May 29, 2008

Carved Fruit Centerpieces

Carved fruit centerpieces - some so beautiful they take your breath away. Recently I was watching “Fantasy Fruit Sculptures” on Food Network which was held on the island of Hawaii. It involved four fruit sculpting artists turning ordinary watermelons and other common fruits and vegetables (carrots, cucumbers, radishes, cabbage and cantaloupes) into magnificent carved centerpieces. The art of fruit and vegetable carving is called kae-sa-lak. It is a highly prized skill in China, Japan, Korea, and Thailand - originally used to decorate only the tables of the very rich.

carved watermelon
The story of fruit and vegetable carving began over 700 years ago.  Held at the full moon in December, many people released small, decorated rafts of flowers, carved fruit and candles onto the river to thank the soul of water for all their blessings.

carved fruit and watermelon

May 18, 2008

Sunflower Wedding Stamps

Sunflower wedding stamps - our choice to use on wedding invitations for our talented artist and youngest daughter, Danielle. Her quirky and colorful view of the world required a flower with sunny brightness that matched her eager-to-please personality. Plus, she chose April for her wedding date and here in Southeast Virginia that means rain, rain, and still more rain (makes for amazingly beautiful azaleas though). Sunflowers thrive in very hot weather and commonly bloom during summer and early fall. Not to worry - we loved the convenience and affordability of silk sunflowers anyway. When the tender breast of chicken glazed with lovely fresh 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.

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