May 29, 2008
Carved fruit centerpieces - some so beautiful they take your breath away. Recently I was watching “Fantasy Fruit Sculptures” on Food Network which was held in Hawaii. It involved four sculpting gurus turning ordinary watermelons and other common fruits into magnificent carved centerpieces. The art of fruit and vegetable carving is called kae-sa-lak. It is performed in China, Japan and Korea, but Thailand has the best reputation for unsurpassed carvings based on skill and finesse.
The story of fruit and vegetable carving began over 700 years ago! In celebration of the Loi Trathong Festival, one of the king’s servants made carvings of flowers, birds, swans and rabbits from common fruits and vegetables, to make her krathong more beautiful. “Loi” means “to float” and “Krathong” is a raft traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk. (Today, many use syrofoam.) The festival is held at the full moon in December where many people release small, decorated rafts of flowers, candles and incense onto the river to thank the soul of water for all their blessings.
May 18, 2008
Sunflower wedding postage stamps - our choice for amazingly talented artist and youngest daughter, Danielle. Her quirky and colorful view of the world required a sunflower themed wedding, with sunny brightness that matching her pleasing personality. Regular stamps just wouldn't do - we needed sweet and sensational sunflower postage to match our carefully crafted centerpieces and silk sunflower bouquets. Look at what we found online - sunflower postage stamps to celebrate a springtime wedding and a fresh new beginning for Danielle and Chris!