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I just heard back from BABScom. I had already been turned down for a booth, but told I might still get one. But it's now official, all the vendors have paid for their spots, nobody backed out, and there are no spaces available for me. Barring some last-minute miracle, I won't be going.

As far as other conventions go, just to clear things up, because my last journal apparently confused people, I have been turned down for a booth at Everfree. That is, they have picked their vendors for the year and I am not one of them. I am told I am near the top of their waiting list, and they will be collecting vendor payments at the end of March, so around April 1st I may still be able to get a spot if it turns out some of the folks who were accepted can't pay, but for right now I have to assume that I probably won't get in.

Bronycon has told me that they will be contacting vendors on March 15th, so that's when I'll know if I have a spot there.

So yeah. One definite no, one probably not, and one maybe, right now. Not really great news. For my own sanity, I'm still going to bank on getting in somewhere and keep doing at least a small number of convention plushes, which I'll be selling online if it turns out I don't get in at any cons.

(And no, sharing a booth is not an option. I bring a literal truck load of plushes (well, actually a small SUV, but still.) It takes more room than anybody would be willing to give me.)

However, every cloud does have a silver lining. If I get turned down by Bronycon too, I'm going to suddenly have a TON of commission slots available for this year. Right now I am basically filled up for 2015, and only have 2016 spots left. (And some small project slots for things like beanies and Loonakits and tails.) But hey, I guess for anybody who'd like to commission a giant plush or other large project from me, this might be good news, even if I'm personally not exactly thrilled. :)
BABScon put me on a wait list to get a vending spot earlier this year.

That was... not great.  I need basically two month's lead time to make enough stuff to bring to a convention to sell, but I decided "Hey, I'm doing Everfree and Bronycon too, I can just make the BABScon stuff, and if I don't get to go, I'll bring extra to those conventions!" 

Except guess who just put me on a wait list for a vending spot today?  Everfree.  I don't understand that.  I've vended there the past two years and pretty much sold out.  They talk about how concerned they are with having the things there that the convention goers want to buy, but any way you want to look at it, that is what they just turned down.  Things that convention goers definitely want to buy, because they have bought it for two years running.  I've sold more plushes than anybody there except the Cutie Corral people.  I don't understand their decision at all.  I really don't.

And it pretty much fucks me over.  They've said I might get a spot, but now basically I have to keep working on the BABScon stuff, not knowing if I'll get in there, not knowing if I'll get in at Everfree, AND of course I also still don't know if I'll get in to Bronycon!  If I don't get into all three, I'm basically screwed completely, since all that work will be wasted.  But even missing two out of the three will be pretty bad.

Especially since... I don't know, maybe I shouldn't talk about this.  I try not to mention it, because I depend so heavily on commission work, but I kind of hate commissions.  I make what other people want, not what I want to make, and there is always the fear (justified by quite a few customers over the years) that they're going to hate it, going to be angry that it's not what they wanted, going to not like some stupid little detail, going to do something horrible to it and break it and blame me, or it's not going to fit because they measured it wrong, but they'll blame me, or they'll refuse to pay me (or promise to pay me and just not) or... a million things can go wrong.  (At a convention, they look at it, and if they like it, they buy it, and if they don't, they don't make me go through hell because of it, they just move on.)  It's hugely stressful, and right now it's finally reached a point where getting up in the morning and considering that I have to do commission work that day makes me want to just crawl back into bed.  The stress is actually making me physically ill.  I DO still need commissions, not being able to pay my rent would be even more stressful, so please, please, please do not let this convince you to not commission me, but the breaks I've taken from commission work to make convention plushes have basically been saving my sanity, and if I lose that for an entire year, I'm not sure how I'm going to cope.  I'm really not.  I've tried making stuff and selling it on Etsy instead, but it just sits there.  I've tried putting things up for auction on ebay, but the auctions always end low, and so I can't afford to do that either.  I've tried pushing my webstore, and that's done better than Etsy at least, but it's still just a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money I make at a convention.  I need those funds!  I was even going to try and at-convention auction for the giant Luna I always bring that always sells out too fast for anybody to even see her...  All those plans, all those things I was going to make, all swirling down the drain right now.

I may still get in to all three cons.  I am hoping and praying (literally) that I do.  But there's nothing else I can do at this point but hope that a lot of people who've gotten booths end up bailing out on them so I can get a place, and that Bronycon will actually give me one and not turn me down as well.  I don't even know what I'll do if I don't get in to any of them.
OC pony commission by Bladespark
OC pony commission
This was a GREAT design to work with.  :D  Those fetlocks!  The character isn't a My Little Pony, but the customer got a bit of a discount for letting me re-use my pony plush pattern for this rather than having to make an all-new pattern from scratch.  It came out so fricking adorable!
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Standing Discord plush by Bladespark
Standing Discord plush
This is basically the beanie pattern, modified to stand up.  (Which actually changes everything except the head and neck.  And adds a bunch more pattern pieces, because it needs proper feet, unlike the beanie.)

Still super cute this way too,though!
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I just heard back from BABScom. I had already been turned down for a booth, but told I might still get one. But it's now official, all the vendors have paid for their spots, nobody backed out, and there are no spaces available for me. Barring some last-minute miracle, I won't be going.

As far as other conventions go, just to clear things up, because my last journal apparently confused people, I have been turned down for a booth at Everfree. That is, they have picked their vendors for the year and I am not one of them. I am told I am near the top of their waiting list, and they will be collecting vendor payments at the end of March, so around April 1st I may still be able to get a spot if it turns out some of the folks who were accepted can't pay, but for right now I have to assume that I probably won't get in.

Bronycon has told me that they will be contacting vendors on March 15th, so that's when I'll know if I have a spot there.

So yeah. One definite no, one probably not, and one maybe, right now. Not really great news. For my own sanity, I'm still going to bank on getting in somewhere and keep doing at least a small number of convention plushes, which I'll be selling online if it turns out I don't get in at any cons.

(And no, sharing a booth is not an option. I bring a literal truck load of plushes (well, actually a small SUV, but still.) It takes more room than anybody would be willing to give me.)

However, every cloud does have a silver lining. If I get turned down by Bronycon too, I'm going to suddenly have a TON of commission slots available for this year. Right now I am basically filled up for 2015, and only have 2016 spots left. (And some small project slots for things like beanies and Loonakits and tails.) But hey, I guess for anybody who'd like to commission a giant plush or other large project from me, this might be good news, even if I'm personally not exactly thrilled. :)

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S. Park
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I make fuzzy things. Mostly plushes these days, but also whatever else I happen to feel like trying my hand at. I am always open for commissions, just drop me an e-mail to spark.costumes@gmail.com

You can find more about my work including commissions policies and prices, a larger gallery, and lots of other stuff at my website, www.sparkcostumes.com

If you've commissioned me, you'll find your project listed on my project list here: bladespark.livejournal.com/122…

This is my full time job, not my hobby. So I don't take requests, rarely do trades, don't accept points, don't give away my patterns, etc. I have to pay the rent somehow.

A few more things:

If you say "I want it" I am going to try and sell it to you. :D Selling my stuff is how I make a living. So if you don't want a sales pitch, you might consider using "that's really pretty" as a compliment, rather than "I want".

If you make crude or perverted comments about any of my work, *even* if those comments are about how other people would do perverse things with it, your comments will be removed. I don't want to hear about what you would do, I don't want t hear about how you're the only clean minded one and what everyone *else* would do either. If you're thinking it, *you* are the pervert.

If you make rude comments about my pricing, I'll make snarky replies. See above about this being my full time job. My prices are what they need to be for me to make a (not very good) living at this.

And please don't tell me how I should run my business. I don't need to know what you think I should make, how you think I should price things, or how you think I should do *anything*. Odds are you don't make a full time living making plushes, so you're hardly a qualified expert on how I should go about it. If you think that makes me some kind of snob, I suggest you consider how you felt the last time somebody who didn't know what the hell they were talking about tried to give you advice.

Don't let the above scare you off, I am a very friendly person. I just have a few little pet peeves. :D

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EqDBot Featured By Owner 6 days ago  New member
You were featured 1 time in this Equestria Daily Post www.equestriadaily.com/2015/02…
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Wave-Realm Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Omg, your plushies are so cute ! >3<
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Bladespark Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
:3  Thank you.
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emmy4852 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How much would a 10 inch [Or smaller, whichever works best] plushie of this pony:  prntscr.com/5dujf9 cost?
I really love him, and its always been my dream to get a plushie of him.
Hes SteelHooves from Fallout Equestria.
Thanks for your time
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Bladespark Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
That pony is close to impossible to make as a plush.  I could do a VERY simplified version for $200, but it wouldn't have all that detail.
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emmy4852 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe, yeah. 
 I assumed it would be impossible to do it :3
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JazzyViper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I ask if your plushie commissions are open? And if they are, how much would one cost? 
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Bladespark Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
They're, well... sorta open, but my project list is so huge right now that any but the smallest of new projects will take something like a year to be finished.  I know most people don't want to wait that long.
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JazzyViper Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, alright! 
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