Sunday, October 31, 2010
Saturday, October 30, 2010
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.
Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
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
Monday, October 25, 2010
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
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!
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!
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
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:
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
I finally (kind of) got to check out Dos Manos! The shop was closed, as I only had limited hours on a Sunday. Nevertheless, I was happy to have been staying within walking distance! Why was I so excited to check out this fabulous shop/gallery? The shop owners Kara and Steph found our ThoseAlaskanGirls etsy shop shortly after we opened. They carry our SLUGS and Copper Earrings! Currently Dos Manos is the only wholesale request (Flashback to their first order) we have said yes to, and I was sooooo looking forward to meeting them and checking out all of the wonderful local Anchorage talent! Definitely next time!
Peeking through the window, I was very excited and proud that our items are included in the such a fun and funky shop!
So if you are in the Anchorage area, check out Dos Manos at:
1317 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Suite #3, Anchorage, Alaska 99503
OPEN TUESDAY ~ SATURDAY, 11 ~ 6
"Dos Manos is a small gallery in midtown Anchorage. Our offerings are mostly local, mostly handmade, and always funky!"
If not, you can still become a fan on Facebook, and browse some of the items they carry! They are really close to having 1,000 fans, so let's help them get there!