Wednesday, July 29, 2009

YAY? Stuff!!

Alrighty, where do I start. Hmmm? I guess we'll start with what I had finished first. Family Portraits. ^__^ Jenni asked for Eddie, Bella AND Nessie all in one go. This was actually a challenge I was looking forward to make because I saw it clearly in my head and how I was going to make it. But my plans usually go topsy-turvy and I had to make some changes in order to make sure that the charm fell properly. But I'm quite happy with it so YAY!

Also, cameos!!! Let me start with my Simple Cameos. I'm very aware that my charms are pricey and I want to offer products that are a little more inexpensive. This was one way to go into that direction. They're only about an inch so they're very cute and light weight. I love jewelry that's light and airy, and yes, I kept the other Jacob I had. LOL

I also now have small resin charms. I'm only offering blue at the moment because it's the only color I have but if these work out I'll offer more colors in the future. Usually I'm all gung-ho about buying supplies that I may or may not use :P but I'm trying to make more careful and thoughtful decisions because most, if not all, of the profit I make from Shielou goes directly back into the shop. As I said previously, I'm not a very good business person but I'm trying to learn and refrain from going crazy at buying supplies. Trying is the operative word here. :P

These next cameos were a bit of a surprise because I didn't think I was able to sculpt wolves that small (they're only a little over an inch! O__o). But I'm SOOOO glad that they turned out better than I thought they would. I hope you guys like these because I'll be making more (Yes, we're talking lions too :P)! ~__^ BTW, while studying the New Moon trailer I noticed that Jacob Wolf has a gray tone along his legs with his described russet coloring. Personally I love the contrast, it makes him more interesting and rugged. But yeah...that was me geeking out about Jacob Wolf's color palette. :P Sue me.

New Moon Embraces. I love the new cover for New Moon. I dunno but Taylor has been rocking what I'm dubbing his Predatory Come Hither Look. It looks good on him. Again, I need to remind myself along with a lot of you that the boy is only 17. Albeit 17-year-olds should not have the right to look that....erm...sinewy. Ahem. T__T Why do I feel like such a pedophile. Jeez, someone put me in jail already. :P

I've always considered myself Team Switzerland. Why would someone like myself want to choose between a vampire and a werewolf? It's like choosing between water or oxygen. You need both to survive. And yes, I did just compare Jacob and Edward to water and oxygen. Thus, Team Switzerland earrings.

Other than that...not much more on my end. Oh! I did end up redoing all my rings which was not fun but it was well worth it. The glaze I ended up using for the old rings ended up milky? It wasn't pretty. O__o But I'm much happier with the way these new ones turned out. ^__^ Still trying to finish up orders, etc. I'm hoping I'll finally get caught up by the end of August. O__o Knock on wood. No updates this Saturday. Questions, concerns? You know the drill!! ^__^ YAY!


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Down the Twilight Cons...

Everyone seems to be attending one con after another and all I can say is I'm one envious mofo. lol ComiCon just passed by which I know several people attended and TwiCon 09 is just around the corner which I know a lucky number of people will be going to as well. I hope that all who's attending either TwiCon or some other Con has a great time and make sure to cop a feel of any one of the cast members for me, preferably Taylor and/or Rob. For me!! Do it for me!!! :P Just don't get busted for it. Cons are supposed to be happy, bonding (no, not bondage O__o) get togethers, not a step away from jail. O__o

Twilight Prom gets an upgrade. I think as one of the "oldest" (O__o who knew a couple of months would be considered old :P?) I felt it was high time that these two got a well deserved makeover. ^__^

Also, I must bow down to the genius that is Tim Burton. Need I say more? When I was a kid I was in a production of Alice In Wonderland. I was the annoying white rabbit. Word.

Rings that were ordered are complete. They're currently in the drying process which is funny because glazing and drying takes more time than actually making the darn things. Which brings me to let everyone know that I'll only do a couple more of these before they go into (early) retirement for an upgrade to a better design. ^__^ YAY!

And it's that time again. The month of July is coming to a close which means it's time to pick another charity organization to support for August! 5% of sales during teh last part of June and this July will go to RENEW! If anyone has any ideas of a new charity please comment below or let me know!!

Other than that...hope everyone had a lovely week! I will still be posting all my other shtuff this coming Wednesday so please stay tuned!! I'm thinking of either doing a huge post here on my blog and everyone can just reserve whatever they want or we can go through the tortuously slow one-by-one posting on Etsy. YAY? You pick your torment! :P

(Speaking of Torment...YAY Vishous!! lol I know, I have a BDB problem :P)

That's it from me! ^__^ Please refrain from blowing up your computers watching and rewatching the two New Moon clips they showed at ComiCon. Naughty, naughty! ~__^ And no, I refuse to enable your obsession by posting them on my blog! :P


PS: Oh what the hey!!

You all need an INTERVENTION, an INTERVENTION!! Your family's here, your family's here! Dr. Drew, y'all, Dr. Drew! LOL

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Feeling Better...

I've decided I'm just going to do a huge posting sometime next week for all the extras that have accumulated over this month of July. I'm thinking Wednesday but I'll have a more definite date this Saturday and depending on what I've finished. ^__^

(Kacey's order!)

On another note, can I just say that I'm not too keen on this pic of Edward Cullen? Not feeling the dark contour blush on his already sharp cheekbones. I think they coud've gone without but again who am I to dog on the choice? I will say that I heart the eyes. Look at those golden peepers. O__o And can I just say that I'm so glad that the makeup artists cut back on the lipstick? But enough about the makeup. Rob looks great. Period. ^__^

Can't have Rob without Taylor looking quite stoic and predatory. I'm really lovin' the "I'm gonna pounce on you and you're gonna like it" look on his face. ^__^ Yay!! Jeez. He's just bulging everywhere isn't he? O__o *slap* He's only 17. O__o Riiight. *clears throat*

But I saw this today and thought I would share. It's pretty damn hilarious. So get ready for some serious LOLs cause I coudldn't stop laughing. Good times. I'm telling you. ~__^ Questions, concerns? Let me know!! ^__^


PS: Also check out Jessa's Etsy shop! She's having a sale!!!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

TiCk, TiCk, BoOm!

So I kind of had a mental breakdown last night. It was inevitable. ~__^ Especially with the canceled orders this month that made my life a living nightmare. I put so much pressure on myself that it all finally came crashing down at midnight. I'm happy to say it wasn't anything serious. lol I did end up sitting in front of my computer with all the lights turned off thinking about all the stuff I haven't finished and things I still need to do. Kinda creepy. lol But I did wake up this morning with an epiphany. The best part about owning your own "business" (I've actually began accepting this word :P) is that I have the freedom to do exactly what I want, when I want.

(Willy Wonka!!! God of Chcocolates? O__o)

The problem with my current schedule is that I can't catch a break because it forces me to constantly get things done at an allotted time frame and there's no room for error. And with my canceled orders and requests coming in everyday there is no stopping. Which is both a good thing and a bad thing. Despite canceled orders I still have a steady turnout of customers. But I keep forgetting to just sit back and breathe for a second and it's turning me into a first class bitca to the one I'm closest to: Chris. Poor guy. LOL

(Yes please? O__o)

I'm not business savvy. I went to school for media arts and animation not finance or business administration. I run Shielou in a sort of...controlled chaos that gets out of hand once in a while, like this week. O__0 lol I'm trying to figure out the best schedule that fits with me. The Wednesday and Saturday postings worked well for a while (a whole two months!) but everything's gone to the crapper and I'm just kind of working my way out of it at this point.

(Hell yes please?!)

I'm also working on my official banner, avatar and business cards. I think it's high time I finally got those put together. ^__^ YAY! I have also decided to start offering prints of my digital paintings in my shop. It's just a matter of saving up to buy a really great printer that'll cost an arm, a leg, my soul and first born child. :P Also...I will be working with a few other Etsy shops for exclusive collaboration pieces. But more on that laterz. So for now, just enjoy some more Johnny shtuff. As I previously mentioned I will be working on rings this week and more orders. I'm still on time with orders that had been placed months in advance but for those who have made requests recently please be patient. I'm trying to get to everyone. ^__^

But just so you don't think I slacked off this week the following is a preview of only two of my new items!! YAY!! I have more of them but I just don't know when I'll get these guys out in my shop. I just want to do a huge posting. Or maybe I'll do a huge posting here in my blog that I did previously from my 2 posts every week and people can just reserve items on a first come, first served basis again. O__o Does that even make sense? I don't know anymore so let me know what you guys think as to the best to work it out. lol Back to work I go. Questions, etc? Let me know. Thanks!!

(Aww: Family Portrait and New Moon Embrace)


PS: And just so no one is left befuddled, I'm okay. Really. lol Life is great. I just need to stop worrying so much. Que sera, sera and all that. And I need to get into the habit of stopping once in a while and smell the roses. ~__^

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

For He's a Jolly Good Fellow!!!

I'm still trying to get caught up with orders! So please be patient with me. I know some people need their items before the end of the month for TwiCon '09 so I'm trying my best to get that done. ^__^ I've had to take on a temp job just for this week so my schedule has gotten even more off balance. O__o Thus, Saturday's update will be delayed until Sunday. I know! I'm sorry! But please just bare with me while I get back on track! ^__^ And plus, patience is a virtue, right? O__o I know, I'm grabbing at strings here. lol For those waiting on rings, I finally got my bases and they will be started on next week. Questions, concerns, need yours earlier, pronto, wanna know how to make bunnies fly? Please don't hesitate in contacting me! Thank you! ^__^

(Annie's Custom: Axl Rose Heart)

But on another note, I've decided to put some designs on "happy retirement." ^__^ This doesn't mean they will no longer be made, these items will just be "upgraded" to newer designs. This goes for Edward Pea Coat, which will now look like the following, Alice in her gray frock (still working on this!), Jasper Baseball and Edward Baseball. For now those are the only ones that are "retiring" to newer versions. (For the newer versions of Jasper and Edward Baseballs click on this blog post) ^__^ I think this will be a great way to keep things fresh and new in my shop and continue learning new techniques. ~__^ If you have any questions regarding this just let me know!! ^__^

Other than that, not much more on my end. Just keeping busy and trying to get things finished. Have been web chatting with Laina which is always fun and full of memories. O__o LOL So if anyone's interested I chat on Yahoo! Messenger and my id is shielouperez. ^__^ I don't talk a lot in real life, I tend to keep to myself, but for someone reason I can't seem to shutup when I'm on the internet. It's kinda like alcohol. False courage. lol Very excited about my new items. One of the things with having your own "business" (and yes, still hate that word) is that your mind is constantly running with ideas. If there was only more time in a day! O__o I know. I'm crazy! Until next time!!


(I love the show So You Think You Can Dance! This was a routine from two weeks ago and they used Eyes on Fire from the Twilight Soundtrack! And the blond chick, Kayla, is from Aurora, CO!! YAY!! lol)

Saturday, July 11, 2009

A Pirate's Life For Me...

So my Johnny Depp tribute became a Jack Sparrow tribute. O__o I've seen several Jack Sparrow charms online and so with my desire to always try to avoid what's been done I wanted to take it a step further. So, we have Jack Sparrow you can wear in 2 different ways; 1) across as though getting toasted by your lovely cleavage or 2) up and down. This piece was inspired by when Jack was captured by the cannibals and was being roasted over the fire. LOL

The other one is of Jack hugging his "Dirt." We all know how much he loves it. lol I ADORE these pieces. Took a bit of time (an entire day and a half -__-) to make but I'm quite happy with them. ^__^ I had a 3rd one where he was sitting on a wooden chest and holding a bottle of rum but low and behold...I had to go and break it like the clumsy idiot I am. -__-

Also, can we say "Awww" for Emmett? I don't make enough Emmetts for my taste so I wanted to make a special piece of him because the boy's a big teddy bear. ^__^ Adorable! Unfortunately, I also decided to keep him. :P

MINE!!! :P

Also, wanted to get people's opinion about possibly expanding the type of products I offer in my shop. I love digital painting and have been working on some new stuff in the past couple of months. I'm not entirely sure what to do with them yet but figured I'd get everyone's opinion. I had this vision of the three Cullen boys as the three wise monkeys so I went ahead and painted Jasper as "See No Evil", Edward as "Hear No Evil", and of course Emmett as both "Speak No Evil" and "Do No Evil.". lol Still working on this particulat piece but let me know what you think!

Wanted to get more done but my Jack Sparrows took more time to create than planned and on top of that, I had a last minute cancelled order yesterday that completely threw my schedule off kilter. I highly doubt anyone is interested in a custom order of a blond chick and two friends? No? -__- Which brings me to say that if for any reason you'd like to cancel an order, please let me know before hand or as soon as possible, especially if it's a custom made item. I promise I wont' be offended. I'd rather know from the start than make something you've asked for and then you decide you don't want it any longer. I'll be working through the weekend to get caught up with my orders.

So, if you were expecting something this Saturday and didn't get it I apologize profusely! I had too much on my plate but I'll make up for it next week! Questions? Concerns? Wanna know when you'll FINALLY get your order? ~__^ Just contact me. ^__^


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Numb Bum

Happy Birthday, Bella! Yes, I finally folded. I can't hold myself back any longer from doing New Moon shtuff. Painting Edward in his Birthday getup was a bit of a sore. I hate painting him all black so I have two different variations of black on him. Unfortunately, you can't tell in the photos. BUT if you look closely, you can definitely see the outlines of his blazer and pants. YAY! lol The cake was another heartache but I'm quite happy with how they turned out no matter how painful it was to put them together, paint them and make tiny flowers for them. Ugh. -__-

More Isle Esme shtuff. This one in particular has Bella holding the seashell up to her ear. Why? Why not? And who hasn't done that? :P

Anyhow, super tired. Will blog more this Saturday so stay tuned for a Johnny Depp Tribute posting and some more New Moon shtuff. ^__^ YAY! Questions, concerns, orders? Please contact me!!


Thursday, July 2, 2009

I'm on Spoiled Society!!

Just a quick blog post to announce that one of my Edward Pea Coats just got featured on Spoiled Society's website! Front Page!!! Soooo cool!! ^__^ I know. I'm a dork. lol


Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Only partly bitten...

And no. They weren't vampires. More like a horde of mosquitoes. :(

So we didn't go camping. Thank you, Baby Jesus. But we did go hiking. Which wasn't as bad BUT it was still quite rough. :P Especially since Chris has recently gotten obsessed about finding edible plants and mushrooms. He bought these two books about naturally grown Rocky Mountain edibles that are safe to eat. I ate the insides of a yellow dandelion and some purple plant that tasted like mint. They were really gross and I spat both out before he could say "It's good!"

Also watched Transformers 2. YAY! FINALLY! Definitely a wild ride but I'm giving it a B-. I just felt like the movie had WAY too many explosions and not enough robots. I mean, Ratchet and Ironhide barely had any airtime! What is up with that? And Arcee? The only female robot in the team and she had ONE line! Lame. And there just wasn't enough BumbleBee for my taste. O__o I wanted to watch the film because of the robots, not for all the flashy military propaganda. I could've handled one less fancy jet fighter for more AutoBots airtime. -__- Just sayin'!

Also wanted to show some love to JR Ward. I just finished reading all 7 books to her Black Dagger Brotherhood series this past month and loved them! I'm not really into Erotic Paranormal Romance. I'm kind of prejudice when it comes to vampire novels because I have VERY high expectations and anything I think is cheesy I automatically stray from. Especially books that have the word "Lover" in the title because all I keep thinking is that it's all going to be about the nookie with no real substance or depth in the pages. But I was really bored and figured I'd give Dark Lover (the first in the series) a try. But after I put that book down I had to get the other and by the time I reached the 3rd installment I was truly hooked.

So if you don't mind a little erotica O__o and are quite open minded (I think you have to be in order to get through the books) then I highly recommend the series. Great stuff. And for those who are already familiar with it, my favorite Brother would have to be Vishous followed closely by Rhage. What can I say? I love V 'cause he's got serious issues and Rhage just 'cause he's hilarious. Although, after reading Lover Avenged, Rehv has come up on my list too. ~__^ It's those damn amethyst eyes. ~__^

(My perfect Vishous *sigh*)

(Amm....yes please? O__o)

Much more to talk about but I'll save those for later. ~ __^ but I do want to let everyone know that there will be no postings this coming Saturday for 4th of July! YAY! So, have a lovely weekend and I hope everyone has a great time and stay safe! ~__^ Love you all!!!