Apparently, I can't sleep past 5am >_< Oh well...I have my sewing stuff laid out on my computer desk but I think I need to get a thimble as I'm so tired I can't see the needle and I keep stabbing my finger. Note to self: sewing before dawn on 5 hours of sleep does not a blood-free plushie make.
I figured I would explain why I don't sell or make these things for other people. I want you guys to understand where I'm coming from and that I'm not trying to be selfish or greedy. It's not in my nature ^^
Reason #1: Expense
Not only monetary, but time. Even though I've already spent over $250 on the five plushies made so far (I tend to seek out nicer fabrics and supplies), each plushie takes around 15-20 hours to make. With the exception of Trickster's stripes, every single thing is hand-stitched. I also work 50 hours a week, so getting that time to make a plushie is becoming rare. I have a hard time accepting money from anyone for anything, so selling them is out of the question. Not to mention, the characters don't belong to me. The last thing I need is Johns breaking down my door and taking my plushies from me ;_;
Reason #2: Health
I sew for stress relief as my job is ridiculously stressful. I also have a nerve condition in both of my arms that makes it painful to continuously sew. That being said, the stress of having a bunch of people waiting for plushies, worrying that what I make will be good enough for someone else AND of constantly sewing would probably kill me. And then, where would my cats be without a lap to sit on?
Reason #3: Love
I love these characters. I also put a lot of myself into things I make. Except for my mom, everything I've made doesn't mean as much to the person it was made for as it does for me. For those who've never gone through that, it hurts to have what you thought was a budding friendship thrown back into your face when that person forgets you (and the thing you made is never mentioned or seen again). I became very bitter and just started giving people money to make them feel better as it doesn't hold the same connection to me. I have a few people I am planning on making plushies for, but I hold no illusions of friendship (except for my only real-life friend). However, I always have hope
Reason #4: Enjoyment
I am not a selfish person and I rarely do anything for myself. I started these Rogues because I wanted to share my love of them with the world. I find my true enjoyment comes from each Rogue I add to the group's picture, and I think it's the same for everyone else. I can't share pictures if the Rogues are no longer here ^^