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Updates and Resets

2018 is getting closer and closer to ending, and Lion and I are spending some of the time to reset and refresh. It’s been a little rough the past few months and we know that we need to reboot a few things before it gets too hard to try to.

Rabbit Tales has been, and probably always will be, a multi craft company. I personally have too many hobbies to keep count (“Collecting hobbies is my hobby” and “I’m Pancraftsual” are statements I say constantly on my stream) and Lion has been getting the craft itch the longer we’re married. We see no reason to change that, but we are working on focusing and honing the ideas so we’re not so all over the place.

Currently, I’m working on expanding and explaining Rabbit Tales and the idea of the name and what it really means. The “Tales” part was always meant to be explained better since I consider all my different crafts to be different chapters of me that I can always go and expand on. Although a lot of people catch the play on words and I get a chance to explain this idea, I’ve never really hashed it out past “every craft is a new chapter.” It’s a huge work in progress, but it’s getting a fair bit of head way.

With this explanation expansion, this also means that the business as a whole is getting a huge clean up and work on as well. You have the move the house to reset the foundation. Several projects may be getting scrubbed in the future while new projects will get added to the front view. If you’re not following us on social medias, I would suggest following us soon so you can know as things change.

If you’re interested in getting news first, we also have a Facebook group and a Discord server available now as well.

As we continue on through this process of adjusting, we hope you’ll understand if things are erratic and off the wall as we try to clean, sort, organize, and reset.

Personal Update:

We have a new cat! We’ve chatted about this on Twitter and on personal pages, but we’d like everyone else to know this for a few reasons. First is a warning to cat allergic people: we always strive our best to make sure cat hair is cleared from any commissions, but with two cats, this may be a little harder. Order at your own risk. The second is just as a heads up that we’ve been a little preoccupied with make sure our two cats will get a long. Saffron, our original cat has been a solo cat for so long that he is not happy with a new cat in his territory. The process is slow, exhausting, but progress is getting made.

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This is SnaggleTooth. Lovingly nicknamed, and now named, because every so often his lower tooth would life his upper lip and give him a snaggle tooth look. He was, we thought a stray, but was always so cuddly and friendly to us when we went outside. We’d seen him around our house for over a year and didn’t know much more past that. A few weeks back, we saw a nasty wound on his side and Lion and I knew we couldn’t let him stay outside with a wound like that.

We went to the vet and found out he was chipped! After contacting the chip company, we learned that A- the chip wasn’t updated for 3 years, and B – he was born in 2002! 16 years old!! The chip company left a voicemail for the owners and gave them my contact information.

The next day, the owners actually called us back. Come to find out, he was meant to be an indoor cat, but they have dogs and dog doors so he’s just walk out of the house for days/weeks on end. The couple also had a 1 year old child and “they haven’t been able to give him the care he really needs.” They’re also our next door neighbors. No joke.

Come to find out, they’ve been talking about possibly re-homing him since he’s been getting out so much and all that jazz. So, he’s now ours. He currently has a safe spot in Lion’s office that his all his to enjoy while we slowly introduce the cats and try to make them love each other.

 

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Flights of Fancy – New Necklace Series

 

A lot has been happening at Rabbit Tales. I now have a part time job, I’m preparing to get back to school, and since there’s free time between those two, I have time to stream crafts and work on creating new items.

One of the newest projects? Resin wing necklaces.

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The creation of the wings was streamed on Twitch (which, if you haven’t subscribed, you totally should) and completed over the following week.

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I am now happy to announce all the necklaces are available on Etsy! If you’re interested in a certain color, I am more than happy to take requests! Click on the image of the necklace you want to get sent directly to the Etsy listing.

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Crystal Prep Skirt – Creation and Sales

Information on how to order the skirts and necessary information will be below the image. 

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It is finally time to post the information on how to order your very own Crystal Prep Equestia Girls Skirt!

Up first, let’s talk about the specs:

~The skirt is made with a plaid and solid color, 100% cotton flannel and is machine washable (I do recommend hang drying the skirt, followed by a nice steam ironing to get the pleats to pop back into place)

~Each skirt has been cut, sewn, folded, and adjusted by me. There will be small hiccups in each skirt. However, I will not send anything out I wouldn’t use myself.

~The length of the skirt is roughly 13in with a 2inch waist band. The back has a zipper and hook and eye for easy wear. Skirts up to 45 inches around will be the same price. If your waist/hips are passed that number, there is an extra fee. All information on pricing can be found on the etsy listing (posted below).

~The only measurement needed for the skirt creation is your hips/waist (AKA: where you want to have the skirt sit on you). I will probably add 1/2 inch to that measurement to make sure it’s comfortable. If the skirt does not fit right, you didn’t measure yourself correctly and that’s on you to be honest to yourself and myself as well! I don’t care about your size. I promise. It’s just another number to me that I will forget after I ship out your skirt.

~Turn around time is between 2 to 3 weeks. There is a chance it may be less if I have the fabric pre-created. If you want to know if there is any fabric made ahead of time, you can reach out to me. Please note that I cannot and will not rush an order. I have a life and it doesn’t revolve around making skirts all day and night.

~If you are interested in a longer/short skirt, this will be a custom order and I will have to treat it as such. This means you’ll need to message me with the length you are after. We will continue discussion after that.

~I do not know how long I can order the plaid fabric or if it will be discontinued in the near future! I cannot place holds or reserve an amount for you because you plan to buy it later. If the fabric gets discontinued, there is nothing I can do and I will end orders for the skirt until I find something else to work!! AKA: wait at your own risk!

 

Interesting in ordering a skirt? Click the link here to place your order.

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Cosplay in the Media: Why I don’t care

I’ve been asked by a few friends why I’m not upset about how the media is showing Cosplayers at this time. There is a new show out that focuses on cosplayers and news articles being written by people that have not done in depth research about the hobby. A lot of my friends have been upset about this, up to and including writing their own articles about how cosplay is given the wrong light.

I, personally, have been quiet and have been continuing on in my life like nothing is going on.

My reason? Because I don’t care what the media is saying about my hobby.

This isn’t the first time the media has shown something I do (or live by) in a bad light and this won’t be the last time this happens either.

Instead of standing on a soap box and shaking my finger at the media stating it’s wrong and giving my reasons why it’s wrong, I’d rather just keep going on like it doesn’t matter.

Let me give a past example about when this has happened before and what I did through it all:

I’m LDS (most people know the religion as Mormon), which has gotten a lot of attention by the media for many, many reasons and many, many times. I’m pretty certain that in the future, it will get just as much press coverage for something else. However, instead of standing up stating “the media has it wrong!” or “these are the facts!” I’ve learned to wait for people to ask me about it and get answers that way.

Time and time again, when people learn that I’m LDS, I start to get little questions that tend to end up in a fun, enjoyable, educational discussion about the religion. By the end of these discussions, most people have sat back and said to me “Boy, the media spun it in a completely different way.” Which causes me to laugh, nod and point out “Aren’t you glad you got it from someone that lives that lifestyle instead of just believe the media?”

Cosplay is the exact same way. Of course, cosplay is a hobby, not a religion, but the ideas of how to combat bad media is the same. Instead of standing on a soap box, writing articles and ranting and raving that “we’re not like that!!” I’d rather keep on with my life so when it does come out that I’m a cosplayer, the person has a chance to ask questions without feeling like I’m ranting and raving about the media being wrong.

I have a personal belief that cosplayers need to help one another to grow and progress if this is going to be an enjoyable hobby. The fact that people are expending their energy on writing articles about how the media’s giving us bad coverage instead of writing articles on how to create the best pleats ever, or how to find that perfect shade of wig, makes me a little sad. Since when did we care what “the normies” thought about us and when did it matter what people that haven’t sat down and asked us questions about why we do this think about us?

If we want to prove to the media that they’re wrong; that we have lives outside of cosplay, that we don’t spend our entire lives on this hobby, and that we don’t act how the media is showing them to act, we need to start by ignoring the media and going back to helping others in our hobby and enjoy our hobby that much more.