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28 November 2013 ~ 0 Comments

In Honor of Black Friday: 9 Fantastic Shopping Fails and Pranks


Black Friday, the most insane shopping day of the year, is just around the corner. While bargain-hunters are waiting in lines and stampeding through the aisles, some crazy, shocking, and hilarious things inevitably happen in the wake of the madness. Whether it be completely intentional pranks on unsuspecting employees and shoppers, or hilarious accidents caught on video, they’re all entertaining.

In honor of the mother of all shopping events, here are ten of our favorite videos showcasing some great shopping failures and pranks.

1. Looking for an Eye Removal Kit? Sure, we’ve got that! …somewhere.

2. Don’t let the lack of a third dimension stop you from shopping.

3. You might want to close the door before pulling away.

4. Want that last bargain, but someone already grabbed it? Just hire a toddler to burgle it for you!

5. You might want to consider adding some counterweight before attempting a shopping cart wheelie.

6. That chain is there for a reason, my friend.

7. Before you go Black Friday shopping, make you that you actually want to BUY something.

8. How come you never see insane lines outside the 99 cent store?

9. I’m so glad Target is stocking Gluten-Os again!

If you decide to brave the crowds in search of some amazing deals, please, be safe, be kind, and have fun! Do you have any funny or interesting Black Friday stories, images, or videos? If so, share them in the comments below!

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28 June 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Atlantic Landscaping Dishes The Dirt

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As the records for high temperatures continue to be broken around the country, we enlisted one of our customers to give us some tips on lawn care. Erik Houser, from Atlantic Landscaping in Dennis, Massachusetts happily obliged us a few questions about landscaping and his dream lawn mower!

My favorite part of caring for my own lawn is the immediate results and satisfaction of turning overgrown grass into a beautifully cut lawn. What’s your favorite part of your job?

A perfectly manicured lawn and planting bed area. I like hearing from all of my customer’s “Excellent job!”

Of course when summer’s over – the leaves fall, presenting new challenges for the lawn. Do you have any tips or tricks of the trade for us on leaf cleanup?

For all of my customer’s properties I use a walk behind leaf vacuum (BillyGoat). If your property has access to the drive way, collect your leaves there and then dispose of them. If you do not have direct access to the driveway, a leaf vac is the way to go!

In addition to lawn care and landscaping– you’ve also installed swimming pools and fences. How did you get into making people’s homes beautiful?

Several years ago, I became disabled from being an auto mechanic. I hated sitting around the house with nothing to do and not being productive. I took some online landscaping courses and started Atlantic Landscaping. I’ve contracted properties from Hyannis, MA to Orleans, MA. I now have a potential customer off the Cape that wants a custom design and installation (photos to come soon on FaceBook)!

We’re going through a heat wave here in Kentucky – the old Bluegrass state. Do you have any tips on how to keep a healthy lawn in dry conditions?

Depending on current moisture conditions, you may water the lawn 2 times per day. Once in the early morning hours (5-7AM) and if needed, once again in the afternoon (3-5PM) The later day watering hours will still provide enough water to keep the lawn cool, but will evaporate quickly enough to not cause fungi or mold that can ruin your lawn.

You have quite a fleet of equipment! If you could win any piece of new equipment – what would it be and why?

I would absolutely LOVE a Walker Mower with a high dump attachment. These mowers with a 48” front deck are the BEST in the current industry. They offer precise cutting along with a bin collection system. They are great for leaf collection as well as regular cutting. They are worth 12k-15k for the unit!

You can find out more tips from Erik and Atlantic Landscaping on lawn care here.

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19 June 2012 ~ 1 Comment

From Tee to Tank: A DIY T-shirt Journey


Do you have a favorite t-shirt that you’d prefer to be a tank top? Today’s blog will show you how to repurpose that t-shirt into a sleeveless beauty. We’ve posted t-shirt refashions before, including how to make a t-shirt bouquet and a DIY t-shirt scarf, but today we’re going to keep the t-shirt’s function as it was origianlly intended – a torso cover. With just a little cutting and sewing, you can transform your standard t-shirt into a fashionable tank top for summer vacation!

Visit Crafterhours for easy step-by-step instructions!


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27 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

BlueCotton’s Custom T-shirts: 2X The World’s Tallest Building

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28 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

It’s Leap Year 2012

What are you going to do with a WHOLE EXTRA DAY?

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29 November 2011 ~ 1 Comment

The DIY T-shirt Bouquet

So we’ve all seen the standard flower bouquet, the cookie bouquet and the candy bouquet. Today we bring you the new gold standard – the t-shirt bouquet. More precisely, this DIY project shows you how to craft a bridal bouquet made of t-shirts. You read that correctly. A bridal bouquet of t-shirts.

This blog post is particularly appropriate for BlueCotton’s customer service team who has no less than four weddings scheduled for 2012. There’s just so much love in customer service. Have you talked to any of our customer service people? They’re lovable for sure.

The t-shirt bouquet would also be perfect for loved ones who are allergic to flowers! It’s handmade and beautiful! Guys – don’t sleep on this one…we know you have some craftiness in you yet.

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