Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Honoring Tough Alaska Chick... Angelica Haakenson

A few months ago, I was driving down the road and was thinking of all the people I have known, that have gone through a tough situation in life and did not give up. They press on day after day, pushing through mentally or physically, doing the best they can in their situation. Whether it be battling a disease, surviving an accident,  or overcoming abuse.  Day to day trials and tough situations can sometimes make it hard to just smile. 
That's when I came up with the idea that maybe I can help put a smile on someones face, even if just for a moment! I put a post on my business page, letting people know they can email me if they know someone who is going through a tough time or situation and nominate them for a free hoodie. (In hopes that we can help put a smile on their face and give them a little bit of encouragement!)
 So here is a nomination we received from Cindy Haakenson, who nominated her niece, Angelica Haakenson...Below is her letter to us:

 "I would like to nominate my 11 year old niece Angelica Haakenson. She was in a horrific accident on Christmas evening of 2014. She was pinned between two cars and as a result lost both her legs above the knee, suffered numerous broken vertebrae and many lacerations. 

 There have been quite a few reports in the news and our local papers regarding her accident, giving updates, and showing the amazing support she and her family have received. She spent a couple months at he Children's Hospital in Anchorage going through life saving surgeries and many procedures making her stable enough to leave the state and go to a hospital that would be more enabled to help her move forward with prosthetics and physical therapy. She was accepted into Ronald McDonald house while she did outpatient therapy through Seattle Children's Hospital. I am happy to say that she has just arrived home and is proud to show off how much progress she has made in walking with her prosthetics in such a short period of time. She has a long way to go but has won the title of "Hero" to so many of us. Her strength an determination to get back to doing the things she has always loved to do is amazing. She loves to fish, swim, ski, ride her motorcycle, pretty much anything that is an active outdoor activity. I know before too long she will be back to doing all these with a big smile on her face. She IS a Tough Alaska Chick! "


Angelica, we will be shipping out your hoodie today and want to let you know that you are definately  a  "Tough Alaska Chick" that we can all look up to! Thank you for pressing on during your tough situation and not giving up! You are truly an inspiration! 

Love,
Alaska Chicks 




Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Weekend Project-Making a Bench!

This weekend we did some work in the good ole garage! I had this long king size headboard that I had wanted to turn into a bench for a long time, and finally got to it this weekend! I bought this headboard from a girl in Wasilla who had already upcycled it! She added fabric to the back and painted it cream. As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted to make it into a bench!

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I didn't want to have to buy legs for this bench (which can be costly) , so I had an idea! I had this old end table I got at a garage sale this past summer. I used it all summer long as a little work table, hence the paint marks all over it! I figured we could use those legs and incorporate them into the bench.

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We added some more wood and voila!

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Then I decided to paint it black to match the fabric on the back.

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I took off the drawer pulls that were originally on the back of the headboard, because I figured most people don't want them poking their back when sitting down! And I wasn't too thrilled about the looks of em either.  So I added the metal accents that I had in my stash! Then I distressed and sealed it! It is now available for purchase in our Palmer retail location, inside Cover Ups at 840 S Colony Way, Palmer, Alaska 99645. There are also many more benches available for sale made out of headboards, old doors, or anything unique we find!

We love to upcycle, create and design one of a kind unique pieces for your homes! Thanks for taking the time to read about this project! We hope to start getting better at posting more projects we do!! (I am not very good at sitting down at the computer for long periods of time, but am trying!) :)

 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tough Alaska Chick, $350 Shopping Spree Winner!!

We love the awesome women of Alaska and their unique lifestyles! We held a "Tough Alaska Chick" contest, so we could learn more about what you do, how you live, and what makes you "tough." We loved reading about those of you living off the land to provide food for you and your families! Whether it was berry picking, hunting, fishing, trapping, or gardening, we enjoyed your stories! We loved hearing about some of your "tough" jobs that most would think was fit only for a man, but you proved that Alaska Chicks have no limits! Lastly, we were encouraged by some of you who went through deaths, divorces, survived cancer and other diseases and other "tough" life situations, where you pulled through and chose to press on! Some of you may not think of yourself as tough, but most of us face hard times, and we can either choose to give up, or choose to press on, and do the best you can with what you've got! You are all an inspiration, and we loved getting to know you!

We are proud to announce that Detricia H. is our $350 tough Alaska chick shopping spree winner! Her story captivated us as we read about her living off the land for about 20 years,  surrounded by bears and other wild animals. Her main diet was moose, bear, porcupine, fish, and clams. Only getting her mail three times a year and living without any technology, women like her are hard to find nowadays! She lived in a 10 x10 log cabin with a sod roof and dirt floor.

Here she is pictured at age 24 with all her furs she got on snowshoe.

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Here she is pictured with a tame Raven

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Nothing like playing in the great outdoors! This was their first home where she raised her kids,  made out of Visqeen!

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Here she is with a trouble maker bear (notice the playhorse in the background! yikes!)

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You can read her full submission here:

"Well, I'm humble, but my husband has encouraged me to tell my story. I moved to the remote west side of the Cook Inlet in 1981 when I was 24 years old. The guy I went there with left after a couple weeks to go big game guiding in another part of the state. I was in an area which supported one of the highest brown/black bear populations in the whole world. I was way under powered with my over/under 20 gauge/22 rifle. I was then ignorant to that fact yet do remember him telling me before he left "If you have to shoot a bear, be sure it is very close up.". I didn't have a dog to give a warning bark, so I couldn't go outside at night due to the salmon spawning stream a few yards away where many bears mingled. When he returned he was extremely relieved to see smoke emitting from the chimney for he didn't expect to find me alive. Went 8 months that year with out ever going to town. I learned how to trap/skin/flesh. Most of our diet was moose meat, along with bear, porcupine, fish, and clams. We lived in a 10 x 10 log cabin with a sod roof and dirt floor. In the Spring we had to hike 25 miles to find some one with a VHF radio so we could call out for a plane to come and get us. I continued this lifestyle until I was way into my forties. Raised two girls out there. Home schooled, ran traplines, ate lots of bears (just the trouble makers), canned salmon and etc. we would get our mail about 3 times a year. No electricity, phones, T.V. or now- a -days- standards, internet. Lived many years, even with the kids, in tents and line camps. They thought all children grew up with bear teeth marks in their toys and used iceburgs for a playground. One day I tried to tell my daughter about a machine called a "dishwasher", she rolled her eyes and laughed at me and considered it another Mommy practical joke. Kinda like when I told her about white bread. Moved to town when my oldest wanted to go to a public high school. That experience was a shocker for all of us. Town kids are mean. She was WAY too over read and over educated for them. Now she is 26 and a good human being, despite Homer High. Yes, I still go to my cabin all I can and plan to move back out there ASAP. I also still go there all alone for months at a time, even now in my fifties, despite my husbands angst over it. I'm never really at home except when I'm at my dear sweet cabin at the base of my favorite volcano Mt. Iliamna. Alaska chicks rock!!"

It was very hard for us to just choose one tough chick from all the entries we received, so we decided to give two $100 shopping sprees away as well! We will post their stories next! Thanks for all your submissions, we loved reading them all! You Alaska chicks are definitely one of a kind!!

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Tough Alaska Chick Contest Winner

We've received almost 300 entries for the Tough Alaska Contest we held throughout November. From fisherwomen and hunters to oil diggers have gifted us with many hours of stories worth of a hardcover book.

The job of selecting a single winner was also tough, so we added 2 honorable mentions of $100 in Alaska Chicks' gear to the first prize of $350, giving out a total of $550 in prizes.

And the winner is...


Fireweed N. Fields

Her story is the following:

Well, I'm humble but my husband has encouraged me to tell my story. I moved to the remote west side of the Cook Inlet in 1981 when I was 24 years old. The guy I went there with left after a couple weeks to go big game guiding in another part of the state. I was in an area which supported one of the highest brown/black bear populations in the whole world. I was way under powered with my over/under 20 gauge/22 rifle. I was then ignorant to that fact yet do remember him telling me before he left "If you have to shoot a bear, be sure it is very close up.". I didn't have a dog to give a warning bark, so I couldn't go outside at night due to the salmon spawning stream a few yards away where many bears mingled. When he returned he was extremely relieved to see smoke emitting from the chimney for he didn't expect to find me alive. Went 8 months that year with out ever going to town. I learned how to trap/skin/flesh. Most of our diet was moose meat, along with bear, porcupine, fish, and clams. We lived in a 10 x 10 log cabin with a sod roof and dirt floor. In the Spring we had to hike 25 miles to find some one with a VHF radio so we could call out for a plane to come and get us. I continued this lifestyle until I was way into my forties. Raised two girls out there. Home schooled, ran traplines, ate lots of bears (just the trouble makers), canned salmon and etc. we would get our mail about 3 times a year. No electricity, phones, T.V. or now- a -days- standards, internet. Lived many years, even with the kids, in tents and line camps. They thought all children grew up with bear teeth marks in their toys and used iceburgs for a playground. One day I tried to tell my daughter about a machine called a "dishwasher", she rolled her eyes and laughed at me and considered it another Mommy practical joke. Kinda like when I told her about white bread. Moved to town when my oldest wanted to go to a public high school. That experience was a shocker for all of us. Town kids are mean. She was WAY too over read and over educated for them. Now she is 26 and a good human being, despite Homer High. Yes, I still go to my cabin all I can and plan to move back out there ASAP. I also still go there all alone for months at a time, even now in my fifties, despite my husbands angst over it. I'm never really at home except when I'm at my dear sweet cabin at the base of my favorite volcano Mt. Iliamna. Alaska chicks rock!!

Friday, October 11, 2013

1st Alaska Chicks Photo Contest Winners

The task of selecting the winners of our 1st Alaska Chicks photo contest was a hard one for sure. We received more than 200 entries and difficultly narrowed the field to three winners and sixteen honorable mentions.

As we really had a great time doing this contest, we wanted to give at least a little prize for those who are being honorably mentioned: a $10 Alaska Chicks gift certificate for each. The gold medal winner is awarded with a $50 Alaska Chicks gift certificate, the silver medal winner gets a $25 Alaska Chicks gift certificate and the bronze medal winner takes home an Alaska Chicks headband of her choice.

AND THE WINNERS ARE...


Emily Henriques in first place for her outstanding photo of the Northern Lights. Look at her, she's like shouting "Freedom, here I am!". And the scenery is beautiful. That's why we picked her for number one.

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Kerry Howard with the silver medal for her peaceful photograph of horses crossing a river. Very beautiful and relaxing.

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And Laurie Johnson in third place for multiplying Alaska by 2: it's a mirror. Loved it!

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The honorable mentions are for: Brianna N. Bowen, Cady Mills, Carrie Casey, Corey Herbert, deblar, Elizabeth Ferguson, Heather Reyes, Iris Booth, Kaydi Marckesano, Kelsey Paveglio, Nancy Henricksen, Natalie Cadieux, Nicole Flynn, Rayette McGlashan, Shawna Rinas and Tracy Benson.

Find these and all participating photos in the gallery or visit the album on Facebook.

Thank you all for sending us your pictures of what you love about Alaska!

Friday, August 23, 2013

I want to wake up in that fair that doesn't sleep!

We are having such an amazing time at the 2013 Alaska State Fair we want to see y'all there!

Our booth at the fair!

Alaska State Fair Alaska Chicks Booth



First customer today. We loved to have you!

Tough Alaska Chick at the State Fair





She was surprised by how much we enjoy life at the fair!

Surprised girl at the Alaska State Fair!





New tough chick 3/4 sleeve shirts and tree zip ups!

New tough chick 3/4 sleeve shirts and tree zip ups





Neon Fever!

Alaska Chicks New Neon Tree Zip Up Hoodies



Can't wait to see you there!

Monday, August 19, 2013

We'll be at the Alaska State Fair!

Starting this thursday, August 22nd, the 2013 edition of the Alaska State Fair brings Alaskans and visitors from all over the country, long days of fun until the second day of September. And how can we miss it! We'll be at the fair from the first day with all our stylish clothing and brand new furniture creations we made exclusively for the event.

stylish custom furniture

Fair admissions are $12 for adults (13-64) and $8 for youth (6-12) and senior (65+), on weekdays. On weekend (Fri-Sun), adult tickets cost $14 and youth and senior's $9. However, you can save $2 on any ticket if you buy them before the 22nd. Buy tickets >

The fairgrounds are located just an hour’s drive north of Anchorage at mile 40 on the Glenn Highway. The Alaska Chicks booth is on the yellow trail, under the awning on the side of the barn. And this is how is looking so far:

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Each day at the fair will have unique shows, concerts, attractions, contests and more. For example, the opening day, the rock band Foreigner will be giving a concert with tickets from $35 where you can listen to their old time classic "I want to know what love is", among their 12-songs repertoire. Read the fair daily schedule >

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You're probably going to get hungry while visiting our booth, playing games or watching a show or concert. Well, don't worry, the food fairy is also going to the party. From savory Texas BBQ beefs and ribs to delicious strawberry treats and candy for the chocolate lover, make the fair menu impossible to have it all! Read the official food guide >

We can't wait to see you all there having fun with friends and family! Don't forget to stop by our booth and say hi!