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Geek The Halls 2016 in Portland Oregon at the Doubletree Hotel

Doctor Who ornament set with Tardis and dalek at Geek the HallsPanda With Cookie returns to Geek the Halls this year! The event is held at the Doubletree Hotel and Event Center located at 1000 NE Multnomah St. in Portland, Oregon on December 17 and 18 from 10 to 5 each day.

This will be my last craft show of the season, so be sure to stop by if you’ve been waiting to get your Beholder. I’ll have a bunch of my Dr. Who ornaments ready, as well as piles of plush and baby onesies.

The PDX Browncoats host Geek the Halls and will have a table set up as well. Stop by to see if they have Jayne hat ornaments this year!


Madeleine Marketplace Bazaar on Thursday December 8th in Portland

Cat ornaments for Christmas at the madeleine marketplacePanda With Cookie will be at the Madeleine school¬†this Thursday, December 8th for their Madeleine Marketplace and Bazaar. They will have their annual tree lighting ceremony outside and a cafe with snacks, baked goods, handmade vendors, and kid’s crafts inside. The Madeleine Marketplace is located at the¬†Parish Hall, 3123 NE 24th Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

Come see my collection of cat ornaments for sale, along with old friends like pirate stegosaurus and new plush including my shark and kangaroo.

My card collaborator Carrot Condo will also be there, along with old craft friend House of Six Cats. We can’t wait to see you at the Madeleine Marketplace!


Crafty Wonderland Winter Holiday Market December 10th and 11th in Portland Oregon

Crafty Wonderland holiday market in Portland OregonIt’s back! The Crafty Wonderland Winter Holiday Market returns to the Oregon Convention Center again this year. Panda With Cookie is so happy to be back. The market takes place on Saturday and Sunday, December 10th and 11th, from 11 am to 6 pm. There is a special ticket only event on Friday night from 5 to 9 pm so you can come in and shop without the crowds. Tickets are on sale now!

Get there early to get in line and hope to get one of their great crafty swag bags that go to the first 150 people on both Saturday and Sunday. Look for the Panda With Cookie ornaments! Stop by and say hello! I’ll have my new plush kangaroos and sharks as well as old favorites such as my cat ornaments. New this year will be a small selection of dog ornaments as well! It’s the biggest holiday market in town so don’t miss it!

Cat ornaments for Christmas

Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar December 4, 2016 in Portland Oregon

A kangaroo plush toy in brown and white at the Lewis holiday bazaarThe Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar is being held this year on Sunday, December 4th from 9am to 4pm. Panda With Cookie is super excited to be back for our second year. The bazaar takes place at the Laurelhurst School located at 840 NE 41st Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

There will be a school full of handmade vendors, tables with student vendors, and more. I’ll have my old favorites like taco pirate as well as my new plush toys including the springy kangaroo and shark.

The Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar has a new instagram account this year that you can follow to see vendor photos. This is a great show in the Portland area and I look forward to seeing you there!

shark plush toy at the Laurelhurst Winter Bazaar

Lewis Holiday Bazaar and Tree Sale December 3rd in Portland Oregon

A kangaroo plush toy in brown and white at the Lewis holiday bazaarThe Lewis holiday bazaar and tree sale is coming up on December 3rd! Panda With Cookie is so excited to be back this year. The sale will run from 10 am to 4 pm and features a wide variety of handmade crafters. They will have Christmas trees for sale outside and there will be a cafe inside for lunch. It’s a great event to bring the family to and help support the Lewis elementary PTA.

I’ll have new items such as my plush kangaroos and old friends including the wily taco pirate. Stop by the Panda With Cookie booth and say hello! I look forward to seeing you there!

taco pirate plush from Panda With Cookie

Christmas Ornaments for 2016 From Panda With Cookie

taco christmas ornamentsChristmas ornaments from my 2016 collection are here! I brought back a couple of old favorites and have some returning friends from last year as well.

Panda With Cookie Christmas ornaments always make perfect gifts! Need a quick office gift? Who doesn’t like the taco pirate or a dinosaur pair? Have a Dr. Who obsessed friend? They’re going to love a tardis and dalek ornament to hang on their Christmas tree.

Rainbow ornamentBigfoot (or sasquatch if you prefer) and the state of Oregon return for your Pacific Northwest friends. The very popular rainbow ornament returns for the third year in a row (and is my best seller over on Etsy).

Doctor Who ornament set with Tardis and dalek

Check out the whole collection in my shop, as well as a number of ready to ship cat ornaments. From office secret santa gifts to great uncle Algie, I’ve got the perfect Christmas ornaments for you.

Happy Halloween from Panda With Cookie

Happy Halloween! It’s our favorite holiday here at Panda With Cookie headquarters! I wanted to leave a few photos from years past to reminisce on. It is time for all things orange, cooler nights, and cats who want to eat your pumpkin bars.

Happy Halloween! Jack o lanterns

Our latest pumpkins carved in Portland.

Mr Bran moves on the pumpkin chocolate chip bars

Mr Bran moves in on the pumpkin chocolate chip bars in Asheville.

pumpkin cheesecake

Pumpkin cheesecake pie from Joni Marie Newman’s Just the Food.

Pumpkin cheddar biscuits

Pumpkin cheddar biscuits. A long ago recipe from Bianca at Vegan Crunk.

Happy Halloween

Our first carved jack o’ lanterns in Portland.

Portland Vegan Beer and Food Festival June 11

Pizza, cherry, and blueberry pie cat beds. Available at Panda With Cookie. Featured at the 2016 Vegan Beer and Food Festival in Portland.

The Vegan Beer and Food Festival returns to Portland again this year on June 11th at Zidell Yards. Panda With Cookie is happy to announce that we will once again be in attendance as part of their marketplace. Gates open for general admission at 1 pm and close at 7 pm. For VIP tickets the gates open at 11 am.

Tickets are still available and with each entry you get a 4 ounce tasting glass to enjoy pours from over 50 breweries. They’ve expanded the drink selections this year and there will also be unlimited pours for kombucha, craft sodas and cold brew coffee.

A kangaroo plush toy in brown and whiteOver 40 restaurants will be set up and Panda With Cookie will be part of the 20+ vendors in the pop up marketplace. I’ll have the new cat beds for sale this year along with new plush.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets for this year’s Vegan Beer and Food Festival and check out the full line up of vendors.

Ellen Goldschmidt at Blackfish Gallery

Bad Seed by Ellen Goldschmidt at Blackfish Gallery May 2016

Bad Seed, 2016, charcoal and ink pastel on paper

Surrounded by Feeling is the current show by Ellen Goldschmidt at Blackfish Gallery. At first glance I wasn’t too interested in a show of portraits but as I moved through the space to the back of the gallery I was drawn in more and more.

I’m not always a fan of artist statements because they can be overworked to the point of making the art stand in the background. Goldschmidt’s statement, however, completely made this show for me.

While working on “privileging emotion” in a series of portraits she was working on Goldschmidt was reminded of the 2015 show Gods and Heroes at the Portland Art Museum. It featured a section of works from the Expressive Head Competition from the Paris Academy in the 18th century, works that are attempting to depict emotion rather than Goldschmidt’s attempts to inhabit emotion.

I love connections like this. I would never had viewed this show and thought back to the Gods and Heroes exhibit but once she mentioned it my brain was ready to make all sorts of new comparisons and connections. What a difference 250 years can make.

Toward the bottom of her statement, almost as an afterthought, Goldschmidt mentions that many of the drawings are “concerned with my relationship to my older sister and the sibling rivalry that consumed our childhood”. Well then. There’s a story there, but we don’t know it, and now the drawings have a heightened tension as titles like Bad Seed and Sister’s Arm take on a whole new meaning.

Surrounded by Feeling stayed stuck in my head for days and writing about it now I already have Bad Seed back in mind and those questions and connections that make life interesting.

Blackfish Gallery is located at 420 NW 9th Ave in Portland, Oregon and is open from 11-5 Tuesday through Saturday. Surrounded by Feeling by Ellen Goldschmidt runs from May 3-28.