Mahalo Nui Loa for visiting MauiShopGirl in 2011! I appreciate that you took the time to share my loves and life with me over your morning coffee, lunch break or after dinner surfing. When I started the blog in July of 2011, I knew it would give me the creative outlet I so desperately needed. But I had no idea how truly satisfying blogging would be on so many levels. From learning new skills on a daily basis to promoting small businesses who deserve their time in the spotlight to discovering an interest in photography. But most of all, I didn’t anticipate how much blogging would make me feel more connected, with a sense of community both online and to the island I call home.
After the jump, a rundown of some of your favorite posts or ones that have a bit of special meaning for me…
MauiShopgirl went live on July 17th, 2011, with a little post about pretty wallpaper for my home office, a project that remains on my “would like to do list”.
My first obsessed with etsy post featured a husband and wife team who make cool and simple but very unique home decor like their fancy chandelier.
I discovered many wonderful Hawaii etsy shops like Makana ‘o ke Kai who is making beautiful shell jewelry on the shores of Kauai.
My home was completed this year and we took a little peek into my kitchen.
My most emotional post was on the furbaby’s birthday in August which left me teary for a few days after.
MauiShopGirl started to move up the pages in google search. The very first search term people clicked on? Reuse bifold doors, a post about my mama’s brillant and adorable doggie condo.
The most viewed post this year was written in anticipation of the Lahaina Plantation Days celebration and was the story of my family’s plantation days. I think this post resonated as so many people in Hawaii can trace their ancestors back to the plantation days. It was comforting to find out so many friends of mine not only had grandparents and parents who knew my family but even lived in the same camp.
I took a day trip to Hana and it was beautiful and peaceful. I saw parts of Hana and the surrounding area that I had never had the privilege of visiting before.
Dad and I went on a tour of the Old Maui High School, learning more about the history of the student body and the grand architecture.
My very first business spotlight shared the interesting backstory of the owners of Indigo, Daniel and Caramiya. I was in the very early days of the blog with a small amount of views. I appreciate the time Daniel took to share their story with me. I needed them much more than they needed me!
Discovering Nest was one of the happiest shopping moments of my Maui life. Tucked away in Kihei, Sandi Wickersham has a gem of a shop selling furniture and home accessories for a modern beach home. She is also a joy to chat with and an amazing woman…successful in retail, design and in the art world.
Jaime Shepherd of Sophie Grace allowed me to take a peek into her world of a retail and jewelry entrepreneur . She is one of those people that radiates light and kindness and you can’t help but want her to succeed.
Pualani Hawaii is my favorite bikini line (even if I’m not so bikini ready at the current time) and their shop in Waikiki will top my list of things to do in Honolulu on the next trip back.
I spent many days at the beach in 2011…enjoying sunsets, whale watching, eating pot luck and learning to SUP. But the pictures I took on this particular Sunday at Keawakapu remind me of how much I love Maui.
In 2012, I plan to have more spotlights of local business owners, photographers and artisans. As I expand my culinary horizons, more tempting food and drink.
What would you like to see on MauiShopGirl in 2012?
What were some of your best memories in your life and loves in 2011?
The images for the wallpaper, Makana ‘o ke Kai (shell rings), Sophie Grace and Pualani Hawaii are courtesy of the merchant. Links to their site are contained on the original post linked to above.