Sunday, July 28, 2013

Celtic and Chinese rabbits, can anything be more similar in symbolism and mystic lore? In both cultures, the Rabbit (Hare) represents creativity, intelligence, intuition, longetivity, rebirth ... the list is seemingly endless.

Imperial glass beads, Czech glass beads, faux pearls, pewter rosebuds & Celtic knots, acrylic beads, pewter Celtic rabbit pendant, gunmetal toggle clasp.

Swarovski pearls, lapis lazuli beads, TierraCast pewter triquetra pendant, vintage Chinese porcelain rabbit pendant (Nanjing, circa 1988), silver-plated hook & filigree toggle.

Monday, July 22, 2013

A Mid-Winter's Night Dream of Fresh Spring Mornings & Balmy TropicalNights (yes, it's mid-winter where I am!)

The materials marked with an (*) were provided as part of the Nina Designs (USA) blogging program. The author of this blog has not received any payment from this company. This post only represents the personal opinion of the blog author.

Special thanks to RushCreations of Sydney for their speedy delivery of the light green & ivory (oval) Swarovski crystal pearls!

Antique-style bird pendant with filigree edging & diamante inlay, lime silk ribbon*, black satin ribbon, large copper hooks.

Large diamante filigree cross, turquoise silk ribbon*, hand-rolled pink silk ribbon, faux pearls, miracle beads, acrylic & plastic beads.

Light green & ivory (oval, large round, petite round) Swarovski crystal pearls, gold-plated spacers. Small natural bronze lotus charms*, small natural bronze stamping charms*, large natural bronze marquis-shaped earring tops*, medium natural bronze oval balloon clasp*, large natural bronze abstract links*. Yin-and-Yang gold-plated box-clasp with 6 Swarovski crystals.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Old school fish & chips with a twist of tempura

I've been walking past the Tank Fish & Chippery (Lygon Street, Melbourne) for several months now, and finally decided to lunch there today. So glad I did :)

Ordered their "old school fish n chips", and very good it was too @ $9.90: 2 slices of beer-batter fried fish plus a generous serve of crispy golden chips (a pleasant change from the usual stodge at other places). The batter is very light, think "tempura". Their fish is guaranteed caught-the-same-day freshness. Good vibes too, French & English indie blasting from the overhead sound system.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Les Lapins Noirs d'Avalon Chinoiserie

Hand-carved black green jade double rabbit pendant, resin red rose cameo, red Chinese silk collar, black hand-dyed & hand-rolled silk string.