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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Community in Wonderland: Creative Spirits 2010

Last Friday was the annual Guma Mami art auction.  Considering it was wine free the turn out was pretty good.  There were so many beautiful pieces of art work and lots of smiling faces.  The auction helps to support Guma Mami Inc.  Guma Mami supports persons with mental illnesses.  Most of the art work at the auction is art work produced by the clients.  But there are also awesome local artists who donate art work for the auction, like my friends Nella and Luke.  

This was the second year that I did henna for the show.  I do henna in exchange for donations to Guma Mami.  It's an awesome feeling and a lot of fun, but by the end of the night my hands are hurting, I'm super hungry, and my eyes feel like they're going to fall out of their sockets.  It's so worth it though.  :) Many people here don't really know about henna so it's a good chance for me to share all that I've learned through reading. 

Learn more about Guma Mami Inc.

Learn more about henna.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Community in Wonderland: Good news for Pagat!

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will be adding Pagat to a list of the country's historic and endangered sites.  I hope this means Pagat and the areas surrounding it will be safe from military build up activity.  It is such a beautiful place that has so much historical significance to our people and should remain accessible to all our island's residents and visitors.

The military stated that if they build the firing range and prevent access to Pagat it will protect it from illegal dumping and vandalism just like the other historic sites that are with in their gates.  What is the point of preservation if the people to whom it has historical significance are never or rarely be allowed to visit the site?  There are people who must get permission to visit relatives graves because the military controls access to these sites.  grrrr. 

Anyways, Hooooray for Pagat!!

To learn more about Pagat please check out these links:

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Celebrate in Wonderland: Belly Blessing

I had such a lovely Sunday evening recently.  I was able to do my first belly blessing.  Amanda, who runs Gaia Eco Solutions, is a henna artist also and has done many belly blessings, but was not able to have her own when she was pregnant with her daughter, Evie.  It felt really good to be able to this for her, this time around.  The entire time the baby was moving around getting excited.  The picture above is at the end of the session.  The paste is on and the yellow is made from turmeric.  There are crystals and glitter also.  The picture below is one she sent me of the next day with the paste and sparkles all peeled off.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Life in Wonderland: Dinner for one

Allan's at his gig so I had to make myself dinner.  Under that mountain of mushrooms is red snapper. 

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

There are so many amazing mother's in my life.

Today, I'm wishing them all the love and appreciation in the world.

Especially my mom

and the many amazing mother's in my family!

And for the mother's who've lost a child, I'm wishing them love and strength.

To the mothers of my friends: gratitude for nurturing such beautiful people.

I hope all the mother's in the world have a wonderful day!

Monday, May 3, 2010

Life in Wonderland: Viva & Merlot

The tourism industry on Guam has been hard hit for a while and it's not looking like it's getting any better.  In fact my hours, at work,  have been cut.  At first I was a bit worried, but I figure the best way to look at it is that I'll have more time to spend with family and friends and maybe even more time to sew.  Maybe this is the universe pushing me to do something more with my sewing.  People do ask me if I sell stuff, but up until now I haven't had the time to make enough for an inventory.  So from all of this Viva & Merlot was born.  Of course Viva and Merlot are my furbabies but now it is the name of my new blog, that is strictly for my sewing.  Hopefully it will be turned into a little business too, soon - I'm probably going to need the money.