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I am second generation Californian with Apache and Yaqui ancestors. Yes I was born in them there hills of Los Angeles. The Yaqui were hard workers and while working on the railroads in the southwest traveled and sometimes lived on the trains with their families. Refugio Savala the Yaqui Poet lived this lifestyle and called himself a "Hobo" with humor. My Greatgrandfather and many of his family worked on the railroad also which afforded them many opportunities. This Blog is in honor of my Great Grandfather Reyes Torres.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Song of the Islands with Hilo Hattie

I have flowers in the brain....this movie is so happy and fun. The technicolor is beautiful. It is like taking a vacation only it was really done on a set in Hollywood. The entire movie can be watched on YouTube.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Hilo Hattie, A Legend of Our Time


I have been thinking a lot of Hawaiiana lately, from flowers in the hair to smell of Honeysuckle, to tropical dresses and always sandals. My trips to Hawaii were filled with romance and relaxation.
Hillo Hattie was a very modern woman her real name Clara Nelson. She was a Teacher, Performer singing and dancing and when she was approached to endorse a clothing line her fun loving nature said "why not?". She started her "business" in mid-life which is a big inspiration for me now. Born in 1901 she paved the way for many modern women.
Her clothing, or should I say the companies clothing, is moderately priced with high quality. I just purchased a few vintage pieces on ebay for those are my favorite.
I told my daughter you have to have the thought first and then the rest is set into motion. I am set to go to Hawaii now and possibly open a Hawaiiana Shop. I have had the books on the topic for ages side tracted with family and other priorities. But first I must recharge my batteries!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Color of the year: Tangerine Tango


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I use Pantone as a guide and inspiration for sewing for the year. A lot of the colors are 'recycled' so I just pull out of storage...what I really like is the different color combinations. There is a free PDF download on the Share link for Pantone...