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.