Thursday, December 11, 2008

Peacock Lane 2008

Sunday starts the opening of Peacock Lane for the 2008 season. Opening day will be car free. The street will be blocks to traffic. Pedestrians will not have to deal with cars while enjoying the light displays.

Peacock Lane has been my favorite place to look at Christmas lights since I was a little kid. I feel the Christmas magic like a little kid when I go there to see the lights.

Lights on Sunday December 14 to Dec 31 6 pm until 11 pm. Between SE Stark and SE Belmont one block east of 39th. Tri-Met has buses going down both SE 39th bus 75 and SE Belmont bus 15.

For a preview of the lights, see the slide show on their web page.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The whole nine yards

The whole nine yards
Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.
The whole nine yards

This is my favorite interior fabric store. I stopped in there today to browse the beautiful fabrics and get expert advice on how to solve a broken drapery rod problem. They provided excellent advice on how to rehang my drapes. If you have cats go in and ask them how they hang drapery panels with ring and hooks to make a quick release.

In addition to beautiful fabric they offer classes and referrals to make your fabric interior decorating projects. The next classes offered are curtain making and basic pillow making.

1820 East Burnside Portland, OR 97214
Store Hours Mon-Fri 10-6 Saturday 10-5


Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

I was curious about seeing this store after reading about in Threads magazine. The store has an impressive amount of wool felt. A large selection of the felt is plant dyed. After seeing the wool felt, I am busy thinking of designs to use it for making embroidered Christmas ornaments.

Gossamer offers classes including an after school knitting club for grade school age children. Every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 pm they have a craft night. Bring an ongoing project or start a new one.

Friday evening they are having their first year birthday party from 7 to 9 pm.

Open Tuesday thru Sat 11 am to 5 pm Sunday noon to 5 pm. 2418 E Burnside St Portland Oregon 503 233 4807

Monday, December 1, 2008

Zoo lights 2009

Originally uploaded by Mary Anne Thygesen.

I went to the zoo lights this weekend.

Dazzling lights are in the entry plaza. Animated deer leap over the top of the ramp. Bobsledders wind around the down ramp. They are officiated by a whale at the end of the ride.

On the viewing platform on the ramp there is a spectacular vista of the lights all over the zoo grounds.

Lights were all around me everywhere I walked. Smells of elephant ears and elephants. Green and yellow orange Bamboo trees by the elephant yard.

I saw Rose-Tu put her baby Samudra to bed in the elephant barn, covering him up with straw.

The Zoo lawn is a big lake with crocodiles and hippos.

The farm is open with plenty of animals.

Open November 29 to December 28, 2008. Closed December 24 and 25, 2008. Hours are 5 to 8 pm Sunday thru Thursday, 5 to 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday. Admission is free at the plus level of membership. Otherwise: $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for children. More information about ticket prices and the train on their website. Take Max and save $1 on your admission.