Friday, March 12, 2010

Tiki Torches, the new Pink Flamingo?

Well, you can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country (or the desire to decorate, nest and make anyplace 'our own') out of the girl!

We've been enjoying our little yard and view and all the sunshine, when yesterday, it became glaringly apparent that what out little yard lacked, big time, was tiki torches...yes, the Hawaiin equivalent of the perfect pink flamingo. I have a certain fondness for those kitchy pink birds...

'Time for a trip to town!' I announced to my ever patient husband (the lure of fish and chips for lunch at a little open air stand may have helped my case...)

Anyhow, off we went - how hard could it be to find a place to purchase tiki torches...I mean, you know, this is Hawaii...without going into all the details, hubby needed sustenance and we stopped for those fish and chips.

As luck would have it, we passed by a Lowe's store and I KNEW the sought after tiki's would be found within! YES! I was able to carry four (hubby insisted that was a sufficient quantity and as many as we would be able to get in the back of the rental car), he grabbed the giant bottle of oil and we were off! I'd like to add here that they have very pointy ends (for sticking in the gound, of course) but it was windy when we came out of Lowe's and I have the cuts on my shins to prove it - what a girl will do in the name of lawn decor...

We arrived back at the house and my darling hubby set them up...I could hardly wait until dusk. As we lit them and they flickered in the twilight, it felt like a perfect Maui Moment...

now, how to get them into my suitcase ~

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Hawaii Bound!, I've been a good girl and tolerated the winter with a modicum of good humor (yes, I admit, it's been an especially mild one) and I've waited patiently for vacation time ( I didn't start packing until 2 weeks ago, hehehe...) and after months of dangling all manner of flowers, colorful bits, sunny treasuries and spring creations in front of myself, our vacation is finally here - we leave early (really early) Saturday morning! We've rented a little spot for a few weeks of sunshine, palm trees and tropical breezes - lots of relaxing and hopefully some inspiration for new creations when we return.
In the spirit of tropical vacations, here a few essentials for YOURS! Enjoy and aloha!