Archive for February, 2014
Though St. Patrick’s Day has become known as a holiday of libations, the Saint Day named for Patrick was sober business when it began. It was a day of holy obligations and quiet prayer, the exact opposite of rollicking parades and pub crawls that we use to celebrate all things Irish now.
Few people remember that blue was Saint Patrick’s original favorite color, but green and shamrocks came in and took over about 500 years ago. The legend says that Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish. Today, we see the four-leaf clover more often because people wish to get as much Irish luck as they can.
As you prepare to watch or join in a St. Patrick’s Day parade this year, take a look at some of the essential gear you will need.
If you feel a little funny by just coming right out and saying “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” then this laid back t-shirt will do the trick for you. It’s a pretty safe bet that your admirers will always be after this “Lucky Charm.”
Demonstrate your appreciation for the true St. Patrick’s Day spirit with this emerald spirit container from Liquid Courage. This is the perfect gift for the leprechaun in your life who searches for something more than Irish beer. At each toast, the flask displays the motto “Erin Go Bragh,” or “Éirinn go Brách” in Gaelic, which stands for “Ireland forever.”
Everyone celebrates St. Patrick’s Day in their own way. This fun hat is perfect for joining in the festivities without making a scene. After all, leprechauns come in all sizes and shapes. There’s no reason you can’t turn this holiday into anything you want it to be.
There’s no law against being lucky in love and cards at the same time. Kiss the Blarney Stone and lay your bets with this set of poker chips custom made for St. Patrick’s Day games. The four-leaf clover replacing the “O” in “Love” sends the message that your friends will be lucky in love. As for the lucky at cards part, you can keep that for yourself.
And, of course, don’t forget a friendly pinch for whoever’s not sporting green!
Welcome back to our third installment of our special behind the scenes look at Zazzle – from the vantage point of our four-legged employees! In case you missed them, make sure you also meet our pooch pals Snoopy and Lucien.
Hi there! I’m Barney – yep, just like Barney Stinson from my favorite show, How I Met Your Mother. I’m a special mix of Cocker Spaniel, Labrador and Dachshund. At only 16 months old, I’m the newest Zazzler around!
On my days here at Zazzle, I help my mom help her fellow Zazzlers! We get to do fun stuff like recruiting new Zazzlers, and all things HR. Mom says that means “Human Resources”, but since I’m not a human, I think it would be better to call it Hug Resources! You can see I’m dedicated to the job by my favorite Zazzle shirt.
Being pretty new to the world, I’m still working on being brave around new experiences. Scary things like walks, little kids, or anything moving on wheels still make me pretty nervous – but I’m working on it! A little bit of peanut butter – my favorite food – always makes me feel better.
If I’m not catching up on my beauty sleep, you can usually find me getting some exercise by chasing my tennis ball or admiring my own reflection to see just how well that beauty sleep worked. Good thing I check up on my appearance pretty frequently – the great Zazzle tie my friend Snoopy let me borrow turned out to be just a little too big:
I might be a little shy at first, but since my mom and I met, I’m happy to make friends and share hugs with most anyone once I get to sniff- I mean get to know. See? I’m already getting over my fear of bicycles! (With the help of my treat-filled Zazzle dog bowl)
Hope you enjoyed meeting me!
Photography by: Nancy Ahn
Remember the classic episode of Seinfeld (one of many) called “The Opposite,” where George and Elaine’s fortunes take turns going up and down, while Jerry remains “Even Steven”?
As always in Seinfeld, art is imitating life – and football. Sometimes you’re up, sometimes you’re down, and sometimes you’re just the same.
Cal: 1-11 (0-9 Pac-12)
Stanford 11-2 (7-2 Pac-12)
At this year’s Big Game, Stanford beat Cal 63-13, but then lost to Michigan State 24-20 in the Rose Bowl.
So how do you side? (If we had to, by the way, we might have to go with the Cardinal. Our three co-founders – CEO Robert Beaver and his sons, Bobby and Jeff – are proud Stanford alumni!)
Whatever your team, this swag will make your loyalty clear in three key Stanford-Cal rivalries.
Battle of the Nerds: Given the colleges we’re talking about, you’ll probably need killer fan gear that also protects your iPad. For Stanford, the Black Block “S” with Tree iPad Sleeve is perfect for coffee meetings in the Valley:
Bears, you’ll want to sport (tee-hee) the Gold Paw iPad Sleeve to keep your tablet safe:
Battle of the Seal: In the same nerdy vein, we have just the right notebooks for you. (Remember those? Before we all had laptops and smartphones?)
If you cheer “Go Stanford!”, take a Stanford University Seal Spiral Notebook for the road:
If you shout “Go Bears!”, you’ll want to stick the UC Berkeley School Seal Notebook in your bag:
Battle of the Dogs: Obviously, your dog also needs to take sides. That means the Party With Trees Doggie Tee for a Stanford pampered pooch:
Bears, go for the UC Berkeley Mascot Logo Doggie T-shirt for your game day companion:
Here’s to the next Big Game, in style.
We’ve already discovered that Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014 is Radiant Orchid. Did you know that orchids are everywhere – deserts, rainforests, tropical mountains? They like the sub-Arctic, the southern hemisphere and, happily for us, most any windowsill.
Not only that: they’ve given us this stunning color. A striking purply-pink, orchid is as versatile and adaptable as the flowers that gave it its name. There’s something about the hue that’s always elegant and pleasant – a stately, decisive statement. You can’t go wrong with orchid, or orchids.
Start with your table at home. The Lavender and Purple Placemats, two stunning variants on the orchid shade, add life, color and pop to whatever surface you give them. They’re simple, vibrant and super long-lasting, just like orchid flowers:
Add to that the Orchid Purple Heart Monogram Printed Napkins, and you’ll have another table essential that’s full of pizzazz – and tailored to you:
Personalize your stationery, too, putting your initial front and center in the Trellis Monogram Note Cards. Whenever you have something to write, your reader will get a card that’s personal, stylish and bold:
The only problem is when to stop adding orchid to your home. We could easily become orchid thieves!
If you think back on your childhood, you probably measured it in height marks on the wall, or in photos or report cards. But what about in games?
Think about it: from Candyland and puzzles to Operation and Chutes & Ladders, to Connect Four, Guess Who, checkers, then Cranium and chess, it’s a lifetime in different games. And it can continue with your family.
When we were kids, nights in at our house meant impromptu dance parties on the coffee table, marathon viewings of 24 (once we got to high school), and dozens of rounds of Mafia and Cheat with our friends.
If we’d had some of these game-night treats to choose from, who knows what else we might have gotten up to …
Something about monograms – that they’re made just for you – makes these Art Deco Personalized Poker Chips that much more thrilling than normal. You could use them for poker, of course, but how about Blackjack and Gin (which I somehow learned as a kid)?
Another way to make the night more special: playing card decks that are custom-made for your family. Choose your own photo, text or design with the Family Photo Red Ribbon Card Deck, which makes any game you use them for an adorable, memorable time together:
For the kids, the Dinosaur Jungle Scene Jigsaw Puzzle is super cute and also customizable with photos, words or designs. Part of the game can be choosing what to put on your puzzle, and imagine how exciting it’ll be to piece together your very own memory or creation:
So much to choose from, the hardest thing will be limiting Game Night to once a week! Mind you, do you have to?
Welcome to the second installment of our special behind the scenes series, hosted by the furry friends of Zazzle.
Hi! I’m Lucien, and I do some pretty important work when I’m here at Zazzle. My mom helps Zazzle develop amazing partnerships with some of the world’s most exciting brands. That’s quite a lot of responsibility, so it’s a good thing I can jump in to supervise.
I’m a 4 1/2 year old Chinese Crested Powderpuff, which means I have the lustrous locks to keep me out of the “world’s ugliest dog” category. From my breed, you might think I’d speak Chinese, but I actually understand English and Spanish instead.
As you can see, I am quite the “stud muffin” (it even says so on my very own Zazzle shirt), so I turn plenty of heads when I make office appearances. Sadly, I didn’t always have so many devoted fans. Years ago, my mom’s partner actually rescued me from a house inspection where I was found being used as bait in dog fights. Luckily, I’ve been the star attraction of my loving home ever since – I even have my very own dog throne to perch on from which I rule!
Other than a hearty nap, my favorite pastime is enjoying some delicious dog chow, especially when it comes in my very own Zazzle dog bowl. I’m always ready to show off my stellar dance moves in order to get a treat! If my dancing doesn’t get the job done, I’m also a talker who will definitely let you know when I’m in need of some extra attention.
Well, I have some very important napping to do. I hope you enjoyed meeting me and seeing me model some of my favorite Zazzle products!
Photography by: Nancy Ahn
Let us introduce you. “The Crazy Nasty Honey Badger” is a viral YouTube video (with 65 million views) that dubs over National Geographic footage of the honey badger with sassy commentary by Randall. Badger-mania ensued: he’s published the book Honey Badger Don’t Care, Red Mango created a “Honey Badger” flavor, and it got a mention on Glee!
Meanwhile, back in Arizona, cat-owner Tabatha Bundesen (doesn’t her name even sound like a great cat name?) made a meme out of her two-year-old “Grumpy Cat.” The feline rose to fame with viral photos on Reddit, with captions like “No.” and “The problem with some people is that they are still alive.”
“The world’s grumpiest cat” is now more famous than the vast majority of humans. She’s been in the Wall Street Journal and on Good Morning America, and won BuzzFeed’s Meme of the Year Award last year. For added fun, her website now includes a Daily Grump.
So what do you do with all that? Pick your side!
First, let’s get personal: the mug. Will you take your tea feral, poured in ceramic with a black-and-white fanged omnivore, or slug your coffee bitter and black, with a snowshoe cat declaring “I had fun once – it was awful”?
And on your fridge, what’s it gonna be? The cousin of weasels staring at your face on a background of teal, stating “Honey Badger Don’t Care,” or a feline staring in the distance with a frown, awaiting your grumpy caption of choice?
Even the baby’s getting involved. Yeah that’s right: it’s a battle of the onesie. Is your newborn the World’s Most Fearless Honey Badger, or a lover of the grumpy feline?
Honey Badger may not care, but we definitely do. Who wins?