Get ready America!  The first US total solar eclipse in 38 years will be on August 21st.  The eclipse landfall will be on the Oregon Coast starting at approximately 9:00 am with totality running across Oregon from 10:16 am to 10:28 am.  The shadow of the moon will drift across the country moving west to east leaving the US mainland for the Atlantic Ocean from Charleston, South Carolina at approximately 4:30 pm.

The eclipse will create a total shadow of darkness across America in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.   The shadow, called totality, is where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon and is approximately 74 miles in diameter.

Heart Sticker has created the American Eclipse sticker, the Eclipse in Oregon sticker and many of the other states affected by the path of totality.  Below is an actual picture of the eclipse sticker showing the beauty of the chrome foil material.  You can view and purchase all of our Eclipse stickers for your eclipse viewing party at Eclipse Stickers.

And don’t forget your eclipse viewing glasses.  Looking at the sun without protection is harmful to your health.

We would love to hear from you on what you are doing for your eclipse viewing.

 

One funny thing about Western Oregonians.  They can complain a lot about hot weather.

Winter in Oregon is 8-9 months long every year.  Imagine is feels like 42 degrees and damp every day and night.  It’s a chill yourself to the bone type of cold.  It’s not the bitter blowing freezing cold of the Midwest but a damp chill that lingers and coats every inch of skin.  So, why would a hot 85-degree day be the reason for complaining?  Great question, let’s look at some facts.

  1. It is typical in late winter (March – June) for a 90+ degree weather day to appear will little warning and remain for a 24 hour period then drop back down to damp and 43 degrees. There is no transition time between two.  You go to bed on Sunday with a 54-degree temp and the next day by noon, you’re at 72, 85 by 1, 100 by 5, and as high as 85 when you turn in for bed.  When you woke this morning, you were still chilly from the night before, and now you’re roasting by dinner.  Big deal right?  Well on simple fact for you.  Most Oregonians don’t have air conditioning (AC). So to have a 50-degree swing in 12 hours with no relief source is a good reason to complain.  Here’s a sidebar joke:  What do you call two cold chilly rainy days followed by a beautiful sunny day in Oregon?  A weekend. 🙂
  2. To live in 9 months of 43 degrees damp chilly air, your blood thickens to handle We are just not made for 90+ degrees.  Heck, we call 72 a heat wave.
  3. Our clothes are designed for the chill. The Hoodie and the Long Sleeve an Oregon staple.  I think I own 5 or 6 of them.  Our clothes are built for chill, not for heat.  Sure, you say, ” just lose the hoodie and go shirtless.”  Let me tell you; you will never see a more pale group of people in your life.  In Oregon, even in the peak of summer, if you are out after sunset, bring your hoodie.  You’ll be thankful you did.  Heart in Oregon offers a long sleeve shirt directly through our online store.  You can see these super soft charcoal shirts Long Sleeve Shirt here.

 

Because Western Oregonians are built for cool, damp climate, and our clothing are too when you hear and Oregonian voices their opinion about the heat.  Just give them a smile, buy them a beer and say, “give it 5 minutes, and that will all change, and then again in 5 more minutes and so on.

Our Local Business we are promoting this blog is Montavilla Brew Works MBW. https://www.facebook.com/MontavillaBrewWorks/

There are two sides to Oregon, The Pacific Wonderland.  Western Oregon- the moist, damp, cloudy, rugged mountain, green side, and Central and Eastern Oregon the hot, dry, rolling foothills, clear-as-a-bell sky side.

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Western Oregon

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Eastern Oregon

In Western Oregon, where I-5 runs down the western half of the state, can be summed up in one word- Rain.  Yes, today’s chance of rain is 100% Oct-May, and 0% July 5th through September 15.  But all this rain brings the tall lush green forest, rich rivers and bountiful wildlife we come to think of when we think Oregon.

In Central and Eastern Oregon, east of the Cascade Mountains, it rains little in this high desert ecosystem.  The sun is hot, the skies are blue, and often there are paint strokes of high clouds.  Here is where you get the high-desert experience with meandering rivers and streams, dry day and chilly nights.

Also, the Western side has the Pacific Ocean, the cities of Portland, Eugene, Ashland (Sorta) and the East has wide open spaces with fewer people and very active outdoor lifestyle.

So which do you visit first?  That depends on how you answer this simple question.  Do you want:

Our to experience our biggest city and have easy access to the ocean, the mountains massive forest and our other amazing cities in Washington and California?

Are you OK with cool, damp nights, the real possibility of wet weather?  If so, fly into Portland and start your trip.

Or

Are you looking for hot, dry weather, we chilly dry nights, the big wide open landscape of rolling foothills with meandering rivers and creeks?

Where the outdoors is the lifestyle rather than an option? Then fly straight into the heart of Oregon and go to Bend (Redmond Airport) and have your adventure start from the center of the state.

Either are perfect options, just different.  Follow your heart to Oregon; it may be leading you home.

Inspired by my friends who dress up as Yetis and go around simulating a friendly Yeti attack on unsuspecting folks during events, we bring you these two new great stickers.

 

These two stickers are available from Amazon~ Yeti Stroll and Yeti Prints and Heartsticker.com.

The Yeti, also known as the Abominable Snowman, came into popular culture in 1921 when Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Howard-Bury made a discovery of a large man-like footprint at the base of Mt Everest.

     
The recent Yeti’s jump in popularity is in part due to the Yeti Brand of Coolers that have taken the US by “snowstorm”, and are now dominating the high-end cooler market.

The Heart Sticker Yeti challenge was to create a Yeti from scratch who carries the spirit of the big, hairy, beast but looks friendly also.      

Our first products available are our classic vinyl, die-cut stickers. The Yeti Stroll is the whole creature strolling along, and the feet are individually die-cut, left and right. Stay tuned, an embroidered sticky-back cooler sticker is coming soon!
These two stickers are available from Amazon~ Yeti Stroll and Yeti Prints and Heartsticker.com.

From the bottom of my heart, to all and everyone who has been involved in the success of Heart in Oregon and Heart Sticker,

Thank You!

The KGW Movers and Makers spot was a big moment for us here.  Below are a few people to whom we would like to give thanks, plus a listing of providers of the cool Heart in Oregon products that were on the spot, but are not available through our website.

The idea was simple… What can I do service my existing in Oregon in the tough economy of 2003, until I found a “real” job that would carry me all the way?  I decided to create a cool sticker and sell them for $2 each to make ends meet until I found that job.  That thought was just the beginning of our story.  How did we get from there to here?  With a lot of help from a lot of people.  Here is a thank you, and reference to them, should you need their magic skills.

  • Mary Kelly the amazing artist that finalized the Heart in Oregon layout.
  • All of my friends and family members who suggested or participated in such things as: “Green Heart, cut into Oregon shape”, sharing stickers with 1000s, helping with funding, packaging orders, tolerating me, and so much more. “Keep close to your friends, you’re going to need them in the end,” and everywhere between here and there.
  • Mercy Corp NW, Small Business Development Center, and Score for introducing me to new business concepts and arranging them in the right order.
  • TravelOregon and TravelPortland are both awesome.
  • All those customers who took a chance on our product. And to those who still are.
  • All those folks who worked for the business, whether it be for a long or short time.
  • To all of us who love this beautiful land called Oregon. Isn’t she amazing?  Let’s do our best to preserve her as best we can for future generations and us too.

 

Here are few of the stores who carry our products.  Buy from them first and often:

  • Made in Oregon https://madeinoregon.com/
  • Powell’s Books http://www.powells.com/
  • Tillamook Ice Creamery https://www.tillamook.com/
  • Travel Mart Your Northwest http://www.yournw.com/travel-mart (PDX)
  • Hirons Drugs http://www.hironsdrug.com/

Here are a few of the Heart in Oregon items that are not sold by us directly.  You can contact these folks for location or direct purchase:

Again, thank you all and have a great remaining 2016.

 

Chris Bucci

Movers and Makers – Chris Bucci

 

Recently, my 6-year-old son and I spent 4 days and 3 nights at the beautiful oasis where we participated in all of the great things offered at the camp. We attended the Daddy and Child camp where there were approx. 15 dads and 25 kids who, by the end of it all, became friends for life.  It was so wonderful that I cannot say enough great things about Camp Westwind on the Oregon coast.

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