Category Archives: Alaska

Holiday Gift Guide *Etsy*

When it comes to giving a gift why not give something handmade.  When someone is taking their energy to create a handcrafted good, I call it Art.  There is nothing I find more beautiful than when I know someone handmade a great gift.

white birch bark journal or guest book handmade - wood book -  rustic  woodland winter wedding gift - grey gray blue  - ready to ship

Birch bark Journal by Three Trees Bindry

Leather Candle Wrap with Layered Wooden Crosses Encrusted in Swarovski Crystals

Layered Wooden Cross Candle Corset by Fine and Funky Designs

Linen napkin set of 8 for Christmas day gift finds - gray white green or red natural linen fabric 18x18

Linen Napkins by Pillow Link

Drops Gold Necklace- Leather Necklace- Statement Necklace- Pearls Pendant- Fashion Jewelry- Hand made Jewelry- FREE SHIPPING

Gold, Pearls & Leather Necklace by LiatGiladJewellery

Gold Zag Tray

Gold Zag Try by Up in the Air Somewhere

Original Watercolor Painting- Birch Tree Painting "Skeleton Birches"
Original Watercolor painting by Pine Tree Art
Organic Hand knit Wool Blanket by Good Bye 1979
Bear Country Yarn Bowl
Ceramic Bowl by Inaeent
Crystal Cascade stained glass panel window
Crystal Stained Glass Panel by Barbara Stained Glass
OMBRE DUCK EGG blue antler geometric contemporary modern chevron arrow painted decorative stripe bone taxidermy decor art piece
Ombre painted antler by Zoo K Shop
18x18 Wolf Brown Black Faux Fur Decorative Pillow Set 2pcs.
Faux Wolf fur Pillows (set 2)  by Salvani

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My mom

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DSC_0006She couldn’t be more beautiful.  I remember her as being such a hard worker, especially when she raised me by herself.  She always worked and was a loyal employee.  I remember there being times when she was so tired, but I just had to see my friend, who happened to live across town and she usually ended up driving me.  Whenever I had a new interest, she’d let me embrace it and pay for my lessons.  Being me, I would agonize over what to buy at the department store…she gave me a budget and I would take my time picking out and trying on everything.  I had the coolest room and when I was a teenager, I just had to have my own telephone line.  My mom would cook, clean, and do my laundry even after I was old enough to do it myself.  When I was older and had a step dad we’d go skiing every weekend in the winter and camping in the summer.  Now that I have children, organizing skiing every weekend is no small task and have yet to camp with them.

My mom knows how to celebrate life as well.  She has always been here for the births of my two boys, my husband’s 50th birthday, my 40th, every Christmas since my boys were born and even their birthday’s.  She never fails to be a call away to hear about us and the boy’s achievements.

I admire my mom for so many reasons and my boys adore their grandma.  Thank you mom and Happy Mother’s Day!  We love you.

Oh Baby It’s Cold

I know what cold winter weather feels like, being born and raised in Alaska I know how to dress for the Cold!  We Alaskans know how to stay warm, mostly by wearing fur, down and wool.  Growing up I spent a lot of time outdoors even if it was cold.  As and adult I still crave being outdoors, but now staying warm must be functional and fashionable!  Here are some Alaskan inspired parkas.

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Growing up in Alaska spending time play in the snow while parents ice fish.

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A bit older, maybe 5 but this time I have on my homemade Alaskan fur parka to keep warm.

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Wearing my aunts full length parka, wishing I had my very own.  Beautiful!

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My son John, wearing a down snowsuit and me in my northface coat and fur headband while hiking.

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A good friend wearing her cousin’s Athabascan Alaskan parka.

If you are in need of a good looking parka, fur, wool, faux fur or down parka, here are a few of my favorites!

INUIT Eskimo Fur Hood WOOL PARKA  Large
Inuit Eskimo Fur & Wool Parka, Housewife Vintage $169
Mackage Trish Parka
Down & Fur Parka, Mackage $790
on hold Native Inuit WOOL ANORAK PARKA Fur Hood s-m
Inuit Wool Anorak Parka, Housewife Vintage $275
Rachel Zoe Betty Coat with Fur
Betty Coat with Faux Fur, Rachel Zoe $550