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Friday, December 2, 2016

Gift Guide

It seems like everyone in the blogosphere does a gift guide, so not to be out done...here's mine:

Wine from Shallon Winery in Astoria, Oregon.  This was on my list from last year because it's worth it and as of August the owner was still alive and running the winery! Unfortunately the only way to get this wine is to visit the winery, but lucky for you, the trip is so worth it!  This winery is a one man operation and he's about 80 years old.  The first thing he'll do when you walk in is lock the door. Don't be alarmed, he just wants to devote all his attention to you and not be bothered by any other pesky customers.  Allow at least 30 minutes to listen to his spiel and taste his wines.  This will not be a quick 'run in for some chocolate wine' kind of trip. WHOA! Did she just say CHOLOCOLATE WINE!? Yes I did and it is fabulous!!!



Ransom Dry Gin I have it on good authority that if you're a gin drinker, this is the gin to get.  It's made in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and has won numerous awards. Pair it with a cocktail recipe book such as The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks or these awesome handmade tumblers with embedded Oregon, Washington, or California mountain tops and you'll be set for the long winter ahead!


Everlane Linen Scoop-Neck Tee  Ok, enough with the booze....I purchased one of these last September and I loved it and have worn it so much, I just ordered two more! I really like the way they drape effortlessly and the fact that they're so versatile. They can be worn with jeans or can easily be dressed up with a skirt or blazer.

Leatherman - Micra Multi-Tool Because what's a gift guide without a knife? This is a great tool for your purse or pocket. I'm rarely without mine, except when I get it taken away at the airport because I forgot to remove it from my purse--fair warning. This tool and my Maglite Flashlight are two items that get moved from bag to bag.



Camera Bag/Backpack. Speaking of bags, I love the bags from this shop and the fact that they are so inexpensive. I purchased one of their backpacks a few years ago and it has held up great. I use it as day pack and sometimes a camera bag by using the optional camera insert pouch



Keeping with the camera theme, about a year ago, I purchased this camera strap  for my camera. It sure beats the Nikon nylon strap that came with the camera. It's soft and not itchy and is very well made with leather ends and quality hardware. I'm almost always asked about it when I use it. The store sells wrist straps as well.
Palo Santo Incense Sticks This is my latest obsession! I've been a big time candle burner in the past but these sticks have just about ended my candle burning. If you've never burned palo santo before, you simply light the end of it, then blow out the flame and wave the smoke around your room (you can chant if you like). The sticks don't burn for long but the woodsy, clean scent they leave behind really last without overpowering like some candles do.

It's at this time of year I really appreciate my pogies. What are pogies you ask? Well they're handlebar mits for your bicycle that keep your hands warm and dry. I purchased mine a year ago from Portland Pogies. After riding with them all winter last year I can honestly say they are the best bike accessory (besides helmet and lights) I've purchased! If you know of a year round bike commuter, this is one gift that's sure to please!



 Soap from Lora's Beauty  This was also on my list from last year and is an obvious promotion of my wonderful, artisan soaps! However, for those of you who haven't tried the awesomeness that is artisan soap, may I recommend a few. The Peppermint Goats' Milk Bar made with menthol and peppermint essential oil has been a popular soap. Know someone who has trouble waking up in the morning? Get a few bars of this for their stocking and shower! Another favorite is the Little Black Bar (pictured) made with activated charcoal and scented with a blend of lemongrass and basil. This is a great facial bar or use it for shampoo and enjoy the benefits of activated charcoal for your hair!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Shop Small

I've been busy replenishing my soap stock for the holidays.

I've made some more of the popular Cinnamon and Honey Goats' Milk soap.

There are so many benefits of cinnamon to skin and this bar is packed with it!

A touch of honey is also added to this bar for it's skin soothing properties.

Another popular bar, is my Little Black Bar made with activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal has been taking the beauty industry by storm for all it's skin benefits!

Both these bars, or any of Lora's Beauty's soaps, would make great, all natural holiday presents!

As always, there's Free Shipping for orders over $30!

Soap is something EVERYONE needs and your purchase supports a small business.


Friday, November 25, 2016

Checkboard Stool

This stool Jeff picked up one evening.  It was a little rickety but a nice, solid wood stool none the less.

It was definitely worth carrying home.

With a little paint and some tightened screws...it's transformed!

I used chalk paintto paint the entire stool.

I then taped off the top into 4 inch squares and filled in the outside and middle squares with milk paint.

This will be another item featured in the Home and Patio Sale in July!

Monday, November 21, 2016

New Free Finds

I've picked up a few small items free on the sidewalk recently.

This sweet, little metal water pitcher I probably would have even bought, but free is better and it doesn't need any work!

This magazine rack has the perfect mid-century look to it.  I'll clean up the brass and straighten a few of the spindles but all in all, a great find.

This stool, I have big plans for!  I can't wait to get started on in it and share the after pictures.

Finally, I picked up this step ladder at an estate sale. It wasn't free but at $3 it practically was. Step ladders sold really well in my last sale and with a little paint on this I have high hopes it will sell.

All these items will be in the Home and Patio Sale in July!

Friday, November 18, 2016

A Matching Set

Last month I shared this table redo. I finally managed to finish the chairs to complete the set.

These chairs were my parents but have been sitting in my workroom for several months.

They originally had this orange-brown finish. Cute, but orange furniture isn't my thing.

They have nice lines though and their simple style works well with the rustic table.

I painted two of the four chairs with Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Layla's Mint.

I sanded them just a little to give them a worn look. I then finished them with Miss Mustard Seed's Hemp Oil

This set will be available in the Home and Patio Sale next July!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Bazaar Time!

This Wednesday is the first Holiday Bazaar of the season! Hard to believe, I know. This year I ordered three of these cupcake stands to display my soap.

If you're in downtown Portland November 16, drop in on the bazaar at 601 SW 2nd ave, 11th floor from 10 to 3.  Or order soap online at Lora's Beauty.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Welcome Ed and Olive

We had to go to the pet shop anyway. Sure it was a rainy Saturday and we didn't have much going on so a trip to the pet shop was a necessary distraction.

We have this routine when we go to the pet shop, first I grab a cup of free coffee (I know, awesome pet shop!) we then visit the cats who want adopted. Then we visit the bunnies if there are any, then we go to the bird section, and last we get what we came for.

Ed
On this particular day, the cats were both snuggled deep in their snuggle sacks so we couldn't see them and there were no bunnies. The birds though, they were awake and very social!

Olive
There were Budgies (green and blue), owl finches, and even a couple Macaws (one was the store bird and the other was vacationing at the store while it's owners were gone). There were also two cockatiels that instantly perked up when we walked over.

They were so social and seemed to understand the baby nonsense talk I was saying to them!

However, we ended up buying what we needed and leaving with out them.

Once home, we did a little research about what it took to care for a cockatiel. After a couple hours, we decided we had what it took!

Back to the pet store we went and this time we returned home with Ed and Olive.

Apparently you need a blood test to actually tell the sex of the birds but from everything we've read, I think we've got a male and a female.

They've warmed up to us very quickly and we had them out of the cage the same day we brought them home.  Usually, they need a few days to adjust to a new home so we feel lucky they are so social.

I've never had birds as pets before. From what I've read, they're very much like a young child. They like to play, and you can teach them colors, to count and to speak.

Welcome Ed and Olive!