Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Hands On Review of Zazzle Polyester Throw Pillows

I'm so glad I decided to order the 16" square 100% polyester pillow covers featuring my custom Route 66 design. It allows me to write a personal review and I was able to donate them for a silent auction at a local cancer event. 
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Pillows adorning a couch.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the order was completed and shipped much sooner than I expected. The pillows arrived in a cardboard box so no sneak peeks before opening. When I pulled out the first one, I was delighted to see the color and printing quality were as it appeared on my computer screen while designing them.  The heavy weight stretch material is what provides the great color definition according to the Zazzle product description.  They also arrived soft and wrinkle free as noted in the description.   

Hidden  Zipper Enclosure
Each pillow had a meticulously sewn hidden zipper enclosure that you can see in the image on the left. The photograph also gives a bit of a hint at the thickness of the fluffy synthetic-filled insert. 

These made in the USA pillows are also available in 20" square and 13" x 21" (lumbar) sizes in polyester; however some designs may not look well on the lumbar size.  Some Zazzle shop keepers, as I have also done,  may limit the pillow style to square or lumbar depending on specific designs. 

Pillow Outer Shell With Insert Removed

I placed the same design on both sides of the cover but you can find Zazzle pillows in the marketplace with different designs or solid colors on each side.

The photo on the left displays only the pillow cover. You see the zipper open displaying the flat pillow cover inside minus the insert. A major plus for these polyester pillows is since the cover is separate and removable from the insert and is machine washable.

Partially Exposed Pillow Insert
In the image at left the fluffy insert is partially exposed to show what it looks like. I did a search for custom pillows and found a couple of other companies that offer them. On one site it appears you can only customize a square within the center of the pillow cover dimensions. On another site the customization is only offered on a white background.  Of course I'm partial. With thousands of talented artists and photographers selling their work on Zazzle I think you'll find an overwhelming number of beautifully designed and unique pillows. 

Do a search for other companies after you check out  the great selection of creative pillow designs in the Zazzle Marketplace

At the time of this posting, there are 146 pillow reviews on Zazzle by customers with 111 earning 5 stars. You can find the customer reviews midway down the product page. 

What else would you like to know about the 100% polyester throw pillow covers that I haven't mentioned?

I'd love to hear your questions or feedback on this post and the throw pillow in the comments below. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Happy Tails of Two Smothered With Love Dogs

Our kids are furry and four-legged love machines and cuddle bugs. I've mentioned them and posted pictures here, on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, G+ and other platforms. Today you officially meet two of the star players, our dogs.

The timing of this post is so appropriate since I got the idea while out of state on business. I missed them and decided it was a good time to share them here with you. Why? Because the experts say share a little bit about you to your readers. That sounds reasonable so we'll start with the loveable Lab.

The Big Brother

Ridgeway, the loveable chocolate Labrador Retriever, is the older brother. He was the largest of his litter and most people are surprised at his height. He wasn't going to make it as a show dog because he was missing a tooth so the breeder was selling him. In our hearts, he's a blue ribbon winner, Top Dog In Show, in our house missing tooth and all.

He was always a calm Lab which might seem unusual; however, go away for even a half  hour and he can do one mean happy dance when we return. As you can tell by the above photograph, furniture is not off limits in our house and he's happy to share the bed with his youngest feline brother. Actually, he's willing to share anything with any human or animal.

The Observant One

Yes, I sit on the floor with my front paws on the step. Questions?

The handsome dude above is Gavin. He is a border collie/heeler mix rescue from Second Chance Center for Animals in Flagstaff, Arizona. Gavin picked us as his forever parents while we were going through a home renovation. He was a bit confused when he was finally able to have the run of the entire house rather than the one bedroom we were living in. 

We spent a lot of time outdoors roaming the woods when he was a puppy while the renovation was underway. It was a great time for bonding. I noticed how observant he was while his brother's nose was stuck to the ground sniffing everything. Gavin was always looking around, staring in different directions and running back to my side to make sure I was okay.  He hasn't changed at all. He's a definite Momma's boy.

Brotherly Love

Gavin learned the ropes around the homestead from his rather calm brother who is three years older. We believe Gavin would have been a bit more hyperactive had it not been for Ridgeway's calming, nonchalant manner. 

I bet you're wondering about their names. There was much thought behind them. I guess it's no surprise that with both of us Army retirees and paratroopers we named both dogs after 82nd Airborne Division generals. Major General Mathew B. Ridgeway and Lt. GenJames Gavin were noted American airborne commanders during World War II.

I'm following your every move.

Gavin is ever vigilant and loves being my shadow in or outside the house. No words are necessary to let him know when I am preparing for a walk. Gavin can sense me thinking about it then follows me to see if I'm picking up the Jeep keys or putting on my hiking shoes. 

It's so funny to watch him peeking around the bedroom door to see if I'm in the closet grabbing my hiking shoes. He then alerts his brother with high pitched squeals and dancing  with excitement. They both dance around waiting to get into the Jeep once we're outside. If I simply grab their leashes from the vehicle Gavin is sticking his head in front of me to affix the leash because he's ready to go.  He's great on a leash.

Did you say WALK?
Ridgeway on the other hand, likes to lead on the leash but doesn't pull.  They walk well together. As you can see in the above photo, he loves a toy whether it's his or abandoned by another dog or even cat toys. Mention food, ride or walk and he starts looking for a toy to take. We've lost tennis balls along a few walks and I usually have to pull out a multitude of toys from the Jeep.

So now you have been formally introduced to two of our four, furry four legged kids that share our life. In one of my future posts, I'll share some stories about our other two four legged family members.

What animals share your life?

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