57 posts categorized "Crafts & Hobbies"

Summer Programs in Portland

February 22, 2006

Hi!  I ran across your web site as I was searching for summer programs.  My family is planning on spending a month in Portland as part of our search for a new home.  Our current home is Cleveland, Ohio.  Can you ask your Mamas about summer programs for 3 year olds.  We will be staying in the Milwaukie area.  I hope I can join you for an event this summer.  Your groups sounds fun!

Mark your calendars - Mama S&B/Craft night

January 16, 2006

While the cat is away, the mice will play!  Well, while dh is heading out of town, I thought I would host a craft night for folks interested in knitting/scrapping/whatever your craft of choice is.
Date:  Tuesday, January 24 2006
Time:  8:15-whenever  (I'll try to get Andrew down before folks arrive)
RSVP:  Leave a comment w/ your e-mail below and I'll add you to an evite with the location info :)

If you don't have a craft of choice and feel like you want to learn, I will be willing to brainwash teach you how to knit.  I'll also have some teas/wine/snacks too.  Hope to see you all there!  Well, at least as many as my house can hold hehe...

Surprise! The Lila Guide | Baby-Friendly Portland

January 11, 2006

It was SO long ago when I think I filled out a survey for the Portland lilaguide.  What a treat it was to find one in my mail slot yesterday!  Calling itself the "new parent survivial guide to shopping, activities, restaurants, and more...", the lilaguide is written by parents for parents.  Reviews are Zagat-esque, incorporating first-hand comments and quotes by customers and parents just like us.  Unlike Zagat, where we can expect some witty snarky comments, lilaguide is pretty, smooth, and uber-palatable.

The guide is organized by county - Clackamas, Washington, Clark, and Multnomah.  The urbanMama in me wishes it was mostly Portland information organized by neighborhood.  Still, I found some fun stuff like quotes about almost all the parks and playgrounds with helpful firsthand information.  Of a park just a few blocks of me: "a nice park to visit although there's not too much shade during summer months ... the usual facilities including restrooms and off-leash area..."  I also enjoyed leafing through the Exercise section, highlighting activities I'd not heard of like Baby Boot Camp or Divine Pilates of Portland or Moving Through Center or Stroller Strides.  The Baby Basics section is a great resource, with listings and info for all our favorite joints like Fairies & Frogs (on NE Fremont), Generations (on Hawthorne), Grasshopper (on NE Alberta), Milagros (on NE Killingsworth), Piccolina (at SE Clinton and 26th), Sweetpea's (in Sellwood), and Zanzibar (on NE Fremont near 15th).

I'm glad I have a copy.  But, I'm glad I got a free one (for completing at least 14 reviews of Portland establishments).  I don't think I'd necessarily go out and buy one.

What Can't Sarah Gilbert Do?

December 15, 2005

I took up Sarah's (that's Cafe Mama, Everett's Mama, Truman's Mama, Blogging Baby editor, Kenilworth-Abernethy blogger - oh, and don't forget contributor to Slash Food, TV Squad, and a founding urbanMama) open offer on a holiday card photo shoot.  We were a bit late heading out the door, and found Sarah waiting patiently with adorable Truman hanging from her hip/front carrier.  Everett was amusing himself by running around the square.  On top of that she had bags, blankets, and her camera along with her.  It really didn't feel like a photo shoot at all since we sat for one pose as she snapped away.  As we chased after the kids and pretended to look at trees, she took some more candids.  Again, it didn't feel like we were getting our pictures taken as I was more absorbed in making sure the kids were o.k., and chatting with some of the other mamas who showed up for the socializing.  Now, for my point!  Sarah is incredible.  She's such a busy mama, but to do a photo shoot with both of her boys with her, in busy, busy downtown, was a feat unto itself.  I am always in awe of other busy mamas (Sarah included) and being inspired by all that they do.


Craftin', Scrappin', & More

December 13, 2005

Ok.  The holidays are coming at us like a speeding bullet and I need to kick it up several notches.  BAM!  Holidays are so hard, trying to balance the joys of giving with the fun of receiving.  Philly has already made her list and checked it twice.  This week, though, we're going to focus on all the giving.  What's more fun and meaningful than hand-making the gifts?

Mimosa Studios on NE Alberta near 17th:  We go to Mimosa lots because it's convenient for us.  The space is on the cramped side, so curious toddlers get up close and personal with the shelves and shelves of pottery lining the walls.  Still, we've managed to go to Mimosa several times in the past couple of years, despite having little people.  Owner Austin and her staff are attentive, creative, and super helpful.  They've helped us come up with new gift ideas, color schemes for our projects, and strategies for involving the kids in the fun.  Fridays this month are late nights with food & drink provided.  Check out their calendar for other fun stuff.

Amazin' Glazin' in Sellwood:  Haven't been to this one yet, but I know some of you have!  Sounds like Amazin's got more space for the more mobile tots.  Like Mimosa, they've got a great schedule this month for the hoildays.  This coming Thursday, their special project class is Poinsetta Platters from 6-8pm.

Art House on NE Broadway: They have a couple of fun events coming up, including "Crop with Me" and "Kids Make Holiday Tags".  Check out their event schedule or Marlynn's Family Friendly post.

Quirks & Quandaries on N. Mississippi:  It's a boutique that doubles as your own craft room space.  The craft room is stocked with all the supplies you'll need for small projects or to finish up old projects.  If you can't finish your project, you can always walk out with something unique & affordable from the front shop.

Knitty Knitty Bang Bang

November 11, 2005

Are you a knitty mama?  I'm not.  But, I do know that there are lots of knitting mamas out there!  Some of our pdx mama bloggas on the left are some knitting mamas, including Knitting Mama Phenom, StitchMarker Mama, Semaphoria, to name a few.  Who else?  Any ideas for some classes, events, or resources intown for a newbie like me?

Got any spare diaper wipes boxes?

January 19, 2005

In our home, we go through diaper wipes boxes (6-packs Kirkland brand from Costco) faster than we can recycle them. They are such a handy size for so many things, but there was one potential use that really caught my attention: Magazine holders! Now, as a Martha Stewart fan (yes, I still think her periodicals contain useful information, even if she did screw up), and a subscriber to several other periodicals, the magazines just seem to pile up more quickly than they can be read. Without further ado... Here is the tutorial on how to make your own magazine holder from a wipes box.