Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The Year of the Rat begins on February 7, 2008. The rat is the first of the animal calendar cycle. Legend is that the Emperor was hosting a party for the first twelve animals to arrive. The rat rode upon the ox's back. Once across the river, the rat jumped off and arrived first; followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, ram, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

People born in the Year of the Rat (1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996) are often perfectionists who work hard, have big ambitions, and are successful. They are charming and attract the opposite sex.

During the last few days of the last lunar month, the Chinese begin getting ready to welcome the New Year. Debts are paid, hair is cut, and new clothes are purchased. Homes are thoroughly cleaned to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for the incoming good luck. Doors and windows are decorated with paper cut-outs with the themes of happiness, wealth and longevity. Incense is turned in homes and temples to pay respect to ancestors and ask the good for good health in the coming year. Families gather to feast in celebration. The young pay homage to the elderly and all unmarried children receive the lucky red packet with money. Red, orange, and gold are auspicious colors. Everyone loves the lion and dragon dances!

Saturday, January 19, 2008



Hello from Thailand, welcome to my blog! I'd like to share a little bit of my life in Thailand and my latest jewelry creations with you.

Jewelry with an oriental flair!

I enjoy making pieces with Chinese blue & white porcelain beads mixed with a variety of stones, pearls, shells, and glass beads. I also enjoy experimenting with other stones and beads. I am willing to change any of the pieces to meet your specifications. Please visit my online shop at http://bluewhitejewelrywear.etsy.com/. Thanks for stopping by.

Blue & White Beads

These Chinese porcelain beads are reminiscent of the antique dynasty porcelains which are famous throughout the world. The beads have been hand painted with Chinese characters representing longevity, happiness, wealth, love, and good fortune. The blue & white porcelain became well developed in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), but flourished in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. First natural cobalt was painted on the basic body. Then it would turn blue after being fired at high temperatures. The white glaze covered by a clear glaze highlighted the blue designs. The vases, plates, decorative items and beads are different and unique.