Sleep. Whats Sleep?

Sleep. Whats that?

I haven’t been able to catch a good wink of sleep since the fish, berries, and business have been in full swing! Oh yeah and working full time. But, next Friday is my last day andΒ I am going to pursue my business full time, school full time and hopefully a traveling teacher of qaspeq making.

I got to go home for 4th of July and it was so wonderful! I got to fill my bucket with blueberries and salmon berries! Lots of visits in my with stinkiest nieces and nephews and lots of visits with good friends and family.

I am having some serious berry picking withdrawals seeing all the blueberry picking and salmon berry picking photos. The berries are in abundance this year and I miss the walk to my favorite tundra spot. Urban living is a little different because you have to worry about bears, property lines, and getting lost. Ha! Bethel there is tundra for DAYS. You would be able to see a bear 20 miles away running to you. Haha. And I am not to comfortable being in the woods yet.

Dipnetting on the Kenai is in full swing! I got my first taste of it on Sunday and now I am hooked! I walked away with 3 Kenai River reds and lost about 7. Oops! I am learning this way of fishing which is definitely different from fishing on the Kuskokwim.

I tested out a new sewing pattern Prima Diva Wallet which I had some difficulty with. I don’t know if I will be making anymore. But it was a good challenge.

I had a Homer getaway with the girls which was much needed. We were tourists for the day. Homer is a beautiful place! And it is only an hour drive away which is awesome.

I was able to finish one custom ordered qaspeq with this beautiful Art Gallery buttery fabric. It turned out beautiful!

I was able to whip out some beautiful BB Bags and two of the three are sold. I will post the one that is for sale on the Items for Sale page.

We celebrated Easy E’s 11th birthday yesterday! Cant believe that kid is 11! Its been fun watching him over the last 6 years.

Salmon Life is the way to go. We use everything from the head, heart, eggs, backbone, skin and the whole fish. We don’t waste. I have yet to brine, dry, and smoke my fish because I don’t have a hanging rack, or smokehouse yet. Hopefully this month we will build one and I can take care of the fish in the freezer.

Life is busy. Life is good. I am excited for my next adventure!

Life is too short to be anything but happy! Do what you love. Follow your heart. If your unhappy find what makes you happy and jump. Don’t wait until your retired to do all the things you WISH you could do now. Make a plan and execute it.

Stay tuned for more fun posts! I got berries, fish, outdoor concerts, half marathon fun, and sewing more to come!

Happy Hump Day!

Its been a busy December

Lets just say it was a busy busy December with sewing, sewing and more sewing!

Because homemade gifts are the best it was a busy sewing month. Frozen quilts. Christmas qaspeq vests. And just call me the crazy bag lady it was a busy month of bag making.

I have decided to move forward and start my own sewing business. Coming up with the business name was tough but I nailed it down to Sew Yup’ik.

another frozen quilt
It was a frozen themed Christmas sewing of gifts.
christmas vests
Nothing like matching qaspeq vests to bring on the new year!
cup cozies
With each changing season the cup cozies must change too πŸ™‚
finished order
These were two orders matching qaspeq set for two lucky girls, and bags for a happy customer.
fish bags
I wanted to have fancy fun colors for the new set of fish bags.
frozen quilt
Like I said another Frozen themed Christmas sewing. I have one quilt left to sew!
moose slippers
These were created for a special someone who I hold close to my heart. Yes, one slipper says Dick they are for the great Dick Newton of Takotna.
more progress
Because I work full time and am a full time student along with step mother, and wife its a busy life for me so an assembly line is how I work.
out with cold in with new
My husband suggested I sport a new bag since I am a walking advertisement anyway so I had to upgrade my look. πŸ™‚
progress
Step by step I make progress and am working with new designs and new bag layouts for fun!
wall hanging
This was a wall hanging that I worked out with the help of a few ladies. This was not easy but it turned out awesome because I love bright colors and it had to be an old school skandic or elan snogo πŸ™‚
fancy qaspeq
Im playing with fun designs for new qaspeq looks and this was one of them.
Bags
This was the set I Just finished last night.
New batch bags
Another batch of bags.
sewyupik with antlers
My name business name! I love it and cant wait to sport my clothes with this awesome logo!
bag
Another order done.
bags
I had fun making these I love pastel fun colors.
Slipper tops
My poor husband has been so patient with me this is one of his slipper tops. I have finally finished the other side and will add the beaver on this evening! I will have an updated set to load hopefully in my next post!

Lets just say its been a busy month. With the new year approaching I am so thankful for my amazing supportive family and my obsessive personality to never sit down and rest and to always keep busy.Β 

May your new year bring on happiness, good cheer, and all smiles!

October as a busy bee

Another busy bee.

Who says 13 credits, full time job, part time job, teenager, husband, pupper-do and sewing wasnt possible?

I guess you can say I like to stay busy as a bee, and do a very good job of that.

We are half-way thru October, which is insane! Where has summer gone? Where has fall gone?

As winter nears I get excited but sad because of how quickly time passes us, and sometimes I dont stop to enjoy the moments.

I enjoy what I do.

I enjoy my full time job.

My part time job working with the political frenzy is coming to an end. Only 12 more days and then the big boom of rush to the polls. So vote early, and just flat right vote.

And I love sewing. I love when winter nears because that means it times to bust out the fur and get fuzzy.

If I could just sew and go to school I dont know if that would be busy enough for me hence the two other jobs and all the other hats at home.

BUT enough rambling.

Heres the latest and greatest and I should have more projects to share before the end of the year!

Enjoy!

another boys qaspeq
Boys size 10 simple qaspeq
bags in the making
More bags in the making! I love these colors and how well they mesh.
boys qaspeq
Another one of my favorite boys size 10 qaspeq.
cup cozies
I SAVE all my scraps and they come in handy when I whipped out these cup cozies.
halloween bags
More kids Halloween trick or treat bags because they were a hit the first time, I had to whip them out a second time.
grass basket collecting
Lets hope that these make some amazing grass baskets. I dont know how to make them yet but I am willing to learn and this is the first step collecting and drying it. I will post a proper photo of how to dry them because there is a specific way.
moose tops
My latest and greatest project moose beaded slipper tops. Beading isnt one of my strong areas but I am hoping to get better as I continue to bead.
Halloween Trick or Treat Bags
More Halloween trick or treat bags different style

Do what makes you happy.Β 

Do it often and with joy because life is all about being happy and finding joy in the little things such as sewing or beading.