That Jolie Girl Crafts

Crafting a better life


HiP One Month Anniversary

HiP One Month Anniversary


Posted on Jul 11, 2010

My new blog adventure – Handmade in Portland – is 1 month old today!  I'm so proud of what Bettie, Diana and I have been able to accomplish.  We are such compliments of each other that everything we've done for HiP, so far,  has been very organic and seamless.  Yes, we are still getting our feet wet and we have so much to learn, but we are already meeting great artists in the...

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Panoramas – Lake Tahoe

Panoramas – Lake Tahoe


Posted on Jul 5, 2010

Here are some panoramic shots from my vacation. They are easier to look at if you click on the individual photos.  I'd like to learn more advanced photos stitching software like Hugin to make these images even better, but for now I'm using to Windows Live.  I'm not thrilled with it, but it was fast and easy.  ...

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Vacationing at Lake Tahoe

Vacationing at Lake Tahoe


Posted on Jul 4, 2010

I spent the last 4 days vacationing at Lake Tahoe.  My husband and I didn't have any set plans which is rare for us.  My husband is the king of the itinerary and we usually have each day planned out, but it was nice to see where the day would take us.  Here are some highlights from our trip. We stayed a block from the lake and had access to a private beach.  Watching the sun set was wonderful. We walked...

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My New Queen Bee Bag

My New Queen Bee Bag


Posted on Jun 27, 2010

I've loved my first Queen Bee bag nearly to death.  After over 4 years of use and abuse, it's starting to get a few small holes and tears.   I had started to think that it was time for a new bag, but wasn't being very proactive because I love the embroidery I had made for my bag.  When I heard about the Queen Bee Studio sale today (until 5pm), I knew the time was right.   I got to the...

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Surreal Craft

Surreal Craft


Posted on Jun 24, 2010

Jeepers!  This photo appeared online on Craft: today.  I never dreamed something like that would ever happen.  Wow.  Many thanks to Susan Beal for wanting to include us.  Find the HiP: Felt Flower tutorial here.  Read the full Craft article here.  It's been a very good...

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The Lion King

The Lion King


Posted on Jun 22, 2010

  On Sunday I saw The Lion King which was the final play in this season's Broadway show.  I'm so glad that this season ended on such a high note.  The only play better this year was Fiddler on the Roof which started off the season.   The costumes were just breathtaking.  I had aisle seats, so I had a great view of the animals walking down the aisles.  One hyena scared me half to...

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HiP: Felt Flower Tutorial

HiP: Felt Flower Tutorial


Posted on Jun 16, 2010

Today is the first day of the Summit of Awesome.  I’ve been anxiously waiting for this day to arrive for months.  Because of the summit,Handmade in Portland made the push to launch last week.  It gave use the concrete deadline we needed.  The summit is also letting Handmade in Portland sponsor a craft.  We decided our craft would be felt flowers. Felt Flower...

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I do love a good theme

I do love a good theme


Posted on Jun 15, 2010

A few days ago I received a belated Birthday package from my cousin.  I always enjoy getting gifts from him and I couldn't wait to see what he had sent this time.   This year it was a coffee theme.  I do love coffee.  What impressed me most about this package is that every single thing he chose was for a reason.  We have a habit of writing notes on each gift which sometimes can be more fun than...

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Jewelry Class

Jewelry Class


Posted on Jun 12, 2010

I had my very last Metal Clay class this week.  It was also the last class of all the classes I took this spring.  I must say that 3 classes is a lot.  I think 2 should be my cap.  With one class blending into another, it was hard to work on projects at home.  Still, I had such a great time in all of my classes and I learned  a lot. I made the effort to make some things at home right before my last...

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I can't believe the day is actually here!  Becoming Bettie, SwankyDays and I  have launched Handmade in Portland.  This venture has been in the works since last Fall.  The three of us will bring you Portland's amazing craft community and we will feature all walks of craft through tutorials, interviews, product reviews and more!  There is no end to where this new adventure will take us. Our first...

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