How does Micah find these sites? Cat lovers. In Japan. Gotta see it to believe it.

Bayleaf Studio on Etsy

November 9, 2009


Hand knit hats on to my friend Lili who has launched her Bayleaf Studio’s ETSY site with yummy, cozy and creative accessories and hand made invitations and cards. I will attest to her powerfully creative industry and talent having been the recipient of cards and useful gifts from this prolific knitting, sewing and collaging artist. Lili’s studio is full of baskets of deliciously soft yarns and projects. You can also go to Bayleafstudio.com for more news and info. Hurray!




I recently received an envelope with the US Postal Service logo on the envelope. I didn’t look at it carefully because through the window I saw “Holiday Cards, Gift Seals and Labels” and thought, “Even the Post Office is trying to sell me something.”  Today I was sorting the mail and came across it again. On the back of the envelope was a printed note from the postmaster extending apologies for damaging the enclosed envelope while being handled by the postal service. Interesting and thoughtful. Never got one of these before. It was protecting JUNK MAIL.

The USPS handles over 202 billion pieces of mail each year. That’s alot of letters. AND how much of it is unwanted and unsolicited, paying lower rates for bulk mailing?

It’s the season of catalogs again. Here are a few ways to get off mailing lists.

CatalogChoice.org can help you reduce or opt-out of unwanted catalogs and choose how you wish to hear from brands.

Call the phone number on your catalog and speak to a human being requesting to be removed from the mailing list. Have your catalog handy, or the back page with your address and codes so you can be specific.

Contact the Direct Marketing Association and register for the Mail Preference Service. Your name will be placed in a delete file, and you should notice a decrease in junk mail about three months after you register.

Avoid sending in your warrantee cards. You are still covered. They are simply gathering your info to bombard you with more products.

EHow has extensive posts on how to get off email lists, telemarketing lists, and more.



Cute Compact Carry Bag

November 4, 2009














We all buy cloth bags for groceries- so in Asheville I went food shopping and of course didn’t have a bag because they are all at home in Connecticut in the back seat of my car….and so I bought a great, reusable, light weight nylon bag at the check out. It has a patent pending, holds up to 25 pounds, has a little stretch pouch built in and a no slip shoulder strap.

about the size of a peach
holds 2x a plastic grocery bag
ripstop nylon, so load it up with a bowling ball or two
good clean fun
machine washable

Retails for $7.49. flip & tumble


Asheville is surrounded by the beautiful Smoky Mountains. Everywhere you look are gentle, round mountains and in late October the colors are warm, vibrant and delicious. Even the trees in town are beautiful.

When I visit a new place I like to get a feel of what it is like to live there. I am not so into being a tourist, although I did some touristy things. I am interested in the food stores, the farming, the organic restaurants even the yoga classes. Here are some stores I visited last week.

Greenlife Grocery (where they now bake organic bagels) has a delicious hot bar, and is well-stocked particularly with local products and produce. I bought a jar of local sauerkraut- totally delicious, made by Viable Cultures who also manufacture kombucha and tempeh. EarthFare is another large store with all imaginable products. Their conscious philosphy is inspiring:

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I want to mention The French Broad Food Coop which has been around for almost 35 years, having started as a group of families buying cooperatively and now a busy and large store. “The French Broad Food Co-op is a store owned by the people who shop here, and we work hard to satisfy your shopping needs in a courteous and conscientious way. Shares are fully refundable.” You can also subscribe to a discounted group health insurance program.

Last but most exciting to me are the Farmer’s and Tailgate Markets which you can access at over 25 locations from early spring until late fall.

The Asheville area has much to offer for the health conscious person. Next post: where to stay!