Holiday Gifts

1 12 2011

Lots of jewels and “kawaii” cuteness from Japan.  Perfect for your holiday gifts.

Bold necklaces from Kenya.

Beautiful horse necklace designed and made by Brehan Todd here in Portland.

Gorgeous necklaces designed and made by Susan Lutjen of Sulu Designs via Portland as well.

Heart vase made by my childhood friend Surachai via Bangkok.

Lovely cups via Japan.

Zebra tea set.

My parents used to pack my lunches in these cute bentos.

Hope to see you soon.  I’m at the shop today.  Please swing by and say hello.

Cute, Cute, Cute!

29 08 2011

We are obsessed over the cute tea sets and adorable erasers.  Can’t get enough of lovely things from Japan.

Giraffe Tea for Two.

Safari, so good. This whimsical zebra tea set for one and giraffe tea for two is a great gift for your favourite animal lover. Ceramic with stainless steel strainer in the teapot.

School would be much funner with the wonderful animal erasers.

Hope to see you soon.  Enjoy your week everyone.

Lucky Kitties

26 08 2011

Need more luck?  The lucky kitties from Japan should bring you some good fortune your way.

Wishing you a wonderful Friday. Hope to see you soon.

More cups and mugs please!

23 08 2011

More lovely cups and mugs from Japan.

Enjoy your Tuesday everyone.


19 08 2011

I have an infinite love for “kuwaii” (a Japanese slang word meaning cute, cool, etc…) anything via Japan.  Take a look.

The cute darling bentos reminded me of what my parents used to pack my lunches for school.  I had many styles with my favourite illustration and Japanese cartoon characters of course.  The elephant and the monkey are illustrated by Shinzi Katoh.  His work has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world. This bento box features 2 interior compartments (1 with a fitted plastic lid) and a coordinating rubber band to hold it all together. 5.5″ x 3.75″ x 3″h. No more plastic sandwich bags or old storage containers for your lunch or snacks!

Perfect animal mugs are back.  You can learn Japanese as your drink your tea.

We love know your bugs mug.  Come check out all the new “kawaii” via Japan.  Promise more pic of new treasures soon.

Hope to see you soon.  Ta, ta.

Oh my nervous system!

2 07 2011

New Nervous System jewelry in the shop. Come check them out! To learn more about Nervous System click on the link: Nervous System

White nylon cuff (also available in black)


Earrings. Available in gold, black, and silver.

Have a good weekend everyone!



6 05 2011

Come in and check out our new maptote! They were created by Rachel Rheingold, a fashion stylist, and Michael Berick,  a cartographer. After a trip to Europe they decided they wanted to make something together. The bags are made in Brooklyn , NY and they strive to keep their production local as possible. The totes are made of cotton with a silk screen print.

Stop by and say hello to the IDOM crew. Have a good Friday!

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23 12 2010

We love our new Portland canvas bags from Maptote.  Here is their story.

After a trip to Europe, Rachel Rheingold (a fashion stylist) and Michael Berick (a cartographer) wanted to create something they could do together.  Combining their love and passion for travel, maps and design – MAPTOTE was born in the Fall of 2006.

The simple cotton totes are silk screened with fun schematic maps of various cities featuring their neighborhoods, city icons and landmarks. All designs are created by Maptote.  The bags are something both a visitor or a local can appreciate and enjoy.  Great for many purposes, the bags have a variety of uses from carrying groceries to a cute gift to everyday use.  All of their products are made in the US with the majority of products made in Brooklyn, NY.

We have so many amazing holiday gifts.  Hope we can catch up with you soon.  We will be at the shop on Christmas Eve until 4 or 5 pm.  Ring us to make sure that we are still there on Friday, 503 477 6818.  Cheers everyone.


Nancy Ricci and beautiful work

15 12 2010

I have a privileged to have Nancy’s hand knitted infinite scarves and fingerless city gloves in our shop.  Here is her story.

Nancy Ricci is the creative mind behind “Getting Purly With It”.  She pursued a marketing career in corporate business only to find out that it was not her path to happiness and fulfillment. She left the corporate world at the turn of the new millennium and has not returned since.  Ricci grew up in the Netherlands.  In the year of 2001 she decided to follow her heart and went on a journey to Bali.  During her trip she met her husband on the magical island of Bali.  She traveled around the US with her husband and discovered the joy of knitting.  She has been designing and creating her own knitting patterns ever since.  Ricci hand knitted all of her pieces.  She lives and works in New York City.

Infinite scarves in cream and black hand knitted by Nancy Ricci.  I might have to keep the cream piece just for me.

City fingerless gloves in gray, brown and black.  Nancy kindly gave me a pair of my own in deep gray.  I love mind so much.  I have been wearing it everyday.  Thank you Nancy for your beautiful work.  Please stop by and check out Nancy’s new pieces soon.  Thanks C for being our model and a good trooper.

Saipua via Brooklyn

13 12 2010

It was love at first sight when Saipua soaps and new candles arrived at our shop.  We are addicted to these amazing handmade soaps from Brooklyn.  Evangelina always find us fantastic goodies.  We are very lucky to have their new soy wax candles as well.

Saipua has been making olive oil based soap since 1999.  They are a small family owned business located in Brooklyn.  Their soaps are carefully crafted in small batches using food-grade vegetable oils, butters, herbs and extracts. Each bar is hand cut, air dried and cured in their workshop.  The word Saipua is derived from the Finnish word for soap.

Winter citrus is a blend of sweet orange, neroli, lavender and fir needle. Orange peel adds the slightest texture.

Basil soap is scented with straight Hungarian pressed basil and sweetened with a bit of lime oil. The scent is deeply herbal; a bit on the masculine side.

Clary Sage is strangely intoxicating; the scent is bright but earthy with base notes of patchouli and the last minute addition of dill weed.

This rosemary-mint hand soap was designed for gardeners. The cornmeal is tough on dirt, while the addition of shea butter replenishes moisture in dry hands.

Hand soap for the cook or gardener, this bar is made with brewed coffee, coffee grounds and peppermint essential oil.

A simple, traditional combination.

Mango butter, silk protein, sweet almond oil and shea butter make for an intensely rich soap that produces a creamy fine lather.

100% soy wax candle with a 60 hour burn time. The wisteria & lilac is intensely floral and leaves a sweet heady aura in the room after burning.

The citrus and pepper is bright with sweet orange with an base note of hot chilies. Fantastic kitchen candle.

The Cedarmoss is deeply earthy, reminiscent of fresh moss and soil.

The cedar wood is a green, slightly sweet scent.

Wishing you a sweet Monday.


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