Archive for March, 2013

Happy Birthday, Eiffel Tower!

March 31, 2013

On this day in 1889, the city of Paris honored the centenary of the French Revolution by officially opening the Eiffel Tower. At 984 feet tall, it was the world’s tallest human-made structure (and stayed that way until the Chrysler Building was finished in 1930).

It’s hard to believe now, but in 1889, critics saw the tower as an eyesore or as structurally unsound. If they could only see it now – it’s one of the world’s most popular attractions, with almost 20,000 visitors every day!

It’s also one of the most photographed landmarks in the world, and for all those francophiles out there, we have a ton of options for carrying this architectural treasure with you.

Use our Basking Stationery Paper to send love notes, letters and more with a photo that encapsulates the tranquil bliss that Paris inspires:

Basking Stationery Paper
Basking Stationery Paper by thedustyphoenix

Capture the mystery and intrigue of misty Paris days with a poster of H. Armstrong Roberts’ print “Silhouetted woman, Paris,” overlooking the Eiffel Tower from the iconic Trocadéro plaza:

Silhouetted woman, Paris standing in trocadero Poster
Silhouetted woman, Paris standing in trocadero Poster by corbisimages

And go vintage with an iPhone case that says old-fashioned carnival! The Vintage Paris Postcard option shows off the Eiffel Tower during its inaugural Universal Exposition days:

Vintage Paris Postcard, Eiffel Tower Case For The iPhone 4
Vintage Paris Postcard, Eiffel Tower Case For The iPhone 4 by SaraSteingraber

Until you’re able to visit Paris and see, climb and take photos of the Eiffel Tower in-person, take a bit of it around with you and give a little lift to the everyday.

An Easter Egg Hunt in Style

March 31, 2013

There’s nothing like a vigorous Easter egg hunt to bring out the competitive fury and springtime energy in all of us. Who doesn’t love boiling a batch of eggs to decorate and display, or spending hours finding the tiniest nooks for the foil-wrapped chocolate eggs that everyone else will scour for – or being one of the people who gets to scour the house, backyard or park?

Easter is a treat, and you can enliven it even further with any number of themed posters, greeting cards, tote bags and more that capture the holiday’s playful spirit.

Start with an Easter Eggs poster that makes a colorful, festive decoration on any household wall:

Easter Eggs Poster
Easter Eggs Poster by pdphoto

Take some beautiful eggs around with you every day with the Easter Eggs iPhone 5 case, featuring elaborately dyed and painted eggs:

Easter Eggs iPhone 5 Case
Easter Eggs iPhone 5 Case by corbisimages

And stock up on all your Easter supplies with the adorable Happy Easter Chick tote bag, showing a newborn chick calmly hatched out of a colored egg:

Happy Easter Chick Easter Egg Tote Bags
Happy Easter Chick Easter Egg Tote Bags by ECInvites

Happy Easter and happy hunting!

Artists’ Series: Happy Birthday, Van Gogh!

March 30, 2013

We should all count our lucky stars that Vincent van Gogh didn’t paint for the money, since he never sold a painting in his life. Only in the years after did people start to appreciate his impeccable technique, his distinctive style, and of course, the mystery behind his cut-off ear.

In just over a decade he completed more than 2,000 paintings – from landscapes and still lifes to portraits and self-portraits – and some of them rank among the most well-regarded art of all time. Many of us know and admire his Bedroom at Arles (1889), for instance, with its unusual perspective and striking use of color:

Van Gogh's Bedroom at Arles, 1889 Posters
Van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles, 1889 Posters by bridgemanart

His still life Sunflowers (1888) is a lovely rendering of wild flowers, seemingly strewn together in a matching vase:

Sunflowers, 1888 poster
Sunflowers, 1888 poster by bridgemanart

famous swirls of blue and yellow over Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, where van Gogh lived in southern France:

The Starry Night, June 1889 (oil on canvas) Print
The Starry Night, June 1889 (oil on canvas) Print by bridgemanart

That view is what he saw out his bedroom window. How lucky we are that he had it.

Foto Friday

March 29, 2013

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

Seller Spotlight: Reflections06

March 28, 2013

Carla (reflections06) came across Zazzle a few years ago when she was homeschooling her kids. Designing was just a hobby, but after spending some time on Zazzle, Carla knew that she’d found her community of designers.

There are many reasons why I love Zazzle, but the main one is how there’s truly a community. I love reading the forums and getting feedback on my designs. Zazzle’s templates are so fun to work with and I wake up every day excited to design.

I’m mostly self-taught, and I love designing invitations. My style is all over the place — one day it’s girly with frills and another day it’s comic-style cartoons.

I get quite a few emails from satisfied customers and it’s so amazing to be a part of someone’s celebration. I love making people happy and it’s why I do what I do.

Here are my favorite products:

Wanted Poster Family Reunion Invitation
Wanted Poster Family Reunion Invitation by reflections06

I wanted to capture an “Old West” feel and a whimsical flair for this fun family reunion invitation.

Ice Cream Party Invitations
Ice Cream Party Invitations by reflections06

This is Inspired by my own children’s birthday parties, where do-it-yourself ice cream bars are always a big hit!

Little Peanut (Blue) Baby Shower Announcements
Little Peanut (Blue) Baby Shower Announcements by reflections06

A friend was recently expecting and kept the gender to herself. She called the baby “Lil’ Peanut” so I created this fun shower invitation in her honor.

Sweet Sixteen Pink Bow Invitations
Sweet Sixteen Pink Bow Invitations by reflections06

Cute, sweet, girly and PINK for her sweet sixteen celebration.

Peas and Carrots Mug
Peas and Carrots Mug by reflections06

Even though my favorite products are party invitations, I created these fun cartoon veggies. I just love this mug.

Good Morning Sunshine Mug
Good Morning Sunshine Mug by reflections06

This was inspired by all the non-morning people I know, who need a little morning sunshine to help them along.

Introducing Featured Picks

March 28, 2013

The Zazzle community is an imaginative and passionate bunch, full of many different personalities. If we polled everyone and asked, “What’s your favorite product on Zazzle today?” we’d easily come up with a list of some of the most quirky, creative and unique finds on the site. And so, that’s just what we did.

We’re excited to announce our new Featured Picks section (replacing Today’s Best). Featured Picks curates products selected by our very own Zazzlers, based on interests and tastes. We’re hoping to highlight our vast array of products through our different styles and personalities. You can get a general overview of the picks on the main page or navigate to individual curators for their personal selections.

Find the picks updated weekly (by us!) here.

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Artists’ Series: Go Big, Go Bright, Go Floral

March 28, 2013

Nothing says spring like flowers in bloom. As nature blossoms around you, what better way to bring the beauty of flowers indoors than with timeless art on your walls?

We have hundreds of posters and wrapped canvases to choose from — spanning eras and movements and countries — that burst with flowers. Among the masterful still lifes in our roster is van Gogh’s classic Sunflowers (1888):

Sunflowers, 1888 poster
Sunflowers, 1888 poster by bridgemanart

The rich color and texture lend the wilted flowers a surprising beauty, in harmony with the vase, table and wall.

Rachel Ruysch’s dramatic Still Life of Roses, Lilies, Tulips (1704) fills the canvas with dozens of flowers of varying colors and types:

Still life of roses lilies, tulips posters
Still life of roses lilies, tulips posters by bridgemanart

The bright light gives them a grandeur in a background of black. Note also that Ruysch was one of just three prominent female painters in the Dutch Golden Age, in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The Belgian Pierre-Joseph Redouté, known as “the Raphael of flowers,” painted watercolors of flowers such as Vase of Flowers:

Vase of Flowers Print
Vase of Flowers Print by bridgemanart

The pleasant pink of the flowers blends easily in a home or office, allergy-free, and will last for years.

We hope that you’ve enjoyed our artists’ series, and that it’s given you ideas and inspiration to add a little pizzazz to your surroundings.

Festive Goods for a Fabulous Bread-Free Passover

March 25, 2013

The annual eight days without bread are coming and – on a much smaller scale than in the Book of Exodus – it’s time to prepare for the expedition. There’s the seder table to set, the matzah to buy and all that bread to get rid of. And then, eight special days with family and unleavened flour!

With all the things you need to take care of, let us help simplify your Passover life. For starters, you’ll need to fill your seder table with eager guests, so why not invite them with ease and style with a customized Passover Words invitation:

Passover Words Custom Invitation
Passover Words Custom Invitation by aresby

As you’re stocking up on matzah, bitter herbs, horseradish and other essentials, keep it together in the hilarious Chametz-Free Zone tote bag:

Chametz Free Zone Canvas Bags
Chametz Free Zone Canvas Bags by Cardgallery

And for an extra festive spirit, decorate and protect your beloved iPad with the shockingly real-looking Handmade Shemurah Matzah case:

Handmade Shemurah Matzah iPad Case
Handmade Shemurah Matzah iPad Case by YehudisL

Make the most of the story of Exodus and the momentous holiday this year. Chag sameach!

Foto Friday

March 22, 2013

Check out this week’s Foto Friday!

What’s Foto Friday? It’s our weekly blog post of customers enjoying their Zazzle products. Want to join in the fun and earn $5 towards your next Zazzle order? See details on how to participate in Foto Friday.

Join in the fun now! Learn more about submitting your photos and videos to Foto Friday!

It’s on! March Madness!

March 21, 2013

It’s March Madness! Who are you rooting for? The NCAA tournament kicks off today!

Diehard hoop fans of University of Missouri, University of Florida and UC Berkeley will be happy to know that Zazzle has your school’s water bottles, iPhone cases, mugs and more.

Catch the championship game on April 8th.

M & Tiger Head: Mizzou Water Bottle
M & Tiger Head: Mizzou Water Bottle by universityofmissouri
Florida Pride - Blue & Orange Sleeve For MacBook Pro
Florida Pride – Blue & Orange Sleeve For MacBook Pro by UniversityofFlorida
Blue Paw Messenger Bag
Blue Paw Messenger Bag by ucberkeley

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