31 January 2012

Cities Banning Plastic Bags Encourage Canvas Bags Instead

Canvas bag designs make bag bans an opportunity for fashion

The Holidays are a time to make changes for the coming year. In the spirit of the season, many cities across the world have looked to take on the eco-friendly challenge of banning plastic bags at grocery stores and local shops, instead encouraging patrons to bring their own canvas bags to carry groceries.

Plastic bag bans are nothing new. Canvas bags have already caught on as the best way to carry groceries in many parts of the world, giving cities with newly minted bans something to admire. The accessories have made popular gifts with public radio and television; as door prizes for fundraisers and other marketing opportunities. But now, as plastic bag movements become reality in many cities, tote bags are looking to become the newest fashion trend.

For Students: Creative students returning to school after the Holidays may be looking for a great way to carry groceries, school books or even a laptop. But if the items at the bookstore don't strike your fancy, you can find your own canvas bag with a design more suited to your personality. With many fun designs to choose from, you are sure to go back to school in style.

For Gamers: Late-night gaming sessions mean a lot of late-night trips to the corner store for more battle snacks before jumping back into a new game. Have less impact on the environment when you head out on a snack run by bringing a canvas bag.

For Fashionistas: Tote bags are popular utilitarian bags for those days when a dressy purse just won't go. You can throw in a few things for the car, some work documents or your groceries and never look out of fashion. With cutting edge designs and simple, retro-style images, a simple tote can accentuate your casual style on days when you are dressing down but still dressing up.

20 January 2012

Floor Lamps Wall Decal...in a Nutshell!

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We’re very excited to show you this picture featuring our Floor Lamps Wall Decal; this is Janet Lee’s apartment, Janet is the smart person behind Living in a Nutshell, a website about decorating ideas for small spaces now also made into a book!

Her motto is “Designing out of the box…when you live in one” and we couldn’t agree more, it’s not so difficult to create an amazing and original space even when on a budget and in a rented apartment, a small office or dorm room!

We love how she combined our vinyl lamps with real light bulbs creating a very effective décor on a budget!

The book contains more the one hundred projects on small spaces and a DIY guide to style up your nutshell!

Photo by AIMEE HERRING c/o livinginanutshell.com

17 January 2012

Save The Environment With Canvas Bags

Canvas bags have become increasingly popular in today's society as an alternative to both paper and plastic bags, along with other synthetically generated bags, such as fake leather, for example. The heightened awareness around these fabric bags is partly due to their environmental-friendly characteristics, but also because of their awareness-spreading potential.

Canvas can be produced in all sorts of colours and shapes, and companies love to put their logos and interesting messages on the bags to spread awareness about their company, a product, a particular cause they're supporting, or whatever else they feel is important for people to know about. Other companies simply spruce up their canvas bags with decorative and/or fashionable images to make them more appealing.

Replacing plastic bags with a reusable canvas bag is a great way to go green and help decrease the environmental damage coming from the plastic bag industry. Each minute, the world uses around 1 million plastic bags. This means that somewhere between 500 billion and 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed annually. The U.S. on its own goes through 100 billion bags each year. Moreover, during only 4 trips to the grocery store, the average family uses about 60 bags.

The scary part is that only .5 to 3% of these bags reach the recycling station. The rest end up on landfills or somewhere out in the nature. Considering that it can take up to 1,000 years for a plastic bag to decompose, this has huge negative effects on the environment.

Investing in a reusable canvas bag will not only save you space in the pantry, but also protect animals and the environment, and even people, from plastic toxins. At Vinyl Design, we have plenty of fun and creative designs to choose from. Get yours today!

22 December 2011

Vinyl Wall Decal Brands Tap Retro Market With Video Game Room Décor

Retro game characters spice up room decor for kids young and old

In the technologically connected world we live in today, it is hard to imagine that home video game systems as we know them today are only 30 years old. Atari whet appetites for digital competition with Space Invaders and Centipede, while Nintendo's character-driven worlds of fantastic enemies trying to kill you cemented the world's love of computerized combat for all time. Now, as the first generation of super soldiers reaches adulthood, with homes and kids of their own, room décor designers are tapping into video game nostalgia with retro video game wall decals and home goods.

From cushion covers to custom wall stickers, popular video games have not only landed on adult home décor items but also on children's décor items, helping parents introduce a new generation of kids to early video games. Is your favorite game available today?

Tetris: As digitally simple as pong, as maddeningly frustrating as Donkey Kong but more popular than either one, Tetris became a game not only for hardcore gamers but for your mom and little sister as well. Like many of the world's best strategy games, it took a minute to learn but a lifetime to master. Tetris has lived on on smartphones and portable gaming devices, making those falling blocks perfect for children's rooms in the form of wall decals and other items.

Space Invaders: As one of the earliest console-style games, Space Invaders pitted joystick jockeys against each other in a battle for high-score dominance. Now, those creepy creatures inching ever faster toward your starship come home. The 2-bit alien enemies make a great addition to canvas bags, cushion covers and even wall coverings.

Pac Man: When gamers think of the first character-driven, level game, Super Mario is the first to come to mind. But Pac Man's pebble-eating, ghost grabbing semi-circle started the trend, with a series of ever-challenging mazes full of ghouls and fun prizes. For his trouble, he has never left the public lexicon, still gracing smartphones, portable gaming devices and every piece of merchandise imaginable. But Pac Man's child-friendly smile and colorful ghosts not only make for great gifts and adult items but also can brighten a child's room with wall decals and artwork, reminding them that no ghosts under the bed will get them with Pac Man standing guard.

10 November 2011

Wall stickers for kids of all ages

When it comes time to decorate your child's room, be sure to browse the extensive collection of wall stickers for kids that we offer at Vinyl Design before getting started, as you're sure to find something to spruce up the room and make both you and your child happy. Of course, our removable wall decals are suitable for any age, from toddlers up to full-grown adults, but some of the most fun and colorful designs we offer are those specifically created for children.

Whether you are decorating a play room or a bedroom, popular favorites like our fluffy bunnies or butterflies are perfect for the little princess in your life. For boys, we offer exciting options like space rockets, monkeys, and more. Our vinyl wall stickers for kids are great for kids of all ages. Decorate your big boy's room with an awesome helicopter decal, or use some of our nursery wall stickers, like our friendly penguins, to give your infant a bright and happy place to stay.

The best part is, if you see a wall decal that you think you or your kids might like but it doesn't match the décor you have planned for the room, you can email us to request a different color and we should be able to help! As usual, our main goal is to make sure our customers are satisfied, so feel free to contact us for any reason. We look forward to helping you with all of your decorating and wall decal needs!

28 October 2011

New Christmas Designs!

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With Christmas only a few weeks away it’s time to get organized and think about decorating! We just added new designs to our very popular Christmas Collection, we have a new Christmas Tree and some new cute Christmas Baubles in different shapes.

Our Christmas wall stickers are the easiest way to instantly decorate your home, office or shop in a modern and economical way; our Christmas Baubles and Balls come with vinyl strings to “hang” them on your door, wall or window while our Christmas trees are the perfect solution for those of you without much space in their apartment or time to clean up the mess of a pine tree...!

Decorating will be much easier and faster this year with Vinyl Design wall stickers!!

04 October 2011

Vinyl Design Wall Stickers as seen on the Renovators!

Sunday 2nd of October was a very exciting day for Vinyl Design in fact…many of our wall stickers were used on the popular TV program The Renovators!!

For those familiar with this program, the renovators had their last white room challenge on episode 59,   the Kid’s bedroom challenge where they created 6 colourful and creative bedrooms for kids aged between 6 and 12….and what’s a great option to decorate a kid’s room??? Colourful and playful removable wall stickers!!

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Here you can see Jarred applying our Tree with Owl and the final result.

29 June 2011

New Stockist: Greg & Audrey's Garage

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You can now find our organic man t-shirts at Greg & Audrey’s Garage, a super funky shop in Newcastle!

At Greg & Audrey’s Garage you can find fashion, accessories and…scooters!

Kristin, the owner, opened her boutique with the idea of creating a more appropriate retail environment for people to discover scooters.

The boutique is inspired by Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn in ‘Roman Holiday’, and in particular the scene where they ride through the streets of Rome on a Vespa.

We love the concept and we’re very happy to stock this new shop!

24 June 2011

New Designs! Wall Stickers for Kids

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As promised we keep adding new designs to our collections, this month it’s all about new kids designs with a Robot Kit Wall Decal perfect for your boy’s bedroom and these cute Nursery Animals balancing on a string.

The Robots come in different shapes and in 3 colour combinations, the Nursery Animals come in any colour from the colour chart, they’re separated from the string so you’ll be able to arrange them as you like on the wall.

After a customer request we also added an A3 size Chalkboard Echidna sticker, perfect for your fridge or to put on the door. A chalk is included in the pack.

We love hearing your suggestions, please email us or post on our Facebook Page any new design request!

08 June 2011

Handmade Camberra 11th of June!

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Watch out Camberra, tons of Vinyl Design wall stickers, canvas bags, tea towels and tees are coming to you on the 11th of June!!

Come and see us at the National Convention Centre from 10 till 4 for Camberra Handmade, a great market with 120 Australian designers!

We will be there with our wall stickers and a new line of chalkboard wall stickers; Vinyl Living canvas tote bags, tea towels and cushion covers and some of our organic men t-shirts.

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