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About clkondo

I am a teacher, mother, wife, and LOVER of all things papercrafting. It's been my sanity (and sometimes insanity) for the past 10 years. I am an Independent Stampin' UP Demonstrator...which helps me pay for my passion...

I AM FAMOUS.

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Well. Not really. I know someone who is going to be famous. So that’s almost the same, right?

So. My husband’s Aunty just wrote a book. And it’s going to be published FRIDAY!

SO exciting!

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And. I got to read it. Before it was published. I will let the implied neener-neener pass because she said I can tell you a little bit about it.

It’s a story of how Eileen has come to see purpose, healing, and faith during some of the most difficult times in her life. From terrible tragedy, an unexpected pregnancy, to a child with special needs, and the dreaded CANCER diagnosis, Eileen has detailed how each step of the journey has created a deeper faith and trust in her Creator.

One theme that rings out through the entire book is summed up in one line that Eileen recalls her mother saying, “God will teach us things through this we can learn no other way” (Kusakabe, 55). And this seems to me to be the most resounding message and had even made me see things through different lenses. Heartache and tragedy isn’t in any way diminished by what we learn from it, but it becomes meaningful and valuable if we step back and figure out what God wants to teach us through it. This book does a powerful and beautiful job wrestling with that concept through each of these heartaches.

I appreciate the raw emotion, wisdom, and experience that Eileen has shared through the book and feel that you will be encouraged by the read. I hope you will consider picking up a copy. You can get a copy here, or you can join us on Friday (7/27/18) at the Maui Barnes and Noble and from 2-4 p.m. and pick up a copy, (THEY WILL BE 20% OFF) meet Eileen, AND GET IT SIGNED. She will probably sign it for you as well 🙂

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Who wants a free Clutch?

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So, we are back from our yearly pilgrimage to the Homeland and I have come back with lots of goodies with which to make all the things. It’s so exciting.  And while making clutches isn’t new for me, Sunkissed Wahine in Kihei has just started carrying them!  Head over to my Instagram page @hanniejoyandco to check out how you can win one of these!  And, sray tuned for new designs and patterns!

 

Sunny Sunflowers!

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I never miss a chance to stamp a sunflower. It’s one of my favorite flowers (and the state flower of my Homeland…)

Anyway, as you may notice, there is no stampin’ here… We’re getting off easy. Just a punch and a couple turns of the big shot handle and you have instant sunflower!

Hope you have a sunny and wonderful July!

Go see what Anne and Cheryl have for you

Tasty Treats of Summer

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One of my favorite things to do in the summertime when we went to visit my Grandma’s was to run out and get a special treat when the icecream truck went by.  So, when Stampin’ Up released the Tasty Truck Stamp Set (now retired), I just KNEW it had to be for my summertime calendar!

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Hope you have a fun summer!  Head over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!

 

Eastern Palace Blooms

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May Day is here! May always reminds me of full on floral blooms. Between May day in Hawaii where all the children in school have a May day program that celebrates all things floral in Hawaii (it’s more than that, but the flowers really take center stage). And mother’s day is full of flowers… May is really a blooming month! I love this Eastern Palace set because of all the intricate floral arrangements you can create with it. And they remind me of mandalas…which also remind me of flowers. I hope your May is full of flowers. Both in the literal and in the joy that life brings. Pop on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today!

Springtime Blooms

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I love that April is here. For me, it’s a signal that spring is here and in full swing… Back in KS, you couldn’t always count on March being full on spring… There could always be one last snow storm that snuck in…. On Maui too…this seemed to be the case for this year. Not the snow… Mind you .. we have rain. But these last couple of days of March, leading in to April are beautiful! Sunny Spring Time! Bring on flowers!

This flower and background image comes from the You’ve Got This stamp set and I love it in it’s simplicity. Easy to stamp but also is a striking image. I used the simple black outline here but it would also be fun to color with our stampin’ blends…

I loved it so much I also decided to make it the cover of the 2018 calendar…

Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you today! Happy Easter to you! He is Risen Indeed!

Spring is ‘Ready to Pop’

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Happy March! Can’t believe it is nearly spring break. As a teacher, every month has it’s highlight and for March, it’s most definitely spring break.

So. The name of this stamp set is Ready to Pop. And it has this awesome little border stamp that works so perfect here. And the little punch (sorry, it’s retired) adds just the right flowers for some sweet sprintime blooms. The paper is blushing bride and the ink is pear pizzazz.

Thanks for stopping by today! Head on over to see what Anne and Cheryl have for you!