Sunday, May 31, 2009

O__O

OME! I have no words....



Luv,
Shielou

PS: Sorry for the lack of anything in this blog post but I'm just kind of like...O__O whoa...and...speechless. Will blog more this Wednesday for some exciting news and possibly a new Twilight item! But for now I'd like to watch the trailer over and over and over and over again.....

PS2: Thanks to everyone for your support! ^__^ I do appreciate it and I will continue chugging along!! Luv you all!!! ^__^

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bleh...Venting...Yumm

The future of Shielou is always uncertain to me. I worry and stress over it everyday. I always fear that this is only a fluke. I try my best to just live in the moment and just do what I want to do and not worry about anything or anyone else. But with having your own "business" (I still hate that word :P) it's difficult not to worry about tomorrow, especially when you want it to be for the long haul. But with the constant arrival of issues O__o that leaves me doubting myself and my abilities it's sometimes hard to keep it together and keep motivated.



But a fellow online friend recently shared some news with me that made me realize that these issues should be the least of my worries. That no matter what, if this all ended tomorrow, I can say that I'm proud that I did my own thing for a while, proud of what I've done and even happier to have talked and befriended the people I've had the pleasure of "meeting" online. I'm alive and healthy, I have Chris, my family and I have a butt load of clay and paints to keep me amused. ^__^ I'll continue doing what I'm doing but know that there will be changes in the future. What kind of changes? At this point I'm not exactly sure. I have a lot of interests and want to do everything, but obviously can't...O__o or can I? ~__^ Hopefully it won't be a complete step away from what I'm doing now. I just like making my own path and I refuse to follow anyone else's. But I promise I won't disappear without having proven that I tried my best. ^__^ Okay...I'm done venting. :P



But on a much lovelier news. After such a crappy week, the arrival of several amazing pictures made everything just go *poof* ~__^ Can I just say that I really love the internet and....YUMM!!!!!!!!!!! Hummuna, hummuna...And yes, you can be sure that I've just been inspired to make a new Twilight item. O__o Oh yes...stay tuned...*drool*





Love,
Shy


(Currently listening to A Fine Frenzy's Almost Lover ^__^)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rob Kisses

Several months ago my shop was featured in Twilightations and Lyssa asked me what's my favorite thing about Twilight. I answered that it was because it was about vampires and I love vampires! Buffy, Underworld, Vampire Diaries, The World is a Vampire by Smashing Pumpkins, Lost Boys, Van Helsing, Nosferatu (classic!!) you name it I probably love it (although I draw the line at super cheesy productions that just makes me gag). Well, recently that answer has changed. My new favorite thing about Twilight? I have met some amazingly lovely people because of it. People whom I've become great friends with, people who constantly make me smile and laugh. ^__^ The success of Twilight has gone far beyond just the books, Stephenie Meyer, the films and yes, dare I say even RPattz? O__o Blasphemy, you say?! Hmph! In my opinion, the root of Twilight's success has become the individuals who make up the Twilight community. Yes, there are the crazies ~__^ (don't deny it :P), but as I've said before, Twilight fans have heart beyond their insanity and rabid madness. ^__^ lol You know I say that with much love and affection! I love you all!



Worked on Christine's order of Dean from Supernatural. Yumm. Jensen Ackles is like a Ken doll from across the train tracks. And I do mean that in a good way. lol I've always had a crush on him ever since Days of Our Lives. Grr.



Which brings me to Bride Bella once more. I was looking at her Wednesday night but was still quite unhappy with her when I figured out what she was missing...A VEIL! Doh! Of course!! For those who ordered Twilight Wedding jewelry from over the past few days (I have now schedule for August 15th) please let me know if you'd like a veil on yours as well. This particular Bride Bella has soft touches of pink which will be the standard "theme" color so if you'd like a different color let me know that too. ^__^ Thankies!!!



Also, I just wanted to quickly touch on why I haven't been posting custom orders or requests in my shop. Simple. I've been avoiding Etsy fees. lol I'm just trying to save money. That's all. ^__^

Have you also heard that a kiss from Robert Pattinson cost $20,000.00 a cheek? O__o For that amount of money it better be THAT cheek he's kissing! OO Pucker up, Rob! lol I kinda feel bad for the guy though. I mean...look at him. He looks like he wants to jump off a building. Who wouldn't with a cougar looking at you like you're fillet minion. Hands off, Sharon Stone!! ~__^



Also wanted to let everyone know that my schedule has hit September. O__o I know. Kinda nutsy but yeah...Someone had also asked me if I can post my schedule up somewhere. I didn't really want to do this since stuff happens and my schedule can change. But I decided to just post what I will have from now to the end of June with a WARNING O__o that this schedule is NOT written in stone. :P So please don't be angry with me if I don't have something particular on the scheduled date. Deal? Yes? Okay. lol

May 27th: La Push (Bella and Jacob); Lion, Lamb and Wolf; Edward Apples
May 30th: Biology Necklaces; RPattz Daniel Bad Mother's Handbook Tribute
June 3rd: Custom Order
June 6th: Alice and Jasper Tribute
June 10th: Twilight Baseball Tribute- Jasper, Alice and Edward
June 13th: The Meadow Necklace Tribute
June 17th: Jacob Prom; EXCITING NEW TWILIGHT ITEM!
June 20th: Custom Order
June 24th: Custom Haul; Edward Apples; Edward Pea Coats
June 27th: VACATION!! OME!! YAY!!



Other than that...kinda fell behind this week which completely bummed me out. :( And I was on a roll too. lol I shouldn't have told Myrna 'cause I think I jinxed myself by telling her. ~__^ Luvs ya, M!! Next Wednesday will be....oh wait....never mind...look above. ~__^ And maybe something new. Hopefully. ~__^

Love you all!!
Shielou

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Let's Get Married!!!




Wow. I'm exhausted. Jinii's order took longer than I anticipated but that was only because I was trying to make my life more difficult. I originally planned to just paint Bella's wedding dress but I found that idea much too boring for my taste. O__o So I tried to figure out a way to make her pop. I mean, she's the bride! And was apparently dressed by Alice herself which meant that the girl had to look darn good. ~__^ I tried to incorporate several fabrics into her charm. Three Bellas later (not to mention a migrain and several hysterical episodes), I finally settled for a cream lace. And I must say that I like the outcome. YAY! Success! ^__^


(Aaaww!!)

Other than that...not much on my side. Kinda stressing out about a new project coming up in a couple of weeks that's FREAKING me out like you will not believe. Yes, I'm talking about YOU Christy. lol ~__^ I'll get over it. I usually do. ^__^ This Saturday is Christine and Michelle's orders. Oh, and MORE Edward Apples and of course the Edible Bellas. You'd think I'd be sick of making Edward Apples but I'm not. Especially when I finish one and he's looking up at me with those big golden eyes. *sigh* ^__^ See you all on Saturday!!



Love,
Shielou

PS: No extras since I didn't think anyone would be really interested. I may be wrong though so let me know if you'd like your own Twilight wedding jewelry. ^__^

PS2: Someone asked why I didn't have a hypothetical relationship with Taylor from my previous post. Erm...because it would be hypothetically illegal. I'd go to hypothetical jail before I could say "Grrr, Taylor, grr."

PS3: I'm starving. I'm so hungry I could eat paint. But I won't 'cause that's kinda gross. Thought I'd share though. ^__^ lol

PS4: They're not glazed yet because I wanted to make sure Jinii was happy with the slight changes I made. ^__^

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Twilight Compatibilities

Not that I give too much "hoopla" on Astrological compatibilities (Chris and I are considered very incompatible but we've been together for almost 5 years O__o Frighteningly true lol) but yes, I admit, I have checked out what would happen if by some miracle I ended up with Robert Pattinson. O__o I know. Sad. But it was fun anyway. ^__^ Rob is a Taurus and I'm a Scorpio. So the jury is in and...it's 50/50. Bleh. Supposedly we'd be very compatible in the sack *insert eyebrow wiggles* BUT we have very strong, opposite personalities and we're both super stubborn (which is completely true on my part) and this may very well be our downfall in our hypothetical relationship. I don't like bending to his will (although I'm pretty sure it would be easy to) and he refuses to do the same. Bastard. But I'm supposedly (allegedly!) the biggest troublemaker in our imaginary relationship. All I can say is..."Pfft." So...what will happen to this relationship? After some serious, never ending bed tussles I'll end up leaving him because beer, pizza, watching him play his guitar and hanging out with his annoying drunk friends will become too predictable for me. O__o Final Verdict? I'm an idiot.


(A "batch" of Edward Pea Coats for those who get confused with my terminologies :S)

But that doesn't even come close to my hypothetical relationship with Edward. He's a Gemini. We're very curious about one another, which can be a good thing. But they did say that curiosity killed the cat. O__o Supposedly he wants our imaginary relationship to be "fun" (wait...Edward wants a fun relationship? O__o) while I want it to be intense (sounds totally backwards? O__o). So, what will happen to this relationship? Edward and I break up after his version of "fun" (ie: endlessly playing the piano for the 100th Sonata he has written for me and his annoying habit of giving me mini heart attacks while driving like one of those douche bags from The Fast and Furious) and his continuous insistence that we shouldn't do it in the tree tops due to the obvious hazards. In which I will then reply, "But it would be 'fun'!". Final Verdict? On top of being an idiot I'm also useless.


(Half nekkid Jacob now with a tattoo ^__^)

On a much happier note, I managed to finish Annie's haul. She also wanted a Meadow necklace so I changed it up a bit. This one is smaller than the previous one upon her request because she's petite. ^__^ This will also be the final design for any future requests on The Meadow Necklace. There will be obvious variations with each one especially with the foliage and Swarovski crystal placements. ^__^ YAY!


(Ooo...Aahh)

Next week? More Edward Apples and some Edible Art Bellas. ^__^ Please contact me to make sure I have you down for any of these two. I'm pretty sure I have everyone down but you never know 'cause I can be a total spaz. ^__^; Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! See you on Wednesday for Jinni's order!

Love,
Shielou

PS: Check if you're compatible with Rob, Edward and/or Taylor (who is an Aquarius and since Jacob's birth date is still up in the air).


(Currently listening to The Bird and The Bee. Also check out their cover for Don't Stop the Music!)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Widowerz...

So pooped. No energy to really blog tonight. But I do want to turn everyone's attention to Twilight Widower's Anonymous if you haven't popped in yet. It's an awesome blog about guys who have lost their loved ones to Twilight. ^__^

I do admit that Chris has become a bit if a "widower" himself. O__o But thankfully it hasn't reached certain, unreachable heights. For example...I have yet to "accidentally" call him Edward, I've never asked him to make me mushroom ravioli (only because I don't trust eating anything he cooks that requires more than boiling water), I haven't rubbed glitter all over his face while sleeping (although I have thought about it O__o), and I've stopped asking him to be my lion to my lamb and go "grr." O__o


(I've kind of mentally left Chris for this... Loves it! lol)

So...have you left a loved one a Twilight Widower? Hmmm???

Love Always,
Shielou

PS: Annie's haul is next followed by some Edward Apples. ^__^

PSS: It's official...Edward's hair shall remain. ^__^As I said, I can make Hair B upon request. ^__^

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Hot Hair Mess

I didn't realize a slight experimentation with Eddie's locks would garner so many responses and differing opinions. But then again when Rob cut off his infamous sex hair the entire world went nuts for a little while. ~__^ It looks like I'll be sticking with the old "do" but I will try to improve on the new hairstyle when I get the chance and, of course, make it upon request. But the original hairstyle will remain as Eddie's standard look. ^__^



I also wanted to...erm warn everyone O__o...that I will be posting some new things in the next couple of weeks that are a bit different from what I've been doing. One of my goals in having my own "business" (Ugh, I REALLY hate that word. I'm just not "business" material ~__^) is not relying on Twilight. As much as I want to. ~__^ Especially since looking atRob, Taylor, Alex, Kellan, Jackson and Peter photos for "reasearch" is a great excuse to drool in front of my computer for an hour or two.

O__o *silence*

Okay, fine, all morning but that's not the point! :P I want to challenge myself into making something that's completely my own. As most of you know I do love trying out new things and I'm not afraid to fail. Failure and I are good buddies. We know each other well. We're like THIS. ~__^ I have some ideas and hopefully it'll work out but we'll just see. ^__^

I have spent the past couple of days with Bridget's Haul. Glad I made it. The extras I made on her order will be posted tomorrow around noonish if anyone's interested. ^__^



Bridget had also requested Harry and Pals along with cutie Hedwig and a Snitch. ^__^ Had some troubles with the Snitch but after a couple of tries I was finally able to figure out how to make one that I was happy with. YAY!


(Tubby Hedwig lol)

She also asked for Paul. Ahem. Mr. Alex "Sex God Hubba-Hubba" Meraz. *wipes drool* Yeah. I don't think I need to say anymore on that front. ^__^


(It's quite unfortunate Alex Meraz is married...not that I'd ever have a chance but just sayin' ~__^)

Next week will be Edward Apples and Edward Pea Coats. Note that I will be making several batches of these in May and June so if you don't get yours on Wednesday or Saturday, please be patient because I will be making more. I just got a lot of requests for these ones. If you're unsure that I have you down for either one please contact me so we can double check together. ^__^ See you all next week! And HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to all the moms and moms-to-be! ^__^

Luv,
Shielou


(One of the cutest songs ever! ~__^)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Etsy Tips from an Amateur

Harry Potter and Pals. I've been wanting to make these guys for a while now and I'm so glad someone finally requested them. YAY!! My favorite would have to be Ron. Soooo cute!


(Hogwarts Trouble Makers)

On another note...Edward gets a slight makeover. Do you like it? I think it's a better rendition of Rob's hair than the previous hairstyle. But who knows? Let me know what you think! Should it stay or should it go? ^__^


(Eew...Bella smells. lol)

I've gotten several e-mails over the past couple months as to how others can find success on Etsy. Personally, I think I'm really the worst person to ask this for a number of different reasons. The first one being that even after a couple of months on Etsy I'm still not quite sure as to what I'm doing. Secondly there are far more successful Etsy sellers than myself. I'm very lucky that I have the support of my family and boyfriend. Without them I don't think I could do what I'm doing and not drown in bankruptcy. I can barely help Chris with our bills as it is. lol Fortunately, HE makes bank and it's getting a bit better now with some more organizing on my part. ^__^At least that's what I keep telling myself. O__o


(Went to an anonymous Twilight addict...)

But as for my Etsy shop I really had no plans, no direct vision, just some clay and paints. I looked at a few sites, jumped into it and hoped for the best. If I can give any advice this would be it: Plan ahead, do your research and be UNIQUE.


(Off to the post office!)

Planning is key. As I said I just dove right in. I wish I was able to organize a bit more but I didn't expect to be doing this either. Look at other Etsy sites, craft sites, go to the book store and look at craft/art books. Find out what kind of things catch your eye and get you excited. Buy some materials and see if you can make the stuff. Don't go overboard and buy $200.00 worth of supplies. Practice for a bit and get a feel for it and see if you enjoy it. ^__^ Look at blog sites and read the articles on Etsy's Storque. Take advantage of the forums and chats and ask questions! ^__^


(Carlos, ready to save the day and make the girls swoon with his sexiness...)

Be unique. I don't know how much more I can say this without sounding like an old broken record. lol This part is integral in my opinion. There are a lot of sellers and crafters on Etsy. Stand out. And if anything don't copy others. Obviously be inspired but don't flat out copy someone else's work. Not only do I believe this is ethically wrong but you're better off coming up with your own ideas anyway. Yes, it's a little harder and more time consuming, not to mention headache inducing, but it's worth it in the end. We all have the capacity to be creative. People want stuff that's unique and different. ^__^


(My second home...er...office)

I also got this question recently "How do I quit my job and sell on Etsy full time like you?" First off, please don't quit your job. I was laid off from my previous work before I finally said to myself, "Okay, this is it. Now's the time. No more dallying. Just do it. What do you have to lose?" If you find yourself in the same situation, go for it! But if you have a stable job with benefits and health care please don't go up to your boss, slap him in the face and tell him you quit. Test out the waters first. Set up an account, post a couple of things and go from there. Start a blog, join an Etsy team, network. Experiment with new ideas, see what's selling and just keep going. Push boundaries and don't be afraid to experiment. Expect failure and embrace failure. ^__^ Remember, it takes time and effort and it's different for everybody. ^__^ So be patient!



Last but not least, LOVE what you do, LOVE what you make. People can see that in the product. If it's sloppy and not done right then people will take note of it. Keep in mind that if you're not proud and happy with what you've made then how can you expect others to feel the same? As I said, I'm not an expert or anything. I'm still learning, still trying to figure out my schedule, where I can buy the best supplies without having to give up my penchant for Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream. ^__^


(Yummm)

That's pretty much it from me though! As I said, I'm not the best person to get advice from. But I will say that we all have to start somewhere. ^__^ Questions, concerns? You know the drill. See you guys on Saturday! Bridget's Haul is next, some Harry Potter shtuff...and maybe some werewolf action. ~__^ I know, I'm a tease!!!

Love,
Shielou


(Currently listening to The Beatles ^__^)

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Myrna is Trouble

I feel both dread and elation when I get an order from Myrna. Dread because she always manages to scare me for some of the things she asks for and elation because the end result of her challenges always surprise me. ~__^ Somehow it all works out and I'd like to think that despite her "diva" demands (I'm kidding!) I'm better off at the end of the day because I've learned how to do something new.

Myrna's freakin' adorable little alien with piercings, a bunny, a carrot and...is that a towel? lol I don't even care that he confuses me, he's soooo cute. I told her I was going to keep him. I may very well do so. Muwahaha!



(Lip piercings look pretty cute on aliens)

I was a little scared to make these guys. Sephiroth and Genesis from Final Fantasy. I think it was the the shoulder armors that got to me. But in the end they were quite easy but I tend to make little issues like that into big problems. O__o But I was happy that they turned out better than I thought they would. lol And this time I learned to get wing charms so I don't have to make them. Right, M? ~__^




(I feel like they should be holding hands or something...)

I want to thank Myrna for giving me the opportunity to step away from Twilight for a couple of days. ~__^ See you guys on Wednesday where I hope to get some new items up since I kinda fell behind this week. lol Thanks everyone!

Luv Always,
Shielou


(Currently listening to crazy Korean music. Personally, it's not the type of music I like listening to. I just don't know what it is about Korean music that intrigues me so. It's kinda like crack. You knows it's bad for you but you just can't stop. Weird. Maybe it's the campy choreography? Oh well...honey, honey, honey!)