Blooms are what I love to look at to perk up my day. There were so many different flowers which I managed to view lately. Here is a collection of random flowers which I captured.
I can’t remember where I spotted this but it was during one of my trips to Taiwan.
I spotted these at a small plot during the Rose Festival exhibit that we visited in February this year. They were certainly lovely blooms to have in a mini garden and I do hope to plan such flowers if I do get the opportunity .
I love these little statues of gnomes in the garden. They surely give the garden some character.
This one had a sign which said ” Home Sweet Home”. They really brighten up the garden and make it more cherry.
I saw this butterfly which had settled on the edge of a plant. I think it was savoring the nectar from the tiny purple flower.
These white blooms were not on bushes but on trees. It was an amazing sight to see.
This particular flower was certainly eye catching. The last time I saw something similar was in Jeju island, South Korea 3 years ago.
During the recent pre- anniversary holiday trip R booked a couple jewellery making workshop for us to try out. It has been a long time since we attended a couple workshop.
If my memory doesn’t fail me it was the 2nd couple workshop which we have attended together. The first one was a cooking workshop back in 2012 at TOTTS,
There were many stations for students at the Jewelry workshop. There were about 5 couples and a single lady which attended the 2pm Saturday workshop that we signed up for. It was really interested to see what went into the making of a silver ring.
It was the first time for me to be in a hands on workshop which involved the use of tools. I had fun playing with the different hammers and even used the blowtorch for wielding.
Each participant in the workshop had to use the key ring to self measure the size of the ring that would be made. I was contemplating on whether to make a ring for index finger or my ring finger. In the end I decided on the ring finger as it would certainly sit more comfortably then on the index.
We started off the lesson learning how to engrave and were given copper plates to try out chiseling in the letters to form words. It took me some time to decide what to engrave on my ring and after much consideration I decided on carving in our 5 names.
The pretty instructor taught us how to use the different tools that we will be using on our work bench. You can see her above giving instructions on how the blow torch was to be used.
We were taught how to knock the ring to expand it to our chosen size. It was interesting that a single piece of silver was able to shaped and molded into different sizes.
It took nearly 2.5hrs from start to finish to make the silver rings. It was certainly an experience which both of us would treasure.