Sunday, February 27, 2011

Early Earth Day


Earth Day is officially April 22, but I want to get a jump start of celebrating!

During the month of March, I'll be posting ways that are easy, fun, and help the earth! I work with 3rd graders and preschoolers, so I'll also post some kid-friendly things you can do! Maybe I'll even throw in some crafts that we do with the kids!

And of course, there will be another giveaway coming up shortly!

AND, there's a 10% off COUPON CODE you can use at our shop! Enter EarlyEarthDay at checkout to receive your discount!

Also, we've created a website through Weebly, and we'd love for you to check it out and give us some feedback! Visit our website at www.bellsandunicorns.weebly.com

ALSO, we've created a team on Etsy called Etsy Sellers Supporting Schools. You can join this team to check out discounts and shops that are supporting DonorsChoose!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Embroidery Issues

So, you may have noticed that I recently launched a "Personalization" add-on for my reusable sandwich and snack bags. I spent a lot of time researching machines and accessories, and finally decided on one, a Brother SE400.

When I got the machine, everything worked great! I was so happy with it, especially since it was an eBay purchase. However, within a week, I realized that it wasn't so great. It started making a grinding noise, and then it made a squeaking noise, and eventually it was making a grinding noise and a squeaking noise at the same time. Talk about annoying!

I decided that I could live with the loud noises, because I really didn't want to send the machine back. However, I finally reached my limit. Yesterday, the machine started breaking thread after thread, and not just the top thread, but the bobbin thread, also. And when the thread didn't break, it would just knot itself up so badly that I'd have to throw away the fabric. I probably threw away 10+ complete sets of sandwich/snack bag fabrics in the last 2 days!

I emailed the company I bought the machine from, and hopefully they will reply soon with how to return it. At first, I wanted to just get a different machine, but now I think I'll just ask for an exchange.

I really do like the SE400. I like that it has the USB cable, as I've got some fonts that I've been able to transfer to embroidery. When it did embroider correctly, it did a very nice job. Plus, I've already invested in some Brother accessories, so I don't want to have to exchange those, too.

Maybe someone out there has an SE400 and has some advice???

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Giveaway Winner!


Congratultions to Hill, #26!

Thank you to everyone who participated! Check back here for updates and info on other Bells and Unicorns giveaways!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Giveaway!


It's time for another giveaway!

This time, Bells and Unicorns is offering your choice of any 3 bags! You can pick any size and any fabric! In addition to your bags, you can have each of them embroidered!

Our reusable sandwich and snack bags are eco-friendly and cute! Our bags are lined with a food-safe, water-resistant white nylon and close securely with velcro. Our bags keep sandwiches, chips, cookies, and other snacks fresh for up to 6 hours! They are also very easy to clean- just turn inside-out and shake, or throw in the dish washer or washing machine and let air dry.


Giveaway Details
Up for grabs: 3 reusable bags
Who can win: Anyone, anywhere in the world!
When does the giveaway end: Giveaway runs February 12 - February 18




GIVEAWAY IS OVER!

How do I enter???

Mandatory Entry- visit Bells and Unicorns on Etsy and tell us your favorite bag!

Other entries-

-For every $1 donated to our DonorsChoose giving page (see previous blog posts for info on how you can get a free $15 gift card to DonorsChoose.org!), you will receive 5 entries! No limit on amount!

-Follow us on Twitter

-Follow this blog

-Like us on Facebook

***Make sure to leave a comment with a way to contact you for each entry!***


February Coupon Code!

During the month of February, you can use the coupon code "FEB15" to receive a 15% discount on your entire purchase! Click on the pictures to visit our shop!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

$15 DonorsChoose Donation Code!

Wow!

Here's how you can get a $15 donation code to DonorsChoose!

Simply text "possible" to 77177. You'll receive a text asking you for your zip code. After replying with your zip code, you'll get a text with your donation code and how to redeem it!

AMAZING!

I hope to be handing out a lot of free snack bags with all these free codes you'll be redeeming!

$3 DonorsChoose Codes

Bing.com is offering $3 DonorsChoose codes for any email address entered at their website!

Click >>HERE<<

The website says that it will change your default search to bing.com, but if you turn on your pop-up blocker, then it won't change a thing! I used 7 different emails (school #1, school #2, personal, business, work, an old one, and one I use when filling things out that just collects spam). Crazy, but they all did work!

So, in just a few minutes, I had $21 to donate to a project! I selected one from my giving page, but since I had visited a different giving page, that was the one that my money supported. Oh well, it all goes to the same place!

By the way, if you use the Bing codes on my giving page (on the right side of the blog), and still want bags, just tell me how much you donated and what you want! See, I'll never know if you used 5 Bing donation codes, which would equal $15, and asked for 3 snack bags! I just appreciate your willingness to help out some good causes!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Blizzard Pictures

With 20+ inches of snow, I just have to post some pictures! I live in southwest Missouri, and the most snow I ever remember getting is 6-7 inches a few years ago! This snow was just amazing to me!

It literally crippled our city-- no mail for 3 days, no school for 4 days, no trash service, no delivery services, no trucks can get through to Walmart. It's just pure chaos.

We finally decided to venture out on the roads today...but we didn't get far. We got to the next street (the way out) in our neighborhood, and came upon an SUV that was stuck getting out of it's driveway. We decided right then and there that we would just back up and go home. Don't worry-- there was an off duty police officer helping them, so we didn't just leave them stranded.

This evening, we tried again, this time in a better car, and made it to Walmart. Oh, Walmart! How I love thee and have missed thee! And so has the rest of our area, apparently. No delivery trucks have been able to make it in, so there were no bananas, bread, apples, meat, rice, or styrofoam cups. Not sure why all the styrofoam cups were gone, but they were. Thought it was a bit odd.

Anyways, here's a couple of pictures from my house of all the snow!

I opened my front door and saw this.

This was taken early in the day during the blizzard. When the snow stopped, the seats were covered with snow.

My good friend came over on his tractor and bladed the driveway and our street. We literally have the cleanest, easiest to drive on street in the whole city!

The snow is up past my knees!

I thought this was great! It's my jet black cat, Enzo, in the middle of the blizzard. It's completely white all around him.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

FREE Reusable Snack Bags!


As many of you know, DonorsChoose is an organization that I deeply respect and care for. Teaching has been the career of choice for the majority of my family for generations. It's what I have chosen to do professionally, as well.

Our shop, Bells and Unicorns, has decided to help promote DonorsChoose and some of the fantastic projects awaiting funding. For every $5 you donate, you will receive 1 free snack bag. Donate $10 and get 2 snack bags! Donate $25 dollars and get 5 snack bags! Our snack bags normally sell for $6.25! You get a great deal and help out some wonderful kids and their teachers!

To donate, visit our Giving Page and select one of the projects to support.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

PUSH for Emerson Blogction: Reusable Bags

PUSH for Emerson Blogction: Reusable Bags: "Awesome Awesome snack size or sandwhich bag size reusable bags. There are a MILLION uses for these bags. Highest bidder will receive..."

Push for Emerson Blog Auction

A few weeks ago, I received an email from a lady asking for a donation for her upcoming blog auction. Being the generous person I am, I quickly agreed to donate some sandwich and snack bags. Later, I visited her blog (Push for Emerson) and read almost the entire thing. It's an amazing story and an amazing family.

Last summer, Barbara's toddler, Emerson, was found in the family pool. By the time they reached the hospital, she hadn't been breathing for a very long time. The doctors were able to get Emerson breathing again, but there was some apparent brain damage due to the lack of oxygen. Since then, this amazing family has been devoted to helping Emerson recover from her accident. She has made some fantastic progress, but still has a long way to go. Today, Emerson is involved in therapy and is responding well to it.

The blog auction will be raising money to send Emerson to an advanced form of physical therapy that will really, really help her out. There are over 100 awesome items available to bid on!

Click >>here<< for the direct link to the auction.

We (Bells and Unicorns) have donated a set of 5 sandwich/snack bags of the winner's choice. The starting bid is only $5, and the retail value is $36.25. To place a bid, click here.

Please support this family and their dedication to helping their baby girl!