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Essentials: The Goth Rosary Candles

I’ve written about The Goth Rosary’s Fragrance Mists in the past and am happy to announce that AntiSally is now offering soy candles in all of her darkly delicious scents. Over the years, The Goth Rosary has provided a variety of high-quality and reasonably priced products– body washes, perfume oils, soaps, and shampoos.

I love candles. So, imagine my glee when my favorite purveyor of scents decided to branch into the candle business. According to the website, the candles have a burn time of around 3.5 hours but I’ve been getting between 5-6 hours with mine. These burn clean without any of the black smoke or residue that is common with many commercial brands.

These candles pack a powerful punch. It doesn’t take long for the scent to permeate a small room and leave a lasting impression. My favorite scent, so far, is Shadows. This scent is subtle enough not to overwhelm but still strong enouh to add a pleasantly dark atmosphere.

Not only are these candles a great product, but the adorable packaging just adds to the appeal. The 100% soy candles are housed in lovely tin coffins. The tins make these candles great as gifts or party favors and can easily be reused after burning.

If you like candles or are just looking for something unique, these candles are perfect. The Goth Rosary offers more than twenty unique scents and will be releasing a new one next month.

The Workspace

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Yesterday, I caved in and bought a chair to go with my desk. No more sitting in my happy green armchair with a TV dinner table as a work surface. I was a little sad to see the set-up go, but after a day in my ‘new home’ I’m glad I made the purchase.

Shawn and I have converted the large walk-in closet to an office for me. It made it hard to take a picture, since the space is a little cramped. It isn’t, however, so cramped as to be uncomfortable. My chair, which you cannot see in the picture is a folding wooden number with a small faux-leather cushioned seat.

Things still aren’t quite where I would like them to be. I’ve moved the ottoman from my armchair into the office. I would like to get a small ottoman which opens up on top with storage space inside (I’ve seen them at both Target and Office Depot). I like to have my feet up when I’m working.

I’ve always been fascinated by pictures of people’s workspaces and desks. Share yours!

Attack of the Books

Just what you wanted, more pictures of the apartment. Last week Shawn brought all of his books down. It certainly was a chore carrying them all up to our second story unit. Here are some before and after photos:

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Before

After.

After

Swaptree.com

Do you like to read? Do you have an addiction to buying a new book every time you walk past a bookstore? I do! So if you are anything like me, you might find the newest trend of trading your old books, CDs, video games, or DVDs for someone else’s old books, etc. One man’s trash is another’s treasure, as they say.

Before I moved, I signed up at Swaptree.com hoping to clear my shelves and obtain a few items I wanted in return. It is an interesting idea. The system finds trades for me based on my “want list” and my “have list,” all I have to do is take them to the post office and pay the shipping. Don’t want to wait in line at the post office? Swaptree has an option to print and pay for postage using a credit card via their system.

For the most part, my experiences with the site have been positive. I was able to trade a few unwanted books and DVDs for long-lusted-after items. Among these items were hardcover editions of Tamora Pierce’s Trickster’s Choice and Stephen King’s recent short-story collection, Just After Sunset. The site is easy to navigate and includes a feedback system much like the one seen on eBay. Users accept or reject trades that are offered to them through the system.

There are two major downsides, however, to the system. First, Users choose a condition for their items much like those that appear on the Amazon marketplace (i.e. Like New, Good, Acceptable). For my part, I am a stickler when it comes to the condition of my books. The items I traded were all in like new to very good condition, and as a trader I expect to receive items of the same caliber. Imagine my disappointment when I received books that were marked as “good” to find them yellowed, creased, wrinkled, and torn for my practically new items. Second, the trades are oftentimes uneven when it comes to value. I was reluctant to trade my mint condition DVDs for paperbacks in less-than-mint condition. However, Swaptree works in a way that as a user rejects trades it affects his or her rating with the site.

Overall, I really like the idea of being able to swap my items for new ones and only having to pay for the cost of shipping. There are a lot of these sites out there these days, so if you find yourself with a plethora of unwanted items it might be worth looking into.

A New Habitation

Here are a few pictures of the new apartment. I have not said much about it here, but I relocated this past week to Evanston, Illinois. Shawn will be heading off to graduate school at Loyola in the next few weeks.

Overall, I like the new place. My only complaints being the creaky floors, lack of a garbage disposal in my sink, and the super-frustrating shower. It is also very noisy here. After two days, I am already sick of the train (a block away) and the constant sirens. Boo.

The closet picture is my favorite. Allow me to display my very grayscale wardrobe. See those boxes? When I can afford it, I will buy a small desk or table and put it there for my computer and crafts. The space is big enough to comfortably fit my needs.

Enjoy the pictures!

St. Clair Boardwalk and Coffee

Emma in front of the church.

Emma in front of the church.

The eighth grade class at Holy Cross Elementary graduated today and my sister, Emma, was among the happy graduates. Emma received awards in both Reading and Penmanship—however, the coveted creative writing award went to another girl. My attempts to cheer her up – reminding her that Edgar Allan Poe died penniless and Van Gogh killed himself—fell short of doing the job.

 

A sailboat on the St. Clair River.

A sailboat on the St. Clair River.

So, we changed our clothes, grabbed our dolls and camera, and headed out to enjoy the lovely summer weather. Our destination? The boardwalk in downtown St. Clair. The water shone brilliantly and it was clear enough to see schools of tiny minnows swimming near the seawall. I was surprised by how peaceful it felt.

 

Afterwards, the two of us headed across the street and visited a few of the shops at the Riverview Plaza. We bought a smiley-faced sugar cookie at a pastry shop and then headed into Sue’s Coffee House for drinks. The coffee house opened up several years ago but this was the first time I had the opportunity to visit and I am glad that we did.

The prices are reasonable and comparable to what you would pay for a drink at a place like Starbucks. They offer a variety of beverages ranging from hot and iced coffees, teas, smoothies, and hot chocolate. They also offer soups, salads, bagels, and pastries. Emma ordered a mango smoothie and I had an iced mocha. Emma’s smoothie tasted absolutely blissful—very rich, thick, and not at all watery. My iced mocha was also very good—presented with chocolate syrup and whipped cream.

 

If you squint, you might be able to see men on the deck.

If you squint, you might be able to see men on the deck.

The staff of Sue’s Coffee House made the experience all the more pleasant—they were friendly and went out of their way to make you comfortable. The coffee house also offers Internet to their patrons in the form of a couple of computers and free WiFi for laptops. On occasion, the coffee house features live entertainment, open mic nights, bible studies, and a cooking class. It also faces the river, with a few places to sit outside and a very large window to offer a view of passing freighters and sailboats.

 

If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend stopping by both the boardwalk and Sue’s Coffee House.