Posts Tagged ‘home’

Living in the sticks

In dogs, house, wildlife on March 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

It has been a little bit busy since moving to Alaska and starting a new job, hence the absence from blogging. It is also still bitterly cold some days, but the dark winters are fading into bright spring evenings which makes the cold much more bearable.

As my husband and I promised, we finally got the dogs a house with a big yard in Alaska. It’s not so far from town, but we do live on a dirt road that has been appropriately named for its notoriety for getting cars, trucks and trailers stuck in deep snow or mud. Personally, we have only experienced the snow trap (at great expense) and this spring when the snow melts we will see the full extent of the mud problem.

However, there are benefits to living off the beaten road and having several acres of wild Alaskan land. For instance, we sometimes get to see the auroras off our porch.

Aurora from home

And we occasionally get visitors to our yard.

watching the moose

Moose cow and calf

And sometimes those visitors decide to sleep in our yard overnight and stop at our place the next day for breakfast. Chloe and Connor go nuts when we see moose – and this results in much barking, whining and leaving of nose prints all over the glass windows. However, they will listen to voice commands to leave them alone when they are outside with the moose, which I can imagine is difficult for them because their first instinct is to chase it. Fortunately the moose are large enough to be intimidating up close.

connor is vigilant

Arguably there’s a price for living out in the sticks – but so far we really like it and we would love to be able to share the experience with others.


Ivory and lace

In crafts, decor, Etsy on April 17, 2012 at 12:08 pm

The latest Etsy splurge involved a set of distressed, ivory frames. There were three frames in the set which were perfect to put up pictures of our kids – the two-legged and four-legged kinds.

Unfortunately, not all the frames came with glass, and the glass on one of the frames broke  during shipping, so Chloe and Connor’s portraits are currently unprotected. Somehow seems fitting with the “shabby chic” look.

This intricate design on the frames remind me of lace, and reminds me of other items I could splurge on in the future.

And Balinese lace to wrap it up – if you have never heard of Uluwatu, they make the most beautiful clothes out of handmade Balinese lace.

Life’s a beach

In crafts, decor, dogs, life on April 12, 2012 at 11:55 am

I feel at some point somebody is going to knock me on the head and say, “Wake up! You do not live at the beach!” Luckily my husband indulges my coastal-inspired decor. For instance, here is a porch that I would love to have – look at that view!

But failing to have the money for the real thing, we do what we can with what we currently have. Here’s the overall set-up using items we already own, some of which have been borrowed from inside the house. Hello plastic Adirondack chairs from Target!

And a close-up of the haphazardly painted table. I didn’t exactly color within the lines. I love the idea of coastal furniture being fun and exuding a care-free attitude. So, I painted it a little messy – stop fussing and go get another drink already! In the background is a hammock  I brought back from Thailand,  wood shore birds from Galveston and a Humpback whale that was a gift from a friend in Hawaii.

In case you didn’t notice earlier, Chloe has a sting-ray pillow. It was custom made by a friend who originally used it as part of his Halloween costume. After Halloween, he stuffed it and made it a pillow. It is almost completely anatomically correct, tail and all!

And an encore for the pillow because it is so cute:

I will refrain from showing you our view and the other side of our porch that stores our under-used grill and Chloe’s baby wading pool. Sometimes it’s best not to look behind the magician’s curtain. 😉

Blank wall space

In crafts, decor, Etsy on April 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Some of the things I love window shopping for online includes art and picture frames. Blank wall space just begs to be filled with personality. Here are a couple of coastal-inspired pieces that I love. Click on the pictures to pick up an accent piece for yourself.

And of course the fastest way to brighten up a room in my home: Chloe and Connor.