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.
Sunflower wedding stamps - our choice for amazingly talented pencil sketch artist and youngest daughter, Danielle. Her quirky and colorful view of the world required a flower with sunny brightness that matched her pleasing personality. Plus, she chose April for her wedding date and here in Southeast Virginia that means rain, rain, and more rain. Sunflowers thrive in very hot weather and commonly bloom during summer and a portion of fall, with the middle of summer as the peak season. No harm done as we loved the convenience and affordability of silk sunflowers anyway. When the tender breast of chicken glazed with peach preserves, ginger and honey was served, the garlic mashed potatoes eaten and the champagne toast finally made, no one seemed to care it wasn't the perfect time of year for a sunflower themed wedding.