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Geek Etiquette: Protect Your Table

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Coasters are great for soaking up condensation, preventing rings from forming on your tables, and keeping the surface clean, but how often do you use them? How about placemats?

I encourage you to try using some table protectors this week. It may feel like a hassle at first, but the cleanliness of your table (and how fancy you feel while eating) may make you a convert.

Get the right coasters and placemats, and you’ll be keeping your place clean and decorated at the same time! Check out these ones from Fab.com:

Map Pin Coasters, $10.50 for 4

Chat Coasters, $10.50 for 4

Cinema Placemat, $7 for 2

Folder placemat, $7 for 2

What are your coasters/placemats of choice? And will you be partaking in the “protect your table” challenge this week?

BSG Coasters

Today, QMx announced a new product available for pre-order: BSG coasters. These coasters are 3-D sculpted and hand-painted recreations of the Colonial seal that hung in the Galactica’s CIC. At $40 for four, this is a BSG item that serves a purpose and isn’t too pricey. Basically, I’m sold. Now to find some sweet glasses, a good bottle of whiskey, and some Viper pilots to share it with.

You too can get on the wait list to pre-order by visiting the site here.

Cross-Stitch Mario Coasters

Cross-Stitch Mario Coasters

I received one of the coolest gifts ever from my friend Lisa: cross-stitch Mario coasters.

The coasters are photo coasters with a bit of cross-stitch fabric slipped in where the photo would go. Lisa found the pattern from the Mario Power-Up post on SpriteStitch.com.

I’m a noob to cross-stitch, but Lisa had this to say:

One of the things I love most about cross-stitch in particular is that it’s perfect for old-school 8 bit characters. If you’re new to embroidery, it’s also very simple- no complicated knots to learn! Plus, you can buy cross-stitch fabric in different counts (aka resolutions) so you can start off with a wider one of 10 stitches per square inch and work your way down as you improve. The coasters were done in a 14-count fabric, but they go all the way up to 22 count per square inch (I think). There are also computer programs that many people use on sprite stitch that can turn any image into a pattern, so really, your imagination is the limit! It’s also a pretty practical skill, as once you get used to handling a needle you can switch to other types of sewing, like putting that lost button back on, very easily.

Lisa’s not only crafty and geeky, she also rocks the non-profit world. Check out her blog for Washington Toxics Coalition here.

What power ups would you include in your Mario coasters?

The GH Wishlist: Mod Cloth

The Geeky Hostess will be posting her holiday wishlists at some of her favorite online shops over the next week. Use them as a guide to creating your own holiday wish list or find the perfect gift for the geeky host(ess) in your life!

I’ve known Mod Cloth as a “site that sells cute dresses” for a long time, but have just discovered that they sell home goods as well. And, oh man, are they cute. Here are some of my faves:


Ro-bottler Opener, $16.99.
This makes me giggle every time I see it, and would certainly make opening bottles more enjoyable. Bonus: His mouth works as a bottle cap opener!


Mustache Baking Mold, $14.99.
This would make the perfect cake, ice sculpture, and gelatin mold for manly parties.


Marks the Plot Coaster Set, $24.99.
We’ve been looking for new coasters, and I think these ones are awesome. They would serve as an ice breaker and way to remember which drink is yours! (Plus, you’ll look extra classy.)


Ice Age Tray, $9.99.
Dino ice cubes will class up any drink! Bonus: This could also be used to make chocolates!


Jaws of Cooking Oven Mitt, $17.99.
This is ridiculous. No other reason needed.

What I’m Giving:

Galaxy Socks, $11.99.
These cute socks will be loved by all of my sciency friends!

Check out ModCloth.com for all this and more. Order by 12/17 and you’ll get free shipping with orders of $75 or more!