Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Traveler's Notebook, Midori or Faux-dori - The Great Naming Debate!

The great debate going on within our planning groups seems to be whether or not a certain style of planning, journaling and their respective covers are trademarked or not....the discussions within our various Facebook Groups can be heated at times and also pretty funny.  Now, since I am not an Attorney, nor am I versed in Domestic or International Trademark Law, I am not going to offer my opinion - other than to say that reading other's comments/opinions is highly entertaining!

I am in the process of designing my own unique style of cover (at least I think it is unique) and once I get past the trial and error process and have a chance to test the product to see how it holds up, I will be marketing and selling them.  Trying to determine a name for my product has been challenging to say the least, given all of the debate currently going on.

So in the interest of keeping clear of potential trademark infringements - I hereby announce that my custom covers are going by the moniker of "Elastic Banded Notebook Cover" -along with each individual cover style having it's own unique name!  If you are in the business of making notebook covers, then please feel free to use the same term (Elastic Banded Notebook Cover) as a generic description.  I don't think the term has been trademarked, but if it has, then perhaps we can insert the term "Stretchy" in place of Elastic and "Cord" in place of Banded and "Paper" in place of Notebook and "Vessel" in place of Cover......."Stretchy Cord Paper Vessel".....hmmm, I kind of like that name, LOL!  What unique names can you think of ?   One thing I know for sure - is that planners and journalers can be a silly, funny, and entertaining bunch of unique people and I am proud to be one of them!


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Ball Canning Jars - DIY to Add a Compartment!

In the interest of expanding my blog a bit to incorporate my personal blog I am going to be slowing moving select blog articles from my old blog to this (my current) blog. I always intended my Sparkle Frogs blog to include lifestyle and craft type of posts, but just had not gotten around to them. The following was originally posted 8/1/2013.....

I saw an image the other day that was making the rounds of Facebook and it showcased a wide mouth canning jar with tortilla chips on the bottom and a small plastic cup inserted into the top to hold salsa, dip or something similar. The small plastic cup had a link so that you could purchase them. I saw the $11.00 sticker price - I am not sure how many you got for that price, but still, I was sure I could do better....

Now being the cheap thrifty person that I am I immediately thought to myself "It looks like a Dole Fruit Cup would fit right in there instead!" Since I am a Mom of a grade-schooler who takes a cold lunch to school everyday, we always have the fruit cups in the pantry, so I set to work testing my theory. I also want to add that based upon the comments on the original image another friend of mine (Judy) was thinking the same thing as me.

I set up my test kitchen and I am happy to report that the Dole fruit cups fit like they were made for the canning jars and no leaks either - I shook it, turned it upside down and even left it sitting on it's side for the whole day (yes I went to the day job and left it sitting on my counter by accident).

Note:  I used wide mouth canning jars!

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