Collinswoah13’s Video Game Pickups!

Showing my recent pickups

Welcome back my amazing friends!

Today is an exciting day because I am sharing my recent video game pickups! This last month and a half has been super good to me in regards to pickups. My boyfriend surprised me with a Wii U (thanks again, love!) So I took advantage of thatΒ with my pick-ups this month πŸ˜‰

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As you can see I picked up quite a few GameCube games which is very exciting for me. Not anything too great, mostly just the filler items in the collection. This most amazing part of this is that in February (just so far) I have brought my GameCube collection to an amazing 25% complete. That’s 166 games. I honestly have a hard time comprehending this because I was at less than 10% complete just 6 months ago. I also have a goal of getting at least 30% complete by the END of 2017 and here we are not even two full months in and I hit 25% complete. Yes I am actively seeking to complete the GameCube library but I’m not going crazy with it.

I also am very happy with my Wii U pickups because everything (with the exception of Tokyo Mirage) were FANTASTIC prices. If you’re looking for a system to collect for, Wii U is a great one to jump on right now. The prices aren’t too bad and people aren’t going crazy for the games yet so the prices aren’t jumping back up. Yet. I’m sure they will at some point.

I also want to point out my Lego Dimensions pickups. I ran across these at Half Price Books for a very good price considering they’re Lego and what they go for at market value regularly. I very much enjoy the game mainly because it’s freaking great but also because I can co-op it with my boyfriend which makes it even better. But we have found ourselves frustrated because I’m a 100%-er and you just can’t do things without certain characters, which is very annoying, and so I have decided IF I can get them at good price points, I will have every Lego Dimensions character. So here we go with another obsession.

I personally am extremely happy with my finds and pickups. All were scored in person and as great deals (or sadly bought at full price ahem, Tokyo Mirage) which both add to the collection and give me the ability to put more back in to making my collection bigger and better. I am super excited to see what the rest of the month of February brings me as well as the beginning of March. Hopefully I am able to bring my GameCube library closer to 30% if not hit it!

Until Monday, have a wonderful weekend friends and as always stay classy and sassy πŸ˜›

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Whatcha Been Playing Wednesday!

Hello and welcome back fabulous friends!! I am aware that this is late, and I am so sorry for that. My super smart (heavy on the sarcasm) self forgot to hit publish 😦

Here we are, another (which is really every other ;)) Wednesday and you know what that means! More of me telling you about the games that I have been playing recently! Yay!

Okay so, I unfortunately have been slacking on the game playing due to lots of side projects that I have been working on. The good news on that is that you guys will soon find out what those side projects are!

So with the little bit of gaming that I have been able to squeeze in, I have just been playing PC games. My wonderful and loving boyfriend built me a temporary gaming PC to hold me over until we build my own. It sounds silly and confusing (because it kind of is) but this is mainly so I can have something to play NOW and not have to buy all the parts for the computer at once. Thanks babe!

Getting on in to it:

PC: Kelvin and the Infamous Machine- Like I have said many times before, I have been searching for a good point and click adventure and I think I have found just that in Kelvin. As a kid, I was a HUGE fan of Putt-Putt, Freddie Fish, and Pajama Sam and I have wanted something like that but for adults ever since growing out of those. I find it to be challenging and the jokes and references are all very humorous so far to me. There have been references to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Back to the Future! And I’m only in the second chapter of the game. There has also been fourth wall breaking and all around just a lot of fun. I feel like this game is a must for anyone into point and click adventure games.

PC: GTA V- So going from controller play to mouse and keyboard is TOUGH! Before I would pride myself on my prologue skills (having played it 65415697531 times), that I never died. Until the PC, mouse and keyboard time… Oh lord, did I die. Of course this is in front of the boyfriend too, so many laughs were had by him. As this is my third different version of GTA V that I have played so far, I think this one will be my favorite. It is just so absolutely beautiful and diverse. I have officially (though way late) joined the PC GTA V hype train. I honestly don’t know if I will be able to go back to console GTA V and that is saying a lot.

The very little bit of gaming time that I did have, I’m very happy with. I have been very fortunate to not have any duds… so far (don’t worry I just knocked on wood). Let me know what you’re playing or your thoughts on these games if you’ve played them.

Until next time, stay classy and sassy πŸ˜›

Why I Collect Video Games

Giving insight as to why I collect video games.

Hello and welcome back beautiful friends of the Interwebs!

Today I wanted to talk about collecting and me. I get asked quite often whenever I reveal that I am a collector, why do I collect? And why go for a complete GameCube collection?

I collect because video games very much make up a great portion of my identity. I have been playing games of some kind ever since I was 3 or 4. I started with PC games and slowly moved my way up to handhelds and then consoles.

Video games have always been an escape for me. I have always been able to find solace and comfort, as well as safety in video games. I am firm in my beliefs that video games have helped shaped me as a person, and still continue to do so. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of other things in my life, both past and present but video games have always been that one BIG constant in my life, especially when it comes to interests.

I guess somewhere along the way of my enjoyment and consumption of games, I started collecting them. It started with me wanting to just hold on to the games that resonated with me and then grew to, “but what if I want to play that one again?” and has become what is now my collecting hobby. I didn’t actively search for a collecting hobby and I really didn’t look for it to be video games. It just kind of happened one day.

As for actively seeking out all 661 GameCube games, that has been on purpose. I had taken a break from collecting games of any kind for almost a year. I lost interest due to some unfortunate events that had taken place in my life at the time. I slowly was regaining interest in the collecting game but wanted to focus on something specific this time around instead of just grabbing games randomly. I thought long and hard about what I wanted and what I should focus on and I decided on GameCube. As I mentioned before in my blog posts, it was the first console I bought with my own money. I fell head over heels in love with the GameCube because of the controller, the tiny discs, and the games offered on the console. I have a lot of nostalgia for the system and games so it was a no-brainer that the GameCube should be the first system that I acheive 100% for in regards to game libraries.

I love collecting. It most definitely is time consuming, frustrating, and can be expensive but I find it to be incredibly rewarding and fun. And that’s really all that matters.

I can’t wait to show you guys how the collection grows and to see what directions it takes.

Until Wednesday, stay classy and sassy πŸ˜›

 

The Last DIY of the Week!

Vday gift idea to make for your friend or significant other with a nerdy twist.

Okay guys, hello and welcome back!

As the title says, this is my last DIY of the week. So sad, I know. 😦 BUT the fun is not over yet! Today I will be going over how to make a cute little Paopu fruit plush to share with someone you want to be in your life forever ❀ (It can be romantically or not, just remember that!)

So here is what you will need:

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To get started you will need to cut out your Paopu fruit from the coloring page you printed out. This will be your pattern for your plushie. Once it is cut out, trace around it on your pieces of felt and then cut those out.

When you have your two yellow starts cut out you will pin them together around the edges. Next you will either be sewing the entire thing with a sewing machine or by hand. I personally used a sewing machine. (I’m also sure you could use fabric glue too but I personally have never done that) If you are hand sewing (you go, girl! Or boy!) you will be using a whip stitch (search YouTube for tutorials on how to do a proper whip stitch). You will sew almost around the entire start but leaving one of the edges of the star unsewn. With your unsewn side you will be using that to pull your star inside out.

With your star inside out, it’s actually the right side out. Use either a pen or a pencil to help push your points all the way out. Once it’s fully reversed, you will be using stuffing to stuff your star. This is your choice on how fluffy or not fluffy you want your plushie. When you get your desired fluffiness you will need to hand sew your open edge closed. Again, using a whip stitch.

Once your beautiful star is all sewn up you will need to attach the leaves! Using any kind of fabric glue, choose how you want them to be arranged and on which edge and glue them all. Leave the star upright while it dries completely and then you’re all done!

This is how mine turned out once completely done:

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I hope y’all enjoyed this DIY! Let me know in the comments which DIY this week has been your favorite. And if you try this one let me know how it goes and as always show me pictures! Until Monday, stay classy and sassy, loves πŸ˜‰

Doin’ More DIYs With Collinswoah13

Another fun and nerdy V-day gift DIY!

Hello and welcome back to CollinswoahsCorner my beautiful internet friends!

Like I told you all in my last blog this week will be filled with DIYs! All handmade gift ideas that you can make for your friends or significant others for Valentines Day! Yay!

Today I will be showing you how to make a cute Pokemon painted pot to make your greenery a little nerdier. So this is what you will need:img_0375

So to get started you need to decide what Pokemon you will be painting. Just like my last DIY post, I chose Bulbasaur just because my man love him so so so much! I recommend finding a good picture of your Pokemon on Google images or something to have a good reference. Once you have that, its time to get started!

First paint your pot the color of your chosen Pokemon’s skin and let it dry. Next you will need to use a pencil and sketch on your Pokemon’s features like so:

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Once your Pokemon’s features are sketched on, it’s time to outline and paint them in. Make sure you let each color fully dry before applying the next. Make sure to also apply the appropriate number of coats to the pot so you get the crisp and bright colors. Once finished with all your painting let your pot fully dry. The next step is to take a brush and paint on your Modge Podge all over the pot, giving it a nice and even coat. This will dry clear and seal your pot, as well as make it appear shiny.

Now that your pot is painted and properly sealed you can decide to plant an actual plant or succulent in your pot. I personally don’t have the time to keep a plant alive (or the sunlight) and this is also a gift. I don’t want to set the expectation with my boyfriend that he MUST keep this plant alive or else. Now that’s just not nice or fun. So I opted to use to foam pot filler, a fake succulent and moss to make my pot look full and pretty. And this is what my finished product looks like:

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And there you have it! I hope y’all enjoyed this DIY and like always, let me know what you think and if you do this DIY or something like it PLEASE leave pictures in the comments as well as let me know how it went πŸ™‚ And until Friday, with another and final DIY of the week, stay classy and sassy friends! πŸ˜›

DIY Time With Collinswoah13

Valentine’s Gift Ideas with a Nerdy Twist

Hello and welcome back guys!

So this week since Valentine’s day is coming up, I thought I would do a couple DIYs that are easy, cheap, fun and great gift ideas for your significant other or friends! I’m doing a DIY each day this week (just the days I post, so Monday, Wednesday, and Friday).

Today I will be going over how to create a cute and fun piece of wall art with perler beads! This is what you are going to need:

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You also need to decide what you want to make. I picked Bulbasaur because my boyfriend is absolutely in love with Bulbasaur. So once you make your choice just Google what you want and add perler pattern or perler or even crosstitch because you can use crosstitch patterns as well.

Once you have your pattern its time to create! Be easy on yourself because your fingers will shake and you will knock a bead out of place a time or fifty. Just have patience, take a deep breath and forge on even when you don’t want to. It will be worth it.

When you get done with your pattern and it looks all beautiful on the peg board it’s time to fuse it all together! Make sure to have a flat surface to work on and plug your iron in. I personally use the wool setting to fuse my patterns together. Place some wax paper or parchment paper on the design and place the iron on top. Move around until all beads are fused and you get your desired level of melting. Don’t worry too much if the side you’re working with isn’t turning out exactly as you want it to because you always have the other side to fall back on.

Now that everything is fused together take the iron off and let your creation cool for a minute or two. While it is still warm flip the peg board over with the creation facing down and separate the two. Now peel the paper off your design. Now that it’s free and still very warm, place on a flat surface and put either heavy books, board games, or something weighted and flat on top of the creation while it cools the rest of the way to ensure it stays flat. I would let it cool for a half hour or so.

Once your creation has cooled, it’s time to assemble your art! Take the frame and remove all the paper stuff it came with and place your creation flat in the frame as you want it. Then place your decorative paper behind that (you may have to trim it to fit) and reassemble the frame back together. And there you go! You have your nerd wall art!

Here’s mine all done and ready to go:

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If you guys make some nerdy wall art like this one let me see them in the comments below! I hope y’all enjoyed this DIY and until Wednesday, with another one, stay classy and sassy πŸ˜‰

Collinswoah13’s Life & Fitness Update!

Keeping y’all up to date on me!

Hello and welcome back! As part of my promise to you guys from the start of this, I want to have an open and honest dialogue with you and so that’s what I’mΒ going to do today.

To be completely honest with you guys I have been struggling more than I’d like to admit lately. And I am a big supporter in saying that it’s okay to be down, because it really is. It’s just important to pull yourself back up which isn’t always the easy task but we all are capable of doing it.

Now most of January I spent quite down overall. Most things in my life just got to feel very overwhelming and difficult to carry on and carry out. That’s not to say I didn’t have some amazing and happy times during the month of January because I did. I still try my best to stay humble and appreciate everything I am able to do and experience because I know that I am very blessed with all the opportunities presented to me. Some times you just get down just because and that’s what happened to me.

I took some time to myself to recoup and start over with everything. I also decided to take my own advice from my Winter Blues post and have spent a lot of time writing, creating and listen to music and that has help tremendously. I am thankful that I have some amazing people surrounding me because they helped with everything in themselves to push and pull me through the dark times this month and for that I am eternally grateful to them.

Don’t worry, I am feeling a lot better and back to my normal self. Things have calmed down and so have I πŸ˜‰ I have been planning some exciting things that are to come as well as focusing on myself. I feel that I have a lot better of an attitude towards things and people lately though I do slip up at times, which don’t we all? πŸ˜›

As for my fitness journey, it’s been lacking until fairly recently. I have no cut out all fast food and I’m also cutting out sweets (but allowing myself to have a treat once a month). So far it’s been difficult because the cravings are very much still there and fast food is just so easy and quick to do. Especially with my very busy and very on the go life.

I have been making more of an effort with my FitBit to not only hit my step goal every day but to hit it earlier in the day while I’m at work. I personally don’t go to a gym but I have been looking in to actual workout routines that I can do at home and I really can’t wait to start one of those.

I haven’t lost any more weight but I have seemed to maintain what I’ve lost for the most part. It most definitely has not been easy, mostly because of all the trips and experiences I’ve been able to go on and do lately but I’ve been successful in not going back to where I was and that’s the important part of all this.

Life isn’t always the easiest and that’s okay. We have our bad days which is both okay and understandable. We can’t always be up. We can’t always be happy. I never expect that from anyone. It’s just important to do what’s best for ourselves, our mental health, and to keep all lines of communication open as well as to communicate that with those important in our lives. Remember it’s not about what life hands us, it’s about what we do with what we have been handed that matters.

Until Monday, stay classy and sassy friends. ❀