Happy Easter, He is Risen! Καλό Πάσχα και Χριστός Ανέστη!

Yes, I know,  I am not Greek Orthodox, nor am I from any of the countries that observe Orthodox Easter.  But, since we were traveling last Sunday, we had our Easter celebration today.  And, since Easter is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, shouldn’t we celebrate every day of the year!

He is risen indeed. Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Prior to leaving for Spring Break, I spent some time making an Easter plate for my kitchen plate holder.  I think it turned out really well.

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The creation of this plate involved several steps:

  1. Base of plateIMG_1607
    • Bottom glass – clear layer of glass measuring just under 7″ square
    • Top glass – medium blue outer border 1/2″ wide, green noodle (standing on edge) and varied sized pieces of variety of transparent blue glass in a patchwork pattern
    • Light amber glass cut in 5/8″ strips to make the base of the cross
    • 7″ square stainless steel form, lined with shelf paper
    • Full fused
  2. Pieces of purple transparent medium frit to make grapes full fused (visible on the right side of the stainless steel form in the photo above)
  3. Green noodles and stringer, bent by holding the glass in the flame of a soldering torch
  4. Dove and dove wing cut from thin iridescent white glassIMG_1609
  5. Leaves cut from thin green glass
  6. Cross cut from dark amber glass, slumped over 1/8″ fiber paper to be able to “weave” the glass
  7. Cross, dove, vines and grapes place onto base glass and light contour fused to the plateIMG_1612
  8. Slump in a plate mold.

Big Island Vacation

Spring Break –  a chance to get away to warmer weather.

Day One – departed MN at 1 pm CDT, layover in LA and arrived in Kona at 8 pm HST – long day!

 

Day Two – over an inch of rain made for a wet day but a stunning sunset.

 

Day Three – Lavaman Triathlon start and finish were on the beach  outside our lanai.  We watched, but did not participate – drove to see the Pololu Valley and northwest coast line instead.

Day Four – drove to Hilo, still overcast, but we were able to see Rainbow Falls and Pe’epe’e Falls before the rain fell. Another gorgeous sunset.

Day Five – a long walk by the villa lead to finding several very friendly resort cats!

Day Six – Long walk along the beach, drive into Kona, and more time at the beach.

Day Seven – Volcano National Park, Ki’lauea Crater, Thurson Lava Tube and Chain of Craters Road.

Day Eight – Helicopter Ride and Petroglyph Field

 

Day Nine – Drove to Ka Lae, also known as South Point, is the most southerly piece of ground in the US and Flight Home.