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,


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!

What have we here?


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.

Caroline Totes

Little Caroline Totes, all in a row.

Little Caroline Totes, all in a row.

The Caroline Tote has a retro vibe and a fully modern functionality. Designed with grown-up ladies in mind, it is a miniature handbag that has also been a favorite of small humans such as granddaughters and nieces. A perfect little vacation bag even if you normally carry a large bag at home. I pick out the fabrics that make me think of slack key guitars and drinks with paper umbrellas.

Visit the New fashion accessories section of our etsy store for more pictures of the front, back and inside, and more details on each bag.

The tote is fully lined and interfaced, with the essential features you need. A zipper pocket for your cards and cash. An open pocket for keys. The main compartment for a phone and lip balm, maybe your tourist-y map. Short handles fit comfortably in your hand for swinging down the street, or dangle them over your wrist, so cute!

The shape, trim, and button flap, remind me of a wicker picnic basket on its way to the beach. And the Caroline Tote always features an over-sized button, more for humor than security.

All of my handbag designs are named after special friends’ granddaughters. The Caroline Tote is definitely charmed. Thank you, Caroline.

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View the slideshow above for closeups of the new bags (and a trout bag) and then head over to our etsy store for more pictures of the front, back and inside, and more details on each bag, in the new fashion accessories section.

Full Moon Sleep Mask Sale

The romantic notions of a full moon do sometimes clash with the need for sleep! Travel Sleep Masks are a super value at only $6.00.

OFFER #1: Stop by the gallery today to purchase one for yourself and get a second one for a friend at half price.

Wristlet purse with travel sleep mask.

Wristlet purse with travel sleep mask.

Wristlet purse with travel sleep mask.

Wristlet purse with travel sleep mask.

OFFER #2: Today only, buy one of these zipper purses for $20.00, and get the matching sleep mask free. The red batik purse has an outside phone pocket. Both of these purses have removable straps, and wild surprise linings that are not shown in the photos.

If you’re shopping from home today, follow this link to our Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/130745255/satin-lined-sleep-mask