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Monday, February 16, 2015

Eye of the Tiger

Okay before anyone says anything, I know how corny and lame the title of this post is!! The last post I made, Inactive Activity, was a bit of venting. I was extremely frustrated and really needed to get my blah feelings out there. After writing it, and thinking about things, I am working on changing my attitude. Yes, I feel like I'm never an active participant, and that I'm  a;ways in the background and forgettable. And while i do still feel like that, I am working on fixing that. Taking it as the fact that yes, I am underestimated, but that can be a good thing! No one expects me, so I can slide on by and take them by surprise. I am thinking more of that approach with two things: Roller Derby and my Etsy  shop.

For roller derby, I haven't been able to make it to any practices in the past month. Noted. But I have still been working on things at my house. I have been wearing my skates just about all of the time and skating around while I'm doing chores and cooking. I really need to find a pair of outdoor wheels so that I can skate outside. Its been so nice out the past few days (with the exception of today, which is apparently starting winter all over again), being outside has felt amazing! Outdoor skating would really help me with my stability (which I've said is basically non existent, lol) until I'm able to get back on the track again.

With my Etsy shop, I have been doing moderate marketing between here at my blog and on social media. While i plan on continuing with marketing about the same, I am starting to work furiously to push out more items. And a bigger variety of products. I have a lot of clay items that I have worked on here and there, and some of them I have listed here, but I need to list the remaining. I also only have a little bit of clay left, so I will be using all of that up so I can move on to the next item. I also have some resin pieces that I have casted here and there that are sanded and ready to be painted, but I haven't gotten to them. After the clay, I plan on spending just a little bit of time finishing up these pieces so I can list them all. I also will be working on more sewing and screen printed items. After preparing for last years Geekfest and then not being able to participate (darn broken leg!), I realized that I did NOT have nearly enough inventory for the 3 day convention. I would like to fill an entire jumbo plastic bin with merchandise.

I am trying to "Think Like a Winner", as corny as that sounds. Giving myself daily affirmations of being successful. I WILL DO THIS!!

Yes, that is a Freddy Mercury meme. I love Freddy Mercury, in case you were curious!


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Inactive Activity

I know the title may seem a bit odd, how can you have inactive activity? Let me explain what I mean. We all live our lives, have a routine and mostly go through the motions, right? You go through your day basically on auto pilot.  Get up, grab breakfast (or dont), head to work for 8 or 9 hours,  come home, eat dinner, relax and then go to bed. It's so routine and mundane. You aren't 'living' your life. You're just shuffling through.

I've felt like this my entire life. Even when I've tried to participate in something, I find myself not being that active. It's like I'm always on the outside looking in. Always the Spectator, Never the Participant. That's how my life has always been, that's how it is now, and I'm afraid that that's how it will always be. I know people say, "well get out of your comfort zone and do something about it!"

Well I have/am. I started roller derby because it's something I've wanted to do for a very long time. I really love skating and everything I have learned so far. I will continue with it, but I find myself frustrated a lot. I didn't break my leg just to give up, fuck that. But like I said, I  get frustrated with myself a lot. I try not to compare myself to other people, but it's hard when you see people that started out after you doing better than you are. On top of the fact that I haven't been able to go to practice in almost a month, I feel out of practice, like I am falling behind and will have to start all over. Again. i have missed a bunch of practices so I am also out of the loop on a lot of things. I actually feel left out. today my team had an interleague scrimmage. I didn't go. I couldn't go to be honest, and if I were able to go I think I would have been a total Deb. Annoyed with the fact that I couldn't be out there, and that I'm not doing anything.

I'm tired of drifting by. I want to be an active participant in my life, but how the hell do I do this? I've always felt like I'm on the outside. Like I'm miniscule, and don't matter. I'm not popular, I never have been. Maybe it's all in my head but I find that I'm very forgettable. I'm not social, at all. But when I try to be, I'm often talked over and ignored. So I shut myself up, and revert to just listening and watching. I'm really tired of it. How do you fix things like that??

I'm rambling at this point to where I don't even remember where I'm going with this. I guwas I'm just venting.


Etsy, I Love You

Some time ago, I was using to list my handmade items online. While I got a good amount of views, I never got any purchases. I even posted about that here on my blog. Since that post, I switched over to using and I couldn't be happier! Not only is etsy so much easier to navigate, the process of listing items seems much more thorough and there are way more ways to build and promote your business. I am still learning the ins and outs of using etsy, and although I haven't made too many sales, I am very happy with my change in websites!

I try to be as productive as possible with my shop. I try to list at least one new item each day. On a good day, I can get two or three things listed! I desperately need to boost my inventory, in July I will be having a vendor booth at a local convention, so that is another reason i need to boost production up. Right now I work with polymer clay, resin and I've done a few sewing projects. I am still perfecting my screen printing skills, but once I do I will be adding some screen printed items to my shop as well! That part I am most excited about, I've got quite a few ideas for shirts, shorts, bags, a little bit of everything honestly! But all in all, I am very happy with etsy, and I am excited to keep things moving! If you haven't visited my shop, here are a few of the items that are currently listed in my shop:

along with the items listed in my shop, I also accept custom orders. So if there's anything you would like made for you, I'd be more than happy to create something for you!

Friday, February 06, 2015

Rhada Beauty Products

I recently had the opportunity to work with Rhada Beauty. As a partner with Brand Backer, I was able to try their Intensive Youth Eye Serum to review. I was extremely excited to try this product because ever since I turned 30, I feel like I'm getting old. I swear I keep finding grey hairs and wrinkles. Sign me up for any wrinkle cream out there. But Rhada's Intensive Youth Eye Serum isn't just any wrinkle cream. This serum was great to try out. According to the box, it does everything from reduce dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin. It even says it increases elasticity and enhances skin tone. At first I was pretty skeptical because honestly, a lot of skin serums claim to to do the same thing. One of the many things I noticed that set Rhada Beauty were their ingredients. The majority of the ingredients listed were plant based. That's usually not the case with most beauty creams. 

I followed the directions of the box, and used a dab of the eye gel both in the morning and in the evening. I put some on my forehead, under my eyes, and out onto my cheeks (and the sides of my mouth because I have killer laugh, really bad). My immediate reaction was interest. I wasn't looking in the mirror when I initially applied the gel, so I didn't physically watch my face change. But when I took a quick look in the mirror, I did notice a change. It wasn't a drastic change, but my laugh lines didn't dig deep into my cheeks. That was pretty awesome to see. I knew that this was only a temporary fix, being as how I had just started using the eye serum. But I do like the fact that it plumped up my lines and wrinkles.

These two photos are from the initial day I started using the Intensive Youth Eye Serum:

These two Photos are from three days later:

This photo was the fourth day:

And here is my face after one week:

Between the first day and the third day, I believe that was when I saw the most difference. It could be that I have started to get used to the changes in my face. I definitely have noticed my wrinkles and lines have diminished a bit. And the dark circles under my eyes haven't been as noticeable. My skin tone does also look more even (and I have struggled with this quite a bit). I am very happy with the results I've achieved with this product, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone having issues with wrinkles, dark spots and overall tone. Visit Amazon HERE to learn more, read reviews and purchase so that you can try it out for yourself!

**This post about Rhada beauty products, has been sponsored by Brandbacker. A sample was provided in order for me to review.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Endless Leather

Recently I was given the opportunity to work with Endless Leather to create a handmade piece of jewelry. I chose three different colors of Leather Cord as well as a stainless steel Bead and gold plated Jewellery Findings. I cannot tell you how excited I was to receive my package in the mail!!

After brainstorming for a day, I decided that I wanted to make a bracelet. I wanted the stainless steel bead to really be visible as it was my focal point of the whole thing. I decided to make a leather wrapped bracelet, with the bead in the center. For my first time working with leather, I think I did a pretty good job, what do you guys think?