I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. My family and I kicked ours off with dying eggs. Miraculously we did not dye the counter top in the process.
This is one of the first years we are not surrounded by family on Easter so I had an alarming moment on Thursday....I had nothing for Easter baskets, or egg dying. Ordinarily that is my Mom's department, she makes fantastic sour cream sugar cookies that they all frost together and she's the one in charge of the egg hunt...until now. Granted I'm sure their Easter baskets were not nearly as cool as they would have been if they were at Grandmas house but I do have to say I think it worked out pretty well.
On Saturday we had a blast at the shooting range. Okay I'll admit I might have a few extra gray hairs because anytime you have an 11 year old and 5 year old around guns it can be a bit stressful if not ulcer inducing. It was our first experience at it here in Juneau. We usually go out just west of Spokane at Fish Trap Lake and shoot...and get in a good work out because if we go out there we just HAVE to look for pheasants or so Rusty tells me :)
Don't you think all targets should be hot pink? I personally think it's a much easier color to focus on and see when you are shooting. Too bad I had to photo shop in order to get that color:)
On Sunday the kids ran around trying to figure out where the Easter Bunny hid their baskets along with the eggs. Yes...Easter Bunny hides baskets in our house. It's actually a lot of fun....until some one starts to cry because they are last person to find their basket. Okay so it's mostly fun. We headed to church even though it was warm and sunny, and then booked it out to get to Lena beach as fast as we could.
After Easter dinner we had to walk off some of the calories so we headed to Dredge Lakes and found out just how pretty it is. It's a shame to think we had never been there and it's just right by our house. While we were walking around the lake I saw what looked like a small bear on a rock in the middle of the water but figured out it was the biggest beaver I've ever seen.
I'm pretty sure it saw us because it got off the rock and started swimming towards the kids and I (Rusty was farther ahead) and slapping it's tail. I told the kids we was telling us to keep moving. I didn't get very good pictures of him because all three kids were pining for a view. All in all it was a great weekend. ~Angie~
This weekend was spent organizing the garage, setting up our trampoline, birthday parties and finally parking our tails on Sunshine Cove all day on Sunday. It was so much fun. We always walk to the end of the cove, make a fire, roast hot dogs, make smores and stay all day. Most others won't walk that far to set up a site so we kind of have the area all to ourselves. I even got a flip flop tan...it was that warm people!
Today was just as sunny so it was hard to want to be a troll inside the garage and crank out new work. But I did, and I should have two new cuffs finished by tomorrow, along with a new pocket watch and some more birds. One of which I will be posting in the shop tonight. Check back for the new work pictures this week!
So this weekend kicked off with our oldest taking his hunters safety course. Little did he know that it takes a good portion of Friday and all day Saturday...had he known the time it took I'm sure he would have opted out. Then after finishing the course he found out it is mandatory for all 6th graders here in Juneau to take Hunters Safety in school. Hahah, guess he will be sitting through it again this coming year.
On Sunday though it was raining we headed out to a new spot. A hike/beach trail, the best of both worlds or so we thought. Ended up being 1.7 miles just to the beach and then you had to turn around and come back. Okay so that's not that long of a distance and ordinarily would have been a cake walk for our three kids. Unfortunately the terrain was quite the fete in that hike. I'm still sore today.
You have to understand, we hike all the time, I usually run a good distance each day. We are an outdoorsy and active family and I feel like a big baby because I can barely move my legs. As you will see from the pictures, we mostly had a fun time, but our youngest did try to form a strike, a sort of peaceful demonstration you might say. All in all it was just too long of a hike for a 5 year old. What is that phrase? "Leave them wanting more." Obviously we didn't leave soon enough. Yep pretty sure my youngest has black dotted that trail.
This is Maddox's peaceful demonstration. He laid down on the rock and refused to move.
Be looking for new work this week. I will be making some new pocket watch necklaces... those all sold out this past weekend and I will be making some more leather cuffs. Until then!
You know ordinarily I would set out of bowl of beer (in the garden) to lure in the slugs and watch the little suckers die...but if this is what it's like to have SLUGS in my UGGS I say bring it on! I live in these things, they go from my rainboots to my slippers... you guys gotta get a pair.
Here is my newest piece that I broke soooo many saw blades on. I had to calculate those into the price...seriously it was that many:) But I am so happy with the way it came out. I shed a tiny tear when I listed it this afternoon. But it's all good I'm onto something new already.
I still need to take pictures of SLUGS in my UGGS. But will do so quickly and then post them, seriously you guys you NEED a pair of those. Until then...
So who has gone through more than 5 saw blades on one stinking piece? AND still hasn't even finished the piece yet? ME! That's who. Oh my gosh, I'm about ready to call it quits.. if it wasn't such a cool piece I for sure would. Hopefully I won't run out of saw blades.
My metal smithing professor used to always tell us there were two kinds of fairies in a workshop(Yes he was a bit of a hippie), a saw fairy and a fire fairy and they were extremely temperamental and can ruin a project in no time. Seeing how I currently only use cold connections (about to change starting April 6th) I don't have fire fairies but the saw fairy is a frequent visitor.
Oh, did I say starting April 6th I would be changing my techniques up a bit? Oh yes I did, I finally have enough saved for an amazing torch! I get to play with FIRE! I am so excited, I promise to take pictures and tell you all about it.
Until then here is some new work I have just added to my Etsy shop.
I received my SLUGS from With The Rain last week and love them! If you have to wear rain boots a lot then you NEED these. I even used them with my UGGs around the house. I plan on wearing them this weekend while we are out and about so I will post a picture. Until then...~Angie~
Ok I'm giving a shout out to an extremely talented, fellow Etsy member and Alaskan. She is currently running a give away on her blog and facebook page. Go check it out! She has an amazing story as to how she came up with her shop name and her passion and love for what she does shines through her work. You can view her shop at
Her blog is www.baruchslullaby.blogspot.com
And you can become a fan or her's on facebook by going to