Independence

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I swear…if I had reliable Internet I would use my blog!I have so many ideas and things I would love to share but alas,am pretty limited on what I can do online.

So here is another attempt to use my blog.I will keep it short and sweet.I have been forcing myself to begin to use some of the millions of scraps of fabric I have piling up.I hear there is a show on TV called hoarders and if they had a look at my piles of scraps they would probably want to sign me up for their show!

One of the things I have been having fun creating are fun and functional braided headbands.I am tying to be a good Etsy seller and have items ready for 4th of July shoppers so made this set of three Patriotic colors 😉 My daughter Ela and her friend Bess were playing yesterday and I gave them a pile of scraps to create with as well.It was so fun to see what they came up with and they definitely gave me some new ideas!Image

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I loved how the girls added ‘streamers’ onto their headbands and am going to tweak their idea and make some fun boho eco chic versions for my shop.

It has been far too long since I did a give away and so in honor of summer and Independence Day coming up,I will give away a set of three braided headbands.You can choose your top 5 colors out of these :

navy blue,ruby red,vanilla,fir green,ocean blue,stone blue,gray,black,rust,chocolate and plum

All you have to do is :

leave me a comment telling me what ‘independence’ means to you personally.

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If you refer anyone to me,tell them to note it in their comment and you will have another entry.

I will do a random drawing on Summer Solstice(June 20th).

Aloha and many blessings 🙂

This week in pictures:November 7-14

Mana exploring the stream

Mana exploring the stream

Fresh,clean Hawaiian Wate
Fresh,clean Hawaiian Water

A little late but I am trying!Flooding rains this last week has meant many things,one of which is VERY little internet(and not too many pictures!)I did do a quick Holiday themed photo shoot with Ela and Bonnie on Wednesday after Ela’s Violin lesson with Bonnie!

Ok,so my internet has gone in and out since starting this and somehow the pictures are out of order.I am not going to even mess with it as this point!So the first two are from Monday the 11th of November when Mana and I took advantage of the glorious non rainy weather and walked to the stream that borders us.

Holiday mother and daughter dresses

Holiday mother and daughter dresses

Ela with the singing bowl in the organic cotton/soy jersey Holiday Dress

Ela with the singing bowl in the organic cotton/soy jersey Holiday Dress

Some new items:organic cotton/soy french terry hat and fingerless gloves

Some new items:organic cotton/soy french terry hat and fingerless gloves

My First Little Black Dress!

My First Little Black Dress!

I was pretty proud of this shoot because I was using manual settings on my DSLR all by myself 😉

And my last glimpse of the sun before I went back to the flooding Hamakua Coast!

Sunset in Waimea

Sunset in Waimea

Walking down the trail to the stream that borders our property.

Walking down the trail to the stream that borders our property.

Banks of the stream flattened from the recent flooding!

Banks of the stream flattened from the recent flooding!

 

Tiny seed washed up on the rocks.

Tiny seed washed up on the rocks.

 

Back up the trail to the old homestead

Back up the trail to the old homestead

 

Wild Hawaiian Orchid

Wild Hawaiian Orchid

 

The Guava frame of a new greenhouse my hubbie is slowly erecting.

The Guava frame of a new greenhouse my hubbie is slowly erecting.

 

Hard to believe that Coco the goat is almost 12 years old!She is the daughter of one of our original four goats,and our last goat.Her mom was named Magic and was the best milk goat ever,and such a sweetheart.All lived out their lives and have since passed,but Coco remains.Unfortunately we always have to keep her tethered because she is the Houdini of goats and has gotten us in trouble with neighbors way to many times.

So that is it for this week…hopefully I will have more opportunity to get outside in the next week but it is the rainy season.Thankful we went to the stream when we did as it was raining again by afternoon.

Coco the Goat.

Coco the Goat.

This week in pictures:October 30-November 5

Mana my 4 year old in our first fruiting avocado tree!

Mana my 4 year old in our first fruiting avocado tree!

One of the most exciting things that has happened in the last couple of weeks is harvesting the very first avocados from a tree that we planted from seed(well,actually it planted itself in our compost!).Here Mana is sitting in the tree while looking for avos ready to pick!

 

Fruits of the Land

Fruits of the Land-apple banana and avocado from our farm

My husband River takes care of the new gardens that are just below the ponds where he is raising tilipia fish.The overflow from the ponds keeps the beds watered and fertilized with all the fish poop!

My hubbie River tending the garden.

My hubbie River tending the garden.

A picture of the bed my hubbie bought for my 41st birth day!We have never had a ‘real’ bed before.We had a mattress on a plywood platform for the last 11 years and now we have this gorgeous hardwood carved sleigh bed!I do feel a little guilty that we bought a new bed that was made in Indonesia…actually really guilty but I’m trying to get over that.Two downsides:I used to store tubs of fabric under our old bed and now there is no room for anything other than fabric dust(but according to Feng Shui you are not supposed to have stuff under your bed.)The other downside:our 4 year old who had been sleeping through the night in the bunkbed he shares with sister has now decided that our bed is way nicer and is waking us up every night to join us.Ugh!

My 41st Birthday bed!

My 41st Birthday bed!

Halloween at the school:sad to see almost all store bought cooperate costumes,but happy I can hand make my kids costumes with eco fabrics!

Little Red Riding Hood in the school Halloween parade in a sea of store bought costumes.

Little Red Riding Hood in the school Halloween parade in a sea of store bought costumes.

A big storm came through on Halloween(trick or treating in torrential rains anyone?)and brought heavy snowfall on Mauna Kea!

First big snow of the season!Super early this year.

First big snow of the season!Super early this year.

After working with Dad in the garden Mana brought a worm back and made a home for him.It was a nice spontaneous home school moment in learning the letter in ‘worm’.

Mana and his pet WORM!

Every Saturday for the last several months my daughter and son have been taking dance in Hilo.Center Stage Dance just moved to this historic old building in downtown and this was our first Saturday at the new location.The building is 3 stories and incredible!I asked some parents when we arrived if they knew the history but no one did.There is a cool balcony where they have chairs and a couch set up so you can hang out and watch class and I was so intrigued by the solid craftsman ship and architecture.In the front of the room there appeared to be some kind of a dais,where a three seat throne of sorts was.At one point in the ballet class there was a commotion on the street and a Veteran’s Day parade started right outside the windows.Needless to say the girls were very distracted!I asked Miss Pam the amazing teacher if she knew the history and she said she believed it was originally build as a Masonic Lodge.That made perfect sense.I found out it was built in 1908-1910.If you are interested in the history you can read a bit in the link below:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilo_Masonic_Lodge_Hall-Bishop_Trust_Building

The new dance studio in a historic building.Ballet class was interrupted by a Veteran's Day parade that started right outside the studio

 

 

 

Little sister of Ela's ballet classmate watching the parade .

Little sister of Ela's ballet classmate watching the parade .

In between classes we took a walk the next block over to the Walikuku River bridge and checked out the scenery.I have a fascination with the decay of old bridges and buildings…

Kua my 11,almost 12 yr old looking ot over the Wailuku River and waterfalls.

Kua my 11,almost 12 yr old looking ot over the Wailuku River and waterfalls.

 

Waterfall on the Wailuku River as seen from the Wailuku Bridge downtown Hilo.

Waterfall on the Wailuku River as seen from the Wailuku Bridge downtown Hilo.

 

Moss and ferns growing out of the side of the Wailuku Bridge,light dancing in the river below.

Moss and ferns growing out of the side of the Wailuku Bridge,light dancing in the river below

 

I have a thing about decay....

I have a thing about decay....

 

Mossy Bridge with the blue sky and green foliage above.

Mossy Bridge with the blue sky and green foliage above.

And after a nice walk around downtown we went back for Kua’s bboy class.Quite a shift from ballet but I love them both so much!

Bboy class-notice the cool balcony where you can hang out and watch the class!

Bboy class-notice the cool balcony where you can hang out and watch the class!

 

I took about 200 pictures in the new dance studio yesterday!It is almost impossible(for me anyway,til I figure out my camera bit more)to get good pics of the bboy class!These guys are phenomenal dancers,and super great kids!

Overall,this was a a good week.I did get very sick after Halloween..trick or treating in the cold rain,with Ela’s sick friend,was not a great idea but was too fun anyway!