26 Jun

Colors of Polynesia

Where I used to post about German fests and castles, now it’s all tropical dances and food! Here are some images from our day at the Polynesian Cultural Center here on Oahu. Hopefully made more relevant to my creative journey blog in their arrangement by color. Everything should be clickable for a little bit bigger view. There’s also more on Flickr.

Clockwise from upper left: Hawaiian hula in plantation era costumes, traditional hula skirt or “pa’u,” Tahitian dancers, Hawaiian dancers.

Clockwise from upper left: Tahitian dancers, Fijian or Samoan dancers (I can’t remember), Tongan drummer, skirt made from the inner bark of the wild hibiscus tree.

Clockwise from upper left: Hawaiian hula kahiko dancers with feather rattles, Tahitian dancers with I’i hand implements, Samoan fire knife dancer, Hawaiian kahili, or royal standards.

Clockwise from upper left: Taro, Maori woman from Aotearoa (New Zealand) performing the haka as a welcome, Maori man performing another part of the ceremonial greeting, Maori group singing.

Clockwise from upper left: Fijian house for sacrifices, Hawaiian checkers (konane), Fijian tattoo for a king, Fijian outrigger canoe.

27 Feb

I Won!

I am victorious over the scrap bin. Yes, it lives to fight another day, but I can now reach in and actually rifle around to find appropriate fabric bits to work with. So much better than the solid mass of cotton it was two weeks ago.

It took two quilt tops to make a dent in the bin: first the Zigeunerquilt (still in quilt-top form until I feel like finishing it off), and second, this:

I had expected to make the stars very scrappy, but I came across a lump that was once the off cuts of a friend’s rusty/stripey quilt and really liked the way they looked. It was a rather big lump, so using it had a very positive impact on the scrap reduction. The purples did not come out of the scrap bin, rather the purple drawer in my regular stash. It had not been getting a proper workout, so this whipped it back into shape (meaning the plastic drawer doesn’t bulge anymore). I’ll back and baste it today and probably quilt it this weekend. I’m not sure if I’ll send it to Tia for the Brushfire Quilt Project, or to my hubby to be given to a soldier at the field hospital on the base where he works/lives.

25 Jan

Hey Teach

Do you knit? Then you’ve no doubt contemplated this pattern. I even contemplated it myself, despite my novice knitter status (so it can’t be too intimidating a pattern). Lucky me, my sister jumped in and knit one up for my birthday!

I have got to say that it fits great, looks great (IMHO), and is perfect for those chilly Hawaiian winter mornings and evenings. I love it both fluffy like mine, and lighter like the Knitty one. OK, go now. Knit one for yourself, it’s worth it.