Friday, September 12, 2014

LOCAL SPOTS: Pagoda in Kapaa, Kauai

Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa HawaiiOn our way to pick up Thai food from Mema's last night (it's in Kapaa, dine in or take out, best Thai food ever, and the only Thai food I eat!), I noticed a new store next door, called Pagoda.  
Blue Q Bags Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa HawaiiThere have been other random shops in this spot, but this zipper pouch display, which I could see from my parking stall, caught my eye. I love these bags from Blue Q! I have a fox one, remember? (see it here). Little did I know I was going to find a treasure trove of other items in Pagoda!
There were so many things to ooh and aah over!

Hawaii License Plates Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii
Vintage Hawaii License Plates
Pie Safe Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa HawaiiThis refurbished vintage pie safe. (I have one of these, too, awaiting it's makeover!)
Pie Safe Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa HawaiiI love the screens on the side, which are part of the original design on this one. It brings in so much light!
flower frog Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa HawaiiThis might be my favorite discovery - a vintage flower frog! I've never heard of them before, but I took a poll on Facebook and Instagram, and I was surprised how many people knew what it was. How did I miss that lesson in my American Folklore class in college?! Anyways, for the uninformed, a flower frog is something you put in the bottom of a vase, and you stick your flower stems in each hole to create an evenly-dispersed arrangement. According to Liane, Pagoda's lovely owner, people are now buying them to use as paperweights, or to put their pens in them on their desks.   

Here's another version. I kind of like this one better. 
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii flower frog
Vintage Flower Frog
Here's another cool item that apparently was popular in the 1980s: Fairy Balls. 
They have a subtle little jingle, and are shaped like globes! I'm all about these. 
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii fairy balls
Vintage Fairy Balls - circa 1980
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii mermaidThis little mermaid case is so cool. 
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii black card catalogThe lighting was all wrong, but I had to take a picture of this card catalog! You know me and card catalogs. Have you seen my latest metal one? Click here
In the shabby chic corner were these little round cushions, sweet coin purses and vintage door handles.  (I'm gonna remember those door handles…)
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii Shabby Chic Coin PursePagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii Shabby Chic cushions
Crystal Door Knobs Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii

There was also a whole lot of vintage "pacifica" goodness in Pagoda. 
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii Kapa Cloth Wall Hanging
Kapa Cloth Wall Hanging
Glass fishing floats and pressed butterfly art. 

Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii real butterfly artPagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii glass fishing floats
Lanterns galore.
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii chinese lanterns

A ceiling full of parasols. Gorgeous!
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii parasol ceiling

Don't be shy, go check out Pagoda! 
Pagoda Kauai vintage antique shop store Kapaa Hawaii

Pagoda
Antiques - Gifts - Accessories
4-369 A Kuhio Hwy
Kapaa, HI 96746
(808) 821-2172

Hours:
Tue, Thu, Fri - 11am-6pm
Wed - 11am-5pm
Sat - 11am-4pm
Closed Sun-Mon

So excited I found this gem of a shop. 

Aloha, Rebecca

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Playing On My Pod #5

Playing On My Pod - Ivy & Co's top songs of the week

Updated my playlists and found these jewels for you:

1. Cover Your Tracks - by A Boy And His Kite
2. Fire Meet Gasoline - by Sia
3. Prove It To You - by Kris Allen (feat. Lenachka)
4. Try - by Colbie Caillat
5. To Leave It All Behind - by Moriah Peters

I actually have a ton more songs, but it's my rule to only share 5 at a time :)
So, you can stay tuned for another edition of Playing On My Pod real soon. 

I had a great Labor Day weekend. 
Started work on Maui, and got to pick up these awesome fabrics:

Playing On My Pod - Ivy & Co's top songs of the week

Then flew home to Kauai and spent time with the family.

Playing On My Pod - Ivy & Co's top songs of the week

Playing On My Pod - Ivy & Co's top songs of the week

Playing On My Pod - Ivy & Co's top songs of the week

I have a few pieces I need to get to work on, including this awesome metal card catalog!

Playing On My Pod - Ivy & Co's top songs of the week

Aloha,
Rebecca

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Ask Your Kid #1

ask your kid - conversation starters - parent child relationship building

"Ivy, brush your teeth. Ivy brush your teeth. Did you brush them? That wasn't long enough, brush them again and hum your ABC's. Did you rinse? Spit? Oh, don't swallow the toothpaste water. Mouthwash? Ok. Oh wait, go back in and wipe the toothpaste off your face. Yes, there's toothpaste on your face."

-OR-

"Ivy, let's get in the car. Ivy, it's time to leave. Wait, maybe you should wear something different. Come on, you need to change, you'll be uncomfortable. Ok, at least take off the cinderella click clack heels. OK, you can wear the fur coat, but put on slippers. Or your TOMS. I don't know where your TOMS are, just wear slippers. Ok, let's get in the car. Hurry, we're running late. Do you need help up into the car? Yes, I know it's hot, you're wearing a fur coat." 

These are the common conversations that take place between Ivy (age 4 & three-quarters) and I all day long. Between the daily necessities like getting dressed and brushing teeth, and the daily schedule of getting places on time and making sure meals are on the table, sometimes conversations with your kids can be, well, quantity, not quality. 

Tonight I read Ivy a book, like we always do at bed time. When I finished, I could tell she was still wanting to talk. She said she wished she could make her own book. So I asked her, 

"If you could write a book, 
what would you write about?"

Ivy: "You, and daddy, and me. And grandma, and grandpa, and baby Chad." (Baby Chad is a little boy my parents watch). 

Me: "And what would we do?"

Ivy: "Hold on, I'm thinking. It has to be something easy for me to draw... (pause)… We would go to a flower shop. And get a lot of flowers and take them home."

Me: "And then give them to people?"

Ivy: "No. I want to keep them at our house so we can look at them, cause they're pretty."

I liked talking with Ivy like this. I liked being face-to-face with her and hearing about the things she thought about on her own. No interruptions, no inhibitions, just speaking from her own mind. I could psychoanalyze a few things about this short conversation: 

-Why not challenge yourself with something harder to draw? 
-Don't you want to share the flowers with others? 

But I didn't (out loud). That wasn't the point. For me, the point was listening to my child and giving her my undivided attention. She has the chance to express her thoughts, to me. I plan to continue looking for ways to have more face-to-face conversations with her, and sharing those questions with you. Try asking your child this question. I'd love to hear his/her answer! 

ask your kid - conversation starters - parent child relationship building

Aloha, Rebecca

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Acai Bowl Craving - I made my own!

Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii

This summer I discovered my new favorite eatery on Maui: Farmacy Health Bar Wailuku. It was right across from my work, the freshest food you could imagine, and it was delicious. Problem: I moved to Kauai about 2 weeks after discovering it. Boo.

Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii Wailuku Farmacy
Farmacy Health Bar Wailuku
LOOK at this Acai Bowl. Yes, that's bee pollen sprinkled on top. 
Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii

While teaching dance camps, I ate one almost every day for 2 weeks. 
They were $8 a pop, but well worth it! 
It was health in a bowl!
Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii

Papaya, strawberries, blueberries, granola and honey… oh my.
Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii

Well, I've had enough sitting around dreaming of this delicious acai bowl, 
so today I decided to make my own, and here's how it turned out:
Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii
Not bad!
 Even Ivy liked it, and she's a picky one. 

Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii

So here's how I made it:

1. Blend apple juice, granola (Anahola Granola!), honey, acai blend (Sambazon from Costco!), frozen strawberries, and a few dashes of ground ginger until it's almost smoothie consistency. A little chunky is okay. Pour it in a large bowl.

2. Cut open a papaya, remove seeds, and spoon out small pieces on top of the smoothie.

3. Add some more granola and some chocolate chips on top. 

4. Eat it before it melts! 

Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii papayas
Blessed to have fresh papaya growing in our yard!

Acai Bowl recipe from Hawaii

I had to take these pictures fast. Both the Farmacy bowl and my bowl tended to melt quickly. 
But it sure did hit the spot! I'll be eating more of these in the future. Maybe I'll find some bee pollen :)

Aloha, Rebecca

Tips For Staging Your Photos - A Behind the Scenes Look

tips for staging your blog photos

I've got a secret for you: photos like these don't just happen:
tips for staging your blog photos
How To Recover Vintage Train Cases
Props: rustic chair, notebook, stamp, lip gloss, watch, clothes pins, tin, pens

My life doesn't look like my blog pictures. My photos are staged. 
Don't be surprised. Every good blogger does it. 
tips for staging your blog photos
Yellow Herringbone Chair
Props: rug, planter, driftwood, bunting, stuffed monkey

And honestly, it should be no surprise that my blog contains staging-- I'm a dancer. 
I basically live to get things "stage-ready." 
(Don't be mad, I've also given you plenty of "Reality Show" shots. Click here and here for those.)
tips for staging your blog photos
Picket Fence Baby Soft Block
Props: distressed dresser, gerber daisy, handmade bunny, vine
In my earlier blog posts, some of my pictures are pretty bad. Case in point, look here and here. I was working with a blurry iPhone 3, and was just eager to get my info out there. I've never claimed to be a photographer, and don't really have the desire to get some huge camera and figure out all it's settings. I'm now using my iPhone 5S and fully content. All this to say, I think there are some secrets for amateur photographers to keep in mind to make sure your photos are at least presentable. 


Tips For Staging Your Photos

tips for staging your blog photos
1. Location
I try to shoot outdoors, before 9am or after 4pm. Sometimes you need to get creative when direct sun and shadows get in the way. (Hence, this ridiculous green sheet hanging up. Direct sunlight was hitting my shot!
tips for staging your blog photos
Look how close the shadow line was, even with the sheet up!!
I literally propped up the sheet with a rope and a BBQ wire brush. I was desperate for the shot!

tips for staging your blog photostips for staging your blog photos


2. Background
The best background is usually white. That's what people are drawn to. I've dabbled in using our wood dining room table for my Etsy Shop products, as well as a green fence over at my parents' house. But in the end, I prefer the white fence that was right outside our Maui house, even if it was a little dirty. (I've yet to find the perfect place here at our new house!) You've probably noticed I like to use this grey rug a lot. Way better than exposing the gravel and weeds it's concealing.

tips for staging your blog photos
Elephant Ear Dresser
Props: driftwood, natural foliage, gerber daisy, handmade bunny, DIY Mason Jar Votive

3. Styling
Style your photos. I like to create 'moments' in all aspects of my work, both onstage, and off.
Here's an example of a moment I created for the stage:
tips for staging your blog photos dance We Bought A Zoo
We Bought A Zoo
Photo by Elizabeth Yee

Props: benches, lighting, gobos, costuming
tips for staging your blog photos
Black-Washed Antique Side Table
Props: rug, doily, creamer cup, vase, natural foliage
In the same way, I want someone to look at a photo on my blog and have the desire to just jump right into it, as if it were a moment they want to be a part of. If it's a chair, they should want to sit in it. If it's an apron, they should want to wear it. The best way to do this is through complimentary everyday props: lamps, rugs, mugs, pens, notebooks, pillows, dolls, vases, driftwood, doilies... the list goes on! When I get ready to shoot a piece of furniture or sewing product, I begin to unload my house's contents.  Everything comes outside so I can quickly grab the right prop. And if you know me, you know I always have cute clothes pins on hand! Be careful not to overload the shot and use too many objects!
tips for staging your blog photos
All this, just to photograph the Dr. Suess bunting!
tips for staging your blog photos
Well, the Elephant Ear Dresser and the Antique Scallop Chair were also photographed that day. :)
photo shoot props tips for staging your photos

4. Editing
Post-photo shoot, I edit in iPhoto. I use it to crop, adjust exposure, shadows, saturation, etc.
Here's an example of the same shot, before and after editing:

tips for staging your blog photos black chalk paint vanity
Before - no photo editing
tips for staging your blog photos black chalk paint vanity
After - with photo editing
Black Chalk Paint Vanity

Props: globe, doilies, lamp, teacup and saucer, vase, mason jar, wooden color block spoons
This was actually a really good day of shooting for this vanity-- great lighting, so the editing was minimal. I know eventually I need to get into photoshop, especially because watermarking your images is essential, and I don't do it nearly enough as I should, but honestly I'm just not ready for that commitment yet, haha. This is a hobby that brings in a little bit of income. I need to be realistic about the time I spend on it. If someone steals my image, I'll cross that bridge when I get there. 

tips for staging your blog photos

5. Clean Up
And then you have to clean it all up! Seriously, clean it up immediately, otherwise your house looks like one of my Reality Show posts, you feel completely unorganized, and your husband gets agro from the mess! 

tips for staging your blog photos

Don't count on your dog to be any help. 
Godiva just likes to sunbathe while Ivy and I do all the work…  
...except in the case of the photo shoot that my pro-photographer friend, Ajja, did with Ivy and I. Godiva was ALL ABOUT participating! I think it was the comfy rugs and pillows. We couldn't get Godiva out of the shots!

tips for staging your blog photos ajja photography
Photo by AJJA Photography
tips for staging your blog photos ajja photography
Photo by AJJA Photography
So, collect your favorite objects (heck, we made a teepee and busted out the ukulele up above!) and start staging your photos! Remember these tips:

tips for staging your blog photos

photo shoot props tips for staging your photos

Happy photographing!
Aloha, Rebecca