Totally Tutorials

I just found a great site, Totally Tutorials

This site includes craft tutorials and how-tos.  It has some really great crafts.  I did a search on screen printing (the search was half way down the screen – it would be nice to have it near the top), and I didn’t find any.  They do allow people to submit tutorials too, so maybe after my family gets it figured out completely we can submit some.

We got my middle son’s t-shirt printed (he still has it on and took off for grandma’s so I can’t include a pic), but it came out looking like a first try.  The words on the left also didn’t show very well.  While I was at it I uploaded a copy to Vistaprint and went for their $2 t-shirt offer.  While we perfect making shirts Kris will have one to wear.  With our first try you can make out the dinosaur and the RAWR on the right, the left is really the toughest part.  We are going to perfect the one color shirts too before moving on to 3 color. 🙂  I’ll post pics later.  When you get a chance though check out Totally Tutorials and feel free to let them know we sent you.

Make your own t-shirts

(We are still battling with the emulsion to get the exposure to work… hopefully we’ll get a t-shirt sometime soon.)

My son has a Yudu t-shirt printer and we are having a great time making t-shirts. He has made some really cool designs and I’m excited to wear a couple (and make my own) It’s pretty simple to use ours and wasn’t too expensive. I suspect you can make your own pretty easy (the machine) since it’s really a blower (can substitute a hair dryer) and a bright light (duh! light bulb) – But the one we have really simplifies it.

To make the t-shirt you have to put emulsion on a screen. To block paint from going through. Then dry it. Next step expose to light (covering any part where you will want paint on the t-shirt) – You can use a graphic printed on a transparency. Then you wash out the part of the exposure that wasn’t exposed. Now you are ready to paint. (you have to redo for each of the colors on the shirt doing every step over for each color)…. After you paint clean up and let your shirt dry.

There is lots more too. The printer itself is just 188 by itself and I didn’t mention that you can print multiple shirts before washing off the emulsion from the screen. We made our robotics team t-shirts for last years robotics tournament.

Here’s Kris’ design: Let us know if you would like one of the t-shirts. I think by the time we got done they averaged less than 10$ per shirt if you make several. (To just make one with one color would be about $15 I think.) + $8 extra for each color.

I LOVE it! He did a great job….

Writing Companies

I just saw this message (down below) in a forum about what companies had responded to a request for coupons.

I know I have heard the message while calling to ask about gifts to grow points about – if you are calling to request a sample and coupons press X.

Here’s a link with information about the best way to request coupons: http://www.grocerycouponguide.com/articles/coupons-direct-from-manufacturer/

I think I’m going to give a few of these a try later and see what I get…

Emailed Lipton and got:
$1 off bertoli frozen product
$1 off 2 breyers ice cream
$.60 off cant belive it not butter
$1 off 2 hellmans proudct
$1 off 2 lipton tea bag
$1 off 2 ragu sace
$1 off axe body wash
$1 off degree
$1 off dove bar or body was
$.50 off 2 q tip
$.50 on suave hair care
$1 ib vaseline lotion
and there where recipes in with it as well

today I got
$1 off campbell soup product

bounce
got a $1 off a bounce product
and $1 off bounty napkins

suave
a free suave proffessional product

Bubble bee
sent me 4 .24 cent coupons

one of the texas toast companies sent me a coupon for a free item

Another list:

Here is a list of companies that send out coupons via direct mail. You may not be able to receive from all of them due to your location. You must send a SASE (self addresses stamped envelope) asking for the coupons to be mailed to you. Don’t forget to put your name and address!

Money Mailer Coupons
12131 Western Ave
Garden Grove, CA 92841

Best Community Values
260 Maitland Ave Ste 2000
Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Coupons Ltd
1240 2nd St
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

Valpak Direct Mail Coupons
8575 Largo Lakes Dr.
Largo, FL 33773

Elite Web Holding, LLC
PO BOX 1072
Dubuque, IA 52004

Coupons by Mail
1827 Michigan Ave
Saginaw, MI 48602

Free People King of Prussia
Mail King of PRS
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Coupons Coupons Coupons
369 Massachuettes Ave, Ste 117
Arlington, MA 02474

Coupons Inc.
3310 Victor Ct
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Coupon Country
3527 Mt. Diablo Blvd #288
Lafayette, CA 94549

JB Dollar Stretcher Magazine
25900 Green Field Rd Ste 216
Oak Park, MI 48237

Clips Coupons
PO BOX 183013
Shelby Twp., MI 48318-3013

Mail Pak Magazine Today
1307 Darby Lane
Indianapolis, In 46260 (03/01/2011)

oupon availability and specific offers can vary based on each company’s supplies. Simply send a nice email to the “Contact” section letting them know you like their products and that you would appreciate being mailed coupons. Be sure to include your mailing address. It doesn’t hurt to ask, good luck!

Company Name

Company URL

Amy’s Kitchen
http://www.amyskitchen.com/

Bar S
http://www.bar-s.com/bar-s-coupons-form.html

Barber Foods
http://www.barberfoods.com/

Birds Eye Foods
http://www.birdseyefoods.com/

George Weston Bakeries
http://boboli.com/

Carl Buddig & Company
http://www.buddig.com/

The Hain Celestial Group
http://www.celestialseasonings.com/

P&G
https://webstore.skybridgemg.com/CheerRB/register.seam

Colgate-Palmolive
http://www.colgate.com/app/Colgate/US/HomePage.cvsp

The Dannon Company
http://dannon.com/

P&G
https://pgpromotions.archway.com

Nestle
http://edys.com

P&G
http://www.newfebreze.com/coupon/MailRequest.php

Bayer
http://www.flintstonesvitamins.com/

Citrus World
http://floridasnatural.com/

Chiquita
http://freshexpress.com/

Frito-Lay
http://www.tostitos.com/home.php

Dean Foods
http://www.garelickfarms.com/

S.C. Johnson & Son
http://glade.com/

H.J. Heinz Company
http://www.leaperrins.com/

H.J. Heinz Company
http://heinz.com/

Johnson & Johnson
http://www.jnj.com/connect/

Kimberly Clark
http://www.kotex.com/na/default.aspx

Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe
http://martinspotatorolls.com/pages/about.asp

McCormick & Company
http://www.mccormick.com/

McCormick & Company
http://www.mccormick.com/

Mt Olive Pickle Company

Ocean Spray Cranberries
http://oceanspray.com/

S.C. Johnson & Son
http://www.pledge.com/

Pepperidge Farm

Perdue
http://www.perdue.com/

Nestle
http://catchow.com/

Unilever

Reckitt Benckiser
http://electrasol.com/

S.C. Johnson & Son
http://www.saranbrands.com/

The J.M. Smucker Company
http://www.smuckers.com/

Kens Foods
http://www.sweetbabyrays.com/

The Hain Celestial Group

Tetley
http://www.tetleyusa.com/

Grand Brands

Turkey Hill
http://turkeyhill.com/

Tyson Foods
http://www.tyson.com/

Johnson & Johnson
http://www.viactiv.com/index.jhtml

Interstate Bakeries Corp

Jasper Wyman & Son
http://www.wymans.com/

General Mills

Zatarains
http://zatarains.com/

Also an app I have provided this list:

Free products 1-800-526-3967
Pfizer New Mother’s Kit – 1-800-223-0182
Free Vasoline Sample 1-800-733-7546
Carnation Follow up 1-800-242-5200
Kimberly Park Products 1-800-544-1847
Munchkin 1-800-344-2229
Diaper Rash Ointment 1-800-587-3721
Tampon Sample – 1-800-361-8068
Diaper Rash Cream – 1-800-587-3721
Tooth Paste (Rembrandt) 1-800-548-3663
Floss – 1-800-645-4337
Migraine Meds – 1-800-464-8739
St Josephs Aspirin 1-800-962-5357
Juven Drink Mix 1-877-465-8836
Food Pyramid – 1-800-597-2267
Beano Sample 1-800-257-8650
Gorton’s Recipe Booklet 1-800-222-6846
Formula (store brand) 1-800-485-9918
Coffee Sample 1-800-310-5662
Sea Salts – 1-800-6677258
Vita Spelt Pasta – 1-800-997-7358
Grey Poupon Recipe Book 1-800-476-8766
Free Can of Dog Food at Mighty Dog
Purina Same thign
Pet Treat – treatpeople.com
Dog Tag – Sobe-Dog.com
Carnation Baby Formula 1-800-543-3112
Mead/Johnson Coupon 1-800-222-9123
J&J new parent pack 1-800-526-3967
Similac Welcome Addition Club 1-800-222-9546

Mozy App

Usually I avoid apps that involve signing into a web site (unless they really make my life easier and I use the online version already)….

Mozy is a backup tool I use on my desktop computer to keep it backed up.  It keeps my files backed up to the ‘cloud’.  Really you should always have a couple different formats of backup and one should not be near your computer.  With the outbreak of tornadoes recently it makes me think of all I would lose if my computer was destroyed.  To prevent a catastrophic loss of data I use Mozy to keep most of my file backed up.  It would take me a little while to get up and going, but at least my data would be safe. (I also back up pictures to photoshop.com – so I have redundancy)

This being said I am also the person that insight called to say I was using way to much bandwidth and they suspected I was file sharing.  My computer was backing up for the first full backup (but really I have a lot of data).

I noticed this morning that there is a Mozy app.  I assume it will let me check on files in the backup.  I got it installed and played with it a little.  As soon as I got into the app it told me my computer was backed up as of yesterday.  Good to know it’s a pretty recent backup.  I also was able to wonder around in my files.

But it was really slow. On the other hand it is pretty handy to have access to all my backed up files while out and about using just my phone. Those few times when I really wanted to show someone a picture or document and was out of town this could really be handy!

Of course for this to work you have to have an account on Mozy and have your computer set up to backup, but for me it definitely is a keeper.

Mozy does have an Android version too besides the iPhone version, and a home user subscription for one PC is $5.99 a month. My account is an unlimited one PC plan for home users, that they have eliminated. I’m not sure what my plan will be for my next renewal… Did I mention I have a LOT of data? But I do really use it now.

My Coupons App

For the Iphone I have been playing with an app My Coupons.  At first I thought ‘who would use this’ It seems like a lot of work to enter your coupon inventory.  It does have a feature to let you know what is about to expire and seemed handy, but entering all the information seemed like it would be Too time consuming. 

If only it had an option to download the weeks coupon inserts and add them in mass…  Today though at the store I realized I had a register reward (the Kroger type) for $10 that had just expired a couple days ago. I then could really see how this app could come in handy.  I think I’m going to start by entering my register rewards, then move on to adding coupons that I want to be sure and use.  Free, B1G1, and things that are for products that I will buy even if they aren’t on sale (so that I use them before they expire).