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 …

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 …