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Courtesies of a small and trivial character are the ones which strike deepest in the grateful and appreciating heart.

– Henry Clay

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Wings

butterfly purple flowers

Pastel Bloom

pastel petals

Milgrain Accent

 

milgrain jewelry

I was shopping online for an affordable band ring. I have always been attracted to things, such as wooden furniture or photo frames, that have a rope design or beaded borders. Thus it was no surprise that I chose a ring that has bead-like borders on the outer edges.

In the process, I also discovered a new word – milgrain. Milgrain refers to a row of tiny beads along the edges of a piece of jewelry. It often refers to the row of beads seen along the outer edges of a ring.

The word comes from the French ‘mille-grain’, which means “thousand grains”.

The use of milgrain for decorative enhancement has had a long and global history – used in jewellery in Asia, and also during the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. While historically, the milgrain beads were created by hand, today tools make the process an easier one.

I think “milgrain”, with the artistry behind it, has become one of my favorite words.

Spring Aesthetic

spring mood board

Bubbly Choc

aero chocolate bubbles

Memories can cut across generations in a family. So can a love of certain food, in this case chocolate.

The Aero chocolate bar was a huge favorite of my Grandmother and my Father. I enjoyed it too as child around them, although I believe I enjoyed its bubbly texture that can only be found in an Aero bar, rather more than the taste.

I haven’t had them for many years. Then I excitedly came across Aero chocolate bars at a European-style deli in Los Angeles. And this time, I could appreciate the creamy, smooth flavors – and still enjoyed the bubbles.

Aero was launched in 1935 in North of England, and its unique bubbly texture made it a big success. Glad it is still bubbling around.

Cascading Pots

pots fountain palm spring

A unique fountain in downtown Palm Springs.