Huxhukw

I recently shared my progress towards finishing my Huxhukw bird mask. I have finally added the finishing touches. Before I share the final details of my carving, I thought I would share the history and story of the Huxhukw bird. The Huxhukw bird is part of a dance ceremony of the Hamatsa Society of the…

Painting Faces & Making Hair

I have been working on a mask carving with my dad for around 5 years now. It certainly didn’t need to take that long, but we have just been working on bits of it here and there, so it has been a bit drawn out. We are, however, finally reaching the final steps in the…

Then & Now – Random Projects

Over the years we have done some updates to the house. Some out of necessity, but most out of desire to make changes. We were lucky that the house itself had been renovated and was very modern looking inside, so there was no pressing updates that we needed to work on. That let us focus…

Then & Now – Front Yard

The focus has been on the back yard for most of the time we have lived here. Kurt had wanted only one of our yards to be in disarray and chaos at a time, so we had agreed that we would leave the front yard alone until we were finished the back yard. Then COVID…

Then & Now – Upper Back Yard

We are now moving to the upper area of the back yard. It was beautifully landscaped when we moved in, making a nice area to enjoy while we create chaos in the bottom area. That’s not to say that we haven’t done a few changes. Here’s a look over the years. 2014 – 2016 –…

Then & Now – Left Slope

Continuing on with the timeline of changes to the yard, we are going to take a look at the left side of the yard. 2015 – We will start here as 2013 & 2014 were the same for both sides of the yard. In 2015 we put in our first batch of tomatoes, using the…

Then and Now – Right Slope

It has been just over 5 years since our adventure of landscaping the yard began. We were beginners then, and knew very little about what we were going to face and accomplish. I would say that we have learned a lot and know a moderate amount of landscaping, gardening and general handy-man skills. When in…

Goodbye 2021

2020 was a challenging year for many. Kurt and I were able to make the best of it and carried that mentality on into 2021. Despite all the challenges that the pandemic continued to provide, along with 3 major climate disasters in our area, we have been able to make the year another good one…

Homemade Holidays

First, I hope you all had a Merry Christmas. I didn’t get a chance this year to do a post to wish everyone a happy holiday season. I was once again spending most of my time in the shop. Though, Kurt did make sure that I spent a little more time enjoying the holidays watching…

Lazy Days

After a busy summer of landscaping, growing food and doing our best to enjoy the yard when the temperatures were manageable, I flew into a fall full of shop work in preparation for our first craft fair. Since the craft fair, I have taken a little bit of a break, which unfortunately, also resulted in…