The Time Has Arrived…

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…For a much needed update that is! Yep, I just wanted to pop in and let all my Lovlies know what I’ve been up to and to simultaneously answer the big questions of “Have you even made anything new since Pengula, in 2010?” and/or “Amanda, when are your new creations going to be released to the public?”. So before I go too far, I will just take a minute to answer those questions now. Yes, I have made a couple of new things since Pengula, but most certainly not as many as I would have liked, nor even remotely close to how many are still rattling about inside my head (I bought an Idea Log from Chapters – I’ll post a picture of it later – that I fill with my ideas/designs), that are threatening to stage a mutiny, if I don’t release them soon – they’ve been extraordinarily patient – some have been waiting since 2007, when I first began fiddling with clay, to be created. I know, I’m awful. As for the question of “when will they be released?”, the answer is – hopefully within the next month, or so. It’s hard for me to give a more definitive answer since my Little Miss’s sleep bits have been a bit wobbly lately – her sleep times being my main work time.

Anyhoo, I am currently working on something brand new (WOOT! Finally!), but unfortunately, I can’t give you any sneak-peeks, as I haven’t really had the time to finish the poor thing and I’m still working on how I want Guin’s expression to look. In the end, I may just launch the new edition with varied expressions, or perhaps I’ll put it to a vote and see which one everyone prefers and then release the winner! Who knows? We’ll just have to see – the clay always sorts itself out in the end ;)

Finally, before moving on to other bits, below are the photos of my newest creations, the Penglets, Rinn & Molly! The term “Penglets” actually came from my husband (he’s even the one who came up with “Penguin Kisses”! He’s fantastic with titles and whatnot ;)), who to make me smile one day, asked me if baby penguins were called “penglets”. Once he said it I knew immediately that that would be the name of my PenGuin Kisses line! Rinn was the first Penglet to be created and his name was derived from the client that inspired him, Marinda. Marinda had asked me if I ever tried to make Guin with a yellow, or orangey-yellow beak and feet, which while playing around, trying to come up with a suitable color, just in case she formally requested it, it somehow turned into Rinn. Yep, sometimes that’s all it takes and it wouldn’t have happened had she never asked me such a simple question, so I wanted to honor her by naming the Penglet, Rinn. I know, I know, Marinda’s a girl and Rinn turned out to be a boy, but that’s just how it goes sometimes. “Rinn” just didn’t work when I looked down at Molly, after creating her. Speaking of Molly, (who is actually the first female anything that I’ve ever created), there was no grand reasoning for deciding her name, other than I have simply always loved the name “Molly” and it always makes me think of something adorable – usually a little, cherub-faced girl, with ringlets up high in pigtails (not too many things cuter than that ;)). So there. I think that covers everything in the creation area. Oh, except I would like to mention, Guin will never be created with a different colored beak, or feet. The clay won’t let me ;p I tried, but it just didn’t work. Alright, so without further adieu, here’s the prototypes of Rinn & Molly (I was playing around with the beak colors, so pay no mind to that bit).

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Just a quick note, now that you all have finally seen them (though I did actually post pictures of them on my Facebook Page, when I first created them, but this is the first time on Mompreneurial Musings, so this may be all old news to some), I just wanted to let you all know that in the future, I will be releasing birthstone editions! After that, depending on how well me and flowers work out, I will release another birthstone edition that will have the Penglets holding the birth month’s flower! This is just a tiny speck in the sea of ideas that I have for Rinn & Molly, so stay tuned! These days I think that I may have too many ideas to be created for one life-time ;p Bah! I almost forgot (wow, what a shocker *rolls eyes with a smirk*), Rinn & Molly are half the size of Guin, so they are just a little over an inch tall!

By the by, I did want to mention that no, Guin will never be available with any different colored beak, or feet. I tried, but it just doesn’t work – the clay and my hands just won’t let me ;p! By the by, if anyone is curious about his colorings, Guin’s beak, which is a custom color that I made, is based off of the Rockhopper Penguin (his beak is actually darker now than it once was) and his feet are actually just Fimo Soft #75, but, to me, was essentially the middle ground between the Emperor Penguin and the Gentoo Penguin, though leaning way more towards the Emperor Penguin spectrum. In short, I tend to either naturally, or purposefully (though usually naturally) find a slightly different way of doings things and my work is certainly no exception – especially color choices. I LOVE colors that don’t conventionally match. Here are some photos of the penguin species that I mentioned:

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Well, I’m sorry to say, but this ran a lot longer than anticipated, so I think I will leave the rest of the update for later.

I hope you have a Guintastic night/day, my Lovlies ;)!

Wishing You Sweet Dreams Tonight & A Good Day Tomorrow,

~Amanda~

PS ~ Please don’t bother to ask me why I feel the overwhelming compulsion to capitalize my sign off bits. It’s just a thing that I would immediately change, should I try to write it normally *shrugs* What can I say, I’m “special” ;)

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Part I: A Business Update – Finally!

Well, the technical issues that I am having with the site are on-going *grumples*; however, I would like to mention that currently, the only thing that these issues are effecting is my ability to make new and/or changes to my product listings. On the grim brightside I do not currently have anything new to list, however, this is the reason why the Local Pick-Up order catalogue does not yet perfectly mirror the regular catalogue – we’ll get there *smirks and rolls eyes with a sigh*

On another note, today I have started “phase I” of 4 Guinny Cottontails! Phase I is where I complete the body, including the face, and then “fire” Guin in the oven. Phase II is when I put the bunny suit on Guin and attach his basket of Easter eggs, and then pop him in the oven again. Yep, there you have it; one of my trade secrets! Guinny Cottontail, amongst a few others undergo more than one firing. This is also something that makes some a little more expensive than others, although the work may appear to be about the same – electricity costs money too and certainly adds up when create things as much and as often as I do…or atleast try to ;p Actually, Gasping Guin and Celebratory Guin are the only Guins that do not go into the oven more than once, which is why their cost is lower.

So there’s some more little tidbits about my work for you ;) Stay tuned for another update!

Brightest Blessings,

~Amanda~

PS ~ I will be posting a more elaborate, thorough update on my work very soon, as I know that it appears that I haven’t been doing much of anything lately; but au contraire, mes chéres! It has all mostly been head work (ideas, brainstorming ways to work out kinks in concepts, and blahdyblah), but my invisible work and progress has been keeping me very busy and will make you all very excited, I’m sure, once I get to clay them all out ;) So keep popping by the website for some sneak previews! Greek gods anyone? There. That’s all I’m going to say! And that’s just one of the many, many things that I’ve been working on ;)