Monday, March 2, 2015

Live Aloha ~ Recycled Goodwill Painting Gets Two New Looks

Live Aloha! Recycled Goodwill Painting Gets Two New Looks

We have had a pretty mild winter in the Pacific Northwest and even saw quite a few beautiful sunny days here in the past couple weeks. I am very grateful for that considering that so much of the country has had severe winter conditions that would challenge the sunniest of dispositions. It is still cold here though, so about this time of year I'm ready for some warmer weather.

I'm talking REALLY ready.

Tropical getaways.

Sitting on a lanai somewhere listening to island music.

Mai tais. Or pina coladas. Both.

Swaying palm trees.


Sand between my toes.

Ocean waves.

Who's with me, people?! 

I try to keep the Aloha spirit in my heart and my mind all year 'round, but living in a state of Aloha is just not the same as being in the state of Hawaii and sometimes I really miss being there. Coming up with fun ways to bring more Aloha into our lives helps, like making a "Live Aloha" canvas sign for a friend who reminds me of this message every time I see her. So here's how this sweet little sign came to be...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Decorating for the Japanese Gulch Dinner & Auction 2015

Japanese Gulch Dinner and Auction 2015

Well hello, friends! It's been awhile since I last posted - early January was the last time! Things are fine here and we are all well. Life has been moving along as it does - things to do, places to see - you know the drill. But mostly I haven't been blogging because I didn't think I had much to write about lately. Well, I do have things I'd love to chat with you about, but I just haven't been able to hold a thought long enough to actually formulate those thoughts into complete sentences that turn into paragraphs that somehow manage to turn into a finished blog post. Ha!

I thought I'd jump back into the blog by sharing one of those "things to do" things that I recently did, decorating for the Japanese Gulch Dinner & Auction. This auction is an annual community fundraising event that was held at the beautiful Rosehill Community Center a couple weeks ago. For those that don't know about the Japanese Gulch, it is a 144-acre urban forest in our little city that is home to a variety of pacific northwest wildlife such as bald eagles, pileated woodpeckers, blue heron, barred owls, coyote, deer, mountain beavers, and more. The Japanese Gulch Preservation Group has worked hard over the years to save and secure this land's future as a permanent greenspace for outdoor recreation and ecological preservation. The group continues to serve as an advocate for this outdoor space to be cared for and maintained for future generations.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

18 Adorable Mason Jar Ideas for Drinking {Hometalk Curated Board}

Happy Tuesday! It's been dark and rainy here non-stop in the Seattle area for the past few days and I'm taking advantage of being stuck indoors by catching up on some online blogs and websites I like to follow, like Hometalk. If you've followed along with this blog for awhile, you might already know that I'm an active member of Hometalk. It's been really fun to be a part of this community of home enthusiasts and professionals and to actually get to collaborate with Hometalk on several projects over the past couple of years. I've curated several feature boards for them and also got to participate in the Hometalk & Michaels Pinterest party last February with 99 other bloggers at Michaels stores across the country. That was so fun, and I met several blogging friends out of that. :) For that event, we had to come up with a craft project to share and show how we made it, so I made the XO mason jar drinking glasses you see below (it was near Valentines day; x's and o's were on my mind!), which then led to curating a feature board for Hometalk this week filled with 17 other fun mason jar ideas for drinking. I'm sharing it here on the blog today as well!

Mason jars are everywhere. People love them because they are so versatile. I have a bunch of them lying around because I make jam every year, but instead of just stashing them away in a cabinet when they are not in jam use, I try to find other ways to use them. Grabbing one from the cabinet and drinking from them is so easy just on their own, but when you take a crafter and give them a mason jar, fun things happen. :) Hope you find as much inspiration with these as I did!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

DIY Decorative Storage Boxes (Plus 10 MORE Great Organization Storage Ideas!)

Storage boxes are a practical and pretty way to get organized and hide away all those little things that need to have a home but don't need to be out in the open. Our master closet makeover has quite a few storage boxes for things like old letters and cards, mementos, manicure supplies, extra scarves, hats, and other paraphernalia. I bought basic inexpensive white storage boxes from Ikea and Hobby Lobby and I'm finally sharing how I personalized each of them just by adding a few embellishments. I started this post about 10 months ago and I'm finally getting it done! Maybe it's the whole new year-organizing thing that made me remember I had this sitting in draft mode. Well no matter, now is as good a time as any to finally finish this, plus I'm sharing 10 more great DIY storage box ideas that I've found from around the web. Let's get organized!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Lilikoi Joy's Top 10 Posts of 2014

The new year is almost here, and the end of a year is as good a time as any to reflect back on the year and all the things that happened. Some things were fantastic, others we're relieved to put behind us. As we get ready to head into 2015, I thought it would be fun to have a look back on 2014 and see what posts you all enjoyed the most around here at Lilikoi Joy in the past year. So let's start the countdown and find out what posts of 2014 were the most viewed on this blog, shall we? 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Day After Christmas!

Well hello, and Happy Day After Christmas! How was your time with your family and friends? Did Santa bring you what you wanted? The best gift by far was that my sister, who had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix a few days ago, was able to come home the night of Christmas Eve and spend Christmas Day with us. Even though she was in full-on recovery mode, she still looked beautiful and was so happy to be here. She was so strong and such a trooper through this whole thing. We were joking around that she is one of the few people I know who can make friends with her roommate in the hospital and turn it into something that resembled a slumber party. :) Our family has celebrated almost every Christmas together that I can think of for the past 19 years and even if she was still in the hospital, well, we'd just have to move venues to be together, right? I'm really grateful that she is feeling a little better and that we had her with us to celebrate Christmas. Once the appendix ruptures, it makes the whole treatment and recovery time more complicated, but she is well on her way!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Smoked Salmon Canapés

Smoked Salmon Canapé #appetizer

Today I'd like to share a story with you.

A story of male bonding.

An epic bromance so big, it makes grown men cry.

It's a beautiful story of love and friendship, filled with beer and grilled meats.