Sunday, March 28, 2010

Guarding the Backyard

Koko likes to spend a lot of time outside. Fortunately, I have a nice backyard where she can loll in the sun and protect the world from squirrels - mostly in that order. When it's warm enough, I just leave the back door open and she can come and go as she pleases.
When it's cold/windy/rainy I'll let her outside and close the door behind her. She still wants to check out the backyard, but doesn't necessarily like being in the cold and the rain.Such was the case the other day when these pictures were shot. She's taken to sitting on the back steps so she can survey her rhelm, but the house protects her from the wind. That is until I open the door and let her back in again.

These pictures were taken from my kitchen window and the weirdnesses are reflections from inside. Don't forget to take in the beauty that is the mossy astroturf on the back steps.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Berry Berry Exciting

The woman whose house I bought was a canner. She had loads of raspberry bushes (and I'm told they are really good berries). Well, spring is springing and the berry bushes have started to bud.

There is also a currant bush that was way overgrown and had a lot of dead wood. I chopped it way back - almost to the ground - and it's come back with gusto.

I've since put in two blueberry bushes, because I love me some blueberries. I was told you need at least two bushes to cross pollinate. I got two different kinds, one that fruits mid-season, and one that fruits later. And in a strawberry pot... strawberries. As it's been so warm in Portland, all the plants are budding and flowering. I'm very excited about the potential bounty this summer!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Bow Wedding Ring. Yeehaw!

Several months ago, I was commissioned to make my sterling Forget Me Not bow ring in white gold to be a wedding ring. Today I got a great email telling me how much she loves her ring, that they are finally married and sharing some pictures of the big day. She included a link to her blog post about all the things she got for the wedding from Etsy (including, of course, the ring). What a cute wedding! They had a 50s kiddie cowboy theme and went all out. She was able to find a huge amount of items to fit the theme on Etsy. It looks like a good time was had, and I'm happy I could be a small part of their day. Congratulations Julia and Bobby!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Today's Reality Check: Inspiration

"An armless artist paints good-luck messages on canvas in the Mong Kok district of Hong Kong."

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I don't know if I'd call it a milestone,
but I like when numbers like this come up.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Parking Karma

At the Portland Saturday Market, the vendors have a parking lot we can use for free – well, it’s part of our monthly membership. The on-the-street paid parking begins at 1pm on Sundays (yes, Sunday meters - a sure sign of the apocalypse). So yesterday, when there was a race on Naito Parkway and no way to get to the vendor parking lot, I was forced to park on the street knowing full well that I would probably get a ticket. I can’t really leave my booth during the market, particularly not for the time it would take to move my car and walk back. I did the only thing I could think of. I tore off a piece of paper and left a note on my window for the potential ticket-writer.
Here’s the actual note:
I had absolutely no hope this would work at all, but of course, it did. When I finished packing up my booth and headed back to my car, I was sure that I’d find a ticket on my windshield. My parking karma was like a protective cloak, keeping me ticket free. I’d like to thank Sunday’s parking enforcement personnel for their judiciousness. xoxo

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Opening Day of the Portland Saturday Market

Today was opening day for the 2010 season of the Portland Saturday Market. The 37th season! It was a perfectly beautiful day and a huge crowd was out. (Some in tank tops! in March!) Also in attendance were some of the local media covering the event. A reporter from the Oregonian came by to chat with me and I was featured in his article, along with a few of the other vendors. It's sweet to be in the paper - even if he didn't get all the details quite right (um, I didn't do environmental work for 20 years, but hey, what's 10 years between friends?). Although it's a ton of work (the constant upkeeping of stock, setting up my booth twice a week, etc), I enjoy the market a lot: the camaraderie, chatting with my fellow sellers and the customers, the instant feedback on my work, and spending beautiful summer days hanging outside. And, most importantly, the Market allows me to make a living, doing what I love, working for myself, with great people in a community that is very supportive of local artisans. I hope today's happy crowds bode well for a prosperous season for all the vendors.
Photo by Oregonian photog