I leave for Portland in less than a week...I'm getting very excited!
Hope you all have a lovely Monday.
I'm off to prep for the big weekend...
p.s. I'm collecting inspirational bits over at Pinterest if you'd like to join me...I know I'm late to the trend, couldn't resist it any longer!
In a couple weeks I'll be heading back to Portland for a little while. Chelsea and I will be hosting Little Winter and I'll be visiting some friends and family, too. As I prepare all the little details for the market I'll be sharing some of my favorite Portland spots with you here on the blog.
The shots above were taken over the past couple of years at my favorite Portland restaurant: Clyde Common. Hope you enjoy.
I really do love this song, though.
The nice thing about saying goodbye to Portland people and places was knowing that I will return there this November for a very special event.
Right now I am putting together a little book of all of my favorite things about Portland. It's actually gonna be a bit bigger than little-but you get the idea. Just something self published-nothing fancy-but it'll keep me busy for awhile.
Hope you are having a lovely Sunday!
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and P.S. I've gotten some inquiries about when I'll be reopening my photo shop and my etsy shop. I'm not exactly sure-but email me at abbytryagain(at)gmail.com and I'll send you an email when I do. Thanks!
Remember how yesterday how I said I had a bunch of "Portland" post lined up...well here's the first of those.
If you read other Portland blogs, you have probably heard of our Ace Hotel.
Occupying the space of the old Clyde Hotel (think place where Drugstore Cowboy was filmed), the Ace is a beautiful mix of modern, recycled, classy and hipster Portland style. Gorgeous woods and tile work make you feel like you are walking into another era but murals painted by modern artists remind you that you're not.
To me, the Ace is a perfect blend of old and new, high and low. Sleep in locally produced Pendleton blankets, listen to records on your rooms' player and run down stairs for some delicious take out from Clyde Common and you'll be satisfied.
Sometimes I have an aversion to overly hip places-but the Ace actually feels very homey and has got all the details just right.
You can find out lots more about the hotel at their website here.
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Another exciting thing about the Ace is their gorgeous event space, The Cleaners. The Cleaners has gorgeous, gigantic windows and restored fir floors making it the perfect backdrop for events. And one exciting piece of news is that I'm helping to organize a hand made holiday sale there in November! More details on that later...can't wait to share.
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Today is the last day to enter my mega giveaway over at Poppy and Leo. And I just finished my last clearance shop update. I relisted a bunch of my best sellers that had previously sold out (like the apricot blossoms, thistles, pincushions, and spools prints). Remember-shop closes on May 9th and then I'll reopen sometime in June.
Five years ago this week I started blogging.
(Please don't go back through my archives and my old blog...they are just embarrassing at this point-ha!)
I feel like everything has come full circle in those five years.
I have grown and changed-but much stays the same and now I am about to experience a new chapter. It just seems appropriate...
Well, since we are heading to Texas, I am going to dismantle my "Portland Places" blog and move the posts over here under a special category. It's a bit of a shame, too-because I have about a dozen posts lined up that I never got around to finishing. I guess I will just post them here :)
Above are some shots from a project Summer and I worked on. The project was destined for an international publication and featured Summer's favorite Portland spots. When I saw it's "Portland Week" on her blog-I decided now would be a perfect time to post some of these.
I'm going to feature more on each place in the upcoming days...maybe it'll be my last love letter to Portland? :)
I hope you had a chance to enter my mega-giveaway over at Poppy & Leo!
And a big thanks to all of those who have ordered from my clearance shop-remember-I close up shop on May 9th if you're interested in snagging a little something from me.
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Ok-off to pack! Hope you all have a lovely day.
Case in point: I make plans with Cori and say only "let's have lunch in St. John's and maybe shoot pics" and what does the girl do? Shows up wearing super cute tights, Polaroid and funky umbrella in tow, and a change of shoes-just in case we need a different shot.
She knows what's up.
Seriously one of the prettiest things in Portland.
Thank you for all of the nice comments about Portland Places and also for all the nice comments lately about my work. It was a really scary and tough decision to leave my day job in order to pursue this...but your support has made it a lot easier.
(And I still have some sponsorship/advertising spots left for February. The spots start as low as $20 and are meant for small businesses, indie crafters, and artists. Please email me at abbytryagain@gmail(dot)com if you are interested.)
The other day I went with my girlfriends to Blueplate.
Seriously amazing sliders were eaten (with tomato, cheddar and ridiculously good basil mayo) and yummy soda fountain drinks were had.
I like special times like that.
I felt a bit like I was being transported into another era, a more simple time.
But let's be real, things were never all that simple I am sure.
We can dream, though!
Have you done anything special lately?
This morning I had breakfast out with my friend Summer.
We went to The Original: A Dinerant.
I have to admit, I love this place!
My food was so-so, everything was a bit too "done" for my liking (overcooked egg, very brown biscuit and hard bacon) but I really couldn't care because the place was gorgeous.
I used to work at a bank less than a block away and let me tell you, the corner that The Original sits on used to be SCARY CRACK ALLEY.
But today, it's gorgeous mid century modern interior, sweet art and floor to ceiling windows made me feel like Portland is actually becoming a city.
I'm thinking next time I go I'll order the pancakes and sit upstairs.
Tomorrow is the breakfast week-thanks for following (and playing) along.
Because I've dubbed this week "unofficial breakfast week" I thought I'd go all out and write up a little guide to my favorite coffee shops and breakfast joints.
Here are my favorite coffee shops in no particular order:
Extracto Coffee House
2921 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211-6811
I'll be the first to admit, I'm partial to Extracto because it is just so darn close to my house. But it's great for lots of other reasons, too. For one, the owners roast their own beans and do a darn good job of it.
The atmosphere is laid back and the place is always fairly quiet and chill. They serve a delicious quince iced tea and always have neat art on the walls. Their pastry selection isn't large, but is sure to include fresh, lovely items.
Random Order Coffeehouse and Bakery1800 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
At Random Order you are sure to get a delicious cup of Stumptown coffee but the best part about this cozy place is their food selection.
Here they serve the most delicious fried egg sandwiches made with Peal Bakery breads, home made seasonal pies and out of this world muffins. The atmosphere can be crowded at times, but is always bustling and warm. Come early on weekends and try their monstrous strata-you won't be disappointed.
Half & Half
923 SW Oak St, Portlandblog here
Half & Half is a tiny little shop near Powell's books. the scene is so very "Portland" if that makes any sense. Bright colors, funny music and interesting people abound at this lovely spot. A fledgling coffee brand, Courier Coffee is delivered by bike and served fresh here. You are sure to find something yummy to eat. If you do make it down here, catch a little sunshine at an outdoor table and pop into Reading Frenzy right next door.
Stumptown Coffee (located in the Lobby of The ACE hotel)1026 SW Stark
Portland, OR 97205
Okay, Stumptown coffee is said to be some of the best in the world. Why wouldn't you want to enjoy it in the lobby of this awesome hotel? And there's a photobooth...need I say more?
I hoped you enjoyed this little guide.
I'd love to hear about any of your favorite coffee shops.