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.
This photo doesn’t do the chaos justice, but people were lined up at 7am (doors didn’t open until 11am). Yikes.
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.)
While I have had an incredible, sunny, relaxing weekend in New Orleans it is always nice to come home. Until I can post pictures from my adventures in Louisiana, I’ll leave you with some home town Seattle photos.
A sunset in Fremont.
The downtown Seattle waterfront.
After 8 years in this city, I still love visiting Pike Place Market.
The gum wall in Post Alley. I've decided my worst nightmare is having my face pushed into it.
Some Portland fashion in Seattle. This is my friend Mike. He's so moustachey.
I've always wanted to make a hooded cape/capelet/cloak, but for some reason I never had until a couple of days ago. Personally I think they're the perfect thing on a chilly day to throw on over an outfit you don't want hidden. Plus if it's raining - you have a hood. Magic.
The rest of my outfit:
Sweater: Forever 21
Blouse: Banana Republic, thrifted from What’s Upstairs in Portland
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Belt: Forever 21
Earrings: Boutique in Portland
I made this blouse last year to be worn down the runway at Seattle Fashion Week. I thought about putting in my ‘sample sale‘ section on Etsy…but the longer I looked at it, the more I was bothered by it’s imperfections. So instead I sold it to Buffalo Exchange in Portland for a whopping $15. (Divided by the time spent means I made about negative 10 cents an hour.)
The rest of the ensemble:
Jacket: Made by me
Jeans: Forever 21
Earrings: Made by me