Sunday, June 14, 2015

Bib Apron from Zazzle Review

When I shop for aprons, I look for the ones that have a bib on them, so that my shirt, etc., stays cleaner.

Since becoming an artist on Zazzle, I like to order their products from time to time, to check out the quality.

One of the items that I decided to buy was an apron for myself. I chose white in the medium length for adults.

I have had this apron for several years now and have washed it a number of times. It has had spaghetti splatters on it, that with a spritz of Shout before laundering, easily came out.

The printed design has held up well over the washings, and I would recommend this apron to anyone.

The adult size comes in two lengths, the medium length, and a longer length. I am wearing the medium length in the photo. There is one basic size for kids. The color choices are white, yellow, and khaki for both the kids and adult sizes.

Turkeys are cool, pointillism custom aprons
Turkeys are cool, pointillism custom aprons by Cherylsart
Check out more aprons by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

Cheryl Paton
CherylsArt at Zazzle

Friday, June 12, 2015

Comparison of Zazzle Stamps to USPS

Zazzle is a print on demand company that allows people to design postage stamps that can be used on mail within the United States.

How do these stamps compare? First off, both Zazzle and the USPS offer peel and stick postage stamps. They are both of good quality.

The main difference is the size of the stamps. Typically, the postage stamps printed by Zazzle are larger than the ones printed by the U. S. Post Office. The stamps that Zazzle prints are larger, to allow room for the Zazzle logo to be printed on the stamps, as well as the design.

Another difference is the price. Unless there is a really good sale going on at Zazzle, their stamps usually cost quite a bit more. The Post Office receives their cut on the stamps that are sold by Zazzle. Then there is the up charge to cover Zazzle revenues to pay themselves, their staff, and their designers and sellers.

The other main difference is the design options and personalizing capability that a print on demand company can offer. This is what Zazzle offers that customers don't get when buying stamps at a U. S. Post Office. Customers can choose from a variety of themed stamps for their businesses, special events, greetings, etc., and they can also personalize them if they choose.

This doesn't mean that anything can be printed on postal stamps from Zazzle. The designs and text still have to meet the guidelines set in place by the United States Post Office.

You can learn more about Zazzle and their printing process in the video below:

With custom stamps from Zazzle, people can let recipients know that they are thinking of them.

They can announce their event right on the envelope:

Yellow Aqua Chevron Dots Baby Shower Stamps
Yellow Aqua Chevron Dots Baby Shower Stamps by Cherylsart
Look at more baby stamps by CherylsArt at Zazzle.

They can easily share their message to the receivers.

As you can see, there are many reasons why people choose Zazzle for stamps when they want to say that something extra.

I have used Zazzle stamps before and would use them again when I want that something extra.

Cheryl Paton

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Get Creative with Lego Bricks

Lego has been around for a long time now; I remember playing with them when I was a kid. My latest adventure with them though was in my 50's.

For some reason, I decided that I wanted to build a wedding set. After checking some various Lego and toy stores, I decided to ad-lib. So I looked around for items that could look like a wedding set. I went with the Atlantis City.

I liked that the set had white and gold pillars; they would be perfect for a wedding look.

Since I hadn't built anything out of Legos for a number of years (actually decades), I decided to follow the pictorial instructions and built their recommended set. Then I backtracked and took apart what I didn't want and re-assembled those parts to make it look how I wanted.

This is what I came up with.

As you can see, it looks more romantic and church like in my modified version.

That is one of the things that I like about Legos. You can build what is recommended, or you can go in your own direction, and build something else.

The other thing that I like about the Lego bricks, is that they are smooth; they always fit together.

And lastly, the picture directions are spectacular. They show you step by step how to put the bricks together.

The Lego bricks come in different sizes, so that little hands can handle the larger bricks, and larger hands can handle the smaller ones. They have themes for kids to adults, and for both boys and girls. They also have kits for a variety of budgets.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Wave Pool Fairmont West Virginia

This is a different kind of review for me. I've decided to write a review of the Wave Tek Pool that is located near Fairmont, WV.

Wave Tek is located in Pleasant Valley, WV; it is near Fairmont, which is north of Clarksburg and south of Morgantown.

Wave Tek is a community pool that is operated by the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission. People come from various locations as it is the only wave pool in the area (that I know of.)

It is relatively clean and the water is refreshing if you like it cool to cold. It may take some adjustment when you first get in, but if it's a rather hot summer's day, then the adjustment feels rather good.

The pool does not always have waves. A siren is sounded before the waves are turned on, so that the pool goers can get ready or get out of the pool. The waves are on for around fifteen minutes at a time, and then the water is calm again.

A lot of people use the inner tubes, especially when the waves are on. In fact, inner tubes are the only flotation device that you are permitted to use in this pool. You can rent an inner tube or bring your own. They have been known to run out of inner tubes, it all depends on how crowded it is that day.

The pool is surrounded by a cement walk, and there is a grassy hillside on the side where sun bathers can lay. Beach towels and blankets come in handy for some relaxing time.

(Photo is mine and is of my husband.)

On rather hot summer days, the cement area can get pretty hot, so flip flops or sandals are recommended. You will need to walk on the cement to get to the snack bar, the dressing and rest rooms, and to the inner tube rental areas.

The pool also has a slide for those who want a little more adventure.

We used to go here on a regular basis when our daughter was younger, it was a nice family outing. If we had lived closer, we would probably have gone more often.

If you live or are in the Fairmont area, then I do recommend Wave Tek as a nice pool to go to.

Here is a bag that I designed that you can take your supplies in.

If you go, keep your skin protected. It is best to use some water resistant sun block to help reduce the rays.

Cheryl Paton

Draft Day Movie DVD and Review

Image credit for the Draft Day pic is to Amazon.

Draft Day in short is a business negotiating story, football style. If you like business deals and/or football, then you'll probably enjoy this movie.

I am not a football fan myself, but I did enjoy watching Draft Day. It stars Kevin Costner as a manager that is trying to come up with a great team. Costner plays Sonny, the manager of the Cleveland Browns.

In this fictional story, Cleveland is recovering from losing their football team to Baltimore. Sonny needs to build a brand new team, as the hours tick away for the managers to start making their picks on live TV.

There's wheeling and dealing, and trading going on; all before the first manager makes their pick public. All the while, there is family drama going on, and players waiting for the outcome.

The movie begins with Sonny having an idea; he writes it down on a piece of paper and tucks it away. - Sonny's boss also has an idea; he wants Sonny to make a splash.

His boss says it's the splash that gets the fans' attention, and brings them back.

Another team makes Sonny an offer, a top pick for this year in exchange for Sonny's next two to three years first picks.

The clock is ticking with less than 24 hours for the official Draft Day to air on television for the live picks.

I don't want to give away too much. I think it's kind of nice to have some surprises. However, I will tell you that I found it both engaging and energizing. The movie drew me in; I felt for Sonny, I felt for the players, and I felt for Sonny's girlfriend, who is played by Jennifer Garner.

I enjoyed seeing this movie with my husband. If you'd like to make it into a party, here are some cards, that I designed, for you to use; they are purchased from Amazon.

Here is a custom bag for you to carry your blanket and/or seat cushion in to a game, should you also be going to a live game.

Add Team Name Football, canvas bags
Add Team Name Football, canvas bags by Cherylsart
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I hope you enjoy Draft Day as much as I did, if not more.

Cheryl Paton

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Favorite Funny Comedy Movies on DVD

My preference for movies are ones that make me laugh. Laughter makes me feel good, and it's fun. So the ones that I'll be sharing with you here my favorite funny comedies.

The first one on my list is Saint Ralph. Ralph is an adolescent boy attending a catholic school. His mother is in a nearby hospital, in a coma. Ralph has great faith and comes to believe that he needs to do something great in order for his mother to come out of the coma. The something great that he decides upon is running in the Boston Marathon. The head priest is not at all for it, but Ralph is determined. There are a few sad parts in this movies, and also quite a bit of fun. It is well worth watching. It also ends with one of the best versions of the song Hallelujah, that I have ever heard.

This second movie, The Producers, is a story about two men who become involved in making a play that they hope will flop; they figure they'll make more money from the insurance write off. So first off, they come up one that they figure people wouldn't like at all, a musical about Hitler. Nathan Lane and Mathew Broderick star in this version, and are a very comedic pair in this movie. You'll also be amazed at the play that they come up with.

Another one that is full of laughs is Weekend at Bernie's. Two young account executives are to meet their boss at his beach house. They find out that he is dead but don't want to be blamed for murder. They pretend that Bernie is still alive, taking him around and hanging out with him, as if he really were still the "life" of the party.

If you would like one that is rated G, then I recommend Mr. Bean's Holiday. Mr. Bean wins a camcorder and a paid vacation to the French Riviera. If you've seen any of the Mr. Bean movies before, you know that he gets into a variety of mishaps. He does that frequently in this movie, but also has amazing fun opportunities, and more mishaps. You'll laugh along throughout this movie.

Here's to you enjoying many laughs.

Cheryl Paton

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Suncast Tiered Garden Bed Review

I always liked the idea of growing fresh fruit and vegetables. For a long time, I'd kept trying various methods to make my gardening experience better. Then I found out about raised garden beds. There is less bending, and the soil is also easier to work with, since it is soil that you add.

The tiered garden bed that I purchased is by Suncast. It comes as a kit that has to be assembled.

The assembled kit makes a four foot by four foot garden area. If you assemble it according to the instructions, there will be a higher, deeper area and then also a more shallow area. The deeper area measures 18 inches and the shallow area measures 9 inches in depth. If you dig up the ground that you are placing it on, you can actually make your planting depth be even deeper.

The panels that make the sides and ends are made out of resin. There are connector pieces to hold the ends of the panels together. The panels have interconnecting grooves in the top and bottom edges; they slide together and are used to form the second level. You slide one edge over the other to make a larger piece. These go together pretty well as long as they are clean. If you get some dirt along the edge, it can take some extra maneuvering to get them to slide. I used a hammer and a piece of wood to help maneuver them together.

I placed the wood along the edge of the panel that I needed to move, and then hammered on the wood so that the resin wouldn't get damaged. That worked pretty well. If you can keep them clean, then that definitely works better.

I have read that some people build two shallow units; one being 4' by 4' and the other being 2' by 4 foot.

There are four stakes (rods) that are used to stake the whole unit to the ground. You can also dig a channel around the panel edges, before placing the unit in the ground, to help secure it in place.

I have been quite pleased with my raised garden beds. So much so that I started out with one, and have grown my garden to having four of them now.

I have ordered mine online, from Amazon. They ship it to my door and shipping has been free. That was the way to go for me. I commenced to digging my area where they were going to go, while awaiting delivery.

Update: The last time I checked, this particular raised garden bed was no longer available as a link from Amazon.

Upon further checking, I thought you might be interested to see an organic option. This kit is made of rot and insect resistant cedar. The sections are made with a dovetail design and you slide them together.

Cheryl Paton