Hi, My name is Sheli - I've lived in Alaska most all my life. My husband and I own and work in our little store called Alaska Transfers & Design in Fairbanks and live in the next town over named North Pole - and yes there is a Santa Claus house! Even reindeer! Some of the town is decorated year round and we have candy cane street lights.
At our house, we leave the Christmas tree up year round....we have it on the ceiling so the cats don't try to climb it when we aren't home.....We add and move around the ornaments through out the year so it's always changing :)
Looks really cool lit up !
The tree skirt is made from a couple doilies I crocheted and the star is a Death Star Ornament or toy the daughter came up with - we use it to light up the living room during our dark winter months :)
Besides our little store which we make custom tshirts, mugs, coffee cups and such Plus antiques, novelties and Alaska souvenirs, we have an online webpage called Way Up In Alaska (link is at top of profile) and a HUGE eBay store with over 7,000 items - and we are in 2 of our local antique stores.
We send and receive all of our mail from our store in Fairbanks since it's more secure than our roadside mailbox out in North Pole.
We enjoy spending the summers traveling in state as well as traveling through Canada on our way to visit the lower 48 to go antiquing and just seeing the sights.
I have a nice size collection of vintage crafting magazines as well as vintage cookbooks
Have one daughter who is starting to get out on her own (boy that time went quick!) she lives at home and has a fun job merchandising Alaska souvenirs in a few local businesses
For pets we have 3 very spoiled cats who enjoy watching the many cool animals that visit our backyard - We have a couple squirrels that visit daily along with ducks in the summer and a few Pine Grosbeaks fly in to scavenge for food and every now and then we see signs that a moose or bear have been through the back yard. Late at night we get owls that like to hunt the little critters (voles which are like tailless mice) and the bigger critters, the bunnies...poor bunnies! But the owls have to eat too - so it's either the owls or the lynx that visit that will get those poor bunnies. We also get red foxes and bats back there too. We left the back yard wild so the critters can be enjoyed and not forced out. We are lucky that the area area we live it's all left wild by the other home-owners and hopefully will stay that way, we enjoy the wildlife viewing.
Vintage cookbooks - have a few hundred in my library so far
crafting books - I have been collecting workbasket magazines. The older coats & clark ones are another line I collect and general crafting magazines too. The ads in the older books are great!
For book reading, I've been reading the miss peregrine's home for peculiar children - Love it!! Can't wait to watch the movie!
Don't really have a favorite genre, hard to pick a favorite movie, but Elf is always funny! :) So is National Lampoon Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story ( I do really love Christmas movie maybe it's because I live in North Pole Alaska ahaha!! ) Love a good mystery, documentary, or action filled movie - and old movies are great to watch too :) Horror is my good ol' standby when I can't find a movie I want to watch
Have a few shows on TV I like to watch - Walking Dead, Supernatural - those we don't watch until they come out on DVD though. But have been enjoying Goldbergs, The Real O'neals, Teachers, Superstore, Those who can't, Mysteries at the Museum, Ancient Aliens, Born This way, Love at First Sight, Dr. Dee (she's here in Alaska! :) ) . And whatever else I can have playing in the background while I craft or read through cookbooks and crafting magazines :) One of our recent new likes is This Is Us. such a great show! and I usually don't like dramas
Crochet is my favorite! but love general crafting. I also make earrings to sell in our store - but crochet is always my go to craft since it's easy to take along on road trips.
Looks like this winter going to be breaking out the sewing machine and get to teaching my daughter the fun of sewing! so might get back into making cloth dolls :) fingers crossed the cats don't make it too much of a hassle :)
I have no real preferences when it comes to swapping - but some info about me to help you make a choice - if those other categories didn't help out here is a bit more :)
I am not religious in the slightest
I love animals (cats especially)
Love vintage cookbooks, ads, recipes
enjoy old photos - i buy them randomly - no real theme to them, quirky or creepy ones are my fav though
Holidays especially Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are my favorite
favorite scent - baking cookies, cinnamon, citrus
We travel out of Alaska often in our RV so love RV themed goodies since we spend 70 days a summer living in it.
am a coffee and tea drinker - and am not choosey on flavors, always fun to try something new :)
I do use a Keurig (use the pods and load my own) and loose ground coffee as well - have no preference on what types of drinks I receive :)
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