Thursday, July 12, 2012


Well summer is half over now. I know so many of you have been baking in the hot sun this summer and are probably ready for some cooler weather, but up here in Alaska we are always sad that summer moves along so fast. Our rainy season will be starting soon and then we just go back into winter. Oh my…what a terrible thought!

How has everyone’s summer been going? I am still doing two local markets a week. Only three more weeks for one of the shows and then I will be down to only one, which although they have been really good it will be nice not to be so hurried all the time. Yesterday’s market was pretty disastrous though. The wind was blowing like crazy and tents were getting blown all over the place! We were all holding onto our tents and merchandise to keep it from blowing away and after about 5 tents were blown away down the parking lot it was time for me to go! I did tear one of my panels, but I think I can fix it. WOW….what an experience.

Speaking of summers……along with summers comes our old friends….the flies. I thought this article might be of some help to all of you. Of course I do not get many flies, but I have mosquitoes the size of bombers! The shoo fly screen started in Colonial times when women used shoo fly screens to keep those pesky flies off their foods. Today, shoo fly screens are becoming increasingly popular and look good in the primitive/colonial decorated homes. Here is an easy way to make your own shoo fly screen:

1.      Look for a strainer with the removable handle and wire. It will pop right off all in one piece. It is okay if the strainer is dented or rusty. It will add to its character.
2.      Purchase a wooden knob at a craft store. Make sure you buy a knob that has a pre-drilled hole. It should also include a screw for attaching.

3.      Paint the wood knob in a color of your choice. After the paint is dry, sand the edges to distress it and then apply a coat of dark walnut stain, wipe off and let dry.

4.      Last, attach the wooden knob to the top of the strainer using a screwdriver.
                                                                 Reprinted by permission from The Country Register of Minnesota

Sounds pretty easy to me which is really nice…..the easier the better. J

So that is all for this week. I hope everyone is having a great summer even though as I look out my window here it is raining again. Oh well….such is life. As they say up here…….if you can’t do it in the rain you can’t do it in Alaska. J Take care and have a great week! Make sure you check out the new recipe.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Whew……finally have a few minutes to catch up with my posting. I have been so busy with doing the 2 markets a week that my poor blog has taken a back seat. Those 2 shows have really kicked my tail. I never imagined it would be so much work to keep up with it. We have been selling really well, which is a good thing, but then we have to go into panic mode to make more products and only 2 days to do it. Luckily the Wednesday market only has 4 more days and then I will be down to just the one on Saturday’s.

My husband’s cutting boards have done really well and my embroidered denim shirts and potholders are selling well also. I have been making so many potholders that I see them in my dreams.
One bad thing tho…..I ordered a shipment of denim shirts 10 days ago and they usually come in about a week. Well they haven’t shown up so I called and of course when I am down to very few shirts left the supplier tells me that they are back logged on shipping so it will be another 10-14 days!!! Sure… of my best selling items and I am almost out! Oh well such is life.

So have you guys been busy so far this summer?

I hope to get back on track with my postings and keeping in contact with all of you. I am posting a new recipe. Sounds like a good for summer.

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