Sunday, December 12, 2010

The Whales are back!

Well, yep, the hardest part of November's 'Create Every Day' was posting what I made! Seems that I pretty much do create every day so that wasn't so hard. As you can see by my number of posts...I'm a terrible blogger! I think I read on Peggy K's blog one time "it's much more fun making things than writing about making things" or something like true for me too! Mostly for November I made jewelry, jewelry, and more jewelry---earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and pins! I keep putting my beads and metals away to make room for other projects, then I'll see something that gives me an idea of something new to try and I get it all back out again. But that means I have lots of new things to post to my Etsy shop--Yay! Hopefully I'll get to that later today--tomorrow at the latest. Stand by--I'll let you know when they're up.

But back to the topic....

Winter is my favorite time of year here on Maui. Yes, you can't beat having 80 degree weather, mostly clear sunny days all year round which makes for happy, friendly neighbors and visitors, but this time of year we get special visitors--Humpbacks! Every year they travel from Alaska to visit our little island to enjoy our waters, have their babies, and make more babies for next year. I can't tell you how exciting it is to be driving down the road and see these magnificent animals the size of a school bus leaping out of the water!! And of course when you run into them unexpectedly....

This is a pic our our daughter, Keely on her trip out year before last. She heads to Maui every winter from Connecticut on her teacher's break. LOVE this pic! We were paddle surfing at Cove Park, across the street from our condo and ran into a Mom and her new calf. I'm sure the escort was around but we didn't see him. You always stay 300 ft away from the whales but if they come up to you, you should sit and wait for them to leave. That's called being 'mugged' by the whales. This Mom seemed to be showing 'people' to her baby.

This part of the mom's back above the water is only about a third of her--they're pretty big! I'll try get some breech pics this week and post them. Our friends at our vacation rental saw three day before last right out in front of Makani a Kai. Way cool! The water in Ma'alaea Bay is shallow and the Mom's have their babies there and hang out for a couple of weeks until the babies are a bit bigger. Love Ma'alaea!

Found a great little book called "What's New Cupcake" at Lowe's of all places. Hubby was returning some things and I was carousing the book shelf. What a fun book! Used some of their tips to get ideas for a desert I needed to take to a friend's for a dinner party. Aren't they perfect for a Maui winter dinner? :)

Enjoy your Sunday!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

10 Days of Creating.....

Well, here's what I've been working on...... Charms for my 'Art Charms' group's "Blue, White, and Silver" charm swap! These are made on cute little dominos. I drilled holes in the top - stamped a snorkeling kitty with 'stays on' ink (a great permanent ink) - used a couple of shades of light blue chalk inks for background water, backs, and around the sides and heat set the inks with my handy heat gun. They seemed a little plain so I added some charms to some, others I added beads to, and some I glued some button (with the backs cut off) sea stars and shells. Couldn't decide which I likes best and then realized I liked them all and it didn't matter that they all weren't the same -- except for those that signed up twice and might want to use them for'll just have to be asymmetric!

I love how creative people are when they are sending off their charms in special little packages so I've really been making an effort to come up with different packaging ideas. This has been working out well since I've been going though all of my old magazines (I'm talking like 10 years worth--gads) and tearing the articles with techniques I want to try and then passing on the mags to my young, budding artist friend Maile next door. Little packages for trades are the perfect way to try out new techniques! Here's one I think was being used for a match book card. (ps: now that I have all these loose pages with great things to do someday, I'm putting them into plastic page protectors and then will put them in binders according to mediums -- oh I'll be so organized!!)

Used rubber stamps to decorate some extra large tags and folded them to make the little packets to hold my charms......

Aren't they cute? And last night I finished putting little ribbons on the tags and here they sit waiting for a padded envie to send off to Chris....

Isn't the mosaic table a nice background for photos? :)

Off to try more new techniques....or maybe an old one! 'Til tomorrow....


Well, I was right....the hardest thing about 'Create Every Day' isn't the creating.... it's the posting about what we create! For me anyway :) I know that isn't part of the challenge but something I wanted to challenge myself to do... I'll keep trying!

It's been over 10 days since I've posted but I haven't not been creating. Before I go on to what I've been up to I wanted to share with you the two tables that inspired my friend Brian to want to learn how to do mosaic tile and glass work....

I just love these tables. They are on our lanai at our condo in Kihei. The table tops make me smile when I see them since the tiles and glass pieces are special... A friend gave me some small pretty blue tiles left over from a tile job he did and the fish are from our kitchen backsplash in Redondo Beach, saved from a remodel. The little white tiles (the coral) are from leftovers my mom's house found in the back of a storage closet when I was cleaning out her house. Round glass and other tiles sent to me by an art friend. The little sea glass pebbles were collected by friend Mary from Lake Erie. When another friend was commenting on the bottom table after I posted it on facebook, I realized she had sent me the glass stars long ago. Don't you just love it when those things you've been saving forever happen to all come together and get up-cycled?!

btw.....I'm thinking I like the green grout best....think that's the little something extra our table needs Brian. Pretty sure I can seal the grout with some metallic paint right over the top...I'll let you know how it works.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Yeah!! The table is finished!

And it's about time isn't it!

Next step after gluing all the pieces down is to get the grout in all the groves and around the edge.

Looks like a muddy mess but it will be pretty -- not to worry!

After the grout sets up for a bit, you start taking off the extra with a wet sponge. It takes a few times to get it all off. Tomorrow I'll seal it and it's good to go.

Now off to other projects.......have about 40 charms that need making!

Friday, November 05, 2010

WooHoo - The table is glued!

Day 5 of Create Every Day.....

Finally finished getting the tiles on the table glued. I'll let it set over night and it will be ready to grout tomorrow--Yay! Here's a pic....

Okay, so it doesn't look so much different than the first day when we were planning out the design....but now it's glued down! And we started the grouting there on the bottom before Brian left so he'd know how to do it when he starts his project back home. I just love teaching people techniques so they can do art on their own.

That's all for tonight...Happy Arting!

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Day 4....

Happy Day 4 of Create Every Day!

Don't have a photo of today's art again since it would still look the same so thought I would share this nice sunset from our lanai. Isn't it pretty? :)

My art for today was gluing down the tiles on the mosaic table, the gluing takes a long time! Still not done so will be finishing up that tomorrow. Thought the designing was the most time consuming part of mosaics. Brian--come back and help me!!

'Til tomorrow!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

No pic today....

Aloha Everyone--

Create Every Day....Day 3

Still working on the mosaic tile....just a quick bit of art today. Brian left this afternoon to head back to the mainland but got a quick lesson in how to grout tile on the mosaic table top we started. Only got a small portion grouted so I'll take pics tomorrow of the finished (I hope!) project. I've been wanting to do a mosaic on that table for the longest time. Thanks Brian for getting me started on this and for your input to the design--it was great being your art teacher again! (I was Brian's art teacher during Elementary and Jr. High School at Riviera Hall in Redondo Beach....another life time ago! And now he has a Doctorate in Math--even those left brainers need art!!)

'Til tommorrow--

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Day 2...

Ahola! Day 2 of Create Every Day and I'm posting--woohoo! Like I said yesterday, the hardest part of 'Create Every Day' will be posting everyday and here I am posting at 11 tonight--still the second here in Hawaii :) Today has been busy busy.... Voting ... off to the
North Shore to see the big waves ... stopped by the Sugar Museum on the way back ... started a mosaic table top (the art for the day!)--worked out a great design with friend Brian visiting from the mainland who wanted to learn how to do mosaics ... off to the West Side for a sunset Luau complete with Fire Dancers ... back home and glued down half the mosaic design so I can show Brian how to grout it tomorrow before he heads to the airport.

Brian showing his mom, Carolyn, how to cut the glass tiles.....

Brian and I working out a design....

Just about there.....

Come back tomorrow for the grouting!

Aloha, Cris

Monday, November 01, 2010

Create Every Day!


Peggy our fearless leader at the Art Charms group mentioned she wanted to create art everyday during the month of November. Several others of us decided to join her. This is my first offering -- still November 1 here...but well into tomorrow for most of you!

We have friends visiting from the mainland so things are a bit hectic. Went to one of our favorite snorkel spots, Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve this morning and saw quite a variety of sea life. So nice to see this area recovering. Lots and lots of fish and even the coral looked like it's coming back. Always when I'm snorkeling I have great visions of coming home and doing watercolors of the beautiful fish....never seems to happen. Didn't get to it until this evening when we were watching the DVD, "Riding Giants" to give our friends an idea of the waves we expect to see tomorrow at Ho'okipa. Should be 25 to 35 feet--woohoo! Wonder if I can paint a nice little watercolor of that for tomorrow's art :)

Until tomorrow....
(I think my biggest challenge for this month will be posting everyday--I'm such a bad blogger!)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

More Charms!

If you were following my old blog, you saw many, many posts of charms....still love the little mini pieces of art! Joined yet another charm group and sent in my charms this week for the first swap. Charm swappers just all seem to be such nice people! Peggy Krzyzewski and Christine Hansen are hosting this fun 'Art Charms' yahoo group. (BTW: they have a wonderful book fresh off the press... "Making Mixed Media Art Charms and Jewelry".... check it out)

Can't wait to see all of the charms that are swapped. There are 31 people in the 'Dangly' swap so there will be quite a variety.

And then there's Halloween coming up soon.....

Amber Dawn was so sweet and hosted a little mini, fast turn around Halloween swap for our 'International Charms' group. She isn't even joining the swap but is doing all the hosting for us. Thanks Amber!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Treasure Boxes!

On my last post you saw a nice, organized studio....I have WAY too much good stuff to deep it that way! Combining my Redondo Studio with my one here made for lots of duplicates --think I have enough supplies to last 4 or 5 lifetimes. Thought I would offer some treasure boxes and share some of those supplies with you.

I have filled 5 medium size priority boxes, jam packed with lots of goodies you will love to use in your art work. Lots and lots of different treasures....buttons, ephemera, beads, game pieces, tags, cards, fibers....

$25 will get you one of your own Treasure Boxes -- postage included!!

Here's a sample of what you will find....

I also have some small priority boxes filled with just game pieces or fibers and ribbons. I've been collecting these for quite awhile, from all over. The ribbons are all at least 2 yards, many are longer so they will take you through several projects. There is a huge variety of game pieces that will keep your creative juices flowing! Great for making charms and for those special finishing touches in your collages.

$10, shipping included and you can have a small priority box packed with goodies too!

Email me ....

Monday, September 13, 2010


Once again...long time no see :0 We finally made the complete move to Maui last January and in between making art, playing in the water and making numerous trips back to the mainland to visit family and friends, I have been trying to combine my Redondo Beach studio with my work space in my tiny little art room here. Have finally gotten to an organized, workable space -- yay!

Made this nice little album, Peacock Studio, on picture trail that I will share with you...

or you can click here to see a 'regular' picture trail album to see the images more clearly.

Off to spend time in my studio!

Aloha - Cris