Recently a a special friend and former soap making student, Ghislaine Chock, invited me to her home for a "coffee hour". We began meeting for our coffee hours last year, and they are somewhat of regular "date" for us when time permits! I really look forward to these get togethers because it's relaxing, inspiring, and very enjoyable!
Ghislaine and I usually meet at a local Starbucks for coffee and sweets and chats. This particular time, we met at her home. What a pleasant surprise! Not only was there great coffee, but she baked a delectable coffee cake from scratch! Fresh strawberries grown in Hawaii, orange juice, and even some homemade kumquat preserves were at her beautiful table! Can't beat that! A great time was had by all (her hubby had to leave to teach a class, but got a piece of her heavenly coffee cake and coffee). My hubby just plain missed out!
Ghislaine has evolved into a great soap maker, and we love her soap! She shared a couple bars of her newly colored soaps with me, and I love them! We'll be taking them to our next class to share with our new students. A photo of her beautiful soaps does not do them justice. They SMELL wonderful, too.
Ghislaine has another passion: weaving on great big looms (the size of a baby grand piano?). She recently won an award for a gorgeous weaving she made. I cannot even begin to describe her beautiful weavings so I'll just post some photos of her creative and exquisite work. Please enjoy!
Ghislaine is a true artist filled with a passion for love and life, and I am so grateful to have her as a friend! Her work may be on display at different venues at different times, such as Linekona Art Center at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and various galleries (Mark's Center Gallery) in Honolulu.
Thank you, Ghislaine for the coffee, the sweets, and for being you!
JoAnn and Steve
The Soap Box (Hawaii)