Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Vintage Chinese Ivory Figures

Here is a selection of BEAUTIFULLY CARVED CHINESE IVORY FIGURINES absolutely incredibly and intricately hand carved.











































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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hope is the Great Activator: Zig Ziglar


Hope Is The Great Activator

by Zig Ziglar



"Without hope what good is tomorrow?" We are surrounded by people who need hope in their lives. We don't often see their need because a lack of hope is not easily communicated. People aren't prone to say, "I need hope." Nonetheless, when we listen closely, we can hear the cries of the hope-needers. Or oftentimes we can see it in their actions. For example: The student with no hope of passing won't study. Why bother? The sales person with no hope of making the sale won't make the call. What's the purpose? The couple whose marriage is in trouble won't seek counseling because (they think) it's all over anyway. The relative who hasn't spoken to you for three years won't try. What's the hope? The senior citizen who doesn't think anyone would be interested in helping him won't ask. The nurse who doesn't think anyone appreciates her wisdom won't offer it. The manager who doesn't see a chance of being promoted often gives up. Why try?


But give any of these individuals hope and some exciting things can happen!... You were born to win! But in order to be the winner you were born to be, you've got to plan to win. You've got to prepare to win. And then, and only then, can you legitimately expect to win.Winning is not an accident. It's a result of a deliberate plan. A plan filled with hope and encouragement. Would you like to be a powerful person? Or a more powerful person? Then you need hope.


People who build hope into their own lives and who share hope with others become powerful people. Doors open for these people! Now here's the good news: Hope is a choice! Yes, that's right. You can make a decision to be a hope-filled person. You can make a decision to share hope with others. Even if your own need for hope is running a little dry, you can still give others hope. In the process of doing so, watch what happens. Your personal hope quotient is bound to rise.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Meyda Tiffany Lighting at Winchuck River Store








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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Greening Our Internet Business

The Greening Of An Internet Business

WinchuckRiverStore.com is going Green. Utilizing our position, we try to target as wide an audience as possible to share the good, Green word.
We've been working towards this for sometime now and are growing closer in meeting our goals of zero waste. We recognize and value the impact that we have on the world. We work at all times to utilize 100% sustainable practices in our operations whenever possible and when not, seek to reduce our negative contributions to as close to zero as we can. We believe that as a business, it is our social obligation to do so, as well as to help spread a sustainable, eco-friendly message to enhance ones awareness in life and business, as much as possible.

Our Motivation

There are many reasons to start and become, "Green" or eco-conscious. Here are some of our motivations:
1. Keep the Earth beautiful, it's such an amazing gift to us all, why not just help the planet?

2. Think beyond yourself and the present: what kind of world will we be leaving behind if our children have got to watch some Flash animation or YouTube video footage to experience the flight of some great bird of prey, go to a zoo, park or even plug into some virtual reality like Second Life to experience nature?

3. Reduce and reuse your energy and material goods consumption and save money while reducing your ecological footprint.

With the continued explosion of interest and activity from virtually every industry, most notably Al Gore's winning an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth, it is clearly evident that the threat of global warming has moved beyond threatening to imminent crisis. And when Inc.com runs an article on the 50 most intriguing Green businesses, you know this is all serious business.

Going Green Steps

So what are we doing here at Winchuck River Store. to reduce our eco-print? Well, we've developed a number of initiatives including:

1. Previously our damaged, and other miscellaneous pieces would either be thrown out, given away to friends and family or just cluttering up space in our warehouse. Now, we sell them off at nearly, exactly at, or somewhere just below our cost which further enhances our product selection and satisfies many customers need for just the right piece at just the right price.

2. Carbon Offsetting - There are are numerous vendors to choose from when purchasing your credits including CarbonFund.org, NativeEnergy.com and BeGreenNow.com, to name a few.
Together we have been looking into the use of installing solar panels on our roof. We also limit the use of our main lighting as much as possible too and installed custom wiring and switches to further control this.

3. Green office supplies - when it comes to supply, we've found TheGreenOffice.com to be the leading source. With greater bulk ordering you can not only reduce your supply expense but you can also minimize your emissions from having to commute to your local office supply store, who often times doesn't even have what you set out for, resulting in a counter-productive trip. Office Depot also has a growing selection of more sustainable supplies (though currently it's mostly found in their paper selection).

4. Packaging disposal - all of our cardboard and plastic waste is recycled. We also reuse nearly 99% of packing materials in some order fulfillment, whenever possible. All of our office waste: paper, cans, glass, plastic, etc. are also recycled; toner/laser printer cartridges are stored for recycling or reuse.

5. Company transportation - We minimize driving as much as possible. Our main travel is to the Post Office. We make an effort to get our mail ready in time to request a pickup from our mail delivery person. This saves us 18 miles of driving each time.

A Greener Future

These are just some of the steps we've taken, so stay tuned for more!
There's no doubt that there's a bit of a curve to get yourself, your household or your company up to speed with fundamental Green principles but it is well worth the time and effort. This is just the beginning for us and we will be posting more information as new developments occur, with the aid of the Green Gurus.

Latest News

For the latest updates on our progress, be sure to check out our Winchuck River Store Policy Page here.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Gardening with Rustic Containers

I've become active in the web experience of writing articles. In the process I run into interesting articles that suit my brand as a rustic lodge decor site that also promotes the love of gardening. Here is a great article on gardening with rustic containers.


And - if you just cannot garden, Faux Gardening can be fun!




A few of my eBay items
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Artificial Assorted 24 Bird Eggs in Gift Container


Artificial Spring Birds Set of Two


Glass Garden Bell Cloche Dome Garden Display w Knob


Artificial Small Bird Eggs Blue Green Mixed Pkg 12


Botanical Fern Ribbon Metal Wall Piece


Bark Covered Rabbit Set of Two Rustic or Easter Decor


Faux Deer Antler Rustic Lodge Decor Candle Sticks Set 2


Faux Deer Antler Rustic Lodge Decor 18 Inches


Faux Deer Antler Rustic Lodge Decor


Bark and Metal Rustic Lodge Cabin Style Vase 11 Inches


24 English Ivy Wreath Good Quality Faux Greenery


Faux Grass Vase Brown Rust 15 Tall


Nested Rustic Lodge Country Style Wooden Pails Buckets


MEDIUM Topiary Florist Ball 6 Inches


Artificial Stone Artichoke Set of 3 Garden Home Decor


Pheasant Feather Tree or Floral Decor


Wicker and Duckweed Plate Stand Natural Garden Decor


Large Faux Artificial Moss Rock Decorative Ball
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We moved to our current home on the Wild River Coast of Southern Oregon from San Jose, CA. Our family consist of Jim and Karen, two dogs and two cats. Karen's passion is gardening. Jim's obsession is building electric powered fishing kayaks and fishing.