Saturday, September 11, 2010

Sapphires in Design Ideas

I absolutely love this beautiful stone, Blue Sapphire. So beautiful and rich!!! Sapphire has been mined in Australia for over 100 years. The Australian Sapphire Industry, the source of many international sapphire products on the world market today. This beautiful stone can be so soft like the sky or so deep like the sea. Here are some of my favorites from my Flickr account. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Tale of Birthstones - September in Sapphires

1. Avery Necklace--MarioNoel
2. Sapphire faceted gemstone rondelles-- gemaliciousbeads
3. Blue Morning, Blue Day--mycellardoor
4. Open Edition Print of Blue Tree and Reflection--svitrolica

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of September, Blue Sapphire.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

September Birthstone: Sapphire

Birthstone Color: Deep Blue

Sapphire is the birthstone for the month of September and the gem designated for the 5th, 23rd and 45th wedding anniversary; a star sapphire is typically given on the 65th wedding anniversary. A gift of Sapphire represents sincerity and faithfulness.

Mystical Powers of the birthstone: Sapphires were once believed to be protection against snakes. It was said that if poisonous reptiles and spiders were placed in a jar containing the stone, the creatures would immediately die. The French of the 13th century believed that sapphire transformed stupidity to wisdom, and irritability to good temper.

Main sources of Aquamarine: Sapphire is mined in Australia, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Other producers are Burma, Kampuchea, Kenya and Tanzania.

Interesting Facts: The Sapphire is second only to the Diamond in hardness, making it a durable gemstone for setting into jewelry. As nourishing to the soul as gazing up at the sky on a summer day, this brilliant blue gemstone is truly a heavenly choice!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mixed Media Art with Peridots - August birthstone

Pistachio to olive green: what beautiful range of colors to decorate your home or to complement a fresh, light summer wardrobe! Enjoy a small selection of peridot finds on Etsy! To view more items, follow this link

1. Vintage Soda Pop Top and Enamel Flower Pins Jewelry Mirror -- Laurawinzeler
2. Note or Greeting Card with Original Art--BumberShootDesigns
3. Lemon Blooming green leather case iphone--Rntd
4. Light green metal dragonfly magnets -- Merritthyde

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Peridots Egyptian Cuisine

Egyptian cuisine is one of the most interesting cuisines in the world. While I was finishing my culinary degree at Johnson & Wales, we learned the intricacies of the cuisines from all over the world. Egypt's cuisine was the one of the most interesting. In the western world, we find new techniques to add flavor and style to food and cooking style, but not in Egypt. There, it is all original, traditional foods, which stand the test of time.
Egyptian dishes are simple and hearty, mostly made with naturally ripened fruits and vegetables and seasoned with fresh spices. The food in the south of Egypt is closely linked to North African cuisine, so it is zestier than that food found in the north; contrary to popular belief, neither region is especially hot.

Here are some recipes you might like to try!!!
1. Kushari
2. Bamya
3. Falafel

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Peridot in Design Ideas

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of August, Peridot and country Egypt. I try to look at Egypt with Peridot eyes and found some beauties. Enjoy!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Tale of Birthstones - August in Peridots

1. Edible Chocolate Filled Acorns -- andiespecialtysweets
2. Peridot Faceted Heishi- loveofjewelry
3. Clover necklace Peridot and 14 K gold filled --erinelizabeth
4. Seaweed Sald 125 inch Focal Lentil Bead in Greens--pattylakinsmith

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of August, Peridot.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

August Birthstone: Peridot

Birthstone Color: Yellow Green

Alternative Birthstone: Sardonyx

Peridot is the birthstone for the month of August and the gem designated for the 16th wedding anniversary. Peridot is a mineral named Olivine, which is found in a variety of greens, ranging from light yellowish green to a dark olive.

Mystical Powers of the birthstone: The green crystal was considered protective against evil and when set in gold, especially help against night terrors. It was ground to powder and used as a remedy for asthma and as a cure for thirst brought on by fever.

Main sources of Peridots: Peridot comes from the ancient source of Zebirget Island in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt. Today, peridot is mined in Burma, Norway, Brazil, Australia, Hawaii, the Congo, and in Arizona.

Interesting Facts: It is not certain where the word ,peridot, derived from originally. It is either from the French word peritot which means unclear or from the Arabic word faridat which means gem. In either case, peridot has been mined as a gemstone for an estimated four thousand years.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Mixed Media Art with Rubies - July birthstone

Red! What a strong color: It's associated with heat, with confidence, with courage, with happiness and love, as well as danger and sin! Many emotions (also conflicting emotions) are associated with this color.

This week, I have chosen four mixed media art samples that wonderfully & artfully incorporated this strong color. Enjoy!

1. Cute Bird Collectible Mini Canvas -- Bululustudio
2. Original Painting 11x14mm Acrylic Triptych--Amborela
3. Original Mixed Media Title Music Love--Ljbe
4. Red Tin Flower Ornament-- Merritthyde

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Rubies in Fashion

What a joy it has been to search for fashions for this month's article. I love seeing bold and bright colors in the summer, and what can be more bold than a vibrant ruby red?! This month I focused on fun bright pieces that would be perfect for a fun summer night.

1. Tank Pink Me Red -- plumprettysugar
2. Ruby Dress-- dasysofglamour
3. Smocked Asymetrical dress --Kalioseano
4. Ruby Garden sweet repurposed eco sprout dress--PierogiPicnic

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rubies - Thai Cuisine

Thai cuisine has been greatly accelerating, especially over the past few years. A lot of outside influences have contributed to the new flavors and tastes. Interestingly enough, modern kitchenware has also added to improved ideas and techniques of cooking fine Thai food. Today, good Thai food can be more creative than in the earlier years, when it was sort of two dimensional. Thai cooking evolved, according to natural influences from other countries, such as China and European countries. Thai folks enjoy a Chinese quick-frying method as well as a large choice of stir-frying entries in their kitchens.
Here are some Thai recipes for you to try...

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rubies in Design Ideas

I love the rich and sophisticated color of the Ruby! Because the most beautiful rubies are coming from Thailand, I focused on showing some of my favorite images from Thailand with a compliment of gorgeous Rubies.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Tale of the Birthstones – July in Rubies

1. Raspberry Genuine Ruby Faceted Rondelles -- jazzygama
2. 4 inch Ruby Red Star Urchin Ornament-- kissadesign
3. Faceted Ruby Beauty Bracelet --Floweredsky
4. Ruby Faceted Heart Briolette--Gemsocial

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of July, Ruby.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

July Birthstone: Ruby

Birthstone Color: Red

Alternative Birthstone: Ruby

Ruby is the birthstone for the month of July and it is believed to symbolize everlasting love.

Main sources of Rubies: Rubies come from all over the world but good gemstones are found in Thailand, India, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, North Carolina in the U.S.

Interesting Facts: Ruby comes from the Latin word "Ruber" which means Red. Ruby has been the gem of the brave and the royal throughout the ages. It was worn by kings to give them power and to protect them from evil. Rubies also have the property to turn deeper in color, and this was believed by some to indicate danger or misfortune.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Supply Ideas with June Birthstone- Pearls

This month, instead of focusing on handmade mixed media items, I would like to share some supplies that I've found on Etsy that could be used to create those wonderful items!
1. 10mm lustrous snow white shell pearl beads-- BeadFrenZ
2. Handmade Buttons --Phydeauxdesigns
3. Vintage String beads ivory --packageinstyle
4. 20 Assortment white and pink pearly flower flatbacks--Cornerstop

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pearls in Fashion

I love the simple clean beauty of the pearl. Elegant and versatile, it lends itself perfectly to elegant and intricate dresses and gowns, and yet is the perfect detail in sweet and simple accessories.

1. Pearl Lace Dress-- DoveTree
2. Pearl Modern Tulle and Silk Wedding Dress--Hollystalder
3. Romantic Brown Pearl Dress --kalioseano
4. Pale Purple and White Flower Headband--Acutedesigns

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pearl - Japanese Cuisine

While attending Johnson & Wales University culinary arts, I came to appreciate Japanese cuisine and all its glory. Japanese food became one of my favorite comfort foods and a weekly staple in my house. I enjoyed learning about the great variety of Japanese dishes, especially Sushi. Of course, Sushi is the one of the most popular foods in the modern world. People from all walks of life crave it, like they crave clean drinking water. It is simple, yet divine. Japanese rice is well known also and depending on how well its rice cooked your sushi will test the best!!!

Here are some of my favorite recipes!

1. California Roll
2. Vegetable Sushi
3. Nigiri Sushi
4. Ichi Roll

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Pearl Design Ideas

Love this great gemstone… the pure classic beauty of the centuries. I wanted to find a pearl design of the Japanese Architecture. And a perfect place to find them is their traditional roofs. Love the dramatic look of pearl like circles (chrysanthemum) with the garish ornamentation of the great roof structures.

I am also using pearl design on many of my ceramics. It is actually one of my signature designs. Here are few examples.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Tale of the Birthstones – June in Pearls

1. Cream/white mother of pearl rectangles mosaic pot -- sigmosaics
2. White Coin Pearl Earrings-- juliesadorabowls
3. Pearl Drops 16 inch Silk Pillow Cover --TheHomeCentric
4. Shells in Pearls Switchplate--Vividhome

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of June, Pearl.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

June Birthstone: Pearl

Birthstone Color: White

Alternative Birthstone: Alexandrite

Pearl is the birthstone for the month of June and the traditional anniversary gemstone for the first year of marriage. Pearl is believed to symbolize purity.

Main sources of Pearls: Divers find natural pearls in The Persian Gulf as well as in the waters off Japan, the South Pacific Islands off northern Australia, and the coasts of Panama, Venezuela, and California. Most of the cultured pearl industry is in Japanese and Australian coastal waters. These gems come in a variety of colors, from pure white to pink, yellow, gray and black. They also come in different shapes and sizes.

Interesting Facts: Pearls have been a passion and even an obsession of people throughout the ages. They have been ground up and used in cosmetics and as a medicine to treat heart and stomach conditions. Some cultures swear by pearls as an aphrodisiac. These gems have adorned crowns, clothing, and temples, and were said to be a favorite of Cleopatra.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday Motivation

Chains in different illustrations. Enjoy...

1. Chandelier Medium Vinyl Wall Art Decal-- StephenEdwardGraphic
2. Pillow Cover- Crest in Shadow Blue--rubystella
3. Fluid Silk Effect Tunic Dress--danielabesso
4. Chained Hand Illustrated Vintage Clutch -- MissFranky

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mixed Media Art with May Birthstone Theme

Every time I hear the word emerald, first thing that comes to my mind is "Emerald City", from the Wizard of Oz: a city where everything is emerald green: from food to people. It is revealed at the end of the story that everything in the city is normal colored, but the glasses everyone wears are emerald tinted.

Here are some of my mixed media picks for this month... beautiful emeralds...

1. Original Mixed Media Collage -Subtle Persuasion-- JessicaTorrant
2. Paper Mache Chubby Little House Number 140 --Fishstikks
3. TumblingOriginal Mized Media Collage Painting --SarahJohnAfana
4. Frost in the Evergreens--aliherrman

by Paperinstyle

Monday, May 24, 2010

Emeralds in Fashion

Beautiful fashion finds in honor of May’s birthstone, the emerald. What better time of year to wear beautiful vibrant greens as we celebrate the return of spring and summer!!

1. Emerald Green Tutu Baby to Adult Sizes-- FrillsandFireflies
2. Green Hand-knitted Cropped Cardigan --Elde
3. Flowers on Emerald Baby Doll Cap Sleeve --bhivedesigns
4. Designers Signature Bias Pin-tuck Dress--prizysebastian

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

RI Handmade is featured on Etsy's Handmade Blog

Recently we, as a group, has been featured on Etsy's Storque Article section. I am proud to announce these to our followers.
To read more , please visit :

1. Eco-friendly stationary- paperinstyle
2. Tahini Walnut Cookie--tulayskitchen
3. Nesting Bowls--NewMoonStudio
4. Floral Purse -- ItsAllIntheBag01
5. Infinite Love necklace -- Floweredsky
6. Beaded Twine -- Packageinstyle
7. Eco-friendly Sandwich Bag -- Housejewels
8.Fingerless Glove -- NewMoonCrochet

Monday, May 17, 2010

Motivational Picks for the Week

1. Puesta de Sol Recycled Colombian Wood Bracelet-- galeriurbana
2. Ground Italian Roast Oragnic Colombian Dark Roast--downtownroasters
3. Colombian Rum Cake--itssweet
4. Colombian Coffee Exfoliating Soap -- BLCBodyShop

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Emerald - Colombian Cuisine

Colombian cuisine varies greatly, depending on the uniqueness of the many regions of this large, disperse country. Generally, Colombian cuisine includes some type of meat dish and even though they do not use a lot of vegetables, they do use lots of fruits. In fact, more than any other ingredient. Breakfast is more important to them than lunch and dinner.
Here are some fun recipes I would like to share with you!

Tulay's Kitchen

Monday, May 10, 2010

Emerald Design Ideas

I love to see strong colors with geometric designs. This month I have focused on finding our color of the month in geometry, and what could be more perfect then architectural stairs?

2. The Green Eye

Monday, May 3, 2010

The Tale of the Birthstones – May in Emeralds

1. May Birthstone Lucky Hand crafted hoops-- galit
2. Jeneve Green Emerald green feather fascinator --Pegasusmaiden
3. Green Quartz Colombian Emerald Earrings --scarlettshoppe
4. Vibrant Zambian Emerald--bohoboutique

This month, we are focusing on the birthstone of May, Emerald.

Birthstones are gemstones that are associated with each month.

May Birthstone: Emerald

Birthstone Color: Deep Green

Alternative Birthstone: Agate

Emerald is the birthstone for the month of May. This gem is suggested as an anniversary gift for the 20th and 35th anniversaries and as an alternate stone for the 55th wedding anniversary.

Mystical Powers of the birthstone: Some people believe that wearing an Emerald brings wisdom, growth, and patience. And as any couple in a long-term relationship would agree, all of these qualities are essential for a successful and lasting love. This may explain why a gift of Emerald for an anniversary -- or anytime -- is considered symbolic of love and fidelity.

Main sources of Emerald: Emeralds are found in many countries, but Columbia and Brazil are the major producers and Columbia is recognized as the source for the finest stones. They are also found in Pakistan, Russia, Australia, South Africa, India, Norway, and the United States.

Interesting Facts: Spring is a time of new growth and rebirth. And the intense brilliant green of the Emerald, May’s birthstone, is as refreshing to the eyes as a spring garden after a rain. Within it’s depths are often tiny fractures or inclusions, which the French call "jardin," or garden, because of their resemblance to foliage. The Egyptians were known to engrave Emeralds with the symbol for foliage to represent eternal youth, and to bury these jewels with their dead. The ancient Romans associated this gemstone with fertility and rebirth, and dedicated it to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Mixed Media Art with April birthstone theme

Below are great mix media artists that incorporated the shape of diamonds into their art! Enjoy!

1. City Bling-- Mishablaise
2. Diamond X --MissGabri
3. Using the Hope Diamond as a Door Stop --booksontape
4. On Pointe textile Wall Art--tinymarie

Friday, April 23, 2010

Diamonds in Fashion

The beautiful geometry and elegant nature of the diamond so perfectly lends itself to fashion. From casual tees and tanks to elegant dresses to the avant garde diamonds can be seen everywhere inspiring the design, the clothing, and the artist.
1. Blue Diamond Dress-- schmoo1515
2. Gray 3/4 Sleeve Womens Shirt--kimmchi
3. Meow Kiki Alice in Wonderland Jumper Dress--meowkikiclothing
4. Lilac Diamonds Knit Shrug -- zuuzuu