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

Thursday, June 5, 2014

10 Little Mermaids on Zazzle Spiral Notebooks

Here are ten of the prettiest mermaid notebooks I found on Zazzle! It's summer, and these mermaid notebooks are perfect for journal or story writing while at the beach or pool. There are cute mermaids, regal mermaids, curious mermaids, contemplative mermaids. One mermaid is touching the moon. And check out the adorable family of mermaids by Monika Suska (aka Colonelle) who look like they are enjoying their own happy underwater vacation.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Black and White Stencil Art T-Shirts on Zazzle

I've been on Zazzle over two months months now, and I'm hoping to make new stencils in August. (I really want to make one of a caracal. They have the cutest ears!) As of now, I currently have these eight. Sometimes, simple black on white is best. Black and white stencil art of morning glories, fawns, moon bears, koala bears, panda bears, and curious sloths.

Black and White Morning Glories Stencil Tees Black and White Fawn Heart Stencil Tees

Black and White Moon Bear Stencil Tshirt Black and White Koala Bear Stencil Shirt

Black and White Tree Sloth Stencil Tshirt Black and White Panda Bear Stencil Tees

Sunday, June 1, 2014

12 Dragon Mouse Pads for Fantasy and Dragon Lovers

12 dragon mouse pads! Because dragons are awesome. Ask Daenerys in Game of Thrones or Chihiro in Spirited Away. There is a lot of great dragon art, so I kept this feature limited to just mouse pads (if there are other dragon features you would like to see, please let me know!). Here are tea dragons, polar dragons, glass dragons, heart dragons, snow dragons, gamer dragons, bookworm dragons, lava dragons, flying dragons, fire dragons, sleeping dragons, and... rainbow dragons. Enjoy!

These penguins have a guardian dragon.
Penguin Protector Mousepad

Blue and green dragon glass swirls.
Fantasy Dragon swirl Mouse Mat

5. Snow Day Mousepad by Colorsmith

Dragon children enjoying their snow day.

6. Slaying the dragon (It's hard) Mouse Pad by colonelle

Dragon and Princess play games. (Knight wants to know why he wasn't invited.)

Slaying the dragon (It's hard) Mouse Pad

7. Dragon library mouse pads by HildurKO

This dragon is burning the candle at many ends!

Dragon library mouse pads

Dragon and Dwarf argue in the lava cave.
Dragon and Dwarf Lava Cave Battle Mousepad

9. flying dragon fantasy mousepads by frank_glerum_art

Dragon under (and over) the mountain.

10. Flying Black Fire Dragon Mouse Pad by RedNebulaStudios

Fire dragon in the mist.
Let sleeping dragons lie.
Sleeping Dragon Mousepad

12. rainbow tea dragon mouse pads by ClairCArtstuff

Dragon in the rainbow.