Who knew? LOL When in Hawaii it is hard for me not to collect. I’m a nature freak so I always have a pocket or bag full of shells, beach glass, trinkets from the local shops (oh maybe that last one isn’t really nature!). Well, there’s not much shopping on Molokai and I wanted to make some things for us to take home as a reminder of how much fun we have there.
First along came Coco Fish.
She started as a lowly dried coconut living out her days after falling of the tree in peace and quiet…until I came along!
I painted up some banana palm leaves for fins and her tail, coated them with Glossy Accents and she was ready for a swim!
Mia is totally in love with her and I am too!
After working with the banana palm leaves I wanted to try my hand at a basket.
I figured I would start out small and see how it went. The leaves even when dried are waxy feeling and pretty flexible. I peeled them into thin strips and then started winging it.
Because it was so small I found it pretty hard to manage until I got about 1/2 way up. I did a messy weave on purpose because I wasn’t going for a uniform look.
Here it is. It is very delicate and tiny only about 4 inches high. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to finish the top but knew I wanted it to look wild and rustic. So I braided most of the pieces together and left a few as “stems” for some gorgeous e line flowers from Prima. It’s a perfect hiding place for a special little shell. I brought a big stack of leaves home with me and just might try another one!
And who knows what other projects they might make their way into!?!?!?