Thursday, June 23, 2011

Beltmaster Review & Giveaway!!!



 Looking for a new belt to replace to your old worn out one that you've had for the last 10 yrs?:)  I highly suggest you check out Beltmaster.com- "the world's highest largest men's & women’s leather belts collection"!   They offer over a thousand different belt varieties for men and ladies.  Read their story below...
"beltmaster.com is the successor company to Zippi Leather Handbags which was founded in 1991 by Ken Fosh Sherman in Houston, Texas.
At its inception, Zippi Leather Handbags manufactured premium quality handbags exclusively. As our business evolved, we began to add other products to our line, and in 1998 our offerings included belts, dog collars, mirrors, wallets, key chains, photo albums, picture frames, jewelry boxes and more. Then known as Zippi Leather, our wholesale operation served approximately 2,000 corporate accounts nationwide including a national department store chain with over 240 stores.
In 1999, Zippi Leather started to sell direct to the public, and we quickly came to recognize a huge unmet demand for HIGH QUALITY, CUSTOM-MADE, stylish belts at an attractive price. On June 1, 2001 Zippi Leather launched beltmaster.com, the world's largest website specializing in belts. At the same time, we also formally changed the company name to beltmaster.com. We have one of the broadest selections available anywhere, and all merchandise is custom-made to your order (not ready-made), and available for shipping anywhere in the world.
Our specialty item is golf belts. We carry the largest selection of golf belts for men and women. The belts are available in several different styles including casual or dressy.
We can also create new designs or new logos for large bulk orders, then we pass the discount on to you.
In Summer 2002, beltmaster.com relocated from Houston, Texas to southern California (San Diego area). Our goals have not changed-- to provide you with a quality product, the best price, combined with outstanding service.Our hallmark has always been unequaled personal, attentive, and friendly customer service, combined with superior quality products and tremendous value. We have countless glowing testimonials from satisfied customers all over the world. We look forward to serving you!"

I was pleased to be able to work with Beltmaster on a review and giveaway!  They generously allowed for me to select one of their fine belts.  I decided that this was a perfect Father's Day gift.  I got my dad the Men's Casual Belts 1 1/4 Solid Leather Style no: belts53BN (Black- Smooth Leather, 36 in.).

Sweet:)

He loved it! The belt is composed of genuine Italian leather with a nice shiny silver buckle. 

See?
He said that the belt was a comfortable fit; what he liked best about it was the fact that it was genuine leather, therefore it will last!

Quality!
Take a look at a only a sampling of what Beltmaster offers...
I like the horse on that one!

Beltmaster is offering one of my readers a belt of the winner's choice from their website!
Mandatory Entry:
Go to Beltmaster, find an item you like (I know that'll be a tough decision:), and leave me a comment telling me so!

Extra Entries:
2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in each comment box, entry will not be counted!!

This giveaway ends on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review. All thoughts are my own. Quotes are taken from Beltmaster.com.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Homer Laughlin China Company Review!!


The Homer Laughlin China Company carries excellent bakeware, and all sorts of kitchen acessories such as trays, vases, teapots, bowls, and MUCH more that is made in the USA since 1871!!  I appreciate that everything isAmerican made.  They kindly let me review one of their Fiesta Deep Dish Pie Bakers.  Wow, lots of neat colors I could pick from such as emerald, cobalt blue, sunflower, ivory, scarlet, plum, tangerine, and peacock.  I decided on chocolate as that is one of my fav. colors (well... I guess I like to eat it too- LOL:)  Anyways, earlier today my mom & I baked an apple pie in it.  I really like how sturdy the pie baker is and that it's deep dish; this is definitely top quality!  The pie was delicious, and everybody loved it!  Here's some pics:)

The bottom crust

                                                                 Ready to bake!

Out of the oven

What's summer without pie??

Yum!
Fellow pie-bakers, I highly suggest you trying a Fiesta Deep Dish Pie Baker for your summer pies!

"History of Fiesta®

FIESTA®, America’s favorite dinnerware, was introduced by The Homer Laughlin China Company with great fanfare at the Pittsburgh China & Glass Show in January, 1936.
FIESTA® was the creation of Frederick Hurten Rhead, a second generation Stoke-on-Trent potter who had become Homer Laughlin’s design director in 1927.
FIESTA® was an immediate hit with the public and, by it’s second year of production, more than one million pieces were produced.
The original five colors were Red, Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Green and Ivory. Turquoise was added early in 1937. The shapes of FIESTA® were created in an Art Deco style with concentric circles highlighting the bright colors.
The first six colors were produced through the 1930’s and 40’s until a change in fashion direction dictated a change to a softer palette of pastel colors at the beginning of the 1950’s.
Color trends moved back to brighter colors in the early 1960’s and FIESTA® moved with the trend. By the late 60’s earthtones were in vogue and the dinnerware industry turned in that direction. Popularity of these colors proved to be short-lived and sales began to fall. At the end of 1972, FIESTA® was retired after 37 years of production.
The retired dinnerware line soon became popular with collectors, especially those who had childhood memories of this brightly colored dinnerware. As years passed, the value of the original FIESTA® colors and pieces grew as more people became avid collectors.
In 1985, officials of Bloomingdale’s, the prestigious retailer in New York City approached Homer Laughlin about reproducing a dinnerware line from the past. Soon the two companies agreed that FIESTA® had the greatest chance for commercial success.
In early 1986, Bloomingdale’s introduced a new line of FIESTA® with a new color palette and with improvements to the body and glaze. Homer Laughlin was the country’s leading producer of restaurant china and it was determined that the new FIESTA® should be made of the same durable, restaurant- quality china body as the company’s other products. The ceramic glaze would be lead-free, a comparatively new innovation in the china industry.
This new version of FIESTA® was an instant success and a new generation of consumers became converts to FIESTA’s popularity.
Over the next twenty years, new colors have been introduced and FIESTA® has become a trendsetter of color for the housewares industry. In the seventy years since FIESTA® was first produced, there have been a total of 38 colors in the line.
Today, Homer Laughlin introduces one new color each year and FIESTA® has become the leading dinnerware brand in casual tabletop, as well as a consistent leader in bridal registries across America.
All the while, collectors have continued to add to the dinnerware to which they were first introduced by their mothers and grandmothers. Today, FIESTA® dinnerware is the most collected dinnerware in the history of the tabletop industry with well over one half billion pieces produced."

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review.  All thoughts are my won.  Quotes are taken from the Homer Laughlin China Company.

J and O Fabrics Review & $25 Giveaway!!

Calling all seamstresses!

J and O Fabrics is a fabulous fabric store with tons of different kinds of material and also sewing notions.  Just a few selections include upholstery, decorative, novelty, barkcloth, organic and natural fabrics.  They most generously allowed for me to select a length of my choice of fabric.  It took me a rather long time, and FINALLY I decided on 4 yards of the Pima Flowers cloth in chocolate (yes, of course it had to be with chocolate=).

I am thoroughly impressed with my fabric.  I can really tell it is excellent quality by the way it feels- different from something you'd find at WalMart.  The fabric is 100% cotton; I 'm a big fan of cotton because it's so easy to work with (like hems!)  I'm really glad I chose to get 4 yards as I have so far made a skirt, headband cover, tote bag, and two decorative flowers using it.
  Do you recognize the skirt??  I love it!
My new totebag:)

The little flower makes a nice accent!

The headband cover

"J&O Fabrics: Online Fabric Store

Our Mission: Our goal is to continue the family business tradition of providing the largest selection of quality fabrics with superior customer service whether online or within our fabric store. We will continue to keep abreast of the latest trends and innovations within the fabric industry and bring the most recent knowledge and products to our customers.
Please let us know if there is anything we can do to enhance your shopping experience whether you visit our online fabric store or see us in person at J&O Fabric store.   
Choose from of one of New Jerseys Largest Discount fabric stores!

Quality Discount Fabrics
J & O fabrics Is a leading discount fabric store and carries the most extensive selection of fabrics for our customers, including: upholstery, quilting, drapery, fleece, decorator, felt, retro, Hawaiian, outdoor, barkcloth, oriental, tapestry, toile, flannel, vinyl, African, novelty fabric and much more.
Located in New Jersey, our store has a huge inventory of discount fabrics. Plus, we order from just about every manufacturer, so if you don't find the style or type you're looking for online, just email us or call 856-663-2121 with your request. If we don't have your fabric, we can get it!"
J and O Fabrics is offering one of my readers $25 to their website!  YEAH!

Mandatory Entry:
Go to the J and O Fabric store, find an item you like, and leave me a comment telling me so!

Extra Entries:

2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in each comment box, entry will not be counted!!

This giveaway ends on Friday, July 1, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.

Disclaimer: I received free product for this review.  All thoughts are my own.  Quotes are taken from the J and O Fabrics website.

Butters 'n' Bars Giveaway!!!

Butters 'n' Bars is a great place to find natural hair,lip, and skin care products!  Here's a few of their products:






They are generously offering $25 gift certificate to their site!  WOW!

Mandatory Entry...
Go to Butters 'n' Bars, find an item you'd like to try, and leave me a comment telling me that item!

Extra Entries:

2 Entries: Become a follower of Garden of Giveaways. Post 2 comments. If you already are, still post 2 comments.

2 Entries: Copy my button (located on my sidebar) to your blog. Please leave blog address.

3 Entries: Blog about this giveaway. Leave a link to your post. Post 3 comments.

Note: If you do not leave an email address in each comment box, entry will not be counted!!

This giveaway ends on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Open to U.S. residents only. Winner will have 48 hrs. to reply, or another winner will be drawn.