Shibui & Daughters

Design with an Aesthetic of Simple, Subtle and Unobtrusive Beauty

It is National Weed Appreciation Day.

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

No, not that kind of weed, silly. This kind.

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I once had the weed abatement people in our area tag our property for weeds. Part of the fire abatement program. I called and talked with a gentleman at the program and he asked me. “Do you know the definition of a weed?” “Yes”, I replied. “It is a plant in an area that you don’t want it.” He said yes. Then I explained that the fescue grass around our house was indeed where we wanted it. He laughed and removed the fine we were facing.

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Shibui

When I am at the Up Country House ...

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

I like to go to Talk Story events. The ones I like to go to are local Hawaiian people that are talking about their craft, how it is made in the traditional manner and about their life. I went to one today at The Hui was Kelei Kanahele. He was born and raised on the island of Ni‘ihau. Starting at age 5, he learned to make Ni‘ihau shell lei from his grandma and grandpa—and completed his first 36” pikake lei at twelve years old. He is a master Ni‘ihau shell lei designer and has traveled around Hawai‘i, the continental United States, and Japan to teach workshops.

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Ni‘ihau shell lei

These necklaces can be hundreds of dollars, are investments and treasured by the owner. I could go on and one about Kelei and Ni‘ihau shell lei. He spoke of his childhood, fining the shells and life on the island.

But he said something that was very interesting. It was about how while he is making a lei and after he has given it to someone or someone has purchased it, the lei seems to know him when meeting again. “Oh there you are”

That is what I hope for when I finish one of my pieces. That it goes to a good home but if I get to see it again, and it will send me a private message. “Oh, there you are!”


Kolby Fehlberg-Burns “Sonoran Desert Necklace”

Kolby Fehlberg-Burns “Sonoran Desert Necklace”

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Shibui



Our Home is a Buzz with Activity ...

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

“A” is getting married in August. We are busy looking at bridal ideas from “Save The Dates”, invitations, venues and of course wedding dresses. While “E” was up over the holidays, the girls and I spent a Sunday afternoon with “A”’s future female relatives, watching her trying on wedding dresses and waiting… waiting for the tears. Waiting to see if it would be like “Say Yes to the Dress”.

When we got home, of course, I had to bring out my wedding dress from 35 years ago. I haven’t had it off the shelf and out of the box since it was put away that very cold day in December. Actually it was a very cold day. Minus 17 and with the wind chill factor it was 40 below. Cold day in hell but it seems to have been a plus. 35 years and still going!

Anyway, back to the dress. I wanted to show the girls what I wore. No, not thinking at all if one of them would wear it because they need to have their own and their own memories. But rather, just to see it. And then maybe to see if it would still fit.

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My dress was handmade by a friend. The special embroidery was stitched by another family friend, Barb Morrison (http://www.morrisondesigns.com/) She is an amazing artist. As I remember, Barb called the stitching “Dragon Drops”. I like that name.

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I was amazed that the dress still looked as nice as the day I wore it.

Sharing the experience of “A” looking for a dress was amazing. She didn’t find a dress that day, but the following Sunday, she did. Yes, it was just like “Say Yes to the Dress”! She cried, I cried and we cried together. Amazing.

Oh, and I am sure you are wondering, Did I fit into the dress? It was a little tight and I needed help, but yes, yes I did.

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Shibui

This Time of Year ...

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

My dad is an architect. He was a partner in a large architectural firm.

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This time of year, his consultants and contractors would send out cheese and sausage gift boxes to their clients. They looked like the box above. He would bring them home for us. I remember how fun it was to look at all the different cheeses, sausages and whatever else was included. It seemed so exotic and fancy!

I always wanted the little triangle foil wrapped soft cheese. Opening them and eating them with crackers.

Years ago husband Jim, an architect too, used to get gift boxes too. Usually wine and fruits. These were much enjoyed but they aren’t a cheese and sausage platter.

Dang, now I need to go to the store and get some little triangle foil wrapped soft cheese and crackers!

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Shibui

Amoeba

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment
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Yes, another chicken story, well in a way.

Last night we had friends over for dinner. A great meal with homemade bearnaise sauce for the grilled pork.

I was doing some final cleaning and shoving leftovers into the fridge (I hate fridge designs but that is another story), when … slow motion the bowl of six egg whites left over from making the bearnaise slides out of the fridge, the plastic wrap opens up and out slides the egg whites into a puddle on the floor.

Trying to clean up a puddle of egg whites off the floor is like trying to clean up an amoeba off the floor. You think you get it all and then there is more sliding all over. Many damp paper towels and much wiping, I finally got it cleaned up. Off to bed!

Egg whites and amoebas.
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Shibui

A Large Maynah Bird's Nest fell out of our

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

Hala tree during the night.  It is a large, beautifully woven piece. Two little feathers remain to tell me who the owner was.

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We call the hala tree the Jurassic park tree.  The leaves are really pointy and sharp. It is native to Hawaii. The ancient Hawaiians used hala leaves (lau hala) to make baskets, mats, hats, sandals and in construction, for example to make roofs. Lau hala roofs can last up to 15 years while roofs made from coconut leaves usually last just 3 years  The dried seed pods were used as paint brushes.

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The dried seed pods were used as paint brushes.

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Shibui

Ham Radio

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment
This isn't a picture of my Grandpa's setup.

This isn't a picture of my Grandpa's setup.

This past weekend was the Amateur Radio Field Day around the world. Here on Maui, they set up in a cow pasture near Hookipa Beach overlooking the ocean. Once a year, the local group join others and run tests for 24 hours.  They contact other radio operators across the globe. Here is a link http://www.mauinews.com/news/local-news/2018/06/everybodys-talking-maui-ham-radio-operators-join-worldwide-communications-exercise/

For those of you who don't know what HAM radio is, amateur radio operators use a layer of the Earth’s atmosphere as a mirror for radio waves. Marconi invented it. It is a way to communicate with people when all other communication devices don't work, like cell phones, internet, house phones.

When I was a kid, my Grandpa Don would come home from work and spend hours trying to "dial in" to other operators around the world.  He had a desk set up in the living/dining room with a number of radios on this big table. He used a microphone to speak and had to listen hard for a voice. I remember watching him and hearing the scratchy voices of people from distant lands. It was like magic.  

A very fond memory every time I drive past the cow pasture.

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Shibui

 

Guy Talking on Phone Loudly ...

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment
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This morning, I was sitting in the waiting room at the ophthalmologist office.  In the room, was this older guy talking on his cell phone rather loudly.

He kept saying to the other person on the phone, "I need to have my eyes diluted."  

When I go to the ophthalmologist, my eye are dilated. Just saying.

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Shibui

First Day of Junior High ...

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

was the same story.

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I was signed up for Boys' PE Class and Shop.  I didn't think shop was going to be too bad but Boys' PE. That would have been bad. As I remember it took quite awhile to get it all straightened out and I was off to Girls' PE and HomeEc! There is more to the story of my first day of Junior High but maybe I won't share it here.

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I like how it says that I have to carry this card "at all times and must be shown when requested."  So 47 years later, no one, I mean no one, has requested that I show my YMCA Membership Card.

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Shibui

 

Cake

Kolby Fehlberg-BurnsComment

At the last minute, Mom calls me and says "Would you cut the Birthday Cake for your Dad"?

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My response "Are you going to bring the serving pieces or should I use my switch blade?"

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Shibui