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Complaint on the Complaint Department :: Circle Cutter of Death by Laura
September 30, 2010, 9:08 am
Filed under: Product Reviews

Recently I got a Martha Stewart Crafts Circle Cutter, product # MA281056 from Walmart. I know tons of projects for my wedding I wanted to use something like this on, including a circular reception menu and my recent project, paper Ball jar lid inserts using, what else, a Martha Stewart clip art and template.

This handy tool seems like a fabulous idea, a great design and a inexpensive product with endless uses. Multitasker, as Alton Brown loves to say. Well, I’ll say, yes, it’s a great inexpensive multitasker, with a very BAD design. The “handle” has insertable blades, which are protected by these little plastic tabs, where you insert in the blade and slide this tab out. Seems easy, right? Why yes, it’s super easy…easy to slice your finger open. I’ve done this not once, but twice. Am I insane to try it after I cut myself once already? No, well, not for this reason. I thought, like any human, maybe I wasn’t paying attention, or getting the idea right. I have gone many many years using my Xacto knife without a single injury. So I sit at my desk, put this thing in front of me, prepare, and then get out the blade o’ danger. I gently place it in, sliding the “safe” little tab off, and b-bam…HUGE slice on my finger. About 1 inch in width, and who knows how deep. I First Aided myself, replayed the entire thing in my head…and then decided to call miss Martha Stewart Crafts to complain.

Upon calling, I get routed around, finally reaching Martha Stewart Crafts help line. The woman was nice, but when I told her how the design has a major unsafe flaw, and that I’m bleeding on the other end, all I get is a nice little apology, and my “note” sent to the “Product Manager” to tell them that “customers” are having “problems” with it. Oh, and have a nice day.

It seemed pretty un-momentous for me, no freebies, nothing but I’m sorry and a canned response.

I think I’ll put this Circle Cutter up for when I have enemies that need one.


Meghan Monday: Halloween Project #1 by Meghan
September 27, 2010, 12:36 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, General Posts, Meghan Mondays!, Projects

For the next 5 weeks I’m going to feature a Green DIY Halloween project (or two, or three) on Meghan Mondays. I LOVE Halloween, so I thought what better way to share my love of Halloween with all of you than to share some green Halloween projects.

Today’s projects, oh yes – I’m starting with two, come from Amanda over at Crafts by Amanda.  The first project that caught my eye were her Recycled Bread Tag Monsters. Holycute! What a great use for those bread tags. And what a SIMPLE project to do with your family. Then as I was checking out that post (and chatting with Laura about it), Laura says “I want to make those juice box monsters!” Huh? Monsters made from juice boxes? Oh yeah. Amanda’s Juice Box monsters are so cute! All you need is some empty juice boxes, felt, glue, and something to weight them down. In under an hour you could have monsters taking over your home for Halloween.

Thanks Amanda for the great GREEN Halloween inspiration!

Update :: Brush With Greatness, now super-great! by Laura
September 24, 2010, 8:12 am
Filed under: Product Reviews, Thrifty Thursdays

Do we remember this Thrifty Thursday post?  The super chic Sonia Kashuk® Out of the Woods 6-pc. Brush Set for only $9.99? NOW, guess what? It’s even further on sale!

This Sonia set is 60% off, as are all her limited edition beautifiers. But hurry and apply now, because this limited face-time offer’s gone tomorrow.

Sonia Kashuk® Out of the Woods 6-pc. Brush Set
Save 60% + Free Shipping
$19.99 List price
  • Clutch is covered with cork
  • Brushes are made from real wood, aluminum and natural and synthetic hairs
  • Pieces: 6

Check out all of the Sonia line here!

Thrifty Thursday :: Eco-Friendly Cuteness by Laura
September 23, 2010, 8:30 am
Filed under: Product Reviews, Thrifty Thursdays

Disregarding the horribly cheesy spelling of the name, this online store is jam packed full of cuteness, and even has it’s own Eco-Friendly section!

From cute coin purses to shopping bags, to coasters and water bottles – it’s all pretty cost effective and delivers big on preciousness!

Waggin’ Wednesday :: Buy One Give One! by Laura
September 22, 2010, 8:49 am
Filed under: Product Reviews, Waggin' Wednesdays

What BOGO is better than Buy One Get One? Buy One GIVE One!

These super cute Defender Purple Paw Walking Shoes from the Animal Rescue Shop are perfect for the soon approaching Autumn weather. Feel good getting out and exercising, as well as feeling good you helped someone in need – while looking pretty cute and stylish! The price you ask? Only $34.95, cheaper than the other sneakers on the site, and it ALSO donates 28 bowls of food to needy shelters!

Get out and take the dog for a walk!

Buy a Pair, Give a Pair! For every pair sold, they will donate another pair of shoes through Soles4Souls, a nonprofit organization giving shoes to needy people both in the U.S. and abroad!

Description from the site:

Take to the road for your health — and show your support for animal rights causes — with lightweight walking shoes that surround your feet in easy comfort and familiar paw style. Just the thing for a morning walk with your favorite canine.

  • Breathable mesh tongue for added comfort
  • Ultra-cushioned latex insole is 5.0 mm thick with a contoured arch support for exceptional shock absorption; fabric insole topcover reduces friction while walking
  • Thickly padded collar provides extra ankle support
  • Long-wearing cushioned traction outsole for all day comfort
  • Available in full and half sizes for the perfect fit

MONSTER Balloons :: Biodegradable Fun! by Laura
September 21, 2010, 3:36 pm
Filed under: Product Reviews

Introducing a new product over at Paper Source: the MONSTER BALLOON!

This thing gets huge! It can be inflated to over 3 feet in diameter and is seriously mesmerizing for kids and adults alike. It’s made in the US from completely biodegradable latex, and is a great lung workout for whoever gets the treat of blowing it up! What fun they would be inflated with helium in clusters for a party!

Meghan Monday: DIY Piggy Bank by Meghan
September 20, 2010, 12:10 am
Filed under: Do-ables / Tutorials, Meghan Mondays!, Projects

One my favorite things that I get in my inbox each day is the “Craft of the Day” email from Martha Stewart Crafts. Lots of days I just delete it without opening it, because I can tell by the subject that I won’t be interested, but today was NOT one of those days. How can you hit delete when the subject line says “DIY Piggy Bank?” Just another fun thing to do with your empty bottles instead of just tossing them in the recycling bin. You could even make a family of piggy banks in different sizes. Maybe make one for each person in your family and keep the “family of piggies” in your kitchen for all to enjoy. The possibilities are endless!