Wow, I just checked my Deviant Art and I haven't submitted a journal entry since 2015. Life has changed quite a bit since then! So here's a entry if anyone is still paying attention after all this time, lol. Sorry I haven't been very active on here over the past few years, even before 2015...I think a lot of my journals are starting to contain that apology as life gets busier, and busier
Art stuff! I am super busy still doing contract sculpting and painting for Safari Ltd. (I'm designing, sculpting and painting something fanciful at the moment, which I can't reveal until it gets produced! But I'm very excited! This piece is a childhood dream come true!
). Since contract work comes and goes I'm not sure how much more I'll be doing for them, the work could last just through this summer, or for a few years...I'm just seeing how things go, and keeping options open. Aside from Safari stuff I have work lined up with my toy maker mentor, which will also see overseas (China) factory production, though it's independent and not a corporate project like Safari work. I am suuuuper stoked about that, and it may open some doors for my more personal work seeing overseas production in the near future! My fingers are crossed, I seem to be happiest when I can use my imagination. Sometimes you can do that on corporate stuff, but usually not. Some of my first Safari Ltd. animal sculpts have hit their online shop, and possibly some specialty stores, so I can now reveal a few of those sculpts (some are pending a 2018, and possibly a 2019 release). I have not had time to submit them to DA, but I've begun to put together a Facebook artist page that has all my safari stuff up that I can show for the time being. I have actually done a LOT of paint, and repaint work for them as well, but I only include the pieces I also sculpted on my Facebook page. I will be adding personal work on there as soon as I have more free time in a week or so [link]
. I also still run a couple online shops selling original/personal work...some of my cartoony mini figure toys can be found here meadowknight.storenvy.com/
, and my sculpted/cast pendants can be found here www.etsy.com/shop/Meadowknight…
. Everything in both stores is cast in an extremely durable resin from my original sculpts, I don't use brittle casting materials unless otherwise noted. I also bought a new pressure pot last spring, so that's made casting so much easier not having to use the crappy cheapo one anymore!
My personal life is going pretty great for the most part! On the crappy side of things I found out I need some EXPENSIVE dental work done, which sucks, but my insurance is covering the wisdom teeth I need pulled which is good at least. Aside from some financial stress the dental has brought about, God is providing contract work to cover it, and I have the most amazing boyfriend I could ever have imagined. He is such an amazing person, and treats me like gold...I have never felt so cherished by someone other than my parents. I am totally humbled. It's still a little early but we both think there's a very good chance this will lead to marriage, I've never had this much confidence in a bond. There have been some happy tears, I'll just say that, lol. I don't care if I'm being corny, it's like a dream come true, I can't even believe it. He inspires me to be a better woman, and makes any other troubles I have feel so insignificant because of how lucky I am to have someone so amazing. If I'm having a bitchy day I literally feel ashamed because I think of how awesome my boyfriend is, lol. That's when you really know someone is right for you, when you both bring out the better in each other, and both of you feel secure with no drama erupting, EVER. My current profile pic on here is he and I, for my buddies here who care to see my dude. Some old friends here know I've had some rough years with things just not panning out. For anyone reading this who's hurting or unfulfilled romantically...my 2 cents; try putting God first, and asking Him to pick someone out for you, instead of trying to pick someone out entirely on your own. I won't get into details here, but there is real power in prayer, and there's no way we'd have met if not for God, and God's perfect timing. Don't give up hope, there is someone for everyone who longs for somebody. Ask God for that person because most of the time we don't know who we need, or who's best for us until we find them, and for some of us that's like finding a needle in a stack of needles. If you're chasing someone who's noncommittal...give it up, save yourself the heartache! The right person will chase you back, and chase you hard, WHEN you need them to...and communication is KEY. Don't waste time with people you don't communicate good with either, poor communication causes a slew of issues. Why am I giving random advice here? Because I know a lot of people out there have cracks in their hearts, so many that there's a chance some of those people might read this journal. I'm 34, I've been single forever, I've been hurt, I've hurt others... so I get it. Please trust God guys...He knows exactly who your soulmate is, chances are you need help finding that person because most of us don't even know what kind of person that is. I'm not some all knowing romance advice girl here, but you've got nothing to lose testing this advice...and hey, it's a public "journal"...this is where we can share our thoughts, if you don't like em', that's fine, go read something else, lol.
Thanks for reading guys, and for comments/notes I haven't replied to...I'm sorry, I've just got a lot going on right now...boyfriend, family, travel, work, events, geckos (my baby dragons need my care, lol). On a side note I'm still getting a lot of comments/requests on older work....if something is from 2010 or older there's a good chance I've lost interest in the piece/s, and/or I no longer produce it. For anyone interested in following my work I've been a bit more active on Facebook, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. PLEASE NOTE THOUGH: I am not currently taking on anymore contract work/commissions at this time, if that changes I'll include it in an updated journal entry. I also for the most part avoid commissions with individuals now as my rates have gone up (most sculpts I make $500-$2000 on to give you an idea), and my availability is almost nonexistent between paid work and personal. If you are unsure though, you can email me to touch bases. I will always give things consideration since sometimes my schedule will open up. I check email a few times a day, spammers will get blocked though.