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... And now it's December. Crazy!

Hi, deviantArt. Hi, friends. I recently moved cross-country, East to West coast, and am slowly adjusting and trying to finally get through this transitional stage where I figure out what's next. But I haven't forgotten about you.

Here's a bit of (hopefully) exciting news: there are five Dexter bats up for adoption in my Etsy shop. Please give them a good home if you can, while you can! I'm really not sure when I'll have more to offer, and for that I'm sorry.

More news: my cerberus design that won a round of Open Squish a while back is now available to buy on the Squishable website. It's super soft and huggable!

As always, thank you for the continued interest, support, and encouragement. It's very much appreciated. :)

~ Mel
How is it July??
I'm back! For real, I mean it. Apologies for not being on here much and for being really hard to get a hold of. This year has been kind of rough in many ways, and I've really been struggling creatively. I'm hopeful it'll get better, though. I'm just sort of taking things slow because I came close to burning out too many times and that's something that I really do not want to happen. I love art, I love sewing, and I want to keep enjoying what I do for as long as possible.

Okay! Now some announcements for you guys:

Commissions/Custom Orders - I have not been and will not be taking any commissions or custom orders for some time. I just can't deal with the extra stress right now, and I need the freedom to go where my inspiration takes me. You're still welcome to approach me with requests because who knows, I may randomly feel up to doing it. But please don't take it personally if I decline or you don't hear back from me. Thank you for understanding!

Etsy - I will be restocking both The Sugar Posse Shop and Whimsicritter on Wednesday, December 19th, just in time to get some last minute gifts for your loved ones (or yourself). If all goes as planned, there will be a lot of fun things to choose from, including Dexters, slugosauruses, critter pillows, and bunicorns. Orders within the USA that are placed before 3pm EST on Thursday, December 20th, will be sent priority mail and should arrive by the 24th according to USPS. Unfortunately that's not guaranteed, for which I am sorry. The shop fill will most likely happen in the afternoon or evening. I'll make an announcement on Twitter when I have a better idea of the time. (If you order from both shops, make a note of that in the comment field on your check out page and I'll make sure to refund you the extra shipping.)

Squishable - My ankylosaurus design is up for voting in Project Open Squish until the 29th. Please vote if you like him! And vote on the other designs as well, there are a lot of great ones. I personally really want that frilled lizard. So cute!

Patterns/Tutorials - I don't share my patterns. If this changes, I'll let you know, but for now please don't ask. I've been meaning to put together a tutorial for a long time, but I'm really not sure when I'll get around to it. If I ever do manage to get it done, it'll be for a brand new design, not one I've posted before. Feel free to send general questions about technique, fabric, etc my way. I'm happy to help if I can.

Comments/Notes - Though I'm not able to respond to every comment, I see them all and I really appreciate that you take the time to leave them. As for the notes, I'm sorry if you've been waiting for a reply. I have so many unread ones that it's a little intimidating. I may just put them all in a folder and restart with an empty inbox, so please resend anything you still want to get answered.

As always, thank you so much for your kind words and continued support :)
Just a quick little note to say that I'm still not accepting new commissions or custom orders. While I hate to disappoint those of you who are interested, my focus at the moment is on my own work. I hope that's understandable. As always, thank you for all the lovely comments and support! I'll update soon with some pieces from the last few months :)

~ Mel
Wishing you all a weekend filled with good things! :)
Back soon...

Until then, I hope you are all well.

~ Mel
  • Listening to: Running With The Wolves - Cloud Cult
Commissions: Closed
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Oh man, I just can't keep up with dA anymore. Thank you, thank you for all the lovely comments and favorites, they make me smile and are always much appreciated. I'm sorry I've been so quiet recently and bad at responding to everyone. Special apologies to those of you who are still waiting on commissions and trades from months back. I haven't forgotten! Most of them are in progress.

The best way to get in touch with me right now is probably email (sugarposse[at]gmail[dot]com) because comments are really hard to keep track of. If you've contacted me about anything and are still waiting for a reply, please send me a little reminder. Thanks for your patience!

Unfortunately, I don't think I'll open commissions for a while because my to-do list is already intimidatingly long with unfinished projects and various things I've committed to. The Whimsicritter shop has been updated, though, so check it out! The Sugar Posse shop will be updated soon, too.

Aw, my premium account expired while I was away and I didn't even take advantage of it. I only made polls, haha! What do you think, is it worth renewing?

~ Mel
  • Listening to: The World's Not Bad - Smoosh
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Just a quick update to let you guys know I'll be selling at my very first craft fair tomorrow! I'll have a table at the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival. More info can be found here: www.appelfarm.org/festival/ind… . Drop by and say hello if you're in the area!

Have a great weekend, everyone :)

~ Mel

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Has everyone seen How to Train Your Dragon? If you haven't yet, you should! It's such a cute movie. I love it :)

This weekend I'll be in Chicago for The Last Unicorn Art Show! Yay! Definitely check it out if you're in the area. I've got a couple pieces in it. There'll be work by loveandasandwich, fuish, and a lot of other amazing artists, too! More info can be found here: thelastunicornartshow.blogspot… .

I wasn't originally planning on going (plane tickets are expensive!) but an old friend of mine who's looking into the grad program at SAIC pointed out that it'd be a great opportunity for us to meet up! I'll be flying from Jersey and she'll be flying from Colorado, so Chicago's almost right in the middle haha. I'm really excited, it's been almost four years since we last saw each other!

Oops, I should probably sleep now so I don't miss my flight. Hope you all have a good weekend!

~ Mel

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Wishing you all a happy and blessed Easter :)

~ Mel

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Sorry for not being around these past few weeks! Life got a little busy. It still is busy, but I miss you guys. Hope you've all been well!

I'm never going to catch up on replying to comments... :T

~ Mel

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EDIT: All the fabric's gone for now! Thanks guys!

Since I know finding fabric can be hard, especially if you're just experimenting and don't want to spend too much, I thought I'd make some of mine available to you :). I have way more than I can use right now anyway!

Each piece is roughly 12 inches x 17 inches (30 cm x 43 cm). If you need something bigger it might be possible but no guarantees.

Microplush - $1.50 per piece melkatsa.deviantart.com/art/Mi…
Furry, soft, and stretchy. My absolute favorite fabric to use.
Colors available: moss green, aqua blue, purple, navy blue, peach-cream, red

Fleece - $1 per piece melkatsa.deviantart.com/art/Fl…
Smooth and thick. Note: My sewing machine hates this stuff, but it should be fine for hand-stitching and appliqueing.
Colors available: orange, purple, marbled lilac, maroon, brown

Anti-pill fleece - $1 per piece melkatsa.deviantart.com/art/An…
Slightly furry on one side, smooth on the other.
Colors available: mint green, baby blue, red-violet, red, dark brown

One-sided minky - $1.75 per piece melkatsa.deviantart.com/art/Mi…
Very soft and silky short fur.
Colors available: orange, gray

Short pile faux fur - $2 per piece melkatsa.deviantart.com/art/Fa…
Thick short-length fur. Sort of silky.
Colors available: dark green

Long pile faux fur - $2 per piece melkatsa.deviantart.com/art/Fa…
Thick long-length fur. Feels like a dog.
Colors available: dark gray tipped with lighter gray

Shipping not included, quantities limited. Note me or leave a comment here if you're interested!

:)

Take care everyone!

~ Mel


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Happy Chinese New Year! And happy belated birthday to me :)

It's the year of the tiger, which means I just turned twelve, twenty four, thirty six, or forty eight. Guess which, haha.

I'm having a really great time in California. Hope you're all enjoying life, too!

~ Mel

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See you later, snow! I'm off to visit my brother where it's sunny and warm :)

Have a great week, everyone!

~ Mel

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Apparently the site Oh My Dollz is using my Dexter bat as an item in their game. I'm not familiar with how the whole thing works, but you can see it here: www.deviantart.com/users/outgo… . Scroll a little to the right, Dexter is sitting on the the couch. I'm going to try emailing the site to get it taken off, but other than that I don't know what else I can do.

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Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the USA.

Please, please check out the following websites for more information. Awareness if the first step to ending modern-day slavery.

Love146: www.love146.org
International Justice Mission: www.ijm.org
Not For Sale: www.notforsalecampaign.org

Children are not a commodity. Human beings should not be for sale.


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... I'm praying you'll be better than 2009.

Eh, I'm sure it will be. There are lots of neat projects in the works :) I'm excited, but it's a little overwhelming. I wish there were more hours in a day!

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Trades (Oh my gosh, I promise I'll get to these soon)

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... It'll be 2010 in less than twenty-four hours. What the heck? Where did 2009 go??? Time seriously scares me.

I hope everyone had a good Christmas weekend. Mine was pretty nice! My brother came home and I got to see a lot of cousins I love. We spent almost an entire day playing Wii Sports Resort, which I actually bought for my parents haha. It's fun to watch them play :) My mom gets pretty into it.

Avatar was awesome, I really enjoyed it! Sure the movie has its flaws, but the world of Pandora was gorgeous and wonderfully fleshed-out. Did anyone else find the little orange critters that spun around like helicopters absolutely hilarious? They made me crack up every time they were on screen.

For all you t-shirt lovers out there, Design By Humans is having an after-Christmas sale. I bought this one: www.designbyhumans.com/shop/de… as a present for myself :) If you use the coupon code PLDRHG when checking out you'll get 10% off your purchase (and I'll get $1 credit :D)

Let me know if you use that code. I'll draw a little something for you :)


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Trades (on hold until January)

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May it be filled with warmth, good food, laughs and loved ones :)

Much love,
Mel

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  • Listening to: Carol of the Bells - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
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Hello, lovelies! It's been a while but yes, I'm still alive.

:icontursiops33: gave me a three month subscription! :D :D So exciting! I've never had a subscription before, I don't even know what to do with it. Haha. Anyways, thank you so much, tursiops33! I'm going to draw a little something for you. Let me know if you have any requests :)

Oh my gosh, so much snooow. Not as much as some places, though. We got around 11 inches, I think. Philadelphia got like... 24 inches. Craziness!

Ok, so I totally failed at re-stocking my shops for Christmas. I started a whole bunch of new plush things, but only finished a few. I don't know what's wrong with me lately, I just feel so unmotivated. At least I should have a lot done for post-Christmas shopping? Haha. There are some slugosauruses at Whimsicritter, if anyone's interested.

I really want to watch Avatar. Has anyone seen it yet? I almost don't care if it's actually good or not because visually it looks so, so pretty.

Speaking of movies, can someone please explain to me why the Twilight series is so bizarrely popular? I just don't get it. Bella kind of annoys me. I like my female characters to be strong, independent, and able to kick butt. She isn't. I'm tempted to read the books so I can actually pinpoint what I don't like about them instead of only basing my opinions on the first movie and secondhand knowledge of everything else, but the library has a waiting list. A waiting list! And no way am I paying money to satisfy this particular curiosity. It's not that important to me =P

Anyways, moving on. I want to try something. The first five people to comment here will get a handmade Christmas card from me. Let's spread some holiday cheer :) No guarantees it'll get to you before Christmas, though, especially if you're outside the US because mail is super slow this time of year. I didn't plan very well.

All right, it's getting late and I still have things to finish. Good night/morning/whatever time it is where you are!

Take care,
Mel

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  • Listening to: Radiology - Lovedrug