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I can hear that song ringing through my head right now…it’s been 3 days and my Etsy sales somehow still hasn’t made it to the 100 mark. Oh, well. Keep the faith! ;-D

Here’s a new pair of earrings I just added today. USD15 or SGD23.50 – so pretty! http://cherbie.etsy.com

I also have 25% off on all my items in my SALE section. I will NOT be renewing these items after this month because of the new direction I’m going with in my store, so hurry! Not much more time left for these cute items.

Finally figured out how to put together a collage on Adobe Photoshop. Here are photos of the decorations, DIY projects, flowers, etc., to give you a feel of the ceremony. We’ve been married a month. Not that this is a bad thing, but it feels like we’ve been married quite a bit longer than that. I think it’s because we’ve packed a multitude of things in the last month. Whew!

One of my good friend’s mom does pressed flower art. Meaning, she arranges flower petals of different colors, shapes, and sizes, that were collected on hikes, walks, overseas travels, etc., into a scenery, object, person, animal,…or into pretty much anything. Even more amazing is that these pictures have visual depth, vibrant colors, along with intricate designs.

I can only imagine the amount of time, precision, and meticulous hands and eyes that go into crafting this dainty art from Japan. Not to mention having a good knowledge of the different types of flora.

Always inspired by pretty and elegant things such as this one, I spent the last hour or so doing research on it and where they possibly teach this technique in Melbourne, Australia. There’s a World Wide Pressed Flower Guild site which connects and features such artists from all over…the United States, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, etc., and even Scotland and Spain, but there is NO mention of Australia! :-/ If anyone of you reading this happens to know of someone who does this in Melbourne (or anywhere in Australia), please drop me a note to let me know. I am rather interested in taking classes and pressing a ton of flowers into art. Arigato Gozaimas!! (Although, it seems like this art form can also be self taught, according to a few artists’ websites…)

A few other inspirational pressed flower art sites amidst a whole host of other such sites from Google are from:

  • Kate Chu – her artwork is slightly more traditional, more oriental, probably largely influenced by her Chinese background.
  • Ivetta Moore – saw some more contemporary designs; I like that she introduces western and modern themes to her repertoire.

And of course not forgetting my friend’s mom’s beautiful art pieces (such as the one below), which have been featured on my friend’s Flickr.

Tried painting the bouquet of beautiful flowers my friends gave me at the shower, but, alas!, using acrylic to paint such detailed oriented flowers on a small canvas was no easy feat…and I gave up shortly after. However, I got together my 2B and HB pencils to sketch n shade the flowers on a piece of drawing paper…which proved to be much simpler though a little messier with all the carbon prints all over my fingers and palm. I also realize how much I miss sketching and shading, and am gonna invest in a set of pencils to keep practicing. Ahora!