Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Spotlight & Giveaway! - JEMS Art Collection

Ahoy! :)

Today, I am writing to introduce you all to a breathtaking shop! JEMS Art Collection is a small business based here in Hawaii and they represent several international artists! These world-class, original, oil on canvas paintings can be viewed and purchased at galleries around the nation! I can't even begin to explain how beautiful and intricate the art is! Some of the genres they provide are:

(Disclaimer: I do not own these pictures! All rights belong to JEMS Art Collection, LLC. Click to see the image larger!)

Seascapes (daytime)


Seascapes (night time)





 ...And so much more! As you can see, these pieces are simply stunning! And honestly, these pictures just don't do them justice! In person, they are much more vivid! 

Anyways, here's more info on JEMS Art Collection in case any of you are interested! :)
Email: jemspacific@yahoo.com (for ordering)

So here's the good part! I've decided to giveaway a small scaled giclee (official print) from JEMS Art Collection! The piece you will receive is called "Harbor Drama" (see picture below) by Arozi and all of its editions and the original are SOLD OUT! It measures 18" x 10" and retails for a whopping $125! 0_0 AND I'll even throw in a surprise INY gift containing at least 2 INY bracelets!

- You must be 18 years or older to enter OR have parental consent to enter.
- There is ONE mandatory entry. You MUST complete this in order to unlock all additional entries!
- The giveaway will run until 10/7/12 at 12:01am EST.
- ONE winner will be chosen randomly and will be announced here, on Facebook and on Twitter.
- The winner will have 48 hours to email me (isshounoyakusoku@gmail.com) to confirm their win. If I do not receive an email within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen!
- This giveaway is open to residents of the US only!
- Enter using the rafflecopter widget below!

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Want to purchase something particular? Mention that isshou no yakusoku sent you and to receive 20% OFF your next order directly from JEMS Art Collection!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Aloha Friday + Special Announcement

Aloha Friday
(10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week)

Kenji (see below)
Successful Surgery!
Smashbook Idea
J.E.M <3
PSY on the VMA's
He's HOME (safely)!

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: In about a month or so (maybe slightly longer, depending on when my supplies come in), I will be launching a new limited edition bracelet set! This set will be a purple awareness set and will consist of 2 (purple) bracelets. The name of this set will be "Kenji." Kenji is the name of someone really special to me, and unfortunately, he was recently diagnosed with Neuroendocrine Pancreatic Cancer (a rare form of Pancreatic Cancer). Proceeds from the set will be donated to a cancer foundation (I am still looking for the right one, possibly one that specifically deals with this type of Pancreatic Cancer). I will have an entire blog post dedicated to this when the set finally launches! Please keep a look out! Thanks! :)

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
What kinds of fun activities do you do on the weekends?

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Random Crafts: Floral Arranging I

I've been into arts and crafts for a really large portion of my life. Yet, I can't settle down and pick just one genre to stick with! However even though I really love everything craft related, I do have a few favorites! Randomly, I'll do a post on some of the random crafts I work/have worked on and share it with all of you. :) I hope you enjoy. 

Random Crafts: Floral Arranging 

WHY I MADE THIS: A new seafood restaurant opened in Honolulu not too long ago called "The Raging Crab." This was so exciting for me because I always saw pictures of friends visiting the mainland and eating at these trendy seafood restaurants but unfortunately, they were in the mainland so I would be unable to partake in the yummy-ness. So anyways, upon finding out that this new restaurant was opening, I also found out a friend of mine was the one opening it! I was so excited for her, and I wanted to make her a little something! (And by the way, her restaurant is AMAZING!) I visited local florists to find a congratulatory arrangement but nothing caught my eye. They just weren't personal enough for my taste. So I went home and started brainstorming and decided to make my own version of a congratulatory arrangement! Here's how I personalized it!

THE CRAB: I decided to spice up the arrangement a bit and add little accents to it just to give it a little personal touch and have it match her new nautical/crab themed restaurant. I crocheted a crab (I found the pattern here) with some shiny fuzzy red yarn and attached it to one of the Quince twigs in the arrangement. The actual crab from the pattern called for embroidered eyes and mouth but I decided to make mine differently. Instead, I omitted the mouth and glued on 6mm black pearl flatbacks I already had from several decoden projects in the past. 

THE CONGRATULATORY RIBBON: These are usually made with wide ribbon and usually has words printed on them. Unfortunately, I didn't have that. Instead, I made this from scratch. (If you would like a tutorial, please let me know in the comments below.) I basically took a 2 in wide strip of canvas and painted it on and attached it to the Quince twigs with wire! :)

THE TREASURE CHEST: I took an unpainted wooden jewelry box (you can find this at your local craft store) and painted it brown and gold to make it look like a treasure chest. Then, I filled it with miscellaneous fake gold coins and chain scraps from the bracelets I make and glued the treasure chest to the pot/base of the arrangement. (If you would like a tutorial on this, leave me a comment below)

THE POT/BASE: I basically took a Terracotta pot (you can find this for just over $1 at Walmart) and painted the bottom white and the rim blue and glued on red ribbons all the way around the pot. Then I added a jump ring to the middle of each ribbon and swagged gold chain around the pot (attaching it to the jump ring in the middle of each bow) twice. It was really simple to make!

THE FLOWERS: The flowers were really simple to arrange. I purchased 1.5 dozen roses for $19.99 at Safeway (which also came with some Baby's Breath too!), some random white flowers (whatever they had) and some fern. The Quince twigs, I already had because my mom likes to buy Quince every time they're in season and I like to keep the branches because they're pretty! :) But you could just go outside and collect twigs that have fallen from trees! In the base, I just lined the inside with a Ziplock bag and put my wet floral foam into it (which I previously soaked with water mixed with floral food) and arranged the flowers and fern (after giving them a fresh cut) by sticking them directly into the floral foam. Random Tip: Peel the outer layers of each rose off to give it a fresher look. You could also fold back each layer of petals to give it a fuller look if you'd like as well!

I absolutely LOVE floral arranging! And even more than that, I love making gifts with more of a personal touch. Of course it's the thought that counts but that little extra makes it all the more special. Let me know if you'd like more detailed tutorials on any of the sections (or all of them) by leaving me a comment below! Until next time..

What are your favorite flowers?

Aloha Friday

In an effort to blog more often, yet keep the content fun and exciting, I am going to try to do an "Aloha Friday" post every Friday night which will tell you folks "10 things that made me happy this week"! (I got this post idea from Krysten at Why Girls are Weird, thanks Krysten!) I thought it was such a fun idea and it'll give me time to reflect on my week and share it all with you! :)

10 Things That Made Me Happy This Week

University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Volleyball
Fresh Ahi Poke
Tenrikyo Annual Bazaar
Giveaways Galore!
Hawaiian Airlines Miles
Hurricane Popcorn
Ryli <3
Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo
Gold Rhinestone Spool

P.S. - The 1st INY Giveaway Winner is Salena Lee from A Little Piece of Me! I will be emailing you within the next couple hours! :) Congratulations!

I will be holding more giveaways in the near future! Please stay tuned! :) And thank you so much to everyone who entered!

What are some things that made you happy this week?