Prints Charming

HP Photosmart c6380

The first thing you should know is that I'm going to be giving away a pretty awesome prize at the end of this entry. No, it's not an evening with Brad Pitt or a lifetime's supply of cupcakes, but would you really want those either of things anyway? The former would probably be a major disappointment because Brad would just chatter on about Angelina's astounding beauty all the way through your chicken piccata---seriously, how much of a buzzkill would that be?----and the latter would be great for about fourteen minutes, until you realized you couldn't fit into any of your pants anymore. 

A couple of weeks ago, BlogHer asked me if I'd like a free HP Wireless Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer to review. My response to that question was exactly what you'd assume my response to that question would be: a hearty YES MA'AM, possibly accompanied by an awkward little dance of glee. The printer arrived in an enormous box, and promptly sat in my hallway for two weeks, while I cleaned and vacuumed and maneuvered around it and tried to figure out where I could set it up, because did I mention it arrived in an enormous box? I'll tell you again: it arrived in an enormous box. My apartment is wee, you see, and my desk is even wee-er, and for a whole two weeks this flummoxed me: where could I put the printer? It would have to go on my desk, surely? Next to my computer? Because printers always have to go next to computers, right?

Internet, I believe myself to be a moderately intelligent person. I believe myself to have a soupçon of common sense. And yet, I am about to admit to you that apparently I have absolutely no comprehension whatsoever of the word "wireless."  Now brace yourself for this next bit, because this sort of blew my little mind---or at least it did once I'd finally figured it out---but a wireless printer, my friends, HAS NO WIRES. Do you know what this means?. A wireless printer does not have to be plugged into your computer. And this means that a wireless printer does not have to sit next to your computer! A wireless printer can go ANYWHERE IN YOUR HOUSE. I'm sorry for the excessive capitalization and italics, but this concept took me a good few minutes to wrap my head around. And until I could wrap my head around it, all my thoughts appeared in my brain in upper case. 

After that, of course, I went a little hog wild. "We could put it in the kitchen!" I said to Sean. "In one of the closets! Or I know, WE COULD TOTALLY PUT IT IN THE BATHROOM. Imagine if your printer was in the bathroom, right next to your extra toilet rolls! How hilarious would that be?"

In the end, we decided to put the printer in the living room, because that's where we had the extra space. But just knowing that I could have put it, say, on my bedside table if I'd wanted to, gave me a curious sense of freedom. Trust me, this is an absolutely beautiful revelation for those of us who live in small apartments like mine.

So here's the thing: I have never before had my own printer. This has often been something of a handicap, sure, but mainly I have got around it by just trying to avoid ever having to print things. Sean has his printer, so we've always had one in the house, but Sean's printer is ginormous and professional and meant to do special things like print large-format archival-quality photographs and frighten small children, so I've always been a little anticipatory about using it. In fact, if you knew how many boarding passes I'd accidentally printed in full color on horrifically expensive photo paper, you'd be a little anticipatory too.

The HP Wireless Photosmart, however, is a whole lot more user-friendly. And when I say it's user-friendly, this is really just a polite way for me to say that hey, if I can set it up, anyone can set it up. A child could set it up. A one-legged clown could set it up. My cat could set it up. Hell, my cat could set it up if I blindfolded him and only read him the instructions in Shakespearian English. It is, as we say in the United Kingdom, a complete doddle. As a person both technically challenged and easily frustrated, I appreciated that very much.

As printers go, this one is pretty nice-looking; it has a fancy digital display, which I liked, and it's fairly unobtrusive. Sure, it's still a gray printer, there's no getting away from that, but it's not horrendously ugly like so many printers are. And one of my favorite things about it---possibly because I'm so lazy---is you can print from anywhere in the house. Sean and I both installed the software on our own computers, you see, so we can now share access to the printer without either of our machines ever having to be plugged into it. This means, for example, that I can be sitting in the kitchen on my laptop, become seized with the urge to print out a full-color picture of a shirtless Zac Efron the periodic table of elements, press a button, and then walk into the living room to collect my goods. Sean can do the same. Though Sean probably wouldn't be printing out pictures of a shirtless Zac Efron. Um, I mean of the periodic table of elements.

And now here's the part where I somehow manage to work my wedding into this review. What, you didn't think you'd get away with not hearing about my wedding, did you?

In order to test out my new HP printer, I decided to use it for one of my many DIY wedding projects. I have a list a mile long of DIY wedding projects, and top of that list was these amazing photo lanterns from Decor8. (Seriously, go look at them; you'll die.) I'd been putting this project off because I didn't have a) a scanner, or b) a printer I wasn't completely intimidated by, but once I got the HP Wireless Photosmart C6380 All-in-One, all that changed.

Because oh yes, I might have neglected to mention this until now, but that "all-in-one" part? Why, it refers to the scanner and photocopier that are integrated into the printer. That's right, Internet, not only does this little marvel produce excellent quality prints and photos, it also lets you scan and photocopy things all in the same place. And can I just pause for a second and tell you how badass it is to have a photocopier in your living room? It's like living in the future! It's like being beamed into an episode of The Jetsons! AS GOD IS MY WITNESS, I'LL NEVER GO TO KINKO'S AGAIN.

Sean and I set about making the lanterns earlier this week as a collaborative project. Since we're not usually the type to indulge in couple-centric crafts when there's a perfectly good marathon of House Hunters on, it was a slight change to our normal week-night routine, but we had a lot of fun with it. The least fun part was going out to Ikea after work to get the lanterns, of course, but hey, look what we saw in Office Depot when we were buying the vellum! It's my printer! Hello, printer! You're going to make someone very happy indeed!

You can use any design to print onto the vellum, but since we seem to be incorporating a lot of maps into our wedding elements, I decided to scan one of the vintage maps I bought on ebay last week and use that. The scanner worked like a dream---it was probably the most straight-forward scanner I've ever used---and the printer handled the vellum marvelously: the design of the map came out crisp and clear and the colors were completely true to the ones on the screen.

It sounds simple, but I really appreciated having the scanner and the printer in exactly the same place, and being able to flip between the two with the push of a button. And just so the photocopier didn't feel left out, I conducted a little experiment on that too.

Once we'd trimmed the vellum, inserted it behind the glass of the lanterns, and lit the tea lights inside, we had our first DIY wedding project complete.

Don't they look good? I'm really, really pleased with them. Thanks to the great quality of this snazzy little printer and its handy all-in-one set-up, they were honestly a cinch!

So now it's time for the fun part. Would you like your own HP Wireless Photosmart C6380 All-in-One Printer? Because I've got one to give away! And all you have to do is tell me this: Why do you want this wireless printer? What would you use it for?

To enter, leave me a comment below, or answer the question on your own blog and leave your link in the comments. The contest will begin at 12:00 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday, April 22nd, and will end Tuesday, April 28th at 11:59 p.m (PST).  Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct. 

Here are some nitty-gritty rules. You know I'm a stickler for rules!

  • There are to be no duplicate comments. Please only enter once.
  • HOWEVER: You may receive an additional entry into the competition by answering the question on Twitter as well and leaving a link to your Tweet in the comments. You may also receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to U.S. residents. (Sorry, readers in Nepal! I guess shipping would be a bit of a bear.)
  • The winner will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • Once I notify you that you've won, you have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

If you don't get lucky here, head over to the BlogHer page for another chance at winning the same printer. You can also read what five other reviewers thought of it (hint: we were all pretty much on the same page. Ha! Page! Get it? Just a little printer humor for you there.) You can also head to the HP Wireless Printer site for more information.

Full disclosure #1: in case you didn't realize it already, this is a compensated review from BlogHer and HP Wireless Printers. Full disclosure #2: Sean will kill me for revealing this, but when I told him I was going to title this post "Prints Charming"---my other suggestions were "One Day My Prints Will Come" and "Prints Among Men," but neither of those was quite right, as you can probably tell---he said "what about "A Wireless Kiss From Prints Charming"? AND HE WAS SERIOUS.


So! Ready? Got all the fine print? Then let's go! Trust me, you really want this printer. So just tell me why you really want it. What would you use it for?


Apr 22, 2009

Those lanterns! I did die! But then I came back to post this comment so I can be entered into the drawing. I NEED THAT PRINTER SO I CAN MAKE MY OWN LANTERNS.

*makes grabby hands all over the place*

Apr 22, 2009

Love your site.

I think I love the printer now too. I have a mountain of papers that I've been wanting to digitize, and that's definitely what it'd be used for. Those lanterns would also look awesome on my tiny deck, too.

If I win, I promise to name the printer "Jeeves" and only use a British accent when operating it.

Apr 22, 2009

I love the lanterns....I can't wait for the big day, well, mostly just to see pictures of the big day because I know every little detail will be perfect.

You know what I like about this printer...the wires it does NOT possess. So Im thinking if I won it, I could get rid of our big clunky one that is sitting on top of our ghetto file cabinet. And because we'd be tidying up I think I'd get a new desk (because I've been wanting one). And because we live in Japan I've been eyeing some great antique pieces from China. This free give away could end up being expensive, but, you know, sometimes you just need the right motivation to take the plunge.

(Have no fear, we have an FPO address, no international shipping).

Apr 22, 2009

I need that printer so. badly. I have purchased at least 3 all-in-one home office-y printers (none of which are wireless, btw) in the past 2 years and NONE of them have worked out for me.

If I win, the first thing I am going to do is make those lanterns.

Apr 22, 2009

If I really wanted to win, I would tell you a tale of woe in which one single-function printer is shared between two people who pass the USB cord back and forth like they're in the Stone Age or something. And of how they actually tried to remedy the situation by purchasing a print server product, which culminated in high-volume swears, recriminations, and a hasty trip to the Returns & Exchanges counter.

And I do want to win, so there you have it: the above is entirely true. Not only would I rejoice to no longer have to lamely pass the USB cable back and forth, but I would love to get the darn thing off my desktop and into the office closet, which even has a power outlet. It was meant to be!

Apr 22, 2009

Oh, for the love of craftiness, those lamps are AMAZING. Seriously, I would like--nay, love--to make those lamps. (And be able to print out color copies for presentations and such. ahem.) My free printer from Dell is a complete scam--I haven't used it in at least a year because it's just that horrible, plus the ink is super expensive. Pick me!

Apr 22, 2009

LOVE the lanterns. Very clever. Sadly, I doubt I'd be doing such clever things with this printer, but I can imagine a far more organized and pretty looking life with the piles that would disappear, and the nice things I'd print to enjoy looking at around the house.

Apr 22, 2009

I need a printer for general printer purposes (boarding passes, mapquest directions, recipes, pictures of my friends' babies so that when they come over they aren't mad that I haven't printed them out and put them on my fridge), but, I also now want to make the lanterns! So very, very pretty.

Apr 22, 2009

Those lanterns are amazing! And to know that the printer pulled you away from House Hunters made me realize that your new printer friend and I could be fast friends.

My current (wires all over the place) printer is wedged into the bottom of our makeshift computer desk and is a little broken. It still works (sort of) but the little door that holds all of the moving parts in, broke off and is now dangling in place with the help of a rolled up piece of (wait for it) sandpaper. Though the printer would probably be used most often to print off Maya and Miguel (PBS Kids TV show) coloring pages, I wouldn't have to make my six year old shove her arm in the back of our cabinet to retrieve them. I could put the printer elsewhere. What a novel idea HP!

Thanks for the contest and honestly I can't wait to hear more about your wedding, and see more wedding DIY!

Apr 22, 2009

Those lanterns are BEAUTIFUL, first of all!

I, like you, am printer-less, but UNLIKE you, am entirely printer-less, as my boyfriend doesn't have one either. This means either Kinko's or printing things at work (which, full disclosure, does make things difficult if you are, say, er.... printing a resume. Just kidding, current employer! This isn't Chelsea, my name is... Johanna!). If I had this at home, I'd use it for that aforementioned stuff Johanna is doing in terms of looking for a new job, but also writing. I got my bachelor's in playwriting, and have pretty much let that entirely fall by the wayside. One thing that has helped is two weeks ago I finally got a computer. If I had a printer, I'd have no excuse to not write again. Other than television (kidding).

Apr 22, 2009

I would use it ...for Peace on Earth... and the good of all mankind.
My Daughter and Son are both getting married next year... I am sure I could use it for that too..
Fingers Crossed !!

Apr 22, 2009

I totally need a wireless printer because I just replaced my windows laptop, which died a terrible death recently, with a macbook (loving the "dark side")and can no longer print to the networked printer attached to the windows desktop computer. Plus, I've always wanted a scanner.

I do love hearing about your wedding planning. Your lanterns are brilliant.

Apr 22, 2009

Oooh, this printer would make my life so much simpler. I too live in a tiny apartment and have held out on buying a printer partly to save space. But I already know right where I'd put this printer! And, if I won it, working from home would become approximately one zillion times more productive. Just picture me at my office the day before a work from home day, trying to think through every possible little thing I'll need in paper form so I can print it in advance, and you'll agree: must... have... HP Wireless Photosmart.

Apr 22, 2009

Those lanterns are gorgeous!

I need that printer because I've been working on scanning all my parents' photos and my current all-in-one is not so great. Any by "not so great," I mean the scanner is absolute crap! Family photos deserve a nice scanner. :)

Apr 22, 2009

lovely giveaway... i totally need this printer so my hubs and i can photocopy our bums in the living room!

Apr 22, 2009

Like you I have a small place, and the fact that I can put the printer in the bathroom is AWSOME!

But, seriously (not, I totally want the printer in the bathroom - the possibilities are endless), I want to star doign some DYI projects and this sounds like a dream to have.

Pick me! Pick me!

Apr 22, 2009

I've been shopping around for a wireless printer to have downstairs, which is where I spend most of my time with the laptop and my baby. This comes at a perfect time!

Best of luck on the wedding. :)

Apr 22, 2009

I love photography and if I had this photo printer I could do so much more!!!

I love your site--and ahh love hearing about the wedding! Those lanterns are adorable and I must get to Ikea Asap-- I would love to make these for my patio!!! ADORABLE!

Thanks, Kaylea

Apr 22, 2009

Ooh, I've been craving one of these for medical school. I would love to print photo-quality projects for general crafty fun purposes--I am big on homemade, personalized greeting cards, but only if I can make them look professional-quality--but the real fun would be being able to scan handouts, photocopy things for groups, and create and print out color anatomy study guides. Which makes me question my choices in life to date. Regardless... :)

Apr 22, 2009

I need to get this printer to give to my boyfriend, who has always said he needs an all-in-one printer but never manages to get said printer, such that every time I need to print something at his place, I have to take his old printer out of the closet and hook it up to use it. THIS IS RIDICULOUS.

PS Holly, dear, why does your commenting thingy always make me enter a website to post, even though it is supposedly not required?

Apr 22, 2009

I'd use this to help grow my own photo business...seriously, I have no printer and have to order everything. And that really sucks.

Apr 22, 2009

I am a graphic design student and would love to have a scanner/printer/copier at home instead of always having to wait in long lines at school to especially scan and copy stuff.

Apr 22, 2009

Because I don't have a printer AT ALL and have to resort to sneaking in personal print jobs on the office computer.... this would be most handy. And would take the sting out of my ink sodden invitation envelopes, by producing beautiful new wedding projects.

Apr 22, 2009

WOW. Those lanterns... you are right... I could just DIE. I love maps. I am completely obsessed with maps. I would use the printer to print some maps and aerial photographs of the earth (you know, the ones that are so bizarre that they don't even look like the earth - like rivers and quarries and patchworks of farmland) and frame them and hang them all over my condo! I would also use the scanner to scan all of my old photographs so I can dispose of the originals (no space for storage in my teeny tiny condo).

She Likes Purple
Apr 22, 2009

Admittedly, I would use it primarily for printing baby pictures. Not my own baby pictures but my kid's. So ... there's my lame parent answer.

Apr 22, 2009

Holly, thanks so much for the chance to win such an awesome prize! I would use this printer-o-awesomeness for the MANY projects I keep saying I will get to -- when I get a printer!

Love the lanterns, btw.

Apr 22, 2009

I will use it to promote world peace. And also to print lots of photos of my little girl.

Apr 22, 2009

I would like for the same reason as Beth. I only have a B&W printer and have to sneak color prints at work. Love the lanterns!

Abby B.
Apr 22, 2009

I would use this so I could kick my current printer to the curb, once and for all. Maybe quite literally. I, too, am working on wedding DIY things (and, um, not to be a copycat, but I'm totally doing those lanterns) and my current printer is a pain to use. It's ridiculous how many pieces of paper it's eaten. Maybe it has a bit of a personality disorder, and believes itself to be a paper shredder? I don't know. But this would be absolutely perfect!

Apr 22, 2009

Crafty things I would do with a printer like that:
1) Make better stencils
2) Use the scanner/copier to reproduce my favorite photo of an elephant, which I would use cover my boyfriend's extremely late Christmas present (a DIY cookbook with family recipes).
3) Scan in the family recipes I collected, so I can distribute them to my cousins in my Grandmother's handwriting.
4) Totally copy your lantern project.
5) Finish my switchplate cover project.
6) A billion others!
7) And it's wireless, so my roommate and I could BOTH use it without having to go plug in the laptops!

Apr 22, 2009

I have this and I love it too but I didn't know I could print vellum!! Looks like I have to think up some kind of vellum project this week... hmmm!

Apr 22, 2009

I'm sure that all of my school and crafty projects would benefit from better quality prints!

Apr 22, 2009

This is amazing! I really need this, since I currently print everything at work, and since I'm a teacher, I got a pink slip and might lose my job---where will I print my recipes and articles?! WHERE? Losing the printer might be more devastating than losing my income! See? You could ease the pain of me being unemployed. Please help ;)

Apr 22, 2009

If I weren't forbidden by BlogHer employment to enter this contest, I totally would. Great job on the review. You have me ready to go out and actually SPEND MONEY. On a PRINTER. Instead of SHOES. That's a serious feat to accomplish, Holly.

(Ha, get it? Feat? Feet? Haaaaa!)

Apr 22, 2009

This past Valentine's Day is the reason why I need this printer. You see, I had taken on two photo based projects for the people in my life - completing a scrapbook I started for my boyfriend two years ago and never finished, and giving a nice photo of me with each of my nieces and nephews in cutesy little red and pink frames I found at Target. Except, the first CVS I sent the pictures to lost them, and claimed to have never received the order. The next CVS I went to did indeed print them, but gave them away to another customer who later found my cell phone number on the receipt and called a million times to offer the option of coming to pick up the pictures at the stranger's house. When I finally did track down my photos, they were green. As in a horrible, ugly, greenish tint was cast all over the kids' otherwise cute baby pictures and they were all completely unworthy of being framed or scrapbooked. And that is why I need this printer, you see, so that no Valentine's Day will ever again end in a fit of rage and late gifts. So, pretty please?

Apr 22, 2009

Those lanterns are beautiful!

I too am printerless-- I do most of my printing courtesy of my office (thanks guys). But a scanner would be dreamy-- I'm falling back in love with film but I don't have a way share these pics on flickr. This would solve that problem.

Apr 22, 2009

I want this because there are NO wires! Yes! I have far too many wires. I'd use it to print all sorts of things...

Apr 22, 2009

I would use it to print out pictures from my semester abroad (TWO years ago, nothing like waiting forever for these pictures). And for printing out all of the recipes I find online instead of having all these bookmarks that I'll never go through.

Apr 22, 2009

Ooh! I would use it to print pictures of my nieces and nephew who live overseas. The world does not have enough pictures of their adorable faces.

Apr 22, 2009

I need this WIRELESS (freedom) printer because...I killed my beautiful Mac laptop and am existing solely on a mac mini that is attached to my tv. I need a printer that does not need to be right by my tv because there is no room beside (or under or over or around or in the near vicinity) my tv for anything, especially a printer.

Apr 22, 2009

I would really be grateful to have this printer for the scanning capabilities. My mom recently sold our family home after my dad died (it's 7 acres in the country in rural Wisconsin and she sadly just couldn't maintain it on her own anymore.)

Since she had to move to a much smaller home, she divided up all of our family photos amongst my brother and I (including grade school report cards, art projects from school and the likes.)

Since many of these photos contain my dad through various stages of their (and our) lives together, I would like to be able to scan these photos and provide her with a digital copy of them. That way she can still have these memories to keep for herself as well as providing them in a much smaller, managable way.

Apr 22, 2009

I would use it to print out pictures of my children. We have taken thousands (tens of thousands!) of them, but they're all online. Just this week I had to scramble around and order some prints online because my daughter's school is having a birthday event for her to which we were supposed to bring pictures from each year of her life, and I HAD NONE. Bad, bad mama!

Apr 22, 2009

Wireless, to print from the laptop in the living room to the printer in the office?!?! That EXISTS?!?!

I would use it to print pictures to frame and hang in my new apartment. Finally! Something on the walls!

And- oh- maybe it would print out resumes without folding the paper up in the process. One can only hope-

Apr 22, 2009

I've been married for 3 years this May, and I still haven't printed my wedding photos. With this printer, I could print all the pictures WITHOUT LEAVING MY LIVING ROOM!

Apr 22, 2009

I need this printer. I NEED it. I've got about 4,000 photos of my one-year-old's first year of life, and I'd love to be able to print them at home.

Apr 22, 2009

Well, I am getting married in August which is now 3 months and a few days away (resisted capital letters)! I too have a mountain of things that require printing. I would love to enter the world of wireless becuase we have to do some very intense manuvering to print from one computer or the other. Would love to have this!!

Apr 22, 2009

Wow! Those lanterns look awesome. Nice work. :)

I really really want this printer because not only am I an aspiring novelist who needs to print hard copies of my writing, I'm also a graphic designer. I think my need there is understood. PLUS, I have a Mac desktop and my husband has a PC laptop, so not having to fumble with wires every time he wants to print something (and messing up the order on my desk) would make life SO much easier! Also, we've been in Mexico for two years and the printer we have is coated with a fine layer of dust (no screens) that makes our prints a little less than clear.

Thanks for the contest Holly!

Apr 22, 2009

I NEED this printer because I have tons of old photos that are just sitting in boxes. I'd love to be able to scan and back them up onto neatly organized CD's. Also, being able to scan an post fun old pics on the internet would be a kick!

Apr 22, 2009

'Alo! Okay, so I love your blog, read it religiously, but have never commented. Kudos on pulling me out from under the rug! :-) Hmm, let's see, I would use this whiz-bang printer this fall when I head off to grad school (gasp, homework, what?), seeing as I have to buy a printer anyway, because I too do not have a printer at home. Tragic.

Apr 22, 2009

Oh, I would LOVE this printer because, like you, I have no printer at this point in my life. In addition, if I won this printer, I promise to use it to scan in horrendously embarassing photos of myself in my pre-teen days, as inspired by some of your previous posts.

Also, the lanterns? Gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. I can't wait to see all your details together! (I am a sucker for weddings. Do not mind wedding talk AT ALL.)

Apr 22, 2009

Sweetness! I could surely use this printer as I don't have one and really need one to print my travel photos as well as photos that I want to sell on Etsy. What, what? Wireless? Dibs!

Apr 22, 2009

While I have a house, it is tiny, and my laptop lives on the coffee table. I'd love to be able to print the odd boarding pass, photos I've been meaning to archive and letters for my crazy boss.

the paper doll
Apr 22, 2009

I just got accepted to grad school and I'm thinking I might need a printer. Something about having to write papers?

And of course I need to scan in bad pictures of me from the 80's so I have something to blog about.

Plus, I'm not sure about this whole wireless thing. I really just need to see for myself.

Apr 22, 2009

I would like this printer because we've never had one at our apartment. My husband recently starting commuting to a client in Detroit so I'm sure he'd use it to print a whole lot of boarding passes. Plus I would use it for all the person stuff I currently just print at work.

Great giveaway!

Apr 22, 2009

Ok well I will say that the main reason I want this is because my existing scanner and printer are not compatible with Vista. Which just so happens to be what is on the computer my husband uses now. And he's a graphic designer. And he NEEDS a scanner so that the wonderful illustrations can be scanned into photoshop and then imported into Illustrator to make his wonderful awesome designs.

So this is why I would like this. Plus that's some darn good printing on vellum. And who doesn't love vellum?

Apr 22, 2009

I am 9 days away from moving into my FIRST! VERY! OWN! apartment (previously always lived with roommates). Which means FINALLY, I get to decorate however I wish.

I have a HUGE folder of images and textual art that I need to print and then mat with ikea frames.

oh please please please!

btt - longtime reader, very RARE commenter, will try to be better about that.

Apr 22, 2009

I would love a wireless printer for a multitude of reasons. Shall we do a list?!
* I'm moving into a Chicago apartment soon (which will most likely not appear on Apartment Therapy, so take my word for it when I say that it is a wee apartment!).
* My boyfriend and I, due to previously mentioned wee apartment, would love to be able to take advantage of the wireless printer so that we could lovingly place the printer somewhere else besides on the computer desk.
* Oh wait, we don't have a computer desk! Hence, the need for a wireless computer that we can place on top of the fish tank (or somewhere like that).
* And, our apartment already has TOO MANY WIRES. In my humble opinion, this is related to the fact that we have too many gaming systems hooked up to the TV. (I'm not sure if boyfriend feels this way...so, if I win, I won't mention that reason to him!)

Anyway, would love to win! Thanks for the chance. I love your blog, just found it recently, and am now delurking for a random chance to get a beautiful new wireless printer. What a day. ;)

Apr 22, 2009

OK I haven't posted since you were in Banff but now that I can win something! And something we can't afford to buy! I've started my own business, bit of necessity and bit of always wanted to. The only room in the house to put my office is the living room. And well, there isn't room for a printer because, you guessed it - the wires.

I have an old printer but actually using it requires a bit of gymnastics. NEVER thought about a wireless one. Haven't seen one actually. It's bad for my heart to go into computer stores right now as I can't afford to buy anything new until my cash flow improves.


Speedy Canizales
Apr 22, 2009

My husband is working on a photo project, where we are printing out our favorite photos, framing them, and mounting them on the wall. The frames we are using are all different, and the effect is a giant photo puzzle on the wall with the different frame colors, textures and sizes. The HP printer would come in really handy, as we are using Target's self-serve photo booth to print out the pictures. 90% of the time there are clueless people in front us who have never printed out pictures before and have 2,000 photos to print. We love Target don't want to wait so usually we nix the idea of printing out our pictures and coming back another day. Because we don't have a printer at home this project has gone on forever (okay, three months).

Having a photo printer would change my life Holly!

Suzanne Armstrong
Apr 22, 2009

I am working on a new cookbook... and that would be so awesome to have that! My current HP all-in-one does ok... but my scanner has developed some fogging from sitting in storage last spring. This would really help out with tons of stuff!

btw... love the lantern project!

Apr 22, 2009

Wow do I want that spiffy printer! Also, I'm really excited about trying that printer-in-the-bathroom idea. And what would I use it for? What wouldn't I use it for! I haven't had a printer for a while here and I've been having to go to school to use their crappy printer that never seems to work. This would save my life when it comes to printing the last-minute boarding pass or trip itinerary. Not to mention pictures! Lots and lots of pictures for scrapbooking.

Karen Gillmore
Apr 22, 2009

I'd use the printer to actually print some of the photos I take and not just store them all on the computer!

Apr 22, 2009

I would use that printer to finally have some actual hold-in-my-hand prints of the fiftymagillion digital pictures I have of my daughter. I might even then frame some and put them on the walls but that might be getting too crazy.

Apr 22, 2009

I need this printer because I have a ton of nondigital and digital pictures that I need to print out. And I am technology challenged and need something simple.

Apr 22, 2009

Holly - your wedding theme/decor is simply fabulous. I love it.

I would love this printer because I could scan, and then publish on my blog, embarrassing photos of myself taken before everything went digital. Not that I've ever done anything THAT embarrassing...or maybe I have! You won't know unless I win!

Apr 22, 2009

I'm an amateur photographer, and I shoot mostly for my own enjoyment. I have an empty wall in my apartment that I would love to decorate with my own photos, and this printer would be perfect for that.

Apr 22, 2009

I have a new nephew, who in my opnion (TOTALLY unbiased, of coursed) is the cutest baby ever. Needless to say, the amount of photos now stored on my computer has greatly increased (I even had to buy extra storage) but I have no way to print them out. Plus...the wireless capability would be AWESOME seeing as a live in a dinky little studio apartment with no room for a "desk." I really MAY need to put any printer I get in the bathroom... ;)

(By the way...I LOVE the lanterns!)

Apr 22, 2009

wow, Holly, I love your lanterns - well done you! I'm so impressed.

I've never had a printer either, so I'm throwing my hat in the ring. Of course I'd like to say that I'm going to make all sorts of crafty DIY projects for my wedding, just like you, but that doesn't really apply b/c I'm, um, not getting married. In fact, I'm unemployed right now! Woo.

So I'll say instead that I'll use to to amuse myself during my hours of unemployment, scan some old photos, print out my million pics from my SE Asia trip... oh and maybe print out a few resumes.


FunnyGal KAT
Apr 22, 2009

Alas, I have no wedding projects to print (because my wedding came and went more than a year ago), but this printer would help fulfill my vow to never buy an invitation or thank you note again. Homemade ones are so much cuter.

Apr 22, 2009

My trusty printer is dying a slow, sad, streaky death, to the point where my husband can no longer use it to print assignments for the class he teaches. Therefore, this nifty little machine would save us from streaky text (and save me from hearing him complain about the printer every. freaking. week.). It would be so nice to be able to print his work stuff and my work stuff and the minutes for the volunteer naturalists group that I am in at home without them looking like someone smeared the ink with a wet paintbrush!

And those lanterns? PURE LOVE. Those are so great :D

Apr 22, 2009

First off: those lanterns are AWESOME.

Secondly: I could totally use this printer because right now (for the past year) my desk is in our living room. I keep my 'office' in the living room because, well, I have a toddler and this way I can (sort of) do work while keeping an eye on her while she plays. And our printer is downstairs, hooked up to our old desktop that we only keep turned on BECAUSE it has the printer connected to it. But the problem arises when the old desktop decides to be Old and Stupid and freeze when I try to print and oh geez having a slick wireless on would just be awesome.

Apr 22, 2009

I would love nothing more to own this printer. I could dream about projects all day!

Apr 22, 2009

I will tweet to the whole world how much I want this printer! http://twitter.com/katiebug66

Apr 22, 2009

The lanterns are fantastic. I have a cherry tree in my backyard that is begging for something exactly like those! Oh the garden party I could throw.

I too am printer less. Yes, we have a behemoth in our house but we are a Mac vs. PC house. The PC is currently winning. To print i have to e-mail the document to the husband. Scan! Copy! How I love the!

Tami Alvord
Apr 22, 2009

I'm starting school next week and going to school requires tons and tons and tons of paper with school related stuff printed on them. In a few words: I NEED THAT PRINTER VERY BAD. Thanks for the chance!

Heather's Garden
Apr 22, 2009

Oh this would save my life for 2 reasons!

1.) My current printer is crap. It’s a Lexmark and just like the last Lexmark I owned, the feeder started to malfunction after about a month and now I have to hand force each piece of paper about 2 inches into the printer EVERY SINGLE TIME I PRINT!

2.) The piece of crap printer is connected to a desktop computer with a wireless usb adapter that seems to want to go down EVERY SINGLE DAY. Each time I want to print or scan I have to go in and restart the computer and pray that it will connect to the internet and thus my home network.

Save me Wireless HP Photosmart C6380 All-in-One!

Apr 22, 2009

Ooooh my goodness!! This is fabulous! I would use this for printing out the book I'm (attempting) to write, or stencils for craftiness I don't have, or photos that have never seen paper (read: all photos taken since 2003).


Apr 22, 2009

This printer/scanner/copier sounds pretty amazing. I'd love this wireless printer because like you I live in a small place and it would be handy to be able to put it wherever I have space. And the scanner part would be awesome because then I could scan my old photos. But, the main reason is I don't have a printer and while it hasn't been too big of a deal (yet), it would be pretty nice knowing I could print something if I needed to.

Apr 22, 2009

yes please to the nice printer.
our printer is about 15 years old and while it still works (black and white only of course) it really belongs in a museum.
i want to make lanterns too!

Apr 22, 2009

Oh I'd print out beautiful pictures of my children. Or something like that.

Apr 22, 2009

I've been pining after wireless printers for ages, and this one seems perfect. I'd use it to print all of those recipes I keep meaning to try but feel awkward reading off my computer screen with flour-covered fingers.

Apr 22, 2009

I would use it in my apartment. My roommate and I both have bulky printers that take up too much space. And for a wireless, small one. OMG YES PLEASE!

Apr 22, 2009

I’m always running late, so having a wireless printer would be much faster/wonderful/horribly enabling when I’m trying to print from my laptop and then bolt out the door to class. Also, no cables to run over with my desk chair...

Lab-quality photos = <3 -- I have SO many projects lined up, and given that I'm running on a super-tight budget, I'd love to be able to handle them myself instead of using a print company. Love the lanterns -- great mother's day gift!

Apr 22, 2009

I love those lanterns.

I need this printer so I can further stoke my daughter's enthusiasm for photography. If she can immediately download and print her photographs, she will go ape!

Apr 22, 2009

I would love to have this printer- it sounds amazing! I find myself scanning a lot of things, namely ads offensive to women to send in to my favorite website, about-face.org to put on their List of Offenders.

But really, it's amazing how much I scan, copy, print, etc. This wireless business would make my life COMPLETE! :)

Thanks so much for your awesome blog and this awesome contest!

Apr 22, 2009

Ooh, need this!!! Right now our printer IS in a closet, but it's not wireless. So, everytime we need to print something, we lug it out, plug it in to the computer... you get the picture. This printer would increase the quality of my life, and that is why I need it:)

Apr 22, 2009

Well, we home school my 5 yo daughter, and our old printer is going to crap, which is a problem for some pretty obvious reasons! Between everything else going on right now, buying a new one is unfortunately not at the top of our list either.

As a bonus, if chosen, I will reciprocate by sending you some of her magnificent colorings, printed courtesy of the wonderful new printer!

Sarah Pearse
Apr 22, 2009

I just returned from a wedding in Boca Grande, FL and I was overwhelmed by the "little details" that made the event perfect-the combination of textures and fonts and touches.

I've decided to make an album of all of the weddings I've been to-I've kept all of the invitations, but I'll need to print photos/textures etc to make the album perfect.

It will be a record of the fabric of the parties I've attended. I'll include dinner parties too as well as baby showers I've thrown etc.

I want that printer!

Belly Girl
Apr 22, 2009

Wow, that was a hell of a review. So rarely do I drool over electronics. There are OH so many reasons that I want/need/desire/covet this dandy piece of equipment. Ready:
1. My husband (who works full time and also watches our rugrat one day a week by himself) is a full time student. Unfortunately for him, we live in the middle of freakin nowhere and any place that scans, prints, copies is at least 30 minutes away. This makes it very hard for him to print the ridiculously long papers he has to write for his accounting degree (huh? papers for an accounting degree? I don't get it either). We do have a printer at home, which brings me to #...
2. Our printer hates us. We hit print and it thinks. For a long time. You know, contemplating the things that printers contemplate. Then it starts to whir a little....then stuff starts moving, all herky jerky and it pulls the paper in a little, spits it out, brings it back in (such a tease!) and then ultimately kinda shutters and stops working.
#3. I have a bit of an (cheap) art fetish, and our house is full of weirdo framed prints and pieces collected from flea markets and garage sales. The other day someone asked me why I don't have any pictures of my family up. Hmm. Clever idea. I need that freakin printer so I can actually print some of the eleventy zillion pictures I have of my son and husband.
#4. I want it so bad I'm willing to twitter about it and send another bunch of people here to try to take this sweet succulent prize away from me.

Apr 22, 2009

I don't have a printer! I NEED a printer! All the pictures I keep taking that just sit on my hard drive, well they need to be sitting on my desk, waiting for a frame.