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!

Etsy Shop Update!

New items in my shop!

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about my shop on Etsy but I have new stuff up and ready for purchase in my shop!

Here are some of the newer items to my shop:

 

Take a look at the listings and my shop for yourself here.

The holiday season is quickly approaching and I’m trying to get ready for it by adding even more products to my shop so stay tuned for those to be coming!

I’m super happy and proud of how everything came out. I’m also thrilled with the fact that for the most part I’ve really been sticking to making new things. It’s a nice hobby and I love doing it.

Let me know if you all are interested in my creative process of how I do it all!

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! ❤

How I Know I’m Getting a Deal

Hello and welcome back to this great corner of the interwebs!

I thought I’d share with you all some of the things I do to know I’m getting a good deal on a game or even a console.

I like to make sure that I am decently versed in the specific types of games I am looking for. So for me, I keep up with GameCube, PS2, DS, 3DS, and N64. A good way to do this is to be a part of the game collecting community. I personally do this through frequenting r/gamecollecting on Reddit.

Once I have more knowledge about the systems I’m looking out for, I make sure that I have a good set to resources to access. I tend to use Ebay, Pricecharting.com and some actual game store websites, (Mainly estarland.com for me, they’re amazing). How do I use these resources you ask? Well I use Ebay to see what games have been sold for when I have a game I’m interested in right in front of me. I browse listings by sold and completed listings and compare that to what I have in front of me. It’s important to look at the completed and sold listings because if it’s listed for 40 bucks that doesn’t mean it’s actually selling for 40 bucks. I will use Pricecharting.com to see what the trending value of a game is, as well as it’s highest and lowest values. I also like to look at the trend of a game to see if it’s been increasing or decreasing to determine if I need to snatch a game up now or if I’m safe to wait a bit. And last but not least, I will use other game store’s websites, typically estarland.com for me. This site is honestly great. They let you know the condition of the game and the price differences due to the varying conditions. With their used games its typically, complete, no manual, and disc only. That way you can see what the game in front of you is being sold for in its current condition at another competitor.

Now besides just purchasing the item as is, what else can you do to try and snag a better deal? Great question. You can use all of your knowledge to try and haggle a better price. Yes. Ask for a better deal. Pull your resources. Prove your knowledge. The worse thing that can happen is someone says no. It can be unnerving and scary at times but trust me. It DOES work. Sometimes. Not always.

Also be sure to ask them about deals or coupons. Especially if you’re in an area you don’t frequent. You could get lucky and find a discount or better option that you never knew existed.

Add yourself to the email lists, a lot of local game stores send out weekly or monthly emails with deals and coupons. It’ll be a few more emails to go through every week or so, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Make sure to be friendly and talk with the store clerks. So many times I have found myself in better positions by striking up a conversation with the clerk. And I have made a friend or two along the way as well. Those clerks might even set things aside for you when they come in just because they know you’re looking for it. Making your life a lot easier.

One last tip I have is carry some cash. When you’re frequenting small independent game stores, taking the credit card cash out fee and waiting for that money to be deposited can mean life and death some days, a lot of the time they’re willing to give you a discount IF you pay in cash. Always offer and see what happens. Again, the worst thing that can happen is they say no.

Stay classy and sassy!