I picked up this vintage trim yesterday. I think it would make a great belt-really, I just like looking at it. I know nautical stuff is trendy right now, but I can't help but like it. So, I've listed some chicken stuff in the shop. If you want-go and take a look. If you'd like certain colors or a certain number of things-just let me know and I can stamp it up for you. Thanks for all the chicken love! And just for fun:
I went to a great fabric "thrift store" today and picked up some ribbons and trims for wrapping packages from the shop. It's so funny, sometimes I like packaging things more than making the things! That cannot be right.... I've been into the whole "spring" thing and in honor of all things seasonal carved a chicken stamp today. I am actually quite fond of chickens-check out this great photo. I hope to someday have a chicken as a pet. When I was little, my mom and brother kept chickens in the backyard. They were pretty cool but a little bit scary sometimes. Those suckers can run pretty fast and have sharp beaks! It is so trendy to have a chicken here in Portland. I think that is a pretty decent trend. Our neighbor down the street who lives in the cat house (they have a giant paper mache cat head on their porch) had their chickens roaming around in their front yard the other day. I love how that's normal here-yup chickens in the front yard -in a big city-that's normal.
I love working with stamps and block prints because I am such a sucker for prints and patterns. I love looking at my "blotting papers" after making a bunch of cards and seeing the random designs. Old fabric, vintage advertisements, funky wallpapers-I could look at all of these things for hours a day, weeks on end and not be bored. I found a great, "new to me" blog via jen (who, by the way has the best links ever) called ace jet 170. These amazing covers inspired me this morning and I made some new journals-can you see the inspiration?
As usual, they are available in my shop. I really, really have always wanted to try my hand at screen printing-anyone here in Portland have any ideas on where I can start?
I went to dinner the other night with my sister and brother-in-law. During the course of conversation she mentioned that it was the year anniversary of my Aunt Cindy's passing. A lot is going on right now, I just started a new part time job at a children's boutique, still working almost full time at the other place, a lot of wholesale stuff to get out, James' finals....remembering the events of one year ago kind of threw me for a loop.
So much has changed as far as my family is concerned. My brother had a baby, a niece and nephew of mine both have their licenses (I still don't!), my little sister is having a baby boy in July, my other sister was married and is living near, so many other things, too. Is this what it feels like when you grow up? Like everything and nothing is happening?
A year ago, I was working at the bank. I was just getting into the groove of selling on etsy. I wanted to move away so badly, perhaps secretly. I was so unsure of myself in many ways. Everything feels different now, happier, and easier in some ways.
We've been in Portland for TWO years now. I can't hardly believe it. I can't bring myself to change my ID. Isn't that sad? I think it is time, though. James and I were walking home from the grocery store last night and talked about how this was our home. I've said it before, but it just feels real now. And to be honest, a little scary.
Their is nothing crafty or pretty about this post. It is a beautiful day outside and I would love to go enjoy it before I have to head off to work. I just wanted to rid my mind of the swirling thoughts of the past few days, you know?