Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kakaako Mural

I've been meaning to check out the new artwork in Kakaako since the recent Pow Wow event a few weeks ago, but I haven't had the chance.  I saw this mural last month while killing some time waiting for Wendell.  I think it was on Auahi between Coral and Cooke.

Looks like it's just part of mural done by Estria. Check out the rest on Celia's blog here.

It was still unfinished at the time I took these photos, but still so beautiful.


I hope I'll be able to check out the rest of the murals in Kakaako soon.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Collectors Expo

Me and my sisters went to the Collectors Expo this past weekend.

It was nice to be indoors in air conditioning for a change. We were one of the first to enter the event this past Saturday.


It was just like being at the swap meet.

There were many familiar faces.

And some new ones.

There were lots of old bottles.




We ended up not spending too much although we were there for 5 hours!  Geri bought this necklace for $10.

I got this coconut candy.  It was $3.25. I really like it. Reminded me of some candy we ate kid time.

My jaw dropped when I saw this table.  It was just what I wanted.

I got these two.  They were 2/$25. Wish I coulda got more but too expensive.

I was hoping to find some marbles, but the only guy who had any good ones had them there for display only and not for sale.  They were in display cases with lids screwed or scotch taped on so that they couldn't even be opened.  I stood there for so long admiring the marbles that one of the other vendors asked me if I wanted him to use his pocket knife to bust the cases open.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Marbles 101

You must think that I've lost my marbles because I've become so into them.  But wait . . . I bet I can get you to like um too.  There are various different companies that produced marbles and some are so similar that it's hard for me to differentiate, but here is a quick lesson on what I've learned so far. 


These are the familiar cat's eye. You probably played with these and maybe even got a bagful somewhere.

This is the marble that I paid $10 each for 3 of them.  I found out that they were probably made in Mexico by a company called Vacor and are worth less than 99 cents for all three.  Bummahs!

Here are more Vacor marbles. These are called Mummy and you can buy them online at 25 for $2.99.  I might've paid 25 cents for each at the swap meet. 

Vacor Wicked Owl, again 25/$2.99.  Pretty yah.

I shared this one with you before.  It's one of the first marbles that I ever bought.  It's a handmade German latticinio marble.  I paid $20 for it.

I have two now. This one has a yellow core.  I got it for $35 at Antique Alley.

I also got this one at Antique Alley. I've shown it before.  It was $20.  It's an Akro Corkscrew.  I like the corkscrew marbles because only Akro made them and so I can easily identify them. The colors swirl neatly around the marble in corkscrew fashion and never meet. The more swirls the better.

The ones with just two colors are called Prize Names.

White and orange are common colors.

This one might be called a Snake or Ribbon.  It's so cool how you can see the swirls clear through inside the marble.

This is my favorite corkscrew-type marble.  It's called a Popeye.  I paid $5 for it from grouchy-man George.  It'll have a clear base with white whispy stranding and two colors . . . this one, yellow and red.

Here's another one with blue and yellow colors.

This one might be called a Hybrid Popeye.  That's when it has 3 colors instead of 2.  See the kinda golden band between the green and yellow?  Popeyes on eBay seem to go from $10 and up.  I saw a really pretty one go for almost $100.

This one is called a Vitro All-Red.  Not sure why it's called "All-Red" 'cause it's not.  It's usually one-third red.

Here's another one.

Here's a batch that I pulled from Geri's stash.

These are called Patches. See how they kinda look like helmets?  I don't know what brand they are. A lot of the marble companies made Patches. 

This is also a Patch.  It's a Peltier brand Patch. For some reason Peltier patches are more swirley than angular. The only reason I know that is because there was a similar-looking one at Antique Alley.  It was selling for $20.

I paid too much for this supposedly common Marble King Bumble Bee.  It was $5, but I wanted it for my collection.

Here's a Marble King Blue Rainbow. 

Isn't this one pretty?  It's an Akro Sparkler.  See how it looks like onion skin?

Master Marbles makes a similar-looking style but more in earth colors. They call theirs Sunbursts.

I'm really not sure about this, but I've identified this one as a Ravenswood Swirl because I've seen similar ones identified as such online.  I would love for it to be an older Christensen Swirl 'cause it kinda looks like it too, but it's probably not.

Here's another one. I love the color.

Here's a Moonie.  Not sure what make, but there are faint blue corkscrew-like swirls in it, so I'm calling it an Akro.

Marbles with a black base are called Indians. Not sure if this is really one though.

I think this is just a really pretty cat's eye.

It has a chip in it.  I have several marbles that have similar chips, making them even more worthless than worthless.

I haven't been able to identify this one.  It's red, white and blue.  Isn't it neat?

I don't know what these are too.  Probably old, early 1900's, very valuable and worth $100s.  Hahahahaha.  NNNNOOOOTTT!!!

If you have any marbles stashed somewhere, especially if they look like German Latticinio, or Christensen Swirls, or Akro Popeyes . . . can I be your best friend?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Took a Flop

Been lazy to blog. Sorry.  So doing one easy one today. Just one pikcha.

As you can see, I took a flop this morning.  I'm not so agile anymore . . . I realize.  I wasn't too agile to begin with, and now . . . more worse.  Me and Kona gotta walk early nowadays 'cause we gotta be home by 6:30 a.m. when Wendell leaves for work.  That's 'cause somebody always gotta be home with Aunty. So my excuse is, was dark.  But actually good thing was dark . . . I think nobody saw.  You shoulda seen how fast I got back up . . . making like nothing happened.

Oh, and you see the scar next to the strawberry?  That's from another time I took a flop . . . soccer practice with Leslie. Dunno what made me think I could play soccer . . . I cannot even kick the ball.


Friday, February 22, 2013


I'd been waiting and waiting for our first full month's post-PV bill.  It came yesterday.

I'm so happy!

I think we're overproducing right now, but hopefully we'll be good during the summer time.

I'm sending in my payment today . . . earlier than usual.