Sunday, February 27, 2011

My Neck is Warm & My Heart is Full.

Not sure if you guys are enjoying these outfit posts or not, but I've got another one for you today, so too bad! :) I'm thinking of continuing them in Hawaii to make myself wear something more than just a tank and shorts everyday. What do you think of that? 

 Earrings:: {Macy's}
Scarf:: {Target}
Tee:: {Papaya}
Jeans:: {F21}
Boots:: {borrowed Uggs}

And because my heart is in Maryland with my family as I fly home to Hawaii today, I've got to share some more pictures from the last week. I spent almost every night at my grandparents' as all 26 grandchildren flew in from all over the country to spend time with my Papap. It was a sweet time together and it broke my heart to say goodbye.

And just to give you an idea of the crowd this week. My little sister in the blue shirt has the coveted seat next to my Papap, covering his hands with her warm hands as the flurry of activity and laughter swirls around them. 

I got to see my little brother, Adam, this weekend...

... and it's not a visit with my brothers unless there's some wrestling move pulled at least once. 

We made a gigantic apple crisp on Saturday and it was gobbled up within minutes. Mmmm... so good. 

I hope your weekend filled your heart with goodness like mine did. I have to say that while I'm excited to get home to my life in Hawaii and get back to painting in my studio, it's going to be very hard to be so alone in my house and away from family after this beautiful week.

And dear friends, thank you for all the prayers for my family and my Papap. He is still sharp, witty and holding onto this world with that stubborn grip of his. It was the best gift I could ask for to have that time with him this week.

Have a sweet Monday!

Friday, February 25, 2011

It Is Well With My Soul.

This has been a sweet, sweet week visiting with my family. 

Got to grab coffee with my mom in downtown Annapolis and browse through our favorite pottery shop together. 

Apparently as the family artist, I am a cake decorator too. I made a "Skippy Doo" (also known as Scooby Doo) cake for my niece's 5th birthday.

Kicked my nephew's butt at Wii bowling.

Got lots of hugs from my Grandma and gave lots of kisses to my niece and namesake, Sofia Lindsay. 

Threw my sister-in-love a baby shower with all my other sisters and sister-in-loves.

Hugged on these sweet nieces over the weekend. 

And most importantly, spent lots of time with this man. My grandpa, my Papap, spent the week in the hospital and was sent home on Wednesday with hospice care. Family from all over the country is flying in. Each night since he's been home, a crowd has gathered in their kitchen, eating home cooked Italian foods, laughing, loving, sharing memories and celebrating life. 

I can't begin to explain how thankful I am to be here this week, holding his hand, relishing his smiles and soaking in family time. God's timing is so providential. 

We are going to miss him and our hearts are heavy thinking about losing him, but there is joy. Sweet joy. 

We know that he loves Jesus and that this is not the end, but merely the beginning. He will have a whole body, free from sickness and weakness. And so we rest in the peace that salvation brings, knowing we will see my sweet Papap again soon. 

But he's not gone yet. He's a stubborn man and continues to surprise us with his wit, sharpness and ever steady grip- on our hands, hearts and on life. 


I pray that the peace our Father provides fills you this weekend and you are able to find joy in each moment! 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Q&A with me: Part Two!

Welcome to Part Two of Q and A with yours truly, where all your burning questions about Chris, Lindsay and Aisle to Aloha are finally answered. Right. If you missed part one, check it out here to learn all about my journey to opening an Etsy shop and  my favorite nail polish color!

Sandy asked the following questions::

What one accessory can you not live without (besides your wedding rings)?

Sunglasses! Especially in Hawaii, I always have to have my sunglasses with me. I am forever smooshing my sunglasses in the bottom of my purse or losing them, so I always buy pretty cheap ones. The ones below I bought in Maui on my girl's weekend trip this fall. I'm surprised they've lasted so long but I hope I don't lose them any time soon because I looove them!

My current favorite pair is this turquoise pair that I bought for $1.50 at Forever 21 (where else, right??). I'm a big spender, baby. 

What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Mmmmm... mocha chocolate chip! On one of our first dates, Chris and I shared a cone of mocha chocolate chip ice cream from Storm Bros. Icecream in downtown Annapolis. Sweet, creamy, mocha flavored ice cream and big chunks of rich chocolate. Ooh, I could go for one of those even though there was snow on the ground this morning.

(random picture of us back in the day, which doesn't have anything to do with ice cream)

If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

I want to go back to Italy sooo badly! I visited Rome and my grandfather's hometown in Sicily when I was in college (read about my adventures in Sicily here!), but I'd love to walk those streets again with Chris by my side, spaghetti carbonara in my belly and some fabulous boots on my feet.

Do you put your right or left pant leg on first?

Actually, I just hop in both feet at a time.

Sarah asked:

As a kid, what did you think you wanted to be when you "grew up"?

I've always been a creative type, so my dream professions as a kid were a teacher, actress or a cartoonist.

I was a preschool teacher for a year before Chris and I got married and I LOVED that job. I taught Spanish to 3 and 4 year olds and I also worked in the nursery with the itty bitty babies. If I wasn't blogging and painting for my Etsy shop, I'd want to be teaching preschool for sure.

 But I think being an artist is the job for me. In fact, in 6th grade, we had to do a project on our dream career and we had to dress up. I decided I wanted to be a cartoonist, so I wore a Mickey Mouse sweatshirt and a beret. I guess I thought that's how artists dressed. I looked thoroughly dorky and it was fabulous.

What is something you haven't done yet that is on your bucket list?

I don't really have a bucket list, but it would be so fun to make one. Maybe sky-diving? I think it'd be awesome to do it while we're still here in Hawaii. I think my biggest one though is to be a mommy. That is the cry of my heart and is at the tippy top of my bucket list (if I had one).

Thanks for your questions, friends! I'm having a lot of fun answering them. Stay tuned for part three next week!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Aloha From a Sponsor: Reviving Remnants

I'm just amazed at the friendships I've formed through blogging. I never imagined that something like a computer and internet connection could bring me real, sweet, friendships. But it has! And one of those friends is Piper. Doesn't that name just make you happy??

Piper was my swap partner for the Cold Hands, Warm Hearts Blog Swap back in November. She is one of the sweetest, most genuine women I know and I am honored to have her as a sponsor.

Piper's shop, Reviving Remnants, is filled with beautiful upcycled products-- from fabric covered earrings, to colorful table linens, pillows and accessories like headbands and bracelets. She also has a blog where she shares great eco-friendly ideas!

Keep reading to learn more about Piper!

1. Hi Piper! What are three things my readers should know about you right off the bat?

a. I was named after an actress from the 50's, Piper Laurie. (click here to see her picture!) That wasn't her real name though, just her stage name. Isn't she glamorous?

b. I have a special love for seeing women reach their goals (personal, educational, professional, or otherwise.) I thrive on being an uplifting person, and hope that my blog is the same.

c. I love meeting people! Don't hesitate to email me and tell me your life story… or just say hi. It will make my day and I WILL write you back.

2. Can you tell us a little about the meaning behind your shop and blog name "Reviving Remnants?"

So glad you asked!

Reviving Remnants is a journey…

To Learn… about crafting, sewing and all things handmade (especially using recycled and previously loved materials), as well as blogging about what I learn as I go.

To Grow… an area of my creative life that I love, but have never attempted to develop.

To Be Made New. In allowing God to pick up the broken pieces of our lives and re-form them, a new creation that pleases Him is made. God wants every piece of us–even the remnants, the leftovers, the discarded and forgotten pieces of us. He wants to use those bits to make us into something fresh, new and wonderful. He wants to revive us. And if you’re anything like me, you could use some reviving.

So that's it. I'm on a journey. I am the remnant. I'm seeking to be made new and inspire others to do the same.

3. Sometimes it's hard to find the inspiration to create. How do you revive that inspiration on days like that?

When I first started my RR blog/shop I felt like God was urging me to do so. Previously, in 2004-2009 I had a blog primarily on my life, thoughts and faith. (Xanga, anyone?) This time around, I had the sense that things were going to be different. I felt that God wanted to create something new in me. My faith in God and deep relationship with Him is what continues driving me forward. I definitely have days where I feel like what I'm doing isn't worth my time and effort. Everyone gets there at some point. Everyone.

But then I remember… He is making me a new creation. Before a cathedral can be built in me, first the land must be cleared. Supplies gathered. Skills learned. I must get back to basics. Start with the simple things. Focus on today.

And then before I know it, new ideas come.

4. What are three things you'd have to have with you on a deserted island?

1. My Chihuahua, Camper. He's really good at warning you when he hears noises or senses danger. And he sleeps on my feet when they're cold. Plus, talking to a dog is waaaay better than talking to a volleyball.

2. A lifetime supply of brie and apples. I could eat that everyday, the rest of my life.

3. A big dictionary with lots of paper and pencils. I have an unusual (maybe even abnormal) love for vocabulary---meaning and usage of the written word. Given the kind of free time I expect one would have on an uninhabited island, I'd like to learn every big word I possibly could. If I was ever lucky enough to get rescued from the island, I may as well return to the civilized world a little smarter. Then I would immediately go win some crazy awesome Scrabble tournament. Oh yes I would.

This was fun! Thank-you so much, sweet Lindsay, for inviting me to your blog space!

Now don't you just want Piper to be your friend too?? Love her!

Piper is generously offering Aisle to Aloha readers a 25% discount to her shop! Email her at, let her know what you would like to purchase and she'll hook you up with a sweet discount!

Make sure you check out her beautiful shop and of course her fabulous blog too!

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday March Babies!

 Wow, is it already almost March? Hey, that's fine by me -- it always makes me excited to turn another page on the calendar-- especially during deployment and especially when it's the month of March!

Month one of the Love and Envelopes Birthday Club has come and gone! We hope that everyone enjoyed getting to send love and encouragement through the mail to the sweet January/February birthday girls!

 And to all our January/February birthday girls-- did you just love getting mail all month?? We hope your birthday day, week, month was super special! Don't forget to write a blog post about your goodies and link up here!

Today I get to wish a very happy birthday to all my fellow March babies!

While signs-ups for the Birthday Club are closed until June, please feel free to stop by their blog (either today or on their birthday!) and leave them some love!

Hopefully everyone signed up for the club received an email yesterday with the name and info of a March birthday girl! Make sure you get those cards (and goodies, if you are feeling generous!) out to your girl as soon as possible so it arrives in time.

Annie Pilon
Birthday:: March 2nd
Blog:: Wattle Bird
Shop:: Wattle Bird 

Sandra Bond
Birthday:: March 10th
Blog:: The In Between is Mine

Megan Reynolds
Birthday: March 13th
Blog:: Flawed Perfection
Shop::Flawed Perfection Jewelry

Lindsay Wilkins (that's me!)
Birthday:: March 19th
Blog:: From the Aisle to Aloha
Shop:: Aisle to Aloha Studio

Kristen Barrett
Birthday:: March 28th
Blog:: Hope Abound
Shop:: Hope Abound Boutique

Alissa Circle
Birthday:: March 30th
Blog:: Rags to Stitches
Shop:: Rags to Stitches Boutique

So, tell me. Do you call them sprinkles or jimmies? Rainbow or chocolate??

Sunday, February 20, 2011

[over the weekend] Downtown with Mary.

I spent Friday in downtown Annapolis with my friend, Mary. It was one of those days where you just look around and everything is just right-- warm, breezy weather, my favorite town to explore, sharing silly and thoughtful conversations with a sweet friend. 

{cardigan: F21}
{graphic tee: Old Navy}
{skirt: F21}
{belt: F21}
{leggings: H+M}
(flats: borrowed from sis: American Eagle}

{yes, I switched out my flats for boots... much comfier!}

Oh man, I love this town. It's good to be home. 

How was your weekend, my friend?