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.