Wednesday, June 30, 2010

What a SURPRISE!!!

Well - We have left Barrow and went to OREGON!!! What a surprise - I found out on Late Monday afternoon and we left Tuesday Morning - My mother in law took these pictures just a few days before we arrived - I am so so blessed to see some sunshine, trees, family and grass.. You would not believe how much fun it is to wake up and smell the trees.. My mother in law mowed her lawn today and wow I stood out there for a couple of hours just smelling. We are having a blast so far - we will see how this journey plays out.. Thanks for checking us out. Take care and we will post soon..

Friday, June 25, 2010

Another Great Color Challenge

Love this color palette... Give it a shot...

Her website is really neat - check it out...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Color Challenge

The Color Challenge for today is: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Pacific Point. The pattern comes from Vera Bradley Java Blue Collection.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

We have a Special Feature

Touch Alaska creates our local community and tourists with a walking map of Barrow Alaska. We have had the privilege of being featured on their website for The Fur Shop - a local company that I work at. Check it out...

Friday, June 18, 2010

Some of my Trims

Here are a couple of trims I did for Eskimo jackets that the ladies wear here in the Arctic - I have made quite a few and hope to make some more in the near future.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Fellow Crafter

Ok - so some recognition needs to happen.. My friend Joni Edwardson made these for me... I so enjoy the wonderful artwork and inspiration that she gives - please check out her blog

and click on her Etsy store to see more wonderful things that she has made.. Enjoy...

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Are we going to be FAMOUS???

Drew Barrymore film will be shot in Alaska
WHALES: Film is based on real event that took place near Barrow.

Published: June 12th, 2010 10:24 PM
Last Modified: June 12th, 2010 10:25 PM

How's this for a plot twist? The next major movie about Alaska is actually being filmed here.
A production company plans to begin shooting "Everybody Loves Whales," a $30 million movie starring Drew Barrymore, this September in Alaska, the executive producer said Friday.
The film is based on the 1988 attempt to rescue three gray whales trapped by sea ice near Barrow, though the majority of filming will take place in Anchorage. Barrymore plays a Greenpeace worker while John Krasinski -- Jim from NBC's "The Office" -- portrays a small-town news reporter covering the story.
The filmmakers are looking for Alaskans to play dozens of roles with casting to begin right away, executive producer Stuart Besser said in a phone interview.
"There's at least 1,000 extras, and there are probably about 30 to 40 speaking roles that we would attempt to get in Anchorage," said Besser, who recently served as executive producer on "The Losers" and "3:10 to Yuma."
The tale of California gray whales stranded above the Arctic Circle swung an international spotlight on Barrow, where a Soviet icebreaker eventually carved an escape route for two of the animals. A third had earlier disappeared and apparently died.
It was Roy Ahmaogak, now 50, who first spotted the whales bobbing in open patches in the ice one September day on his snowmachine. At the time he had been looking for a place to launch an aluminum boat to hunt fall bowheads.
(In Barrow, everybody loves whales for dinner.)
Ahmaogak said Friday the rescue effort brought people together -- the Russians and the U.S., the state and the feds, military and oil companies.
But he unplugged his phone during all the hubbub more than 20 years ago and isn't sure if he'd want to appear in the flick. Being an adviser might be alright.
"It'd be interesting to see how Hollywood works," he said.
Carolyn Robinson, executive producer for the Anchorage-based production services company SprocketHeads, said you'll soon see evidence of the project across the city.
"Anchorage, if you leave your house, you will see signs that this is going on," Robinson said. "Whether it's the actors walking down the street or the set up at a certain location, shooting outside."
Hollywood regularly makes movies about Alaska. There was the one about the Barrow vampires. The alien abductions in Nome. Al Pacino in the phony Nightmute of "Insomnia." But few major films shoot more than the scenery here.
That's changing, and not just with "Everybody Loves Whales," Robinson said. "There's two (additional) major features that I think will come here and one movie of the week."
Besser said the state's tax incentive program -- which allows movie-makers to recoup more than 30 percent of their spending in Alaska through transferable tax credits -- made it feasible to film here.
Movies that employ Alaskans, shoot in rural parts of the state and are filmed in winter are eligible for bigger tax breaks, said Alaska Film Office manager David Worrell.
The Barrow whale movie has been something of an open secret in Alaska for weeks. A movie industry trade site,, announced in April that the project was in the works. SprocketHeads has been calling for workers, upscale housing and gift-bag goodies for the cast and crew on Facebook and Twitter.
A company working on the film signed a deal to lease 12,000 square feet of office space in the Daily News building off of Bragaw Street until Dec. 14, said publisher Pat Doyle.
Besser, the executive producer, said the story will be based on real events, with the writers and director taking "literary license." He characterized it as an inspirational, family- oriented movie.
"It's not a documentary," he said.
Ken Kwapis ("The Office," "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants") is directing, Besser said.
The movie is expected to take about 10 weeks to film. Shooting in Barrow will likely be limited to one or two weeks, the producer said, because the North Slope city doesn't have the hotels, housing and businesses to accommodate a months-long shoot.
"The scenes in the movie that take place in Barrow, we're trying to reconstruct in Anchorage," Besser said. The whole film will be shot in Alaska, he said.
Along with actors and extras, the filmmakers plan to hire construction workers, people to help with sets, props and wardrobe and other workers.
The movie is being distributed by Universal Pictures and is tentatively due to be released in 2012, according to the Internet Movie Database.

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

You Know it is Bad

So you know that it is bad when you wake up at 1:30 in the morning smelling smoke. When you live in a state that has over 80 "wild fires" you tend to get the smell. We had it last summer but I didn't take any notice to it. But now I really smell it. I hope and pray that our firefighters of Alaska can take care of the problem..

Here is another wonderful picture of Barrow.... Hope you all enjoy...

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Playing with Copics

So I got to playing around with Copic markers last night - The blending of colors is quite fun - You can see new colors come to life and it gives you more options. I am going to turn these wonderful ladies into cards over the next couple of days - it should be fun.. Enjoy...

Ugh - Still snow!

Ah another day of winter is upon us.
This was taken June 6th - we still have some snow
on the ground. We are looking for some warmer
weather soon. The fog keeps rolling in and out.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

A Beautiful Spring Day in Barrow

This is a picture of Barrow Alaska looking out to the Chuckchi Sea during spring time. The yellow building on the right is the Fur Shop/Inupiat Cleaners/Water Service and this is where I spend a lot of my time. This picture was taken by Joshua Russell April 2010. Thank you to Josh - It is a great picture.

I am Inspired

I have changed my blog site and I am going to try to maintain a more current one now. I have been inspired by Nancy Grant - she is an amazing person. We have had the pleasure of having her over for dinner last night and she showed me some amazing things that you can do with Copic markers. Please check out her blog:

This is an amazing idea. I have always been in love with Barbara Lavallee. A friend of mine shared this with me. There are some amazing and talented people out there.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend...