Sunday, August 3, 2014

I Heart Hawaii DIY

As I said in my last post, I'm headed back to Hawaii in September...I'm not over the sticker shock or the long flights yet but I'm sure I'll get used to the idea in a month or so ;)

Meanwhile...I'm still finding cool ways to interject a little Hawaii into my house.  I've always had a love for all things nautical and coastal (and every shade of blue) along with a massive collection of vintage seascape paintings. But I also wanted to showcase some photos and things I brought back from my trip in May.

First up - my Hawaii hearts project - I was sitting on the beach by my hotel in Maui and saw a few rocks so I started creating a heart in the sand.  (since I was surrounded by people on their honeymoon I figured it was the least I could do :) )  Now if you've been to Hawaii you know there is a lot of folklore around not bringing back rocks or sand or anything like that because they believe you're removing it from it's natural habitat and you'll be cursed with bad luck.  Now I don't know if that's true but I wasn't taking any I snapped some photos instead :)  

Here, I framed three photos on different beaches that I traveled to during my trip (I actually labeled them after I took this photo):

Next, I created a shadowbox with a few souvenirs I brought back with me. I've done this for years with big trips I've gone on but haven't kept up with it in the past few years.  I think it's a fun way to remember your trip without having to have a million little things all over the house:


I was enamored by the waves and the color of the water on the Big Island (and Maui).  I took these photos on the Kailua-Kona coast.  The frames are from HomeGoods and they're now hanging with pride right next to my bed opposite my collection of seascape paintings.  


Finally, I ordered a sunset print from Shutterfly - I tried one of their new glass prints.  I absolutely love how it looks when light from the window shines through.  It comes with a little acrylic stand and the glass can be straight with beveled edges or curved.  One tip - I read the reviews and everyone said they print the glass really light so I made mine darker than normal to get a really saturated look.  

More to come on that lovely blue glass next to my sunset print :)

Aloha :)


  1. Your photo's are gorgeous! So jealous you are going back to Hawaii this year!! Lucky Girl!

    1. Thanks!! It's insane! I haven't even had a chance to get excited about it yet, been SO busy with work. Hopefully I'll be able to relax before it's time to come home :)