Monday, December 29, 2008

so sad

These are my last few days in Portland. I'm dismantling my work studio and have been going through 3 years worth of saved remnants and fabric scraps. I still have so much to do, and so much to get rid of. Everything in my studio is for sale or up for grabs, and it's so hard to let go. I am excited about living in NY, but I'm really going to miss Portland. 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

never in my wildest snow-dreams...

did I ever imagine we'd get this much snow! We got dumped on, for lack of a better way of putting it! Portland is shut down. There are no cars on the streets, just people occupying the lanes of traffic because it's easier to walk on. I went sledding three times yesterday. This is crazy and inconvenient as hell, but I absolutely love it. 

Edit: I love how I'm now seeing several people walking down the deserted streets drinking beers and booze. Because when it snows, there are no laws and anything goes apparently!
Snow creatures. The monster in the middle was spotted late at night on Burnside.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

two miracles

Not only is it snowing, and I'm here to enjoy it (after getting my orders out and work done first), the biggest check in the world finally came today! Aaaaaaaaggh!! I can't believe it! I am going to cry. 

All the days of sacrificing and putting my personal needs last, not being able to pay bills, making do with very little, all in order to just buy fabrics or repair my sewing machines are over.  I can buy whatever fabric I want! I can run a real business where I don't have to make every single thing myself because I can't afford to do otherwise. I'm not going to be homeless at the end of the month, like I feared. All that incredibly hard work and years of struggling but never giving up has just paid off. It is all real now. It really happened, and it's just really hitting me now. 

And it's beautiful outside.

Monday, December 15, 2008

NYCya real soon

I'm in NYC again for a quick business trip, and will back again, permanently in less than 3 weeks! I was very hesitant and nervous about coming for this trip, but things went well, and I'm thankful I did. Though, I was devastated having to miss rare Portland snow. Enough snow to go sledding at Laurelhurst Park. Portland, I'm gonna miss you a little. I'll be back tomorrow, so bring some more snow for me!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


What can I say? I'm very flattered. My dress on someone's body....permanently!

Oh, and I love how there's a giant ant checking it out! :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

craziest week ever

Oh Dear Jerell,
 I've had the most insanely busy few weeks, yet you kept calling me pretty much everyday, talking me into getting you dresses for your boutique opening tonight. Yeah, EVERY day. More than a bill collector, even! They call too, but not as much as you. Well, I cranked out a few beauties quickly, ran to the post office and got them on the right truck just barely in time.  

Only for you, Jerell, because I love you. I hope your boutique opening tonight is a huge success! And send this brotha a check once they sell because I am hurtin' for one!

Here's a sneak peek at a blinding hot-pink cocktail dress that I had a hard time parting with. It's only a peek, but you'll see more of it later. I and hot pink? Wha...?? The others were all gray, though, to compensate.
Update: I can't find a website for it, but here's a link with the address. Go visit!

Monday, December 8, 2008

rumors, rumors, rumors

Two people mentioned to me in the last 24 hours that they had heard that I was hired my Michael Kors. Hmm, not to my knowledge. If he hired me without telling me, then I apologize for being a total no-show. 

Strange. I can't help but wonder where this is coming from. Perhaps he was just thinking aloud that his collections were in need of a hefty helping of some noodles.