I started NoNapTime as an attempt to live out a dream of living off of my “art.” Although family and friends recognized my creative pursuits, I didn’t get a lot of support or encouragement in regards to actually pursuing a creative career. I’m sure a lot of you have noticed that I’ve been a little scarce lately. Unfortunately, I had to ditch self-employment to be back in the work force. I was a bit burned out “creatively” and tired of living the “starving artiste” lifestyle.
I honestly didn’t know how NoNapTime would turn out. The usual litany I heard from friends and family that every artist dreads hearing is “How talented you are but I won’t pay you money for it.” There’s tons of variations but it just hurts to hear that phrase as an artist. What NoNapTime did show me is that out there, there are indeed people who value art just the same way they value any kind of work, service, or product. Art may be something ephemeral, subjective, or intangible to most people but only an artist can make it exist, make it happen. After the success of NoNapTime, I got a lot of friends and family to change their opinion of my pursuing a creative career. ^_~
I had the pleasure of meeting lots of wonderful people in the doll and crafting world, connoisseurs and artists alike. I’m really glad I had the courage to shed my insecurities and just really go for it. I’m not saying that I’m ditching NoNapTime, it’s just going to take a back seat for a while.
Since a lot of folks have asked, I am retiring from taking doll repaint and craft commissions. I simply don’t have the time, space, or energy to work on them with a day job. I may occasionally release a few OOAK dolls now and then, just not on a regular basis like I used to. So what does this mean for NoNapTime? NoNapTime is going to move towards publishing more content like a few tutorials here and there, reviews, and crochet patterns (amigurumi and anything I felt like designing!). So good news for all of you who like to read the blog and try out patterns, sad news for anyone wanting tangible goods. Due to the day job, articles are probably going to be sporadic. It takes me a while to write anything!
I am extremely grateful to everyone who supported me since NoNapTime started. It’s not going away, it’s just going to change gears. Hopefully should conditions change, I may be able to get back to doll repaints again. Unfortunately, I’m going to drop taking amigurumi commissions completely since they take a lot more time due to the nature of crochet.
If you guys like this blog and the content found here, please consider donations or buy patterns at the store! Donations go on to fund the website and upkeep! Donations (and what I used to earn from the commissions) were what kept this blog and content up. So if you wanna keep it that way, please consider a donation, or buy something at my Etsy store!
A lot of folks seem to use NoNapTime as a reference for custom dolls but I am pretty eclectic. I’m hoping to publish more crochet stuff (I will get those tutorials started… soonish.) and the occasional random crafty stuff! Anyway, got any ideas for articles you wanna see here at NoNapTime? Tell me in the comments below!