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Do You Want To Build A Snowman Kit Review
 

Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit

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I have a fascination with looms of all sizes and shapes. When I first saw the Rainbow Bandz Loom in our local craft store I wondered about it. What adult would want to play with or make things out of colored rubber bands I thought. Every time I went in there (which was sometimes every day), I looked at the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit. I looked at the little packages of colorful rubber bands. Then I saw there was even a magazine devoted to crafts made using this type of loom. Wow. I was just blown away, so naturally when I had the opportunity to try it, I accepted.

 

The day it arrived I opened the box and wondered about the fact the loom was made of clear plastic. I wondered just how hard it was going to be to get those little rubber bands around those pegs. I set the kit aside and decided I did need to carefully read the instructions. A few days later I had some time so I decided to try out the loom kit. I read the directions but was having a bit of trouble getting the hang of using the loom from them – so I searched on You Tube – and there I found an instructional video that made the directions clear as a bell. I made my first bracelet in a matter of minutes. It was fun and easy.

While I cannot see myself wearing a bracelet made of rubber bands that is not the only craft item this loom makes. In the magazine I saw penguins made of rubber bands on this loom that were used as zipper pulls. Now that was cute. There are lots of craft projects you can make with this loom – and I am sure as popular as it is there are going to be many new creations. I would not recommend it for a young child but a tween or teen would have lots of fun with it. In fact as an adult making these rubber band bracelets, I could easily give them as gifts or sell them at craft bazaars. I could also see using this Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit as a family activity to get in some quality time with your kids.

I love the fact that the pegs are so easy to realign. The cost of the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit is very reasonable as are the rubber band refills. This kit comes with everything you need to get started and will keep you occupied for hours on end if that is your wish. Pick one up for yourself or a young person in your life. You will see just how much fun this kit is. Imagination is your only boundary.

While I cannot see myself wearing a bracelet made of rubber bands that is not the only craft item this loom makes. In the magazine I saw penguins made of rubber bands on this loom that were used as zipper pulls. Now that was cute. There are lots of craft projects you can make with this loom – and I am sure as popular as it is there are going to be many new creations. I would not recommend it for a young child but a tween or teen would have lots of fun with it.
I love the fact that the pegs are so easy to realign. The cost of the Rainbow Bandz Loom Kit is very reasonable as are the rubber band refills. This kit comes with everything you need to get started and will keep you occupied for hours on end if that is your wish. Pick one up for yourself or a young person in your life. You will see just how much fun this kit is. Imagination is your only boundary.

Do You Want To Build A Snowman Kit

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com is joined by her granddaughter Trinity to test the Do You Want To Build A Snowman Kit she received for review. I had a lot of fun with this and I think my granddaughter did too. It arrived just in time for our Thanksgiving celebration so I asked her if she wanted to make a snowman. She said yes and we opened the package. Now I must say I was not overly impressed with the glue goo that help everything together but I understand why it was there. There are a total of three small snowman kits – each with one sealed bag of “snow” and one sealed bag containing the eyes, nose, mouth and arms. I found the packaging a little tricky to open but my daughter ripped the bags right open. Possibly I was trying to be a little too careful. The “snow” was textured and felt really cool. I loved the way it stuck together – although you do have to press it together firmly or it will come apart but this product is made to be repositioned. You can use a little or a lot – I made a tiny snowman, she made a larger one. When we were done, we sealed everything back up and put it back in the container so she could play more on another day. Eventually I am sure she will make something that will harden and become a keepsake. Kids are only young once and this is a great way to let them create something without having a huge mess.

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IPOW Chalk Markers

Sheri Ann Richerson from ExperimentalHomesteader.com is joined by Jeffrey Rhoades to talk about the IPOW chalk marker set she received for review. The one thing I like the best about these chalk markers is there is only one tip on each marker. You get 8 markers with 6mm tips and 8 separate markers with 3mm tips. Like other chalk markers, the tips are reversible so you can use a chisel tip or a bullet tip. The reason I like just one tip per marker is I am really good at not getting the lids back on these markers right and not realizing it until I am using the other tip which means I make a mess on my hands.vThese chalk markers are great for kids or adults and ideal for using on home decor projects that you might not want to leave permanent. For example, I can change the wording or pictures on my utensil holder to match the current holiday or even my mood, then just wipe it clean with a little bit of water when I am ready to change the message. They work on all surfaces including paper but you can only remove the marker from non-porous surfaces! These chalk markers have no odors, no chalk dust, they are non-toxic and mine have not leaked. These do work on skin and they do clean off easily! There are so many uses for these markers and I love the vibrant colors! These would make a great gift item too!

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CraftyCroc Liquid Chalk Markers Review

I’ve been wanting to try chalk markers for a while. I did receive another brand – and they were very nice – but the #CraftyCroc are superior in my opinion – and here is why. They primed much faster and the liquid chalk was more fluid when I drew, colored or wrote with them. Even after the #CraftyCroc chalk markers had set for a few minutes, they were still primed. The tips of these markers remained perfectly pointed. I also loved the free e-book that I received filled with lots of great craft ideas!

The CraftyCroc liquid chalk markers are non-toxic – so they are safe for kids to use, they are water based so they are easy to wipe off. I used craft wipes, but water on a paper towel works just as well. They did not stain my chalkboard either so they would be great for teachers! For smaller mistakes, try a drop of water on a Q-Tip. I did and it worked perfectly! Just be sure not to soak the Q-Tip.

The selection of colors in the Mega 10-pack was great – there are vibrant, bright colors and darker colors such as black and brown. I appreciate that I don’t have to run out to buy those colors separately. The package also contained a white chalk marker although I did opt to get a package of just white since black and white chalk crafts are so popular these days. Plus I might need extra white liquid chalk to go underneath the colored chalk to make it stand out on dark colored projects such as the cards I did for the video. The vibrancy of the colored markers was very impressive.

I loved that extra chisel tips came with the chalk markers. The chisel tips on this set seem more durable – and are reversible. I did not attempt to remove any of the tips however to find out how well that worked. I prefer the chisel tip – at least for the projects I am doing now. The packaging is attractive, they came well packaged and undamaged plus they are artist quality. I know I am going to be getting a lot of milage out of these #CraftyCroc Liquid Chalk Markers.

Disclaimer: I received the items mentioned in this gift guide for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

If you have a product you would like to see featured in this year’s gift guide, please contact Sheri Ann Richerson via email for additional information.

Any item’s received after November 1 are not guaranteed a slot in this years gift guide before the holidays.

You are welcome to send multiple items, however I do ask that you also include assets either via email or with the products you send.

Unboxing videos and review videos are part of this gift guide and will also be posted on our Experimental Homesteader YouTube Channel.

I no longer review items on Amazon, but I do have an Amazon Influencer Page where I post items I like.

Evergreen Gift Guide

Dislaimer: These items were sent to me for free or at a reduced price in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Welcome to the evergreen gift guide where I post items that I love and recommend.

Not every item makes it to these gift guides, so if you do see an item on here you know it made the cut.

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