Archive for October, 2007

Ruby Red Guava Soaps

Lately I’ve been really interested in making my own soaps. The process sounds simple, but the steps have to be taken with due consideration. As some of the ingredients used (such as lye) can be dangerous. So the next best thing for me now is to just buy the handmade stuff.

The company I really like is Pacifica. They first started out with lovely soy candles. And now they have soaps for about $7. The company is based in Portland, Oregon. They are also a great company that stands behind their products. Fine ingredients and care for Mother Earth. My favorite soap is the “Hawaiin Ruby guava”. The smell bring up stories of my mother’s childhood of growing up in a guava orchard in Asia.

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Happy Halloween

Life should be just as relaxing and nice as this kitten inside a pumpkin.  I wonder if the pumpkin is real, since the carvings look so perfect.  Maybe it’s one of those stryofoam pumpkin I’ve seen at the craft store.  Happy Halloween!

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Edwardian Lavaliere Necklace

I really love antique jewelry. Especially ones from the Edwardian period of 1900 – 1910. The detail of each piece brings a flood of emotions. In some ways you can sense what the person crafting them must feel. And many of these jewelries have themes of nature. Gold and silver birds combined with flowers made of emeralds and rubies. The filigree is also very detailed on each bracelet and rings.

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Edwardian lavaliere with aqua Persian turquoise center stone and seed pearls with fresh water pearl dangle, circa 1900, 1-1/4″. The box in which it came to me has a note in an old turn-of-the-century script. – Photo and description from http://www.morninggloryjewelry.com

I would like the necklace pictured above. As turquoise is also one of my favorite stones.This wonderful place has all the pretty antique jewelries for sale. The collection is really vast, but I don’t think they last for long. So if you find something you like, you have to act fast. Good luck antique shopping!

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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens

After reading about this aquatic garden from the Travel section of our local paper, I am already planning a trip to Washington, D.C. I remember back in road trip 2001, we almost made it here. But we didn’t have enough time and had to head back to Chicago to catch our flight back to San Francisco. But no more road trips now, just short weekend city trips.

Washington would be great to visit. I look forward to seeing the Smithsonian, which are FREE to enter. Plus they also have a zoo. I look forward to seeing the Lincoln Memorial, as I think Abe Lincoln reminds me of my father.

Picture is taken by another blogger.

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Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens located in Anacostia, an area of D.C.

But before that comes, let’s just enjoy this beautiful picture of the lilies in bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Park.

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Perfect Life

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When you look back on your life, it looks as though it were a plot, but when you are into it, it’s a mess: just one surprise after another. Then, later, you see it was perfect.

-Schopenhauer

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