Thrifted Skirt

May 29, 2009


This recently thrifted skirt is making me happy today.
(Click the photo for better detail, if you desire)


Giveaway Day

May 27, 2009

Today is Giveaway Day over at Sew, Mama, Sew. That means a ton of crafters are sponsoring giveaways on their blogs, and Sew, Mama, Sew has posted a master list of all the free stuff you could win on their blog.

I thought this was a fun idea, and I’m excited to participate. Up for grabs is the following package:

Cupcake Giveaway

This adorable set of three hand-stitched cupcake iron-ons AND a PDF pattern to make your own cupcake iron-ons. Each iron-on measures 3.5″ high from the top of the cherry to the bottom of the cup, and 3″ across at the widest point. They are so easy to attach to your garments with any iron, and are so fun to use. They look great on purses, tote bags, tank tops, t-shirts, hoodies and anything else you can think of.

To enter, just visit my Etsy Shop, pick out your favorite item, and leave me a comment on this post telling me what it is. For an extra chance to win, sign up for my monthly newsletter, and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

Please make sure you leave your email address in your comment(s) so that I can contact you if you win.

This contest is open until 11:59pm on May 31. I will choose a winner at random (using a random number generator), and announce who it is on June 1st. Good luck!

Today’s Adventure: Sauvie Island

May 24, 2009

geography-of-washington0Today was such a beautiful day in Portland that it would have been a shame to stay inside. So Chas, Nattie, and I headed out to Sauvie Island to explore a bit and hit up Kruger’s Farm for locally grown produce.

We brought the binoculars and were so lucky to see a flock of Goldfinches playing! At first we just saw two chasing each other in the air, then we spotted some in a nearby tree. It was so neat to see them “up close” through the binocular lenses. A few minutes later, we soon realized a whole bunch of them were sitting quietly in the field very close to where we were standing. What a treat!

Nattie and Chas were impressed I knew these pretty yellow birds were Goldfinches, but any person who went to elementary school in Washington could tell you the same thing. I can’t tell you how many times I had to draw Goldfinches in various school reports as a kid.

Vintage Kids Fabric

May 21, 2009

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Last week my mom bought me a yard of this awesome vintage fabric at an estate sale. It’s in great condition, and I’m not sure what I’m going to do with it yet, but I think it would be lovely matched up with cotton gingham and solid color corduroy. Here’s another swatch:

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Birthday Girl

May 20, 2009

So yesterday I turned twenty-something, and I feel really spoiled this year because I got to celebrate over the course of several days.

My birthday festivities kicked off on Saturday night when Chas took me out to dinner at Lauro for an early birthday treat. Then on Sunday night Chas, Nattie, and I wanted to catch the School of Rock show at Berbati’s to keep the celebration going. The kids were covering Pixies songs and Frank Black was there to front the whole thing. It would have been awesome to see it, but unfortunately, the show was sold out. Determined not to let the sold out show thwart our night, we went out for gelato and walked around Laurelhurst Park instead. I was happy to watch the fish, ducks, and turtles in the pond on such a pretty day.

Then yesterday I treated myself to an hour of thrift shopping. I went to Goodwill, and scored two cute skirts, a sweater, and three vintage peach-colored Fiestaware saucers.

After the little one came home from school, Nattie and Chas presented me with with gifts, which included a duo of vintage pink canisters I’m now using to house all my rick-rack (yes—I really have that much rick-rack):

This beautiful ceramic bird vase:

These adorable vintage Japanese toy figurines:

And a few other awesome curios, a rad stationery set, Tuscan Blood Orange body butter by Pacifica, and the 1974 edition of The Book of Owls by Lewis Wayne Walker, which I had been coveting at Powell’s. The book has some of the most amazing black and white photos of owls I’ve ever seen.

After I opened my gifts, I was taken out to dinner at our favorite taco joint, La Sirenita, and then surprised with cupcakes from St. Cupcake when we got home.

This birthday was wonderful, and I’m so glad I got to commemorate another year on the planet with my two favorite people in the universe. I feel so loved, so lucky, and so spoiled!

Pancake Breakfast

May 19, 2009

This weekend I worked on a custom order for a band! I’m very excited about this project, and I am really pleased with how everything turned out. The band is called Pancake Breakfast, and the special order consisted of a set of 15 coffee cozies with the Pancake Breakfast logo embroidered on them. I mailed the order off today so the cozies will arrive in time for the next Pancake Breakfast gig on Thursday at the Alberta Street Pub.

Etsy Thursday: Bikes

May 15, 2009

bicycle coffee cozy Yesterday Erin of Erin Compton Design ran a bike-themed Etsy round-up on her blog, and featured my red & blue hand-embroidered bicycle coffee cup cozy in her mini treasury. Very exciting!

Check it out here.

Thanks, Erin!