Shiny new Zazzle store

About a week ago, I finally started a store at Zazzle that’s dedicated to text-based designs. This was prompted by drivers being assholes toward cyclists in my hometown:

Side note, while I was making car-shaming stickers, I made another one because of a tweet I saw from an actor I follow on Twitter, in which he complained about assholes throwing garbage out their car windows in his hometown:

…and he retweeted it. Cool!

Anyway, I’ve also been making some stuff with quotes I like (that are out of copyright),

some store swag (which I think looks pretty awesome),

and latest, a bunch of quasi-Art Deco-style business & profile cards that might be my favorites.


I also set up a Pinterest account just for my various Zazzle stuff – check it out at!


Back to the Zazzle

At long last (half a year or so), I’m back to updating my Zazzle site. I’ve added a few dozen new items to my photography gallery, which are still in the process of going live; I have all the templates set up to play catch-up at Les ร‰toiles, as well. Since I was last there, Zazzle has retired a few product lines, brought one back (gel mousepads, which I now get to remake), and added quite a lot of new ones, some of them pretty strange. Like this:

Perspective Flask

…Yep, that’s a flask. I’m a bit surprised that they believe demand for flasks is high enough to warrant setting up the process & stocking them, but it’s providing me some comic relief, at any rate. ๐Ÿ˜€ The image is one I call “Perspective,” which was from a college photography assignment to find an alternative sort of ‘landscape.’ Now I’m re-purposing it as a pun…it is a bottle of ‘different perspective,’ you know. Weird image for a weird item. ๐Ÿ˜›

Zazzle has also added a really nice-looking pewter snowflake ornament, which would have been nice to notice before Christmas came and went, but oh well. Here’s one:

Elephant Leaf Ornament

They also finally have double-sided keychains (it always seemed strange to me that the only keychains they sold were one-sided, when every gift shop I’ve been in always has some kind of clear plastic ones with the image on both sides). And they have the greatest-looking pocket journals, which let you choose what style of page rule to use, including dot grid! And I can add design-y stuff to the inside covers! Favorite new item, definitely, even though I’ve not seen it personally.

Flight JournalFlight Journal
Flight Journal

This update seems to be in a silly mood

Arestelle, you’ve disappeared again! Are you there? where did you go? …helllooo? (crickets)

I hear you asking this, don’t try to hide it. The echoes are still ringing over here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve been playing with websites and my camera; I’ll post a few photos soon enough–had a little fun with light trails and want to go try a few more shots soon. But first, a little update.

I’ve continued to work on my Zazzle gallery. Now, in addition to the newish Facebook page and Twitter account, I have a really brand-new photography blog (mainly for images and updates from my galleries–playtime/everyday photos will come here first, still, mostly). I think it looks pretty snazzy! (…though I will, being me, play with the design & header image some before I decide whether to keep it as is.) And I’m pretty excited about all the likes my Lightscape II got already!

On the gallery itself, I’ve published a line of those notebooks I was talking about. (Please post a link if you see a review of these from a pen geek – I’m really curious about them!) I have also created (drumroll) image-by-image navigation within the categories. So now, when you find yourself in a category, say, Animals, that has several photographs in it on many different products, you can easily look through previews of all the photos therein and click the one you like. You’ll be whisked off to see just the products that contain that photo! Go ahead, try it! Before, you found yourself facing a jumbled heap of everything on all the photos. yikes. much better now.

Whew, that’s all I can remember. The navigation thing took a lot of the time I’ve been MIA. I’m still on Twitter all the time, though (thanks, boring office job), so if you wanna see what I’m up to when I haven’t put a new post up here, look for me there. Faisez attention, cependant — the snark likes to run amok in the Twitterverse. ๐Ÿ˜‰


For love of music and good deals

I love holiday pricing, especially since the internet lets me buy stuff without taking hours to shop around or fighting crowds at busy stores.

I also love Barnes & Noble’s Christmas membership deal: I got a free 2-month trial membership starting in late November, which gives me free express shipping with no minimum order. Mwe-he-he. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t want to sound like a B&N ad, but they got the losing end of that deal in my case; I have ordered several items one at a time, each of which cost less than $15, and on all (or on all but one) of which I managed to use a one-item coupon (25-40% off each item). …Well, maybe they got the losing end. I have to admit that I’m tempted to renew the membership.

The first few were Christmas gifts – a couple of books for my brothers and an album of Telemann for my mom. But I just got an email coupon (25% off) that was good this weekend and found a different coupon for the same deal on a cashback website. Three discs of classical piano, coming right up! I ordered a 2-disc set of Chopin preludes & nocturnes performed by Garrick Ohlsson and a disc of three Mozart sonatas (including the famous K.331, which I wrote about earlier) from pianist Murray Perahia. I considered getting an 11-disc set of Rubinstein performing Chopin (instead of the Ohlsson), but I’ll wait and see if B&N sends me a 30%- or 40%-off coupon in the next few weeks.

I may have also ordered a few guilty pleasures through Amazon (Jewel, Dido, Edwin McCain), plus Telemann’s Darmstadt Overtures (mmm) and yet another video game (Star Ocean III, though I don’t have II, so I’ll be jumping around the series).

Here’s Ohlsson playing Chopin’s Prelude in C sharp minor, Opus 45:

Oh yeah, and happy New Year!

My very favorite flower

This is my kind of grocery-shopping trip (courtesy today’s lunch trip to SFM):

2# pork sausage (half Polish, half beer brat);
2# red seedless grapes;
1/2# Co-jack cheese;
1/2# fresh-ground peanut butter (you know, those machines in-store that grind it in front of you? that.);
10 ears sweet corn on cob;
1 fresh pineapple (not cut);
1 green bell pepper;
1 cucumber;
1 onion;
1 ataulfa mango;
3 qts. soy milk;
1 box (25 bags) oolong tea.

Total?: $16.15.

Sunflower Market, I love you.