Thursday, April 30, 2009
I took seven hematite rounds and tied them together with sterling silver, a funky pounded sterling headpin at the base, and a great sterling ear wire on top. They're a bit heavy but FUN and funky and perfect for someone who dares to wear a statement piece. Check out this new listing here: Lucky 7 Drip Earrings
In the meantime, I've been busy crankin' out jewelry. Last night I made quite a few pieces after a "restorative" trip to the mall. I cruised over to Lloyd Center to pick up a driver's manual for my newly-moved-to-Oregon Grandmother. I think she's pretty worried about taking a written driver's test, (as all new residents are required to do). We went over a few practice questions online last night and her answers were... questionable.
Anyway, while I was at the mall I found a super clearance shirt at Express and also decided I liked being out of the house... so grabbed some edamame and steamed dumplings in the food court... and decided to go see 17 Again in the mall theater. I'm a fan of the occasional movie by myself. This one was perfect for that, as I don't think I know anyone interested in seeing this movie. I wasn't particularly interested in it, but I was particularly interested in checking out Zac Efron. Sure, he's really, really, really pretty... so, there's that. But I also wanted to see if he could act, (I haven't seen the HS Musical movies or Hairspray, so I've never actually seen him act). Anyway, it was all right. Hard to tell in such a predictable, cheesy movie. But he was definitely hot. Shirtless scene right off the top. Nice. I also enjoyed the wooing of the older woman, Leslie Mann, who cracks me up. I loved her in Knocked Up. She kind of reminded me of... me.
Speaking of Knocked Up.... If you liked the movie as much as I did, funny out-takes are on YouTube: HERE
That's it for now. Doggie wants to go on a walk! Later!! :)
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I got to wake up nice and early this morning to run down to the Pearl District to pick up my car before paid parking time started. I left it there last night after having a few beers and watching the game with girlfriends. The Blazers won!! So, we're still in the playoffs! Yay!
Anyway, as a result, I'm up and getting blogging, Etsy, etc. done a bit earlier today. I just listed a new item this morning: See it on Etsy HERE
Perfect for Spring, I'm finally making great use of these lovely turquoise chips my good friend Sarah brought home from Thailand last Fall. I combined those with rose quartz rounds and a beautiful carved rose quartz pendant I picked up a few weeks ago at my favorite rock spot in town, Ed's House of Gems. They've got a ton of beautiful beads and stones -- it's also where I pick up my Brazilian agate slices for these necklaces:
...And I got this beautiful quartz crystal piece that I'm using to hold business cards at street fairs and art shows!
If you're interested in checking out Ed's House of Gems on at 77th on Northeast Sandy, I highly recommend it. Here's their web site!
Today I'm off to take Grandma to a bridge game, hopefully hit the gym, (although four Hefeweizens last night are making me lazy today), do some laundry, make some jewelry, and hang with my hubby!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
This print, from an artist in Washington state, can be yours for just nine bucks! The artist uses a kind of photography called "through the viewfinder"... where the picture is taking through the viewfinder of one camera from another camera. Fun!
How about some threads to show your love for your two wheels? This great cotton unisex tee out of Denver is sure to please! I love the color!
Seriously? Decorate your thrown with this vinyl art... okay, it doesn't have to go on the toilet, but this is pretty funny.
Feeling thirsty? Try opening your bottles with a piece of art! This great beer bottle opener hangs on your wall... it's functional and fun!
GOOO Blazers! :)
Monday, April 27, 2009
These are both size 5, but I can create custom orders using various stones and metals. In fact, there are several wrap rings for sale right now at "What's Upstairs" on NW 23rd Ave in Portland. Many of my friends own these rings, and I do, too! :)
Today I'm planning to work on some more jewelry, make a few phone calls for Grandma, work out at the gym, and have a little sushi dinner with Mike and one of his friend's from work. Thursday evening will prove to be eventful, as my good friend Preston is holding a benefit for a climbing organization that benefits the Nepal region. He went on a six week climb there last year and now has a beautiful slide show for this benefit. It's on SE Hawthorne Thursday night at 6p.m. at the Bagdad Theater. Please attend if you're interested in climbing, Nepal, or helping others, (that should cover just about everyone I know). :)
Here's more info:
View Evite Invitation
Sunday, April 26, 2009
This is going to be the first Mother's Day for me without my mom. It's been a nasty year of firsts since Mom passed away last June. Luckily for me my Grandmother moved in across the street earlier this month... so I can celebrate with her. I'm trying to focus on Mother's Day through my Etsy shop and selling jewelry -- and not as a reminder that it's the first year without Mom.
So, this one's off to a depressing start... but really I wanted to write to highlight a couple of awesome items I've found on Etsy that look like great Mother's Day goodies to me! Of course, I'll start with my stuff -- it seems to me that Moms would love these:
Aqua Quartz Teardrop Necklace (this one's available in lavendar, too!)
Remember, I can create a ton of other custom items. Just tell me what colors and style your mama likes... and there are many possibilities! :)
Other fabulous finds on Etsy you might like (and these are ALL LOCAL to Portland!!)...
My Mom always loved lavendar products. This one's sure to please from the Anderson Soap Company in Portland... Lavender scented with lavender buds to help exfoliate. Ingredients include: coconut oil, shea butter, lavender buds and essential oil.
How about a handmade card for mom? This Etsy shop has sweet cards... all handmade with love in Portland!
CarriesCards on Etsy
Zibboon on Etsy
Enjoy all these lovely items... and don't forget, Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th! I'm off to the airport to pick up a friend... then go catch the Blazers game. GOOOO RIP CITY! :)
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Like what you see? Don't miss the show!
Now, I'm off for a night of Bhangra dancing at the Fez. See ya! :)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I raided my sister-in-law's bottle caps last weekend... and found these lovely little New Belgium Fat Tire caps, (one of my personal favorites -- so I guess I'll have to buy some and drink more). For all my Portland reader/friends -- save me your bottle caps so I can make more earrings! Remember -- keep those dents with the bottle opener to a minimum. That's tough for me to do. I've ruined quite a few perfectly lovely caps courtesy of a bottle opener.
For now I've got these, plus Widmer Hefeweizen caps, some Pacifico caps, and a few Sierra Nevada caps, (courtesy of Dad's visit). :) I'm not a big beer drinker at home... so keep me in mind! I know my friends love beer.... so I think a lot of hipster Portlanders will like these earrings, too!
I just listed this pair on Etsy. Here's that listing:
NEW BELGIUM BOTTLE CAP BEERINGS
P.S. I sanitized these caps before creating these earrings... safety first! :)
Anyway, that's about it for today. I'm working on more jewelry this afternoon after a full morning of taking Grandma to the doctor, the grocery store, and Burlington Coat Factory for a Spring rain jacket. Believe it or not -- SHOCK -- I didn't buy anything... although there was a super cute green Calvin Klein rain jacket. Hey, being unemployed sucks... and I've got enough clothes, anyway.
Have a happy Thirsty Thursday! :)
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Of course, I recycle all my cardboard and paper bags I get from the store, (forget the plastic, thank you very much -- I still can't believe Portland hasn't banned those yet). But, like many people, I could do more! I used to ride my bike to work, until I forgot to lock it up outside KGW one evening and someone snagged it. In fact -- Mike and I walked down the street for dinner when we probably usually would've driven. That was more inspired, I think, by the fact that he needed to blow off steam than Earth Day... but still!
Anyway, I'm watching The Square Live @ 7 on the dub tonight... enjoying a post dinner glass of vino... and they just had a great little segment featuring some green gadgets. I'm especially a fan of the shower head that keeps just a drizzle coming down until the water warms up, (I tend to waste water while brushing my teeth waiting for the hot water to come down). Of course I can't find the link anywhere... ergh. Steph, help? :)
Okay, on to Etsy! There are so many cool up-cycled things I'm finding online! (I love that word by the way -- not recycling -- upcycling)! My favorite shop so far on the green front is this one: RETTOCAMME. This awesome shop not only upcycles things like bottlecaps and wine corks, but it benefits dance performances in Brooklyn, to boot! Sweet! Check out my faves below:
I've been personally saving wine corks for months now -- but I think those will turn into trivets as gifts for friends -- not to go on Etsy. However, I've also been stocking up on some pretty bottlecaps that will soon be turned into "beerings"... stay tuned for those. I'm sure they won't be at any school benefits next month... but they will be at street fairs, my web site... and maybe even a couple local shops around Portland if people are diggin' them, (which should be the case, as I already talked about how we're in love with recycling in P-town).
Anyway, here are a couple of other hot finds from Etsy on this Earth Day:
Putting an old typewriter key to great use...
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I haven't made a purchase from FancifulForm yet -- but this shop's definitely in my favorites section... and it will end up in my purchased section soon enough!
Friday, April 17, 2009
Anyway, back in college had I done happy hour tonite I would've rallied for a night out and been up 'til 2, 3, 4 in the morning! Now I'm happy to be in my bed blogging and ready to catch up on an episode of America's Next Top Model online, (gotta love the trashy TV from time to time). In the meantime, since I'm thinking about happy hour... here's a list of my fave happy hour spots to entertain the local Portlanders. Check these out next time you're out for a warm weather evening!
7. Thai Basil: I couldn't leave off a neighborhood joint! Thai Basil has a bar beneath the restaurant called the Basil Bar, where they have fabulous raspberry mojitos and awesome Thai appetizers to snack on. What's best about this place -- it's walking distance from my house! :)
Anyway, those are my lucky 7. Let me know if you've got a great happy hour to recommend! Summer's around the corner... and I'm excited to explore more great happy hours in Portland!! :)
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Chelsey also has a fun blog that I like reading... check it out: Paper Lady Invites Blog Also, check out her Etsy shop here: Paper Lady on Etsy
Of course, Chelsey's shop isn't limited to crowns... she's got a great assortment of handmade cards that are super sweet. She does the art herself -- love that! :)
Everything in this great shop is affordable and for Portland readers -- it's LOCAL!
Girls -- keep this stuff in mind for the next shower/party you throw! I'm sure I'll be purchasing from her soon. :)