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, …

Hello everyone.  Today I want to share a simple craft, one that takes virtually no skill at all, just some felt and a hot glue gun. As you can imagine, having a daughter after four boys, I am definitely leaning towards everything ruffly and girlie these days.  In her first few months, I didn’t have time for much more than feeding …

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, …

Well, it happened. Fall came this week.  The brilliant green leaves that have been celebrating life and sun and warmth all summer have started fading, like hints of grey hair on a 30 year old.  The inevitable is coming, and in Alaska, if we blink, we could miss fall altogether.  It is noticeably the shortest season of the year. And …

When I embarked on my vision of a vintage train station in our entryway, with our restored Depot Bench taking center stage, I knew I had to have some appropriate signs to adorn the wall above as well.  I have some family photos on the train tracks, but to create a little more interest to the eye, I wanted some signs.  …

My camera is still on the brink, and I have new projects coming along, but until I get a new lens, I am reaching into the archives.  As I was going through some old photos, I came along some mustache birthday party pictures that I thought would be worth sharing as some inspiration. It was a birthday party for my …

Hello everyone!  I am quickly using up my stash of posts in my blog queue as we continue to renovate, pack, and get ready to move and turn our house into a rental in the span of the next week to three weeks.  It will actually be a very unconventional move as we are actually trading places with our tenant …