Hey everybody, I promised a more official post and here it is.
As some of followers know, I wasn’t able to return to my summer job in Ohio this year due to a family emergency (my grandfather’s illness and eventual death).
The great thing about my summer job in Ohio was that it was relevant to my degree, and very spoon-friendly for me. The only summer long jobs available in my town are retail jobs that would have been anything but spoon-friendly for me, due to my social anxiety, caused in part my my autism.
I held various jobs over the summer, such as cleaning, small sewing jobs, and teaching four theatre camps. I was hoping that I would be able to earn enough money to get me through the school year, and maybe even take a trip to Chicago that I have been planning for a long time.
Then my dad had a stroke. He is doing well, but he had to have surgery and spend several days in the hospital (mostly in ICU). Because he is retired and only works part time now, my family does not have health insurance at the moment, so the bill is entirely on our shoulders.
Additionally, I have finally started taking medication for my depression and anxiety.
Things aren’t as bad as they could be; my grandfather left us some money that we will be able to use to help pay the medical bills with, however I honestly have no idea how much.
Normally I can rely on my parents throughout the school year to help me pay groceries and the like, but I don’t want to put them in a situation where I am unable to do so if I need to.
This also kind of throws a wrench in my travel plans, and I currently have no idea how or if that situation will work itself out.
If I could take a semester off to earn money, I would definitely do so. However, taking time off would put me at risk of losing my scholarship, so the temporary fix would only cause more problems in the long run.
Over the summer I started an Etsy store. I’ve been making accessories and dolls to sell, and I would really appreciate it if people would check it out, and consider purchasing something. Even if you can’t purchase anything, signal boosting this post would be great.
The dolls pictured above are designed by me. As you can see, most of them are styled after David Bowie, however I also take commissions. The bottom image is a picture of a commission I made for a friend. If you like the style but don’t see a doll you want, I would be more than happy to make one for you.
My Etsy store can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StardustSewing?ref=pr_shop_more
And finally, just to make one thing clear, I am not in dire straits right now, and I don’t want to give the impression that I am. However, a little help is much appreciated at this time, as this is causing me some stress that I don’t need right now.
Thank you all for reading, and remember that my ask box is always open if you want to talk to me about a custom item.
I’m tagging this as David Bowie and Pushing Daisies so that fans can see the dolls I’ve made, in case they are interested. :)
Sorry to bring this back so quickly, but I just wanted to add that I’ve added another listing, for an upcycled denim choker.
Please note, choker may NOT be sensory friendly for everyone.
As another note, if anyone has any suggestions for items they would like to see in my shop, please feel free to send me a message to let me know!