I've spent a lot of money in the last year investing in the business of Trésor de la Mer. Since I've returned from Mexico, I've just been planning my next moves. I have to make a new mermaid top - the one I had custom made didn't hold up as well as I would've liked, but still lasted a decent amount of sessions. I could probably use it again as a backup top but I've decided for now to just create something new. It'll be similar, because it needs to match my belt, which also needs a repair, as it didn't hold up as well as I would've liked. When the replacement parts arrive I'll be testing out a method that will hopefully increase its durability.
I'm redesigning my dorsal fin as well. For my second tail, I didn't have as much time to create a dorsal fin as I'd had previously so I opted for a different design. Brandon, my photographer, liked it quite a bit, but I feel like it didn't look quite the way I wanted, hence the new design. We talked about possibly doing another shoot in California with a merman in April; hopefully I can get all these tasks done before then.
Until such time, I'm just working. The brutal cold has brought out everyone's inner grouch at the club, so people are just angry. I can't wait till this art business gains a bit more momentum, hopefully enough where I can just be a mermaid. I'd like to move to Florida in the next couple years. Living in Florida will make it a lot easier to complete more shoots more quickly. I want to be able to crank out content as quickly as possible. And I'd like to live in a place where it really doesn't get too cold in the winter. I'm so over being in the Northeast and all the angry pretentiousness and bitter winters that go with it.
I did have a bright spot recently - managed to catch a performance of the stage version of the movie "Clue," originally done with Tim Curry and Michael McKean. It was pretty good. I needed the laughs. If you haven't seen the movie, rent it on YouTube - you won't regret it.
I've added playmats to the online store, for those of you who are fans of card games like Magic the Gathering. A friend of mine who is a hardcore player asked if I could make one for her and I thought it was a great idea. I'm very interested in marketing to this audience. The mats are officially listed as desk mats on Society6 but they're bigger than standard size and have stitched edges for extra durability. Good pricing as well - pick one up if you're a card game enthusiast, or just looking for a mat for your desk.