Friday, December 4, 2009

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Field Roast Givaway!

So Field Roast is just about my favorite thing ever! It's vegan AND soy-free, yay! It's amazing what you can do with wheat gluten. I'm thankful to not have celiac! So Field Roast is having a can win some of their tasty products. Check it out here. We made the celebration roast for Thanksgiving dinner and everyone loved it, including Shawn who eats next to nothing :p

Try this stuff!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Today, I'm thankful to have all my wonderful friends and family. Last year, Shawn and I had dinner with our beautiful and talented friend Bitter. It was nice! This year we opted to have low key family meal at home.
The pumpkin pie is in the oven now. I used pacific foods hazelnut milk in place of condensed milk. I hope it works! We are having a field roast in place of a tofurky this year since Shawn is soy free. I've had them before, the flavor is very sophisticated :)
I'll post pics when dinner is done.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Off to Herbivore

This afternoon I'm going to Herbivore (12th & Stark) to bring in some brand new necklaces, headbands, wallets and other yummy accessories. I'm also bringing in some new skirt designs to see if they are interested. I have a feeling they will really like them. It's a fantastic new design in vintage fabric. I'll post some photos later. And stay tuned, I will because soon, i'll be posting a contest to win one of my brand new wrap skirts.

Monday, November 2, 2009

New Sewing Machine!!

I am in love with my new sewing machine. It's by far the nicest thing Ive ever sewn on. Shawn bought it for me at Rooster Roc in Portland. It's a little hole-in-the-wall industrial sewing machine shop on 72nd and Sandy. The machine is called a consew 101. On Saturday, Shawn and I spent the day sewing our Halloween costumes, switching between the consew and my serger. The consew went from one type of fabric to the next without hesitation. We sewed everything from felt and polar fleece to lycra lame! I'm very happy with it. Today I will begin sewing some custom tote bags for Flat Track Revolution. I'll post pics and links when they are done.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

New wallets! Tons of them!

I've been hard at work making new wallets :) I have about 50 design/color combos available so far! Not everything is list on etsy yet, but I think I have about 20 up so far. Take a look and buy one or 5! And I will gladly make bulk or wholesale orders. Just ask.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Been hard at work!

Over the past few weeks, Ive been to several craft shows. Many have been really good, like the Portland Halloween Bazaar and some not so good, like the Music Northwest Fest at Voodoo. Oh well! I know that I can't get by on craft shows alone, so I am focusing now on listing items in my etsy shop. I've added more than 50 items since Thursday and have at least 100 more on the way this week. I also have some ideas for fantastic new wallets, so keep checking my shop!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A Fair Fight

As you can see, I had a great time! This was my first time competing in public. We lost our first bout, but came back to destroy in the 2nd (see above picture!). I had an excellent team and we had incredible competition. Nice work everyone and thank you Salem for making all the leagues who visited feel so welcome! Cherry City Derby Girls are AMAZING! Rose City <3's you!!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

First Thursday in the Pearl

If you need something to do tonight, drop by 17th and Lovejoy in the Pearl. There is a huge activespace building there and we take over the parking lot every first thurs. Tender Loving Empire always has sales and a band and lots of snacks. It's family friendly and lots of fun. Tonight, there will be lots of vendors with all their hand-made goodies. I just whipped up a bunch more headbands and tote bags this morning. Come by, have a glass of wine and buy something pretty!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Last Thursday Success!

I rarely like to do shows like Last Thursday. Yes, I know it's free, but it's so stressful for me to find the right spot and navigate the crowds. Yesterday started out a bit dicey, but by the end of the night, I was very happy that I had gone.

We were set up at the corner of 23 and Alberta, this is a very busy spot and had lots of people drop by. I got to hang out with Slaybia Majora, my former fresh meat coach, Bitter Sweet, retired Guns n Rollers, Bawdy Czec from Lava City Roller Dolls, Caramia Cheri, a former wrecker, and Izabell Ringer, my derby idol!

it didnt really seem like I was that busy, but I walked away with 175$ last night. Not bad for 5 hours of my life. I think the key is probably to be in a group with friends and to try to have fun. Next week it's off to First Thursday in the Pearl and First Friday in Vancouver if I can get in. Mama needs to pay the bills.

Oh, I had a vegan po'boy at Palm State Gumbo. And a cup of house made vegan coconut mango ice cream and a sweet tea. All very highly recommended! The sandwich was huge and I got all of it for 8$. Not bad at all.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Which RCR team should you be on?

Which RCR team would you be on?
Your Result: Heartless Heathers

You're here to win and are willing to do anything to get it whether it's scant outfits, biting, or...well anything. You feed on glory and the admiration of your, very loud, cheering section.

Guns 'N' Rollers
Breakneck Betties
High Rollers
Which RCR team would you be on?
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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Hit me up for tickets!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Lacing up

Getting ready for jam skate at Oaks. It's every Tuesday night from 9:30 to 11:30. Sometimes really boring, other times, lots of fun :)

RCR at Portlands Starlight Parade

We had so much fun and it was great to have the crowd be so receptive to us. come see our first semi-final bout at Oaks Park on the 6th!!

personal stuff...

So I mostly use this blog as a way to share where I am and what Im doing in regards to biz stuff, but now I think I'm going to share something personal. I'm really sad and lonely right now. There. That's it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Skate Themed Wallets!

If you are as skate obsessed as I am, you need one of these awesome wallets!

I heart derby girls wallet

Meet me at Skate King

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Graphic for Skating with Scissors

Crafty goodness tonight in the Pearl!

I will be at Handmade NW tonight selling pretties! Come see me. 17th and Lovejoy in the Pearl. Mention that you read this blog and I will not only be shocked, but I'll make you a great deal!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Rose City Rollers - Guns N Rollers vs Puget Sound friday night!

Guns N Rollers to Scrimmage Puget Sound Skaters!
A Fundraiser for GNR

Friday, May 8, 2009 at 8:00pm

The Hangar at Oaks Park

7805 SE Oaks Park Way

Portland, OR

Guns N Rollers, the rockers of The Rose City Rollers will host a scrimmage against the ladies of Washington State! Skaters from around the WA are joining together to take on GNR in a one time only event. Come and watch some up close and personal derby action!

$5 at the door

Monday, April 20, 2009

Dinner tonight

mmm it was good!

Black eyed peas with green beans over rice, dandelion greens and fried dandelion flowers. Here's how it's done. Cook BEP's according to the directions on the bag. I like to do mine in the crock pot. Start them in the morning when I leave, they are ready when I get home. Easy Peasy. I dont season them at all while cooking. Then, I mix in some frozen green beans and simmer until it;s all done.

Next, the greens. I recommend collecting them from a pet-free yard. Also, be sure it;s a yard that does not get a fertilizers and pesticides. yuck! Ok, collect them, careful not to get too much grass. Greens are good, grass is not. Dandelion greens reduce signifigantly while cooking, so dont skimp on the picking. Once you have a LOT, wash them well. and loosely chop them. Add them to a big pot of salted boiling water. I like to add a clove or 2 of chopped garlic. Dandelion greens have the sharp flavor of mustard or turnip greens, but the delicate texture of spinach. The boiling and garlic helps to cut the sharpness. Another trick is to sprinkle them with a bit of vinegar, whatever kind you like. Boil the greens for about 5 minutes. Drain and enjoy.

Last, the dandelion flowers. Choose flowers that a large and completely open. Get a lot of them, these things are yummy! Take only the flower heads, no stems. Again, collect from a yard free of pee and poo. Once you've collected your desired amount, wash them off well in cold water. and let them dry a while on paper towels. then make your batter. I made mine with white four and soy milk. Just put about a cup or so of flour in a bowl and start mixing in soy milk until i have a very thick but smooth batter. I like to add salt and pepper to the batter too. now start adding your flowers. get them nice and goopy and drop them one at a time into hot oil. Fry for a minute or 2 on each side. You'll know when they are done. These taste a bit like fried brocoli, but with a slight pollen aftertaste. But not in a bad way, I swear! We love these, kiddos gobble them up and ask for more. enjoy!

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Rose City Rollers Craft Show Application

Skating with Scissors Craft Bazaar

2009 Vendor Application

This the first juried arts & crafts retail show for the Rose City Rollers. We are looking for artists & crafters who create handmade, original work. All media are welcome. The event is to be held in the Oaks Park Hangar in Sellwood.

Vendors are required to bring everything that is needed for set up & display. Crafters may share space, but must apply together & both be accepted. Art organizations & collectives are welcome to apply, but must apply as a group.

Location: Oaks Park Hanger at Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 19th 10AM - 7 PM

Fee: 10x10 - 75$

10x5 - 45$

WIFI - 10$

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Must be in our hands by end of business
day on May 15th 2009

**All applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 1st 2009

Payment due date: June 30th 2009


Please include the URL of your website or Etsy page in the application. If
you do not have a website, you may send 3-5 digital images to Please type “images for RCR show” in subject line of

For more information, or questions, please contact: Skatie Kat ( 503-995-8280) or Stormy Monday (

Please fill in the following information & mail to:

Skating with Scissors Craft Bazaar

3201 E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Vancouver Wa. 98661

or send by email to

Company: ______________________________________________

Contact Name: ___________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________

City: _______________________ State:_______ Zip:____________

Phone #: __________________ Email: _______________________

URL: ____________________________________________________

Description of items to be sold: _____________________________

Please Check One:

___ I will be sending 3-5 digital images to

___ I have included my URL, please visit my website to view images

If sharing a booth please fill in 2nd Applicant’s name & info below:

Company: _____________________________________________

Contact Name: __________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________

City: _______________________ State:_______ Zip:____________

Phone #: __________________ Email: _______________________

URL: __________________________________________________

Please Check One:

___ I will be sending 3-5 digital images to

___ I have included my URL, please visit my website to view images

Booth Size Please Check One:

____ 10x10 - 75$

____ 10x5 - 45$

____ WIFI - 10$


It is agreed that the vendor expressly releases the Rose City Rollers and Oaks Amusement Park from and agrees to indemnify the foregoing against all claims for any and all loss, damage, or injury, including but not limited to attorneys fees and all cost. I agree to abide by the regulations set forth above and assume complete responsibility for installing and handling my exhibit. Signature_____________________________________________________

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Featured on Must Have Monday

Must Have Monday

Great stuff for spring! Including my blue rose earrings.

MotoKitty - A place to buy my stuff

I now have my work available in MotoKitty on Division and 11th in Portland. Drop in and tell Cari I sent you!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Dear Facebook - I take it back

You really are better than MySpace. I'm not sure what the problem was when we first met, but I love you now. Sure we still have some issues to work out. I think all of your quizes are silly and look as though they were written buy an illiterate 12 year old, but I can look past that. Since we've become close, I've reconnected with old boyfriends and my very best friend from college. Thank you FaceBook. I promise not to speak poorly of you again. And anyone reading this (all 2 of you!) can add my by going here: facebook and searching for Mona Kate.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Team Picture

This was taken by one of the Rose City Rollers league fotogs, Angel Priest. I think it is perfect!

my team :)

Songs I'm currently obsessed with!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Rose City Rollers season opener bout today at the Expo Center!

Please come see the RCR kick off our season today! While there, drop by the merch table and buy some cool RCR stuff. Sign up for the Wreckers mailing list if you are interested in skating with us, or come find me and I'll give you more info. I will be on skates, wearing a bright yellow t-shirt that says VOLUNTEER on it. Look for me skating around the outside of the track telling people NOT to drink beer on the floor! haha! See you there!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Rose City Rollers need your help!

We need 20-30 volunteers for this weekends season opener bout at the Expo Center. Here is a copy of the email that I received about volunteering:

" Dear Rose City Rollers Fans,
Welcome to 2009 – get ready for a rowdy year!

The coming year will be filled with all the hard-hitting roller derby action you've come to expect from Portland's toughest athletes, and will feature some exciting new twists you won't want to miss! All home league games will be played at RCR's Hangar at Oaks Park and four extra-special matches will be played at the Expo Center. RCR fans will revel in the contrasting intimate feel of Hangar matches and big production Expo bouts – you'll be getting all the best of derby in one season!

"Fresh from having hosted the Northwest Knockdown where we showed the country what 'the KISS show of roller derby' looks like, we are very excited to bring our fans roller derby with an entirely different feel where beers are cheap and you sit close enough to smell the girls on the track," exclaims RCR President BarFly.

We are having a few bouts at the Expo Center this season, including our 1st bout on Saturday, January, 24th. The rest of the bouts will take place at our hangar at Oaks Park (near the skating rink). This venue allows the audience to be much closer to the action, and give the league more control over the food and beverages served at the bouts.

We would love to have you join us as a volunteer.

If you would like to volunteer for this bout, please RSVP by responding to this email. Make sure you include your full name in RSVP email. We will send out detailed instructions a few days before the bout. If you RSVP, please show up - we're counting on you.

Arrive at the Expo with the parking pass code (this is emailed to you before the bout) between 2:30 and 3. When you arrive at the hall, come to the security office at the back of the Hall. Sign in, and get a shirt, name tag, and wristband. Read posters/instructions, and sign up for a position.
Orientation is at 3:45 (for new and returning volunteers). If you are not signed in by orientation, we may not be able to use you as a volunteer that night.
We provide free food and drink. No alcohol before or during shift.
You will be able to see the bout for at least half of the night. Your shift will be over by 9:30. You get free entrance to the after party, and free beer there while supplies last.

We will need 50-60 volunteers for each bout at the Expo, but only 12 or so for bouts at the hangar. In order to acknowledge the hard work of our volunteers, those who volunteer regularly for Expo bouts will be invited to work and attend the hangar bouts.

We couldn't do what we do without you. Please let us know whenever you have ideas or suggestions. Feel free to talk to us at bouts, or send us emails through the website, using the volunteer button.
January 24th season opener scramble at the Expo Center! No one will know the night's match-up until 6:15pm that evening, when we will draw names to find out which teams face off first.

We will send you specific details about the upcoming bouts in future emails. Again, thank you for all you do. The volunteer team is an important part of the league!

Jewcy, Volunteer Coordinator

Butch Crassidy and Club-her, Volunteer Co-Coordinators

Tennessee, Steve, and Matt, Security Managers

Kirsten, VIP/Rockstar Bleachers Manager

Slim Sheety and Tyger Bomb, VIP Entrance Managers"

If anyone is interested and sees this post, feel free to send me a message and I will forward your info on to the right people. Volunteering for RCR at a bout is a lot of fun and a great way to see a bout for free and help out RCR. I will be there!

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Best dish ever? Really?

So dinner tonight consisted of lentils, rice, and coconut greens. The rice was just rice. The lentils, boiled in water with a glob of margarine and salt until the water is all absorbed. But the greens were the show stopper. I was surprised that everyone gobbled them up to the point where there were no left overs and people were pissed! Here it is, my recipe for coconut greens.

1 bunch of kale torn
1 bunch chard chopped
1 cup diced carrots
1 can of coconut milk
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 a medium onion chopped
2-3 cloves of garlic minced
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp red chili flakes
2 tsp salt

Boil kale and carrots in a big pot of water for about 6 minutes. While it's boiling, saute the garlic and onion in oil in a skillet. add chili flakes and tumeric to the onion and garlic. Saute for about 1 minute. Add can of coconut milk and simmer. Now add the chard to the kale and carrots. Boil for about 3 minutes more. Drain the carrots, kale and chard and return to the pot. Add the coconut milk mixture to the kale mixture and stir it all together. That's it folks. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Dear Facebook - I hate you!

So i wanted to follow some blogs that looked interesting. I finally figured out that they are somehow facebook related. In order for me to follow these blogs, I need to create a facebook acct. No big deal right? facebook is just like myspace, right? UGH! Not the case! I tried to sign up, I really did. but facebook doesn't like my name apparently. And once I did get signed up, by claiming to be a celebrity, facebook would not let me add any friends! I seriously dont get it and have had similar wonky experiences with trying to use it in the past. Why facebook? Whay did I ever do to you? Why can't you be easy to use and intuative? If anyone reading this feels pity for me and wants to help me get started on facebook, I'd be eternally grateful! But I've just wasted an hour of my life and I have to get ready for roller derby practice. Peace out!

Recipe of the day: Vegan Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie, a traditional English heart attack. Quick to make and great for chilly nights. If you are pressed for time, use vegan instant mashed potatoes instead of mashing your own. And you can sub 1 cup of ketchup for the tomato paste mixture. This recipe is super kid friendly. Enjoy!

1 package Smart Ground by Light Life (my fav, any other brand will work too, in a pinch, you can even use thawed veggie burgers that are chopped up fine. 4 is a good amount.)
1 onion chopped
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs cooking oil
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs white vinegar
1 tsp sugar
3/4 cup water
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce (there are vegan ones out there!)
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
3/4 cup corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
3/4 cup carrots (fresh, frozen or canned)
3/4 cup sweet green peas (fresh, frozen or canned)

5-6 big russet potatoes peeled and chopped
soy creamer
salt to taste

Boil potatoes in big stock pot for about 8 minutes. While they are boiling, saute the onion and garlic in the oil for about 3 minutes. Then add the Smart Ground, mix in well. In a bowl, blend the tomato paste, vinegar, sugar and water until mixed. Pour over mixture in pan, stir to mix well. Now stir in remaining filling ingredients. Cover and simmer over med-low heat for about 10 minutes. Add water if filling gets too thick.

Now start on your mashed potato topping. Drain potatoes in a strainer, return to pot. Add about 2-3 Tbs of margarine and a bit of salt to the potatoes and start mashing with a wooden spoon. Add a splash of soy creamer at a time just until you get the right consistency. By adding small amounts of creamer at a time, you can avoid having soupy potatoes. By now, the filling should be ready. Spread it into a well greased casserole dish. Now the mashed potato gets spread on top. Place casserole dish into a 350 degree oven and bake for about 45 minutes. You can add your favorite chz alternative on top before baking if you like.