Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Snow Storm

It is hard to tell how much snow we have received from this spring snow storm.  I am guessing somewhere around 18 inches.  After my driveway was plowed out yesterday, I headed to town to shovel the path going into the museum and drove around to get a few photos.

Heading down the hill into town.  Looks like January!

Snow really piled up out on Coast Guard Point!

The black spot in the center of the photo below is the top of my LP tank.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Summer Inventory and More Winter

I have been busy the last few months making agate windows.  Last year was the first year I made time to make an inventory of agate windows in advance of the busy summer season.  It was great since it allowed me to have a more normal life.  For more than a decade of years before that, I spent most evenings after leaving the museum working until the wee hours to make agate windows.  I am grateful people  purchase and enjoy my mineral art, but since I am the age wherein most people retire -- I am hoping to have summers now where my work week is at least more reasonable (even though it is still seven days a week).

Here is my inventory as it stands now.

A few people have already asked if they can purchase an agate window from this current inventory.  I do not sell them online.  I do not have enough time to make a separate inventory for online sales.  I also am a little reluctant to respond to email or PM requests for emailed photos, dimensions, and prices.  In most cases after I spend an hour or so per request taking photos, measuring the windows, reducing the size of the photos to be email-compatible, and emailing the potential customer --  a sale does not happen.  This is not because people don't like the agate windows, it is usually because they decide they have to see the agate windows in person before making a selection.  

So if you are interested in purchasing an agate window, it would be best for you to request a custom order.  That way I can make you something matching your exact specification.  Prices range from $50-$65 for a small agate window (7"-8"), $65-$95 for a medium window, and $100 and up for a larger agate window.  There are many designs, including but not limited to:

--Rectangle/square with 1.5" glass/bevel trim on the outside
--Rectangle/square with round or flat metal frame
--Freeform design with glass or metal on top and two sides and freeform agates on bottom
--Driftwood hangers with triangle of agates below a piece of Lake Superior driftwood
--Sun/flower design with a larger agate in the middle and smaller agates radiating out around the perimeter
--Square or rectangle agate mirror
--Round agate mirror

If you are interested in an agate window, please email me at Karen@agatelady.com.

In the mean time, winter will not end.  We received over a foot of snow yesterday and it is still coming down today.  The snow is not supposed to stop until tonight.  This is the biggest snow storm of the winter, but it is supposed to be spring!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Shipment of my newest book expected early next week

I just received word from the printer. The shipment for my newest book will arrive the beginning of next week. I will do a web page update, which I have been waiting to do until after the book is shipped. However, the update will not be posted for a few days. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy before the www.agatelady.com webpage update is posted with the new book listed in the online gift shop, please send me an email to Karen@agatelady.com.  I am excited to see the printed book!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Another Snowshoe in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

On Saturday I went on another long snowshoe with friend, Marcia O'Brien.  We parked at the Sable Visitors' Center and trekked along the river past Sable Falls to the shoreline and back to town.  It was a beautiful day!

Sable River...

Steps down to Sable Falls and the shoreline...

Sable Falls mostly covered in ice....

Shoreline looking west....

Mouth of Sable River....

Shoreline looking east...

Due to the high sun angle, some of the snow on the beach has melted exposing some rocks.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

School Forest skies and more

One of the days this past week, Helen Riley and I went cross country skiing in the Burt Township School Forest. I didn't think we would get any more skiing in this year, but we did! After the ski, we drove out to the end of Coast Guard Point to get a few photos of the ice in the channel and the lighthouse. The last two photos were taken a couple of days later when Marcia O'Brien and Lois Johnson Fite joined us. We had received several inches of new snow, so the conditions were quite sticky. However, it was quite the adventure skiing in heavy snow!

The first few photos were taken at the bridge in the school forest.  The next day all of the ice in the river was gone!

Taking a break.....

Channel ice......

Outer harbor lighthouse.....

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Keweenaw Hike

Last weekend I visited my son and his family in the Keweenaw. We took their dog for a walk along the Silver River, located outside L'Anse. I also captured photos of the full moon. The actual falls were frozen and covered over with snow.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Grand Sable Dunes showshoe

Yesterday I went on a four hour snowshoe in the Grand Sable Dunes.  Friends, Helen and Marcia, were in town along with others in their families.  Just us three women headed out for an adventure.  We started at the Sable Visitors' Center, headed down H58 to Sable Lake, and then into the dunes where we trekked all the way across to the Lake Superior bluff and back.  Of course, we did also have a wonderful picnic.

Heading down H58.  We didn't realize they had plowed it until we started down the road.  We could have driven to Sable Lake if we would have known, but it only added a half mile or so for us to snowshoe instead.

Once we arrived at Sable Lake, we headed up into the dunes!

Looking back toward Sable Lake....

We thought the cloud looked like the U.P.

I love the dunes this time of year with a combination of snow and sand....

Finally after a lot of up and down and a little over an hour we reached the bluff over Lake Superior.  The shelf ice, pancake ice, and shoreline were beautiful!

Au Sable Lighthouse with my zoom....

Picnic time!



There are two methods of going down a steep snow-covered dune.  You can slide on your butt (left), or snowshoe down (right).

Back at Sable Lake...

Thanks, Helen and Marcia, for a wonderful afternoon.