Tryazon: Cool Maker – My Style Party!

We had a Cool Maker My Style Party earlier today with some friends and family. I didn’t get a lot of pictures just because I spent so much time fixing the machines and getting projects set up. This is not going to be like a lot of my other reviews or Tryazon party posts. Let me make that clear right now. The entire event was a disaster from start to finish.

Let’s start with the KumiCreator. This machine is cool. HOWEVER, the thread/floss/string that comes with the machine is a nightmare. It’s super shiny/slippery and that makes it really hard to get it started and maintain the correct tension. Especially on the white spools, which have less thread as they are meant to make bracelets. As you can see from the pictures, it was a disaster. I had to pull everything apart, rewind the white bobbins, and set up the machine 4 times. Finally, when the girls who wanted the make bracelets were almost in tears, I pulled out some of the empty black bobbins, wound them with embroidery floss, which is not shiny or slippery, and set the machine back up. They were able to finally use the machine without unwinding the bobbins, catching, or having the tension freak out.

The machine comes with the supplies to make up to 5 trendy bracelets and 2 necklaces! That’s 56 thread spools, 7 beads, and what they call a design book. I’d call it a pamphlet.

Overall, I’d give it a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

Next up is the Cool Maker Stitch ‘N Style Fashion Studio Sewing Machine Toy. OY VEY. I can sew, I’ve been sewing for over 20 years. I made a living full-time as a sewing and design professional. This toy is…. not good. It is a toy. It does not have a bottom bobbin, so it does a weird, loose stitch that easily ravels apart.  This machine takes 4 AA batteries (not included).

The kit comes with a piece of polyester fabric that has projects printed on it- all you need to do is cut them out and sew them together along the guidelines printed on the fabric.  Sounds easy, right?

The Tension on the machine is jacked up and the thread breaks easily (it’s pretty cheap polyester thread). When we pulled the scrunchy out of the sewing machine after it was done sewing (no foot- the machine has a sensor to start and stop sewing), the stitches all came unraveled.

After Margaret and the girls tried to make a scrunchy several times without success, I tried to give it a shot too. The stitches unraveled for me too. I now have to get out my sewing machine and make the girls custom scrunchies, as they are so disappointed that the machine didn’t work like they hoped (and I hoped too).

I give this machine 0/5 stars. It was seriously so hard to find anything positive about it.

I didn’t get a group pic of this event because the girls were grumpy, and the mommas were too busy consoling upset kids. At least there were snacks.

I’ve been part of the Tryazon community for years and this is the first time I’ve been disappointed with the products. I’m going to take the sewing machine apart and give it a tune-up and see if that helps. I’ll also put a different thread on the spool and see if that helps. Using cotton thread may help.

These toys are available for sale at Target, Amazon, and Walmart if you want to give them a try.

 

 

$5 Apron Sale at Flirty Apron!

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APRONS! I love aprons! I have about a dozen of them- in different fabrics, colors, and themes. When I got the email yesterday that Flirty aprons was having a $5 sale, I jumped at the chance to pick up a few more. I had $25 in my Paypal Account from completing some Pinecone Research Surveys recently. MUAHAH!

$5 Apron Sale at Flirty Home, No Code Necessary, While Supplies Last. The part I like is that no coupon code is needed, and if you happen to go a little apron crazy, Spend $50 or more and get free standard domestic shipping with code FREESHIP50.

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This would cute for any little helper!

Aprons make great gifts too, so if you’ve got some birthdays coming up, Valentine’s Day, housewarming parties, or heck start your holiday shopping early (you know I have). Not only do they have feminine aprons, but chefs/grilling aprons, and kids sizes too!

 

 

 

Here are a few more of my favorites:

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Adorable Girl’s Apron
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A perfect Apron to add embroidery to, iron on patches, or paint!
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Such a Cheeky Apron!

I can’t wait for our new aprons to arrive!

Talk Back: which apron is your favorite of the $5.00 sale selection?

 

Crazy 8: Black Friday and Cyber Week Savings

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It’s time to start shopping! Crazy 8 has great deals all weekend! If you want to shop today:

Bold Black Friday Sale- Get up to 80% off site wide! Get 40% off regular priced items + 50% off markdowns + FREE SHIPPING on every order. Valid through 11/24

But, if you are busy and can’t get to the saving until Sunday, the deals keep going until 11/27! Cyber Monday Sale- Get up to 80% off site wide! 20% off topper (use code CYBERWOW) + FREE SHIPPING ON EVERY ORDER. Valid 11/25-27

Here are a few of our favorite pieces:

 

screen-shot-2018-11-23-at-8-29-46-amThis dress was Margaret’s choice. She announced it was perfect for twirling. I like that it’s less than $10!

 

Screen Shot 2018-11-23 at 8.31.29 AM.pngHenry chose PJ’s, because he is all about cozy pants. 

Screen Shot 2018-11-23 at 8.44.28 AM.pngAnd the one thing on the Crazy 8 website that I love is this super cute Neon Cat Backpack. Yes I know it’s kid sized, but it’s soooo adorable!

What I love about Crazy 8 is that clothes are stylish and well made. They hold up to the wear and tear that my kids subject them to. 

Talk Back: What caught your eye on the Crazy 8 website? Do you have any kids to shop for this year?