Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Xuanwu Lake Water Lilies Collection

The bursting pink and mint green beads represent water lilies gracefully adorning Xuanwu Lake in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, as if part of a Monet painting. I hope you enjoy the photographs of my original earring collection, and my pictures of the beautiful Xuanwu Lake! Please compare the pictures and let me know if you think I captured in my unique earring collection, the exquisite afternoon my husband and I had at Xuanwu Lake last summer.

The earrings are for sale. They are $10 a pair. The entire Xuanwu Lake set of earrings is priced at $50. Please contact me at if you are interested in this whimsical masterpiece collection.




Monday, August 11, 2014


I made this sauce-less pizza last week after a walk at the SC Botanical Gardens. Our little family was hungry for pizza when we returned home, but what to do when there is no pizza sauce in the cupboards? Use olive oil and seasonings! The focaccia went over surprisingly well with our fam! First, Shastya loved it because the bread was so soft. Second, Anthony was a fan. Third, I thought it tasted similar to Macaroni Grill's marvelous fresh bread served with olive oil and seasonings for dipping. Eating the fresh focaccia I prepared brought back delicious memories of my first time having focaccia maybe ten years ago when I was in college and had bought a round of focaccia at a local Fresh Market.

The Limited Edition Suzhou Silk Collection


Clear fresh pink and scarlet acrylic beads represent a feminine cherry blossom Chinese silk brocade from Suzhou, China. Earrings are just $10 per pair, and only $50 for the entire exclusive collection. Please contact me via to order your Limited Edition Suzhou Silk Collection today. Earrings originally designed by Sharon Elaine.


Saturday, August 9, 2014

The Saint Basil's Cathedral Collection

Ruby, sapphire, and emerald acrylic beads are reminiscent of the iconic Saint Basil's Cathedral in Red Square, Moscow, which is truly an epic sight by day or night. I am selling the earrings at $10 a pair if you are interested.

(Update: this pair has sold)


The Custom Crimean Collection

The lavender and aqua acrylic beads represent an exquisite Crimean landscape of delicate purple flowers billowing in the sea breeze amidst ancient Greek ruins, high up on the picturesque cliffs overlooking the lush braking blue waves of the Black Sea.

(Update: purple pair sold, blue rectangular dangles also sold)


Friday, August 8, 2014

American Comfort Plate

I made a box of macaroni and cheese and a can of stewed tomatoes for lunch, because it was just one of those lazy rainy days.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Entertaining Family at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens & Geology Museum

Anthony, Shastya, and I met Anthony's brother, sister-in-law and their two kids at our local popular South Carolina Botanical Gardens and the Bob Campbell Geology Museum for some family fun today. Because Anthony and I enjoy nature and being active, we thought meandering through the colorful gardens would be a fun activity that would be representative of our lifestyle, to do with our visiting relatives. 

New Garden Art Sculpture

Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly

Shastya playing with her giraffe from Ivory Coast

Unusual Gourds

Looking For Turtles

Scary Insect

Mini Black-Eyed Susans





Yellow Queen Anne's Lace

Dusty Miller



Looking at the Bee Boxes

Bob Campbell Geology Museum

Japanese Biwa Pearls

Brazilian Amethyst Quartz