Help for Hyan Victims

I watched this video and decided to try to help in a small way, so starting today, through the end of the year, I’m donating my proceeds from this calendar to Unicef. Please consider purchasing, or making a donation directly to Unicef (or another reputable organization). Even a small difference makes difference. Thank you.

Handmade Holiday: Suuuper Easy DIY Wreath

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Ok so this is MOSTLY handmade. In the end I fizzled out and bought something to decorate the wreath with  because I just wanted to get it up on the door and be done with it.

I don’t know who thought of this, but I saw it on Pinterest eons ago and decided it was the kind of thing that was simple and easy enough for me to do, AND I can get a lot of mileage out of this one. The idea is to have a neutral wreath and swap out seasonal accents. My plan was to make it in time for Halloween. I didn’t finish it until after Thanksgiving. Ha! Life of a mother. At least it’s all set for Christmas.

I thought this wreath was pretty self-explanatory: Wrap a styrofoam wreath in grey yarn. BOOM. DONE. I really don’t know how to break it down further except to explain how I started and ended the project. You can adhere the end of the yarn to the styrofoam if you want, I didn’t. I simply started wrapping, making sure to cover the end with yarn so it would stay in place. At the end I simply tied a few knots on the back, but you could also glue that end down as well. Just make sure that whatever you do you do it to the back.

The accent is an ornament I bought at Target. I strung it up with grey thread (maybe I should’ve used fishing line…oh well) I thought it would be nice to have something that jingles, so the “red snow-flake bell”  won. People are doing some really awesome crafty things with this wreath but I like the simple lines of one singular ornament. I hung it on the door using a command hook. Another idea I read recently was to staple the string to the top side of the door so you don’t get holes in the front of the door. I’ll do that next year.


New Stuff, Big Win, and a Sale

Just wanted to pop in quickly to let you know about 3 cool things:

#1 New Stuff
Check out the new goodies available on Etsy, starting with some holiday offerings:

A 2014 calendar featuring some of my favorite shots from the last couple years. Available as an instant download.

#2 BIG Win!
My Aloha card was just featured in the Honolulu Magazine this month. Waaay awesome to be featured along with other great local stationery designers. (Sorry if you already saw this 20 times on facebook. I figured it should be here on the blog too.)
which leads me to…
#3 A SALE!

Take 20% off the entire shop through Friday 12/13 using coupon code HONOLULU.

Click to shop

Operation Art Up the Walls


We’ve lived in this house for six months and there is SO MUCH I want to get done that I’ve been paralyzed with overwhelm. This weekend I sat myself down and said “Ihi, just pick one thing and DO IT.”

I picked art.

One of the reasons I’ve been holding off is because I couldn’t figure out how I wanted our furniture to be arranged. Even this morning I rearranged stuff, but I think I got it just the way I want, so art can FINALLY go up.

We have ONE piece currently occupying our walls (not counting a couple of wedding pics I threw up in the bedroom that I want to rearrange). It’s an awesome piece, done by a friend of ours for our anniversary and it means a lot to both Keola and I, but it’s lonely up there on the wall, all by itself. I’m dying to fill our walls with things that scream “us,” things that hold meaning and memories, things that encourage and comfort. So this month I’m making it a goal to get some art up on these walls. I’ll be DIYing most of it since my budget for this is tiny, but I’m determined to make it work, and have a home that’s a little bit more “homey” to welcome the New Year.