Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sitka Art Classes Back for the Winter

Art Classes are back!!!!

December 12, 2010
Ages 7 to 97 Everyone Welcome

Wild Strawberry Lodge
724 Siginaka Way
(Elaison Harbor parking lot next to Coffee Hut)
Space is limited!! Pre-registration Required
Sign up now @ Mountain Miss

Make someone special a
Pearl Bracelet for Christmas
Join us for a fun filled 2 hour class
$30.00 Covers cost of class and supplies
Walk out with a completed project gift wrapped and ready to give.

Learn basic bead stringing techniques for all types of
jewelry making projects.

Count Down to Christmas

This is a favorite activity for children of all ages.
Simply cut out the tree, decorate it with your favorite markers, glitter or crayons.
Glue the tree to a piece of construction paper for a sturdy background.
Make a paper chain of green and red links, and attach it to the bottom of the tree.
Each night cut away a link and you will know how many more days until Christmas.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Selling Knitted Pieces

There have been so many request for One of Kind knitted items that I will be selling them.

If interested email me for details.

I can create a custom item just for your someone special or you.
Pricing will depend on the yarns you choose.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


I'm not sure Sam realises the Christmas light blinks. Maybe that would make him happier about wearing this hat.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Rudolph Hat!!

A camo sweater for the pumpkin patch. Can you find Sam???
This little deer is for my little dear!!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A few knit things for Sam

Sam will need to grow into his pumpkin and bear hats.

These sweathers will be waiting for Sam to hit the 6 month mark.
All items knit with Cascade 220 washable wool.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Rainy Days and Knitting Needles

Sam recently recieved his first pair of real Mickey Mouse ears, which are of course too large. So inspired by the ears, I decided to recreate a winter hat for him. Then of course I couldn't resist doing a snowman hat.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Knitting Keeping Me Sane!!

While waiting for the work to get done on our new engine, I'm knitting to keep from going crazy. I love taking a basic pattern and changing it. This sweet little sweater and matching hat are for a 6 month old.
Can't wait to start my creative juices flowing for Sam's set.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Annebelle Mary Wood

Annebelle models her new "cupcake " hat, knit by her Auntie Fran, who loves having two babies to knit for now.

Saturday, June 19, 2010


When buying jewelry in a foreign country be careful ! Many countries do not have regulations safeguarding the customer.

This beautiful necklace was purchased in Italy. It was put together using only the string the manufacturer uses to sell the original beads on. That means the beads were all intended to be restrung.

The owner of this piece wore it and of course after a time it fell apart. You can only image the mess of beads everywhere. Everything has been restrung using softflex, Swarovski pearls and replacement beads where needed. Beautiful again!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Waiting for the mechanic

In between waiting for the mechanic, fiberglass guy and a host of others to get the new engine installed on Cape St. James, I needed a small easy to put down project. These cable footies were just the ticket. Quick to knit, wonderful pattern and will make great gifts. Now how to get non-knitters to appreciate the value of each stitch being made one loop at a time.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Knitting for Summer

Taking a break from jewelry to create for Sam I Am our new family member. Big learning curve has to occur.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Monday, February 15, 2010

Art Classes a Big Success!!

This weeks Valentine Day drawing class Under the Sea was a big success. Students created cartoon fish and sea creatures. Everyone had fun, learned some basic techniques and are anxious for next weeks class.

Continuing to Draw Cartoons

Sunday, February 21, 1-3 PM

Visions Framing and Art Supply

Sign up soon- classes are filling up!!!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Origami Fun ~ @ Visions~ Framing and Art Supplies

We had a full turn out for todays origami. Everyone had a great time!! Some of the projects we made were; a name tag hat to wear, a pin wheel that works, a tumbling toy to fool our friends with and many other fun folding paper projects. Everyone took home paper supplies and directions for many more hours of at home origami fun. Thanks for joining us.
Watch for our next class in 2 weeks.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Origami Class

Origami Class
Learn the art of Japanese paper folding

January 31st
1-3 PM
Boys and Girls Ages 7-97
Class $15.00
Fee includes all materials and instruction
Visions Framing and Art Supplies
110 American Street 907.747.3588

Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is the Japanese art of paperfolding. "Ori" is the
Japanese word for folding and "kami" is the Japanese word for paper. That is how origami got its name. However, origami did not start in Japan. It began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century. At first, there was very little paper available so only the rich could afford to do paperfolding.

The Japanese found useful purposes for their origami. For example, the Samurai (sa-MURE-ay) would exchange gifts with a form known as a noshi (NO-shee). This was a paper folded with a strip of dried fish or meat. It was considered a good luck token. Also, the Shinto Noblemen would celebrate weddings by wrapping glasses of sake or rice wine in butterfly forms that had been folded to represent the bride and groom.

As easier papermaking methods were developed, paper became less expensive. Origami became a popular art for everyone, no matter if they were rich or poor. However, the Japanese people have always been very careful not to waste anything. They have always saved even the tiniest scraps of paper and used them for folding origami models.

For centuries there were no written directions for folding origami models. The directions were taught to each generation and then handed down to the next. This form of art became part of the cultural heritage of the Japanese people. In 1797,
How to Fold 1000 Cranes was published. This book contained the first written set of origami instructions which told how to fold a crane. The crane was considered a sacred bird in Japan. It was a Japanese custom that if a person folded 1000 cranes, they would be granted one wish.

Origami became a very popular form of art as shown by the well-known Japanese woodblock print that was made in 1819 entitled "A Magician Turns Sheets of Birds". This print shows birds being created from pieces of paper. In 1845 another book, Window on Midwinter, was published which included a collection of approximately 150 origami models. This book introduced the model of the frog which is a very well known model even today. With the publication of both these books, the folding of origami became recreation in Japan. Not only were the Japanese folding paper, but the Moors, who were from Africa, brought paperfolding with them to Spain when they invaded that country in the eighth century. The Moors used paperfolding to create geometric figures because their religion prohibited them from creating animal forms. From Spain it spread to South America. As trade routes were developed, the art of origami was introduced to Europe and later the United States.

Today, master paperfolders can be found in many places around the world.
Akira Yoshizawa of Japan is one of these. He is considered the "father of modern origami" because of his creative paperfolding. He also developed a set of symbols and terms that are used worldwide in the written instructions of origami. The interest in origami continues to increase today. Just as the ancient Japanese found useful purposes for their origami models, so do we today. Origami will also be a part of our future as we look toward the millennium. The origami crane has become a global peace symbol.