How to Create a Passionate Business and Life, The Kaizen Way

What is Kaizen? Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy and work plan strategy where employees at all levels of a company are encouraged to work together to achieve incremental improvements benefitting the business, employees, customers and the larger world. It combines the collective talents within a company (or family) to create a powerful engine for life-long learning in small incremental steps. I hope you will embrace the Kaizen way in your business and personal life. I believe that it will help you to change the way you think and open up boundless opportunities in your life.

Click HERE for a free printable, “The Kaizen Way, 5 Steps to Awaken Your Passion for Work and Life.”

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I Love Making Things by Hand

It’s already September. Where did the summer go?
I’m already busy making stuff to sell for our annual Pasado’s Safe Haven Drive at Studio 904 (mark your calendar for Sunday, December 5, 2015). I committed to making a large number of hand-made crafts but found it was almost impossible to make them in large quantities. So I decided to create a system.
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How to Transform Grocery Bags into Beautiful Decorations

Do you want to create a beautiful and whimsical environment for the holidays?

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Who’d ever think that transforming plain brown paper bags into ornaments can be an affordable way to differentiate your business from others?

If you are a client of my hair salon, Studio 904, you’ve seen the unique ways in how I keep the facility fresh and pleasing to the eye by changing things up every season.

I put hours of time into making hand-made decorations for my salon because I believe seeing something fresh and new on a regular basis is stimulating and puts customers in a good mood. If it’s pleasing to our customers, just think how happy it makes our staff to come to a beautiful work environment daily.

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Many businesses make the mistake of becoming stagnated with lack of change in their environment and service offerings, a sure way for a slow death of your business.

So I say, “Change it Up!” Look around your business and come up with ways to refresh and invigorate your environment.

 

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I made these Owl Angels (more like Urban Angels) this year for the holidays. I love how these cute critters came out. They are not rustic looking like the owls I’ve seen. The white body and the glittered net wings give them a fresh and sophisticated look. So I wanted to share with you how I made them.

Oh, they are so cute. Nothing is more satisfying to me than looking at their cuteness every day.
Without a fail, these owls put a big smile on my face and helps me to have a happy day.

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How to make “Owl Angels” from paper bags.

 Cut bags into 6” x 8” pieces
Paint one side of each cut pieces with white gesso (it takes two pieces to make one owl)
Draw a simple shape of an owl on one of the pieces (this becomes the front of the owl)
Draw eyes, decorate the body using a black Sharpie marker
Sew the outline with a machine (leave an opening at the bottom)
Stuff with small amount of cotton (this will puff the owls up)
Sew and close the bottom opening (optional: insert feet made of black felt before sewing up the opening)
Cut out small wings (I used paper and ribbon netting)

Good luck with your decorations! I’d love to hear your ideas on affordable decorating ideas for the holidays which is right around the corner.

iPhone Photography in Maui

On a recent trip to Maui, I discovered  my iPhone takes great photos.

I’ve been hearing lately, “The best camera is the one which is with you.” 

I decided to put my Iphone to the test during my early morning walk  on  Kanapali beach

Here are some of my best shots.

 

“Oh So Pretty” Folded Cards

Welcome to the world of creating your own background papers!

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Join Kay in crafting unique folded cards. You will learn how to create beautiful backgrounds using pearlescent watercolors and stencils. Cards are embellished with flowers, butterflies and ribbons to create a delicate spring theme. Plus, you will go home with a sampler packet of back-grounds. Read more