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Christmas Inspiration

Christmas Inspiration

Recently I escaped off island and went to Southern California to visit my son,which meant I had a chance to visit a few of my favorite shops. IMG_5550

Loved these Kokeshi Ornaments I spotted at Solo,in Solana Beach

 

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More treasures and wonderful display at Solo.

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Love the disk garland at Solo,by Jennifer Price.

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I thought these Wax Sachets were interesting and beautiful.

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A fun Cigar box type display.IMG_5557

 

Some fabulous looking soaps by Finchberry that look edible. IMG_5561

I love the base of this ceramic cake stand with the colorful mushrooms.

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Retro glass ornament with such fabulous colors.

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Anthropologie’s Winter Gingerbread like display of course is wonderful.

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And I love the VW Bus in the window too.

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And ginger bread looking star snowflakes, love the peak a boo view and the colors used.

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This is a note to myself to make Dish towels.

Blueberry Lemon Cookies

Blueberry Lemon Cookies

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Preheat oven to 350.

  • 3 Cups Flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • Mix-ins and/or extracts of your choosing
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice of one lemon or lemon juice from a jar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups blueberries
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips optional – I didn’t use any in the photo above.

If you haven’t done so already get that oven fired up to 350. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beat after each addition. If using any extracts, add and beat to incorporate.

Now add the dry stuff you can start in them in a separate bowl or just go for it and just put them right in the others. With the mixer on low, slowly add the dry ingredients into the batter. Carefully fold in any mix-ins. You can allow the dough to cool in the refrigerator for at least an hour, but I usually don’t have the patience for this and don’t.  Use a small scoop (about 1 tbsp size) and place rounded balls of dough on a cookie sheet lined with a silicone baking mat. Bake for 11-14 minutes, until the bottoms are slightly golden brown (the edges should not brown). Recipe modified from original post by PiaRecipe

 

 

Blueberry German Pancakes

Blueberry German Pancakes

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Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

3 C Flour ( I use white)
2 3/4 C Coconut Milk or Cow milk
10 Eggs (I use fresh my chickens at room temperature)
2 TBLSP Sugar
2 TBLSP Coconut Oil (sometimes I forget this don’t worry they still work)
2 tsp Vanilla
2 tsp Salt
1 C of fresh Blueberries – You can omit blueberries too.
Cooking Spray
Muffin tins or pans

You can half this recipe too.

Add all the ingredients except the blueberries into a large mixing bowl.  Mix by hand with a whisk.  Mixture will have some small lumps.  Try to mix it long enough so the as many of lumps are reduced to pretty small. Then spray your muffin tins if I am using the silicone cups in the muffin tins I spray the inside of them too. Pour the mixture into the tins.  Then add your blueberries to all the tins.
Bake in your oven at 425 for 20 minutes. This recipe make the quantity shown above. They will raise and look this shown above immediately out of the oven then as the cool they start to sink and fall.
I like to serve them on a plate with butter, cialis generic cinnamon and sugar and syrup.  They taste great plain too.

Plain version – 1/2 recipe

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Topped with peaches and Mac Nuts

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How to create patterns for Fabric Design

How to create patterns for Fabric Design

I have been dabbling in Textile Design and Fashion Design,a> here are some of the things I have been trying.

I started with a watercolor painting that I did on our trip to Bali this past summer of a Protea or Sugarbush Flower. Here is a photo of the painting.  Then I scanned in the artwork and created a design with text to be repeated as the fabric design.  Also shown below is a photo of the design printed as fabric. These designs are for sale on Spoonflower: I have quite a few more designs in the works,  I just haven’t made time to get to them up online yet. If you haven’t been over to Spoonflower, click on over there and give it a looksy.  My brain goes into hyperdrive with all the possibilities I start thinking about.

 

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Click the photo below to watch a video on my design process.

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Below is an example of a tunic design I have been working on.  I designed the fabric and the sewing pattern, then had the items printed on fabric using the spoonflower site.  This was just a trial, a work in progress.  Since I created the sewing pattern as well, I did have a couple kinks I had to work through.  Which I have now.  Now I just need to print the final design again and sew it together.

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Here is a photo of the work in progress on me.  Once I get this design finalized and complete I will post another update.

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Here is a video that explains the repeat design process.

An Online Skillshare Class by Julia Rothman

 

 

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Leather Tooling Classes in San Diego

Hideaway-Leather-classSome of my favorite maker friends Dean & Madeira Semple of Godspeed Leather and Hideaway Leather Supplies are offering classes on tooling leather at their studio | store in San Diego. They are hosting their first workshop Nov 14th from 12-4pm at their space at 7854 Convoy Court, San Diego 92111. Come make a personalized flask for yourself or somebody on your Xmas list. This is a great entry level leather working class. They’ll cover working with tooling leather, tickets for the class here:  I bet I can convince my leather duo friends to come here to the Big Island and teach their skills while they are here.  Comment below if you’re interested.

Cool Headboards

Cool Headboards

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Handcarved Lotus Bed

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Totally loving these fabulous carved wood headboards from Anthropologie. While we were traveling in Bali this summer we saw so much fabulous wood carving in there.  Baliense people are true artisans.  I am sure these headboards are inspired by the Balinese Artisans.

These Baliense doors below had just the right amount of patina.

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When I saw this colorful object on the side of the road while driving by on my little scooter in Bali I had to stop and capture it.  At the time I thought that would be an awesome headboard.  Turns out when I stop to investigate, what it actually was is a musical instrument similar to a xylophone. I actually contemplating bringing it home.  But doing a whole container load from Bali makes more sense then just one item.

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SilverBotanica – Hip Jewelry Boutique & Artisan Studio in Honomu, Hawaii

SilverBotanica - Hip Jewelry Boutique & Artisan Studio in Honomu, Hawaii

Click into the doorway above to take a virtual tour of the store.

 

We are excited to announce that my husband Brad & I opened a new Brick & Mortar store SilverBotanica, shop located near Hilo, on the beautiful Hamakua Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii in the quaint town of Honomu. Honomu is the gateway to Akaka Falls State Park. Akaka Falls is a pleasant self-guided walk through lush tropical plants including giant timber bamboo, fruit trees and gorgeous botanical flowers.  The trail is a concrete trail to scenic vista points overlooking the cascading Kahuna Falls and the free-falling ‘Akaka Falls , which plunges 442 feet into a stream-eroded gorge.

Our retail store features the Artisan Studio of SilverBotanica Jewelry and Hi Octane JewelrySilverBotanica is a sterling silver jewelry line inspired by tropical Botanical flowers found here in Hawaii and allows the wearer to carry a little bit of paradise at all times.
Hi Octane Jewelry is a sterling silver jewelry line inspired by vintage automobiles and hot rods and comes from our long love of classic cars and hot rods.

Along with our handmade goods our unique store also carries vintage goods, purses, accessories and stationary. The Artisan studio is open daily 12-6pm. And visitors are welcome to tour the studio and learn first hand the process of lost wax casting and silversmithing. Silversmithing & Lost Wax Casting Classes  and Workshops are available by appointment.

You can see another video of the store here.

SilverBotanica – 28-1652 Old Mamalahoa HWY | Honomu, HI 96728 – 949.547.3859

 

Special Thanks to our neighbor Jeffery North Wilson of 360 True North Photography for creating this awesome virtual tour for us.  You can get one too. Click below and tell him Alicia sent you:

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Macrame is Back

Macrame is Back

This Summer we had a wonderful adventure to Australia.  I love following so many Australian companies like Spell Designs and Buffalo Girl
both are located in Byron Bay near Brisbane.  So I got to visit the Spelly Boutique in Byron Bay. I was shocked at how small the actual boutique was, sildenafil ailment but it is wonderfully curated and they carry wonderful items.  And, viagra I sure noticed that Macrame is trending hard in Australia and seems to be now trending here too. I am loving all the Macrame Ideas out there. Oh and of course I have a Pinterest Board of Macrame Ideas too.

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Gypsy World & Hobo Cabaret

Gypsy World & Hobo Cabaret



Last night I went out with two of my fellow Maker-Girlfriends. We went to a band called Beats Antique. I had never heard of them but was game to go out with two good friends. Being a creator and designer, viagra usa drugstore the evening was visually stimulating for me in so many ways.

The best piece of Beats Antique was the dancer Zoe Jake. She oozes sexiness. She is gorgeous, and is a belly dancer. Well, I am no belly dancing expert and really have not seem much, but her performance was fabulous. Her costumes were very cool. My favorite was a leather, antler headdress she wore. She travels with another group called the Yard Dogs Road Show. I hadn’t heard of them, but their web site describes them as a hobo cabaret, a living patchwork of vaudeville and rock and roll and based on these images below the show looks wonderful. I am going have to go see them as well.
 
 
 

The Future By Corning

The Future By Corning


Well I am a technology geek. I love new technology. I love being connected. I like pretty much everything in this cool video, cialis canada no rx although I have one question, viagra buy viagra and that is where are the microphones in this new glass? All the visuals make perfect sense. Watch it and see what you think. Click here to watch the video.

Sterling & Bakelite Hairsticks

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I discovered this fabulous sterling silver hairstick the other day at Solo. I had to bring it home as inspiration. Being a gal with long hair I often stick things in my hair to put it up. I was surprised that this hair stick was so short. and had a flattened section. But I am going to try it. I think I may create some sterling hair sticks that are inspired by all of these.
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A few years ago I came across this book that featured these amazing bakelite hairsticks from Asia. I am completely enamored with them. Of course the Asian mum is my favorite. Do you use hair sticks. What is your favorite length?

Plants plants and more plants

Plants plants and more plants

Awhile back I was at a local yard sale and I picked up a book called Hawai’i A Floral Paradise by Leland Miyano.

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When I started flipping through the book I knew instantly I had to buy it. It instantly took me back to Hawaii. Which coincidentally when we first saw our house and the tropical plants all over in the back yard reminded me of Hawaii and I was hooked and wanted it too. Hawaii has a warm spot in my soul.

Tuesday, I got a tip that Cedros Gardens in Solana Beach has Leucospermum or Pincushion protea which my book describes as looking like red sea urchins, which is dead on. When I got to CG I was delighted to find the plant below. Well I am going to have to save up to buy it. The good size plant was $149.00.
Leucospermum Species or Pin Cushion Protea
These are native to South Africa and Australia.

And also this Grevellea Banksii

Grevellea Plant I bought yesterday.
Grevellea Banksii, is also called the Kahili Flower. I have another favorite Kahili flower which is Kahili Ginger. It is rampant in my yards. I came home with Grevillea, which I am told hummingbirds love, so the ones that frequent my yard will be happy. This exotic flower also had a smaller price tag of only $15.00. Well, I will be saving up for my Protea. And I also want a Purple Passion Flower vine like this. But I may opt for the edible variety, I just love Lilikoi juice.

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Molds on display at Solo

Molds on display at Solo

Yesterday I took a quick trip to Solana Beach to the Cedros Gardens to scope out some plants. Well I cannot go within walking distance of my favorite store Solo, viagra usa and across the street with out popping in.

There were a few items that really caught my eye.

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These are real halves of an actual mold used at one time for making resin glasses. I am personally fascinated with eyewear. I have a small collection of vintage glasses that I treasure. And some day I hope to make eyeglass frames. For me this was a little peak into how frames are made. Which after seeing these looks extremely similar to some of the processes we already do for our jewelry making. If the other halves were there I wouldn’t have been able to resist buying them. But now I am a step closer to making eyewear.

Pewter Casting Jewelry Molds at Solo

Another very cool item on display and for sale at Solo were these Pewter casting molds. I just visited a pewter caster last week and saw some molds similar to these. You can tell they are for pewter by the hole in the center. I love the way Jennifer Price has displayed these. Absolutely stunning.

Get your Heart On Today

Get your Heart On Today

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Happy Valentine’s Day. We have been busy baking over here. Ginger and I cooked up some fabulous funfetti heart shaped cupcakes for her class. Her favorite parts are licking the beater and sprinkling the sprinkles.
My favorite part is taking the photos along the way.

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Sundance Dreaming

Sundance Dreaming





The new Sundance catalog arrived and I feel in love with a few items.