Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Inupiaq Chic

"Inupiaq Chic" is a great way to describe these beautiful items, don't ya think?

It's not very often I get to work with seal skin. 

Since we only take what we can consume. 

These items are made with beautiful quality, spotted seal skin.  Seal Skin has been a long used material in traditional Inuit clothing such as jackets, waterproof boots, mittens, hats, waterproof pants and hunting bags, etc... 

I love creating modern, functional items with this material every chance I get!  

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Beautiful Finds: An Autumn Color

Fall is in the air and these Autumn colors are worth 'falling' for!  

Be sure to click on the links below each photo to see more beautiful handmade items by these amazing artists and crafters.

Flower Pendant Flower Lace Necklace - Autumn Spice 

Orange Coffee Cup Cozy, Tea Mug Sleeve, Pumpkin Terracotta, Fall Autumn Leaf Wood

Fall Foliage Card 

Plantable Confetti Leaves,Fall or Autumn Wedding Favors or Table Decorations

Pumpkin Spice a Deep Orange Magnolia Hair Clip 

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Maktak Wristlet!

This eye-catching wristlet is made with the casual Eskimo gal in mind. It's fun and classy with an Eskimo twist! The trimmings are a miniature imitation of the pretty and modern Eskimo jackets made today. Each middy braid is folded and sewn in between each layer of bias tape creating the beautiful diamond-shaped designs.
It has a small slip pocket to fit your credit cards or folded cash. It’s great for holding your checkbook, cell phones, make-up, keys, cash, cards, etc… Exterior and Interior Fabrics: Organic Cotton Twill APRROXIMATE MEASUREMENTS: Zipper Opening – 7.25 inches Length – 8 inches Height – 5 inches CARE INSTRUCTIONS: Spot clean only.

Below is a brief process in pictures of how I create the maktak trimmings...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

A Long Summer

 (My grandfather in his younger years in Washington recovering from Tuberculosis.)

It's been a long Summer and a hard one at that.  I pretty much set everything aside to help my family care for our father/grandfather, Thomas.  He went to be with the Lord on August 25, 2010.  I called him "Dad."  Him and my grandmother ("Mom") raised me since I was very little.  They have instilled so much love and compassion in me and I am glad to share that with my own family.  

(My grandfather with his younger brother, Ira, who died from tuberculosis as a young boy.)

My grandfather was born near Flaxman Island, Alaska to the Saavgaq Family and moved to Barrow, Alaska with his adoptive parents, the Panningona's, when he was a small boy.  He began work since he was 12 years old to help support his parents and siblings.  He believed in hard work and was never lazy.  Although he was uneducated, he was skilled in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical and did not need to draw out a plan to build his cabins, garage, sleds, etc...  He knew basic math only to figure out how much his supplies would cost before his next project.  
(My grandmother, Dorothy, and my grandfather, Thomas, at my wedding reception.)

After his passing, I received emails and comments from other people in the community telling me how my grandfather was such a good man.  They told me how he used to help others in their time of need, how he was such a gentlemen, and how he was a hard worker with good morals.  My grandfather used to tell us stories of the past and I loved it when he would talk to us about how he met our grandmother.  He also told us that his father used to read the Bible to him every morning when he was a child.  I believe those words from the Bible burned into his heart and became reality when he showed his love for his wife, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  We were a close family before, but now, I believe we have become closer and stronger after his death.  My grandfather is an inspiration to us and now we are trying to follow his example in life.  
(My grandfather in his last days.  Laying next to him is my youngest child, Tucker.  They loved each other so much.  Baby Tucker used to run into his bedroom to give his Amau (great-grandfather) a hug and a kiss.  I am so grateful that they got to know each other.)

I can go on and on about my Dad (grandfather).  He is surely missed.  The memories with him live on in our hearts and I like to say, It's not "goodbye", it's "I'll see you later."         

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Doodle Pouches

I have been wanting to incorporate my artwork into my sewing for a while now.  I tried having my designs printed onto fabric and I tried some iron-ons as well.  but neither of them satisfied how I envisioned my product to be.  So I bought myself a set of Sharpie Pens from Sam's Club and began my process.  Here it is...
I started off with some sketches and drew over them with a black pen so that I can see the drawing through my Light Tracer.

Getting ready to trace my design onto the fabric.

Almost there...

Once I am finished tracing the design with a permanent ink pen it is ready to be sewn together for the finished product!

If you have any questions or suggestions please feel free to leave me a comment.  Thank you! 

Friday, January 29, 2010

Beautiful Finds: A Refreshing Color

Beautiful blues and greens mixed together catch my eye any day!  
These colors are soothing, relaxing and refreshing.   
To purchase these beautiful handmade items click on the links below.  
Laptop Sleeve by Mareri

Mosaic Vase by Sigmosaics

Peruvian Thread Earrings by jaijohnson

Labradorite Earrings by onegarnetgirl

Monday, January 4, 2010

Knitting? Yeah, Knitting!

A few years ago I tried to take up the knitting craft but never finished any projects since I was so impatient in reading more of the instructions.  A couple of months ago, while on a short family trip with my family, I decided to try it again.  This time I was determined.  I bought myself a few different sizes of needles (the pretty bamboo kind) and some beautiful, chunky yarn.  I played around a little with some different types of patterns and found one that I liked.
I never thought I would say that knitting was actually fun and relaxing and you get a pretty product out of it too!   
I have chosen my five favorite colors in this beautiful yarn.
(black, fisherman, lemongrass, cranberry, and pumpkin)

So chunky, so warm, pretty texture, and most of all, so comfy.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Summer Lovin'

Since living up in the Arctic can get pretty dark and cold during the winter I have to look back at our summer pictures to warm up a little and let some sunshine in.  Here are just a few of the fun summer activities that I am looking forward to this year:

Going to the beach with my children...

Fun bonfires with my family...
(That crazy guy you see standing on the bonfire is my brother and the surprised kid in the corner is my silly cousin whom we love having around, I think we're going to steal him someday)

Picking pretty flowers...

Being surprised by foxes...

... and making our community dumpsters look pretty.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

An Awesome Book!

The Boss of You -  that's right!  Everything A Woman Needs to Know to Start, Run, and Maintain Her Own Business.  This book is so inspiring and encouraging.  It caught my eye in an instant and I had to buy it!  It gave me a new perspective on how I should run my business.  This isn't like those boring, overwhelming business plans that you dread completing.  I was actually excited about answering all the business planning questions because it dives deep into the characteristics of your business.  One subject that I really like is defining your business 'personality'.  Right from the get-go in Chapter 1 I was already beginning my business plan with enthusiasm and confidence.  
If you're interested in starting your own business this book is the one to get!  It has plenty of encouragement, energy, real-life business scenarios, and information to help you succeed in starting the business you have always wanted.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

New Year's Resolution - Starting fresh in all areas of my life. Spiritual well-being, family, health, business, a new blog and the list goes on... I have had so many set backs, twists and turns last year as well as some inspiring changes that gave me and my husband a new perspective on all areas of our lives.

My husband and I are setting some "realistic" goals this year rather than some huge goals that we end up giving up on or being disappointed because things didn't happen last year like we wanted them to. We have learned to take "baby steps" and grow fully in the things that we plan on accomplishing. That doesn't only include our businesses and finances, but for our family as well. We're planning on taking more family trips this year and also create more time to relax and enjoy the freshness of camping, fishing, the great outdoors, etc... Rather than spending just a weekend out at camp we want to extend our stays for weeks at a time. How awesome that will be!

Seek first the Kingdom of God and all things will be added unto you. Jesus makes all things new! "Good bye" 2009 and "Hello" 2010! I am so excited for the things to come!