Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I can't believe it's been TWO weeks!

...since I wrote I was officially on vacation! So, what have we been up to? After safe travels, we've settled in and have done ALOT of yardwork -- I think my feet are tatooed with red Kihei dirt! As I mentioned, the property was empty for over a year and as a result, most everything needs some TLC -- cutting back, raking and clean up especially. We've also planted several areas around the house, adding much needed color and greenery -- including our first very own PALM tree!
 The decks are much more inviting with some potted plants, comfy furniture and a few very Hawaiian tikis that we've enjoyed at sunset this past week. A couple of rainy days gave me the chance to do a little painting and decorating inside. The house really just needs our own 'stamp' and that is coming along nicely -- I already feel very much at home here :)

This is the front deck -- the potted plants make an inviting corner for outside eating and provide a bit of privacy from the street -- I love the way the fronds blow in the breeze. Sunset viewing from this spot is wonderful!
We found a shop that specializes in gorgeous imported Indonesian pots and urns.  This huge glazed red urn and two smaller containers filled with tropicals and a Pygmy palm welcome at the front door.  We're in the middle of planting the area just behind them with a twin Manilla palm and some lower shade plants -- this will finish this area and really add some softness to the rock wall and edge of the driveway.  Manilla palms have some great red berries part of the year which should complement the containers.

It hasn't been all work however...we've lounged at the beach four or five times, enjoyed some lovely meals and more than a dozen Maui sunsets -- it's all good!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

I'm Officially On Vacation!

Wild Woman Jewelry is on vacation until mid- April.  I’m taking a bit of a break for some personal projects (we bought a new house!) and have enrolled in a couple of courses to learn some new techniques for working with metals!  I'll be posting here regularly and if you drop by the shop, be sure to click the Blue ‘Email Me’ button for notification when the shop reopens.  I’ll still be checking in every couple of days, so please drop me a note if you have any questions! See you soon!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Professional Developement, Maui-Style

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center Maui is operated from this charming building located in the historical ranching town of Makawao right on the side of the volcano, Haleakala.  Today, Makawao is a vibrant community of artists and artisans whose work is available in numerous shops and galleries that line its character-rich streets. While we are on the island, I’ve enrolled in a metalsmithing course that will improve and expand my skills and designs working with wire and sheet metals.  I’ll be cutting, drilling and piercing metals, learning various soldering techniques and most exciting of all, bezel setting stones! I am SO looking forward to this! They also offer some great photography classed which I'm considering as well. And, I can’t wait to meet some members of the local art community!

Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Maui
The college is about 35 minutes from our place which is quite convenient.  I could travel the distance by highway, if I choose, BUT, part of the island culture is to slow down and take your time – so, I think I will take the longer route along the north shore through Pa'ia, a little surf town and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Maui mornings…inspiring, I think. 
Stay tuned as I will post photos of my progress (I’m optimistic there will be some J) and the scenery along the way!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

A Place in the Sun…

For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of a place in the sun.  When I was a kid, my dad spent most Sunday mornings listening to his records.  The record jackets would be strewn on the floor by the stereo in our living room where he selected his choices for that day.  He had a huge collection but the ones that seemed magical to me had less to do with the music and more to do with the photos of Hawaiian beaches (mostly Dean Martin and The Rat Pack and Don Ho on Waikiki Beach) and beautiful tropical sunsets. 
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Through my teenage years and twenties, I planned many imaginary adventures to southern destinations – Tahiti, the Caribbean and mostly Hawaii - and longed to sit under a coconut palm that leaned over the blue waters of a tropical shore.  Movies like South Pacific and Blue Hawaii were among my favorites.  When my husband and I were first married (and still today!), we’d often plan Friday evenings around travel shows with sunny destinations and shows where families are searching for vacation homes in the sun.  Believe me, it’s been a lifelong theme – music, the Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, beach d├ęcor… it goes on and on!
My husband and I began to take winter vacations on the March Break (escapes from the snow and cold!) about 20 years ago – our first trip was to Florida.  I’ll never forget seeing my first palm tree outside the Orlando Airport – I was SO excited!  I’ll also NEVER forget the most surreal feeling I had sitting in a small boat headed for the island of Bora Bora, a place that in all my wildest dreams I never dared to believe I would ever visit. I still get teary when I think about it.

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Over the years, we’ve been so fortunate to experience many of my imagined destinations including islands in the Caribbean, the South Pacific, and in recent years, several visits to Maui and the other Hawaiian Islands.  The idea of somehow having our own place in the sun had been a constant topic of discussion and source of entertainment!
Sunset view from our deck!!
Well…and get ready
‘cause this is BIG…in November, we bought our own PLACE IN THE SUN!!!! I can still hardly believe it! It’s in Maui, our favorite vacation destination – and my favorite part is the beautiful sunset view – the memory of those old record album covers has become reality.  Talk about surreal! 

 I’ll be back with more details and some updates for Wild Woman while we are away.

Friday, January 4, 2013