Manic Monday

For today’s Manic Monday, I’d like to tell you about a wonderful Portland-based walking tour and the local artisanal and craftsman products featured in this tour.
First, a disclaimer: Culture Craft is set to formally launch in May, and is the brain-child of the wonderfully talented and wickedly funny Shauna Noah, who I am lucky to count as among my good friends. This connected lady has pulled together some of the most interesting emerging artisans located in the inner southeast area of Portland, and I got to be part of her test run this last weekend. I also helped her in designing her logo.

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Here’s a little glimpse at the fun we got up to:

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Culture Craft’s website isn’t launched quite yet, so for more information, I’d encourage you to visit the Facebook Page. And here are links to each stop we were able to visit in our tour:
  • BaseCamp Brewing.
    • Favorite thing: The s’more stout.
    • What I learned: the fiberoptic cables on the ceiling make up the constellations!
  • Jacobsen Salt:
    • Favorite thing: The smoked salt.
    • What I learned: making salt is more involved than you would think, and produces a lot of calcium!
  • Ancient Heritage Dairy:
    • Unfortunately not open during this first run tour, but I am extremely enthusiastic to learn more about them.
  • EastSide Distilling:
    • Favorite thing: The Burnside Bourbon-what else??
    • What I learned: the (very delicious) marionberry whiskey will feature prominently at this year’s Rose Festival.
  • Potato Champion Food Cart:
    • Favorite thing: Poutine!
    • What I learned: a sample size of poutine but whets the appetite for more.
  • Woodblock Chocolate:
    • Favorite thing: this is a tough one, it was all so good! I guess the toasted sesame, it was surprising and satisfying.
    • What I learned: basically, what makes for real chocolate. I had no idea how chocolate was made, and what it could mean to tie the process so completely together with the agriculture. Informative and tasty.

All in all, I would highly recommend this tour and visiting these places on their own! All nice people, doing beautiful and thoughtful work.

A December to Remember

How did the holiday season sneak up on me so fast? It still feels like yesterday we were sweating it in August and focused on pulling off a wedding! (The wedding and the sweating were probably correlative).

Here I am, almost 4 months later, and ready to fully embrace the Holiday Spirit. Here’s a little about what’s been going on the last few months:

I got this bike toward the end of summer, and have absolutely loved biking to work. I'd say I bike about half of the time, given the weather we've been having lately!

I got this bike toward the end of summer, and have absolutely loved biking to work. I’d say I bike about half of the time, given the weather we’ve been having lately!

Osa has been working on being more photogenic, to much success. I help by taking possibly hundreds of pictures, and clogging up Instagram with my dog. #Osabear

Osa has been working on being more photogenic, to much success. I help by taking possibly hundreds of pictures, and clogging up Instagram with my dog. #Osabear

I've had a few recent chalk art commissions, and was especially happy with this woodland/Portland scene featuring a menu for a truly wonderful and laid-back bride.

I’ve had a few recent chalk art commissions, and was especially happy with this woodland/Portland scene featuring a menu for a truly wonderful and laid-back bride.

The weather has turned cold and rainy, so of course that means it's cyclocross season! We've spent a good number of weekends in the cold and rain racing, cheering, and drinking beer for this cause.

The weather has turned cold and rainy, so of course that means it’s cyclocross season! We’ve spent a good number of weekends in the cold and rain racing, cheering, and drinking beer for this cause.

Meet my mom's new horse, Bella! She's a sweet 10 year old paint, and Mom is completely over the moon.

Meet my mom’s new horse, Bella! She’s a sweet 10 year old paint, and Mom is completely over the moon.

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My brother and his wife moved to California! Jesse was offered a great new job, and I'm so excited for them to start this new adventure! Though I'll also miss them like crazy.

My brother and his wife moved to California! Jesse was offered a great new job, and I’m so excited for them to start this new adventure! Though I’ll also miss them like crazy.

In anticipation for the holidays, I've been reorganizing and cleaning my house. I'm particularly fond of my new color-coordinated book shelf.

In anticipation for the holidays, I’ve been reorganizing and cleaning my house. I’m particularly fond of my new color-coordinated book shelf.

Local Color Series: 14th and Prescott

So this is a new idea I’ve been noodling on.

In an effort to create quick content that makes me feel creative and engaged with this blog, I’m starting a new color palette project I’m calling the “Local Color Series”.

When I’m out and about, I take a lot of pictures of this beautiful city I live in. Some are of store fronts, some are of neighborhoods- but I never really do anything with these pictures. Until now, when I’m going to start documenting the colors I like in the locales I visit.

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This is from the cool drum shop near my house. Hope you enjoy this new series!

Engagement Pictures Part 2

Click here to see Part I

Hello there!

The second change of wardrobe Kyle and I picked for our engagement pictures was a bit more…swanky. We decided that if this isn’t a time to dress fancy and look our finest, we really don’t know when is!

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Photos provided by Joe Tobiason.

These pictures really showed off the beauty of the Kennedy School, and a lot of the quirkiness of their decor – although maybe it just brought out the quirkiness in us!

A very Merry Christmas Eve to you all! I’m ready to cozy up with this guy and celebrate with family.