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.
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.
Happy new year! To kick off this year I have decided to do a two part review on two different products that I am testing out for filming equipment. This week’s is for the ever famous ring light. Ring lights can be very expensive which is what has set me back from adding one to my gear. However, if you switch over to looking at ring lights specifically made for phones they are a bit cheaper. The features I was looking for were a bluetooth remote, brightness settings (the ability to dim), a flexible height range and under fifty dollars. After a bit of searching I found the Brookstone 10” Bluetooth shutter Ring Light. It retails for $59.99 but was on sale for $29.97 when I purchased it. Prior to the light arriving at my doorstep my sister purchased one from Home Goods for around ten dollars so of course I was intrigued to see what the major differences would be.
Unboxing & Side by Side Comparison
Prior to playing around with the Brookstone ring light I was a bit puzzled as it lacked the ability to record from the remote control. Honestly, that is the only issue I had with the light. Compared to my sister’s ring light which had many issues for what I wanted to use it for, table shots straight down. My sister is thrilled with it as she is simply using it to light up shots that are straight on. If you are thinking about purchasing a ring light you first need to ask yourself what kind of photos or videos you are wishing to make with them. Both lights were rather bright , if anything my sister’s was brighter than the Brookstone light I purchased but shockingly my satisfaction required multiple facets. For instance, a 360 degree range to have the phone shoot straight down while still keeping the tripod stand out of the shot which many lack to be honest. Overall I am thrilled with this purchase. It was worth the price and I would recommend it, however, if you are seeking to simply take photos or capture videos in a straight on fashion skip it and purchase a cheaper one. If you have any questions regarding this product please let me know in the comments. Also a little disclaimer this is not a sponsored post, I paid for this with my own money.
Creating is one of my passions so whenever I find out about a gadget that will make things a little simpler I am always on edge to try it out for myself. Since I received my Cricut there has been nonstop talk about the ATG guns by Scotch. All the crafters I follow have been saying that it makes crafting a breeze and works like a champ with almost all medias. Once my adhesive squares had run out, yes the scrapbooking ones, I decided it was time to give the advanced tape glider (ATG) a chance. At first I was excited and anxious as it is way bigger to work with then little mounting squares and a lot more expensive in comparison. There is a thing called coupon courage and let me tell you this was one of those times and on the way to the counter I also saw a glue pen to try too. Since the ATG is a larger tool compared to what I was used to I thought the glue pen would help cover any smaller intricate details that the tape glider couldn’t cover with ease.
The next project on my list was to create two baby shower cards so there was no better time than to try out both products. Below is the video of me using the products while making this product. Instead of getting used to the product and premiering ways to use it I thought it would be more worth it for people to see me use it for the first time on a project. Each card I designed with my Cricut and thus I had big and small pieces to assemble. So here is the breakdown. The Advanced Tape Glider, it is tricky to insert the tape roll for the first time, however, it gets easier with practice I assume since it does have quite a bit of tape to roll through before trying to load it up again. Strengths include the ability to remove items after placement without damage, a high stick rating, fast to apply, no dry time, easy to remove adhesive if placed in the wrong area and it is pretty fun to use. On the other side the tape glider can be a little frustrating when trying for the first time. The device requires the movement to rub off the adhesive to release it from the roll. You’ll see this issue happen a couple of times where it simply wouldn’t release/ cut the tape in the video. For the only negative thus far though it isn’t really the device’s fault but more of a learning curve to get over. After a couple of attempts I had no further issues with it. No more little sticker squares for me, the tape glider has won me over.
Onto the glue pen, it is shaped like a pen and in comparison to others on the market I did not want one that was similar to a liquid glue stick. There is no mess when using the glue pen by Tombow. It is similar to writing with a gel pen though it takes a little bit of work to get the first bit out. I do wish it was a bit more of a liquid consistency because it does take a lot of motions in order to get enough glue to come out of the pen to provide any significant stick. Once the pen does get going though it does work well for those little tiny areas that get easily ruined by the average glue stick. When it comes down to the price point I would say it is worth a shot if you work on projects with small pieces for cards only if you have a coupon. Would I purchase another one if it ran out, probably not, it would be less hassle to rip off a piece from the ATG gun and roll it into a small ball to use.
If you have any questions about these two products that I did not answer already, let me know in the comments.
Anxiety has been a constant roller coaster that I am tired of being on. After some research on how to surpass anxiety I came across aromatherapy as an all-natural remedy. The company Plant Therapy came up as a premium brand for aromatherapy, so I purchased the pre-diluted roll-on Worry Free Synergy.
A few months ago I purchased these nail polish strips from a festival vendor. Since the designs were so unique I waited until my birthday to try them out. While I have tried nail strips or as I call them nail stickers before these ones are advertised as being 100% REAL nail polish, so I was curious as to if Color Street nails were overall higher quality than competing brands.
While I’ve owned Get Bendy for a couple of years now, I recently committed to set aside time for myself to stretch four days a week. Taking out my tablet to follow the Get Bendy program always seemed draining, mainly because the tablet was a bit outdated that I had installed it on. Needless to say, it would shut off every other page, which led me to printing out the Get Bendy Guide.
Summer is one of those seasons when I want to break out those squeaky clean white on white shoes. Then the little voice in the back of my mind goes through a checklist of the day’s activities to protect the innocence of those beautiful white sexy chucks. The wet grass, dust, dirt, the possibility of someone spilling something on them.
As an artist, sketching, doodling and so on are a huge part of my creative expression outlet. Since tablets came into existence, I have always been a more paper and #2 pencil kind of person. The first tablet I tried was a Samsung that came with a stylist specifically for drawing, I fell in love. However, after a couple years it starts to lag due to upgrades past it’s capabilities. Long story short, I decided to try the iPad for the first time when they came out with the Apple Pencil, specifically for university and sketching.
Mermaids have surfaced in popularity, however, I have always been a fan of the shimmer, shine, and beauty in the waves. Once Tarte’s mermaid collection went live I knew I wanted to try out some of the products. After waiting for the package to arrive, I was shocked by how much I loved both products, eyelash curler with mascara and the eyeshadow palette.