Galaxy Ties – For the Astrophysicist in Everyone

March 23, 2014 by

 

We don’t want to brag, but Neil deGrasse Tyson is a fan of our space-themed ties.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is a “science rock star” who is starring in the new TV show Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey which airs on Sundays.

He landed in Parade Magazine earlier this year, and Zazzle worked with the Parade Magazine folks to provide a few ties for him for the photo shoot-

 

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So if you want to follow in his footsteps all the way to the outer edges of the galaxy, you can buy this tie, and it’s much less expensive than a high-powered telescope-

 

If you’re not familiar with him, Neil deGrasse Tyson is currently the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.  In addition, he’s the host of the TV show, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a sequel to the Carl Sagan version.  The TV series just debuted this month.

And we spotted him again in People Magazine rocking a Zazzle tie-

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Zazzle has plenty of space-themed ties for any budding astrophysicists in this galaxy, or the next one.

Put it in their pocket: perfect wallets and journals for the kids

March 19, 2014 by

Of all the things kids could keep in their pockets — candy, twigs, homework they forgot about — a safe place for their money and a special place for doodles and ideas are about as ideal as it gets. Imagine them walking to school, sitting on the bus, staring out of the car or hanging out with friends, armed with a sturdy wallet and a spiffy journal for them to write and draw all over. It’s a beautiful dream.

 

And as we know, it’s crucial to get it right whenever you get something new for the kids. It has to match their personality, and their vibe. Maybe they’re sporty? Glam? Cutesy and fun? No worries: it’s all doable.

 

For a kid who likes colors that pop, the Aqua Rainbow and Stars Name Wallet is the place to stash their cash. Make it theirs with your own text, photos or designs, and choose from seven colors to get it just right for them. The nylon is super-durable, ready for the beach, school, malls and more:

http://www.zazzle.com/aqua_rainbow_and_stars_name_wallet_purse-256939751227789790

 

Sports fiends will love putting their favorite plays, strategies and scores in the Red Sporty Stripes Personalized Soccer Journal. Customize it with their name and choose from blank, lined, grid or checklist paper so it’s tailored for what they do:

http://www.zazzle.com/red_sporty_stripes_personalized_soccer_journal-25637151671550835

 

It also comes in purple:

http://www.zazzle.com/purple_sporty_stripes_personalized_soccer_journal-256284434360895498

 

And for the travel-lover, the Monogram Pink Eiffel Tower Glitter Journal is parfait. (Mais oui !) Sophisticated and stylish, they can fill it with exciting travel plans, memories, impressions and dreams. It’s as glittery and bright as the City of Lights itself. Bon voyage:

http://www.zazzle.com/monogram_girly_pink_eiffel_tower_teal_glitter_notebook-130783963372198100

 

Don’t thank us: thank your kids for being that awesome. They deserve it!

All About Patterns – Turquoise Quatrefoil to Wear

March 18, 2014 by

Some things help you to fit in; others help you to stand out. So, why not take a trend and turn it into a personal style statement?

If you aren’t familiar with quatrefoil, you’ll want to be. It’s the trending pattern of the year. Just add turquoise, and you have the perfect combination for bringing in the spring season.

Quatrefoil is actually nothing new — the four-sided, lattice-looking pattern has left its mark all throughout history in architecture and art, but it’s most charmed use is as a Celtic symbol of good luck. And speaking of good luck — we sure are grateful for the good fortune of these adorable finds. We’ve rounded up some customizable treasures to help you make the most of the rise of quatrefoil, and turn heads all season long.

First up is this adorable Turquoise Quatrefoil Pattern Watch. You’ll always know what time it is, because you’ll be admiring your timepiece around the clock.  The white latticework of the quatrefoil pops against the turquoise background. The band, face and keeper are all customizable, so you can be sure it coordinates with everything in your closet.

http://www.zazzle.com/turquoise_quatrefoil_pattern_watch-256633175676272893

Get a gift for one of your girlfriends today. She’ll feel loved and look great in this sweet monogrammed necklace with a fun quatrefoil pattern. This jewelry is simple, yet sophisticated. The gorgeous quatrefoil pattern showcases the monogrammed letter of your choice and is surrounded by sterling silver. Branch out from a simple monogram and customize it with a quote. The options are endless—just make sure you keep the good-lookin’ quatrefoil.

http://www.zazzle.com/turquoise_quatrefoil_pattern_with_monogram_jewelry-177812052039304226

Take the season’s trend with you everywhere you go by encasing your iPhone in it. We just love this monogram-able, turquoise and white quatrefoil iPhone case. Designed for the iPhone 5 and 5s, it comes in your choice of three different styles, depending on the type of case and level of protection you need. Don’t just settle for a trendy phone cover, though. Customize it – monogram this case with your initials or maybe just your favorite three-letter word.

http://www.zazzle.com/quatrefoil_turquoise_pattern_monogram_case-179279739151973176

Whichever way you go, you can’t go wrong as long as you incorporate some turquoise quatrefoil into your style this season. Make it personal with custom options and monogramming.

Spring Trends 2014

March 17, 2014 by

Spring is here! And along with it, some of our most popular holidays including Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Graduation. In this week’s Designer Tips & Tricks, we’ll show you the styles, trends and products that we’ll be highlighting for this season’s celebrations.

Upcoming Holidays

  • Easter 4/20/2014
  • Mother’s Day 5/11/2014
  • Graduation 5/2014-6/2014
  • Father’s Day 6/15/2014

Easter Product Ideas

Products to create:

  • Ornaments
  • Tote Bags
  • Kids clothing
  • Sendables

 

Mother’s Day Product Ideas

Products to create:

  • Cards

       

  • Mugs

  • Accessories

  • T-shirts

       

  • Cases

Graduation 

  • Announcements
  • Stamps
  • Labels
  • Stickers
  • Invitations
  • Photo gifts “school memories”

Father’s Day

  • Cards

  • Mugs

  • Keychains

  • T-shirts

  • Gifts for men

Don’t forget to check out the Zazzle Merchandising forum thread where we periodically post “call to create” threads asking designers to create products related to holidays, seasons, or certain themes.

It’s Purim time: the hamentaschen’s in the mail

March 14, 2014 by

This Saturday marks the Jewish festival of Purim, one of the major holidays on the Jewish calendar and a time of celebration. Like Hanukkah and Passover, Purim commemorates the survival of the Jewish people in spite of many obstacles — this time in ancient Persia.

The holiday involves drinking, being merry, hearing the Book of Esther (or Megillah) read out loud, dressing up — like a Jewish Halloween — and sending loved ones gifts of food and drink, called Mishloach Manot.

When it comes to Mishloach Manot, the contents are “choose your own adventure” as long as they’re ready to consume. Chips, soda, candy, wine, yummy pastries, fresh or dried fruit, elaborately cooked dishes, canned food and all kinds of snacks are Purim-friendly (just choose two).

The real question is: what to send them in?

We suggest: the reusable Mishloach Manot Tote Bag, showing a hint of what’s to come. It’s bedecked with an array of hamentaschen, a Purim must-have — the delicious jam-filled pastries shaped like the hat of Haman (the evil enemy in the Purim story):

Pop on a Happy Purim Gift Label, personalized with your own words, to make the gifts extra festive for your family and friends:

And if it’s going in the mail, it has to have a Hamentaschen Stamp — ‘tis the season:

Bust out your noisemaker, put on your costume and uncork the wine: Happy Purim to all!

DODOcases for all

March 13, 2014 by

In 2012, we partnered with DODOcase to add their amazingly crafted iPad cases to Zazzle.  DODOcases are manufactured locally in San Francisco using traditional bookbinding techniques.  The DODOcase protects your iPad while also giving your device the timeless look of a hardcover book.

Now customers can not only customize the inside of the case, but also choose the color for the exterior.  The exterior is made from black Moroccan cloth, with an eco-friendly bamboo tray and a custom interior liner that you can design yourself.  You can select colors for the exterior cloth – your choice of black, orange, coral, granite, merlot and blue. For the inside of your case, there is a wide selection of designs that would add some spring style to your high tech accoutrements.

 

http://www.zazzle.com/cute_singing_blue_bird_tree_branch_ipad_air_covers-256026084010253490

We’ve got cases for your iPad 2/3/4, iPad mini as well as the iPad Air.  And you can be confident that this case was manufactured locally in San Francisco.  In April 2010, the DODOcase launched alongside the Apple iPad as the original bookbound iPad case.  It’s become a favorite among hip San Franciscans as well as anyone with a taste for design and a passion for local manufacturing.

http://www.zazzle.com/goodbye_sf_ipad_folio_cases-256664867067952292

You may no longer be reading hardcover books, but you can enjoy reading on your iPad while also feeling inspired to travel back in time to a previous era when bookbinding was done by hand.  The Dodo bird remains on the list of extinct animals but thanks to DODOcase, bookbinding continues to thrive.

All About Patterns – Harlequin Style Art

March 11, 2014 by

Harlequin is a pattern that has truly stood the test of time.  Where did this diamond-shaped checkerboard print get its start? For this little history lesson, let’s take a trip to Italy in the late 1500s.

During the Italian Commedia Dell’arte days of the 1580s, Harlequin was not a pretty pattern, but a stock character in many theatrical performances. He was typically portrayed as an astute servant who was lighthearted and jovial, and always got the girl.

In these performances, the playful Harlequin would rival against Pierrot, a sadder, stern character, for the mutual object of their affection, Colombine. Harlequin always wore clothing that was adorned with a diamond-shaped checkered pattern, symbolic of his good nature. Conversely, Pierrot’s clothes were plain and white, fitting with his more boring, somber persona.

The duds that Harlequin made famous ultimately traveled the trails of time and made their way to the 21st century. The pattern is still found in many places — especially ones that speak for the same lifestyle defined by our fabulous friend, Harlequin.

While Harlequin was a funny guy, we definitely aren’t clowning around when it comes to representing the best of Harlequin style. Step your style up a notch by incorporating some harlequin into your space.

Give your living quarters some pizzazz by adorning the walls with this classic Paul Cezanne print, the aptly named Pierrot and Harlequin, which portrays the two walking side by side. Vivid colors and that prototypical harlequin pattern make this piece of art a quintessential sample of Harlequin at his finest.

http://www.zazzle.com/pierrot_and_harlequin_1888_poster-228913488844859310

Looking for something a little more inconspicuous? Perhaps a print of Juan Gris’ gorgeous painting, Harlequin With Table, is more your speed. It has all the joys of harlequin, with a side of confusion. Is it a man? Is it a table? What does it mean? Hang this print on your living room wall and let your guests be the judge.

http://www.zazzle.com/juan_gris_harlequin_with_table_posters-228459715067320643

If you’re ready to take your harlequin love to the streets, then you can’t go wrong with these snazzy red leggings with a small display of black harlequin diamonds. They’re a clear yet subtle way to let your fun side peek through in any outfit. Pair them with low-tops and a long sweater for a casual look, or try them with a pencil skirt, blouse and ankle boots for a work-day favorite.

http://www.zazzle.com/harlequin_diamonds_legging_tights-256208873326105954

There’s so much more Harlequin love to go around. How will you make your statement?

 

 

Keep It Coordinated with Wedding Collections

March 10, 2014 by

Wedding season is about to get into full swing, and we’re here with a great tip for your Zazzle wedding designs.

One easy way to make sure a soon-to-be-married couple can find all of the great Zazzle products they’re look for is by creating a wedding collection, or wedding suite.

What do we mean by that? Easy! A wedding collection is simply a category in your store that houses different types of wedding products, all featuring the same coordinated design. By creating a wedding suite, you’ll be creating an easy one-stop shopping place for your customer to find all of the wedding accessories they need, already in their chosen theme.

For starters, try out creating a Save the Date card or wedding invitation in a trendy design. From there, you can use the same theme, colors, or design elements on other products that will fit right in with your invitation: an RSVP card, address labels, or even a postage stamp.

Invitations are just the beginning. What couple wouldn’t love a matching table card, escort card, or ceremony program?

Don’t forget – weddings aren’t just about the invitation and the Big Day. A matching wedding wrap-up Thank You note is the perfect finishing touch.

Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration to start adding designs into a new category in your store for a perfectly coordinated wedding collection.

All About Animals: Chickens in the Kitchen

March 7, 2014 by

When it comes to chickens in the kitchen, we aren’t clucking around. There’s a reason these feathered friends have been a staple in kitchen decor for over a century, and here’s why — chickens are awesome.

Whatever your style, we’ve got a chick for you. We did a little hunting and pecking and found these great farm-fresh favorites that will give your kitchen a small taste of the country life.

Check out this fantastic wall clock featuring a prominent watercolor of a Barred Plymouth Rock rooster, looking just a tad bit cocky. There’s no room for numbers in this simple showstopper, but who needs ‘em when you’ve got this gorgeous guy hanging out.

http://www.zazzle.com/chicken_barred_plymouth_rock_rooster_wallclocks-256170844996611094

Cut it out. No, really—use this vintage-inspired cutting board to slice and dice all the produce you come across. Rich hues of reds, blues, yellows and greens comprise this old-school ad for Morningside Canadian Apples featuring a rooster crowing at the morning sun.  Pay homage to America’s favorite dinner guest, the chicken, with this classic design.

http://www.zazzle.com/morningside_canadian_apples_vintage_fruit_ad-256639647725167787

How cute are these Chubby Chicken napkins? Even if dinner is a disaster, your guests will still be raving over the polka-dotted folk-art chickens and eggs that adorn these green, printed cloth napkins. They are truly egg-cellent.

http://www.zazzle.com/chubby_chicken_printed_napkin-185964101443245277

For us mere mortals, mornings are not always the high point of the day. Put a little pep in your step by doing the Funky Chicken with this funky coffee mug. Harness your inner rooster and bask in the orange, blue and pink feathers that make this bad bird a morning favorite.

http://www.zazzle.com/funky_bright_chicken_coffee_mugs-168720205796074434

No kitchen is complete without a good recipe binder. Check out this classic we found. This Vintage Chicken Recipe Binder has the quintessential country-red checkerboard pattern against a weathered backdrop and is completed with a front-and-center illustration of a pretty prestigious rooster. Best of all, this binder is totally customizable, making it a great gift for the special chef in your life or an easy way to label the recipes that are yours.

http://www.zazzle.com/vintage_chicken_recipe_binder-127053540497766427

Channel your inner farmer and represent the kitchen-classic chicken in a chic way through any one of these styles.

All About Animals: Unicorns for Kids’ Rooms

March 6, 2014 by

Unicorns weren’t always so sweet, you know. The unicorns of the Old Testament were wild, untamable mountain beasts of ferocious power. In Ancient Greece, they were described as so swift of hoof that no creature alive could catch them.

One thing is certain, though, unicorns always were and always will be magical. In Japan, unicorns dispense one-horned mystic justice, hunting down and punishing criminals. In China, gentle unicorns are omens of good fortune. In the West, unicorns dominated the legends of the Middle Ages with their uncanny abilities to manifest miraculous healing and true love. In their mystery and majesty, unicorns have come to occupy a respected place in the royal crests of kings from the UK to Hungary and beyond.

Unicorns may have faded into mere fables today, but they still have the power to bewitch the young, and young at heart everywhere. Now, the magic doesn’t have to go away. Bring home your own private unicorn to magically brighten up the room of your little princess or prince.

The Musée National du Moyen Âge in Paris is built around displaying this 700-year-old master tapestry from Flanders. There is no more iconic image of the medieval unicorn and its chosen maiden than this one, which has enchanted artists and storytellers for centuries.

http://www.zazzle.com/the_lady_and_the_unicorn_sight_canvas_print-192592441793652200

May your dreams always be unicorns and rainbows. Make it happen with these soft and colorful pillows for little girls and boys who would love a little magic in their lives. The pillows come in three different sizes, and each can be personalized with the name of the person in your life who makes everything fantastical.

http://www.zazzle.com/unicorn_personalized_pillows-189694968804469146

Your kids are probably too young to remember this, but Journey kicked off the ’80s with their power anthem, “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The people listened, and they didn’t stop. That’s what made this track the best-selling rock song in iTunes history with over five million downloads. Fly your Journey flag high and pass on the love to your kids with this fun rainbow and unicorn poster tribute to the power of believing.

http://www.zazzle.com/cute_unicorn_posters-228741151844666439

So yes, unicorns are quite awesome!


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