Daydreams Diary: The End

[continued from Daydreams Diary: Is This]

I’ve tried every possible avenue to prevent this. Sadly, this is what it’s come to.

We will be closing shop in June, just ahead of our 7 year anniversary.

This is not a hasty decision. We have contemplated this fate for over a year. Truth be told, we probably should have done this last year, but we had hope and were trying to hang on. Now all that hope has fizzled out.

My health has been poor for a solid two years now, and due to complications back in August of last year, it has gotten progressively worse. Those events back in August also caused quite a bit of financial strain making just about everything difficult.

So I guess what I’m trying to say is, I don’t want to do this, but I have to.



This has been my life’s work all rolled into this magical little place. What started as a brush-up on writing, turned into something so much more—because of you.

You made me realize I still had other talents; that those talents were worth sharing. The artists I’ve met over the years both overseas and here at home pushed me to make things better. Then came Snapping Turtle—a full-blown business built solely on dreams.

You have made me so happy. Words cannot even begin to describe.

I’ve made friends here. I’ve made business relationships here. Generally, the entire time I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with some really interesting and wonderful walks of life.

It’s been a blast. & I am going to miss it, dearly.



Perhaps in the coming weeks, we’ll put together some sort of highlights reel. Mostly since it’s near impossible to list all of our great moments here without boring you to death. & Who knows? Maybe we’ll start back up again in the future under a brand new name. (One can dream, right?)

For now, we’d simply like to take this time out to thank those that have had a significant impact on our journey.

Special Thanks

The Early Bunch a.k.a “The Day Ones” as our family lovingly refers to them.

Ra Avis, better known as Rarasaur. Where would we be without you? Where would I be? You have supported me from the very beginning, through thick and thin, and without judgment or question. You have introduced me to some of the most amazing people I’ve ever met in my life. My soul is richer for it. You re-started a fire in me that I thought was long extinguished. That spark created a lot of beautiful things. There is so much more to say, I cannot possibly fit it all here. Just always know, as you would say, “You are loved.” You are SO loved, my friend. & No matter how many changes you go through or what shitstorm life throws at us, just know you have made a giant dino footprint in my heart and in my life. I love you, soul sister, always.

Dave “Grayson Queen” Martinez, better known to most here as artist/author Grayson. Our world stopped for a while when you left it, friend. I’ll never forget our talks on expanding the community of horror writers, authors, and artists. It was because of you something like 31Nightmares was born. I only wish you got to see it. You made me remember where I came from. A priceless gift. I am forever grateful to you for that.

Dianne Gray, Maddie Cochere, Kozo Hattori and last but most certainly not least, Sofia Siberia.

Dianne, you once could’ve won the award for most supportive comments on here. We love you and think about you often.

Maddie, oh dear, Maddie. One of my favorite authors. You became like family to me—like a lot of you here. Thank you so much for supporting my artwork when it just got its start. I will never forget that. It was your encouragement that kept me and this machine moving forward. You were there through a lot of the ups & downs. We are better for knowing you.

Kozo, my goodness, Kozo you have touched my life in a way not many can. You were a therapist, a friend, a supporter, and so much more. You helped heal more than one old wound on this here alley cat. I can never repay you for that. All I can do is pay it forward, and I’ve done just that ever since. Sometimes I think you’re an angel in disguise. I might just be right. 😉

Sofia, my Sofia. You very quickly became one of my best friends here. You and I always seem to know what the other is thinking before we verbalize it. That is a special thing. A rare thing. Something I treasure. You were there for a great big chunk of this journey. You healed and helped heal. You were supportive. You gave me a guest platform and a piece of your heart. Your mark will always be felt here and protected, and treasured. I love you, my sister from another life.

The Stories Family

Matt “DJ Matticus” Blashill, “The Don BroJo”, Samara, Jeanette “NotAPunkRocker”, “Goldy”

The Newer Bunch

Scott “TwinDaddy”, Revis, Bill Friday, Michael Patrick, Dean Keely, everybody at News 12NJ, Weird NJ, Jesse P. Pollack, Tony Todd, David Barnett, Sunny “SunBunz”, Curtis “Clyde Phalanx”, and so many more.

We have so much we can say about all of you, but mostly we want to thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for believing in us as a family unit, and me, J “Daydreams” as a person, and professionally, as an artist.

I’ll give you all a moment to digest. I’m going to need one as well. Hopefully, this isn’t goodbye, just ciao for now.

and one more thing…

Don’t ever stop dreaming.





Sleepy Sundays: Bloodletting

Bloodletting ©️2019 Snapping Turtle Arts |

While most of you wait until October to see some of my horror-inspired designs, I remind you that horror is where my love for art and design began.

With a string of vivid dreams and nightmares lately, it’s no surprise I took a break from my tradition of spring floral sets to work on a horror piece.

My personal life has my career feeling like bloodletting lately. My love for art has not left me, however, the strain of having to design on a schedule has been a nightmare. Art has been a cathartic release, even if the scheduling causes me pain.

Financial stresses make operation a lot more difficult as well. As always, we will see what the cards hold.

Have a relaxing Sunday

Happy Holidays from CardCastles

As you may already know,

We are currently undergoing maintenance, making some more changes to the site, and have a lot going on behind the curtain.

We will be away for a while during the holidays and will miss you all terribly, so we are leaving you this greeting as a parting gift.

While CardCastles will remain down until around the first week of January, we will still be maintaining our art services during downtime. We have some sales going on you can find out about through our social media pages and through our CONTACT page here on site.

Any questions can be sent to Snapping Turtle through our contact page here or by calling us directly. Greeting card prints will be available all throughout the holiday season.

Have a happy, healthy, and blessed holidays


•Snapping Turtle Family•

31 Nightmares 2018: The 29th

“Her bitterness. It envelopes me if I let it. Where did she come from? She wasn’t always there. So many questions.

I’m curious about her. Though, not too curious. She seems to feed off of that.

There is one thing. A clue, perhaps.

Maybe it will explain this whole thing. Though, I don’t yet know what it means.

She left a note for me on the mirror. The words on the paper were burned in.

It read:

“You are me and I am you.”

I could never be her. Right? RIGHT?

I don’t know what it all MEANS!”

– Daydreams

This has been

Day 29