Give Your loved one a Hand Painted Silk Scarf.  You Will Brighten Up her day! 

Properties and Characteristics of Silk

  Cultivated silk from the Bombyx mori silkworm, which is and has always been the most common type of silk used, has a number of interesting and desirable properties that have been admired for over 5,000 years.
   First of all, silk takes well to dyes, both natural and synthetic, which results in colorful fabrics. Another property of silk is its soft feel, and it retains it shape well, even after having been stretched. In appearance silk has a sheen and luminosity that makes it look luxurious. Since silk production is labor intensive and costly it has often been used by royalty and people of wealth for centuries, and it has in fact sometimes become a
symbol for wealth and achievement. In England, for example, when an attorney reaches a certain status and earns the honor of being a QC (for Queen’s Council), he or she is said to “take the silk”. From then on they will wear a silk gown during court proceedings. In fact silk dresses from pure English silk are normally worn in royal weddings in England, and this is a tradition that has been upheld for centuries. There are still small silk making operations located there in modern times.
Silk has the property of being a very flexible material. For example, a silk scarf can readily be pulled through a wedding ring, and it will quickly retake its original shape without a lot of wrinkling. It is light in weight, and it can be easily folded. Silk scarves are excellent for women who travel, as a lady can change her look by changing scarves and can get away with carrying fewer outfits than she normally might wear at home. In addition, silk tends to fall naturally and hangs delicately when used as clothing. This gives it an appeal over other fabrics that are more stiff and rigid. In addition, silk holds its structural integrity and will not rot. Silk is also more heat resistant than many other fabrics, including wool, for example, and is actually rather difficult to burn.
One remarkable property of silk is its high tensile strength and its fibers will not easily be torn or damaged. It is also an elastic material that can be stretched and then will recover to its original size unless stretched beyond 20-25% of its original length. It has been used in the past in making guy ropes to take advantage of this characteristics.
Silk clothing keeps one cool in the summer, and it provides surprising warmth in the winter and is often used as an insulation layer in different types of clothing or even in sleeping bags. Silk can absorb a fairly significant amount of moisture before it feels wet.
Silk can be woven together with other fabrics in blends, and it is most often used in articles of clothing such as dresses, pants, sweaters, gowns, and shirts, for example. Silk ties for men have a look and feel that is exceptional, and many men prefer silk ties and use them almost exclusively.
For all these reasons silk has been desired for centuries. The secrets of its production were held tightly in China for over 2,000 years, but finally the knowledge and raw materials (silkworms and mulberry trees) were to be found elsewhere in the world, and many countries had a significant number of people employed in the production of silk goods. China is today the world leader in silk production, just as it was several thousand years ago. China produces over half the world’s silk, and India accounts for about a quarter of the Chinese production. India is, however, the leader in production of wild silks, that is, silk spun from species of silkworms other than B. mori which live in the wild, such as the tussah silkmoth. Silk production from these wild silkworms is much less predictable and much more difficult to control, since these insects cannot be domesticated like the B. mori. Furthermore, tussah silk is said to be somewhat more coarse than silk from B. mori. Despite the arrival of less costly synthetic fabrics like rayon and nylon, the properties and characteristics of silk account for its continued significant demand.

Painter by silkstory on Etsy


Columbus Day

    Celebrate Columbus day!

      Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in 1934. However, people have celebrated Columbus' voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. More interesting information HERE.

Art piece from mountainbrook on Etsy


CLICK for autumn...

Autumn reveals cozy color palette from your etsy shops dears!
I love it!


Blue is the colour

Blue is the colour of the sea. It is the colour of relaxation and reverie. It is the colour of melancholy, it’s true, but blue is one of the most beautiful colours of all. Because blue also stands for the sky, the space, freedom, dreams, romance, pain and hope.

                                            Indescribably beautiful print by CassiaBeck

Whether you are at the seaside reading a book or if you are at home staring at the computer screen, when you come across the word 'sea', it gives you a very special feeling. You can hear it, smell it, see the blue... I was just wondering how the sea affects people, and I realized that the sea has a very relaxing and dreamy effect, it transports you to another place. A place, where no one can disturb you, where you are alone and truly yourself.

(Picture taken by my daughter at the seaside in Palanga, Lithuania)

Today I just felt the need to share some wonderful artworks that I came across and hopefully you will be as inspired by them as I was.


I could look at this forever, it's just so relaxing. It makes me remember things that have been long forgotten, it brings me back to my dreams and wishes that did and didn't come true...

                     Inspirational - 'The So Very Decadent Sea Pearl Ship Hat' by zaracarpenter

I just love this hat! I imagine wearing something like that for a birhtday or some other important occasion. My daughter suggested that she would want a hat like that for her graduation ball. We'll see... It would definitely suit a sophisticated beach party!

This hat is very stylish and beautiful. Such tiny things as this top hat can be perfect accents to a subtle yet classy outfit.

As the name suggests, you can probably use it to keep all the seashells you've collected at the seaside! Lovely.

I hope you enjoy a dreamy moment and I wish you all a lovely day. Don't forget to wear something blue today, or put some blue eyeshadow, or paint your nails in blue, or even listen to some blues.
'Blue is the colour of the sky in summertime', sings Nina Simone in her song 'Beautiful Land'.

Blue is the colour of love - to dream, to hope, to imagine...


All items featured in this entry can be found and purchased on Etsy.com 


And the WINNER is...

Wohoo!! June giveaway end has come and the winner was chosen with random.org .
Fern blossom goes to INGERMAAIKE!! Visit her lovely shop on etsy!
My warm congratulations!


Monday Moodboard

It is not enough to think about it, you don't read my minds, it is time to show how I am feeling about colors magic today.

Wonderfull finds from Etsy sellers

Have a nice day!


Wednesday coffee with Etsy sellers

Let's have a cup of coffee with great Etsy sellers! While reading forums, posting new posts, chating with team members, I know lot of you have coffee on table. I would like to invite you for coffee too!

Have good day everyone!



Fern bloom.

  Everyone knows that the St. John's Night Flowering fern night . Lithuanians always goes to look for it at midnight. It was believed that the man who founds the  fern blossom becomes clairvoyant - can hear other people's thoughts, and knows all their secrets, understands the language of birds. These abilities brings wealth and happiness
You also can have it-just follow the instructions-and fern bloom will come to you!
*START DAY:  June 10, 2010
*END DAY: June 24,2010
*OPEN: worldwide
*PRIZE: Painting on silk "Blossom" by Silkstory
*VALUE: $29
At the close of the giveaway a WINNER will be randomly selected from all entries received up until the close of the giveaway on June 24,2010.
Winner will be contacted via e-mail only.
1.Start follow this blog
2.or Heart My Etsy shop
3.If you already follower then tweet or facebook about this giveaway to your friends.
4.or Buy something from My shop.
5.Do not forget to leave a comment post with your action here.
Then e-mail me about your actions: rutkauskiene.zita[at]gmail.com and I will add you to participants list.
The winner will be announced on June 28th.

History of Father's Day in USA

unique ideas by Metalgardenart

Father's Day festival as we celebrate today traces its history to United States of America. The idea of observing a day in honor of father was conceptualized by Ms Sonora Smart Dodd, a loving daughter from Spokane. It so happened that Sonora attended a Mother's Day Sermon in 1909 and she was struck with the noble idea that society must observe a day to honor the important contribution made by father in the raising of children. Encouraged by the love of her father, William Smart, a civil war veteran who single-handedly raised her along with her five siblings after the death of her mother, Sonora worked hard to make her concept a reality. The noble idea of celebrating Father's Day soon spread across the nation. Father's Day was recognized by a Joint Resolution of Congress in 1956. Finally, in 1972 President Nixon established Father's Day as a permanent national day of observance on the third Sunday of June.

Don't forget to remind to your Dad how much you love him!
Hand made items from Etsy sellers the best way to do that.

Here is some great ideas from Etsy sellers shops:

Magic words for dad's by MandMStudio
Incredible ideas by CosmicFirefly

Personalized dad's t-shirts by Zoeysattic

Adorable gifts by SuperSweetCreations

Elegant cufflinks by RosemaryManufacture

Italian fashion bySilvia66

Always cute socks by RGsocks

Visit Onstail for big choise of felted slippers

Personalized bracelet for dad by Boobaloojewelry

Your dad will enjoy to have a cup of coffe from ShebboDesign

Incredible Fire ring by MarcoMagro

I hope this article will help  you to make your Daddy's day more joyfull!
I've choosen already gift to my dad. Of course it is handmade!
Do you?

More interesting information about Father's day around the world Here


From silk history

Some words about exclusively silk.

      When silk was first discovered, it was reserved exclusively for the use of the ruler. It was permitted only to the emperor, his close relations and the very highest of his dignitaries. Within the palace, the emperor is believed to have worn a robe of white silk; outside, he, his principal wife, and the heir to the throne wore yellow, the color of the earth.

  Gradually the various classes of society began wearing tunics of silk, and silk came into more general use. As well as being used for clothing and decoration, silk was quite quickly put to industrial use by the Chinese. This was something which happened in the West only in modern times. Silk, indeed, rapidly became one of the principal elements of the Chinese economy. Silk was used for musical instruments, fishing-lines, bowstrings, bonds of all kinds, and even rag paper, the word's first luxury paper. Eventually even the common people were able to wear garments of silk.
(Text and photo taken from here)

Today everyone can aford silk garments. It is still luxurious material - lot of cloth designers like and use it.
On Etsy you can find silk cloth accesories and hand painted silk garments around the world.
Here are some of them!

Take a look.

dress by Artlab

hand painted dress by ChicComplement

Wonderfull mandala art by Fiona on her Etsy shop

Silk scarf by MuseSilkPainting

Silk scarf by SilkShop

Men tie by Chiffonart

Silk scarf by Me

More Hand painted silks you might like on Silk painters gallery from around the world.

Whish yoyu nice trip to the world of Silk Stories!