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Valentino's RTW Fall 2011 collection

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My favorite things at Chinese New Year

It's the eve of the Chinese New Year today and in a few hours' time, most families would be sitting down for their reunion dinners - it's one of those family dinners you can't miss every year.

There is so much to share about the Chinese New Year traditions that I thought I would list a few of my favorite things instead:

1.  The decorations - what a great way to get into the festive mood!

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2.  Lion and dragon dances - especially since it is going to be the year of the Dragon


3. New year treats - dried persimmons (mom gets this from our local Chinatown every year), pineapple tarts, kueh lapis cake (lovely when it's baked with dried prunes!)

4. And of course, catching up with old friends and good conversation.

And finally, here is wishing you (if you celebrate) a very happy and prosperous new year!
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What I made

I can't believe I haven't shared these pieces - they took a long time but I'm so proud of them.

Mimosa - I thought these were incredibly cute.  The labradorite earring posts felt special and the moss aquamarine drops were glamorous with a back-to-nature flair.  I specially loved the orange Padparadscha sapphires adding a bright 'pop' of color in this painting.  The earrings are available in both my Etsy and Artfire studios.   

Lapis lazuli is a very popular gemstone indeed, having been known as a spiritual stone and used by ancient Egyptian royalty in ancient times.  I matched it with Namibian blue frost chalcedony and before I knew it, I was adding water sapphire and pyrite.  If you didn't already knew, pyrite is also known as "fool's gold" because of its similarity in shape, color and habit to gold.  In the old mining days, pyrite was often confused with gold as they occurred together, but the value of the two minerals are vastly different.  I love how the pyrite stone bring out the pyrite flecks in the lapis lazuli stone.

I decided to name this gorgeous bracelet "Spellbound" and you can see more pictures at my Artfire studio. 

You might have notice the prop that appeared in both pictures.  It's a brushed metal vase with a lovely name (Mint Julep Cup Vase) that I bought here.  I just love the vintage feel and how it adds more interest to my pictures. 

And just sharing a piece of good news for local friends:
When you sign up with SimplyShopWhere as a member (it's free by the way), you will receive news about great shopping and dining deals AND also a SGD50 voucher for your purchase at my Artfire studio.

Enjoy a fabulous week!

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Happy 2012!

It's time to leave 2011 behind...

Pin Wheel Black and Red Heels by Lea's Vintage

... and step into:
Champagne Toast by VintageConfections
May you have a blissful, lovely and beautiful year!

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