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Summer, work, summer, fun, summer, work, summer….don’t leave!!

Ahhhh!  Don’t tell me summer is ending, becuase I don’t want to hear it.  Summers go way too fast here and that is my only complaint about the Pacific Northwest.  I was born and raised in Nebraska, where summers start early May and end late August.   That is four full months of glorious summer.  Here summers start early July if we’re lucky and at nearly the end of August I’m already hearing murmurs of the leaves changing, or  comments of chilly mornings.  Stop!  I don’t want to hear it!  Oh summer, if you would just stay for one month longer, what a joy to my heart you would bring.   Please???????   Well, maybe my summer seems to be going so fast because I’ve been jamming it packed full with lots of fun and busy-ness.   It started off with a spontaneous road trip with my dear friend Becky to Montana.  What a beautiful place and I thank her for introducing it to me.IMG_3066

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Shortly after that if was off to a weekend kayaking/camping trip around the San Juan Islands, near Seattle.  Wow, another beautiful trip.  We saw Orca whales (!!!!), eagles, seals, and jelly fish.  We paddled 12 miles a day and feasted on gourmet meals at each stop…..I could get used to that!  You may be wondering, where does the work part come in?  Well, not to worry, its crammed in between adventures and then enters the story at full throttle pretty soon here.

The weekend after kayaking was my 31st birthday!  Jeeze, they come fast, but I had an excellent time with some of my closest friends at a beach house we rented on the Oregon Coast.  Ahhhhh, beach front house and crab dinner…..that’s the way to go.

Ok, here comes the work part…..as I said there was a bunch squished in in between the long weekend adventures, and the brunt of is just started last week with the 1st of 2 trade shows.  Only being one week apart, I have my work cut out for me.  Lots of planning goes on behind the scenes to make these things fly and 2 back to back took a lot of juggling.  The first show (New York International Gift Fair) went really well.  We were happy with the results and look forward to working with all our new East Coast clients.  East side!

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Now back in Portland, I’m sittin’ tight for a bit and will head off to trade show #2 on Saturday.  This show is called POOL, and its held in conjunction with MAGIC in Las Vegas.  We’ve done MAGIC before, liked it, and now we’re trying something new. We’ll let you know how it goes and what celebrites we see, if any.  Last year I saw Mike Tyson (yep!) and a contestant from the reality show Apprentice.

And then…..as if this weren’t enough summer time adventure, I’m going to Burning Man!!  Woo hoo!  So yeah….I’m kind of an experience junkie, and I’m coming to terms with it.  But I’m just so excited I can barely contain myself.  Brain exploding art and creativity????  Yes, please!!

During all this hub-bub we tackled new branding, a new website, put together a new catalog, got our Holiday order together and sent off, and then we will wrap it up with our yearly Design a Sock Contest.  A contest that is open year round but we do a special version of it for our Portlanders. This year to be held from Sept. 15-Sept 25.  More details coming soon.

Shew!  What a summer!  Couldn’t have done it without the help of Amber, Kisa, and all the awesome freelancers we use, far and near.   A busy summer, but I would most certainly take another month of it if I could.  We love you summer!

New Fall Styles are in!!

Hello all,

I hate to bring up the end of summer, cuz it just started in our neck of the woods……BUT…..the news is just to exciting not to share.  All of our fall designs just arrived and are up on the site!  Check em out and let us know what you think.  There’s 46 new designs total! And the addition of the new Women’s Crew line.  We heard a lot of people wishing we carried a the same high quality sock, with the same fun designs, just in a shorter sock for women, and we listened.   Included in this new line is the Bacon and Eggs sock, and the Sushi sock, just to name a few….mmmmm bacon…..mmmm……sushi….is it lunch time yet?

Also we also have  some great new men’s styles in.  Bring it Bot and and Mustache Love seem to be the most popular right off the bat.

And then you can’t forget about the new knee highs.  Fox in Tree is oh so cute, and Birds on Wire, in both grey and  teal, have already gotten some buzz.  But you’ll have to take a look cuz there’s like hundreds more, at least that’s how it feels over here.

All the new styles have the new labels we finally decided on (thanks for your feedback) and new website is soon to follow.  So many changes!  We’re growing up!  Thanks guys for your continued support.  We couldn’t have done it with out you!

Now on to getting some lunch!

Carrie

Sneak Peek!!!!!

Hey y’all,

We’ve been busy here getting in restocks and all our new stuff for fall, which includes the new women’s crew line. Yippee! The 2nd 20 ft. container of all the new stuff arrived just yesterday, and we are organizing as we speak. Fun, new, joyous designs in your near future as well as our much anticipated new label. Thanks Fritz, local designer, for your help on the design.

Also, start sending us pictures of you wearing Sock it to Me’s.  Our new website will have a front page of rotating pictures that our customers send in.  Send em in and your sexy legs could be on the front page of our website!

I tried out that video function again on my camera to capture the unloading of the container, but it didn’t turn out so great, so I’m not going to post it.  But in the mean time a little sneak peak of the new stuff for ya……

Homework…..

I kinda feel like updating this blog is like homework.  I know I should do it and I know I planned to do it, but I’m always finding myself putting it off.  I mean its fun when I actually have something I want to share, but when I put the parameters on myself to write weekly I find myself dreading the task because I don’t know what to write about.  Well…here is something I can share, I just learned about this cool time lapse recording feature on my camera (Thanks Garrett) and think it will be fun to share stuff via short video clips.  I tried it out last week when sending out some socks to Journeys.  They are my biggest client and when they order they don’t mess around!  This last order was 119 boxes which equals over 20,000 pairs of socks!  That’s me in the video huffing the boxes with Kisa onto the truck.  Bon voyage socks! Have a safe trip!  (Since I was just getting used to this function, video comes in two parts.)………………a half hour later……..o.k. guys, this is going to have to be put on hold since I can’t seem to figure out how to get the video up.  This post will be updated soon, once I get Amber’s tech brain on it.  Check back soon.  Thanks guys and gals!  Happy Monday.

Carrie

Amber to the rescue!