Friday, December 24, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas time is here...

I had to sneak up on Jackson to capture this...

(Playing with his dinosaur suitcase!)

Hope everyone is enjoying getting ready for Christmas!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ketchikan Area Arts 100 x 100 Gallery Opening

When our local Arts Council moved to the new location (way) back on July 3rd, 2009, they put out a call to 100 artists to donate art in all mediums. Each piece was sold for $100, hence the name 100X100.

Rayana enlarged a gorgeous Rust Portrait, that you will most likely recognize from many of our ThoseAlaskanGirls promotional items. She had it framed in an awesome old wooden frame we scored from a garage sale!

I painted an "A is for Alaska" Acrylic on Canvas print that I thought would be great for an AKBaby's Nursery! I could not find any of my tiny paintbrushes at the time, and the boys were sleeping when I was ready to start, so each little illustration was painted with toothpicks. Seriously!
We love our local Arts Council, and were so excited to be a part of this special gallery opening!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Hatley Photo Contest Entry ??

Remember a long time ago I posted about Chase winning Hatley Pajamas in a photo contest HERE?
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Do you think it would be bad for me to enter the Hatley Photo Contest AGAIN?? :) I just love this photo of the boys in Kauai, wearing their Hatley Pirate Swim Shorts!
Have any of you entered photos in their contest?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Treasure on the Beaches of Kauai

In case you were wondering where we got all of the cool random netting that we draped over our halloween Mermaid...

The boys helped dig it out of the sand!

There were so many amazing colors of netting, and yes, crazy me, I took a bag home!

Airline security probably raised an eyebrow or two! :) Remember this post about another thing that could definitely raise some brows at security??!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Handmade and Crocheted... (The Boys are in to Rhyming)

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Out enjoying the sunny fall weather in Ketchikan on Rainbird Trail... (and still loving their Pirate Hat, and Monkey Hat!)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lovely Beads from FAI

Thanks for the beautiful beads, Grandma Barbara! :)

This is the second time my Grandma has given me beads from this shop in Washington. She says all of the women are wonderful and super talented! I have already worked the coin pearls into some (huge) earrings that are gorgeous! Can't wait to work with the rest of them!

I just googled FAIand discovered they are strictly wholesale...you can see some of their lovely designs here.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

You know you are a good photographer when. . .

So I got my new telephone book from KPU and thought you all might recognize the gorgeous photo that is gracing the cover!

Yes, it is one of the photos I featured in this post, that was taken by the very talented Carlos Rojas!

It's AUCTION TIME! (ThoseAlaskanGirl Donations) Support Holy Name School!

My boys are both attending Holy Name School now, and the school's largest fundraiser happens to be the Alaska Day Auction! Rayana and I wanted to put together some really fun "baskets" to donate. Here is what we came up with...

On the left we have the "Ketchikan Baby" box the included Kiddie Xtratufs, Little Sluggies, Tongass, the stuffed Slug, a crocheted wool pom pom hat, and a Kayhi Kings Embroidered Kid's Tshirt, and a brown bandana. (Everything handmade except the boots!)

On the right is the "Alaska Girl" box, that included Polka dot boots, Houndstooth SLUGS, Forget Me Not Flapper Girl Hat, Upcycled Alaska Tshirt Bag, a purple Alaska Grown Tshirt, Funky purple umbrella, teal bandana and Wooden Alaskan Girl earrings!

Then we did a Ketchikan High School themed box that included Kayhi Kings earrings, a Kayhi bolster pillow, grey bandana, and an upcycled Kayhi Tshirt bag!

I spent a lot of time thinking about how we could put a clever twist into packaging our "baskets" and decided they really needed to be in Xtratuf boxes! I noticed the mostly white boxes with stickers and boot information a bit too distracting though, so (last minute of course) I decided they needed to be painted! Luckily acrylic paints dry pretty quickly! My favorite final finishing touch was to GLITTER the wording! The Glitter paint needed the whole night to dry but the effect was so worth it! Duct tape kept the tops standing nicely, and then I used random containers I found in my cupboards to create height for the smaller items in the basket. A coordinating bandana was perfect for concealing the hot cocoa container, baking soda box, nutri grain bar box, etc. :)

We were really happy that they raised some money for such a wonderful school!

Turkey Table Runner ... A Kindergarten Class Fundraiser

Another little auction project... I will just say, it isn't a good idea to be out of town during early in the year school meetings, because you just might get "volunteered" to do things when you get back! ;) Haha, I did not mind, but did make my mom help me finish this the night before the auction! (Why am I always admitting to my tendency to procrastinate?)

The Festive Fall Turkey Table Runner for the Kindergarten Class Project

The kindergartner's hands made up the turkey feathers and the trees. The beautiful fabrics came from Rainforest Crafts in Ketchikan. Some of the turkeys were facing forward, and some to the side, and I sequined the eyes on with little gold sparkles.



Then, with the clock ticking, the kids movie almost ending, and the table runner almost complete, my mom said, "You should really make some napkins to go with this, with the left over fabric." Yes, for once it was her trying to go above and beyond the night before, and not me. So I picked a fun decorative stitch to stitch around the edges of each napkin, while she handstitched all the binding. My mom is awesome! :) At least the table runner, wasn't as big a project as the Preschool Quilts!

How do you decorate your Fall Table?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

BLUEBERRY SOUP is Delightful !

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After some successful blueberry picking nights with the babes in August, Emily and I whipped up some BlueBerry soup!

Tip for preparing blueberries: Spread into a single layer on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer. Any worms will pop out after a short while, and you can easily remove them from the berries.


We picked a simple and healthy recipe:

* 2 Cups Plain Yogurt
* 1 Cup blueberries
* 2 Cups orange juice/apple juice
* 1 Tablespoon Honey
* 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a food processor. Serve Chilled.

This recipe was a bit tart for three out of the four kids, but Mason was clearly a fan! It was very fresh and different... a great new way to enjoy blueberries!

Google Blueberry Soup for many variations of recipes! There are so many different versions with different ingredients like red wine, cardamon, lemon juice, sour cream, yogurt, mint leaves, half and half, fresh ginger, etc. They all sound good! Let me know if you try any recipes and what you think!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

AS SEEN ON ETSY: Support Alaskans, Shop Local!

One of my earliest blog posts was in support of all of our local Ketchikan shops on Etsy, which you can read here. I thought it was time to update that list a bit. Click on the shop banners to check out all of the shops! Some of them are currently on vacation, so in that case, try to check back later! Support Alaskans, and Shop Local!
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Isn't fun to see all the different styles, interests, and handiwork of Ketchikan artists? I really hope the number of local shops continues to grow!






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So many shops for you to browse! :)
***If you are a Ketchikan Etsy Shop Owner, and I missed your shop... Please don't be offended, and send me a message or comment so I can add your shop to the list! ***