Hello, it’s my face! I just wanted to give you all a sign of life after my last posts. I am alive and well! For those who didn’t catch the great news on social media, my latest scans say that my kidney lump is STABLE! This is such a huge relief. I was very much preparing for life to go a different way this year, considering my family’s history with this malady. We’ll have to keep an eye on things for the future, but for now, what I have is slow-growing and generally benign. It’s really the best news in my case!
This year has been a challenging and introspective one. I had to simplify my life knowing that treatments might be a possibility, which meant I had to abandon my Kickstarter ambitions this year. Never-the-less, your support here has helped me accomplish quite a lot!
With your support from Patreon this year, we’ve:
- Kept my Etsy ads going through a year with failing social media reach
- Helped me invest in a Canvas lamp for better lighting and for recording video
- Upgrade my copy of Clip Studio Paint from the basic to the EX version for more helpful features
- Launched my exclusive Patreon Merch as a special reward
- Allowed me to purchase a few storage racks to help organize the new studio space
- Helped cover part of my usual expenses, like my website, shop bills, etc.
- Helped me survive a nearly year-long semi-hiatus due to shoulder surgery and rehab AND further medical challenges this year
- Allowed me to go on a REAL vacation outside of the house for the first time in years
(The beginnings of the great studio re-organization!)
Honestly, this Patreon has been such a consistent source of succor for my husband and myself, so thank you once again from the bottom of our hearts!
Featured Posts from This Year
Here were some of my posts moments that I got to share with you all this year:
- Art Fight 2023 Collection [Video + Art Feature]
- Inspiration Trip: Japanese Armor Exhibit
- New Art! Cult of the Lamb
- Unveiling the Birthstone Goddesses 2024 Calendar!
- The Birthstone Goddesses Collection, A Retrospective + Future of the Project?
For now, I’m queuing up the traditional Year in Art Summary for a look back on what I’ve created this year, my favorites and lessons, etc. I also have a few pieces in the pipeline I plan to share in a few errant art posts by the end of the year. Mostly, I’ve been focusing on some frivilous fun pieces to wind down the end of the year with and enjoy this slow project time before I dive into the next big ambitious thing.
Till then, I hope you all enjoy the holidays and the end of the year!