Posted on February 17, 2015 by Lesley Cummings | 0 Comments

We all love Pinterest! It is a great place to get inspired. But, lets be honest...sometimes the DIY thing is not that easy. There is much more behind the "beautiful pictures" and "easy step-by-step tutorials." We decided to make a dream catcher for our Valentine's Day window. The great thing about it was we used everything we already had at the store! That always make things easier and affordable. DIY and creativity allows you to learn along the way and you can create your own, unique thing. So here is what we did on a Monday afternoon. Maybe it will inspire you to try it too.

What we used:

  • Hula Hoop
  • Old t-shirts (lacy and silk)
  • Wire (easily be molded)
  • Fishing line
  • Pink yarn
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake flowers

1. We started off with our big hula hoop! We cut up a cute, old lacy shirt and glued it around the hoop.

2. Then the hard part. I will be honest this took us a couple times to figure out. We molded our metal wire into a heart. This is going to be tricky, but don't get frustrated. You will definitely need some help from a friend. We intertwined the two ends in the middle.

3. Find the perfect spot in the middle of your hoop. Secure a couple sections with the fishing line. We chose the middle and bottom of the heart. Then secured two sides.

4. Time for some yarn! This is the longest part and requires patience. Again, this took us a couple attempts to figure the best way to execute this. We found out tying them individually around the hoop works best! So cut a bunch and get tying. (**Tying the yarn moves the wire heart. Be mindful of tying too loose or too tight)

5. There are going to be some areas (the top of the heart) that will need to glued in place. The more secure the better.

6. Grab your old shirts and get cutting. This will be the hanging party of your dreamcatcher. We made our outside short and went larger toward the middle. Get creative and make the bottom fun!




Posted in color, design, DIY, dreams, fashion, Maui, Maui Thing

Spring Window Display

Posted on April 08, 2014 by Lesley Cummings | 0 Comments

Aloha Spring! We created a window display filled with oversized flowers to commemorate the colorful and happy feeling that comes from Spring. It is the perfect decoration for any store, party or craft night! We fell in love with the idea from this amazing blog from Design Sponge. We tweaked some of the directions, but it still resulted in a fun and cute display.


  • Chicken wire (Home Depot)
  • Brown paper
  • Tissue paper (Green and bright colors)
  • Plastic flower stems
  • Elmer's glue & hot glue gun
  • Scissors & pencil & tape
  • Gloves & wire cutters
  • Dried Moss


  1.  Put on some gloves and grab a friend to help you construct the stem. Decide on the lengths of your flower stems. We made some taller than others.
  2. Cut your wire and mold together to make your stem. Be careful!
  3. Cover the wire with brown paper. We used tape!
  4. Glue green tissue paper over stem until completely covered. Use a small line of Elmer's Glue.
  5. Instead of making leaves, we took stems from fake flowers we used for an earlier project. We cut them and glued them at the bottoms of the stem.
  6. Time to make the flowers! Make stencils of the various sizes you want to use for petals. We recommend three sizes. Trace on tissue paper and cut.
  7. Form the smallest petals together like a bouquet. Tape the tissue stems together.
  8. Continue to add on the bigger petals until you have reached the size you want for your flowers. Secure tissue stem with a zip tie.
  9. Cut circles out of tissue paper and scrunch the edges. Glue into center of flower.
  10. Glue moss on center of circular tissue paper.
  11. Attach flower to stem using zip ties.
  12. Fluff up the tissue paper and TA-DAAAHHH! You have yourself a beautiful flower. 


Posted in decorations, design, flower, spring

behind the design: mauka makai

Posted on August 01, 2013 by ashley | 0 Comments

Every design on our clothing has a story. Some are funny, sentimental or inspired by something we love. Whatever the reason, we believe design is powerful. It can change your day or bring back a childhood memory. We wanted to take you through the process of how an idea becomes fashion.

I love the water. It is healing, refreshing, and so many more adjectives. My girlfriends and I call ourselves the MAUI MERMAIDS (more about this later). For a couple weeks I would do an early morning swim at Waihe’e Beach. After work, I would head up to ‘Iao Valley and finish the day in the river. From salt water to fresh water. From ocean (makai) to mountain (mauka).

Mauka to makai is a popular saying in Hawaii. For Hawaiians, the significance of the two is sacred, meaningful, and is the foundation of Hawaiian culture. I thought it would be a great idea for a design.

Ash and I began sketching over and over. This process is fun, but also annoying. We can sit there for hours and it will never look “right.” So we gave it to the master herself, Saedene, to figure out. I knew she would bring my idea to life.

We tweaked the design a couple times. We weren’t sure if we wanted it horizontal or vertical. Little details are important in design. I was satisfied once it was complete. Ash found the perfect shirt to print it on. It was loose, breezy and absolutely perfect for summer! The idea was now wearable art!

When I look at this shirt, I feel the energy of the water and the land. Both are valuable and sacred. Without it we don’t exist, and that’s a great reason to respect it.

Posted in design, fashion, Feel Good, Good Stuff, hawaii, makai, Market Street Fashion, mauka, mountain, MT Fashion, ocean, shirt


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