Friday, March 20, 2015

hope SPRINGs eternal

Tonight at 6:45 PM, spring begins officially...
REALLY?!!!

Okay...
the temperatures are beginning to climb. 

Ever. So.  


Slowly. 

The snow...


yes, that dirty, nasty stuff is supposedly snow...


and the ice is melting...


somewhere...


But
it is not exactly spring like!!!

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: 
when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

Yeah, something like that. 

Inside, I am returning to normal time
though I would much prefer to be on Hawaii time...



and I have started yet another new project
just because I can't possibly have enough at one time!

Either that, or I am avoiding completing the myriad of other projects,
some with deadlines!

Even though I am no longer in Hawaii, 
I am trying to create some memories with what I have from my vacation,
like this lei
from our Luau...


It may shrivel up before I do. 

So I've taken up the sport of flower pounding!

I took apart the lei,
carefully placing the flowers on a piece of prepared fabric
(washed in a bit of Synthrapol, soaked in soda ash overnight and air dried).

On one of the pieces of fabric, I laid the flowers on their sides
like they would look strung together on a lei..


on the other piece, I opened the flower up placing the petals flat 
as it might look opened up..

(no photo so you will have to use your vast imagination)

Then, I carefully taped the petals etc down with masking tape
onto the fabric..


I flipped the fabric over onto a flat surface
and pounded away...


You may want to warn your family in advance about the noise!
Just sayin'. 

Though there doesn't seem to be much difference,
this is the piece with the flowers laid on their side..


and this piece had the flowers opened up...


so... now what?!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

eia 'au [A-ee-ah ow] ...

which means "I am here" in Hawai'ian!

I have not been in blogland lately
because I was on vacation with hubby and friends
on the Hawai'ian Islands!

I will not bore you with the all details (and the 900+ photos!)
but we did spend a few nights on the the Big Island (aka Hawaii) in Hilo...

Mr. U was anxious to see a volcano or two so we visited Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park!

We walked through a large lava tube...


 in an area that is a rainforest...


filled with ferns and palms...



viewed the Kilauea Caldera...


                           
   wandered on fields of hardened lava..



with wonderful patterns..


and marveled at the Holei Sea Arch..



Then we spent 6 nights on Maui, at Kaanapali...

I had no idea that it is whale mating season 
from mid December through mid May..


so we had many whale sightings each day...



 Kaanapali beach was beautiful...





and the sunsets amazing!





We took a helicopter ride over Maui...


which was...


beyond....


my wildest dreams!


Truly....


spectacular!


And from the sky,
all the way down....


 to the bottom of the ocean...


in a submarine...


I spent a lot of time 


admiring the flora...


and
the rocks and shells...















so much color!!!!

so much inspiration!!! 

so much beauty!!!

(and no snow!!!)

But no trip would be complete without a trip
to a quilt shop...


for a few goodies!


and I expect there will be some Hawai'ian inspired projects soon!

Aloha!