Tuesday, January 25, 2011
We did find a fun British tea and gift shop across the street and enjoyed finding Turkish Delights, violet chocolates and some other genuine British goodies. Cerise tried hard to get the owner to say holiday (it was Martin Luther King day when we went) as she loves the British accent that comes out as 'alliday (see "Chicken Run", the movie. We did use the loo and would like to go back to Lady Di's for a formal tea. I will pass on the bangers.
Our very last stop was at Nordstroms to get our parking garage ticket validated in Portland. We purchased a couple of lipsticks from the Mac counter and then wandered past the shoe department to laugh at the ridiulous price of designer shoes. Ballet flats for $800? Really Prada? Tiny sandals for $900. Come on Manolo Blahnik. Jimmy Choo, I can't wear your shoes!
And that was part 3 of our fun day trip to Portland!
We can't wait to go again.
In anticipation of our giveaway to come next week I thought I'd share the last (I think?) Give Away over at Meyer Imports. I love these guys. I just got some really great glitter samples in the mail today that I can't wait to play with!! Thanks John!!
I told you this was going to be the month of Give Aways. First we gave away the Mega Mini Craft Set. Then theCrystal Glitter Set. And last week the Valentine Glitter Set. And I told you this last one was going to be big. How big? Well that it depends on the number of comments.
Here is an FAQ on this offer:
- What's in the pile? Who knows!
- How much is there? A lot!
- Is it new stuff or old vintage parts and pieces? Yes!
- Does it include Glitter, Beads and Crystals or just Miniatures? Yes!
- How do I win it? Leave a comment!
- How do I make the pile even bigger? Tell a friend to leave a comment!
- You mean, that with every comment, more items get added to the pile? Yes!
- What if a million people leave comments? I'll rent a moving van!
- How much will I really get if I win? A very large box!
- Really? Yes!
- Cross your heart and pinky swear? Yes!
Our iron clad promise to you. The Meyer Imports Pinky Swear!
Well, sounds great. Are there any more details? Yes read below!
I have lots of odds and ends I want to give away. Some items might be considered junk, some items might be treasures. I just can't tell, so you will need to figure it out. And, we are serious, the more comments we get, the bigger the pile will get. Kind of like a Mega Lottery. The larger the pool of players, the larger the prize for the person who wins!
So tell your friends, jump on to Facebook, Tweet, tweet, tweet away on this one. We are going to run this one for two weeks to give everyone a chance to hear about it, so on SUPER BOWL Weekend, the major announcement will be made and the winner will be unveiled!
Let's have some fun with this one, cause that is what it is all about!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Knit Purl is an amazing yarn and fiber store that has an incredible array of sumptuous fibers. It is very comfortable with cushy chairs, wonderfully helpful clerks and lots of books and patterns. Often there are people sitting and knitting and getting help as needed. An interesting fiber blend that was new to me is Seacell, a seaweed deriviative. There is a wool (70%) and Seacell (30%) blend in sock weight and a silk (70%) and Seacell (30%) blend in laceweight. There was also a blend with fique, a plant fiber from the Agavaceae family, closely related to agave and pineapple. This is an amazing fiber that was used extensively by pre-columbians to make rope, clothing, baskets and hammocks and has been "rediscovered." It is very strong and feels similar to hemp or linen. There was a silk and stainless steel blend, too.
I had to hold in my own hand a 100% Pashmina. This is the softest yarn ever, but at $55.50 for a 50 gram skein you'd have to knit up something really special! For more exotics they also carry bison yarn and qikiuk yarn. In the end Cerise settled on a nice bright red merino wool blend to make a shawl. I went to Josephine's Dry Goods mainly for their wall of buttons! But they also carry some splendid fine fabrics that you won't find in any chain store. Linens, wools, silks... unique patterns and if you ever were to tackle making a wedding dress that is the place to go. They are very helpful and are always working on projects so you can see patterns come to life. And they sell their samples, two of which I bought last time we visited. I stuck with the button wall and selected several buttons while Cerise chose a very cute cotton print to make a blouse and a pattern. Go to their facebook page to see some of their finished products. I LOVE the Vogue skirt in houndstooth wool.
Look for Part 3: Shops in Lake Oswego and Nordstrom's (is not so much for us)
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
New Cascadia is a dedicated gluten free bakery in Portland. We heard a lot about them and were anxious to see their offerings. Their website has photos of luscious cupcakes. Sadly, the shelves and trays were empty except for 2 chocolate chip cookies, a galette, four orange scones, two small loaves of bread and 2 large loaves of bread. You notice these things when you rarely get to eat baked goods! The lady in front of us ordered coffee and got one loaf of bread. I yelled for the galette while Cerise was asking questions and a lady walked in behind us with two little girls who wanted cupcakes. Her mom said, "Oh look, two cookies left." Damn, I wanted those! I let them go and waited to get the clerks attention again to get the rest of the bread; Cerise got one and I wanted the other two. Before I could ask, the lady with the two kids got another clerk from the back and got "my" bread. They didn't even get the cookies! Still, Cerise and I split the galette (yummy with almond paste and fruit) and took our small loaves, vowing to stop at New Cascadia first next trip. Their seeded bread is pictured above. It is fantastic!
The Thai Peacock really was some of the best Thai food we ever had. We had the Thai Peacock Curry and Mango Paradise. We could have split one dish and had plenty of food left. They will make it hot to mild. Ours was pretty hot and only made us cry a little! I highly recommend them if you get to Portland.
More on the craft portion of our trip later!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
WEEK THREE Give Away! Valentine's German Glass Glitter Set
We have now closed WEEK TWO's giveaway and are moving into WEEK THREE! This one will be open for comments until next Saturday (Jan 22) when we will then announce the winner and round the corner into Week Four!Remember, week four is going to be really, really big, that's when we give away the Small Mountain of KraftKrap. Yep, it is going to be big, but that one is next week......
This weeks give away is just in time for all our Valentine's Day Crafters! It is our world famous set of Glitters THAT YOU JUST MUST HAVE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY (ok shouting all done...)
This set includes Four 1 ounce packages. Colors: Old Rose, Red, Deep Red and Rose Pastel. All in our most popular grain size, or 90 Grit. You can see more about it in our storehere.
To win, all we ask it that you leave a comment to this post, maybe tell a friend, and share a picture of what you create with this beautiful set. And remember, next Saturday we will announce the one lucky winner of this great set!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
There was a little bit of leather in the boxes and Cerise picked up some additional scraps from a craft store. She opted for cutting and hand-sewing a passport cover which became another hand-made gift. I opted to mess around with the stamping and carving tools to make some coasters, one of the items still in the box. So far I have two silly coasters, one with a gnome and one with a mushroom on it. I treasure this small gift from my father.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Saturday, January 8, 2011
These are a different look from our standard glass glitter, Translucent Glass Glitter Crystals! This is what our glass glitter looks like without it's sterling silver coating. Use to layer over other colors or use on a white or light background for a pure, pastel color!
We will only run this Give Away for one week, so get your comments in to make sure you are in the running for this really nice set! The winner will get a package that include a generous amount of EACH of our five Glitter Crystals.
We have had these in our catalog for a while, but most people go for the more sparkly Glass Glitter, but you have to give these little Crystals a chance! Play with them, create something wonderful.
Friday, January 7, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
I've got some heart themed ideas for Valentine's Day but I'm thinking more gifts than decor since it's not really a party occasion. My most exciting upcoming crafting ideas are for Easter and spring garden parties. I am planning a Mad Hatter party (yes, you must have a fabulous hat to attend) that will be held outside in a wonderful fabric tent. This will hopefully be complete with handmade napkins and bunting and whatever else I can think up for this party.
Though the hatter party and bunny bunting are beckoning, tonight will be reserved for knitting and heart terrariums.
Cerise : )
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Saturday, January 1, 2011