Showing posts from November, 2008

High Cost of Shipping

When ordering anything on-line, I have learned to go straight to the shipping info first.
It saves a lot of time. And frustration.

I used to look around on the sites, maybe put something into my shopping cart, then go to check out, just to find out they ship to the contiguous 48 states only, or that they want to charge completely outrageous shipping charges.

Now..... I am not a huge on-line shopper. I am a firm believer in Buy Alaska and I am a permit holder in the Made in Alaska program.

That being said, being in Alaska, there are a few things I need that I can't come by here.

A good example is that I buy Premo! in the 1 pound block. I haven't found it anywhere here, so I order it from Polymer Clay Express.

You might think that it costs me a fortune to have several pounds of clay shipped to Alaska. But I order from this company for several reasons: their prices are good, they are always very prompt in shipping, they take the time to write little thank you comments on every singl…

Bear, Bells and a Dirty Little Secret

I am usually a neat person, and I like it when things are organized. I think everything should have a home. I actually have been known to become very annoyed when I'm looking for something and it has been carelessly moved from it's home. That being said.... when I find myself in a creative mood, I always seem to get 20 or 30 new ideas at the same time and, of course, I try to do all 20 or 30 projects at the same time.

Then this happens.
My husband has the good sense (bless his heart) NOT to mention the condition of my work table.

A friend asked me to make something for an 8 year old girl. She had recently found a very dear, old school friend (via the internet) and this friend has an 8 yr old daughter. My friend wanted to send her something from Alaska (which, by the way, is where I live). She said that she wanted to send one of my Moose Pins

but she wanted to send her something else also. Something cute but Alaska-ish.
I told her I would come up with something.
Well, I thought and…

Have you met the Kids?

Say HI to Lily.
She is 8 years old. Lily recently lost some unwanted weight(thanks to a fabulous diet suggested by the vet). She now seems to think we need to be herded. (She tries to push us where she wants us to go.... outside, the cookie cupboard, etc. and she does this with her head.) Nudge, nudge. She also seems to think that paper products, such as kleenex, toilet paper and sometimes paper towels, are one of the major food groups. Her regression to puppyhood is a joy.

This friendly looking guy is Scooby Doo.
He was born in my dining room. Lily's his momma. He is 6 years old and from this photo, you would never guess that he is frightened of just about everything. Sun light reflecting off of a watch face will send him scurrying from the room to hide in his kenel. He doesn't much care for strangers, but he has gotten friendlier with people he recognizes.

The real Scooby Doo thinks he is a 60lb. lap dog and would lick your face right off of your head if you sat still long enoug…

My New Kitchen

When we moved into this house it had white walls in the kitchen, I got tired of the white walls and white cabinets, so I did this.
Now, for years I have wanted a kitchen island. We have a large kitchen and almost no counter space. We got our cabinet at Lowes. It was an unclaimed special order, so it was really cheap. There was only one problem...... I wanted a RED island and that would certainly clash with my "artsy" walls. So I informed my horrified husband that the walls were going to have to be painted to match the new island.
My husband didn't have an issue with painting the walls (I do all the painting around here). He just couldn't quite wrap his brain around a "Red Kitchen".

He picked out the tile for the top of the island. He thought that having dark tile might tone down the red. I don't know if it tones it down or brings it out more but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! We went with 12" marble tile. We decided that 24"x36" was too small for th…