Friday, October 31, 2008

Got Craft! Got Craft! Got Craft!

Thanks to Jamie from FORT for the design and artwork! For a look at the poster, go visit the got craft blog.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Career Expo 2008

I know I have not been blogging as much as I would like to lately, but here are some pictures of an event we just completed.

Working with FTX West, lotus events coordinated the day of management, logistics, volunteers, vendor relations and layout for the first annual Career Expo that took place yesterday at the Heritage Hall. Presented by FTX West and in partnership with MPPIA this event included over 18 exhibitors and was a part of the Motion Picture Industry Week.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Got Craft

50 Got Craft vendors have just been announced for the December 7th event. Go check out the got craft blog for a full list of names and links. Website will be updated soon with images.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

my new cup

Do you love my new lemon cup as much as I do!?

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

we're back!

Actually, we got back last Sunday. We flew back to Portland from San Francisco on Friday and was absolutely exhausted. Which also happens to be the same time when the blog posts ended. :) We spent Saturday in Portland and then headed over to Olympia late in the afternoon. No pictures there either - sorry. After one night in Olympia, we headed over to Seattle Sunday morning and then drove all the way home.

Some of you may know that I was super excited to go see Plush You in Seattle and finally meet Kristen. I made sure that the shop was going to be open as we were passing through Seattle on Sunday. So, I was totally bummed when we got there and it was CLOSED!!! O... the horror.

Here are some shots from the window. This is as close as I got.

We decided to head over to Top Pot Doughnuts for a doughnut (duh!) and a coffee.

Rob had the Go Hawks doughnut. Not because he was a fan, but because he wanted the chocolate cake doughnut.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

last day in san francisco

Bad news: Cable car broke down today :(
Good news: Discovered North Beach and had dinner with Barbara Casey!!

It must be bring your bike to work day. The next street was completely full as well.

Gorgeous houses by North Beach (aka little Italy)

Mama's in North Beach. We didn't join the line up, but supposedly it has the best breakfast in town!

Beautiful cathedral next to Mama's by Washington Square.

We stopped for a coffee at La Boulange in North Beach. I wanted a macaron, but didn't end up getting one. By the way, yes, they serve their coffee in GIANT ceramic bowls.

We leave tomorrow morning back to Portland. San Francisco I will miss you. xo

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

SF continued..

We walked and walked and saw parts of San Francisco that not many people do.

10 blocks off of Market Street is the Mission District. A cross between Commercial Drive and Main Street. Here, we visited the Curiosity Shop. The Curiosity Shop is owned and operated by the dynamic DIY team you find on design*sponge each week. I made the trek over there to see Annie Galvin's 49 Reasons Why featuring paintings inspired by San Francisco's iconic 49 Mile Scenic Drive (road sign pictured below).

(cool shops in Mission)

Then we headed to Westfield Shopping Center to use the bathroom :) Look at the mounds of ice cream at the food court!

Somehow we ended up at the Farmer's Market in Civic Center and City Hall. Plus, we found this Vietnamese restaurant on the corner of Larkin and Eddy with a HUGE line up outside - Score! Can't wait to try it. It reminds me of Au Petit on Main Street. Yum.

We have a coffee date tomorrow. Barbara Casey from I Do Wedding Photography will be in San Francisco after visiting her family in the UK. We hope to make our way to North Beach in the morning and then meet her in Union Square. Tomorrow is our last full day in San Francisco before we head back to Portland on Friday!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

more of the bay city

Not too much to write about today. We walked through Chinatown (picture from an alley in Chinatown) and the design district and made our way to the Ferry Market. We then hopped onto the F Market Streetcar and took it to the pier. Once at the pier, we walked over to Boudin for one of their famous clam chowder bread bowl and then walked over to Ghirardelli Square. Here is where we checked out the new English tea room called Crown & Crumpet as featured here on sfgirlbybay's blog.

We didn't try the tea for two, but I did pick up a wooden spool shaped like a mushroom. They had lots of cute items in their gift shop!

Last, but not least, we headed over to Japan town. All the sushi there made us drool, but we had thanksgiving left overs waiting for us at "home". On our way to the bus stop, we did bump into the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. This was one of their outdoor exhibits. Each neon green cord runs to a solar powered panel on the roof and it lights up in the evening. The second picture shows the cord running along the entrance and around the door.

Monday, October 13, 2008

san francisco

I have been to San Francisco too many times to count. I love this place and it is good to be back!

After a quick flight from Portland, we met Sandra at the Sheraton Palace on Market Street so that she could hand over the keys to our rental place. Isn't the dining room gorgeous? You don't see too many hotels looking like this anymore. So European!

This is the hill that we will be climbing on a daily basis.

This is a picture of our rental cottage. It is near Mason and Pine Street. We have the first floor and there are apartments above us. Here are a few quick snaps from the inside.

We didn't accomplish much today, but we rode the California line all the way to the end and did a small Thanksgiving shop at Whole Foods. I love this tree just pass Van Ness Street.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

newport & crafty wonderland

I have been waiting months to try Dutch Brothers coffee and I finally did it in Newport! Well worth the wait! The cups are rather odd though. It's more like a sippy cup. Perfect for me though. I'm prone to spilling coffee even when there is a lid on it!

We made it into Portland yesterday and spent the weekend cruising our usual spots, plus exploring some new places. We went to the Doug Fir Lounge to meet Torie and Cathy from Crafty Wonderland, but ended up just meeting Cathy as Torie just had a baby and couldn't make it. As I mentioned before, this is the first time that Got Craft and Crafty Wonderland will be cross promoting each others' Christmas craft fairs. We hope to make it down to their holiday show on December 14th and will hopefully be giving them a helping hand where needed.

On a side note, we have been bouncing this idea around for awhile now, but would anybody out there be interested in a monthly craft show?! This would definitely be smaller than the one at the Legion.. perhaps somewhere on Main Street... held monthly.. all handmade... thoughts?

I bought way too much stuff today.. small ceramic cooking pots, a pair of shoes, a vintage handbag and this awesome pin from Dena Drake. Check out her creations here. At first glance it looks like the images are silk screened onto felt, but they are actually hand embroidered.

We leave for San Francisco first thing tomorrow morning.. stay tuned for more.

Friday, October 10, 2008

olympia, cannon beach & tillamook

Day 1... here are some shots of Olympia ...

look at this teeny door and safe in the wall!

tiled mural found in an alley way

crossing the Columbia River Bridge on one of the longest bridges ever to Astoria and then to Cannon Beach...

I love pelicans. Not sure why as I have the biggest bird phobia, but they are so cool!

Then we drove further down South to Tillamook...

Tillamook cheese factory! Yum. Rob and I made two rounds past the tasting table :) Sharp cheddar has my vote! Did you know that sharp cheddar is aged for 2 years+ while medium cheddar is aged for 9 months?

Those large, orange blocks are cheddar cheese!

Day one comes to an end. Stay tuned for more!
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