About

Find what you love…..

I have worked since I was sixteen, I left college (even though I did eventually go back) so my Mother told me I had to get a job and not be a bum. So, I worked in the local supermarket like many young kids do. It was a good job, well paid , always more than the national minimum and I manged to save up quite a bit. Of course , I didn’t really do much so that is probably why I saved up a lot.

But….

 

It was so boring. I did eventually change my job after seven years of being there, moving up the ranks and I took a higher position right next door.  Still retail and this job was even more boring. I was stuck on the till, even though I was a manager, and just thought is this it? My family told me I was better than this (well some of them).

I had good grades, I had a triple distinction in IT or some crap like that. Studied Illustration for a bit, but hated it. I couldn’t stand people saying they didn’t like my work so,… yes, I was not cut out for that job sector. So, I quit. Looking back I feel like I quit so much. Like, I just gave up on loads of things. But I have come to realise it is a good bloody job I did. I wouldn’t be where I am now, if I didn’t.

Whilst working in retail I met the love of my life. My soon to be wife.

She flicked between crappy retail jobs until she landed a job within the construction industry designing houses. She loved it. But like all things that soon faded through various reasons.

And I was becoming more and more depressed with my own life.

So, whilst we was on holiday in Berlin, she said to me, just quit. I make enough money to support us (we were both living at my mums at the time) and you can think what you want to do. No pressure.

It was like I was waiting for her to say that without even realising it.

But it was hard. So, very hard.

I felt useless, I felt pressured, I did not know what to do. Why should I be out of work and she had to keep working full time and getting up early? So a lot of guilt.

As time went on, I fell into various things, I started dog walking through this app on Facebook which led to me starting my own pet service business which is now very popular. I started creating Zombears, which nearly sold out at a Horror Convention, we both became delivery drivers, I did a bit of gardening, sold beauty products etc. All sorts of random jobs and we made it work. We continue to make it work.

It was hard to begin with.

But now my partner has come out of work to work with me full time and grow our businesses. We have our own house, car, loads of pets, our life is good.

I fully encourage anyone who is wanting to become self employed to just do it. It is risky and you know what, no one will take you seriously. I still think many people don’t with me. But when I come home with over £200 for selling teddies and looking after peoples pets, I just smile.

At first, it was only my partner who believed in me and now she has gone down the same route. But that is all it takes, one person to help and encourage you.

And if you don’t have that, carry on anyway. They will see your success soon enough. And then they will start to be your cheerleaders. This is what happened to me.

I still have a long way to go but one thing I know, it is going to be fun and so much better than working for some other person and asking for time off. And even better my partner is going to be with me now.

 

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How to get out of your comfort zone and live more productively

 

We all want more excitement in our lives but sometimes we get stuck in the same, daily routine and feel like that this is it. We become stuck in a rut. Even though we are not. It can be hard to break this mind frame though.

Below, I have compiled a list that will help you get out of your comfort zone and start living the way you want to and better, overcome your fears, whatever they may be.

I have used the internet for inspiration so you may have seen these before and I have also added a few of my own.

  1. Take a cold shower (especially in the morning)
  2. Talk to strangers, in the bar, whilst out walking wherever.
  3. Ring up an old friend or family member
  4. Go on a road trip with only a vague idea of where your going
  5. Wake up early, go for a run, walk, cycle
  6. When that alarm goes off, get up, don’t hit snooze (try moving your alarm to the other side of the room)
  7. Read instead of watching TV before you go to bed
  8. Don’t keep a TV in your bedroom, it is for sleeping not watching TV
  9. Sign up for that 5K, 10K or half marathon and get training
  10. Instead of alcohol, order juice or a soft drink at the bar
  11. Spend half an hour on social media, you don’t really need to watch that video of funniest fails
  12. Wear something different or a little bit weird
  13. Every thirty days get rid of something you no longer use
  14. Take a different route to work, your friends etc
  15. Try a new recipe, you may just like it
  16. Try something weird (like snake – take a look at How to cook Snake meat )
  17. Turn your mobile off for a few days (or limit its use)
  18. Don’t use the laptop for a few days
  19. Disconnect from the cloud
  20. Every time you complain put money into a jar, like a swear jar an use it to go travelling, try that new restaurant, buy new clothes, treat your partner etc
  21. Read a little bit of the dictionary every day, who can say they have read all of the dictionary
  22. Say yes to something you would normally say no to ( read Yes Man for inspiration)
  23. Learn something you think is pointless ( like the periodic table or the capitals of all the states)
  24. Write 10 – 20 things you enjoy doing and get doing them
  25. Create a list of things you are grateful for, refer back to it when you are feeling down
  26. Keep something near you that you find funny, a book, movie, list of jokes
  27. Write down ways you waste time, start managing them (Facebook!)
  28. Plan your day the night before and have an idea of what you want to accomplish for the week. Maybe go further and create monthly and yearly plans. Share them with friends and family
  29. Eat that fruit and more greens!
  30. Want a change of job? Ask if you can shadow people already in that sector, you may find it interesting
  31. List your greatest accomplishments
  32. Take that risk

Soil

Many people take soil for granted, but without it we would not exist.

Here  are some facts about soil:

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Layers of soil

Soil has many layers, known as horizons.

The top layer, “O” is made up of organic material. It is about two inches thick and consists of decaying plants.

The “A” level is the action layer. It is also known as topsoil. It is around 5-10 inches thick and this is where the plants and organisms live and interact.

The “B” level is where the organic material, clay and iron minerals live that have been washed down from the “A” level. It is also known as the subsoil.

The “C” level is made up of large rocks that is the parent materials that the upper layers have come from.

The “R” level is made up of solid rock. This is the bedrock layer.

 

Soil Glossary

  • Illuviation – when material moves from layer to layer by rainwater.
  • Salinization – The salt content in soil. This is the process of increasing the salt in the soil.
  • Peat – formed when plant material does not fully decay. Quite boggy.

 

 

ZomBears are coming to Liverpool Horror Con!

So, what’s new?

As you may or may not know , I have several on going business and one of them is Danni’s Corner, which is my craft business. I have just recently upgraded, if you will, my page. New logo, new cover picture, so yes, it is looking pretty swish and professional now. And seen as I sort of specialise in Zombears, I have gone for a bit more of a darker, Halloweeny theme and it does fit in with me recently taking a bit of a plunge and booking a table at a horror convention.

So…..

Very excited to share with you all that I have decided to take a risk, pay for a table at a massive convention and share my ZomBears with Liverpool at the Liverpool Horror Con this October 7th.

Quite nervous 🙂

I have done one craft fair before at a small town near where I live and I did manage to sell nearly all of the ZomBears I brought with me. I was only there 10-2 so not bad going really.

I know people like them but it is still a nervous thing bringing your creations to a big place hoping people will like them  and buy them.

I say that but I have sold a lot of Zombears, I sell them mainly through Facebook and I have not put any of my new ones on my page because I am worried people will ask for them and I need them for Horror Con.

So, yes , there are weirdos out there like me who love zombie teddies.

I know Zombie Teddies are not an original idea (What is any more though, right?) , but I have kept mine as unique as I can, there are not two Zombears the same, and each one has a theme.

Take a look at some of my previous Zombears on Facebook;

https://www.facebook.com/DannisCornerZomBear/

And if anyone is coming to Liverpool Horror Con, come find me and say Hi 🙂

 

Some ZomBears and crafts for your viewing pleasure!!

 

 

DanniBlaze

 

Kooky Creatures Pt. 1

There are so many weird and wonderful creatures out there, most have not even been discovered yet, especially in places like the ocean floor and deep in the wild jungles of our world. There is so much yet to discover about our planet. Some of it is downright scary, some are just a little bit odd.

I hope you enjoy our ‘Kooky Creatures’ posts and keep any eye out for anything weird and unusual. You just don’t know when something new may come (slithering?) along.

  1. Hammerhead slug

Which is actually a Flatworm and the largest Flatworm known as of yet. It is also one of the few that live on land and yes, it craps from its mouth. Nice. It is a predatory worm, feeding off Earthworms and is considered a pest. It is not parasitic to humans but is known to produce Tetrodotoxin.

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2. Thistledown Velvet Ant

This little creature may look cute and fluffy, but can give you a nasty sting as it is actually a wasp in disguise. As if wasps couldn’t get any nastier. Even the babies are parasitic and feed off the Sand Wasp.

It mimics the seeds if the creosote bush and lives in the desert.

Males are found on flowers and have wings but the females don’t. It is the female that can give a nasty sting as a defence mechanism. They drink nectar.

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How to promote your craft business!!

Here are some tips on how to promote your craft business for free.

1. Get on social media

Get on them all! Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube, LinkedIn, Instagram etc.

I personally think Facebook is one of the best social media platforms you can use. Create separate accounts on all these from your personal account, much easier.

2. Utilise Facebook

Create a page on Facebook and promote!! Join groups such as handmade crafts and your local buy and sell pages. Get your products out there.

Put on your page as well for your bio what you do, connect your pages.

There are groups as well called like for like groups. Join these to get more likes for your craft page. People will also review and like your posts, if you do the same.

(You can also pay for Facebook ads to reach a wider audience, only spend up to £8 and reach a lot of people)

3. Use a hashtag

This is good for Instagram. Create a unique hashtag and use it when you can. #zombear

4. Go to craft fairs

Take the leap and book yourself onto a local craft fair. I wouldn’t pay any more than £15 for a table but that is up to you and what target audience you want to hit.

My first craft fair I sold five Zom-Bears within two hours. I was buzzing 🙂

But I was depleted of Zom-Bears so always bring enough, you can always take it home and do another craft fair.

Make sure you adjust your prices according to the type of craft fair. After all you want to sell your products, don’t have them too pricey.

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(My first craft fair)

5. Find a shop that will stock your products and not rip you off!

This is quite a good idea, just to see what happens. Me, personally I never got anything from my bears being in a shop.

6. Get in touch with like minded people

Maybe blog with them or advertise their crafts and they return the favour. Or you write up about their products and vice versa.

7. Share your knowledge

This can be through video tutorials, people love that or writing up blogs and content on your subject. People will then know you as an expert and interact with you.

8. Run competitions

Do this online and at the craft fairs.

Get peoples emails and send them details of new products. Don’t spam though because that just gets annoying. Once a month is enough.

9. Don’t get boring

Update content regularly, run competitions, talk about interesting and relevant stuff on social media, create new products and just get out there!

You will be surprised what people will like!

 Promoting your craft business takes time, a lot of time. Be prepared to invest a lot of your time into it and sometimes not see that much reward.
But your time will come, you will sell your products , it is up to you how full time you want to make your business. But it will work 🙂
Happy Crafting!!!
#zombear (lol)

Adventures in candle making – Fanta bottle candle

So, I saw this tutorial on Youtube and the person was making Fanta bottle, Coke bottle and Sprite bottle candles.
Pretty cool.
So, I have made quite a few candle crafts. I have done wine glass candles, tea cup candles, shot glasses and beer tankards. Turned out pretty well.
Sometimes I would have to pour more wax over the original wax because big, bloody holes would appear at the surface or cracks. And I hate seeing imperfection with my candles.

 

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This is one of my citronella tea cup candles.

So, I got hold of some white candle wax and bought a packet of wax crayons and took the oranges out.

I bought a Fanta bottle, I think I might have got one that is a bit too big because I needed a lot of wax and I think I put too much white in and not enough orange.

Fanta is very orangey and I don’t think I put enough orange into it.

Anyway, I attempted to pour the wax into the Fanta bottle and what it doesn’t show in the video tutorial is that when your pour hot wax into something plastic, it will shrink and warp.

The wax will have to be at least warm because you have to melt it down first.  So I think I might be missing something? I don’t know 🙂

Anyway this is the finished result.

It shrunk a bit at the top, but not too bad overall.

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Not bad …..

 

Take a look on YouTube for the tutorial, there are several on there.

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