Off To A Good Start โœจ๐ŸŒˆ

Hi everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹ It’s a brand new week. I feel like I’ve started it on the right foot –I got up really early today, at 6:00am, and went on my morning walk. I’m starting to feel in the mood to take outfit-of-the-day selfies again it seems…

As part of my morning walk I went grocery shopping. Today’s interesting find was a brand new burrowing owl nesting site. I didn’t get too close, as it’s not allowed to disturb the owls.

I had a nice snack after I got home! I was quite worn out. My bags were very heavy.

After that I worked on my “100 Days Of Warm-Ups” stuff, on housework, and I studied for the citizenship test. Then I went on another walk.

On my second walk I saw a beautiful drop of sap dripping off a tree.

I don’t know why, but I thought it was lovely, like a precious jewel…

I also saw a monarch butterfly. It was massive! But I was unable to take a photo, it was too fast, had things to do and places to be. ๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ’จ

I’m sorry to make today’s post so short. It’s such a busy week and going to get busier, but I’m going to try to post every day (or just about.)

100 Days Of Warm-Ups! โœŠโœ๏ธ

I want to do something a little different to finish paying off my debt (which sits at $3,950) in a reasonable amount of time. To this end, I am going to be offering a flat colored drawing (no background) with black lines, per day, every day, for a hundred days. Yes –really! And yes, I’ve thought this out carefully over the course of a couple of weeks.

So far, every time I believed I could accomplish something, and really believed it, I never failed. This won’t be easy, but I’m feeling confident. I hope you can believe in me too and support me with this project. ๐Ÿ™‡โ€โ™€๏ธ

I’ve taken hours of time and planned this out very thoroughly —PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE JOURNAL! ๐Ÿ™

๐Ÿ“Œ How It’s Going To Work ๐Ÿ“Œ

Each drawing will cost $36.35, which after PayPal takes its cut will leave me with $35 per day, per drawing. I will only do one a day, in the mornings, and I will be getting up earlier in the day to do this.

I may have to turn down characters with markings that are too complicated, but I’ll try not to. Because speed is of the essence, unfortunately I can’t simply charge more and accept complex characters, as this could veer me off track.

You can reserve your slot in advance. Dated slots are sold on a first-come, first serve basis, with the first slot starting on April 6th.

You can reserve multiple slots. But, you need to tell me the details when you book, or it’ll be artistic freedom. I need this to be as streamlined as possible. Please have ALL info/refs ready. ALL OF IT! Please. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฅบ

You can order a slot as a gift, but you must have permission from the other person. Just have them comment on the journal to give permission if I don’t know you well.

On these days, work on slots will be suspended, and the date you are given to receive your drawing will reflect that:

๐Ÿ“… April 20-21 (Citizenship interview)
๐Ÿ“… June 12 (Going to a show)
๐Ÿ“… June 25 – July 5 (New England trip)

There may be things added that may push dates very slightly (such as my oath of allegiance ceremony which still needs to be scheduled.) But, in most cases, you will receive your drawing on your specific assigned day. In case something happens on my end and I need some catch-up time, please allow up to 48 hours for your art to be completed and uploaded.

This will not affect current queue progress. As I mentioned, I am specifically getting up an hour and a half earlier in the mornings for the next hundred or so days, to accomplish this. This is why I need to keep things simple.

For easy tracking, I’m creating a special Trello column in my queue, exclusive to this project, as well as a specific portfolio folder here:

๐Ÿ“Œ Deadline/Accountability ๐Ÿ“Œ

This is a big project, and I want to treat it accordingly, by considering all possibilities.

Naturally I cannot foresee the future, and I could break my arm/get COVID/have a family emergency in the next 100 workdays. Should this happen, I will appreciate your patience and understanding. Even in the case of a big emergency, all slots will be completed in 2021 or refunded before the year is over if a catastrophe should arise.

Please note, I have no fear of this happening nor do I expect it to happen, and I’ve thought this out carefully, which is why I even looked at my calendar to foresee non-working days/trips/etc. Nonetheless, because of the unusual daily deadline and volume of slots, I still want to be able to say to everyone, “This is the date by which you’ll get a refund if something bad happens and you don’t get your art when I promised it”. So that would be, the last day of this year.

๐Ÿ“Œ Rules & Such๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ You can choose the pose and expression, or leave it up to me.
๐ŸŒˆ NO WIPS, NO CHANGES –unless I miss something on your ref sheet.
๐ŸŒˆ Generic stuffed animals are OK for an extra $5. I’m ok with VERY SIMPLE non generic ones such as, you know, Elmo and the like. Feel free to ask, but I will turn down anything too time consuming.
๐ŸŒˆ Outfits can be your choice or artistic freedom. No complex clothing patterns or complex outfits. No kigurumis (these are very time consuming for me).
๐ŸŒˆ Very simple props are okay. Please keep it simple.
๐ŸŒˆ My usual terms apply (link). Wherever there is a conflict, what is mentioned in this journal is what goes, since this project is a little different.

๐Ÿ“Œ I’m Ready! How Do I Get A Slot? ๐Ÿ“Œ

๐ŸŒˆ Read EVERYTHING ABOVE. Write “I got it” on your comment so I know that you did.
๐ŸŒˆ Comment below with ALL necessary information. Outfit references, prop references, everything. Try to keep everything to one comment. If things are artistic freedom, please say so. You can also contact me on Telegram (Squelfland) for slots.
๐ŸŒˆ Be ready to pay via PayPal right away, I will provide you with a link. If you want to pay via Zelle instead, it will just be $35. Just send the Zelle payment AFTER I approve your slot to
๐ŸŒˆ Don’t ask me to change characters/details once you’ve booked, please.
๐ŸŒˆ After you’ve paid, I will give you a Trello link and a due date/place in line.

๐Ÿ“Œ My Goal ๐Ÿ“Œ

I have a hope of having my mom living with us for Christmas of 2022. Itโ€™s a bit far-fetched, but I want to try. For that, I need to pay my debt ASAP โ€“ideally within the next three months, because I have to raise 10k to move my mom in with us. When you get one of these slots, youโ€™ll be helping me accomplish one of the most important goals in my life, especially right now โ€“to look after my mom while she is still here. The pandemic has really made me realize how our family members can be here one day and gone the next, and my mom will soon be pushing 70. I think it’s a goal worth trying for.

Iโ€™m really grateful to all my supporters and commissioners for helping me get there!