Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Back-to-School Apple Tote Bags - Plus Veggies and Fruits

In the spirit of back-to-school, I looked for pretty apple tote bags on Zazzle! Here are some of the tote bags I found, featuring green apples, red apples, apple trees, and apple pies. These apple tote bags are perfect for teacher gifts, back-to-school shopping, or to gather your autumn fruit and vegetable harvests! In addition to apples, I also found canvas bags with various vegetable art. These veggie tote bags make me crave baked kale chips, barbecued zucchini, and eggplant lasagna.

1. An Apple A Day Canvas Bags by tiffjamaica

An apple tote bag with the cutest Apple-a-Day apple tree!
An Apple A Day Canvas Bags

2. Kawaii Apple Tote Bags by askingfortrouble

Green apples and kawaii! Happy back-to-school apple tote bag.
Back to school, and back to veggies! A funny vegetables canvas tote bag.
Funny Cartoon Vegetables Canvas Bags

4. 5 A Day Fruit & Vegetables Bags by askingfortrouble

Fruit and vegetables canvas tote bag. A cheerful gift for a veggie-loving friend.
5 A Day Fruit & Vegetables Bags

5. Cute Happy Apples Canvas Bag by LizaPhoenix

Apple tote bag featuring happy yellow, pink, and red apples.
Cute Happy Apples Canvas Bag

6. Cute Apple Pie Bags by likeit

An apple tote bag featuring delicious fresh-baked apple pie!
Cute Apple Pie Bags

A lovely garden tomatoes and vegetables canvas tote bag.
Fresh Tomatoes - Right from the Garden Tote Bag

Bidding goodbye to summer, this tote bag features a beach monster eating a watermelon. :)
Summer Beach Monster Canvas Bag

Monday, June 9, 2014

Alice in Wonderland Characters & Art: Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice, the Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts

This Alice in Wonderland characters and art feature will be my last post until August! Have some RL stuff that is keeping me busy until then. So here are Zazzle iPhone cases, pillows, coffee mugs, Dali and Da Vinci-infused greeting cards, postage stamps, and a very cute "Don't be late!" magnet featuring lovely Alice in Wonderland illustrations by various Zazzle artists. I really love how these artists created their own unique takes on Alice, the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat, and the wonderful world of Wonderland.

1. Queen of Hearts iPhone 5 Covers by dianalevinart
Alice in Wonderland Queen of Hearts

Queen of Hearts iPhone 5 Covers
Alice in Wonderland White Rabbit
Don't Be Late Refrigerator Magnets
Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter
Mad Riddle Pillow
Adventures in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland iPhone Case iPhone 5 Covers
Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat
Cheshire Cat Coffee Mug

6. Cheshire Cat Pillows by dianalevinart

Alice in Wonderland Cheshire Cat

Cheshire Cat Pillows

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter

Dark Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland iPhone 5 Case
Alice in Wonderland Characters: Alice holding the Cheshire Cat
"Alice in a Da Vinci Portrait" Greeting Card
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party Postage Stamp
Adventures in Wonderland
"Alice in a Dali Dream" Greeting Card
Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
Alice In Wonderland Tea Party at Four Postage

12. mad hatter 2 mugs by homelyvillain

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter
mad hatter 2 mugs
FYI, most of these Alice in Wonderland artists place their designs on multiple products. So if there are Alice in Wonderland illustrations that you would like to see on a different product--a different phone case or on a notebook, for example--explore the rest of their store. And if you don't see the Alice in Wonderland art product you want, ask! In my experience, most Zazzle artists are very accommodating and sweet. :)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Zazzle Product Review: Black and White iPhone 4/4s Case

I recently bought this black and white iPhone 4s Zazzle case with my tree sloth stencil design. It's a Case-Mate iPhone 4/4s Vibe cover that "redirects your speaker for an increased sound projection." It comes in two pieces, a "tough, polycarbonate hard shell" with interior silicon lining and an "accompanying rigid bumper."

This is how my black and white iphone tree sloth case looks like on Zazzle:
And this is how my black and white Zazzle iPhone case looks like in real life:

Zazzle shipping was fast. Both times (more on that below), my white iPhone case with black stencil art arrived within a week. 

Once removed from the packaging, the two pieces of the Case-Mate Vibe case looked like this:

When putting it together, the black bumper fit snugly around the phone. The phone/bumper then slid easily into the hard case. It's a good size (reasonably slim and not too bulky), and I like how the Vibe case covers and protects my entire white iPhone. My only quibble with the product itself are the black buttons that cover the phone's power and volume buttons on the top and side. They work fine, but I have to use more force when pushing them. A very small quibble, and just my own personal customer preference. Other people may prefer the extra protection.

As for the Vibe case's enhanced sound projection, I thought it sounded pretty good. That said, I didn't do a before-and-after comparison, and it isn't an issue I'm particularly concerned or picky about.

I am more picky about the print quality. When I first received my Zazzle iPhone case, I thought the printing on the back looked great. However, the printing did get faded and slightly distorted on the sides.

The slight distortion was to be expected. (I assume they print the designs flat, and then mold the edges into their iPhone case shapes.) But I assumed that the faded printing was a printing defect, and arranged with customer service to have them send a replacement.

However, the replacement iPhone case was, with some negligible differences, exactly the same. Printing on the back looked great. Printing on the sides became faded. Is this just how Zazzle iPhone cases are printed? Or did I have the bad luck of receiving a second phone case with the same problems as the first? I decided to just keep the case as it was. With this particular sloth stencil pattern design, the faded sides ultimately aren't too big of a deal since it is stencil art and has a naturally "messy" look to it. But I do wonder how this issue affects other iPhone case designs that require more exact color and print clarity, and it is something I would keep in mind when deciding to purchase a customized phone case.

Overall:  I am happy with this black and white iPhone 4s Vibe case from Zazzle. I like the slim, protective design and how the case covers my entire white iPhone. I do wish that the full printing extended to the case edges, but for this particular stencil design, it still on the whole looks good. It is also neat to carry a phone case with my own patterned stencil art sloth design. :)

Below are some more of my favorite black and white Zazzle iPhone 4/4s case designs, featuring koala bears, baby sloths, morning glories, curious fawns, moon bears, and panda bears:

Browse:  All Black and White Zazzle iPhone Cases by Ccaracal (Cute iPhone Cases, Fairytale Retelling iPhone Cases, and Stencil Art iPhone Cases)

See all:  Zazzle Black and White iPhone 6, 5, 5s, 5c, 4, 4s, and 3 Cases