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3 Dec
2010

10 Things Loved in November

10 Things Loved November

1. Notebook paper tea towel – I got this from the WonderThunder Flatstock booth at Bumbershoot. Delightful.

2. Snowshoeing – We ventured out to Trillium Lake near Mt. Hood. Bring on winter.

3. Portland Chinese Garden – The Lan Su Chinese Garden is a little pocket of beauty in Old Town.

4. Mad Men – I am in love with this show! Perfect style and inspiration, and who could resist Don Draper at this price? I’m still planning a Mad Men inspired office. Stay tuned.

5. Tao of Tea – The teahouse at the Portland Chinese Garden is the perfect remedy for a rainy day.

6. EXPEDIT bookcase – I finally got an Expedit! I’m converting part of the family room into an office and crafty room, so I paired the 5×5 cube Expedit with a 2×4 cube on its side, and added the Expedit desk attachment.

7. ClarkLewis – I have been wanting to try this restaurant since, oh, the day it opened in 2004. Well, finally!

8. Ravenna chair at World Market – A great print, and perfect mix of new and old.

9. Thanksgiving dinner for two – Part New Seasons deli, part home cooked. Yum!

10. My new job – Yes, I did just get a new job five months ago. Same company, new position. This is great opportunity and what I’m calling “my big girl job.” (Jumps up and down, clapping.)

 

19 Aug
2010

The demise of reading and the Consolidated Pearl

I’ve had issues with reading recently… in that, I haven’t been. I suppose you can blame it on the summer and my time outdoors. I promise that when the weather turns sour, I’ll get back to the library and hit it hard. (Yes, another reason I’m planning my “13 books in 13 weeks” for a time of year when the sun sets at 4 p.m. and it rains 20 out of 30 days.)

Well, my lack of actual reading hasn’t kept me from the written, er, printed word. I visited the Portland Letterpress Printers’ fair last weekend. It was full of great letterpress cards and posters, and there also were a few tables with castaway press pieces. I picked up this awesome piece that says “Consolidated Pearl.” I imagined all kinds of turn of the century shipping or warehousing companies, or even a Portland company with Pearl District ties. After much Googling, I could only find one reference: the Consolidated Pearl Button Company listed in the 1906 copartnership and corporation directory for the Boroughs of Manhattan and the Bronx. Not too likely, but I have a thing for buttons, so I’ll take the association.

The piece has currently taken up residence on my mantel but I hope to find it a more permanent home when I tackle my home office project (#7 on my 30 before 30 list). I can see it happily sharing a space with my growing family of ampersands.

My favorite pieces at the fair were from these shops:

Keegan Meegan Letterpress

Ilfant Press

Twin Ravens Press