Welcome to my New Mexico and Colorado inspired Kblossoms jewelry blog. I took 4 days off for some hiking, relaxation and rejuvenation at the Pagosa Hot Springs, Trimble Hot Springs, Great Sand Dunes and Mesa Verde National Parks. We flew into Albuquerque, NM and went to Sante Fe, Alamosa, Durango, and Mesa Verde for a total of 916 miles of driving. The second day we visited the thousand year old adobe homes of the Taos Pueblo Indians and learned about their tragic history of persecution by the Spaniards and US government. I was amazed by their beautiful rectangular adobe homes made of mud, water, and grass that have been preserved for thousands of years. The Tao Pueblos Indians lived off the river that flows through their town. They baked bread ate corn baking them in dome like ovens outside their homes made of adobe and plaster. The Tao pueblo is one of the many living Native American communities in NM which I find more fascinating than a museum because you can witness the grandeur of the architecture and speak to the locals about their traditions and way of life. We then drove to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and hiked to the top of the sand dunes seeing phenomenal views that look like a Star Wars movie. The desert sand dunes was a magical beautiful natural land form made by sand and wind. We then hiked in nearby cold river to Zapata waterfall with rock slot canyons and a magical view of tall trees. Our 2nd day didn't end there, we drove to Pagosa Hot Springs and soaked in 100 degree water that was so relaxing. On day 3 we walked around the City of Durango a quaint town. We then soaked in the hot pools and swam in the long heated pools of Trimble Hot Springs rejuvenating our skin and soul. On day 4 we visited all the cliffhouses in Mesa Verde National Park. We took a two hour ranger guided tour of the Longhouse Cliff Palace built in 1150 AD. The pueblo Indians lived here year round and burned fireplaces in the cold snowy winters. About 120 people lived here in 150 homes, 21 kivas. They raised turkey and dogs and farmed beans, corn, and squash to survive. They wove baskets, made jewelry and traded them with other Indians. No one knows why the Indians abandoned this place, maybe drought and fires making their farmlands inhospitable? They painted petroglyphs on the walls and had their own natural source of spring water on the back walls of the caves. What an amazing piece of architecture! The Cliffhouse Palace was pretty beautiful too, you can see it at a lookout point. I counted around 10 kivas there, a ceremonial circular place in the cliff palace. If I were a Pueblo Indian in my past life, I would be the community jewelry maker and trade my jewelry for corn and squash. On the last day we went to Los Poblanos Inn to sample all their handmade lavender products as they have a beautiful lavender farm. We enjoyed a delicious farm to table breakfast at El Campo restaurant there, I loved the country chic decor. We also explored Albuquerque a bit. All our handmade orange amber, turquoise bar and gold filled star moon jewelry were inspired by my trip to the Southwest. Check out my Kblossoms jewelry www.kblossoms.etsy.com
Welcome to my New Zealand inspired Kblossoms jewelry blog! In March 2018, we spent 8 days in the South Island New Zealand which is their Fall. We rented a car and drove 1,500 miles throughout the island. We started in Christchurch and did a counter clockwise loop to Waipara Wineries, Hamner Springs, Greymouth, Franz Joseph, Wanaka, Queenstown, Te Anau, Milford Sound, Gore, Dunedin, Hampden, Mt Cook, Tekapo. We had the greatest outdoor adventure of our lives in this beautiful country. Kiwis were so nice to us, I think there are more sheep and cows than people in some places we drove through. The most exciting part of the trip was flying in a helicopter on top of Franz Joseph Glacier and hiking the blue ice formations, doing 360 spins in a jet boat in Hamner Springs and getting soaking wet up in personal to a gigantic waterfall on a cruise boat in Milford Sound. The most unforgettable experience was walking and having coffee with llamas in Hamner Springs. The most relaxing thing was soaking in the gorgeous hot springs of Hamner Springs and Tekapo Hot Springs for hours after hiking. The most unusual and unique experience was witnessing hundreds of glow worms in Te Anau caves; they look like sparkling star constellations in the night sky, a very romantic boat ride in darkness. Riding the luge and drinking from a cup made of ice at the Minus 5 Ice Bar in Queenstown was a fun experience too. We love New Zealand so much we want to come back to explore more of the outdoors! Above are the Kblossoms handmade Fall inspired jewelry that I made using precious stones like citrine and yellow chalcedony. Please visit my Etsy site here to see more www.kblossoms.etsy.com
Welcome to my Death Valley National Park Kblossoms jewelry inspired blog! We just came back from a camping trip in Death Valley under the millions of vibrant stars and shooting stars. We saw so many shooting stars from the Orionid Meteor Shower from Halley's Comet. We were so excited that each of our pictures captured from one to 4 shooting stars! We drove 50 miles off road to reach the beautiful and relaxing 80 degree warm hot springs of Saline Valley where we soaked up the pristine waters during sunset hour with the burros right behind us. I'm not much of a camper but couldn't miss out on this opportunity to bathe in warm natural hot springs water, cook our own food, and camp in a tent under the brilliant stars and witnessed many shooting stars in the dark night sky as there was no light pollution in the desert. I highly recommend this trip to enjoy the outdoors, away from the city, away from people and to be one with nature with the coyotes and burros roaming around. It was so relaxing and I would definitely come again. The people at the camp site were very nice and you can bring your dogs too. During the day, we drove all over Death Valley to see the salt flats, hiked the mosaic slot canyons, view the entire basin from Aguaberry point and Zabrinski point. We even got to hike to Darwin waterfall, a gorgeous waterfall in Death Valley. The moving rocks in Racetrack Playa and the Ubehebe Crater were pretty amazing points of interests. The best time to visit Death Valley is in the Spring around February where the weather is mild and we saw the superbloom of fields of desert gold flowers, or in October when the days are warm and nights are mild. Camping under the stars in Death Valley inspired me to create my star and moon necklace as we saw a beautiful crescent moon at night. My Kblossoms stars are made with high quality gold filled materials or red quartz precious stones. You can visit my store on Etsy www.kblossoms.etsy.com or clicking the link on each picture. We went camping in Death Valley to see the milky way and shooting stars; to see the less ordinary, but the most extraordinary take away is within you.
Autumn is the season where everyone is in search of adventure, crisp mornings, fresh air, and fields of gold. We took a four day road trip to Colorado to see the beautiful fall foliage that peaks during the last week of September. On the first day, we took the red steam powered train up to Pikes Peak that is about 14,100 feet high in Manitou Springs and saw snow and clouds below us and witnessed many of the silver bark trees turn a yellow golden color. On the second day, we drove through Crested Butte and Kebler Pass that showcased a gorgeous fields of golden yellow golden aspens and pines. The valley looked like it was on fire with yellow and oranges. Maroon Bells was easy to get to as you just park in a nearby parking lot and walk to the lake. The lake reflection of the yellow aspens and snow capped mountains was just gorgeous with peak fall foliage and a hint of fog. We went to the quaint cute town of Aspen for dinner. I like all the buildings and nice shops there. Colorado has many silver bark and aspen trees that has inspired the fall leaf jewelry and paintings of aspens. The weather in Colorado changed drastically every five minutes, it went from sunny to cloudy rainy hail and fog all in day, so make sure to pack layers and a rain jacket, scarf, and gloves. On the third day, we hiked a 2 mile strenuous uphill mountain on rocks and switchbacks to get to the Hanging Lake and Sprouting Rock Waterfall. The emerald green pools of the Hanging Lake is surely worth the effort, a magnificent site to behold. When we reached the Rocky Mountain National Park, it started to hail and snow so many of the roads were closed, luckily we made it out of the snow storm on time driving in total darkness and snow with low visibility. We did enjoy the scenery of the pine trees mixed with yellow aspens and even glimpsed a deer in the meadow. Fall is probably my favorite season of the year. Fall is a second Spring where every leaf is a flower, fluttering down in the wind.
Welcome to my Zion National Park inspired jewelry and painting blog! This is our second time going to Zion, we visited five years ago in the Fall and witnessed beautiful fall foliage and decided to return in the summer this year to hike Angel's Landing on our bucket list. Angel's Landing was a truly unforgettable hike with views of Zion's 270 million year old red orange rock layers with the Virgin River running through the valley floor. We survived the 5 mile round trip hike to Angels Landing that was all uphill on switchbacks and we had to rock climb propelling ourselves on a chain cliff wall with sheer drop offs. It was the scariest hike we've ever done in our lives and it's not for everyone especially those with the fear of heights. The key is to look straight forward at where you are going, never letting go of the chains on the rocks and never looking down the cliff. We only made it to the first major cliff and had to turn around as it started to rain and thunder and we didn't want to risk it. My favorite part of that day was walking 2 miles down the Virgin River and witnessing the gorgeous sunset hour at the Zion valley. I love this romantic river walk as all you hear are birds chirping, river water flowing and get to see the gorgeous red rock canyons above and chipmunks and squirrels run around. It's truly like paradise on earth and inspired me to paint the above Zion Valley Virgin River watercolor abstract painting. You can order my Kblossoms Zion watercolor print in 3 sizes (11"x14", 16"x20", 20"x30") and frame it yourself making a great addition to your living room or bedroom decor. All the orange red earrings and necklaces were inspired by this Zion trip. I made the orange and pink chandelier earrings with genuine Swarovski crystals and used orange agate or carnelian stones to create the necklace and earrings. We had dinner at the Spotted Dog Cafe my favorite restaurant in Zion and had bumbleberry ice cream after hiking for 6 hours to Angels Landing and the Virgin River. On another day, we hiked 4.8 miles in a river of rocks under a flash thunderstorm with heavy rain to Kanarraville Falls about an hour outside of Zion. I wouldn't recommend hiking in the rain because of the threat of flash floods which are unpredictable in the summer months. Our hike to Kanarraville Falls started hot and sunny and ended cloudy and rainy. Kanarraville Falls is Utah's best kept secret, truly a hidden gem, and was so fun to hike to ending in a makeshift ladder above a waterfall. We loved the golden orange colors of the slot canyon and cooling down in the river bed on a hot summer day. Be prepared to pay $10 for parking. On that same day, we had a lot of fun driving our 4wd car across Toquerville Falls in Utah. Toquerville Falls is a well known swimming pool waterfall spot for locals in St. George Utah made of sandstone rocks. You just drive 5.8 miles on a bumpy dirt road to get to this waterfall. This was a short four day trip and we covered a lot of beautiful hikes. I hope you can one day go witness nature's beauty and hidden gems. Thank you for reading! You can visit my Kblossoms Etsy shop here www.kblossoms.etsy.com to shop for my handmade jewelry and paintings. To get my Zion photographs on various products, please visit my Zazzle store: www.zazzle.com/kblossoms
Hi everyone! I just got back from my one week birthday trip to the beautiful island of Kauai! It was an epic and phenomenal trip where we did many firsts: flying over rainbows on the Napali coasts on a helicopter, inner tubing, stand up paddle boarding. Kauai is the most luscious green and undeveloped island all the Hawaiian islands and feels just like paradise on earth! I've been dreaming of this trip for the past 5 years now, putting hiking the treacherous Napali coast on my bucket list and finally realizing my dream. We hiked only 2 miles (4 miles round trip) of the total 12 miles of coastal mountain rocks and sand and it was difficult rock climbing up and down hill the entire way but worth it as you're rewarded with phenomenal coastal blue waters and beach views the entire way. I recommend renting a car allowing freedom to explore; we drove around the entire island, visiting 20 beaches and chasing gorgeous sunsets on all corners of the island. My favorite part of the trip was the helicopter ride where I saw 4 huge rainbows over Waimea canyon and Napali coast, many waterfalls, tall mountain peaks from way up high in the sky. There were so many wild chickens roaming around all over the island in parking lots, mountains and our hiking trails. They are so cute and colorful and are always looking for food. We awoke everyday at 5:30am to the sound of the roosters crowing. Most days, we started our day early, waking up to the sound of roosters, going everywhere all over the island doing outdoor water sports and didn't come back to our hotel until past 9pm. I recommend saving all your money for the outdoor tours and water sports and just staying in a cheap motel or Airbnb. I had a lot of fun rope swinging into secret swim holes near a river, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking in the Huleia River with spectacular views of luscious green mountains all around me. I loved watching the hula dancers and their beautiful dancing and costumes at the Smith's Family Garden Luau. I loved the Waimea falls, the beautiful double waterfall featured in Fantasy Island; you can park on the side of the road and walk up to. My favorite beach to watch the sunset was Barking Sand Beach on the West coast; we had to drive a little off road to get to it but it's well worth it as we were rewarded with a beautiful pink peach sunset and foamy blue crashing waves on the beach. My favorite beach to walk on was Lydgate park beach as the coral sands and blue waves are beautiful with a nice kiddy pool on the left. Kauai is known to have beaches with strong waves and rip currents that make it dangerous for swimming, but we found Anahola beach on the East coast that is very shallow and easy for swimming with no waves. One of my other favorite water sports on the island was inner tubing down a river and long dark caves with Kauai Back Country Adventures; you are carried down river by a strong current and get to spin and turn down a beautiful fern lined river. We got to wear headlamps and the cave walls are sparkly and beautiful. My favorite place to eat acai bowls and healthy salads, avocado toasts, breakfast burritos on the island is Eat Healthy in Wailua. We went to eat there almost every morning as we love the backyard outdoor seating ambience being surrounding by coconut and banana trees, flowers, cactuses, crushed green sea glass floors and resident lizards, cats and chickens! If you go to Kauai you have to try their delicious poke! It taste like jelly and melts in your mouth. We had ours with red radish, corn, watermelon, and sesame seeds and it was delicious! My favorite activity on the island was the fantastic helicopter ride over the entire island with Island Helicopters Kauai, we were blessed with phenomenal views of the grand canyon of Kauai (Waimea Canyon), many waterfalls throughout the green Napali coast canyons that look like weeping rocks, and four rainbows on land and sea. The helicopter ride was one of the best experiences of my life and I'm glad we did it on the last day of our trip as we were able to see all the rivers, beaches, and mountains that we hiked, kayaked, and paddle boarded in from the air. Kauai is definitely an adventure-filled island if you're into the outdoors and water sports with beautiful mountain peaks and 113 miles of coastlines. The best part is the Hawaiian people are very kind and nice to us, all our tour guides loved their jobs and treated us like family. I liked how the locals on the island lived a chill slow pace life and you can drive around the island at 25mph enjoying the coastal views and no one would honk you. I was inspired by Kauai to create all my Kblossoms ocean shell, Swarovski crystal coral necklaces and earrings that you see above from this beautiful trip to paradise on earth. You can find my one of a kind hand-made beach jewelry here: www.kblossoms.etsy.com Thanks for reading!
Welcome to our Valentine's Day trip to Iceland blog! We had a great time doing the 6 day tour with Guide to Iceland, everything went very smoothly thanks to our travel planner. He booked everything for us with perfect timing allowing us to rest and see all the spectacular sites all in good time. Our favorite part of the trip was hiking the Vatnajokull glacier to see the black ice cave and blue ice wave walls that reminded me a lot of Utah's The Wave at Kanab but made completely of blue ice. We drove off road on bumpy terrain to the glacier and hiked the glacier with crampons and it was fun with a crunch crunch sound as you walk. We found the cute Icelandic horses and their long manes off the road, they are very friendly creatures and will approach you for a picture. I would highly recommend the Snaefellness peninsula tour as you can see lava rocks, seals, beautiful cliffs and waterfalls. You can explore Reykjavik on your own, the capital of Iceland as we did on our first day. We walked to Hallgrimskirkja Church and saw the gorgeous 360 view from the top, a must do. Be sure to try the delicious Icelandic hot dog at the hot dog stand called Baejarius Beztu Pylsur near the Harpa Center. We went to see the honeycomb shaped glass Harpa Center that lights up in different colors at night, a beautiful architectural modern design reminding me of the Broad in Los Angeles. We loved relaxing at the Blue Lagoon too with it's 100 degrees thermal hot spring waters, phenomenal views and restaurant. It's right next to the airport so if you did a layover in Iceland, you can stop there to enjoy the hot springs for a few hours, but I would recommend booking your tickets online beforehand as they sell out fast in person. We saw many waterfalls on our our trip as they were so full of water. My favorite waterfalls was Gulfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, enormous with torrential water. We loved seeing and picking up the huge chunks of ice on Diamond Beach, a black sand beach. You have to try to lobster in Iceland, they are a little pricey but were the most tender and delicious lobster I've ever tasted, probably because lobsters thrive in colder climates. We saw the northern lights on our flight to Iceland over Greenland on the airplane, it was an unobstructed view as the clouds were below our plane. I think the best time to visit is in the winter from Dec-Feb to see the auroras and ice caves on the glacier as very seldomly elsewhere in the world can you see ice caves due to global warming. We highly recommend this tour as they had everything we wanted to see for a great bundled price. Iceland is a great place to visit for your honeymoon or anniversary as it'll be a trip you will remember your whole lives. We went to celebrate Valentine's Day and we will remember this forever. The Icelandic people are so friendly and welcoming. We want to come back in the summer to see the puffins. You can get photoprints of our Iceland pictures on mugs, posters, tote bags, mousepads and more in our Zazzle store!
My Neighborhood Totoro watercolor painting inspired by my recent trip to Taiwan where I saw Totoro everywhere from the Studio Ghibi exhibit in Taipei, streets of AnPing, and the Totoro store in Taichung. I fell in love with Totoro in Taiwan and decided to paint this tree house scene where Mei first meets Totoro following the trail of acorns into his tree house. Hope you enjoy this magical scene as it's created with mixed media 3D figurines, stickers, acrylic, watercolor paints, and pen and ink. I also painted watercolor Totoro themed wedding and baby shower cards for my friends. I love cute stuffed animals and succulents so why not combine Totoro planters, pots and figurines into cactus designs. Above are a few of my Totoro succulent pots and terrariums that I designed with a fairyland like magical feel with the soot sprites and all.
My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away are my favorite Hiyao Miyazaki films full of magical creatures from Japanese folklore in the surrounding woods. I thought I would capture the essence of his work in my Totoro paintings and succulent designs. Both films depict little girls coming into contact with the magical spirit world and their personal growth and journey in understanding family life. Both films captures the innocent wondrous adventures of children with curious and imaginative minds and brings back our nostalgic childhood memories. I love the kindness and magic of Totoro and the free spirit of the children in Spirited Away because Miyazaki portrays the magic and imagination of a child's day to day life that we can all relate to despite our different life experiences and places we live in. I hope that creating these Totoro paintings and succulent plants brings a piece of enchanted world of Totoro to your life too as it does to mines.
Welcome to my Gucci GG Marmont Leather Wallet on Chain Inspired Jewelry Blog! This beautiful Italian red wallet bag was just released today on August 15, 2015 as part of Gucci's Fall bag collection! I think it's so perfect to wear with any outfit for the upcoming Christmas season. I got the bag because it is made of lightweight leather and has a chain design where you can wear multiple ways from cross-body, off the shoulder or detach the chain and use it as a clutch for a dinner date. I love the soft red leather and dark red color with a tint of blue very similar to my red Valentino lock rock stud bag here. The Valentino rock stud bag is a little heavy after it's filled with stuff and is best worn on the shoulder instead of cross body. This Gucci GG Marmont Leather Wallet is perfect for traveling abroad as it's light weight and has a sturdy 23.5" antique gold chain that people can't cut if you're on a crowded subway or bus traveling abroad. You can shorten the chain to wear it off the shoulder too if you like. I love how it functions as a wallet and holds the essentials in the 3 compartments. You can put your passport and cash in the middle compartment with a zipper. You can put your keys, makeup, compact, pens, iphone on the side compartments. It has 16 card slots and two hidden bill compartments on both sides which is great for all of us with so many credit cards and membership cards to carry. I think this bag is the perfect travel size 5"H x 8"W x 2.5"D. I like the double logo design in the front with a snap closure. I think this Gucci Marmont is better than the Coach Penny Purse or the smallest Chanel Boy Bag as it holds more than both the bags including your cell phone, keys, cards, cash as the leather is soft and stretchable and is made with three compartments. This gorgeous Gucci bag matches all my Kblossoms red jewelry above perfectly from the red ceramic cherry blossom earrings to the red Swarovski crystal heart and red quartz star moon earrings. Please visit my Kblossoms Etsy store to see more of my red jewelry designs www.kblossoms.etsy.com. Thanks so much for reading!
This is our Kblossoms' Cinderella inspired jewelry collection inspired by all the Cinderella movies out there from Walt Disney's 1950 animated film and his 2015 live action version starring Lily James as Ella. I just watched the Cinderella movie released in March 2015 and I really believe it exactly captures the mood and spirit of the animated Cinderella film. If you play them side by side you can see all the similarities of the coach changing back into the pumpkins, Cinderella's dress transformation, and Cinderella's grand entrance to the ball.
I believe Lily James captures the essence of Cinderella's kind hearted nature. She forgives her cruel stepmother and stepsisters and treats them kindly with grace even when they were mercilessly cruel to her. The stepmother was truly evil and a true villain. The stepsisters were just clueless and hilarious and followed their mother's lead; they have no talent, can't sing, can't perform, and just a spectacle to watch. Cinderella's mother taught her an important lesson in life when she said to her daughter in her death bed "Have Courage and Be Kind", which Cinderella took to heart and treated everyone she knew that way. If more people in the world were like Cinderella, this world would be a better place. Cinderella is an age old tale of kindness and love showing inner beauty is more important as outward beauty.
Cinderella is my favorite fairy tale of all. I enjoyed watching all the past renditions of Cinderella films and musicals made including Roger and Hammerstein's Cinderella (with Whitney Houston as godmother and Brandy as Cinderella), Cinderella Story with Hilary Duff, and Ever After with Drew Barrymore! All had their unique modern day or age old twist to the original fairy tale story.
I have created beautiful Kblossoms Cinderella acrylic glass slippers with Swarovski crystals on the side on a sterling silver chain. I have also created a one of a kind matching Cinderella Swarovski blue butterfly bracelet and earrings with gold filled butterfly charms to make a bangle bracelet in honor of the modern 2015 Cinderella movie where her dress was blue with butterflies on the front and on her glass slipper. I hope you enjoyed my blog, thanks for reading! For more Kblossoms Cinderella jewelry or custom requests, visit my Etsy store here: www.kblossoms.etsy.com