Saturday, August 15, 2009


3 Friends outside
Originally uploaded by Rachel Houghton
My friend Lisa graduated from Portland State University with a Master's in Education today (8/15/2009).

The three of us in this picture have been friends for 28 years. Every time one of us has a major life event, such as a graduation, we try to be there. I had a great time watching Lisa get her diploma today!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Federal Building in PDX

This used to be the old post office in Portland and was built in 1915.

I took this on my photowalk yesterday. Our 1.5 mile route took us from Chinatown through the Pearl District, via Union Station. We were stopped at Union Station by a man who was telling us we *had* to get a picture of this old building. You can see why, the architecture is timeless. Unlike the hideous 1964 post office across the street...

You can see the best of my photowalk photos here:

Saturday, June 27, 2009

View from the Cooper Mountain Trail

A brand new nature park opened up today in Aloha, Oregon.

Cooper Mountain Nature Park has three trails. My husband and I walked the Cooper Mountain Trail, which is the longest trail. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning to go for a walk. Of course, the later half of the loop is pretty steep, but it was well worthwhile. Probably took us about an hour, and that was with me stopping every so often to get photos with my new camera lens (18-55mm DX VR lens from Nikon).

Thursday, June 04, 2009

World of Coca-Cola

World of Coca-Cola
Originally uploaded by Rachel Houghton
This is one of my photos from the world of coca-cola in Atlanta, GA. I used the "300 Look" Lightroom preset from Matt Kloskowski (free from - it pops out the red and adds a nice sepia tone to the background.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

All right, since I was asked so nicely, I'm posting my "scrapbook sale ready" items on the blog.

Mostly Stampin' Up rubber stamps, but there are some acrylic stamps and quote books in the mix.

Shipping is USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail rates as listed here (depends on size and amount of stamps):

I'll only accept PayPal. When I accept the saljavascript:void(0)e, I'll give you my PayPal email address.

I'll edit this post as stuff sells, or point to a new post.

Stampin' Up Rubber stamps

Best Bar Codes (set of 4, never used, unmounted) $8
Stamped From the Heart (Set of 4, never used, unmounted) $8
A Light Heart (Set of 7, never used, unmounted) $15
Happy Harmony (Set of 6, never used, unmounted) $10
Tagger's Dozen (Set of 12, never used, unmounted) $10
Holiday Tag Team (Set of 14, never used, unmounted) $10
A Grateful Heart (Set of 6, lightly used, mounted) $8
A Perfect Princess (Set of 7, never used, unmounted) $15
Holiday Happiness (Two Step Stamping, Set of 8, never used, unmounted) $15
Riveting (Set of 8, never used, unmounted) $8
Sketch an Event (Set of 8, never used, unmounted) $15
Stardust (Set of 4, lightly used, mounted) $10

Fontwerks Rubber Stamps (ALL UNMOUNTED, NOT SEPARATED)

Henna (Tia Bennett) $20 (new in package, never used)
Flower Power (Elsie Flannigan, now Elsie Cake) $20 (new in package, never used)

Acrylic Stamps

All My Love (Heidi Swapp, 1 phrase stamp, never used) $2
Crowns (Heidi Swapp, Set of 4 crowns, never used) $5

Heart Smudge (Basic Grey, never used, new in package) $10
Swirlie (Basic Grey, never used, new in package) $10

Journal Stamp (Rusty Pickle, never used, new in package) $10

Friend (7 Gypsies, 97% Complete Stamp, never used, new in package) $10


Quote Unquote, Volume 1, $5
Quote Unquote, Volume 2, $5
Quote Unquote, Volume 3, $5


Originally uploaded by Rachel Houghton
Prior to the conference in Atlanta, my friend Jackie and I went to the Atlanta Botanical Garden. As soon as I saw this glass on the fountain, I *knew* it was Chihuly glass! It's definitely a center piece.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Cleo looking innocent

Originally uploaded by Rachel Houghton
Yep, she's got that innocent "I'm lovable and how could you believe anything bad about me" look on her face!

Impromptu photo shoot this morning with all three cats and a sunbeam.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Me at the Atlanta Hard Rock Cafe

My STC friend and colleague, Nathaniel Lim, took this photo of me in front of the window at the Hard Rock Cafe in Atlanta, GA. We were amused - maybe we were so tired from the conference that it was amusing, but nonetheless! :)