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September 16th, 2005
Lotion Lotion

I’ve been tweaking with lotion again… I’m trying to make something to put in cute jam jars, something thick but not too greasy, probably a hand cream of some sort. I think I have it – it’s got cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, and jojoba oil so it’s pretty rich. It also has beeswax in it. I usually don’t like to sound all self-congratulatory, but day-amn! This stuff is really great…

Just call me the lotion queen!

Posted by Claire at 04:27 PM | Beauty Queen | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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September 9th, 2005
State Fair

I never did post my State Fair roundup, did I… Hurricane interruptions, etc…

Anyway, my six days at the Oregon State Fair were fabulous. They were also really tiring. This year the Oregon Country Fair was asked to bring some of their coolness to the Oregon State Fair. It was quite a match – the OCF is reknowned for great arts and crafts, great food, a nutty atmosphere… very lefty, very embrace-your-inner-hippie. And before anyone yells at me for that last phrase, I totally dig the OCF and go each year if I can. The OSF, on the other hand, is a very traditional state fair – you have your ag barns, your 4H, your hall filled with quilts and baking and canning and photography… and let’s not forget the carnival and fried food and petting zoo! (Why anyone pays for the mostly goat-filled petting zoo when they can pet ‘em for free in the ag barn is beyond me… but I was a farm kid, what can I say…).

But it was a good match, nonetheless. We brought our fine arts and crafts and our REALLY good food and our (albeit toned down) nutty atmosphere, and the good people of Oregon came down and said Hi. I had SO MUCH FUN talking to all the people who stopped at my booth. The PSM crowd has a lot of tourists; the State Fair was almost entirely Oregonians. We are so friendly, let me tell ya – everyone said hi, asked how I was doing, wanted to chat. I loved every minute of it… well, except for that one group of bratty teenagers…

Anyway. Sales were good. My mom and dad lent me my siblings for the weekend, who also seemed to enjoy themselves, and their tent trailer, so we camped over the weekend. My neighbors were fabulous, I bartered for some really great loot, and came home feeling so upbeat about it all. It was like summer camp for grownups, Market camp if you would. And the food… OCF food is every bit as good as PSM food and I ate well. The food vendors always spoil the craft vendors, and this was no exception.

In short, I told the organizer that if they do it again next year, I’d love to come back – for all 11 days even. I told her that as a vendor I loved it, and would love to see it become a regular thing. If you missed it, hopefully they’ll do it again next year and you can come on down. It was really a nice bit of both the nutty Country Fair and the traditional State Fair. And I love ‘em both.

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You know you’ve been spending too much time on the computer when you’re cleaning your apartment and thinking “delete” “delete” “save” “delete” as you sort out stuff to be tossed or kept…

Posted by Claire at 10:53 AM | Days Go By | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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September 7th, 2005
Buttons Buttons

If you or anyone you know is a rep for a skin care company like Jafra, Avon, or Mary Kay, I’ve set up a Cafe Press shop to sell some buttons I designed. They’re really cute!

Posted by Claire at 10:47 AM | Beauty Queen | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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Selling for Relief

Okay… I don’t have much in the money department to give to charity for Hurricane Katrina but I do what I can. For the rest of September, I will be donating 50% of my profits from Jafra to Mercy Corps‘ relief fund. I picked Mercy Corps because they are headquartered here in Portland and they have a very low administrative overhead (means more of your donation goes to actual relief activity).

I will also donate shipping cost of your order, if you aren’t local to me here in PDX. Let me know if you have any questions about the products or if you have a skin care concern and you aren’t sure which product will address it. I’d love to help :)

Posted by Claire at 10:42 AM | Activism | Comments (0) | Tweet This Post

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