Bunches of Bags

Been staying busy during all these weeks and months that the shop has been closed due to wet and windy weather. One project that seems to be popping up a lot lately is bags. Does anyone need shopping bags or stylish shopping bag sets? I refer to these sets as a “tote-tote” and they were designed to streamline and organize your errand route. It would please me tremendously to connect all these nice things with the homes where they belong.

Whatever it is that I’m making, I try to have a sense of how it works into the big scheme of things. My feeling is that reusable bags are here to stay and I feel good about offering them. Recently I’ve been experimenting with upcycling materials. I especially enjoy repurposing a zipper. Yeah, that’s my idea of fun.

Enjoy the photo gallery below and…

…then click on over to our etsy shop where are all the gorgeous bags are available for easy purchase. Or, contact me using the contact form, above, with your questions or special requests. You can also message any of us Zen Hens through our facebook page.

Next up and coming soon, four pretty new Muumuuko Hawaiian Girl Dress-up dolls and also, by special request, fashions for 18″ dolls.

Aloha and Mahalo,
Alexis

 

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Muumuuko and her pretty spring fashions

Muumuuko (pronounced moo-moo Ko) Hawaiian Girl Dress-up Doll is a sweet little girl with a particular outlook on life. On a sunny morning she likes to wear pretty clothes that are cool and comfortable. And on a chilly mauka evening, a cozy flannel nightgown or pajama set fits just right. She has a flair for casual elegance in all her fashion choices.

A lot of care goes into the functionality of the garments. Using mainly elastic and velcro, sometimes ties, the dolls are easy to dress. Many of the garments are also the same front to back, making them even easier and more fun. Because fit is such an important part of a stylish outfit, I really worked my shapes.

Muumuuko believes upcycling is super cool, and a lot of her clothing is made from repurposed fabrics and trims. If repurposed, it is noted in the caption. (Click on the image to enlarge and see the full caption.)

Muumuuko is ready to play today and hopes to become a keepsake doll in the future. She is delivered with her basic short muumuu and a certificate that you personalize.

At some point I will be coming back to post my patterns and talk about my experience of making the dolls. I’m dreaming of many more outfits. Lingerie and outerwear and special occasion dresses.

Pricing structure. Dolls shown are $25 each, or $35 for a special request (hair/eye color, etc). Outfits are $7 each, or $6 each when buying three or more outfits. Special request outfits are $8 to $10 each. Plus applicable shipping charges. Message me and we will work out the details.

Contact me using the contact form above, or, through our facebook page. Also, check out our etsy store where you can place custom orders or leave us a convo.

Aloha and mahalo!
Alexis

Meet Muumuuko Hawaiian Girl Dress-up Doll

Just now beginning to break through my shyness barrier in regard to creating faces. As I finish each face, she looks right back at me. After struggling with the assumption that I “should” be able to do “better” I decided any “mistakes” in the drawing of the face are what create her unique character. The eyes shine love… but do I see a little mischief around the mouth? Maybe so.

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Today I’m drafting up this certificate to be included with each doll, to help you get to know her: “This is Muumuuko (pronounced moo-moo Ko), Hawaiian Girl Dress-up Doll. Muumuuko adores pretty clothes that are cool and comfortable. She likes games, tea parties, and spending time with friends. She loves summer, storybooks, and pajamas. Muumuuko was made by hand with heart in Hawaii and now belongs to: _______________ , forever and always.”

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Above: Love her modern muumuu and stylish hair.

After learning some basic techniques I produced my own super simple pattern pieces. They are still under development so I will be sharing my patterns as I get them tightened up.

Muumuuko is suitable as baby’s first fashion doll and as a souvenir doll for any age.

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Above: Sweet little girl with multi-tonal brown and pink hair. Below: Her coordinating outfits.

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Parents and grandparents of a certain age will resonate with this modest shorty top that shows just a little belly and has all the frills of summer. The ruffled skirt has sewn-in bloomers, too.

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And some pants to go with the top for when we don’t feel like wearing a skirt.

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The exact flannel nightgown that so many of us wore as kids. It took me three tries to get the pattern just right and I am very happy with it.

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Above: I think her hair color and outfit suggest a trip to the beach. Below: The skirt and top.

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Short shorts are fun.

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Shorty flannel pajamas trimmed with eyelet lace.

I take special requests whenever possible to use favorite colors and personal touches if you want a custom doll created. Please contact me through the contact page above or message me through our facebook page. If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by and meet the girls in person.

Aloha!

What have we here?

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A variety of beautiful and useful items. Just walking around the gallery and listing off everything I see, starting in the front. Mended Heart magnets and kits, decor pillows, pin cushions, embellished kitchen towels, gift wrap, coasters, matted original paintings and art photography, place mats, cloth napkins and napkin rings, pot holders, baby bibs and skirts, shopping bags and baggies, fabric flower pins and hair clips, wine glass charms, Mended Heart hair clips, barrettes and pins, mysterious poetry magnets and bookmarks, Z by Zen Hens Fashion Swimwear magnets, story bead earrings, e-reader bags, purses, shoulder bags, covered journals, quilts, receiving blankets, hats, wallets, zipper bags, travel sleep masks, hand made cards, beaded bracelets, dragonflies, eye glass cases, iPhone covers, papier mache blocks and word art, tiny sweater ornaments, Christmas stockings and a stuffed turtle. Whew! And more new items every week!!

Come by Zen Hens Art Craft Boutique and Gallery, on Lotus Blossom Lane, just past Aloha Blvd, in Ocean View, Hawaii. Or, contact me through the contact page or our facebook page or Etsy shop.

Aloha and happy new year!

Handmade Gift Wrap

Hand made gift wrap using re-purposed paper.

Hand made gift wrap using re-purposed paper.

FREE hand made gift wrap with your purchase today only! Many of the stamps used in creating this paper are also hand made by me. Some of the stamps are made of flip flop bottoms. Pretty metallic paints, very festive.

We have a lot of nice personal items in stock and it is probably time for you to treat yourself! Come by the gallery today or contact me with your selections for shipping.

Mele Kalikimaka! Merry Christmas! Be merry and bright. Peace. Love.

Hand made using re-purposed brown bag.

Hand made using re-purposed brown bag.

Tiny Sweater Ornaments

Having fun today decorating the gallery. The Aloha sweaters are officially here.

I have sold out of sweater ornaments as of this evening. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a special order. Thank you!