Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sept 27 - Tea Time in Laurelhurst Park

Sept 27th - the weather was great for an orange Etsy picnic!

We packed one little picnic table with all sorts of munchies and Etsiers.

present for tea: myself, Danielle, Lea, Jaynette, Judi, Aimee, Audrey, Fran and Kirsten

and Kana, Moose and Lolly (all beloved and very cute dogs) joined us as well! (sorry if I spelled any names wrong)

This time we had some carrots and apples to go along with all the brownies, cookies and popcorn - or and there was candy-corn (it is nearly October now, seems okay to indulge on candy-corn)

I must mention again that the weather rocked. We crafted, we chatted and we generally enjoyed ourselves thoroughly until some leaf blowers came around and made a big dirt/dust storm... so we went our separate ways then to get back to work.

Usually I am taking all the pictures, but there was a moment Danielle grabbed the camera and got a few shots of me -I prefer being behind the camera - but occasionally there is evidence of my presence in the pictures :) Here I am showing off one of my little computer mobiles holding it up to the side of a cup - I was assembling some. In front of me you can see ziplock baggies of freshly baked cookies that Fran brought and homebaked brownies (with tofu so they were low in fat yet tasty just the same!) that Jaynette brought.

And then the last picture is of Aimee - her dogs pulled her over and it was just a great shot!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sept 20th - Field Trip!!!

Portland Oregon Tea Time
Thursday Sept 20th - 11am

FIELD TRIP to Portland Fixtures!
This local place is an awesome resource to our micro businesses! Portland Fixtures is dedicated to selling used and new retail equipment at the best prices possible. They are self-described as crazy and I think they are a truly fun place to shop!

Aimee(Newroticgirl.etsy) gave us all free samples of minty bath salts - umm yummy! Thanks!

A whole bunch of us met up (myself, bluejayecrafts, mmmfiber, urbana, tinymeat, curlygirlglass, spinnerin, misspurl, and newroticgirl) and had an afternoon field trip that rocked our socks! :)

Joanne from Portland Fixtures gave us a tour - two full buildings (I had previously only been in one!) crammed with retail fixtures of all kinds. What fun. I like the odds and ends section the best. This was the first time I walked thru that section without buying something - patted myself on the back! They have everything....
We went out to Bakery Bar around the corner to continue to chit chat etsy and have a nice little lunch, but not without wandering the warehouse for a while... they just have everything... including hulahoops - just kidding, these are for clothing displays!And this is Briar - a very cool dog that the owners bring to work with them everyday. He is like a rug.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sept 12th - Origami in Laurelhurst Park

Amiee of NewroticGirl

hm... I think I ate too many sweets today :) hurt my tummy! There was cupcakes galor! Orange cupcakes(i ate two - they were little :) they had candy-corns on top! There were chocolate and vanilla cupcakes too! Oh and the warm cranberry orange bread (fresh from the oven!), home baked brownies, lemonade with frozen hand picked berries, chex mix and parsnip chips. what a party! yeah I know, the parsnip chips didn't really fit, I must admit I was the one who brought those, and they were pretty strange, kinda bitter.

Anyhow - Laurelhurst Park and origami. It was kinda overcast and rainy. Strange, the weather said it would be 80 and 0% chance of percipitation. Ah well, we tucked ourselves under a tree in the park on a picnic bench, busted out the orange table cloth and made a whole huge mess. it was great. thanx ladies for a great time as usual!

Molly of NyankoChan.etsy is leaving Saturday for Japan where she is going to be studying in Tokyo for a year! How thrilling. She mentioned there may even be an opportunity to study with a traditional woodblock studio or some other traditional art form there - how amazing! Well, I for one hope she has a great time - the party was lots of fun. I know she must be crazy busy with getting ready to leave!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Laurelhurst Park Goodness

Etsy Tea Time in Laurelhurst Park

Sept 6th - it was a bopping good time - crafting goodness galore!

pictured to the left: Danielle making boxes for packaging (so cute!)

When I first arrived Lea was taking pictures in the perfect sunny yet cloudy outdoor light. I had to take pictures of her DIY setup - its brilliant. Cut the sides out of a box and tape on velum/tissue or some other semi-translucent paper, take outside for natural lighting:

I went and took some pictures of the lake in Laurelhurst... its just so beautiful, with all the ducks and Oregon lush goodness. Its particularily overgrown with algae at the moment though, so its kindof neon. And its roped off so people don't continue to throw bread to the cute ducks... thats what offset the algae balance problem...

Lots of people came today! Myself, Lea, Danielle, Judi, Mel, Jessi and her two youngest, Eliza, Sam, Audrey and her mom, Aimee and Mary. Whew thats a mouthful, and a lotta links! (please convo me reminders for links that i got wrong or forgot)

Crafting Goodness was happening right and left, there was felting and knitting, metalworking, paper-folding, popcorn eatting, lemondade making, trunk show planning... oh and I did a little mobile making.

Here you can see me showing off my brilliant new earrings from
MissPurl - and how they most amazingly and perfectly match the orange/red ring that I recently made myself. I am obsessed with orange. What better color of ring to make myself!