I am still stitching the Maui Sampler but I am getting ready to start the tapa border so the end is in sight. Hopefully, the stitching will be completed by week's end. Next weekend I can complete the layout for the chart and send it to the printer in July (probably after the 4th).
Completion and publication of the updated Hawaiian Islands will be next.
In case you missed it, yesterday was the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. From here on, the days will be getting shorter until the winter solstice in December. Time seems to be flying by!
I stitched all day today on the Maui sampler and I should have it finished soon. If I didn't have a full-time day job, it would be finished much sooner. I've thought of taking my stitching with me to work. I could stitch on my lunch break but I'd no sooner get started before I'd have to stop, so that's no fun.
I am designing a few small projects for the winter holidays. With the incredibly warm temperatures here anything that conjures up thoughts of cooler weather is welcome, indeed.
I promise an expanded blog post soon.
It's hard to believe it's been months since my last post. Where does the time go? I am still working on the Maui Sampler and making good progress. With the ongoing eruption of Kilauea, I am considering bringing back the E Pele E! design. What do you think?
Congratulations to those who are graduating from school this season, whether it be high school or college! May all your dreams come true.
LOCAL HAPPENINGS IN THE ISLANDS - MAY and JUNE 2018*
37th ANNUAL KAPALUA WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL (Kapalua, Maui) 6/7-6/10
PAN-PACIFIC FESTIVAL: MATSURI IN HAWAI'I (Honolulu, Oahu) 6/9-6/11
Expect to hear taiko drums rhythmically thumping the the background of the blockwide opening day ho'olaule'a (celebration), which will also feature Hawaiian music, hula and ethnic cuisine. The entire matsuri (festival) culminates in a parade down Kalakaua Avenue.
LANTERN FLOATING CEREMONY (Honolulu, Oahu) 5/28
The sounding of the pu (conch shell) marks the commencement of this deeply meaningful tradition that recurs every Memorial Day. Wade your way through Ala Moana Beach Park to watch thousands of floating lanterns as they're released into the water in honor of those who are no longer with us.
MOLOKA'I KA HULA PIKO (Maunaloa, Moloka'i) 5/31-6/2
In oral Hawaiian mo'olelo (histories), a woman named La'ila'i made her home on Molokai and introduced the art of hula to the island's people, which then spread to the other Hawaiian Islands. To celebrate the birth of hula, halau (troupes) perform over the course of three days, and the event ends with a grand ho'olaule'a.
KING KAMEHAMEHA DAY (Statewide) 6/11
Estimated to stand over 7 feet tall, King Kamehameha is a monumental figure in Hawaiian history. From Kaua'i to Lana'i, floral parades and pa'u horseback riders (ladies wearing long skirts) will take to the streets to honor Hawai'i's great unifier, as well as to celebrate Hawaiian culture.
FIFTH FRIDAY (Lana'i City, Lana'i) 6/29
Little Lana'i lets its hair down every fifth Friday, lighting up Dole Park with music, food and drinks.
*Event information is from Hawai'i Magazine, June 2018 issue.
It's not a great pic but you get the idea. Please feel free to change hair color, eye color and dress color as desired. You can even make the slippers a different color! The free chart has images showing all backstitching done in black and also in colors. The link for the free chart is here. If you find any errors or have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me or leave a comment. Happy Stitching!
BTW, we are back in winter weather mode again here. The low tonight is supposed to be in the teens with highs tomorrow in the upper 30s maybe 40, if we're lucky. Brrrr!
Hopefully, this will be the last day of arctic chill in our area. It has been soooo cold for more than a week and right now, at almost 11:00 am, it's only 21 degrees outside. The high today is supposed to be mid-30s. I cross stitched for hours yesterday and am getting ready to pick up my needle again as soon as my poor hands warm up. Maybe I should have another cup of coffee first.
I am working on the Maui Sampler and hope to have it finished soon. I also hope to have the updated Hawaiian Islands in print soon, as well.
Next weekend (January 13-14) I hope to have a link ready for the next free Ohana chart. This chart will include father and son. Grandparents will be next and finally, the pets.
I hope everyone's New Year is off to a happy and healthy start. It is very cold here. It's 10:30am and the temperature is approaching 23 degrees. I'll be spending today on cross stitch. I'm still stitching the Maui Sampler and working on some new small designs. I've settled into a schedule at work and spending my down time at home mostly on all things cross stitch. The DMC website has had lots of free charts available recently. If you haven't already visited the site, check it out. I downloaded a number of the free charts myself though I have no idea when I'll get around to stitching them.
One quick work-related post. The holiday program this year was "Merry Grinchmas!" Here's a photo of the Grinch and the Whoville Christmas tree that I made. The Grinch is more than four-feet tall and provided a great photo opportunity for the kids to have their pictures made with the Grinch. It was a lot of fun!
Thanksgiving is nearly here. It finally looks like fall. Temperatures are cooler, days are shorter (now that Daylight Savings Time has ended), and the holidays are bearing down on us whether we are ready or not. (I am not.)
Time is flying by; to paraphrase, it stands still for no one. It has been nearly two years since my mom died and I think of her every day. She's the one who introduced me to cross stitching. She was a master cross stitcher and I sure miss her stitching my designs for me and helping me to find my mistakes. Nearly every chart that I publish has a mistake (or two) in it. No matter how carefully I edit, I still don't catch them all. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you find one. I can manually correct any charts I still have and update layouts so future copies will be mistake free, hopefully.
The Hawaiian Islands is finished. I am still trying to get a suitable photograph for the cover picture. Then I need to proofread the layout and send it off to the printer. I am still stitching the Maui Sampler but my goal is to have it ready by the end of this year. I still have several programs at the library to plan and execute and then there are the holidays . . . so finding time to stitch is problematic. And one of the issues with working at a library is all the books coming across the circulation desk that I want to read - there are so many books and so little time, especially when I want to stitch, too!
Some events in the Islands this holiday season:
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, Lihu'e, Kauai
The Kaua'i community bands together to create a display of holiday cheer at its historic county building. It is a tradition sparked in 1996 by Auntie Josie Chansky, who would open her own home-filled to the brim with handmade ornaments-for families to view. Ornaments are made of recycled materials and volunteers work day in and day out to decorate the space for public viewing, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in December.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE AND HO'OLAULE'A, Kaunakakai, Moloka'i
The merry march starts with "only-on-Molokai'i" floats and includes a performance by a marching unit. A ho'olaule'a (celebration) follows, with live entertainment by local keiki (children) and the naming of the best marching units and floats.
PEARL HARBOR MEMORIAL PARADE, Honolulu, O'ahu
Marking the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, marching bands from across the country join together in Hawai'i as they make their way from Fort DeRussy to the Waikiki Shell. Huey and Cobra helicopters will be showcased, a highlight courtesy of the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor.
All event listings courtesy of Hawaii magazine. My subscription to Hawaii magazine keeps me informed as to what's going on in the Islands with articles about local culture, food and of course, events.
The weather is finally cooling down. Now if we could just get a little more rain.
If you've checked for my facebook page recently, you've no doubt noticed it's removed. My account was hacked and rather than bother with it anymore, I just deleted the account entirely. I will be posting on my blog more frequently, I promise.
Oh, and by the way, I am still stitching!
Just call me Fran
So glad to finally have a website. Life is good.