Tuesday, January 15, 2013



According to Inuit legend, Kiviuq is an eternal wanderer. Spirits, giants, cannibals, bears and sea monsters intermingle in his world, creating havoc for him. But his supernatural powers allows him to overcome all obstacles in his travels across the north. He walks, or travels by dogsled or kayak. Inuit elders say that when Kivuiq's face turns solid stone the world will end. Currenrtly his face is half stone, it took about a 100 years. The elders believe that he is in his last life now and on adventure somewhere. However, before he dies he will return to see his people.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Saint Francis a santos cage doll



I have to decided to enter a doll making challenge from the magazine Art Doll Quarterly. The challenge is to make a "Santos Cage doll".The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint. Originally, Santos were created for use... as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church. Often people would put their price possessions in the cage. These cage dolls have become very popular with doll collecters. Most cage dolls are decorated with angelic female figures, I decided to put a different spin on it. St Francis is know as the patron of all animals, He believed that nature itself was the mirror of God. He called all creatures his “brothers” and “sisters,” and even preached to the birds and supposedly persuaded a wolf to stop attacking some locals if they agreed to feed the wolf. Saint Francis invited all of creation – animals, plants, natural forces, even Brother Sun and Sister Moon – to give honor and praise to the Lord. The poor man of Assisi gives us striking witness that when we are at peace with God we are better able to devote ourselves to building up that peace with all creation which is inseparable from peace among all peoples."

attached to this doll is a prayer by Albert Schweitzer: 
Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked,
underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity
that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chasing the lights in the sky

Something you might not know about me is that I am a junkie......an Aurora Junkie. One of the best things about living here in Alaska is being able to see the Northern Lights. And no matter how often I see them, I can't get enough. I spend many very cold nights waiting for them to appear. I realized recently that it is also a kind of therapy for me. It's my quiet time, my me time. We share our home with a very rowdy pack of dogs and some very loud and needy parrots. Most of my time is spend by taking care of them,our house can be very lively to say the least. Although I wouldn't trade it for anything, sometimes it is very nice to get away for a while and have some peace and quiet. I would like to share with you some of these amazing moments I have captured with my camera.



When people move to Alaska, they must feel the need to wear as much fur as they possibly can.