I love going to Boydo-in Temple and the surrounding gardes.  It’s on the windward side (east)of the island and a beautiful drive whenever you go.  THe temple itself is a replica of the famous temple by the same name in Kyoto, Japan. The hall was designed to resemble a Chinese mythological pheonix-like bird “ho-o.” There’s images of this bird decorating both ends of the roof and the building is also known as the Ho-o-do, or Phoenix Hall.

The grounds include a seven ton bronze bell which is mounted on a platform.  I pll the large wooden pole hammer to ring it for good luch and to make music for the spirits and ancestors burried nearby.  There’s also a two-acre reflecting lake with hundreds of koi fish you cna feed, peacocks, swans, ducks, meditation niches, and little waterfalls. The mountains in the background and the lush gardens complete the scene.

Here’s some of the pictures I used in the collage.  I hope you can feel the peaceful and quiet atmosphere.  It’s a beautiful place to meditate and reflect.  Hope you enjoy the pics!  *:D

My boyfriend took me on a romantic picnic on Magic Island (Waikiki) to “spend some quality time” with me before he flys to the mainland for a week.  It was so sweet!  He cooked dinner and had everything all packed up and ready to go when I got home.  All er had to do was put it in the car and leave.  Can’t get much better than that!



Instead of taking pictures of the water and Waikiki skyline, I took this picture laying on my back looking up at the sky and the palm trees thinking what a great life I have.  People who love me, a good job, a wonderful little dog, a place to live, and decent health.  Life is good.

Used my iPhone to take this picture.  Pretty good for a phone camera!  I love my iPhone!

Another reason why I love my iphone… Don’t get all crazy on me but once in a while while I’m sitting in traffic or driving I spy something that MUST have a photo taken,  Take this sunset for instance, it was even more beautiful in person and had beautiful sun rays shining through on the colored clouds.  It SCREAMED “TAKE A PICTURE OF MEEEEE!”  So I did and now you get to see it.  *:D

Ya know when you squeeze as hard as you can and the paper punch won’t cut out that shape you’ve absolutely GOT to have for the project you’re working on?  Well here’s some handy tips to remedy a stubborn craft paper punch…

Lubricate punches by punching wax paper and sharpen by punching aluminum foil.

Yep, it’s true.  So simple but works like a charm. 

You can’t really see it but the brown part of the card is stamped in a linen background with chocolate chip ink.

There’s this old hand crank cement mixer outside a friends house in Aina Haina (Oahu, Hawaii) that’s old and rusty and looks like it hasn’t been used in 20 years.  I can’t even understand why he keeps it other than he’s a junk-a-holic.  One day as I was walking by the mixer I glanced inside and was surprised to find all these tiny gecko eggs that were hidden inside.  It’s was just a cool contrast between life and death so I had to take a picture.  (Get it? new life = eggs hatching & death = discarded, old, rusted cement mixer.)  Anyway, it was cool so I took a picture.  Enjoy!

This is a collage/stamping project I started a few moths ago that I’d like to do more to but I’m not sure what to add. It was made by taking 2 pieces of cereal box cardboard and gluing a piece of cardstock to each of them for the background color. Make sure the cardstock folds over the edges of the cardboard to make finished edges. You can use modge podge, Elmer’s glue, white craft glue or whatever. The two pieces of cardboard & cardstock are then taped together like a book or folder using masking tape.

Get your white glue or collage glue ready. Crumple up a fairly good size piece of tissue paper and while it’s still wrinkled glue i to the bottom part of the book front. Use enough glue to hold the wrinkles done.

Do the same thing to the back of the book. Once that’s glued on fold the piece of fabric in half to cover the spine of the book. Glue the fabric to the spine of the book with half on each front and back. Use a black strip of paper was to glue over the edge of the fabric which makes it look a lot more finished.

For the inside of the book you glue two more pieces of cardstock or colored paper to the cardboard covers for a background color. Glue wrinkled tissue paper to th bottom of the book all the way from one side to the other. I ripped apart the tissue aper into strips to make it easier to manage.
Then using 2 different leaf stamps and a turtle stamp (all from Rubber Stamp Plantation) you stamp all over it until it looks good. Lay out the tags for inside the little pockets and stamp them as well. To decorate the inside of the book take small manilla coin envelopes and glue more wrinkled tissue paper on them. Tuck in the little envelope flaps so they make a pocket and glue them onto the inside covered of the book.

Now use a hair dryer and blow hot air on the book till it is pretty dry, at least dry enough to paint on. Using copper acrylic paint like you get from the craft store use a little water to thin the paint out and paint all over the whole front and back of the book, even the fabric spine. Now you’ve got the basic collage book finished and you can decorate it even more with things that have meaning to you. I’ll show you my finished book once I add more trinkets and treasures to it.

If you make one send an email or comment this post to show your beautiful work! I’d love to see it.

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