Thanks everybody! I hope your all the more excited for the holidays now! I sure am.
We ratioed out the winners by entrants, we had roughly 300 and divied up 1 prize per 150.
I hope my hiding comments after you posted your entries didn't fluster you all too much. It really helped! I saw every entry and every calid entry was featured in the journal at least once!
As you can see there are alot of other hats I wanted to make but my manager made me prioritise!
Remember you can still commission your hat (or a design you like) at anytime!
We are working hard to get our YuGiOh card Database set up on the site. We will price beat! We will beat the price of any in stock, same edition, same rarity advertized card for a single card plus shipping to Canada.
We added a mailing list to our site to help us contact you! So far we only have it set up to let you know when we re-stock a product or make a new stock-item, but it may help. I'm also going to update this journal with newly re-stocked things.
Custom Order Update
Having a staff of 1 artist and 1 manager, we do not have time to make everyones custom items! If you get a response that we are too busy it is not that your design is bad or that we do not want to do it! Please just wait a couple weeks and try again. There is no way possible way to deal with everyone's wants. I appreciate all your efforts!
Stock Items Update
I run out of stock like lightning. I only have the physical capacity of making 30 odd hats a day! Please be patient while I try to restock our site items. I added a "poke" button to our site, that will allow you to "poke" me if we are out of an item that you would like to order and I can try and move it up the re-stocking que.
One of my random acts of kindness backfried on me recently. I tried to promote someones work for free and they decided it was their right to be promoted and not a curtosy.
To keep feelings from getting hurt I'm going to tell the story of what happend in an analogy.
So once upon a time a "bully" took a mythologial creature (lets say for this example a griffon) and coloured it. They made their own griffon deisgn, good for them. Later someone made a (lets say for example) a Fursuit of this coloured griffon. Okay so this thing has gone through 2 irrierations. Later on this fursuit griffon was submitted to somthing that made it public domain. Lets say for example that it had a photo published in a magazine, or somthing that made it widly publically available and viewable. However this magazine has clauses that make their photos legally public use so poeple viewing the magazine can do what they like with the images. (I know choppy example but basically it belongs to whoever buys the image in the magazine now)
A "Client" who owns this magazine, decides they like the griffon fursuit. They like it so much THEY MAKE THEIR OWN VERSION of the griffon. They colour it basically the same but they change the main distinguishing features, the horns and face etc. They made their own griffon. Yay good for them, they did nothing wrong.
The "Client" was so happy with their version of the griffon they brought THEIR OWN MADE IMAGES to me and asked for a hoodie made. I made it and they love it. I like it too and display it.
Later on I try to figure out what the "griffon" is (I was just calling it a "monster" lets say) and someone helped me find the "bullies" griffon. Huzahh! I know what the thing I just spent days designing and making is. I contact the "bully" to promote them as my clients design was similar to theirs and I wanted to show what species of thing I made was. The "bully" gave me permission to include them in my description. The bully is having free advertising from my popular hoodie! They are fully aware that this is a commissionable item. A year passes. My watchers go from 500-8000.
Out of no where the "bully" contacts me, and tells me that I must give them more free advertising for using their griffon or they revoke their permission. They do this in a horrible aggressive way. This is definable extortion When I explain that I actually used a picture my client produced of, my clients version of, a version of their griffon they submitted to somthing that made it for public use, they decide that that their design overrules any future griffons on similar colouring ever made. They also claim to have invented griffons and never heard of other extremly similar with near exact colouring griffons before they made their version.
The "bully" then tries to get all their friends to bandwagon against me. They start spamming my things and make new accounts to get around blocks.
So basically I'm getting abused for trying to help promote this person. My linking to them gave them the idea that it was their right to be linked to and they owned part of my 3d textile design.
First of all, I would never try to pressure anyone into giving me free advertising. I don't care if your buying one of my things, wearing it in a multi-million-dollar cosplay compitition or trying to copy my patterns (you know who you are) How you express yourself using my things is your rights and your business. #1, I would never have the right to tell you what to do with my things, #2, It's morally wrong to try to enforce my opinions on your expressions.
Second, If someone ever drops me a kind word or advertises for me I count that as a frilling blessing. I don't expect it, I certianally would never try to bully you or extort you. I would never try to convince all my watchers and friends to start harassing you if you decided not to advertise for me.
Third, I would never behave aggressive or abusive toward anyone for using public domain things. This situation would be like if I went and harassed everyone that ever made a fox hat, because my fox hat is so special and anyone making fox hats from now on needs to credit me.
This "bully" person is beeing unfair trying to pressure me into giving them money or advertising by revoking the "permission" they gave me.
I'm starting to report any abusive people that just join on the hate wagon without trying to figure out what actually happened. So their will be alot of things hidden on other deviations (as apparently they will just start ripping on any and all of my designs) I apologise.
I know its a decent and kind thing to do to promote others and give people recognition, but this is not somthing I care to extend to someone that behaves abusivly and/or aggressivly.
In the end, if they had contacted me and were like, "I changed my mind and I'm not comfortable with this anymore" like a decent person I would have tried to find ways to make them feel better. But they were super aggressive, trying to use their e-clout to pressure and bully me into getting more out of me. I have known too many hurt people to respond well to internet bullies.
Anyway, thanks for taking the time to read what is going on in my world. I feel very attacked and lonely. If you see any way out of line aggression on my pages please report them.
Anyone that wasn't a watcher last year may not know this, but I have Seasonal Affective Disorder. S.A.D. seriously. From mid-November to january ish I have no enerjy, have wayyyy imbalanced hormones and am generally really really depressed. I take very very few comissions as I can get out of bed only half of the time *dies*. So don't hate me, I hate myself alot the time right now due to S.A.D.
ANYAYS I get really bored really quickly........
I don't like doing remakes of ancient things. I like doing remakes/colorations of my newer things fine enough. Like I'll make unicorn hoodie colorations untill the cows come home. I just plain get bored.
I try to stock old favourites.. But really I'm unoffically letting everyone know that if you want a new custom item you are way more likely to have it made then a remake
"that bully is a total jerk. i'd bring up the fact that griffons are mythical creatures read about in lore, mostly medieval . So HE should give credit to ALL THE AUTHORS that had the idea centuries before him. Proof is in ANY public library or google search the history on griffons.
Oh teh noes. he had his with different coloring. Like that's original.
As much has some people hate it, almost every fursona has been done before.
Blue fox. done. Red griffon. done. green tentacle thing that you insist is NOT cuthulu. done. purple cat. done. orange mouse. freaking done.
(insert color here) (insert animal here) DONE.
little jerk should be grateful you contacted him in the first damn place when the design of the client was only similar, NOT THE SAME therefore NOT his.
add jewelry, rave sticks, random stripes, spots, big eyes, big ears, a tongue thatll wrap around a city block. DONE."