Halloween Things!

Halloween is nearly here! I’m so excited I could just SCREAM!

I’ve posted a few new sets of dice in the store, and there are still a few of the dice cleansing kits left, too. The kits have dropped in price since I initially posted them, so if you’re interested in one I’d snap it up now!

I recently also updated my Ko-fi profile, which you can find here if you’re interested in supporting my work and getting a little something extra back. I have tarot readings and a pick of my painted miniatures available as incentives for supporting what I do.

I also have a giveaway running for a set of candy corn dice from Ice Cream Dice (and other goodies) over on my Twitter. Click here to go the specific tweet!

As always, I couldn’t make any of my art without your support. Thank you so much for being here!

Spooky Times Are Upon Us...

I’m terribly excited, because cooler weather is just around the corner. I absolutely LIVE for autumn. Please give me that crisp breeze, chunky sweaters, and a big mug of tea. I’m READY.

That also means that Halloween is coming, too! Halloween is my all time favorite holiday. I have some very fond memories of celebrating with my mother when I was younger, and I’m very much looking forward to it this year.

I’ve been working on some Halloween themed dice, and I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to put them up into the shop, honestly… I really love them too much, and I’m not sure I can bear to see them go!

If you’re interested in your own custom set of spooky dice, let me know!

Shop Update!!

Shop update tonight!

Removed all of the jewelry that was leftover, and added some sets of custom inked dice (shown below). I’ll also be adding a listing soon for custom inking services for dice, and am also intending to add in some miniatures that I’ve painted soon, as well.

Interested? Check out the shop over here!

Review - Kingdom Death & Percival Miniature

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Since I started painting miniatures in the summer of 2018, I’ve been enamored of the offerings on the Kingdom Death website. If you’re not aware, Kingdom Death is a “boutique nightmare horror” tabletop game that weighs in at a hefty 19 pounds, over 1000 pieces to the game, and a $400 USD price tag. The base game itself contains four “survivor” miniatures, plus seven different armor sets for them all, eight monster miniatures, plus over 150 miniatures for every possible weapon or armor customization in the game.

Needless to say, it’s A LOT.

In addition to the base game, the Kingdom Death store sells one-off additions to the game in the form of miniatures that come in a smaller individual box with the cards needed to use the monster or hero in the game. Generally, these will run you between $25 and $150; it all depends on the size of “expansion’ you’re getting to add onto the game.

Originally, I had been intending to purchase The Bard when she was released, but I missed the window. Disappointed, I waited until something new caught my eye…

And so now, sweet Percival is mine.

The Ordering Process:

The ordering process itself was smooth and seamless. Kingdom Death as Paypal as a payment option integrated into their website, and you simply need to pick the correct warehouse to ship from to ensure that it’s been sent from the location closest to you. The US warehouse is located in Michigan, and so it didn’t take very long to reach me in Washington, even shipped through the US postal service.

Packaging:

I was actually surprised by the packaging. The small, thin box holding the miniature arrived in a simple yellow bubble mailer, with no extra padding inside. The package itself was a little worse for wear, but inside the box was pristine. Wrapped in a bit of plastic wrap, the box itself has the name of the miniature and an image of the unpainted assembled resin piece itself on the outside cover. Inside, the contents were in perfect condition: The small art print of Percival, the game cards, and her sprue with the miniature pieces attached to it.

The Miniature:

This miniature sculpt is easily on par with the newest sets coming out of Games Workshop. Each line is crisp and deep, the attention to detail exacting. The fabrics look soft and flowing, while the armor pieces look solid. It’s hard to say how it will take paint, but if it’s anything like miniatures of a similar caliber, this piece will be a dream to work on. I’m super excited to dig in.

The Verdict:

Overall, I would absolutely purchase from Kingdom Death again. The price for the individual models is reasonable, and the sculpts are unlike anything that I’ve seen with other designers. I’m already looking forward to the next piece in my collection from them.

The Week in Review, 1/16-1/22

What a week! It feels like it’s been a long one, even though my office was closed for a three day weekend. We’ve had a stressful few days on our team, with lots of changes and last minute corrections. it’s been crazy, but it’s looking like it will be another quiet weekend, thankfully.

Things I Did on the Internet This Week:

  • I’ve been posting photos of my miniatures I’ve painted, and my dice, over on my Instragram the last few days. I’ve really enjoyed delving back into that realm of photography; macro photography has always been my true love. I hope to use this to fuel some new work moving forward.

  • Streamed for a few hours on Monday on my Twitch channel! It’s been a while since I’ve been able to, so it was really nice to get back to that. I played Journey for the first half, and then Bound for the remainder. During Journey, I had a companion who showed me some of the glitch areas, and it was really cool to finally see them for myself!

Gaming and Social Updates:

  • I joined up with a couple of new Discord servers this week, both mostly focused on tabletop gaming and miniature painting. It’s been very interesting to see what other people are working on, and see how they’re interacting with folks.

  • I finally ordered a miniature from Kingdom Death: Percival. She’s so gorgeous, and I am super pumped to get my hands on her and bring her to life.

Other Things That Happened This Week:

  • I discovered Maggie Rogers’ music, and I’m honestly offended that no one introduced me to to their music sooner. Their newest album, Heard It In a Past Life, is my current go-to.

Things I Added to my Wishlist This Week:

What’s Coming Next Week:

  • I’m planning to do an unboxing video of the Kingdom Death mini I ordered, including information related to ease of purchase and shipping, pricing, etc. I should probably look into some video editing software….

What are you up to this coming week? Any exciting plans for the weekend?

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The Week in Review, 1/9-1/15

Ahh, I’m a day late with my blog post! This week felt a little crazy; the first real, full week back in the office and boy howdy did it feel like it. I’ve been feeling a little off this week… A little down and out, but I’m pushing through and making the best of things.

Things I Did on the Internet This Week:

  1. I organized another D&D miniature exchange! We’re calling it “Shot Through the Heart”, and it’s got a loose Valentine’s Day theme going on. I’m participating this time, and I’m super excited about the piece that I’m painting and the package I’m putting together for my partner.

  2. Read this wonderful short story that my friend Robin put on her website, called “Medusa’s Eyes“. If you enjoy Greek mythology, this is one you should check out!

Gaming and Social Updates:

  1. I finally fixed the issues with my streaming, which is great. I had been avoiding streaming due to issues with sound from both my mic and my PC, but I managed to clear them up, so hopefully we can stream again soon! I’m planning to start back up with Life is Strange.

  2. My partner and I finished Divinity: Original Sin II this past week, and we also started a four-player game with two of our friends last night. I absolutely ADORED this game, and if you haven’t played it yet… Highly recommended.

    1. Related: I watched this documentary today about Larian Studios, and recommend watching that, too. It was really interesting, and super well done. Hats off to Gameumentary for this.

  3. I also managed to get my minis in front of my nice camera a couple times this week, and got some really good detail shots. I’ve missed this sort of photography so much. Photographing people is great, but… I really love macro shots.

And that’s pretty much it! I didn’t keep super solid notes this past week, but I’ll do better moving forward so I have more to share.

Catch you next time!

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The Week in Review, 1/2-1/8/2019

This past week hasn’t been super exciting, but one of my goals this year is to get better about updating my blog more often and on a more consistent basis. So, Wednesday updates, ahoy!

Things I Did On The Internet This Week:

  1. I revamped my website and completely overhauled a lot of things here. I like the blog page more, now; the sidebar is one of my favorite things, and I’m excited to have it back on the page.

  2. I pledged for Extra Life 2019! This is my third year doing Extra Life, and I’m super excited to be a part of it again. I’m hoping to raise $500 again this year; last year, we absolutely crushed it, so I have no doubt we can do it again!

  3. I also started my Ko-fi page! I’ve got to update more often over there with projects and whatnot, but I honestly really wish I had a mobile option for that besides the browser on my phone. I think once I get in the habit of updating it more often, there won’t be any issues there. My first goal is $100, for a UV resin casting kit.

Gaming and Social Updates:

  1. I realized I’m nearing 1000 followers on my Twitter account, which is INSANE. Literally, what in the hell are ya’ll doing?

  2. Mailed some packages to friends! I love giving my friends gift,s so I’m super excited for them to receive them soon. :3

  3. Played about 10 hours of Stardew Valley (including some multiplayer with the bestie), and a few frustrating hours of Divinity: Original Sin II with Taber. We’re SO CLOSE to finishing the game, but we’re getting hung up on (one of) the final fight.

  4. I picked up Mass Effect: Andromeda, The Witness, and Life is Strange: Before the Storm to add to my “collection” of games. I’ll be playing Life is Strange at some point on stream this year, and I’m kind of hoping to do a blind playthrough for ME:A, too.

That’s about it for this week! It’s been pretty quiet, but I intend to have more updates next week featuring the minis I’ve been working on and some new photography projects.

Are you playing anything new, or looking forward to something coming out this year? I want to hear from you!

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New Year, New ... Everything!

We’ve gotten an update around the website, holy heck! Everything looks all shiny and new, and there’s a lot going on.

In my previous post I mentioned I was working on a bullet journal, as well as nailing down my goals for 2019. It took a bit, but the first few months of the bullet journal are complete, along with all the yearly trackers for this year. That’s off to a great start; I’m really enjoying recording things and keeping a record of how the year is going so far. I feel motivated to keep going with it.

My goals for 2019 were a little more tough to get in line, but I’ve nailed them down to the following:

  • Make time to stream at least two days per week; preferably, one day for gaming, and one day for crafting or painting;

  • Do at least one planned photoshoot per month;

  • Do at least one blog post per week; and,

  • Actually start the cookbook project that I’ve been talking about for literal YEARS, now.

It’s a totally doable list! There are a couple of other smaller things that are in my bullet journal, like read 25 books this year, and actually complete the full 24-hour stream for Extra Life. I’m excited to have so many goals to work toward, and a way to look back on it all after the year is done.

And now… I have a large slab of fudge to break into and a game to play. Catch you next week!

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Journaling and 2019

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2019 is coming up fast. We have less than a month to get those New Year Resolutions figured out, and then it’ll be time to implement them. Are you already prepared?

My big step for 2019 is that I want to focus on the things that have made me happy in 2018, and expand on them. I want to go harder into painting miniatures, I want to stream on a more consistent basis, and I want to start reading tarot again.

Most of all: I want to get back into photography, but I want to start slow. I feel like 2018 was a year full of hard lessons, and the biggest one was that I need to have goals set but I need to work toward them at my own pace. Burning myself out to get them accomplished isn’t going to get me anywhere.

In fact, it will set me back nearly an entire year.

So, my two objectives for the remainder of December: Nail down my goals for 2019, and start a bullet journal to keep everything in line. I’m excited to start journaling, and I think a bullet journal will be the best way to for me to manage what I’m wanting to do and keep track of important things each month.

February marks the two year anniversary of this blog and website. I’m not sure if I’ll do anything exciting for it, but we’ll see. I just hope that by this time next year, I’ll be writing a long entry looking back at all the things I did in 2019, and how amazing it was.

2018 is Almost Behind Us

2018 is almost over, and ya’ll… Good riddance.

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I’m working to crawl out of this hole I’ve been in since March. I’ve barely had the motivation to do any photography in that time; EverFree was the last photography event that I did that turned anything out. There was a small while where I worked on some new flower crowns, but that motivation dried up pretty quickly.

It’s unfortunate. It makes me sad, honestly.

But, I feel like the fog is lifting. I’m feeling good about the new small project I’m working on, and I’m hoping to continue with this momentum.

Coming up, I’ll be on a podcast with my friend Robin Caulfield; each week, she hosts an episode of casual talking with friends, and we just wrapped up our recording tonight. It was a wonderful experience, and it’s one that I hope to have again in the future.

I’m working on some new games and other things to stream on my Twitch page. I have a couple of ideas for things to spice it up a little bit, and I think it’s going to work out.

I have plans for new shoots where I’m modelling, and shoots where I’m photographing. Those are super exciting, and I can’t wait to share those with you.

I hope that you’ll stay around. I have so many more things to show you. I’m not quite done, yet!

May - Ch-ch-chaaaaanges!

May has been an interesting month of change and new experiences. 

I can safely say that I've landed myself in another rut, creatively. That part isn't so great, since we've been here before. I'm certainly trying to lever myself out of it, working to actually get myself moving again. It will pass; it always does. 

Radiant Northwest is officially happening! I received confirmation around the middle of the month, and I accepted a table in their artist alley. I'll be bringing my flower crowns to the convention, along with some jewelry and embroidery designs. I'm very much looking forward to my first table, and seeing where this takes me. 

In that vein, I've got shoots planned through June and July to get my portfolio together for the event. I'll be hosting studio shoots through the next month and a half, working to get that all wrapped up before the end of July. 

I also hosted my first photobooth this month! Everfree Northwest, a My Little Pony convention, happened in Sea-Tac, and I went to host the first official photobooth at the event. It was a great learning experience, and I had a great time meeting new people. I made some connections with cosplayers in the area I hadn't met before, and I'm hoping to hear from those folks soon. 

Overall, May has been an okay month. Not great, but pretty solid. I know that it can only get better from here!

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April - Showers to Flowers

Whew, April felt like a super long month! March was a rough month, and April felt like it was especially gloomy and full of rain showers this year. 

The gloom was especially heavy for me this year. I can definitely say that I spent a lot of weekend mornings sitting and staring off into space, feeling a little lost. I managed to finished edits for shoots from Emerald City Comicon, and get a few other projects tucked away. Overall, the month was quiet as I worked to pull myself out of the funk I'd been in since March. 

As April went along, I found myself feeling better and better. My mood has improved substantially in the last couple of weeks as I pull projects together and get things tucked away. Productivity always has good effects on my mood.  

A small highlight: I went to my first burlesque show! I got to see a show by the After Midnight Cabaret, and it was absolutely fantastic. It was a really great event that really made me eager to get back to work on costumes and photography. 

Upcoming highlights for May:

  • Everfree Northwest: I'll be hosting the photobooth at Everfree Northwest this year! The convention is running from the 18th through the 20th, and I'll be on site each day from 10am to 6pm. I'll be available for shoots at the con either before 9:30 or after 6:15, and I would be very happy to work with anyone who will be coming out! I'll have some nice lights this year, so shooting after the sun goes down won't be a huge issue this year. ;)
  • Radiant Northwest: I got confirmation from Radiant Northwest that I've been accepted to their Artist Alley! I'll be bringing my flower crowns, as well as a bunch of handmade jewelry and other goodies. I'm super excited for this event, which happens to fall on my birthday weekend in July, and really hopeful that this will prepare me for selling my crowns at other events in the future. 
  • Collaboration Shoot: I've connected with Liz Zusev again, and we're teaming up with Angel Inez for a fun shoot soon! The current theme we're thinking has something to do with fairy tales, and I'll be designing some custom crowns for the shoot, as well.

I think that's the catch up for April! How was the month for you? 

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March - Con Season Begins!

Spring is upon us here in Seattle, and you know what that means: Cherry blossoms and conventions are in full swing! It's been a gorgeous spring so far, with a few days of rain (and even some snow)... But those cherry blossoms make everything so much prettier. 

Emerald City Comicon was the first weekend of March, and I attended on Saturday only this year. I managed to secure a couple of shoots, and they were wonderful - Lauren and Alison are both very talented at sewing, and it's always a pleasure to work with them. 

Unfortunately, the remainder of this month has been a bit of a struggle for me: I've been dealing with a lot of unexpected depression issues, which have resulted in me not working as hard as I could to finish projects. I'm usually able to shrug off these bouts when they come upon me, but this one has been more difficult to shake. 

On top of that, one of my very dear friends passed away on the 20th. She was someone that was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Seattle, who has been with me through everything here on the West coast. It's definitely something that's very hard to deal with, on top of an already challenging month emotionally. 

Because of this, I've decided to cancel all the shoots that I had booked for Sakuracon, which is coming up next weekend. I don't feel like it's responsible of me to try to shoot and edit photos when I'm emotionally compromised, and cannot even guarantee a timeline on getting the final photos back to the cosplayers. If you were one of the folks I was planning to work with, I do sincerely apologize, but I hope that you understand this was really in the interest of being able to provide you with the best possible photos - Right now, I don't think that I can give that to you. 

April is on its way, complete with all the spring showers you can handle. I'm looking forward to leveraging myself out of this funk, so I can get back to enjoying my work, again.  

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February - Another Month, Done!

It feels like I just wrote the blog entry for January, and here I am... Writing the blog post about February! Craziness!

February was, overall, a fairly quiet month. I needed it, though! I had the flu earlier this year, and had a tough time shaking it. The last few weeks have had me with random fever spikes, and I've missed a couple of days of work to stay home and try to sleep it all off. I've also been trying to do more in the way of self-care: Sleepytime tea before bed, more long baths with good books, tasty chocolates... 

Sometimes, you gotta do for you, you know what I mean?

I participated in a shoot this month, in front of the lens! I shot with Charlie Liu, and it was a very fun experience. We went to Home Depot for one of those "ugly location" shoots that are all the rage right now, then hit a small park nearby, and finally a coffee shop for a latte and a cookie. It was a great day, and a lot of fun. So much so that we're getting back together in March for a shoot at Rattlesnake Lake, and we're dragging Amanda from Pretty Prism Photography with us! It's going to be a really fun afternoon, and I'm super pumped for it all to come together. 

Due to my illness, my Valentine's shoots ended up falling through, unfortunately. This makes me feel like I've fallen a little behind some made up quota for shoots each month that I totally don't actually have. But, you know, that terrible nagging voice in your brain that says you're not doing enough? 

Yeah, that one. What a pain. 

I ended up taking a lot of time to relax and prepare for March in February, honestly. Emerald City Comicon is this weekend, the big shoot at the lake is on the 10th, and then Sakuracon weekend is March 30th through April 1st... Practically right around the corner! Soon enough, Everfree NW will be here... And then Radiant Northwest!

Here's hoping between all of these events I can make some time to do some little shoots and get those creative juices flowing. Are you interested in making some magic together? Drop me a line! Let's work something out!

Studio shoot with  Maddy Kay .

Studio shoot with Maddy Kay.

January - What a Month!

January feels like it was here and gone in a whirlwind of activity! Everything moved so quickly, but also felt like it took quite a while to get through...

Do you ever have those days? I know I definitely do. 

January brought some fun and exciting things to my little world of photography! I received a ring light as a Christmas gift, along with a bunch of lights and diffusers, so I've been using those quite frequently this past month to move from "Natural Light" photographer to "I Can Shoot Whenever I Want Because I Control the Light" photographer. It's been an interesting new process, shooting inside and learning the curve of editing and how things need to be adjusted for in that process. It's been fun!

I also did two shoots in January that challenged me in different ways. One with a new friend, Amanda of Pretty Prism Photography - Amanda was looking for headshots for her Twitch channel, and I was very eager to use the new ring light and the sequined backdrops that I recently acquired. I've always felt less than stellar when it comes to portraiture (which, somehow, feels different than boudoir or cosplay photography), but the images we captured are fun and I think that they showcase the best of both of us. 

The other shoot I did was with my friend Meris, known around the 'net as The Fabric Alchemist. She had acquired a mermaid costume at a charity auction, and approached me about shooting a boudoir scene with it. HOW could I possibly say no to that idea?! I couldn't, obviously. We worked together to create a warm, glowing concept, and I think the final images are absolutely wonderful. 

February is already gearing up to be a busy month, as well. I have a shoot this weekend that I will be modelling in (with Charlie Liu behind the lens), and then next weekend my girls Shelby and Julianna are coming to shoot some super cute Valentine's Day sweetness in my kitchen. Add in a weekend trip at the end of the month, Critical Role on Thursdays, Numenera on Fridays, and it being my turn to make dinner on Monday nights, and well... Ya girl is busy! 

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I've got some other news, too, but that can wait for next time! As always, thanks for coming by and reading my blurbs. I appreciate your support!

Interested in booking a shoot? Send me an email, and let's work something out!

2017 - A Long Year

While I can't speak for others, 2017 felt like a very, very long year. I'm glad for it, in some ways, while in others there are things that I definitely could have done without. 

This past year was one where I tried new things, branched out, expanded my comfort zone: 2018 will push me harder and further than ever before. I plan to continue pushing and stretching myself, and I'm hoping to DO more. I want to do more events this year, and meet more people, and share more of the stories that have been filling up my notebooks for the last year. I want to work with new folks, and show them just how amazing they are. 

I want to share my art with more people. It's my goal to work hard, and level up this year. I know I can do it, and I can't wait to show you!

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On Giving Up

What do you think about the idea of giving up? When it's something that doesn't work quite the way you thought it should, I always feel like these are learning experiences to take with you to the next big thing. 

I recently submitted photos for publication, and learned only one of the four or five that I'd sent in were accepted. There are a couple of different ways that I could handle that particular scenario: 

  1. Vow NEVER to work with that publication again! How DARE they insult my models and me by not accepting our work!
  2. Feel sad that the hard work that we put in wasn't good enough to be featured, and allow it to drag me down; or,
  3. Take this information, look at the other accepted spreads, and use it as a learning opportunity to do better next time. 

In this particular scenario, I chose to do number three: Learn from this moment. Looking at the other accepted shoots, I can see the differences between what was accepted and what I'd submitted that wasn't published. I have an aesthetic for many of my shoots that are quite "samey": They're bright white, airy, and delicate. Many of the shoots that were accepted were filled with color, bright and bold, with stand out makeup and fully designed sets. 

Absolutely incredible work all around, but generally speaking... Not the sort of shoot that I usually work on. 

As a teachable experience, I know now for next time that working harder toward setting the scene is important. Providing a space that really lends itself to the overall feeling and design of the clothing and aesthetic the model is going for is important, too. And with this particular publication, perhaps... More is more. 

I have a couple of new holiday shoots coming this month, and I'm super pumped to get to work on designing the sets that will help to set the proper mood we're looking for. The final images will be featured here after the New Year holiday, so please look forward to it!

Welcome Back!

It's been a while! A lot has happened, and I've been terrible about updating the site. 

The summer was crammed full of good shoots, both of things for cosplay and some personal projects. I've ventured off into the world of flower crown making, and am selling some of them via my Etsy shop. Attempting to do more with my Instagram account, though that's more slow going. And one of my very best friends got married on October 1st! It was a busy autumn!

I had my final cosplay shoot for 2017 in September. I'm taking a bit of time off this year to really focus on my own personal projects, and decide where I want to take myself. Right now, the big project that I'm planning is kind of a secret, but I will still be posting periodically with photos and updates. A couple of shoots are tentatively being planned and plotted, and I'm very excited to share all of that with you. 

One more exciting thing: I'll be vending at a holiday bazaar the first weekend in December! I'm very excited about it; it's a good opportunity to bring my crowns and photography to a new group of people I've never interacted with before. Of course, it's a little scary... But I think it will be a lot of fun!

Thank you so much for continuing to be here, and share this space with me! I couldn't do any of this without you!