Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Lost parakeet slums with the sparrows: what to do?

Our wildlife menagerie at Pomegranate continues to grow (and entertain us), from the young buck who came right up to the back door (and ate the entire day's buffet at the bird feeder), to the teeny chipmunks, golden mantle squirrels (so cute!), sparrows, hawks, quail, and pygmy nuthatches.

Now we have a colorful interloper, and I'm worried about what's going to happen when things turn cold (as in, yesterday!). This pretty parakeet showed up last week, and he's having a grand ol' time with all his new buddies, flitting from tree to tree, squawking, and eating. Until I got these shots of him (not too bad, taken with the long lens through our big picture window), I didn't realize he had an ankle band, which must mean something to someone, no?

Someone suggested trying to trap him via an open cage with food in it, but I know where that's going: there will be an angry rock chuck in it in the morning, and no sign of the parakeet.

Any ideas? Doubtful he knows how to fly south, and sadly, winter is just around the corner.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Pottery Show and Demonstration this Saturday, Aug. 28

Two of our favorite local potters will be setting up in the gardens at Pomegranate tomorrow, August 28, for a show of their latest work and demonstration of throwing and glazing techniques. Steve Provence and Eleanor Murphey, both professional potters based in Bend, are bringing their newest pieces for our annual show. Come talk to the artists and buy from them directly – there's nothing more satisfying than having a wonderful new piece of art for your home!

They're bringing a potter's wheel and glazing station: come try your hand at the wheel (hint: if you've never done it, it's harder than you think, but also lots of fun). Eleanor will also bring a limited number of bisqueware mugs for purchase: she'll show you how she creates her wax resist designs so that you can design and glaze your mug. Then she'll fire your masterpiece and have it ready for you later. What fun! Last year we had a blast at this show: can't wait to see what they're bringing this time... Pottery show from 11-5/shop is open 10-5:30. Find us at 120 NE River Mall Avenue, just across from the north end of Macy's.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's a bella Bella Notte

Were you expecting a clip from Lady and the Tramp? No, Bella Notte is our luscious bedding line at Pomegranate, all organic cottons, linens, silks. All washable (as in, machine washable!) and made in the US in 20 different colors. We just got in a new shipment and I had such fun putting it all together. What you can't see in this lousy photo (the next photography class I take should be on lighting!) is the soft, beautiful grays and crisp white palette and textures of the linen against cotton. I did pop a little pale pink in there, knowing that would be too girly for a lot of people, but the fun is coming up with a combination that suits you. Take away the fluffy pillow in whisper linen, and you've got a simple, modern theme going.

Come by and take a look!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Your complete prep list for attending flea markets & tag sales

Getting ready to head out to some garage/tag sales? Are you as prepared as a Boy Scout for your adventure? If not, here are some tips and tricks (I am, afterall, the Shopping Monkey, and somewhat of an expert on these matters). And nevermind that I started this post two weeks ago, and this morning The Bulletin trumped me on it with a similar article gleaned from the wires.

First, start checking the newspaper classifieds and craigslist on Thursday. Some sales start on Friday (especially estate sales) and sometimes those are the best ones (but not always). Some even start early enough that if you're headed to work that day, you can get to the sale and still make it to work on time. Sweet! Pick the sales that sound good, and map out your route (if you're the one holding a sale, check out this post and this one). Our local daily (The Bulletin) even has a "map-it" feature if you go online to check for sales. Prioritize according to how good the sale sounds vs. location, so that you're not bouncing all over town.

Here's a random list of what you'll need for a successful day of shopping. First, cash. Cash still rules the day, and you'll need plenty of varied bills (and coins). Don't just stop at the ATM on your way and load up with a bunch of twenty dollar bills. Most sellers won't have enough change for everybody who does that, and besides, you'll be in a much better bargaining position if you can pull exact change out of your hat. Or your pocket.

I like to use a slim, cross-body Baggallini tote (of course, available at Pomegranate!) for garage sale day (or any other time, for that matter). It keeps your cash safe and close to you, and gives you that hands-free gathering option that you'll want during the shopping crush. No one wants you smacking them with your ginormous satchel of a handbag.

I always have a tiny measuring tape with me; you can't always trust your eyeballs to know if the size is right on a piece of furniture or art. If you are looking for furnishings and accessories, it's a good thing to have some of the dimensions you need written down on a piece of colored card stock in your wallet. Card stock helps keep your list from getting tattered or jumbled in with the receipts. We have a funny little expanse of wall at home that needs a tiny bookcase, no more than 14" wide. I have that written down, because if I rely on memory alone, I'll surely come home with a piece that's 18" wide. Duh!

I always bring with me a little stack of sticky notes and pen. If I have to gather things into a little pile somewhere at the sale, I can mark it with my name. However, try to avoid this leaving things alone in a pile strategy, because some sharky person will always come along, dig through the pile and snag your treasures.

If you go early (I mean really early!) to estate sales, you'll see some die-hard buyers with plastic bins or boxes, and their name and "sold" marked on bits of painter's tape (the blue stuff: it sticks to wood surfaces without damaging anything). They'll then zoom around and attach their stickers to things they want. I'm not a big fan of this maneuver. Years ago I went to an estate sale where some antique dealer had put his name on every piece, went back around and bought just the few things he really wanted, then disappeared. His name was still on everything, and people were sighing in disappointment that pieces were already "sold" -- until we all realized he was long gone. The poor guy running the sale was not amused.

In the back of the car, I always keep a basket or cardboard box, filled with recycled bubble wrap and tissue. Garage sale vendors rarely wrap up small things in satisfactory fashion, and you don't want that faux-Tiffany paperweight rolling around on its own. I also bring along a large, collapsible tote (with some tissue) that I can bring into the sale itself if needed. My favorite is one of those plastic IKEA shopping bags that they sell for next to nothing. They're strong and lightweight, and can carry a load of stuff. A good canvas market bag or two can also do the trick. Some people cart their own boxes right into the sale, but it can be a little rude, especially first thing in the morning when there's a crush of people trying to negotiate their way through the sale.

Perhaps most important? Plenty of bottled water to keep you hydrated through your adventures, and a travel pack of hand wipes, because you will get scummy.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Local artists at Pomegranate's French Flea Market

Our upcoming French Flea Market is this Saturday, August 7, from 10-4, in the gardens at Pomegranate. After this, only one more chance to attend, on Saturday, Sept. 18.

It's just too much fun, friends. We have lots of great vendors with wonderful vintage finds, antiques, repurposed furnishings, objets d'art, and more new local artists with their wares. Above are just a few pictures of hand crafted pieces you'll find at the Flea. Love the totes above, created from cool vintage fabrics and recycled leathers (beautifully finished). From Amy, at Sublime Accents, a new line of cards she'll be showing with her great stitched and knitted applications (love those cute fiber cupcakes, too!). For more info, go to www.pomegranate-home.com. Put on your shopping shoes, grab your mad money* and make a dash for Pomegranate on Saturday. Lots of fun new arrivals in the shop, too!

* some of our vendors accept credit cards, and we've worked out a plan for others: for purchases over $100 we will run it through our Pomegranate machine for them (and you). Easy!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

French Flea Market this Saturday {& some pix from our last market}

Don't miss this Saturday's fabulous French Flea Market in the gardens at Pomegranate, from 10-4. We're chockablock with vendors of antique and vintage goods, objets d'art, repurposed furnishings and fashion, and local artisans with their wonderful hand crafted pieces. Come hungry: A Crêpe Affair is serving up fresh, gourmet crêpes (last time, we loved the breakfast crêpe with eggs and just the right amount of bacon). Here are some fun photos of last month's French Flea.

See you Saturday, August 7, at Pomegranate. For more info, see our website at www.pomegranate-home.com

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Watch "White Collar" tonight... because our little ad is on it

Chalk one up for unabashed self-promotion: for our upcoming French Flea Market at Pomegranate this Saturday, Aug. 7, we're running a series of fun TV ads (don't yet have a copy of it to post here). Mostly you'll see it on HGTV, Food Network (starting tomorrow, on two of my favorite cooking shows: "Everyday Italian" with Giada, and Ina Garten's show [of course I can't remember the name right now, but trust me, it's good]).

We also slotted one lone spot into one of our favorite summer TV escapist series: "White Collar." I love this show. It's like a fun, easy book to read in a hammock. As with all the summer fare (year round TV, for that matter), you have to suspend belief a little bit: the plots/the cons/the twists are all a bit, hmmm, unrealistic? But entertaining, nevertheless. And the scenes of Manhattan are wonderful. I would watch it just for a glimpse of that glorious apartment the main character lives in. And isn't there something Cary Grantish about said main character?

Anyway, watch it, because it's a good show – and watch for our little ad. Tell us if you see it, because this whole experiment with TV is a little... ah, scary?