Friday, April 29, 2011

Studio to Home: Baby Barrick's Nursery

My post is going up a bit later than normal today. I'm lounging on my couch eating popcorn and drinking wine and watching the Royal Wedding. My heart is about to burst from all the sweet emotion! 

I'm excited to share with you a brand new Studio to Home today! A few months ago, I shared with you some custom paintings I did for my friend's baby boy's nursery. An adorable yellow and gray hedgehog and a wishin' Cutie in navy blue. 

Melissa did a fabulous job of putting together Baby Barrick's woodland nursery, using meaningful elements like furniture passed down from family, as well as beautiful finds from Etsy. Check out her full nursery reveal on her blog here. 

I'm always so honored when I get to be a part of a nursery and I am praying for Melissa as she anxiously awaits her baby boy's arrival any moment! 

I love the combination of things that Melissa chose to hang on her gallery wall-- from baby pictures of herself and her hubby, Bobby, to prints from Etsy and a sonogram picture of their little boy. 

Do you have an Aisle to Aloha Studio painting in your house that you'd love to show off in a Studio to Home post? I love seeing where my paintings end up finding new homes, so shoot me an email at aisletoaloha [at] if you want to share!

With Mother's Day coming up, are you still scrambling for a gift idea? Or are you looking for ideas to hint at your hubby?? Take 10% off your Aisle to Aloha Studio order all weekend with the code ILOVEMYMAMA at checkout. Deadline for Mother's Day delivery is Sunday, May 1. 

The winner of the Amy Cornwell $25 shop credit giveaway is Bethany! Congrats Bethany! 

Blogger Bethany said...

I love the new bloom ring! 

April 21, 2011 12:31 PM

If you are bummed you didn't win-- never fear! Use the code ALOHA to receive 10% off your order until May 5th! 

Have a great weekend, everyone! 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Aloha From a Sponsor: K. Davis Creates

 Today's sponsor is a friend who is beautiful, inside and out. And her bright and colorful blog (Celebrate Life) and shop (K. Davis Creates) reflect that! Karen creates sweet fabric creations with delightful color combinations. While her shop is filled with colorful goodies, her blog is filled with gorgeous, bright photography. She and her husband live in Korea and are excitedly going through the process of an adoption!

I shot some questions her way and Karen was fabulous to share a little bit about herself.

Aloha Karen! What are three {random} things that Aisle to Aloha readers should know about the woman behind the blog and shop?

-I was sprayed by a skunk when I was 9 (while visiting my grandparents farm, in Canada, for a summer)... yes, bathing in tomato juice certainly does the trick... my husband can't smell the difference!

-I LOVE coffee and peanut butter... not together (although that might be an interesting combo to try somehow)... those are my two staples in my EVERYDAY... even when I travel, I travel with a tub of peanut butter and instant coffee packets.  Always want to be prepared for the worst.

- I have over 23 stamps in my passport... for those that don't understand "travel speak" that means I've visited over 23 different countries in the last 5 years that I've had my passport (and I didn't include the US)... like to travel much? why yes, yes I do.  I'd LOVE to have my own travel show like "Rick Steves" one day... doesn't "Karen Davis" have a ring to it? Oh, and I'm about to add another stamp in my passport within the next month! You have to visit my blog to figure out where....

Living in Korea, I imagine you see a lot of strange eats! What's the strangest food you've tried?

The strangest thing I've ever tried in Korea:  There are a TON of things I want to try here in Korea still... have another 1.5 years to do it (like eating a cut up live octopus), but right now, I'd have to say dried squid.  You know how we as Americans munch on a bag of chips, or some popcorn as our "go to " snack... in Korea, it's bags of dried squid! Lets just say, I'll stick with the bag of chips.

Do you have any advice for people thinking about starting a handmade business?

One piece of advice- Like Nike says, "JUST DO IT"... there's no better time like the present to commit to a handmade shop... I was on the fence for awhile whether or not I should start up shop ( as photography is my primary focus), but just "digging" right in, was the best thing I could have done... it's such a wonderful community to be a part of (buying and selling), that sometimes I regret not starting sooner.  And I also suggest that you create what you LOVE to create. You're going to be making A LOT of it, day in and day out... so make sure you enjoy it first. 

Ok, so, everyone knows that I love color! And I know you do too! What's your favorite color and what do you think that says about you?

Favorite color:  Ohhhhh this is a toughy.  I really do enjoy most colors.  But, I'd have to say my ultimate favorites, yes... there are 3: apple green, turquoise, and yellow.  Don't they just make a darling color combination? I'm usually drawn to fabrics with those colors and therefore those colors tend to inspire me to create!

Don't you just wanna go out to coffee and spend the afternoon with her? Well, I would. Instead, I'll have to settle with hanging out on her blog, checking out her bright shop and chatting with her on twitter

Karen has graciously offered a 15% discount to Aisle to Aloha readers with the discount code ALOHALOVE -- go shopping and pick out something fun! 

Psst.... wanna win $25 towards some gorgeous handmade jewelry? Today is the last day to enter the giveaway for an Amy Cornwell gift certificate! Go enter! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday:: Taste of Waialua Festival!

On Saturday, my friend, Dahlia and I went to the Taste of Waialua Festival on the North Shore. It's a market celebrating local foods and produce. It was fun to see and taste everything from soap (er, we didn't taste the soap, just sniffed it) to honey, coffee, chocolate and flowers grown and produced right here on the island. 

At one of the flower and fruit stands we stopped by, the guy behind the table was about thirty. As Dahlia was deciding which exotic fruit to buy, he complimented me on my rings. And then on my headband. And then he said "You know, you are one of the prettiest girls I've seen. Why don't you pick a flower?" 

He wasn't creepy about it. Didn't leer at me and lick his lips or anything. Just offered a kind compliment and a flower. So I chose the one above on the right. I don't know what it's called. But I like it.

Yum, fresh shave ice with natural mango juice. I love mango. Like, really love. 

Also, I really love Dahlia. I couldn't ask for a sweeter, more encouraging girl to kick it with. 

My outfit that day was pretty basic. Just a tank and shorts but I jazzed it up a bit with my rockin' muchloveilly headband. Um, I love the color coral. Did I tell you that already?? 

coral poppy headband:: {much love illy}
rings:: {charlotte russe}
bracelet:: { aloha swap meet}
tank:: {target}
denim cut offs:: {american eagle}
sandals:: {reef}

'Twas a fun day indeed!

Linkin' up with Lindsey's What I Wore Wednesday again! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Weary & Burdened

Hi friends! How was your Monday? Mine was eh, let's say, less than stellar. I'm becoming more and more aware that my focus is not well, focused where it needs to be. Or rather, on Who it needs to be focused on.

It's so easy for me to get sucked into focusing in on how many blog comments I'm getting on my posts, the feedback I get on twitter on my new listings , or how many sales I've had this week.

 I get bogged down thinking about the unanswered emails sitting in my inbox, the items yet to be crossed off my to-do list and the ideas rolling around in my head that have yet to be realized. 

For some reason, I used to think that once I hit X number of followers on my blog or sales in my shop, that I'd be a pro. A pro at balancing life and blogging. A pro at not being afraid of failing. A pro at uh, organization. Yeaaaah, right. 

Thankfully, even though I try all too often, I don't have to shoulder it alone. My friend sent me an encouraging text yesterday that included this verse: 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30 

I think with Chris deployed, I have the tendency to think I can just power through and deal with the stress, the to-do lists. As a military wife, I'm told over and over again "Be strong.""You're so strong to do this all by yourself. "

But I'm realizing more that I can't. And I don't have to try. So this week, I'm going to make a greater effort to lay my burdens at His feet and turn to my Bible before I open my inbox, and focus on what my Jesus has to say about me, His child, rather than what the number of my sales or comments says about me. We'll see how that goes.

{Oh, I bought tickets to go visit Chris last night!! I leave two weeks from today for an exotic (secret, for now) location! Let's just say I am not looking forward to 20 hours of travel, but oh-so excited to smooch my sweet husband! Please pray that the ship's schedule stays the same, because it could change at any time, leaving me stranded. If you'd like to help support my trip, go purchase a painting [or two] from my shop!)

Monday, April 25, 2011

[over the weekend] Chowing Down at Opal's


I drove up to the North Shore with my friend, Krynn, last week to meet our buds, Dahlia and her hubby, Evan at Opal's food truck. We sunk our chopsticks into a round of the best samplings of Thai food on the island. Oh my goodness, it was heavenly delicious. I can't believe I've been here almost two years and that was my first time eating there. (And second soon after, I went back up on Saturday and ate there again!) 

The owner's young son, Leo, was hilarious and we had fun quizzing him on the continents and oceans as he brought us our green papaya salad, shrimp pad thai and fresh cranberry lemonade. 

Don't you love awesome times with good friends and tasty food?  And... well, being in Hawaii doesn't hurt. 

Did you do anything fun over the weekend? How was your Easter? 

Oh hey, I've been listing some new paintings in the shop the past few days. Go check them out

(I'm still on schedule to go see Chris in Southeast Asia in May! Thanks to each of my really awesome customers for supporting my trip to see my beloved hubs!) 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Risen!

" I have told you these things, 

so that in me you may have peace. 

In this world, you will have trouble.

 But take heart!

I have overcome the world."

John 16:33

The past few weeks have been crazy. My mind has been occupied by many things, but rarely HIM. But today, I am so excited to celebrate my Savior, and the sweet grace He has poured on me and the entire world through his death and resurrection. He has overcome the death of sin so that we may have a full, beautiful, abundant life in Him. 

Happy Easter, my friends! 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

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email me at aisletoaloha [at]!

( Have a great Saturday!) 

Friday, April 22, 2011

It's the Little Things: Doodling, Calls from Chris & Ocean Views

I kind of love writing my "Little Things" posts. It's pretty amazing to look back over the week and see how God has carried me through by providing small things that have made me smile or brought me joy. 

And this week, despite feeling swamped by emails and having lots to tackle on my to-do lists, I had a hard time narrowing down my "little things" for the week. 

Last week, I got to relax on the beach with my girl friend, Krynn and her sweet baby, Audrey. I'm not sure how you can not feel content with this view. 

I got to hear Chris' voice for the first time in about 3 weeks! When I say that I melted when I picked up that phone ringing with a strange international number, I'm not really exaggerating. I'm so in love with that man and I miss him so much. 

 Doodling on the colorful paint covered drop cloth draped over my studio sawhorse table makes me smile. 

Painting. I still love it. After being close to burning out on it a few weeks ago, I forced myself to start sticking to a schedule and take more down time. With Chris being gone, I was finding myself working far too much and not taking any time just for myself. But once I started sticking to a schedule, I began coming up with new ideas and found a renewed love and passion for painting. Good for me, good for you. 

If you are very observant, you may have noticed that I changed the signature on the side of my painting a few weeks ago. I used to sign with capital "LW" but was feeling like that wasn't quite "me".

So I played around with a few different options and ended up switching to a simple lowercase version. LOVE it. What do you think?

I'm looking forward to celebrating Easter with my Hawaii ohana this weekend. Worship, brunch and beach-- sounds pretty sweet to me! 

What's made you smile this week? 

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Aloha From a Sponsor: Amy Cornwell

Do you ever come across a shop that has so many beautiful things that you just can't possibly choose a favorite? Well, here's another one to add to your list. 

Amy is the beautiful designer behind Amy Cornwell jewelry, a shop specializing in high quality, hand stamped jewelry. I was so excited to meet Amy a few weekends ago at Creative Estates and not only is her jewelry just as gorgeous in person, but Amy is incredibly sweet and oh-so-creative. 

 Aloha Amy! What are three things my readers should know about you?

I love to create {but any of you who know me already know this!}. 

I'm always on the go...doing something. 

I'm a very loyal and trustworthy friend {it's very important to me}.

What is your favorite part of selling handmade?

Hearing the stories behind each piece. I love knowing the story of why someone is putting a word, name or date on a charm. I've made items for weddings, births of children, many life events. It's encouraging to me to hear of a friend that purchases something personalized for their friend who is going through a hard time to pick them up. I love knowing that I'm a small part of people's lives and celebrations.

I think it's no secret that I LOVE color. What is your favorite color and what do you think that says about you?

I like so many colors and my favorite always changes...I love bright colors right now since it's spring so I'd say turquoise, orange, lime green, etc. They just make me happy. I love happy colors because I do think it can change your mood when you wear them or see them!

Ok, super dee duper awesome readers, I know you are wondering how the heck you can get your hands on some of Amy's jewelry. Amy has graciously offered a $25 shop credit to one Aisle to Aloha reader! There are many sweet pieces you can purchase with that credit and I have to admit, I'm a bit jealous. 

To enter, you must be a follower of AisletoAloha using the Google Friend Connect feature (Click the "follow" button on the right side bar.) Go visit Amy's shop and come back here to leave a comment telling me which beautiful piece of jewelry you'd use your shop credit to buy!

**Additional entry**

If you tweet about the giveaway, leave a second entry. (Make sure you mention @aisletoaloha and @amycornwell in your tweet!)

Can't wait to purchase your Amy Cornwell jewelry? Use the code ALOHA to receive 10% off your order until May 5th! 

Check out her blog too, or follow the sweet girl on twitter!