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I got it from my mama......

I grew up playing with scraps of Hawaiian print fabric that were strewn about beneath my mom's cutting table......occasionally getting pricked by the random fallen sewing pin. Watching mom concentrating on her patterns pinned on the mannequin forms....the afternoon sun shining through her golden hair. My mom, Sherry Holt graduated from the University of Hawaii and was driven to pursue her dreams as a fashion designer.  Her first job was as designer at Lauhala Sportswear, specialising in modern feminine patterns from classic Hawaiian prints.      In the mid 1970's, She went on to start her own company called Sunshine Hawaii.  She was at the forefront of a Hawaiian movement and brought "aloha shirts" and Hawaiian prints into the mainstream apparel business....

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Taking Back Summer

Itʻs hard to believe that 1/2 of 2020 has already slipped by...all apparently while we were quarantining. For me, the days went by relatively quickly despite trying to navigate this "new normal".  I became primary caregiver to my granddaughter when COVID-19 forced the school closures. Had to brush up on my 3rd grade math and grammar, and found the days went much more smoothly if I made a weekly schedule.  Including not only distance learning, but also recess, lunch, snacks, outdoor time, creative times and chores, of course.  Donʻt get me wrong....I love and appreciate this time with my granchildren, but I seriously look forward to my "free time".  In some ways itʻs so much more challenging at my age...

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Getting through "staying at home"

In unprecedented times, how do we stay creative or motivated? Everyone has different techniques or activities that they love to do and that keeps them centered through every day life.  But in these exceptionally challenging times, is this enough? My jewelry making usually keeps me very centered as the creativity frees my mind and quenches that artistic thirst.  I've been finding it abnormally challenging to get motivated to create over the past 9 weeks.  Funny just writing that seems crazy.... 9 WEEKS we've been under "stay at home" orders in Hawaii.  Next month, we move to "safer at home" orders until who knows when. Life has been completely disrupted and we are all trying to find our "new normal". I've...

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Happy Motherʻs Day - Hauʻoli lā Makuahine

Celebrations of mothers and motherhood date back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, usually as a part of Spring festivals. In 1905,  a woman named Anna Jarvis created the US incarnation of Motherʻs Day as a way to honor her mother and to promote peace and womenʻs rights.  She believed that a day should be set aside to honor "the person who has done more for you than anyone in the world". In 1914, it became a National holiday to be celebrated on the second Sunday of May.  Although meant to honor motherhood, Anna Jarvis hated the over-commercialization of Motherʻs Day, and ended up fighting to have the holiday annulled and removed from the calendar. From early childhood, I always enjoyed...

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