Thursday, August 20, 2009

More Charm Necklaces!

We just listed these charm necklaces in our Etsy shop today. I really like the vintage lock escutcheon and cabinet key on the Persephone's Garden necklace.

We are both Jane Austen fans and loved Bollywood's take on Pride and Prejudice - Bride and Prejudice! We became big fans of the over the top, outrageous production numbers in the movie.

We named this charm necklace Moon Over Bollywood . Complete with a bejeweled, enameled, bright orange elephant charm (so cute), rhinestone studded crescent moon, colorful beads, tiny vintage Indian bells, and a really amazing little vintage glass inaglio of the Taj Mahal. Very colorful and fun!

We've got a lot more charm necklaces in the works right now - a sea creature themed necklace as well as the Etsy Beagle Street Team Fall Challenge Piece - the theme - "Bark to School"!

I can't wait to see what my talented team mates come up with! This will be our first challenge, so we're not quite sure what to expect, but it will be a lot of fun! The Beagle Team is such a wonderful group of Etsians!!

Starting today through Midnight EST on Monday, August 31st, we are offering free shipping on all the items in our Etsy shop! This is to Celebrate the milestone 18th Birthday of the younger of the 2RavenChicks on August 28th!

Well, it's getting late and it's been a long day, so am signing off for now! Thanks for stopping by our blog!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Spooktacular Fall Find - Vulture Decoration

Isn't this guy terrific? Handcrafted by Lex of Northwindstar - this vulture is just too adorable! With his hunchback the younger RavenChick and I have named him Quasimodo! The bones on the vintage bobbin she's used as a base are just a scream!

Lex has an amazing assortment of primitive items in her Etsy shop. How could anyone resist these bats with their beady eyes and tiny fangs? They even have wire in their little wings and can be posed - I love the one she's got hanging upside down:Candy Corn too - with no calories!I had to have them all! I had ordered a set of her Barn Owls and was delighted when I got them! They smelled delicious too (Lex uses an aromatic cinnamon rub on a lot of her items). It's so nice to order things online and get the item and love it even more than you thought you would!

Lex is also a very lovely, gracious lady! Check out her blog: for tasty recipes, craft ideas and other delights! I can't wait to see what Lex has in store for Christmas!

Since many of you reading this are still sweltering in the scorching temperatures of summer you may think August is a little early to be talking Halloween. Just close your eyes for a moment and think about the brilliant blue skies and cool Autumn air soon to come.

I'm already thinking of the Fall! Here in Interior Alaska we've had frost a couple of times and some of the leaves in the woods around us have started turning to gold.

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the smells of the season - spices , pumpkins and crisp, juicy fall apples! Rich savory soups and stews - mmm. The rich colors of the turning leaves and fashions. Getting out my boots and fuzzy comforting sweaters.

I can hardly wait!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Waiting for the 172nd Stryker Brigade

After deploying to Iraq for a year, the soldiers of the United States Army's 172nd Stryker Brigade are making their way home to Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

I've taken photos of a few of the wonderful handmade banners put up by families and friends of the troops.

Banners and signs are also showing up on many of the quarters in the housing areas as well. I drove through several streets and saw so many yellow ribbons!

As more and more banners show up along the main road on Post you can almost feel the excitement in the air.

It's easy to spot the Soldiers who have just come home. They're the ones you see in the Commissary with children clutching at them in a grip not even a gale force wind could break. Or the couple giggling and holding hands in the food court of the Main Exchange.

Signs are appearing on local businesses as well - from coffee stands to the used car dealerships. This is a town that loves its military and as a Veteran myself married to an Army Retiree, I'm proud to live in this supportive community.

I have several friends who are anxiously waiting for their loved ones to arrive.

A big shout out to the weasel/worm and the one that will let you pet his rank.

You KNOW who you are.
God willing, ALL the soldiers will return no later than the end of September.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The Lake

Last weekend we found a new place to camp. It had everything we could want - a view of snow covered mountains, a lake with fat, feisty rainbow trout, plenty of room for the pups to explore and best of all - not a single soul for miles around!

A fresh, cool breeze cleared the air and we got a couple of days respite from the blanket of smoke hanging over the Fairbanks/North Pole area due to the numerous wildfires burning in the area.

Drifting on the lake in the canoe was so relaxing. There were beautiful water lilies and once again here I am, trying to be a nature photographer.

We were delighted by these ducklings swimming after their parents. It was amazing to see how quickly they moved through the water.

We feel truly blessed to live in this beautiful State.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vintage Cow Tag Earrings and Necklace. Moo.

These are so fun! These particular tags were not ever used on cattle. Their primitive appearance comes from years of storage in a barn.

If the thought of wearing an actual cow tag in your ear doesn't set well with you, how about the necklace?

What a fun gift for the livestock lover in your life. Spread a little bovine bliss!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Charm Necklaces

The 2RavenChicks have been busy making charm necklaces! The younger chick made this wonderful Alice in Wonderland inspired piece:

It sold about 24 hours after being listed in our Etsy shop!

We will be posting a sea and garden charm necklace very soon.

If you have a particular idea for a charm necklace or bracelet let us know! We do custom work!