Friday, December 12, 2008

Holiday Handmade Shopping Guide: Winglion

OK, this is true holiday craft at it's most delightful! I was unimaginably thrilled to get my new set of Christmas tree napkins in the mail recently. These things are so much clever fun, and not detail is overlooked by the creators at Winglion.

These napkin sets, table runners and quilts are made by two sisters right here in Oregon!
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Holiday Handmade Shopping Guide: Pearly Grey

It's highly possible that you, like me, know a ton of folks who are in the baby-making craze right now- just trying to get their families going before their clocks explode. This is my, at least, third round of baby-making in my groups of friends over the years. And, I have never been able to get anything more adorable, smart and truly useful than the great baby clothes, soft toys, blankets and other accouterments made by Jen of Pearly Grey!

I make a regular habit of getting the hospital takeout kit for baby showers, and I always win! She is highly skilled at making the cutest things that never fall apart, and you can find her, along with me and 180 other vendors at this Sunday's Crafty Wonderland Holiday Show!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Crafty Wonderland this Sunday! Get your shop on, and get free stuff!

I am so excited to be vendor at this year's Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale, sharing a table with Ladymade and sitting next to PDX Softgoods! My brother Phil and I went as shoppers last year and nearly passed out from the energy and super-sweet deals flying around. I hope I get to shop it as well as sell my goods! For those of you not selling, you should know that the 1st 200 folks will get goodie bags filled with excellent, real-life items from many of the 180 vendors there! This will be a really great time, rain, shine, or flakes!

as Sister Diane of DIY alert sez:
Winter Wonderland Indeed!
You know Portland's craft culture has arrived when our beloved Crafty Wonderland holds its Super Colossal Holiday Sale at the Oregon Convention Center. Yup, it's that big.

If you attended last year's sale, you know that this Sunday will offer a mind-blowing array of creative locals, selling all kinds of awesome. The first 200 people through the door get goodie bags! And the OCC will give us all plenty of room to shop and chat. Get all the details over here.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

1st Craft Show of the Holiday Season

I'm very excited to be selling my goods at Handmade NW's super fancy, elegant & lovely craft show & sale this Sunday! Stop by to say "Hi."

Why formal? It's in a historic 1920's ballroom, with live classical music. A wide range of local artisans will be there, and once you've selected your gifts, you can stop by the gift-wrapping table and get them all packaged up. Proceeds from the gift wrapping, by the way, will benefit Habitat for Humanity.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Holiday Handmade Shopping Guide: Autumn Comfort Candles

Image of Autumn Drey from FacebookImage of Autumn Drey Autumn Comfort candles are made from all-natural soy and palm waxes, with lead-free wicks. Candle maker & mother of 2 boys Autumn Drey hand cuts and paints wine bottles to form beautiful, durable holders. Her hand poured all natural soy candles are made in small batches to insure consistent quality and made with the most delicious, high quality fragrances and essential oils in beautiful frosted glass jars, unique tumblers and fabulous hand decorated, hand cut wine bottle jars. She is always thinking of ways to recycle, upcycle and use natural and safe ingredients while making the world a prettier and nicer smelling place!

Autumn's from Portland, so I've had the good fortune of picking up some delightful candles from her at one of the many, many craft shows she does. And let me tell you this- her prices are eye-poppingly great! Here is example of getting very nice, and nice-looking gifts that deliver great bang for your buck! Just try not to bite into the blueberry cheesecake one- I dare you!
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Thursday, November 27, 2008

cool upcoming craft show!

I Know what I'm doing on my lunch break next Tuesday! Anyone wanna meet up for some shoppin'?

Join us on Tuesday, Dec. 2nd at The World Trade Center Plaza for a fabulous holiday gift shopping experience! This event is downtown just 3 blocks away from Pioneer Place during the heart of the season. Join us for a celebration of ingenuity and thoughtful gifts. A handmade gift is the finest way to express your appreciation of friends, family and community this holiday season, and we've gathered some of the northwest's most innovative and talented crafters to make your winter warmer. Over 50 fabulous local artists and shoppers will enjoy large booth sizes and wide aisles for a day of local & handmade shopping as well as:
  • gift wrapping provided by Habitat for Humanity!
  • a glass-blowing demonstration by Aquila Glass School!
  • refreshments provided by Peet's Coffee & Tea!

This unique weekday art and craft fair is a great opportunity to take a long lunch from work and do some crafty shopping. All kinds of wonderful goodies made by local, Northwest artists are for sale. Visit the website for more information.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


World Trade Center Plaza
121 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97204

Sunday, November 16, 2008

One Laptop per child is on Amazon with buy one, get one!

It's so exciting the the OLPC has a site on Amazon now in which you can buy a laptop for a kid and get one for yourself! And, they're only 200 bucks! It's not in my budget at the moment, but I am excited at the possibility of playing around with this super cool, little, extra-durable machine that runs on a cool new feat of user-centered design: sugar. There are no files, folders or applications. The unit of interaction is activity! We got the benefit of checking out sugar in my Human-Computer Interaction class at UW a couple of years ago, and I was impressed by the approach then. I am even more delighted now by the improvements in sugar as well as for the hardware of the laptop, which is especially designed for harsh conditions, bright sunlight, you name it. There is no way I wouldn't be getting this if I had kids. There is much likelihood I will get one even though I don't have kids!

Saturday, November 8, 2008


This lil critter is so cute it's hurting me! Behbeh QT pygmy hippo

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

This is so cool it makes me want to cry happy...

Portland Hope Meadows is one of the projects/orgs supported by my work, and I was lucky enough to catch a brief news story about the first Hope Meadows which serves as the model for this amazing venture. Basically, honorary "grandparents" give about 6 hours a week to mentor/help out foster/adopted kids and their families in this intergenerational community.

Portland Hope Meadow's Mission is to develop and sustain intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of foster children that promote permanency, community and caring relationships, while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults. Find out more here.

The Portland Hope Meadows is in the fund raising and getting the word out phase to create this amazing place for these kids. You can help, even without money! If anyone can find the video from the news story, or if you happen across it, can you post it here?
OK thx bye

Thursday, October 30, 2008

So excited to see Tammytown on Netflix!

Check it out! Once again, we/I never know what's going on with ol' Tammytown out there due to Indiepix not having talked to any of us for almost a year... I'm not cranky about it, though! No, really! So, once upon a time we had been told we might be on Netflix, and it is unclear whether or not you can really get it... But, it can be added to a cue or saved or something. So, please save away! This is almost as exciting as when Timberland bought it, performed original cataloging, and thus got the movie entered into OCLC's worldcat! (As a librarian & nerd, there is little more that could get me this jazzed!)

Also, whoever wrote the description of the movie as seen in the Netflix catalog made me green with envy! I really wish I had written it! "Lesbian pal" is alittle cheesy, but the rest is awesome!!! I will be using that from here on out!

In 1989, transfer student Tammie Pritchett (Anna Kaye) upsets the delicate social balance of Hellgate High when she unwittingly attracts boys away from her hell-bent rival Tammy Sylvester (Jessica Aceti). While Tammy fights to bring down the newcomer, Tammie stays afloat with the help of a new lesbian pal. The laughs -- and the hair -- are big in this affectionate salute to the '80s high school experience, shot on location in western Washington.
Yay! Also, if you want to buy a copy, let me know as I have tons left over from last year's screening parties. I will throw in a free soundtrack CD that I screenprinted myself!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

This is too funny! (for animation and editing nerds)

You've probably heard of Autodesk. They're the people who created AutoCAD.
They also created the most popular 3D program for video game creation, 3ds
Max. They recently purchased Alias, which created Maya, the biggest 3D
program for filmmaking. In the past week, they purchased another major
program, Softimage, by a company named Avid. Needless to say, they are
consolidating all the commercial 3D apps.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Who wants to see Greening of Southie with me this weekend?

Hollywood Theatre - Portland
41st Avenue at NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR, USA
1:15 OR 3:15pm

Posted about it last week.

I'm thinkin' 3:15 on either Sat or Sunday, but I'm still waiting to find out about landlord walk-through with old roomie before M moves in. Everything is going on at once!

To space or double space- it's driving me crazy!

It has been years since this has come up so frequently in my life, but over the past few months, I have been surrounded by the confusion of spacing after punctuation in word processing. It is mainly in several of my friends' resumes and cover letters that this has come up but also in blogs, personal emails/letters and even twitter!

So, I went straight to my old Moms for the straight dope on spacing. (She's been a Professor of English and Grammar for decades now. She was even referred to as "the Grammar Nazi" at one school.) And, I got this response:

One space after end punctuation. The 2 space deal was for typewriters, but word processing programs automatically adjust for the space. You can use my street cred— associate prof at UMUC.

And, how many spaces after colons?


I also heard this discussed in my grad program. Several of my teachers hated the improper use of double-spacing.

My Q's for you, dear friends:

Do you agree with this? Why or why not?

So, does this mean that it is weird if I know some actual millennials who double-space after everything but commas?

Do you still double-space and/or believe it is more proper?

When did you switch, if you did?

I have a vague memory of being told to stop the double-spacing sometime in college- possibly 1994? I pretty much accepted it and never looked back. I like the single space. You?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Come See The Greening Of Southie!

OMG! My King Corn pals have their new movie coming to Portland! And, it's got some really great time lapse and animation. Looks incredibly interesting and entertaining!

The Greening of Southie (Documentary)
NOT Rated, 82 min.
Showtimes: Mon-Thur, Oct 06-09: 7:30, 9:15
Weekend showtimes TBA - filmmaker Curt Ellis in attendance at all shows, Sunday October 12

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

dude! have you seen this site?

keeps you up to speed on all things election and looks good to boot. Nice infographic pron, btw!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Pure f-ing genius!

This is some of the best editing evar! really worth watching through the whole way!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Weekend Plans!

Sat: Thinking about riding bikes over to Wilshire Park for Russell St BBQ fundraiser for Community Cylcing Center 12-4pm, looks fun! and, um, yum!

I'll be one of the vendors at:

Mini Crafty Wonderland at Fir Fest!
Doug Fir Lounge
presents their semi-annual FREE outdoor music & art extravaganza!
plus Arts, Crafts, Fashion & more!
Come see the mini Crafty Wonderland and enjoy some live music!
Saturday September 20
Show - 5pm - 10pm
FREE! 21+
On the OUTDOOR Jupiter/Doug Fir patio
Cocktails by Dewars

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

work is cool where I work!

Today we went live with the new staff section at work.

You gotta love a place where peeps can be arty and goofy and fun! I got to do the redesign, for the most part. I loved playing with everyone's pics. It was also a perfect way to get to know all of my new coworkers. I'm feeling like I've got it pretty good where I am! Not only is my job serving me up lots of creativity & geekery opportunities, but it is really hitting me how good it feels to work for good, not evil, or even shmevil. MMT just gave out over $2 million bucks!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Crafty Wonderland!

I'll be showcasing a fresh batch of new lamps and the usual cuteness this Sunday, AND next Saturday for Fir Fest!
Sunday, September 14th
11am - 4pm
at Doug Fir Lounge
830 E. Burnside in Portland
All ages - Free admission!
more details and a full vendor list at:

Mini Crafty Wonderland at Fir Fest!
Doug Fir Lounge
presents their semi-annual FREE outdoor music & art extravaganza!
plus Arts, Crafts, Fashion & more!
Come see the mini Crafty Wonderland and enjoy some live music!
Saturday September 20
Show - 5pm - 10pm
FREE! 21+
On the OUTDOOR Jupiter/Doug Fir patio
Cocktails by Dewars

ha ha ha ha I totally love Gina Gershon, who knew?

See more Gina Gershon videos at Funny or Die

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stop Palin before she stops you!

(god I wish this photo was real...)

A Repost from an email I received today:

Friends and compatriots,

We are writing to you because of the fury and dread we have felt since the announcement of Sarah Palin as the Vice-Presidential candidate for the Republican Party. We believe that this terrible decision has surpassed mere partisanship, and that it is a dangerous farce-on the part of a pandering and rudderless Presidential candidate-that has a real possibility of becoming fact.

Perhaps like us, as American women, you share the fear of what Ms. Palin and her professed beliefs and proven record could lead to for ourselves and for our present or future daughters. To date, she is against sex education, the pro-choice platform, environmental protection, alternative energy development, freedom of speech (as mayor she wanted to ban books and attempted to fire the librarian who stood against her), gun control, the separation of church and state, and polar bears. To say nothing of her complete lack of real preparation to become the second-most-powerful person on the planet.

We want to clarify that we are not against Sarah Palin as a woman, a mother, or, for that matter, a parent of a pregnant teenager, but solely as a rash, incompetent, and all together devastating choice for Vice President. Ms. Palin's political views are in every way a slap in the face to the accomplishments that our mothers and grandmothers so fiercely fought for, and that we've so demonstrably benefited from.

First and foremost, Ms. Palin does not represent us. She does not demonstrate or uphold our interests as American women. It is presumed that the inclusion of a woman on the Republican ticket could win over women voters. We want to disagree, publicly.

Therefore, we invite you to reply here with a short, succinct message about why you, as a woman living in this country, do not support this candidate as second-in-command for our nation.

Please include your name (last initial is fine), age, and place of residence.

We will post your responses on a blog called "Women Against Sarah Palin," which we intend to publicize as widely as possible. Please send us your reply at your earliest convenience-the greater the volume of responses we receive, the stronger our message will be.

Thank you for your time and action.



Quinn L. and Lyra K.
New York, NY

Thursday, August 28, 2008

OMG! cat heaven!!!

support cat heaven!

No cages, no kills, just adoptions and frolicking!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Ballet + Symphony for free!

anyone in PDX wanna go with me?


OBT Performs at Symphony's Waterfront Concert
Oregon Symphony cellist Tim Scott and Martina Chavez
Photo by L.E. Baskow for The Portland Tribune

Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 7pm / 1020 Naito Pkwy / FREE!

Join us down on the waterfront as OBT performs with the Oregon Symphony. Click here for details

Thursday, August 14, 2008

got featured in ecometro!

My lamps went and got themselves featured in ecometro for their "local craft thursday" section! Ecometro is pretty cool, and from the folks who give us the super awesome Chinook book!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Cool New Job!

I got the job as Communications and Learning Associate at Meyer Memorial Trust this week, and I start Aug 11th! So, it's crazy, but this job actually relates to my degree, interests, and background! And, I'll be using my superpowers for good! No more supporting Asbestos defense suits or swoosh-peddling mega-giants!

I'll be working with the Communications department on internal and external communication, doinga little bit of everything and working on the coolest project ever: Connectipedia. It is an open source wiki resource for grant seekers and grant givers alike to find people, places, things and basically any useful resource for our area. I will be doing very librarianish things in learning the system, working on it, and teaching my coworkers how to use it. I am really thrilled to be working for MMT as they are an amazing non-profit/trust that is inclusive of everything good in our community and they seek out cool projects to fund as well as do the major gifts anyone would expect.

I knew I'd love these guys when I read their staff bios and watched video from the connectipedia launch party- (presented by Ward Cunningham no less!) When my new boss said that she'd never met a technology she would'nt at least date, I knew it was love! my nerd bell went off, and I truly feel this will be a place where the media producer and librarian in me can stop fighting and start playing nice.

Thanks to all my crew and peeps for helping me get here!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

go review Tammytown on Amazon!

Tammytown is now on Amazon! So, please do click over there and giver her a review! The funniest thing is that it says they are out of stock! Ha Ha Ha! I posted my own copies. And, folks can always buy it from or request it from their local library. (It's in OCLC thanks to TRL!)

I found out about it being up on Amazon when my bff from high school contacted me through myspace and mentioned it. We haven't spoken for about 9 or 10 years, and she was a total inspiration for the film- the goodest parts! Dawn and I spent just about every moment together for a couple of years, and her family was that warm loving type with a cool mom, so all of the kids hung out at their house. Her little sister was a spitfiire and a bff of mine later on. Dawn and her sister used to threaten each other with knives! That almost had me and Phil beat if weren't for the way we kept going into our twenties.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Originally uploaded by superphoebe
Old papa Philip is turning 32 on Wednesday. This, of course, is one more thing that makes me old. Yet, he has done many things that seem to make him older than me! Thanks Philip!

One of my favorite Phil & Myrtle times was when she once hooked her claw into his septum and screamed at him in his face. She was a badass.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Emergency Librarian

Made by some folks at my school, featuring my advisor and superhero, Nancy Gershenfeld!


So, if I had felt like driving to Seattle, I would be officially walking in my grad ceremony! Even though I wont "get hooded," I will still be graduating as I finally finished all of my classes and actually did a good job to boot! ? I'm going to have a backyard BBQ in lieu of standing up with 40,000 people I don't know at Husky Stadium. I am now officially a real, papered Librarian! woohooo

Friday, May 2, 2008

Sellwood May DaZE!

Join In All The Fun At The First Annual


When: Saturday, May 3

Time: 9 am- 4 pm

Where: Sellwood Community Center
1436 SE Spokane St
(one block north of Tacoma St at 15th)

What: Everything you'd want for gift-giving - and don't forget Mother's Day is just around the corner!

Quilts, bags, jewlry, bee & bird houses, all natural dog treats, art, photography, bath & body
products, baskets, cards, food mixes, candles, signs, handmade pillows, handmade kitchen utensils, childrens clothes, t-shirts, papercrafts, West African textiles & too much more to list here!

Food: Come for treats & lunch in our kitchen

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Craft Show!

I'll be selling my wares at Rebel Rabbit this Sunday with many other awesome sellers. Noon to five.

Thursday, April 10, 2008


I was surprised and thrilled to see my lamp featured in EtsyFinds today!

Friday, March 14, 2008

Super Craft Sale!!! PDX Etsy BOGO this weekend

All day SALE March 15th and 16th (Saturday and Sunday, Pacific Standard Time)!

Buy anything in my shop and get a second item of equal or lesser value for FREE! (FOR REALS! Any item in my shop!) Purchase both items of your choice through etsy, and then I will send you an adjusted paypal invoice discounting the free item's cost. Shipping charges still apply as needed to get it to you.

The PDX Etsy Street Team is a group of Portland, Ore. (and surrounding areas) artisans and crafters dedicated to making and promoting high-quality handmade goods. Portland’s Etsy Street Team puts you in touch with local artists and crafters from and lets you keep track of the awesome Etsy events that will be going on in Portland. Many PDX Etsy Team members are all having sales this weekend. Don’t miss out on these great deals – two days only!

Shop now, and come back later to get some great deals!

A list of participating shops at The Portland Etsy BOGO SALE at

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Crafty Wonderalnd!

Crafty Wonderalnd!
Originally uploaded by superphoebe
Come see me on Sunday at the Doug Fir (and get some of that yummy, cheap happy hour food!) from 11-4!

i really like the folks who run this event a lot, and I always have fun!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Cloverfield at the Academy

Michael and I joined the fabulous Mellos last night in celebration of Joe's birthday and went to the Academy Theater to see Cloverfield last night. You may remember the brilliant trailers for Cloverfield that barely show you anything?

The theater:
The Academy theater is wonderful! Yeah, it's all the way out on Stark by 82nd, but it is all tricked out with new seats and you can get beers, pizzas, etc. much like the Laurelhurst. They also had really good sound and screens. I would go back anytime- totally worth the drive. And, the tickets were like $3! And, OMG! They offer babysitting for many films from Thursday through Sunday nights! Can you believe that? Wow! Definitely worth the drive if you have little brats.

The movie:
I'm not sure how I was able to thoroughly enjoy this handheld video puke-ride with characters I could not even try to give two shits about, but I did! Well, it was really fun to wait and hope for each bland, douchey person to bite the dust. I almost cheered when one of the finally got it. And, the beginning was so long and monotonous that when the shit finally went down, I was so relieved and happy. I really wanted pretty much every character, even the minors, to get it and get it bad! The plausibility was completely soft and underdeveloped, but the action and effects were fast-paced enough to keep me watching. The monster was really great. I loved the design. I'm not sure what was models, but there was a small team credited. Maybe it was just for tests or CG modeling? I have to say, it probably would have been even creepier if it had been stop-mo. As Katie pointed out, it had that "wet" look of CG. Also, there can be something really creepy about the movements of stop-mo.
I say rent it for fun. Don't give yourself a headache in the theater, though! ergh!

Sunday, March 2, 2008

most adorable nerdcore

I love this video by nerdcore cutie MC Chris! I also feel that nerdcore is the closest thing to my half-assed attempt of gangsta librarian rap. If anyone were to accept my tuff street/library rhymes, it would be nerdcore, right? I heard there were a couple of movies coming out about nerdcore, but I never get to see any great movies since grad school. Speaking of grad school, should I include my rap in my portfolio? hmmmmm...

Thursday, February 28, 2008

best of the flowcharts meme

Jen sent me this today. It's my favorite of the many wonderful flowcharts circulating on the interweb. Very appropriate for library science students!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SteamPunk really is taking over

I just caught the intro to America's Next Top Model, and there was definitely at least a Victorian styling, but it also seemed a little steampunk! Jeesh! I see it taking over the internet like crazy. I think Etsy has had steampunk front pages about a bazillion times lately.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Spock- Fat Positive & Body Image Activist

I was thrilled to catch part of a Colbert Report rerun in which Leonard Nimoy was the guest. I already knew he was rad based on his poetry released on vinyl owned by some family members, but I had no idea HOW RAD!!! He is a still photographer, and he has just released a book and body of work called the Full Body Project.
Most of us have been raised in a culture of fat oppressing, self/body-hating, and it took me years of friendship with rad, fat-positive punks and other wonderful ladies and dudes to get over it enough to occasionally consider my body beautiful and to be grateful for what I gots. It was great to hear LN talk about his concern about teen and younger girls and their body image. Oh, I could go on...

Do you know anyone obsessed with dieting? Imagine what they could do with all that energy instead!

write the great American novel
make a feature film
start a 'zine
start a non-profit
get another college degree
focus on health instead
be happy

Monday, February 18, 2008

Lily bulb salad

Carol and I have had our second of two wonderful lily bulb salads at the Heathman hotel tonight. I can't recommend enough! It's onion-esque but sweeter and spicier and juicier! Just delightful. Wonderful with prawns or drizzled with a little truffle oil or both!

Lunar Eclipse