travel : road to hana, maui

road to hana, maui | madeline made

i have been sharing about our trip to maui, hawaii this week, i shared about paia town already and today – the road to hana! before we left paia, we downloaded an app called gypsy guide, that came highly recommended to us. i wish this app existed for every city; it is a gps guided tour that tells you when to stop and prioritizes sites for you while driving. the road to hana is a famously treacherous, 42 mile drive along the northeastern coast with 600 hairpin turns. have i sold you? this drive took us about six hours because we took our time and stopped every chance we could. this is truly about the journey, not the destination.

we stopped first at the ho’okipa lookout to see the windsurfers and surfers. the next stop was the rainbow eucalyptus trees off the road in a grove – their bark looks like watercolor. love at first sight. next was the garden of eden arboretum, a small nature preserve with peacocks and local flora where parts of jurassic park were filmed. next was the black sand beach at waianapanapa state park; there are beautiful sea caves and you can go for a swim at the beach. there are many waterfalls (upper waikani, wailua) along the way, we stopped in at a few and swam in the icy water. we drove along the keanae peninsula and stopped at a stand for warm banana bread and shaved ice.

along the route, we stopped at the nakihu mile marker for the most amazing fish tacos and famous ‘coconut candy.’ the last stop was in our little town in hana at hamoa beach where we would stay for a few days. the beach at hamoa is beautiful (one of maui’s best) and there are a few restaurants for dinner if you plan to head back. we saved the south coast for the drive back to wailea.

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{the first stop – ho’okipa lookout and windsurfers}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{our jeep for the week}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{rainbow eucalyptus grove – my favorite stop of the whole trip}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{rainbow eucalyptus grove}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{rainbow eucalyptus grove}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{winding roads and lookouts on road to hana}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{‘garden of eden’ arboretum black rock from jurassic park}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{banana bread on keanae peninsula}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{waianapanapa state park – black sand beach}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{waianapanapa state park – black sand beach}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{perfect black sand beach at waianapanapa state park}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{sea caves at waianapanapa state park}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

tips:

  • download guide before you leave when you have wifi
  • take snacks and water with you, not stops till later in the drive
  • plan for this to take a full day (early morning) if going there and back (or stay in hana)
  • rent your own car if you can so you can stop at your own pace (and fill up your tank)
  • convertibles and jeeps are most fun for this drive, be prepared to close to top for passing showers
  • bring hiking shoes, towels, and swimming clothes!
  • leave enough time to return and don’t drive back in the dark (we rented a place and stayed a few days)

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{white plumeria everywhere in hawaii}

road to hana, maui | madeline made

{last stop at hamoa beach in hana town, pastoral, and beautiful}

xoxo

madeline

coffee + creativity

coffee and creativity | madeline made

{coffee + my to do list + a sweet postcard from josh}

coffee + creativity. always the perfect pair. i love drinking coffee and finding inspiration for the day. mornings are my most creative time, when i feel the most possibility and the least overwhelmed. i love this quote below. this can be hard to remember this sometimes when the alarm clock is going off too early or i feel uninspired, but it is a good reminder. when is your most creative time?

fall asleep with a dream{via}

coffee and creativity | madeline made

{coffee + pinterest inspiration}

coffee and creativity | madeline made

{coffee + floorplans}

all images are from my own instagram. more hawaii posts coming this week and my nephew is due any day now!

xoxo

madeline

diy : shibori dyeing

shibori diy | madeline made

this winter before it got too cold, i thought i would try my hand at the shibori indigo dyeing trend that i am seeing everywhere. blue is my favorite color and i wanted to use make tablecloths and napkins for parties and specifically, a baby shower. my sister and i tackled this project together and had so much fun. i bought this indigo dye kit and these cloth napkins to dye. i am so happy with the results and am sharing some of the lessons we learned.

shibori diy | madeline made

{indigo dyeing kit, wood blocks, and rubber bands}

shibori diy | madeline made

{napkins folded six ways}

shibori diy | madeline made

{the ‘bloom’ on top of the dye bucket}

shibori diy | madeline made

{mixing in soda ash}

shibori diy | madeline made

{wet bucket, dye bucket, and rinse bucket}

shibori diy | madeline made

{post dyeing dry out – start as green and fade to blue}

shibori diy | madeline made

{the results after unrolling}

shibori diy | madeline made

{hanging on diy rope line}

shibori diy | madeline made

shibori diy | madeline made

{six different designs}

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{tablecloth hanging to dry}

shibori diy | madeline made

{tablecloth design made with woodblocks}

shibori diy | madeline made

this turned out to be a really quick and easy diy, and now i have some beautiful textiles to use. thanks natalie for your help! a few tips:

  • make sure to buy more rubber bands and more wood blocks than are in the kit. we used a large bag of rubber bands and made some large wood blocks for the tablecloth design.
  • spend the time to get everything set up before starting – the lines, the rinse buckets…so you can quickly dye and hang.
  • if doing a large amount of fabric, use large clean five gallon buckets.
  • dip into the dye more than once. we only dyed once and the colors fades when dry. they will look very dark at first, but only because it it wet.
  • wash in the washing machine once after dyeing process with no detergent on cold.
  • these two tutorials are really great for folding designs. (one and two) i also made up a few of my own designs.

there are endless possibilities. be creative and enjoy!

shibori diy | madeline made

xoxo

madeline

travel : guide to paia, maui, hawaii

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

this week i want to share some of my travel photos from our trip to hawaii in november. with the ice and snow around the country, we are all needing to mentally be somewhere else today, somewhere warm! to celebrate finishing my husband’s architectural exams and our third wedding anniversary, we booked a trip to maui in november. november is considered ‘off season’ on the islands; prices are lower, but the weather is perfect year round. we did a lot of research before leaving on where to stay on the island, the best beaches, and what to see. i would love to share.

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

upon landing, we could see the cloud shrouded peak of maui’s volcano, haleakala. we planned to take our entire second day to travel the road to hana, a scenic road trip along the east coast of maui, popular for it’s winding hairpin roads. we decided to stay in paia town, a small bohemian village near the maui airport (north coast) so we could start the next day bright and early for hana. we did not spend very much time in paia, but it charmed us with it’s quaint character and friendly locals. i loved chatting with a girl on the beach who fell in love paia and bought a one way ticket; she moved there and never looked back! i only wish we could have had more time to explore.

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

STAY:

paia inn – we stayed here, and this boutique hotel won our hearts. paia town is a small, walkable downtown and this inn is right in the center. it was comfortable, small, and beautiful.

airbnb – there are great options for vacations rentals on the island. it is addicting to browse the homes for rent.

DO:

paia bay – this beach was right outside of the paia inn and we spent the morning watching the turtles and surfers. the turtles wash up on shore and they are bigger than i could have ever imagined!

car rental – we rented a jeep wrangler and it was the best decision we made! we chose a location close to the airport for easy pickup before hana.

SHOP:

mana foods – there are no large grocery stores once you get to the east coast, and there are also not many dining options in hana. it is a great idea to stop in to mana foods to get groceries if you plan to stay on the eastern side of the island. so glad we knew to do this. it is like the nicest whole foods you’ve ever been in; we bought hawaiian coffee, fresh local fruit and produce.

boutiques + art galleries – paia is full of artists and handmade crafts, which makes it a great place to walk around at night and window shop.

EAT+DRINK: 

charley’s – we stopped in for breakfast to prepare for the long road trip to hana. there was an incredible bloody mary bar and we had to order the famous macadamia nut pancakes with coconut milk syrup. amazing!

mama’s fish house – this restaurant is a must while you are there. although very popular and touristy, the service, dinner and drinks were perfect. it is a beautiful setting on the beach and we sipped mai tais and ate local ono fish while feeling jetlagged.

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{surfers on paia bay}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{ginger plant flower}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{passionfruit etching}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{exploring at paia inn}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{colorful outdoor dining at paia inn}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup at charley’s}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{exotic fruits at mana foods grocery, rambutan?!}

paia, maui, hi| madeline made

{mai tais at mama’s fish house}

i will be posting guides on hana and wailea this week. i hope you enjoyed the paia guide, and please post any questions you may have about your travels!

xoxo

madeline

moodboard inspiration

how amazing are these mood boards from emily henderson’s blog for the ban.do headquarters? these were put together by jen gotch as inspiration for the space. so colorful. so fun. so unconventional. and so dolly parton. that’s all. see the most recent update on the house here.

moodboard inspiration

moodboard inspiration

image via

staying warm?

madeline

happy (icy) friday

yes please| madeline made

happy friday from a very wet and icy nashville. the entire united states needs to dry out and warm up so we can all get some time outdoors.

this weekend will be spent catching up on oscar best pictures nominees, reading this wonderful book, and drinking moscow mules. sunday, we are going to measure and photograph a new project site….and of course watching the academy awards! what are you up to this weekend?

off to watch birdman!

iced over

ice storm | madeline made

this week has been the craziest of winters i can remember in tennessee. a massive ice and snow storm came through the south monday and covered every surface in a thick layer of ice, from roads to leaves. tornadoes, humidity, and mosquitos are commonplace here, but it is not often that we get ice and snow. the city slowed and quietened over the last two days; we spent them at home, playing with the dogs, sledding, and watching movies. the ice glimmered like diamonds on the trees, coating each branch and leaf. i could not help but snap a few images of the ice before it melts into spring. this morning we woke up to a beautiful powdery snow in a blanket of white. are you staying warm and safe?

ice storm | madeline made

ice storm | madeline made

ice storm | madeline made

ice storm | madeline made

ice storm | madeline made

ice storm | madeline made

also, happy first birthday to little baxter! hardly little anymore, he weighs 77 lbs and stands almost as tall as our lab, sampson. he came to us 9 months ago and we have loved every minute with him.

ice storm | madeline made

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