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I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
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27 May 2011

Facinating Seahorse

Sharing some more Aloha from our visit to Kailua-Kona Hawaii. We visited the Ocean Rider Seahorse farm one afternoon. Quite an experience if you know little about seahorses. I actually have a picture to prove I was there, and got to hold a seahorse...


I also have a video that you can watch from the seahorse farm....



23 May 2011

Cottage colors Party~Yellow

Joining in on the party at Etsy Cottage Style blog
the color for May is YELLOW

I do have a few vintage Yellow pretties to show

The star vase above and salt and pepper set below were part of my Grandmother's huge set Bauer stoneware. They were popular at the same time Fiesta was big. In later years when Fiesta became highly collectible, Bauer was not as valuable and many of the pieces grandma had were given away. My mom kept a few of the more unique pieces. Now Bauer is very collectible, so I am glad to own these:)


This rope of ceramic fruit (very heavy) was literally handed to me at the estate of my sis in laws parents. She said, "Debbi, take it, it will look good in your kitchen" I have no idea how old it is and neither did she. But I can tell you have never seen another like it.


Lovely Vintage hand embroidery dresser scarf


Vintage yellow buttons, lace and hanky are favorite treasures:)

Do you have some vintage YELLOW treasures to share?
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22 May 2011

Unusual finds

Now the finds were not themselves unusual, but the place I found them was....While visiting the Big Island of Hawaii earlier this month (see prior post) I took a day out to shop the antique stores. I am usually looking for vintage Hawaiiana collectibles. Usually I do find a piece or two to bring home to display in our home. But this trip I found this incredible mint hand embroidered and crocheted doily. Are you ready??? It was only ONE DOLLAR. I am not sure what I will do with it, maybe a pillow. Maybe a pretty lingerie bag on  a hanger. I also scooped a couple more doilies for a buck each too. But no vintage Hawaii pieces to take home this trip....


Then I have to share what else I found....We went jewelry shopping one afternoon in the heart of the touristy waterfront area of Kailia-Kona. I wanted to pick up a necklace that was made by a local artist. After visiting several shops we can upon a small shop simply called "Hawaiian made Jewelry" It was run by a couple who specialized in capturing the spirit of the big island using many local stones and fresh water pearls in the wife's work. In the back of the shop, were probably about a dozen necklaces that were more Victorian looking, with some bling and fresh water pearls. I zeroed in on the necklace below--not your usual Hawaiian piece. But I was smitten by it. When I tried it on, the shop owner handed me a billowly lace hand mirror covered with pink roses to view the necklace on my neck. I made the comment, "gee this mirror looks quite Victorian to me".  Come to find out the artist loves Victorian style, and only makes few pieces (such as the one I came to purchase).

So I did not get my Hawaiian necklace this trip, but I am so excited about this one, I wore it out on our final night in Kona, (see below with my friend Georgienne). I got so many compliments, I knew I had scored:)


13 May 2011

Vacation is over....

But not without some really great memories....here is a peek.....you can click on the pics to see them full size

Our destination was not new to us....we have been to the Big Island of Hawaii many times. The Kona coast is a special place for us. We love it more each time we visit. Since it is such a large island, there is plenty to do and see every single visit. 

There are black sand, green sand, and white sand beaches....The beach above is on the SE side of the island, not too far from the active volcano at the moment....
green sea turtles sun themselves at the black sand beaches

The highlight of this trip was the chance to go on a canoe paddle as guests of the Keauhou Canoe Club.


We went on a double canoe since they are a bit more stable for beginners. With some basic instructions, it was easy and fun. Thanks to my cousin Chip Fischer who lives on the island for hooking us us for this great adventure. We were lucky to see spinner dolphins up close on this paddle!


One of the best things is to share good times with good friends!
Ted and Georgienne (left) joined Jim and I on this trip. We have traveled several times with them to many different destinations. We always have such a great time.

Aloha~

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