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.