Sunday, April 15, 2012

XtraTuf, An Alaskan Way of Life... Everyone Needs This Book for Their Cofffee Table!!

This book by Larry Johansen made me smile when I first flipped through it in a coffee shop in Petersburg last year. When the Wrangell museum was having a book sale, I decided to pick up a copy.

The pictures prove that xtratufs make it into weddings, the work place, a variety of outdoor adventures, parades, proms, Wearable Arts Shows, calendars, races, paintings, photography, cakes, beer labels, movies, accessories, and children's drawings. We Alaskans really do love our xtratufs! :)

It is neat to see how everyone works the same brown and cream boot into their unique style. If you are looking for a fun coffee table book, or a gift for an alaskan, this might be just what you are looking for! If you haven't seen it yet, definitely check it out... You might even recognize someone!

Rhubarb Bread Recipe ~ Gotta Try It

We pulled the remaining rhubarb from last season's harvest out of the freezer and made some bread this morning. It turned out great, so figured I would share the recipe. :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Painting Peacocks for our Little Blue House

The boys refer to our house as "The Blue House," and begged me to make a sign that said just that. I decided to work the endearment into a little piece of art for outside. Acrylic on an old piece of wood, and many layers of polyurethane to finish it off... I love how it came out.
And no, our last name is not Blue... :)

Monday, April 9, 2012


The sun continues to shine in Ketchikan! Jackson helped me move all of the plants into the living room to soak in some rays.

Raphael and Leonardo got some needed time to bask in the sun, and the shamrock plant bloomed with little white flowers!

Today was lovely.

Tuesday Night Radio Show ~ Listen In!!

Eclectic LadyLand (and Ben)

Tuesday Nights, 7pm-9pm, AK Time
So we were just realizing that we have been doing our Tuesday Night Radio Show for over a year now! If anyone is interested in listening to our show on KRBD, Ketchikan's Public Radio Station, you can stream on
We also have a facebook page that you can check out. Marty runs the page and occasionally posts the play list, and links to groups we like. Look up Eclectic LadyLand(and Ben)
There are apps available to record too! I got the "TuneIn" Radio App on my phone so I could record the shows to play back later.
The music is very eclectic. Ben and Marty spend a lot of time gathering tunes and other friends contribute from time to time. I occasionally bring songs, though I am mainly there to hear all the great songs they bring... They really just keep me around for my superior penmanship and a few laughs. :)
Anyways, listen. Call in. We give shoutouts!

Weekend Adventure in Wrangell, Alaska

Petro = Rock ~ Glyph = Carving

Here are a few shots from the amazing and mysterious Petroglyph Beach in Wrangell. Many symbols suggest Tlingit ties, though it is not known for sure who carved these designs. The oldest dated settlements in this area were about 10,000 years ago, and two other significant times of settlement were 5,000 and 3,000 years ago. These petroglyphs could have been carved during these times, or more recent times. The fact that they are located below the tide prevents scientists from being able to determine their exact age.

Most believe the early ancestors of today's Tlingit carved these petroglyphs.

I missed the killer whale last time I was here. This time, the woman who lives in the house on the beach graciously called me over to show me what was in their yard! Absolutely incredible!

She also pointed out the owl nearby, that I had also never seen before.

Depending on the light, the images can catch your attention differently.

It is fascinating to me that we will never know what purpose these carvings served. Your guess is as good as anyone's. I couldn't see any rhyme or reason to the locations, and some are much more worn than others which could mean they are older.

I tried to take some of the photos so that they would be like hidden pictures for the boys... Can you find the Petroglyph?! :)

This was a gorgeous evening in Wrangell, surrounded by such beautiful history.

They say there are about 40 or so petroglyphs on this beach, however new ones do turn up. Some are very faint from hundreds of years of tides washing over them... So really, there is no way to know for sure how many! I took pictures of 18 of them this trip, and will have to go compare with the pictures I took last year. I will post more pictures later...

Thrift store Scores ~ Retro Glassware turned Candleholders and more...

Random Thrift Store Scores...


Those who know me very well know I am a little obsessed with old containers... This adorable coffee container is perfect for our shamrocks, don't you think? :)

Another great container turned plant holder!

I was so excited to find this old Learn to Draw book at the thrift store, as I think I may have had the exact one when I was younger! I have so many memories of working through drawing books my mom would get for me, so this really brings me back. Love the way it looks framed.

I found these green glass goblets in a thrift store in Seattle, and the blue glasses in Ketchikan. They quickly became my new favorite candle holders! I am loving how the light reflects through the jewel tone colored glass!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Herbs are taking over our Home!

I've decided that while flattening spoons is not my favorite thing to do, the end result of these plant markers is worth it! (Inspiration for these came from Etsy of course.)

The boys and I have high hopes for our herb garden this year! We discovered we had a grow lamp in our kitchen from the previous owner and got a bunch of seeds planted. Currently we have Basil, Sage, Oregano, Tarragon, Lavender, Thyme, Chives, Dill, Parsley & Cilantro. Now I just need to collect more old spoons to make enough plant markers!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Seasonal Doorstop

I was going through some of last summer's photos and realized I posted this to facebook but not to the blog...
Who else decorates with XtraTufs?? :)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Vintage Garden Boys Portrait

~Happiness is a house full of books, and a garden full of flowers~

We are very excited about the first signs of spring around here! The boys found the first purple crocus a couple weeks ago, and now we can't wait for our garden to really start coming alive.