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Recipes and snapshots of life in Bristol Bay, AK

Mother’s Day is less than a week away people … and I can think of no better way to say I love you than presenting her with some Alaskan made love! Here’s a few things on my list… 

Mandy Bernard @homesteadingroatsers on Instagram is based in Homer, AK and creates amazing silkscreen prints inspired by the land & sea. The totes pictured above are gorgeous durable bags I’d love to haul about. Currently her aprons are at Dos Manos in Anchorage and soon to be available at a Food Hub in Homer or Soldotna. 

Her aprons are made from waxed canvas and I have no doubt they’d stand up to any task in the kitchen or workshop! 

For a sweet Alaskan treat consider a pint or two of Alaska’s best microcreamery’s seasonal ice cream – Wild Scoops. Their pints can even be purchased or reserved online so you are sure to get the flavor Mom craves! Spruce Tip is calling me! Coming late this month their downtown Anchorage shop on 429 E St. will open – I. Cannot. Wait.


We have a few spoons from the Bearded Spoon Man, a hand carver from Kenai, AK in our kitchen but I love these feathered coffee scoops! Dustin Henkin is a self taught artisan who is also a potter and jack of many trades! Follow him on Instagram using the handle @dh_spoons_in_alaska – he gladly accepts custom orders! 

Another inspiring apron maker – one can NEVER have too many aprons in my opinion – is The Bare Lagoon. Allie Bateman of Kodiak sews and designs many different styles and sells them locally and in her etsy shop! She can be found as @thebarelagoon on Instagram. I love the rusty red shorty pictured on the left! 

Locally in Dillingham, AK and willing to ship special orders throughout the Bristol Bay region is Dilly Sweets. A solely owned and operated home bakery business. Emily Hulett baker extraordinaire does everything from custom cookies, towering chocolate creations, fantastic cakes, and other confections all just an order away! 

Tulips sing Spring and over at Alaska Stems out of Homer, AK they have tulips in abundance! They recently delivered a large load to New Sagaya in Anchorage and even have a weekly subscription option! Follow Rachel Lord, the farmer and floral designer behind the blooms, on Instagram using the handle @alaskastems – plus her wedding bouquets are just beautiful if you’re in that market! 

Last November I went to a craft show in Chugiak and bought no less than half a dozen headbands from Headband Happy AK! These super soft, stretchy, stay in place headbands come in so many amazing Alaskan fabrics and a full range of sizes! Annie Anderson designs and sews all the bands herself – follow her on Instagram with the handle @headbandhappyak – I particularly love the new teal mermaid fabric she is using! 

If your Mom loves growing and cultivating her own flowers or food check out Foundroot! The heirloom seed company based in Haines, Alaska. The Cheechako seed collection would be an excellent starter set if she is new to Alaskan gardening. I have my eye on these Nasturtium seeds to brighten my garden and for using their pods in pickling! Check out the recent interview with Leah, Foundroot’s coowner and Master Gardener here on Set the Net


My kitchen is filled with hand thrown pottery and I often use the pieces in styling my shoots on Set the Net, I love everything over at Glazed and Confused’s etsy shop it’s hard to pick a favorite. Liana Haugstad is the Alaskan potter whose work any mother would love! 

Lastly I am huge yarn junkie – wool in particular and the Alaskan Yarn Co. calls to the knitter in me something fierce! 100% of the wool comes from sheep grown in Soldotna, Alaska and is hand dyed or painted! I love the essentially every skein in the Knitty Stash shop! 

If you are searching for more Alaskan gifts check out the Bristol Bay Small Business Gift Guide I posted last Christmas on Set the Net! 

*This is not a sponsored post nor did I receive anything in return for promoting these products – I just love shopping local! All photos of products were taken by the businesses who created the products and were used here to promote them! 

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