I recently had a request from a customer who is a fan of the Postcards From Paradise chart which features Iao Needle, Chinaman's Hat, Wailua Falls and Kilauea Volcano. She asked if I could modify the Kilauea Volcano chart to make it more similar to the other three charts in this book. This is what I came up with. I looked at photos online and found several taken in the daytime which showed some grayish-green landscape in the far background and blue sky with some clouds. What do you think?
It's almost the end of August and one can tell summer is waning. The days are growing noticeably shorter, the shadows are longer at the end of the day, the summer vegetables are nearly all gone (I will soooo be missing the fresh tomatoes!). I have been spending my days designing and stitching and trying to keep up with Mom, who has taken to sneaking off if not carefully monitored. As with a young child, if things are too quiet, there's probably something amiss. While stitching, I often think about blog posts and what to write. It's hard to write and stitch at the same time, though, so I usually let the blogging go by the wayside. But I hope to make it a more regular activity - maybe once a week or so. We'll see. After all, we all know what they say about good intentions . . .
Updates on designs: I have finished the Oahu Sampler and have nearly completed the Kauai Sampler. The U.S.S. Arizona Memorial postcard and the Diamond Head postcard are done. I hope to get them all to the printer in a week or two. I am thinking of reprinting the Hawaiian Christmas Ornaments in time for holiday stitching. Comments or opinions, anyone? Or perhaps, the Hawaiian Christmas postcards of hula dancers and nene geese.
I promise to finish the Hawaiian alphabet. I have five letters left: k - kohola (whale), l - la (sun), m - mahina (moon), u - ukulele and w - wailele (waterfall). I have tried to find subjects for which the Hawaiian words begin with the featured letter. For example, dog (ilio) starts with i. Sometimes it is difficult to find a Hawaiian word that begins with a particular letter for which a subject is easy to stitch. I could not find too many Hawaiian words beginning with the letter "e" that would be easily adapted for cross stitch. That's why I chose elepani. I could have used elelu which is the Hawaiian word for cockroach but I didn't think that would be terribly popular (much like the creatures themselves, with which I became intimately familiar while living in Hawaii). At any rate, I am always open to suggestions and welcome all comments.
Coming up in September on Oahu: Aloha Festival
ROYAL COURT INVESTITURE & OPENING CEREMONY
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2015, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
ROYAL HAWAIIAN HOTEL & ROYAL HAWAIIAN CENTER, ROYAL GROVE
63RD ANNUAL WAIKIKI HOOLAULEA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2015, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
69TH ANNUAL FLORAL PARADE
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2015, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
FROM ALA MOANA PARK THROUGH KALAKAUA AVENUE TO KAPIOLANI PARK
Certainly never meant to go so long between blog posts but care-taking duties for my mom have increased of late. But things are quiet today so I'm getting back to it. The weather has actually cooled down a little; it's in the upper 80s instead of the upper 90s. And there's a bit of a breeze to top it off so things are pretty pleasant today. We've had no rain in weeks so the drought is worsening and there's little relief in sight.
Summer is on the wane. I don't know where the year has gone. Nephews and niece are returning to college; the last one in high school is preparing for his senior year. Time certainly passes quickly. It seems like only yesterday that I was going off to college, then graduating, working and the next thing you know 40 years have gone by!
I have been as busy working on designing and stitching. I am charting up some of the designs that I created years ago and preparing them for publication soon. I am currently stitching the sampler for the island of Kauai. Oahu is done, Maui and the Big Island will follow soon.
We live on Lake Wylie here in South Carolina. My family has been here for decades and we are some of the few remaining original river rats, as residents were known way back then. When I was growing up no one ever called it Lake Wylie, it was just the river and the only people who went to the river were the people who were too poor to go to the beach. The only houses were river shacks where fishermen (and families) stayed on the weekends. There were very few permanent residents. Boy, how things have changed! Development is rampant, McMansions are everywhere and the boat traffic on weekends is crazy. But during the week in the summer and most of the time the rest of the year, it's still quiet in our cove. And the view is beautiful. It's not Hawaii, to be sure, but we enjoy it.
Here's another recipe for your summertime enjoyment. You can bake the filling and leave the whipped cream topping off and it's just as delicious!
And finally, another complimentary chart for your stitching enjoyment. Continuing the theme of variations on Aloha, here is a nautical version for you boat lovers. Click here for download.
(Don't forget - The Coronation Pavilion, The Royal Hawaiian Hotel, Stick 'Em Up! and Carousel Horses of Hawaii are on sale for $2.00 each and when they are gone, they're gone for good!)
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