Monday, May 31, 2010

Remember ...

Flag on U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor

Sunday, May 30, 2010

New Treasury

This could very well be my most favorite treasury! It's called Magic Moonlight and includes my The Moon's a Balloon print. 

Aren't these the most gorgeous prints and photographs?  I love all of  them - nice company to be in. The treasury was put together by lilliputloft.  Stop by and visit this delightful shop, especially the Wee Faery Folk.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Memories of their service - World War II

I had six uncles who served during World War II. My Dad also served in the army, but by WWII he already had five kids (!) so he served locally as part of the Civil Defense Corps.

WWII was a horrible war, and although my uncles bore life-long scars -  physical and psychological - they all survived, came home, lived their lives, had families, and two of them still survive today.  I was much too young to realize how significant it was that they all came home, but I think of it often on weekends like this.  How fortunate we were as a family!  And how sad to think that many families were - and continue to be -deprived of seeing their fathers and mothers, sons and daughters live long and happy lives.

Think of that this weekend and say a silent prayer for them all. I know I will.

The following photos mean a lot to me. It was Easter Day ... and my Christening Day. My Uncle Mike (in the middle) was home on leave and served as my Godfather. My aunt, in the polkadot dress, was my Godmother.  How special!

New Treasury

I'm in a new colorful, fun treasury today!  It's called Summertime Colors Make Me Happy! and includes my purple, yellow, green daisy wooden blocks which just happen to be the perfect colors for this treasury!

The treasury was created by KJLS designs.  One of the crafts I have never been able to master is crochet, so when I see work like the beautiful things in this shop, I'm envious.  Stop by KJLS designs - I'm sure you'll like what you see.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Funny stuff

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Treasury

A new Treasury East by the treasury queen, Elizabeth Graf.  My Comes the Dawn print is included, along with some striking morning glory paintings and other beautiful work.  Lovely ... just lovely.

I'm a little behind schedule; just planted my morning glories today!

"You are not a failure ... you are not a failure"

A recent article in Inc. magazine about Etsy has been making the rounds on Etsy and a lot of blogs.  Here's the link:

The good news: It's publicity for Etsy, which sorely needs it. I have yet to talk to someone who knows what I'm talking about when I mention Etsy.  It's amazing how unknown it is compared to, say, Ebay. I don't understand why the powers-that-be at Etsy don't focus more on advertising. So I'm happy for any bit of publicity, even though it means there may be more competition from artists signing up to grab their pot of gold.

The bad news: For every person who is making a killing on Etsy, there's probably 10,000 - that's what I said, 10,000 - who can't even afford a Starbucks cappucino tall with their "profits."  Sometimes it reminds me of all that paid programming on TV that claims you can make millions every month by buying their  money making product.  Same thing - probably 10,000 for every 1. Maybe worse ...

Yes, we all love what we do on Etsy. But I'm probably not alone in having an anxiety attack every time I see an article on "what you must do."  My mind is off and running:  "I must come up with a unique product! I  must re-do every single photo in my shop! I must re-write all of my titles and descriptions! I must sign up and use every possible social networking site in existence!  I must post on my blog EVERY SINGLE DAY!"

Of course, I can't do all of that RIGHT NOW.   So I think I will pour another cup of coffee (not Starbucks) and write 100 times on my mental blackboard: "You are not a failure ... you are not a failure."

Saturday, May 22, 2010

New Treasury

Recently Etsy established a new treasury site, Treasury East.  Among other things, I like the new page format.  This morning I found myself in a treasury that just made me smile: Rainbow.   For some reason, this copy isn't as clear as the original, so be sure to check out the original in all its glory. It is delightful!!

The treasury was created by Deb Babcock, Blue Sky Pottery.  And this is another place you must visit. Deb's pottery is stunning. I have been drooling over it for a long time and hope to own a piece one day.  I also really like the way she organized her shop. Each page is arranged by color, then her sections are arranged by type of piece.  This has to make it so easy to find what you want!  I don't know if that will work in my shop, but I might just try it.  Thanks, Deb - for including me and for that "bright idea!"  LOL!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Chase a rainbow ...

It’s silly, chasing rainbows ...

be serious, grounded, they said.

But my spirit needs, just once,

to chase a lovely rainbow.
- Felicia Kramer 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010


We have a winner for the May Charades contest ( Unfortunately, no one guessed all the correct movies, although some of you got close.  I guess everyone was busy with spring cleaning or gardening because we had very few responses.  Here are the correct movie titles:

1. Blue Hawaii

2. Old Man and the Sea

3. Pirates of the Caribbean

4. South Pacific

5. Tropic Thunder

6. Jurassic Park

7. Raiders of the Lost Ark

8. Pearl Harbor

The winner, chosen by random number generator, is:


Congratulations, Mary. I'll be in touch with you about your choice of print.  And thanks to all who played the game!

Monday, May 17, 2010

My Final Aloha Thoughts

So sorry it took me so long to post my final thoughts, but I think it all caught up with me. I slept for about two hours when I got home late Saturday, woke up just to eat, went back to bed and slept 10-1/2 hours! Today was the day to unpack and get acclimated to being home again. It may take me another day yet to re-adjust my internal time clock. Anyway ...

Did I love my Hawaii vacation? Yes ... yes ... yes. After so many years of wishing and wanting, I was not disappointed. I was a tiny bit worried that I had built up my hopes too much, but that turned out not to be the case. If I had a disappointment, it was that I couldn't visit more islands and spend more time in Hawaii.  I'm very grateful to my sister Fran, who put up with my incessant photo-taking everywhere we went, and my "ooh-ooh - let's stop there" interruptions all the time, and who, with good spirits, basically let me decide what we were going to do and where we were going to go.  Thanks, sis.

I'm also so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet all four of my Hawaiian artist friends, Lisa, Schar, Dava and Marionette. I'm humbled to be among these wonderful artists - and to call them my friends.  They were each of them delightful and charming people, and to hear us talk you would have thought we had known each other all our lives!  Thanks, ladies!

I chose a few of my island photos as the giveaway for my May Charades contest. See them here:

But I'm also leaving it open for the winner to select any photo they like from those I posted throughout my trip.  So far there's very few entries for the contest and no one has guessed all the movies yet. So pop on over and enter.  I'm going to leave the contest open for one extra day, until noon Tuesday.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my Hawaii vacation almost as much as I enjoyed doing it!  Aloha and Mahalo!

Friday, May 14, 2010

NaPali Coast and our final day

Thursday, 5/13:

Today was our final big adventure in Kauai: a Sunset Dinner Cruise to the NaPali Coast with Captain Andy's tours. Here's how describes NaPali:

Kauai’s famous coastline is truly majestic, featuring emerald green pinnacles towering along the shoreline for 17-miles. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, the Napali Coast features panoramic views of the vast Pacific Ocean, velvet green cliffs and cascading waterfalls plummeting into deep, narrow valleys. The rugged terrain appears much as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements flourished in these valleys existing only on the food they could grow and the fish they could catch.

That's not just hyperbole.  The NaPali Coast really is majestic and breathtaking! We started with a quick briefing from our Captain about our catamaran cruise and off we sailed.    

I'm not sure about Captain Quinto's "hands off" policy while helming the catamaran  ...

He did manage to find a school of dolphins for us to play with ...

I have to say my sister and I really appreciated the attentiveness of the crew, ESPECIALLY Tony ... so very nice to look at ...

But here's what we  really came to see ... the magnificent NaPali Coast ...

This waterfall starts at the top of the cliffs, 40 feet in the air, and ends in this cave  ...

This beach and cave are a Harrison Ford favorite; he has used it for several films.  And Pirates of the Caribbean will be filming here in a few weeks...

After arriving at the tip of the NaPali, it was time to coast, have a few "sneaky tikis" and a buffet dinner. We then headed back as the sun sank into the West.

This cruise was the perfect ending to my time in Hawaii. Tomorrow I head home. Final thoughts in my next post.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Wednesday, 5/12:
We were awakened at 6 a.m. by someone's car alarm going off. But it didn't matter; we both had a very restless, uncomfortable sleep thanks to that heavy pasta meal, and we had to get up early anyway.  Live and learn ....

We spent the entire day today at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens on the South Shore of the Island.  We did a self-guided tour of the McBryde Garden in the morning, and a guided tour of the Allerton Garden in the afternoon.  This is a most impressive place.  Not only are the gardens stunning and filled with the most incredible plants, flowers and trees I have ever seen, they are also on a mission of discovery, scientific research, conservation and education.  Hawaii has the greatest number of endangered plant species, and the Botanical Garden is working to preserve and re-establish as many as they can. I can't possibly tell you everything I learned today, but if you are interested you can read all about them here.

I also can't possibly show you all the photos I took today - there's 256 of them!! I'm still matching photos to their botanical names, but here's a sampling.

This absolutely weird and incredible tree played a big part in the original Jurassic Park movie. We saw the exact spot where the pivotal scene was shot. That's my sister Fran standing there to give you an idea of how massive the roots of this tree are. The gardens are currently preparing for the start of filming for the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie. NO, we weren't lucky enough to just happen to run into Johnnie Depp there...

Guess who tried to crawl in the car with us when we were leaving?? Yes, those guys again.

All that walking took a toll on my back and we were determined to get to dinner earlier than last night. But first, we had to make a stop to see the Wailua Falls north of Lihue.  Gorgeous. 

Off to dinner.  We headed to the Wahooo Seafood Grille and Bar. Forgot to ask why/how they named it "Wahooo."  We both had great meals - Pacific Snapper for my sister ...

And Kona Kampachi for me.

My sister and I seem to have made margeritas the drink of choice for us this trip, so ...

And where else but in Kauai can you sit on the patio of a very fine restaurant and watch GOATS in the field next door??  Seriously.

It was quite amusing to watch them all run and hide under this tree when it started to rain.  And this little baby just amused us all during dinner.  He hopped and skipped all over the place, acting just like a little "kid." LOL!

Well, that was my day. Another good one, with us trying to fit in as much as we can, since our days on Kauai are dwindling.  One more big adventure tomorrow.  Stay tuned.
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