Created With Aloha Two

Created With Aloha Two

Sunday, August 13, 2017

July's Tea Swap and Time in San Diego

Hope that this post is finding everyone doing well as summer will soon be coming to an end.  Summer has been way too much for my family and I to see it come to an end.  LOL!  We thank the Lord for all the special memories that we have had the past few months with family and friends doing various fun things.  At this end of this post I will share a few pictures of one of the fun things.  Before I do that I will share about last month's tea swap. I was paired up with my dear friend Dori.  I made this donut shaped card for her. 

To make the card I used two different size circles, made the sprinkles using a small window punch from Stampin Up, and created the bite out of the donut using the scallop punch.  I fussy cut the chocolate frosting. To finish off the donut with a little cuteness I put googly eyes and a mouth on it. These are the goodies that I surprised her with.

Dori made this cute card for me

and sent me a very generous RAK (I am so sorry that the post-it in the picture is upside down.  I was in a bit of a rush to take the picture.  LOL!)

It was a pleasure as usual having a friend as my tea swap partner.  As this post comes to an end I would like to share some fun and beautiful pictures of our trip to San Diego last weekend.  We enjoyed God's beautiful creation,

ate lots of yummy food (We enjoyed dragon fruit shave ice with a drizzle of honey, a waffle ice cream sandwich, and some macroons.)

and did some shopping. Two of my favorite stores that we went to was Marukai (The one in SD is much better than the one we have at home.) and


We all wish we could still be there. I hope that you enjoyed what I have to share with you in this post.  Have a blessed Sunday and a wonderful upcoming week.  Until next time, take care!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Paired Up With a Good Friend for the Tea Swap

Hope that this post is finding everyone doing well. I still have not been doing much crafting.  I think I must have left my creative mojo in Hawaii when I was on vacation.  LOL!  Today I am going to share the tea swap for June.  My good friend Gail and I were paired up together for the swap.  Check out the fabulous Asian themed projects that she surprised me with

and the yummy goodies too. I can't wait to eat the lychee chocolate.

This is the card that I made for her.  The boy is supposed to be her grandson.  I used different punches for him and the for the shaved ice.

Since the card that I made for her has a HI theme I decided to keep with the theme and send her this stamp set

and oversized bag with a pineapple on it.

I am going to end this post with pictures of my favorite foods from our trip to Oahu. These are onolicious and super sweet fruit from the Farmers' Market. It was our first time seeing the inside of a dragon fruit dark pink.  We usually see it white.

 This is garlic shrimp from Fumi's.

This is the sampler platter that I ordered at The Eating House.  It is one of the new restaurants that Roy Yamaguchi opened at the renovated International Market Place. 

Here are some of our favorites from Liliha Bakery.  The circular donut is their special- taro donuts.

These are HK shaped waffles.

Besides eating it is always fun to go shopping in Oahu too.

We often need to purchase a new suitcase to hold everything we purchase to bring home.  We have learned to bring duffle bags to put everything in.  Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great one!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Tags and Gifts

I am missing my happy place- Oahu.  I miss being there throughout the year, but I miss it most usually during this time when we have just come back.  Since we have come home I have been feeling really lazy.  I have not done much except unpack, play the Tsum Tsum game on my phone, and do some collages on my phone of our pictures from our trip to post on Facebook.  I have only made two cards this week. My swap partners have not received my cards yet so I will hold off for now on posting them.  Today I am going to share the tags that  I made for our gift bags for our friends in Oahu.  I made these for the adults.  The characters say "friend."  The little girl stamps are from Dandelion Designs. I made the tags using cardstock note cards from Daiso.  I was super excited when I saw them.  They are decorated on both sides and is perfect to use to make tags with.

These are the tags for the kids.

I gave our friends some of our favorite snacks from two of our favorite places to visit- Knotts and Disneyland and a few items that they like.

Here are the thoughtful and generous gifts our friends gave to us.

One of my friends gave me this beautiful bag with lots of goodies both crafty and edible.  She also gave me some Hello Kitty products.  When I was taking the items out it felt like Mary Poppin's bag.

Since this post is long enough already without me adding too many additional pictures I will just end with two beautiful pictures from our trip to Oahu.  The first one is of one of the rainbows that we saw.  We saw 8 rainbows in one day.  We never saw such big ones or with colors so vibrant. Seeing them is always a good reminder to me that God will always keep His promises and that He will always take good care of us. 

The second one is of the sunset that we saw at the beach.  We went to beach to hang out in the water and wait for the sun to set.  The sun seemed to take forever to set.  LOL! It of course was worth the wait.

Have a fun and relaxing weekend!  Hope that you have some time to craft.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

I'm Back

I hope that all of you are doing well and are enjoying the summer.  My family and I are having a blast.  I took a brief break from blogging because my family and I were on our annual vacation to Oahu for 10 beautiful days.  Even though we have only been back for 2 days we miss being there already. At the end of the next few posts or so I will giving you a glimpse of what we did while we were in Oahu.  A week ago today this evening I went out to dinner with my tea swap friends.  We usually go out for tea when we meet up, but this time we met up for dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

Look at all the delicious food that we ordered.

I was kidding around and asked that we order bitter melon.  We did order it.  I was surprised that all of them like bitter melon like I do.  All the food was super ono, but my favorite was the stuffed fried egg plant.  Each year when we meet we surprise each other with a handmade gifts.  I purchased a tea pot and with the help of my hubby made tea cup. 

I put two tea bags in the cup, tea cookies, and included a tea bag rest with their gift.

I put everything is a bag and attached a tag with a special message for each of them on the back.

Here is a close up picture of the tag.

This is from Brenda.  She made us each a cute pouch, a pin, and ordered a magnet for us with pictures from our tea gather last year.

This is from Dori. Inside the boxes are yummy goodies and the bag with the tea bags has a beautiful tea bag rest.

This is from Fran.  She gave each of China from her grandma, a beautiful succulent, and a handmade tea pot with mocha inside.

Last but not least this is from Melanie.  Look at all the cool stuff that she put in the box.

I love all the creative and thoughtful gifts from each of them.  I am grateful to each of them for taking time to meet up with me while I was visiting.  We keep in touch during the year, but it is always more fun to chat in person.  As promised here are a few pictures from our vacation.  This is our view from the balcony of our hotel.

We had the opportunity to visit the Iolani Palace.  The tour of the palace was amazing.

We also got to visit the Sentate building which was pretty cool.

The entry was in one of the episodes of Hawaii 5-0, one of my favorite TV shows.

One last picture for today is the onolicious breakfast that I ate twice from McDonalds- spam, eggs, sausage, and rice.  One of the times I had Kona coffee and guava pie too.  It would be nice to be in Oahu once again enjoying my HI style breakfast sitting on our balcony enjoying the beautiful view. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a wonderful weekend!