Aloha, all! I am at a stage in my life where it's rare that I either give or receive gifts at Christmas time. That's not to say I'm neglected nor that I'm neglecting others. It's just the way it is. That's why my sharing a gift that I made for a friend is a rare occurrence. But it's one of those times that I just knew that I could make the perfect gift for my friend. And, of course, I had to … [Read more...] about A One-of-a-Kind Gift!
Aloha, all! As I've mentioned before, I've named my place where I do my crafting, Robin's Craft Room. I started out with Robin Stamps, but then I realized that I do other crafts than stamp to make cards, scrapbook pages and gifts. I also crochet and do other kinds of needlework when the mood strikes me. But back in the 1990s and into the early part of the 21st century, most of my crafting … [Read more...] about Before I Was a Paper Crafter!
Aloha, all! With everything else that's been going on, I've been involved in getting ready for quite a few holiday parties sponsored by many organizations to which I belong. For the most part, given that we've been so focused on making our home livable, I've been able to beg out of doing too very much. But I jumped at the opportunity to make the table favors for one of the groups that was … [Read more...] about Curvy Keepsake Table Favors!
Aloha, all! In mid-October, once again our life was interrupted by constant moving of furniture back and forth. While I tried to weather through all that was going on, by the beginning of November, I realized that I needed to focus on where we lived and keeping it livable than on my crafting. If you can believe it, I managed to go to a Stampin' Up! event in mid-November without ANY swaps to … [Read more...] about Our Apartment Renovation is Finished!
Aloha and Happy Halloween, all! I'm among those who treat this day as a day for fun for kids and adults alike. We can dress up and do silly things just for the fun of it, and very few people have a problem with it. Of course, as a Stampin' Up! "nut," I try to make cards and treats that feature Stampin' Up! products every year. This year was no exception. Paper Pumpkin, the monthly kit … [Read more...] about Treats Not Tricks, Paper Pumpkin Style!
Aloha, all! I'm still traveling away from my pleasantly warm home on Hawai'i's Big Island. I mention the weather because I've just arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the temperature is hovering around 100?. Yikes! I am so not used to this kind of heat. Besides that I'm not used to all the buildings and crowds that we're experiencing as we arrive from Northern Minnesota. While I was in … [Read more...] about Gifts While I’m Traveling
Aloha, all! So much has been going on lately here in Hilo, Hawai'i. Right now I'm in between appointments with a "to-do" list that's way too long for the number of hours in any day of the week. Sitting at my computer writing about one of my current projects is such a relaxing way to chill out and just focus on one thing at once. So here I am! Focusing! My focus the past few days has been on … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for an Orchid Show!
Aloha, all! A QUICK UPDATE: Some retiring products are now DISCOUNTED! Click HERE for the complete list. Now back to our regularly-scheduled post! In less than a week, the newest Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog will be open for business. As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I was allowed to pre-order some products from that catalog, and I've just about run out of the papers from my newest favorite … [Read more...] about A Fun & Exciting New Product Suite!
Aloha, all! It's been a really busy week as my husband and I leave this Thursday for a trip that will keep me away from my Craft Room for three full weeks. But never fear - my longest stop will be the last week of my trip when I'll be visiting my sister-in-law and former Stampin' Up! demonstrator. She may be former SU!, but she's not former crafter. In fact, if I'd had my way, I would have … [Read more...] about Looking Through My Stash! – Part 1
Aloha, all! Finally, earlier this week, our new furniture arrived. Hooray, I am no longer living out of a suitcase! It really wasn't as bad as all that - we travel on occasion, and I often find myself digging around in suitcases when we're just spending an overnight somewhere. But it's nice to have a dresser. Even nicer is having furniture that is just right for our apartment and our style … [Read more...] about Soft Suede to the Rescue!
Aloha, all! While most of us are getting ready for the Easter holiday - an important day in Christian communities, as well as a fun day for children of all cultures in our country - many of us are beginning the week of Passover, an important event in the Jewish calendar. While I tend to try to make cards celebrating Jewish events more around the time of Hannukah, that's because I can make fun … [Read more...] about Blessings at Passover