I have always been fascinated with calligraphy and hand lettering. Seeing detailed pieces that seemed so difficult to do by hand, I never mustered up the courage to try.
After starting my small business this year, I have stopped putting limitations on myself and began trying EVERYTHING I once told myself I couldn't do. I started water coloring, doing more intricate beadwork, and dabbled in making my own miniatures for dollhouse. Before leaving for the mainland for the holidays, I was wandering around target picking up a few last minute carry on items and wanted to grab a small notebook to doodle in on my flight. That's where I found the book "Calligraphy Made Easy" on sale for $10. When it says made easy, it really means made easy. Each individual stroke is broken down, explains how each and every letter is formed, and also how to add flourishes to make the piece using a style of your own.
So I have been practicing. Every. Single. Day. And I am finally at a spot where my lines look neat enough to share! Check out my Happy New Year calligraphy below and leave a comment on what word or phrase I should do next!
PS: the book can also be purchased on amazon - Calligraphy Made Easy
Does anyone else see something on the internet and immediately need to try it?? Being that I love crafts and anything DIY, when I saw a tutorial for intro to watercoloring my interest was sparked! The concept being presented seemed pretty straightforward.
I traced my edges with a metallic sharpie when they were dry, and added lettering and designs to a few as well. Get creative! Make it uniquely you! That is the beauty of art :)
I am in no means a professional photographer, but that doesn't mean I can't share my love of photography with you guys anyways!
When I first got into DSLR photography, I was really interested on more than just taking a picture. ANYONE can point and shoot, but what else can this piece of equipment do??
Turns out a whole bunch of really awesome stuff, my favorite by far being the custom bokeh shapes.
My love of bokeh was sparked by photographer Brandon Woelfel (shocking, i know) who use bokeh in a tonnnnn of his images (check out his work here http://www.brandonwoelfel.com/photography-1/).
Anywho, below is a video of how I create the different shapes, In my experience, the smaller the f-stop the better to really get those distinct shapes.
Leave a comment below if you try this out or if you have recommendations for other shapes to try!
My current go to, easy dessert for everything chocolate! People are always really surprised when I tell them I’ll make a chocolate soufflé on a weekly basis (yes, it’s THAT good) but it really is as simple as only 3 ingredients!
Souffle is light and fluffy, not overly filling or heavy like a rich chocolate cake. These personal size soufflé are also great because it’s like having your own oven fresh mini cake any time you want it! Leave a comment below if you give it a try!
What you’ll need: 1/4 or 1/2 cup of Nutella
1 or 2 eggs
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 small or 1 large ramekin
Two mixing bowls
Hand mixer or stand mixer
•Preheat over to 350°f.
•Separate egg yolks from whites.
•Add 1/4 cup of Nutella to egg yolk or 1/2 cup of Nutella if using two eggs. Combine until smooth.
•Beat egg whites to soft peaks. Add sugar and continue beating to stiff peaks.
•add 1/3 of egg whites to Nutella mixture and combine until smooth.
•add remaining egg whites to Nutella mixture by folding gently.
•put in the oven for about 20 minutes for a small soufflé and 40 minutes for a large one.
•remove from oven, let cool for a minute or so and enjoy! Best eaten warm :)
Last week on my instagram stories (@katiielo) I posted a poll asking what I should do for this weeks blog post, and a new song recording won the vote!
So here it is, my cover of Penniless Patron by Sean Hayes!
Check back every Tuesday for a new blog post!
What You’ll Need
Sunscreen Bar Instructions
Hand cleansers are a convenient, on-the-go solution for cleansing your hands when soap and water are unavailable. This homemade version will not only cleanse your hands, but moisturize them too.
5 tablespoons aloe vera gel
4 tablespoons water
¼ teaspoon vitamin E oil
8–10 drops doTERRA On Guard
Note: Essential oils can be stored in plastic containers if the essential oils are highly diluted. Make sure they are high quality if you do use plastic containers.
Living in Hawaii, I'll wake up scratching from bug bites constantly. When pests like mosquitos attack, they draw a tiny amount of blood while simultaneously injecting some of their own saliva into your skin. This foreign substance causes your body to release histamine as an immunity defense, which can result in itchiness. Luckily, if you find yourself up all night scratching like I used too, essential oils can help provide some relief.
This simple DIY combines the powerful soothing properties of Lavender and Melaleuca oils to help alleviate skin irritation and put your mind at ease.
As an alternative option, try adding doTERRA’s Purify Cleansing Blend to your roller bottle instead. This powerful blend of citrus and fir oils helps cleanse and protect the skin.
Once you’ve created your Bug Bite Relief blend, be sure to have it on hand for instant bug bite relief.
2 teaspoons doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil
10 drops Lavender essential oil
10 drops Melaleuca essential oil
15–20 drops Purify essential oil
The end of an era. As Hawaii closes its doors on the sugar industry, what does that mean for all of the buildings and machines used in the sugar mills over the last century?
While taking photos at the Puunene Sugar Mill, I was approached by a security guard for the area. Knowing I was just down the street from the library, in the middle of the day on a public road, I was confused why he was stopping. Was I trespassing without even knowing? I put my camera around my neck as he rolled down his window. The first thing I see is the enormous smile plastered across his face. "Thank you, thank you sister!" he says to me. And now I am really confused. What was he thanking me for? He proceeded to tell me that all of the working equipment had been sold off, and the buildings were in the first stages of inspection to be demolished. He said they expected to start the demolition project in early 2019. He was thanking me for preserving a part of the Hawaiian culture and history through real photographs. We talked for about a half an hour, and he told me stories of his uncles working at this mill decades ago, and taking the train to school at what is now "Old Maui High School". He told me to just stay outside the fences, but take as many photos as I want, and was on his way.
Luckily, one of the buildings (Puunene School) was restored and is now used as an administration building. So at least a small part of this historic town will still be preserved.
Here are a few links to information about the history and end of sugar production in Hawaii:
End of an Era as Hawaii's Last Sugar Mill Wraps Up Final Harvest
Life After Sugar: A Year Later
HC Sugar History
Below is the collection of film photographs that were taken that day. I love how eerie the film makes the area feel. If anyone has photos of this mill taken while it was still working, please email them to email@example.com to be featured on my blog.