I Said There'd Be Details

Birthday details.  But I'm running late, so no details now.
Just letting you know that we're on our way to the airport,
and on the 22nd I'll be saying, "Feliz cumpleanos a mi!"


Goodbye, Goodbye, Hello

A month ago, I mentioned that my life was feeling a little too hectic so I was working on eliminating some commitments in order to have a little more peace in my days.  One thing I needed to scale back on, even though I hated to admit it, was the number of stores that carry sulu-design jewelry.  It's a lot of work getting jewelry to several different shops.  Photographing one-of-a-kind pieces, e-mailing images to shop owners, packing and shipping orders or driving them around town - it takes a lot of time.  All of that on top of actually making the jewelry and working my full-time job has made for too much on my plate.  I knew scaling back would be hard to do since I am really fond of each and every shop that has carried my jewelry.  I am so appreciative of the opportunity that the shop owners have given me by carrying sulu-design in their stores, and I didn't want to seem ungrateful by pulling my pieces out of their shops.  And I'll admit that it's been exciting to have my earrings and necklaces in shops all over Portland, in New York City, in Texas, and even in Sweden.  But I've finally faced the fact that I have to scale back and stick with the shops that are the most convenient for me to get my jewelry to - period.

It is with sadness that I've recently parted with Flirt in Brooklyn, one of the first boutiques to stock sulu-design jewelry.  Nine years ago they gave me an awesome opportunity to have my pieces in their shop.  There's a great team of women running Flirt, and I'll miss my regular interaction with them.  But we are on opposite sides of the country and it's time for me to wrap things up on the east coast.  I also had to say goodbye to Union Rose here in Portland.  The owner, Nicole, is an amazing champion of locally made goods and for more than three years has been a big supporter of my jewelry.  But my work hours are too similar to her shop hours for me to conveniently make drop-offs.  Happily, though, I'll still be able to get to Union Rose every once in a while to say hello and check out the latest goods from other Portland-based designers, including Nicole herself.

Oddly enough, the very week that I decided that I needed to scale back, I was contacted about my jewelry by Rachel, the owner of a cute shop on NE Fremont.  The shop happens to be located near my job and it opens an hour before I have to be at work - perfect timing for jewelry appointments.  Hmmm...  Seeing that Rachel is incredibly friendly and understanding of my situation, that her shop is just adorable, and that drop-offs should be easy, sulu-design will now be available at Bridge City Mercantile.  You'll still be able to find sulu-design jewelry at Tumbleweed, Tender Loving Empire, and Betsy & Iya, too.  And you'll still find me here, a little less frazzled.


On The Seventh Day

I'm coming up on my third six-day work week in a month, but I'm not complaining.  Building up all those extra days of work is going to pay off wonderfully next week... my birthday week!  But I'm getting ahead of myself.  This is about today.  A glorious, warm, sunny fall day in Portland that has goodness written all over it.  Because I'll just one day off this week, I was serious about making it awesome.  It all started with country brown bread from Ken's with goat cheese and honey.  May I recommend buying the 1.5 kilogram loaf so you can eat it for every meal (not with every meal - for every meal) for a few days?

I made stops at two local bead shops to stock up on jewelry-making supplies and got excited about new designs that will be ready in time for the holidays.  I then spent a good bit of the afternoon visiting several stops on the Portland Open Studios tour.  I particularly liked the work of Therese Murdza:


And some non-glass art by glass artist, Opie Hileman:

I saw some beautiful ceramic work by a couple different artists, too, that make me want more than ever to take a ceramics course.  After all the studio-hopping, I stopped at Roman Candle Baking Co. for the first time.  Thumbs up to the pumpkin danish with cream cheese and salted seeds.


Now I'm sitting in a stream of sunlight, admiring the painting that Barry and I found at last year's Open Studios, getting mentally prepared for a work trip to LA that I'm going on tomorrow, and thinking about the risotto with leeks and acorn squash that I'm going to make for dinner (you know, to accompany the country brown bread).  This week, a one-day weekend was just about right.


Take it When You Can Get It


The sun was in full effect on Sunday so we took advantage of it with a long walk.  I loved every minute of the day - strolling with Barry, a beer at Burnside Brewery, getting a few things done at home while light poured in the windows.  Monday was markedly different.  Cold, grey, rainy on and off.  And I was a crab.  For no good reason.  Yikes.  Gotta figure out a few more things for my Dealing with Fall/Winter list.


My Monday

  • started quietly with several cups of coffee and a magazine in the morning light
  • was wet, windy, and perfectly dreary
  • meant our second week of movie-going - this time to see Cutie and the Boxer
  • was my Saturday and Sunday rolled into one
  • wasn't a long enough weekend