0^
DeviantArt pageviews: 97,778/100,000 = 98% (almost there!)
DeviantArt watchers: 3,619/4,000 = 90%
Facebook likes: 1,257/2,000 = 63%
Tumblr followers: 762/1,000 = 76%
Wordpress followers: 1,227/2,000 = 61%
I’m thinking at this rate I should be able to do another giveaway around June-ish, so be sure to check back into hear news about that :D However, you can always speed up the process by visiting my DeviantArt page if you haven’t already ^-^

On to the good stuff, though! The new Monthly Crafting Challenge prize for May is this chubby little Usagi Manju plush!

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I don’t know as much about these sweet buns as other Japanese foods, but I couldn’t resist making them because they’re so adorable! I haven’t seen them personally in any Japanese confection shops I’ve been to, but from what I can gather, they’re a steamed bun that’s typically filled with sweet red bean paste. The rabbit features are usually painted with natural food dyes or sculpted from other garnishes. The rabbit theme makes it popular for both moon viewing festivals and festivals during the Year of the Rabbit (which won’t be until 2023 :<). You’ll find this adorable shape not only in this particular kind of filled sweet, but in bread buns and other confections as well!

You can get the pattern for this plush by signing up for email updates (found in the submission box on the right side of the page below the search bar). If you have trouble signing up, you can check out more info at the main Monthly Crafting Challenge page, the FAQ, or by emailing me. Also, bonus! for today only I’m offering both this pattern and the one from April when you sign up. After today though, the prize is just this guy :) Though you can also purchase the older pattern through my Etsy if you’re too late.

If you’ve already signed up for emails, that’s where the challenge comes in. You can get this pattern if you make one of the projects from this blog, my books, or my Etsy then email me or message the finished project to my Facebook where I have a really awesome collection going of your creations! Keep it up every month and you’ll get a new free pattern, so don’t forget to check back during June to see the newest creation!

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