Friday, June 25, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
My childhood friend Sarah comes back for a visit every 10 years. I have been envisioning some fun AK Girl style photos for some bachelorette style items coming to the shop soon, and I knew Sarah would be the perfect model for a fun little Pin Up Girl photo shoot, Ak Style of course. (And yes, we aren't cheating...she was born in AK, and has the birth certificate to prove it!)
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
I babysat Britta for years, and was always taking photos of her and her brothers for photo class! It is very cool that she is still a great sport about posing for my photo shoots! :)
Zoom in for the proof! She totally needed SLUGGIES!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
while others wear these. . .
What do you wear while out and about?
Renai shared this photo with us, and it is so fun I had to share it on here... Renai is an Alaskan Grown Seattle girl with a blog that will make your mouth water! You can check it out here!! Thanks Renai for the picture!
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
And be part of the action, but still safe...
It is time to admit my boys are ready to run ahead...
Friday, June 11, 2010
We want to hear from you! What is the best rain boot of all time, and WHY?
Leave us your answer in a comment, and include where you are from!
Also, check out the Great Welly Debate, (one of the first blogs to feature SLUGS from ThoseAlaskanGirls back when we were very new!)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Chase's preschool class has a quilt raffle fundraiser every year. This year the money is funding the "Preschool Scrapbooks." These scrapbooks are a treasure for families to keep and look at over and over. Content is added throughout the year. His two fabulous teachers, Miss Diana and Miss Ann help the kids with so many clever projects and pieces of art. They also record comments from each of the students that are absolutely hilarious. The scrapbook is also full of gorgeous photography of all the kids throughout the year, and wonderful portraits of your child at each event.
2nd year preschoolers at Holy Name School are Ladybugs.
Rhonda Bolling, a fellow preschooler Mama, (of twin girls) helped me pick out these gorgeous batik fabrics. They feel really earthy and have amazing hues of color. Rhonda is one of our local photographers and took pictures of the quilt so that I had a little record of it! You should check out her professional work on her website. She has a real talent for making her subjects feel comfortable, relaxed and happy. She gets personalities to really shine in the portraits she takes!
I created the ladybug bodies with a cute red polka dot fabric. Each child's face is transfered with dark tshirt transfer paper.
The kids made their own ladybug spots by dipping their finger tips in black fabric paint.
I added the four sections of grass and one daisy for a little visual interest. Each item is fused down with steam a seam and sewn completely around with a zig zag stitch.
I used an extra puffy batting, and decided tying the quilt would feel like blades of grass all over the place. In true Melissa form, this was finished with about a minute to spare. Rayana and I learned how to layer the layers of blanket and tie it. Thank you Rayana for many hours spent tying this quilt. And thank you to my mother for explaining how to add the borders, showing me how to do the binding (and then going on to just finish the binding!)
What everyone in my family will be very glad to hear is that I now vow not to volunteer for projects that I do not exactly know how to do already, and that I will stick to quilt tops only from this day forward...
The Third Facebook Photo Contest was WHERE DO YOUR BOOTS TAKE YOU?
And the Winner (of Custom SLUGS and an I HEART AK necklace) is. . .
Here are some of the many photos entered by our wonderful fans!
See what fun we have on Facebook?!? :) Become a fan of ThoseAlaskanGirls and stay tuned for more photo contests and great prizes!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
You can hear water crashing over rocks and the tide rushing back into the ocean, when you take in his beachscapes and waterfalls. Every color in the crayon box seems to be present in his scenes, and reflected in his skies. It is as if he literally steals that magical second in time from his surroundings and transfers it on to paper. He successfully captures the spectacular, but also has the eye for emphasizing beauty that many are not as lucky to have noticed.