I LOVE Awards, but this means MORE to me. Thanks for thinking of them!

The Animal Rescue Site

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Checking In...........

I've been so busy with the holidays and family visiting, I haven't had time to write anything but gift tags and cards. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas and Best Wishes to all for a great 2010! After the middle of January, I hope to get back to a regular schedule. I'll leave you with a peaceful scene from the Botanical Gardens here on Oahu, which I just visited again with my daughter, Riki. Until then, Aloha!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Aloha Dolly Tour 2009-2010

Let me introduce you to Dolly. She is the self-appointed GoodWill Ambassador at eHow.com. Today Dolly began a whirlwind tour of the U.S. mainland where she will visit in the homes and towns of a good number of my fellow writers on eHow.
She left Hawaii today with her toothbrush and a little ti leaf lei which I made for her. Shirley Philbrick, a fellow eHower, was gracious enough to begin a Squidoo lens following Dolly's journey. Hosts will post updates there complete with pics of Dolly doing her Dolly stuff.
Another writer on eHow, Diane Cass, has set up a Zazzle store with items promoting the Aloha Dolly Tour. Entire profit for these items will be split 50/50 between two worthy charities...The Mark Sandman Music Project and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Both of these fine causes benefit our young people in the U.S. to give them opportunities to learn and build their self-awareness and confidence.
So, while Dolly is jet setting around the U.S. mainland, spreading the Aloha spirit throughout the eHow community, you are welcome to visit the Squidoo page for updates, or pop in on the eHow Chatter forum and join in on the fun. Mahalo (Thank you)!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

eHow Event Oct 21-23, 2009

I'm loving writing for eHow. Lucky enough to be one of 20 writers invited and able to attend the 2nd annual eHow Event in San Francisco. My first time in that beautiful city and I would love to go back and have more time to explore.

The eHow people were absolutely wonderful, super busy people; my fellow writers just awesome. We stayed at the Prescott Hotel; it was lovely. We did a lot of brainstorming, worked on projects, cooked a gourmet meal on Thursday night (with professional chef supervision, of course). We learned a LOT and had fun at the same time.

It was an honor to be invited and I'm already crossing my fingers and toes I get an invite back next year. (BTW, if you haven't figured it out, I'm the one in the glasses.)
And, oh yeah, Happy Halloween everybody!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Scary Broom Trick - SPOOKY!

My brother, Steve, trying to distract me yesterday on the 13th shared this broom trick with me...All you need are a broom and a level floor. Now, stand the broom on its bristles and walk away. Sometimes it may take you a few seconds to get the hang of it, but it's working when you feel the goosebumps starting. Freaky, spooky, however you call it, it provided entertainment last night for a bunch of my eHow buddies.

I used a regular old straw broom, but others used angled bristle brooms and they were standing just as proud. My broom stood for 3 hours and 53 minutes last night and didn't budge. Others have reported their brooms are still standing today (mine went right up this morning too)which knocks out the theory that it only works on the 13th. Try it!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas, Decorating & Tips - All Under $15

This is the special project I was telling you about last week....

This 68 page eBook is packed with fresh ideas for anyone who loves Christmas, making gifts, decorating their home and saving money. Co-authored by my fellow eHower, Shirley Philbrick and myself, (Shirley hails from Maine and I reside in Hawaii) representing the furthest U.S. states East and West.

We have never met but our styles are complimentary. What developed resulted in Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas, Decorating & Tips - All Under $15. The reason behind this eBook....well, we share an "off-the-beaten-path" outlook towards life and live it with a certain style that is often eclectic by making use of unusual and recycled materials or those found in nature. An eBook seemed a natural progression for our mutual interests.

How the eBook came to be is yet another story. Shirley's daughter, a young college student, sustained a devastating leg injury in an automobile accident in September 2009 which brought the ebook production to a temporary halt. Inspired by Shirley's daughter's courage in pushing forward with her life and facing her fears head on, we fast forward four weeks later to a finished product. It is with hope this book will prove as inspirational to you as a young woman's courage is to us. Please note: 100% of the proceeds from this e-book go towards ongoing medical expenses for Shirley's daughter. For more info, check out Shirley's blog.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Sorry, I've been MIA the past few weeks working on a special project which I can't wait to tell you about, but I'll have to. It's not ready for prime time YET. Soon......

Monday, September 14, 2009

For Women By Women

This is a new Blog that should interest many women. It's written For Women By Women. "Well done" to my fellow eHow author, Angela! Great job lady!

Monday, August 17, 2009

There must be something in the water......

because I'm apparently on a roll at eHow. I woke up Friday morning, the 14th, to find my eHow article with instructions and pics to make an outdoor stone table, was featured on the front page. That makes 6 times for front page for me which is very exciting. Makes all the hard work feel justified. It's an honor and I appreciate it. Thanks eHow!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Help Find Lindsey Baum - AMBER Alert!

Two Days in a Row - YIPPEE!!

Last month the powers that be at eHow.com honored me again with front page features, this time two days in a row. Unbelievable! I was so excited! Seriously, this makes my 5th front page feature on eHow and as my 1 year anniversary with eHow was Aug 6th, it's really thrilling for me. :)
July 21st, my article on making a rag rug with fringe was the eHow of the Day. On July 22nd and July 23rd, my recipe for tropical mango salsa was also featured on the front page. It was my birthday present come early. Thank you eHow!
If you haven't checked out eHow, what are you waiting for? You can learn to do anything on eHow and it's FREE!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Getting Ready for College?

If you know anyone getting ready for college, and short on money to make their home- away-from-home environment comfortable and maybe a little funky, send them here. Lots of ideas for Getting Ready for College.

This lens is for people who want to do something different from the norm; the pictures alone are sure to inspire anyone to create their own unique living space. It is a fun Squidoo lens created by a young friend of mine, Tara Swadley. She compiled quite a few of my eHow articles into this easy-to-follow format. Check it out here to see Tara's page, Getting Ready for College.

Maybe you can't paint your walls, but you can create some great wall art like the picture shown here. Create a portrait of yourself billboard style for starters. Learn how by visiting Tara's page.

And, please don't forget to rate her page if you enjoyed her lens. She's a hard working college gal herself and every rating counts! Thanks peoples!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Social Networking Sites and Me

Regarding social networking sites, I guess you could say I'm "Old School". Wait, make that "No School" cause I don't know what the heck I'm doing.
I got a Facebook account because I was told it would help increase views to my writings on eHow, give my presence some prominence on the internet and now I'm friends of friends of friends with people that maybe I don't want to be friendly with every day. No offense to those friends, of course.
But, here's the deal....whenever you sign in there is this Wall containing literally everything you probably don't need to or even want to know about people's everyday lives. What's worse, they probably don't need or even want to know your intimate crap either; frankly, it's boring!
There are so many colors and fonts and also, what the heck is that role playing game stuff, Mafia Wars and Yoyoville, or Hootersville or some kind of villa? Then my SIL sends me a "relative request" when I'm already her SIL for like 30 years? What's the deal????
I've decided FB doesn't need an old grumpy introvert like me, so I'm closing my account. And honestly, the 6 days wasn't really all that fun while it lasted.
Whew! Feels good to get that off my chest and thanks to my 16 subscribers for listening.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Plumeria Blooms

Wanted to share this photo of plumeria blooms on the tree in our backyard. Wish I could share the lovely fragrance.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Double Duty Lamp Shade Project

How to Transform Lamp Shades

A lamp shade can be the crowning glory of a lamp or it can be strictly utilitarian. If you feel lamp shades are to be dressed and seen, you can transform lamp shades to suit your home's personality and style. Learn to take a boring uniform lamp shade and transform it into your own work of art here.

Note: the opposite side of the lamp shade has stylized leopard spots. Click on the link in this article to take you to the step by step instructions.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

YIPPEE! I made eHow of the Day for Mar 29, 2009

Really excited about this honor. My 3rd front page feature in the 6 months I've been writing for eHow. If you haven't visited eHow, you've got to try it. A fun community of writers. I'm sure everyone has knowledge to pass on.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Make your own Plant Markers :)

Sometimes the simplest idea is the best....

Plant markers.

Old forks from the thrift shop, black sharpie marker......that's all you need to make these plant markers. Forks are great because you stick the prongs into the earth or the pot. Best of all, once planting season is over,  remove the sharpie marker writing on the fork handles with nail polish remover. Recycled and ready for next year! :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Family Keepsakes Folk Art

My grandmother's old serving spoon is tarnished and thin in places, but it has a lot of sentimental value. Rather than leaving it in a drawer, I'm putting it on display in my kitchen. This family keepsakes folk art reminds me of my Grandma every time I look at it. Here's how I made it....

Lay canvas diagonally on the wrong side of fabric. Cut around the canvas allowing at least a 4" border. Spray front of canvas lightly with adhesive.

After 15 seconds (when canvas is tacky to touch) wrap the fabric tightly around the canvas and secure with duct tape on back.

Hot glue spoon to front of fabric-wrapped canvas.

Apply water base primer to frame. Once dry, coat with paint color to match fabric. My choice was easy as red is my favorite.

Inset canvas into back of frame and secure with some ever-handy and versatile duct tape. Cut brown paper to size and use standard white glue to secure paper to edges. Apply picture hanging wire to back of frame.


A good tip is to print out a short description of what this keepsake represents to you and how it came to be in the family, tear edges of this paper and glue to back. Actually if my Grandmother could see her old bean spoon done up like this, I'm sure she'd have a good laugh over it. I just think it's priceless!

Linking to Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts and Penny Pinching Party Wednesdays at The Thrifty Home. Come and share a project!

Also linking to Rednesday at It's A Very Cherry World. Wednesdays are all about the color red, so join us with your own favorite red something or other

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