Not Bread and Butter but . . .

Congrats to one of my favorite shops on Etsy: Portland based Bread and Badger. We love our set of 4 pint glasses sandblasted with the state of Oregon and “I like it here.”

In a December issue of Forbes magazine: Running A Startup From Home: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. Click on the link and scroll down for the bit on Bread and Badger.


A Cool Tool

Point. Focus. Click. What do you do with the pictures you take? Post a few on Facebook? Print a few for Christmas cards? Recently I tried an online photo editor that is free and relatively easy. It has become one of my favorite things. I have plans for this tool.

Garibaldi Collage

Garibaldi, Oregon on a clear and warm September day. So easy to create with PicMonkey.

Confession #1: I have a terrible time remembering what everything is on my camera. Aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance? My camera is set on Auto and I usually get a pretty good photo, but sometimes . . . PicMonkey has an Edit a photo section where I can play around with the exposure or color or sharpness of a photo.

Confession #2: I don’t like to read directions or manuals. New computer program? I won’t read the manual, I’ll jump right in. The Help button is my best friend. PicMonkey is easy to use. I love the Collage feature. Download my photos, choose a Layout (Ducks in a row, FB Cover, L-egant, etc).

Picmonkey is free, but there is also an upgrade option. I haven’t gone there yet . . . but the Jigsaw layout is calling me.

Sweaters Collage

A collage for my LoopsAndLines “About Page”.

Patons Collage

A collage of yarn color choices for hand knitted hats. And yes, PicMonkey has a tool that lets you add words.

So my plans for this tool? I want to experiment with the Card layout, see if I can do something different for next year’s Christmas cards.

Confession #3: I can get so focussed, that something obvious will pass me by. If you have a great idea for how to use this photo editing tool, I’d love to hear.

Babica Hen

Portland’s nickname is the City of Roses. I think it could also be the City of Unique Breakfast Restaurants.

Babica Hen is the newest place in Lake Grove and my current favorite place for breakfast after church on Sunday.  First time there, I had the shredded smoked pork benedict with black beans, white cheddar, green chili hollandaise served over cornbread. Second time, I had a waffle with maple syrup.

Yesterday was our third time, and the place was slammed! Open little over six weeks, the local newspaper featured Babica Hen just last week. The weather cooperated and customers waited in the outside seating area or inside where the coffee bar was open with pots of “pump your own” coffee and trays of just baked mini peanut butter cookies.  My breakfast choice this time? A three egg scramble with black forest ham, white cheddar cheese, mushrooms and onions. Potatoes, toast with homemade jam and a ramekin of fruit on the side. Yum, yum, yum.