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May 1, today, is the official start of my 5th summer with Cowgirl Cash.  This is the day we kick off SUMMER HOURS. (Mon- Sat 11-6, Sun 11-4) Five years makes me sound like a pro. But the business keeps evolving and growing and challenging me and inspiring me. Some changes have come about because of my recent travels to India and Nepal. As much as I loved seeing the people, eating the food, and experiancing a different cultures.  I came home more determined than ever to stick with my "American Made" roots, my buy local mantra,but I added a new rally cry..."slow clothes movement.  What if we could bring back the American munufacturing industry by breaking ourselves from our addiction to disposable cheap clothes?  What if Cowgirl Cash could be a resource for second hand,and  locally made? Wait, I'm already doing that, lets just add a few more items to the...
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year of ethical living
I like this. This way of approaching clothes, fashion, style, could save the planet.  I just had a fresh look at what countries look like that produce the cheap clothes we love to buy and dispose of. Come see the options at Cowgirl Cash....
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dress covers
  Back in the store. Buying, selling, remembering, and planning a slide show of my trip. (time TBD). My biggest take away from my adventure to India and Nepal is the importance of caring for our natural resources.  The air we breathe, the idea of leave no trace... I came home to Bend greatful for life in a small clean town and proud to run a store where self sustaining practices are the norm. I did buy some cute handmade items and colorful bracelets just because...stop in and say hi. Winter hours are Wed-Sat 11-6. Dress covers. Love the sweet rick rack detail. From Jaipur, India. $20   Mala bracelets. Beads, seeds, fun. From various locations including the steps of the "Monkey Temple" in Kathmandu. $15   Needlework clutches from Nepal.  Beautiful colors.  Nice detail $15-20   Yoga mat covers.  I bought the fabric in Nepal and the my cousins driver...
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My Cousin Brenda has been living in Delhi for 4 years and had always heard how wonderful the Jaipur Literary Festival is. We happened to be coming that weekend.  Jaipur is called the Pink City and is surrounded by some of the best palaces and forts and shopping areas in India.  It is also near Agra, which is home to the Taj Mahal. We drove to Jaipur on traffic choked pot holed roads. I reviewed the Festival schedule in the car and was estatic to see that Sheryl Strayed was a speaker! If you haven't read the book Wild go get it.  If you don't want to read the book, wait for the movie starring Reese Witherspoon, that was filmed in Bend to come out. This was huge for me. Traveling with a Diplomats wife has it's advantages. Great parking, free passes, a party at the Rambaugh Palace hosted by Penguin...
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linda and i bike tour
 If Day 1 was baby steps, Day 2 was full immersion. We started the day at 6:30 am. It was dark and the city was shrouded in thick gray smog. Brenda and her driver drove Linda and I to a little street in Old Delhi. We were there to do a biking tour. As we walked down a dirt street in search of our guides, people were camped out on each side. They were burning little fires of garbage for warmth. Dogs were everywhere. Traffic wasn't bad yet, but already rickshaws, trucks, oxen, horse and carts, and scooters came by us in all directions.  We rounded a corner and there was a line of bright orange bikes just like I had seen on Trip Advisor. There were 8 of us plus 3 guides. I put my front tire on the rear of the lead guides rear tire and didn't let him...
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Day 1 started at 3:00 am. My cousin Linda and I were swiftly picked up from the Delhi airport and taken to  my cousin Brenda's home. I awoke early and enjoyed a yoga class at the house. Then Cleo the dog and I investigated the grounds at the Canadian residence where my cousin lives.  Her husband is Canadas High Commissioner in India. We considered walking around the block, but were discouraged by local street dogs.    I had read a blog before I left that suggested packing very little and going to Kahn Market and buying long colorful tunics for reasonable prices. Kahn Market is considered one of Delhis swankiest shopping districts. It was a good place to ease into India. Fabindia was our first stop. This department like store was laid out for Western buying habits and tastes. Clean, organized, well staffed, and a nice assortment of dresses, pants, shawls,...
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Some recent family travel reminded me how helpful a top 10 list of things to do in a new city can be.  I try to compose my own list twice a year, as a way to get Cowgirl Cash "on the map".  My list is usually made up of the less obvious, but solid choices... Top 10 Things to do in Bend, OR during a winter visit..  1. I like to start any trip with a visit to a killer bakery.  Don't miss Fearless Baking on North Division. The egg sandwhich is delicious and healthy.  They make their own english muffins. 2. If you are feeding a family or dining solo don't miss the very hip and yummy food cart area off of Galveston.  Locals are calling it The Lot.  They have great beer, good food cart options, and the benches are heated!  Don't be afraid to go on a cold...
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Happy New Year from the Charltons and Cowgirl Cash.  We started the year by not hosting a First Friday artwalk. I missed my customers and the vibe of the night, but I needed time with my family.... out of town, after a very busy holiday season. As always, Cowgirl Cash reduces their hours in the winter to catch up on cleaning, organizing, buying, sewing, sleeping, skiing, and writing. I'm adding a new twist this winter.  I'm traveling. I'm taking a trip to Nepal and India. We'll see what affect this adventure has on my Western Vintage Boutique.  I'll be shopping. Fabric, jewelry, beads, scarves, spices, perfume. My eyes will be wide open.  My traveling companions are my two cousins, Brenda and Linda.  We share Branin blood and Branin adventure.  I haven't seen much of these beautiful women in the past 20 years. Brenda lives in Delhi, and Linda reminded me...
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Celebrating four years at Cowgirl Cash this week.  Halloween 2009! I'm walking down memory Lane on this rainy Monday morning. No regrets!  I love this shop, this community, and what the store allows me to sell, support, and do.  Thank you dear customers. xo rebecca Cowgirl Cash with Rodeo Queen beauties at a Redmond Street Fair. October 2009. Day 1.   An entry for my Big Buck contest. 2010   May Day Fashion Show 2013. Lucky Lady Dress debut. Great Boots are a constant. Baby chicks hanging out in the shop in May 2012....
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Eli Halpin is the featured artist at Cowgirl Cash, and has been since our opening four years ago this month.  I was introduced to Eli through her art by a friend of mine.  It was my 40th birthday, and I decided I needed to celebrate with a big bold amazing painting. I love my Eli Halpin aspen tree painting to this day, but I love new shipments. Each time a big box of Eli Halpin art arrives at the door of Cowgirl Cash from Austin, TX I am like a kid at Christmas.  These paintings look very good on-line, but in person they have the power to change your day, your outlook, your LIFE!  The color, and love, and  personality that is in each work of art is a special gift.  A gift from Eli to us all.  Treat yourself.....    Tall Birch Trees in Gloss Aqua with bright branches. 29.75...
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 Meet clyde the Cowgirl Cash shop dog. He is a 60 pound golden doodle. We got him from the Willamette Valley 9 years ago this Christmas as a puppy. He has litter mate in town named Roxy. We love Roxy and her people. We think of them as family. Clyde is certified therapy dog. Come visit him at the shop. He gives good love and the therapy is free! ...
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paulina unit opening am
This was my year.  I  went mule deer hunting with full intentions of harvesting a buck.  I had the right tag and the right hunting party. Opening morning in the Paulina unit started off beautifully.  The temperature was cool, but not uncomfortable, and as the sun rose, it became perfectly pleasant to sit on a rock and glass the desert for deer.  About 11:00 am we started a hunt through a small canyon we had seen deer taken from the previous year.  My dad walked just to the right of me, Teddy was to my left, and my mom drove up the road towards the end of the canyon to take a stand and watch for deer.  An hour into the hunt, I spotted something.  It looked odd, but familiar. I studied the object with my binoculars and moved closer.  It had the white color that is a sure sign of...
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Saturday, September 28 is the opening day of hunting season in Central Oregon. As a kid I remember it being a very big deal.  My dad always had buck fever.  Hunting magazines near his chair, guns, backpacks, orange coats and supplies laid out ready to go. We bought things for lunches we normally never did like snack pack pudding, ding dongs, and orange crush.  Hunting camp always included my grandparents and different sets of friends and relatives.  Whoever came, was always in good spirits and always had a story of a past hunt to share. This year is different, but memories of past hunts keep coming up. Friday night, my son Teddy and I will join my parents in deer camp. We took the trailer out last weekend and scouted for deer. All four of us have buck deer rifle tags, and for the first time, I'm really ready to "harvest"...
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It's been almost two months since we kicked off our Lucky Lady dresses with a spring fashion show.  Since then we have added an order form to our webpage, visited an international fabric show in Portland and of course, we have sold dresses.  Some custom, some straight from the rack.  All beautiful and truly one of a kind.  We like the idea of the "slow clothes" movement.  It seems as reasonable as the slow food movement. Who wouldn't want to eat, dress, and live uniquely, and with purpose? Eating at restaurants with fresh local food,attending farmers markets, appreciating chickens from a backyard coop,finding vintage or pre-owned clothes with history and style, original art.....and fittingly a special dress: handmade in a beautiful mountain town.  Yes, Lucky Lady Dresses are just an extension of a rich, slow, beautiful life. Call us or come by to try on dresses and choose from our beautiful...
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I'm a local Bendite. I was raised in Bend in the 70's and 80's, left for the 90's and returned in 2003 to raise my two children with my husband Scott. I own a downtown Bend shop, and stay active with all Bend has to offer. I hope you enjoy my list of the "Top 10 things to do in Bend, OR". I think all visitors should start with a hike up Pilot Butte. It's that perfect cinder cone in the center of town. It became a Sate Park not so long ago. It is a brisk, heart pumping, but fairly short hike to the top. At the top you are rewarded with the lay of the land. You can see where the high Desert meets the mountains, and there are educational markers with details on the Cascade peaks in view and geographical information on the area. I'd suggest packing a...
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Thank you all for your participation in Bend’s Chicken Coop Tour. I’ve been collecting money from the sales of books and just delivered a handful of cash to Healing Reins, who will then share with the Alyce Hatch Center. In total we gave over $3700 in cash and checks.  That number does not include the Boneyard Beer, and Kombucha Mama, and the chicken feed, and the PR work and printing, and gift certificates and other prizes and services that were donated in order for us to have a fun and educational coop tour. Each of the stops had many visitors, all day long. Central Oregon really embraced this event. I look forward to presenting it again next May.  I love our community. Rebecca ...
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What a gorgeous day to drive around Bend and stop at lovely homes and properties, and sneak in their backyards and see their chicken coops.... This was perfectly legal on Saturday May 11, if you had purchased a Chicken Coop Tour booklet.  The booklet was your admission ticket and your map to each coop. On Saturday, I determined that "Chicken people" are a chill group.  Nothing seems to rattle them, shake them, or deter them from sharing their knowledge and their love of backyard chicks.  The cold beer from Boneyard seemed to make 'em happy too.   Here are few photos from the day. Thanks to everyone who participated. ...
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May 1 seemed like the right day to present Cowgirl Cash's latest item, the Lucky Lady Dress. May Day is traditionally the day where children make paper baskets, fill them with flowers and hang them on their neighbors doors. The Cowgirl Cash version is an evening of ladies dancing, cotton, floral dresses, flower shaped cookies, music and laughter.  What we needed was beautiful weather, and mother nature served up a beautiful late afternoon.  The girls were attired, the food was set, the music was loud, and at 7 pm, the runway show began...Cowgirl Cash style. Each model let her own personality shine and each handmade dress, fit the occasion. The models showed their stuff both in Cowgirl Cash and then out on Brooks St in front of the store.  Miss-matched chairs lined the street to allow for May Day Fashion go-ers to settle in and enjoy  the show.  The grand finale...
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jewelry
On Saturday a woman came in to Cowgirl Cash with a big box.  It's a typical scene.  Sometimes it's boots; sometimes it's clothes; sometimes it's good, and sometimes it's not. But this week the box was filled with jewelry.  It was her sisters collection. The woman's sister had recently died, and left the collection to her.  The jewelry had been collected by a woman who had worked for the National Park Service.  I didn't get a lot of details.  I was too busy sorting and calculating what to pay.  The woman had obviously traveled, worked and enjoyed our national parks, and every gallery and boutique near them. The collection is a hand picked array of styles.  The only theme seems to be sterling (some gold), mostly earrings (some necklaces), and contemporary artist's works, (but some vintage pieces) One consistency.... is quality.  I open on Wednesday this week at 11, but from...
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It's a hopeful  time of year.  Some people are hoping for sun and the trails to clear, others are still hoping for one last snow storm and another powder day on the mountain.  I do get excited when I see a crocus poking up and the signs of daffodils to come.  I love the baby chicks at the feed store and I love the increase of yard sales.  Here are some treasures I've found.  Come find them at Cowgirl Cash!! ...
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