MARK YOUR CALENDAR! Empty Bowl Hawai'i 2015 - April 11th

March 24th, 2015

Be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming 4th annual Empty Bowl Hawai'i 2015 on April 11th! 

6-9pm / 445 + 449 Cooke Street and Agora in Kaka'ako

A co-worker of mine has been involved in making pottery for the last several years (something I have been wanting to do since FOREVER, but that's another story).  The other day, she was telling me about her involvement in an event that's being put on by the Hawai'i Potters' Guild along with artists from The Honolulu Museum of Art School, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Windward Community College, Hickam Air Force Base, Iolani Potters, Leeward Community College, Makua Alii Potters and high school students from Mid-Pacific Institute and Punahou School.

The Empty Bowl Project is a grassroots effort that started in the 90's in Michigan and has grown in the U.S. and internationally to fight hunger.

Great concept...potters make and donate beautiful ceramic bowls to this awesome event.  Participating local restaurants such as Cocina, Mariposa, Big City Diner, Café Laufer, Le Bistro, Murphy's Bar & Grill, Roy's Restaurants, Side Street Inn, Tiki's Grill & Bar, Town, and 12th Avenue Grill will entice you with a serving of scrumptious soups from their renown restaurants.  There will be beverages for sale, and the sounds of The Fresh Preps band as well as Blue Grass Bands will provide the event a festive flair.  Sounds like a great event dontcha think?  :)

You can get your advance tickets for $20 at or purchase a ticket on the day of the event for a $25 contribution.  Enjoy a simple meal of soup, bread and take home a beautiful handmade bowl of your choice!  This event is presented by the Hawai'i Potters' Guild and is a benefit for Hawai'i Meals on Wheels.

Below is a sneak peak of the beautiful bowls that my co-worker will be contributing to the event!   I can't wait to see all of the bowls that will be there!!!  Get your tickets now!

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Crazy Drivers!!!

March 4th, 2015

Okay, they must've let the nutso/rude drivers out of their cages.

I get cut off not once, but TWICE by inconsiderate drivers with no blinkers that barely have enough room to cut in.  Then when I do let them in, don't even have the decency to acknowledge the fact that they've cut in by saying thank you!  One even cut into the next lane over almost causing an accident.  I don't know...maybe HE had to use the bathroom badly or something.  Geez!

Bikers beware...I even saw a car that was turning right totally disregard a biker who was right next to him and cut him off. can only start crossing when the white walk sign is DO know that once that do not walk sign starts blinking you shouldn't start running across the crosswalk right?  That's a $130 fine if you get caught.  So is jaywalking.  Also, if a vehicle doesn't stop for a pedestrian that's in the same half of the roadway as you, you can get fined $130!

Come on people.  We all have places to be, places to go.  Let's get there with a little courtesy out there.

Have a great day everyone...challenge for the day and every a stoplight, look over at the driver next to you and SMILE.  :)

Flying Fingers

February 27th, 2015

I like to dabble in crocheting and knitting, though I'm definitely better at crocheting.

Always on the lookout for cute things to make for babies, I saw this simple baby blankey pattern that I'm going to give a try.  I subscribe to a website called Hooked on Crochet from All Free Crochet.  They send you an update via email on various patterns.  Some are free, some you need to pay for.  I can get carried away just looking at all of the various items that you can make!  It also tells you what level of expertise you need to be at to make the item you select -- beginner, intermediate, etc.

The pattern that I fell in love with is called the Crochet Lovey Bunny Blanket By: Amy Ramnarine from The Stitchin Mommy

Crochet Bunny Lovey Blanket  Is this not absolutely adorable???

For those of you that want to try to make it, here's the link.

It's amazing what you can learn from others, and what others are willing to share.  You can learn to do ANYTHING on You Tube...I am always blown away by what my 8 year old granddaughter Kira learns to craft via You Tube tutorials and quite impressed by her resourcefulness!  When we were growing up, we had to go to the library to borrow books!

Wish me luck on my's on my "to do" or "to attempt to do" list.  :)

Make the best of your day!

Celebrate Everyday

February 9th, 2015

It's the week of love...why is it that people only get lovey dovey and mushy gushy during this time of year?  It should be this way ALL YEAR LONG!  Don't just give Hallmark a sales spike during certain times of the year!  Keep that feeling flowing...

I have always been one of those peeps that have no problem sharing hugs and saying "I love you".  There are those of you that aren't as lucky and have a hard time in the PDoA (public display of affection) index tab of life.  It could be the way you were brought could be that you, as a person just have difficulties with "it".  I say...let it roll off you...let it come freely -- Give it freely!  It doesn't cost you a thing, it feels good (to both the recipient and yourself)!  Just try it!  OMG...the benefits you will reap is tremendous!  It's not something you can deposit in the bank, or display on the shelf, but the feelings you get in return when you are genuine and give of yourself freely is immeasurable!  Someone might be having the worst day of their life and your simple smile might be all they needed to turn it around.  Yup, that simple gesture!  Go figure!

There's a song by Tim McGraw that I love, Live Like You Were know, if you were dying, you would do like the song says...

"...And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter

And gave foregiveness I'd been denying

And he said some day I hope you get the chance

To live like you were dying

He said I was finally the husband

That most the time I wasn't

And I became a friend a friend would like to have..."

Share your heart and your hugs with those around you!  It doesn't have to be all mushy and gushy, just be genuine.  It's not an HR issue, sometimes it's a simple "I care" issue.

I encourage all of you to celebrate your life everyday! ain't gonna hurt!  :)



Bit off more than I could handle...NOT!

December 19th, 2014

Those that know me know how large our family is.  To keep track of our family birthdays is a feat in itself!  I usually try to print off a calendar each year for our family to help them stay up to date on their birthday wishes for the family.

This year, I saw a great idea on Pinterest that I just HAD to handcraft for each of our "kids" (they are all adults) as a Christmas present.  It was one of those ideas that you looked at and said "I can do that!"...little did I know that with such a large family, it would be so time consuming AND I needed to make 9 of them!!!  You figure, each of those plaques have a button for each family member (that's 30 something buttons x 9 = 270 buttons that I have to paint along with the main piece; and I'm making one plaque for each kid so that's 7 kids; PLUS I'm making one for Paul's sister, Gladys...and I gotta make one for US...that makes 9!)  I was totally stressing myself out ... But I've decided that if I don't finish it by the time Christmas comes rolling along, I'll show them what I have on my wall and tell them all that they will be receiving one...maybe not TODAY, but before long!  :)  No stress!

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So I have one down, and 8 more to go!!!  In January, we will add one more baby girl and then we'll actually have a birthday in every month of the year!  WOW!  Then in May, we have yet another baby coming!  Mind you, this is just our IMMEDIATE family...gotta love it ~ our family is growing!

Hope your Christmas shopping is coming along and that you're enjoying the season.  Remember, it's supposed to be fun and all about love, joy, family and friends!  Don't be a Grinch...



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