Thursday, January 31, 2013

おりがみ (Origami)

I'm going to share more craft books with you and it includes activities that requires no exhaustive physical skills but is an exercise in finger dexterity. Also necessary is a bit of patience, creativity, imagination and even logic (oh really?). The craft I am talking about is origami or Japanese paper folding. These are my favorite "keep the kids busy" activity books.

This one here, The Joy of Origami, includes paper that you can tear out so when I want a little peace and quiet, all I need to do is give the book to my kids and say "Fold me something!" For our family, this is a great boredom buster. My children are old enough that they like to figure out the folds on their own but if you have tiny tots, this is a parent/child activity.

Another favorite is a series of origami books written entirely in Japanese. I have several of these books that I picked up at a local Japanese dollar store and unfortunately, I haven't been able to find it any more.  I think these would make great gifts. Though I am unable to read the book, the illustrations are wonderful and my little ones have no problem following along. These are great travel books! I zip them in a plastic sandwich pouch, put in paper (any kind as long as it's square), carry it around in my bag and whip 'em out when boredom strikes.

I love to dabble with origami projects when I have the time. Here is a modular origami Pikachu that I made for the kids a few years ago.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Would you fold me something?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Hairy Ears

I didn't know Rhino's had hairy ears!

Honolulu Zoo
Enjoy Today! 
Sunshine and clouds mixed. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 79F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Sealed with Love!

All you online sellers out there, did you update your shipping rates? I spent a whole lot of yesterday revising the rates for my Etsy shop. To get it right, I looked up the definition of letters, flats, parcels and zones because it got all so confusing. I referenced several sites and found the rate information on the United States Postal Service Price List (Notice 123), Effective January 27, 2013, but I like this chart the best. Pictures are very helpful!
Sealed with Love!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Who Left that Poopy Mess?

You've probably heard the news of how a condo community in Florida is using DNA testing to identify who's pooch left a mess on their lawn. Well, what do you think of that?! {story here}

In my neighborhood, taking a stroll is an obstacle course of doggy poop avoidance. It's disgusting! More than once we've had unpleasant gifts left in front of our home. Blech! Once I had a landscape worker thank me profusely when I picked up after my own dog while on a walk. This poor man, who's job it was to trim the hedge and mow the lawn, spent time each day cleaning up land mines.

In addition to being stinky, we all know diseases can be transmitted through dog waste. It would be wonderful if we were all responsible dog owners and courteous neighbors so we could keep the poop police away!

Do you feel like taking a shower now? I do! Maybe looking at these super cute pups will make you feel better. You will never, ever need to pick up after these handmade cuties!

Shiba Inu
Dachshund with Bones Scratch Art by SassySashadoxie
* Photography Dog White Reflection by Silver Grain Photography
* Custom Dog Portrait by TheStardustStudio
* Lavender Dog Sweater by Little Paws Knitting
* Pink Poodle Miniature Swarovski Dog Figure by SmileyKitCreations

Do you have a doggy craft that you'd like to share? If so, please leave your link in the comment section below.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Friday, January 25, 2013

I Love Your Smile!

Source: Nemo at
Hello! How are you on this Friendship Friday? Are you enjoying your day? Do you have fun plans for the weekend? How's the weather where you live?

I'm listening to the local weather report as I start to write and the forecast for today and the weekend is rainy weather again. I plan to do a few loads of laundry to hang on the line to dry in the existing sun and breeze while I mull over an agenda of activities planned for a kid-friendly, non-football, get together on Sunday. Football fans are looking forward to enjoying and celebrating the 2013 Pro Bowl festivities with lots of food, noise and a great game.  I sure hope the sun shines for us!

You continue to shine and make me smile with your kindness. Thank you for the thoughtful comments that you leave on my blog.

Here is today's "I Love Your Smile!" list. 

Please click on the "I Love Your Smile!" links because I'm sure you'll like what you see!

For Hearts and Love and Stuff, you need to see the warm, fuzzy Etsy Treasury curated by Kathy of Santa's Stitchery {where Christmas is honored all year long}. Thank you Kathy for including my Heart Earrings.

Red Heart Beaded Earrings

I'm Smiling Back At You!

"How do you get on this list?", you ask. Comments are tallied each week by one of those fancy-schmancy blog apps (on the side bar) and on Fridays, I link up to the top 5 commentators. Although I don't list everyone, I do appreciate all of you so thank you, thank you everyone for your support. I hope you leave a comment and come back soon!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

One Stitch At A Time

I love my books...especially instructional books. Teach Yourself VISUALLY Beadwork: Learning Off-Loom Beading Techniques One Stitch at a Time by Chris Franchetti Michaels is the best instructional beadwork book that I own. I recently purchased this book so that I could learn and master every single bead weaving stitch. While it may take me awhile to do so, I know I will always have this book as a handy guide.

Made especially for visual learners (like me), this book has tons of photos that will show you how to weave the peyote, ladder, brick, square, right angle weave and herringbone stitch. It also covers beaded netting and teaches you how to make beaded clasps that are used for bracelets and necklaces in lieu of hardware.

Teach Yourself Visually Beadwork will give you directions on how to make a beaded bezel with the circular peyote stitch similar to this decorated hair elastic.

If you'd like to learn more about bead weaving, I do recommend getting this book at your local craft store, bookstore or online.

Please tell me about your favorite instructional book and thank you for letting me tell you about my mine.

Chris Franchetti Michaels blogs at

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

No Trespassing

My daughter's No Trespassing sign. Translated, I think it says, "NOTICE!! "I have a big belly" No skinny people allowed."

Monday, January 21, 2013

Shhh...Teddy Bear Sleeping

Source: via carol on Pinterest

I love the photo above of the Bear in a Blanket but I'm not creative like that when it comes to food. A busy day makes me lazy in the kitchen. I'm continuing spend time cooking with the kids but this past week I didn't do anything fancy, exciting or extra yummy. For dinner one night, I had my daughter cut up some extra firm tofu, salt it a bit and fry it up. The kids like their tofu with shoyu (soy sauce) and toasted sesame seeds so we made that as a dip. Maybe we'll do something more adventurous this week like a sleeping bear in an egg, I don't think so.

If you can't "bear" to eat a cute, snoozing animal, enjoy the crafty links below.
Teddy Bear Charm

Tabletop Sculpture - Miss Fiona Bear by Pig and Pumpkin
* Bear Cake - Cute Polymer Clay Miniature by ku-ki shop
* Polka Dot Teddy Bear Adjustable Ring by Nifty Owl Creations
Design Your Own Custom Teddy Bear by Created by Laurie
* Little Grey Bear Clutch Purse by Misala Handmade (I have one of her purses and it's the sweetest thing!)

Please feel free to share your Teddy Bear link in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Friday, January 18, 2013

I Love Your Smile!

This week my "I Love Your Smile!" list goes like this...

These ladies are bloggers too and I have linked up to a recent post on their blogs. "How did they get on this list?", you ask. Well my friends here, while keeping up with their own daily duties, have come to my blog to cheer me on by leaving me a comment and making me SMILE!  Comments are tallied each week by one of those fancy-schmancy blog apps (on the side bar) and on Fridays, I link up to the top 5 commentators. Although I don't list everyone, I do appreciate all of you so thank you, thank you everyone for your support. I hope you leave a comment and come back soon!

Please click on the "I Love Your Smile!" links because I'm sure you'll like what you see!

Have a great weekend! I'm smiling back at you!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Apple for the Teacher

Just samples today. 

Apple Core: *Width 1.25 cm. at its widest point  *Height 2 cm. * $3.25
Apple: *Width 1.5 cm. at its widest point *Height 2 cm. *$3.45

Samurai Boy: *Width 1.25 cm. at its widest point *Height 2.25 cm. *$3.55
Kokeshi Girl: *Width 1.25 cm. at its widest point * Height 2.1 cm. *$3.55

Daruma: *Width 1.5 cm. at its widest point *Height 1.5 cm. *$3.55
Maneki Neko: *Width 1.5 cm. at its widest point *Height 2 cm. *$3.65

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Treasury - Beautiful Seed Bead Earrings

Anna of Anabel27 is a bead artist. I visit her blog often to see her remarkable, vibrant beadwork. Anna's blog is in Russian but thanks to Google's translation tool, I can not only view her amazing work but I can read about it too. I especially love Anna's use of colors in her designs.

Because I admire Anna's work so much, I was flattered that she included me in her Beautiful Seed Bead Earrings Treasury on Etsy. Whether or not you like beading, I am sure you are going to be fascinated at the beautiful earrings in this collection.

'Beautiful seed bead earrings' by Anabel27

Watermelon Beaded Earri...

30% OFF Enter Coupon Co...

Earrings - Bright Summe...

Hand beaded SuGaR SkUll...

Wicked Witch Head Hallo...

Hand Beaded Buckskin H...

Peyote Earrings - Black...

Beautiful Sunburst turq...

Wolf Beaded Earrings

Beaded Desert Cactus Ea...

Purple Macaw Parrot See...

Beaded Musical Note Bla...

Native American made - ...

Eagle Feather with Wolf...

Tiger Brick Stitch Earr...

Large Day of the Dead I...

To get a better view of this Beautiful Seed Bead Earrings Treasury, click  => here. Please also visit Anna's blog and stop by her shop, Anabel27shop..

Thank you for stopping by!

Monday, January 14, 2013

French Bread Pizza Night

I thought I'd write about food today because I'm committing myself to it. To be precise, I told myself that I would spend more time in the kitchen preparing fun meals with and for the family. I don't particular like cooking but my little one enjoys the chemistry of food stuff so I'm making it a point to invest a few hours each month nurturing my child's interest.

My cooking style is assemblage - gathering ready made components and fitting it together to make a meal. This often involves cutting, mixing and heating; thus referred to as cooking =)

In the style of assemblage, the kids and I made French Bread Pizza. The cooking part involved "cutting" the bread, "mixing" bottled spaghetti sauce, spreading the sauce over the bread, sprinkling mozzarella and Parmesan cheese {left over packets from Pizza Hut} over the bread, then adding pepperoni to top it off.  This was placed into the "heated" oven until the cheese melted. My husband brought home fully loaded salads from his office cafeteria and voila!...we had a tasty meal!

I need to start planning for the next food adventure so if you have any ideas or links to simple, fast recipes, please feel free to leave me a comment.

Enjoy these crafty food links on Etsy.

*Kim Chi Ramen Keychain by Bit of Sugar
*Nail Art Sushi Caviar Sashimi by Nail Kandy
*Paper Cookie Box Favor Set by Catando Design
*Kawaii Cosmetic Pouch, Makeup Bag by Tomodachi Kitty
*Children's Apron, Chef Hat and Crochet Cupcake Gift Set by Tisket Tasket

I hope you're having a great Monday. Thanks for stopping by!

Pizza Image Source: via Handmade Cuties on Pinterest


Friday, January 11, 2013

I Love Your Smile!

Hello Friends! Hello Friday!

Lu, Jamie and Sheryl, I took your comments to heart and started my day enjoying a bit of fresh air and exercise to get me creatively inspired again. I'm feeling better already!

Today is my favorite blog day of the week. I get to smile back at those who have visited my blog and commented on my post during this past week. Sorry I'm not recognizing everyone but I do appreciate all of you!!

I Love Your Smile!

*ChatterBlossom {Jamie}
*Creations by Shirl {Shirl}
*crafting this and that {Eva}
*Sher's Creative Space {Sheryl}
*Crocheted Little Things {Lu}

If you're looking for fun Treasuries to check out. Please take a look at these.

Summer In January curated by Maud Guidoni from Ichimo. This cheery collection of color will lift your mood and warm you up on a cold, wintry day. My little watermelon earrings were included in the fun treasury.

This is a belated thank you to Sassy Sashadoxie who has always been a great doggy supporter of mine.   Sashadoxie spreads holiday cheer throughout the year and wanted to let you know that We Believe In Santa! Do you believe? It's never too late {or early}.

I hope you had a great week. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Creatively Stagnant. It Stinks!

I've been sort of stuck on what I want to do. My indecision is making me creatively stagnant. Does this happen to you? What do you do to get back on track?

I decided to make something simple because my projects weren't working out and I spent a lot of time un-stringing my work. I chose to work with my Oxblood Red seed beads. It's a nasty sounding color but I like it because it the color looks like chocolate. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

Here's is a simple bracelet that I made with tiny Delica 15/0 seed beads and red bicone crystals. It's something both my kids and my adult friends would wear. I'm trying to add more of these "conservative" jewelry to my shop to give it more balance but I seem to get pulled back into my need to make cutesy stuff.

I also wrapped a yellow magnesite bead with bright neon pink Toho's and used more of the tiny 15/0 Delica's. I attached the bead to hair elastic. Although I love the bright colors of this beaded piece, the circular center is a bit uneven. I'm adding it to my kid's collection of "mom's beaded oopsies".

Now that I've gotten these projects out of my system. I think I'm ready to get back to work on some new bead weaving projects such blue bunnies and flying pigs.

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, January 7, 2013

What Killed the Radio Star?

We're a musical family wanna be. Well, my husband and I are and we hope our children will appreciate music soon enough. I cannot sing but that's okay because my horrible voice makes a terrific weapon. My husband sings better than I do and loves his guitar. My kids went to all of those toddler music classes and we continue their music education with piano lessons. This past summer, my daughter sang a duet on stage at the mall. She said she is never, ever, ever doing that again! We listen to music almost every day whether it is The Duck Song or a pretty instrumental like The Piano Guys' Lord of The Rings or something playing on the radio in the background.

This past Christmas, I had planned to make music themed charms for my children's piano teachers but you know how that goes. It's not until I received an inquiry for musical note charms that I finally sat down and made these...

These are Peyote stitched charms made with Delica 11/0 beads that dangle from silver plated chains.

Now for the trivia question, "What Killed the Radio Star?". Video, of course! Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles, was the first video played on MTV on August 1, 1981. Quite appropriate.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 4, 2013

I Love Your Smile!

You brought sunshine to this wet and cold week. Thank you for sharing your smile with me. I'm smiling back at you!

crafting this and that {Eva}
ChatterBlossom {Jamie}
Creations by Shirl {Shirl}
2 just B you {Kim}
The Joy of Crafting {Joy}

I'm looking forward to spending a great year with you! Have a fantastic day and enjoy your weekend!


Green Flower Bud Bracelet

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Forty Four (not my age)

When the kids are tucked in bed and my husband is watching his favorite show on Netflix, I like to snuggle in bed with a good book. Sometimes I browse through craft books and magazines for inspiration and other times I get lucky with a book that I just can't put down. Lately, I've been lucky.

"Last year after falling through the ice, seventeen-year-old Abby Craig woke up from death."

I am currently reading the digital version of the 44 series by Jools Sinclair. I came across the first 44 book on and got it because it was free. It was surprisingly good and I purchased the second Kindle book for $2.99. I'm currently on book 3 of a six part series. I should have bought the boxed set.

"But she woke into a world she barely recognizes. She can’t see colors, memories have been erased, and her friends all hate her. And then there’s Jesse, who she loves, but who refuses to forgive her the one mistake she made long ago."

Okay, so it sounds like a teen/young adult-ish read and it is. I think that is what makes it pleasurable for me. It's a "thrilling, paranormal romance" that flows like a TV series and it doesn't make my brain work too hard.

"Just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, the visions begin. In them, she sees a faceless serial killer roaming the streets. While the police believe that there have been a lot of accidents in town lately, Abby knows differently. And she soon realizes that it’s up to her to find him.

But to stop him, she’ll have to confront more than just the killer. 
She’ll have to face something else that was lost in those dark waters." 
The truth.

So, if you're looking for a book to read tonight, may I recommend the free version of 44? I linked up to but I'm sure you can find 44 at any major bookstore. Unfortunately our Hawaii State Library does not carry this book. You can visit the author on her blog, Jools Sinclair.

Thanks for stopping by today. I'll end with a photo of a bookmark that is in my shop. It's not needed for digital books but if you like "real" books, as my daughter calls it, a bookmark will help.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Is It A Wish or A Resolution?

The nice man on television asked, "Is it A Wish or A Resolution?" Will I commit to my resolution or will it just be a wish {and a feeling of guilt}? Oh the pressure!

Did you make a New Year's Resolution?

Maybe I'll just skip a big resolution this year and make a list of all the things I wish for {clean house, nice dinner, daily exercise} and accomplish something from this list every day. There! That is my 2013 resolution and it will lead to a complete lifestyle change. Oh the pressure!

Thank goodness for beading!

Gray and Pink Elephant Bracelet

Happy New Year and Happy Day to You!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!