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Weekend reading: How to shop, personal branding, and chocolate granola


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Well well well. Look at this adorable silk georgette I picked up on Wednesday at Mill End. I almost died when I saw the brand new bolt of it. I can’t wait to make it into a dainty little summer camisole.

(It’s actually a light tan, though it appears pink in the photo.)

I’m planning to start sowing some seeds this weekend and take a little trip to Eugene to look at owls.

Here are some good links I’ve come across this week, for your own weekend reading pleasure:

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Thanks for this! Really needed that article on shortening a bad mood. Love the cat print too.


OMG that fabric is AWESOME!!!!! Colour me jealous! ^__^

Thanks for the link to the article on yoga apps – I am going on holiday in a couple weeks and was wondering how to continue my practice away from classes. I have a good book on Yin that I’m bringing, and I can do sun salutations without instruction but I never thought of using an app – that might feel a little more familiar, like taking a class :)

Also may have to try that chocolate granola… I’ve been addicted to (my home made) granola lately – can’t get enough!! LOL


Isn’t homemade granola the best?! It’s so addictive. This one is great sprinkled on some greek yogurt with bananas. I’ve added dried cherries sometimes too. Yum!


This article on shortening bad mood comes just when needed. Sentences to keep in mind permanently thanks to you: “progress, not perfection” and “Act the way you want to feel”

As for personnal branding link, I couldn’t help thinking of your enterprise Sarai and what gives its shape and appeal: your enthusiasm and tastes associated with your constant need to progress (the knit patterns and book, the plus size range, the walden range , your detailed instruction booklets to have us learn new techniques each time we sew one of your patterns) and your “sharing” skills (this blog, all the sew-alongs and tutorials,etc)
I hope I’m not over-familiar. It’s just the way one feels when buying your patterns and following the Coletterie.


That’s really sweet, Sytha. Thank you.

Katrina Blanchalle

Owls! Love! We have a similar organization here:
It’s amazing and wonderful that people can dedicate themselves to taking care of birds that way. I get too emotional to deal with hurt animals, although I did just rescue a window-stunned hummingbird yesterday.
My seeds (planted early Feb. here because we had no winter at all) are sending up their shoots, and I will be out there all weekend trying to keep the weeds at bay.
You have a lovely weekend, while we enjoy the great reading material!


I started my peas last weekend… no shoots yet, but the anticipation is killing me! I get so excited when I start seeing sprouts.

Lady ID

Love that fabric. It reminds of the Fabric Store ( I went there AGAIN two weekends ago ).

David Cain

Thanks for the shout-out Sarai. Beautiful site!

Jolies bobines

I’m in love of this fabric !


I love that fabric! So cute! Thanks for the great reading links as usual! :)


BTW, how was the raptor center? I can’t believe I lived in Eugene for nearly 10 years and had no idea it even existed. Is it worth making the trek from Bend?


It was awesome!!! Well, it was awesome if you love birds like we do. They had so many amazing raptors and I especially loved the owls. All the birds are animals that can’t survive in the wild for one reason or another (usually because of human intervention in their lives) and many are quite socialized to people.

They have a couple non-raptors as well, a raven and a magpie. The magpie taught us a game with a stick! They are so bright and playful.


Excellent! Thank you for the review. I’m definitely going to take my daughter to see it.

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