Art Supplies DO grow on trees!


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!?!?!?

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5 Responses to Art Supplies DO grow on trees!

  1. Carol says:

    You are a visionary for sure ! Love it all !

  2. Sarah says:

    I really like that basket… you do need a bigger one though… to gather all your treasures in! :O)
    I can’t wait til this summer really starts. I got a flower press for my berf-day and I have plans to use/abuse it! I looooove natural.

  3. Ann Marie says:

    I swear, Leslie, you could make beautiful creations out of just about anything!!! And what wonderful reminders of your trip 🙂

  4. elina says:

    incredible what you did with that! I would have never thought it! very inspiring! love it!!

  5. kristi says:

    LOVE the coconut fish! that is really the cutest thing ever. love your super craftyness, your creativity is amazing!

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