Two new charts will be available on Tuesday, February 2. I had hoped to have them by this past Friday but when I got the proofs and checked them over, I had some major boo-boos. Anyway, hopefully I corrected all the mistakes and the charts will be error free. The new titles are Hau'oli la hanau (another Small Kine Things chart) and the Hawaiian Alphabet letter L.
We had a bit of a winter storm in our area this past week - sleet, snow and freezing rain. Fortunately, ice accumulations were much less than had been predicted so that was good. The freezing rain was followed with about an inch of snow on top of the ice. It was pretty for awhile but I am glad to see it going now.
On the plus side, it gave me lots of time to stay indoors and catch up on stuff. I finished two charts which are now at the printer and will be available later this week. They are:
I have four charts of the Hawaiian alphabet left to print. The letters are K, M, U and W. I hope to print one alphabet chart a month (along with another design) until the alphabet is complete. I am also working on samplers for Maui and the Big Island which I hope to have completed soon.
As always, please let me know what Hawaiian designs for cross stitch you would like to see.
I know it has been a long time since my last post. My mother, whom I had been looking after for a long time, suffered a stroke on December 6 and died two weeks later on December 20. She lived a long and interesting life and I miss her terribly. But she had been declining for several months and could no longer do the things that she loved such as cross stitching and building miniatures. I believe she was prepared for death and her passing was very peaceful. My oldest brother died of a heart attack one week later on December 27 and his death was a shock to me and the rest of our family. We are still coming to grips with the reality of this unexpected loss. And then there's all the stuff to take care of when someone dies so I haven't really had the time or the inclination to work on cross stitch lately. But every day the pain lessens a little bit and the reality is that life goes on.
So I am back at work and happy to be so. I will be coming out with two new designs later this month: another Small Kine Thing - Hau'oli la hanau and another chart in the Hawaiian alphabet series (letter to be determined). My goal is to print at least one new chart every month this year. I am working on the samplers for Hawaii (the Big Island) and Maui and hope to have those out soon.
Here's a reprint from my NEWS THAT COUNTS newsletter from New Year 1998.
Celebrating New Year's in Hawaii
written by Deb Aoki and published in the Honolulu Advertiser 12/28/1997.
While the rest of the US celebrates the New Year with champagne, poppers, and the dropping ball in Times Square, Hawaii celebrates its own way, with a blend of Asian, Pacific and Western observances. The result is a holiday rich with unique sights, sounds, and tastes. Here are some of the local ways in which New Year's is celebrated:
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