Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Calculatingly Cool Toy, A Handmade Abacus Review


     I recently came across a company on Etsy called The Find Sac .  They specialize in creative, innovative,sustainable, and affordable Eco nursery design and graphics. They also have an amazing shop on Etsy, chock full of wonderful cards, banners, stationary, wall art, and graphics for all of life's celebratory moments. You can also check them out at www.TheFindSac.com for a full list of products and services.

      The Find Sac was created by Kathleen Golik, a Mama to an 11 month old baby boy. She, like myself, is a Mom who pursues her own passions while watching her baby boy grow. My hat's off to her for being able to be so productive and creative at home while managing an active little one!

        My eye was immediately drawn to these beautiful abacus sets. I had been looking for an abacus for a while, but these exceeded my hopes and expectations. Kathleen makes them by hand, dying each bead with dyes made from fruits and vegetables.  The fruits and vegetables used to make the dyes include plum, red onion skin, carrots, beets, grape juice, lemons, red cabbage, and blue berries. The wood is also very soft and smooth. Not a splinter to be seen!  I also love the fact that my boy, who puts everything he can in his mouth, can gnaw on this all he wants without me worrying.
     For the purposes of this review I received a beautiful blue and red abacus for Weston.  I received it wrapped carefully in brown paper, and was thrilled to watch him rip at the paper to reveal his new toy. 

     Weston loves the abacus, just as I knew he would. What could be more attractive to a little boy than lots of brightly colored beads to move around (other than my iPhone which I'm trying to keep in one piece)?  Kathleen's abacuses (or abaci, if you will) come complete with a small picture hanger on the back so that you may hang it on the wall as a decorative piece if you so choose.
                                                     
   I really wanted this to be hung on the wall but also wanted it to be at Weston's level so that he could play with it as well. I decided to hang the abacus over his changing table. Double duty, a toy and a diaper changing distraction!  In order to attach the abacus firmly to the wall I used some 3M Command Strips. These strips attached the abacus firmly but allow it to be easily removed with out damaging the paint underneath (I rent people! Can't be fudging up the paint!)



Kathleen has kindly provided a multi-color abacus to giveaway to one lucky reader. Please enter in the rafflecopter widget below. You can also receive 15% off anything in Kathleen's Etsy store by using the code CUSTOMERETURN2012 at checkout! This is a great discount available only to readers of this blog! Thanks for reading!




UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. Congrats to the winner,
Jenny S. 


Disclosure: I received a product to review for free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission guidelines.


49 comments:

  1. The baby mobile-sphere looks like it would be very entertaining for both babies and their parents.

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    1. I thought that mobile was pretty cool too! Thanks for entering.

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  2. I like the Custom Die-cut Owl card

    The Happy Wife/Danielle Garcia
    Ldsmom2201 (at) yahoo (dot) com
    http://juanshappywife.blogspot.com
    Twitter: The_Happy_Wife

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    1. Super cute! Thanks for stopping by and entering!

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    1. I love the baby shower invites! I'll have to keep it in mind for the future!

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  4. I like the abacus w/ the rainbow beads. Would match my son's room perfectly.
    kdent2@indy.rr.com

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    1. The rainbow abacus is really an awesome piece for a babies room!

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  5. Thank you all for your kind support! My name is Kathleen and I founded, The Find Sac and designed/created the abacus that is the giveaway.
    I would like to give a special Thank You to Karen for doing such a wondeful job reviewing my abacus and setting up this giveaway!

    I would also like to extend a 15% off coupon to all readers. You can use the 15% off for ANYTHING in my shop!!!
    Please enter coupon code CUSTOMERETURN2012 for your discount.

    Thank You All! Kathleen

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    1. Thanks Kathleen! Im going to update my blog post with this info as well.

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  6. I love the hanging spheres! I would put those in my house.

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  7. The hot air balloon card is so unique. I would love that blown up to hang!

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    1. It would be super cute in a babies room!

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  8. I would love the Sphere Baby Mobile - so cute!

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  9. kids would love it. it would help my older child with simple math !

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    1. Its a great tool. Cant wait till my little one is older and I can teach him to count with it! Thanks for entering.

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  10. I love the the rainbow abacus!! My husband is a math geek so I know he would love something like this for our little girl! lol

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  11. I love her Vintage Wedding Invitations

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  12. The robot framed pic is cool, but the abacus is my favorite

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  13. i love the Set of (4) 6" hanging globes!

    christinejessamine at hotmail dot com

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  14. I love the Baby Mobile-Sphere! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    -Rachael Henzman

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  15. I really like the Sphere Baby Mobile

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  16. I like the hanging globes,
    sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com

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  17. I like the Children custom color wood art.

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  18. I like the 3 - 5"x 7" robot personilized robot wall art with frames.

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  19. I like the Children Typography Custom Name Art. So nifty! kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  20. I love the rainbow abacus and the hanging globes!

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  21. I like the hanging globes
    hrddiana556@Gmail.com

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  22. This is too cool...Baby Mobile-Sphere Baby Mobile-New Baby mobile-Hanging Spheres-Haning Balls

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  23. I love this!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/95610790/baby-mobile-sphere-baby-mobile-new-baby

    tiffoverton77@yahoo.com

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  24. I like the White Felt Rose Wedding Garland.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  25. I LOVE the Custom Nursery Art Work. It would look great in my new granddaughter's nursery, She is 1 month old today!!!
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  26. FB fan as Kathy Newsom Davis
    Kathy Davis
    kdavis1@centurytel.net

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  27. I like All good things are wild and free art. This would go well in my daughter's room. It always reminded me of my daughter... wild and free. :)

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    1. I love love love that saying too. So cute. Reminds me of wild horses and cutie crazy babes!

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  28. The Baby Mobile-Sphere is so nifty, I love it!
    jamie.knupp@hotmail.com

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  29. I like the 15' Felt Rose Wedding Garland Decoration. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I like the custom nursery art work
    sarahyurga@yahoo.com

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  31. Love it all email timwife@live.com

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  32. I like the Rainbow Abacus.My daughter's friend has a 4 month old baby boy who this would be perfect for.Thanks for the cute giveaway! :)
    tigers3450@att.net

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  33. I like the custom color wood art!

    orangestar17(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  34. Custom color wood art.

    dandelionclover459@yahoo.com

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