Cowgirl Kim Review
Western wear has long been popular among the public, but most of the attention to western “fashion,” such as it is, has been devoted to men. For women, the styles are fairly simple and there’s rarely a lot from which to choose. You’re left with denim, and perhaps a top with rhinestones, and maybe some boots.
Cowgirl Kim hopes to change that, offering a wide selection of western-styled clothing, jewelry and accessories for women that you’ll be excited to own and proud to wear. These clothes aren’t an afterthought; they’re designed from the ground up to give you the look you want while still remaining both comfortable and stylish.
If you like the western look but feel a bit constricted by the typical lack of selection, you’ll find that Cowgirl Kim has a lot to offer.
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Read on for the full Cowgirl Kim review.
Cowgirl Kim Overview
Most fashions in the United States tend to come from companies that are based in either New York or Los Angeles. If you’re a fan of western fashions, you’re likely going to scratch your head and wonder what on Earth people from New York are going to know about western fashion.
“Not much,” you’d likely think, and you are probably right. Cowgirl Kim, on the other hand, is based in the heart of where you’d think western wear should come from. Cowgirl Kim is based in Fredericksburg, Texas, and the founder of the company, Kim Moncure, grew up there as the daughter of a rancher.
She’s long had an affinity for all things “western,” and in 2005 she took her educational background in art and design and founded Cowgirl Kim with the goal of offering “high fashion” western clothing for women that offers an “edgy sense of style.”
I think you’ll find that to be exactly what they have to offer.
The Cowgirl Kim Store
Inside the Cowgirl Kim store, you’ll find a wide variety of fashionable clothing in sizes ranging from XS to 2X.
The store offers:
- Outerwear – Jackets/Dusters, Cardigans & Sweaters, Ponchos, and vests
- Cowgirl Tops – Blouses, Tees, Tunic Tops, Tanks,
- Bottoms – Leggings, Pants, Skirts
- Dresses – Long and Short
- Plus Sizes – Bottoms, Cardigans & Sweaters, Dresses & Skirts, Jackets, and Ponchos
- Jewelry – Bracelets & Watches, Earrings, Necklaces, Pendants, Rings
- Handbags – Handbags, Laptop Cases, Totes, Wallets
- Belts – Concho Belts, Corset Belts, Heirloom Belts, Hip Belts
- Extras – Cowgirl Hats, Scarves/Shawls, Gloves, Casual Shoes
The clothes offered at Cowgirl Kim are far more than the usual fare that you’d see at a typical “western” store. These are attractive items that are hand-picked by Kim and her staff to reflect a sense of style that will have you feeling comfortable while turning heads when you walk into the room.
I think you’ll agree from the photos here on this page that these are indeed unusual and attractive clothes.
The jewelry section of the store was particularly striking. Kim says that she and her staff go out of their way to find locally-sourced and produced jewelry that isn’t mass produced. The bracelets, earrings and necklaces in the store have a decidedly western look to them, as they make extensive use of silver and turquoise. There were a number of stunning pieces for sale there, with prices ranging from under $20 to over $3000.
Pricing at Cowgirl Kim may be a bit higher than you’re accustomed to seeing for western wear, but perhaps less expensive than you might encounter when buying other “designer” clothing. Blouses and dresses are typically in the $100-$500 range. Jackets were priced from just under $100 to a bit over $3000. Boots ranged from just under $100 to about $100 or so.
For those who are a bit squeamish about price, I was pleased to see that there was a sale section in the Cowgirl Kim store, and it wasn’t just a token couple of items that were $5 off. There were more than 100 items on sale and the sale prices offered some fairly substantial discounts off of the regular retail price.
The sale items, like all of the merchandise at Cowgirl Kim, are limited in quantity.
Each item for sale in the store has customer reviews, when available. If you’re unsure about an item, or just need help picking out something that’s right for you, there’s a live chat available during most business hours. A Cowgirl Kim staff member will be happy to help you pick something out.
For payment, Cowgirl Kim accepts all major credit cards. If you’d prefer, you can also pay by PayPal. The site is fully secure (https:) so you won’t have to worry about hackers stealing your personal information while you shop. Cowgirl Kim accepts returns within 10 days of purchase. They want you to be satisfied, so if you’re unhappy with your purchase, just let them know.
If you aren’t sure exactly what you want, or you want to buy something for someone special but aren’t sure what they want, you can always purchase a Cowgirl Kim gift card. Gift cards are available in denominations from $50 to $500, making it easy for you to shop for someone else.
Shipping is handled via UPS and overnight shipping is available as an option at checkout, just in case you simply can’t wait.
Cowgirl Kim Summary
I’ve never really thought of “western” as being my style, aside from wearing a pair of jeans every now and again. I might be rethinking my position after visiting the Cowgirl Kim site. I had no idea that western wear for women could be so diverse or attractive, or, dare I say it – sexy.
Cowgirl Kim offers a wide variety of beautiful, well-designed casual clothing for women that ranges from dresses to blouses, jackets, dusters and boots, along with the belts, handbags and jewelry that you need to accessorize.
If you like the western style but have been frustrated at the selection you’ve seen for sale in your local stores, you owe it to yourself to visit Cowgirl Kim.
Fortunately, the solution is an easy one – you need to get your cats some furniture of their own. You could build something if you’re the handy type, or you could run down to Wal-Mart or Petsmart to see if they have something that will do, and they might.
Or, if you’re interested in buying cat furniture that will suit both you and your pet, you might want to take a look at CatsPlay. CatsPlay bills itself as the “cat furniture superstore,” and that may actually be accurate. CatsPlay is a Website that specializes exclusively in cat furniture, and they have an astonishing variety of cat trees, cat condos, cat gyms, wall furniture, window perches, and necessities such as litter boxes.
They’ve got it all and they’ve got a selection you wouldn’t believe. They even have free shipping on hundreds of items.
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Read on for the full CatsPlay review.
CatsPlay isn’t new; they’ve been online since 2002. The site’s owner, Brian Bettar, has been building cat furniture for more than 30 years. Now, the site, based in Santa Cruz, California, probably offers more cat furniture than anyone else.
If you haven’t spent much time thinking about cat furniture, you might be surprised at how many options are out there. A lot of “cat furniture” consists of little more than a box or perhaps a pole with a shelf attached. It might be covered with carpet.
You can certainly buy such things at CatsPlay, but you’d be quite surprised at the variety of items that are available. Fortunately, there’s a series of convenient pulldown menus that make it easy to see what’s thee. Not only does the menu have a list of categories, but it shows you how many items are in each category.
For instance, if you select “Cat Furniture by Type,” you’ll see a list that includes:
- Cat Trees
- Cat Condos
- Cat Gyms
- Cat Scratching
- Cat Window Perches
- Cat Wall Shelves
- Cat Modular Systems
- Indoor Cat Enclosures
- Outdoor Cat Houses
If you select “Cat Furniture by Style,” you’ll see a list that includes:
- Budget Cat Furniture
- Carpeted Cat Furniture
- Faux Fur Cat Furniture
- Realistic Cat Trees with Leaves
- Modern Cat Furniture
- Rustic Cat Furniture
Some of these categories literally have hundreds of items in them. Yes, CatsPlay does have the standard “pole with a shelf” sort of cat furniture if you want it, but they have so much more, including some interesting categories, such as:
- Cat Trees With Leaves – These are trees that have shelves for your cats to play on, but they also have leaves, and are designed so at a casual glance, they look like a large plant or tree. This is ideal for someone who wants to have a nice piece of cat furniture, but who doesn’t want that cat furniture to stand out in any way. These realistic trees with leaves look like regular plants, and will enhance your home’s decor while still providing entertainment for your pet.
- Carpeted Cat Furniture – There are several advantages to carpeted cat furniture. Cats find that it gives them something to scratch, and it also gives them something to grab if they happen to be climbing. For owners, the advantage of carpeted cat furniture is that you can match your home’s own decor. At CatsPlay, you’ll even have the option of selecting the carpet color you’d like, making it easy to buy cat furniture that matches the carpet in your home.
- Wall Furniture – This category is pretty clever; it’s a series of wall-mounted shelves that allow your at to climb, or sit, or play, depending on the configuration. The nice thing about the wall furniture is that it doesn’t take up any space that you might otherwise need for actual people furniture. Instead, it’s mounted up on the wall and out of your way. Addtionally, wall furniture gives your cats something to do that’s a lot more fun for them than your standard cat condo.
- Unusual litterboxes – A cat litterbox is a necessity, but there’s no reason why it needs to be an eyesore. CatsPlay has a large selection (more than 50) of litterboxes that include a number of designs that won’t look out of place in your home and won’t attract unwanted attention. In fact, some of them have an odor-absorbing light that makes things smell better for you and your family.
There are a number of reasons why you might want to shop for your cat furniture at CatsPlay, including:
- Free shipping on hundreds of items. While CatsPlay doesn’t have free shipping on everything, they do have free shipping on much of their merchandise. When I checked the site this morning, they had 452 items that included free shipping. Given that a lot of cat furniture is both large and heavy, shipping is usually pretty expensive. By offering free shipping on a large number of items, CatsPlay is saving you money in shipping costs.
- Sale items – CatsPlay has a “Specials” section that has a number of items that are on sale. When I checked the site recently, there were more than 150 items on sale in the Specials section. They also have other deals, offers and deeply discounted items listed on their site.
- Multiple easy payment options – CatsPlay currently accepts most major credit cards via a secured Website. You can also pay by PayPal, if you prefer.
- Pricing – Pricing for cat furniture at CatsPlay runs from a low of about $40 to a high of about $900 or so, which means that they should have something to suite everyone’s budget.
If you just need a piece of cat furniture, you can grab something at your local pet store or even build something out of scrap lumber and carpet. But why do that when you can visit CatsPlay instead? CatsPlay has an assortment of hundreds of pieces of cat furniture in all price ranges and styles.
You can choose from standalone units, wall mount units, window mount units, and on the carpeted furniture, you can choose the color of carpet you’d like. They have realistic cat trees that will look like plants in your home, allow you to buy something for your pet that will make your home look more attractive, too.
Hundreds of items include free shipping and they usually have a number of items on sale. All in all, CatsPlay should have something to interest any cat owner.
Z Chocolat Review
The chocolate that we consume most of the time, while tasty, is actually pretty mediocre as chocolate goes. In order to make most consumer-grade chocolate affordable, manufacturers add chemicals and fillers and turn what could be an out-of-this-world delicacy into something that’s merely adequate.
Z Chocolat, a company based in France, is taking a better approach. They treat chocolate like the fine luxury item it should be, creating handcrafted chocolates in 26 varieties and packaging them in exquisite, custom made boxes.
If you’re a fan of chocolate and you’ve never treated yourself to it when it was properly prepared, you’ll be astonished at what Z Chocolat can do for your palate.
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Read on for the full Z Chocolat review.
Z Chocolat Overview
Z Chocolat is based in France, and that is where they make all of their chocolates. The man in charge of creating these delicacies is Pascal Caffet, and he literally has spent his entire life creating high quality chocolate. It’s his job and his passion.
Z Chocolat offers 26 varieties of chocolate – each with its own distinctive character, flavor, and in many cases, filling.
You can purchase assortments, entire boxes of just one kind, or you can pick and choose and select an assortment yourself. There’s a page on the Z Chocolat Website that describes each of them in detail, making it easy to find something that’s perfect for your palate or that of your loved one.
You’ll be pleased to know that 25 of Z Chocolat’s 26 chocolates contain no animal fat, and most of them (all but 4) are gluten-free, as well.
Each piece of chocolate is embossed with the company’s “Z” logo.
But it’s the packaging that makes the wares from Z Chocolat truly stand out. We’ve all seen those sampler boxes of chocolates from the mall that come in flimsy boxes, and if you’re buying run-of-the-mill chocolate, that’s what you can and should expect.
At Z Chocolat, it’s different. They have three distinct groups of boxes that are designed to protect the contents but also to present themselves as attractive decorations for your home. These are chocolates that you would be proud to give as a gift, and ones that anyone would be delighted to receive.
Z Chocolat Collections
The Zbox Collection is a stark, black and white packaging that is designed to redefine what it means to see chocolates in a box. Each black and white Zbox comes in a black cotton pouch with a drawstring.
The Mahogany Collection takes things a step further. It’s not just a clever name; the Mahogany Collection consists of boxes that are literally handcrafted from fine mahogany wood. These come in a variety of sizes, ranging from a small one that holds only two pieces of chocolate to the “Ambrosia” box that holds 168 pieces. This box has a beautiful hinged lid and multiple drawers to keep you entertained.
The Chamelon Collection is interesting in a different way. These wooden boxes are can be customized. You can engrave an inscription directly on the box via laser cutting. You can also have a custom photo attached to the box, if you like. The Chamelon Collection packages are perfect for special occasion gift giving.
If you really want to pull out the stops, the Z Chocolat Extraordinaires might be perfect. These are huge, oversized chocolates, with one shaped like a diamond and one shaped like a heart. The heart weighs over a pound, and is packaged, by itself, in a beautiful wooden box.
I’ll let them describe it:
My Heart – The most romantic present: a voluptuous heart made of half a pound of pure love – and chocolate featured inside a mahogany box inlayed with the key to your heart. Its smooth, sensual exterior is comprised of resonant 70% Venezuelan dark chocolate. Within, resides a supreme praliné, studded with slow-roasted, caramelized Piedmont hazelnuts – saturated in unctuous, aromatic 40% Ivory Coast milk chocolate.
It’s truly something to see.
Finally, if you’re just not sure what you want, but you know you’ll likely want lots of everything, the Extraordinarires Collection includes 550 pieces, comprising every type of chocolate that Z Chocolat makes. It’s not for everyone (or for everyone’s wallet,) but if you want to make sure that you’re not missing out on anything, it’s a good choice.
The wooden boxes are nice, but what if you just want refills? That’s not a problem. You don’t have to buy an engraved mahogany box every time you order from Z Chocolat. They can easily arrange to sell you just refills and when they arrive, you can place them in the box you received last time.
Z Chocolat Concierge Service
If you aren’t sure what you want, and you need help shopping, Z Chocolat offers a concierge service. They’ll help you pick out what you need and help you every step of the way with ordering and delivery.
Z Chocolat Shipping
Shipping from Z Chocolat is quite reasonable. They ship to 244 different countries around the world via DHL. Their rates are currently €18.00 for up to five items delivered to one address. That’s about $21. Each additional item is about $6.
For summertime shipping, Z Chocolat uses special insulated packaging to ensure that your chocolates arrive safely.
They also ship packages without an invoice inside, so they’re perfect for gift giving. They can arrange for having a card included with the package or a heart combination padlock, or any one of a number of other special items for those who want to give romantic gifts.
In fact, they have an entire Romantic Collection for giving for those special occasions.
Z Chocolat Pricing
As you might expect, the chocolates from Z Chocolat are not inexpensive. That doesn’t mean that they cost a fortune. Prices will vary widely, depending on the number of pieces that you order, the packaging (mahogany boxes add quite a bit to the price) and whether or not you’re ordering gigantic pieces such as the 1 pound My Heart.
For the most part, you can expect to pay about $2-3 per chocolate for assortments of at least a dozen pieces, plus shipping. Special packages cost more, but in general, the larger the assortment, the less they cost per piece.
Z Chocolat Summary
If you like chocolate and you want to treat yourself or someone you love to some of the best chocolate the world has to offer, you should definitely take a look at Z Chocolat. They offer a great selection, their packaging is second to none, and they’re dedicated to providing great service, too.
All in all, it’s hard to go wrong with Z Chocolat if you’re a fan of fine chocolate.
Sewing Machines Plus Review
A few weeks ago, I did a review of a terrific site for buying fabric, and if you like to sew or quilt, you’ll definitely need fabric. Fabric alone isn’t going to get you a finished dress or quilt. Unless you’re a glutton for punishment, you’ll want a sewing or quilting machine.
If you’re like a lot of people, you likely have the one you inherited from Mom or even Grandma. That was great for them, but if you’re serious about sewing, you’ll want something better and more modern. That’s where Sewing Machines Plus can help.
Sewing Machines Plus sells sewing machines, as the name suggests. But they also sell a lot more than that, including just about anything you could possibly need to create anything using fabric and thread.
Sewing Machines Plus has hundreds of sewing machines, quilting machines, sergers and more, including ultra-heavy duty industrial machines, if you’re the sort that likes to sew in high volume.
They’ve also got free shipping on most orders, a great guarantee and a price policy that’s hard to beat.
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Read on for the full Sewing Machines Plus review.
Sewing Machines Plus Overview
Sewing Machines Plus has been in business for more than 40 years. The company operates out of San Marcos, California, and they have an actual brick and mortar store there. If you’re in the neighborhood, you can stop in and look them up. On their site, you can also take a virtual tour of the store, so you can get a good idea of what they have in stock.
It’s a lot!
Most people who need a sewing machine either drag out their antique that’s been hanging around the family for decades or they run down to Wal-Mart or somewhere similar to buy whatever is available. If you’re sewing something once a year, either of those solutions might work for you.
If you sew on a regular basis (and you would, if you had a great machine,) you’ll want something better. But what do you need?
Sewing Machines Plus has hundreds of machines from which to choose, in a wide variety of specialties and price ranges. That means that you can buy the machine that you need at a price that you can afford.
They have them in prices ranging from a low of about $69.99 to a high of more than $13,000. Obviously, most people aren’t going to need a machine in that range, but there are literally hundreds of machines in between, each with their own unique features.
You just need to find the one you need. But sewing machines aren’t all they sell at Sewing Machines Plus. Sewing Machines Plus also sells sergers, quilting machines, embroidery machines (yes! Machines just for embroidery!), and industrial machines.
They also sell sewing furniture. Sure, you can sit your sewing machine on a card table if you like, but why not get a dedicated sewing table that has drawers for storing your thread, needles, bobbins and other accessories? You’d have everything in one convenient place.
Reasons to Shop at Sewing Machines Plus
There are a number of reasons why it makes sense to shop at Sewing Machines Plus, rather than to just buy a machine from anywhere. Here are a few of the benefits that Sewing Machines Plus has to offer:
- Free shipping within the lower 48 states on orders of $49 or more. Sewing machines are big, bulky, and heavy. They cost a lot to ship, but if at Sewing Machines Plus, it’s usually part of the price.
- Price match guarantee – Find it cheaper somewhere else? Let them know and they’ll match the price.
- Financing available. Don’t have the cash to pay in full right now? Sewing Machines Plus can arrange financing with low monthly payments and interest as low as 0%. Really. Check with them for details.
- 60 day money back guarantee – Sewing Machines Plus wants you to be happy with your purchase. If not, just give them a call and they’ll refund your money.
- Need help? Sewing Machines Plus has expert sewing machine consultants on staff. They can help you find the machine you need with the features you want. Just give them a call.
- Service – Sewing Machines Plus offers service for most makes and models of machines, from routine repairs to more serious problems.
- Three year warranty – Many of their machines (and all of their long-arm quilting machines) come with a free 3 year warranty against defects in materials and craftsmanship. That’s hard to beat.
- Lifetime support for your purchase. Buy your machine from Sewing Machines Plus, and they’ll help you out with any problems you have with it for the life of the machine.
It’s easy to shop at Sewing Machines Plus, too. You can select a category at their site, such as sewing machines or quilting machines, or you can browse the “Recently Added” section to see what’s new in their store.
Besides machines, Sewing Machines Plus also sells sewing supplies such as thread, bobbins, embroidery designs, needles, scissors, and even vacuum cleaners so you can clean up your mess after you’ve created your quilting masterpiece.
Sewing Machines Plus Summary
Buying a sewing machine is something that a lot of people do without giving it a lot of thought, mostly because they don’t realize that there are lots of machines out there and that buying the one that’s best-suited to your needs will save you both time and money.
Sewing Machines Plus can help you by providing you with the expertise you need in selecting a machine, along with having a stock of hundreds of machines from dozens of different brands. They offer free shipping on most purchases, a 60 day money back guarantee, financing on many of their machines, and fast shipping.
If you’re looking for a sewing or quilting machine, you should definitely give Sewing Machines Plus a look.
Most women want to have fashionable clothing, either for work or just for hanging out with friends. We want to look nice, but clothes can cost a fortune, unless you want to wear second hand clothing or you want to buy last year’s fashions from the clearance rack.
It costs a lot to look good and attractive, comfortable clothing usually isn’t cheap. There are exceptions to that, and one of those exceptions is Chicnico.
Chicnico is a mail order company that offers a great selection of casual wear. They have sweaters, dresses, blouses, jeans, tees, camisoles, jumpsuits, swimsuits and accessories, all at affordable prices.
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Read on for the full Chicnico review.
Chicnico is a mail order company that ships all over the world. If you live in the United States, their merchandise generally ships from Europe. They specialize in casual clothing and accessories, and their site adds new items nearly every day.
How many new items? Their “New Arrivals” section today had 340 items in it, from sweaters to blouses to jeans, and they were all reasonably priced. Sweaters, for instance, ranged in price from a low of $20 to a high of about $55. Dresses were similarly priced.
If you’re unsure as to what you should be shopping for, which is a common problem on larger fashion sites, you can always look at the “Best Selling” category. There, you’ll see the top 100 or so items that people have been buying at Chicnico as of late. This might help give you some ideas as to what you might want to buy for yourself.
Shipping at Chicnico is free on orders over $75, though sometimes, the site has specials where they offer shipping for less. They also have a clearance section, where you can find more than a hundred items that are discounted off of their regular price. Right now, as it’s nearly winter, they’re clearing out their summer wear at pretty terrific prices.
Chicnico makes it easy to find the size you need. Just click on an item, and you’ll be taken to its page. There, you’ll see a half a dozen different photos of the item in question, so you’ll have a good idea what it looks like. The sizing chart will not only list the sizes (XS, S, M, L, XL) but they’ll also give actual dimensions of the item.
I looked at a sweater, for instance, and it told me the bust size, sleeve length, and overall length of the item. In addition, a popout window appeared briefly to show me:
- How many people had previously looked at this particular item
- How many people had added this particular item to their cart
- How many people had purchased this item.
If the item is on sale, you’ll see a timer that shows you how much time remains until the sale is over.
Payment is easy at Chicnico; at the moment, they accept PayPal. That’s a good option for a number of reasons:
- PayPal is secure and can handle any problems that may arise with the transaction.
- You can pay using most major credit cards.
- If you have a PayPal account, you can pay from your bank.
Chicnico also has a blog on their site, with helpful fashion advice. Their latest articles, for example were “How to Wear All Black Without Looking Boring,” “Winter Outfit Ideas for You,” and “10 Stylish Ways to Tie a Silk Scarf.”
I was particularly pleased to see that the fashions at Chicnico looked as though they were designed to fit “real” people. A lot of mail order clothing these days comes from Asia, and while it’s often of good quality, the styles often seem designed to accommodate Asian women. That means that the dresses are often very tight, or they are in a style that only looks good on women who are thinner than most.
The Accessories section was a bit skimpy. While they had a nice selection of affordable and attractive jewelry, they only had 3-4 watches for sale and they had very little in their “Bags and Belts” section.
That’s a minor quibble, however. For the most part, I was quite pleased at the overall selection at Chicnico.
At Chicnico, they have styling that is suitable for just about anyone, and I was particularly pleased to see that they had a number of loose-fitting, oversized sweaters and tops.
Chicnico also has a number of sales going on at any given time. When I recently visited the site, they had a discount on casual cardigan sweaters, a discount on other sweaters, a discount on sweatshirts, and discounts on some of their cute and quite affordable jewelry.
I wasn’t sure what I was going to encounter when I visited the Chicnico site, but I was pleasantly surprised. They had a large selection of casual clothing in a variety of styles. They had a wide variety of sizes, too, though they don’t have a whole lot for plus-sized women.
I was pleased to see the prices, too. It’s nice to see sweaters and dresses priced in the $20-$40 range, instead of the $100+ range. That lets you get a little more for your money, and their current offer of free shipping on orders of over $75 certainly helps, too.
Plus, most of their clothes were quite attractive. I didn’t see a whole lot on the site that I wouldn’t be willing to wear and I saw virtually nothing of the “I wouldn’t want to be seen in public in that” variety.
Nearly everything at the Chicnico site was attractive, colorful, available in a variety of sizes, and fairly priced.
If you love buying clothes, but don’t have a huge budget but still want to find clothing that will look great, you should definitely give Chicnico a look.
Wallbarz USA Review
Kids are great, but one problem most moms have with their children is keeping them occupied doing something that’s good for them, rather than spending their time watching TV. Ideally, they’d be outside getting some exercise and play time, but in the winter, that can be difficult if the weather is poor.
One great solution to keeping your children occupied, happy and healthy comes from a company called Wallbarz USA. They make indoor gym equipment that you can set up in a playroom or bedroom so your kids can have fun and get some exercise indoors.
Seems like a good idea to me, and the Wallbarz USA equipment is both well made and relatively affordable.
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Read on for the full Wellbarz USA review.
Wallbarz USA Overview
Wallbarz USA is based in Brooklyn, New York, and they have been making playground equipment for the past 15 years. Their primary experience is in making outdoor playground equipment, but they’ve now introduced an interesting line of products that give your kids something interesting and fun to do inside the house, provided, of course, that you have a bit of room to set up the equipment.
Fortunately, it’s easy to do.
Wallbarz USA makes about a half a dozen (so far) pieces of indoor gym equipment. With this gear, your children can:
- Climb ladders
- Climb ropes
- Climb rope ladders
- Hang/swing from gymnastic rings
Wallbarz USA equipment is made from sturdy steel or wood, and some models are all wood. The models they have for sale offer a bit of variety and a wide range of pricing, making it easy for you to pick a unit that will offer activities that are suitable for your own children, as well as suitable to your wallet.
Each Wallbarz USA unit comes with free shipping in the United States, and it will arrive at your door ready to assemble. Fortunately, assembly is quite easy, and it does not require that you use any screws, nails or anchors in order to fasten the gym to your walls, ceilings or floors.
According to the Wallbarz USA Website, setup for their units should take less than two hours, but it will likely take far less than that for most people.
You do need to check the specifications for the unit you need to buy, as each model has its own specific minimum and maximum ceiling height. Most units will likely fit most ceilings in the average home, but it’s best to check.
Then the question becomes, which unit do you buy? At the moment, there are six different home play gym models available from Wallbarz USA:
- Wallbarz Woodsy – This colorful unit takes up a minimum amount of space while still offering several climbing and play options. The all-wood unit includes a wooden ladder, a rope ladder, a climbing rope and a pair of gymnastic rings.
- Wallbarz Family – This is rather like the Woodsy, though a bit smaller and made from metal. This unit includes a climbing ladder, a pull-up bar, a climbing rope and gymnastics rings.
- Wallbarz Jungle Dome – This colorful unit looks like the most fun, but it’s also the most expensive. It includes two different metal ladders, one made from C-handles, a climbing/swinging rope, and a pull up bar.
- Wallbarz Nets – This one looks like fun, too. This unit is designed to hug close to the wall and includes a climbing net, gymnastic rings and a climbing rope. It’s wide enough for several children to use at once.
- Wallbarz Transformer – This model gives you a chance to play on each end of the unit. There’s a climbing ladder in the middle and a climbing rope on one side. On the other side is a pair of gymnastics rings.
- Wallbarz Woodgym – This one is probably best suited to adults, as it offers few features that might interest children. It has a climbing ladder and a pull-up bar.
Nearly all of the Wallbarz USA units listed above had customer reviews on the Wallbarz USA Website, and all of the ones I read gave the units 5 stars and raved about the build quality and the ease of assembly. That’s great as you really don’t want to pull dozens of parts out of the box and then struggle to assemble the gym while your children stand by impatiently wondering when they’re finally going to get to play.
Wallbarz USA Pricing, Payment and Shipping
Given the high quality of the manufacturing and the fact that many of the parts of the Wallbarz USA are made from actual wood, the pricing of Wallbarz USA units are quite affordable. At present, the units range in price from about $349 to $899. This price seems to include shipping, though there’s no specific mention of free shipping on the Wallbarz USA Website. I just put an item in my cart, added my zip code and checked to see how much shipping would cost and the shopping cart said that it was free.
If that’s the case, it’s quite a bargain, as these units are quite cumbersome and look as though they might cost quite a bit of money to ship. Shipping is done via UPS Ground service.
Payment on the Wallbarz USA site can be made through several means. You can pay directly via credit card (the Wallbarz USA Website is secure), or you can also use either PayPal or Amazon Pay. That’s up to you, as all methods will allow you to check out in just a couple of minutes.
Wallbarz USA Summary
Wallbarz USA seems to fill a somewhat unique niche in the market. There’s plenty of outdoor gym equipment for sale here and there, and if you live in a place that has good weather all year long and you have a large yard, then that might be a good option for you.
On the other hand, if you live in an area where there’s actual winter, or you live in an apartment or some other place that doesn’t have a yard, you’ll be looking for an indoor solution where your kids can play and get some exercise.
Wallbarz USA offers that, and they have some well-built, colorful, attractive equipment that should keep your children busy for hours. The shipping is free, the assembly is quick and easy, and you won’t need to use screws, bolts, or anchors to fasten the equipment to your walls or ceiling.
If you’re looking for some indoor fun for your children, Wallbarz USA has some good, affordable solutions.
Lace Wigs Buy Review
Most of the time, we want to look our best, but what, exactly, is our best? Sometimes, you want to try different looks, especially with your hair. But making dramatic changes to your hair can be difficult and time consuming. What if you have it short and blonde today but want it long and brunette tomorrow?
Such dramatic changes aren’t ordinarily possible, unless you go with a wig. Lace Wigs Buy makes it easy for you to change your hairstyle or color on a whim, and they offer literally thousands of different kinds of wigs and hair extensions that will allow you to have whatever kind of look you want to have in minutes.
Most wigs that are sold these days are artificial and while they do have the advantage of being quite inexpensive, the most sought-after and realistic looking wigs are those made from human hair. After all, nothing mimics hair quite as well as hair itself. Lace Wigs Buy not only offers thousands of human hair wigs, but they also offer them with “remy” hair, which is of very high quality. Their hand-tied lace wigs are virtually indistinguishable from a real head of hair, and when you’re out in public, no one will know your secret.
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Read on for the full Lace Wigs Buy review.
Lace Wigs Buy Overview
You may not have heard of Lace Wigs Buy, or their parent company, IZIGET. IZIGET used to be the manufacturer of wigs sold under the Raquel Welch, Jon Renau and Revlon name, but now they sell under the Lace Wigs Buy name. They have factories and offices around the world; the North American location is in Canada.
The Lace Wigs Buy Website features literally thousands of wigs in a variety of materials, styles, colors and prices, making it easy for anyone, regardless of hairstyle or color, to find something that will give them a gorgeous new and exciting head of hair.
Lace Wigs Buy Features
It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you first visit the Lace Wigs Buy Website, as they have an enormous selection. You could just start on the home page and click on “What’s Hot” to see people are buying right now, or you could clock on “New Arrival” to see what just came in, or you could click on “On Sale” to see what’s being discounted at the moment.
Otherwise, you can click on the various types of wigs at the top of the page and see what they have to offer:
- Full lace wigs (1881 styles in stock) – These are remy human hair wigs with all hairs hand tied to a lace base, allowing you to part your hair anywhere you like.
- Lace front wigs (1865 styles in stock) – These have the hand tied hairs only in the front 3 inches, which makes it better for wearing your hair in a ponytail or an up-do.
- 360° lace wig – Ideal for up-dos, ponytails, freestyle parting and offering a natural looking hairline
- African-American wigs (1145 styles in stock) – That perfect hairstyle for women of color
- Synthetic wigs (68 styles) – Synthetic wigs are more affordable and are available in longer hairstyles
- Celebrity wigs (216 styles in stock) – This may be the most interesting part of the Lace Wigs Buy store, and is undoubtedly one of the most popular. Lace Wigs Buy has more than 200 wigs in stock in styles that will allow you to have hair like that of more than 100 popular celebrities, including:Alicia Keys
Catherine Zeta Jones
- Custom wigs – Lace Wigs Buy can make any kind of wig you require, so if you don’t see something you like on their site (not likely!) just let them know. They need 2-3 weeks lead time.
When shopping, you’ll have an incredible number of choices about what kind of wig you’d like to buy. You can chose from hair color, length, haircut style, bangs or no bangs, price, and whether you want a wig with a cap or without.
You can also sort each category by Popular, Lowest Price, Highest Price, and Newest.
Each wig is shown in photos on a mannequin head as well as on a real person.
If you need help making a choice or determining size, Lace Wigs Buy has a help section with an extensive FAQ section, several sizing charts, and even a live chat utility if you’d like to get help from someone in person.
The page for each wig also shows you the length, color, cap size, lace color, cap construction, whether or not it comes with “baby hair” on the hairline (most do), the kind of fiber or hair used, hairstyle, and type of knots used.
You’ll also see for each wig how many reviews are available from previous buyers, making it easy to see what other people think about that particular style. Some of the wigs I looked at on the site had more than 500 reviews. There are also video reviews on the Lace Wigs Buy site so you can see people actually wearing their purchases from Lace Wigs Buy.
Here’s a sample video review:
Lace Wigs Buy Pricing
Pricing from Lace Wigs Buy is quite reasonable, especially for human hair wigs. Synthetic wigs start at about $40 or so, and human hair wigs range in price from about $40 up to about $300. Celebrity wigs are priced from about $125 to $275 or so.
You can get a coupon good for $5 just by signing up at the Lace Wigs Buy site, and you’ll also find a number of wigs on sale at any given time. In addition to that, you can save money by purchasing more than one wig at a time.
They currently offer the following discounts for buying multiple wigs at once:
- Buy 2 and save 10%
- Buy 3 and save 12%
- Buy 4 or more and save 15%
Lace Wigs Buy Shipping
Here’s the best part about buying at Lace Wigs Buy – shipping is free on all orders of $100 or more. That gives you even more incentive to buy more than one at a time. Shipping is generally done directly from the factory, and orders ship within a few day of placing your order. Be aware that custom orders can take longer.
Lace Wigs Buy Summary
If you’re the kind of person who likes to frequently change their look in a big way, or you’re someone who doesn’t have user-friendly hair, or you just don’t like to mess with your hair on a daily basis, a wig from Lace Wigs Buy offers a great selection of reasonably priced alternatives.
You can pick from a dizzying selection of colors, styles and lengths, and find that special hairstyle that’s just right for you, all at an affordable price.
Nearly Natural Review
Everyone seems to love the appearance of plants around their home or in their office. Flowers, trees, wreaths, or perhaps a table centerpiece always add a nice decorative touch that makes your guests feel at home.
The problem for many of us is that we’re either terrible at growing things, terrible at arranging things, or terrible at maintaining things. That’s the nature of plants, beautiful as they are – they need attention, and not all of us are well suited to provide that. Subsequently, our homes don’t look as nice as they could.
Nearly Natural is an online store that offers an amazing selection of just about any kind of plant you can imagine – flowers, trees, houseplants and outdoor plants centerpieces, wreaths and more. They’re artificial, but the name Nearly Natural says it all – they look beautiful and they look like the real thing. It’s the perfect solution for people like me who don’t have a green thumb.
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Nearly Natural Overview
Nearly Natural says they have a history that goes back nearly 75 years, and that it’s a family business that has grown over time. Their Website has been online since 2001, and today, the Hialeah, Florida-based company specializes in selling hundreds of varieties of beautiful plants, trees, flowers, and arrangements that are designed to look gorgeous while remaining virtually maintenance free.
Nearly Natural Features
If you’re looking for a plant, be it the indoor or the outdoor variety, and you’re not sure what you want, it can be hard to go shopping for it. Nearly Natural makes it easy, by dividing their site into a number of categories, based on the type of plant or even the occasion for which you might want to buy it.
You can shop for individual flowers, such as orchids, lillies, peonies, hydrangeas or roses, either individually or in arrangements.
If you’re not sure what kind of flowers you want, the store menu allows you to choose by season (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer) or occasion – Wedding, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc.
For plants, Nearly Natural lets you choose from floor plants, desktop plants, hanging baskets, flowering plants, ferns, hedges, or even bonsai, if you like the small desktop variety.
For trees, Nearly Natural has a selection of very realistic trees that include Ficus, Palm, Bamboo, Banana, and Olive. You can also browse through their selection of topiary trees, just in case you like plants with a little extra shape to them.
For each category of their store, Nearly Natural allows you to choose plants in a variety of sizes to suit your own needs or home decor. You can choose based on diameter, plant width, overall height, or price, if you’re looking for something in a specific range.
Trees come in some surprisingly large sizes; they have them in heights of up to eight feet tall and in widths of up to five feet wide.
Every item in the Nearly Natural store has a number of photos, taken from a variety of angles, so you can get a good look at what you’re buying. All are easily enlarged, giving you a good closeup of the merchandise.
If you’re still not sure what you’re interested in buying, the home page of the site has a “Popular Products” section that shows you what sorts of things other people have been buying. This is a great way to get some ideas for your own home’s decor.
Nearly Natural Pricing
Pricing at Nearly Natural is quite reasonable, especially when you factor shipping into the cost. Centerpiece arrangements, for example, run from about $39 to about $200, depending on size and complexity.
Trees are a bit more expensive, ranging from about $60 to about $400 or so.
You’ll find that there are many attractive plants, wreaths and arrangements available for purchase in the $50-$75 range.
Nearly Natural Shipping
The prices at Nearly Natural will seem even more reasonable when you realize that everything they sell includes free shipping within the continental United States. That’s all the more impressive when you realize that this applies to everything, including an 8 foot tall palm tree.
The price you see on the Website is the price you pay, and that includes delivery to your door. But wait – it gets better than that.
Nearly Natural also guarantees that your order will ship within 24 business hours of the time you place it. So it’s not only going to be free to ship, but you’ll get it as quickly as they can manage it.
Even better (though not likely) is their return policy. If you’re not happy with your purchase from Nearly Natural, just let them know. They’ll not only accept returns, provided that the item still has the original packaging, but they’ll pay for you to ship it back to them.
Obviously, no one offers that sort of deal unless they’re pretty sure that they’re not going to see very many returns, and they likely do not. Nearly Natural offers an attractive, quality selection of plants that will look great in your home, office or back yard.
Nearly Natural Summary
If you have that magic touch that allows you to grow plants at will, or the ability to take a bunch of flowers and turn them into a work of art, then good for you! Not all of us are so fortunate or talented, and for those of us who want to have beautiful plants in our home or office without having to grow them or water them, we have the option of buying from Nearly Natural.
Nearly Natural offers hundreds of plants, wreaths, hanging baskets, trees, bushes and flowers, all tastefully arranged, shaped or decorated. They’re available in a dizzying array of styles and colors and the reasonable prices include shipping to your door and free returns, if necessary.
If you’re trying to decorate your home for Christmas, the spring, the summer or any reason at all and you simply don’t have the time or ability to create beautiful arrangements yourself, Nearly Natural can help you by providing a stunningly attractive and realistic plant to make your home as beautiful as you’d like it to be.
Shopping online can be a lot of fun, and the Internet has made shopping a whole lot easier than it used to be. One used to have to go to fancy stores that carried imported items to find odd things from around the world, but now, thanks to the Web, you can shop from pretty much everywhere.
It’s still a bit of a nuisance to have to shop at multiple places to buy things, as most online stores are pretty specialized. Some stores only sell electronics and others only sell clothing. That’s what’s different about CNDirect.
CNDirect is not exactly a “one size fits all” place to shop, but they do carry a pretty wide variety of merchandise, and all at surprisingly low prices.
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CNDirect is based in Hong Kong, though they ship all over the world. Their slogan is “Pretty cheap, easy buy.” That’s what they’re offering – a large selection of what they call “newfangled” merchandise at prices that are hard to resist.
CNDirect offers an astonishing variety of merchandise, in categories that don’t necessarily logically fit together. They offer women’s and men’s clothing, for example, but they also offer toys, and small electronics. You won’t find a television set, for example, but you’ll find game controllers, or headsets, or even tablet computers, including some good deals on refurbished iPads.
Here’s the full CNDirect category list:
- Women’s Clothing
- Men’s Clothing
- Health & Beauty
- Consumer Electronics
- Mobile Phones
- Toys & Hobbies
- Electrical & Tools
- Bags & Shoes
- Jewelry & Watches
- Kids & Baby
- Home & Garden
- Automobiles & Motorcycles
- Intimate Apparel
And yes, it’s sort of weird to go to an online store that has a huge selection of dresses, tops and sweaters for sale only to see a category called “Automobiles & Motorcycles.”
I checked that one; they don’t actually sell cars and motorcycles there. But they do have car stereos, GPS units, car alarms and other miscellaneous accessories.
CNDirect probably offers more clothing than anything else, along with jewelry, makeup and related fashion accessories. They have a ton of attractive dresses, lots of fashionable tops and blouses, skirts, and jeans.
Their “Dresses” section of their Website showed that they had some 18,000 dresses in stock. Yes, eighteen thousand.
The price range for those 18,000 dresses ran from a low of $2.93 to a high of $572. They had literally thousands of dresses for under $20. Sizes ran from XS to XXXXL, so given the range of sizes, the range of prices, and the huge selection, it’s likely that anyone can find something they like at CNDirect.
Within any category, be it Dresses, Home & Garden, or Baby items, you can sort by price from high to low, low to high, best reviewed (the site allows customers to post product reviews), top sellers, and new arrivals.
If you just want to see what’s hot, what’s on sale, or what’s new, you can easily find those right on the home page. In fact, they even have special section on the home page for items priced for less than $5.
With most items, you’ll be able to see how they’re reviewed. You’ll also be able to see the number of people who have added that particular item to their wish list, and how well reviewed the item happens to be on a 0-5 star basis.
Other recommended items that are similar will appear below the item.
As part of CNDirect’s attempts to allow people from all over the world to shop there, they offer pricing in 22 different currencies, and the site can be adjusted to show you merchandise in six different languages: English, Spanish, French German, Russian, and Portuguese.
If you’re concerned about security, CNDirect is a secure Website, with full https protection. They accept payments via credit card, bank transfer and PayPal. As PayPal and credit card companies have good security measures, you can be sure that your transactions with CNDirect will be safe.
One feature that I really liked about CNDirect is their customer guarantee. If you purchase something from them, they give you a delivery date. If the merchandise doesn’t reach you by that date, it’s free.
Furthermore, if your item arrives and it is not as described, you can either accept a partial refund and keep the merchandise or return it for a full refund.
CNDirect ships all over the world, and they offer several shipping methods via Fedex, DHL, UPS, EMS, Aramex and China Post:
Standard shipping(Mail service):19-35 business days
Expedited shipping: 8-12 business days
Express shipping: 3-7 business days
To make it easier to shop for clothing, the site offers a handy and very helpful size chart, which makes it easy to see what size you need. This chart includes basic measurements in inches, so you won’t end up being confused by sizing, which can sometimes be a problem when you’re buying from sources in Asia, as most clothing made there tends to run to the small size.
Like Amazon and a few other sites, CNDirect allows you to create an account, post reviews, and even create wish lists for later use. A shopping guide also gives you a quick pictorial lesson on how to use the major features of the site, though it’s pretty easy to use.
CNDirect has a pretty generous return policy, offering unconditional returns for up to 15 days from the date of delivery. They do recommend that you contact them immediately if you have a problem, as it can be expensive to return items via mail.
Assistance at CNDirect
If you need help while shopping at CNDirect, you can click on the headphones icon to start an online chat with an assistant who can help you.
There are lots of places to shop online. Some are niche stores with specialized inventory, and some are a bit more broad. CNDirect falls into the latter category, with tends of thousands of items for sale at very reasonable prices in about a dozen major categories.
They’ve got a huge selection, astonishingly low prices, and a very good customer guarantee. Their site is secure, they offer trustworthy methods of payment, and they guarantee that you’ll get your merchandise on time.
If you’re looking for a place to shop where you can get a lot of fun stuff for your money, CNDirect is worth a look.
While most people prefer to buy their clothing, drapes or quilts ready-made and ready to use, a lot of people prefer to make their own. Some do it because they want to save money. Others do it as a hobby; they simply like making things. Others doe it because it allows them to make things that they cannot readily buy.
All are good reasons, and all offer a good reason to take a look at Fabric.com. As the name would suggest, Fabric.com offers a place to buy fabric. Yes, they have that. They have an incredible amount of it, in fact. But they have a lot more than just fabric.
If you’re the handy type who enjoys making things, you’ll be astonished at the depth, breadth and variety of material available for sale at Fabric.com, all at great prices.
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Fabric.com is a Web-only store that ships from a warehouse in Georgia. They’ve been in business since the early 1990s, and they are currently owned by Amazon. Even if they did have a brick and mortar store, it would be nearly impossible to navigate. Why? Because Fabric.com has literally tens of thousands of fabric items in stock. If you’re looking for it, they probably have it, and they probably have it in quantity.
Quantity is good; it means that they’ll have enough for your project, regardless of size. Quantity is also good, because Fabric.com offers discounts for volume purchases.
While quantity is good, variety is better, and that’s why you’ll want to take a look at Fabric.com for your cloth and sewing needs, rather than just jump into your car and run down to Wal-Mart. Sure, they have some fabric there, and for some projects, what they have may suffice. But if you’re working on something extra-special, extra large, or just something unique, you may well want to take advantage of Fabric.com’s incredible selection of material.
When you’re looking through their vast selection of material, they’ll show you an image of what it looks like, show you the price per yard, and indicate how many yards they have in stock. They’ll also point out that if you buy a certain number of yards, the per-yard price will drop to a lower one.
Fabric.com has material that covers just about anything you could ever possibly want to make out of fabric. If you click on their “Brands” page, you’ll see that they have 992 different brands in stock, and multiple types of fabric from each of those brands.
You could spend weeks just sifting through everything they have in the store. Fortunately, you don’t have to do that, as Fabric.com makes it quite easy to navigate.
The main sections of the store are divided into:
- Home Decor Fabric
- Apparel Fabric
- Quilting Fabric
- Notions & Patterns
- New Arrivals
If you’re looking for material for a new set of drapes, you’d click on the Home Decor section. On that page, you’ll have multiple menus to choose from that will allow you to refine your search:
- Categories (Burlap, Corduroy, Denim, Faux Leather, Satin, etc.)
- Color Family
- Fabric Type
- Fabric Patterns
- Brands and Designers (nearly 1000 of them!)
- Fiber Content Range
- Width Range
- Product Features
- Specialty Shop
- Average Customer Review
- Just Arrived
Those options are available for each of the main categories, making it really easy to zoom in on what you’re looking for. Each section also features a highlighted brand, so you can learn more about the individual brands that Fabric.com carries.
There’s also a quick menu at the top of each page that will allow you to quickly pick out a particular brand if you know which one interests you.
Not sure if a particular fabric is right for you? Not a problem; Fabric.com sells swatches for many of the items that they have in stock, and they’re quite inexpensive. A modest $1.50 shipping charge will cover as many swatches as you’d like to order.
Shipping is a pretty good deal at Fabric.com, too. Their basic shipping rate is $4.99 per order within the continental United States for orders up to $48.99. Orders of $49 or more come with free shipping, which can save you a bundle if you’re ordering a lot of material.
There’s also a discount/sale section, and when I checked it, there were literally thousands of items listed there. Keep in mind that just about everything on the site is available at a discount if you simply buy more of it. I saw material in their sale section priced as low as 59¢ per yard.
Material isn’t all they sell at Fabric.com, however. After all, you can’t make anything out of cloth if you don’t have the right tools. They also sell all of the basics that you’d need to create just about anything from scratch:
- Sewing patterns, notions and supplies (needles, thread, etc.)
- Irons and sewing machines
- Knitting and crochet supplies
- Craft supplies
It’s a one-stop shop for just about anything you can make out of textiles.
And what do people make out of textiles? You’d be surprised at how clever people can be, but you’ll be even more surprised when you can actually see it.
Fabric.com has added a “Project Gallery” to their site, and anyone is free to upload photos of their own creations to share with site visitors.
There are stunning photos of dresses, quilts, blankets, dolls, Halloween costumes and more. This will not only give you an idea of just how clever and creative some people can be, but it will also offer some inspiration for ideas of your own.
If you’re the creative, crafty type, you’re likely familiar with the selection available at your local crafts store or your local Wal-Mart. For many projects, what’s available locally will do. On the other hand, if you’ve never visited Fabric.com and taken the time to browse through the tens of thousands of items they have for sale there, you’ll never know what you might be missing.
If you’re not sure what you want, not sure what’s available, or not even sure what you want to create, Fabric.com can help. Check out the Project Gallery or browse through the various styles, colors and brands of fabric, and you’re sure to find something you love.
Then all you have to do is get out the sewing machine and make it come true.