Sunday, December 20, 2009

Hand made Pareo (sarongs) with Bozo in gotta try it!

Mary Cesar (Hawaiian Quilter extraordinaire), and I spent the morning with Bozo and friends, creating our own material for pareo (sarong). Bozo is an amazingly beautiful man! He and his family live in Waianae, where he has turned his back yard into his art studio. Pareo...sarong, are his media of choice at present. He gathers native plants in Kahana Valley, near where he grew up in Laie. The material is lovely cotton that takes the photosensitive dye beautifully.

Bozo invites anyone to come to make their own's most fun in a small group of 4-8. $45 includes everything!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Hiking the Pauoa Ridge trail with ASL hiking group

Glorious day for a hike with the ASL Club from Kapiolani Communty College & Da Boyz who lead the ASL Hiking Group. I made it 2/3 of the way and took my time coming back, enjoying nature in the kiss of rain mists. Perfect day...and the pups were in heaven. Emily, now 8 going on 6 months, and Andy 11, going on 72 couldn't get enought...tho were clearly pooped at the end!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Someone just sent me this link from Family Crafts...

Thanks so much for sending me this link that reviews our Tropical Craft Stencils.
Be sure to email me photos of what you've done with them. I'll post them on the blog and in our gallery!

Don't be shy!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

David's Glass Etching Class!

Everyone was so focused on the class that David forgot to take photos of the finished pieces! Several students came back for a second evening of glass etching! It's addictive. Too involved to even eat the sushi and pastries at the end of the table!

Another Tropical Etch Vase out the door!

Another vase gone from the shop! Time to etch some more glass samples. Our "gallery" is diminishing!

Light Plays on Palm at Zeke & Randy's in Pau'ilo

just thought I'd share...morning light & dew.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Artful Bra Project makes front page news!

Here's the link to Friday's newspaper!
Artists, music, pupus, lanai seating, silent auction of everything pink...
and then the Bras! Great evening, great turnout, great support! Hawaii's first Artful Bra Project was a raging success! Be sure to let me know that you want to be included in next year's Bra Project! Looking fwd to having you join us!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A few more Artful Bras...

Areola Borealis, complete with traditonal lei hulu (feather lei) woven in..., the most amazing breast plate by Suze Weinberg...Just Bee Glitzy Bra. Phenominal job of beewax, embellishments, mica powders..

Transformation by Su Shen, Support Your Calabash by Kristen La Flamme, Reel Time (crocheted video tape and plastic bags) by Mellanie Lee, Sunshine On My Shoulders by Lorena Garwood. Will keep posting as I'm able to get the photos up. Pass it along. Tons of photos on Rubber Stamp Plantation Facebook page!

Artful Bra Project: our debut!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Artful Bra Project...26 entries! $2019 raised and counting!

The car is stuffed with Artful Bras on their way to be displayed this weekend!!!!! will keep you posted!
Debbie West's "Sweet Cupcakes" bra. sorry the photos aren't the best. will take professional shots on Sat am when the Artful Bra Collection is hung at Richardson Field, at Pearl Harbor.

RECIPE CONTEST! Feels like it's time for some fun!

Time for a contest! Figured we'd make this one different!
Send us your favorite recipe...and decorate the card or paper it's on with our Rubber Stamp Plantation stamps, or with our Aloha from Hawaii vintage stickers!

Deadline: November we can post them for Thanksgiving!
Contest Rules:
1. Please use only our rubber stamps and/or stickers
2. Please scan them in or photo and email them to me
3. or Snail Mail them to:
Rubber Stamp Plantation
575A Cooke St. PMB#1717
Honolulu, HI 96813

First 13 (baker's dozen) will win a prize...and the recipes will be published in our darling Recipe Box at

Can't wait to see whatch'all send in!!!!

Saturday, September 12, 2009

OMG! More bottle caps. Feeling the pressure to make earrings!

OMG...the bottle caps keep coming. I'm feeling the pressure to keep up with supply! I can flatten at least one cap per red light. I carry my baggie and pliers almost everywhere. Several weeks ago, it was it's becoming obsession. Can't quite get the stale beer smell out of them, tho Diamond Glaze works wonders. Seals the smell in! Just another use for DG!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Torn paper technique...turned into cards!

Made cards today from the papers we made at StampClub last week. Laid down double stick tape in horizontal rows. Broke out the baggie of scrap fibers and laid them across the sticky. Cut them with guillotine paper cutter into ATC size pieces! Had no idea there was hope for the papers I created. LOVE them! Will have them for sale at the Hawaii Women Expo this coming weekend at the Blaisdel Exhibition Hall on Ward Ave. Come see us!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sunny's Cup-o-Fruit bra. Artful Altered Bras supporting Breast Cancer services and research

Wow! The bras are coming in! It's not too late to participate in our Artful Bra Project. details and forms are on, or Rubber Stamp Plantation on Facebook. Deadline for entries is September 25 (we extended it a few wks!). $5 entry, plus any support you can garner!

Sunny's Cup-o-Fruit bra. Artful Altered Bras supporting Breast Cancer services and research. Sunny stopped by and whipped out her bra in less than 2 hours! You are a machine, girl!!!!!

Artful Bra Project...Supporting breast cancer services and research in Hawaii.

Sunshine by Lorena is almost finished with over 100 buttons so far!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Travel Postcard swap. Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Rim stamps.

My entries in the Travel Postcard swap. Buddah, Quan Yin, peony vase, bali border, postmark, volcano, pineapple stamps, and more. We have a monthly No Muss/No Fuss art for one...not limit to the entries. email me thru the site for more info. Hope you'll join us!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Rubber stamped tea towel/kitchen towel with Laua'e stamp!'s so friggin' simple! I know it may seem like bragging...I do have to say that making Rubber Stamp Plantation stamps for 20+ years has to count for something. they're deeply etched, clean, clear designs that work great in countless media. Bella made a set of tea towels using our Lauae stamp, an image that I originally carved over 10 years ago. It's still one of our best selling stamps. So universal on paper, embossed, in clay...and here on fabric with acrylic paint! We make an XLG Lauae as well...
Nancy, of Vamp Stamp News, has also used this stamp in several of her rubber stamping tutorials. Be sure to check out her magazine and website.
Keep sending us samples of your projects using Rubber StampPlantation products...we'll add the photos to our "Artist's Gallery"...and we'll be sure to send you a gift to show our appreciation!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Visiting Vetiver on Maui-Lahainaluna High School Agriculture Program

Three months ago (end of March '09), Lahainaluna High School Ag students, families and teachers planted rows of vetiver to stabilize the slope that has been flooding the Ag grow houses and benches with every rainy season for years. Vetiver plants are thriving and already doing their job to reduce erosion. We're thrilled to see them happy on the hill!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Great breakfast and morning light at Ulupalakua Ranch on Maui

Don't stop where the road splits in Kula! Stop for coffee at Grandma's Coffee House and keep on going to Ulupalakua Ranch! Jacaranda are in bloom leaving soft blankets of lavender lining the winding road. Turn the AC off and roll down the windows. Eucalyptus trees whistle as your face turns to the sun smelling the breeze. The store is darling...walk around the lanai to see the old Upcountry Maui map on the side wall, and be sure to ask about the old cowboys hanging out...there's a story...
Oh, and the food is really yummy and fresh!