Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s day everyone! I hope you enjoyed a glass of green beer – I know I did!



Crochet Hook Love~

My favorite crochet hook is Amour by Clover! The soft grip handles are just what I need to pick up my crochet after a long hard day of hand abuse at work.

My second favorite is Soft Grip also by Clover, third is Susan Bates and in forth would be Boye. Funny to think that 12 years ago when I started crocheting I was a staunch Boye user!

I started using other hooks in 2011 when I was crocheting octopi for Youmacon and had a problem with the Boye “C” hook. Something about the casting  kept snagging and tearing my yarn so I switched to a Susan Bates hook for that size. Once I started using it though, I realized how much easier crocheting was with that style of head and switched. When calluses started forming, I bought grips for my crochet hooks – then shelled out for a Clover Soft Grip. Major improvement! But I managed to lose it in the peak of con prep. D’oh! And… I bought my first Amour hook this past November before I had a bad carpal tunnel flare up. Although I don’t have the same issue that I did then, I still need to be kind and show a little amour to my hands.  😉

Amour Crochet Hooks by Clover

Etsy is Awesome!!!

So many unique items to browse and so little money to purchase with! Maybe next month? ;u;

So yeah, I’ve been spending a ludicrous amount of time (and money) on Etsy the past few weeks. In some ways it has benefited me – such as making my items more find-able since I updated my keywords for my “Tako-san”  keychains, have brainstormed on details such as item appearance and packaging with my family and have decided to pay for a sponsored listing for two weeks – soon. I’ve also discovered some of the artists that I have dealt with/followed in the past have Etsy shops! Yay! On the material side, I now have a furin, a yukata, an “obi”, five Japanese language crochet ebooks, 5 sumi-e style prints, four adorable items crafted out of felt (three floppy disks and a taco brooch) and I have an amigurumi narwhal and takochu as well as a print of AJ from Shutterbox still on the way. Totally awesome~!!! *_* However I believe the point of having an Etsy shop was to get my name out there, sell items and …not buy everything I love from everyone else. *sigh*


The Dragon Cover Design – Colored Pencil


A relatively complete cover design. 🙂

I’m really pleased with how this turned out. I had doodled the basic idea of the cover back in 2004 but there was so little drawn (Sadie’s face, hair, neck, shoulders and the dragon) I just drew over the old artwork. The dragon shape is 95% the same as back then but as for my OC* Sadie Collins (who is featured) I had to construct so much of her it’s insane. Back then I couldn’t figure out how to draw what I wanted or what to draw next so I archived it. Although I don’t have plans to complete this story, The Dragon was my very first original manga project without using anyone else’s characters or worlds – something that I couldn’t do before this point – which I believe to be a pivotal point in my drawing. 🙂

Below is some of the artwork over the years including a cover I drew for the binder that was to hold The Dragon artwork back in 2007 (before life drawing). The original Sadie drawn with a pen on notepad, Sadie redrawn in 2007 after taking Life Drawing and the first embodiment of Sadie’s love interest in eight years – Damon Logan. I had only drawn him once in 2004 and lost the paper. Just as well, I’m sure he looked just as wonky and awkward as all my male characters from that time. :p


Artwork Binder Cover 2007

Original Sadie 2004

Sadie 2004


Sadie 2007


Damon 2012