Posted by kaviiks on May 31, 2011
For many years, we have suffered mistreatment from the Better Business Bureau, so it came to us as a pleasant surprise when Brian Ross of ABC 7 reported the Better Business Bureau for failing to adhere to business practices and for allowing companies that do not pay nor subscribe to their services to suffer bad publicity from the following:
1. Levying unfair number of complaints against a company even knowing that a business is NOT at fault. A paid company enjoys the privilege in that complaints are “hidden” from public view. A paid company also enjoys an “A” rating. If you refer to Mr Brian Ross’ report, even a company that set itself up as “Hamas” (a terror group) got an “A-” rating!
If the BBB is a legitimate company looking towards the interest of the American public, it should be fair on all counts.
2. For not properly investigating the facts of a case before making a judgment against a company. We have found at most times their representatives are just not knowledgeable.
3. For not properly educating themselves on market practices eg. understanding market conditions and practices, availing themselves of the problems inherent with the manufacturing industry in the United States and fully understanding the transactional processes before making a judgment call.
Because there are always two sides to a story, we will be providing information on all complaints so the public is fully aware of what that complaint was. We have nothing to hide – we are just tired of the BBB being unfair and classifying wrongful cases against us.
For more information, you can check one blog we came across; there are tons if you do the searches:
And if you have heard of Mr Wolfgang Puck and his wonderful shows and restaurants, you might probably wonder why he suffers an “F” – Mr Puck has never paid nor subscribed to the services of the BBB and does not ever believe in doing so (based on what he had to say on an interview with Mr. Brian Ross). While Mr. Puck is a celebrity chef in his own right, he can afford to take that stand. We can’t but we will not pay. We would rather donate the money to the needy.
For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Posted by kaviiks on February 23, 2011
The pelican accent that shows up on this coaster tile welcomes an appeal of the coastal realm, adding to a casual and easy living theme.
These days, beverage coasters come in all shapes and sizes from round ones that offer the look of the conventional to square and octagon types which somehow come with a stylized appeal that is quite contemporary. Coasters are fun and creative solutions for adding color to the table and they make nice gift ideas for a housewarming party or for simply handing to a friend who seems fetish about a specific style or theme. While the obvious case is to satisfy the functional purpose of holding up your cup without scratching the table surface, drinking coasters do add a mood to match the purpose of the visit or the theme of the place.
I like coasters that tell a story, maybe the kind that adds a natural mood like sea shell themed coasters or even religious coasters where the look of an angel seems so protective! Yet sometimes when the mood affords it, I think I could do with coasters that are quite botanical. I like flowers you see and of course it reminds me of how pretty our country looks with flowers and greenery to keep it company. Coasters are also nice ideas for a garden party. There are just so many to match the mood of the occasion, so when you are looking for coasters, find something you like. If you are patriotic, the mood of the red, white and blue speaks aplenty for a July 4th party or if you love roosters and the country, try searching for coasters that come with the farm country or rooster theme. Here are some to spruce up the occasion or offer as gift ideas:
The rooster is perhaps one of the most popular themes inspiring the country decor styles
Chef themed items continue to inspire many a kitchen accent...
For Sprucing some whimsical fright to the table!
Written by Tracy P. for Kaviik’s Accents
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Posted by kaviiks on March 19, 2009
Decorative concrete pots and concrete garden planters can enhance and beautify the home and garden landscape environment. Concrete garden pots are very versatile in that they can be used in many different applications, for example in the patio, courtyard, poolside, deck, stone walls and the garden. Concrete pots are heavy and bring a sense of permanency and focal point to the décor.
For many homeowners, the patio or the deck becomes an area to relax a quiet weekend or entertain guests at that summer barbeque. Decorating the patio with concrete pots makes the atmosphere refreshing and pleasing. The courtyard is another area where large concrete pots can be used to create a central or focal point of décor.
Many landscape designers use a stone wall in their designs for both functional as well as for aesthetic reasons. Stone walls that adjoin the house also extend and add to the architecture. While stone walls bring their own sense of permanent beauty to the garden, adding decorative garden pots on stone walls can bring a touch of elegance to enhance the garden environment. Entrance walls, for example, mark the point of arrival and a pair of decorative concrete pots can be used here to create a warm welcoming area.
There is a wide spectrum of co
ncrete landscaping planters and garden pots are available suitable for any application. The concrete garden pots come in many decorative styles in both classic and contemporary designs and colors to suit your individual decorative accent. The choice of concrete pots includes garden urns with decorative accents and garden bowls that offer a wide planting area. Create a refreshing décor with interesting approaches to your patio, courtyard, poolside or the garden with a combination of concrete pots different sizes to build a themed area.
The swimming pool environment can be enhanced by adding suitable mood lighting and lining the poolside with concrete pots. Another interesting idea is to create an exciting area by the poolside with a rock or stone garden together with a collection of decorative concrete pots of different sizes distributed it.
Written by John R. for Kaccents.com
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Posted by kaviiks on November 11, 2008
These adorable three legged pigs have aroused interest and curiousity.
I am sure many of us may hold some form of curiosity over the three legged pig statues that we may see on the desk of a friend or colleague or as part of the lovely garden ornaments carried by a neighbor. The creation of the three legged pig or Chanchitos pig originates from a village in Pomaire, Chile and it is the custom of that place to offer a three legged pig as a gift for a friend or family and for ushering good luck and good will. Tourism has probably ushered in interest over the curiously contrived pig statue since the availability of this strange little pig for purchase, usually in the form of clay or ceramic, is a commonplace item offered in most shops across the village. Whatever the bearing it offers, Chanchitos pigs have already descended into the hearts and minds of curious Americans who find it not only a humorous piece of sculpture for stirring interest into a garden but has also set aside interest for those looking to collect unique and delightful good luck charms for the home and garden.
Written by Romilla D. for Kaviik’s Accents
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Posted by kaviiks on November 6, 2008
Container gardening can be a creative and artistic process, allowing you flexibility in the manner you present your florals and foliage. Best of all, containers allow you flexibility to move your plants around to places where you can show them off and even bring them into the home when the weather gets colder. The vast number of containers available allows you to create unique designs and settings for your garden as you present unique clusters of foliage and florals in different sized pots and containers to bring out symmetry and beauty in your landscape. And containers can be made of virtually of any form or material as long as they allow for good water retention while of course allowing excess drainage.
Garden containers can be both decorative and functional. Here are some ideas to look for when shopping for the right planter or container for your garden:
1. Determine Design Requirements for Your Pots and Containers
Having a good landscaping design is central towards establishing an inviting use of your pots and containers. For those who love the look of contemporary and modern designs, try using metallic containers and planters with clean geometric designs. These days, garden planters come in a beautiful range of finishes to match your decorative needs. So, a fiberglass planter and urn can also take its form with a “metallic” appeal with the right finish chosen such as color akin towards wrought iron or bronze. Those who are more towards classical appeal might consider the use of Tuscan styled urns and Roman garden urns and containers which set an attractive use of your plants and florals amidst the scenery and landscape. Pots and containers come in many attractive sizes and shapes. Mix and match them to create unique focal points for your garden.
2. Choose Containers that are of the Right Size
To make this possible, it is necessary for you to be familiar with the space that will contain the planter or container. Large spaces can of course invite generously sized containers which will hold big leafy plants or wide growing plants but if the space is small, please use reasonably sized containers that do not affect the balance of your space. Also, avoid the use of planting large overbearing plants and foliage in small planters. The perfect container must be able to hold the right amount of container mix needed for your plants and flowers to sustain their nutrition throughout the season until you are ready to repot them.
3. Know the Materials Used for Your Pots and Containers
Oftentimes, the material used in the creation of garden planters and containers can be important factors in nurturing the growth patterns of your plants and flowers. For instance, metal and terracotta planters can tend to dry out a plant during the hot season, making it necessary for frequent watering events while concrete and cement planters can sometimes destroy the growth of plants which thrive on acidic soil such as azaleas and rhododendrons. Wooden planters are great choices but they are prone to rot over time and have to be replaced every few years. Fiberglass containers are inviting solutions since they are lighter for use and tend to retain water better for your plants than metal or terracotta containers.
4. Consider the Drainage of your Pots and Containers
Drainage is important for any gardener looking to encourage healthy root growth and top-growth. Some pots and containers already come with pre-drilled holes for allowing aeration and drainage. As a consideration, make sure your drainage holes in the pots are at least 0.5” in diameter.
5. Know the Shape of Your Container
There are certain pots and containers which truly do well on their own without any plantings. Some of these plants are usually used to add a balance to a quiet corner or set as an accessory for effect such as a centerpiece to the beginning of your courtyard. Do not use containers that come with small openings at the top usually shaped in the form of a vessel or containers which come with narrow bases since they can be easily tipped over with a strong gust of wind. These are not good for healthy plantings since they do not offer aeration and allow even distribution of the water to the roots. Such containers are best used for decorative reasons and can be cleverly coordinated with the other plantings to create a form and texture that is dramatic and appealing.
Container gardening is certainly refreshing since it allows you to vary and create new looks for your garden. You have the choice of experimenting with window box planters to dress your windows or plain garages and even using a container to combine several plantings for ornamental effect. Herb and tulip plantings do beautifully in a shallow planter while a hanging wire basket can spruce off healthy cabbage plantings for all to admire. The potential for creating effects with the range of pots and containers available is simply tremendous and gratifying. What is needed is simply a creative imagination and a knack for making the unusual happen. For those who have a penchant for originality, try devising a container garden that uses unique forms of planters for dramatic effect and set them in areas where you wish them to command attention such as the entrance to a courtyard, deck or even a porch.
Written by Romilla D. for Kaviik’s Accents
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