Monday, 25 June 2012

Ray and Karen's house in Loose Moose Loop North Pole.

 Daryl and Julie in the  pretty bedroom.  We swapped rooms after 2 nights.  The four of us also shared the ensuite bathroom.   Karen and Ray slept downstairs in the basement and used the main bathroom.

 Karen is a birdlover and had many gorgeous 'birdie' decorations.  I loved this one in our bedroom.
All the light switches had decorative covers and were beautiful.
Richard, their son (who stayed with friends while we were staying at the house) was starting some herbs on the widow sill ready for summer.

 This sculpture of birds on a branch was made of different types of wood.  It sat on the window sill in the dining room.
 The living room with some of Karen's craftworks around.
 Karen's prize winning ribbons for her cooking at the Tenana Fair.  They were pinned up across her kitchen window.  Just gorgeous.  She is a very clever woman.
This rooster on display in the kitchen was all made of seeds.

 Karen kept cookie cutters in these big jars on top of her cupboards.  They looked lovely.

 I loved the window treatment here in the 'laundry' which really was just part of the hallway.
 The Pantry

 Her pantry was huge but also contained the spearpoint well for their water source and the hot water service which heated the house with pipes running around the edge  of the floorspace in every room.  They still call the hot water service the 'furnace' which still conjures up pictures of shovelling coal into a big fire box!  Karen's  basket collection hangs from the pantry ceiling.

Karen's kitchen with the ceiling painted blue with clouds.  A welcome sight in winter.

 I loved Karen's night light covers.  So much more imaginative than the ones I've seen in Aus.

 Karen had made lots of little vignettes to decorate her house.  This raven sat atop a wardrobe with a 'nest' Karen had made from a bush.  I love the touch of the feather sitting in the nest.
 A raven eating blueberries.  Lots of ravens feature in patchwork and quilting in Alaska.

Another vignette.  This time a tin lantern, an antique candle mould and a horn of some animal.


  1. This is great! Kinda like keeping a diary! I'm so glad you took all those photos of bits and pieces around her house. Not the kind of thing you would really have done pre digital cameras! All such interesting stuff!

  2. Wow, heaps of Ravens! Are they common in Alaska? I agree with Yvette, it's great to have taken all the pics around their house! I love the blue sky ceiling!

  3. Chalotte,
    Yes, Ravens are VERY common as well as protected in Alaska. They are also a main part of the Native culture and mythology. Raven created the world, and is known as "The Trickster".