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Free Motion Embroidery

17 Jan

Free motion embroidery Kukui nut

Last year I made a gift for my daughter’s teacher, who was my son’s teacher, who happens to also be my husband’s aunty.  Anyway, she’s special and I wanted to do something special.  I’ve always wanted to try “drawing” with my sewing machine.  It was a small space and I thought it would be faster than doing an appliqué.  I really hate preparing my fabric for appliqué.  It’s a Kukui leaf and nuts, which has special meaning to her and her class.  

Until tonight, I had no idea there was such a thing as “free-motion embroidery.”  I’ve been wanting to do more with it since this first project and now I’m really inspired!  If only I had the time to go with it.




I LOVE camping

27 Jul

We camped with our old ward last week and almost everyone in my family.  I LOVE camping so much.

ward camp kakela

I remember my mom telling me that my dad had given up opportunities at work because the trainings would have taken place during ward camp.  I’m so glad he did.  I have so many great memories of camping as a child and my kids are making their own set of almost identical memories.  It’s so relaxing.  I love that feeling of being disconnected with real life and just enjoying having no where to go (although the kids did go to their sports practices) and seeing the calendar cleared out.

My nieces are soooo helpful with my baby!IMG_3189 IMG_3193

The older cousins brought lots of nail polish and the little girls loved having their nails painted.


Always lots of games with lots of cousins.


Getting ready for the ocean!  Her aunty took her into the water the day before and she loved it.  It w as her first time at the beach.




Crab hunting


This is how my dad lights the grill.Image Image 1 Image 2
IMG_3241 IMG_3233 IMG_3224 IMG_3225We had to be out by eight in the morning on the last day.  Instead of waking way too early and breaking down, we did most of the break down the night before…including our tents.  Most of us just slept under the EZ corner.  It was my best sleep the whole time!


Can’t wait for next year!

A Sea Glass Wedding On The Ocean

8 Feb

Gosh it’s taken me a long time to find the time to get to this post.   And, to save time, this is mainly just going to be a post of pictures.  There are soooo many.  Please pardon the lack of order.  WordPress is not the most user-friendly for inserting a lot of pictures, so it was taking too long to organize it.  I really had to cut out a lot of good ones.  I wish I could post pictures of everyone.  I didn’t get any great ones of just my brother and his wife.  There was an “official” photographer, so she took care of that.This is my oldest brother with my youngest brother.  Both of their wives are natives of the Philippines.It was a LOVELY event.  It was so elegant and so beautiful.  We love love love our new sister-in-law!  We are so happy for my brother.  They make a beautiful couple.As for my kids and their wedding attire, I really wanted them to “coordinate.”  The only way to do that I realized was to sew the clothes myself, so I sewed my daughters’ dresses.  I was pretty excited about my older daughter’s dress because I “designed” that one in my head, then on paper and it came out as I imagined.  My little one’s dress started off as a peasant dress, but it wasn’t happening…so I did a bunch of stuff to make it look the way it did and I was really happy with how it turned out.Everyone had a great time planning and putting things together.  With my sister-in-law (who did the jewelry) as the coordinator, we were quite the wedding force.  Everything was beautiful.  All of the vases were re-used from past weddings in our family.  The decor was so incredibly budget friendly.  The reception was held at my brother’s home turned vacation rental.  The setting was perfect.For the food, we all took care of a dish or two.  Everyone kind of does at least one dish really well…so we stuck with that.  The food was so amazing.  Here’s my dad at the stove.The company was fabulous.  It was a small-ish reception in that it was just the family.  So, including my grandma (who is 90 years old and has more energy than me!), that makes 38 of us.  My sister and her husband who currently (not permanently 😉 ) live in California, came so it was really nice having our whole family together in the temple.The bride’s sister flew in from the mainland and she has a cousin that lives here who was able to attend.  My daughter and my niece are excited about their new aunty!That’s my Crafty SIL/Jewelry Store/Wedding Coordinator on the left…and one of my ultra fabulous baby-sitter nieces on the right.  As you can see, height does not run in our family.

Here are a few candids…All the little ones loved walking through these crystal strands.My kids love all their older cousins.We got the idea for these monogram letters from Pinterest.  My mom cut them out of pine wood and painted them.  They were a really nice touch.We brought the letters inside to hang on the wall once the dinner started.My sister did the same thing under these plates that she did at the shower.Here she is with my oldest niece.  Sometimes we suspect they were made from the same mold.I love this boy…and his smile.One of my super-dependable baby sitter nieces and my nephew…son of the groom.Strategizing the cake cutting.Daughter of the groom…she got him good!I love this shot my sister-in-law took.  The sky is a perfect backdrop.Look how much spunk my grandma has.  And that’s my “Martha Stewart Sister” who doubles as a pastry chef.  Very handy to have around.  I love that she lives about a minute away from my house.This is the sea-glass candy she made that I talked about at the end of this post.My daughter and my niece had fun with my camera for about 10 minutes….I have so many pictures of my sister here…she’s setting up something in almost every single one.Here’s my cute niece sneaking (getting caught) a plate of cake in a dark corner of the room.

And here’s my daughter…not so sneaky with her cake.  It kept her busy while we were cleaning up.Boys Club.And more candids. Everyone loved the edible pearls.As you can see, it was a lovely event that we were all thrilled to be a part of.  Congratulations to K & J and the beginning of their new life together.

Sew A Quilted (or not) Laptop or iPad Cover

8 Aug

Remember how I talked about this lady the day before yesterday? Well, I was trying to come up with something to make for her before she leaves for the mainland.  I wanted to make a quilt, but there just wasn’t enough time.  We’re still in summer at our home, so it’s BIZZEEEEE!  She runs most of her business remotely, so I thought a laptop case would be practical.  I just needed to find a way to make it sentimental.  I have this fabric that I love. It’s actually home decor fabric that I got from Fabric.com for super cheap a couple of years ago.  I thought it was perfect since it appeared to have a Hawai’i flair to it without being tacky.  Anyway, here’s how it came out. I waaay miscalculated and made the exterior fabric too long.  Of course, being that it was 2:30 a.m., it wasn’t until AFTER I was finished, that I realized I messed up.  Instead of cutting the whole thing open, I just tucked the bottom portion up and in.  Then I sewed across the bottom.  Normally, there would be no seam there.  It kind of worked out because now there’s extra padding on the “landing.” To personalize it, I had the kids write thank you messages using these Marvy Uchida fabric pens.  I prefer to use the micron pens, because the tip is really fine, but I couldn’t find any around the house.  If you look close, you can see that I did quilt the inside fabric to some cotton quilt batting.Now, every time she opens the case, she’ll be reminded of how thankful we are for her.  The tutorial I used actually calls for two buttons, but I thought a hook and loop (Velcro) closure would be more practical. I used this awesome tutorial here!

Here are a few other great laptop or iPad tutorials:
This one by Oh Frannson.

Over at Me Sew Crazy, this one has a strap, but no closure.

I loooove this one at Crap I’ve Made.  It has a zipper!

This one is cool with a flap, but might be kind of humbug.

Do you think if I sew an iPad one the hubby will feel sorry for me and get me an iPad?

Now go sew yourself one!

A Short Walk Along The Water

3 Aug

A couple of weeks ago I was visiting with my grandma who lives on the water.  A few lots down, my dad is building “phase I” of his new house.  It’s actually a comfortable little place above the garage. That day, they were pouring the driveway, so I went for a walk to check out the progress of the house and the driveway.  On my way there, I came upon this surprise: It was my son and my nieces and nephew.  They were taking the kayaks out (from my grandma’s house).  It was a nice surprise (and thankfully I had my phone to snap a pic) and I think they had fun waving and having their picture taken too!

These iPhone pics kind of make it look like footage of refugees.

Our New Lowes at ‘Iwilei.

2 Aug

In Hawai’i, we get really excited when we get a “mainland store.”  We just got a Target less than two years ago! Bath & Body Works recently came too. You can’t even imagine how crazy this place went when we got our first Costco.  We have FOUR on one island!  We have one Lowes on the island, but just a few months ago, we got another one that’s closer. Since we had just finished remodeling by the time it had opened, I didn’t have much reason to go after the opening.  You know when you have four kids, there better be a darn good reason to take four small, clothes tugging, starving TO DEATH, bickering, complaining little people with you.  I needed to return a bunch of stuff so that I could purchase some other stuff.  Oh how fun a return line is with THE FAB FOUR!  After I parked I started processing the best way to do this (load the flooring and carry the sleeping baby while pushing the load).  Then, my daughter shouted (that’s the only way she knows how to speak), “Ooh Mom! Can we ride that?”  Of course, I immediately thought, “I just parked next to a cart organizer (Is that what it’s called?), why would I drive FURTHER from the entrance?!!!”. Until I looked up and before my eyes was the answer to all my woes. Quickly, I pulled out of my stall and darted over.  I worried that someone would take it before me. I loaded my kids in THIS BEAST!

It didn’t matter that the flooring was far beyond it’s carrying capacity. I fit all the little people I needed to.  It was even okay that the sleeper woke from her three minute nap and that almost NEVER ends up good. We did all we needed to do and everyone came out STILL SMILING! Costco really needs to get these.


Another Week of Camping!

30 Jul

We went camping again with our church. It was fabulous! I love camping. I’m always bummed when we have to break down. It’s so great to be away from the “real life.” It doesn’t seem to matter what the kids consume that week. More sugar and snacks in one week than they do the whole year it seems. There are so many other kids and families and everyone takes care of each other. We camped at Bellows Beach which is owned by the military, so it’s different from most camp sites in that it’s really secure. It’s usually very clean and they do have hot water showers! It was awesome. We can’t wait to go back next year.  Hopefully for TWO WEEKS!

Remember this pic?

I painted a ton of faces for a few hours one night.  It was really fun.  I haven’t done it in a while.It doesn’t get any easier than this…These girls had so much fun together!  They even had sleepovers at camp.

This guy loves the ocean.  It’s the one thing that keeps him from taking a break to eat.My baby girl really took to uncle Nate.  It was really nice for me 🙂She was very happy when he brought her ice cream.  Twice!We shared dinner duty, so it was nice to only cook for half of the nights.  I think we got the better end of the deal.  They made steaks and we made chili!See the crab in the yellow boat toy?

It was convenient to have an endless supply of sand.  There were no issues with sharing.
This little blonde girl is moving back to the mainland in less than two days, so they were pretty much attached for the whole camp out.  We’re really dreading their departure.Happiness.It was nice to see these two getting along 🙂

My boys.

I love camping.  We never missed our church camp out growing up.  It was always a huge priority in our home.  I understand why.  So many memories.