The Other Giveaway I Mentioned...

is a pretty colossal one. It's happening over at Poppytalk, and it includes a sulu-design necklace among the 15(!) items that Little Winter vendors have donated. Leave a comment on Poppytalk's post to be entered to win it all. Speaking of Little Winter, here's a little peek - a very tiny, little peek - into what I'll be offering there:

Have a wonderful weekend!


You Expected Photos of the Space Needle?

On a semi-whim, Barry and I headed up to Seattle for some birthday celebrating this weekend (weekends now being Tuesdays and Wednesdays for us). To our friends and family who live there - I'm sorry we didn't get in touch with you. It was a last minute, one-night only trip. Next time we're up, I'm sure we'll get together.

With drinks at Still, dinner at Sitka and Spruce, a light breakfast the following morning at Cafe Presse, and a heavy lunch at Le Pichet, our bellies went home happy. We visited some beautiful shops and strolled around as much of the city as we could in a day. And I realized that three years ago when we decided to move to Portland (Barry's vote) over Seattle (my vote), we made the right choice for us. I liked visiting Seattle, but I loved coming home to Portland.


Do you MOO?

I know that I'm waaaay late in getting on the MOO card wagon, but I'm finally on. I figured it was time I get a proper sulu-design business card printed (opposed to the hand-scrawled ones I've given out before), especially with the Little Winter market coming up. I couldn't be happier with my MOO card order. Not only is the product just right, but the customer service was truly stellar (I promised the MOO people that I'd tell you that, 'cause it's true). Now, to tick off a few more items on my to-do list before the market...



Thanks to all of you who left sweet comments on my giveaway post this week. It truly felt good to hear from you. The random.org integer generator determined the winners of the sulu-design earring giveaway to be "deknit" and "The Lenerts." Would you two please e-mail me at sulu-design@hotmail.com with your mailing address and your earring choice if you've made one? And if you didn't win, keep your eyes open for another giveaway that I'm participating in soon.

I thought that giving away some earrings would be the perfect way to start today... my 34th birthday. Those of you who know me well know I like to celebrate big. I gotta go and get on that. Have a great weekend, friends.


Conversations with My Ninety-Year Old Self

For the past several months, I've been having ongoing chats in my head between my current self and my imagined 90-year-old self. I've been trying to use her perspective on life to keep my head on straight when making decisions - from the day to day kind to the big ones. She's been encouraging me to look at how I spend my time and energy, asking me if they're focused on what I truly value. She's told me I don't spend enough time talking with my family (I'll be calling home once I hit "publish" on this post). I've had many a talk with her about being self-conscious about my legs which finally led me to declare this as my year to Get Over It. Her constant encouragement helped me make serious headway in the Getting Over It Department (e.g. wearing shorts with regularity this summer, busting out knee-length skirts with bare legs, and donning capris when I run... it's quite earth shattering, I know). She had something to do with us deciding a loft instead of a more traditional house when we moved earlier this year. She set me straight about saving for retirement (Shona nudged me in the right direction, too). And my husband and father can blame 90-year old Suzy for occasional lapses in blog posting. Recently, 90-year old Suzy has been trying to get me to talk about my ideas on having kids some day. I haven't felt up for the conversation yet. Care to share what your 90-year old self would like to talk about with you?

P.S. 90-year old Suzy has a jazzy short hair cut and funky glasses. Good to know.

P.P.S. You may have read Andrea's beautiful post, "things I'd like to tell my 17-year old self." As I mentioned in the comments there, it struck a chord with me and my 90 year-old friend.

P.P.S. Have you left a comment for the sulu-design earring giveaway? I'm really looking forward to reading comments about your 90-year old self here, but only comments left under Monday's post will be counted in the giveaway.



I've been feeling really lucky recently - life is good. I'd like share some of that goodness with you, my friends. Are you down? Leave a comment on this post by 8 am PST on Friday, October 22nd. Later that morning, I'll randomly pick a couple winners, each of whom will get to choose a free pair of earrings from my sulu-design shop. Winners don't have to choose their earrings right away - they can wait until I've restocked the shop with more designs which will happen again one of these days. So say hello, fill me in what you're up to today, tell me which earrings you'd pick... just leave some sort of comment to participate.


Slowly but Surely...

I'm updating the sulu-design shop. Click on images below for direct listings.

I hope your day is as beautiful as the one we're having here in Portland. Back soon, friends.


The Business

My father and my husband gave me the business this week about not updating my blog recently. As is my habit, I've been avoiding the computer lately because life has been too good to sit still. I'm behind on e-mails, I haven't read a blog post in weeks, and the sulu-design etsy shop is practically bare. But today I'm caving in to family pressure with a life update and a shop update will soon follow. Let's get on with it.

Barry's parents came out for a visit last week. We had a wonderful time with them. We went to the Chinese Gardens (it's been on out list of things to do since we moved here).

We watched the swifts descend the chimney at Chapman School (again).

We ate our way through Portland, finally getting to Olympic Provisions (loved it).

The weather has been phenomenal with perfect early autumn light and temperatures. We've responded appropriately with bike rides down the Springwater Corridor, picnics in the park, afternoons of poking around our favorite antique malls, and early morning runs along the waterfront and in Forest Park.

Please, friends, catch me up a bit. What goodness is going on in your life?