My name is Heather Houser, and Special is my jewelry empire and lifestyle blog.

I make and sell all my own handmade jewelry creations to stores and directly to you.  I try to use as many recycled items as I can: be it vintage chains, charms, beads, fabrics, lace, and even my merchandising fixtures. I love finding something old that has been forgotten and making it into something loved and new.  I have been selling professionally for almost ten years, and you could say “I got it from my momma”. We used to make jewelry when I was younger, and when I was in my early 20’s I decided to rekindle my jewelry designing flame. The rest is history.

I have gone through a huge life change recently when my husband and I moved to Santa Barbara, CA from Portland, OR. My heart is still with Portland, but my new path is in Cali. WOOT WOOT! The sun and fun lifestyle hear has been inspiring, and weekend trips to LA are going to be a must.

I’m excited to share all my passions with you on my blog. Be it fashion, thrifting, multitasking, cooking, styling, DIYing,  merchandising or designing, I hope to inspire you to go beyond your normal and reach for your dreams.

Get ready for girly, glam, crazy, sexy, cool, silly, funny, loving, caring, creative, times to come.

Special Portland is dedicated to the memory of my mother.  None of this would have happen with out her unconditional love and support.  She was a wonderful craft-er who gave me a creators spirit.  I miss her dearly, but I hope keep her memory alive in all that I do.

Live. Love. Remember.