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Alright. Soooo I know I said I would be opening commissions for Christmas... but after a great deal of thought, I have decided to close them until January... *runs from the hate storm* :sprint:

Here is why:
I've been feeling pretty burnt out on commissions. So much so that I have a hard time working on the darn things. It keeps me from even entering the studio some days. I dawdle and procrastinate or find things around the house that must be cleaned RIGHT NOW or some such nonsense. Whereas if I were just going to make whatever I felt like that day, I'd plug away for hours happily! The last 2 years I really didn't get to make any fun Christmas stuff I wanted to make because I had a solid wall of commissions. So really I just want this once to actually make some of the fun Christmas critters rattling around in my head. I had a blast making all the Halloween stuff, but felt incredibly guilty the whole time I was making them because of looming commissions. I busted all those guys out in less than a week because I was having so much FUN! I wanted so badly to make more, but I knew I had to be responsible and get my commissions done. I've just not been very happy making things that aren't my own lately. Of course I put all I have into them, but it takes a lot to work myself up to it it seems. I have to be in the right mood for it. And that is VERY bad for productivity :(

So I apologize to all of you who have been waiting diligently for commissions to open again. I genuinely feel bad, but I really can't tell you how much of a relief it is now that I've made the decision. To have a solid month of just whatever I want to make sounds absolutely heavenly!

Now before you start cursing me, let me tell you my plans for this glorious month of freedom:
The 3 years of Christmas idea backlog will come pouring out in the most awesome way. Mini reindeer and Christmas ponies, scarved dragons and ratties, maybe even some other fun critters might get thrown in the mix. Maybe some penguins and arctic foxes, who knows! And for those of you who wanted something NOT Christmas related, there will be something as well. I have been dying to make more rainbow dragons and ponies, dice dragons, butterfly dragons, and ratty magnets! There are so many things I want to make but haven't given myself the time for. Basically the benefit of no commissions equates to a much much larger inventory in the shop this season, so even more people will have a chance to get something special :D

I know this is kind of a bummer to those of you who have waited so patiently, but I assure you commissions slots will open again when I'm ready. They may be a lot fewer and far between from now on, but they will open again I promise. Right now, I really need some time to let my creativity flow freely :)

 

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jloli Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah! Good choice. Commissions can really take it out of an artist when the stress gets too bad. Can't wait to see what your next burst of creativity makes!
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ToThe-Moon Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Student
You have to let your creativity flow or else it might stop, also considering all the commissions you've taken on I think you should defiantly take a brake from them and such. Although I have to say I hope I get one of your commission slots when you open back up again because I can't wait to get a lovely little dragon or ratty from you. :D
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LadyElfie2000 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Not to mention...doing stuff on your own allows you the opportunity to experiment, try new things, learn new tricks, and get better at what you're doing. So don't feel guilty about it. You're getting something important out of it that will ultimately help you in multiple ways.
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LadyElfie2000 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I say go for it, cuz I love both the stuff you get commissioned, and the stuff you come up with on your own. And keep the creative juices flowing. If that's the christmas wish you want, then go for it.
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AkaiYukiTori Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Student Writer
sighs your art is good it would make it easier is you typed up a yearly plan . like just doing you shop for a few mounts and taking no requests that wound give you time to be creative making a few of everything then you would have time to open again for requests with newer ideas
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GoldenGohan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
Oh yea that's totally fine! Hell if you went on making stuff with a shitty attitude, you might just decide to stop sculpting all together! Not only would that mean no more cool critters, but a bunch of us would feel horrible for burning you out from something you used to love. So by all means, take a break! Do some original stuff! Keep it fun! We'll still be here :D
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Nevah-Ann Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Well that works fine for me! :) I won't have money again until like... March so :) But hey, if you've gotten to the point where it's no fun for you to do them, then it's time to give yourself a chance to recover. You over work yourself and it's no longer fun, and that's bad. :) Take a break. I think you should catch up and take a month off after to yourself. Those mad at you, pooh on them.
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oo0ace0oo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You more than deserve this freedom from commissions. They're more annoying than anything when you have a massive build up.

Go on, take a break and enjoy your works. :)
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KateKMilo Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012   Filmographer
taking time to restore & nurture your personal reserves is important for anyone who is creative! you go, girl =^.^=
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KiusLady Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think taking time off from commissions is a grand plan!
Sure, it's a bummer to those waiting (I'm *kinda* waiting, but seriously for me the wait the better! More monies!!!) ;)
Enjoy yourself and sculpt away to your heart's content! I'm excited to see the awesome Christmas beasties! :)
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luckyninjaXD Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your own creative dragons you make and cant wait to see the mini reindeer!!!! Good luck and have fun! :D
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MREcartoonist Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Remember, you as an artist NEED to do things for yourself. EVERY artist needs this. Commissions are great money wise, but in general you don't exercise your creativity. Creativity is what helps inspire artists, and without inspiration art is dull, has no meaning, and becomes a chore. At that point you may as well give up art altogether. If you find yourself avoiding doing what you love, than there is an issue.

Yeah, I won't lie, I'm looking forward to you opening commissions again so that I can get something. Why? Because I ADORE your work. BUT, you wouldn't have done all those works WITHOUT passion, creativity and inspiration.

Those of us here that truly love what you do, WANT you to continue your art, because the love you put into your sculptures shows, and we all see that love, and we share that love with you. If you start pumping out figures that you hated creating, we are all going to notice and it's going to get us down too. So know that it isn't selfish at all what you are doing. And my goodness, look at all the comments, from your watchers, that are encouraging you to take time off for yourself! So don't feel bad! ;D Okay?

Just enjoy making all that cute Christmas stuff! I'm real excited to see it all when you finish! :love:

Oh and hey! I see you are reading the Hobbit! How are you liking it so far? :)
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SkyfireRoy Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Gee don't over stress yourself. I can't believe I'm saying this, it sounds completely rude but I'm going to have to commission you ASAP when you reopen commissions LOL cause I don't want you to eventually stop doing commissions before I even got the chance :c
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radtastical Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
Sounds like a really good idea! I can't wait to see all the Christmas critters you come up with, I'm sure they'll all be really adorable! And hopefully this time I'll be able to get one before they get all bought up :P
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AprilDHallPhoto Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Photographer
I support your decision 100% and I will stop by your Etsy to see what comes along. Maybe a Christmasy, scarf and bell ferret? O_O One can hope. :D Enjoy your time and I'll keep my eye on you for when commissions open again.
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dragonpixies Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe you should only open commissions a few times a year? You obviously get a lot of them, and sculptures are very tedious, delicate work. Trying to rush through dozens of them in a month is probably bad for you, sweetheart!
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kiprotich Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
If it's not inspired, it's not art. I want a commission, but I want it from an artist. Good for you!
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acrylicdragon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You go with your bad self!!!
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dragonofyang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy sculpting! Hope you have fun!
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geckofeet Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love looking at your sculptures! I'm glad you get some time off, and I can't wait to see what you make :3
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Cosmic-Wallaby Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Looking forward to seeing Christmas critters.
As for you commissions in January, I fear I might be trying to get a memorial piece of my beloved ratty boy who is struggling :(
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Random-Star Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Everyone needs some time to remind themselves why they love what they do. That includes artists! :)
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obsessedwithYJ Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wow. you're lucky to even get commisions. I'm still wishing people would just come to my page and give me inspiration for my next creations. I'm excited to make a christmas dragon, though. It's all sparkly and drinking hot chocolate and covered in christmas lights.
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dittin03 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG if you make a penguin... I might just be forced to get it.
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Anime-Guru1217 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Have fun on your free time! :D
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Katwyn-Lauryl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad your doing this and I totally understand!! I'm looking forward to your Christmas productions!!!
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Collecter128 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Good luck on your Christmas stuff.
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burningroses3233 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I can't wait to see your new ideas!! Love the dragons! wishin you luck
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ani05tersrvip Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
I think that's a great idea! Make whatever you want - I'd be just as happy buying stock from your store as getting stuff commissioned! I look forward to seeing your groove in action!
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Criniti Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't wait to see what you'll do! You mentioned everything but a polar bear! That would be so adorable :iconadorableplz:
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Sky-C Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't commission you anyways since I'm just another penniless teen whose parents won't buy them this kind of stuff :XD: Though I really want to!

Have fun :aww:
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bigkidnow1919 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I can't wait to see what you come up with!
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evikted Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Congratulations on giving yourself a break! I bet your personal stuff will be fantastic :D Looking forward to it!
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I-am-a-mindles-drone Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
works for me! if i commision i'll be willing to wait. but since i'm not right now, have fun!
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marinebiology Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my lord, commissions suck sometimes.
i dont do clay commissions but irl i go to my church and let my friends write down what they want and then i make them. :I they've gone too far lately. lol
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SoriasTail Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think this is a great idea. If you've been going through a lot of stress and need a break for yourself then you should do it ^_^ We can wait a little longer to get commissions from you and I think in the mean time, you should just enjoy yourself.
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PenguinsPlunder Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I think this is a fabulous idea. I have a hard time with commissions myself a lot of the time. I think it's a good idea to sit back, relax and just pour out your creativity on your own terms. You don't want to get to a point where you don't love what you do.

Also - are you watching the T.V. show Reaper? If so, I love that show!!!
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planettop92 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
sounds like a lot of fun haha, can't wait to see them! =)
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tigerlilyv Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
I find that it is a delicate balance to maintain freelancing commissions and keeping your happiness in art with creating your own works alongside the paid items. Its funny, for me, by doing commissions and being limited to what I want to create does frustrate me...but if I wasn't limited at times to doing whatever I wanted...my work would go stagnant. Sometimes having the restraint helps you to appreciate the time you do have to create your own ideas.

However, everyone needs a break once in a while, so I hope you enjoy these next few months of artistic freedom and I look froward to seeing your amazing creations!!! :heart:
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Lookin4therightart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
CAN'T WAIT TO SEE THEM!!!! Love your work!! ALL OF IT! P.S. Red and Green Christmas Dragon oh YES!!!!
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CelebrianoLorien Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student General Artist
I actually quite enjoy your original works...
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Shanyume Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Every year growing up my mother and I would make a reindeer ornament. I very well may need to snatch one up if you do make them since she collects reindeer. However one question are any of your Christmas ones going to be ornaments?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've made a few deers and ponies already and didn't make them with hooks, but from here out I will probably put a loop in everything so they can be one of people so choose. I will probably make more reindeer as ornaments :)
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Shanyume Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh the temptation to get one! I know my mother would absolute love it! We'll see this weekend what my holiday budget is.
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magicmurd3rbag Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Aww you're allowed to take breaks and enjoy your stuff. Worth waiting for, I say.
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WhiteHorseGirl Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012   General Artist
This is very exciting! Go for it, you must have time to do what your creative muse drives you to do. This is what keeps that creative fire burning. I will be checking your shop frequently!
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Meri-chan27 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
...did...did you say PENGUINS????? omg i LOVE penguins!! :D even if you don't get to those, i can't wait to see all the christmas critters!!! :D they're always so adorable!!!
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DejaVuRio Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Good for you! I can't wait to see what you create! Everything sounds so cute!
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AlainaLee Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
It's understandable. I just hope I get to buy one or two! Will they appear randomly in your shop, or will you let us know ahead of time?
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DragonsAndBeasties Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I think I will try posting them here first so people see what is coming before I list them. Or I'll announce that at such and such time I'll be adding things to the shop :)
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