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

hand-painted tops and tees

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!


Lily painting a gorgeous T-shirt

for seeing my tweet on Valentine’s Day about “I’m teaching How to Paint on tees 12-2 today at Ben Franklin Crafts. Bring 3 white cotton tees. I’ll show you how to paint for life”
Her daughter Lily painting a plumeria tee.
I was so surprised at how easily the girls picked up my technique which I developed over twenty-five years.
They were relaxed and we had fun which is how it should be.
I showed them how to paint Plumerias, Orchids, Roses and the wave…
Many people stopped by to observe and it was a lot of fun teaching the public on Maui.
Our island is such a great place to live, work and play.
Thanks again Dania,
and your magazine is gorgeous!
Aloha ♥

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)

Time for a Fashion Show!

Aloha Friends,
Today I’m going to share with you many of the designs and styles I have been developing over the last year. Hope you enjoy my line of  Hawaiian Designs Made on Maui. This is actually a previous post, so I hope you enjoy! Call me at 808 280-1621 with any questions. So, what do you think?
These are some of my latest designs on Maui!
Chantelle in Red V-Neck Taro leaves Design
Orchid Hibiscus on Chantelle
Kiana in Maui Kitty T-shirt
Maui Kitty for women.
My Body Mind Soul Spirit Design
Hawaiian Quilt on Denise. 
Maikai in Ti-leaf surfer shirt
My Men’s Ti-leaf Tank design
My hand-painted designs
Cotton-Lycra Corset tops