Idaho: The Gem State. Featuring a pair of hat-wearing Idaho spuds roasting marshmallows on an undoubtedly awesome camping trip in an Idaho forest. Also noteworthy are the friendly Idaho black bear and owl.
Along with about 15,000 other people, I spent last weekend at Crafty Wonderland in Portland. It was pretty intense. I made the mistake of wearing a long sleeve shirt and a wool sweater the first day and got real sweaty. But in the end the whole thing was definitely worth it. I had a lot of fun helping my brother out, and even got a few Christmas gifts while I was at it. Plus I always appreciate an excuse to spend some time in Portland.
We learned a ton about having a booth at one of these things. Most of them are specific to Derek and what he was selling (for example, he got an easel on Sunday morning to properly display the full ABC set), but the number one thing I learned was to eat a big breakfast. My energy was at zero by about 12pm. And finding a piece of wire in my chicken teriyaki didn’t really help things. Grrr.
Last weekend I got to visit the Portland Japanese Garden in Portland, OR for the first time. I sort of can’t believe that I grew up 20 minutes away and had never been there before. It was absolutely beautiful, and will now be on my list of touristy things to do in the city if anyone comes to visit. (I would also recommend taking the hour-long guided tour. It’s free and we learned a lot more than if we had wandered around on our own.)
Here are some photos of my trip.
Derek’s newest postcards are for sale on his Etsy site. These are 4×6 and are printed on 14pt C2S recycled card stock – in a nutshell, they’re really thick and durable. And you still have a few days left to get 10% off your orders in April! (Enter coupon code “April”.)
Washington is featuring: George Washington, Bigfoot, Mt. Rainier, a Willow Goldfinch, typical PNW attire, and of course coffee for all.
Oregon is featuring: A Portland-y beaver on the Portland waterfront, the Hawthorne Bridge, and a McMinnville UFO.