Saturday, June 25, 2011

Driftwood and Glass Floats ~ DIY Home Decor Idea

Updated with glass floats from Glory Bee! :)
We collected this driftwood in Hawaii a few years ago.. They were easy to drill to string on twine for a little decoration! 

Sunday, June 12, 2011

The Rhubarb Count has Increased!

Second harvest of the rhubarb patch yielded 4.75 pints (chopped) to add to the 1.75 pints from the first harvest, for an updated total of 6.5 pints!! We are loving being able to pull this fresh from our garden!

Here is the recipe I have been using for rhubarb squares!

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine

1 cup sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups finely chopped (fresh or frozen)

In a bowl, combine the flour and confectioners sugar. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Press mixture into the bottom of a greased 11-in. x 7-in. x 2-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 minutes.

For filling, combine the first four ingredients in a bowl. Stir in rhubarb; pour over warm crust. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35-40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack. Store in the refrigerator.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Boat of the Day !!

BEE happy! :)

(I am very much looking forward to sharing our favorite boats with you again this summer!)

Remember last summer "Boats of the Da," Part 1 and Part 2?? Stay tuned for more!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

You have to meet Christy Karow !!

Christie Karow, who I first met as volleyballgirl, and is now also known as natureofart, is one cool, talented, and fun AKGirl! While I was in Wrangell checking out the petroglyphs, I was reminded of her awesome earrings (made from rocks found on the Alaskan coastline), and decided I had to share some of her talent with you! Well, small town as Ketchikan is, I ran into her shortly after, at Bugges Beach, and she agreed!

***Before I knew Christie, I purchased one of her pouches, (this one) and love it! I used to use it to stash my jewelry tools while on the go, and now it holds money/checks in my purse. She uses awesome corduroy fabrics in great colors. She has a great selection in her volleyballgirl shop.

So here are a few words from Christie... ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

"Hello there! My name is Christie Karow and I am from Ketchikan, Alaska, by way of North Carolina and Wisconsin. I come from a large family of six, which taught me from an early age to find something to set myself apart from everyone.

I am drawn to rocks and the fact that there is so much history in them. My love for rocks began as a child. I remember my sisters and I would search for the perfect piece for skipping rocks. We grew up with a creek in our backyard and collected various rocks. We would paint them and try to sell them for 10 cents a piece. Business wasn't that good but we had a lot of fun!

Our family was big on taking camping trips. I was awed by the majestic mountains and amazed by the abundant stones at the ocean. I went to college at Appalachian State University, so I am a mountain girl at heart, but of course I will take a day at the beach anytime. I think that is why I fell in love with Ketchikan. I have the best of both worlds here. The ocean is always less than a mile away and the mountains are too. Ketchikan rocks are easy to give notice too. We are surrounded by several different fault lines here, which means the rocks change from beach to beach and island to island. We have greenstone, shale, granite, quartz, and so we have it all here and I love it!

Apart from creating things, I love to play volleyball. I have been playing since the sixth grade and I hope to never stop. Another great love I have is traveling! I have traveled all over the U.S. Some of my favorite travel adventures have been Borrow, Alaska, China, London, England and hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, and yes I do collect rocks from everywhere I go!

The process involved in the creation of my earrings makes for such a rough life. I get to go fishing for wild Alaska Salmon and then do all the filleting myself. Processing the salmon vertebrae takes time. I have to bleach them for several days. I enjoy doing everything from start to finish (and by finish I mean cooking and eating the salmon!!) As for my rock earrings and incense burners, I spend hours at the beach sifting through rocks. I try to go at low tide because those are the hidden treasures and the rocks tend to be much smoother. I like to call myself a rock hound, because once I get to the beach and start searching for rocks, I just don't want to leave. Luckily our tide changes every six hours here, so often the tide coming in and forces me to leave and take a break from searching for that one humble stone that is lying there waiting to inspire me.

I drill each rock myself. Last year while I was drilling one of my rocks, the drill bit broke and punctured my thumb. I was lucky that it didn't do any major damage, but I certainly had to cut out drinking a glass of red wine while drilling holes for my earrings!

As far as the future goes, I have always hoped to win the lottery, so I can afford to have my own studio and be able to travel the world!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Make sure you check out Christie's two shops online, volleyballgirl and natureofart. You can also find her on Facebook. Also, I wanted to add that Etsy is a family affair for Christie's family. You can check out the shops run by her two sisters and mom! What a talented and creative family!

The AK Mama Moon Necklace... Mother's Day Crafting

One of these days I hope to get around to sharing some of the jewelry orders I have been working on... For now, this is the only picture handy! The AK Mama Moon Necklace is the most popular necklace ordered by locals in Ketchikan, with the close second favorite being the sunset necklace.

(Who else crafts on their dining room table? :) )

Domed, smooth Sterling Silver, lower case comic font... The AK Mama Moon Necklace can be personalized with anything from a heart, star, clover, etc.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Who is the Family Photographer in Your Family?

I was recently looking through family photo albums, and realized that we hardly have any pictures of me and the boys together, as I am always the one taking the photos. I was on a mission to get ONE nice photo of the three of us, so they could look back at our albums later and remember they did have a mom too! :) Well, amazingly we got three good ones! Those of you with little ones know how this can seem impossible at times, so I am super excited about these. The boys even came through with nice smiles and all. (Except for Chase sticking his tongue out in the first one, but who would I be kidding to pretend that wasn't normal!) :)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Welcome Home

On my way home from Wrangell, I was waiting to catch the ferry back over and heard a splashing noise...

Monday, May 9, 2011

Harvesting Grandma Zink's Rhubarb

So there was a huge gnarled rectangle of dirt and mud in a prominent place in the yard, that we all thought must be a compost pile. The placement did seem odd, but I didn't think too much of it. Well, on Easter we had friends over for an egg hunt, and discovered the "compost" pile was actually rhubarb! On Sunday I couldn't wait any longer, and so I decided to harvest one stalk from each plant. I got enough for a batch of my favorite dessert, hands down... RHUBARB SQUARES.

Cannot wait for many more harvests this season!


And the countdown begins now... how many pints of chopped rhubarb can I harvest this season??

So far, 1.75 pints.

Cruise Ship Season Begins in Ketchikan

Tada !!!

The cruise ships are back!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Carve Your Love Into A Tree for Valentine's Day, and Raise Money for Min's Upcoming Heart Surgery

What better way to show your love than to carve it into a tree!

I wanted to create a Valentine's Heart themed necklace in a woodsy girl style, rather than the more traditional heart shaped necklace. I hammered a wood grain pattern into the copper, and added the oh so cute "i HEART u."

NOW, what really makes this necklace special... It is actually a fundraiser necklace. From now until Valentine's Day, all profits from sales of this design will go to the Mattson family, who are adopting four year old Min from China, and bringing her home to Ketchikan.

You can follow their experiences at Long story short, Min not only needs a family...she also needs to have open heart surgery as soon as possible. The Mattsons are trying to expedite the process so she can have the best chance at a healthy life. I really admire their choice to help Min and welcome her into their family. I also thought it was beyond appropriate to dedicate this heart themed necklace to her.

So, if you purchase or wear this necklace, know that you also had a hand in helping Min to have a healthy life with her new family!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Did you know... Santa's Reindeer live in Ketchikan, Alaska?


What are your favorite traditions and outings during the holiday season?


My scarf? It was made by Lauren, from Lolly's Yarn Basket

One of my very favorite scarves was knit with a gorgeous dark purple yarn by my friend Lauren. She has very recently opened up a shop on Etsy, called Lolly's Yarn Basket. Her craftsmanship is impressive and she is committed to using only the highest quality yarns in her work. Her handmade creations are wonderfully soft and exceptionally warm.

I also have to mention that Lauren is a very fun AK GIRL crafter of many talents. Lauren is also a major multi tasker when it comes to crafting, and I don't just mean having lots of projects in various stages of completion. She has actually been known to knit while overseeing her machine embroidering.

I suggest you keep her shop on your watch list... :)


Welcome to Etsy Lauren... We are excited to watch your shop grow!