I'm Laura, a third generation artisan currently living near Denver, Colorado. I design, make, photograph and ship all of the items for sale in my shop.
"Heart in Hawaii" was established in 2006; a serendipitous result of my first visit to the islands. A nature lover, I was inspired by the amazing flowers, and happy to be the first to design, create and offer a unique alternative to the foam/plastic plumeria flowers so commonly seen.
I left my heart in Hawaii...
After visiting Hawaii I was forever changed. Like many who visit, I have been strongly influenced by the incredible beauty and allure of these enchanting islands and their wonderful people and aloha spirit. I have great passion and respect for all things Hawaiian, and love reading about Hawaiian and Polynesian history, mythology and culture.
I began beading again in the early 2000's when I was preparing jewelry for my own wedding and have been creating ever since. I started focusing on beading flowers in 2005, after visiting the beautiful island of Maui. I fell in love with the island and like many others who visit, truly felt as though I had left my heart there...
I started selling locally in 2006 and online in 2008. In May 2010 my flowers were featured in print by BRIDES Magazine! (June, 2010 issue, p. 215)
Each of my larger plumeria flowers takes over 4 hours to create! A lot of love (and over 700 beads) go into each heirloom quality flower. After spending a decade making improvements and adaptations; I have achieved a level of quality satisfaction which enables me to fully guarantee each and every flower I sell.