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Friday, April 24, 2015

Fun Friday Favs 17

Man oh man, it's been quite some time since I've done an F3 post! I need to start bringing these back, but I think I'll be modifying them a little bit. I've been missing roller derby so much lately, its kind of sad. I've been missing practices due to my husbands work schedule and not having a babysitter. During the day I've been trying to hit up the Skate Parks when its not raining, but its been raining a lot, so that's a no go. Sunday our team will be having an intraleague league scrimmage and I can't wait to see them go at it! Both teams have been busting serious ass and working so well with their respective teams. Its sure to be an exciting bout!

Of course I'm going to be rooting for the Belles, because that's the team my Derby Wife is playing on! My little duder will be coming along since my husband is working. He will have fun with the other kids there, but he told me that he thinks derby is fun to watch. That is AWESOME!

A few other things that have gone on are more cosplay work. I will need to make a separate update for Faora, because there's much going on with her costume, and I don't want this whole post to be about it, lol. One of the costumes I decided I wanted to do, was Ms. Marvel.

I need work on body suits, so I figured her was fairly simple so I should be able to improve by making her. Although I will be making a change to her costume. I don't like how the sides around her hips are cut so high and how the butt part is so small. So I will be making the hip sides lower and giving more coverage on my butt. I actually started working on the bodysuit an hour ago! Ive got the basting done so I can see where I need to make adjustments, and I will be finishing the seams up soon. I've got my zipper ready to install and I need to work the raw edges on the arm holes and leg holes, but all in all I'm pretty pleased with my progress so far. I will post progress photos soon.

On to something I'm stoked about!! Over at, one of my best friends is gearing up for her wedding!! Wednesdays are dubbed "Wedding Wednesdays" and she posts some of the awesome things that will be integrated in her wedding. My husband and I never had an actual wedding so I think in a sense, I'm living vicariously through her wedding planning, ha! Well, its Friday night, and I think I'm going to spend the next hour (or two) playing Diablo 3.

Nerdy love to ya!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Your First Vendor Booth

I run a little shop on Etsy where I sell my handmade items. Most of what I sell is either nerdy related, or roller derby related. Over the weekend I was given the opportunity to have a vendor booth at a local roller derby bout! I was so nervous, but also very excited. You see, this was my very first vendor booth! I wasn't sure what to expect regardless of the countless blogs and articles I read. Nevertheless I do feel like there were a number of things I learned the hard way to either do, or not to.

This was my basic layout. I made changes after this picture.

  • First and foremost, get your legal stuff in order. Each state is different so I can't speak for other places, but in the state of Texas, you HAVE to have a Texas sales and usage tax permit before having a vendor booth anywhere. A lot of places will ask you to have it out and visible, but others only require you to have it on hand, in case you're asked to show it. This is so very important. If you have a booth and do not have your proper permits, you can get into serious legal troubles with your state (maybe even city) government. Follow the law, folks!

  • Get cash, and have change- Depending on what the price of your items are, you want to make sure that you can provide enough change for people. The majority of my items are $30 or less, so I focused on bringing a good amount of $1s and $5s.

  • Make a plan for your table- Days before having my booth, I sketched out two different layouts for it. Its good to have more than one option for something like this. Once I got my table, I was able to decide which layout would not only look more appealing, but I was able to see the difference in table size, and what would actually work better with size vs. layout.

  • Location, location, location- This won't always apply to everyone. I was able to choose my location. Where did I setup? Smack dab in the front. I was in between the skater cage (area where all skaters signed in, kept their stuff, and geared up) and the entry door. I wanted to be right there when people first came in. Because of my location, I was able to get the attention of the patrons, but also the skaters (which flocked my table!)

  • Bring a ton of business cards- When someone buys from you, give them your card. They may love your stuff so much they want to get more. Always give your card to people. Especially if they spend time at your table. Just because they cant buy anything right then and there, they may want to some other time. Its better to have tons of cards than not enough!

  • Test your equipment before you get to the venue- This was a boo boo I had. I was using Etsy's handy dandy credit card reader for the first time. With my first sale, I tried swiping it, but it wasn't working!!! I had to manually type in the customers card info. It made me feel a bit flustered. You don't want that to happen, so make sure you test your stuff ahead of time!

  • Organize- I made an inventory list of all the items I was bringing to sell. I also made a list of the other items I was bringing with me (tablet, card reader, receipt book etc.). I even made a list of misc. items like pens and scissors. Again, its better to have a bunch of miscellaneous items you don't need, than to need something you don't have!

  • Bring food- When you're at a booth, you're there. You can't leave. The venue isn't responsible for lost or stolen items, and if you leave your booth, you risk that. Unless you've got a friend that can cover down for you, you're stuck like Chuck. Remember to bring yourself some food and something to drink! There's nothing worse than being stuck somewhere and being hungry too!

  • Have fun- This should go without saying. Yes you're there to make money. But that's not the only thing to bank on. I didn't make as many sales as I was hoping to, but I did have a lot of fun, and it was a great experience!

I hope this helps someone out there who might be interested in having their first vendor booth somewhere. It may seem intimidating, but its not that bad. Anyone else out there that has tips to add, feel free to leave a comment! I'd love to hear what you've learned in your experiences!

Nerdy love to ya!

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Okay, I have a confession to make. It took me a loooong time to get around to actually seeing what Minecraft was all about. That game has been around for a long time and as of maybe 2-3 months ago, we just now got it. At first I hated it. My son and hubs loved it. They loved it on survival mode. I HATE that mode. But when we switched it over to creative, I actually enjoyed playing it. I guess it's more like playing with old school Legos in the sense that you build whatever comes to mind and you don't have to worry about someone coming to get you come night time. Don't get me wrong, seeing the creepers and the zombies were hilarious especially the Endermen. I personally really like building things, and often times, things turn out partially ridiculous (in a good way). It's a lot of fun and the music for some weird reason is very calming. I like to play Minecraft when I want to just mellow out, no blood pumping hard action video game. Because I have just started playing it, I know that I've just scratched the surface of the game. I have watched a few YouTube videos and they show a lot of things I had no idea you could do.

What are some things you've discovered about Minecraft?

Nerdy love to ya!

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Sunday, April 05, 2015

Take Back Mondays

I love this gif. I really love this gif. For the life of me, I cant remember where I got it, but I love it. Most of us think about Mondays and are filled with anxiety for the upcoming week. The thought of going back to work after enjoying a nice weekend can really get to you, bringing you down. But instead of letting that get to you, why not change your frame of mind about Mondays?

The past week I have been working on changing my frame of mind. This is with everything. I want to be more of a positive person so I have tried to correct and block out negativity. When I hear myself saying something negative, or even thinking it I make a conscious effort to say to myself, "No, nope not going to even let these words out. Be happy, be positive." To some it might seem corny, but after saying it enough times, I know that it will become automatic. That's what I want. I want to be happier with myself through and through. Both physically, mentally and everything in between.

Getting back to the Monday stuff...lets change the way we think about Mondays! Lets think of them as the beginning of productivity? The beginning of another chance to make the most out of the week. I'm sure people who don't enjoy their jobs are thinking, how in the world can I do this?? Well, start small! Everything has a starting point but that doesn't mean that its some huge, dramatic start. Think of things on the day to day. Small victories. You finished the work day and didn't want to curse everyone out! That's a victory, right? From there, things can only go up! Getting one more piece/part of work done, getting all your calls made, whatever kind of job you have, start little and build yourself up! So instead of dreading the upcoming work week, think about this gif. Run up on Monday, grab it by the neck and body slam your work week . Own that shit!
Nerdy love to ya!

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Easter 2015

Today is Easter! I hope that whatever you are celebrating today, that your day is filled with friends, family and love!

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