Japanese Tsumami Kanzashi

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Tsumami Kanzashi

Sugoi! (Japanese for “wow”) These handmade fabric hair pieces truly were a find.

Tsumami Kanzashi is a traditional Japanese method of pinching fabric (tsumami) to make hair pins (kanzashi).  It involves many steps, artistry and precision. I’ve found an instructional video if you want to give it a whirl.

There are many artisans on Etsy who create tsumami kanzashi in different styles and from many materials.  This top design is by Hanami Gallery. These would make for special bridesmaids gifts, a bridal hair design at weddings or just something to make you feel special everyday. They are truly wearable art and here are some of my favorites:

AtelierKanawa dangling kanzashi

AtelierKanawa bridal hair piece

With many flowers and pieces together, you can really make a visual statement. Perfect for bridal wear and special occasions. These wonderfully intricate designs are from AtelierKanawa.

mizusugi bridal hair piece

PetalMix tsumami kanzashi

I love the ability to mix colors for beautiful results. Match your wedding colors or your power colors.  Top design by Mizu’s Garden, design directly above by Petal Mix.

HanamiGallery tsumami kanzashi

RandomCatGirl bridal hair piece

I love the different types of flower shapes that are possible, including the more traditional pointed tip, bell shapes and more. Top design by Hanami Gallery, design directly above by Random CatGirl.

PetalMix headband

RandomCatGirl butterfly tsumami kanzashi

As beautiful as these designs are, a formal occasion isn’t necessary to wear them. Here a headband and a lovely butterfly design can spice up your everyday style.  Headband by Petal Mix, butterfly by Random CatGirl.

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }

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Imam Bayildi: The Story Behind the Turkish Eggplant Recipe

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Imam Bayildi uses lots of olive oil

Imam Bayildi uses lots of olive oil

By Justin

Those that learn from cooking have the pleasure of repeating it.

The other day I was driving around with my wife Kemba and as we were approaching the store where we buy olive oil, she mentioned that we were running low again.  She said it as if it would surprise me, like, “I forgot to tell you something that I know will startle you.  Brace yourself.  We need to buy more olive oil.”

I like to get the large bottles of olive oil and I’m a bit picky about what kind.  Italian extra virgin olive oil is OK, in a pinch, but I much prefer olive oil that has a strong olive flavor, like they make in Spain, or — if I can get it — olive oil made in Greece.

My wife was upset that I wasn’t surprised.  Her look said, “Why aren’t you shocked that we went through that enormous bottle of olive oil?”

“Well, we’ve been eating a lot of eggplant.”  My wife loves eggplant.  When we met, she assured me that she hated eggplant.  And she still won’t eat it unless I cook it for her. The secret is that when I cook eggplant I like to slice it, salt it, and let it sit on the counter.  When the bitter juices start seeping out, I wipe the slices off and, if I have time, I put them in a plastic container in the fridge where even more bitter juices come out.

So now if there’s an eggplant in the house, I hear about it every day.  At first there’s subtle pestering.  “Maybe we can have eggplant for dinner tonight.”  Then come the threats.  “If you don’t cook this, it’s going to go bad soon.”  Then comes the flat out begging.  “Pleeeease make eggplant tonight.”  It doesn’t matter how I decide to make it.  I could bread it, fry it, and serve it with fra diavolo or primavera sauce.  I could sauté it in the wok, add garlic sauce, and serve it over brown rice.  I could make ratatouille or babaganoush or zaalouk.

But she didn’t understand what cooking eggplant had to do with olive oil usage.  “You know… cooking eggplant uses up a lot of olive oil.  You remember the story of Imam Bayildi?”  A blank look, she didn’t know that story.

“Well, Imam Bayildi is a Turkish dish, eggplant stuffed with onions, parsley, tomatoes, and… I don’t know, whatever other vegetables and nuts that you might find in a Turkish refrigerator.  You bake a couple of them in a dish with lime juice and olive oil.  The story goes that it was invented by the daughter of an olive oil merchant who married an imam.  He thought the dish was so delicious that he fainted on the spot.  And that is where the dish gets its name.  In Turkish, Imam Bayildi means, the imam fainted.

“But there’s another version of the story.  Some people say that when the woman married the imam, her father the olive oil merchant, gave the couple, as a wedding gift, a fortune in the most precious olive oil he had in all his stores.  After the wedding festivities — and there are quite a bit, you know, a party before the wedding, a party after the wedding, a party after consummating the wedding, party after party — they settle down into married life.  And she invents this stuffed eggplant dish for her husband, who absolutely loves it.  So he asks for it every night.  And she makes it every night.  And then one night shortly thereafter he asks for it but she can’t make it because they’re out of olive oil.  And the imam thought of the amazing fortune in olive oil, how delicious it was, how expensive it was, how you have to use so much of it cooking eggplant, how it was all gone, and that was when he fainted dead away.”

My wife thought this story was tremendously entertaining and asked me to share here.  As I pulled into the store parking lot I said, “You do realize, don’t you, that part of the reason you liked that story so much is that we now find ourselves in the very same situation, in that you keep asking me to make eggplant, and you can’t believe we’ve gone through so much olive oil.”

The next time I bought eggplants I made her Imam Bayildi, and she was really sad when we had eaten it all.

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10 Handmade Styles for Beach Weddings

Posted by in Create the Look, In the Studio, Our Designs, Wedding

starfish or seahorse beach fan wedding program

With spring finally here, we’ve been seeing a lot of interest in our beach wedding invitations, programs and place cards.

Starfish folded wedding invitation

{beach program fan and folded wedding invitation handmade  by Imbue You Wedding, imbueyou.com/wedding}

So beach wedding planning season must be on. And so to help narrow down the many choices out there, here are 10 of my favorite handmade designs for beach weddings found on Etsy.

conch shell save the date bookmark

Save the Date.

Not only does this save the date announce your theme early on, it’s a bookmark your guests can use again and again…maybe while relaxing on the beach with a good book. {handmade by www.SunshineandRavioli.etsy.com}

beach wedding dress shrug

Dress Up the Dress.

Beach wedding gowns are often light and airy. But if you want to add a little more va-voom…and still be able to walk easily on sand, this glamorous shrug could be your answer. {handmade by www.EmpressBride.etsy.com}

beach wedding sign

The Signage.

Handmade custom signs point your guests in the right direction, in a fun personal way. {handmade by www.Funkifolkart.etsy.com}

seashell beach wedding pomander ball

The Aisle Decor.

These shell balls are a beachy alternative to floral balls for the back of chairs lining the aisle. {handmade by www.iDoArtsyWeddings.etsy.com}

nautical chart wedding guest book

The Guest Book.

This map covered handmade guest book is a real heirloom piece, not just because of the guests’ words within. But also because of the hand bookbinding work, including coptic stitching. {handmade by www.OliveArt.etsy.com}

seahorse wedding place card

The Placecards.

Seahorses are a wonderful alternative to shells and starfish for beach weddings. And these are very unique, very fun placecards. {handmade by www.TimelessPaper.etsy.com}

beach wedding sand votives

The Decor.

Real makes an impact. So as much as you can include real shells, starfish, anchors, etc. to your wedding decor. The more authentic items you include the more you immerse your guests in your theme. These votive holders are made with real sand. {handmade by www.seasidedesigns.etsy.com}

shell wedding cake server set

The Cake Cutting.

The cake cutting is often the signature event of the wedding (after the “I dos” of course!). Beach it up with elegant shell covered cake servers that become a memento of your special day. {handmade by www.Beadz2Pleaz.etsy.com}

glass fish beach wedding centerpiece

The Centerpiece.

Wow. Ice-sculpture is beautiful, but this glass fish inspired centerpiece is eye-candy you can keep. Placed prominently in your reception space, it will add an elegant artistic flair. {handmade by www.ConfectionsInGlass.etsy.com}

beach wedding starfish tags

The Takeaway.

Clean, friendly design makes these favor tags appropriate for a variety of beach weddings, from casual to elegant. {handmade by www.maidavale.etsy.com}

{Written by imbueyouido.com, the blog of Imbue You and Imbue You Wedding. For more wedding and party stationery advice, get our free Wedding Style Guide. }


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