Wednesday, September 30, 2009

folk wedding

I love the pretty details of this "Mexican Fiesta meets Garden Party theme" wedding. My favorite part is that they made the invitation part a fold out double sided poster. Something about that is so rock and roll to me... no? I love all the playfull and unique ideas that people are using for weddings nowadays.

Monday, September 28, 2009

back in the water

Over the weekend I surfed for the first time since my broken arm, and it felt great! My ribs are a tiny bit sore... which I happen to love right now.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

play dough

I have always loved art/craft projects and have been so excited to do them with my own kids. Indie is almost to the point where she can start to enjoy some projects. One such project is playing with clay or play dough. This book is full of fun and unique recipes to create your own play doughs.
Here are some of my favorites:


what you will need:
2 1/4 cups flour
I cup salt
2 Tbs. unsweetened powdered drink (like kool aid)
4 Tbs. cooking oil
1 cup water

how to concoct it:
1. combine flour, salt, and powdered drink mix in a large bowl
2. stir in cooking oil and water
3. continue stirring until mixture is the consistency of bread dough
4. remove dough from bowl and knead on a floured surface 2-3 minutes until firm

concoction tips & ideas:
*mold different fruity play dough colors/scents into pieces of make believe fruit.
*store leftover fruity play dough in an airtight container or plastic zip bag.


what you will need:
4-6 drops food coloring
1/4 cup whit glue
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/4 cup water

how to concoct it:
1. mix white glue, water, and food coloring together in a small bowl until well blended
2. combine flour and cornstarch in a separate bowl
3. add the flour/cornstarch mixture to the water/glue mixture. Mix until a stiff dough is formed
4. remove dough from the bowl and knead on a floured surface for 2-3 minutes
5. mold plastic dough on a surface covered with wax paper. Drying time will vary according to the size and thickness of your creation

concoction tips & ideas:
*plastic dough can be used to create a wide variety of different items, including beads, jewelry, paperweights, bookmarks, or anything else your imagination will allow


what you will need:
1 cup clean well sifted saw dust
1/2 cup flour
1 Tbs liquid starch
1 cup water

how to concoct it:
1. mix ingredients together in a bowl until a stiff dough is formed. Add extra water if the dough is too dry.
2. allow woody wood dough to dry 2-3 days. Sandpaper can be used to smooth woody wood dough after it is completely dry.

concoction tips & ideas:
*press woody wood dough into cookie cutters and candy molds to create paperweights, beads, and tree ornaments.
*finished pieces can be painted or stained with a mixture of food coloring and water (6 drops of food coloring to 1 tbs. of water)

Friday, September 18, 2009

recycled paper gift wrap

love the idea of using recycled paper to wrap gifts. i have been using brown paper bags (because i have forgotten my reusable bags lately, boo) to wrap gifts lately. the idea of using more recycled paper to decorate the wrapping job sounded and looked so fun! this was on design sponge a while ago. i thought we would give it a try for a birthday part that we are going to today.
. brown paper wrapping
sometimes, crafting with the rugrats turns out different than you envisioned...
wrapped by a 3 year old
but she was happy with it and had so much fun drawing happy faces, cutting them out, and glueing them to the present. i love how it turned out and will have to try the other method later- when she is asleep of course.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

must visit:

MADE, as in a girl named dana made this bathing suit for her daughter. add that one to the do to list (someday...). check out her blog for lots of other fun tutorials (but there are lots more, just click around, they are everywhere), links to lots of other fun blogs (there are just too many to keep up with!) and endless inspiration (love all the refashion stuff she does)!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Leonard Jr.'s

Hawaii Truck Food: Part 1

hawaii has a thing for food served out of a truck... so I thought I would document it. don't be turned off by the truck, there's some good food to be had.

It's a red and white striped truck that serves malasadas. (a donut like treat) This particular truck moves from shopping center to shopping center and stays for a week at a time. I just love the red stripe motif they have going.

* pictures by Jamie

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Ride the Wild Surf

Sure "Ride the Wild surf" is a sixties-beach party movie... but it seems to be the best of the bunch. It has great shots from all over Oahu and original footage of real surfers like Mickey Dora, Greg Noll, and and Butch Van Artsdalen surfing big waves at Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Haleiwa. I especially love when the shots cut from a fake shot of the actor "surfing" to original footage of real surfers on real waves. Did I mention the bikini fashions? There are some really great styles that I wish I could find now! watch it... you wont be disappointed.

also... one of the girl characters drives this jeep....!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009


Yesterday cache had his 1st birthday. The party was a "yellow" color theme. There were a lot of great details... which I will post soon, but for now here is the invite, designed by the lovely Jane.

Friday, September 4, 2009

on the topic of

project runway last night... I was completely disappointed by the designers. How do they not understand a "fun and fashionable sufwear look?" it's really not that hard and I found myself with 2 looks that were cute, the rest of them were completely heinous... not "surfwear-ish" or cute or fun.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

doodle bread

I love all things playfull and clever. This idea is one of those.

for some reason i feel as though if I had this mold... I would make fresh bread daily. ha.