Sunday, October 18, 2009

Why did I raise my hand??

I was approached about a month ago by a few high schoolers asking for my help. They were starting a Polynesian Club at school and wanted to put something together to perform at games and stuff. Of course...I said yes. I'm actually really excited for them and I love seeing their progress. They're learning so fast.

Here's the part that went wrong...

I volunteered to make the hip hei (belts) for their costumes. Originally there were 10 dancers...not bad, not including the guys count on Tuesday was 30!! OMG...what was I thinking? I've been working on these ALL weekend.

I've finished 10!! Oh well, that's what I get.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

How to make a coconut bra...

Okay, I know you all have been wondering how to do this!! So here it is!

1. Pick a coconut! You can normally buy these from the grocery store. Make sure it's big (or small) enough to cover your, well, body parts, once it's cut in half!

2. Lay the coconut on it's side. Measure and dot the points in the middle all the way around it. Draw a line to connect the dots. This will be the line you cut it in half with. (Don't cut it yet!)

3. At the top of the coconut, you will find a small knot where the branch was once stuck. You will want to drill 2 small holes on each side of the line you drew, about 1/2" from the middle on both sides.

4. Drain your coconut into a jar or something so you can use it later for dessert!! Yum!

5. On the opposite side (the bottom) of the coconut, drill the same size holes, both about 1.2" from the line.

6. Deside which side on the coconut looks better and use that as the top. Drill 2 more holes for your neck strap, again 1/2" on both sides of the line you drew.

7. I use an electic saw to cut my coconut in half. BE CAREFUL!! Slipping coconuts can cause accidents. DO NOT CUT YOUR HAND/FINGERS/TOES OFF! (I stick my coconut in between 4 wood boards.)

8. Using a large metal spoon, scrape out the coconut meat. (Put asside for later eating!)

9. I use a power sander to smooth the outer coconut. You can do it by hand with regular sand paper, but it takes longer.

10. Attach your strings. I use leather cord because it doesn't come untied easily and you don't want those things fallin' out while your performing!! Also, leather doesn't break like some other strings. Knot the leather cord on one side, feed it through the drilled hole and knot it on the opposite side.

11. Make sure to seal any cracks so the splitting won't continue. Natural cracks are's a coconut!

I have these available for sale on search sellers: hulamelani or just email me!

Mel =)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Young, dumb and outta control

Sometimes we do things when we're young that aren't fully thought out and turn out...well, bad. Like going to Tahiti, getting tatooed by a local who doesn't speak English while laying on the floor in a hut! He freehanded this...

I had my cousin fix it after 10yrs of people asking me, "What is that? A face? A clown? A bird?"

Monday, August 31, 2009

A really cool chair...

Why is it that I can never remember to take a picture of the projects I work on BEFORE I work on them?? Oh well...I gave this really cool chair a facelift this morning. It was ugly!! Now, it's pretty!

Mel =)

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Cute, cute, cute!!

Two of my favorite people are moving to Georgia...Yeah...why someone would want to move from California to Georgia is beyond me, but whatever. I just found out they're leaving Tuesday...I whipped them up a going away present. It's mostly for their two kids who will be stuck in the car for 5 days. It came out super cute. I was really proud because I normally am not too good at altering stuff! Check it out!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Such a cute stamp!!

I got this on ebay...not sure if it's by any particular company, but I LOVE IT!!! My Cardio Hula class at the gym starts in 10 days!! I'm so excited!!

Mel =)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

I'm gettin' better at this scrapbooking thing!

I just finished the Northern California Paper Chase...and yes, I went to all 20 stores!! I finished my "progressive scrapbook". Now I have so much stuff to play with, I don't know what to do with myself! Have you ever sat in front of your pile of new stuff you bought and realize none of it matches and you don't have any pictures anyways!? hehehe...I can't be the only one!

Here's a page I created for our Philippines trip. Yes, it was a few years back, but it was a blast!! That was one of my favorites!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Some more cards for you all to copy!! I mean..."borrow"! hehehe Happy Monday!

Mel =)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Hello Ladies!

HAPPY SUNDAY!!! I know...I's like "Return of the Living Dead"!! It has been a long time. I was sad to hear the Bellaholics Blog was disbanned. Does anyone know if another one was started? I had a few REALLY cool sistahs on that site that I, unfortunately, lost contact with.

Anyways, to make up for my missing in action moment, I posted a few cards. I have some projects on the way too. Enjoy!!

Mel =)