Journal

Sarah's First Puffin Sighting
Our first day in Iceland was cold, rainy and windy (to say the least!). Since the volcano hike we planned was out of the question, we headed to the nearby sea cliffs mentioned in the back of my bird book instead....
Life for the Innocent: Saving children from human trafficking in South Asia
We’re excited to share our support of Life for the Innocent (LFTI) who has rescued over 10,000 children from human trafficking is South Asia. Who is Life for the Innocent? Watch the 3 minute video below to learn how LFTI rescues children...
Sketchbook Entry 001
Entry Date: 2015Location: Black Peak, Mount Aspiring National Park, New ZealandMedium: Pen on sketchbook paper A quick line sketch of Black Peak (who doesn't love a mountain that comes to a perfect peak shape?) while Ryan fished the Mātukituki River in...
DIY: Handmade Layered Camping Ornament
Ryan and I make an ornament for each other every year. It started when we were dating and, unbeknownst to one another, we gave ornaments to each other for Christmas. We now have 8 years worth of handmade experiments, I mean ornaments, on our tree....
Purposeful Gift Guide
Sometimes Alpinecho looks like just another brand offering more stuff to buy. 'Tis the season for posting products, sending emails, advertising sales and, at some point, it starts to feel like we are all in a big shiny blender of holiday-jingle-stuff-you-MUST-have-all-the-way-hey!...
Q&A: A bird(er) may love a fish(erman) but where would they live?
A bird(er) may love a fish(erman) but where would they live? Hello, hello!It's Sarah and Ryan Anderson, founders of Alpinecho. Our first home together was a camper(mini)van named "Flounder" followed by an uninsulated a-frame on the South Island of New Zealand. Today,...
From Pencil Sketch to Fireproof Mug
The Journey from Pencil Sketch to Fireproof Enamel Mug Shop Wildlife Enamel Mugs Here's a look into the steps involved in making our hand-drawn wildlife enamel mugs: 1. Inspiration, thumbnail sketches, and sizing After gathering inspirational photos (since drawing bears in...
Why "Alpinecho"?
We've rebranded! Catch & Release Creative is now Alpinecho. “So, it's just fish stuff?” A passing comment got us thinking about the big life questions. We considered changing our name to “Not Just Fish Stuff”, but instead, chose a name...