A Passion for Maui and making every day a work of art


Awesome Marinara is so easy!

Aloha everyone. I love to make my own Marinara. Marinara is without meat.
My father used to make all his spaghetti sauces with huge meatballs or Italian sausages which had great flavor, but sometimes it is nice to go vegetarian and make a rich tomato sauce with lots of garlic, basil, Italian herbs and spices.
At times when I have grown lots of Roma tomatoes I blanch and save them for sauces in ziploc bags in the freezer. I always keep my pantry stocked with stewed tomatoes, tomato sauces and tomato paste.
I start by sauteing garlic and slivered onions in two TBSP. of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Then I add big cleaned sliced mushrooms…
I simmer these for a while then add my tomato sauces and whole or chopped tomaotes.
Next I add my basil, rosemary, oregano, bay leaf or mixed dried Italian seasonings.
I simmer my sauce for at least an hour on low, stirring often so it doesn’t burn.
I start my pasta water and just before serving time I cook the pasta Al dente (for spaghetti this is 10 minutes).
Served with grated Parmesan or Romano Cheese and a fresh green salad it is wonderful.

Maui Swap Meet and The Whale Festival 2/20/2010

This is Hapa girl “Noel” daughter of Liza @AMauiBlog holding my Maui
Kitty Design! She is so pretty.

Thank you Liza, for introducing me to your subscribers at A Maui Blog! I will be creating a Maui Swap Meet Post soon and The Whale Festival (2/20/2010) Saturday will be great fun. I look forward to seeing all the Maui tweeters at your mobile #MauiTweetup. I will be in Booth number 91 selling my hand-painted tees

and Amaryllis of Hawaii books,

Judi of @tikitales and Maile Getzen will be in Booth # 78 by the ocean and kiddy carnival side.
 For more info about the Whale Festival go to http://www.pacificwhale.org/ . It is going to be a Big Day with more than 14,000 visitors passing through after the parade in Kihei. Last year was awesome fun.

See you there, and  Happy Chinese New Year everybody.

Ben Franklin Crafts Kaahumanu

I have to thank everyone at Ben Franklin Crafts Ka’ahumanu for helping
me promote my business and for asking me if I could do a demo!

  Over 5 years ago when I first introduced Amaryllis of Hawaii Imaginations Poetry and Story, Del the manager of Ben Franklin Crafts asked me “Can You do a demo?” and I said “Sure, I can do a demo!”
Since then I created two more books Amaryllis of Hawaii Loves To Cook Recipes for Life and Amaryllis, Amaryllis How Does Your Garden Grow? “Organically, of Course!” at http://www.amaryllisofhawaii.com/
That is how I began painting my T-shirts again. I have taught classes at Ben Franklin Crafts about once a month on “How To Paint T-shirts in the watercolor style.” It has been great fun and I have found my niche in the craft store. I really feel at home. I also thank Trina, Julie and Paul who have scheduled the classes. Brenda Abe has been wonderful. Rhoda and Cameron and all the staff have been so kind. Thank you so much!
Joanna Paris we miss you!
  This is also a great place to meet other crafters. It is such a resource center. I follow Joy Shimabukuro on her show “Joy of Crafting” on OC16 our local station in Hawaii and now I can have it On Demand with my new HD cable box. Fabulous! For information contact bfctv@mvlhawaii.com or Go to Ben Franklin Hawaii  on line to see all the Stores, class schedules, craft club and sale info.
Ladonna Shatto
Teaching how to detail hand-painted  T-shirts
Everyone creates at least 3  beautiful T-shirts in the class
  I have taken classes myself to learn basic knitting from Lisa Louie and  a crystal bracelet class from Doreen Nakoa. Since that class my sister Pamela Jansen has made hundreds of bracelets and developed her own style.
 So again, Del, thank you for giving me a chance to introduce myself and my Amaryllis of Hawaii books at Ben Franklin Crafts! I wrote them to inspire young women and everyone to find their Joy in life as I have.
Thank you Joel Hisanaga the buyer based in Hilo at  Ben Franklin Crafts for introducing me to Del and the other Ben Franklin Craft Store managers back when I sent you 8 books and 8 t-shirts to give to the managers of all the Hawaii Stores way back when… Aloha!

Oh, and I have to mention I met one of my dearest friends Ruth Murata of the Maui Music Conservatory at Ben Franklin Crafts. She has taught me so much about card-making, stamping and turned me on to her love of crafting with paper. We Love Ben Franklin Crafts!

Even Hawaii people need a get-away! Wai`anapanapa Hana, Maui

    Wai`anapanapa is the place we love to go to get away from it all. As you can see it is a wild and beautiful place. Ancient Lau Hala trees grow thickly and look almost prehistoric. You can imagine what the land may have looked like before humans set foot on the island. Coconut palms are also native which means they were here before man. They easily floated on the ocean and took root at the coastline.
  This gorgeous bay at Wai`anapanapa State Park near Hana, Maui attracts tourists every day. Vans and buses drop the visitors off at the end of the state park so they can walk the trails and take photographs of the magnificent park. The black sand beach is in the distance.
Some more adventurous choose to walk the trail along the cliffs to view the fantastic surf crashing along the lava and the blow hole spraying high into the air.
These are some of my favorite pictures.
When you come to Maui be sure to take the long journey to Hana. It is a touch of old Hawaii and worth the drive. I will let the pictures speak for themselves.
ALOHA for now,
The Artful Hawaiigirl 
If you want to know how to make your dreams come true see my books at
http://www.amaryllisofhawaii.com/  The Amaryllis of Hawaii series is all about how to make a dream come true. I wanted to help people who had forgotten how to dream and how to be happy by sharing my joy of life and love of Hawaii.
   If you know someone who needs a little inspiration or is going through some struggle in life, I’d love to share my enthusiasm for these islands and a joy of cooking and planting that can bring a lifetime of happiness to them. Many young people are searching for their passion and I encourage you to try many things to find what you love. Work hard to pursue your dreams always keeping a vision of you want in your mind. It is only with a vision and believing in yourself that your dreams can come true!
Sending Aloha and love your way…

The Winner is Liza of A Maui Blog

Aloha friends,
  On October 15th I announced on Twitter and Facebook the winner of the contest. I asked for comments answering the question “What would you to inspire people during this economy?” … Liza of A Maui Blog and Liza’s Eyeview answered so beautifully. Some of you responded via e-mail and I received some wonderful letters. Thank you to those who answered the best they could. This is a relatively new blog started in July and I look forward to many more contests in the future. I received many orders for my hand-painted T-shirts and I really appreciate that. If you are still interested right now, I am offering free shipping with any orders placed before October 31, 2009 (Halloween) 🙂 Payments can be made through paypal even if you don’t have a paypal account. I will generate an e-mail invoice for you and they will instruct you how to proceed! It’s great. So comment or link to my e-mail at http://www.amaryllisofhawaii.com/ at the bottom of the page and I will get back to you right away.

Thanks everyone for your support!
The Artful Hawaiigirl is about to start painting!
I have over 5o new hepburn tops and
Corset Tops to paint.
Got to get to work….
Remember to follow your passion
even if it is just a few minutes each day.
I will post the ten way to make money
using your creativity tomorrow!
(The Artful Hawaiigirl)

How will you inspire others during this economy? PRIZES!!!

One More day to post a comment to win all the prizes from Amaryllis of Hawaii.
Your choice of a hand-painted design just for you!
Scoop neck Bella Tee by Marilyn Jansen Design
Cotton Lycra Corset Tops
Beautiful Hepburn tops
Your choice of designs
Taro Leaves
Maui Kitty
Maui Kitty on denim  (only available in small at this time)
Sleeveless Cotton-lycra corset top
(I’m painting 25 of these over the next 2 weeks)
Beautiful Soft Wave design
Don’t forget I have Ti-leaf design for Men!
Hawaiian Ingenuity
These are all Limited editions so be the LUCKY ONE to win one of these designs.
How will You inspire others during this economy? Make your comment here and on your own blog if you have one with a mention and link back to http://artfulhawaiigirl.blogspot.com/  or just comment here!
Winner also gets a lilikoi jelly, and a set of Amaryllis of Hawaii Books see http://www.amaryllisofhawaii.com/
and a one hour design session with The Artful Hawaiigirl. ♥
Aloha is a gift that must be shared! I look forward to sharing my love of Hawaii with you.
-Marilyn (The Artful Hawaiigirl)
Brave, yes!

4 more days to Win A Bunch of Prizes from Amaryllis of Hawaii

Win all these Prizes from Amaryllis.
You could win all these items below:

A set of my books

Silk-screened t-shirt of your choice (I have over 14 designs)


          Men’s Tank ti-leaves on front           Hawaiian Ingenuity on back

              Hand-Painted tee designed just for you!

One Lilikoi “Passionfruit” Jelly made by The Artful Hawaiigirl on Maui.

Beautifully gift packaged.

A One hour design session with Marilyn.

In this session I will give you a choice of either learning a recipe with me, an hour of t-shirt design in Illustrator, or How to paint on tees in the Watercolor style. This could be in person if you live on Maui or via Skype if you live elsewhere.

The total package is valued at $350.00

I am reviewing the entries
and will choose a winner by October 15th, 2009.
Winner will be announced and prizes awarded that day!

So hurry if you want to enter.

What would you do to inspire people during this economy?
I love Hawaii and I’d love to share my inspiration with you!


The Artful Hawaiigirl

Up-Country Maui Day!

Tall grasses swaying in the wind.
Breezes that blow softly on my skin.
Quietness that calms me
Birds to cheer me
Words that soothe
Thoughts to uplift when friends are feeling down
I pray for their happiness
when I am unable to console
God is the one
Who brings me joy!
I discovered gardening when I was 25 years old. I was taking care of my sister Pamela Jansen who had been in a major car accident in 1978. We lived at our parents small home in the San Fernando Valley of California. Pamela had been in a coma for over 5 1/2 weeks and when she awoke there were years of recovery. Life became very precious to me when I nearly lost my sister. I was still searching for my happiness at that time, but found great joy in planting and designing my first garden.
Now, over thirty years later, I am still planting and discovering something new all the time. I wrote a book about my love for planting organically called Amaryllis, Amaryllis How Does Your Garden Grow? “Organically, Of Course!”

I write about all my favorite plants, how to compost, how to plant bulbs, native plants, roses, and designing your first garden.
Up-Country Maui is an amazing place to garden. Cool nights and sunny days nearly year round are perfect for planting. The famous sweet Maui Onions are grown Up-Country Maui on the slopes of Haleakala. Many flowers flourish on the mountain. The Giant Proteas originally from Africa are right at home on Maui. Even many of my favorite plants from the mainland love it up here, like my heavenly blue morning glories above and my favorite dahlias below.
My lilikoi vines are full of passionfruit!
I love to plant Basil and all kinds of herbs to use in my cooking. I have Thai Basil, Italian Basil, cinnamon basil sometimes, sage, rosemary, oregano, dill, varieties of thyme, and Hawaiian hot chile peppers that have re-seeded themselves.

This was taken before the lilikoi had ripened, but now they are falling off the vine daily. So I’m making lots of lilikoi “passion-fruit” jelly!
Beautiful Native ferns.
Just a short post today, but a reminder to do something that you love. This will help you find your passion in life and bring great joy to yourself and others.
– Marilyn
The Artful Hawaiigirl