• Posts Tagged ‘craft’

    A Gathering Place

    by  • December 11, 2013 • Buy Local, Things To Do • 0 Comments

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    Tucked away in a nondescript building in Bayside is a business that is very different from most other shops and stores in Portland … because what you buy from them is not so much a finished product, but rather the tools and space necessary to make your own creative dreams come true. Open since March […]

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    Carried Away with justkim

    by  • December 4, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 3 Comments


    Maybe it’s the holiday display in the window (including the wonderful snowman apron and old sewing machine). Maybe it’s the riot of color from row after row of practical, fanciful bags. Maybe it’s the giant paintings. Or maybe it’s the fact that all this is a reflection of the bubbly personality of Kim herself. Whatever […]

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    Quite a lot of Art on the Hill

    by  • December 1, 2012 • Buy Local, Things To Do • 3 Comments


    Last night I had a wonderful time strolling around the Society for East End Arts’ 2012 Holiday ‘Art on the Hill’ show. Over 70 vendors — many of whom were not, I was totally pleased to note, the ‘usual suspects’ that I’ve seen at every vaguely craft-fair like show I go to.  Admission is free, […]

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    PICNIC in the Park

    by  • August 25, 2012 • Shopping, Things To Do • 1 Comment


    So, how was your summer? Here are a few images from Saturday’s annual Picnic Music + Arts Festival, probably the premiere showcase for independent artisans and craftspeople in the city.  Enjoy!   Please visit the Picnic website (www.picnicportland.com) to learn more about the vendors whose work is featured here.  You can also follow them on […]

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    Artist & Craftsman Paradise

    by  • March 27, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 2 Comments


    I think there is a misconception about the iconic Portland business Artist & Craftsman supply, and it’s this: that you need to be a “serious artist” or art student to enjoy the bounty that they have to offer. It’s simply not true.  For nearly 30 years, A&C has been selling not only top-notch fine art […]

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    Oh Baby! How I Love Blanche & Mimi

    by  • March 13, 2012 • Shopping • 0 Comments


    My inside voice always subtitles Blanche & Mimi with the words “that great baby store” although it’s not really true — they certainly have a wide assortment of treasures that aren’t related to babies in the least. It’s just that, whenever I have a baby-shower related need (now that my own baby has grown tall […]

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    Ferdinand: Ten Thousand Beautiful Things

    by  • January 12, 2012 • Buy Local, Shopping • 0 Comments


    Why drumming squirrels? Diane Toepfer, the genius behind Ferdinand, explains that when she and her husband moved here from California, they were told by locals that they could tell how bad the winter was going to be by how fat the squirrels were. Which led her to thinking about squirrels needing tiny sweaters. And she […]

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