DIY Peter Pan Collars

Peter Pan collar is a flat, round-cornered clothing collar. It is named after the collar of the costume worn in 1905 by actress Maude Adams in her role as Peter Pan. Since then, it has become a women’s fashion item several times.

Peter Pan collars are everywhere for fall 2012 and there are several kinds, from simple to embroidered fabrics and even on nails!

Check out some Peter Pan Collars on Etsy from a cute little shop called Very Vague!

Check out this tutorial on how to paint your nails in Peter Pan!

Check out this DIY Peter Pan collar!

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Candy Coated Fennel Favors

Fennel seeds are always kept in a container in our home.  They are inexpensive, plant derived and provide relief from digestive disorders.

They help to overcome gas, cramps, acid indigestion, and many other digestive tract maladies.  Recent studies have found that consumption of fennel can increase the production of bile and may also possess diuretic, pain-reducing and anti-microbial activities.

Some are candy coated  and some are not. Fennel seeds are usually found in South Asian supermarkets and they are a must have for some after a meal.  Many cultures in India, Pakistan and the middle east use fennel seeds in their cookery and it is one of the most important spices in Gujarati cooking.

These seeds are very rich in minerals including magnesium. Two of its main constituents are Anethol and Fenchone. Anethol and other terpenoids may inhibit spasms in smooth muscles such as those in the intestinal tract. Fenchone may be responsible for the medicinal properties associated with Fennel.

So what does fennel taste like?  Personally I would say it tastes like  mild licorice but the candy coated ones taste a bit more sweet.

Fennel seeds may be chewed after every meal or even more often. About 2-3 gms may be had at a time. Daily intake about 7 gms. (or 1½ teaspoon).

Fennel may also be had as a tea decoction. Just boil about 3 gms. (1/2 teaspoon) of seeds in 250 ml. of water. Let the water boil for about 5 minutes while keeping the pot covered. Cool the mixture and then sip as required.

So how can we jazz up some of these pretty coated seeds you ask?  As favors!  Some South Asians, especially gujarati’s hand out these little pretties to their guests at the end of a dinner party at a wedding (there is usually 300+ guests as South Asian weddings!) If you visit a South Asian market, they may have different color coated ones such as red or green.

(p.s. in case you are wondering, I whisked this gorgeous little antique embroidered table mat from our visit to New Delhi)

All packed in white organza bags which can be found at dollar stores and then place in a pretty basket with colourful ribbons tied around the basket handle.

As for my hubby, I like to pack a little portable, take along container of fennel seeds from an empty tic tac container so that he can easily have it on the go (he is a fennel seed addict…shhh don’t tell him I told you that).

Have you ever had a chance to taste fennel seeds?

Colour Lovers

Did you ever think you could design your own pattern and choose your own colour pallet and share it with the world?  And even better yet use that same colour pattern to create  your own fabric, clothing or piece of art?

Well I’ve discovered a great new site that allows you to do just that!  Colour Lovers is a fun way to release some creativity  and in my opinion de-stress especially after a hard days work.

On my first day I created 14 new colours and even got to name them.  When you discover a new colour, you get to name it and credit goes to you whenever anyone else uses this color.

You can also create endless colour pallets and name them.  When you create your own colour pallet, you get to name it and credit goes to you whenever anyone wants to use it to create a pattern.

You can also use other colour lovers patterns from the list provided and colour it up with a colour pallet you or others have created or create your own pattern.

So let me share some of my creations:

CIRCALICIOUS

BLUEBERRY LIME

DEW DROPS

WHIMSICAL TREES

PRINCESS PEONY

 BERRY STRIPES

The smell of watermelon smells summer

One of my fav refreshing summer fruits is watermelon.  Cold, sweet and filling.  Great for bbq’s and get togethers with family and friends.

I like to turn almost everything into art and i’ve discovered some great looking and tasting watermelon presentations that will wow your guests.

Watermelon Cake – the healthy kind!

Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Limeade

Watermelon Punch in a DIY Watermelon Bowl

 

Source: http://www.marthastewart.com/356772/watermelon-recipes/@center/276964/60-days-summer#/852294

Pretty Embroidery Pattern

Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. This cute little embroidery pattern is designed and created by Sara on Mr.Handsomeface. The gradual hues from peach to purple makes for a pretty little hanging piece and she also offers a free pattern.

Summer in Neon

The 1980’s neon was like so ‘it’.  Almost anything and everything was neon and yes who ever wore neon was cool!  How can anyone not be able to get their hands on things such as highlighters, jelly shoes, neon sunglasses, jelly bracelets (i know i had a dozen of them!)

I took my boys shopping for some kid watches recently and they pounced for the neon green and neon turquoise.  At one point i thought, neon??? That was a thing of my past!  Of course I let them have them because they looked great on them.

Neon is big for the summer of 2012 from neon blue, neon green, neon yellow, neon orange, neon pink.  These colours are back as bright as the sun and people are loving them in a new yet modern way.

Check out some neon handmade crafts on the global handmade online shop on ETSY and shine like the sun!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/PearlAmourJewels

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Pretty Color Bracelets and Bangles for Summer

I love bangles and bracelets.The more the better.

Bracelets are fun and can fill your jewelry box with color, luxury and sparkle. Check out some new and hot trending bangles for the summer.


I love love love these rhinestone crystal bangles.  Can’t pick a favourite so one of each colour please!

                                                         SaachiStyle.com                                       

These bangles below are so different and unique…never seen anything like ’em. They are made from silk fabric hence the shine and pop of colour.  Some rhinestone charms hanging off of them would really spruce it up more but I sill like them.

My Favourite?  Too much pressure…give all of them to me!

Ninaloren.com


Leather studded wrap bracelets and a rainbow of colours.  I can definitely say i like the baby pink the best. So pretty.

Alexandrabeth.com

Simple and affordable braided friendship bracelets in a hue of unique colours for summer 2012!

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Spinach and Tandoori Chicken Pizza

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel you’ve tasted everything and nothing you think of is making your taste buds tantalize?  Well, I was having a few of those days.  I just couldn’t think of anything different to make for dinner until I entered the grocery store and stood staring at piles of green spinach. Fireworks starting exploding in my head as to what i can do with them and at the same time feeling guilty about trying to get more greens on the dinner table. I couldn’t think of a thing to make with spinach and didn’t know what I would make with them so inevitably I grabbed 2 bunches.

So I came up with pizza. Yes pizza and since we have 2 young boys, take out pizza usually means a cheese pizza with nothing other than cheese on top so specialty pizza’s are out of the question for us.  But my boys love spinach and so does Popeye the Sailor Man…..I salute Popeye for my boys love for this wonderfully healthy vegetable.

This is with all the toppings except for the shredded mozzarella cheese      

Pizza with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

Ingredients:

1 fresh spinach bunch

10-15 cherry tomatoes (or as many as desired)

1 lb chicken breast

pizza sauce (or if you have neglected pasta sauce in the fridge)

mozzarella cheese

salt and pepper for sprinkling

oil

chicken marinate:

1 ground tomato

1 tblsp tandoori masala

1/4 tsp garam masala

salt to taste

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp garlic

STEPS:

You may either buy ready made pizza dough at your local grocery store or make it yourself with some simple ingredients such as self rising yeast, salt, oil, warm water and all-purpose flour  but you’ll have to wait a few hours for the dough to rise (google pizza dough recipe).

Clean and cube the chicken breast then marinate it with the above ingredients and set aside for at least one hour.

Clean and drain spinach and cut into medium size pieces and then cook in a pan for about 5-10 minutes or until most of the water is evaporated from the spinach (don’t over cook the spinach to the point where it has wilted).  Then add 1 tbsp of oil, some salt and pepper to taste and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from hot stove.

Meanwhile, roll out the dough onto a pizza pan and then spread some pizza sauce on top. Next, add halved cherry tomatoes and the cooked spinach.

How to cook the chicken:

Place 2 tbsp of oil in a pan and then add your marinated chicken and cook on medium for about 10-15 minutes or until chicken is done.  If the chicken still isn’t done and its starting to stick to the pan then add a little more oil to allow the chicken to cook.  Once the chicken is done, add it to the pizza.

Once all toppings are on the pizza, sprinkle it with some salt and pepper (and crushed red chilli flakes for a kick) and lastly add mozzarella cheese.

I like to drizzle the top with some olive oil as well.

Bake at 350F for roughly 30 minutes.  One way to check if the pizza is ready is by lifting the pizza with a  flat spatula to see if it’s brownish in colour.

Voila!  Spinach and Tandoori Chicken Pizza.  Eat your hearts content.

Manuka Honey

Ever heard of Manuka Honey?

Manuka honey is a mono floral honey (mono floral is a type of honey which has a distinctive flavour or other attribute due to the fact that it is predominantly from the nectar of one plant species.) produced by the manuka tree located  in New Zealand and Australia.    Typically, manuka honey is dark in colour and has a strong flavour.

  How is Manuka Honey good for you?

Manuka Honey has become known as the ‘healing honey’ and its therapeutic qualities have now become well documented.

In particular, active manuka honey provides you with powerful, natural, antibiotic and antiseptic properties. It can be used both internally, for example it is good for digestive problems and peptic and stomach ulcers, or externally, such as on cuts / wounds, skin infections and leg ulcers. It can even be obtained in a sterilised form in a tube for external use.

What gives Active Manuka Honey its special antibacterial and antiseptic properties?

All honey contains a level of hydrogen peroxide. However,the level can vary widely between different honeys.

Active manuka honey contains an additional antibacterial property, refered to as the ‘unique manuka factor (UMF), which can only be found in honey sourced from the Leptospermum plants. To determine if this additional factor is present, and to what extent, the manuka honey undergoes a test for its level of antibacterial activity. If the antibacterial activity is found to be sufficiently high, then it is given a UMF label and a number (eg 10+, 20+) that indicates the strength of antibacterial activity in the honey.

What conditions can Active Manuka Honey help you with?

You can get different products that are aimed at either internal or external uses. If you have an external condition such as a cut or wound, or a burn, then you should choose a sterilised active manuka honey.
Some of the conditions it can assist you with are:

    • Digestive problems
    • Skin Acne                                                                                                   
    • Skin infections, eczema
    • Ulcers in the stomach area
    • Cuts and wound treatment
    • Substitute for sugar
Treating Acne with Manuka Honey
Manuka Honey is excellent for the treatment of acne because acne is caused by bacteria that clog the pores and Manuka Honey contains very powerful antibacterial properties.

Research has shown that Manuka honey has the ability to draw moisture out of the acne-causing bacterial cells, making it impossible for them to survive. It rids impurities from the skin, along with unclogging pores and clearing breakouts. Manuka honey acne treatment functions by penetrating deep in the blocked follicle, killing the bacteria, and unblocking the follicle to release the infection. As the follicle is cleared and sterile, the acne heals rapidly while reducing, and sometimes preventing the formation of scars.Many acne products contain certain ingredients that can dry the skin and cause other negative side effects. Manuka honey has been found to cause none and is very moisturizing. The hydrating quality of Manuka honey helps to decrease the irritation caused by acne and other skin problems. It’s anti-inflammatory properties also help to reduce redness, pain and swelling. By applying Manuka honey to affected areas, blemishes and acne scars will disappear, restoring your skin to its original form.

Using Manuka honey for pimples, blemishes and acne scars is a gentle way of ridding dryness and cleansing your skin.

Tips on how to choose Quality Active Manuka Honey

Proper UMF Active Manuka Honey complies with all 5 of the following criteria for Genuine UMF Manuka Honey as recommended by the Active Manuka Honey Association.

1. It has the name UMF clearly stated on the front label.
2. It is packed into jars and labelled in New Zealand.
3. It is from a New Zealand company licensed to use the name UMF.
4. It has the UMF licensee’s name on the front label.
5. It has a rating of UMF10 or more.

Manuka Honey Face Mask Recipes

For Firming the Face

Ingredients:

    • Manuka Honey (1 tablespoon)
    • Egg White (1 egg)
    • Glycerin (1 teaspoon)
    • Flour (¼ cup)

Directions: Mix the honey, glycerin and egg white to make a solution. Then add flour and mix well, creating a paste. Apply evenly to the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

As a Facial

Ingredients:

    • Manuka Honey (1 cup)
    • Oatmeal (Uncooked, 1 cup)
    • Olive Oil (¼ teaspoon)
    • Avocado (½ cup)

Directions: Mix the honey, olive oil, oatmeal and avocado in a bowl. Apply to evenly the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water.

As a Moisturizing Pack

Ingredients:

    • Manuka Honey (2 tablespoons)
    • Whole Milk (2 teaspoons)

Directions: Mix the honey and milk into a smooth consistency. Apply evenly to the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with cold water.

For Fighting Acne

Ingredients:

    • Manuka Honey (2-3 tablespoons)
    • Cinnamon Powder (3-4 tablespoons)

Directions: Mix the honey and cinnamon powder into a smooth consistency. Apply directly on affected areas or the entire face before sleeping. Leave on for the entire night and wash it with warm water the morning after.

As a Nourishing Mask

Ingredients:

    • Manuka Honey (1 tablespoon)
    • Aloe Vera Juice (1 tablespoon)
    • Kelp Powder (1 tablespoon)

Directions: Mix the honey, aloe and kelp powder to the desired consistency. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes before use. Apply a thick layer onto the face and neck. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off with lukewarm water. Wait for 30 minutes then rinse off with cold water. Make sure that you do not use soap to wash your face.

It is important to use raw, unprocessed Manuka Honey as ordinary honey is heated and pasteurized during the packing process. This destroys the enzymes and natural healing properties that are present in honey. Additionally, Manuka Honey contains far more healing properties than any other type of honey. It is recommended that you use Manuka Honey with a UMF rating between 10 and 16. Less than 10 is not potent enough and more than 16 is too potent.

Article courtesy of

http://www.manuka-hon

About Me

Salam or peace,

Welcome to my blog, Collective Pearls !
I started this blog to share pretty things, colourful pictures, inspiring themes, crafts, recipes and a little bit of learning new things along the way.

Family and friends are important to me  and the best is when we get together to have food, love and laughter.  My mom is a great cook and so are her sisters. I think what worries us is the lost art of making samosas. What will we do if we can’t have homemade samosas? Mom and a special aunt still make them for us and every time our eyes sparkle and our mouths drool over them.  I’ve got 2 wonderful sisters but the more the merrier.

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