The Knittn’ Kitten

November 12, 2010

On Tuesday I went to the Knittn’ Kitten to take some photos for a school project I’m working on. I’m posting some of my photos here to remind my fellow Portlanders that if you’re making any handmade gifts this holiday season, the Kitten can hook you up with whatever you need—at bargain prices.

And remember, you can always call the store to ask if they have certain items in stock. Ethel & Rome are awesome ladies, who are super friendly and helpful.

Inventory Knittn Kitten

Pink and Red Spools of Thread

Button Cards

Knitting Needles

Blue and Brown Vintage Fabric

Hand-Dyed Lace by Ethel of the Knittn Kitten

Crochet Thread

Rick Rack at the Knittn' Kitten


Retro Sewing Patterns at the Knittn' Ktiten

Knittn Kitten Inventory

Embroidery Floss

Yarn at the Knittn Kitten

Back to School Week: Vintage Yearbook Photos

August 20, 2010

About six years ago, I went to an estate sale and bought an old photo album full of snapshots from what looked like the late 1960s and a Cleveland High School* yearbook from 1956.

Both are pretty awesome, but today I’m going to share some of the best photos from the vintage yearbook, and a college-related piece of ephemera that was tucked inside the photo album.

P.S. You can click on any of these images to see a bigger photo with more detail.

1956 Cleveland High School Year Book A very cute photo of the Spring Student Council. I love the dresses and glasses in this shot.

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Principal Malo Portland, ORA snazzy-looking principal—Mr. Malo!

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Vintage Cleveland High School YearbookIntro to the Senior Class section.

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Senior Class Vintage Photo 1956Close-up of the photo from the page above. Again, love the dresses and the eyewear!

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Cleveland High 1956 Senior Class PortlandFirst page of senior portraits.

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This is Nancy. I love her style! She is so beautiful—reminds me a bit of Louise Brooks.

This is what it says about her on the page: “Always ready for fun. Student Body Treasurer; Pi Upsilon Vice-President; Sorosis Joint Vice-President; Deltoria Representative-at-Large; Red Cross Secretary; A Capella; Freshman Chorus; Girls’ Glee; Room Representative; E.E.; Legend; Style Show; Operetta; Bank Teller; Swimming; Tennis; Rhododendron Show; Freshie Frolic; Junior Prom; Oregon State.

I wonder what she’s up to now? She must be about 71 or 72.

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Vintage Yearbook Lost & Found Apparently back in the day, there was a group of students who ran the Lost & Found. Nowadays the schools just dump all the lost shit in a big pile somewhere for anyone to sift through.

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Write OnThis is the page I found in the photo album. It’s a flyer for a publication called the Rainbow Review. They were looking for students’ articles, poetry, photographs and art for the cultural section, fraternity affairs, national affairs, and campus affairs. I really love the photo in this flyer (see bigger version below).

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Write On Rainbow Review 1971 Hell yeah! This is so Revenge of the Nerds meets Rushmore.

* Where I saw Menomena & the Thermals play few years ago.

Meet the Paisleys

July 2, 2010

Today I want to share the work of one of my favorite—and undeniably one of the cutest—crafty duos here in Portland: elle.paisley & m.paisley. They pack a double punch of talent.


elle.paisley: I specialize in one of a kind (OOAK) steampunk jewelry as well as Victorian inspired brass lockets and filigree rings. My designs incorporate vintage watch movements and clockwork, brass, antiqued silver, Victorian and Elizabethan stampings and castings, turn of the century decorative hardware and special charms & adornments.

I am a ‘Jill of Many Trades’ and take on an assortment of various day jobs—currently including media market research and retail sales—and pick up the occasional stage managing or lighting design gig. I have a BA in Theatre Arts and a BA in Dance, and I am in the process of applying to grad programs in Library Science and Arts Administration.

m.paisley: Getting into grad school has sort of overtaken my crafting, but when I do get around to it, I make feather hair clips. I just got accepted into the HESA (Higher Education and Student Affairs) program at University of Vermont so I’m super stoked and spending most of my time preparing for the big move. Student Affairs has always been my passion, and it’s so exciting that I’m finally taking the next step in making it my career.

Right now I make a living by waiting tables, and I’m also a competitive bowler. Professional bowling is basically my backup career if the student affairs thing doesn’t work out.


elle.paisley: When I started making jewelry I had just lost my job and my grandfather, whom I was very close with. Mae truly inspired me to take advantage of that time in my life by creating beauty from it, and most of my earlier pieces were all designed for her to wear. I use music to inspire me in my creative process, typically listening to The Dresden Dolls, Vermillion Lies and Bjork while crafting. Aesthetically I am inspired by Edwardian, Victorian, Elizabethan, and Gothic eras; the idea of balance working with asymmetry; and the materials I choose to work with.

Steampunk Necklace

m.paisley: Initially, it was just an ‘I could do that!’ moment at a Halloween bazaar, but when I sit down and get to work now, I’m inspired by burlesque and turn of the century fashion. And really, I’m a selfish creator. I just make things that I like and that I would want to wear.

Feather Hair Clip


• Champ (the Lake Champlain Sea Monster) since he will be our new neighbor in Burlington :)
• Hippo Hardware
• Typewriters
• Waffles
• Kittens! (and the amazing Russian Cat Circus)

• New England
• Critical/Feminist Pedagogy
• New Rose Tattoo (desperately need get to a botched tattoo—NOT from New Rose—dealt with)
• Gothic/Victorian/Turn-of-the-Century lezzie love stories and love letters like Tipping the Velvet and Violet to Vita
• Red wine

Crafty Wonderland Day 1

May 2, 2010

I love my new teal tiered display! You can make your own with this tutorial by Elsie of A Beautiful Mess.

SALE! At the Knittn’ Kitten

April 10, 2010

Portlanders—our beloved Knittn’ Kitten is having a sale through tomorrow, Saturday April 10th. I stopped by this afternoon, and took home a big bag of goodies.

They have a ton of cool lace right now, a lot of which is hand-dyed by Ethel. She also hand-dyes rick-rack too. So if you’re looking for lace or rick-rack, be sure to check out the Kitten for exclusive, beautiful, rare shades of both.

Details about the sale:

Discounted merchandise & exclusive new items!
Special selection of vintage fabrics, beads, buttons, cottons, trims, notions, & more!

Great deals on:
• Overstock fabric
• Odds & ends
• Bits & pieces

April 9th & 10th
Shop Hours: 10am to 6pm
Phone: (503)255-3022

Owl Buttons

April 5, 2010

I can’t believe Crafty Wonderland‘s Super Colossal Spring Show is less than a month away! The count down has officially begun, and I’m at that point where I’m writing detailed lists of what I need to accomplish each day.

Retro Owl Buttons

This weekend I made a set of the adorable 1″ buttons you see above, using vintage fabric and turquoise vintage owl beads. These will be included in some of the awesome swag bags given out to the first people through the doors of the Super Colossal Spring Show.

That’s right—Cathy & Torie will be handing out 200 goodie bags each day, for a total of 400 bags given out over the course of the weekend!

Each goodie bag is filled with all sorts of treats and samples made by various crafty people participating in the show, plus other cool stuff donated by the show’s sponsors. If you want the chance to snatch one up for yourself, mark your calendar now for May 1 & 2, and show up before the doors open at 11am.

See you there!

Flapper Girl + Memento = <3

April 1, 2010

I’m am so very excited to announce that you can now find the Flapper Girl line at Memento (formerly Greg’s on Hawthorne). I have been shopping at this boutique for years, and it is definitely one of my favorite Portland gems. The fact that Memento is carrying my line now is a bit surreal and incredibly awesome—sort of like your super secret crush asking you out to the prom.

Photo by Eph Zero on Flickr

Here’s what Flapper Girl goodies you’ll find at Memento:

• Flapper Cupcake Toppers
• Vintage-Inspired Floral Cameo Pendants in peach, blue, and BRAND-SPANKING-NEW color combos: purple and red!
• Garlands: Vintage Carnival, Retro Cameras, Flappers, French Boudoir, & Art Deco Bibliophile.
• Hair Pin sets made from vintage buttons and vintage plastic flowers. The bright colors in these really pop, and are the perfect accessory for adding a splash of color to your spring & summer wardrobe.

Memento is located at 3707 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland, Oregon.