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Friday, November 27, 2015

Get Your Game on! What is new from TuffBags

Happy Thanksgiving and much gratitude:  What is new from TuffBags 

I have so much to be grateful for:  my family, my friends and all of my customers.  I am so grateful for a safe country to live in where we have so many blessings and freedoms that we take for granted every day.

I hope and pray that the world will become a safer and happier place for all peoples.  The recent events have made us all so much more aware of the blessings that we do have and that we all must work together to have peace in the world.

For so many of us Fall into early winter is all about Football, whether one routes for his/her favorite NFL team or follows his/her alma mater.

We've got your "your game on"  literally, for your head with wonderful NFL and NCAA yarmulkes.

NFL kippahs or yarmulkes 

NCCA College and University kippahs

We also carry MLB kippahs as my family and I are all huge baseball fans as well.  We were thrilled to see the NY Mets go so far this year---hey second place in the World is not too shabby!

MLB kippahs or Yarmulkes

For many other people Fall/early Winter is certainly NOT about sports, but more about the beauty of the leaves, cooler days and nights, making soups, stews, and knitting/crocheting warm things.  I always have something beautiful going on my knitting needles and now I offer project bags in my etsy store.

All of us at TuffBags truly wish all of you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.  I hope that all of you will enjoy the day of running events, parades, great food and visits with your family and friends, the football games and just hanging out. 

Shipping times for Holiday purchases:

Cut offs for regular first class shipping:  for first candle Hanukkah 11/30/15;  for Christmas 12/17.
Please select priority mail after these dates..note that after 12/3 no guarantee for delivery for first candle.  Do remember that there are 8 crazy nights of Chanukah or Hanukkuh (just how do we spell this special holiday?!)

Deals and very limited coupons:

We have some special deals that start on Small business Saturday and continue right through Cyber Monday.  Coupons are valid for November 28th through November 30th.

TuffBags:  one use only coupon  save 10 % on any purchase:  SHOPSMALLBIZTB.

The savings is before shipping;  one use per customer; EXPIRES end of day 11/30/15;  must be applied in the cart (use the checkout feature);  can not be applied after the sale;  can not be applied for prior sales.

Etsy one use only coupon save 10 % on any purchase of $ 14 or more:  SMALLBIZTB10
The savings is before shipping;  one use per customer; EXPIRES end of day 11/30/15;  must be applied in the cart (use the checkout feature);  can not be applied after the sale;  can not be applied for prior sales.

New kippahs:

We have two new Star Wars kippahs:  Storm troopers and Episode VII:

Star Wars Storm Troopers Kippah or Yarmulke

Star Wars Episode VII kippah or yarmulke

Batman Bat logos; Solar system / Planets Kippah;
and a scientific molecular yarmulke:

Add captSolar system planets kippah or yarmulkeion

Molecular scientific kippah or yarmulke

Batman Bat Logo kippah or yarmulke

Sale clearance items   Be sure to checkout our sale/clearance items!

My etsy store:  

You can get some wonderful one of a kind items in my etsy store:

Beaded Hamsa wall decor; insulated mats; quilted wall hangings 

Project bags for knitting / crocheting

CreativelyPam      Creatively Pam --- gorgeous unique Judaica

Fabulous table runners, aprons, matzo covers and more can be found by my sister, Pamela Tatar, CreativelyPam on etsy.

Lastly, we all pray for peace and harmony in our world, with special thoughts and prayers going out to France and Israel where the terror attacks have been especially awful.  Let us all stay safe but live our lives and not allow the terrorists to win!!

L'shalom, Peace, Paix,

Kate Rachel Lozier

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Happy Jewish New Year, Welcome Fall

Happy Jewish New Year, Welcome Fall 

L'Shannah Tovah Tikatevu / Happy New Year with many sweet blessings to all of my Jewish readers, friends and family!  I also wish you a very easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur.

I welcome Fall with all of its beauty and fun harvests, but I admit that I am so not ready to give up Summer!    Our vegetable garden was wonderfully bountiful this Summer and I did a lot of freezing of vegetables as well as enjoying them fresh out of the garden.  I do wish our growing season in Upstate NY was much longer.  I hope you all enjoy the Fall and all of its beauty!

 So I have many new items to tell you about.

You can now add an optional medical alert label to your inhaler bag for just $ 2.00 extra.

Inhaler / medication zippered pouches with optional medical alert label

With the Fall comes Fall sports such as MLB playoffs, soccer, football and of course running!  See our new regular kippahs that are perfect for these sport enthusiasts and sports fans.

Major League Baseball regular yarmulke

I have some new teams in the NCAA/college/university kippah section:

I also have Kansas State coming soon.

Now in the Superhero / characters / movie TV characters Superhereo Characters kippahs:

 Pokemon in blue, new Star Wars designs as well as a new Frozen sisters' kippah will be coming to the site very soon.

I've got many new gorgeous batiks and other cotton fabrics for Eclectic mix Bucharian kippahs

Last but NOT least:  a very special coupon for celebrating the New Year 5776.
Special TuffBags blogger only coupon valid now through 10/04/2015: save 10 % off any order of $ 35.00 or more   SWEET5776


Kate Rachel Lozier

Monday, July 20, 2015

Summer News from TuffBags -- composting, new items and a sale!

Happy Summer from TuffBags!  July is my favorite month of the year as it is so wonderfully warm, has so many fun events and frankly, it is my birthday month as well as my younger son's (we share the same birthday!).

Summer is a great time to start composting so enjoy my article on composting.

Composting – it is easier than you think!  
By Kate Rachel Lozier

Composting….sounds messing and difficult, right? Wrong!  Composting is one of the most natural and easy things to do, whether you live in an apartment or in a house.

“Composting is the aerobic decomposition of biodegradable organic matter, producing compost”…”also known as brown manure, {which} is the aerobically decomposed remnants of organic matter.” [Wikipedia]

Composting promotes the circle of life as nature intended.  Placing these materials into a  plastic bag and/or a garbage can inhibits this natural process.

Why compost?
  1. very inexpensive to do
  2. provides you with free soil amendments and mulch for your gardens
  3. saves you money as you throw less garbage away and reduces landfills.
  4. recycles natural materials as they should be

 What can you compost?
  1. all vegetables and fruits including nuts
  2. dryer and vacuum cleaner lint
  3. eggshells
  4. shredded newspaper, paper and cardboard produced with soy based inks
  5. manure and waste from healthy herbivores (pet waste from rabbits, guinea pigs and other vegans) including their bedding
  6. saw dust, wood chips
  7. weeds, dead plants from your garden, dead indoor plants and flowers, lawn clippings, leaves, straw, hay, grass, peat moss, shredded stems and twigs
  8. fireplace ashes (no coal ashes)
  9. coffee grounds and filters
  10. cardboard rolls from toilet paper and paper towels

What should you NOT to compost?
  1. chemically treated yard waste or plants
  2. meat and dairy products
  3. diseased items
Where can you compost?
  1. your yard in a sunny spot
  2. small container in your house
  3. your town’s location (many townships have community composting)
  4. join your friends and neighbors to make one compost
  5. in a commercially produced activator or container in your yard
  6. place the compost heap or container in a convenient location (our pile is just below a window from the house so it is very easy to feed the pile).
When can you compost?
All year around…yes, even in the Winter.  During the cooler months you will not be able to turn your compost heap, but you can accumulate the materials.

What do you need to compost?
  1. separate space or container
  2. bowl or container to hold items from the house before it goes to the heap
  3. cooperation from family members
  4. tool to turn the compost
  5. a small amount of time and energy
What do I have to do with my compost pile or container?
  1. the smaller the items that go into your compost pile the faster the decomposition time.
  2. turn your pile at least once weekly
  3. add a lot of items to your pile less frequently as opposed to adding small amounts frequently...volume is better than frequency
  4. you can add worms to your compost to speed up the process

Where can I find more information on composting?
  5. google or yahoo search engines

New products from TuffBags!


Minions kippah or yarmulke

Marvel Comics superheros: Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man all on one yarmulke

inhaler pouch carriers holders with medical alert label


 Tapestry sling cross body waist mini purse with a mini wallet inside

 main dimensions: 8.5" horizontal width x 7" vertical height x 1.5" thickness/depth = 73.5 cubic inches (all dimensions are approximate)

This Just the Essentials tapestry zippered purse is just perfect for going out, shopping, going to a sports event, dancing, wear under your clothing or coat, and more---carry the basics or the essentials such as your phone, car key, a couple of bucks, tissues, lipstick, inhaler, credit cards, shopping cards and other identification cards......hands free! All of the tapestries used are stain resistant and the bags are completely lined with a coordinating cotton. I use a lighter color lining to make it easier for you to see what is inside your bag.


Adjustable 1/4" deluxe high end braided cord to fit most sizes and allows comfort when tucking bag under garments (maximum cording length is 58" long). You can adjust the length for a shoulder bag, waist bag, or sling across your body. The cord is a matched to the fabric and I warrant the no worries on just how strong this cord is!

Top closing YKK zipper with easy one zipper access to your phone

The inner credit card slots (3) will hold at least 2 credit / shopping cards per slot. There is a bonus pocket behind these for stashing your cash.

The opposite pocket is for your phone (dimensions of pocket 3.75" wide x 6" long).  


special coupon for blog readers only (not posted on the web site!):

10% OFF order of $ 30 or more (before shipping)
expires 07/31/2015

Specials in our Etsy Shop!! 

♥♥♥ SALE!! ♥♥♥ FREE 1st class USA SHIPPING on: ♥♥♥ ALL JEWELRY, all small tapestry bags and tapestry cases, challah covers, select home decor, regular kippahs and lace kippahs NOW through July 31st, 2015 (nice discounts on international shipping) NO COUPON NEEDED ♥♥♥ 

Enjoy the wonderful Summer and have fun!
Kate Rachel Lozier
owner/designer TuffBags