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Sock Dreams has been shipping cozy, soft goodness nationwide and overseas for over 15 years, but the warmest moments have been grounded in the pleasure of providing that goodness to our local community. We firmly believe that something beautiful happens when people come together to strengthen the community in solidarity. Today, we’re sharing some of the local organizations we’ve had the joy of combining efforts with this year. We reserve a deep respect for their initiative and dedication, which is key to building solid relationships within our neighborhood. When giving back this season, please keep these and other non-profits in your area in mind.
Bicycle Transportation Alliance:
Proudly promoting bicycling safety education since 1990, this group works to improve bicycling conditions in Portland. Their work includes sharing information on the rights and responsibilities of bicyclists, providing resources for free legal clinics and lobbying to ensure bicycling remains convenient and accessible in our neighborhoods. We’re proud to be a business member and (just in case you were considering joining the movement, yourself) offer a special in-store promotional offer to members.
An online charity to provide materials for prospective projects posted by public school teachers, Donors Choose is one of the easiest ways to give back to youth in your area. Sock Dreams has been proud to sponsor several projects listed by teachers in the Portland area. Below we have a few photos courtesy of Mr. Bund & Mrs. York of their classes enjoying the materials purchased!
Potluck in the Park:
Volunteers have been serving free, hot meals in downtown Portland every Sunday since 1991, using food donations gathered on a weekly basis. On Christmas Day, a full turkey dinner is served to over 1,000 people including music provided by local musicians, complimentary stockings, a visit from Santa, and cellphones that are provided for a free call to family and friends. The selfless contributions these volunteers make are the very reason we were happy to send out 500 pairs of socks this year to help them spread the giving spirit.
In addition to operating the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country, OMSI is one of the top science centers in the nation. They’ve been providing community outreach programs that bring education opportunities to schools in every Oregon county, which is just one of the many reasons we love their dedication to the field.
The largest anti-sexual violence organization in the nation has successfully created and operated two hotlines for providing survivors of abuse free, confidential services. Recovery information as well as sexual violence prevention education are provided through upfront commentary within colleges, local communities, and various media outlets. These endeavors are in addition to their numerous campaigns launched in effort to improve public policy. We’re proud to say that, through the end of the year, we will be donating a portion of our proceeds from our Whoopi Socks line to RAINN.
A local publication that delivers in-depth news on social and economical justice issues, Street Roots creates job opportunities for those experiencing homelessness and poverty. In addition to publishing a newspaper produced and distributed by these vendors all over Portland, they also produce resource guides and offer advocacy efforts for those facing homelessness and poverty. It was an honor to send 500 pairs of socks to this group in a small attempt to show their vendors how much we appreciate their hard work.
This organization is a support network for women of all ages, battling all kinds of cancers. This network is spread nationwide via Pretty Packages, which are sent out to cheer up women fighting cancer and include beauty products, scarves, a journal, and other feelgood items. Initially, we designed and donated the Fighting Pretty Striped Crews for their packages; however, we liked them so much we started carrying them online and contribute 20% of their sales to Fighting Pretty.
Sock Dreams holds these and other programs like them in high regard for identifying needs within our community and taking the initiative to keep our city healthy and thriving. For even more nonprofit inspiration, please see our Giving Back page where we list numerous other organizations we’ve worked with over the years. Our products keep our toes warm and our faces smiling and it means a lot to us to pass those smiles along to others. As family and friends come together this season, we hope you spread the giving spirit in your own way.
What a wonderful day today was! As you know, I’ve been planning a Cat Birthday Party for weeks in honor of my sweet baby, Dale! I sent handmade invitations out to all of our closest friends and even made my very first fish cake.
Waking up with my kitty crew usually leads to hours of cuddling in bed, but I really tried to keep it short since we had so many things to do. Even though it was Dale’s special day, I tried to show all my angels equal amounts of affection. Soon after we enjoyed breakfast, that nice girl from across the street, Erin, came by to see the kitties. Their happy little meows were all the assurance I needed to know they were purrfectly pleased with her company! Erin was kind enough to join me on my daily walk around the neighborhood to look out for stray and lost cats, and she even helped me re-fasten weathered “Lost Cat” posters! Luckily, we did not find a single stray today because I’m not sure Dale would have been thrilled to share the spotlight at his party. Once we got back to my house, we groomed every cat so they’d each look their best. Harrison, especially, took quite the liking to Erin!
Once my babies were coiffed to perfection, I barely had time to dress myself. Plus, I always have the hardest time choosing what to wear. Sometimes it’s difficult to choose between what my cats like best and what looks best. Currently, most of my cat-themed tights & leggings are free of the signature snags and runs my kitties usually produce, but it was still so hard to pick a pair!
As our guests began to arrive, I couldn’t help but become a little perturbed that most of them came alone! Clearly, they didn’t realize that we had expected them to bring their cat companions. However, I’m sure it soon became obvious once everyone noticed all the cat party favors, the scratch-post circles, and the crinkle tube city. Admittedly, I was kind of disappointed, but I can’t deny that I was positively delighted to see all my guests wore their very cat-best!
While they might’ve been a little embarrassed they left their feline friends behind, I’m sure their little babies thoroughly loved the treat bags we sent home for them! Don’t think that I wasn’t grateful for everyone in attendance, dear Diary; I was tickled pink to have them along and I could tell my furry ones were, as well. Dale was an extraordinary host and the other babies seemed to be supportive of his special occasion. I think everyone had a great time, actually!
I hope I inspire some of my friends to throw their cats a party, someday; I would just love to go to a party of cats! My little kitties and I are taking a line-dancing class later this week and I’m feline like it’s gonna be fun!
Until next time,
– The Cat Lady
It’s almost Halloween, dreamers, and while it’s probably too late for most of you to order socks for your costumes, it’s never too late for a fun, thematic blog post. Join us as we go door-to-door around the website, looking for tricks and treats for Halloween, and beyond!
For our first stop, we’re swinging by the Faux-Laced household. These laced-up looking styles might seem like a treat, but they’re also a trick! Not one of these styles requires actual lacing up – just put them on and go!
The house right next door is all decked out like a gingerbread house. Are they even celebrating the current holiday, or are they already preparing a Nutcracker-themed winter wonderland?? Let’s knock on the door and see….. it’s all good! They’re giving out CANDY, to adults and children alike! As long as you’re wearing a costume, you get CANDY! What a treat!
Across the street there seems to be a house owned by a family of magicians…. or rather illusionists. They aren’t giving out candy, but they are performing illusions for anybody who stops by. These tricks are kind of treats, too! Let’s all suspend a bit of disbelief while nearly-invisible sheer hosiery suspends exciting patterns from your legs, as if by magic!
I don’t know about you, but all of this trick-or-treating is making me hungry for something more substantial than candy. We’re in luck, though, because the last house on our tour has their own take on Halloween treats – baked goods! Get yourself some key lime pie, or berry cobbler, and don’t forget to serve yourself up a big ol’ scoop of Neapolitan ice cream on the side!
Thanks for coming with us on our trip around the neighborhood! It’s always nice to go trick-or-treating with friends, but we’d better be getting home before dark, when the monsters come out… but don’t be scared! They just want to wish you all a happy and safe Halloween!
We had a blast at our latest event, Rose City Comic Con. Now it is time for us to bring our season to a close with one last event. Geek Girl Con is this weekend in Seattle, WA and we’ll be there! We’re bringing our socks, our con exclusives, and a special deal! Stop by booth 105 to see them for yourselves.
Geek Girl Con is the perfect time to come and pick up socks for that Cosplay you’ve been working on. Once you’ve got you costume put together, don’t forget to snap a photo or two and send them into our Dreamer Dress Up Contest. You could win one of three $50 gift cards! You can find out how to enter and see a list of complete rules here!
Have fun, drive safe, and we’ll see you at the Conference Center on October 10th and 11th at booth 105!
As you may be aware, Sock Dreams all started with one woman and her dream of being self-employed at her own sock company. Over the years her dream has grown into the company that we know and love today, and has provided us with opportunities to support other women and independent entrepreneurs, which we find very rewarding. The artist we’d like to draw your attention to today has actually been at it longer than we have: Wendy Costa has been producing her home and accessories line, featuring her own paintings and poetry since 1987, though she just started printing socks back in 2010. We absolutely adore her iconic art style, so of course we jumped at the chance to carry some of her styles!
Working out of a historic church in upstate New York, Wendy’s studio prints all of their fabric by hand, in small batches. All of their materials are sourced within the USA, which is true of our own house brands, and something that is very important to us!
Our current selection features four styles, which we consider prime examples of the kind of motifs Wendy Costa is known and loved for. The Deborah Grey and Junebug Printed Knee Highs have an off-beat Rococo vibe, featuring classic vertical stripes with a deliberately hand-drawn aesthetic, and fanciful ornamentation which pairs nicely with heels or flats. We love the way these play off of vintage fashion, but have a definite contemporary edge.
Other prominent themes in Wendy’s work include food, vintage appliances, animals and women. Her Cat and Music Crews (shown in the first photoset) depict one cat serenading another on the concertina, in a tiled and wallpapered setting which reminds us of a cafe in 1950’s France. Of course, we couldn’t bring in Wendy Costa socks without at least one design featuring one of her women! Willow Knee Highs (pictured below) feature a sassy redhead who peeks out from your ankles amidst a swirl of leaves, flowers, and plenty of vivid color!
From the origins of the socks themselves, to the imagery which makes them so recognizable, Wendy Costa’s designs are right up our alley! We’re very happy to share our dream of beautiful, expressive socks with this talented artist, and can’t wait to see what she creates in the future!