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Sorry about the irregular posting!

March 18th, 2015

Or entirely lack there of.  I’m seriously sorry for my lack of posts in my How-Tos (and also missing my designer of the month).  I’ve been crazy busy working both my part time jobs and trying to prepare for KitsuneKon, which officially starts in 2 days.  I get to start setting up tomorrow night, as I am a vendor <3.  While I’m super excited for the convention, I have also been stressing out big time.

I hope to resume posts next week, starting with a review of KitsuneKon.  I wont say when (only because I’m never good about keeping dates it seems), but it -will- happen!

In the mean time, feel free to follow me at www.facebook.com/CrimsonStarEmporium  and you’ll be able to see what’s been up in between posts :).

Hope to see lots of fun people this weekend!

~Alizarin

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Update: March!

March 5, 2015

Holy crap it is March already (and has been for 4 full days).  Wasn’t it just January like…yesterday?  I swear, as I get older, my perception of time is getting faster and faster.  Which means the 15 days left until KitsuneKon are going to go by really fast and that is kind of scary!

(I am internally crying right now)

There is a LOT a lot to do yet, not only making, but also prep wise before this convention happens.  Originally, goal was to make a few tutus.  I have a feeling that may not happen as much as I’d like it to.  May still goal for some rainbow ones or basic black ones but…..not 100% on that.  At this time, I really feel like “no” is the answer for that one.  Instead, something a little smaller scale and easier to make faster are my armwarmers.  I probably wont get too crazy with them – just some basic ones.  Hopefully.  I don’t even know anymore.

I do know I will have lots of scale earrings, chokers, a scale bra (maybe 2), already pre-made armwarmers that I haven’t sold yet, various other jewelry pre made that hasn’t been sold yet, and a few things mom wants me to sell for her.

Annnnnnnnnd now it’s time to go.  Promptly!  Time’s awasting!

 
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Update: February!

Hello all my lovely ladies and gentlemen!  It’s better late than never, right? (Had planned beginning of the month updates on the first of the month but I think I’ll be more fluid and change it to by the 5th hehe).

To be honest, not to terribly much has happened yet.  January was filled with a lot of stress between both of my part-time jobs, finding work-life balance, and a lot of other stuff.  I have, however, gotten to a point where I may have more structure between the two so I can spend more time making stuff for my shop.  (If you think about it, I technically have 4 jobs.  Two outside part-times, one for my parents and their business, and then my own business x_X No wonder I’m so stressed!).

My eldest brother was also teaching me some fun stuff that I can do with Excel to start trying to use it for inventory management and keeping track of items so when I only have bits of time that I can dedicate to CSE, I’ve been working on those.  In some ways, it’s kind of fun to work with spreadsheets, but on the other hand it can be frustrating because I know I want to do a particular thing, but I just don’t know how to program the functions to do said particular thing.  Thank god for pre-made templates!  (Thank you internet for your lovely search capabilities that I don’t think I could live without like my parents).

Other than inventory management, I’ve also been finally working on some items for KitsuneKon.  I haven’t gotten very far, but I’ve at least started.  I made most of the pattern pieces on Monday and just have to make two more.  Also, one day I’ll have a more legit space than our dinning room/office/craft room/reading room/whatever-we-need-except-actually-eating.

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Any mess you see here is my doing.  I am the terror that usually undoes any sort of cleanliness (I think mom wasted all the organization on my other brother because I’ve got nothing…I can never find anything when it’s put away….)

Goals for February:

  • Make at least two size runs of tutus (sizes S~XL)
  • Work on Sarah’s Death Jester cosplay (one of those situations where I have to do x before I do y before I do z right now though….)
  • Work on inventory management
    • At least get one of the 3 (so far) sheets completed with exact count, when to reorder, etc etc
    • Also complete at least one sheet that details amount of materials used for project
  • Don’t forget to pamper self (whether that means just sleeping in until 9 guilt-free once, or a date with the boyfriend and not do work for a day)
 
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