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Fun things I’ve been up to lately, enjoy!

crochet knobby finger coral hawaii hyperbolic crochet coral reef

This news actually deserves its own separate post, which I will do when I have a few more pieces to show, but for now… I’ve recently joined the artists and crafters currently working to create Hawaii’s own Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef. Founded by two sisters in 2009, the HCCR was and is a project aimed at bringing awareness to the endangerment of the Great Barrier Reef and all reefs worldwide. Now currently on exhibition at the Smithsonian, the HCCR has evolved from being the work of the two sisters to now encompassing the work of thousands of people worldwide. A fact which can be directly compared to size and number of species actually seen in our ocean’s coral reef systems. The Hawaii HCCR will be on exhibit at The Arts at Marks Garage the month of June. A reception will be held on Slow Art Friday, June 17th, where I will have the pleasure of being one of the artists giving live demonstrations of crochet! The photo above is the beginning of my first piece, not completed yet, but it is inspired by Hawaii’s Knobby Finger Coral. If you crochet and are interested in becoming a participant in this project there is still time to join! Follow the link above or let me know and I can help you get acquainted with the group! I will definitely be posting more info on the show as well as more of my creations in the coming weeks.

still shot from live eagle cam

I’ve also been watching this Eagle Cam! It’s live footage of an family of eagles, two adults and three chicks at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. It’s really sweet to see how nurturing the adults are with the chicks. The photos are screen grabs from the cam, one during the day and the other at night… Try it out! One thing to note, though, if it doesn’t work at first you can try again later. I’ve gotten errors a couple of time, but then later it would work.

Another fun happening around here is we are about to start painting the kitchen! The bedroom is on hold until the carpet comes in, so we figured why not start the kitchen while we wait! I am super excited to see the room all white with the pop of bright red. I’ve been thinking about covering the Formica on our homemade countertop with steel or aluminum? Hmmm… I still need to go check out the prices and sizes of what’s available at the hardware store here to see if it’s even a possibility.

This morning we went to Moanalua High School to watch the senior project presentations. I recently mentored a student from there who had contacted me last semester. She was doing her senior project on graphic design and the difference between graphic design and art. I was really impressed with her presentation. She was an organized speaker and made excellent points arguing her thesis very intelligently. I felt honored to be one of the designers there who played a role in her research!

Hope everyone has a great rest of their weekend! I’m going to go help empty out our kitchen now… tomorrow we paint! Yay!



bedroom update
March 24, 2011, 4:18 pm
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So where did I leave off last time… oh yes, I was on my way to pick out some new carpet, which I did do! Unfortunately, it won’t be on island for 6–8 weeks—I am making my perturbed face right now. Oh well, you gotta pick your battles, right? I am really looking forward to installing it, though. It is a lovely shade of silver gray. I was originally thinking I would pick out a gold, to try to play up the gold wall. But it as it turns out, the gold wall looks like a different shade of gold depending on what kind of light it is reflecting. I’ve now seen it have a huge range from the pretty romantic gold it is suppose to be, to a more yellow gold, to a horrible gold that hints of kiwi green?!?? I was pretty irritated with it while it was going up on the wall, but there again, I was reminded to trust my instincts, and soon we realized the drastic color change was due to the terrible florescent overhead light that was installed in the room forever ago. Since we plan to NEVER use that light again and now have two beautiful lamps to replace it, I am breathing a sigh of relief as I am really pleased with the color.

bedroom renovations

bedroom renovations lit branch headboard

Ooooh… pretty lights… we had bought these lit branches at Ben Franklin last spring and were using them in the corners of the room for nighttime light. But they were propped up in an old wine bottle and a red vase, neither of which I wanted to keep in the room. While I was fumbling with them trying to figure out where to put them, I had a moment. I grabbed a staple gun and a couple old pieces of ¼ inch ply wood that I’d previously had cut down to paint on and in 15 minutes I had a new DIY headboard. Don’t you just love those kind of moments?!

bedroom renovations lit branch headboard

The first picture is one of the lamps I found at Ross; I picked up the pair. It was fate. It was like the chair!!! Oh man, for those of you who don’t follow me on Twitter… I found this amazing chair at Ross—there is a picture of it below—and almost fell out at how perfect it was for the room. I chose all the room colors from our Alexander Girard duvet cover, the gold color to off-set the aqua and the grays for a touch of masculinity. But even after adding the sliver carpet, I still felt like I needed more of those grays present. And then, like a bolt of lightening, I turned the corner and there it was, that chair! A classic cut for not a lot of buck—it’s no Chippendale piece—but with the lamps, it totally adds a sweet little touch of wham-bam-thank-you-glam, without being too fem. I love it.

the chair

carpet and side table

As it turns out my garage sale day last Saturday didn’t yield me any nightstands. But I was taking a friend to Saver’s on Tuesday and, on a tip from Haidy, decided to stop at the Salvation Army first. Immediately upon walking in I saw two matching side tables. They were small and round—I love round—dark like our dressers, a pair, they were perfect! Ouch! They were a hundred dollars. What?! Oh no! Where’s the manager…

I found the manager and argued a good case for why that price was totally unreasonable. I mean, I know it’s for charity and all, but geez. He agreed to mark them down to what I offered, which was $50 for the pair. Still a decent exchange, and whoo-hoo, my furniture searching is over!

Now we’re patiently waiting for the carpet. I still plan to hang some wall decor, although I am not sure what just yet. Also, we plan on antiquing the dressers with either the aqua or the cream… I think I’m leaning toward the aqua, but we might do them gray also? Whatever we decide, I’ll be sure to give y’all a look see into our lovely new room!

March 15, 2011, 3:56 pm
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hannah paint feldspar martha stewart

Here’s a sneak peek at one of the colors I painted yesterday! It’s called Feldspar and it’s paint by Martha Stewart—more on that later. I am really hearting on it, especially today after sleeping on it and then walking back into the room this morning and seeing it all completed :D whew! I always have those color freak-outs when I first start putting a color on the wall… I’m like, “Oh man, I don’t know about this color, eeek.” Of course, I never do the right thing and put a sample of the paint up for a while to see what I think… oh no, never do that. I should, but I’m kinda like go for it! It helps me to learn to trust my instincts.

Now I’m off to buy the new carpet our landlords (*wink* the parents who we pay rent to) are buying for us to put in! I’m sooooo excited! :D

*note: color may vary base on your monitor calibration ;)

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