Unpaper Towels: DIY

It’s that time of year where blankets are near, the fire (heater) is roaring and everyone is crafting. If you are throwing a party and looking to be a bit more environmentally conscious try out unpaper towels this year. Yes, you can buy fancy linens or official unpaper towels from Etsy shop owners and alike cites, however, they can be pricey. For a fraction of the cost you can create your own before the online shops would be able to ship theirs to you, they are that easy to make.

Blueland Update|Worth it?

After publishing the Blueland review I decided to reach out to the company about my main concern regarding the products. If you missed that review click here.

The Conversation:

Breana Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:49 PM
To: help@blueland.com
Hello,

I am a bit puzzled on what to do. I loved the products, however, the bottles have started cracking. In late August I received the starter kit as a birthday gift, less than two months later two out of the three bottles have cracked all the way through. I do not recall dropping them, my fiancee suggested that they cracked due to the bottles expanding in the heat (we have no ac). Then again if it was from the heat why didn’t all three crack.
I was going to repurchase the two bottles that broke but I do not want them to keep cracking as it defeats the purpose of them being reusable if I have to keep replacing them.
Thank you for your time,
Breana
help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Mon, Oct 7, 2019 at 6:51 PM
To: Breana

Hi Breana ,

Thanks for reaching out to us. We’ve received your inquiry and look forward to speaking with you. We strive to respond within 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays.

In the meantime, have you checked out our FAQs? You question might already have an answer there.

We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch shortly.

Best,
The Blueland Team

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help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Tue, Oct 8, 2019 at 9:33 AM
To: Breana
Hi Breana,

Thanks so much for your e-mail and your support of Blueland.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience and poor experience you’ve had. We’re happy to send a replacement Starter Sets to the shipping address on file and issue return labels for you to send back the damaged bottles in the same boxes your replacements are shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle them.

Before we do that, do you mind sharing an image or video of the bottles with us so we can share this feedback with our team to understand your issue better? We’d truly appreciate it!

We’re still working out the kinks and sincerely apologize that you received a defective bottle. Once we receive the defective bottle back, we’ll be sure to further investigate with our product development/manufacturing team.

Best,
The Blueland Team

Breana Wed, Oct 9, 2019 at 3:39 PM
To: help@blueland.com
Hello Blueland Team,

Thank you for the quick response, and of course, attached are pictures of the bottles. I am interested in receiving a replacement starter set, it was ordered under my mother’s name as she ordered them for my birthday. On file it would be under name at address. Let me know if you need any more information.
Thank you again,
Breana
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help@blueland.com <help@blueland.com> Thu, Oct 10, 2019 at 11:04 AM
To: Breana
Hi Breana,

Thanks for the confirmation! We’ve gone ahead and sent a replacement Bathroom and Multi-Surface Starter Sets to the shipping address on file and you should receive another confirmation e-mail shortly. We’ve also attached the return labels in this e-mail for you to send back the damaged bottles in the same boxes your replacements are shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle them. Alternatively, if your area has single-stream recycling you can also dispose of them that way.

Thank you for your patience and hope you can get cleaning sooner than later!

Within a week the new bottles arrived. If you are wondering, “why didn’t you update us sooner”, here is why. It is amazing that they replaced the bottles, however, I wanted to wait at least a month to see if the new bottles would have the same issue. I am happy to say that so far the bottles are all blemish free.

Worth the Money?:

Yes, the products are good, if you read the comments on the trial video you will see that others have had issues with the cracking as well as the glass cleaner. The companies customer service is excellent though, so if you have any issues simply reach out to them. When I received my bottles the first time around they were just starting out now they have additional products and no doubt are improving daily.

On the subject of the glass cleaner leaving smudges, if you use too much this will happen. Perhaps they have changed the formula now so this no longer occurs though. Personally I have switched to white vinegar, however, it does not smell anywhere near as good as the Blueland glass cleaner. ha. My favorite ones would still have to be the multi surface and bathroom formulas. I would definitely recommend their products to a friend, they clean well without the annoying chemical smells.

 

XOXO Faith

Plan with Me: Mood Tracker

Not sure why it has taken me so long to produce planner content, I absolutely love them. The new trend has been the bullet journal which allows for optimal customization, however, you can also create that with other types of planners. My go to planner for the last couple of years has been the Happy Planner, I love being able to take out pages without ruining it. It also has the capability of customization just like the bullet journal since you can add pages to the binding. Some of the popular pages to customize in a bullet journal are the tracker pages due to the creative level that breaks away from the traditional check list.

For my first aesthetically pleasing tracker I focused on a mood tracker. Mental health and mood trackers are linked to reaching a level of beneficial growth. At a glance one is able to tell how the month went on an emotional level then you can dive into the weekly side of your journal to see what caused that emotional effect. It is therapeutic and engaging as it becomes a work of art rather than a boring chart.

This particular theme, Live Foxi, is geared toward this fall/ early winter season, however it can easily work for summer months as well. Follow along below in the time-lapse video of me creating this little guy. (=

 

Live Foxi Tutorial

 

Are you a planner addict too? Let me know in the comments. 

XOXO Faith

 

Disney Mouse Ears | DIY

Disney’s iconic mouse ears can be a bit pricy and the knock off alternatives look too cheap. Even the authentic ears tend to hurt after wearing them for a couple of hours. Today I am going to teach you how to make your own Minnie Mouse Ears without the annoying headband for a fraction of the cost. For your crafting convenience I have included both written instructions and a video tutorial.Don’t know how to sew but still want to make the ears? Where it says to sew opt in fabric glue.

For the average crafter these ears will cost between $2 to $6 since most of the materials will be in your craft closet. If you do not have any of the materials see the breakdown below for the estimated cost. All of the prices listed below are for larger amounts than needed which means you are making an addition to your craft collection. yay! If you see no need for the full yardage of ribbon, simply take it to the cut counter for a shorter length.

I want to see your ears, share them in the comments below or send me a message with a picture of them!

 

xoxo Faith

 


Materials

Item Price
Fabric Quarters
(1) Solid Black
(1) Red & White Poka Dot
$0.79 each – Walmart
Glitter Fabric or Ribbon $1.50  – Michaels
0.38″ x 5yd.
Lace Ribbon – White $5.99 – Michaels
3.5″ X 3 Yards
100% Nylon
Exact one used
Butterfly/ French Barrette $1.10  – Walmart
Pack of 10
Poly Fill $4.19  – Joann 
2oz Bag
Hot Glue Gun+ Sewing Machine
or Fabric Glue
 Varies

Instructions

The Ears:

  1. Unfold the solid black fabric quarter and take out the cardboard in the middle of it.
  2. Fold the cardboard in half to create a symmetrical  triangle. Note the cardboard is not a perfect square to begin with.
  3. Use a pencil to sketch out a circle with a dent at one end then cut it out. These will be the inner structure of the ears.
  4. Fold the black fabric in half twice. Pin the fabric to keep all the layers in place. Trace the cardboard structure of one ear with a pencil then add about an inch to the shape all the way around for the seam allowance. A seam allowance allows room for the stitch otherwise it will be significantly smaller than you want.
  5. Cut out the larger shape, you should end up with four black ears.
  6. Place an ear on top of the lace ribbon then fold it over to cover both sides. Pin down the ear to avoid any shifting. Cut the lace then repeat once more.  Cut both pieces of lace in half.  Place each ear on a piece of lace then pin them together in the center.
  7. Sew each ear to the lace as close to the edge as you can, then trim off the access lace.
  8. Place two of the ears wrong sides together, lace to lace. Pin the two ear together then sew leaving the dented portion open. Repeat.
  9. Flip each ear inside out so that the lace is on the outside. Place one inner structure in each ear then begin stuffing with poly fill on both sides of the cardboard.
  10. Hand sew each ear closed.
  11. Optional: Use scrap pieces of black fabric to cover the bottom of each ear, this is simply to create a finished look. Pin the fabric to the ear, cut off the excess then hand sew the fabric onto the ear.

The Bow:

  1. Take out the cardboard from the middle of the red with white poka dot fabric.
  2. Fold the fabric up one forth and cut out one square length.
  3. Pin the fabric right sides together (pretty side facing each other).
  4. Sew the square all the way around leaving a large enough opening to flip the fabric.
  5. Flip the fabric and hand sew the opening closed.
  6. Fold the square in half, begin scrunching to create the bow pleats then sew the middle to make them permanent.

Together we Go:

  1. Take the glitter fabric/ ribbon and wrap it around the middle by tying a knot.
  2. Place a dot of glue on the barrette then loop the glitter ribbon around the barrette to tie a knot for extra security.
  3. Cut off the ends of the remaining glitter ribbon, place hot glue on the raw edges to prevent them from fraying.
  4. Use a needle and thread to add some stitches to the sides of the barrette to avoid any twisting or flopping.
  5. Place the two ears on the back of the bow pin them to the bow.
  6. Once you are satisfied with the placement begin hand sewing the bottom of each ear to the bow. Be careful to only pierce through the first layer of the bow so that it cannot be seen on the front.

    Video Tutorial

Affordable & Comfortable |Halloween Costumes

Tis the season for frights for some and comfy sweaters for all. So you’ve been invited to a Halloween party but you’re not sure what to wear? Well you’ve come to the right place! This year I am focusing on affordable ways to dress up once again with a twist called comfort. Many girls dress up to look skanky on Halloween, however, here I try to keep it classy without looking frumpy. Seeking some Halloween d.i.y. costumes? Don’t worry d.i.y.’s are definitely on there way, patience, starting Saturday will be the first Halloween d.i.y. of this season, for now enjoy the d.i.y ideas in this post.


The Boyfriend, The Fiancee, The Husband

Are you the creative one and him not so much? Would he feel tortured to walk around in a full blown costume made of itchy fabric and hours of your hard work? Try a onsie, he will love you even more for it! If you want to be pooh bear try a yellow dress with a cropped red top paired with d.i.y ears. He can be Eeyore to match plus you’ll both be able to reuse the outfits thoughout the year. Want to be Sally? This one is a little tough to diy so I would suggest heading to Hot Topic to pick up the costume dress which you can still rewear thoughout the year, if you’re a die heart fan. He can be Jack in comfort and style, who wants to really walk around with a giant skull head anyway.

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Blueland Review

Earth friendly products have been in the forefront of the media for a majority of this year and lately Blueland has been buzzing. Blueland is a company that prides themselves on creating a product that is sustainable inside and out down to the packaging. It is all about reducing plastic and recycling cleaning supply containers. The formula itself gloats on its ability to be not only eco friendly but also pet friendly, pregnancy friendly, and kid friendly. A concept of a tablet to eliminate dumping bottle after bottle into the landfill is a relatively new one yet is it worth it to make the switch?

Budgeting 101| Freebie

Adulting always seems as if you’ll be jumping into this magical fairy tale where you get to paint the walls without permission. Then you get there and realize all the negatives that align with them such as figuring out how to afford all the paint.ha. I’ve learned a lot in a short window of time but budgeting has always been a part of me, it’s fun. A game you cannot afford to lose, quite literally.