Katy Elliott

A daily design journal about new england life, home decorating resources, and renovating a 257-year-old house in Marblehead, MA.

Packaging 101 With Sally + Joke

Posted on | June 24, 2011 | 8 Comments

My final post from my PDX trip! After Chelsea’s flower class in the am section of Summer School I signed up for Packaging 101 with Sally and Joke. I learned all kinds of tricks from these ladies including how to:

-Make your own stickers using a Xyron (ordering one pronto for my nieces). I made the dots from vellum and then into stickers using the Xyron.
-Making decorative flags using cute Japanese decorative tape and toothpicks.
-Creating your own cards and wrapping paper from designs you create on the computer.
-Paint stripes on a muslin bag to make a simple gift a little snazzier.
-And paint a message like “happy birthday or thank you” on paper to wrap a gift or a bouquet of flowers.

These ladies are incredibly clever and creative. The best part? They’re kinda geeky about their tools. Sally and Joke had amazing tactics for each project and I got the feeling they had tried each of the projects a zillion times figuring out the best and simplest way to achieve it. Love that passion! I just saw on Sally’s blog she will be teaching another class in July in Portland. Sign up early!

Stickers I made using the Xyron and flag using the decorative tape.

Papers and designs from Sally

Hand-painted wrapping paper with custom message from Joke

Packaging 101 classroom in Portland, Oregon

Danielle from BDRstudio painting stripes on her bag, love that neon pink!

My custom message on paper. The neon paint didn’t really work out as planned but you get the concept, right? If you look above at Joke’s examples you’ll notice white and purple look really good on brown paper and white on black paper.

Joke’s idea board. Love this shot because it shows the hundreds of bike racks and bikers I saw in Portland, really cool!

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My Favorite Shops in PDX
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My Favorite Shops in PDX

Posted on | June 23, 2011 | 8 Comments

Chelsea from {frolic!} was sweet enough to be my tour guide for the day in Portland. In the morning we headed up to the Columbia River Gorge and then came back to city for lunch at the Swedish style cafe, Broder. We cruised around town checking out a few of Chelsea’s beloved neighborhoods and popping into her favorites shops. Below my picks for home/lifestyle shops in PDX.

For lunch: pickles, potato pancakes and Swedish meatballs on a challah roll at Broder.

2508 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR

Ink & Peat a floral design studio and home decor shop; shares my love for textiles and patterning with a beautiful selection of ceramics, bedding, and linens. I picked up a pair of Kerry Cassill pillowcases in the purple teal water floral pattern.

Ink & Peat
3808 N. Williams Avenue — Suite 126
Portland, OR

Vintage french linens, ceramics and well-edited accessories can be found at Marguerite. I picked a vintage French chemise with a beautiful lace accent. The chemise was handmade by nuns in the 1920’s embroidered with a custom monogram for new brides. The crisp white linen had me thinking of Jane Austen and wearing it on hot summer nights on the beach in Maine this summer. Yes, I realize my imagination is getting away from me…vintage linen can do that to ya!

1520 Southeast Bybee Boulevard
Portland, OR

Alder & Co located downtown in a beautiful light-filled space offers a selection of home goods, fashion and accessories. I picked up a few necklaces, bracelets and beautiful rose French linen apron.

Alder & Co
537 sw 12th Avenue
Portland, OR

I found this shop on my own wandering around the neighborhood near my hotel. Utility style accessories, saws and gadgets feels like a designer hardware store. I picked up a stripe apron by Pointer Brand for working in the garden and around the house. The staff was super sweet and let me test the apron filling the pockets with tools before purchasing.

Core77’s Hand-Eye Supply
23 NW 4th Ave
Portland, OR

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Gardens & Flowers Spotted in PDX
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