Hyjewelry at Unique USA this summer!


I am super excited to announce Hyjewelry will be at the Unique USA this summer, August 9 & 10! I have visited Unique USA as a shopper before and always loved the party vibe with live DJ, free snacks and drinks, offbeat crowd, super creative shops, and cool workshops. I am pumped to be a seller this time around. A lot of work ahead to make my booth display stand out and create new jewelry designs for the show. If you haven't been to the show, it's time get over there. To celebrate my first show at the Unique USA, I am giving away two tickets to the show. All you need to do is one or more of the following:

:: Leave a Blog Post Comment
:: Follow @Maupoo on Twitter
:: Like us @ Hello Maupoo on Facebook 
:: Link to us from your Blog

Be sure to let me know which ones you did in the blog comment section below. The giveaway ends Sunday, August 3. Good Luck!




  

New Member of the Family

I am excited and happy to introduce Maddy, who we adopted this past Friday. We have been fostering her and a puppy we named Spaz for awhile now, and fell in love with them both. We weren't able to keep the puppy for various reasons, but happy and sad at the same time that she has found a good home that we helped pick. I am missing her right now. I have to admit, all this came about suddenly without any planning on our part. My husband and I happen to walk past a pet adoption on our regular evening walk... which means an animal wriggling into our home was just a matter of time! Prior to this I have never had a dog, therefore I thought fostering a puppy would be easy, naively thinking she will often be asleep. WRONG! I am little worn out but happy to have had a chance to care for them and to adopt our Maddy. She is calm and sweet in nature. Because of her history of abuse it's taking her time to be herself, and we have been slowly getting to know her. I must admit I was most ecstatic when I saw her smile for the first time after so many days of fostering her. It is amazing to see her personality blossom each day. Looking forward to every day with her.

These animals badly need homes to go to. I have fostered the dogs through Grace Animal Rescue Organization. All the supplies and food are provided by the Grace Animal Rescue, and all you need to give is love and care. It's work but they bring so much joy to a home. 

Enjoy the video below!


Family Portrait - Mau (cat), Maddy (Toy Poodle), and Spaz (Jack Russell Terrier Mix)
Spaz
Maddy
Maddy and Spaz
Family Portrait - Mau (cat), Maddy (Toy Poodle), and Spaz (Jack Russell Terrier Mix)

Hy Jewelry at Ilan Dei Shop!

I am excited to announce my jewelry from Hyjewelry is for sale at Ilan Dei shop on Abbot Kinney in Venice. Ilan Dei thrives in an outdoor garden setting, taking full advantage of the perfect sunny California weather. There's even a glass green house. Besides beautiful succulents and potted plants, there is California living inspired outdoor furniture designed by Ilan Dei studio. I learned a lot about Ilan Dei and their work recently, and have become a big fan. I'm adding their furniture to my wish list. I hope you make a trip to Ilan Dei shop on Abbot Kinney soon. Don't forget to check out the jewelry section!


Patchwork Show at Long Beach is Almost Here

I can't believe I am in the last week until the Patchwork Show. I've been busy making and planning for the show for the past few weeks. This is my first craft fair and I am excited and stressed at the same time. I am excited about having a chance to meet customers and see how my design products will do in a real market. To prepare for the show, I have developed new products and designs for animal pins, art prints, greeting cards and new design tote bags. I am working on a few more items which I am excited to show off at the show. If you are in LA, I hope you will come out and join the fun. Patchwork show is a fun event with live music, food trucks, DIY crafting, and market full of handmade goods and it's FREE! What more do you ask for, right! Happy shopping!

Show Date: Sunday, May 25th
Time:11-5pm
Location:
Marine Stadium
5255 Paoli Way
Long Beach, CA 90803

Hello Maupoo Design Goods for Patchwork Show




Fun Wednesday

My husband and I both work from home, and it's really easy for us to be home-bound through the week, except when we take walks in the late afternoon. It occurred to me I needed to make plans in the week to get us out of the house for some fun and to explore new places. Working our own hours we have the advantage of doing this any day of the week, which is great because weekends are often packed with people everywhere. I chose Wednesday as our fun day to explore a new place around the city. So here it begins. 

Last week we had to go to Pasadena for business so we made a day of it. Every time I visit Pasadena I am always impressed with the city. It's full of creative shops and restaurants, wide open roads, beautiful old trees surrounding impressive home etc.. We drove up to Arlington Garden and were greeted by the scent of orange flowers. I instantly felt calm and peaceful there. It's a mid-size public garden full of a great variety of rare and endangered California Natives and orange groves that are self sustaining. The garden is divided into sections, each section furnished with inviting chairs, benches, and tables surrounded by coordinated wild flowers, trees, and native plants. You can go through the garden in less than an hour but we ended exploring there for hours. It's such a magical place. If you ever need to get away in need for serenity, I highly recommend this garden. 












Wheeeeee! Woodland Creatures are Here!

They are finally here at Hello Maupoo after much trial and error. I hand molded and painted these cute woodland creatures using paper clay. I love this clay for several reasons - it's non-toxic, perfect surface for painting, and it's lightweight. You don't have to worry about it pulling down on lightweight fabrics like t-shirts. They are playful and mischievous at times but always sweet. Take them along with you on your shirt, dress, bag, hat, or scarf. Of course they make a delightful gift! 

Woodland Creature - Playing in a Washi Jungle Gym

Woodland Creature - Say "Cheese"

Woodland Creature  - Wheeeeee

Woodland Creature  - Peekaboo

Polenta, My New Favorite Food

It's been awhile since I posted a recipe and I think it's time I share one today, especially since I made a super delicious meal yesterday. My recent favorite food is polenta. Ever since I learned that I am allergic to gluten I have been experimenting with various substitutes. Polenta is great because it's easy to make and can be layered with any toppings or sauces of your choice. Luckily I had many vegetables stocked in the fridge to work from. I chose asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, yellow bell pepper, and onion for toppings. I like my polenta to be the consistency of porridge so I made it last to keep it from setting. Try it out for your next meal. I promise you will fall in love with it. Enjoy!



{Polenta}
Serves 4 people

Ingredients: 
1 3/4 cups cormeal - I used Bob's Red Mill Organic Corn Grits
6 cups of water
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1-3 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese

Directions:
In a medium sauce pan add 6 cups of water and salt and bring to a boil. Gradually whisk in the cornmeal. Reduce the heat to low and add butter and Parmesan cheese and whisk the mixture until it thickens to the consistency of porridge about 15 minutes.

{Caramelized Onions and Vegetable Toppings}

Ingredients: 
1 1/2 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large shiitake mushrooms
1 yellow bell pepper
1 yellow onion
15 thin stalks of asparagus
1 garlic
salt and pepper to taste
Parmesan cheese

Directions:  
  • Place the skillet over medium heat and add butter and olive oil. Add sliced onions and garlic stir them to coat them with butter and oil. Close the lid for 10-15 minutes. Check occasionally to stir the onions. Once onions are caramelized add rest of the vegetables.  
  • Stir the shiitake mushrooms, yellow bell pepper, and asparagus in the skillet and cook for 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Add the vegetables on top of polenta and sprinkle Parmesan cheese. 





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