Good Grief

Due to the recent tuition hike at my graduate school and the impending rent hike I will have next year, I have decided to come out of the self imposed (Graduate School related) plushie hiatus I was enduring.

I feel I should start preemptively saving money so I can, you know, eat next year? I’ve contemplated employment but I worry I’ll work too much to get enough time to devote to my studies, and as I am online currently I cannot work for my school, so that’s out.

Time to start breaking out the fabric reserves I have left and rebuild those calluses on my fingers! >_<

Also, anyone catch the season 2 premier of The Walking Dead or been watching American Horror Story? So The Walking Dead is brilliant as always, and if you haven’t watched the first season (or read the comics) then I say shame on you. Ok not really, but I strongly recommend both. No really, the comics are some of the best I’ve read in a while, and the series does not disappoint! Unless of course, you don’t like zombies. It’s on AMC Sundays at 9, which turned out to be nicer than expected because I’m winding my weekend work/insanity around then anyway.

As for American Horror Story, I was completely intrigued by the commercials, and after 2 episodes I am still have no idea what the hell is really going on but it’s fun and I’m enjoying it. I am unsure how long the season is going to be, I suppose it may be roughly 6 episodes like season 1 (and probably season 2) of The Walking Dead. Fun enough, the website has video and a tour of each room in the house with new clues each week about what it going on. I haven’t looked at them yet (stupid grad school, lol) but I’m going to before the new episodes comes on this Wednesday (FX at 10–>also the same channel It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia is on…WIN).

I figure since I’m not doing much socially for Halloween this year, I might as well enjoy the holiday as much as I can through other methods.

Off to go plush, any suggestions?

O RLY?

So I could again apologize for my absence, so I get down to actually writing instead of being annoying. Well ok the annoying bit isn’t going to go away, its kind of who I am.

However, I do have a good reason this time (aside from laziness) because I am (slowly but surely) packing up my apartment to move 6-7 hours away. I am less traumatized by the idea of a move so far from home now, I’m just upset because my mom is upset. Granted I am in my mid-twenties, but she is spoiled by having me around a considerable amount (I live 50 minutes from home) so it’s stressing since I am close to my parents.

Granted it was bound to happen sooner or later. It’ll be ok. With the ridiculous amounts of tech I own I’ll still talk to her all the time, which helps assuage her fears that the hillbillies hiding in the high mountains of West Virginia are going to steal and eat me and she’ll never hear from me again. MY fears of this haven’t lessened but hers have so it’s ok.

Quick bit of business.
When I started this blog I fully intended for it to be a more review and reference style blog with bits of myself and my life tossed in at random, but it seems when work picks up I fall by the wayside with my goal. As a two time college graduate and current grad student, this is clearly bound to happen.
And while I am as much an attention whore as the next blogger, I have no delusions that I am interesting enough on my own for people to just read willy nilly.
So my question is, what would you like to see more of?

Also, IF (a BIIIIIIIIIG If) I can manage to have enough forethought to suggest a topic for my next post would you be interested in submitting suggestions/mini-reviews/insight/etc?

I would definitely be interested in getting some interaction from people out there.

Ok so that business concluded (can you tell I just figured out how to make polls? ^_^) I have a funny (to me) story.
I have part of this blog set aside as a platform for people to access and buy plushies from me. I have a little widgit box to My Etsy Account (currently in vacation mode due to the move so any commissions require you to message me personally right now) on the sidebar so that people can get to it quickly. In my experience, most people don’t like having to actually search for things, so I am ok with making it easier on them. At any rate, I specialize in handmade nerdy plushies. Almost all of the patterns have been made by me, and I try not to sell something that the official license holder is currently making. For example, I have made a companion cube, but I really don’t sell them because Valve makes them as well. I’ve done trades for them, and birthday presents, but I try not to step on toes. I can’t afford the legal recourse.

However, IF the item is not being made, like Brain Slugs, I sell them.

Until now that is.

I received a message through etsy from Fox asking me to cease selling them because Brain Slugs are their intellectual property. I have no qualms with this, they did create Futurama and Brain Slugs, but currently Comedy Central is the one airing the new episodes of Futurama and they make no brain slugs, there fore I am not taking away from their revenue.
They did ask me to remove them from etsy so I did, no harm no foul, I’d rather comply politely than get in trouble.

I’m a student, I make plushies to attempt to make a meager living, not to cause issues with corporations that make more money in one year than I will see in a life time.

That being said, I can still make them all day every day as long as there is no “profit”. Meh. Presents and trades still work.

I want to return to movie/book reviews soon, until then, for fun Summer flicks I recommend Drive Angry (on dvd), Pirates IV (way better than the 2nd and 3rd), or catching up on Supernatural, or even watching the newest BBC Sherlock Holmes which is incidentally AMAZING and I cannot wait for season 2. Or, if you are lucky enough to have HBO, dive in to True Blood, which is stunning and I almost love it more than the books, which is saying something. (I also need to catch up on Doctor Who >_<)

As for books, I continuing last Summer’s reading choices by working my way through all the Christopher Moore novels that I haven’t yet read. He’s hilarious, sarcastic, and ridiculously wonderful enough for Summer reading. Also, I intend to catch up on the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, as well as work through a few of her other series (that woman is a writing machine!)

As for games, Steam has been letting some pretty amazing sales fly in celebration of Summer, seriously amazing deals if you are interested. Also I have been eating up Alice: Madness Returns which has been amazing (a full review is coming of that I assure you). Suffice to say that American McGee and Spicy Horse certainly out did themselves. And, because they are such nice people, they have released the first game, American McGee’s Alice for free if you purchased Madness Returns, and for $9.99 (I believe, it could be cheaper) download if you didn’t, with achievements for both if you are in fact an achievement whore (you may laugh but I live with one and it can become dangerous…lol).

If you survived this ridiculously long post, then I thank you for your continued support and will try to reward you with pretty picture filled posted soon. Potentially of Cirque du Soleil’s Alegría because my Mom and I are going to see it Thursday!! ^_^

What are your summer movies and books? I’m always looking for more! (incidentally if you have a Suncoast near you they are having a crazy movie sale, go before it ends!)

Until next time internet world ^_^

Blerglrglrgl

That is the sound that my brain is making.  Why you ask?  Because I finished several commissions that I had and have spent the past two days trying to contact the people who ordered them to no avail.  Well…some avail.  Etsy decided to get all complex on me and shuffle things about so that I almost had no idea what to do about one person’s order while trying to reserve list another person’s order.  It was all just a bit more ridiculous than it actually needed to be.

I’m close to pulling my hair out now however.  I have an odd honor system about my orders.  I try not to accept money for anything until I have completed the order, and I try to ship the item out as fast as I can one I receive the payment.  I feel like a customer really deserves nothing less, and I am really uncomfortable with taking money for something that does not yet exist.  I understand that is just a twitch of mine.  It just bothers me and since I can operate around it, I do.

However I now have 4 orders ready to ship and only one person has responded and paid me so I can ship out her order tomorrow. >_<  I’m getting twitchy with all these people’s order scattered about on my desk…judging me.
In awesome news, whilst I was frantically corresponding back and forth with the girl whose order went all wonky, I updated some much needed mess.  I added a widget for my

Etsy Shop on to my Tumblr, which was exciting.  I learned (the hard way) that I cannot post a moving widget on my blog, I changed/added/fixed my frickin Gravatar image thingy that had been plaguing me for ages, and then I made a new banner that is considerably less crap-tastic for my etsy.

Voldenae's Plushies

Judge it if you like, it looks much better than the old banner I made and I’m proud of it.  If you are interested in browsing or purchasing anything from my shop, just click the banner or click the link I added to the section with my other websites.  I take commissions for items that might be sold out of my shop, and I also take suggestions and ideas for new things to try to make.

LittleBigPlanet 2

Getting back into the swing of trying to review some things (that aren’t tv shows >_<), I wanted to mention that I have been playing a lot of LittleBigPlanet 2 recently as it just came out last week.  As much as I loved LBP (and oh how I loved it), LBP 2 is so amazing that I feel no need to ever play LBP again. The first one was revolutionary in its own right and was pure amazing.  In the second one, Media Molecule has seriously outdone themselves.  I had no idea how they could possibly improve an already great game, but they seriously upped the ante on this one in a way that not many developers ever manage of their sequels (unless you’re Naughty Dog making Uncharted that is).  LittleBigPlanet 2 is unfiltered awesome.  UNFILTERED!!!!I haven’t finished the story mode yet, I am seriously trying to not rush through it since I sincerely believe that I would if I didn’t control myself.  I have been playing a lot of the community made levels though, and some of those have been quite amazing.  There are people who do not have lives that just build LBP levels and I bless their creative little hearts for it.

In a quick mention, I am currently reading Married With Zombies.
Ok to be fair I am reading a lot of things right now, all of which involve dead things, and that is including my textbooks for class.  Anyway, I am only a third of the way in and I’m finding it pretty enjoyable.

In general I love zombie books.  Mainly because I love zombies, and I love books.  Naturally the two combined should strike my fancy.  This is not always the case, which is just bully on them.  Jesse Petersen is a fun writer though, and that’s what I love about her.  Authors that take themselves too seriously and ruin any fun in reading a book that doesn’t have to be serious are just lame.  That’s right, lame.

I also feel that if you aren’t a good writer then you should be funny.  It’s true, it makes reading something less than stellar entertaining.  Luckily this is not the case with Petersen.  She’s funny without having to be a bad writer, which I find I appreciate.  The emerging genre of RomZomComs (Romantic Zombie Comedy) or ZomRomCom depending on who you are I suppose, is probably one of my favorite genres to read now.  Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with its sequel Dawn of the Dreadfuls did it well too,  this genre is just right up my alley.

By the way, all the links for these books go to Goodreads which is an awesome site where you can track what you’ve read and look up reviews by other readers about books you may be interested in.  It’s also spectacular for helping you find new books if you are looking for something new.  I highly recommend it, it’s free and super fast to sign up.

Have a lovely day/night/whatever time you are reading this, I’m going to go make sure I haven’t forgotten to update anything online while I’m on a roll.  Potential future posts about silly zombie apocalypse advice coming soon?  We’ll see what strikes my fancy.

Plushies

So I know I have been absent like a tard from my own blog.  I need to fix that.

So in further shameless self promotion I wanted to post pictures of plushies I’ve been working on lately that you can commission from me.

The Triboniophorus Tyrannus (middle), the Brain Slugs (updated version in bottom picture) and Brain Slug Beanie are all available by commission.
You can email me at voldenae@hotmail.com to get info or commission one.

xoxoxoxo

Wow Absence

Life has been taking over, so I haven’t been gaming much to review things.  I’ve also not been watching new movies to review.  I haven’t been hooping.  In fact, all I’ve been doing is studying, writing papers, and making plushies.

Lots and Lots of plushies.

These plushies to be exact.  These are Brain Slugs based off of the Futurama Brain Slugs, and the Triboniophorus Tyrannus, based on the Team Fortress 2 unlockable Pyro hat.

I have to blow my own horn here.  I am terribly proud of these.  I could find no pattern for them to make them as cloth plushie instead of as crochet plushies.  Since I couldn’t, I made my own pattern and after a trial run, I had one I liked.
Granted, the pattern has evolved even more, as is evident in this picture.  The Brain Slugs have more squared heads as the T.T. has a rounder head.

All the ones in this picture have been sold.  In response i will be making more, with the rounder head now.

I have been selling them in my Etsy Shop.  I can’t keep them in stock however, they sell too fast.  So if you would like one, just contact me.  You can use my Facebook to get a hold of me.  I’ve been selling them for about $15 with $3 shipping in the U.S. and appropriate shipping internationally.

If you have questions about them, don’t hesitate to ask.  Also since it’s posted, don’t hesitate to add me on fb.

I’ll update with more reviews later when I have time to game again!!

Gifts that mean something

So I have this thing that I love giving people gifts.  It makes them fell special and happy which makes me feel good.  People also tend to remember that sort of thing.  The only thing better than just giving gifts though, is making them, then giving them.

For Christmas I had a few projects lined up.  I made a Owl for my friend Cami.

A plushie doll version of my friend Sami’s OC, Goldbryn.

A cute pink robo-plushie for my boyfriend’s sister, Mika.

A whale for my friend Whaley (this is actually NOT the finished one with eyes and blow-hole)

And I literally just finished making a ladybug for my friend Hunter’s lady, Kimmy.

I’ve made other things, but this was just the Christmas/recent list.

If you’re interested in what else I have made/can make, let me know, of if you would like something made, again, let me know.  Prices aren’t set, so I’m willing to negotiate or accept trades.

Current mini-projects

So I like to make a lot of things by hand..I feel more accomplished that way, it’s cheaper, and people tend to feel excited that you spent the time to actually make them something.

I have a couple projects in the works, one for my biff for her birthday/late christmas present, a ladybug for another biff’s girl, and some cute little owls that I just enjoy making to relax and feel zen.

Another biff (why do I have so many?  ugh)  wants to see if I can make some things to donate to raise money for Haiti, and I would love to, I’m just at a dead loss as of what to make…like, what’s appropriate here?
I’m not sure, and hopefully I can figure something out soon since I don’t think Zombie owls or kitties are going to cut it, lol.

If that gallery didn’t work, then I’ll upload things later in a more detailed post.

love and brains

UP AND RUNNING!!!

Alright so I am fairly well versed with this whole thing now, so updates should be coming fairly soon (once I finish the mountain of class work I have to do).

I’ll be posting about a lot of strange things, so if you have any questions please feel free to contact me about anything.  This is my blog so I am going to speak my mind, however I am also not striving to go out of my way to offend anyone.  If I do, let me know, I’m open to any discussion.
On a similar note, if I post something and you have more/better/correct information on the subject (likely to occur when I start reviewing my favorite games), let me know and I will gladly change what needs to be change.  Or tell you to bugger off because I know what I’m talking about, although the later would only happen on a few occasions.

I will post updates on all my plushie projects here as well.  If you see something you like, let me know.  If the project isn’t already a gift for a friend then I am willing to sell it unless other wise stated.
As always, just ask.

Feel free to add me on any number of the other social sites it is that we all feel the need to be apart of nowadays, I’m a pretty chatty person when I have time.
On this note, I have days where I live at my computer and I have days where I don’t even turn it on, so my responses may come quickly, or take a few days.  If you don’t get a timely response, it isn’t because I hate you.

That’s what the zombie army I’m engineering is for.

P.S.  If any one is awesome at photoshop and happens to be bored, I would be willing to possibly make them a plushie if they made me a background of my very own.

Oh the days

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