Alrighty, I'm ready to open my commissions list back up again now that my kids are back to school!
My plan is to shoot for 4 commissions a month (that is one custom per week). Sometimes I work a bit faster than that so we will see how it goes. I also have some nomads here to work on so I will need to fit those in between some of the commissions.
Please read my basic information and price list before you contact me about a commission. All of this info is in the side bar on the right, which is where you will find my contact email too.
So I ran across another tumblr post about my raffle today (this is what, like the 10th one?!). To be honest I'm so tired of these popping up all over the place. I don't really understand why people have such issues with it. I know that I can't please everyone but it just kills me that these people feel the need to talk bad about me when I have done nothing to deserve it. I can tell you that I am one of the most honest people that you will ever meet. Honest to a point that gets me in trouble in my "real" life too often. My husband says I don't have a filter...maybe that is true, but I don't see what you gain from lying, cheating and ass kissing. So today's lovely post claims that my raffle was a scam because my family just went on a "fancy vacay". Here is what the actual post says"Latest sympathy raffle holder goes on a fancy vacay shortly after selling all their tickets. Talk about a big scam! How do we go about getting our money back?". What really gets to me is that these people that post anonymously don't have a clue as to what they are talking about. I just want to get the facts straight so that I don't have anyone else that donated to my raffle feeling like I scammed them. The "fancy vacay" that we went on was already paid for before my daughter broke her arm. If you want or need proof, I took a photo back on January 21st, 2013 of our Seattle City Passes for the ADAD group. It's on my Flickr. We bought them with Christmas money for our family vacation that we planned around our nephew's graduation over in Tacoma. My daughter broke her arm 2 months later in March. If the trip wouldn't have already been paid for, believe me, we wouldn't and couldn't have gone. In fact we had to cancel our hotel room and stay with my brother in his apartment because we didn't have the money for the hotel. We also tried to plan fun things that didn't cost anything (like going to the ocean). On another note: I also just sent the ENTIRE amount earned from the raffle to the hospital and the ENTIRE amount from Lorraine's Icy sale to the doctor yesterday. And yes, I took photos of the checks in case someone decided to pull this bullshit on me. I hope that all of my friends and the people in the community that supported this cause believe that there was absolutely NO scam with my raffle whatsoever.
YAY!!! The raffle drawing is ALMOST here! We ended up with 279 tickets sold which is about $2625 after PayPal fees were taken out. Thank you again to everyone who participated in this in ANY way!! I am so grateful to all of you for your support.♥ So I've split all the prizes up into their prize packages and will be doing the drawing in the morning (June 1st)!! I will post the winners on here, Facebook, Flickr and ipernity. I will also send emails out to the winners using the emails attached to their PayPal accounts so everyone please keep your eyes out for the announcement! Here are the different prize packages....
Just wanted to let everyone know that there are only 3 more days to purchase raffle tickets!!! May 30th is the last day they will be available. Friday I will be working on organizing prizes and taking photos and then on Saturday, June 1st Ava will draw the winning names. I'm so excited, but this sweet little Sheepie will be missed around here! I hope that whoever wins her will give her as much love as she has brought to me and my family through this community. Thank you again to everyone who has supported us in any way. We appreciate every little thing! ♥
Ava's doctor appointment was awesome! The doctor is very happy with her progress and feels like she is ahead of the game. She no longer has to wear a splint or brace of any kind. She has recovered almost full motion back in her index finger and thumb! She still doesn't have any feeling in them yet but we were told that movement comes back first so she is on the right track. Now we just have to make sure she doesn't burn or cut herself because she can't feel anything. So it's still hard for her to use her right hand and she is primarily still using her left. She still can't straighten her arm at the elbow or bend it far enough to reach her face but with excercise and time she should get that back too. She is one tough cookie if you ask me!
As far as the raffle sales go, it has gone far beyond what I ever expected or imagined! We are now at 223 tickets sold! And more awesome donation prizes just keep coming in! Thank you all again for EVERYTHING!!! I honestly can't believe how many amazing things I have received!
And WOW, Lorraine's Icy girl, Miss Muffin, turned out so adorable! She is still available but Lorraine has to do a new listing for her so I will post the link when I get it. Jenn is still selling her Ava's Arm-y sheep necklaces too! So if you want something cute for your girl to wear go check them out! A HUGE thanks to Lorraine and Jenn for their generous hearts and wanting to donate their proceeds to Ava's Arm-y. ♥
I don't usually discuss this type of thing but since this community has been so supportive and such a large part of Ava's journey I feel like you have the right to know.... So we have been meeting with the hospital's financial advocate to see what we could do to have Ava's hospital bills reduced because there is just no possible way we could come up with the huge amount that they were wanting. And after waiting for a month to hear back from them, we finally got a letter this week. They have decided to reduce the bill in HALF!!! It's still a large amount but way more manageable for us. With what we have saved up and all of the support from the Blythe community we will be able to put a big dent in that bill! :)
Again, I want to thank everyone that has sent emails, messages, donations, bought raffle tickets and just showed me how generous and loving this community can be. Thank you. ♥ On that note, I will leave you with quick photos of all of the raffle prizes that I've received so far! AMAZING!
Miss Muffin is finally ready to find a new home!! She was created by my friend, Lorraine of Maasje Customs. She is the sweetest little Icy girl I've ever seen and we are so lucky to have such a wonderful donation to help with Ava's medical bills.
Here is a little more info about her:
Miss Muffin's eyemech words perfectly, she's got 4 new pairs of brainworm chippies, a simply guava scalp that has been cut into a bob by Lorraine. She's on her original body and is signed by Lorraine. She'll come in a Blythe box and shipper with a stand. She will come in the outfit shown in the photo's (flower print dress with bow, socks and shoes. As well as a hat by Nikola from Nixipixie...not shown, it's currently in transit, will add it here once it arrives).
We have officially sold over 200 tickets now!! Woo hoo!!! And WOW....I can't believe all of the awesome prizes that have been donated by everyone for Ava's Arm-y! I honestly wish that I could enter the raffle myself! LOL!
I am really excited to get the prize packages all sorted out and take photos of everything. I am planning on having everything here the last week of May and getting photos so that you all can see the amazing prizes you can win! There will be a few more days after that to purchase tickets and then I will close ticket sales on May 30th. The drawing will be June 1st and winners will be announced that day.
Look at this sweet face!! My amazing friend, Lorraine of Maasje Customs, has customized this adorable little Icy girl to donate to Ava's Arm-y!!! She is Lorraine's 24th custom and she just melts my heart.
Miss Muffin will not be included in the raffle prizes but some lucky person will be able to take her home and all proceeds will go to help pay Ava's hospital bills.
We are working out the details on how you can win this sweetie and should have more info next week, along with photos of her final outfit and such. Stay tuned for another blog update her!
I am completely at a loss for words to show my appreciation to the Blythe community for all of the amazing donations (raffle items and ticket sales) to help my family thru this difficult time. I can not thank you all enough or tell you how much it means to us.
My husband read my blog postthe other day for the first time and saw all of the items that people have donated for the raffle. Afterwards he told me that he was completely humbled by this community. And that just makes me smile because it proves what an amazing group of people we have!!! AND we have officially gone over the 100 ticket sales mark now too! Thank you, thank you, thank you! ♥
I have gotten so many awesome donation prizes that I only think it's fair to split some of them up and offer not only the first place winner but also 2nd, 3rd and 4th place prizes too. Once I receive all of the items, which are still rolling in from all over the world, I will pick out some great stuff for each winner. Katie (DJ_Pichu on Flickr) has generously donated a beautiful pink Eurotrash helmet that I have decided will go to the second place winner for sure. Of course my little sheep custom will still come with a TON of amazing items that were specially made for her. Here are just a few of her outfits that she will come with.....
As to when the raffle drawing will be held, I am going to shoot for June 1st. I think that will allow enough time for all the donation items to arrive and for me to photograph everything and get it all ready.
Again, thank you all from the bottom of my heart for all of the love and support that you have given to my family and I. If you're curious as to how Ava is doing I did a little updatepost last week. ♥
I have been thinking about my commissions list and have decided that I'm going to finish up my current list and then close it for a while. With everything that is going on with my daughter and with Summer coming up I just think that I need a little break. I will most likely be taking 2 FULL commissions a month, but the full workload of a doll a week that I've been doing steady is starting to take it's toll on me, my family and my neglected house/yard. I will make announcements when I have openings coming up. ♥ I am considering just offering the 2 Full Commissions in my Etsy shop when I have the time to do them.
A Full Commission would include: Lid Art Faceup Lip, Nose and Philtrum Carving Gaze Correction and Boggle 4 Pairs of Handpainted Eyechips Sleep Eyes with Twiggy Rings, Beads and Charms Lashes
*This does not include the doll. You would provide your own doll and be responsible for shipping her to me. You would not have to have all of the above work done but it will still be the same price if you opt not to include something.
I just wanted to give everyone that is following Ava's story an update.
Yesterday we went to her weekly doctor's appointment and she had her cast removed. The above photo shows a little of what her arm looked like. The aqua things are the caps that are on top of the pins that were in her bone. There was a third one on the underside of her arm where the major part of the surgery was. She has two incisions, the one you can see here and a much larger one on the underside.
The pin that was on the underside had lost it's cap when the first splint came off and the doctor didn't want to try and push it back on, fearing that he would hurt her by pushing the pin too. So when her cast was removed yesterday there was quite a bit of dried blood where the pin had been moving and rubbing on the incision...that pin slid out with all the gauze because it was crusted with blood. Thankfully it had healed up a bit and looked okay. The two top pins had to be removed by the doctor with a pair of pliers and a little wiggling and force. We had talked about her possibly having to go under again to get the pins out but she is one tough girl and pushed thru the pain while she was awake.
So cast and pins have been removed now and the incisions are healing well. She had some drainage from where the pins came out so is on antibiotics but should be just fine. She didn't try to move her elbow yet as she is VERY scared to do so. So the doctor has put another splint on it that can be removed for her to bathe. X-rays showed that the bone has healed perfectly and she has a lot of new bone growth now. So that is wonderful news!
There hasn't been any improvement on her damaged nerve yet. The doctor told us yesterday that a nerve regenerates at 1 milimeter a day and she has to regenerate the nerve from her elbow all the way to her fingertips so it is going to take a LONG time. So still no feeling or movement in her index finger and thumb and her wrist wants to move out to the side instead of up and down. So even when she IS able to use that arm and hand she will still have to use her left hand to write, eat and do every day things. She is in high spirits though and is my little trooper!
Next week's appointment we should be getting some physical therapy exercises for her to work on to strengthen up her arm.
Thank you again for all the love and support that everyone has given me, Ava and my family.
This is a special girl that I have created to raise funds for my family to help pay my daughter's medical bills. If you don't know about Ava's story please read my previous post. It started off with a few of my closest dolly friends and I talking about doing a giveaway for one of my customs and has grown into an amazing effort from the Blythe community to help by donating items to be raffled off with her. I can't begin to express how much this has meant to me to have so many people that want to help my family. I can not thank you all enough. Seriously. From the bottom of my heart I am so grateful!
I will be receiving donation items from friends within the next few weeks to be included in the giveaway and will keep the list updated here. As soon as all of the items have arrived I will publicly announce here on my blog, my facebook page and various Blythe forums on how to enter if you haven't already done so. (The store is up and running so if you already know you would like to purchase tickets please feel free to do so now). I have created a "store" above my posts on my blog called Tickets that has one item in it. If you click on the photo of this sweet girl you will see the Counting Sheep tickets for $10 each. You can purchase as many tickets as you would like, there is no limit. Once you are ready to check out it will take you directly to Paypal to send payment. Please DO NOT make any comments in your PayPal invoice about a raffle. I haven't decided on how long I will let the tickets be sold yet...I will have to sit down and figure out the details. But once I close the ticket sales your name will go in a hat for each ticket that you have purchased. I will do a video of Ava drawing the winner from a hat and post that here.
Our 5 year old, Ava, is a super energetic and active girl that loves to dance around, play with her older brother and seems to never stop moving! She enjoys going to school, is really artistic and wants to be a vet when she grows up. Ava broke her elbow playing on a trampoline with her brother. After a trip to the ER, a simple "bone set and day surgery" ended up being an extremely bad break that led to 4 hours in the operating room and a night in the hospital.
She ended up having to get three pins in her arm and has had major nerve damage to her dominant hand. She is not able to move her index finger and thumb and her wrist is also affected and doesn't want to move correctly. We have no idea if this damage will be permanent or not...only time will tell. She has been to the doctor every week since the operation for numerous things including splint removal, casting and x-rays. And we aren't even close to being done. She will have to have more x-rays, cast and pin removal and possibly physical therapy and nerve testing.
Unfortunately homeowner's insurance is not covering the cost of the medical bills and we don't have any medical insurance. So we are looking at a huge sum of money to pay off her hospital and doctor bills, which we can not afford. Right now we have only received the hospital bills, which total about $15,000. We have yet to receive any bills from the actual doctor for the surgery and weekly visits.
Needless to say, the worry of Ava's possible permanent damage is bad enough but the additional stress of how we're going to pay these bills has left us with sleepless nights and too few options. We are hardworking parents that love our kids. We're doing everything we can to find the money to cover these bills but we desperately need help so I will be raffling off one of my custom dolls in order to help.
Hey everyone! I just wanted to give you an update on what is going on with my commissions list. My 5 year old daughter just broke her upper arm last week and had to have surgery on it as it was way worse than we were thinking it was. So she is home with me and being very demanding of my time. My husband was out of town for the week so I was on my own as far as dealing with the doctor/hospital stuff. Needless to say the stress has taken a toll on me and I have come down with a nasty cold. I am trying to fit custom work in when I can but it's proving to be very difficult. We will find out tomorrow at her doctor's appointment when she will be able to go back to school, thus giving me a break to actually get some stuff done. It is her dominant hand sooooo it's a very frustrating time for her and me. Thank you for understanding! I hate making people wait for their girls so I'm sure once I get a handle on everything we'll be back in business and rolling as usual. :)
Hey everyone! I have about 5 openings for commissions right now. If you are interested you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please read my basic information and see price list here on my blog. You can also see the commissions list here any time you want (I keep it updated daily as far as what I'm working on at the moment). Thanks!
I really hate to do this but the postal service has just upped their rates and no matter how much I tried to avoid it I'm going to have to bump my return shipping price up for International packages. I just shipped my first international package out today since the increase and it went up $10. So my return shipping for Int'l packages will now be $50. :( Sorry guys, but there is no way around it.
Hi everyone! I have decided that I will be making a few small changes to my commissions list from now on.
In the past when I have contacted people and they aren't ready or don't respond I have just bumped them down on the list to contact them later. Well after having a few people that have asked me to bump their names MULTIPLE times because they don't want to lose their spots I have decided that I will only bump your name ONCE from now on.
I don't think it's fair to me that I have people on my commissions list that keep putting me off over and over. I rely on the money from custom work to help pay bills and such for my family. When I count on getting paid by someone on my list and they keep putting me off, it totally puts a wrench in my budget. I also think that it's unfair to other people that WANT one of my customs and are ready to send a girl but can't be on the list because I only allow so many spots at a time.
If you aren't ready or don't reply when I contact you because your turn is coming up I will bump you down to the BOTTOM of the list one time. When I contact you the second time, if you're not ready to send a girl or don't reply I will have to take you off the list.
I hope everyone understands that I'm not trying to be a jerk...I just have to do what is best for me. If there is a specific reason for you not being ready and you want to talk about it I will definitely listen and maybe we can work something out as I understand things happen. But I can't go thru contacting people multiple times and getting excuse after excuse.
Also, please don't contact me the day after your girl arrives and ask for progress pics. I usually have a lineup of girls and work in a certain order. Yes, I am known for working fast but I also have a family that comes first, among other things that I am busy with. I'm not working on customs every single day. It is a creative process and believe me, if I am being forced to work on a girl when I'm not in the mood or feeling creative and rushed it will definitely show in my work. I need time to come up with a plan and to do my best work on your girl.
Thank you guys for all your support! I'm looking forward to what this year has in store for my custom work!! Hugs ♥
Just wanted to wish everyone a Happy New Year! Hope your holidays were wonderful. I've had a nice little dolly break over the holidays and am ready to get back to business now. I am working on my first eyelids of the year today and have just received the doll for my first full commission of the year too. YAY! I do have a girl here that will be up for adoption once I have a chance to work on her. She is a Slow Nimes but will have a Skinny Scalp of some sort (hoping for a lime green but we shall see). I will post her here when she's ready to go. :) Cheers to 2013! ♥