at home with a hanasaurusrex

and the oscar goes to.. bingo!

First of all, I can NOT believe Inception didn’t win for Original Score. Seriously Academy… Social Network??!! I haven’t seen Social Network.. yet… I’m not really a huge movie fanatic, but someday I’m sure I will—thank you Netflix—and I just seriously doubt its soundtrack will over shadow the music from Inception. Seriously doubt!

oscar night bingo card and popcorn

movie popcorn and candies

Aside from that, though, the night was a great success ’cause we had an Oscar Bingo party! Woot Woot! Complete with popcorn and JujyFruits, friends and the kind of sidebar sarcastic humor that you’d expect from a group of non-famous people, slightly bored, sitting around watching famous people who are also slightly bored. I mean, really, why was James Franco even there last night? That was clearly Anne Hathaway’s night. Arm candy? He looked pretty wasted to us.

Speaking of arm candy…

hanasaurusrex and veronica daylight

mike and ike candy

Wait! Did you say “Oscar Bingo?”?! Yes, I know, what a fantabulous idea!

I found the free printable cards online, served up in my daily email from Thrillist, complete with a button you could click to randomize the order of the pretty hilarious and somewhat down right “damn girl!” mini Oscar scenarios they had created in each square. Whatever it was had to happen before you could claim the square in your quest for a BINGO! I had a bunch of old stamps that we used to blot out the spaces.

you rock stamp

I thought at first there’s no way anyone could win because the situations they’d created were pretty far-fetched, but—snap!—with the help of the George Clooney looks amazing free space—clearly a given—I actually got one space away from having bingo in two different directions!

It was tons-o-fun, thank you Thrillist, and of course, by the end of the night I did get a little silly with my Twizzlers…

hannah fo twizzle my nizzle

fo’ twizzle my nizzle… I thought you knew!


A Knit-tacular Baby Shower – Yarn Cake

This week my friend Bethany and I hosted a baby shower for 2 of the ladies in our knitting circle—Aloha Knitters. That’s right, 2! Kathey is having a baby girl and Chanda is having a baby boy; Kathey is due any day now!

yarn cake

We are actually the Windward group of Aloha Knitters. We always meet on Wednesday nights at 6pm, but we recently changed the location where we meet to ChadLou’s coffee and ice cream shop (i know… awesome combo) in downtown Kailua. Haaha… I said “downtown Kailua”. If you live here on Oahu, you’re laughing now. If you live here on the windward side of Oahu and you knit; we would love to have you join us!

I joined the circle last summer, and the first thing these ladies wanted to teach me was how to knit a wash cloth. An easy pattern consisting of a basic cast-on, K2’s, yarn overs, K2tog‘s and a bind-off, but I never actually made one—I went on to bigger and better things… Bethany’s laughing now, but anyhow… when I asked Kathey what I could make her for the baby she said, “wash cloths”. Unfortunately, though, I didn’t have a lot of time to knit wash cloths. So I kinda stressed about what I could give them, both.

Oh yes, the baby shower… lovely it was. Since we’re a small group, instead of a cake we did cupcakes from Cake Couture, voted the best cupcakes in Honolulu. They were in a word… YUM.

table placement

cake couture cupcake

cake couture cupcake

Only with cupcakes we didn’t have a centerpiece—no cake. I’ve seen the diaper cake at nearly every baby shower I’ve been to in the last few years, and although they are a creative way to give the mommy-to-be a crap-ton of diapers (yes, my word and no pun intended.) they leave me, personally, something to be desired as far as aesthetics go. So I decided to go a different route. Luckily for me we’re a group of knitters, knitters who love wash cloths, and I knew exactly what I could do! A yarn cake!

The yarn used to make said wash cloths is the very affordable 4-ply cotton yarn made by Lily Sugar and Cream. It comes in a variety of colors and is usually available at Wally-Mart here on the island. But I wasn’t so lucky to find all the colors I needed there, and had to go to another store, Ben Franklin, that sells a suspicious similarly named yarn, Peaches and Cream. Thankfully, they had the remaining colors I was looking for because, if you know me at all, you know I was doing all this just hours before the party.


baby shower yarn cake

Cake: With my 8 skeins of yarn and some ribbon in hand I fashioned my two-tiered cake like this. First, I formed a plastic bag into the shape of a skein, taping it so it wouldn’t expand (but you could also use a can, I thought of that later, again… just hours before the party). Next, I made a circle with 5 of the skeins, I placed the fake plastic skein into the center of the circle, and tied kitchen twine around the circle’s outside middle, pretty tight. This held the skeins together and also gave them a sweet whimsical shape. I did the same for the 3 skeins used to make the top-tier, minus the plastic bag.


yarn cake ribbons

Ribbons: I cut just enough ribbon to wrap around each tier, cutting one end at an angle. These two pieces of ribbon hide the kitchen twine. I used double-sided tape (DST) to attach the ends together. I cut a short piece of ribbon to make another ribbon tail, cutting one end at a matching angle, attaching it with DST. The bows I cut separately out of ribbon also; one piece, approx. 6″, for the bow. For this part of the bow I folded it into a loop, overlapping the ends slightly, pinching the whole thing in the middle and then stapling it. I cut another piece of ribbon, approx. 2″, for the piece that makes the bow center, folding it over the middle of the bow, hiding the staple and closing it with DST.

The bow on the top was made in a similar fashion. I couldn’t staple through all the layers, though, so I used DST to make all the closures. I made 5 ribbon loops of the same approximate size, your size can be determined by the size you want the bow. The placement is hard to describe so I’d say once you’ve made all your loops just play around with the placement before you tape it all together. The last loop is the center of the bow, and again, the size you make it is relevant to your bow’s overall size.

Making it stable: I inserted the top bow using a piece of floral wire wrapped through one of the middle layers of the bow, not tightly twisted, just loosely bent. To secure it I pushed the wire into the inside edge of one of the top-tier skeins. I also cut and inserted 3 pieces of 6″ of floral wire into the side of each top-tier skein, somewhere near the middle, pushing it through, into the bottom tier, until I could no longer see it sticking out.

Finishing touches: Well, since I was making this on the fly, I really didn’t have a whole lot of time to think about finishing touches, other than using the doily and cake stand you see in the photos. But now that I’ve had a few days to think about it, I definitely have a couple of suggestions that I may use if I ever make another one…

  • Finish your yarn cake with colorful glass bugle beads pushed into the top of the skeins using thin beading wire. Thread one bead on to 3-4″ of thin beading wire, bend wire and twist once securing the bead in a small loop. Press remaining wire into yarn.
  • For a less squeezed shape tie the kitchen twine not so tight around the top and bottom of each tier. Hide the twine with two ribbons placed at the bottom and top of the tier and secured with DST. Do the same for each tier. Finish by placing felted balls, threaded together like garland, around the bottom of each tier, in the colors of your choice.

I’m sure there are millions of ways out there you could make your yarn cake look even more like a real cake, sweet and yummy, moist and delicious!

Perhaps, someday, I should create a picture tutorial? But for now I am hoping, for the most part, if you look at the pictures while reading my descriptions they will help you, of course, feel free to ask me questions should they arise. I did search the web to see if this kind of textile cake had been made before, and although I couldn’t find any existing images that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been done somewhere… but that would be awesome if I was the first!

Regardless, I hope this post inspires someone out there to get creative with cakes… or at the very least makes them hungry!

And if you’ve made a cake like this or one similar, I’d love to see and hear about it!

Just a taste…
April 8, 2009, 3:01 pm
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Yup! Here’s a taste, a few of our professional wedding photos. They are so AMAZING!! For the rest go to: Snapfish

Big Thanks again to Marina Miller at Red Heart Photograhy… she is tha shiz! what!?!

Bridal Portrait

Bride and Groom Portrait

Bride and Groom Portrait2

Bridal Party Portrait

Meet Hazel
April 1, 2009, 2:18 pm
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Our little lovely piggy…. awww.. I’m in love. <3

OMG!!! HVAE Miracle Story
August 23, 2008, 6:02 pm
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Don’t call it a come back! I know, I know I’ve been away… far far away.. in the land of oblivion. I guess to make a long story short: work work work… more work.. met the man of my dreamz… more work work work… took a vacation home.. he proposed… came home to work work work and then THIS!!

Desk and chair for HVAE auction

For those of you who, unlike me, can remember all the way back to the end of 2006… the Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble had a Chair Auction that I painted the “Once upon a Tree” desk and chair for… Right. Got that. Soooo the lady bought it for her son and her son absolutely loved it and I was glad and grateful that it had found a loving home after all the friggin’ TLC I lavished it with during the two months I slaved over it’s frame……. and I only mention all this AGAIN to give this story the poignancy it truly deserves….. because now if you’ll kindly reference the above “man of my dreamz” part I’ll be able to finish the story.

Who is this “man of my dreamz” you ask? Great question! If I were you I’d be asking myself that same question… Well his name is LJ or as I like to call him… El Jay. LJ is short for Luis-John, and he’s a Busekrus… which is just another name for “awesome individual”. He is the the captain in my cola. the feliz to my cumpleaños. the hop in my scotch. the blue to my green. the love to my er. the butter to my bread. the rhythm to my rhyme. the freudian to my slip. the sprint to my 100 meters. the beginning to my end. the y to my mca. da bomb to my diggity. the joy in my ride. the jack to my black. the rock in my roll. the purple to my reign. the different to my strokes. the frosting on top. the vista to my view. the darling to my clementine. the carpe to my diem. and the future to my rama.

And so he got the idea in March 2008 that he’d like to find the owner of the “Once upon a Tree” desk and chair and tell him the story of us and our soon-to-be nuptials, and how he wanted to surprise me with it as a wedding present. Was there any way possible that he would be willing to sell it… could he part ways with the desk and chair he loved so much for the sake of love…….

It took five months and some sneaky research involving my friends but LJ did it! He found Carmen and she told him about Justin and Justin’s dad who actually had the desk because Justin is off island teaching. She told him how Justin was a romantic at heart and would more than likely looove to grant the wish. She gave him Justin’s dad’s phone number and wow… now he was soooo close to it…

Justin’s dad is a great guy too. Upon hearing LJ’s story he looked him in the eyes and stated simply “stay married”, and like Carmen said he was more than willing to help LJ out. He sold him the desk and chair for $75 bucks.. a fraction of what was paid for it.

LJ was soooo excited he rushed over to my house and unbeknownst to me immediately began covering my face with kisses… tonz and tonz of kisses.. he said he had a surprise for me.. and that he was going to give it to me on our wedding day! However it wasn’t long before it was more like maybe he could give it to me right then and there… after all it was in his car… but no! He said I’d have to wait until the next day, which worked out even better because I was moving to a bigger room in my house after a roommate had left. So true to his word he showed up the next day to help me move my stuff and promptly said go to your room… I wanna bring in your surprise……..

so I went to my room… and waited..

I heard banging around… gosh.. whatever it was sounded BIG… I had been racking my brain the whole night before trying to figure out what it could possibly be, but listening to the racket out in my living room I had absolutely NO IDEA.

He came in to get me with the biggest smile on his face I swear… and said close your eyes… leading me out into the hall and into the living room to where he said “open your eyes…”

AAAH!! HOLY CRAP!!! DUDE. WHAT?!? HOW.. wait… how did.. where….. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?!?!?! How did you get that, I exclaimed. There is was, and I couldn’t believe I was looking at it, sitting in my living room…. WOW. Just wow.

I had told LJ about the task it was to create that piece of furniture and how I’d labored in love over it for hours and hours and beings that it was for a charity I did it for the love of art and being an artist… and his response was just this…….

“Little did you know then, that you were making it for yourself”.

Yes. Little did I know. :)

I love this man.

March 5, 2007, 12:04 am
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Shoots… I’ve got my flyin’ papers, so you better watch out! Thanks to my dad and my sister, I’m on the be-back bus No.713 May 24th for an entire week of hangin’ with the fam! Gonna see my new nephew Will, drive up to Dallas to see Molly, Kevin and little baby Clarke :D and of course pawtee with the peeps. I’m super excited to be seeing all the folks again after over a year of being so damn far away! It’s kinda crazy that I’ve lived away from home many times, in tons of different places and been away for longer, but I guess knowing in the back of my mind that I could just jet in my car and get home anytime does make a big difference. Living 3000 miles away isn’t so bad really, it’s the cost of travel and the time difference that makes it inconvenient and difficult to bounce home wheneves… :( yah sucks. But then again…………. it’s Hawaii. Don’t be mad. See yoos SOON!

Whose That!?
January 13, 2007, 10:44 pm
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chef marshall

Lookie lookie who’s that? Chef Marshall in the flesh, or rather in the print… Mas props brother…
Now cook me some dinner!

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