Monday, January 27, 2014

Oregon Outback Mining Company

I have to admit, I have the best job in the world!  As the designer of the Natural Line of polished Oregon Sunstone Jewelry from Oregon Outback Mining Company, I get the pleasure of creating unique, hand crafted jewelry and home accessories with one of the most dazzling gemstones there is!  I take part in and enjoy every aspect of the creative process; from hand mining, polishing and shaping these beautiful gemstones, to designing and creating eye catching items that shine with energy, sparkle and glamour.  Working with my family has been a blessing.  We’re a team on a mission to share this rare gem with the world

Straight from the mine to you, Oregon Outback Mining Company, a local, family owned business, is your direct source to the stunningly beautiful and varied Oregon Sunstone. Our focus is on increasing the awareness and worldwide recognition of this cherished Oregon treasure.

Oregon Sunstone, state gem of Oregon since 1987. Found only in the breathtaking high deserts of the Oregon Outback. Discover the stunning beauty of this rare, all-natural gem!

See for yourself, the beauty of the South East Oregon Outback on our Facebook Page!

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Smooth Sailings and Travel

I have been a travel agent for over 24 years and during that time, I have assisted clients with everything from a trip to Disneyland to a very complex trip of 21 days around England, Scotland and Ireland. I listen to your travel needs and can advise you and make reservations for you on a package that might include transportation and hotels to cruises. I can make arrangements for private sightseeing or simple airport pickup. Or train reservations from Paris to Barcelona/ a European River Cruise with extras like private guides in Budapest or Prague. My specialty is travel within Europe including the British Isles (where I was born and raised) but I also handle trips to Hawaii, Mexico and domestic destinations. Also, I love assisting groups – both the planning and escorting – whether it is a group cruising or escorting a group of teens to Paris and the Normandy beaches! What does this cost you? Generally nothing! We get paid by the cruise lines, hotels, tour companies etc., so we are anxious to make sure all goes well with you. In the unlikely event that there is a problem along the way, I will fight, for you my client, to make sure all is resolved! You only have to check the Sunday paper to realize that the internet sites are often little help! Customer Service is my number 1 priority! I only deal with reputable companies that can be relied upon! The same companies that I have been using for most of my career in travel. I can supply several references from local Corbett people who have used my services. So for your next vacation – contact me and let me assist you! I can be reached at Smooth Sailings and Travel 503-888-5840 or
Taken at the Hofbrauhaus, Munich, Germany

Friday, January 17, 2014

Old McDonald's Farm on Evans Road

Old McDonald’s Farm, Inc. (OMF) is a nonprofit, children’s charitable organization that uses livestock, agriculture, gardens and natural resources as educational tools. We teach children to be kind, caring, and capable, “can do” kids. Additionally, we teach science, mathematics, history, geography, reading, writing, and public speaking as a part of language arts, and healthy life-skills, etc. We offer educational Day Visit Programs (field trips) for families or up to 80 students at one time with four different Day Visit Programs packages. Check out our week-long, Summer Programs (or camps) for elementary age students. We have a Farmer-For-A-Day Program for folks to stay the night and we work with children with special needs one-on-one or in small groups also. We offer horse back riding lessons or horse boarding as well. New this year, are Saturday Samplings classes and an over-night, weekend camp for Summer Program alumni kids. We have taught nearly 20,000 children since we began Old McDonald's Farm, Inc. more than two decades ago. It began as a passion to reach kids in a unique way. It came from an awareness of what was not working in our society or not working in schools for kids as much as from a passion to offer something worthwhile, meaningful and different for school children. I worked at 1190 KEX Radio in the Marketing and Promotions Department. They happened to have their own non-profit, children's program (still do-it is called the KEX Kids Fund now) that provided glasses and hearing aids to low-income kids. Over time, I cared more and more about the good we were doing for children in the Portland Metropolitan area. I became the Director of the Needy Kids Fund, Inc. and worked for KEX for three years. That is where I got my "non-profit" bug as I like to call it. I do not think I had heard of or could even spell non-profit back then. Well, being young and cocky, I thought hmmm...if I can run a non-profit, I likely can start my own non-profit so that is what I did. Starting a non-profit is not recommended for the faint of heart though. In the olden days, my maiden name was McDonald so we had to go with that name. I would have not called it Old McDonald's Farm, Inc. if it was not my name, believe me. And thus, we are 22 years later and close to 20,000 children taught in classes since we began. It has been an amazing amount of work but quite worthwhile. I feel blessed to be a part of it and to be able to see children thrive out at our farm program.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Local Corbett Mom Becomes Top Notch Photographer~!!

Karen loves the challenge of capturing the true personalities of her clients and loves hearing their reactions to her work. There's nothing more exciting to her than being on a shoot with amazing natural light and a fun client... and watching the magic happen. "I've made more than one mom cry when she's seen my photos... I guess that's my goal; to elicit reaction from my clients and to capture a time in their lives they want preserved forever." While Karen has practically lived with a camera around her neck since high school (Corbett Grad... class of '82!), she only recently started her business in 2011. And business is good! This year she has been privileged with photographing more than 20 Corbett seniors from the class of '14, and many more from surrounding schools. Numerous Corbett families have hired her as well for family portraits. She is also loving photographing weddings. Her summer schedule is filling up fast! Be sure to check out her website and see how many people YOU know!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Sharon Hocking Interiors

Merging her background in art and graphic design, Sharon Hocking, a 30 year Corbett resident, creates interiors that are livable, functional and beautiful. “The environment we create in our homes has a direct effect on our well being." No home is perfect. But ‘home’ should be a place that re-energizes you and fills you with happiness so you can go out the door and tackle your world. When a home isn't functioning well, is cluttered and doesn't reflect the best of who you are, it can feel like a frustrating place to be. With space planning, editing, and a design plan, and smart furniture purchases, I can help your home function in a way that makes sense for your family.” I love helping people see their home in a new and fresh way... Here’s what people are saying: “Your style appealed to me." "You have a personal vision that I admire." "You are easy to talk to." "There are too many choices out there, and I needed help narrowing down choices for furnishings, and I don’t want to make a mistake in buying." "I appreciate that you took time to interview me and ask lots of questions to draw out of me, what I really was envisioning for my space." "You were easy and fun to work with." "You did not rush me and were professional and listened to my ideas, and then gave me ideas I would not have thought of on my own." "You were able to take time to really make the right purchases with me for my home." "My room looks put together and it makes me happy to live in it." “Creating a home that you will love coming home to.” is Sharon's motto. Sharon is also a Miller Paint Designer and gives color advice the first Saturday of every month from 11:00-2:00pm at the Gresham Miller Paint store. A recent article on Sharon’s advice for displaying your art collections and family photos. Contact Sharon: #503-886-9875 OR OR