Aloha, all! When sister Stampin' Up! demonstrators started sending me greeting cards to help me put together a collection of projects to show to my customers, the Stampin' Up! 2018-2019 Catalog had just been released. Prior to that, demonstrators had been able to pre-order many products from the new Share What You Love Suite. So, as you might imagine, many of the cards they had to share used … [Read more...] about It’s a Beautiful Day!
Aloha, all! For the most part, when I am near a lake or an ocean, I cannot take my eyes off of the water. We have friends we visit here on our island whose homes are right on the ocean, and all I want to do is sit and look at the water. It's so peaceful. Next week, my husband and I will go to a family cabin on a lake in Northern Minnesota, and it's hard to get any chores done as all I'd like to … [Read more...] about There’s Peace in Lakes and Oceans!
Aloha, all! Here on the Big Island of Hawai'i, we've been seeing a lot of the deadly things that Nature can do to us and the land on which we live. The lava has been flowing since May 3, 2018, and so far there's no indication that it's going to stop any time soon. Not only has lava destroyed the homes of hundreds of people, it's also destroyed a beautiful jungle, some of it wild and some of it … [Read more...] about Another Side of Nature!
Aloha, all! I have determined that today is going to be a lava-free day for me, which mainly means no checking up on the status of the lava that's wrecking the area of the Island of Hawai'i where I lived for so long. It also means that I'm taking the time to look over many of the cards that I've received from friends over the last month or so, and trying to find some commonalities so that I … [Read more...] about Those Pearlized Doilies Are Sneaky!
Aloha, all! Here I am again, and just one day after my last blog post! It felt so good to get my hands on my new Stampin' Up! Catalog and go through it to see all the wonderful new stamp sets and embellishments. I just had to do it again before I get wrapped up in more lava evacuation issues. For today's post, I went through all the fab cards that sister Stampin' Up! demonstrators have sent … [Read more...] about Fun Impressions of a New Catalog!
Aloha, all! Yes, it's been a long time since I've posted and even after I promised to be more prolific in my postings. But we're still dealing with the shock of losing our home. Even more, we're dealing with the shock of losing our whole neighborhood, and trying to keep in touch with good neighbors who are scattered far and wide is one of the things that takes up a lot of my time. We frequently … [Read more...] about I Lava You A Lot!
Aloha, all! Once again I send out a big, "Thank You," to my sister Stampin' Up! Demonstrators for all the love and caring they've showered on me with the dozens of cards they've sent to help me out while I'm in crafting limbo. I still haven't figured out how to get my crafting supplies set up to get back into making my own cards. So the cards they've sent me are helping to show you - and me, it … [Read more...] about Thank You Again and Again!
Aloha, all! Over the last two days I've opened all of those envelopes that you saw in the photo I shared in my last post. I simply cannot believe the love and caring so many Stampin' Up! demonstrators have shown for me in the month since we lost our home to the lava flow in Leilani Estates, Hawai'i. I am overwhelmed with a sense of thankfulness to everyone who has reached out to me in this … [Read more...] about Thank You So Very Much!
Aloha, all! Today the floodgates opened! Or rather, I opened my Post Office Box and IT. WAS. STUFFED! As I pulled out one envelope or package, others came out with it and fell to the floor. Two people checking their mail just stopped and stared. This evening I am going to open every one of them, and I'll start sharing them with you tomorrow. This exercise is going to make me get my Stampin' … [Read more...] about A Stuffed Mailbox!
Aloha, all! I love it when alliteration appears out of nowhere and graces my writing, as in the title of this post. All those "F"s warm my heart. But they do not warm my heart as much as it was warmed by a beautiful card from fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator, Cheryl Hamilton. Cheryl called this fun fold a Concertina Fold, inspired by the Concertina which is a musical instrument that reminds … [Read more...] about Another Fun Fold Card From a Friend!
Aloha, all! Today is the first day of the new Stampin' Up! Catalog - the 2018-2019 Annual Catalog. Usually this is the one day of the year that I place a big enough order for myself to earn a 50% off product, as well as oodles of points for Stampin' Rewards to get a LOT of free products. But, with my house lying under a blanket of lava and only a small table on which to do any crafting work, I … [Read more...] about A Reminder of Our Garden