Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A new place to shop!!

My awesome friend Cindy (StarLitStudio) has opened up her new store online!!! She has awesome stuff and you should go check her out!! She has LOTS of the Tim Holtz line if you are in love with him, I mean his products. lol

Check out her link to the left of here in favorite places I shop

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Day 7 in Alaska

This was our final day in Anchorage. Dan and I loved it here and wouldn't be to hard to convince us to live there!!! We stopped at the Wildlife Conservation Center and saw a lot of animals there. Then drove to Wittier and boarded a cruise boat to explore Prince Williams Sound. That was an awesome tour and I got on videotape glacier calving, which is where a part of it breaks off and hits the water with an amazing sound!! We had a nice onboard lunch of salmon and Prime rib. After that we headed up Mount Alyeska to ride the Aerial Tramway which was a bit frightening hanging there by a cable up the mountain but the scenery was incredible!!

Day 6 in Alaska

Today was a slower day than the rest of them. We headed to Anchorage and stopped at the Oomingmak Cooperative, trust me you don't NEED to stop there!! Then headed to the hotel for the rest of the day was ours to explore. Dan and I and 2 other couples rented a mini van and drove to Seward to see what was down there. It was a beautiful drive.

Here is a picture of salmon spawning. It was in a creek just off the highway. They are just huge salmon. There were red ones too.

Day 5 in Alaska

Today we went to Palmer to visit the Havermeister's Dairy Farm and the creamery where they ship their milk to.

Then we went to this restraunt, can't remember the name but it was "gourmet" food which really meant YOU GOT NOTHING TO EAT FOR LOTS OF MONEY!! It was good salad and turkey pot pie, just not enough to "fill" a lot of the people on the trip. lol Here is a picture of our salad. They focused on presentation mostly, as you weren't even allowed to sit down until THEY were ready for you to sit.

After that we headed to the Musk Ox farm which was very interesting. Their Qiviut (fine under-wool of the musk ox) is very soft and 8 times warmer than wool.

The final stop for the day was at Pyra's Pioneer Peak farm where they grow vegetables for people to pick and pay for. Their vegetables are very big in Alaska too!!

I am trying to post pictures just that they won't load..

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Day 5 of Alaska!!

Wow another awesome day. We toured one of the few (only 5 in the state) dairy farms working yet today, and then went to the creamery where they send their milk. We visited 2 Musk Ox farms and they were so cool. They make the softest (and most expensive) sweaters, hats and scarves out of their "fur" that it is incredible. They had a sweater in the 2nd one for only a mere $780 lol We had the Alaska Ag agent riding with us today so he gave us an awesome tour. Now we are in the hotel room and going to order pizza in the room with a few other couples.

Look at these berries at the veggie/fruit farm we went to also. They grow these in a greenhouse setting and looked delish!!! This was a huge farm that people come and pick their own stuff and then just pay for what they pick. They brought us yellow raspberries, strawberries and of course snow peas, broccoli, and radishes for a snack after the tour!!

and finally look at this view out our balcony to our room!!! It is just incredible isn't it???

Day 4 in Alaska

Here is how we took the dogs out. This was just a rush!! They then put on a nice dinner. We had pork tenderloin made on the grill and put in a sandwich, awesome coleslaw, pickles, and cheesecake with a strawberry in whipped cream for dessert... YUUUUUUUUUUMY

We had so much fun today. We did a lot of riding in the bus but was fun this afternoon especially. We "rode" behind some sled dogs in a Gator ATV. What a rush!!!
Here are 3 of the 5 new little 5 day old "sled dogs" They were super cute

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Day 3 in Alaska

We saw Mt. McKinley today. It was an awesome day. I have tons of pictures of it too :) He said it is about the first day in a few weeks you got a good view of it!!!

Here it is w/o us in it... lol I just think it is so beautiful!!!

OK.. Monday we had a very long day too. We took this riverboat for a cruise down the river. It was a good cruise down the river and relaxing. I managed to find a neat scrapbook in their giftshop so will have some scrappin to do when I get home!

We are in Alaska!!!!

Our afternoon on Sunday was long but we made it. Here is a picture out of the airplane window almost to Alaska. Was a good flight but Northwest airlines doesn't give out anything for snacks except soda and water. It was 5 1/2 hour flight too

Monday, August 4, 2008

My friend Suze made this for a swap we did. I haven't got the card yet but my 4-H kids wanted to do this as one of their Holiday cards to stamp so I let them. They loved it and so do I!!

Stamps: Deer Friends
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Kraft, Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Whisper WhiteBella Rose Designer paper
Ink: Basic Black, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Button, Ribbon, orange and red markers, scalloped border punch, paper piercer, circle punches