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A BLOG ABOUT CRAFTING ADVENTURES IN THE FAR NORTH
Thursday, July 29, 2010
For the Alaskan Brewing Company's retail store I worked on their interior displays (check them out here) AND their window displays. The windows were super-fun and challenging as I had to both design and build the vision I had. So a huge thank you to the Brewery for trusting me just enough, and indulging me just a little to make it all happen!
By upcycling beer boxes and using rolled teeshirts as logs (around the cardboard box fire) we kept it simple, full of Alaskan Brewing colors, and fun.
We continued the logo motifs through the windows as well- like the tree in this window which was robbed from the Winter Ale logo.
So the whole window looks a little like this! OF course, Cap'n was the one who came up with the fun phrase that runs across the top. The hardest part about this window bank was the wave. Check out the detail.
There are two more windows that, it turns out, were difficult to photograph. Anyone have ideas on how to photograph windows, because I am at a loss!! Hope anyone in town that hasn't yet had the time to check it out takes five minutes to do so- and then you can see the canoe and remember, yes, that was in my living room for waaay too long!
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Friday, July 23, 2010
Ahhh, the digital camera. Bringing the power of fabulous photography to the world over. But, you know the drill: with great power comes great responsibility. At least the mounting digital pile of photos to be sorted on my hard drive seems like a LOT of responsibility. The 10 hikes since the sun came out, the 20 crafted creations I've attempted, and the funny family shots are just taunting me to be sorted, starred, enhanced, labeled and possibly printed? Well, if you need a little push to get through all the bad to get to the good-enough-to-be-printed, then here are two little projects to get you inspired.
This project is fun and simple and can be adapted in a variety of ways to create a little space for photo-inspiration anywhere you are.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Recently I flew beyond the bounds of this little crafty town to a much-needed vacation, hopping from Seattle to Kona and back. Normally when I travel I tend to draw crafters in like moths to a flame. On the plane there is bound to be a knitter in the seat over, the cabby will inevitably have a side business on Etsy, and you can always bet the waitress sews in her spare time. Personally, I am thrilled to encounter crafters in all parts and move on my merry way, but this trip was a bit extraordinary. Everywhere I went crafters were crawling out of the woodwork.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Do you have it in you to Live Life Alaskan? This is a serious question- it's not all hiking mountains and fishing and camping and skiing! There's long dark nights and rain too. We do have one fabulosity to get us through- the beer!
If you live in
We used this new technique the printers had never tried before- printing directly onto wood! So freakin cool- seriously. Then, we printed on directly onto clear plexi for the text and mounted the plexi panels with some depth to give it dimension.
Thanks to Joel Irwin of IrwinDigital.com for the totally BRILLIANT photography. Someday soon I'll get some shots of the window displays as well- yes, I built a 7' canoe out of cardboard in my living room and the Cap'n didn't even break up with me! (miracle!)
PS- if you live in Juneau and haven't checked out the place yet then I suggest you do! Or if you are heading to Juneau on a Cruise- it's located right downtown one street over from Marine Park- look for the white labels in the windows!
Friday, July 9, 2010
In Juneau the phrase "canceled for rain" is barely in our vocabulary. The don-a-rain-jacket-and-tough-it-out mentality is our credo and we are proud of it. But there are a few times when we could use more than just a jacket to weather the storm. For those times I've recreated a clever childhood craft made out of oilcloth (fabric that is treated on one side to be waterproof, like your mom's cherry-covered picnic tablecloth) to make with the kids on a rainy day for the next one that comes along.
Oilcloth and Newspaper Seat Cushion: