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My Weekend at Anime St. Louis

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I’ve been selling my work at craft shows for over 3 years now(!!!), but last weekend I sold at my first anime convention!

It was the artist alley at Anime Central in 2012 that really got me motivated and thinking about selling my work at shows in the first place. I even chose the name “Creature Type” because I thought it was a cute, quirky name that carried a subtle nerd reference and could easily cross over to selling nerd/fan goods. I love well-designed things that reference a tv show or video game. It’s like an inside-joke between you and other fans, plus it just looks better. :)

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I was a huge anime nerd basically from ages 12-17. My interest in the shows themselves has kind of waned over the years–and my social skills have definitely improved haha–but I still love the wild aesthetics and strong feminine imagery. My friends and I go to Acen every year and let loose like it’s Mardi Gras, but one of my favorite parts is visiting the artist alley. I love buying accessories from artists and handmade vendors that are totally unique! I love that girls there just totally indulge their obsession with all things cute.

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I knew my accessories probably do well because of the cute girly vibes, but I wasn’t sure how people would respond to the fact that my art style isn’t overtly anime or that I don’t sell much fan art. I didn’t want to churn out tons of fan art prints just for one con and then be stuck with them, unable to sell them at future craft shows. Plus cons are way harder to get into than craft shows! You need to watch out for applications sometimes 6 months in advance and know the right person to email. Spots fill up super fast and sometimes they’re first-come-first-serve.

I finally got into Anime STL, which was perfect. A local show was so easy! I had a fantastic time. The crowd was busy all weekend, but never overwhelming so. I met so many adorable people! Nothing warms my heart more than a teen girl’s excited face when they see my table. Everyone was seriously so so nice. I honestly expected more cringe-worthy experiences. Creepy dudes lingering around, tragic nerds telling me about their fan fiction for an hour… hey, I’m a nerd myself and grew up around them–I know my people. But I only met really sweet folks. I had crushes on all the nerd girls and we all cooed over how cute everyone was. :)

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My friends came by on Saturday night, so we got a hotel room and enjoyed the con after hours. It was so fun to have a little Acen pre-party and play games, karaoke, and visit the rave. Seriously, you guys. The Lion King dub step remix gave me life. Anime raves are hilarious and basically my favorite thing.

I ended up having an amazing weekend in terms of sales! Second only to last year’s Strange Folk Festival! It was super encouraging and I’m really looking forward to expanding my biz and doing more cons. I wasn’t even super well prepared or overly-stocked. All of my favorite, quirky things that don’t go over well at craft shows sold out at Anime STL! That was so fun to see. Anime kids get me and my taste. I feel a lot of potential and it’s exciting!

I’m a bit late to get on board for other cons this year–most take place over the summer–but I’m definitely going to try and do more around the midwest in 2016! Do any of you guys go to cons? What are your favorites? xo

New Hair

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Ta-da! I’ve had basically the same hair style for like 6 years now. I have no idea how that happened. I used to switch it up more often in college, but you know how it goes. I feel like every girl goes through a “I want long princess mermaid hair!” phase. My last one just lasted a bit longer than I expected.

I asked the crazy talented Kristen Linares to give me a shorter, light, fluffy cut with a light pink, ombre kind of thing. I tried to go in with a vague idea so Kirsten could just do her magic. I looove the end result! I can stop playing with it! :)

Sandwich the Cat

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She’s made appearances on instagram and on my Christmas cards, but I haven’t formally introduced our newest roommate! Her name is Sandwich and she’s the sweetest cat in the world. :)

Andrew and I were thinking about adopting a cat for a long time now. My dog mostly lives with my retired parents–I’m an only child and they’re obsessed with him. I feel like I’m taking their other child away! We’ve wanted a pet but were unsure what kind of commitment to make. It’s pretty nice to live a life free of the responsibilities of kids or animals, but I definitely feel an emptiness in a pet-free house.

We had a mouse scare in early fall and between that and the loss of each of our family cats back home, we started visiting cat adoption events just to check them out. Sandwich jumped on each of our laps and was so sweet when we first met her. We went back home and kept thinking about her for the next week. We went back to the PetSmart cat adoption room a week later and she was still there! And still sweet as ever, so we took her home!

She’s truly the nicest cat I’ve ever met. Our family cat, Maddy, was the epitome of a grumpy, unsociable cat (although of course I loved her!) and it’s weird having a cat around who wants to follow us around, sleep with us, meows sweetly all the time, and takes the vet like a champ. She’s a 10 year old lady whose previous owner was either too old to take care of her anymore or dumped her. I’m so happy she has a great home now and our only disappointment is that we didn’t get to share her first 10 years.

Nashville Weekend

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I FINALLY drove down to Nashville, Tennessee for a visit last weekend! Nashville is only about 4.5 hours from St. Louis, so it’s a fairly easy drive and I’ve wanted to check out this fun town with a reputation for good music, good people, and a flourishing local food scene.

I was hoping my first visit would be to sell at Porter Flea, but our schedules just don’t seem to be cooperating. I’ve already had plans on the dates for the last three! This summer, though. I feel it. Summer 2015 is my time!

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I headed down on Friday just in time to meet Lauren and Jenna at Pinewood Social for dinner. This was a total dream come true–Lauren and Jenna aren’t just two of my all-time favorite bloggers, but adorable, lovely humans who I want to be BFF with. They were so sweet and hospitable, willing to meet me wherever and even offered me a place to stay. It felt like chatting with old friends over awesome food and drinks. We had a blast and I can’t wait to hang out again!

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For the rest of the weekend, I stayed with Kelsea, my dear friend and former college room mate. She and her boyfriend recently moved to Nashville from Florida and while I was a bit bummed to lose an excuse to fly down to warmer temperatures, Nashville is MUCH closer and a way cooler town, so I’m pretty excited. :) Saturday was her birthday and we went to Localfest, sampled some beer and food trucks, ate hot chicken(duh) and too much birthday cake, and best of all, got to see Jenny Lewis at Marathon Music Works! I’ve loved her and Rilo Kiley for years, but never saw either of them live, so I was completely thrilled. She was amazing and played a fantastic set list.

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It was a perfect weekend. I love taking little road trips across the midwest–is Nashville officially considered the South? Probably. It’s fun to laugh at silly roadside attractions, marvel at the sheer amount of Christian and Country radio stations this country is able to sustain, eat bad road food, learn about local cultural quirks, and visit new friends. xo

10 Questions

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Happy Monday everyone! I don’t often participate in these sorts of things, but Fox & Gypsy recently tagged me for the Liebster award and I thought their questions sounded fun so here I go! :)

1. What are the five things that you always carry in your bag?
My phone, sketchbook, pens, wallet, and keys. I’m boring and try to keep my purse contents minimal because I switch bags so often.

2. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
I like the idea of lots of little inspirations for different aspects of your life rather than one or two giant inspirations–that just sets yourself up for disappointment and puts other people on too-high pedestals. Inspiration is overrated anyway. It’s best to just do your best with little comparison!

I will say that illustration-wise, Kali Ciesemeier always motivates me to work harder and look at the world with different eyes. Fashion-wise, after looking at Keiko Lynn, Blaire Eadie, Nicolette Mason, and Gabi Gregg, I always want to try new things and better represent myself!

3. What’s your hidden talent?
Hmm… most of my talents involve making things so I do the opposite of hiding them! I think I’m good at reading people and being empathetic. I can usually understand both sides to any argument and find it difficult to completely demonize or romanticize any one person.

4. What are you wearing as you type this?
Freckled off-white H&M t-shirt, mint pleated skirt from American Apparel, Moonbeam necklace by Miriam Designs, and two of my most worn items: braided leather belt and Minnetonka moccasins

5. What was the last item you bought?
My answer to this question will always be food related. Haha. Yesterday’s lunch at Fozzie’s! Turkey club with a diet coke and parmesan chips. :)

6. How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging on some platform since I was about 14 years old, but Creature Type is my most consistent attempt. It’s been three years here already! Yikes.

7. As a child, what did you want to be “when you grew up”?
Always some kind of artist. Most notably an animator or art teacher. There was a brief period when I wanted to be an opera singer. Tragically I’m completely tone deaf.

8. What’s going to be your big fall purchase?
Maaayyybe a Kate Spade bag that I’ve had open in a browser window for several days… but it should be a new coat! I’m obsessed with this pleated Tory Burch coat.

9. What’s your biggest fear?
This is a total downer, but because I’m an only child, I constantly worry about the burden of caring for my parents as they get older.

10. What are your hobbies besides blogging?
It’s pretty hard for me to differentiate between work and hobbies these days. I often hear that awful voice in my head that’s notorious for killing creativity: “Why are you doing this if you can’t turn it into a money-making opportunity?” I know, I know… it’s the worst. Do any of you guys who sell artwork, crafts, vintage, or handmade things feel this way when you try to do something just for yourself?

Anyway, as far as hobbies go, I’d like to be better gardener and interior decorator! :)

Up and Away

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Andrew and I leave for Portland, Oregon, bright and early tomorrow morning–a little too early for my liking but whatever! We’ll be hanging out in a beautiful condo in the Pearl District, exploring the city and eating our way through for a whole week! Not to mention getting to see one of my old college roomates get hitched. I am psyched. :)

I did a little blog refresh over the weekend. I love using WordPress, but am never happy working on layouts/themes. The WP coding is too complicated for my poor little brain and I can never seem to find the right theme for me. Whenever I go to mess with the CCS, I always seem to break something else. :/ I like the way this one looks for now, but it’s awful on mobile. Sigh.

If anyone has some Portland favorites–food, shopping, whatever–please share! xo

St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards 2014: Nominations Are Open!

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Nominate Creature Type in the 2014 STL Fashion Blogger Awards!

Alive Magazine adds some extra fun to Fashion Week by organizing the St. Louis Fashion Blog Awards! I was lucky enough to be nominated in a couple categories last year and had such a blast at the Fashion Week kick-off party where they announced the winners. I’m just as excited for this year to catch up with my blogging buddies and meet all the newbies I haven’t hung out with yet. You know we all love any excuse to dress up. ;)

The official website for Fashion Week launched last week and you can check out the bloggers page here. Visit all the awesome fashion bloggers of STL and nominate your favorites!

Meet the STL Craft Mafia

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During our last St. Louis Craft Mafia meeting–my first as an official member!–Michelle of Green Wall Studio stopped by to take some classy mug shots for us and they turned out a-ma-zing. Can you tell the mafia has been obsessed with Orange is the New Black? We met at Mad Art Gallery, which is located in an old police station. We got all up in that vintage jail cell!

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We came up with “prison names”… haha, I’m so bad at coming up with witty names! I’ll stick to drawing.

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We did some small group shots–these are the illustrator/photographer folks! Left to right, skipping me (obviously):
Mary of Unicorgi | Evil Little Girls | Jane of Jane Linders Photography | Jeffrey of Handmade Family

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Elizabeth of Just Liv

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April of Riley Construction

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Courtney of My Vintage Addiction

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Courtney of My Vintage Addiction | Stephanie of Ruby Francis Rags | Holly of South City Studio

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Renee of Strung Out and Wired (with bad ass tattoos by yours truly ;))

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Lauren and Renee of Strung Out and Wired | Kara of Irie’ Elements | Shelah of The Foundrie/August Abroad | Melissa of Villa Design

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Melissa of Villa Design

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Cristin of Cristin Rae Knitwear

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Phil of Belle Journee | Kathleen of Buddha Bath and Body | Alecia of Senora Muertos | Beth of Belle Journee | Kayla of Ghost Cat Studios | Amanda of Sprouted Designs

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Not going to try and ID each pretty face here, but shout-outs to all the other members!

 Beqi of Beqi Clothing | Eleanor of Scarlett and Maria | Andrea of Zenbot Design | Mary of Pairabelles | Rachel of Sew Good and Trendy | Suzanne of Suzanne Shenkman Designs | Amy of Stick to Your Knittin’ Kitten

Just a side-note here that ironically just after blogging about how impressed I’ve been with my cycling skills lately, I got into a bike accident on Friday. :( Haha, figures. I’m a mess. It was totally my fault, but I ended up flying over my handlebars and into the street face-first. Not cute. I’ve been laying low and whimpering and hobbling around ever since. I’m okay–just all scratched up and sore. Still ready for my little roadtrip this weekend and looking forward to partying with my favorites girls even more!

Spring 2014.

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Hello, dolls! I hope you’re all doing well on this April finale day. :) I don’t often write wordy, life-centric posts–mostly because I’m not much of a wordsmith and I doubt it would be very interesting, but I thought a little catch-up would be nice. I try to remind myself that my favorite posts from other bloggers are often personal ones where I get to know them better, so although I might not personally think my day-to-day is very thrilling, I don’t want to seem aloof and distant either.

Life is good lately, y’all. After that awful, never-ending winter, I’m really trying to make a conscious effort to stop and smell the roses–literally–and appreciate every second of springtime. I’m trying to teach myself to be a gardener this year. Now that we’re homeowners with a lovely little yard, I want to make sure I take good care of it and continue planting some green, leafy goodness. I’m trying to grow sunflowers to line up along our back fence. Everyday I glance nervously at the pots in our sunroom, hoping to see some successful seedlings. I’m thinking about getting a butterfly bush or two for the backyard, too. Wish me luck!

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Besides digging in the dirt, I’ve been going on walks and riding my bike as often as possible. I’m so so happy to be living in a neighborhood where I can really enjoy those kinds of things. I wanted to love downtown living, but St. Louis’s downtown can be a bit of a ghost town. Our new ‘hood still feels urban and close to the action, but cozy and just far enough off the beaten path. I love it. :)

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April 27 was my 27th birthday(!!!!) so last weekend was full of celebrations. One of my biggest insecurities is worrying that secretly no one really likes me very much, so planning birthday celebrations for myself always makes me nervous. I don’t want tons of attention or a big blow-out or anything, but I’m always afraid I’ll end up sad and alone on my birthday. Haha, it’s very silly because I have such wonderful friends and family who always pull through. :)

Friday was full of fashion week fun and on Saturday I had a night out with some of my favorite ladies! Sammie and I started the night with a stroll to our neighborhood Mexican restaurant for margs and tacos(Yes, we have a neighborhood Mexican restaurant within walking distance. If you live in the midwest, you know how rare and fantastic that is!) We met some other friends in The Grove for delicious, tropical drinks at STL’s new(ish) tiki bar, then went to Attitudes for more drinking and dancing! As a side note–I didn’t start drinking OR dancing until I was around 23 years old and I’m so happy that I’ve learned to let go and enjoy myself more! I was never morally against either of those things, just terrified to show that much vulnerably in public or even with my close friends. I’m sure it sounds silly to a lot of people who partied hard when they were much younger, but it really makes me proud of myself that I can be more confident and comfortable with myself now and just have so much FUN.

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On my actual birthday, Andrew and I slept in, got brunch at one of my favorite places, and went to the zoo. The STL Zoo is free, so it really feels like a beautiful park that just has the bonus of awesome animals everywhere. It’s one of my very favorite places, so walking around in 70 degree weather with a big ice cream cone was heaven! When we got back home, Andrew surprised me with Frozen and pizza! Best day ever, right?! I hadn’t seen Frozen yet–I know, who the heck even am I?–but we really enjoyed it! I love Idina Menzel and angsty, bad-ass fictional ladies, so I adored Elsa. I just wish she had more screen time!

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I’m selling at craft shows for the next two weekends and then we head off to Chicago for Acen! I’m beyond thrilled and so ready for the escape! I know my friends are, too, so it will be a truly epic party weekend. ;)

If you’re local, please come visit me at Urban Chestnut this Sunday or next Saturday at Spring Fling! If you’re a vintage enthusiast, you really can’t miss Spring Fling! xo

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Photo an Hour

I’ve never done a Photo an Hour post before, but I always enjoy looking at them on other blogs. That’s the whole fun of reading personal blogs–getting peeks into other people’s day-to-day lives.

I must admit, I get a little pang of resentment towards people who work from home and share like, “9am Made some french toast! 10am Pet my cat! 11am When to Yoga! 12pm Out to lunch! 1pm Walked my dog 2pm Took photos of my dog!” and then they end it with like, “9pm Going to sleep after a long, busy day!” Like… really? My perfect weekend looks like your “work” day. Haha, but I totally get the flip-side–it’s no fun taking 6 photos of your desk at your day job.

Anyway, here’s what my Thursday, January 30 looked like.

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8:30am – I always roll out of bed at the last minute to get ready for work. It’s an awful habit!

9:15am – Got some coffee and sat down at my desk to start going through email–pleasantly surprised to have my conversation heart rings featured in ALIVE Magazine’s St. Louis Weekend Guide email blast! Friday night is their Handmade Happy Hour event and I’m totally stoked!

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10:50am – A still life of my desk. Riveting!

11:30am – I work at a local culinary magazine and businesses are always popping in to share goodies with us–a definite perk of the job! I took a photo of these delicious pastries for our company instagram.

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12:20pm – Andrew’s been thinking about adopting a dog sometime in the next year or two–probably a poodle mix. We texted back and forth for a while with some of our favorite goofy dogs on PetFinder. My favorite to search for are old, fat chihuahuas. This is Bam Bam and his photo with Santa KILLS me.

1:30pm – Since I’m so rushed in the mornings, I always forget to pack lunch. Our office is close to a grocery store, so I usually just head over there, but it’s been so cold lately, I try to avoid leaving until the end of the day. My coworker was a genius and reminded me that Jimmy John’s delivery is a thing. Brilliant.

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2:45pm – Working. Checking out the newest issue of ALIVE.

4:30pm – I usually leave for the day around 4pm. I stopped by an art store on my way home for a few supplies.

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5:15pm – I picked up this old jewelry display at a thrift store recently and I’m really excited to give it a fancy make-over for my craft show table! :) I pulled it out from the basement to clean it and start spray painting since it actually wasn’t too painfully cold outside.

6:30pm – Working on a batch of earrings for Handmade Happy Hour.

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7:45pm – Leadership meeting for the Show Me Etsy Team at one of my favorite restaurants. They specialize in fancy drinks and dessert. I got a raspberry martini and the world’s best bread pudding for dinner. 8)

9:00pm – I brought in my jewelry display from drying on the back porch. I painted it white and added a little Creature Type sign on top. I think I’m going to put sheets on corkboard inside the panels… still not 100% sure.

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10:00pm – Organizing all my prints for Handmade Happy Hour.

11:15pm – Getting some work done at my computer and browsing tumblr while my favorite nerds play games and listen to music.

12am – Bedtime! I was already in bed with the lights off before I remembered to take a photo. Haha, it wasn’t glamorous. No loss. ;)

My life isn’t pretty or interesting enough to do this sort of thing on the regs, but it was fun! If you’re an STL local, you should totally come visit me at Handmade Happy Hour tonight! 5-9pm at the Contemporary Art Museum. :)