Friday, May 28, 2010

Glad To Be Back

Aloha Kakou;
I'm so very glad to be back! I couldn't stand to be away from my computer for so long. The main thing is my workroom is 90% organized; still have some things to cull through. I'll have pictures up soon.
I have 5 trashbags of fabric to donate to Goodwill; somethings went to my daughter, and some will be going to the senior center. My poor husband still can't figure out how all that was in my workroom and yet my room still has "stuff" in it. I'll just let him dwell on it.
Ok, so, I didn't get everything done that I said I would, the koa furniture still have old covers on them, but at least I know where the fabric is located now. Hah!
I remember reading in someone's blog about a recliner that needed a new cover so I thought I'd share with all of you out there in blogland what I did to a recliner that was given to us. The recliner didn't match anything in our house so we used to put a throw on it. Then we used a 'SureFit' stretch knit cover that kept slipping off. I finally decided to make my own slipcover. Because of moving parts in the recliner, the slipcover was made in 6 parts. Take a look. 


I also made a cover in the same print for a rattan pune`e (daybed) that  I acquired in a barter for making slipcovers for someone else.
All right, I'm having blog withdrawals, so I'm going to check out everyone's blog.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Going MIA

Aloha kakou;
Just when I thought I was in my groove with my posting, I need to take care of some things before I can continue. First, my redoing of the workroom is beginning to overwhelm me. There's just too much stuff! The guest room looks like a hoarder's room right now as I clear space in the workroom. Those guys from the tv show are going to show up soon. I think the senior center and Goodwill will really appreciate my donations this time around.
Secondly, I have a vintage Singer machine arriving soon that will be put into my treadle cabinet, but the iron part of the cabinet needs to be redone; it's been sitting for a few years with things piled high on it.
Finally, I bought new cushions last year for my koa furniture that must be covered. Which I did start to cut out, but...
So, once I get the workroom done, or decently done, I can get to work on the other things.
I did promise myself an hour a day to check blogs; don't want to miss anything.
Aloha no,

Monday, May 17, 2010

Jewelry, Finally

I know I said I would put up some of the jewelry  that I make and I'm sorry it's taking so long.  But here's a piece I did last year. I used an Eni tutorial to make this; was very proud of how it turned out since this was the first of her tutorials that I decided to try. I did post this to my FB wall, so I'm sure most of you didn't see this yet. This is made with agate, sterling silver chains, wire in different gauges, charms are also sterling silver. The clasp (not seen) is also sterling silver with a matching stone. Lots of wire wrapping, but so worth it. Thanks for letting me share.

Weekend of Mo`opuna (grandchildren)

It's been a long and wonderful weekend with my mo`opuna (grandchildren). It started Friday morning and ended Saturday night. My daughter's daughters range in age 7 mos. to 3 yrs. old and I had them by myself until Saturday morning. Thank goodness it was a sunny day, they love being outside. We have a pool  for them along with a slip-n-slide. They stayed out in the backyard for hours. Of course, they couldn't eat their breakfast fast enough Saturday morning so that they could be outdoors again.
They also love to do crafts. So they use my paper punches to create one of kind pictures and cards. The more they can glue those punched flowers to everything and anything the better! They made their own paperbag Easter baskets this year. The 7 month old is quite happy to watch all the activities (for now).
I'm still working on my workroom. I've noticed as I'm cleaning and restoring that we crafters and artists have an uncanny way of storing so much in such tiny spaces!
Last week I took some time to visit Angela Cartwright's site and noticed some familar sketchings/doodlings (for lack of a better word). So I linked to that site, called Zentangle. I was caught off guard a bit, as the sketches reminded me of the doodling I did when I was in high school. You know back in the "hippy days", when we didn't want to listen to the teacher's lecture, we'd take black ink and pen (usually India ink) and create these psychedelic black and whites sketches. Well, turns out that you can get a certification so that you can teach others how to do those sketches. In fact you can't teach someone how to Zentangle unless you are certified. Wow, why didn't I think of that?!  Cha-ching! So, I spent some time "doodling" without  being certified (I guess as long as I don't call it "Zentangle") and here's what I came up with. I forgot how relaxing doing this type of art can be.  
Aloha for now,

Monday, May 10, 2010

Blog Candy

I was just visiting Kyoko's blog and noticed her post about Jodie's  blog candy. Well she has a beautiful blogspot and I like her candy. So, go check it out and sign up, the deadline is 5/17.

Great Mother's Day

I'm sure all you mothers out there had a great mothers' day! I know I did! I got to spend $ at BFC, used my 40% coupon. After that we took Hoku, my gorgeous dog, to the Pet Expo. She was so tired, she slept all the way home. Then it was off to the Elk's in Waikiki for a fabulous Mothers' Day feast.
I made a bunch of these cards for Mothers'  Day for DD, DIL, MIL, and BFF. Hope they liked it.

I know, I need to learn to take better photos. Please be patient, I'm trying.
I used my Cricut to cut the flourish, and the Fiskar edger for my border. I used creme and pink cardstock for the cards. The sticky pearls and pink rhinestones  are from K & Co. I used an old "Just for you" stamp from Dots.

That's it for now, see you in a few days.