Friday, October 7, 2011

Feathers and Hemp

It has officially been a long time since I last blogged. Life got busier than normal and blogging took a back seat.

I am getting married tomorrow! When I was planning all of the little details that one needs to plan when getting married I wanted Luke to contribute something unique to our day. I immediately thought that he could make the boutonnieres. Luke is a very talented fly tier and I thought it would be the perfect contribution.

Luke put his skills to practice and made some beautiful boutonnieres. I was working on a hair comb for myself when Luke mentioned that he loved what I as doing. He told me he didn't have the eye that I do for detail. So, it turns out that I ended up making the boutonnieres that the groomsmen will wear for the wedding. The smaller ones that Luke made will be worn by the other special men in our lives.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Kispiox

As you can see, it has been quite some time since my last post. I thought that I would give it a go again.

Luke and I drove out to northern British Columbia to fish for elusive and wild Steelhead. We are staying at a beautiful bed and breakfast that sits right on the Kispiox River. We are staying with Kathy and Bob Clay. There home is my dream home. River. Chickens. Turkeys. Wood stove. Serenity. Dogs. Cat. Gardens. Fresh veggies. It is the combination of these things that make this stay extraordinary.

Here are a few pictures of our travels and our stay at Riverwatch B & B.

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{Luke spey casting on the Skeena River}

{Eddie and Drifter. We were fast friends}

{The Athabasca Glacier at the Columbia Icefield in Alberta}

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Latest Knitting Project

Being that I have many close friends who are pregnant I have decided to try knitting some baby gifts. I have just finished making a matching set: a light yellow hat and set of fingerless mittens with white hearts.

This set is so sweet and would be fitting for any male or female baby.

One set down and more to come. I bought some pretty variegated yarn to make a matching set for my dear friend who is having a baby girl any day now!

Woodland Home

It's official. I have found my dream home. Luke may not completely agree with me on this but I find this environmentally friendly home to be dreamlike. It looks as though it could be found in the Shire. This is a huge draw for a self-proclaimed major Lord of the Rings fan. Also, I love how woodsy, warm, quaint, and comfortable it looks. I will sum my thoughts of this house up in three words: I love it.

I just see Mesa running wildly in and out of this woodland home. I see myself weeding the roof and Luke plowing our huge garden with his new old John Deere tracker.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Grandmas's coctail ring diamond

My grandmother loved her jewelery. Diamonds were no exception. She had this beautiful cocktail ring that she wore on her right hand. When she passed away she left one of each of the larger diamonds from this ring to myself and my sister. Years ago my sister had her diamond set into a yellow gold setting that suits her very well. My mom had my diamond set into a traditional yellow gold solitaire setting to wear along with her wedding band. My mom is not big into jewelery so this ring has resided peacefully in her wooden jewelery box.

The setting that my diamond is in is not right for me for a few reasons. Firstly, it is yellow gold and I exclusively wear silver or white gold jewelry. Secondly, it doesn't fit any fingers on my right hand (the one I would like to devote to this beauty). And thirdly, the diamond sits a little too high for me to wear on a daily basis.

I have decided that I would like to go to jeweler and talk about possibly settings that would suit me. I am looking into white gold and titanium. I surprised by how much titanium looks like white gold. It is highly durable, lightweight, and is much cheaper than white or yellow gold.

Do you have ideas for the setting for my diamond? It is about 3/4 of a carat in size. I am going to go to John Marxhausen Jewelry Design in Duluth and see what they could do for me. Let me know if you have any other thoughts! Thanks....

Note: here is a link to a tension ring setting that I really like.

{this is a picture of my grandmother's cocktail ring, minus a few diamonds}

{ this is the ring that contains my diamond - it is a shame to have to take it out of a such a pretty setting but the gold can be melted down and transformed into yet another new ring}

{please look over my dry white knuckles (as if you aren't drawn to the diamond...)}

Friday, January 22, 2010


So, I drove Luke to the MSP airport at 4:30 am this morning. Where was he going? He is headed first to Houston and then to Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. What a lucky bum he is. This is his third trip to Costa Rica. Although, this is his first time to Playa Hermosa. It looks like a pretty horrible place to visit. See below.

While Luke is catching waves and rays in Costa Rica I will be mentally and physically preparing to begin my student teaching. I spend the first half at the Superior High School and then will move to the Superior Middle School. I am complete bundle of nerves right now. My self confidence is always in check whenever I do anything new. I mean anything. So, I am working on mentally building myself up. I am doing this, in part, by:

1. Drinking dark french press coffee and grapefruit juice
2. Spending tonight in the cities with my big bro and his girlfriend Yee
3. Reading The Picture of Dorian Gray
4. Watching Drive Through Australia and other awesome surfing, skateboarding, and snowboarding shows on Fuel TV
5. Working on my education resume today while drinking dark french press coffee

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Years in the making...

Shortly after I met Luke he got an IndoBoard as a Christmas gift. I took one look at it and said "no way." Luke and Laddie did some awesome tricks on the IndoBoard and this was even more reason for me to stay away. Since then I have started snowboarding and have continued to try to take up long boarding. I may have to throw in the towel on that one. Maybe I really am too tall and clumsy to truly long board. Time will tell.

However, I have recently faced my fears and conquered (somewhat) the IndoBoard! I now realize that it wasn't an enemy to fear aferall all. This is a great tool to work on my balance and focus on the muscles that I use snowboarding. I hope to also use it to do exercises as well. It's a great addition to any workout. I know now this. It has only taken me three years to realize it.

Check out this cool video.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Saturday in Ironwood

Yesterday Luke and I ventured to Ironwood, MI to visit my aunt and uncle. We had the perfect day in the UP. We started off the day by carving turns at Black Jack ski resort. We then had a tasty lunch centered around Ironwood's handmade pasties. Nothing beats this all-in-one meal. I was then able to spend some time in the house that my uncle and my mom grew up in. This old house holds so many dear memories. I have now formed new, fresh memories to hold with me.

The rest of the day held additional UP festive activities. I bought my first Stormy Kromer hat (see below). I have been wanting the pink one for a long time and finally bought one in the city they are made in. I thought it was too fitting not to.

We had a few great beers on tap from the Keweenaw Brewing Company. Their beer is some of my favorite. It is hard to come by so I indulged while I could. The day was capped off by eating the infamous thin-crusted pizza from the Liberty Bell Chalet in Hurley, WI.

It was a perfect day and was just what my heart desired. The only way the day could have been better is if my grandpa and grandma were still living to greet me in the old snow covered house in Ironwood...