I’ve opened requests once again but have a waiting list with very limited spots on it. I don’t want to take on too much again and get overwhelmed with work, it’s far too easy to get burnt out that way. So if you’re interested in a friend send me a convo on Etsy!
There is a new policy in place, however. New requests are required to pay 25% of the price estimate. This is due to abandoned requests. When I had that huge list of requests I would get halfway through (or even complete) a plush only for the requester to change their mind or just cease contact. As you can understand that’s just not fair to other people who are waiting patiently and not to mention a lot of unnecessary work for myself. The deposit fee is to avoid orphan plushies and make the process better for everyone.
I’m starting to flesh out ideas about how to operate The Quaint Cuddlefish more effectively. New policies need to be established, a better process for custom items is a must, and I want to re-open with several plushies ready to go. I especially want to work on my own designs, not just Pokemon. Pokemon will always have a special place in my heart (and my shop) but I absolutely want to bring to life the ideas I’ve been harbouring for so long. I’m also interested in making (more) plushies from Adventure Time.
When my waiting list was huge the shop felt more like a chore than something I enjoyed. That sucked. I have even been considering closing the shop for good. But I do love making crochet stuffs and I don’t want to get burnt out. At the same time I don’t want to let customers down or have the shop fade away. There’s only so much I can plan for however, and since I do have another job that takes a lot of my time already, this can’t be my main focus. It will take some time to get everything in place, but I will have the shop functional again in the somewhat near future.
Thanks for bearing with me. Have a pic of my cat wearing a little collar and tie I made him as a show of my gratitude:
I’ve been wanting to make a Spyro the dragon plush for so long. I even got the yarn for it once but it ended up becoming a Gengar. I think before I open the shop officially again I’m going to take a week or two to make him. I wish I could make all the characters like Sparx and the egg thief, the sheep, a gnorc, moneybags, those wizards with the blue hats, oh my goodness.
It’s unfortunate that after Insomniac the quality of the games took a hard hit. I hear Skylanders is pretty good but it’s not really Spyro anymore is it?
Regardless I still have my original copies that I take out now and then. Still a wonderful adventure even after I’ve “grown up.” Hopefully soon a Spyro plush will be in my lap as I play!