In Hawaii, I saw lovely dresses and tote bags made of Hawaiian fabric. So I googled and found a fabric store within walking distance from our Waikiki hotel.
I ended up buying a good variety of 1-yard pieces in addition to the larger piece for my table covering. Not sure what I'll do with all of them, but I have some ideas. Update: See the purse I made with the fabric above HERE.
This store: Fabric Mart was amazing. So many fabrics and most $3.99 a yard.
I'm not a big sewer, but I bought fabrics with decorating in mind, and I'm determined to sew a tote bag in a style I saw in the International Market Place in Honolulu...but that will be another creative post.
It was hard to make up my mind.
I think you can order online from this store too. But if you are vacationing in Honolulu, be sure to visit it if you are a crafter/sewer.
Now back to my Hawaiian table: This lovely wooden vase is hand-carved mango wood. The thing that makes this vase even more special is who gave it to me. Beth, one of my Bible Love Notes readers, was always so encouraging. I'd never met her in person, but when I found out we were coming to Hawaii, I wrote and asked if we could meet for coffee.
But I soon found out how hospitable and generous she was. She and her gracious husband, Lindsey (Hawaiian name: Kaaiakamanu) invited us to a party where she served some unique, delicious homemade Filipino foods (a dessert with papaya and potatoes in it). The mango vase was one of many gifts they gave us. Thanks, Beth and Lindsey! You are both a blessing!
In this photo Beth is the beautiful lady in red. We also enjoyed meeting her generous and encouraging friends (Thanks, Mercy and Jeff). If you are ever in Honolulu, I recommend New Life Christian Church (1888 Owawa Street) which meets at 4:30pm on Sundays. Pastor Magno and his wife made us feel so welcome.
Oh, yes, back to the table: I layered fabrics on my table, the same design in two contrasting colors. And I added shell necklaces and leis made of kukui nuts.
I'm partial to blue fabrics, as you can tell.
A closer look: two types of kukui nut leis: painted black with flowers and natural with tiny shells in between (these last ones are given to welcome all guests at New Life Church). Leis are traditionally made of fresh flowers, but kukui nut leis are also popular.
This fabric has a tattoo motif. The turtle is often used in tattoo patterns in Polynesian cultures.
These are bits of coral that I picked up on the beach. They've been smoothed by the ocean, some having completely lost their tiny pockets. I like how they look and feel when the ocean smooths their rough edges.
One more blue.
This little fish bowl is made from the Hawaiian hardwood: Kamani.
And this final fabric in red.
Look for another post or two as I use these fabrics.
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