Monday, September 30, 2013

I've had many exciting mini-adventures in Alaska--in addition to some of the most breathtaking views I've ever seen--on ferry rides, challenging hikes, and just outside of my front door.  A volcano, mountains, glaciers, oceans...oh my! 

And I'm happy to announce that I'm a step closer to my goal of starting the small business that's been kicking around in my mind for the last two years or so--I just finished my business plan!  Writing 13,500 words was daunting at first, but six months and multiple missed deadlines later I've got one spanking hot plan on my hands ready to turn in to my IDA team.  It didn't hurt that I dangled the carrot of fabric and yarn for a personal project if I finished it by October.  That always tends to get my gears turning!

I'll post more updates and details on the blog in the upcoming months about my business adventures/ideas--including my plan to relaunch and rebrand the Kitschy Krafter.  With one redesign of the blog under my belt, I am ready for another spruce up.  I am hoping to refocus my content a bit, mix in a little multimedia, and have a blast digging deeper into a more cohesive design.

The weather in Sitka has been unnaturally remarkable for this time of year (or so I am repeatedly told).  October officially begins the rainy/stormy season (thus the rain boots).  Luckily for me, I have a lot of "outstanding projects" (ie my sweater, which is coming along--I actually may like knitting sweaters--who knew) along with sketching and prototyping new projects to keep me busy!

Stay tuned for updates as I will be stopping by periodically to share news, updates, and my Alaska crafty adventures!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

|| An Alaskan Adventure || My New Home

Yep, that's right.  I moved from my beloved Ann Arbor (Michigan) to embark upon a new adventure in Sitka (Alaska). I am still receiving packages that I mailed to myself so that I could avoid parting with some dear craft treasures.  My latest packages include my sewing machine (Alfred made the trip) and my serger.  Both were greatly missed as I day dreamed between walks around the island about beautiful outfits I wanted to make.

A little about my new home Sitka. It is an island with about 8,000-9,000 people, making it the 4th largest city in Alaska. It is in southeast Alaska and is closer to Seattle, Washington than Anchorage, Ak. It does not have any major department stores. (Uh-huh, that includes craft stores!)

Luckily, I did manage to save some of my fabric, but I will also be challenging myself to create more using thrift store finds (they have two very tiny ones here).  Progress on my sweater halted for a bit, but I found some knitting allies on the island who should encourage me to continue and finish it up.

Landing in Sitka, after 21 hours in airports and on planes, nighttime and rain obscured most of the views of my new home. I awoke, however, to the briny scent of sea and fish, which is when it hit me..."I'm in Alaska!?!" I then spent the next week exploring the island, walking the docks, and hanging out in the national park.

I've already been on several snapshot scouting trips around town.  As I post pics of future in-progress or finished projects, I hope to give everyone a taste of my new island life!