Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Creativity in the Blood!

The Junior League of Cincinnati - updated cookbook d├ębut features my sister, Page's creativity on the cover. Gorgeous, warm fall hues are the holistic threads within all surprise and delight elements of her beautiful tablescape. An absolute show-stopper with two-toned monogrammed linen napkins which compliment the chinoiserie china. Just a hint of her amazing design talent!

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Meeting of a Master

William Yeoward’s visit to Cincinnati showcased not only his sparkling crystal, china, silverware, and textiles – but also his witty personality as the ladies in the audience were whisked away into his fairytale brush with fate.

Originally a noteworthy designer with a boutique on London’s fashionable Kings Road, a chance encounter in 1993 sprung William Yeoward onto a pedestal of global appeal. It was Irishman, Timothy Jenkins (third generation in a family owned crystal business) who walked through William’s door. Evolving conversations and a mutual love of antique crystal opened the floodgates to a tremendous challenge – Replicating these beautiful pieces from the 18th and 19th Centuries.


The kismet of their future partnership teetered on Tim’s ability to reproduce a square base for an elegantly etched wine goblet per William’s direction and sketch to accommodate. Apparently the most difficult attribute to achieve. However, it was mastered with absolute perfection.

Become charmed by the entertaining arrangements in his books, and gather a variety of old and new items to create your own rendition. A mix-matched combination makes your table setting that much more interesting – and gives varying heights and hues a reason to exist in harmony when no two pieces are an exact pair.


Thanks to Closson’s and The Cincinnati Antiques Festival for delighting us with a master of artistic design that delivers old world beauty balanced by sleek clean lines.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

The Gilded Age

A favorite hobby of mine is to spend Saturdays hunting treasures! On the road to discovering antiques, I’ve crossed the Ohio state-line to visit Chatham, Atlanta, Lexington, and High Point - and not having returned disappointed, I might add! On one particular venture, my eye caught a glimpse of a smile’s reflection. And it was mine! Having spied an ornately carved frame bordering a nicely sized mirror, I carefully teetered many objects to slide this gem out from the darkness. Immediately, my mind leapt to the potential of what it could be.

Always in search of a project, this was the perfect opportunity to try my hand at gold leafing. Having gathered all the necessary materials, the final ingredient to jumpstart my task, a larger than expected BLOCK of time!

Gold is malleable that it can be flattened into extremely thin sheets (0.18 microns – seven millionths of an inch). To give some perspective, a stack of 7.055 sheets would be no thicker than a dime. It is not unusual for gold leaf sheets to be made of 23-karat gold.

Gold Leafing, also known as gilding, is quite an ancient technique which began 1000s of years ago. Traditionally, artisans would beat raw gold between pieces of leather until it was almost too thin to be seen.

According to some accounts, the ancient Egyptians were already manufacturing gold leaf around 2,500 BC, apparently the first to do so. They applied gold leaf to the pyramids. In Ancient Rome, gold leaf was used to ornament buildings. In Nanjing, once the capitol of China, the creation and application of gold leaf has been a traditional art for more than 1,700 years.

Interestingly, Kanazawa in the Ishikawa Prefecture of Japan, is known as the "City of Gold Leaf." Because Kanazawa has ideal climate conditions and water quality to sustain the production of gold leaf, this specialized industry has developed steadily since the sixteenth century. From around the nineteenth century, Kanazawa took the lead in the manufacture of gold leaf in Japan.

And if you’re in the mood to expand your tastebud-palette, give this idea a try!

Apparently Italian nobility dined on risotto with edible gold during the sixteenth century. In sixteenth century England, the Elizabethans sprinkled edible gold dust on their sweets and fruits, while in Japan, it was served with sake. Gold leaf remains popular as an edible delicacy. In its purest, 24-carat form, gold is blended with silver, and the resulting product can be used to decorate cakes and other desserts or special dishes.

After many hours preparing the mirror’s frame with a glue-like adhesive, I carefully rubbed small pieces of gold leaf onto its surface. Burnishing the edges with my finger and a paintbrush blended all seams. Next step in the process, sealing the finished product to protect from future tarnish. Pleased with the end result, an even bigger smile was then reflected as I inspected all facets.

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(P.S. – The Necklace I’m wearing is still available!)
Mother of Pearl Petals & Yellow Quartz

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Boulder Mystery

Exploring the BVI Continued

The Baths on Virgin Gorda are a larger than life playground. A stunning natural attraction of the British Virgin Islands for tourists and locals alike. Volcanic activity gives some explanation to boulders strewn across the beach now nesting in piles. As a result of their clustered composition, exotic pools and grottos have formed enticing visitors to traverse over these mammoth boulders and then wade between the striated granite slabs which give the illusion of precariously resting.

Thinking in terms of human strength, it’s amazing to fathom the mobility of a boulder – some 2000 years ago this very day it was miraculously rolled away from a tomb near Calvary. The reason why we believe and celebrate Easter, the resurrection of Jesus Christ who lovingly accepted the past, present and future sins of the world and died for us so that we may be rescued.

God alone can lift us from the grave – to God alone belongs the highest praise.

Happy Easter!

The Painted Memory