I first moved to Portland, Oregon after a messy breakup almost ten years ago. I healed, but I was not dialed in and did not enjoy the city as much as I should have. I settled in stumptown for good 6 years ago after a brief re-visit of NYC. This time around I fell in love, with a man and with this fair city. One of the biggest reasons I love it here is because I have hiking buddies and I get to see beautiful waterfalls regularly like Wahkeena, Wahclella, Multnomah, and Latourell.
I also like the look of my current hometown, with gorgeous glass and concrete structures against the backdrop of lush Forest Park and alive with beautiful bridges like Fremont, Steel, and my favorite – St Johns. And welcoming you to this wonderland is the famous Portland, Oregon White Stag sign! Such a beauty.
Another reason to celebrate living in the Pacific Northwest is the birds! I see them in the city, floating above me, crows cawing, chickens clucking in neighboring yards, I see them in Forest Park at the Audobon Society, I see owls and auks and gulls and eagles and osprey and hawks on my hikes, and I see them as paintings and earrings and cuffs in my workstation at least once a week. That vile show that has contributed to messing with the vibe here in Portland joked about putting birds on things and I willingly live up to the silly stereotype.
I would be a fool if I didn’t mention the crown jewel of Portland, Mt Hood! The mountain is ever-present looming behind the city to the east, inspiring and beckoning all who see it’s granduer. One of my favorite views of the mountain is from Mirror Lake, a popular hike in my area.
Honorable mention goes out to the vibrant bike culture of Portland. And also the trees. My two favorite trees here are the Douglas Fir and the Ponderosa Pine! These things I have mentioned and many, many more keep me inspired and creations based on them take up permanent residence in my Etsy shop.
Who knows where my adventures will take me this year? I know the area still has gems to reveal and with my new hiking buddies and my dearest, frequent hiking companion Seasons ready to discover them with me I am sure to be inspired to create all year long. Stay tuned!
Let’s start at the end. Pictured above is Ramona Falls. It worked out to be an 8 mile hike today. As you can see, the payoff was worth the work. The view, the woods, and the mist cleared my head after a relatively busy work week.
This glorious beauty above is labradorite. The extra flashy cabochon is set with sterling silver on a shimmering sterling rope chain. Get it Here.
For the first time in my life I am working on things that will pay off 2,3,4,5 months down the line. That said, this week had me busting my butt to make painted pet portraits for the first luxury pet shop to carry my line, FOR PAWS In Portland, Oregon. I also worked on some Star Wars themed pieces that will hang for a May the 4th… event, but you can get first dibs on these two right now!
The Rebel Leia / 8×8″ acrylic on wood, $60
My very favorite Star Wars character, “Ahsoka Tano” acrylic on board, framed / 8×10″ $75
If you don’t find yourself in Portland and are unable to snag some of my popular pet earrings at For Paws, never fear! You can commission me to make your very own!
In addition to the Star Wars pieces I also made 3 science fiction themed pieces for another group show including Lovely Faye Valentine above!
All of these creations and more kept me quite busy all week, but don’t expect a slow-down. I have 3 more shows in May to prepare for as well as a whole lot of jewelry to create so that my site stays fresh! Stay tuned! And feel free to shout out any and all special requests you might have. I try to accommodate everyone.
I have not written anything political on my blog and I often shy away from engaging about the current political scene on social media as the harsh words come from every side.
I have given a small sum of money to the Bernie Sanders campaign and continue to do so the only way I am able. I have made three pairs of Bernie inspired earrings and when any of them sell – half of the proceeds are donated.
These were the first that I created. One with Bernie’s coy smile and one with his classic finger wag. Get them here.
I like his record. For the most part his voting record is clean with a few blunders here and there because often bills have loads of BS legislation tied in with very necessary legislation. The most important thing about him is that he speaks to “us” and what we can do while Hillary tends to speak mostly of “I”. Bernie turns away from the SuperPACs while Hillary embraces them greedily. Yes, she props up other Democrats but it’s all very “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours later” and that is the very problem Bernie addresses so frequently.
Bernie also speaks of love and tolerance and propping one another up and I feel that is what we need more than anything.
This was my second Bernie pair in which I included the yellow finch that landed on his podium here in Portland. The reverse side also has mirror image finches. I tried to go to that rally, but couldn’t get in. Many people hugged me as I walked by outside though. Get them here
I like women very, very much. My mother and grandmother are my biggest heroes and greatest inspirations in my life. The bulk (if not all) of my closest friends are strong, talented and outspoken women. I die for a woman in the White House. Not this one. I have never liked Hillary. Her shrill voice drives me insane. Years ago and for many years she did not do her very best to support the community I most identify with. And when she did do so it was so clearly just for political gain. Her maniacal laugh is nothing short of chilling. Last night she decided to blame Bernie for Sandy Hook, turning a tragedy for many into one more political bullet in her arsenal. And just last week when asked about taking money from the fossil fuel industry she attacked a young woman and flat out lied (again) in a way not befitting someone running for the highest office in the land. (And yes, I know Donald Trump is far more vile in that regard)
I do have hope that the current momentum will carry Bernie through to victory, that those Super Delegates will finally realize their constituents desires matter most. I trust that the masses will see her vitriol and know that it is the real her. If not, Japan – please let me stay.
My final pair is a little smaller and features two pen, ink and paint finches. No Bernie, just the beautiful bird, one at rest, the other in flight. Get them here