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.
We are in the countdown to Christmas and it seems like time is flying this season. While things are definitely different at least this season tends to make things seem a little better as we settle into baking and decorating the house. The plan was to be out of the tree house before this Christmas but things change so… another tiny house Christmas! Here are some of my top tips for decorating a small space for the holidays. Watch how I decorated the tiny house this year down below (the first video). To see how I decorated it last year watch the video on the very bottom.
Skip the bulky items.
Seek items that are thin or small to store away after the season.
Change little things like pillow shams and photos.
Lights, skip the traditional bulky ones go small.
Bows, are close to my heart every other day but they so easy to pack away too.
Who else has a love hate relationship with the rain? I love it when I’m inside but dread it when I am driving or walking in it. Today is one of those days; the wind is howling, sky is roaring and the rain is pouring. While I sip on some cocoa it is relaxing to gaze out the window and take in the trees knowing that in a few short weeks the mass holidays will take place. It’s a time of mourning which I try not to focus on but it is okay to be sad at the fact that this year will undoubtedly be very different. Knowing that loved ones should stay away is a difficult thing to swallow.
Whether you have a spare moment or a day off to gaze out the window, take time to create a stash of cards to keep in your back pocket for a rainy day. Prior to the pandemic it was rare to receive letters via mail but I feel as if it is going back as we abide by the rules of our national leaders. This is why I feel it is the perfect time to start creating birthday, get well, and thank you cards while you are sitting trying to think of something to do. It may be hard to think this but one day you’ll wish you had the time you do now. The following is a basic guideline of what kind of cards to make in bulk. Remember to use an array of styles and colors to fit various personalities. You are not creating preplanned for the year cards but rather spur of the moment ones that would otherwise gravitate you towards the store.
Holiday season is finally upon us! Who else is already watching Christmas movies, making holiday crafts and baking? The weather is finally corresponding to the time of year as well which is a relief. It’s the best time for trying new things and that is why I want to talk about this little guy, or should I say this Chonky boy. Hehe For my first every crochet project where I followed a pattern I learned a lot about not only crochet but also about myself. I am one of those people who feels as if they’ve failed if I do not achieve perfection even if it is the first time I am trying something. This project taught me how to keep going even when things do not look bright. Here is a look into my first attempt at Chonky… yeah he looks more like a fruit basket that sits on the table at Thanksgiving. Before you make assumptions this was not supposed to be his tail… it was for his head/body.
Let’s just say it was a learning curve with all the stitches and somehow this happened. After a lot of laughing, a smidge of anger, I took a deep breath and came to terms with the fact that yes I would rip out the project almost to the beginning but I would not give up until he was finished. I did not care if he looked perfect,. My main goal was to complete the patten with the expectation that he would resemble somewhat of a dinosaur. Did I make mistakes? Heck yeah. When trying something new enlist some help whether that be from a Youtube video, a book, or even a friend to help you navigate through it. Crochet is literally like another language with all the abbreviations it’s a bit overwhelming. I hope this made you laugh and encourages you to try something new this holiday season.
It’s spooky week and as promised here is part II of this years Halloween do it yourself costume. If you missed part one click here for the bear face mask tutorial. This year is a little weird, to say this least which is why there was only one Halloween costume tutorial this year. It just seems odd but I want to know what are your spooky plans? I will be working and spending the evening watching The Great Pumpkin, it’s a classic. Below is the full tutorial for part two of the bear costume tutorial, the bear ear hair clips.
White Glitter Iron on
Mini Easy Press
Draw out a bear ear on paper, scan it onto your computer and upload it into design space.
In design space duplicate the ear three times. Make two black and two white.
Brainstorm the measurements to make sure they are not too small or too big. Mine are three inches wide.
Place your glitter iron on down (shiny side down) and cut out both white ear pieces.
Press the white glitter ears onto a piece of felt. Keep in mind you will need to fold the felt in half and have enough material to make it three dimentional. (Peel cold)
Fold the felt in half and cut out the ear shape. You may cut out a paper template using your Cricut, however, I eyeballed it.
Use a whip stitch or a slip stitch to close the ear. Leave a small opening to add in the stuffing.
Stuff both ears and sew the opening closed.
Use a hot glue gun to attach one clip to each ear.
If you recreate this look please share a picture with me I’d love to see it. Are you dressing up this year? Let me know down below (:
Halloween is a time of creative freedom but this year is a little well very different. Same may say it is making this time grim, however, I challenge you to try to see a different perspective. For instance, wearing a face mask can add to your costume rather than hinder it. In past years you’d paint your face, this year all you need to do is decorate a mask saving time and well the itchiness from paint on your face. On another note for obvious reasons most workplaces prohibit employees from coming to work with a painted face or full covered mask. A face mask opens up the possibilities for me this year which is why I decided to create this d.i.y. specifically. Not going to work? Well wear it out for errands or around the house to spark a little joy to those around you and yourself. Below is the full tutorial for part one of the bear costume tutorial, the mask along with written instructions.
Bear Face Mask Tutorial Video
Black Face Mask
Black Glitter Iron on
White Glitter Iron on
Mini Easy Press
Press all the pleats straight on the face mask. It will not lay flat if you have a fitted mask similar to the one I used.
Draw out the bears nose and smile on paper, scan it onto your computer and upload it into design space.
In design space create an oval to go under the nose and smile layer.
Measure your face mask to make sure the proportions will fit on your mask.
Place your glitter iron on down (shiny side down) and cut out both pieces.
Press the white glitter iron oval onto the mask. (Peel cold)
Press the nose and smile on top of the white oval. (Peel cold)
On Wednesday we will be creating bear ear hair clips to complete the look so mark your calendars.
Lost for words, where to begin and more importantly is there an end. As we are living through what will soon be written in the history books of future generations it can feel as if we are in a stand still. I refuse to believe that this time is a halt in progress. Yes, it can be lonely at times as we are away from loved ones to keep them safe. Yes, those who have taken advantage can blur the lines and darken an already stormy day. Frankly it is disgusting so why is the system built to their advantage? Why do we encourage thieves with repercussions being unwritten. You can only blame your upbringing for so much so I refuse to believe that our parents are the ones to blame for the story their descendants decide to write. What kind of story are you painting during this uncertain time? Will you focus on the way the stars sparkle and light up the darkness or will you allow it to consume you at the core. No matter how this year has started everyday is a day to change how your story will be written so remember even if today’s page is dark and grey there is a new one to flip to in the morning. It is perfectly okay to be not okay, everyone paints a smile from time to time. Remember you do not need to be alone either, if you open your eyes and allow them, those who love you are waiting to lift you up.
This past month I have been focusing a lot on happiness. I encourage you to ask yourself what makes you happy: is it dancing around the house in your sweat pants, painting a masterpiece, running, baking, skating, journalling? Create something, try something new, don’t focus on perfection but rather the fact that you are constantly learning and improving. Schedule time for things that make you happy in your planner and make your mental health a priority. Write it in pen, I used to be a pencil person so that it would not mess up my planner, but that has changed since my planner is for me. Plus it helps knowing in the back of my mind that I can slap a sticker onto any rescheduling that must take place. A good way to start is with this coming “holiday” unless you celebrate Day of the Dead, Halloween is really just a made up holiday, however, it is still celebrated by the mass majority.
Some people have decided to go against guidance and still trick or treat. In past years trick or treating has always been a conscious concern for the public as ugly people poison candy and do all sorts of crazy things. Honestly, I am not a fan of halloween, but I do dress up. I’m not a fan of the craziness it brings out in people or the scary aspect either. If you are in love with halloween here are some ideas on how to participate safely this year. Enter or host a zoom dress up contest, make it fun with some fun virtual backgrounds. Watch movies indoors with an intimate group. Have kiddos or simply want to spread a little festive spirit? Try creating a scare package for friends. It can include little activities or really anything you desire. Create a spooky painting, the options are really limitless if you tap into your creativity. I will be creating a simple costume idea starting this Saturday for those who want to dress up during the day for errands or at work. Create your own happiness by planning time for things you enjoy. For me that includes creating a fun planner spread for halloween week (shown below), dressing up at work (coming soon) and spending the evening watching a movie with a treat (tbd). You don’t have to risk your safety to have fun so try one of these ideas and share in the comments if you have more ideas to share.
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.
A cluttered space is a stressful space especially when it comes to the craft room. When there isn’t an organizational system in place it can be frustrating and take up valuable crafting time. It may even cause you to double buy since you cannot find it, thus it is costing you money as well to have a cluttered craft area. For those who are lucky enough to have an entire craft room, it may be easier to keep clean or easier to gravitate towards a massive collection. Whether your space is big or small these tips can be utilized.