I wanted to put out a few things to those of you checking out the site, specifically dates and such for the upcoming holidays. I've had a few people ask, so I wanted to get everything out now to save on at least some confusion just in case.
Deadline for Halloween orders: October 15th
Deadline for Christmas orders: November 20th
The Halloween date is set in stone. I've got too much going on this month, with Anime Banzai from the 19th to the 21st, a photoshoot on the 6th, a tomahawk for the AC3 release, and a whole separate themed costume to fit in the midst of it all. The Christmas one may fluctuate, depending on how many orders I get. Be aware, the closer it gets to Christmas (and Black Friday - I do have a retail day job) my time fills fast and shipping is less and less reliable to ensure pre-Christmas arrival. Be aware of the above dates! I will have them posted on the Store page, and will update it depending on the influx of orders.
In other news (which I just told you naturally), I have a photoshoot this Saturday! I'm so excited. Remember back during the ME3 release, how I mentioned I was approached by Mike, from Gaming Cuisine, and asked if I'd like to get together for an interview and a photshoot? Well, it's officially set for Saturday. So excited! He wanted to give me time to finish the upgraded suit, so I hope this one really cuts the cake!
One more bit of news is I've entered the suit into Anime Banzai's Cosplay Contest, under the "Beginner's Craftsmanship" category. I've never done anything like this before, and I've certainly not been making this stuff for very long, but I'm super excited! If you're there in Layton at the con, stop by and say hi! I won't be wearing the suit very long (unless I don't get the other costume done), but I'll definitely wear it at the awards! It'll be sweeeeeeet..... ;)
And on that happy note, here I go spoiling the mood. My car has been having some problems, and to top it off it won't start anymore. I'm dead certain it's the battery, which is the most expensive thing it could be at the moment (given the past couple months and the lack of funds I'm being as pessimistic as possible so that if it turns out better I can be happier about it). Problem is, there's a few other things that also need to be fixed, plus inspection and registration, leaving me once again in the red long before I even get my regular paycheck.
So now, friends, I'm asking, if any of you would like to help, I will gladly take your offers, but only in the form of commissions. I won't start a donation drive, and I'm not asking for handouts. Commissions mean I get paid, and get to return to you a proper thanks by way of my own two hands. If anyone has a certain thing you want made, or a prop missing from a perfect costume, please contact me. I am willing to do everything I can to get you a quality piece of work to complete your costume, or a memento of something you love so much you want to hold a piece of it. It's why I started making, and I want to give that back. I need my car running again, though, so think of it as a trade of sorts. :)
Enough of my rambling! Enjoy, and I will post what pics I can of the shoot as soon as I have them! See you at Anime Banzai 2012!!