Friday, August 19, 2011

Editors pick in the Newspaper!

I am very excited to be featured as Editor's Pick  in The Garden Island Newspaper:
"MoSt Anything Hawai‘i
Friends Catrin Strigl and Lisa Moala pulled their talents together to open MoSt Anything Hawai‘i, a store featuring delicate jewelry made from Swarovski crystals and fresh water pearls, plus handmade clutches in fun, vibrant fabrics. We love this adorable beige clutch from Catrin. The embroidered pattern, suede cord and bleached driftwood are fun touches that make this carry all complete. $18."

Friday, August 12, 2011

Finally a new Clutch!

The last few weeks have just been so busy with my new job and all so I haven't been very crafty. Today I was off and I was feeling inspired to make another Clutch for my shop on Etsy. I really like the colors and the fabric on this is just waiting to be used by someone... ;-)

Handmade beige Clutch

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Eucalyptus & driftwood wreath!

My friend Lynette called me the other day and asked if I wanted some  eucalyptus, since they had cut down some branches of their tree. I love the smell of eucalyptys so I was very happy to get some...
I decided to make a wreath to our front door. I added some driftwood and a couple of shells I found at the beach and I think it turned out pretty good...Simple, summer, beach feel....

I also made a little driftwood pot for one of my plants...

Soon to come...How to make a driftwood pot!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bridal bouquet featured in Destination Inspirations....

I got a call this morning from Christy Eriksson Photography and she told me the exciting news that I have been featured in Destination Inspirations with my Bridal Bouquet I made for my Swiss friend, Rahel. She got married to the love of her life, Sam, on the beautiful east coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Check out some beautiful pictures and the Bridal Bouquet made with Bird of Paradise.

Thank you!

More Wedding Flower.

Linking up with Anita's blog The Other Side of Me for "Sneak peak Friday".

Monday, July 11, 2011

A glimpse of Kauai...

We had a great Saturday up in North Shore with our friend Paul...sun, snorkeling, beach, ancient skips, and good food.... here is a little "post card"!

Greetings from Kauai!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Upcycled and recycled part 2- Tutorial, How to make a T-shirt dress!

My husband cleaned out his closet and got rid of some of his T-shirts. I decided to try to create something with them that I could use.
I ended up making two tops and a dress and since the dress is my favorite dress now, I figured I could show you how to make it!

Pick a T-shirt and lay it flat on a table. Cut of the sleeves and cut them open by removing the seem. (Keep the bottom seem as that will be the top of your dress) Use something strait to draw a strait line on the sleeves. I used a piece of wood I found... Put the sleeves aside.

Lay the "body" of the T-shirt flat on the table. Draw a strait line just under the neck of the shirt. Use a tape measure to measure from the bottom of the T-shirt to make sure the line get strait! Carefully cut the top part off both front side and back side. It is important that this cut is strait or you will end up with a dress that is uneven.
Cut the sides of the dress to a fitting shape by using an old dress as a pattern or by simply try it on. Make sure to leave and extra 1 inch on each side for the seems.

Pin the sleeves to the top of your "dress" with the outside of the fabric facing each other. Sew a strait seem, remove the pins and repeat on the back side.

Finally sew the sides of the dress and try it on to make sure it fits.

From here you can be creative and add ribbons, fabric flowers, beads, strings for halter neck...etc, etc...

Hope you will succeed and let me know if you have any questions! ;-)

Have fun!

Find more inspirational blogs here...

Anniversery, creativity and summer fun...

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy fourth of July!

It is a warm day in Hawaii and I am waiting for my dear to wake up. He was working all night last night so he need to sleep in a little.
We are going to meet my hubby's Aunt today, who is visiting on Kauai. It is pretty exciting for both of us as my hubby haven't seen her in like 30 years or so...when he still was a little boy. I am very excited to meet one of my husbands relatives as I haven't met any of his family members yet, well actually I did meet one of his sisters for about five minutes at the airport last year, haha. We are hoping to be able to go to Florida soon and meet the day, one day! ;-)
Tomorrow is fourth of July....we haven't decided what to do yet so we will see....probably some fireworks somewhere!

Happy Fourth of July!


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Reusing, upcycled and recycled... Part 1

...some popular words now a days although I am not exactly sure what the exact definition of each word is...but... I like it! ;-)
As I always try to use what I have when creating, I was happy to get some scrap pieces of fabric from a seamstress. Some of it is really small pieces but some are of pretty good size. I decided to try something new to create and this is what I came up with:

My Shabby Chic tote bag I call "Cottage by the Ocean"
with romantic fabric roses and small pieces of shells.

And with the scrap pieces I made some 

Part 2 coming dress made with my husbands old t-shirts....

Tell me about your upcycled/ recycled, items...

Monday, June 6, 2011

The National Day of Sweden!

Today is the National Day of Sweden so my Swedish heart is singing the National Anthem all day long! ;-) Here is a little video clip with some great pictures of Sweden, and the National anthem off course (not by me, though!)
I hope you enjoy the beauty of my country!



Friday, June 3, 2011

Baking in the rain!

Today is a rainy day with thunder storms coming and going. It is a perfect day for some baking! I started off with my delicious carrot bread. As I was baking the rain just kept going and it was totally pouring down...I decided to bake some more and something my dear husband would like. I pulled out my recipe book and found the very common Swedish recipe for "Love Yummies" (kärleks mums), a very delicious chocolate cake with coffee and coconut flakes. I think almost every swede knows how to make it and has a recipe for it but I have the best recipe of all! I got it from my old co-worker and friend Julia. We used to work together in Sweden at Foreningen Tradet in Orebro. She and my other co-workers from there are all dearly missed, as i live far, far away from them!
Baking this cake makes me remember all the good and fun times (and sometimes hard) we had together! I miss you all! Wanna come over for a coffee break?

Bread dough is growing and the Chocolate cake is ready to be put in the oven.

"Love Yummie" is out of the step is the topping!

Carrot bread with sunflower kernels...ready to be eaten!

"Love Yummies" chocolate cake with coconut flakes!

This one is for you! ;-)
I will post the recipe later...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Bridal bouquet with bird of paradise...challenging and rewarding!

It's about time for a new blog post...I don't know where my time has gone...
Anyways, last weekend we went to Oahu for our friends beautiful beach wedding, Sam and Rahel.
I was honored to make the brides bouquet and her dream bouquet was with her favorite flower "Bird of Paradise". I have to say I was a little concerned that I wouldn't be able to make the bouquet she wanted but by the grace of God and the support from my husband it worked out good. The blushing and beautiful bride cryied of happiness when she saw the bouquet. Is there a better reward than that?
Thank you Mr and Mrs Apuna for letting me be apart of your wonderful day!

Bridal bouquet with bird of paradise

Mr & Mrs Apuna

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

We have a new shop!

We have open another online shop at Artfire. I have been working hard on getting our items listed and still have more to list...
Compared to Etsy, you don't have to be a member to purchase items. You can just go a head and buy them....
...have a look and let me know what you think!

My Yellow Clutch bag, just listed....

And a red and gold Clutch bag

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reminder...20% off until Sunday!

We have 20% off on both shops...

Design Lisa Moala

Design Catrin Strigl

Happy Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

I love mom!

Mother's day is coming up May 8 and I think that is worth celebrating!
We will have a 20 % discount starting today, Sunday and will end on Mothers day, May 8, 2011
Use this coupon code "ILOVEMOM" at check out on our Etsy shop, Most Anything Hawaii

Here is a little fun song about MOM!

Mom, you are the best! I love you!
Mamma,du är bäst! Jag älskar dig!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Royal wedding and mine... ;-)

This morning I was curious to see Will & Kate's wedding and... off course...most importantly check out her dress!!! ;-) I found a video clip online and I was stunned...her dress is beautiful! So I watched the royal wedding for a while and that made me wanna watch our own wedding movie...not as fancy off  course, but since we are not royalty we could have our own style wedding, simple and relaxed on the beach.
I watched our wedding and again I was overwhelmed by the many blessings. My whole family and my best friend from Sweden came! It was such a joy to have them there! So many friends who helped us, my dress was given to me by a group of girl friends, I made my own bouquet and it actually turned out the way I wanted...haha! I got my wonderful husband!! It was just an amazing day! And I hope and pray Will & Kate will have as wonderful life as we do! May the Lord bless their marriage!

Here is a link to our wedding video if you would like to see it...and as I said, not royal style but real simple and relaxed beach wedding!

Ps. Check out the cute ring bearer...I'm glad we didn't have any rings on that pillow!! ;-)

Have a great weekend!

Photo-Christy Eriksson,

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Carrot and Cilantro version... :-)

Yesterday I made this delicious soup I got from Rustique Art on Twitter, (Check out her blog, she have some really cute items on Etsy too!) I decided to try the recipie yesterday and made some changes from the original was a major success! My hubby (and myself) loved it! I served it with some Quesadillas. Here is my version of the delicious soup!
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon roasted ground cummin (or 1 tbls crushed coriander seeds)
  • 1 pound carrots, sliced
  • 3 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 bunch (about 1 cup) fresh cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2-3 tablespoons sour creme 
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt
  1. In a large, heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and cumin. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until onion is softened but not browned, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots. Cook, covered, until softened, 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. In a separate pot, bring stock to a boil. Add onion-carrot mixture and bring back up to a boil. Transfer to a blender or food processor, add half of the chopped cilantro and blend (in batches, if needed) until smooth. Season with black pepper and sea salt.
  3. To serve, return soup to pot, stir in the rest of the chopped cilantro and the sour creme, and reheat on low. Ladle soup into warmed bowls and garnish with cilantro.
  4. Serve with Garlic Bread or Quesadillas.

Here is the link to the original recipe

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

There is nothing like getting a big package from Sweden....

My parents are just so awesome and wonderful! They send these amazing packages with goodies from my home country, Sweden. They STUFF IT with candy, cheese, pickled herring, coffee, magazines...all kinds of delicious treats! Every time they send it I go to the post office and pick up this BIG, heavy box and I can hardly wait to get home so I can open it!! It is so exciting to see what's in it!! I feel like a little kid on Christmas!
Well, that is how my parents are...always so generous, caring and supporting! THE BEST!! Thank you/ Tack mamma och pappa!

Okay, I got a package today so I'm gonna go eat some candy and read my new magazine!
Have a great day!
God bless you!

Inspiring story...

Never give up!

He will be on Kauai, Friday April 22, 11:00-2:00pm, Kauai Marriott

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I got a car!!

I am so excited to tell you that we got a car for me olive green Hyundai!
Now I am able to go to the store and buy groceries, go to the laundry mat and do our laundry or just go to town and have coffee with my friend Catherine.... ;-)

I have spent all morning cleaning the was really dirty inside. Davo fixed some issues with the lights (I am glad he is an electrician and can figure those things out because I have no clue!!)
So now it is looking pretty good!

I am so happy and thankfull!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Crunchy chocolate chip cookies with almonds!

It's Friday afternoon, cleaning is done and now it is time to bake something delicious for the weekend! This is Davo's (my husband) favorite cookies so I'm sure my he is going to be very happy when he gets home! ;-)

Crunchy chocolate chip cookies with almonds!
(About 40 tasty cookies)

3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup softened butter
1 egg
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
a pinch of salt
2/3 cups chopped almonds (or any kind of nuts)
1 bag of chocolate chips (I like to chop them a little)

1/ Mix sugars, butter and the egg.
2/ Stir in the flour, baking powder and salt.
3/ Stir in nuts and chocolate chips.
4/ Make little round balls (of a table spoon full of dough) and place on a cookie sheet. Flatten the dough slightly with your fingers.
5/ Bake for 8-10 minutes.

And.... enjoy your Swedish"'Fika"

Window cleaning day!

Today is window cleaning day which was more than needed...right now I am just on a little coffee and cookie  brake. We call it "fika" in Sweden and that is a VERY important part of the day!! ;-)
When I am done cleaning my plan is to bake something delicious! I will be back later with photos and recipe!

I posted  my newest clutch/purse on Etsy today and I have to say I really like this one!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Fun day at the Swap meet...

Our alarm clock went off at 5 was time to get up and get ready for the swap meet in Puhi. After a shower and 2 big cups of coffee we headed down the hill with our truck loaded with all the stuff needed. Driving down towards the ocean, we admired an amazingly beautiful sunrise. The ocean was deep blue and the orange/golden sun was on it's way up! I can't believe how beautiful it was.
We arrived to Puhi just before 7 am,and started to set up our spot. Pop up tent, tables, earring display and all the craft items. We had some early riser who came early, ready to shop! Even though the Swap meet had less vendors than usual, we sold pretty good. We had a little raffle and a young teenage girl won first price, a wallet! She was excited and so where her friends! We got to meet a lot of new people and even a guy from Sweden, who also grew up in Småland...That was fun, the first swede I met on this Island!

Here is some photos from our exciting day!
...and by the way, Thank you my dear husband for helping me hang all those earrings....I love you!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My new collection!

My new newspaper collection!  What do you think?

Roses, poppy flowers and some fun cards...

Three bouquets of roses using a Swedish magazine and the Garden Island newspaper...

Cute and fun poppy flowers!
Cute greeting cards...