May 28, 2010

Perfect Summer Craft - My Friendship Bracelet Maker Review and Giveaway

UPDATE: According to Random.org, our winner is number 26! Congrats to Stephanie for winning!!! And Thank you to all the fab peeps that entered. Check the rest of the giveaway ongoing right now.

When I was in high school, Friendship bracelets were a huge thing. I remember making a lot of them back then and how my sisters and I enjoyed making them to the despair of my mom. See, she's an embroiderer, so of course, have an abundance of various colored threads! And you know what that means for thread-thirsty kids who are keen in creating tons of friendship bracelets. Ah, those were good times...

Lucky for me, I get to relive those great memories and pass on the fun to my daughter without the complexity of making them. Back then, I used to put strands of thread together just to make one thick strand. I also use to pin the knotted end between my toes to hold it in place whenever I create my bracelets. How "barbaric" it have been back then! But thanks to the My Friendship Bracelet Maker. It made the whole process easy. My FBM is a kit which was recently a huge hit at the 2010 New York Toy show and is now available at Michael's and retails for $19.99.


4 Features I like about this kit :

a) Ingenuity - The butterfly clip that holds the knotted end is adjustable which makes it easier to gauge the length of the bracelet according to your preference. The slots are the best selling feature to this kit! It holds and separate each threads which makes it quite easy to follow what thread comes next. Definitely eliminates confusion!
b) Functionality - The slide-out drawer which holds 56 pre-cut 60 inch threads in 14 different colors makes organizing and storing threads very easy. And all in one nifty place too. Very useful for kids who are messy and can't keep track of their stuffs.

c) Design - Definitely attractive! It captured the flair and color that girls like. The pink and purple colors were no-brainers since they're the popular favorite colors of girls of all ages, topped that with the dainty butterfly clip! No wonder my daughter immediately loved it just by it's look.

d) Compact - Handy and small enough for travels.We're going on a road trip next month and this definitely qualifies as a great road trip entertainment for my daughter.

My only complain:  The butterfly clip has no locking mechanism which makes it annoying at times when you're trying to tighten a knot or pulling the thread to eliminate the slack. The clip kept moving forward. This is especially frustrating for beginners like my daughter who is trying to learn the art. Maybe My FBM might consider this feature in the next model.


Overall verdict: I think the kit is a keeper. Though I was a little rusty, I enjoyed making a bracelet for my daughter. Kids and tweens will definitely love this kit. And with summer coming so quick, this will make for a great craft project option for them.

Win it! One lucky reader will win one MY FBM to enjoy!

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Deadline: Wednesday, June 11th, 2010 @ 12:00AM EST. You must leave your email address so I can notify you if you win. Winner will be announced no later than Friday, June 14th . Random.org will be used to select winner. Open to US addresses only, 18 years and older. Winner will have 24 hours to response or another winner will be drawn. My FBM will ship the item to the winner.

Good luck everyone!




** My FBM provided a kit for this review and sponsored the giveaway **

41 comments:

  1. My daughter would love this. I like the Heart Design the best.
    I'm a follower.
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  2. I'm a subscriber.
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  3. I'm following on twitter (peg42) and
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  4. I'm a Fan of Zen MamaVentures on Facebook (Margaret E. Smith)
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  5. I'm following on FB (Margaret E. Smith)
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  6. I follow and we would love the heart design.
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  7. I follow through google friend connect. I like the broken ladder pattern the best.
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  11. I would like to try the arrow pattern.

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  12. I follow with google friend connect as samsakara and I would try the bordered chevron design.

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  13. I'm a follower.
    I like the Broken Ladder Pattern.

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  14. I subscribe to your Rss through Google reader.

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  15. My daughter would absolutely love this. I don't think there is any pattern she wouldn't like!

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  16. Melanie Calcut follows on Google Friends and i adore the broken ladder pattern.

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  17. Thank you for the giveaway. I think my daughter would like the heart pattern the most since she loves hearts and flowers at her age (9 in a couple weeks!).

    I am also following you, I'd love if you could do the same.

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  21. I follow and would love to try the Heart Pattern. trinitygsd at yahoo dot com

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  26. the heart pattern is my favorite design :)
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  35. I'm a GFC follower :) The heart design is nice.

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  36. our daughter likes the heart pattern the best
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  40. My daughter says the heart pattern is her fave.

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