Portland Places… a new series

Burnside Bridge by Ursula Barton

Burnside Bridge by Ursula Barton

Portland is such a cool place. It’s bigger than small, but smaller than big. The perfect size. You can get to know your way around, but still find hidden gems each time you step out. I love the vibe too – eclectic, yet intentional. Lively, but not crowded. An urban oasis surrounded by rivers and forests. And very accessible. It’s easy to get in and out of the downtown area, which makes dropping into the city for a coffee or drink or bite very doable.

And drop in, we do! With the city is a short 5-10 minutes from home, it’s our go-to for most things. As we searched for a home to rent in Portland, we decided to root our lives in the city, rather than the suburbs. So whether with my fam or flying solo, I hit the city several times a week for a bite, drink, bang trim, cycle, shop, yoga, ice cream, acupuncture, church, etc. Regardless of the weather or season, there’s always a place to be.

The tricky part for me has been not just sticking to what I know and love, but exploring new places too. Especially when it comes to food and drink. Let me tell you though, the challenge is real. The good spots are so off-the-hook-good, they allure me back again and again. So, I’m hoping the Portland Places series will keep me exploring because I have y’all to share my finds with.

Now, on to one such place! A friend introduced me to this gem just last week and I’ve been talking it up ever since.

Work/Shop is a cool boutique, floral shop, adult workshop haven. A group of five of us met up there last Monday night for a private workshop – wine, appetizers and macrame to be exact. It was the perfect spot to chill, chat and go home with a homemade prize.

Now, I must admit, a crafty gal I am not. I mean I can fake it with the preschool crafts we do around the house (i.e. coloring) but I have never in my life done a craft that I would consider worthy of use or display. Well, there was that one time I crocheted my dad a gigantic blanket. But, that’s my only claim to fame on that front. So, I’m always hesitant to spend much any time or money on an art project. Which is why my heart murmured when my pal mentioned macrame. But in the end, the promise of friends (and wine) was convincing enough.

We had an awesome time. The owner Heather is so hospitable and made us feel right at home in her shop. She had all of the supplies ready to go for us. Our part was to wine, dine and follow her lead. We chilled and chatted for a bit and then she walked us through each step of the process to make a macrame plant hanger. We completed ours as she worked on her’s. Heather was patient (even with those of us who needed some one-on-one assistance) and made sure we were all tracking with her before moving on. Also, thank goodness I only had a few sips of wine… I would have been utterly hopeless at macrame with even the slightest buzz on. We crafted for an hour or so and left with a finished product! #proud

work/shop pdx macrame plant hanger

It was a great way to learn something new while having fun with a group of buddies. I’m hoping to head back in for another workshop during the holiday season – like this foraged twig wreath workshop or this wall mounted fern planter workshop. And Work/Shop is now on my list of shops to drop in if I’m looking for a unique gift or locally crafted gem.

Check out their full list of classes here and follow along on Instagram for some fun inspiration.

Any Portlanders out there? What are some of your favorite places to shop/eat/drink/chill? Come on now, speak up!

Image Credit: Check out Ursula Barton for more of her amazing Portland scenes.

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  • Reply
    Danielle Ames
    10/27/2016 at 4:19 pm

    SO fun! I wanna go next time!! XO

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    Jana Lee Thune
    10/27/2016 at 6:15 pm

    Love this! You sure know how to bloom where your planted, Natalie Love you so much!!! XOX

    Sent from my iPhone

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    Kayli Bagwell
    10/27/2016 at 9:01 pm

    We should be up in the area in February for a wedding reception! Cant wait to explore with you sans kids!!

    • Reply
      10/27/2016 at 9:32 pm

      YES!! Can’t wait either! But wish we could see B and N…

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