I blinked sometime back in May, and without warning arrived in the middle of August.  School started Monday, and I feel like I have so little show for three months time.  Usually I’m accomplishing all these huge projects and checking things of my to do list, but not this summer.  We’ve had a lot of really great family time, away camping.  We had the gift …

With an abbreviated summer season in the land of the midnight sun, I also have an abbreviated summer wardrobe.  Contributing to the already limited supply of summer attire, I have been pregnant for half of the last ten summers.  I mostly have had knit maxi skirts because those my friends, are kind to an ever expanding and shrinking body (it’s nice …

Summer in most places boasts of hot temperatures, outdoor living, playing in the water, and sun.  And while people are shedding layers and basking in the sun, we are still bundled up in sweatshirts and blankets.  It’s cruel, but true.  The reality is, we still need blankets and throws to wrap around us in the summer.  But the sheer definition …

When I was a little girl, my mom didn’t drink coffee in the morning.  Instead, she would wake up by the method of creativity, with a needle and thread.  I will never forget the sound of the needle, filled with embroidery floss, making a distinctive “pop” through the canvas, and then the voice of the fibers rubbing together as the threads created strokes of …

If any of you have read the story of how I came up with the title of this blog, Of Ruffles and Rifles, you will remember that it has connotations to the poem, “the best laid plans of mice and men often run awry.”  And I titled my blog Of Ruffles and Rifles because this is a journey; a fantastic, …

He called me Easter morning before we headed off to church. My husband and his parents spent nearly a week driving from Pheonix, Arizona, through Canada and then to our home in Alaska. Six LONG days of driving. “We just saw about ten swans on a lake as we were driving by,” he said, “maybe they’re stopping here and on their way …

Happy New Year everyone!  Can you believe it’s 2017?!  I’m dragging my feet a little as I do with every new year.  It’s change after all, I’m not overly fond of change.  And it’s January, which equates to total and complete utter darkness in our home by the mountains in Alaska (okay, so we get 2 hours of direct sunlight …

I cannot begin to tell you how this is a dream come true.  I am sewing clothes for my little girl!  It took me nearly four months to finish this tiny little project (can you tell I have a new baby still?).  I cut out the dress a couple weeks before my daughter was born, and finally finished it a of couple …

Happy October and pumpkins and spice and everything nice everyone!  I know it seems so cliché, and yet, I love pumpkins and fall and my birthday month and the anticipation of the holidays coming.  (I don’t love the impending dark and cold, but we won’t think about that today.) In my Pinterest and internet wanderings over the last many years, …