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Bad grammar: something up with which we’d never put

April 24, 2014

There are two kinds of people on Earth: descriptive grammarians and prescriptive grammarians. Not that we have to tell you that, of course. It’s a bitter divide among grammar nerds, and it’s unlikely ever to end. (See how we didn’t split that infinitive? You’re welcome.)

 

It’s all about how we use language and what “correct” English means. Is it the grammar, spelling and syntax from the rules we’ve made and tweaked over time (say the prescriptive camp), or the language we use naturally every day, with its errors and emphasis on simplicity (retort the descriptive camp)?

 

We’re not going to take a stand; we just want to be understood, and loved. (Notice the semi-colon there?) But you, dear nerd, must pick your side. Do you use the Oxford comma? When to use the semi-colon versus the colon? Whatever side you choose, rest assured you’ll have validation (and impeccable punctuation).

 

The sticklers among you will get a major grammar kick out of the Prepositions Mug, whose meta self-awareness will make you smirk whenever you sip your loose-leaf tea:

http://www.zazzle.com/prepositions_mug-168009615362418262

Maybe your pet peeve is when people misuse cognates? We know. Breathe. Let it out. It will be OK. Have a sweet hot chocolate, marshmallows and whipped cream and all, in the Grammar Nut Caffeine Effect Mug:

http://www.zazzle.com/grammar_nut_caffeine_effect_mug-168922739809876156

 

Something else that’s sure to affect you, with only positive effects, is our final mug of choice — the classic “walk into a bar” scenario applied to … grammar! Contain yourself. Behave. Get ready for the It Was Tense Coffee Mug, and order two for each of your grammar-nerd friends, since they’ll definitely break the first out of exuberance:

http://www.zazzle.com/it_was_tense_coffee_mugs-168218215693101744

 

Obviously we don’t have to remind you of the panda that eats shoots and leaves (comma-free). We applaud your crusade to keep English clean, fun and full of puns. Word.

Happy birthday to The Bard: here’s what’s in a name

April 23, 2014

Act One:

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,

Creeps in this petty pace from day to day

To the last syllable of recorded time,

And all our yesterdays have lighted fools

The way to dusty death …

 

Shakespeare was born in 1564,

The exact birth date still unknown to us

But celebrated on April 23

(He was baptized on April 26).

His plays are staged more than anyone else’s,

And translated into every major language.

How’s that for just one man (ignoring the conspiracies)?

 

Born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England

He was the third of eight children, to John

And Mary, alderman and landowner

(Respectively), as this black-and-white print

Of Shakespeare’s birthplace handsomely depicts:

http://www.zazzle.com/shakespeares_birthplace_print-228268570094171478

 

Act Two:

… Let me be that I am and seek not to alter me.

 

In London, 1598-99,

Shakespeare wrote Much Ado About Nothing,

A brilliant piece of comedy and wit

With man and woman fated to pair up,

But they must court each other first until

They realize it. The Front Piece to the Quarto,

Dated 1623, is priceless,

As both memento and an iPad case:

http://www.zazzle.com/front_piece_to_much_ado_about_nothing_quarto_ipad_mini_case-256345527602145106

 

Act Three:

Pray you now, forget and forgive: I am old and foolish.

 

In London, 1603-6, he wrote

One of his final plays: King Lear, about

An older man gone mad over power

And ego (sound familiar?), who must make

Amends with his estranged daughter Cordelia.

This oil painting by Hillingford portrays

Lear vulnerably, winning forgiveness

From Cordelia. At last, some happy peace:

http://www.zazzle.com/cordelia_and_king_lear_oil_on_canvas_poster-228191120846294305

If we shadows have offended,

Think but this, and all is mended,

That you have but slumber’d here

While these visions did appear.

And this weak and idle theme,

No more yielding but a dream …

 

 

I Left My Heart In…

April 22, 2014

We’ve asked Katrina Lau, a longtime resident of San Francisco, and also a fantastic member of our marketing team, to pick her favorite Zazzle products that exemplify this beautiful city.  Though it can sometimes be a foggy city, it’s also a city for foodies!  But it’s not just the great restaurants that have us loving San Francisco, so here are a few other reasons.

 

Packed with good eats, rich culture, and historic landmarks, it’s no wonder that tourists flock to the City by the Bay each year! San Francisco’s just a quick 30 minute drive from our Redwood City office, and we Zazzlers would love to introduce to you our prime picks for this popular hilly city.

 

First stop: Golden Gate Bridge. There’s no skipping out on this famous landmark, and it’s a breathtaking view even for San Franciscans. Let’s take a piece of the bridge home with us, shall we?

http://www.zazzle.com/the_magic_electric_golden_gate_of_san_francisco_poster-228198154342269214?pt=pillow-189097350464634670

 

Beautiful scenery doesn’t just come in the form of bridges, though. Mission Dolores Park is a perfect place to enjoy good eats and take in this city’s culture. Grab some famous sandwiches and ice cream and don’t forget your phone case showing off this cool spot by local artist Nidhi Chanani:

http://www.zazzle.com/simple_pleasures_galaxy_s3_covers-179959998889318824?pt=case-179906216136705013

 

San Francisco’s also known for beautiful architecture, and one of the most popular styles in the city are Victorian homes. These Painted Ladies are located in Alamo Square, and while they’ve been featured in numerous media outlets, we like them because they’re the perfect mix of color, elegance, and city history.

http://www.zazzle.com/a_row_of_victorian_homes_poster-228681654381946116

 

Flower power and tie-dye of the 60s may be mostly gone today, but the Haight Ashbury district still boasts a peace and love culture. Good vibes, strong diversity, and hip boutiques and restaurants make this famous intersection a go-to if you’re in the city!

http://www.zazzle.com/haight_ashbury_tshirts-235665501725372684

From gifts on cable cars to Chinatown, we’ve got all your bases covered.

http://www.zazzle.com/san_francisco_mug_by_hearts_and_all-168890793028374488

On April 18, a Super-anniversary …

April 18, 2014

Pop quiz: Later this week, someone special turns 76.

 

He grew up in Kansas. His favorite color is blue.

 

He wasn’t born on Earth. His dad’s a scientist, but he’s actually adopted. His (adoptive) dad is a farmer.

 

He’s not like the rest of us. He’s kind of superhuman — but he uses his powers for good.

 

He writes for a newspaper, and lives in a big city. He has an archenemy, a major crush, a deathly allergy and a second, secret night job.

 

Sounds like a spicy life, no?

 

It is: it’s Superman‘s. (Not bad for a senior citizen!)

 

On April 18, 1938, the very first Superman comic appeared. It was created by the writer Jerry Siegel and artist Joe Shuster, who were high school students in Cleveland (precocious much?).

 

We can’t get enough of this super-dude with a heart of gold, and a stylized shield on his chest. We want to visit Krypton. And Metropolis. And work at the Daily Planet. And fume at Lex Luthor, and have lunch with Lois Lane.

 

Who wouldn’t? And while we’re at it, who wouldn’t want to celebrate this birthday with a bang?

 

Bang number one: the Superman Stare Wall Clock. You know it’ll always be there — on time, in place, ready for action. Like our hero, it’s epic, fierce and definitely intense:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/superman_stare_wall_clocks-256646415456411881

Bang number two: the Superman Red Throw Pillow. For sitting back and devouring a comic, or pizza (but definitely not another superhero’s movie). Stay comfy, stay hungry, and most of all stay good:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/superman_red_throw_pillow-189617859393500669

 

Bang number three: the Superman U.S. Flag Wallet. Because when you leave the house, you’ll still need his protection and style. And when the man of steel’s with you, impossible is nothing:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/superman_us_flag_tri_fold_wallets-256146521731138860

 

And in case you need him around, don’t forget to say, “This looks like a job for Superman!”

Muppets Most Wanted: when it’s easy being green

April 17, 2014

If you’re anything like us, you legged it to the movies last month to catch the opening of the latest Muppet caper, Muppets Most Wanted. (We loved it!)

 

Adding Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais to the usual Muppet mix was a foolproof plan for hilarity. They get to be among the newest members of a franchise that’s now more than 60 years old (egad).

 

As Statler and Waldorf would say: That’s not half-bad … Nope, it’s all bad!

 

In honor of our longtime friends, we have some winning ways to celebrate everything Muppet — whether you’re a Kermit fan, Miss Piggy devotee or Statler and Waldorf soulmate. (Such a soft spot.)

 

Many of the Muppets we now love got their start on The Muppet Show, which started in 1976. Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Animal and Gonzo all made their debut there, along with the first celebrity guest stars.

 

The first slew of flicks came in the late-’70s, with the legendary Muppet Movie, Great Muppet Caper and Muppets Take Manhattan.

 

As of 2012, they even have a collective star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Envy!

 

And how to celebrate? We’ll start with a classic. Nothing spiffs up a room like a print of Kermit’s evil doppelganger. Case in point, the Constantine Print:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/constantine_print-228918940444926984

 

Next, here’s a way to spread the Muppet love. Travel the globe, stay at home, but tell your friends all about it with the Muppets Tour the Globe Post Cards. Tiny car, eight wild-eyed Muppets, careening through Europe — you could customize the text, but could you ever surpass them?

 

http://www.zazzle.com/the_muppets_tour_the_globe_post_cards-239509467878218949

 

Finally, a way to take our beloved Muppets out with you, everywhere and always. That is, after all, the key to happiness. The Animal World Tour Courier Bag is crazy devilish fun and rad, as it should be (and as you should be):

 

http://www.zazzle.com/animal_world_tour_courier_bag-210232904457301318

 

We’ll leave you with one last nod to our favorite two-man peanut gallery. They always put it best.

 

Statler: This is a very moving moment.

Waldorf: Yeah. I wish they’d move it to Pittsburgh!

Mother’s Day: say thanks for a lifetime of love

April 16, 2014

Think of all the things your mother has done for you. Try to remember them. Making you soup when you were sick. Driving you to so many activities, every day. Watching terrible dance recitals, music concerts, sports games – the worst – because they love you, and you’re their child.

 

Waking up so early on a Sunday morning to stand for three hours in the rain watching kids do nothing with a soccer ball, and cheering it on? That is unconditional love.

 

So every year, we spend one day thanking them for that. One day. That’s cute. Really, the only payback is having kids yourself and going through all of it again, from the other side. Ha.

 

But we can try. We can show our moms how big a deal they’ve been for our whole lives, and how pathetic we’d be without them.

 

We can start with the heartfelt: the Custom Family Photo Collage Canvas Print. Pick the photos that represent your favorite memories over the years, put them together, and give it to her with a handkerchief, just in case:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/custom_family_photo_collage_canvas_print-192708520257303914

 

Next, the hilarious. Because if you think about it, raising children is so intense that it’s actually ridiculous. And we can acknowledge that, with a Funny Coffee Mug for Mom that lets her off the hook completely for all those times when she just needed a moment, to get it together:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/funny_coffee_mug_for_mom-168975269843056469

 

Finally, we can spoil her. Because didn’t she spoil us for years? (Maybe she still does?) The Gray and Pink Custom Monogram Sandals are the most awesome flip-flops – perfect for the house or the beach, maybe a spa day, just life. They’re brightly colored, monogrammed for her, and as lazy and luxurious as a day without the kids:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/gray_and_pink_chevrons_with_custom_monogram_wrappingpaper-256551058560399112?pt=flipflops-256736389631256877

 

We have to have a shot-out to Grandma, too, because we all know she and Gramps sometimes took over when Mom and Dad needed a break (who could blame them?). And crucially, you and Grandma share a common enemy. The We Love You Nana Mother’s Day Mug gets straight to the point – we love you with all our hearts:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/we_love_you_nana_mothers_day_mug-168159863808824337

That’s what it’s all about. Loving them back for the love they’ve shown you your whole life. It’s only a day, and they’ve devoted to us so many.

Hashtag Happiness: Introducing the #ZazzleMade Sweepstakes

April 15, 2014

If you think that winning $50 to spend on your favorite Zazzle products sounds pretty amazing, we have some great news for you. We’re excited to announce our new photo contest: #Zazzlemade!

 

#zazzlemade FINAL

At Zazzle, we pair the Dreamers with the Makers. The result? Products that are as unique as the people who create them.

 

Simply share a photo of your favorite Zazzle product(s) on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and tag it #zazzlemade.

Each week, we will randomly select one winner who will receive a code worth $50 on Zazzle.com!

 

*If you already have photos of Zazzle products on Instagram, simply go back and add #zazzlemade in the comments section!

Cases That Are Out of This World

April 11, 2014

We’re so happy to be able to buy the new Samsung Galaxy S®5, an amazing new smartphone that launches today.  We’ve all seen its powers – it’s got a fast, vibrant camera; an awesome screen for all of your HD movies and games; and even a heartbeat tracker for the fitness-minded folks.  Another interesting feature will create greater security because you can lock and unlock the phone with your fingerprint – you’ll feel safe and secure with your phone in your hands!  This phone is powered by Android, which is the world’s most popular mobile platform.  Android devices offer useful features and tons of apps so you’ll be fully entertained and in control of your mobile experience.

 

Why not add a fun case to your brand new phone?  Starting today, we’re offering custom cases for the Galaxy S®5!

 

We partnered with Case-Mate to offer an impact-resistant plastic case that protects the back and edges of the phone.  It maintains the slim profile of the S5 while adding a layer of plastic to make sure that your phone can withstand any dings, drops, or dips.  You can add the ultimate design or the perfect photo – this case has a glossy finish so you know that it will shine.  In addition, the case allows easy access to all ports, sensors, cameras and controls.

 

 

You can customize your case right away.  The price starts at only $39.95 and fits all U.S. and international models.  Now you can feel confident that your new phone will be as strong as you are – and live up to the challenges of daily use.

 

 

 

 

Happy Passover: Get ready for the Seder

April 11, 2014

Perhaps you know the story of Passover.  The Israelites were enslaved, so Moses (and brother Aaron) tell the Pharaoh, “Let my people go!” but he doesn’t. The Egyptians then get ten plagues, from locusts to boils to the death of their first-born sons (the name “Passover” comes from the Israelites’ homes being passed over during this plague, because they marked their front doors with lamb’s blood, an ancient “Do not enter”). The Pharaoh still won’t budge.

 

The Israelites flee, and of course have to take food with them. They don’t have time to wait for their bread to rise (who does, really?), so they flee with flat unleavened bread – hence, during Passover, the Jewish people eat matzoh and not leavened flour or grains.

 

Therefore, the big question of Passover is: what does freedom mean today, and what does it mean to you?

 

The other big question is: how are you doing Seder? (“Seder,” meaning order, is the ceremonial dinner of the first two nights of Passover, with ritualistic foods and storytelling and songs, and a lot of wine.)

 

Everyone’s Seder is different. Some are intimate; some are enormous. Some skim through the Exodus story; others detail it with glee. Some go for hours and hours; others go straight to the food.

 

Whatever your way, you’re going to have a guest list. Who are you inviting, and how will you get to yes? The technicolor Seder Invitation pops with color and vibrancy that even Pharaoh couldn’t refuse:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/seder_invitation-161550280572295150

Once you get them to the table, how’s it going to look? How do you make it awesome and festive, yet also functional? The Seder plate is crucial. You need your bitter herb, your hard-boiled egg, your shank bone, and they need to be plated in style. The Jerusalem At Last Seder Plate is artful, ordered and mega fun, like the Seder itself:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/jerusalem_at_last_seder_plate-115598441209423714

 

With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, you’ll still need to use your phone – not during the Seders, but for a lot of the holiday. With the Matzoh iPhone 5 Case, you can carry your matzoh around all day, and not even have to eat it:

 

http://www.zazzle.com/sale_matzo_iphone_5_case-179101461776064260

Chag sameach, and next year in Jerusalem!

When life gives you lemons … it’s all good

April 10, 2014

We really don’t know why lemons get a bad rap. If life gives you lemons, you’re probably the healthiest person possible. They boost digestion, balance blood sugar, help burn fat, reduce the body’s acidity, and ooze with Vitamin C, a vital antioxidant (literally).

 

And if Kate Spade‘s any guide, lemons are huge right now. They’re a pretty big deal — and they should be. They could basically save your life, and they look amazing on any accessory.

 

If we had the Citrus Slices Wristlet, we’d go out much more often. It’s bright green and yellow, the perfect size for nighttime, made of satin — can we marry this thing?

http://www.zazzle.com/citrus_slices_1_wristlet_clutches-223024376813119342

 

The Lemon Recipe Postcard is reason number eighty for us to make lemon squares, or lemon-meringue pie, or lemon tarts again. I mean, you have to get the recipe right before you send it to someone, right? And can we just say, it looks as delicious as your dish will taste:

http://www.zazzle.com/lemon_recipe_card_post_card-239652300824826103

 

Squeeze this — an iPhone case bursting with the freshest-looking lemons, polka dots and leaves for a background, and your name swirled along the bottom. Can your iPhone 5 please get wrapped in the Retro Lemons Case already, and make our day?

http://www.zazzle.com/retro_lemons_ready_to_be_squeezed_iphone_5_case-256507251125398456

 

As far as we’re concerned, all lemons are as delicious as lemonade.


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