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lots going on right now! 

I'm very grateful to everyone who said sweet things to me regarding the death of my beloved kitty Pounce.  I'm sorry I haven't managed to reply to everyone individually (I received many, many very sweet emails also.) 

a memorial for Pounce and Jovino's sweet kitty Four, who passed earlier this year, will take place at Burning Man on the first day (Monday).  we will create shrines for them, which will be immolated at the lighting of the Car-B-Que in Gigsville.  the shrines will be briefly displayed prior to the lighting.  this will take place at approximately dark-thirty on Monday at the beginning of the week.  I know this will be a very emotional experience for me, and I would love to see some friendly faces there (especially folks who knew Pounce and/or 4, natch.)

Pouncer was a truly exceptional cat and I will miss him forever.  I'm really grateful to Peter (my ex husband) and his wife Mare for bending over backwards to contact me to make sure I could say goodbye to him, and be with him at the end.  words cannot express how much it means to me. 

we took him to his usual vet, who I used to see frequently with our old kitty Sprite (Pounce was in excellent health back then) and it was good that *he* was there to take care of this, rather than it being another vet.  one of the other folks at the clinic actually cried as she left the room, afterwards.  I'm still feeling very very sad about this, though of course I am also beginning to accept it, and frankly I have been incredibly immersed in work, which has really been a good thing for me.  I have started a Pounce Memorial Post which I intend to find photos for, and I'll tell some of my favorite stories of his life.  some of the messages I've received have included personal memories of Pounce which I have very much appreciated.  more than one person has said that they don't usually like cats (or are not a "cat person" but that Pounce won them over and crept into their heart.)    it may be a while before it gets posted, since this is an incredibly busy time for us. but it will eventually pop up here.

we've been SUPER busy in the bunny factory - which has been great!  (there's a reason I have not posted here in such a long time.) 

lots of people are coming to us, looking for their outfits for burning man - so many that we have hardly had a moment to make stock for the sale next Sunday!  with a little help from a couple of friends we've finally gotten on top (mostly) of the orders, so we should be able to make a lot more stuff for the sale next week.

we also managed to find the time to get a couple of new items online - both of these are ideas we had long ago, but somehow we never quite got around to drafting and refining the patterns until now.  (this always takes significantly longer than it seems it should.) 

our new creations are our playa boa (made of moop-free faux fur) and horny devil fleece hat.  (I totally wanted to keep the fur boa shown in this icon, but wouldn't you know, someone ordered it almost as soon as we got it posted.  it is currently on its way to DC!) 

that's cool, we can make another one - or maybe I should make it in the hot pink fluffy fur... then again, that UV hot pink monster fur is pretty rad... temptation abounds here, I tell ya.  %-)

Jovino has also been perfecting another design which has been in the works for a while, but I'll keep that one under wraps until he is ready to bust it out.  and we still have SO many ideas - tons more than we have the time to realize them!

today, after working insane hours for the past few days and bringing a record number of packages to the PO, we celebrated by stuffing ourselves with sushi and taking a lovely early evening stroll along the Alameda beach.  it was truly a pleasure to walk together, looking out over the bay, soft sand underfoot, dipping our toes into the water.  I freakin' love California.  And my wonderful JOVINO!

we then came home and "took the night off" (read: fixed a couple of bugs on the web site, checked on our newest ad, talked about work stuff, and looked into upgrading our shipping solution and finding a source for purchasing nicer hangers for the upcoming sale!)

being an entrepreneur is AWESOME! 

seriously, though, it IS - we were just talking about this last night.  Jovino said he'd been feeling bad that we hadn't been doing many "date activities" these days.  my response: "I know, but how freakin' romantinc is THIS!?"  we get to spend lots of time together, we are co-creating fun and fabulous things which people love: in short, we're bringing our dreams into reality!  we're not perfect, but for a tiny startup that's not even two years old, we are rocking out in a big way!

one thing that is a continuing challenge for us is custom work.  this includes even things like pattern alterations which seem (even to us!) like they should be minor or simple.  every change necessitates drafting a whole new pattern, and sometimes making what seems like a small tweak totally changes the way a garment goes together.  we always want to say "yes!" when folks ask us to do things differently just for them, but it eats up time like crazy - which is why custom work is always so expensive.  we're always tempted to put an end to taking on custom work, but it's tough.  we want to make people happy (it is one of the very best things about doing what we're doing) so I guess we just need to come up with a better way to estimate and charge for it.

we've also started running out of some of our specialty furs, and discovered that our suppliers can't necessarily find any more of a certain type!  this has created a few minor panics, but so far we've always been able to bust things out for folks when needed.

ANYway!  I don't want to talk shop all night long.  I really just intended to pop up and say "hi" and let you all know I'm still here.  life is not without its challenges, but overall it's GOOD - very, very good.

I'm feeling: content happy to be alive
I'm hearing: the nabaztag nattering on about something or other

13 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
Comments
silverfae From: silverfae Date: July 13th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
May Pounce be happy in spirit and still in your heart as a young kitty.

Don't forget the Tarot card for the memorial, the one that Pounce chose for you that time long ago.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: July 13th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG, I had TOTALLY forgotten about that! I hope I wrote down which one it was, at the time I remember thinking it was perfect.

Thank you! I'm really helped by being reminded of this kind of stuff.
xoxoxtc From: xoxoxtc Date: July 13th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC) (Link)

Congrats

I'm so happy to hear everything is going so well for you. You're kicking ass and working hard and it's nice to see that get reqarded. Imagine me in the background for the kitty shrine stuff.

(Oh, and I REALLY want one of the rainbow UV boas. Save one for me because when I finally get a job I must have one.)

Mwah!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: July 13th, 2007 07:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Congrats

of course! you want the hot or cool rainbow fur? we can also do a reversed nap for the super fluffy style - here's a link to some legwarmers which shows the difference between all these options:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bunnywarez/275600835/

thanks and you KNOW I will be imagining you around every corner of g-ville (but especially at things like the CBQ lighting, Ubie raising, etc.)

hugs to you, girl!
From: catwoman69y2k Date: July 13th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear! Having problems getting fur colors again! That sounds familiar to the problem we had. It caused about a month and a half of delays while we scrambled to replace the latex from another vendor. Many vats lay here of latex that is just sucky quality.

At any case, I shall be there at BM but probably will arrive late afternoon for a "party by the trash fence" whatever that is. :)

Kat
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: July 13th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
at least we don't have bunches of useless fur lying around. I kinda like the "limited run" aspects of it - when it's gone, it's gone, so we'll do something new and different.

so what day is that party supposed to be?
From: catwoman69y2k Date: July 13th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. Sadly latex isnt that simple. Im sure we could find some use for it but we are not sure. I guess I should of worked for Bunnywarez instead. ;)

As for the party by the "trash fence", Im BM ignorant (it is my first year) so I dont know where it will be specifically but it will happen the first official day of BM at night. :) Thats all I know for now.

Gods, it will be so good to see you.

Kat

PS: Do you get my messages on your nazbatag?? I never know if sending through your site works.
slinxxx From: slinxxx Date: July 13th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
lots of hugs for you! I know how hard it is to loose one of your babies....my 18 year old Tigger who had wandered into my life when I was 10years old passed a couple years back....during some of my wandering minstrel years I didn't get to have him live with me...but I was able to have him spend his last couple of years with me when I moved to Texas.....I don't know that I could have been strong enough to make the humane choice with regards to euthanasia [even though as a vet assistant in HS I helped many people through that last step]....as it worked out in the end he declined quickly over the course of a couple days and died sleeping in my arms early one morning....pictures and memories and friends totally help....as does the distraction of work and a couple of energetic kittens ;)

Those Boa's are AWESOME....the pockets are a great idea!!! yay you!!! :)
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: July 13th, 2007 07:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you. it does help that he lived for 21 years and was in excellent health for most of it. he'd been an elderly gentleman for some time, and much as I'd have liked him to go on forever, it just doesn't work like that.

looking forward to your upcoming event, girl!
chrisla From: chrisla Date: July 13th, 2007 10:55 pm (UTC) (Link)

boas

Doesn't BMAN pretty emphatically ask people not to bring or wear boa's on account of the shedding?

If yours is moop-proof in some way you may want to mention that.

Otherwise neat! I just sent a campmate your way, she might be buying some stuff.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: July 13th, 2007 11:44 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: boas

that's the whole point of these - they are PLAYA boas, made of faux fur, *not* moopy feathers, so no shedding! (plus they go great with our legwarmers and other furry accessories.)

most boas are made of turkey feathers, which easily blow away in a slight breeze. we wanted the glamour without the mess (an added benefit to the fur is that they can have pockets - not an option with the feather ones.)
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: July 13th, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: boas

oh, and where *are* my manners?! it's nice to hear from you - and thanks for the recommendation! much appreciated.
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13 smooches or Gimme Some Love!