Wednesday, July 20, 2011
I'm really excited to open an Etsy shop! Some of you may love and know what etsy is all about. Others may be wondering what secret language I'm talking about.
Etsy is an online marketplace connecting buyers and sellers. It is a great place to sell handmade & vintage items. Their mission is to help you Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade. Click here for a quick video you can watch about Etsy.
Here is a little bit about the process:
Over the past few months, I've known that I've wanted to make and sell handmade goods. However, I had no clue what these goods would be! I wanted to make something that was unique, that perhaps many people hadn't thought of yet! Since my passion for quilting was growing, I thought quilted pillow covers would be perfect! I moved forward with this idea, however, I thought I must make something else that would be cheaper and quicker to make. My love of fabric, paper, and combining combinations has always been my favorite process of quilting. One day the thought dawned on me to make cards out of quilt blocks! I thought that surely there were many of these types of cards out there. I searched and searched, and I haven't been able to find cards that capture what I'm trying to achieve: modern, fresh, fabric cards!
I'm excited to see what happens with this new venture! I'll slowly be putting up new cards throughout this week and I'll notify you all here when I do! :)
Let me know what you think and if you've seen anything like this before! I'd love to hear thoughts!
Friday, July 15, 2011
Since being in Portland, Chris has been having lots of fun finding new pieces! He's been searching garage sales, estate sales, flea markets, and of course Craigslist! We found the ottoman at a garage sale, and the trunk at a flea market. Put it together and we have a new side table!
Chris did all of the work, I just took the pics! We love the new table and we are excited to make more pieces like this!
Happy Friday! A friend of mine (Erica) happens to be coming to Portland this weekend, so I'm picking her up at the Airport in half an hour. I'm excited to see her, it's been over a year!
My other weekend plans include seeing the new Harry Potter, working at Paper Source, and making cards! I'm about to introduce my new etsy store. I haven't shown any of the products I've been making, but I will next week! Stay tuned Monday for a big reveal! :)
What plans do you have for the weekend?
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Yesterday, I decided to check out Alberta Street in NE Portland. It's about 10 minutes from my house and it's a great little street! There are a few Pine State's Biscuits around town, but I haven't made it in since there is always a long line! I came around closing time (2pm) and they let me grab a bit just as they were closing. The food is amazing! I will definitely be taking friends and family who visit here! They have a lot to choose from on their menu including sandwiches and such. The stewed apples were calling my name and I wanted to try out their biscuits. Perfect "breakfast"!
Also, right next door is an amazing fabric store, Bolt, and a yarn shop, Close Knits. Then down the street is a fun little craft store, Collage. All of these stores offer classes and free get-togethers, I'm going to attend a few and meet some new like-minded people! I'll let you all know how they go! :)
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
I'll be the first to admit that I've killed every plant that has entered into my home. I love plants, flowers, and the life they bring into a room. However, my ability to keep them well-fed as never been my strong suit. This doesn't deter me from trying again though! I've been eyeing lots of terrariums and my friend, Kirsten, from Fairy Tale Flowers, encouraged me to make my own. With her expertise & guidance, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that my thumb turned from black to green in Portland!
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
I've been getting lost, turned around, and familiarizing myself to this new town. It's pretty easy to navigate as streets are numbered, and it is basically laid out in a quadrant. However, there are still dead end streets and narrow streets to navigate. I'm also taking the Max (the rail system here) to work at Paper Source as parking is a bear. I really like the flexibility and being able to read on the train! It does take longer, but right now I don't mind that so much!