Our Lovely World

Reflections, Blessings & Gratitude


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2015 – the Chinese Year of the Goat

Happy Year of the Sheep!

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The lunar Year of the Yin Green Wood Sheep runs from Thursday Feb 19 2015 to Sunday Feb 7 2016. In a Sheep year, we enter an era of beauty, art, romance and abundance. We can expect the occasional upset, as this is an emotional sign, but overall the Sheep attunes to peace. It’s a good time to resolve stubborn problems or break free of negative cycles.

Click  HERE   to read more

To find out what Chinese year you were born in, and

to find out more about Chinese Astrology, click   HERE

To find out about Ang Pow ( red good fortune money envelopes ) & about Chinese New Year 2014, and to learn how to pronounce Chinese words, click on the Link below !

https://starstruckworld.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/gong-xi-fa-chai-happy-chinese-new-year


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Our Lovely World

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23 June 2012

Hi beautiful people

This is my new Blog, designed to simply post beautiful, inspiring and awesome reflections, memories, imaginings and things – about our Beautiful World !!

I already have another WordPress blog about Fascinating Animals, but lately I have had an “impulse” or a voice telling me to create this new blog, where I can post about nice things (to me anyway) and not necessarily about Animals.  If you would like to “Like” a post or page on this site, or to leave a comment, you will need to sign in via Facebook or Twitter, or with your WordPress account.   I have chosen this method to prevent spam that the site otherwise receives.

So, welcome to Our Lovely World.

Mitakuye Oyasin – we are all related,

Celine

Visit my other site, Peace in Practice, by clicking on the picture below.


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Feeling Happy

Let my Love Open Your Heart

Pete Townshend ( from The Who )

When people keep repeating
That you’ll never fall in love
When everybody keeps retreating
But you can’t seem to get enough

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door

When everything feels all over
Everybody seems unkind
I’ll give you a four leaf clover
Take all worry out of your mind

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door

I have the only key to your heart
I can stop you falling apart
Try today, you’ll find this way
Come on and give me a chance to say

Let my love open the door, it’s all I’m living for
Release yourself from misery
There’s only one thing gonna set you free
That’s my love, that’s my love

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door

When tragedy befalls you
Don’t let it drag you down
Love can cure your problems
You’re so lucky I’m around

Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
Let my love open the door
To your heart

Songwriters
PETE TOWNSHEND


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Squid Lips, Candy Cows & Margaret River

Entrance to Lake Cave Western AustraliaMy partner and I spent a lovely 3 nights away recently in Margaret River, at the beautiful Riverside Tourist Park in Willmott Avenue, a stone’s throw away from the Town centre! We left the suburbs of Perth around 11.00 am on Thursday 23rd April and arrived at our new temporary residence 3 hours later.

Margaret_River_Town_MapOur domicile was a small 2 person chalet, number 15, quite close to the Office. The park consists of a great number of different accommodation arrangements, to accommodate singles, couples and families, and includes lovely awesome cottages alongside the Margaret River.

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Hoppy Easter Every Bunny

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For information about the Easter tradition, see  THIS  post of my “Fascinating Animals” Blog.

I took an assortment of chocolates to work, with the above heart-shaped notice.  Below is a photo of a Bunny Trinket Box with the Heart notice.

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Wishing All a Safe and Peaceful Easter Holiday Season.  Enjoy and take care of all, bunnies included.

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Reticulated Porcelain – George Owen

I love watching Antiques Roadshow & Bargain Hunt, and saw an episode recently which showed a beautiful old vase made by George Owen (1845-1917).  It was Reticulated Porcelain ( or Porcelaine réticulée in French).  The piece wasn’t signed because it was an early trial piece, with a chunk that had been restored at the bottom of the vase.   The screenshot below is from Christies, click on the picture to go to the website.  Just one example of these glorious and skilled works of George Owen !

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George Owen’s chosen field of expertise was reticulating – piercing decorative porcelain objects, a technique which he never divulged to anyone.  He was without equal, the quality of his work unmatched through to today.

Around 1845, pierced decoration was a hallmark of excellence at England’s Worcester potteries.  Reticulated pieces have double walls, of which the outside one is pierced with a pattern, often a network of exceeding fineness, a lace-work in porcelain through which may be seen the internal wall.

It is similar to reticulated masonry facing used in Roman times.  I googled the “history of reticulated porcelain“, and “George Owens reticulated porcelain“, but unfortunately, could not find much information via Google.

However, if you click on the link below, it will take you to Google images showing some of George Owen’s glorious porcelain works.

Google Images of Reticulated porcelain – by George Owens

 

Enjoy !


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Vintage Manicure Set

I bought this vintage manicure set recently, from an   eBay seller.   It is beautiful, German made with embroidered case and a mirror inside surrounded by plush red pleats.  It contains a nail file, scissors, a scoop cuticle pusher, a tool for cleaning under the nails, and an orange stick.

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manicurekit3A long time ago I bought some great “Lady Love” nail care items, including a “palette” to hold onto and keep my hand / fingers steady, while applying nail polish, and a super little pen to remove stray bits of polish – you just unscrew a cap at the bottom and pour in a little nail polish remover – and put back the cap. The remover fluid seeps through to a pad at the tip.  As far as I know, Lady Love or Michael John products are no longer available.

ManicurePalette-CuticleCleanerLadyLovePolishRemoverI recently bought a Sally Hansen nail cuticle remover oil, which I quite like.  It has a cute little brush, to apply the oil, which is beautifully soothing and moisturizing, and of course, helps push back & remove unwanted cuticles.

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New Hair-style & Argan Oil Hair care products

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Above is a “selfie” photo that I took off myself on 27th Jan. 2015, with my new short hair-style.  I wanted my hair cut around my ears, and the hair-dresser did a good job I think, with a modern look having my hair at the top swept to one side.  Please excuse the dark under-eyes, etc. as sometimes I don’t sleep well, and that is what happens. Well, as the conditioner that the hair-dresser used, smelled so nice, I asked her what it was, and she replied that it was Argan Oil Hair Conditioner by Juuce, so having been interested in   argan oil  products for a while, I had a look at what they had on offer.

I was shown a “special” set of a lovely checked black & white cosmetics/toiletries case with a handle at the top, containing 4 great hair products, for the price of $49. Usually a Juuce Argan Oil Shampoo & a Juuce Argan Oil Conditioner each cost $23, so I thought this special was pretty good.

My kit also included a Juuce Argan Oil “Angel Mist” which is a styling mist for shampooed & conditioned hair, or can be applied to damp hair.  The 4th item is a “nak” body-n-shine sea salt root lift, which means it is a styling mist that is applied to the roots of the hair after shampooing/drying the hair, then one can use a styling brush or just a blow-dryer to style.  Each of the 4 products costs around $23 on its own, so for $49 I got $92 worth of products, plus the bag!

Photos of them are below.

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Hopman Cup 2015 Winners

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We are all Winners when it comes to Perth’s unique annual summer tournament, the Hopman Cup Tennis, consisting of a Women’s Single match, a Men’s Single Match, and a Mixed Doubles, all making up one “tie” or overall match between two different countries.  In my opinion, not only are the players “winners”, but so are the tournament organisers, the audience and sponsors, and anyone interested in tennis!

My sister & I attended the 2015 Final on Saturday, 10th January 2015, at the Perth Arena.  It started at 3.30 pm and finished around 10.00 pm.  This time around we were determined to get Platinum seats, so we saved and we got tickets in Block 210, Row 1.  The Platinum seating are seats at the front near the Baseline and a few blocks right at the front on the Sideline opposite the Chair Umpire, as  THIS  pdf shows ( you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it, un-tick the download of McAfee security if you don’t want the McAfee software ).  Below are the 2015 prices for the tickets.

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Estee Lauder World Traveler Compact

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I really like Estee Lauder cosmetics and … vintage Compacts too !

So recently when I saw this un-usual and unique “World Traveler” powder compact, I snapped it up. At first I looked on Google to see what else was available, and found Estee Lauder “traveler” compacts in one tone colours, and NONE as beautiful as this one above. It has a black finish with colour “stickers” of course representing places the traveler has been to.

I bought this from an eBay seller.  More pictures below, courtesy of the eBay seller, lotus pearl.

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Hopman Cup, 4 – 10 Jan. 2015

Hopman Cup 2015 Official ProgrammeFor a Word document with Tables for you to record Group A and
Group B winners, click on the link below.
You can keep the doc & and over-type to record each year’s results.
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It’s on again!  The famous Perth Hopman Cup.  We Sandgropers or Western Australians love the Cup, well at least, I do.  This unique tournament with its fantastic, gorgeous prizes, was first held at the Perth Arena in 2012/ 2013 and will be held at the Perth Arena in 2015.  Sometimes the Cup starts in December, hence it crosses two years!  The Hopman Cup tournament first appeared in 1989!

The ticket prices can be seen at  THIS  page of the HC website, and include the cost of public transport to and from the event.  This practically means you can just show your Ticket for up to 3 hours before the Session you are attending, and for up to 3 hours after, and go on the Perth trains or buses for free!!

My partner and I attended the opening day session on Sunday 4th JanOur seats were further back along the sideline opposite where the Chair umpire sits, in Block 306, row L.  We didn’t mind as we were close to the doors and under the shelter of the closed part of the retractable roof ( avoiding bird surprises on our heads – see my other Post on this Blog ).  We watched the match between Canada and the Czech Republic – Eugenie Bouchard & Vasik Pospisil versus Lucie Safarova & Adam Pavlasek.

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Happy New Year !

I have created a New Year’s card using Jib Jab.

As I can’t embed it here, I am posting the Link to it below.

My Happy New Year Jib-Jab Card

Click on the square at the bottom right of the Player to see the Video in Full-screen !

Enjoy if you do, and wishing you a Peaceful, Joyous, and Abundant 2015 and Beyond !

 

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Estee Lauder Luxe Collection

Estee Lauder Luxe Beauty Collection 2014For Christmas this year, I gifted to myself the special Estee Lauder Luxe beauty collection, that could be purchased for $98 AUD if one bought an Estee Lauder perfume!  One Christmas several years ago, my partner’s mother gave herself and her daughter ( my partner’s sister ) a beautiful make-up collection each.  Seeing as I love pretty things and I like to look beautiful, I couldn’t help but think “one day I’ll get myself a nice collection.”  Well, here it is ….  the red box that my Estee Lauder Luxe beauty collection came in !

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Sing

Well, lately Karen Carpenter’s version of “SING” popped into my head, so I had to go & find the You Tube version with the lyrics and post it here!  I have a suspicion that I suddenly thought of it as part of my motivating myself to stay happy and positive amidst the “maddening crowd” ( or not pleasant world and other events in 3-D at the moment ) – to assist in my recuperation from major surgery in mid October.

It also reminded myself that several years ago I myself wrote a poem, about Christmas, which could be a song!  I have no idea how to set it to music or make amendments to set it to music.  If anyone reading this wants to do so, and let me know, PLEASE do so.  This poem is my Gift to you.  It is nice to give back / to Pay it forward / and to be in the PRESENT.

Namaste,  Celine

Wish upon Your  Star

Starry, starry starlight

The first star that I see tonight

I wish I may, wish I might

Have this Star-felt wish tonight

Peace, wonder, love and light

For love, that is what is right

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Australian Vintage Shell Art Lady Doll – Lakes Entrance Victoria

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Above are photos of my wonderful shell art doll – she is a vintage work of art from Lakes Entrance, a tourist resort and fishing port in eastern Victoria, Australia.  Now I have never been there, but I used to love collecting shells and fossicking around the huge coast-line of Western Australia, the land of the “Sand Gropers” where I live.  I LOVED going to Shell Museums & Shops to look at shells and to purchase beautiful, awesome shell art, too.

Well, I bought this magnificent once-off piece from an eBay seller back in November 2013.  She is 18 cm tall and sports a glitter covered shell purse, along with her “Lakes Entrance” tag.   She cost me $45 AUD (plus postage).  Who could resist her?

There is the Griffiths Sea Shell Museum at Lakes Entrance, which if you ever go to Victoria, would be well worth visiting, I am sure.  You won’t find many of these shell art dolls anymore on eBay, but could try other online platforms if you are looking for one –  like  etsy  OR  ruby lane.

Happy Shell art hunting.


The Middle East Transmissions

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Children of the Sun have a need for people to participate in their powerful Transmissions to the Middle East Region on September 23 & 28, and on October 5 and 12, commencing 8.00 pm in ALL Time Zones.  I have registered and I really appreciate COS for this opportunity which I will throw myself into wholeheartedly.  The following is an extract from the site.

Children of the Sun Foundation launches a most penetrating campaign to greatly assist in transmuting the hate virus and its entire energy hologram that has kept the Middle East locked in a barbaric loop of prejudice, war, violence and killing.

Our immediate priority is to empower the land and the people to rebuild their life force so that the entire energetic system can be re-trained to reject the dis-ease of conflict that has plagued this entire area for centuries.

This missive is to help clear blockages, repair and reconnect the energy grid system. We will purify elemental matter and transmit highly alkalizing healing light. Our group forcefield will deliver a transference, likened to a walloping love vaccine, purposed to trigger eradication of a most deadly, hate empowered virus and its contagious influence.

COS provides a wealth of information on the spiritual dimension of what is going on in our World at this present time.  I encourage Light Beacons to have a look.  Our main work of light workers, “working” to transmute dense energy and negativity directly around us has now shifted slightly to being beacons of light.  By shining out our Love and Light, we influence those immediately around us, and we can inject an outpouring of LOVE into areas like the Middle East, to transform the energies.

Our time has come to create a better Earth for ALL, including OURSELVES. Working together we CAN transform Earth to a bright new World.  In 2012 we passed the point of “No return” to the dark days that COS speaks about.  The Angelics and Spirit Guides have let us know this. 

Remember,  What you focus on GROWS.

Let’s focus on using our privilege to help others help us.  All is ONE.

http://childrenofthesun.org/blog/2014/08/25/middle-east-transmissions/

Thank you Children of the Sun.

Namaste everyone.

Star Wise

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