Thursday, October 29, 2009

BOO banner

i stole this picture of a friends blog (i would link it, but it's private).
i love simple earthy looking decor, and the fact that this is made of burlap, black paint and a little twine makes me happy. not to mention, you could make this during nap time and feel like you totally accomplished something.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

teach your children well

i can't think of a better way to learn how to count

Monday, October 26, 2009

pom-pom headband tutorial

*i have had headbands on the brain for the last week (pun intended).
this one is a really quick easy project, even though it looks like there are 1,000 steps.
and if you like free stuff, i am giving a headband away at my blog. click on over and join in the fun.*

Thursday, October 22, 2009

words to live by

I need one of these in a well trafficked area. A good family motto i think! These posters have been all over the blogging world for a while. Somewhere I read that these were printed in England during WWII... here is a more full story.

Lots of places to buy on etsy...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


So our giveaway for a free cry baby matinee was not so popular. Although, I do realize that readers who do not live in Laie... or on Oahu... can't really go. If you are in the area and are reading this, whats up? Would a different time or day work better? Laie Palms has agreed to let us give away movie tickets so let us know (so you can go fo free!)

(ps. Jonna, you win a ticket!)


We have been having some cloudy but bright days here in Hawaii. It really makes for good lighting during the day...

Monday, October 19, 2009

for renters...

If you are renting and you want to add some cute details to your place without having to invest a lot of money, this idea is for you. Find cute knobs and replace them on you cabinents. I did it on the top row and the two below the sink. The knobs are all missmatched but they are in a specific area so it works. Be sure to keep the old ones, so when you move out it's just a quick switch.

(my knobs are from here, if your patient they always seem to go on sale )

Friday, October 16, 2009

movie ticket giveaway!

Laie Palms Cinemas has started to offer crybaby matinees! What is a crybaby matinee you ask? It is a movie where you can bring your baby, and not have to worry about him/her crying and bothering the other people in the theater because they are all Mom's too, with their crying babies!

This special matinee is offered every wednesday for $4.00! 2 and under are free and the shows start at 11:00 am so babies can make it home in time for afternoon naps!

The shows that will be playing for the next two weeks are:

Wed 10/21 Ponyo
Wed 10/28 Where the Wild Things Are

And guess what, by leaving a comment on this post you will be entered to win a FREE movie ticket! So please support our local businesses, leave a comment, hope to win, if you don't, come anyway, It is only $4.00! The giveaway will be closed Tuesday 10/20 at 12:00 pm HST, so comment away! Good luck!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

how to make your own spooky stamp

materials needed:

1. wood block
2. sticky back foam
3. pen
4. scissors
5. stamp pad
6. spooky silhouette

First cut out the spooky silhouette, then trace it onto the sticky back foam with your pen (*hint: It is easier to see your tracing on a lighter foam, but black is all I had around, and it works)
Then cut out your silhouette, peel the sticky paper back off, and stick it onto your wooden block.
Stamp Away!
You can use any image, even your own. Kids who can use scissors can make their own shapes too. If you need some inspiration for what image to make into a stamp look here. Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

SOMA Airbag

Awhile ago on Surfline there was a gear review on the most amazing board bag by SOMA designs. It is inflatable and indestructible. 
Not only is it indestructible, but you can comfortably sleep in it, and it deflates down to an easy storage size. I love this about it because board bags are so big and bulky to store when not in use.

Check out this video and you will be a believer of this amazing board bag! 

Monday, October 12, 2009

handmade halloween

This year I was very excited to make Indie's halloween costume. I thought and thought about what she should be. Then I decided that since she LOVES the water, and one of her first words was fish, a fish is what she should be! I made her her very own trick or treating bag. I know it is not halloweenish at all, but it goes with her costume.
I made her costume out of cotton and felt. I created a simple cotton dress base, then sewed on a felt hood with eyes, felt scales and a felt tail. 
I hope she will wear the hood at least a little, but I am not counting on it.
Happy Halloween!
What are your kids going to be this Halloween?

Friday, October 9, 2009

some fall flavor

fall = pumpkins. pumpkin milkshakes at jack-n-the box, pumpkin cheesecake at cheesecake factory, pumpkin pies from costco, roasted pumpkin seeds... the list goes on- is your mouth watering? i love pumpkin.

last night i made the easiest pumpkin cookies ever. and they were delicious.
three ingredients:
1 can pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix, just plain pumpkin)
1 spice cake mix (dry)
1 cup chocolate chips (or raisins, or nuts, or all three, or none)

mix pumpkin and cake mix, add chocolate chips.
bake at 350 for 12 minutes.

easy right? i was a little nervous, thinking they would end up dense and not too tasty, but they were fluffy and so good!

here's to a happy fall!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

man shops globe

Man Shops Globe ... this show is bound to be great. The show is about an Keith Johnson who has the coolest job ever, of traveling the globe searching for unique products to place in Anthropologie. I wish I could tag along on his adventures! Plus, I love the advertising.

( It's actually Ashley's week to post but I saw this and had to slide it in... )

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

make your own canvas board bag

handmade boardbags look hip.
i made one last year for a friend and it was really fun and easy to make. and now you can make your own in an afternoon by following this tutorial- or just throw one together any way your heart desires, i am sure it will turn out radical.
(gotta love a boy who can sew!)
i just remembered i have neapolitan ice cream colored cut canvas waiting for me back in hawaii, can't wait to make another one!

Friday, October 2, 2009


I'm really excited for Halloween this year. I wish I had a little boy to dress up in one of these beards. He could be Abraham Lincoln!


I'm currently loving design with bright fresh white and bright cheery color.

Note to self..... when I have me very own home I will paint the door frames colors... (its hard to tell but these are a light turquoisey blue)

I want to say this pic is from Domino ( RIP ) but i can't be sure