Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Fun in Portland...

Ceiling at Marco's cafe...lots of umbrellas
great food at Marco's...

Mural near Alberta St.

Deb and Janice on Alberta St.

After teaching at A&S I got to spend some time with my brother and his wife, Paulette in Portland. My brother went off to study Japanese and Paulette and I went off in search of fabric stores and other fun places. First stop, Multnomah Village where we found a GREAT wool store with loads of beautiful roving from many kinds of sheep, plus bamboo fibers, tencel and other mixtures. Lots of wonderful yarns, books and two nice shop keepers. I bought lots of roving in colors that we don't have here where I live. Can't wait to play with it. Then down the street and around the corner at great little fabric store with lots of fat quarters for quilters and sewers, called Fibers in Motion. Paulette signed up for a workshop to make a pieced vest. I bought a cool felt pin cushion and a little fabric. Then off to the bead store for a quick look around....I do NOT need any more beads! We were pretty hungry by this time and ambled on down a side street to the Marcos Cafe for a yummy lunch. Well fed, off to some more fun stores, a cool bakery with treats for later, and a clothing store having a sale..called Paloma...I got some of my favorite socks....the owner is an artist with her wonderful art on the wall behind the counter..her name is Kim Osgood. One more bead store stop for Paulette and back home for a bit.
the next day we took a trip down to Portland to the World Forestry Center for the Local 14, Art Show and Sale..featuring over 100 women artists. Very nice brother bought some cool prints and ceramics and I found a cool silver and amethyst ring from artist Betsey Bensen. Linda Womack had her wonderful encaustic work there too...lot of great stuff!
Then we got to go to the Alberta St. area where there were lots of A&S shoppers....found Collage, Bolt, a fun wool store, and ate lunch at a nice Thai restaurant. Ran into Janice and Deb from Canada....two wonderful fiber artists I met at ArtFiberFest last year....we were both taking photos of the bright murals on Alberta St. walls....

After vendor night, I got picked up and off we went for a late night dinner with my two nephews plus wife and girl Nostrana, a great restaurant near Portland...I had a salad and a nice creamy polenta and the others shared their individual pizzas with all. For dessert a fuit cobbler to share..delicious!
Sunday morning, my brother, Larry made his famous crispy egg white waffles with blueberries and pecans....Divine!~ then off to the airport and HOme! Now I am scampering to get ready to leave in a few days to drive up to Port Townsend for ARtFiberfest to teach and Sell my fiber goodies.

1 comment:

Tammy said...

Hi Mary! Loved being in your Home Hookin' class last week at Artfiberfest! Thanks so much for the wonderful introduction to rughooking...I am a Happy Hooker! cheers...tammy