My Etsy shop is now open for business. You can find my shop by simply clicking here.
My Etsy shop is now open for business. You can find my shop by simply clicking here.
Early December last year I got to order the Soapberry products from Tree to Tub’s Black Friday promo sale. I’ve now been using the shampoo and body was since then and I like it though I have a few complaints.
If you are an artist trying to sell your art, you have probably tried to make some DIY shrinky dink pins! If you haven’t yet, please learn from my mistakes and do a trial batch you are willing to scrap later.
I have seen so many artists online making their own pins but rarely do I see a tutorial showing the road bumps or disasters I’ve gone through to make them. I’ve been trying (and failing) to make my own handmade pins for awhile now. The issue was that my ink would always bleed on my pins after applying a coating to waterproof the pin.
I went shopping last weekend and I thought it would be nice to share with y’all what I got. I wasn’t originally planning to go out since I’m trying to keep up my savings but my sis needed a few things and the shopaholic in me took over at the end to buy just one item, even though it’s not for me. 🙃
My sis tried on all the shoes I asked her to and I must say those black Report shoes are too cute! She ended up buying these in store at Nordstrom Rack and a nude pair online.
While my sis was trying on more shoes I walked over to the handbag section with my mom and found these cute mini bags.
We got hungry and ate at Gordon Birsch and I had a mani mahi sandwich with sweet potato fries and a slice of my mom’s veggie pizza from her plate.
Last but not least, the item I bought that wasn’t for me. My boss asked me to buy a plant buddy for his office so I found an about $20 artificial one at Home Goods. My boss can’t grow a thing as he is a newbie so artificial is best, plus this looks super real! He said if he doesn’t pay me back, and he hasn’t yet, I can keep or return it. 😗 I’ve gotten so many compliments already on it just after a day so I may just keep it at my station!
Recently, for about a month, I’ve been trying to research how others market themselves online, from earning a stay at home income to getting traffic to their site. Even freelance work, because who doesn’t love a good side hustle? It’s all been a learning experience and I’m still learning, there is so much information I’ve found it’s been overwhelming to process. I’m still trying to learn how to improve and implement it myself, so I am by no means an expert but just reporting on my observations.
The one thing I’ve found in every bit of research, videos, articles, and even webinars I saw just today, all have in common?
I almost forgot I had this blog, and quite literally went through the process of purchasing a new domain with WordPress…. how completely embarrassing! I thought this site had expired after I cancelled my card last year and I thought that deleted this site permanently. Oops? I thought couldn’t get it back after that, but I checked back after receiving a birthday e-mail… Voila! I’m back, just without all the premium content since I’m still getting a refund for my other purchased site thatdorkymuslimgirl.com. I am so sorry! Sorry if you’ve missed me, I just couldn’t afford this site right out of college, until I got my Full Time job and I needed to create a small savings. My job is still on the rocks even after a year sad to say, but I miss blogging and I’m glad wordpress let’s people keep a free domain! I’ve deleted the other site (only 1 week old too) today because I really did miss this one, but I kept the posts I wrote on there to be posted here later(only 2 haha).
So Let’s play catch up shall we?
After I graduated University it was imperative for me to find a Full Time job since I wasn’t springing any luck in my animation field. My parents convinced me right after I graduated University to go to a community college and take a few classes to hold me off and keep learning until I found a “stable job” besides my part-time retail job which I absolutely hated at the time. Burnt out and desperate, I was applying everywhere for the animation and graphic design industry but nothing would bite, until a friend and my sister came to me with job offers.
One for Explosom from on old classmate that became a Producer, the creators of Cynaide and Happiness, the other my sister’s banking company that was hiring full time tellers. I got the interview for both, but I only passed the teller interview.
After I finished a year at community college learning interior design (lots of fun, I really recommend it if you can afford the licensing exam!) I quite after the semester ended, once I got hired at the bank center full time with 2 other new tellers. The culture and environment was fun and new, but I also made my very first (and only) mistake within my 2nd week of training at a training branch. It caused anxiety that I may loose my job for the entire year, until my yearly review came out and I passed. The rest of my scores were all really high, so that one mistake got washed out. Thank God! My job is still on the rocks sadly since there are still layoffs going on since I stated working, so I’ve been applying everywhere just to get out, and so have my other coworkers. Through it all, I have certainly grown up more thanks to this job.
Since desperation is a good motivator, I’ve been trying to learn new things online. I put my personal project of writing and drawing my comic Fragment on hold, once again (did you forget I am an artist?). Anything that could potentially land me my next, hopefully stable and secure, full time job, I made a priority. I’ve researched more marketing, site optimization (which lead me to try that new blog site, haha…), copy and content writing, and I’ve attended several online webinars and workshops to help me potentially start selling my handmade crafts online but with hopefully better results than I ever started out with.
So with as with my current life’s journey, I don’t know where I’m headed, but I’m going to keep my chin up and keep moving forward! Something good will come along, God willing.
Good Luck to you all!
I know I have left this site with a long hiatus, but I’m back with an important post! 🙂
Recently, I have done a few interviews as I adjust my life and try to follow a new career path to financially support myself. I have done many interviews so far, from phone interviews to meeting in person. Some interviews were quite extensive, and I didn’t get the job on those but I learned a lot! So in hopes that you will ace your own interview, here is advice I pulled from friends, family, and my own experiences:
I’ve got all these products that I am currently in love with listed here. Enjoy, and know that these all have my personal stamp of approval. 🙂 Plus most of these are running on empty from how much I’ve used them ;D
1. Nuke Exfoliating Gel with Rose Petals $24 for sensitive to all skin types
2. Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator $34
3. Balance Me Congested Skin Serum $30 from Birchbox
4. Dr. Brandt Skincare $78 from Sephora
5. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask $34
6. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask $25 (I got a 4 pod sample for $8-$10) at sephora in store
7. Etre Belle Aloe Vera Gel $24 from Glossybox
8. Clearista Retexturizing Gel $70
9. Tarte LipSurgence lip tint in lust $24
10. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstain Cranberry Crush $7.49 on Amazon
11. Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstain In the Buff $7.49 on Amazon
12. W3LL PEOPLE Expressionist Mascara $23.50
13. Maybelline Great Lash Washable Mascara $5.99
14. Doucce Ultra Precision Eye Liner Pencil $22
15. Aurora Eyeliner Pen $12
I’ve been looking around the web and I found some cool props and masks I would like to share with ya’ll. 🙂
This mask looks so cool! It’s made completely handmade and hand painted from plastic and recycled parts. The seller is on Etsy, and is from Barcelona, Spain and accepts international shipping.
I personally love masquerade balls, or masked events. The mystery, air of excitement and potential romance is intoxicating. This mask is laser cut from a metal alloy and can also be found on Etsy.
An online exclusive set of 2 paraffin wax drip candles from Urban Outfitters will look spooky and unique in any household this Halloween.
I love this mask so so much, though it is very much on the expensive side, it is very unique. It is hand crafted right here in Dallas by High Noon Creations and sold as an online exclusive on Urban Outfitters.
I found this one off AliExpress, it is pretty cool because you can use it to put any liquid you want to drink in it and haul it around 😉 Just don’t bite me for some real blood!
I stopped working on the challenge half way through the month because I started getting burned out. Though I did a lot more than last year, I am sure I won’t go the whole month this time around.