Monthly Archives: June 2011

Short and sweet.

Still folding paper. More substance later.

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Posted by on June 15, 2011 in Uncategorized


Anti-Slacker Post

I folded lots of pieces of paper today. And now I am very tired. So that is the blog post for the day. If you are disappointed by my brevity, you may discuss the matter with my agent*.

*Please note: I do not have an agent.

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Posted by on June 14, 2011 in Uncategorized


Thursday Treasury: Throwback

I was aiming for an ode to the speakeasy this week, but it became an ode to great headwear.

‘Throwback’ by WriteOwl

Subtitled: I like hats.

Black Cloche With Large…


The Lady Who Came To St…


CLEARANCE – Speakeasy N…


20’s Woodcut Flappe…


The way home -affordabl…


1920 style Headband wit…


Old VINTAGE Antique GLA…


1920s Cloche in Blush L…


Diana – Feather Headban…


seal or sticker- 4 diff…


Platinum silver fascina…


Absinthe Nymph Peacock …


Five discontinued print…


It was 1928 in Paris Fl…


Shabby Chic 1920s Vint…


Dramatic Flapper Earrin…


Treasury tool by Red Row Studio.

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Posted by on June 10, 2011 in Tuesday Treasury


Side Dish

It could be said that I take on too many projects. I like to think that I am full of ideas with not enough time to flesh them all out.

My roommate has been working on a project where she takes one photograph a day for 365 days. How neat is that?!

I heard once that O. Henry wrote a short story every week. So I am making it my goal to write one short story every week from June 1, 2011 to June 1, 2012. So far, one down, 51 to go. Anyone else want to join in the madness?

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in On the Side


My Groove! My Groove!

I had a wrench thrown into my gears on Monday, finding out a big job this summer had fallen through. Now that I’ve calmed down and come back around, I’m working hard on painting and organizing for the craft fair season. So far, I have three gigs lined up:

Hip Happening
Naomi’s Organic Farm Supply
2500 SE Tacoma, Portland, OR
Saturday, June 25, 2011

First Thursday
Right in front of Ready, Paint, Fire!
529 NW 13th Ave., Portland, OR
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Time TBA

Super RAD PDX Summer Soiree
Portland Nursery
9000 SE Division, Portland, OR
Sunday, July 17

Come find me this summer!

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Posted by on June 8, 2011 in Craft Fairs



I am going to try to refer to myself as “self-employed,” rather than “unemployed.” I am sure that right now I am in the same boat with thousands of Americans, frustrated that I can’t get a human being in person, much less on the phone, to answer all of my questions about how to properly fill out my paperwork. I am not the type of person to ask for help, but I have needed to, and it has been a whirlwind of government offices and forms and automated messages that seem to have me constantly traveling in circles.

It has been about one month since I was on someone’s payroll. I have rewritten my resume more times than I can count. I have responded to every craigslist posting that seemed reasonably relevant. I have ignored my shop to look for a “real” job without acknowledging that I am a confident, capable, creative young women who owns her own business. So while I will continue to polish my resume and continue to apply for jobs, I am taking a moment today to appreciate what I have accomplished on my own.

I am self-employed, not unemployed. I guess I should go back to the unemployment office to correct my paperwork…

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Unemployment


Happy Birthday, Write Owl Designs!

One year ago I listed my first item in the shop, a postbound notebook.  This year I have sold 19 items through etsy, and 3 items not through etsy, and while that may not seem like much, I have learned lots about owning a business.

I generally consider myself a reasonably organized person in my work life, and an organized mess in my home life.  This year my work life has taken over my home, and the organizational skills have been lacking.  I now recognize the importance of separating my living and working space, which can be a challenge in a small apartment.  Something as simple as painting in the living room instead of my bedroom keeps me from spending the day cruising facebook, rather than working on developing my spring designs.  Sometimes just throwing a blanket over my laundry helps me focus on the work tasks rather than the domestic tasks.

I am notoriously bad at making bigger plans than I have time for.  Now that I’m unemployed, however, the shop gives me something to focus my time and energy on, challenging my organizational, creative, and budgeting skills.  It is a chance to prove to myself that if I can’t find a job, I can make one.

I prefer this blog setup over my old blog, and I hope that by changing to a format that I am more comfortable working with, I will be more motivated to post here.  Please keep my accountable!

Thanks to everyone who has supported me this past year!  As a thank you, you can have 10% off anything in my shop now through Saturday, June 4!  Just type 1YROWL into the coupon code at checkout.

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Anniversaries