Movie sets, costumes, and life in California

 

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This was meant to be a quick warm up, but it turned into a comic that I’ve wanted to draw for a while. This is something that is extremely important to me, and I appreciate it if you read it.

A while ago, I heard a story that broke my heart. A family went a cat shelter to adopt. The daughter fell in love with a 3-legged cat. The father straight up said “absolutely not”. Because he was missing a leg. That cat was that close to having a family that loved him, but the missing leg held him back. Why?!

Many people have the initial instinct of “nope” when they see an imperfect animal. I get it, but less-adoptable does NOT mean less loveable. 9 out of 10 people will choose a kitten over an adult cat. And those 10% that would get an adult cat often overlook “different” animals.

All I want people to do is be open to the idea of having a “different” pet in their lives. Choose the pet that you fall in love with, but at least give all of them a fair shot at winning your heart.

Don’t dismiss them, they deserve a loving home just as much as any other cat. They still purr, they still love a warm lap, they still play, they still love you. Trust me, next time you are in the market for a new kitty, just go over to that one cat that’s missing an eye and see what he’s all about!

Let me tell to you a thing.

This is Lenore. I first saw her in a little cage at the Petco I frequent (I used to take my parents’ dog in for puppy play time), and she looked like the grouchiest, old, crotchety cat in the world, and I fell instantly in love. She was cranky, she was anti-social, hanging out at the back of her cage. Her fur was matted because she wouldn’t let the groomers near her.

She was perfect.

But I didn’t have a place for her. I wasn’t living in my own space yet, and where I was, I wasn’t allowed cats. So I pressed my face to the bars of her cage and I promised that if no one had adopted her by the time I’d bought a house, I would come back for her.

I visited her every week for over six months while I looked for a house. At one point, they had to just shave her entire rear-end because the mats or fur were so bad. They told me she clawed the heck outta the groomer that did it, screamed the entire time, and spent the next two days growling at anyone that came near the cage.

A couple of weeks later, I closed on my house. I went back and I got an employee, and I said: “That one. I need that cat.”

They got the paperwork and the lady who ran the rescue that was bringing the cats in told me that Lenore (at the time, Lila) was 8 years old, had been owned by an elderly lady who had died, and brought in to a different rescue, who’d had her for six months on top of the time I’d been seeing her at Petco.

This kitty had been living in a 3x3’ cube for over a YEAR because she was older and “less adoptable.”

I signed the paperwork, put her in a cat carrier, and drove her to my new home. I had pretty much nothing; a bed, an old couch, a couple of bookcases, and a tank of mice I called “Cat TV”. I let her out of the carrier and onto my bed, and I told her “I told you I would come back for you when I had a place. It’s not much, but it’s yours too now.”

Lenore spent the next three days straight purring non-stop. She followed me around the house purring. Sat next to me purring. Slept next to me purring. Leaning into every touch, purring, purring, always purring. She still purrs if you so much as think about petting her. She’s amazing, and I love her.

So, you know, if you’re thinking about adopting, and you see a beast that others consider “less adoptable,” think about Lenore.

FUCKING IMPORTANT

Plush Pet Rat, a fancy grey blaze with white on the forepaws!

These are handmade by me, out of a pattern I custom designed. They’re made out of super soft minky, with armature in the hind legs so it can stand up perky and alert. The eyes are safety eyes, and everything is machine sewn except the ears and nose so it’s durable for all sorts of adventures!

This will be at my table at DesignerCon in Pasadena in November, along with more fun critters and beasties!

Plush Pet Rat, a fancy grey blaze with white on the forepaws!

These are handmade by me, out of a pattern I custom designed. They’re made out of super soft minky, with armature in the hind legs so it can stand up perky and alert. The eyes are safety eyes, and everything is machine sewn except the ears and nose so it’s durable for all sorts of adventures!

This will be at my table at DesignerCon in Pasadena in November, along with more fun critters and beasties!

Finished up this little cutie recently!
Beige and white fancy rat plush, made from my custom designed pattern out of minky. Contains armature in the back feet and tail to help it stay upright and alert. I think it’s looking for some frozen peas!

Finished up this little cutie recently!

Beige and white fancy rat plush, made from my custom designed pattern out of minky. Contains armature in the back feet and tail to help it stay upright and alert. I think it’s looking for some frozen peas!

Listed a rainbow of quilt brooches for sale on my Etsy shop!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThreadCat

These are all one of a kind, improvised and contain no glues or adhesives. The binding is sewn on by hand, and the brooch pins are locking so they won’t fall off your outfit!

At the end of August my husband and I got our first foster litter!

We’ve been working hard at fattening them up and getting them to love cuddling, and it’s been so much fun. Having a trio of goofy, playful cuddle fluffs is the best!

The black twins are officially both 1lb bigger than they were they day they were dropped off, which I think is a huge success! They were very undersized for their age, so they’ve been playing catch up in the growing department.

The three of them will be available for adoption in a few weeks, and if you’re interested in adding them (or any of the other awesomely adorable kittens in the foster network) to your family please contact www.CatLove.org!

A little collage start-to-finish of a LED lighting project we did!

This was Audi’s 2014 Pre-Emmy party at Cecconi’s in West Hollywood.

My husband and I wired & built all the RGB LED fixtures, while our friend built the sets/backdrop & stage with his crew. We installed the fixtures the day of the event, which ended up being a very warm, typical SoCal day. We got pretty sunburned!

Everything is controlled via about 34 DMX controllers, over two universes. All in all we used around 100 meters of LED tape, and just under 170 meters of 16/4 wire.

Some convention badges I finished recently!

These are multi media on toned and white paper. They’re a mix of copic, tombow and Prisma markers, polychromos and Prisma pencil crayons, Kuretake and Faber Castell inks, Sai watercolor markers, Sakura gel pens and acrylic paint. These are laminated in 7mil sheets so they’re quite durable and should last through many convention seasons!

Characters copyright their creators.

www.furaffinity.net/user/dragonsquared/

Super proud of these fabric bolt racks my husband and I built.
He got the idea after seeing some racks in the fashion district downtown, and a fire burned in his belly until we got them finished! We welded up some scrap metal we had left over from another project, mainly 2” square steel tubing and L bracket bar, and giant casters that may have come from one of the older Tonight Show sets, ahem. The bolts are on 1/2” galvanized conduit, so it’s all very nice and light, about 9’ tall, and can probably hold a couple hundred pounds. 

Now I have more room to buy more fuuuurrr!

Super proud of these fabric bolt racks my husband and I built.

He got the idea after seeing some racks in the fashion district downtown, and a fire burned in his belly until we got them finished! We welded up some scrap metal we had left over from another project, mainly 2” square steel tubing and L bracket bar, and giant casters that may have come from one of the older Tonight Show sets, ahem. The bolts are on 1/2” galvanized conduit, so it’s all very nice and light, about 9’ tall, and can probably hold a couple hundred pounds. 

Now I have more room to buy more fuuuurrr!

It’s August 5th, so I’ve made a coupon for everyone to show my appreciation for all the support! 

Use coupon code SAVE5INAUG in checkout, and save 5$ on ALL Tail Clutches in stock in my Etsy store!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThreadCat

This coupon is good for 1 week only! After which, prices will return to normal and a limited number of custom commission spots will be available!

Thanks everyone for looking, and spreading the word! : )