Friday, May 27, 2016

Invitations for Any Occasion

Invitations for any occasion are found on the personalized print on demand site, Zazzle. There are invitations for weddings, housewarming parties, birthday parties and everything else. Plus, if you cannot find an invitation for exactly what you are looking for, and then try creating your own design. Nearly (if not all) of the products offered from the Sandyspider Stores (10 stores listed); the designs and text can be exchanged for your own personalized ideas. Zazzle even offers all the HTML colors available online for the background. If creating your own, keep it at 300 DPI and make sure that it will fit the size of the card style that was selected. There is a bleeding area around the perimeter of the invites. Keep all text and the important part of the image within the design area.

The largest selection of invitations and cards are shown in my Wedding Stationery Collection of 300 cards, stamps, stickers, programs, and many styles of bridal shower invitations, wedding invites, rehearsal dinner and the wedding program.  

Invitations for Every Occasion

The  Invitations Flat Card Collection is not as developed as the wedding collections. However, checking out this page, you will find a variety that includes summer fun, sports, a housewarming and the different styles to make your own. Check out my main store for Sandyspider Invitations or search these on Zazzle here.

Here are a few of the favorites. Contact me at for a custom made product.

Specials on Zazzle

Just check the top of the page on Zazzle for the current specials. Presently there is a site wide 25% off sale. When you read this, it could be a different sale. Check out the coupons for the latest deals.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Ceramic Knife Box Set Review

The Ceramic Knife box set comes with three different sized kitchen knives (3", 4" and 6") and a ceramic potato peeler. The translucent protective sheath covers over the blades. A sleek black box with a cushioned area for the knives and peeler to fit it all in, makes a nice storage place to keep this kitchenware in when not in use. It is easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher, and so lightweight.

This "must have" kitchen set was sent to me free in exchange for my fair and honest product review. I have reviewed many products. Free just for trying it, or items which I had purchased. If I find something not so favorable about a particular product, it is included in my review.

Though I had seen demonstrations with knives like these, this is the first ceramic knife box set which we have owned. I cannot compare it to other ceramic brands but it can be compared to the steel blade cutting knives. Stainless-steel blades do get dull over time. We have had the handles corrode on some steel knives. The ceramic knife will never rust nor corrode. It is much sharper than an ordinary knife. The ceramic blade hardness is rated at a 9.5 and will not have to be sharpened as often as the steel type. It could be several months or years, depending on the usage before you would have to sharpen it. To keep it sharp when needed, you will need to use a Diamond knife sharpener for ceramic knives which comes with a diamond sharpening wheel.

Let the Testing Begin!

We began testing these ceramic knives with cutting up pork chops. The knife cut through the meat in nice bite size slices with the ease. Just like cutting through smooth creamy butter.

The best way to see these kitchen tools in action was making a video of it in action. More than anything I wanted to try the potato peeler. Having bought many steel peelers which dull right away and are what I would call throwaways, the ceramic potato peeler looks like something which will last for years from now. Below are some videos of how easy it was to use in our demonstrations.

Ceramic Potato Peeler 

Demonstration how easy it is to peel the potato, my husband also showed that men do work in the kitchen.

Ceramic Knife Cutting Potato

In this demonstration, the potatoes are being cut up with the ceramic knife, after using the ceramic potato peeler. These are being up thin for American fries.

The Pros and Cons

  • Sharp blades that won't corrode, easy to clean, stain and rust proof.
  • Easy to grip handles that have an ergonomic design for less hand and wrist fatigue. (A plus for someone like me who is a long time CTS sufferer.)
  • The company offers a 100% money back guarantee it not satisfied.


  • Not so much a negative, but does not come with a pamphlet with use and care instructions. Would be a good add for this product.
My Recommendations

Quite please with the Ceramic Knife box set. It performed nicely and stayed sharp. It would make a nice gift for Father's Day or any occasion.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Funny Ostrich T-Shirts for People and Pets

Humorous shirts that they entire family will love. Creating a funny t-shirt, especially an ostrich t-shirt is amazingly easy to do. These are photo shirts and drawings of the large birds doing what they do best…just being ostriches. One cannot resist the expressive faces that seem to have a conversation with the photographer. Often I think of an ostrich as a happy bird. Though the male can get aggressive if he feels threaten or too much attention is given to the female. I learned this while visiting a small animal farm on Washington Island, Wisconsin. But only after feeding seeds from an ice cream cone were given to one male ostrich. I did not know that he was aggressive and there were no signs to not feed this amazing bird. It was not until some time later the owner told one of the visitors that they can feed all the animals but avoid the male ostrich because he can be unpredictable. He was separated from the two female birds because of this.

Perhaps a hint of the ostrich's behavior was how he flipped my ice cream cone in the air after nearly all the seeds were gone from it. That part happened directly after the video. But we did capture the photo of it and displaying it on products.

Feeding the Ostrich

Funny Expressive T-Shirts

From the one product link to a child's or adult's shirt, the customer can change it to any of the 162 styles. Switch a t-shirt to a sweatshirt, a toddler's top to an adult. That is the amazing thing with Zazzle, the custom online store. Not to mention that images and text are also interchangeable. Don't forget the family dog will love an ostrich funny pet shirt.

See more fun ostrich image products and cards at Sandyspider Gifts and Kingdomofanimals Gifts at Zazzle. 

Ostrich Shirts and Products on Amazon 

Various colors and sizes are available. Find more Ostrich products by Sandy - here.

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Sandy Mertens, (also known as Sandyspider, sandyspiderbite and SandyM online, plus a few others not listed). Began online as an internet marketer and soon found a passion for writing. An online writer and researcher who enjoys photography, art, graphics art, web design and working on blogging.

Looking for a change of career, Sandy opened up her first website . With a premade template, she soon used this as a guide to learn HTML and create all her websites from scratch. The eBook site does not look anything like the original one.

A website directory was created to show where to find Sandy, This directory is a work in process and has only a portion of where she can be found.

Discovering the creative side, she opened up several CafePress shops. A year later opened up her first Zazzle shop. She now has two shops:

Her designs can also be found on under Sandy Mertens on 3Drose.. These designs are on Amazon. Type in the product listed from the website or her name in Amazon to find these products.