Aloha and Mahalo!

Thank you for visiting Zen Hens Art! My new brand, Alexis Art Studio, has a new blog and new etsy shop. Follow Alexis Art Studio on Facebook, too. While you’re here, feel free to browse around and let me know if I can help you find a handmade item you love.

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Reusable Shopping Baggies Are Back

Saves on plastic when you shop! How cool is that? A fun and inexpensive item to use or give with pride. I’m so excited to finally be presenting this product in the new and improved version that I have dreamed of. I feel good about offering an alternative to plastic bag use. And I like the way the product makes its own packaging, with just the addition of a small explanatory tag. My new serger turned out to be a wonderful tool. It allowed me to make more bags, faster and better, and have more fun doing it, too. Bliss.

Each set consists of three baggies and a neat Hawaiian print keeper pouch with velcro closure. Suitable for almost any item that you regularly purchase in the bulk food aisle. Baggies are made of untreated nylon, approximately 11×14 inches. They hold up to four pounds of food and their feather weight won’t add to your grocery bill. I have finished them with seams to the outside for easier cleaning. You can close the baggies with the twist-ties that are provided in-store for bulk bin numbers. The little pouch helps keep you organized and makes them easy to grab and go.

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A stack of around 58 bags.

Some super hip and groovy friends of mine have tested the baggies and given me great feedback on how easy they are to use and clean. Simply shake out to clean, or give a quick rinse if necessary. Not intended as food storage, you’ll want to transfer your goodies to airtight containers when you get home.

Next up, I also have plans to develop a net bag with a drawstring, suitable for apples, oranges and other items from the produce department. I hope the two styles together can help save a lot of plastic!

Below is a slideshow of a few of the colors available. Please visit Alexis Art Studio etsy shop to purchase.

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Wholesale inquires are welcome on this product.

Aloha and Mahalo for your interest in my reusable baggies!
Alexis

Winter Break

Plans and dreams.

Plans and dreams.

The physical shop is currently closed for the winter. Zen Hens Art can always be found in our etsy shop and several locations around the Big Island, including Kona Stories Bookstore at Keauhou Shopping Center and Ocean View’s own Kahuku Gift and Garden.

Meanwhile, I will be posting and sharing new products that I am excited about. Click on the follow button to get updates in your email. Also follow Zen Hens and our sister page for Mended Hearts on facebook.

So now is a good time to regroup. Plan and dream. My goal is to reopen the shop by May. We are talking about some wonderful upgrades. Most likely the work will be started but not finished so we will be working around some construction dust. Happy dust.

I cannot say what the final design will be. What I can say is that I am very excited about all of the possibilities that we have under discussion!! We know that it will include a work table as well as a tiny selling floor. And, if we can work out the details, a cozy little loft for quick naps. That’s love.

The Zen Hens are busy year ’round and we check our emails, too! Your inquiries and comments are welcome.

Aloha and Mahalo from the Zen Hens to YOU!

Tiny Sweater Fashion Show 2014

Warm your heart and your holiday tree with these 3″ tall crochet sweaters. Cotton yarn. Flexible wire hanger. Assorted colors and fashionable styles. Shown below is the current collection. Since last year I have sold quite a few and made some new ones. Also, I’ve added some new embellishments like bows and rosettes. Some even have “Hawaii” or “Aloha” stickers on the fronts. Please enjoy the show and visit our etsy store to purchase. For you crafty types, check out the Project Instructions for my simple how-to instructions for making your own.

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Orange sweater with holly berry motif of felt and pom poms.

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Orange sweater with Christmas tree and red “fur” trim. (Sold)

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Light teal sweater with puffy sleeves and ribbon and rosette trim.

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Multi-stripe sweater with pink satin and pearl bow.

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Light teal sweater accented with white feather yarn and a pink rosette. (Sold)

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Hot pink sweater with pearly plastic snowflakes and Hawaii sticker.

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Hot pink sweater with white petal flower that has a tiny bead in the center, trimmed with white “fur” at the bottom hem.

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Hot pink sweater with pale pink felt flower including a yellow pom pom in the middle.

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Hot pink sweater with tan yoke, accented with white feather yarn and pink satin and pearl bow.

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Orange and pink stripes! Accented with two adorable tiny buttons on the yoke.

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Light blue sweater with orange felt flower including a yellow pom pom in the middle.

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Blue and purple multi-stripe sweater.

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Classy tan with black and white. Feather yarn, red rosette.

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Yellow sweater with red pom pom buttons, Hawaii stickter and green “fur” trim.

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Team spirit gold and purple stripes.

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Yellow and black bumble bee stripes accented with itty bitty square buttons.

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Yellow sweater accented with red-orange-rust feather yarn.

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Natural tan sweater accented with feather yarn and two tiny red buttons.

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Natural tan sweater with animal print felt flower including a red pom pom in the middle. (Sold)

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Natural tan sweater with brown feather yarn accents and embellished with a single brown button.

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Green on green with rosette. (sold)

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Green sweater with pink varigated feather yarn.

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Black sweater with tan yoke, white feather yarn, and red petal flower with a tiny bead in the middle.

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White sweater with Christmas tree and green trim. Accented with white “fur” at the bottom.

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Tan sweater with feather yarn and white yoke. Red petal flower with tiny bead in the middle and a “Big Island” sticker.

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White sweater with tan feather yarn and “Hawaii” sticker. Embellished with a gold petal flower.

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White sweater with Christmas tree topped with red pom pom. Green trim at neck and cuffs with red “fur” at the bottom hem.

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Delicate white sweater with feather yarn and a pale rosette. (Sold)

I am also offering this item as a special order. Contact me with questions and special requests. Thank you for your interest in my Aloha Sweaters!

The Next 100 Mended Heart Magnets

We have photos! Today Charlene shares with us: “I have made 1,940 Mended Hearts to date. And they are now in 25 states and 17 countries around the world. Through the mending of this many hearts there are many beautiful responses, intersections and stories. Including for me.”

Mended Hearts are so many things and here are just a few of our small magnets. I hope this sampling gives your heart a lift.

Mended Hearts have parts.

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Mended Hearts go in spirals.

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Mended Hearts are earthy and rocky.

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Mended Hearts are wild and sparkly.

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Mended Hearts are as fragile as a flower petal painted gold.

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Mended Hearts are for star crossed lovers.

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Mended Hearts are bound snugly.

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Mended Hearts are plaid with driftwood.

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Mended Hearts have bridges.

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Mended Hearts have fancy pins.

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Mended Hearts are blue and heavy with stones.

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Mended Hearts are celestial.

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Mended Hearts are simple and bold.

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Mended Hearts are delicate yet strong.

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Mended Hearts are solid and bright.

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Mended Hearts have funky leather fringe and beads.

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Mended Hearts are complex and complete.

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Mended Hearts are glittery and true.

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Mended Hearts have wings and things.

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Mended Hearts are waiting to connect with their homes.

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It is time for me to assist these precious little pillows of joy in finding their right homes. We are happy to connect you with a “family pack” of four Mended Heart magnets. Please visit our etsy store to purchase and follow Mended Hearts on facebook.

Spotlight on Story Bead Earrings

Looking closer at a few classic pairs. Sharing the complete text here for the first time. Because wearing a novella on your ears is a literary, fashion, and humor statement all in one tiny package.

BELOW: “No ifs ands or buts.” I smirk every time I read this. Let me know if you can do it with a straight face. TEXT: And or but no if and or but and but and or no but but and or but but and and and no but no and and or [next bead] and but no if and or but if but and and or but and or no but and or and but no but or but and no and and but or

BELOW: “(No ifs ands or buts) with Style” The highlighter yellow color really makes the lettering pop. The first bead is very much similar to the above pair, with the second bead having a thesaurus collage. There wasn’t enough room on the back of the card to include all the text so here are some excerpts from [bead 2]. TEXT: style 4: An individual’s characteristic attitude and taste as expressed or indicated in his way of life <she liked the man’s sophisticated style> stylish <she was stylish dresser> a la mode, chic, dashing || classy, sharp, smart, snappy, swank

BELOW: “People from Hawaii.” Just some fun stuff from the book I was dismantling. [bead 1] TEXT: People from Hawaii make charming hostesses and gracious hosts it is a romantic sign old fashioned [bead 2] thesaurus collage.

BELOW: “Take a Leap” Mysterious poetry at its best, we love shopping lists. [bead 1] TEXT: to take a chance, sometimes a daring chance and making up a shopping list for each jump [bead 2] these leaps had actually been made because the smaller sizes may be used in big celebration

BELOW: “going to town.” A familiar tale for many of my local friends. [bead 1] TEXT: Alert and eager, full of life and vivacity, in the state in which fortune shines upon one days when [bead 2] for many a visit to a town was a momentous event prepared several days in advance were filled with interest

Earrings are made of papier-mâché and ornamented with a variety of glass beads and crystals. They come on a gift card with the story text, as shown. You can read more about the making of the beads at setright.wordpress.com

These are just a few of the remaining pairs. Let me know if you are looking for a particular story and we will see if your own mysterious poetry is currently in material form. I also have magnets and bookmarks, and a few cards left.

Please visit our etsy shop to purchase. Specify your choice of pair(s) in the comments section, or request to be surprised.

Contact us through the contact page, above, or see what the Zen Hens are up to in real time on our facebook page.

Aloha and Mahalo!
Alexis

FREE SHOES for a Limited Time

CRAZY!! I just added FREE SHOES to all of my currently listed doll outfits! Shoes are so important, don’t you agree? Every outfit starts from the shoes up. Shoes have never been an afterthought. So now, without further delay, I proudly present doll shoes so adorable that even adults want to wear them. Or at the very least, play with them. Some mention was made of going dancing…

Same as with my outfits, special attention is given to fit and style. Made of fabric and foam with a variety of embellishments.

FREE SHOES Special Offer valid through September 2014. After September the shoes will sell separately for $8.00 per pair. Please visit our etsy shop to see the individual outfit listings, for shoe details, more pictures, or to purchase.


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FOR SALE:

Cobbling is a new skill and I wanted to practice a lot. That’s how I ended up with with a little bit of a shoe overstock. The pairs shown below are available to purchase now.

Please visit the etsy shop to see more pictures, get additional details, or to purchase. Or contact me through the contact form above or through our facebook page.

Mahalo and Aloha!
Alexis