Thursday, November 29, 2012

Surfing USA

The North Shore, in the context of geography of the Island of Oʻahu, refers to the north-facing coastal area of Oʻahu between Kaʻena Point and Kahuku Point. This area is best known for its massive waves, attracting surfers from all around the globe. The Banzai Pipeline is my favorite. We took a couple of beach chairs and watched to our hearts content!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fabric Mart

Leave it up to me to find this jewel in the rough. Hawaiian patterns to satisfy everyone. Huge fabric selection, you can find overall patterns, gaudy, or subtle to your heart's delight. Prices are extremely good. Set you phone's GPS for the place when you visit and have fun!
Not visiting any time soon? Check out their web site.


Fabric Mart
98-023 Hekaha St., Harbor Center Bldg. #1-1
Aiea, HI 96701
(808) 488-8882

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Hawaiin Food

I don't usually blog about food, but Stacy insisted that we have lunch at a shrimp truck.and test the wares at Leonard's Bakery. 

Most of the shrimp trucks on Oahu's north shore are located near the town of Kahuku, which is a well-known shrimp aquaculture area.

Shrimp plates are ordered at the windows of these shrimp trucks, ours came with two scoops of rice, macaroni salad and a lemon slice.Wonderfully messy to eat, the garlicky butter sauce dripped down our arms...delicious!!!

Malasadas & DoughnutsLeonard’s Bakery bake their delectable Masasadas fresh and ready to be devoured. Which we did!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

The Vistas

The Pali Lookout overlooking the 985 foot cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range,is one of the best views on O'ahu.From this vantage point you can see Kaneohe Bay, Chinaman's Hat,and Hawaii Pacific's Windward Campus.

Sometimes it's nice to take a relaxing drive through winding country roads. Sometimes it's exhilarating to breathe thin mountain air. Sometimes it's nice to roll down the windows just to get the occasional mist in your face The views from Mount Tantalus are, indeed, tantalizing.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Aloha Stadium Flea Market

Just 20 minutes away from Waikiki, we discovered unique treasures at Hawaii’s largest open air flea market where the locals shop for the best deals in town. There are endless rows of over 700 local merchants offering great values on imported merchandise, hand made items, eclectic art pieces, popular local snacks, and other made in Hawaii products. 

This is my one stop destination to find that special gift for everyone on my list.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Few Days in Paradise

The fresh, floral air energizes you. The warm, tranquil waters refresh you.
The breathtaking, natural beauty renews you. Look around.
There’s no place on earth like Hawaii.

Feel the sand between your toes and enjoy the warm waters.

The Byodo-In Temple is located at the foot of the Ko'olau Mountains in Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. It was established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. The Byodo-In Temple in O'ahu is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Just Imagination

My favorite: Saturated colors

I took a class from Judy Robertson this summer. I just realized that I never shared the fabric I dyed. She taught the techniques she developed to make and sell fabric.
Trying at least six different cotton fabrics for different results.
How to create your own dyeing palette.
Produce saturated colors
Make several values of the same color combinations in a very simple way.
Use a low water method to dye many different styles of fabric.

Beautiful fabric

More stripes

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Give yourself a treat

Sometimes I have such an obvious ah ha moment. I am going to reorganize my stuff again ...soon. So I  was wondering in my local Target store looking at storage solutions and happened on the ironing board section, and I bought myself a new ironing board cover. In a flash my messy studio looks better!
from this
to this in 15 seconds

Friday, November 9, 2012

West Seattle Fabric Company

 The Admiral District of West Seattle has a great, new to me quilt shop. The West Seattle Fabric Company is located at 2210 California Ave SW • Seattle, WA 98116 • (206) 257-108. Monday to Friday 10 - 6 • Saturday 9 - 5 • Sunday 12 - 4.

Cheerful, vibrant, textiles line the walls and provide the perfect inspiration for quilting, home decorating and clothing creations. Unique trims, notions, books and patterns are available to complete your work of art. At the West Seattle Fabric Company they believe sewing doesn’t have to be fussy, so come and see how fun a fabric store can be!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Block Party Quilters annual Quilt Show

·         Location: Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainier Blvd. South, Issaquah, WA  98027
·         Date: November 9-11, 2012  (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
·         Hours: Friday and Saturday: 10am-5pm, Sunday: 10am-4pm
·         Suggested Donation: $5

This year’s Block Party Quilt show will feature a special challenge exhibit of member’s self-portraits, done with a variety of fabric arts and quilting techniques.  Each represents how the artist views herself as a quilter, whether realistic, abstract, or even comical.  Local artist Linda Haddan will also be featured.  Linda specializes in realistic portrayals of every-day scenes.  

Complementing the over 200 show quilts, there will be a variety of booths and activities for quilters and non-quilters alike: 
·         Local harpist David Michael playing a musical program 
·         Boutique with fabric arts & craft items for sale
·         Merchant Mall featuring local specialty fabric, sewing and quilt art vendors
·         Demonstrations of quilting and fabric arts
·         Tea Room featuring homemade and specialty goodies
·         Voting for your favorite quilts
·         And chances to win door prizes!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative

I-0404 - Clouded (Hollis Chatelain)
Hollis Chatelain
It's that time again.  The annual Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative celebrity showdown of fabulous quilts made by twelve of the industry's most talented quilt artists for auction with all profits to fund Alzheimer's research. To make things even easier, this year's auction will be held on line.  Don't miss this fabulous opportunity to own a piece of work by one of your favorite artists!
I-0398 - Radiant Feathered Star (Marsha McCloskey)
Marsha McCloskey

I-0408 - Connections   (Alex Anderson)
Alex Anderson

I-0405 - Sentinels at Sunset II: Someone To Watch Over Me (Ricky Tims)
Ricky Tims