Sunday, September 28, 2008

It's coming

We cleared out our plot at the community garden this weekend, and were able to bring home a ton. The kids were really in to "harvesting the apples" and climbed to the tops of the trees at the garden to get the best ones. I barely left the kitchen Sunday, and the freezer shows it. We have applesauce, apple butter, and pies, and there are enough green beans and tomato sauce to last us until next summer. I don't know who was the most excited about these pumpkins, probably me. The kids kept saying they couldn't believe we could grow something so cool.
On another note, people have been signing up for my classes, which is great. So if you are one of the people who have asked about classes....... the next mosaic and soldering classes at the DIY lounge are running for sure and there are more spaces. Check out the links if you are interested in the details.

Since it sounds like fall will be here later this week, we'll outside, be trying to soak up every last drop of sun while we can. Have a good one..........

Thursday, September 25, 2008

New Stuff

After our Florida trip, a sand scratched lens started me on a search for a new camera. I went back and forth for a while, and finally decided on a Canon Digital Rebel. I am so happy with it, but am a little lost on actually using it. I have a stack of books from the library, and am slowly figuring it out. That necklace? I've meant to post about it sooner. I bought it at the farmers market show from Judy at Curly Girl Glass. It's my new favorite, I never take it off.
Yesterday, I dropped off this custom spoon mirror at Bowl of Thistles, a new shop in Sellwood. It is made with a big serving spoon, and they plan to use it as a display piece. I liked it so much that I am thinking of making more. The grand opening is next week, you can find my suncatchers, spoons, and garden balls there. I'll post the store details when I have them.

The last new thing, this treasury. Check it out!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Our good friends' new home was part of Portland's build it green tour this past weekend, so I had the opportunity to do a little free (shameless) promotion.

Every room had either a marble ball or glass ball. We covered the living room wall with spoon mirrors.
We even put a bowling ball next to the info booth. Can you see it back there?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Yesterday Mitchel and I took a trip up to the Pittock Mansion. I had never been. It is gorgeous. I think it must have the best views of Portland I've ever seen. I met the buyer from their museum store at the ArT the beach show I did a couple of weeks ago. She invited me to bring by a few piece to be juried for their store. I'm crossing my fingers they like them. I would love an excuse to visit more often.
Last week I sent off a batch of recycled marble thumbtacks to the Sampler. Some of the PDXetsy members organized a Portland city wide Sampler. I've never participated in one, and curious to see how it goes. I just recently started making the thumbtacks. They sold well at the last show, so I decided to add them to my shop. I hope to have it updated this evening.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The community garden plot has been a mixed blessing. We have been loving all the fresh veggies and are excited to pick our two big pumpkins. We did not expect it to be such a hassle to have the garden in a location other than our house. With no place to store tools, and no way to bring home large amounts of produce and compost, we found ourselves driving much more than we planned. Plus, probably the biggest thing for me, was the kids not having a safe place to be at the garden, or anywhere to hang out while we got our work done. We are hoping raised beds are the answer. This weekend we got the chance to salvage some wood from a neighborhood demolition project and jumped at it. We were able to complete one bed and have enough left over to get started on the next one. We are going to start out with two next summer, but may add a third. Now that we've been gardening again, we don't want to stop.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Wow, that little break went by fast. We're back from our trips. Our family visitors came and went. School started this week too. I'm looking forward to getting back into a regular rhythm, and looking even more forward to having two school days a week devoted to work. I have a to-do list a mile long, and now happily have some time to check things off of it. I have tons to post about, but will have to wait until I have more than three minutes to do it. Until then here are a few pictures from the past couple weeks.