The summer winds have come and gone……………. and so has the Alaskan fireweed. As you know, I LOVE fireweed (see “Alaskan Fireweed” Post)! You probably already know that just from looking at my blog banner. I was gone a lot this summer and missed much of the brilliant magenta colors, so I’ve decided I’m going to plant fireweed seeds in our front yard and maybe I’ll have a “fireweed garden” next summer. I’m going to try!
It’s September now and this is what the fireweed looks like. I love the fluffy stuff too! Maybe I can catch some and keep it through the winter so I can dream of when the next fireweed blooms?
Hope everyone had a GREAT SUMMER!
Bring a piece of “Alaska” indoors!
As you know I’ve been crocheting glass covers this summer and I got to thinking about picnics and my daughter’s outdoor wedding coming up. How do you keep the paper napkins from blowing away? So……….I’ve been having fun crocheting rocks that I’ve found on the beaches in Alaska! I soak them, scrub them, and then crochet the rock using 100% cotton thread and sign them. They are natural Alaskan rocks! A long time ago I crocheted two rocks for bookends to use in my store (for my Laurel Burch journals) and they are just as pretty now as then. But this time I’m getting more creative and adding beads, buttons, ribbon, crocheted flowers, and more and having an absolute blast doing it!
One of my collections of Alaskan Crocheted Rocks
Jake and I go to the Alaskan beaches and hand-pick each beautiful naturally flat and smooth rock, which we lug home. We have a favorite beach but you have to go down and back up a very, very steep cliff to get back to the car. Of course it is so much easier to do in the fall when it’s cooler outside. Put them in the back of the car and they help with traction in the Alaskan winters! My husband is such a good sport! At first he thought I was crazy, but now he actually thinks it’s really cool and he even uses them at work!
I make my Alaskan Crocheted Rocks to use as napkin and paper weights, book ends, door stops, decorative and conversational pieces like in bowls and windowsills. Great for picnics and barbeques! Or decorate your garden!
And they make perfect unique little gifts! This is the crocheted rock I gave to my dear friend, Rene.
Hi! For those of you who don’t know, last Christmas I received the BEST gift ever!! Shaunna and Matt bought me a ticket to fly to Colorado for a week to spend time with Joseph. He was about 9 months old. I had the best time ever, soaking up all the “Joseph time” I could get. It was so awesome to hang out with my daughter and her baby (yes, my first grandchild!). It was a strange but a wonderful feeling, something you cannot put into words. They are such good parents. I will treasure every memory forever! I sure miss them!
I was able to meet up with my first stuffie I had made and a bunch of others I had given to Joseph, Shaunna, and Matt. I took photos because I didn’t have one of my first stuffie. I made it before Joseph was born, not knowing if they were going to have a boy or a girl. There are also a lot of “Steelers” stuffies in their home because Matt is a big fan and Joseph I know will be a fan too (Go Seahawks!). Anyway, that purple stuffie was the start of it all and it was so cool to see Joseph loving it!
My First Stuffie
Joseph organizing his stuffies
“Stuffie”=a soft, cuddly, crazy, cute, stuffed creature that makes you laugh and smile (straight from my dictionary!) Some have pockets for treasures, some have crocheted beanie caps, but all have hearts!
Hi! For those who haven’t met “Ivars”, here is a photo of him. He has long arms you can tie in front that lay on his tummy. He looks just like I do when I watch football with Jake.
Jake's Alaskan Stuffie
Jake posted some photos of my Alaskan Stuffies on facebook and WOW they just took off! A very cool store called the Artic Rose Gallery, Anchorage, Alaska, saw the photos and bought 10 stuffies! Awesome!! They were having a “First Friday” that week and I got them there just in time. Here is a photo of some of them.
Alaskan Stuffies at Artic Rose Gallery
And then our dear friend, Rene, who we saw on New Years Eve, bought 12 Alaskan Stuffies for her store, Blaines Art Supply, Anchorage, Alaska! What a surprise! But I didn’t have any left and I was leaving for 1-1/2 weeks to visit Joseph! So being the sweet person that she is, she said no worries I could make them when I got back. So needless to say when I got back from my trip I had to make 12 in one week! I worked literally day and night!! Blaine’s was having a “Last Friday” of the month and I got them there in the nick of time. I stayed for the party and had so much fun watching people smile and laugh at my stuffies. Such silly little critters that bring so much joy!!
Alaskan Stuffies at Blaines Art Supply
Yes, I look pretty tired!!
“First Fridays” and “Last Fridays” in Anchorage are the first or last fridays of every month when the shops & gallerys open their doors that evening and display featured art and artists. People hop from place to place and check out the art and feast on wonderful food! It is very fun! Jake has been featured numerous times and his paintings will be featured again at Stephan’s Fine Art Gallery, the first friday of April 2011.
Hi! It’s been a long time since the last! I have been busy crocheting, as I had two big Holiday Shows in November. I made lots of matching scarflette & hat sets and big Christmas stockings! And I made a whole lot of locker hooking books too! I did real well this year at the shows!
I’ve been making Alaskan Stuffies, which are soft, cute, colorful, crazy stuffed creatures. They make you smile and laugh and are fun having around! They are about the size of a small pillow. Alaskan Stuffies have a pocket for wishes and treasures and they all have a heart. And each one has a “Made In Alaska” tag I sew on their little bottoms, so you know for sure they are handmade in Alaska, by an Alaskan! You have to qualify for a permit in order to use the tags.
It all started when my daughter asked me to make a stuffie for Joseph, my new grandbaby, and they just kept coming! That was even before he was born and I had no idea what she was talking about! I make each one freehand and they are machine washable and safe for all ages! Adults love them too and some collect them. A friend bought a pretty stuffie as she enjoys painting dolls, along with lots of other cool subjects. I can’t wait to see her painting! I made several for Joseph for Christmas gifts and got them off on time (which is hard for me!). Jake loves them too and for Christmas he asked for his own Seahawks stuffie and so “Ivars” was born……that’s what he named him, after Ivars Seafood in Seattle (absolutely the best!). He wanted one so he can yell at it (with it?) during the games! Jake has already scared the dog away but now he won’t be alone!