Interested or recently purchased the Brother PE550D embroidery machine? After purchasing the machine I did as most people do, went to Youtube to teach myself the basics. While yes, there were a few videos available they lacked the teaching aspect; it was more of watch me embroider this item kind of “tutorials”. I crave the basics whenever I try anything new which includes how to thread the machine and most importantly what the heck all the buttons do. Although anyone can read the instruction Manuel to gain this information some people like myself prefer to see it in action as well for a quick reference or simply for a visual. Also let’s be honest, not everyone reads the instruction booklets.
One thing I did really enjoy is the fact that Brother includes a book with every single design that comes downloaded onto the machine making it easy to see what colors you need as well as easing the picking process for what design to make. Watch the tutorial below to see how to thread the machine with the self threader, no licking the thread to try to maneuver it through the needle on this guy. Another cool function is the outline feature, this is where the machine will show the perimeter of the design. This is beneficial to see if the design is straight as well as if it will overlap any other designs etc. Let me know in the comments what else you want to learn/ see me do with this machine.
What you’ll learn from the tutorial… how to thread the machine, choose a design, hoop a onesie, attach the hoop, change the density, change the tension, rotate designs, the cut thread button, and how to raise/lower the needle.
This one has been a long time coming and I could not be more excited to share this new journey with you all. Branching into a new form of art is always a learning curve so it is expected that it will come with mass frustrations alongside joy. First I want to address the mass inflation that has been happening in the crafting world, since people are still jumping onto the hands on art of creating, companies are fluctuating prices so make sure to do some research if you too are looking to start a new craft. Personally, I watched this machine practically double in price within days, to make things worse this machine is quite old. However, for people that just received their stimulus check they may have looked for a machine without any knowledge and just purchased it thinking it was the average price. Always take the time to research for at least a week or two when making a larger purchase.
The machine that I picked up was the Brother PE550D which is a popular machine for two reasons, affordability and the name Disney. Simply put, it comes with 45 built in Disney designs which on their own would be around $6 a piece to purchase. That being said, some of the designs are exclusive to the machine itself too. So about $270 worth of just embroidery files were included which sold me on this machine as similar ones were the same price with only basic files included. While researching into the embroidery field I stumbled upon this company called New Brothread too for embroidery thread and the price was well, almost too good to be true so I had to try it out as well. Watch the unboxing for my first impressions on both items/ companies and don’t forget to subscribe to see their reviews coming soon.
Although it has been a couple of weeks it still seems so surreal that we moved. People keep asking how I feel about all the changes, I’m happy but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it too. Funny isn’t it, how one moment can feel like forever and once it is over it’s as if it happened in a blink of an eye. No, it was not an easy decision or journey by far, there were a lot of challenges and things we never anticipated that arose as well. I hope to share some in depth, painful at the time, yet fun to look back on stories soon with my fiancé. If he is willing to do so, I think it will be fun to look back on for us and hopefully you guys can learn from some of our mistakes or laugh at our stories. For now though here is an in depth walk through of our first “home” together. I say “home” because it was pretty crazy and ridiculous all at the same time where we lived.
Yes, I did create a home tour video back is 2019 which was right when we moved in and I was a bit careful to share everything since that is where we were living. People are crazy, not everyone I know but you know what I mean. Here is the link to the first mini tour and live update if you want to see how the place progressed once we filled it with more junk. Anyway I hope you all enjoy the short walk through of our first place, and yes the sliding door was our only entrance inside.
Organizing is one of my favorite things which may seem weird but it’s true. Every time I saw an acrylic case I always thought it was too expensive or too impractical until now. Let me explain the impractical side first; when it comes to acrylic it can easily scratch and always needs to be tidy if it is clear. Perhaps not always but for myself it honestly needs to have a system rather than just throwing items into drawers as it becomes a decor piece for the room it sits in. Once I was fed up with the way I was storing my items I decided it was time to try out the acrylic case, use up more vertical space and stop with the endless display of bags and boxes.
Before buying an acrylic case definitely shop around for the perfect one for you. What I mean by this is will your items fit that you wish for it to hold. Items may require larger drawers or smaller drawers to keep items neat and practical at the same time. Your makeup brushes may be too large for a little drawer, either way, go in with a game plan of what size you need. For mine I knew I wanted it to carry both jewelry and makeup so I opted for the taller one with both small and large drawers.
In order to keep from scratching the case itself it needs to be lined. Some cases come with precut fabric to line the drawers but not all of them do. If it does not have them it is an easy diy project so do not let that keep you from getting the case you love. Simply grab some fabric at the local craft shop, flannel is a great option as it does not fray as easily as cotton and is a bit thicker. Next pull out each drawer, trace the bottom of the drawer with a pen on the fabric, and cut it out. Although I opted to tape my fabric pieces down in the drawer you can also glue or simply place them inside the drawer. For messy items such as makeup brushes I would recommend leaving them on top or using the fabric float method to avoid an annoying mess that is difficult to control.
Organize with me below to see exactly what I put in each drawer of my case for ideas.
Although I’ve already discussed this brand over a year ago, after receiving multiple comments I thought is was time to revisit an issue many people have been having. Blueland is an eco friendly company that creates sustainable cleaning products. If you missed my first post of it click here to check it out first. In addition I also created a second post regarding the main issue people had been having which is the bottles cracking and breaking entirely.
Subsequently, it happened again to a bottle they had previously replaced which is why I decided it was time to do an updated review to see if there has been any progression. At first I thought it was hopeless, I was ready to simply head to Target and purchase a standard bottle just to use up the remainder of the product I had left. Then I thought well I have nothing to lose, I might as well contact Blueland again and see if they have a resolution. I think it is important to include the conversation as many people have contacted me saying that they do know how to so, let’s go though that now.
Their customer service is phenomenal so be sure to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org by sending them an email with your issue and be sure to attach photographs as well.
Back in October of 2019 I reached out about two of the bottles cracking in my starter kit, you guys graciously replaced both bottles. Since then I have yet to have any issues until today when I went to do my usual cleaning routine and somehow one of the new bottles broke again. This time it was not a crack but rather a clean seal break. Attached are images of the issue. The only thing I can think of is how the bottle was made and how the seal just broke between the two parts? Since this is the second time it is a bit puzzling as I still have more refills to use. Will the refills still work properly if I switch to a different type of bottle?
Thank you for your time, 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. Given exceptionally high order and inquiry volume we may be a bit slower than normal to respond and we appreciate your patience. We will get back to you as soon as we are able.
In the meantime, have you checked out our FAQs? Your question might already have an answer there.
We look forward to speaking with you and will be in touch shortly.
The Blueland Team
— —— the next morning ——
Thanks for reaching back out to us to share your issue.
First, we are truly sorry you continue to face problems with your Blueland products. It’s definitely not what we envisioned as the ideal experience for our customers.
Second, we want to thank you for your patience as we work through these issues with you and bearing with us as we get everything figured out for you. We’re more than happy to offer you one of two options:
1. We’re happy to replace this product for you as well and follow the same process we did before (we’ll send a replacement Bathroom Starter Set which has a new, updated design to the shipping address on file and issue a return label for you to send back the damaged bottle in the same box your replacement is shipping to you). In addition, we’d like to offer you a free 3 pack of tablets (your choice!) for the hassle.
2. Alternatively, we can process a refund for you. All we ask is you send back the product in any box with a return label we’ll send you so we can take it back and better understand your specific issues and integrate it into our future products.
Let us know which you’d prefer and we’re happy to get either process started for you. Thank you again for your support of Blueland as well as your patience!
The Blueland Team
Thank you for reaching out so quickly. I would like to do the replacement option and send back the damaged bottle. For the additional offer I would like to receive the glass cleaner as the free 3 pack of tablets. Let me know if you need any additional information.
Thank you so much for your patience and understanding. We’ve gone ahead and sent a replacement Bathroom Starter Set as well as a free 3-pack Glass + Mirror refill to the shipping address on file and you should receive another confirmation e-mail shortly. We’ve also issued a return label for you to send back the damaged bottle in the same box your replacement is shipping to you so we can responsibly recycle it.
Thank you for your patience and hope you can get cleaning sooner than later!
A week or so later I received the replacement which was an updated version of their bottles. To see the comparison watch the unboxing below.
Have any additional questions, leave me a comment.
As I mentioned in part one during the beginning of the mask craze most had to be handmade as companies did not regularly provide face masks. Before the mandate even started we began making masks in our household which is why I have quite the collection by now. As you may have guessed there was a lot of trial and error to finding out what works and does not work for me personally.
For instance, I do wear glasses so at first we adapted the pipe cleaner technique and while yes it did work for awhile it did eventually prod its way out. Honestly, now I gravitate towards masks that are custom fit to my face over ones with the metal insert when it comes to homemade. While you can buy the large metal nose inserts to put inside I find it more of a hassle as with the cost you might as well just buy one made already.
For handmade mask tutorials check out my post here, it includes free mask patterns as well. I suppose the many advantages to handmade is the fact that it is a custom fit and the ability to use fun printed fabrics. I’ve seen people embroider on their masks, do fun quilting patterns and so many things.
Watch my full mask handmade mask haul below!
Have you made your own face mask if so send me a photo so I can see all your fun designs.
While we are still mandated to wear masks in California, I thought it was well overdo to do a mask try on haul of my favorite masks from popular sportswear brands Bloch and Athleta. At the beginning every mask was handmade, however, now almost every company has come out with their own face mask. I’ve even seen shirts come with a face mask, which brought me back to being little when your nightgown would come with a Barbie sized duplicate. After making a bunch of handmade masks I wanted to try some from my favorite sportswear brands. The reason I chose activewear brands is because of their quality and the expectation that they would preform well under heat. Working during this time it really sucks to wear a mask all day so of course you’ll try anything to make it a bit more bearable.
First up is Bloch, my main motivation for ordering my first mask from them was purely the design of the pretty ballerinas. Silly but true and the one thing I did not fancy at the time of purchase ended up being one of my favorite features of the mask, the lanyard function. White you’re on break or lunch the mask can easily be removed and hang around your neck preventing any germs from the table or losing your mask altogether. The adjustable nose bridge is comfortable and prevents glasses from fogging up like a fire breathing dragon. It is the only product that I truly believe covers the one size fits all qualifications as it truly can be tightened or loosened to ANY size desirable. Lastly the material is phenomenal with qualities integrated that are anti-dust, odor resistant, anti-bacterial, embedded with nano zinc oxide and UV protection. The price point is a bit expensive but the quality makes it all worth it. If I haven’t convinced you to give it a try yet, in the try on haul I also show you how to receive them at a discounted rate. (No, this is not a sponsored post.) Hands down my favorite mask by any brand I’ve tried.
Next up is Athleta, I love their activewear so of course I had to try their masks plus, they come in packs so it is a good investment to make that aids a variety of colors to match your outfits. Their masks also have the one size functionality of the adjustable ear pieces. The fabric is similar to a swimsuit feel with it being a polyester spandex blend. My main concern is the nose wire, it is comfortable but a little too thin to prevent the fire breathing dragon eyes when wearing glasses. These masks have three layers which has to be my favorite part about them along with the feel of the material.
Watch the try on haul here!
Let me know down below what your favorite brand is that is selling the BEST face mask.
During this time of solitude I have taken the time to experiment and take on new crafts, one being hand embroidery. Once I completed my first project I was struck with the realization that my hoop’s life would forever be with this project leaving me to purchase a new one per project. Although it is an esthetic look to use embroidery hoops as frames for decor, I wanted something different. Yes, I could frame is but it often is bulky and pricey. Instead of opting in I headed towards the craft closet and decided on creating an embroidery frame hanger. Switch up the ribbon texture and ties to fit any room’s esthetic. This is a beginner level sewing project that is simple and fast to create.
Materials needed for this project are most likely waiting anxiously in your craft closet to be loved: ribbon, wooden dowels, sandpaper, scissors, thread, sewing machine and an optional lighter. The ribbon can be any of your choosing or even use some left over bias tape. For the wooden dowels I headed to the baking section since the dowels are shorter and come in packs rather than dealing with a lengthy one from the unfinished wood section. Since I am recommending this project for beginners I will disclaim that I used a basic straight stitch and of course used some backstitching to secure the stitching. That being said, you can opt for a decorative zigzag too. No sewing machine, try this project by hand using a backstitch, it will just take you a little more time.
Watch the full tutorial down below.
Prep the ribbon by folding it in half and ironing a crease.
Pin along the perimeter pinching in the corners and pinning the top and bottom layer each separately.
Cut off remaining ribbon and burn the edge to prevent fraying (optional).
Sew the length sides first.
Sew the width being careful to leave openings at each side for the wooden rods.
Measure and cut wooden rods to size.
Sand down the ends to make them smooth.
Insert the bottom rod.
Cover the second rod with ribbon and insert it into the top.
Pull the ribbon to make it even and tie a bow.
If you have any questions regarding this project, please let me know.
Yep, it’s already come full circle and it is time for yet the grandest most extra Hallmark holiday, Valentine’s Day. Don’t have a Valentine’s date, well make a galantine’s for you’re bestie. This particular d.i.y. was made specifically for my sister rather than my significant other. Valentine’s Day has always been a sister holiday for us. When I saw this file on Makers Gonna Learn I thought it was perfect for a conversation heart gift box. You know the iconic chalk candy that everyone buys but no one really enjoys. Let me know if you also feel the same way about conversation hearts in the comments down below.
Not sure what to place inside this type of box? Here are a few ideas: flowers accompanied with a note, their favorite sweet, a bath bomb, nail polish, jewelry, or even a new game they’ve had their eye on. Materials needed for this project include medium to heavy weight card-stock, paper grass, cricut machine (explore air or maker) and an adhesive. The main material you cannot skimp out of is card-stock, it needs to be a medium to heavy weight in order to withstand the weight of the contents inside it. Looking for box filler/ paper grass, but having no luck? Try making your own by either cutting out tiny strips of paper or running colored paper through your shredder. If you have any ideas or make this box yourself please tag me @breanafaith on instagram or share it below.
Sound can be a make it or break it issue for a lot of avenues which is why I am reviewing an external microphone. There is no bigger let down than watching back a video with a mysterious buzzing sound or someone sneezing in the distance. On the mark there are thousands of external microphones to choose from so here are some things to look for while browsing. First, make sure the mic has the ability to hook up or connect to whatever device you are wanting it to. Do not take the word of the ad, actually do your homework to see if your specific equipment is compatible with each other. You will see why in the video audio review test below. Next is all about budget, with the market being so widespread there are cheap and expensive options to choose from. The specific microphone that I picked retails for $29.99 which is incredibly affordable. Last but not least, make sure it is practical, if it bulks up your equipment do you see yourself actually using it and traveling with it daily.
Unboxing & Audio Comparison
While yes there were qualities that were quite the draw back for the price, I am rather happy with the quality. The draw backs include that the mic was not compatible for my DSLR camera and the weird humming sound. Both of which are easy fixes to adapt to. For starters the compatibility, I was able to connect it with my phone instead. However with most phones moving to no headphone jack that could pose a problem in the future. The humming issue was easy to edit by simply decreasing the background noise while editing which gave great results. Normally I use this function but the results are iffy. Let me know what you think of this review as well as any questions you may have regarding this product. Also, if you use an external microphone let me know what kind as well you actually like and how you use it.