Lava Luau Bucket Bag

I love taking a flat piece of fabric and giving it form.  To me this bag represents the lava flow, island sunsets, the abundance of flowers, graceful hula dancers, and the vivacity that is so very much the islands.  Despite all that glory, this bag is still totally laid back and 100% wash and wear — just like Hawaii.

This Lanai Style of Kona Bucket Bag — “Lava Luau” is molten fun. Fully lined, this bag is sturdy enough to be free-standing and measures 24″ in diameter and stands 10″ tall. It has one large inside zippered pocket, a draw-string closure, and sturdy, crossbody carry straps.

Quilly Sews

Once again, it’s been awhile since I last posted.  Let’s see if we can remedy that. First, let me catch you up on my life.

I live in Hawai’i.  I’m a substitute teacher. I love to sew.

Since it is summer and I am not teaching, I have been sewing. Here is one of my creations:

Jazzy Music Tote


This Lanai Style of Kona Music Bag — “The Jazzy” really knows how to sing the blues. The bag measures 19″ x 19″ x 4″ and has one outside slip pocket, and one 12″ wide, 8″ deep inner zip pocket.

These totes are huge.  A couple of our local music teachers carry these.  Gloria has had hers for over 2 years and it is still going strong.  She regularly carries 20 pounds of music and student files in it, and takes the bag everywhere she goes.



Flashback Friday ~ Here Comes the Bride

Welcome to the
Here Comes the Bride Edition
of Flashback Friday.

Flashback Friday is the brain child of Linda from Mocha With Linda. This is the meme that takes us back in time to the days of our youth. Linda says, This meme’s purpose is to have us take a look back and share about a specific time or event in our lives. It will be fun to see how similar – or different – our experiences have been! This week Linda wants to know:

What is the earliest family wedding you remember attending? Did your family attend many weddings when you were growing up? What do you remember of them? What was typical of weddings you attended? Were you ever in a wedding as a child? As you became a young adult were you in lots of weddings? What roles did you have? Did you catch the bouquet (or garter)? What “royal” or news-making weddings do you remember and how old were you? For the gals, were you one who planned your wedding repeatedly as you were growing up or was it not a big deal to you? What have you noticed that is different about weddings today, and do you consider it for better or for worse?

Kate Middleton Wedding Dress

My sister Jean got married when I was nine years old. She wasn’t marrying royalty but you would never have known it by the way she carried on.   I was very excited about my new dress and I drug her into my bedroom to show it to her.  It was a pretty blue,  “grown up” straight sheath with a detachable flower print neck scarf.  I thought it was lovely.  Jean pointed out that her dress was much prettier and as the bride all eyes would be on her and no one would care what I was wearing.  I knew that.  That’s why I wanted to show her the dress before the wedding.  Oh well.  I still loved my dress best and thought it prettier than her fussy, lacy, frilly, impractical gown.

Shortly thereafter Jean had further reason to be annoyed.  Somehow a fire started in our back yard — it was an accident, honest! — and threatened the house.  I tried to convince Jean to come outside and she declared, “Don’t be silly, the house can’t burn down.  I am getting married tomorrow!”

Unfortunately, those are the only two things I remember about Jean’s wedding!  I remember even less about my sister Caryl’s wedding — in fact, I don’t even know if I attended it!  My cousin Tommy married when I was a teenager and I remember quite a bit about that ceremony.

Tommy’s brothers — Jimmy and Scotty — wrote “help” on the bottom of one of  Tommy’s shoes and “me” on the other, so the entire congregation giggled every time the couple knelt at the altar.   Karen, Tommy’s bride, had the most incredible wedding dress I have ever seen.  There was lace and lace and more lace with an impossibly long lace train trimmed with lace daisies.    It had a detachable train and another ring of lace daisies circled the flowing skirt.  Plus, the skirt lifted and the daisy trim hooked on the bottom of the pearled  bodice converting the gown from floor length to knee length.

I also recall that when we stepped out of the church there was a gorgeous sunset.  I took a photo of Tommy and Karen kissing on the church steps before they descended to the limousine.   I caught the couple in their bridal finery against that gorgeous crimson sunset and despite there being a professional photographer at the wedding, Tommy declared my shot his favorite.

I have never been a wedding attendant.  That’s probably for the best.  When my childhood friend Lorii married I cried black mascara all over her and I look absolutely horrid in the photos!

Despite being female, I have never had the big fancy wedding dream.  I haven’t bothered to watch any celebrity weddings on TV, though I do recall Gram watching and sniffling through Tiny Tim’s.  Personally I think a couple’s energy should be more focused on their marriage than their wedding.

The Wedding Dress War

On the day she was born, Miranda’s mama started dreaming about the day her daughter would walk down the isle in the billowing white wedding gown.   Miranda’s mama never had a wedding.  She got married in a Vegas wedding chapel just a couple months before Miranda was born.

Miranda is 27 years old.  Her mama has been cherishing that wonderful white wedding dream for a long, long time and now that Miranda is getting married, it is time to make her dream come true … but it isn’t Miranda’s dream.

Miranda and Victor have set their wedding date for February 14th — Valentine’s Day.   Miranda has chosen a red velvet ball gown with black satin trim to be married in.  Her mother is appalled.  Apparently there has been much wailing, crying and gnashing of teeth.  Miranda and her mother speak to each other only through Rena, Miranda’s maternal aunt.

It is through Rena that I know this wedding war story.  Apparently Victoria (Miranda’s mother) believes that a daughter has a big fancy wedding not for herself, but for her mother.   According to Victoria, Miranda’s turn to plan a wedding and debate wedding dresses will come when Miranda’s daughter gets married.

Obviously Miranda thinks her wedding should be her own — and she and Victor are paying for it.  She is sorry that her mother’s dream isn’t her dream, but firmly believes she should be free to follow her own dreams and live her own life.  At the same time, she does not want to hurt her mother.

At this point Victor is all for eloping and just having the whole drama over.  What started out as a Valentine’s Day Ball (apparently Miranda and Victor met in a ballroom dancing class at the college) for their friends and family with a brief wedding ceremony in the middle, has turned into a family battle ground revolving around white satin, church aisles and a priest.

Rena has suggested what seems practical to me — but again, it is not my dream — a small church wedding followed by the Valentine’s Ball reception.  Rena has even come up with a stunning wedding dress that should suit both venues.  What remains to be seen is if Victoria and Miranda will agree.

Bling Fling ~ Winner!

Four people entered guesses and all of them had the designer — Blu Bijoux — and the item — bangle bracelets — correct.   I know this contest was super easy because the first correct guess came in last Wednesday (I asked her to resend her guess at the correct time).  I don’t know why more of you didn’t play because the prize is gorgeous!

15 bangle bracelets in a seashell

These 15 bangle bracelets from Max & Chloe are the prize. The sea shell is Amoeba’s and we are keeping it. Believe it or not, it’s a horn and he can play it. He learned in Hawaii.

However, you aren’t interested in shells, you want to know who won!  The contestants were:

  1. Church Lady, 9:21 a.m. PDST
  2. Khyla A, 4:21 p.m. PDST
  3. Kelley (South Lakes Mom) 5:26 p.m. PDST
  4. Barbara, 9:23 p.m. PDST

And according to the Random Number Generator, #3 wins!  Congratulations South Lakes Mom!  You’ll have a brand new set of spangly, jangly, bangles to ring in the New Year!