Feb. 19th, 2008 03:23 pm
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default) - a cool little alternative to eBay, now that eBay increased its bottom-feeding behavior.

And it's not even blocked by my workplace. (Dangerous times, heh).

"What is is both a free web store builder and a free online marketplace. Sellers can easily create their own free online store in minutes. Buyers can easily browse and compare between thousands of products.

Sellers receive free website hosting, a free subdomain and a powerful admin tool to manage their free online stores. All products are posted to the world's most famous product search engine as well."

So far, close to 9000 sellers have been reported leaving eBay due to their recent policy changes demise. I'm sure they will continue to do so as we speak. Many have gone to eCrater and even more to (according to CNN:
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
There was a new shop at the ren fair - Greentree Weaving.
Their hand-woven cotton fabrics are gorgeous.

They weave magical fabric with an enchanted loom...
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default) (I want an inexpensive replica of the pendant in the second photo from the top).

Edit: Found on eBay for 20 bucks,

So the Ephesians (and Minoans) used bee imagery. Ephesian goddess was Artemis the Huntress (Roman counterpart was Diana) who had bee priestesses attending her.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Oh dear.

"The Executioner", billed as the latest in 'Bug Zap Fun", is an electrified racket that one supposedly uses to vanquish biting insects. However, I don't think that's the only use its creators had in mind. In the upper left corner of the page is a media player (it takes a couple of minutes for it to finish loading). Click that to hear their blurb.

Hint - No bugs are zapped in the entire ad, and there's a lot of screaming. To my utter shame, I thought it was hilarious.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Finally, someone who knows how to make Genmaicha the way I like it. I'd had Genmaicha about 10 years ago - it is green tea (plain) mixed with roasted, popped rice. The rice gives a roasted taste to the green tea. Anyway, every tea billed as "Genmaicha" that I'd tried since that first time just didn't taste right - they would add a flower or fruit flavoring that would ruin the whole thing. I just wanted plain green tea and popped rice - and that's it. Unfortunately, these guys don't have online ordering yet but I can phone in an order.

"Kyoto green tea leaves are blended with popped and roasted rice, to make this a brothy infusion with a unique appeal."

Wonderful stuff. The rest of their offerings aren't bad either. We brought home a variety of tea and spices when we were there in November, and they're all very good.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Natural Zing raw Cacao beans and nibs - all you could ever want... (ordering now).
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
The area has been overrun by some sort of strange Alien Task Force whose prime directive is to obtain a hefty sample of items manufactured by humans. The roads abound with these odd creatures of questionable driving ability, and parking spaces are overflowing with their getaway cars. Maybe if I masquerade as one of the Task Force, I can venture outdoors without being stuffed into a sample bag. But what if I'm recognized?? I must be very careful...
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
We're getting a Bat House!! Yay!

They say one bat can consume up to 1200 mosquitoes in an hour. Most of these bat houses can support a good number of bats - the low-end one supports 12, and the deluxe model supports 600 bats.

I could probably do this more cheaply at Amazon by getting a bat house kit:
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
We spent the weekend in Pennsylvania visiting some friends, and went antiquing at an antique mall - it wasn't really a mall so much as an old stone and heavy beam structure with many creepy rooms and even creepier vendors in it, which is exactly what an antique row should look like. A lot of the vendors seemed to be absent from their booths. Maybe they had died and nobody ever told the ones who were left about it. The ones who were there were about as tattered and old as their wares, and were yacking with each other about very weird subjects which are native to old and tattered antique vendors. There were myriad archaic implements (for example a huge, rusty scythe, which probably belonged to Death at one point). There were also a variety of uberly creepy, haunted dolls, clowns, marionettes, and thumb puppets that I would have liked to buy, but I really don't have room for them... so I just enjoyed looking.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
Today we went to the thrift shop to drop off a TV and microwave. Since we were there already, we decided to take a look around. I got a dinner set for two (well not entirely matched, but almost). The set consists of 2 glasses, 2 bowls, 2 dinner plates, 2 side plates, and 2 each of knives, forks, and spoons. Not bad for ten bucks... I also found a CD by a celtic band called Lunasa (consists of instrumental celtic background music). [ profile] rialian found some shirts, some of which are pretty nice, and one of which is an, ahm, uniquely patterned creation...

Then as we were about to check out, I saw a little blue mountain bike in seemingly great condition for $34. All bikes were half price, which reduced the price, after taxes, to about $18. I picked it up... I really was not expecting to buy a bicycle today, but I did. So now I have a bike that's short enough for me to ride, and it's a girl's bike (the main reasons I never rode Eyovah's bike before it was stolen). We put it inside since we're pretty sure there's a ring of bike thieves posing as handyman types in the general DC area - but it's small enough not to really take up that much room so I can clear out some space in the utility closet for it.

After that we went to Brookside gardens and traipsed around the place, learning various botanical names. The sun was bright and it was kind of cold, but very nice. Among many other things, we encountered three gazebos, a stone labyrinth that we walked, many trees and shrubs including 2 bald cypruses, 3 ponds, a large bird made out of rusty motorcycle parts, and a couple of fountains... (which one of these objects doesn't match the others?)... The bird was actually for sale ($4,000.00 - too bad since it was very nifty).

After that we went to Conscious Corner shopping center to eat at Great Sage and shop a little at Roots. Unfortunately we think they used soy to fry the potatoes, because [ profile] rialian had to go home and sleep shortly after that. When he wakes up, we're going to our friend's house for a to watch a video on string theory.


Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:48 pm
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I need me an Avenging Unicorn Playset...

And a Mothra!

And a Marie Antoinette with Launching Head Action!

So ok, maybe not a Marie Antoinette with Launching Head Action.

Nonetheless, Entertainment Earth is a very dangerous place...
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
One thing that really bugs me is when I go miles out of my way to a store that carried something I really like, only to find that they've run out of it or don't carry it at all anymore. Just last Saturday we went all the way to Roots at the Conscious Corner shopping center (yes, there really is such a place, and we really do drive for an hour to get there). One of the reasons we took the trip was to find Larry's Cool Beans Sumatra Blend Shade Grown Fair Trade Coffee for reasons only another coffee nut would understand.

When we got there, we found the Cool Beans section, only to find to our disappointment that Roots had run out of Larry's Cool Beans Sumatra Blend Shade Grown Fair Trade Coffee (LCBSBSGFTC) and had not yet restocked.

AGGGGGHHH! Yet another instance of a store restocking every OTHER blend except the one I want. The last time this happened, everyone ran out of Dagoba Xocolatl Organic Hot Chocolate with Chilies and Cinnamon. Someone told "Them" that we really liked it, so "They" suddenly made it disappear from ALL shelves everywhere, no matter what store we went to. Even the Great Sage restaurant didn't serve it anymore.

Then I remembered what I already knew... I think [ profile] amberite had a lot to do with my enlightenment about 3 years ago when she showed me It was then that I realized once and for all that I can get just about anything I want on the Net. I searched and immediately found and bought two bags of LCBSBSGFTC for myself and two for my brother. Xocolatl is available from
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
According to , these are the proper dates in January to give Chocolates:

New Year's Day: January 1st (we had for new years)...
National English Toffee Day: January 8th 2006
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Third Monday in January 2006
Chinese New Year: January 29th 2006

"National English Toffee Day"??!

How come we can't have cool holidays like that?

Maybe we could have National Dagoba Eclipse 87% Dark Day or something.
helen99: A windswept tree against a starlit sky (Default)
I just found the cafepress bumper sticker store, a very frightening place...

These were my favorites... Now to pick the one that will be the Third Bumper Sticker on poor Lyra...


Update: I deleted my bumpersticker directory by mistake. Wah. Anyway, I decided on "If all else fails, stop using all else"...

Update: I found the bumpersticker directory! Yay!

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