We're Back... So Come and See Me

We had an awesome time camping with my sister, her husband, and their kids on Mount Hood. And I think they had an awesome time, too. It was only a one-night adventure - they're off to explore Seattle and Vancouver, B.C. for the next week.

If you're in Portland, I'd love it if you stopped by the Last Thursday events on Alberta Street tonight. I'll have a table of sale-priced earrings set up on the block between 18th and 19th Avenues, right in front of Tumbleweed Boutique. I'll be out from about 5-9... hope to see you there!


Summer Sleepover: Check

My sister, her husband, and their three kids are in town, visiting from Cleveland. They're taking the Portland area by storm, squeezing in more in a few days than many people do in a few months. After they scoped out the Oregon coast yesterday it seemed fitting to have the kids over for a slumber party with a screening of The Goonies, which was filmed there. Tomorrow, we're headed up to Mount Hood to one of our favorite campgrounds. And when we return, I've got exciting sulu-design news.


Summer Jewelry: Check

Not summer jewelry by me, summer jewelry for me. My cute friend Tyra (remember Tyra from my NYC days?) made this custom necklace for me and I'm loving it. The combination of different metals and chains, the geometric but slightly organic nature of the shape, the bold shininess of it... I love it all. The necklace has quickly become part of my summer uniform.

Other summer jewelry purchases that have become uniform-like include brass and copper bangle-like cuffs from a Rasta man who's been selling jewelry outside of Plan9 Music in Richmond for as long as I've been visiting Barry's family there. And then there's a set of recycled plastic bangles from the Richmond Art Museum gift shop. It's not like I buy a new jewelry wardrobe every summer (or with any regularity, really) but this summer I scored. Maybe some day soon I'll show you the funky pieces I've been working on this summer...


Berry Picking: Check

Determined to act like it's summer even though it doesn't feel like it, Barry and I headed to Kruger's Farm yesterday afternoon for some berry picking. And it was good that we did. The second we crossed the bridge to Sauvie Island, we were bathed in light and struck by the gorgeous sights of blue, blue sky and green, green fields. We got several pints of berries, some of which I'm saving for blackberry cornmeal cake. And for a couple hours, it felt like summer.


That Summer Anxiety

If you happened to run into me while I was at work this past week (and I know a few of you who stop by here did run into me at work), you probably heard me moaning and groaning about how Portland's weather this summer has me really bummed. We've had a handful of nice days when the sun has come out and the temperature has gone up, but those days have been bookended by gray, chilly, and sometimes rainy days. It still feels like spring to me, like we're just waiting to get over the hump into real summertime. People, I'm in bad need a serious stretch of hot, sunny days. Shoot - I'll take humidity, too. Anything to let my body know that we've arrived in the season of fun and frolic. I'm getting worried that summer is just gonna zip on by without lingering a while and we'll be on to another long, gray, wet winter. I signed up for those winters when we moved to Portland - that's part of the deal in the Pacific Northwest. But no summer? Gah!

That being said, Barry and I are going through the summertime motions. We took advantage of the one particularly hot day we had and went swimming in the Sandy River. We went to the Portland Farmers' Market on the one Saturday that we've both had off work since we moved here (thanks to our friends Craig and Kim for getting married so we could take the day off) and had freaking amazing bagels from Tastebud:

(I swear there's a bagel under there, beneath the bacon, arugula, jam, and cream cheese.)

There are plans for berry-picking at Kruger's, for bike rides down the Springwater Corridor to scope the antique malls and enjoy beers in Sellwood, for outdoor movie screenings, and for a big camping adventure in August. We're psyched to have Barry's parents in town now, and a long-awaited visit from my sister, her husband, and their three kids in a few days. And we will squeeze every last bit out of summer that we possibly can. Summer can run but it can't hide.


Chasing the Sun

Being in Virginia gave me a taste for some serious sun and heat. Portland's summer has been slow-coming, and the days that feel like summer here are interrupted by overcast days that are, quite frankly, getting me stressed out. I've developed a summer anxiety which I'll post about later (aren't you excited for that one?).

When our "weekend" rolled around and forecasts indicated a significant chance of rain in the Portland area, we decided to take off to find some sun. We headed east of the Cascades to central Oregon with our bikes and a tent. We rode along the Crooked River at Smith Rock State Park, camped at Suttle Lake, and rode more the following day on Phil's Trails in Bend.

We found the sun, we found beautiful views, we found great trails, but heat evaded us. I'm begging for it. Begging.


To Richmond, Quickly

Little did many of you know, Barry and I were in Virginia last week. We made a somewhat last-minute trip there under circumstances that we wish were different - Barry's much-loved aunt is rather ill, and his childhood friend's father just passed away. Despite the motivation for the trip having both of us feeling down, we had a wonderful time visiting Barry's family and seeing Richmond again.

We had a fun family crab feast, a great dinner at Mamma 'Zu, fantastic brunch at Millie's, several awesome meals at the O'Connor's place (have I mentioned what a great cook Barry's dad is?), and lots of good family time. We got our fix of heat and humidity, swam in the James River, visited the art museum, and checked out an interesting little neighborhood that we'd never really explored before. I also got to visit one of my favorite bead shops, so I'm feeling a little jewelry-inspired. Now we're back, and summer is in full swing.


Original Intent: Day One Hundred Eighty-Seven

parasol in folly window, nw portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent: Day One Hundred Eighty-Six

fire hydrant with spray paint codes, the pearl, portland

inspired earrings found here


Original Intent: Day One Hundred Eighty-Five

layers of paint on a huge building, astoria, oregon

inspired earrings found here