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Future plans!

Hi again!

This week I’ll be updating you mostly about what the future looks like for me, especially concerning commissions (but also a little sneak peek about what customs I’ll be making before Christmas!).

First however, customs 243 – 251 (yay!):

#243 is Pichu! I had this one planned for a long time and thought I’d make it from a G3 mouse LPS. I decided to change the body to a ladybug LPS instead though because I thought it would look a lot cuter. I think it turned out adorable! :) He’s for sale in my eBay shop.

PicsArt_1417901921199Custom #244 is Wendy Koopa. It felt great to know that there was only one more Koopaling to make after her! :) I personally think she turned out really cute even though her lips are a bit ridiculous. I think I’ll keep her, my Ludwig von Koopa custom needs a friend!

wendy_donewendy_ludwig_smallCustom #245 might seem random but I had her planned for ages ever since I first bought the G3 Cocker Spaniel I used as a base for her! She was inspired by Presea from one of my favorite games ever, Tales of Symphonia. I say inspired because Presea doesn’t show emotions and this custom looks way too happy to be her :D

IMG_20141207_224119Custom #246, the final Koopaling custom: Morton Koopa Jr. ! So excited to finally be done with this project! For some reason it always feels stressful when there’s a project that isn’t moving forward as you hoped it would. I’m glad the Koopalings are done now :)

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Custom #247, Lumi (original character). She was the custom I made for our custom collaboration’s Winter theme this week :) Her name means snow in Finnish (ironic since there is no snow here at the moment!). I really love my snowflake mold that I got from an Etsy seller so I figured it would be a great idea to use it to make a crown to my snow creature. I’d love to keep her because I really adore the way she looks, it’s just getting awfully crammed in my office so therefore she’s available in my eBay shop :)

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#248 Stitch (from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch). This is one of the first customs I ever made a sketch of because someone on Etsy contacted me about wanting a custom of him. They never got back to me but since I already had a sketch of him I figured why not make him :) He’s also available in my eBay shop ( www.ebay.com/piaslittlecustoms )!

PicsArt_1418161048406Customs #249 & #250, my original Geisha kitty customs! :) I really wanted to make two different Geisha customs, one inspired by the wonderful movie “Memoirs of a geisha” (and Japanese culture in general, I really love traditional Japanese textile patterns!) and another one inspired by a more Western take on what Japanese culture is (Hello Kitty, super kawaii pink girly things etc.). Here are WIP photos of them as well as final shots:

Sketch171145457Initial sketch of my more traditional Geisha. I changed the head of the figure as well as the pattern on the kimono after making this sketch.

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Initial sketch of my over-the-top Kawaii Geisha, I changed the pattern of the kimono while painting the custom.

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WIP of the traditional Geisha kitty. I used a different head for this custom because the figure I intended to use wasn’t available after all. I’m glad I did though, her face suited her a lot better this way! This is what she looked like after two rounds of sculpting. It took me a few hours in total to sculpt her.

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WIP photo of the Kawaii Geisha kitty after one round of sculpting. All the flowers, bows and the bunny in her hair were made from a mold.

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Dramatic sneak peek of custom #249…

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Ta-daaah! Here they are! :) They probably took around 6h to complete in total. Very time-consuming but totally worth it!

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Custom #249, traditional Geisha inspired custom. I love how her kimono turned out and her neck detail is one of my favorite things ever. I also made her a small golden fan (upper picture) from a mold.

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Custom #250, Kawaii Geisha inspired custom. Her hair and kimono have tons of details: Bows, flowers, hearts and even two stuffed bunnies. Unfortunately you can’t see it in the photos but her kimono features the same pattern as the traditional Geisha in a very subtle white on pink instead of black on white. I made a small, pink kawaii fan for her too :)

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I really love these two :) They were worth all the pain of painting the little details! Definitely keeping these, they are priceless to me.

Last (and kind of least), custom #251 is Altaria. I had this one planned for a very long time and finally had the energy to finish him. I won’t say I dislike him (because there’s nothing wrong with him) but after making the Geisha kitties he’s a bit… underwhelming xD

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He might be for sale one day, I don’t know yet!

Those are the customs I’ve managed to make during the past week! Very glad to see I’ve been more productive than last time I wrote a post here :)

Anyways, on to commission info and future plans!

I will not be taking commissions until the 4th of January (or possibly even the 9th, depending on how quickly I get my thesis done). I will have to come up with a new way of taking commissions as I currently have way too many communication channels (Instagram, deviantart, eBay, Etsy, Facebook etc.). This will probably mean I’ll get my own domain and website where I’ll gather all the info you need and where I’ll post updates on my commission status. This also means I probably won’t be taking any more commissions through Instagram or deviantart. We’ll see! I promise you that the new method won’t be hard to understand, it will just help me be more organized :)

Future customs that I will try to make before my Christmas “holiday” (=thesis writing) starts are the following:

Suicune (commission), Houndoom (commission), Clefairy (commission), Mega Audino (commission), Flower Cocker Spaniel (commission), Zigzagoon, Bowser Jr., Seel, Dragon OC, Lil Bub (commission), Superhero OC (for our collab), Bowser, Savvy G3 style, Birdo, Griffin OC and a poodle OC. :)

I will definitely finish the commissions but we’ll see how many of the other ones I manage to make in one and a half weeks!

Also, let’s not forget that I’ll make the winner of my Husky design competition! It was so much fun hosting this contest, there were some amazing designs in the bunch! :) This one was always a standout to me because of its beautiful simplicity and delicate colors, let me present to you Kiako by @mystic_lps!<3

IMG_20141210_200644Cannot wait to show you the finished custom! I really hope the winner will like it once it’s done! ^_^

Anyways, off to get some well-deserved sleep now! See you again next week!<3

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Burnout

Hi there!

My week has been extremely unproductive! I’ve been feeling slightly burnt out because of all the commissions and not being able to move forward with my own projects. Speaking of commissions, I need to get something off my chest.

This week I’ve had some unfortunate incidents with my commissions. I would like to take a moment and remind anyone who wants to commission me that even though you might have a certain idea of what you want, the end result will be my interpretation of your design. If you can’t give me specific instructions on the design, I can’t make the custom you’re envisioning. I’m also the artist after all, and people who commission me must respect the fact that the commission will be my take on the design. It will not always turn out 100% like in the sketch.

Anyways, moving on to this week’s customs:

#233 and #234, Puppy inspired by Great Dane #577 and kitten inspired by Short hair cat #1170. I made these because someone commissioned me to make them a long time ago but I didn’t have the base figures back then. I thought it was a super cute idea to make adult LPS into babies! :) Might even do the opposite at some point (I’ve gotten some adorable baby LPS that you’ll see at the end of the post)!

PicsArt_1416783515682 PicsArt_1416578473329These two cuties are up for sale in my Ebay shop ^_^

Custom #235, Squirtle! Finally got the three G1 starters done :) I love how they turned out, but I still think I’ll sell Bulbasaur anyway. Squirtle and Charmander look adorable together! Just to recap what figures they are made of: Squirtle was made with a seal head and a turtle body, Bulbasaur was made from a G2 hamster and Charmander from a seal head and an opossum body.

PicsArt_1416864365676Custom #236, Kyubey from Madoka Magica. Never seen that anime, but Kyubey seemed to be a very popular character in my anime character voting so I decided to make him after all ^_^

PicsArt_1417113316920Kyubey was made from a G2 cat head and a Pepper Clark body, I think it turned out super cute xD He will be for sale in my Ebay shop on Sunday!

Custom #237 Charmmy Kitty, version 2 (made as a commission).

 

PicsArt_1417113100832Meep! I still prefer the original one though :)

Custom #238, Wood Nymph (OC). This one was a commission but the commissioner didn’t want to buy it after all. She will be for sale in my Ebay shop on Sunday  :)

PicsArt_1417116259170 deerprincess_3 deerprincess_4 deerprincess_2 PicsArt_1417113223194I think she turned out gorgeous! ^_^ The warmer colors make me feel all Christmas-y!

That’s all the customs I’ve made this week unfortunately! I can’t believe how unproductive I’ve been! Here are some WIP photos of upcoming customs, as well as a few random photos from this week:

PicsArt_1416837514704Finishing my last commission tomorrow ^_^ I think she will turn out super pretty and creepy!

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Got into a new collaboration on Instagram! It’s a custom collab with me and six super talented LPS customizers! Next week’s theme is kawaii so I have to make a super adorable custom until then (using the figure in the photo as my base for the custom)!

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I bought a whole bunch of LPS yesterday! The baby LPS are so cute!

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My super cute Ludwig and drunk-looking Roy plushies arrived! They’re so adorable!

Until next week! I hope I get more motivated to customize once I finish my last commission! …though Pokemon ORAS just came out so there is a slight risk I will be even more unproductive next week… :D

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…and more commissions!

Phew. This week has been a really stressful one! I’ve had so many orders to finish that I actually decided to stop taking commissions for a while. I need to get my own projects finished too! Until I finish my 250th custom I won’t take any more orders :)

New customs this week:

Custom #224, Lucario. Someone commissioned me looong ago to make a Lucario LPS custom but they never got back to me about it. I was thrilled that a person on Instagram now asked me to make one for her instead!

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I made him from a purple Musical Note panda (like many of my other customs) :)

#250 Flicker <3 She’s the little sister of my OC, Freckles. I made her for a sweet friend on Instagram who I’m also trading a huge LPS package with! I’m super excited about it ^_^

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Normally I wouldn’t want to make a custom this similar to my OC but since Cece provided me with the base figure and since I appreciate her so much I just couldn’t resist making one for her ^_^

Custom #226, Baby Totoro! Also a commission by one of my favorite Instagrammers! I think he turned out super cute even though Totoro’s proportions are pretty much the exact opposite of this custom (small head and big body)!

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As you can see I’m getting pretty lazy with my watermarks…

Custom #227, Flashy the Bengal kitty! This was yet another commission, but very different since it was the commissioner’s own cat that I got to paint onto the LPS ^_^ I loved painting all the details, I hope she likes how it turned out!

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#228, Orca / Killer whale. Also a commission (see, this is why I need to take a tiny break!) :) So simple yet so cute!<3

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Custom #229 “Yona”, the commissioner’s OC. He has a very exciting design, I had a lot of fun painting all the details! ^_^

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Custom #230, NOT a commission (!) my OC Imp Princess Lilith ^_^

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I love how she turned out and I’m glad I finally got the last one of these weird head swap OCs done :) She’s my favorite one because her design was the most fun to create! I’m now trying to make customs so that at least every tenth custom I make is an OC of mine. Look forward to #240, I promise you it will be adorable (you’ve already seen a sketch of it and you’ll see a WIP photo of her later in this post)!

#231, another commission, it’s an Ice Princess Ferret :) She was fun to make, I got very inspired to try something new with her crown / tiara so instead of sculpting a snowflake on it (which I originally wanted to try), I found snowflake stickers that were just perfect for the purpose! The stickers also seemed to stick to the Kneadatite really well so I’m very happy with the result! I also used tons of glitter on her so that made me happy xD

PicsArt_1416492029838 PicsArt_1416490364160 iceprincess3 iceprincess2 iceprincess4And last but not least, custom #232, a simple Chihuahua LPS repaint (designed by the commissioner). I loved painting her eyes! ^_^

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PicsArt_1416492414312Custom #240, another OC! ^_^

PicsArt_1416492546785Kyubey WIP photo!

PicsArt_1416492656066The remaining three Koopalings (Iggy, Wendy & Morton) are still waiting to be finished >_< Wendy’s lips are looking veeery weird!

Other news this week: I got myself a new computer (that I currently hate due to the insanely annoying Windows 8.1) and a very exciting commission that I can’t wait to finish :)

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! I know mine will be filled with customs, customs and more customs ^_^’

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Commissions, commissions!

Eek, I’ve been really busy lately responding to commission requests and getting the current commissions under way. It’s all very exciting but a tiny bit stressful too ^_^’

I promised a long time ago that I would upload my commission info here too so here is my illustration with a few additional notes:

IMG_20141012_013707This illustration should hopefully be quite self-explanatory :) Other than what it says, it should be noted that I don’t customize rare LPS (such as shorthair cats, Cocker Spaniels, Great Danes, collies and dachshunds) for commissions.

Customs that I managed to make during this week:

#216, Snowflake dog (a commission). Design by the person who commissioned me :)

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#217 Bulbasaur. Made from a LPS G2 hamster. I’m glad I finally got the G1 Pokémon starters customs started ^_^

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Derpy little Bulbasaur<3 Not sure yet if I want to sell him!

#218 Grumpy cat. Made from a repainted Persian cat :) She’s for sale in my Ebay shop!

IMG_20141106_170522Grumpy little LPS!

#219 Chibi Amaterasu from Okami. This little guy was made because Amaterasu came second in my anime character voting :) He’s for sale in my Ebay shop too!

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So kawaii <3

I painted the markings on him so that the brush strokes can be seen. I wanted the overall look to be organic and similar to the style from Okami :)

#220 Mint the Catfish (original character). Project name Karl from the previous posts xD His design changed a lot and he’s a she now! She’s the “accidental” headswap that occurred when I made Charmander from a seal head and opossum body (Mint is made from the opossum head and seal body).

IMG_20141110_005737Not for sale! The head is a bit too tight on the neck so the paint doesn’t want to stick too well :(

#221 Lemmy Koopa! Will be for sale once all the Koopalings are done.

IMG_20141110_231542I’ll have to post better photos of his hair at some point :)

#222 Charmander! This is the headswap that also resulted in the creation of Mint ^_^

IMG_20141112_195027Charmander will not be for sale, he has similar problems to Mint with the neck :( (Plus Charmander is my favorite starter so I’m happy he’s staying with me!)

Last but not least, custom #223, my Rare Sphynx Lion that you saw a sketch of last week! He is not for sale!

PicsArt_1415871203367Meep! So cute!

I loved painting his mane! The character from Zookeeper Battle has a square-shaped mane so I had to freestyle a bit with his design! His eyes are a lot more blue in real life, too bad the photos don’t capture it ^_^’

Other fun stuff: I started using a macro filter on my 50mm lens, I like it though I have to practice  a lot more before anything will look good! Also, I loooove some of the new (?) PicsArt filters!

IMG_20141112_144056My custom #151, Unicorn inspired by the one in the book “The Unicorn and the Sea”

PicsArt_1415869162759I love these baby LPS! So adorable!

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PicsArt_1415869588098My #100th custom Effie Trinket and #210 Moss (my OC) <3

PicsArt_1415869747864This little bubba is still available in my Etsy shop for a few days! I might put him on Ebay soon ^_^

PicsArt_1415870082130Crane Air Dragon (OC), one of my favorite customs!

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Traditional Fire Dragon (OC), love him too ^_^

Not taken with the macro lens filter but cute anyway! Here are my forest creature OC’s together (sorry for the white borders!):

IMG_20141110_232940Also a few sneak peeks for my commissions that I’m trying to get done this week!

PicsArt_1415868935058“Flicker” for Cece! She is my custom Freckles’ sister :) IMG_20141021_140730A sketch of Flicker! So excited to see her and Freckles together ^_^IMG_20141110_002206

Totoro! Made from a G2 panda :)

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Bengal Bon Bon kitty ^_^

These aren’t commissions, but I want to make them one day soon! Can you tell that I’m excited about AlphaSapphire and OmegaRuby? :)

Sketch134104411Mudkip and Treecko are  head swaps. I hope they’ll look cute once I make them xD

Completely random photo to end this week’s post:

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Have a wonderful weekend!

Love, Pia

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Amazing week!

This week has been pretty crazy! Though not because of customs :) Yesterday they (FINALLY!!) announced that Majora’s Mask is coming to the 3DS, can’t tell you how long I’ve been waiting to hear that!<3

Other fun stuff: Probably going to London in April again to watch the world’s best supergroup perform! We’ll see if I get tickets before they are sold out though!

Other other fun stuff: Next year will be crazyamazing! (Yes that’s a real word.) Coming up in 2015: Game of Thrones season 5, new season of Workaholics, new season of Face Off (looooove that show, also have something special in mind to show you just how much I love it!), Majora’s Mask on 3DS, trip to London, numerous trips to Berlin, tons of customs (I’m optimistic!), OUR WEDDING (let’s not forget that one!), our honeymoon (which will be amazing no doubt!) and all sorts of other great stuff. 2015, I love you already!<3

New customs this week:

#208, Roy Koopa! Second one in my Koopalings project :) I made Ludwig first because I always play with him in Mario Kart 8 and Roy after him because my friend/rival Rob always chooses him (might have to send Roy to him as a Christmas pressie because why not) ^_^ They look so cute together! I can’t wait to get all of them done so I can see them together!

ludwig_royThese two will also be battling to the death in Super Smash Bros (if they indeed are playable characters).

Another MK 8 character (though I would never use him, he’s not great to drive with), custom #209 Yoshi! You already saw a WIP photo of him next to Freckles, I made the two of them together when I swapped the heads of a G2 Kangaroo and an Iguana :)

PicsArt_1414700827653He’s a bit funny looking. But very cute!<3

Yoshi is currently for sale in my Ebay shop! ( www.ebay.com/usr/piaslittlecustoms )

Another little original character, custom #210, the shy little Faun Prince Moss<3 I really don’t know if I want to sell him, he just has the cutest little face! As with my Faun Princess, he looks completely different from the sketch I made!

The sketch for my Faun Princess and Prince:

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How they turned out:

PicsArt_1414700906196Little Moss<3 (Yes he is named after my favorite character in the IT-crowd!)

faun2Little Faun Princess (who has been sold to a loving home!)<3

This just goes to show that you should trust your guts when designing creatures rather than stick to your sketch that you might not like anymore :)

Anyways, A month or so ago I had an anime character voting on my Instagram page so I could decide which two anime creatures I would make customs of.

IMG_20141012_1134321 – Amaterasu , 2 – Charmmy Kitty, 3 – Haku, 4 – Kero, 5 – Kyubey, 6 – Happy, 7 – Kuromi, 8 – Kirara, 9 – Teto

The winner of the voting was Charmmy Kitty, so I decided to make her first:

IMG_20141031_172014Super kawaii! She is my custom #211

She’s for sale in my Ebay shop too!

On Saturday I finished another original character, custom #212, a Wood Nymph / Princess of the Forest inspired deer :)

IMG_20141102_224709 pof_3She took forever to make but I think she turned out quite lovely! She’s also up for grabs in my Ebay shop (www.ebay.com/usr/piaslittlecustoms).

On Monday I finished an adorable commission. This custom is based on the commissioner’s cat who had passed away, so it was an absolute honor to get to make a custom of her. The entire thing reminded me of Suzu, which brings back a lot of heartache, but I’m very happy I got to do this custom :’)

IMG_20141103_181058Custom #213, Little Maisy <3

PicsArt_1386875391588My custom of Suzu who unexpectedly passed away in May. I still miss her so much, she was such a sweetheart<3

I know how much losing a pet hurts, so I hope this custom will remind the owner of what a lovely cat Maisy was. I know my custom of Suzu helps me remember her every day :)

Anyways, getting all teary eyed here but have to keep writing…! A few more customs were made this week!

Custom #214, Larry Koopa:

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So cute!IMG_20141104_232836Looking adorable with his brothers (yes, they’re all siblings and Bowser’s children. Very weird.)!

I really love how Larry’s hair turned out! It just goes to show that Green Stuff is the best thing ever to sculpt with! It defies gravity!

And last but not least, another (crazy complicated but amazing) commission:

IMG_20141105_213350Custom #215, a little Unicorn Princess!

I added the horn, the flowers and extra hair to her :) The commissioner loved her so it was definitely worth every second I spent on it ^_^

A few little things I still want to share before I go! People keep asking me how I make the miniatures in the photos I take with my customs. I don’t make them, they have all been bought from various sellers! I’ll share my favorites with you:

camp21Adorable tea set by Etsy seller NattyCollection (www.etsy.com/shop/NattyCollection)

camp20Sneasel and Purrloin really love this sushi set by Etsy seller NattyCollection (www.etsy.com/shop/NattyCollection)

camp31Flowers and champagne by Ebay seller li.felice (www.ebay.com/usr/li.felice)

zoruaumbreonShiny Zorua and Shiny Umbreon are looking cozy with Etsy seller NattyCollection’s (www.etsy.com/shop/NattyCollection) adorable Starbucks cups and Etsy seller SophieToffeeCo’s delicious-looking cupcake (www.etsy.com/shop/SophieToffeeCo)

camp22Jolteon and Pikachu enjoying Etsy seller JessieRaye’s (www.etsy.com/shop/jessieraye) amazing lemonade.

cottoncandy_done2Cotton Candy looking sweet as sugar with Ebay seller fan21_hk’s (www.ebay.com/usr/fan21_hk) miniature macaroons.

halloween_campHalloween might already have come and gone but these miniatures look super cute nonetheless! Pumpkins and jar of candy corn by Etsy seller JessieRaye (www.etsy.com/shop/jessieraye) , other jar of candy bought from Ebay seller fan21_hk (www.ebay.com/usr/fan21_hk).

So there you go! I just love miniatures, they really inspire me to take photos of my LPS customs :)

Another thing I want to address are some of my sculpted parts that have been done using tiny little molds (without them it would have taken forever to get these customs done!):

effie_doneMy 100th custom, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The tiny butterflies were made from a mold that I got from the lovely Etsy seller WhysperFairy (www.etsy.com/shop/WhysperFairy).

IMG_20140929_200954Custom #176, Sakura Earth Dragon featuring Sakura flowers made from a mold by Etsy seller MiniatureSweet (www.etsy.com/shop/MiniatureSweet).

I actually ordered a bunch of new molds today… Can’t wait to get them! I got super inspired just browsing them on Etsy! ^_^

So, just when I thought that I might run out of ideas after 200 customs, I got inspired and created a whole bunch of new ideas!

Here are some sneak peeks for upcoming customs:

Sketch5302258Another OC! Someone might be commissioning me to make this, but in any case I’m making one of them for myself because I totally fell in love with this character ^_^

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“Karl” and “Lilith” should hopefully be done this week :3 I’m especially excited to make Lilith!

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And another Zookeeper character that no one will recognize xD He’s my favorite avatar though so I have to make a custom of him! …

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…And because it’s a matter of pride for me what my Zookeeper rank is and the previous picture didn’t do it any justice, here is one of the highest ranks I’ve reached. Yes I’m very proud of myself, thank you very much.

Alright then! Hope you all have a lovely week and weekend, see you again next Wednesday or Thursday!<3

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Berlin, Berlin…

Hello dear readers!

Last week I posted about my customs ->#198 and was in panic mode to finish my customs #199 & 200. This week I’ll be telling you all about what has happened since, mainly about my birthday trip to Berlin (since it took up most of the week in between) and a little bit about a few new customs. I’ll also let you in on a few secrets about what I have in mind for my next 100 customs! ;)

First off, I’d like to present my super special customs #199 and #200: Zelda and Link (Wind Waker style)!

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I think they turned out super cute! ^_^

I made them both from the same base figure, the musical note panda bear:

meowsticThis is one of my favorite LPS to customize, I’ve used it for my Meowstic customs, Impmon, Renamon and Blaziken as well :)

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Zelda and Link after one layer of sculpting (I added another layer after this).

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Here they are with their horses:

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Zelda and her horse from Ocarina of Time.

Both horses are for sale but my Link and Zelda will stay with me :)

Here is a photo of my 100 first customs and my customs 101-200:

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I can’t believe I’ve made this many already! Most importantly, I’m still not bored with it so I definitely want to keep making more! ^_^

Anyways! On to my birthday trip to Berlin! It was absolutely amazing, as always! My sister, her husband and my fiance had planned an entire day of activities for my birthday and it was brilliant! I had so much fun!

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My birthday started with an amazing breakfast with my fiance at Chipps. We had a proper breakfast with eggs, waffles, coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice and sparkling wine! It was so good! ^_^

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After breakfast, me and my fiance went to Modulor, a crafts shop in Kreuzberg. It’s ridiculous, you can literally find anything that you need for whatever crafty hobby you may have! It was great, though the customer service was a bit snobbish. After that, we were joined by my sister and her hubby and together we went all the way out to Neukölln to visit the cat café (Pee Pee’s Katzencafé). The cats were pretty aloof (as always) but they were cute nonetheless :) I had an amazing raspberry cheesecake and a cup of coffee and it was all very nice!

After stuffing our faces with cake, we went to TeamEscape in Kreuzberg. The concept is that you have one hour in a room full of riddles and hidden clues and if you successfully solve the mystery within the hour you get to escape. Not going to spoil the details of what we did there, but I can tell you it was great fun! :) We managed to escape within the hour so it was definitely a success!

After solving the mystery we took a well-deserved relaxing pause in a wonderful new bar in Potsdamer Platz. It is called Fragrances Bar and the concept is that you choose your drink after smelling the perfumes that the drinks are based on. It was a very interesting experience! The service was lovely (they even brought me a little birthday cake!<3) and the drinks were served with some very interesting props!

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My drink was served in a very strange little box with fake leaves. It was almost like a work of art!

We moved on to have dinner after the drinks and finished the evening in a bar close to our hotel. It was a very successful birthday indeed! ^_^

Other things we did during the trip included visiting the Gardens of the World. I took so many photos there! Here are my favorites:

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My love ^_^

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Bokeh! I love my lens so much!

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Winter is coming…

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Flowers! Plus my little mascot ^_^

A few other photos from my trip:

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IMG_5284  Inspirational text in our hotel lobby! ^_^

During the last day in Berlin I found a shop where they sold G2 LPS for 1€ each (= really, really cheap!). Since I am 25 years old and FABULOUS, I didn’t care about the people staring and just bought the entire box of blind bags that they had :D One of the perks of being an adult is that you can do whatever you want with your money ;)

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All the LPS I bought :)

Anyways, back to reality and customizing! My new customs have been coming along very slowly since I have had so much correspondence to answer after my trip! I finished my custom #201 yesterday because it was already base coated a long time ago.

Here is #201 – Shiny Zorua:

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Upcoming customs:

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My original character – Alice the Cat-Owl :3

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Yoshi!

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Cocker Spaniel that will be repainted into something pretty :3 (Normally I don’t customize rare figures but it was so badly blemished that I decided it was okay to customize it!)

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Some new head-swaps! Shiny Hawlucha (a commission), Froslass (trying to make it because it will be challenging and I love challenges!) and an accidental Bear-Seal (will be made into an original character) :3

Anyways, that’s it for this week! See you again next Wednesday or Thursday! ^_^

Love,

Pia

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Happy Halloween (customs)!

Haha, of course I failed on the first week already when I decided to post every Wednesday xD Oh well, I’ll try harder next week!

During the past week I’ve been in panic mode to finish my customs up to #200. Today I still have 199&200 to finish and my plane (to Berlin, duh) leaves at 18:40, eeeep! Wish me luck!

The customs I made since last time (including the ones that are horribly bad!):

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Custom #184: Unfezant. Made from a G2 flamingo LPS. Will be for sale when I get back from Berlin.

delcatty_skittyCustoms #116 Delcatty and #186 Skitty. Delcatty stays with me due to her overwhelming cuteness and Skitty will hopefully move to Canada to my favorite Instagram friend :)

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Custom #187, My original character, the Day of the Dead Princess. I made her as a special Halloween custom! She’s so gorgeous! I’m selling her because even if she’s detailed and probably the most well-sculpted thing I’ve ever done, I don’t feel an emotional bond to her like with the customs that I decide to keep. Is that weird? :D If she doesn’t sell I’ll be happy to keep her, but I really want her to find a home where she gets the attention she deserves :)

I was inspired by a gorgeous photo of a young lady wearing Day of the Dead-themed makeup but I can’t seem to find the original source for that photo so I won’t post it :/

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Custom #188 was also a special Halloween-themed  one, inspired by my favorite app in the world: Zookeeper Battle. There was a Zoo Vandal called the Grim Reaper Panda that I thought looked adorable so I decided to make a custom of it’s rare form, the Rare Grim Reaper Panda xD It’s sooo cute! It looks so friendly and innocent but it’s really a bringer of death. Mwahaha! It’s also for sale (though I bet my Zookeeper-obsessed sister would be quite happy to get her hands on it!) :)

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Customs #190 Glameow and #95 Purugly. Almost 100 customs in between these two, can you tell? :) I bought a pink G3 cat because I thought it looked cute and soon realized it would look amazing as a Glameow. I’ve been waiting to make her ever since, and finally I got it done! Neither one is for sale, this Crazy Cat Lady Pokemon trainer needs to have more cat Pokemon in her collection >:3

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Custom #191, Pumpkaboo. Another Halloween custom! …though I’m not sure if this qualifies as a LPS custom since I used a G3 Ladybug head for the body xD He’s so cute though!

Here is a group shot of the first three Halloween customs together:

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I love the little miniatures! They’re so cute and look perfect with my customs!

Anyways, moving along with the customs #192-> 198

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Custom #193, Amaura! It turned out so cute, much cuter than I anticipated! I used a G2 giraffe body and a dragonfly/butterfly head for her. I removed the tail and and the “spots” from the body and sculpted a bit more mass on it to cover the entire body. I also reshaped the mouth of the dragonfly head and sculpted the “ears” on it. The “ears” were a pain in the butt to paint since there is supposed to be a gradient from a cream-colored yellow to a peachy pink on them. First off, the sculpt was pretty rough so it was hard to make the paint look good when it just highlighted the flaws, secondly both the yellow and pink I used are quite “thin” and don’t really want to cover anything even if I had base coated the ears with white. Finally, I used the yellow and pink without diluting them too much, got the gradient done (which was way too dark for Amaura), tried my luck with a thinned-out lighter yellow on the entire “ear” and voila, it almost looks like it’s supposed to!

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Custom #194, Sparky from Frankenweenie. I haven’t seen that movie but when I saw this figure I thought he would be perfect for Sparky! He is also one of my special Halloween customs and is for sale in my Etsy shop. With this custom I noticed that Green Stuff can be very hard to file down so it’s smooth. With the sculpt around the mouth I tried my hardest to file it smooth but instead the green stuff started to peel off! :S Clearly I still need to work on my technique!

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Custom #195, Zero from The Nightmare Before Christmas. ….Hahahahah!!! He is the worst custom I’ve ever made! xD His face has a serious lack of symmetry and he just looks creepy! From this angle he’s almost presentable but I would never share a photo of him from the other side. This all can be blamed on the fact that I used a Zoe Trent figure for him (because I had no idea what to do with it until I got the brilliant idea to destroy it and make Zero), you can see the wonderful WIP photo here, he is the one next to Pumpkaboo on the right:

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Hey, at least I tried! xD And no, he will not be for sale, I have too much self-respect to sell a custom this bad :’D

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Customs #180 Lopmon, #183 Calumon, #185 Terriermon, #189 Guilmon, #192 Renamon and #196 Impmon. Finally got the last of my Digimon customs done! Yay! I love Impmon the most! I remember watching Digimon Season 3 as a kid and hoping to one day own an Impmon toy (I even made one of Play Dough but it got all gooey when I accidentally left it in the sun) and here he is! ^_^

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Custom #197, Smoochum. Made from a G3 Ladybug. She looks very cute from the front but the sculpting on her hair on the backside looks terrible. She will not be for sale for the same reason as Zero.

And last, but definitely not least, I present to you one of my all-time favorite customs I’ve made:

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My baby dragon Freckles (original character)!<3 He is so cute and was born as an accident!

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I was head swapping an iguana head onto a kangaroo body to get a base figure for Yoshi (coming up at some point!) and I thought it would be fun to pair up the remaining head and body. When I saw it I got so inspired that I had to make a sketch immediately:

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And that’s how my little darling dragon was born. He will not be for sale even though many claim that he’s the cutest custom I’ve ever made! Since I made a bit of extra money on a custom I sold on Ebay,  I decided it was okay to keep him all for myself :)

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Other things I did during the past week:

– I got a video camera so I can finally start filming my customizing process! …I also realized I’m terribly awkward talking to the camera but hopefully I’ll get better as I make more videos! ^_^’

– We went to the Carnival of Lights in Helsinki’s amusement park! It was as pretty as always but nothing really new compared to the past years. I was being a weirdo of course as I tried to get good shots of my LPS mascot with the bokeh from the lights xD

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So there we go! Now you know what I’ve been up to during the past week. Today after finishing customs #199 & #200, I’m taking a well-deserved break in my favorite city with my favorite people! I’m also turning 25 tomorrow so there are many reasons to celebrate! ^_^ To be honest, I’m also kind of looking forward to going to some shops there to buy more LPS… hehehe. Being 25 years old doesn’t mean you have to be boring or that you can’t have strange hobbies!

So, farewell for now and see you again next week!

Love,

Pia

 

 

 

 

 

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100 happy things, 11-20

Continuing with part 2/10 of things that make me happy!

11. My Little Pony

Another pretty obvious one since I love customizing them ;) But I also love the retro MLP design, like the one on this t-shirt that I bought today:

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12. Allison Harvard

Yes, the lovely runner-up of two seasons of America’s Next Top Model. She’s just so beautiful and her art is inspiring! I just get really happy every time I have a look at her Tumblr (http://allisonelisabeta.tumblr.com/)! I’ve tried to draw her many times but the images never do her justice : ) Here’s an attempt at it anyway:

PicsArt_1394748618154She’s a million times more beautiful in real life!

13. Berlin

Ehehe, another obvious one. Berlin inspires me to do fashion design and improve my photography skills! It’s my favorite city in the world!

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Both photos are from the Festival of lights, 2012 & 2013.

14. Peanut M&M’s

Just realized again how good they are. Mmmmmm…

15. H&M clothes

Yes, yes, H&M is a cheap brand, but I LOVE some of their clothes! More importantly they frequently have CAT THEMED CLOTHES!! How can I not love them?! Plus they also have cool Star Wars clothes at times:

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16. Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other holidays

I just love them because you can invest as much effort into them as you want! You can have totally cheesy-over-the-top romantic dates on Valentine’s, decorate the house on Christmas and Halloween and hide eggs around the house on Easter. They’re just nice days that give you permission to be a little crazy ^_^

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Last year I went completely over the top with the Christmas stuff. I even made Game of Thrones-themed snowflakes at work to decorate my colleague’s wall!

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Valentine’s Day was spent in Berlin this year. Soo romantic!

17. Face Off

The TV series. I’m OBSESSED with it. I just love seeing the creative process that goes into creating a character/creature design. It’s really fascinating. It’s also a bit similar to customizing because of the sculpting and painting ; ) It really inspires me to put more effort into my customs! Tyler from this season (season 6) also makes me happy, he’s just so positive and talented!

18. Video game music

I think I’ve mentioned this before? I love video game music, especially from old Nintendo games. My favorite right now is Stickerbrush Symphony from Donkey Kong Country 2. It’s soooooo good!

19. Zelda N64 games

Speaking of video games, some of the best music ever comes from The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. The games are also incredible, I have to play them over and over again! They just make me really happy! I also have a few MM-themed customs planned ; )

20. Sushi

Sushi always makes me happy! It reminds me of my sister (we used to have a lot of DIY sushi evenings at her place when she still lived in Finland) and it’s often really good! We actually had sushi one night here in Tokyo and it turned out to be one of the most hysterically funny dinners I’ve experienced in a long time! Yet another good sushi memory!

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Some amazingly good sushi in Amsterdam.

This is fun! Writing about things that make me happy makes me really happy! ^_^