Sew. Sew. Sew.

AllΒ I do is sew. sew. sew.

No matter what. what. what.

I forgot to mention head over to my Sew Yup’ik facebook page for a 241 tote bag giveaway!

I have been living NON-stop on my sewing machine trying to bust out as many qaspeqs, bags, cup cozies, fish bags, and key fobs as quickly as I can!

The Kenai River Festival starts tomorrow and is all weekend long of music, food, beer garden, craft booths and much more!

And trying to gather spruce tips because it is almost too late to pick them. This evening I am going to try and make cottonwood salve with the help of some awesome ladies.

I will share the process and photos!

Happy Thursday!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

You are loved!

You are awesome!

And keep on keeping on!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun!

It was a WHOLE weekend of fun, fun fun!

I was a road master between Cooper Landing, Homer, Soldotna and Cooper Landing it was a whole lotta driving.

We had a sewing retreat in Cooper Landing from Friday night-Monday afternoon. I made it Friday night and was able to whip out two qaspeqs for my customers, and a cute Diva Wallet frame for another awesome patient customer.

Saturday was a busy day working at the quilt shop Bearly Threaded Quilting Too! And then I was a roadrunner and headed out to Homer to have a fun evening with the girls “camping” on the beach. It was a much needed night of lots of laughs, jumping pictures, Baywatch beach running, and more laughs! So glad I snuck away for a night and was able to visit with friends from home πŸ™‚

Sunday was a perfect day resting. My body must have needed it because I just lazed around on the couch all day and it was wonderful!

Cooper Landing was calling my name Monday so I went back and able to almost three BB bags, organize my fabric for the millionth time, finished a customers order that went to Shageluk Β and visit with the gals. My allergies were giving me heck from the fresh smelling rain on the cottonwood buds for my motivation was slugging.

I also finally received all my tags for my Sew Yup’ik business! Made in Alaska and the Silver Hand Program thru the Alaska State Council on the Arts! So I am going to be rocking and rolling at the Kenai River Festival which is in two weeks! I better get sewing!

Its also my dads birthday! So if you see him around wish him a Happy Birthday! I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my strong, amazing dad who has been there for me from the very beginning. I feel lucky and am super grateful for him πŸ™‚

And of course! My pops and Arraq share the same birthday too! So its my wonderful anaans birthday Arnaq! Who would always send for me in the summers to visit her in Anchorage and would take me all over! I love her for that and if you see her in Anchorage wish her a happy birthday and give her the biggest hugs!

Happy Wednesday! Happy Sewing! Happy June!

Busy Busy Month

Its already been such a busy busy month of May already! I snuck home for a weekend for some good maqii’s, my nephews, auntie, and my Conwads graduation, and lots of cenirtaqs!

Its also been a busy busy sewing month! I have been getting orders in left and right and am trying to keep up with all of them between work, gathering devils club, dandelion flowers, and spruce tips! All are medicinal and I am hoping to make them into salves πŸ™‚

I just had a wonderful weekend teaching a small two person sewing class at Bearly Threaded Quilting Too which was great! I got to sit and sew with the gals and had fun!

I will share some photos πŸ™‚

Its almost Christmas!

 

Can you believe it?! We are half way to Christmas! You better start your Christmas shopping and maybe Memorial weekend will be the best time to start and hit up all the sales πŸ™‚

Its already been a busy month! I have been trying to whip out orders as fast as they are coming in. There will be some happy mothers rocking their new qaspeqs πŸ™‚ Good job husbands and gentlemen for getting in your order for that special lady in your life.

On another note my nephew is graduating! Eeeeeks! My first cutest stinkest fattest nephew will be graduating from high school next Friday! I cant believe it seems like just yesterday I was rushing home from grade school to visit my cousin. And my first paid job babysitting the cutest stinker Conwad! Gosh! Now I really feel old. I am excited to be heading home next weekend for that to see all my family and friends.

I won a beautiful Iphone 6 case from Julianna Engler of Fort Yukon. She does wonderful beadwork and if you haven’t already go likeΒ  her Facebook page Engler Designs.

I have a pile of bags, wallets and qaspeqs to finish πŸ™‚

Happy Sewing!

Happy Wednesday!

 

Qaspeq Fun

Its been a busy month of April! Sheesh its almost May time flies when you are having a BLAST πŸ™‚

I have been on a motivated sewing binge and have been able to whip through orders. Thankfully all my customers are patient with me and I am forever grateful to all of them.

It is also a busy month of harvesting cottonwood buds. Cottonwood bud salve and oil is really good for achy muscles and joints. I have been trying to gather a jar a day because I love sharing with those who cant go out and pick them.

We also tried our luck with fishing. We skunked out and caught a cod and a flounder but sent them back to the ocean floor. A friend of ours caught two halibut and I deskinned them. I need to clean them and tan them and hopefully can get back in the groove of fish skin sewing.

And I finally brought home my big beautiful machine and put away my trusty Brother machine for a rainy day. It has been soooo ahhhhmazing to be able to sew on a super duper nice machine πŸ™‚ maybe that’s where I found my motivation!

Happy Days to all of you and summer is right around the corner!

April Qaspeq Class & Fun Stuff

Check out all the fun stuff!

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I just returned to my other home from an amazing weekendΒ  in Bethel! πŸ™‚

It was a wonderful qaspeq class with 13 students and almost everyone made 2 qaspeqs and I had a beginner student who made 7 qaspeqs!

It was such a refreshing trip home. I got to visit with my stinker nieces, steam with my girlfriends, get some snuggles with Owen, and visit with some of my favorite elders.

It is always a whirlwind trip jam packed with goodies! I was so thrilled with all my students and their beautiful qaspeqs! Many of them are ready to make more and their love for sewing sparked over the weekend!

And before class I got to do some fun sewing in and made a super duper cute BB Bag.

Summer is in the air and I am getting excited for a new kind of summer in my new home. I hope to get back on the fish skin sewing train and use up my beautiful halibut, snapper and salmon just marinating in alcohol in my fridge. They are anxiously waiting to be sewn πŸ™‚

I failed to mention I made my awesome work cutting/fabric storage area in my Kenai Construction Academy! Check me out! I am trying my hand at everything so I can someday be a super duper handywoman.

Happy Monday!

Fun March Happenings

 

Its been a wild March month!

We bought a house, remodeling the house, working full time, making baby quilts, Kenai Construction academy which is a 4 week training with electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and welding. Its been an amazing 4 weeks and I have learned A LOT. I will hopefully be building a sewing table/fabric storage/cutting table this week in carpentry.

School part time with my diet and nutrition courses, and my ethnobotany course. I am slowly working towards my Ethnobotany certificate and am excited to continue and learning about plants as medicine.

I was able to travel to Bethel last month for work and it was so great to be home.

Two fun giveaways! And I am thinking about doing another giveaway on this page so I can get the word out πŸ™‚ Keep posted!

I finished my first big qaspeq order for the Kuskokwim Campus college. I cant wait to share pictures of the students in their beautitful qaspeqs.

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Qaspeq Class

Home sweet Home

Home sweet home in beautiful Soldotna!

I am so excited to start making some serious sewing magic in my new sewing room.

Stay posted! I should be getting all my things for sale posted with prices hopefully by this weekend πŸ™‚ I am trying to juggle school, work, part time job at the quilt shop, my business, and my family.