or so i have been told no less than 9 times in the last 5 days. being laid off from my job did come as a shock. mostly because of the way it happened. they emailed me. not only did they email me, but i did not receive that email until AFTER my supervisor called (by the traditional telephone) to console me. so, it wasn’t a particularly graceful lay-off.

so now i find myself unemployed here in the U.S. with no work permit. i am not legally employable. however, the difference between me and some of the other visitors here is that i can actually apply for one because of the type of visa we have. the awesomely ironic thing about this, is that applying for said work permit will actually cost me $350. to make money i need a work permit. to get a work permit i need money. to make money i need a work permit. to get a work permit i need money….. sigh.

i imagine the reason this happened now is that i have so much fabric, yarn, embroidery supplies etc. that there really could not be a better time for me to get my shit together and make newnewkitty happen. i have soooo many ideas and Portland is a great place to make those ideas reality. i have already spoken to two shops that i can take different things in to to sell both outright and on consignment. i am also loading up the good old vintage book shop again. oldkitty will be bursting at the seams by the end of april! i have some amazing books stacked up in the sewing room.

i am also considering opening another shop on etsy called sadies estate sale where i will purge some of the many, many vintage lovelies that i have collected over the years. board games, kitchen items, toys, linens, and all kinds of whatsits etc.

i hope you will come visit me here, at this blog. leave comments, say hi, let me know you are out there. it’s a scary time but an exciting one too. i’m getting the veggies in the plot right now,… gonna post some photos of the garden too. gardening in the PNW is a whole new experience. stuff never stops growing. it’s frightening really.


most of you already know that our little family will be packing up and moving from Edmonton to Portland, Oregon. Timmy has accepted a post-doc at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the choice of Portland could not be better as far as i’m concerned. firstly, it’s Portland, Oregon. secondly, we already have friends there! dear, old friends to boot….

we’ll be leaving here in the fall (with as few of our current possessions as possible) and our first home will be a lovely furnished rental offered up by a professor at the U of P. we will stay there until January at which time we will either move into another rental or, if the bank sees fit, our first NON-rental.  *fingers, toes, and eyes crossed*.

Timmy will be at the lab, Sadie will hopefully be in some delightful playschool, and i will be working from home sewing quilts and other crafty bits to sell at any or all of the amazing craft markets around PDX. i will also be re-opening my Etsy shops and generally trying to make a real go of the crafting as a JOB. neat, huh?

this blog will be mine. you can still visit Sadie at poopie jr.
i hope to document my new life in Portland here for all to see. nothing too personal, mostly craft related stuff. i hope you’ll visit me here sometimes.