“Owls on the Tundra”

My latest bead art piece.  This measures approximately 4.5 inches in diameter. I am having fun with this smaller size and all of the new Alaska animals I have gathered to play with.

“Owls on the Tundra”

salmon and whales and beavers, oh my

MOOSE

I love that it is still daylight at 5 p.m. ! That means I can see things out my kitchen window while washing dishes. This evening I spotted 2 grouse hens in the big pine tree.  I got my camera and was waiting on this girl to show her head. As I was watching the grouse I caught movement out of the corner of my eye, oh yea, A nice young bull moose.  I took a few good/funny pics of him before he went around the side of the house.

As I was loading those pics onto the computer a large furry head passed the front window. Yep, there was mom moose!  Wow, she is a healthy girl.  She led the young guy around to the back of the house where I got this beautiful close-up. Thanks Ms. Moose.

This is why I love living here!

Salmon Box

This is a commissioned piece. I will be posting my progress on this. It is a salmon skin and moose hide trinket box. Measures approximately 2inches square. The salmon skin pieces remain soaking in cool water until needed. I like to work with wet skin, easier for me to sew. The box will also need repeated soakings as it dries out while I am working on it.

moose hide base, sinew, and beads I will be using
moose hide base, sinew, and beads I will be using
cured salmon skin it is very stiff, I will soak it in water overnight before  cutting
cured salmon skin
it is very stiff, I will soak it in water overnight before cutting
sinew needs to be separated before using
sinew needs to be separated before using
beautiful day delay
beautiful day delay
salmon skin after soaking
salmon skin after soaking
stitching the first salmon skin side to the moose hide
stitching the first salmon skin side to the moose hide
first corner sewn
first corner sewn
base and three sides done
base and three sides done
last side being sewn, it is along process as the salmon must be kept soft, ie wet, until the final side is added
last side being sewn, it is a long process as the salmon must be kept soft, ie wet, until the final side is added