Happy Birthday!

My blog turns one!!!!

Yesterday (11/28) marked a full year of Collinswoah’s Corner!!! A FULL ENTIRE YEAR! I knew it was coming up but holy cow I didn’t think it was already here!!

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Collinswoah’s Corner has grown quite a bit in a year. It went from primarily being about nerdy things of all sorts to being more about my writing and sometimes my projects and crafts. I also went from a free site to a paid one all because I hit my view goal out of the park. Thank you guys.

This blog has also helped me grow as a person. It’s a huge step to take to put yourself out on the internet and share your personal writing. But hey, I’m doing it! Yay!

I have to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has ever visited this blog, everyone who will visit and everyone who continues to visit. You all mean so very much to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Without you guys this blog would not be possible.

To say thank you even more I am having my biggest sale to date in my Etsy shop. Take advantage of 25% everything, including any custom orders I am able to do. Check out the sale here. The sale runs from 11/29/17-12/09/17.

Year one has been a HUGE success for Collinswoah’s Corner and I can’t wait to see what all happens in year two.

Thank you all with all my heart.

Stay classy and sassy<3

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Etsy Announcement!

Sale in my shop! Take advantage of savings!

In honor of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, I have a sale going on in my Etsy shop.

Almost everything is 20% off!

Seriously.

Go check it out!

Pictured above are most of the items I sell in my shop and are all on sale!

The sale is going through 11/28 so don’t wait!

A lot of great and unique gift ideas for the holidays coming up 😉

Stay classy and sassy!

Current Work in Progresses!

Look what I’m making for my shop next!

Remember how I said I wanted to share all of my creative outlets?

Well here we go! I thought I’d share some of my current work in progresses for my Etsy shop!

First up, I’m working on these awesome Star Wars character standees:

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I’m super happy with how the characters are turning out and love that the logo makes a perfect base for them to stand on. My biggest struggles with this projects has been ironing the base and making sure the tongue of the characters that fit into the base have melted enough while not melting the rest of the character too much. I personally have not been brave enough to attempt the taping method which is why ironing the base was so troublesome for me. Looks like I’m going to have to buck up and try it sooner rather than later!

So this is my next work in progress:

Yup! More perlers! These go along with my GameBoy earbud winders. I’m soon going to be offering GameBoy Advance earbud winders that look like this! These are seriously cool looking in my opinion. I am super excited for these to launch!

Stay tuned for updates these to hit my shop and other work in progresses I find myself getting into and sharing.

Stay classy and sassy!

July Favorites!

See what I loved in July!

Hello and welcome back friends! I hope you all had a wonderful and happy weekend!

I am sitting here absolutely shook by the face that tomorrow is AUGUST! Seriously. Where has 2017 gone!? Please come back!

As you can see by the title, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite things of this month.

Misc.:

Sharpie Pens –  I have been only reaching for and using sharpie pens to use for all my non-day job related writing. They write well, look great, and feel amazing. I love a good pen. I think a good pen is hard to come by and the start of everything when it comes to writing. It just allows everything to keep flowing. When I’m in writing mode I don’t want to have to stop because of pen troubles. And I definitely don’t have to stop when using these pens. Moral of the story: I’m crazy and I love pens. 😀

Weather –  I don’t know where y’all live but here in Ohio the weather has been amazing. It’s been not too hot, just right and absolutely beautiful out. And that includes the rainy days we’ve had lately too 🙂 I love the rain. And when it’s been nice and sunny I have been enjoying being out and about too.

Drawing – I go through phases. Ebbs and flows. Drawing is something that I have had ZERO interest in for YEARS! I mean like a decade. For real. But now all I want to do is sit around and draw and strengthen my pretty terrible skills and style. 😛 It’s been my go to recently for my creative outlet. Hopefully I can make something come of it eventually.

Media:

Hanson – I honestly enjoy all genres of music and I go through periods where all I want to do is listen to a certain genre or artist. I have a bit of an obsessive personality. Poor Mathew, am I right?! Lately for me, I have been listening to Hanson. Like as much as I can. I have kept it from Mathew for the most part. So 2017 marks 25 years of Hanson being a band. I think the fact that they are releasing a greatest hits album this September has ignited the recent obsession. I’m honestly really excited for this to come out so I’m preparing by listening to Hanson as much as I can 🙂

Crafty Amino – I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled across this app, I think it was suggested in the app store or an ad or something. So this app is where crafty people can share their creations with a community of crafters. People are really nice and supportive of one another which is even better. I love posting my work to get a genuine reaction (based on likes) of how well something may do in my Etsy shop.

PostSecret.com I have always loved this site but recently have gotten back in the habit of visiting it every week. For those who do not know about PostSecret, it is a site of shared secrets that have been written and mailed anonymously to Frank Warren, the founder of PostSecret. Frank Warren then picks some to share on the site each week. I love this project because no matter what I’m going through it gives me hope and perspective. It also let’s me know how I’m not alone in what I’m feeling or going through. Personally the site has helped me a lot and continues to help me every time I visit.

The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay – For some reason I have been really in to horror-ish suspenseful fiction as of late. Which is weird because I am a big baby and get scared very easily. Just ask Mathew, he’ll tell you about the haunted walk we went on last October… Anyway, this book is about a girl named Cate who attends an exclusive Welsh boarding school. There is a secret society that brings on a select few new recruits every term to be a part of the Game. The Game is a secret assassin game called Killer. There is one killer who has to creatively “kill” other players while not revealing who he/she is. It’s all fun and games until someone starts attacking players for real. It becomes important to find out who is behind it and stop them because they attack and successfully kill Cate. This book kept me guessing the whole time. I thought that I had the real and fake killer pegged almost the entire time and wound up being shocked. I should have seen it coming though. This book was so good that it actually caused me many weird dreams until I finally sat down and read the rest of it. You know that it really must be a good book then!

Beauty:

City Color’s Bold Brow – I love my brow products. A lot. And I am constantly looking for new things I can use on them to make them look good. The bold brow helps fill in the bald spots that I have in my brows to make them look full while not giving the appearance that I have makeup in them. It makes my brows look very natural. You don’t have the look of mascara in your brows or that you forgot to wipe off the smudge you made from your eye shadow going awry. It’s a brow powder so a little bit goes a looooooong way as I have learned the hard way. Now that I’ve gotten the hang of it, Bold Brow is my go to for filling in my eyebrows!

Benefit’s High Brow – I told you that I love my brow products. 😉 So this is a matte pencil meant to highlight your high brow; the area right under your eye brow. I use it every day with every makeup look and I think it always looks great and pretty natural. Plus it helps bring the green out in my eyes. That’s always good.

Covergirl’s Kate Kate Eye mascara – This is the mascara that I always go to when doing my makeup. It lifts my long eyelashes so they stay out of my way. This mascara also doesn’t clump and gives great coverage. It does an amazing job at lengthening what I already have.

Well there you have it. The things I have been enjoying this month!

Until Wednesday, stay classy and sassy! ❤

Kawaii Mason Jar Organizer DIY!

How to make super cute mason jar organizers!

Hello and welcome back! It’s been quite awhile since my last DIY post!

So today, I am going to show you how to make these:

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What you will need is this:

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*Make sure to choose jars with raised writing on only one side*

First step is to remove the lid of the jar and wipe your jars down with a damp rag. Let them dry completely.

Now using your acrylic paint, paint the outside of the jars with your chosen colors. You will need to do multiple coats to make sure you have a solid color all the way around. You also need to paint the lip of the jar as that may be noticeable once the lid is back on.

Once your jars have fully dries, look up kawaii faces online. A quick Google image search will more than suffice. Choose what faces you like and using a pencil, lightly sketch your chosen face onto the jar on the flat side of the jar with no raised lettering.

When you have the faces sketched, carefully paint your faces on using your sketch as a guide.

After they dry completely use a brush and paint modge podge all over the jar to set your design and seal the paint.

Now all you need to do is put the metal lid ring back on, (I don’t know the techincal term) after it dries completely, without the top and now you’re  ready to put your items in them and display your jars. I put pens, paintbrushes, pencils and scissors in mine:

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If you love these and don’t want to make your own you can purchase them in my Etsy shop NerdCentral13. I can do all sorts of colors and faces so you can mix and match.

I hope you all enjoyed this DIY post! If you happen to make it show me pictures! Use #collinswoah13 or #collinswoahscorner so I am sure to see them!

Also any questions? Be sure to contact me and ask away!

Have a great weekend guys and stay classy and sassy like always ❤

Difficulties Owning an Etsy Shop

Talking about some of the harder things in running an Etsy shop.

Hello guys and welcome back! I hope you all are doing well!

If you guys were unaware, I started my Etsy shop a little while back. It’s called NerdCentral13 and can be found here. I sell nerd related items for the most part.

But with starting and running an Etsy shop there are some not so glorious things that people don’t usually talk about much.

This is not to say I don’t love my Etsy shop. Because I do. It is my baby and I am very proud of it and all that I have done in such a short period of time. I am super excited to see what the future holds as my shop is still very young

  1. Success will NOT happen over night. It is very slow. People need time to find your shop and to make the decision whether or not to buy your product. Once you start getting the sales, more will trickle in. People want to know that you are trustworthy and your products are as advertised. This is something I knew going in, when starting my shop which is a case of patience is very much a virtue.
  2. You will have to spend money to make money. I don’t mean just on the cost of materials for your products but on advertising. Etsy and Google make it easy to help get your name out there but it isn’t free. You can set your daily limit but just remember, you need to have backup funding until your shop takes off. So don’t quit your job thinking this will pay all your bills. It may one day, just not at first!
  3. Social media will become key. You will need to “pimp” your shop and products out. This should be done on the regular with lots of hashtags to bring as much awareness to you and your shop as you can.
  4. Which brings me to the most important one. Time. You will never have enough. You will never estimate enough. You will have to miss out on some fun real world things to meet deadlines. Sometimes you will have to say no to opportunities because of time. But make sure to keep it fun and have a balance between your shop and life!
  5. Not everything will turn out right every time. This one has been a hard one for me. It’s very frustrating when something gets messed up or ruined. It’s okay to fail and have to start over. It happens to everyone and will happen to you.
  6. Love what you make. Every. Single. Time. Many shops make a number of different items but find that customers flock to one particular item over the others. In that case you will have to make a lot of that one thing.

I’m not saying don’t open a shop. I’m actually saying the opposite. Stop waiting around. Do it. Go for it. Don’t let anything stand in your way. But know, going in to it that these are the not so glamorous parts of it. Go in with eyes wide open.

So have your own Etsy shop? Drop your links in the comments!

Stay classy and sassy guys! ❤