Monday, May 19, 2008

Happy Monday!...

Aloha y'all,

Well our garage sale was a success! We even made enough to pay off our musicians for Orlando! (& a wee bit extra...wish we made enough to pay for EVERYTHING in Orlando, but's a start!) It actually rained on the first day(Thursday), but we still opened up & kept everything IN the garage, but Friday & Saturday was nicer & had stuff in the garage & all down the driveway!! I have to really thank my hubby for putting up with all this, he was getting a little cranky with the takeover of all the crap that was accumulating in the garage, but it did pay off & he now can put his car back where it belongs!

& the best thing we did this time around was to list the sale on Craig's list....I'd say 99% of our customers found us on that & we will remember to list on it from now on...

Anywho, I have to keep the blogging short today, have a LOT of stuff to catch up on, but will be writing more tomorrow!

Have a wonderful day everybody!

A hui hou,


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

It's Been A While....

Aloha y'all,

Sorry, things have been rather busy around here lately. We've already been getting the girlies all ready for next fall with school (our borders have been changed) so our middle daughter & now my youngest will be attending a new school! So that's been fun going to all these meetings for school & now our baby will be in Kindergarten & our eldest is off to "Middle School" WOW time's FLYING for us! That alone has been keeping us nicely insane...

...but don't worry yet, haumana, I realize we now roughly have about 2 months before our competition....not panic-ing yet....ready to just go get the friggin "country classics" cotton from Jo-Anns, cause that seems to have all the right colors I'm looking for, for our pa'u sets & regular price is $2.99 a yd, so that's do-able....looking to be up in Chicago roughly the 2nd week of June, so will be e-mailing soon about all that...

...& here in blog-land, well, I think I last left off to go see Iron-Man (which was AWESOME!!!!) but sadly we left while the credits were rolling & then found out later that it continued to show a possible sequel for Iron-Man....(hubby found out this info & he forgot the name of the character that they showed at the I'm going NUTS to see who it is....) So until I know someone else who sees the movie, or just go see it again (which I'm fine with....) It's driving me CRAZY!!!!
Stay for after the credits...don't make the same mistake we made!... the next day was "free comic-book day" (I believe that was May 3rd!!! I can't believe I haven't typed ANYTHING for almost 2 WEEKS!!!! AHHHHH....where are my manners?) :)

Anycrap we picked up these:

& bought these

hubby found the "Dr. Who" one for me & I found the Avengers (my all time favorite comic...) & almost picked up another Dr.Who one, but will go back for that on another visit...

Anycrap, the girlies LOVE reading comics, well, they love reading anything, but any excuse to go to a comic book store & they're all over it!

Anywho, on a different note, I'm totally hooked on Swap-Bot I've signed up for quite a few swaps there & now am hosting one....A Dr.Who one (what was I thinking???) but so far so good! & you'd think by now I would have taken pictures of some of the stuff I've sent out but NOOOO, well, first off I didn't have a digital camera, & still don't really, so I've been using the phone camera (which isn't the best, but I'm getting the hang of it...) but now I'm FINALLY starting to remember to snap a shot BEFORE I send out my swaps so here's a couple pics of some of the stuff I have going out...

...well, actually this one was part of a swap I already sent, it was for a May birthday swap I joined, the person I had, LOVES Halloween & witches, so I made my first dotee-doll

she also likes coffee & candles, so I got her a Kona Coffee scented candle & put it in a coffee mug with a cute image of a moon on the front...stupidly, I was just so happy that my doll came out kinda cute, that I forgot to snap a shot of the entire package...oh well, maybe next time... :)

this is for a Hula Dottee swap that isn't supposed to go out until July I think, but it's my 2nd doll & I can see how people can get hooked making them, it's about the size of an ornament, but it's also a good way to use up some scraps you might have lying around...

this is for a "my partner in a jar" swap, you're supposed to fill a mason-type jar of things your swap partner might like (getting the ideas from their profile on the site...) but I found out you could use any kind of container as long as it could fit the same amount of stuff that could fit in a mason jar, well, I've been sitting on this tin for a while & LOVE it, but have never really found a good use for it, so I thought it would be perfect for the swap! Inside there are more candles (which I ended up wrapping like the rest of the stuff here...) a little trinket box (already wrapped in the shot...) some yardage of ribbon (most are at least 2 yard cuts...) a couple small spools of ribbon (turns out my partner LOVES fabric ribbon & I have TONS!! thanks to all the ribbon leis...& have been making more of those too for Orlando....) so anywho, I hope the partners I have like these packages....anywho, I've gotten all kinds of stuff so far on swap-bot: Books, comic-books, craft supplies, cards, stickers, fabric pieces, embroidery floss, threads, a little stuffie, all kinds of Hello Kitty stickers & letter sheets, I mean ALL KINDS of stuff, some are way too cute, some I can tell was just passed on cause the person didn't want it or need it, but all in all, I've gotten some really neat things from all over the world & it's just ADDICTIVE!!! I keep telling myself I won't sign up for anything new, but sure enough, I keep lurking on it & well, just find something to sign up for ( I gotta just not look for a while right?....RIGHT!) ;)

well, still making stuff for our halau to sell, still haven't finished all the curtains yet (& I'm sure we'll probably change things around, so we'll end up changing the choice of fabrics for the curtains....) just a funny feeling about all that....have been tying up all the loose ends for our competition, enrolling our girlies for school for next fall, trying to get things situated enough here, so we can go up to CHICAGO to visit ohana & practice with haumana, oh yeah & we're having a garage sale this weekend too ( more fund raising for the halau....) still trying to catch up on some graduation presents & birthday presents & all that rot....WOW, I guess things have been busy around here lately!

Oh well, I guess that's why I haven't posted much stuff lately ( that's my story & I'm sticking to it!) I'll try to do better in the future!
Have a wonderful day everybody!
Malama pono & a hui hou!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Happy Friday...


Well, we are off to go see IRON-MAN!!!! (woo-hoo!!!...ok, maybe I really DO need to get out more...) :) Anywho, we also have a little visitor for the weekend, My eldest asked to bring home the class guinea pig "oreo" for the weekend (which is AMAZING to us, cause the girl is afraid of her own shadow....) anywho, all the girlies have been begging for a family pet, so maybe this is a good way for them to see what it takes to care for an animal, even if it's only for the weekend....gotta start somewhere...

Anywho, will fill in on all the excitement & maybe even take a picture or 2 tomorrow...

just a reminder, for anyone who wants to "Pay it forward" read yesterdays post & hope to at least get 2 more people should be FUN!! so far Amanda wants in!Anywho, check out her blog if you get a chance too...

...well, see ya tomorrow in blog-land...laters & Have a MARVEL-ous night (ok, ok, bad pun, I know....)
A hui hou,

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Happy Lei Day!

Aloha Kakou & HAPPY LEI DAY to all!! May 1st is lei day in Hawaii & it's a rather well celebrated day there. Schools pick out a court to represent different islands or different districts of the island they are on & put on a pageant. Usually involves hula & stuff like that! They even drape the Kamehameha statue in downtown Honolulu with HUGE leis that hang from his's too cool!
(couldn't find one of the statue in Honolulu, but this is the original statue
in Kohala on the big Island...they also decorate both for Kamehameha day on June 11th...)

Anywho, just wanted to wish y'all a happy lei day, or just even Happy May Day wherever you are!

also something else I totally forgot about...I signed up on Sher's website about "Pay It Forward" it sounded really neat at the time, but sadly, I forgot all about it ( that's what I get for lurking on people's blogs...) Anywho, Sher pleasantly reminded me that I said I would do this, so I am ready to play ( EVEN IF I am a couple months late with it....better late than never & it is a neat idea....) ANYCRAP, I copied the explanation from her site & the person who inspired her to try this as well ( which both of these ladies' blogs are REALLY beautiful & hope you get a chance to check them both out as well....)

Anywho, here it goes:(from Sher's site...)

Here's an idea I picked up from
Deena: Someone will have a chance to get a surprise from me, on a surprise date, in the next 365 days.
Here are the rules:
1.~Leave a comment on my blog that says you want to play. First three folks to comment will get a gift from ME. (If I don't know it already, let me know how I can contact you, an e-mail is fine.)
2.~Do the same thing on your blog!The first three folks who leave a comment and commit to doing this on their blog, too, will get a surprise from YOU at a surprise time in the next 365 days!
If you've yet to meet her, treat yourself by visiting this extraordinary woman. Click
here to read her story.

so the first 3 people to leave a comment on my blog today, will get a surprise package from me! (so please leave your e-mail in your response as well, so I can contact you & get an address to send your gift....which is what I FORGOT to do with Sher which is why I forgot all about don't so what I did & please send me your e-mail ASAP if you want to play along...)

Then post this on your blog & get 3 people to play, etc, etc, etc...seems pretty simple & if you have any questions just holler!

Anycrap, that's all for Lei Day, things are going rather well today (not panic-ing about hula or anything like that...) I realize there's so much more that others have to struggle with EVERYDAY, that my worries seem rather minuscule compared to everyone else's, so with that in mind, I'll just keep on doing what I do & take baby steps & everything will work out fine in the end!

Hope everyone has a wonderful day!! A hui hou,