Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Carnival Restyle - Feather Head Band

During Carnival I was overwhelmed by the amount of feathers in all those beautiful head pieces. I only thought to ask people for their pieces after Carnival, by which time most had abandoned theirs somewhere along the road side. I can imagine they can become a hindrance when all you want to do is jump and wave down the stretch.

I did manage to get a few and they will keep me busy for a while. So here's my first feather project and a Carnival Restyle too!
Carnival Piece
This photo just made me realized that I labeled the last one incorrectly. The piece there is not a head piece but it was the only one I photographed. I actually used a head piece for the restyle.
Head Band
This is my first attempt and I quite liked it, as did my sister and little Bunny. I used only what I had on hand at home; beads, shells and cord.
before & after
So here's the before and after with my Bunny modeling the head band! ( Posted here in the Project Restyle Flicker group). Check out all the other cute restyles, there are some great ideas!

Island Girl xoxo

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Carnival Post

Okay, so St. Lucia Carnival 2011 is long gone. But as I start planning my 2012 adventure in Trinidad, looking through this years pics made me long for those brief 2 days of pure enjoyment. Here are some pics that I loved, more can be seen on my flicker.
Cassy in Costume
Island Girls
Carnival Queen
Carnival Queen runner up

Carnival Queen runner up

Are you playing Trini Mass in 2012?

Island Girl xoxo

Painting for Fun

Sunday when we got home from visiting "Our Planet", the interactive center I posted about yesterday, we got right down to painting.
paintings
We worked on creating texture using dry brushes and other techniques.
texture
And did some stamping using a left over piece of bok choy!

bok choy stamping

It's always a challenge to keep these kiddos entertained (in a house with no TV), but painting is always a winner. How do you keep your children happy and TV free?

Island Girl xoxo 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Visiting Our Planet

Today we took the kids to visit Our Planet, an interactive visitor center at La Place Carenage. It is geared to towards raising awareness about climate change and preserving the environment. A very informative and unique experience. The kids loved the interactive games.
walking
Our Plant
interactive mat
chasing snow flakes
ice cream at the ice cafe
School starts tomorrow and we wanted to get some fun in before Monday. When we got home we painted a bit and then went to the Marina for cool drinks.

How did you end Summer Vacation?

Island Girl xoxo

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Flavor of the Week - Meringue Kisses

I made kisses! Finally! After many failed do-it-myself attempts and really wanting to do something with left over egg whites from baking lemon Meringue Pies, I got this recipe and it worked. I did not use any flavor just food coloring. They were a great hit especially with my Mom, sisters and Bunny who never had them before. They take a really long time though, I did not expect that, and my oven isn't that large so I was up very late and the last batch didn't make it.
Meringue Kisses
(sorry about the image quality, I used my phone)
Have you ever tried these?

Island Girl xoxo

Thursday, September 1, 2011

What we Wore @ Carnival

On the First day of St. Lucia Carnival 2011, I wore a very simple dress from Forever21 (I think) gifted to me by Joe. Yellow is my favorite color because it makes me so happy, and this dress was so perfectly cool on a really hot day. This is my Mom and I waiting to see the bands go by.
yellow dress
Mom gifted me the frog necklace I'm wearing. I rarely wear jewelry but this one is just too cute.

frog necklace
Joe wore a sweet, white cotton dress with a brown belt and simple head band.
white dress
On day 2 Bunny wore a cutie-pie romper that Joe made her few days before. I helped pick out the fabric and it was Joe’s first attempt. She did not even have a pattern! I think she did an excellent job, even though she didn’t finish it. Can you tell?
handmade romper

Do you make your own clothes?

Island Girl xoxo

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Home made Fishing?!

One of the new things we learnt to do this summer was fish using homemade rods. Just a stick from the yard and fishing line expertly tied to one end. Add a hook and bait and we’re fishing! We decided to go to the pond (swampy, not so fresh) where the fishing is easy, so that everyone could get a little action. The girls loved it, even the ones who didn’t really want to in the beginning.  Best off all everyone caught something (not just fish in there you know!) even though they did not want to touch it!
fist one
Cray fish
Island Girls
Bunny
Island life

Did you do anything new this summer?

Island Girl xoxo

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Summertime!! and the Living is easy!!

Finally I get a long deserved break from school! Now I can do all the things that I convinced myself that school was keeping me from. (he he) So here's my list that will take me through the best Summer
 EVER!!!
Summer list



This list is on a sticky note on my screen so I remember all the plans I need to make. Every time I see it I smile. Already started a lot of cleaning and some other things. Pictures soon! I'll be staying in St. Lucia and not taking any time off from work. But it's still going to be sweet.
What are your plans for Summer?

Island Girl xoxo

Saturday, February 5, 2011

TAD Week 1 Wrap-up


For the first week of Thing-a-day2011, I've completed organizing a craft space for myself. I really love how small daily tasks, and being accountable helped me achieve this goal. (thinking of starting an accountability group).





 On day one I made a list (blogged about it below). Day 2 I decorated the clipboards. Day3 and Day 4 I spent time making these cute clothespins. On Day 5 I put everything together.

What have you been up to?

IslandGirl
xoxo



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thing-a-day 2011

Today, February 1, 2011 marks day one of Thing-a-day, where registered members have committed to make something everyday for the month of February and post about it. The idea seemed so simple and sweet I couldn't resist. You can make ANYTHING, its all about being creative. So on day one I made a list (giggles). No, I'm not being lazy! I love lists and I did some editing to this template, even though I was sleepy. So there, I made a list, and an effort ;) Once a week I will post a recap of what I made on this blog but if you want to see on a daily basis how diligent I can be, check out the posts at  http://thing-a-day.com/

 What creative ventures are you planning?

Island Girl
xoxo

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Making Coasters from used Tiles

Today's post is a D.I.Y project that makes use of old bathroom tiles and old foam place mats. Our guest bathroom has a non functioning shower that we mostly use for storage. Recently, the old white tiles started falling out so our handyman proceeded to yank them all out. He left them in a neat pile (trash) outside, so I helped myself to a few (all!) because I have been wanting to try a mosaic something.  Here's what I eventually tried with a few tiles (at least until I get a tile cutter).

I scrapped out the grout that was stuck to the tiles and sanded down any sharp edges. Then I washed them in warm soapy water and allowed them to air dry.

Next I washed the place mats but still couldn't get the stains out.Thankfully the backs are black and have no stains.These foam place mats were also on their way out and came in very handy for this project, however you could also use cork for a similar effect.


Old place mats
Next, I used the tile to measure and cut out a square piece of the place mat for backing. Not wanting to cover the entire back of the tile or see any of the foam sticking out, I left about 1/4" of space between the backing and tile on all sides.

Once the backing matched the size I was looking for it was time to stick it to the tile. I asked around at the hardware store for a type of glue that would stick plastic to tiles. The gentleman at the store was pretty sure about his recommendation and he was right. Put a good coating on the backing and press onto the tile. I put something really heavy on top of the tile and backing over night trying to avoid any spaces at the edges. The glue takes about 12 hours to dry completely and you will need something very heavy (not books) and flat.

Once the glue has dried you can go ahead and paint or draw on the tile. I used a glass and tile paint as the water based paints could be scratched off. We made many of these and tried covering the tiles with tissue papers and photos or designing with sand or glitter. I also used a water proof sealer (spray) to finish off the tiles and protect them from water damage if used a coasters. On some tiles we used a heat resisting clear drying varnish.

Island Girl
xoxo

My sister did these :)


If you don't have tiles falling off your shower walls then sample tiles from a tile store will work. Do you have an ideas for painting on tiles? This was the most challenging part of the project as the tiles are already finished and their glossy surface made it very difficult to paint.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Women as Agents of Change

'Women as Agents of Change' is 2011 Commonwealth Day Theme. I was really excited about this theme when I read the press release today. This year's theme has motivated me to take this blog a lot more seriously and I will be getting involved. Hopefully there will be activities planned by the representatives in each island, including St. Lucia, but I think we also have to take matters into our own hands. So check out the links and visit their website of information and inspiration.

Island Girl
xoxo