Thursday, June 30, 2011

Aloha From a Sponsor: Geeky & Sassy

Happy Friday, friends! I've got a fabulous shop to share with you today and a giveaway too! Meet Virginia of Geeky and Sassy! She uses beautiful, high quality fabrics to create accessories for your home-- including table runners, pillows, kitchen towels, and more. Check out her interview with me and stick around for a great giveaway at the end! 

Aloha Virginia! Can you tell us a bit about yourself and the beautiful things you make?

Aloha!  I'm so excited to be sponsoring Lindsay's blog and to be able to share a little about me with all of you!  I'm a klutzy, diet coke loving, coffee drinking mom of 2 and wife to a wonderful man.  I've just recently resigned from my job to stay at home with my kids.  I'm not one to sit still, so I opened a shop to share my love of sewing and fabrics with others.  My Mom and my Grandmother got me started with sewing when I was tiny, so I blame this on them ;-)  In my shop I have items for your home, including pillow covers, kitchen towels, table runners and banners.  I've done custom items such as baby sets, quilts, curtains and more.  Pretty much if I can sew it on my machine, I'm up for the challenge.  I also may be a bit of a fabric snob - I'm pretty particular in my choices for both look and quality.  

What's the best advice you've ever received?

I hope this doesn't come across like I've got it all together or think i do - far from it,  but I honestly cling to the verse Phillipians 4:4-7 -   Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
it not only reminds me that I'm not in control, not to worry, trust in God, and be full of joy (in the midst of toddler tantrums and the unknown).
I also remember ~ Don't sweat the small stuff and ask myself ~ What will matter 100 years from now?  

What's your favorite piece of art in your home?

Oh, this is a tough one.  I would have to say the retro couch I am planning to reupholster with my Mom (does a couch count? - I haven't bought my A2A painting yet!)  It was the couch my Mother-in-law grew up with.  Shaggy green with more of a Danish twist.  It's sadly in our basement waiting to be restored to it's former glory.

What's your favorite color and what do you think it says about your personality?

Pink.  Pink is my signature color.  (reference to Steel Magnolias anyone!?)   Always has been, always will be....the brighter pinks.  (Although with home decor I'm currently obsessed with teals, greens and golden yellows.)  I think it may say that I love to have fun, be girly and am not afraid to stand out a little.  Popular or not I stand by her.  When pink was "out" I was nicknamed the 80s girl in college - not cool in the 90s.  That's ok, I think all of us who appreciate art and color have a bit more boldness.  

Thanks Virginia! Can't wait to see that reupholstered couch-- how cool!

So, who wants to win a $30 shop credit to Geeky and Sassy?? You have your choice of a variety of colorful pillows, table runners, even fabric!

To enter, go visit Geeky and Sassy and come back here to leave a comment telling me what you might purchase with your $30 shop credit!

*Additional entries!* 

Follow Geeky and Sassy blog and leave a comment on this post telling me that you do! 

Follow Geeky and Sassy on twitter and leave a comment on this post telling me that you do! 

Tweet about the giveaway and yep, you got it, leave a comment on this post telling me that you did.

You can use this tweet if you want:: 

Woohoo! I entered to win a $30 shop credit to @geekyandsassy on @aisletoaloha-- have you entered? 

Good luck! Giveaway ends 7/6! 


Adventures of the Wandering WhippyCakes :: Twiggy // Oahu, Hawaii

It's time for another edition of the series Adventures of the Wandering Whippy Cakes! My buddies, Sandy, Ilene, Kim, Moriah and I are swapping our Whippy Cake headbands and displaying different ways to style them. 

This time around I have Kim's original Whippy Cake-- the Twiggy. Kim looks adorable in earthy neutrals like this guy but I rarely wear them so I knew it was going to be a fun challenge for me to style it. When I got it in the mail, I stood in front of my closet for a good twenty minutes trying to figure out what the heck I could wear with BROWN?! 

My original thought was mustard yellow, but I eventually went with this bright fuschia dress that has sweet braided detailing and is oh-so-comfy! I loved this outfit and now I'm in love with Twiggy!

Er, sorry it's so hard to see my actual Whippycake... it was windy out there that day!

See Diamond Head there over my left shoulder? 

This is right by our favorite surf spot and I love enjoying that view as I'm paddling out on my board.

twiggy:: {whippy cake}
cream cardigan:: {no idea, it's been a long time!}
dress:: { macy's}
bracelets:: {gift from a friend}

Make sure you hop on over to see how my bloggy sisters styled their Whippy Cakes! 



Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Shop Talk

I've got a few shop announcements for you!

Starting on Friday, Chris is officially on leave for the next two weeks! Woohoo! I'm looking forward to spending some lazy summer days with my boy. In order to capitalize on my time with him and take a little break of my own, delayed shipping will kick in. 

So any orders after Thursday, June 30th will ship during the third week of July. That means, get your orders in now or you'll have to wait patiently until the end of July to get your rad painting. ;)

I'll also be taking a break from blogging next week and you will love the inspiring women that will be guest posting on here. Make sure you show them lots of aloha!

I'm giddily excited about a new line of paintings that I'll be introducing when I get back from my break. Here's a little glimpse at a few of the new paintings that will be hitting the shop in about ten days! I can't wait to tell you all about my inspiration behind them! 





Okay, carry on with your Wednesday. Hope it's been fabulous! 


Funnel Cakes, Ferris Wheels & Fedoras

Friday was our five year dating anniversary and also the first Friday since Chris got back, so we made a date out of it and headed to the 50th state fair! 

What is it about fried dough and sugar that makes me just go crazy??

We rode a bunch of fun rides-- my favorite had to be the swings. We also rode on the Sizzler-- you know, the ride that spins you around in circles at outrageous speeds? Yeah, that was the fastest Sizzler I've ever been on. Chris and I were wondering if it was malfunctioning because the skin was pretty much peeling off our faces. 

We had a blast though and I have to say, nothing beats a date night with the love of my life. I'm gonna be gushy on here for a while, just as a warning. It's just so good to have him home. 

fedora:: {target}
dress:: {modcloth}
belt:: {TJ Maxx}
shoes:: {Charlotte Russe... many years ago}

(yes, I bought another fedora... I may be developing a problem...)

Linking up with Lindsey's What I Wore Wednesday and No Model Lady's All Dressed Up

Pssst... I'm giving away a custom 6x6 Cutie canvas on Wild & Precious this week! Click here to enter to win! 

Also, I listed a new Bloom painting in the shop-- go check it out in all it's coral & orange spiciness!


Monday, June 27, 2011

Paint Chip Garland for My Studio.

I decided a few weeks ago that the big window in my studio needed a little dressing up. I didn't want to put the time and money into curtains so I decided to make a colorful garland to add some color and whimsy.

I gathered a bunch of paint samples from my local home improvement store. Some people might not be too keen on taking so many paint samples, but um, I'm keen.

I traced out big and small circles using lids from various things around the house. And then cut the circles out with my scissors. You could definitely use a large hold punch to punch out the circles, but they're about $20.00 (at least here they are!) and I wasn't about to spend that much for this one project.

I taped the circles in a random pattern to yellow string and draped them over the window! They are held up in the corners by clear push pins-- I just worked with what I had. 

I love the bit of happy whimsy it adds! And you might notice a few new additions to my wall since I last posted about it. More on those additions soon. :) 

My studio is slowly but surely becoming the fresh, relaxing space I envisioned back when I started transforming it. I think it's almost complete and I can't wait to take you on a full tour in a few weeks! 


Oh Happy Day.



 Running Late. 

I was all those things on Monday morning when Chris' ship pulled in. Yeah, my friend, Krynn and I were just parking when we heard the cacophony of horns announcing the arrival of his ship into the pier.


So I slipped off my purple heels and we booked it. And boy, my heart leapt when I saw the bow of his ship slipping into place and I found my love on the deck, searching for me in the crowd. 

We've perfected silent conversations when he has to stand up in his uniform. He was cracking me up. 

Chris in all his bingo winning prowess, won First Kiss, so after the captain and the new dads came off, he got to come out before everyone else. And what a blessing that was, because man, it is so hard to wait for them to get off that stinkin' ship. 

My very favorite. I'm going to frame this one. It just makes my heart flutter.

Yes, I bought him a lei to coordinate with my outfit. Um, duh. 

I love having him home. 

Yep, that's the same post title I used for our homecoming pics post last year-- it's just so appropriate. If you haven't had enough gushy homecoming pictures-- check out last year's here. 


Friday, June 24, 2011

It's the Little Things: Together Again

I'm soaking up so many 'little' things this week. 

Hitting zero on the countdown

Two toothbrushes on the sink

boy clothes strewn on the floor

sharing meals with my best friend again

twice the amount of dirty dishes and twice the laundry

Beach days in the sunshine and tonight-- the state fair. 

Yeah, it's been a good week. 

How was your week, friend?


Thursday, June 23, 2011

A New Painting for the Living Room!

I'm excited to show you the painting I recently finished for living room!

I was inspired by several things including my own interpretation of ocean ripples, one of my favorite artists, Heather Brown, and these paintings that I pinned on Pinterest.

When Chris and I started dating, he told me that his favorite color was the color of the ocean water over sand-- a bright, clear turquoise. I tried to capture that vibrance and I love the free flowing liquidity of each ripple. 

So, this painting was meant originally to go over our couch, but after I got it up there, I had a crazy urge to rearrange our living room, and so I did. And I actually kind of love how it is now. 

You get a little peek at one of the two vintage chairs I bought last week (can't wait to get some fabulous new fabric to recover them!). You can also see our trophy from the tandem surfing competition we won last June, and dried leis from numerous occasions over the past two years. 

Oh, and our tiny tv. :) 

I love switching out artwork in our house-- keeps Chris on his toes and satisfies my indecisive nature. 


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I Think I Found My New Favorite Outfit

Do you ever have an outfit that makes you feel so ridiculously happy, and you wanna wear it every day for a week?

This is that outfit for me.

I wore this on Sunday while running last minute homecoming errands (grocery shopping at the commissary, vacuuming the three beaches worth of sand out of my car, mani/pedi, etc.). 

The joy of wearing my "perfect" outfit was magnified by my excitement about Chris coming home the next day and the fact that I got to scarf down my favorite sushi for lunch. 'Twas a good day. 

Yes, I wore these awesome ($1) sunglasses too. Not afraid of the color here, people. 

Also not afraid of looking like a ridiculous dork while doing my grocery shopping... apparently. Hey, I hate grocery shopping-- anything to make that chore a little bit better. 

Headband:: {much love illy}
sunglasses:: {Forever 21}
top:: {Town and Country Surf Shop}
blazer:: {Quiksilver}
ring:: {Charlotte Russe}
shorts:: {Target}
sandals:: {reef}

Linking up to Lindsey's What I Wore Wednesday

PS. Have you seen the latest addition to the shop? I love the sweet combo of the peach, gray and white stripes! Definitely says "summer" to me!