Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sony Nex7 Practice

     Using macro extensions with my e-mount lenses for the Nex7 that I bought almost two years ago.

     There is so much to learn about adjustment of the focal point and lighting, but will keep trying. The first two pics are from a 3-hour macro class Mark Pierson teaches that I took a couple of weeks ago; and, the last (pink Easter cactus bloom) was shot on my own last week.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tooting My Horn

     I am really excited to say that before I left on my holiday to Palm Springs, I leased the marketing and advertising rights to one of my photos that I took of the Kenai River in Cooper Landing, Alaska.
     Friends have collaborated in a coffee roasting business, called Kenai River Coffee Company. 
     My "Alaska Blue Moose" is reserved with the State of Alaska and so my business license should arrive soon! I am not 100% sure yet how I will go about marketing some of my other prints and/or photo-acrylic art pieces, but suffice it to say I may get something in the works - or may not. But, at least the option will be available.
     The website for the roasted coffee beans should be "live" soon and I am putting the link below for your perusal. 
     Thanks for celebrating with me! Hugs.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

2015 Palm Springs Trip

     Trip to Palm Springs this year commenced on Feb 3rd (all day travel, arriving at 1015pm) and ended with return to Anchorage at 3pm and overnighter with Alicia and family on the 19th (all day travel again, leaving PSP at 8am). Didn't take as many photos at I anticipated and only brought my iPhone6 with me. But, was able to capture a few snaps for sure. I did not alter any of the photos shown but may take a few into CS6... and, some were taken by others - lol - if I am in the photo! Enjoy.

(As always, click on the pics for a larger view. Hugs)

First stop on the 4th was Rubios with Nadine; doing errands. 

Here are a couple of pics from Nadine and Owen's
rented 5th wheel, this year staying at Two Springs
about eight miles down the hill from Hidden Springs, DHS.

A group of approximately 16 of us visited Integratron,
up the valley from PSP. We had a special "sound" session
and it was an enlightening and fun outing.
Visit the link below for more information.

I divided my time between Two Springs and Hidden Springs;
sleeping at Hidden Springs and enjoying the amenities of both
places for the pool and aerobics (HS), hot tub (HS),
tai chi (TS), the Iler Cup Golf Tournament that
Nadine and Owen participated in with dinner conclusion (HS),
and many other gatherings 
(Appie Hours, picnics and karaoke).
Thank you to all the hosts and hostesses for the many invites
that included me along with Nadine and Owen,
great food and fun times.

There were two movie outings each with eats afterward:
The Most Violent Year 

Here's a pic of Nadine teaching, the
T'ai Chi Yang Long Form (the Terence Dunn way), first third of form.
Nadine graciously asked me to help a few times.

Of course, a very special "Thank You"...
to June, Charlotte, and Char
(for putting me up in sleeping accommodations)
pictured here at our special ribs, my Mom's mac and cheese,
and Charlotte's divine lemon meringe pie dinner...

Was able to connect with Sox (Socrates), a friend
I met in 1999 at a workshop in Medford, OR, along with
a mutual friend Liz... we have had good times together
doing three lacebook collaboratives the last few years.
Sox has a special showing at the Lon Michels Gallery in PSP.
Her paintings (shown right in photo of me and Todd Olsen) 
and jewelry are showcased at the gallery.

And, finally, Joshua Tree National Park... 
Yes, I was knitting in the sun/shade; covered up but
have a camisole under - forgot my sunscreen!

Fabulous Trip...

The San Andreas Fault (1/3 from top of photo below).

Monday, February 16, 2015

GYB Winner 2015

Winner #50 of 87 entries - Debby Messner
the little journal will be heading to Ohio

Thank you everyone for visiting my blog and entering; I will enjoy visiting you when I return home
to my computer. Hugs and love, Karen

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog 2015 and Giveaway

     Welcome! My name is Karen and I am so happy that you have stopped by Alaska Blue Moose today whether you just happened in or came along via Vicki's 2015 Grow Your Blog. This is always exciting and I have loved the last two years, joining in the festivities.

     During 2014 my "blog" didn't grow as much as I would have liked due to recuperation from traumatized muscle tissue (sitting and moving were difficult) - however, all is on the mend with physical therapy and I am totally looking forward to adding energy and love to this area with new photography, projects, and information about Alaska. The sidebar has a little intro on "who I am" and a photo - not too scary - with my Email ( - in case it is too small to read). I love hearing from you and hope you enjoy my continuing artistic endeavors. 

     Last year I was in Canada for a month when the GYB launched and was very fortunate to meet the winner of my giveaway on my return trip home. It is always such a thrill to meet new friends this way. I have knitted newborn snuggle sacks, taken jewelry and art classes, exchanged ideas, and initiated or accepted heartwarming friendships by corresponding with those who follow me or those I follow. It is truly a rewarding and inspirational journey. I am thankful for each of you.  

     The link below will take you to Vicki's GYB with over 400 more blogs to visit. Vicki is such a beautiful woman, compassionate and enthusiastic in all that she does. Seeing the gorgeous photos of her and her "gardener's" travels, sharing in her charitable projects, and seeing her own beautiful signature nests and knitting is a feast to our senses. 

     Before you venture away, read about my "GIVEAWAY."

MY GIVEAWAY.......  tada!

     Bookarts, beading and photography have been my longtime passions; adding a renewed interest in fiber arts with lacebooks and knitting the last couple of years. This year I am giving away a journal.

     I would love to have you follow my blog if you are interested, but you do not have to do so to enter the giveaway; you don't have to live in the United States - all you must do is leave a comment on this post to sign up. (An email to me directly will not enter you for the gift.) I will do a random drawing on February 15, post the winner here and contact you to mail the journal. In order to contact you, please be sure to at least have a means of reaching you via your comment. 

     Please read some of my posts and follow the Grow Your Blog link. 

a little 1/4 page journal with 8 signatures and 144 pages,
room for notes and photos.
lovely for your purse or by your computer or to regift.

Thank you sincerely for visiting and GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bowl Hotpad Protector

     Three weeks ago I met Sandy who was giving a "bowl hotpad protector" to my friend Barb as a late Christmas gift. Sandy told us about a youtube video which gives excellent directions. So, I thought I would provide one link below for your perusal.

     The hotpad is to protect one's hands from a hot bowl after microwaving. In fact Sandy has made the 10", 12" and 15" sizes, if I recall correctly, and given them as sets in varying combinations. Since I don't use a microwave I still wanted to give the project a try to protect my hands from a hot bowl of soup, beans or stew.

     I am pleased at how my first 10" protector has turned out - you can see the photos with "one" reversible holder and two different bowls that I have in my cupboard.

If you make one, I hope you will like it as much. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Knitting Since October Review

     Since October a few smallish projects have all come to fruition even if the photo doesn't portray it! Yeah! (Dates indicate completion.)
     I am currently knitting on the smaller of the two brioche and calling it "Northern Lights."

CURRENT - Big, Fluffy Brioche Cowls

Noro NOT Striped Scarf #3 (January 16, 2015)

Sheila Fae's Feb BD Hat (January 7, 2015)

Entrelac Scarf, to be blocked (December 19, 2014)

Chris' Xmas gift (December 12, 2014)

Headbands for the two granddaughters (December 8 and 9, 2014)

Miski Slouch for Devin's Xmas gift (December 7, 2014)
This matches the Noro NOT Scarf #1.

Pei Cowl, to be blocked (November 6, 2014)

Birthday Mitts for Jenn (November 29, 2014)

Noro NOT Striped Scarf #2 (November 16, 2014)

Alicia's Xmas gifts (November 7 and 17, 2014)

Fingerless Mitts Variation, Devin grabbed them. (November 3 2014)