Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Mad Hatter

I also have some new fun appliqued hats for fall. For some reason my pictures didn't come out very well, so I'll have to be retaking them sometime soon. I sold one at the Alberta Street Fair to a "tween"-aged girl & looked so adorable on her!

I love all the different patterns of blank hats I ordered!

The hats are supposedly one size fits all, but each one is a slightly different size. The only complaint I have with the company I get all my blank apparel from, is their inconsistent sizing. Frustrating! But, the quality & price are awesome, so I deal.

As you can see, I just couldn't quite get the hats in focus. Doh! Time for a re-shoot ;-)

I've been busy job hunting & interviewing, so I haven't been able to focus on my etsy shop as much as I'd like. I need to get my butt in gear before the holiday season is over!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Newly Felt Up

As promised, I finally took some pictures of the latest Felt Up Tees items. I have some autumn-y stuff, baseball tees & sweatshirts, and some larger sizes -yay! Now I just have to get them listed on etsy!

Here's a size large sweatshirt with an atom design -

And a baseball tee with my little fawn. This one is a XL & my model is not, but it fits me really well - relaxed, but not overly baggy.

Last but not least, another sweatshirt. This one is hand stitched with red flannel diamond appliques. It's a XXL, so I have a much better variety of sizes now.

I have lots more, so I'll have additional show & tell pictures soon! I'm going to try to get everything up on etsy this week :-)

Thursday, October 2, 2008

I Swear This Isn't Turning Into a Biking Only Blog ;-)

I went for another bike ride today. I was back on the Springwater Trail again, but further west nearer to my 'hood in outer SE Portland. I biked down 92nd & connected to the trail there, rode east to 174th & looped around back home - about 14 miles in all. The trail is interesting in this section because it skirts along industrial, suburban & rural areas. One of my first views wasn't so pretty.

I couldn't tell if this was a garbage dump or a recycling center. It kind of looks like stuff was bailed together according to material.

The view quickly improved! From garbage to greenhouses in only a few blocks!

I ran across one of my favorite little creatures - fuzzy wuzzy caterpillars! I had totally forgotten about these guys while I was living in LA, but they are thick in Portland this time of year. They really are as soft as they look & have the honor of being one of very few types of bugs I like. This little guy was bookin along! I had a hard time getting a clear picture of him.

A little further east, it's easy to forget you are only about 10 miles from downtown Portland! I love the little pockets of rural life that manage to survive suburbanization.

Hard to believe this area is well within the Portland city limits & look at that sky!

I'm having a great time rediscovering my hometown. I have a job interview tomorrow (& the rain is supposed to be coming down pretty hard), so probably no biking for me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Little List To the Right

Have you noticed my recommended reading list over there on the right? It's a list of my favorite blogs. I don't always have time to look through them everyday, but I usually browse them all two or three times a week. Most are crafty related, but there are a few other random ones in there as well. One thing they all have in common are great pictures. I'll admit, I like the eye candy! The lovely images always inspire me & I end up reading so many great creative tips. It's always fun to get a little sneak peak into someone else's life, so if you have a few extra web surfing minutes give them a looksie :-)

I've managed to go biking the last three days straight! Today it was along the Marine Drive bike path past the airport & a bit up the 205 path & back. I am stiff & sore, you hit 30 & it's all downhill! I'm sure the fact that I haven't been on my bike regularly in a few months doesn't have a thing to do with it ;-)

Heading east on the Marine Drive bike bath. The Columbia River & Vancover, Washington on the other side.


Heading west on the bike path.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Today's Field Trip

I decided I better take advantage of what would probably be the last 80+ degree day of the year & get outside. My Aunt Sandra was nice enough to go for a bike ride with me on the Springwater Trail.

We started in Gresham's Main City Park, rode up to the end of the paved path near Boring, turned around & rode back to Linnemann Station, turned around again & rode back to Main City Park, about 10 miles in all.

The weather was gorgeous, but the high clouds had already started to roll in. Probably the last we will see of the sun until next July! We saw blue jays, robins, a cute little chipmunk, fuzzy black & orange caterpillars & a couple of bunny rabbits. My flash made this little guy look possessed, but he was very nice & let me get pretty close before he scampered into the under brush.

Back when I was little the Springwater Trail was still a working railroad track. It's pretty neat to see how well it's been transformed into a very nice mixed use trail. It's a part of the 40 Mile Loop, which was originally proposed in 1904 by the Olmsted Brothers to circle Portland & link it's many parks. A little over a hundred years later, it's almost complete. Better late than never, right?

I do love to bike (not cycle, as I avoid brightly colored spandex at all costs) & I once again live in one of the most pro-bike cities in the country, so I better get out there & explore all the paths & trails at my disposal!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I'm not just an etsy seller, I'm a buyer too!

I've gotten so many fabulous things on etsy that I've decided that I need to start showing off some of my pretties. I figure I'll do a little feature on one of my many goodies once every week or two.

First up is a lovely necklace & earring set I bought from Patricia Saab Designs as a little treat for myself after my move back to Portland.

I was really drawn to the necklace. I think it has a very deco feel to it, which I love! I figured the earrings would just be a nice bonus, but when I received them I realized the earrings are beautiful in their own right! They are perfect as a set with the necklace, but they also look great worn alone.

The handcrafted set consists of white freshwater pearls & natural jet. I originally "met" the designer through forum posts on, a website for pearl lovers/experts/nerds, so I knew her jewelry would be very high quality. Of course I was thrilled with my purchase :-)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

My Quirks

Beck over at Little Daisy Chains (and the maker of some of my favorite hair clippies) tagged me a few days ago to list six of my most infamous quirks, so here they are!

#1. I have The Toes of Death - with them I can pinch hard enough to draw blood. Go ahead & scoff at my powers, just watch out the next time I'm sitting next to you! Be warned, I don't even have to be barefoot - socks are no match for my inhuman toe strength!

#2. I talk to animals. I am certain they understand what I'm saying ;-) I'm no dog whisperer, it's pretty much just conversational. I'm also very polite if it's an animal I don't know, just ask Mr. Squirrel who I greeted on my walk today.

#3. I have a couple of pairs of heels I can't wear because they are excruciatingly painful (& I have a HIGH tolerance for both pain & suffering for fashion), but I can't bear to get rid of them they are so beautiful. The picture is actually of one of these pairs. Sometimes I take them out of the closet & just look at them... sigh.

#4. Two of my favorite books of all time are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through The Looking-Glass. The books are so much better & weirder than any of the movies! I absolutely love the original illustrations by John Tenniel. This one is my favorite, where Alice is trying to play croquet with a flamingo as a mallet & hedgehogs as the balls!

#5. My favorite drink of all time is water! Even as a kid I'd always choose water over soda or juice - yuck! Probably my only healthy habit ;-)

#6. I always eat around the edges of my Reese's Peanut Butter Cups first & save the peanut buttery goodness of the middle for last! Oh & they are my most favorite sweet ever & if you give me one I will be your best friend! One of my co-workers gave me a whole bag of them for my drive from LA to Portland & I wasn't really sure if I should thank her or curse her!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Featured on Indie Finds on Etsy!

The wonderful Dotty at Indie Finds on Etsy featured Felt Up Tees on her blog today!

Check it out here!

She also does great interviews with featured etsy sellers after their moment in the spotlight, so if you ever wanted to know how they are chosen or how their sales increase give her interviews a read!

And of course she has her own shop too, dottyral!

I love her little pincushion rings!

Thanks for the support :-)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Alberta Street Fair Pics

Finally here are some pictures from the Alberta Street Fair last Saturday!

I shared a booth with Urban Designs, here's all their pretties!

I had a couple of garment racks & a table.

See my purty new hats & tee designs? Now I just have to get them shot & loaded on to etsy!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Don't Call Me Shirley!

My airplane tee is in a super fun treasury on etsy! Clicky here to check it out!

I had very busy & fun weekend! I'll be posting some pictures soon :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008

Crafty Weekend - Come See Me!

So, as you all know this is a very busy weekend for me! On Saturday I'll be at the Alberta Street Fair.

The fair runs from 11am-6pm & our booth is #57 on the south side of Alberta between 16th & 17th. I'm sharing the booth with my friends Jen & Sarah aka Urban Designs, so our booth will be double the fun!

On Sunday you can all get Felt Up at Crafty Wonderland!

Crafty Wonderland is at the Doug Fir Lounge on 830 E Burnside from 11am-4pm. I'll be against the wall... somewhere. That's all the top secret info I was allowed so far ;-) Along with all the vendors, they also have a free DYI table with a bead earring project. Good times for all!

So in conclusion, come out & see me this weekend! As you all know, I'm a pretty fun girl. Brave the hippies, patchouli & dreadlocks & soak in the splendor that is Portland, Oregon ;-)

Thursday, September 11, 2008

My New Super Model

Since I've moved, I can no longer borrow the sweet antique dress form I used to use for all my t-shirt photos, so I've decided to try using a real models for a bit.

Here's my first recruit, the very talented Riley!

I am lucky I have cute kids in my family I can borrow from time to time :-) There are a few more I might also have to bribe with free t-shirts & slurpees!

Here's another of my new kid's shirts I'll be selling at the Alberta Street Fair & Crafty Wonderland this weekend -

I'm really happy with the way that one turned out! I only have a couple of them, but I'll be ordering more of the pink argyle shirts. Too bad they don't come in adult sizes, or I would totally be making one for myself!

Here's one last parting shot of my favorite little ham :-) She certainly brings way more personality to my tees than any boring old mannequin could!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

I'm Awfully Fawn-ed Of You!

Here's a sneak peak at my new little fawn design. I've put her on tees for kids & adults & adult baseball tees. I'm taking them to my craft fairs this weekend & whatever is left over will go up on my etsy shop next week.

I'm also happy to do a custom shirt, so if you'd like this dear little deer on a specific size/color of t-shirt just let me know :-)

I've got lots of felted shirts just about ready, but I need to do some serious stitching tonight & tomorrow! I stuck with blue this time around, but what other color combos do you think would look good with the fawn?

Busy Little Bee

I was busy today getting new tees ready for the weekend. I have oodles of felted & screen printed designs & I'm really excited about my new fall sweatshirts. I'll have pictures up soon.

I also headed over to Target (French pronounciation, si vous plait!) & bought a couple of these...

for my craft show booths. Along with matching coat hangers - I'm first class all the way ;-)

Also I was in the sponser spotlight on Modish a few days ago & forgot to share! Check it out here

Monday, September 8, 2008

Fall Fun - Now or Later?

I've always wanted to go to the Corn Maize at the Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island, but for some reason never have. It seems like it would be fun to do in October, but by that time it's usually all rainy & muddy. I'm thinking I should do it soon while the weather is still nice, although it won't be as seasonally appropriate. Why's it got to be so rainy around here? :-p

They also have a barn with farm animals for petting! Good times for me! There is always the risk that I might take one home. I will probably need a designated adult for supervision!

So what do you think - go now while the weather is still beautiful, or wait till it's really fall & hope for a rainless, minimally muddy day?

Friday, September 5, 2008

Promo Materials

Today I'm organizing my promo stuff. I have postcards with a free shipping code, stickers, magnets, business cards & etsy buttons with my URL. I'll be giving these away at the craft fairs I'm attending. I'm also sending some to other etsy sellers who put together etsy promo packs & hand them out at fairs & bazaars they attend.

If you'd like any of my wonderful goodies to hand out or to keep for yourself just let me know, I'd be happy to send some your way!

I'm not sure what my return on investment for these promo materials will be, but they sure are fun to have & hand out ;-) Like any girl who grew up in the eighties, I love my stickers & buttons, and of course I'm happy to trade!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Get Felt Up In Person!

Along with Crafty Wonderland on September 14, I'll be at the Alberta Street Fair on September 13. I'll be sharing a booth with my friends Jen & Sarah, aka Urban Designs. Come see my shirts & you can check out their awesome jewelry & hair flair, too!

I've attended Last Thursday on Alberta Street & if the street fair is anything like it there will be LOTS to do & see! Just remember to get there early, or parking will be a bear :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

An Oregonian Once Again

So after almost exactly 15 hours & a mere 971 miles, I'm back in my hometown. With the help of a few elves, I got pretty much all unpacked & settled in yesterday. I can't stand having stuff in boxes! All my t-shirt supplies are organized & ready to go, so expect to see some new designs in the next week or so. I'll be adding some sweatshirts & hats into the mix too, as chilly fall weather is right around the corner.

To celebrate my move & clear out some older stock I'm offering a free shipping special on Etsy Secrets. If you haven't already checked it out, Etsy Secrets is a great blog where shop owners post coupon codes for their stores. You can find my "secret" free shipping code here.

Oh and one random thing! Before I left LA, a friend & I went to Sports Chalet to look for a bike rack for my car & I found the hat pictured below. What sort of sport or athletic activity requires this hat for participation??? I'm thinking something that is only popular with Scandinavians... or perhaps Canadians.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Good Times In Simi Valley

Well, I can wholeheartedly recommend visiting the Reagan Presidential Library! Even my reluctant partner in crime ended up having a good time & was bummed closing time arrived so quickly. Along with Air Force 1 (not as glitzy as the Lisa Marie, but nicer than any jet I've been on) there is a Marine 1 helicopter, Reagan's limo & motorcade.

There are many other interesting exhibits, such as a full scale replica of the Oval Office. We wished we had more time to poke around & check everything out. There was definitely more to see than we had expected. We hit up the gift store on the way out, so a couple of my lucky family members will have a cheap & cheesy memento coming their way!

Once you exit the library/museum there is a piece of the Berlin Wall on display in the garden & a little further down the path is Reagan's tomb. Once again not as fancy as Elvis', but I suppose more fitting for a head of state.

The grounds of the library are gorgeous & the Simi Valley views from the hilltop location are stunning. There are picnic tables & shade trees outside, and Danielle & I thought we should make a day of it sometime & bring a picnic lunch. No, surprisingly enough we are not eligible for AARP membership yet :-p