Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Pumpkin Seeds

We went to the gorge this weekend and chased the sun down this beautiful trail.

We successfully wore the boys out, and almost lost the dog. Whenever he gets out in the woods, he forgets that he is 11 and does things like try to climb over huge rocks and chase sticks over rapids.
Thankfully he is fine and back to his old self. Here he is thinking about getting into the seeds that we can't stop eating around here.

I learned a ton from the photography workshop last week, and if I can get it together while the sun is still out, I am hoping to add dragonflies to the Etsy shop. We'll see...............

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday Again

We have been having amazing weather. Like the kind of perfect fall weather that reminds me why we love Oregon so much. It makes it hard to be inside when it's like this, so we are planning a little trip to the gorge for some hiking before the rain comes back. Before we go, I wanted to show a couple of pictures.

Here is Mitchel copying my excitement when I realized that one of my spoon mirrors was on the Etsy front page along with the other PDXers who are selling in NYC tonight. And here is Mason putting the finishing touches on his robot costume.

One more of Mason and the other robot at the school party tonight. They shared the costume contest prize.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007


It's official--there are no babies or toddlers living in my house. Saturday when I was making the requested lime cupcakes, it hit me. I'll miss that stage, I already do, but I'm looking forward to lots of new big kid adventures.

I filled the shop with a few new spoon mirrors and garden spheres. Tomorrow night I am going to a photography workshop about product shots. I 'm very excited, and will hopefully have lots of new pictures to add to the shop soon. In the meantime, don't forget about the sale going on at PDX Etsy!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A couple things

I'm still working on filling up the shop, and am hoping to have some new things in before Monday morning. But first wanted to stop in here to tell you all about a couple things.

SALE* SALE** SALE***In order to celebrate the PDX Etsy Street Team's
appearance at the Booklyn Indie Market, and Etsy Lab trunk show, I'll be offering a special
sale... 10% off everything in the store from October 22th-October
! (For a list of the other PDX sellers who are offering sales
during this time please visit: http://www.pdxetsy.com)

Here is another preview of the show, and a contest to check out. The prize is definitely worth a look. I also wanted to let everyone know about the Trillium Artisans holiday sale.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
1:00 - 6:00 pm
Trillium Artisans Gallery
9119 SE Foster RD
Meet the artisans, enjoy wine and holiday goodies, and find the perfect earth-friendly, fair trade, handmade gifts for everyone on your list.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Frogs, Apples, and Glass

The kids had an extra long weekend off of school, and since we had lots of time to fill, we went to Sauvie island to pick some apples. The season is practically over, but it was such a nice day we wanted to go anyway. We found a good row with a ton of perfect apples, and didn't realize how easy it is to pick 32 pounds. Needless to say we are eating a lot of apples around here.

Besides apples, we always find tons of tiny bright green tree frogs here.
Someone is having a birthday this week. I can't believe he is going to be 4! I just had to post this picture. It is so wierd. Really he doesn't have huge freaky man hands.
Here is where I spent the rest of the weekend, not a bad place to be. Especially since I cleaned. I got a couple boxes of work packed up and sent off to NY with the rest of the goodies from PDXetsy. I am looking ahead and trying hard to get as much work done now as possible. The holidays come quick. I have 2 possibly 3 holiday shows on the calendar, and I also like to make a bunch of my gifts. This year I have girls on the list. I am so excited to make girly things. I have to restrain myself a little. Besides the excitement of birthdays and upcoming holidays, the most exciting bit of news from the basement is that I finally made my first Etsy sale!! I was thrilled. I am working on filling up my shop as we speak, and will hopefully have a bunch of new things to add soon.

Sunday, October 14, 2007


I made a treasury, and here is another! Check them out, click around and help us try to get on the front page!!

Friday, October 12, 2007

I am very excited to be a part of this!! Some members of the PDXetsy team are headed to Brooklyn in a couple weeks. I'm sending a few pieces along with them. Click here for more info and check out this treasury.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007


Pronunciation:\ˈflər-ē, ˈflə-rē\

1 a: a gust of wind b: a brief light snowfall
2 a
: a brief period of commotion or excitement b: a sudden occurrence of many things at once

The second definition seems to be an accurate description of our house right now. Lots going on, with lots of excitement and commotion. The kids have a short week of school this week. I've been trying to squeeze in studio time, when I can. I don't have any pictures of huge completed projects, but have been getting things done and am enjoying making new things.

The piano that I thought was a treasure turned out not to be one at all. Everyone is disappointed, but on the bright side, we learned a lot about old English parlor pianos.

Friday, October 5, 2007

After a morning of thrifting and errand running, I picked Mason up from school. We went out for the afternoon, just the two of us. We had such a good time, not really doing anything. I rarely get to spend time alone with him. He is getting so old!! We stopped at the art store and found some glaze for his bottle caps.
Self portrait taken earlier this week.

I have a lot of new projects in the works. I finally got the basement cleared out, and Mason has lots of crafty plans of his own, so it looks like crafting is on the agenda this weekend. That and maybe soup. It turned cold this week. I say cold, but feel silly saying it. In Minnesota we wore short sleeves in this weather. We've already pulled out the wool blankets, and Matt pulled out his fleece lined pants. Now I know we've acclimated.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Monday --- Monday

A couple of weeks ago Diane from DIY Alert asked me to do an interview. I was very excited to see she had posted it this morning. So go check it out!! Thanks Diane, it was fun.

On another note, I think Matt may have had his best day ever yesterday. He finally found a family friendly, non smoking PACKER bar/restaurant where he can take the boys to watch the football games. They had brats and cheese curds and felt like they were "home again". I stopped in to check the place out and took this picture. I only had my phone, so it is a little fuzzy. To everyone who has been asking, yes those are teeth finally growing in Mason's mouth. After 17 months he is very happy.

While they were having a blast watching the game. I was at the bin store. I found a possible treasure. I say possible because because it's also a possible hassle. It's a really old 85 key piano. Small enough to fit in the perfect spot. But needs a lot of work. Hopefully this project will pay off. I'll keep you posted.