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Field Trip // Maven Collective

A new shop opened last weekend called Maven Collective on 7819 SE Stark St.  Four amazingly creative and impeciable curators (Jacklyn, the original owner of Maven, Kim from Ethanollie, Sue from Solstice Home and Rebekah from Little Byrd Vintage) have assembled to create this shop in the Montavilla neighborhood of Portland. Chris and I wanted to check it out and support another new shop, so we went not knowing what to anticipate. We were both blown away by the amazing array of vintage goods. We couldn't leave without purchasing a few goodies of our own! 

...are scattered throughout the shop. I couldn't leave without a little plant of my own. 


Some of my favorite pieces were the...


 Mark your calendars for the Grand Opening! Chris and I plan on stopping by, too.  


Another aspect that I feel is unique to Maven Collective are the unique collections throughout the shop. 

/// I hope you enjoyed this mini-tour of Maven Collective. Like them on facebook to follow their adventures! ///


More Craft Classes!

I wanted to do a second post today highlighting an amazing place to take craft classes...Collage! Why a second post? Well, there is simply too much to cover in one and Collage has so much to offer!

Call the Alberta store (503.249.2190) if you'd like to sign up for any of these classes. Click here to see all of the classes listed: 

Here's a couple that I'm teaching over the next month: 


$10 Tuesday: Lace Pendant Necklace - Tuesday, October 16


Make a beautiful trio of pendants in one necklace. We will collage images, patterns, or letters into three circle lace pendant. Learn jewelry-making basics that you can apply to all jewelry. You will leave with a beautifully crafted necklace.


$5 Friday: Jack O'Lantern Jars - Friday, October 19
Come make a set of spooky Jack O'Lantern jars to decorate your porch or table for this spooktacular season.
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In addition to classes I'm teaching, Collage has an amazing line-up of talented teachers! Here are a few of my favorites! 
Needle Felted Pumpkins taught by Suki Allen - Wednesday, September 26 
Come learn the basics of needle felting while creating a small collection of pumpkins to decorate for fall.
Watercolor Journal with Coptic Stitch taught by Sonya Richards - Saturday, September 29
Make your own watercolor journal from scratch. You’ll learn how to bind your book using the four needle coptic stitch, an ancient binding technique which allows your journal to lay completely flat when open. Perfect for making your own notebooks, albums and journals.

Paper Marbling taught by Sonya Richards - Saturday, October 20
In this class we'll cover several traditional techniques on paper marbling. From the Japanese Suminagashi, to the Turkish Ebru style, you’ll learn all the basics and how to set up your own marbling station at home. Be ready to get a little messy, and be marveled by the magic of marbling! 
Representational Collage: Birds taught by Susan Schenk - Sunday, October 28
Learn to use paper as paint to create a compelling realistic image of a bird. Walk out with a frame ready piece of art!
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Make sure to swing by and check out not only their amazing classes, but a wide range of amazing art and craft supplies! 





Craft Classes are in Session! 

Even though I'm no longer an elementary school teacher, I love this time of year. It's a perfect time to start something new! In Portland, there are so many fun classes & events happening, I thought I'd highlight a few of them here. Come jump in on the fun! 

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Portland Flea

Come on out to Portland Flea THIS Sunday, September 16th. Chris and I will be in our Remnant Booth, plus I'm teaching a few craft classes. One of my favorites being recovering vintage lampshades. 


Reupholstering Lampshades - Sun. Sept 16th at 2:30 - 4pm - Click here to sign up!

Monogram Stamp Collage - Sun. Sept. 16 - Noon- 1pm - Click here to sign up. 

Vintage Ephemera Jewelry - Sun. Sept. 16 - 10:30-11:30am - Click here to sign up. 

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OSMI is hosting a Portland Mini Maker Faire! It should be a really fun event. One of the sessions I don't want to miss is Susan Beal speaking on the panel, "Cultivating the Portland Craft Scene" at noon on Saturday, Sept. 15th. She will also teach a free comics magnet demo from her book, World of Geekcraft at 2pm in the OMSI tent.

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Modern Domestic 

1) Beginning Quilting by Heather Davidson starts September 15th

2) Cat's Game Quilt by Michelle Freedman starts October 1st

3) Text Quilts Workshop by Elizabeth Hartman starts October 6th

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Pendleton Woolen Mills

Wool Baby Quilt taught by Susan Beal - September 29th at 10 am to 12:30 pm
Make a simple coin-style wool baby quilt, choosing from lots of colorful, pretty wool fabrics for your favorite combination. Register at this link or by calling the store, 503-535-5786

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Have you heard of ADX? If not, check it out! It's an amazing shared workspace with access to many hi-tech tools. They are also offering classes.


Button Jewelry at ADX, taught by Susan Beal, October 14 at noon to 2pm
Learn to make a super-personalized button charm bracelet, necklace or earrings using basic wirework skills and your favorite vintage or new buttons! Click here to sign up! 

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If you know of other fun classes & events happening, please share them in the comment section. Thanks! 



Portland Flea Recap // August

Hello Lovely Blog Readers! I'm sad that I've been absent from my blog for a bit now, but it's because I've been so so busy and I have so many things to share! After returning from Seattle and then working at Collage, on my "weekend" I immediately got to work on upholsterying many pieces to get our booth ready from Portland Flea.

First I started working on this beauiful danish modern chair that Chris picked up: 

This is one of my all-time favorite pieces I've done. I've been seeing many upholstered pieces using wool, I wanted to give it a shot. However, I was nervous about the wool stretching out every time someone sat in it. After some research I found out Pellon makes a home decor interfacing for knits and wools exactly for this purpose! It worked like a charm, and I'll definitely be using this quite often. Chris also completely sanded down the frame and stained the wood. It was one of our first big pieces to sell at Portland Flea. 

Second, I worked  on this "quick" little chair. At least that is what I thought at the beginning of the project! It was more of a learning piece than something I'm proud of. The original piece (forgot the before photo!) was old and shredded. However the fabric was in all one piece (no piecing). As I attempted to do the same, I knew that this would be nearly impossible. At the curves, the fabric did not want to lie flat. I made it work the best I could, however, I might re-do this with a seam along the middle. I've been told this will solve all of my problems. 

Finally, the third piece was this amazing Adrian Pearsall sofa: 

I'm super pleased with how it turned out and it already sold! I'm really enjoying the process and completion of upholstery. I know I shared a few months ago how I really didn't like reupholstery, however, I'm singing a different tune. It isn't easy, but I do love the before and after, and the puzzle of putting it all back together again. Also, it really helps to have the right tools! Now that I have an amazing pheumatic staple gun, I'm never stopping! 

After completing these projects nearly in the nick of time, we packed up and headed out! 

In addition to all of the lovely vintage finds at Portland Flea, it's been really fun to make new friendships with many of the vendors! It's pretty much like a big party as we are carrying items in and setting up, except we also have do to heavy lifting! ;) 

Make sure to mark September 16th on your calendar. Also, tomorrow I'm annoucing something extra special that I'm hosting at the September Portland Flea event. Make sure to check back in. :) 


Modern Domestic

A few weeks ago, I shared that I'm teaching beginning quilting at Modern Domestic. What's that, you ask? Well, Modern Domestic is a local Portland sewing studio. It offers two fully equipped classrooms, a warm and knowledgeable staff, and a community of creative makers. They also host many classes and open sew times. Besides those draws, it is simply a beautiful space to work in and on amazing Bernina machines. 

Last Thursday, I taught my first class of a three session class. I was a little nervous to be teaching in a new venue. I kept thinking all day that I had the day and time wrong, or that I would arrive late. Does this happen to anyone else?! But alas, I arrived in plenty of time. I have four students who are a lot of fun and we had a great time getting to know each other while learning to quilt! Everything turned out really well, I'm excited to teach again this week. 

I'm teaching how to make a quilt from start to finish using this pattern for the top: 

Here are some of the fabric choices of a few of my students. Won't these look great?!

If you've thought about wanting to learn to sew garments or make a quilt, but something has stopped you, make sure to check out Modern Domestic! You'll become the  you thought you'd never be! ;)