Candle Making

I acquired a bunch of old ink canisters that happen to make perfect candle containers. You can pretty much take any ceramic or glass receptacle and transform it into a candle. My first batch was lavender scented but I’m excited to try other scents like citrus, sandalwood, and pine. Can’t wait to start a candle making factory soon!

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Gingerbread Mansions

I went downtown to check out the sugar castle at the historic Westin St. Francis Hotel. The ingredient quantities alone are something to marvel at. There are dueling giant gingerbread mansions around town so you can have various Hansel & Gretel moments like myself. Luckily, my house isn’t edible, otherwise I might not have a roof over my head.

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Hand Knit Bike Basket Covers For Sale

In an aim to make something a bit cuter than your average bike basket net, I started knitting my own. I sometimes carry quite a load in my basket so the knit cover also protects precious cargo from falling out when going down hills or bumps in the road. They are currently for sale in my Etsy shop by the same name Soup and the Clouds. I’m still adding details/products etc. but they’ll be available in many different 1-2 color combinations soon.

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Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory

If you find yourself wandering the streets through Chinatown, make a stop at the Golden Gate Cookie Factory. It’s tucked away down a non-descript alley. A hidden street I probably would have never walked down without a destination. I followed the smell of vanilla wafers into the small factory. After watching the process, you can buy a bag of fortune cookies (chocolate, almond, or vanilla) for $1. They ask for $.50 a photo so I only got one! It was worth it. I took my fortune cookies to Aquatic Park, to sit and enjoy the sea.

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Letterpress + Trains

I was lucky enough to take quick trip up to Portland, OR and attend a couple of design week events. My favorite event was the Letterpress Fair held in the Oregon Rail Heritage Museum. They even steamrolled woodcut prints! Two of my passions: printing and trains!

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Greetings From The City of Roses

Hello from Portland! I’ll be exploring the city and will report back. See you next week!

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Image from here

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Friendship Bracelets Forever

I’ve been wanting to make friendship bracelets/rings for a while now and finally got around to it. There is a plethora of styles, patterns, and color combinations to try. I think I’m hooked! It’s not weird at all to make a friendship bracelet for yourself (and friends too of course)! Martha Stewart has great instructions and tutorials here.
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Gold goes with every color!
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First attempt at the chevron pattern.

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