Hawaii is REALLY high on my list of someday places. For now, I have to settle for pictures, dreams, and a shirt for a friend.
She wanted a "Hawaiian" shirt without the craziness of a true Hawaiian shirt. She is a cook too, so nothing like a real lei or 3-D stuff. I knew I wanted to do something floral, but inspiration just wasn't hitting me. Then I found some really cute flowers. Yes, I realize they're not all Hawaiian flowers, but I thought they were pretty and bright and colorful.
I did some raw edge applique and some free-motion stitching in the middle. The perfect lei for a cook! It's just so bright and colorful, the picture doesn't really do it justice. I hope she enjoys it! (Sorry it took so long, M.) I also did a slightly smaller lei on a turquoise v-neck shirt.