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Strawberry Quartz perfume bottle

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Friday 9 June at 9.09 PM here in Perth, Western Australia, was the zenith of the “Strawberry mini Full Moon so I thought it fitting for me to share my strawberry quartz Meli Moli perfume gem bottle.  I was so lucky this year to find this beauty on-line at half price, so of course I had to break into my savings, to purchase this rare Strawberry quartz perfume bottle.

Quartz with red inclusions of iron oxide is rare, and is often sold under the name strawberry quartz or red fire quartz. Strawberry Quartz carries all the vibrations of Clear Quartz, with the additional attributes of universal love, understanding of purpose, and seizing the day.

Carrying Strawberry Quartz can be soothing and calming for someone who works in a fast-paced environment. I can report that holding my beautiful Strawberry Quartz perfume bottle certainly makes me feel calm & loving. The Chinese based Meli Moli company has worked with German designer Mr Bernd Wolf to produce their exquisite gemstone perfume bottles. Anthony Mong used to carve from ivory, and now carves these bottles for the Arts King Company.

http://www.hkjm.com.hk/details.php?id=466&lang=eng

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At the time of posting this, there is a medium sized Tiger Iron gemstone perfume bottle on sale on eBay –   click   HERE    if you are interested.   It may only be available to Australian buyers.


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Crystals & Colorado Gold

Today I received a gorgeous little bottle of sparkling gold from Colorado, with a little Moose gracing the top.  I purchased this from    sshillbilly   and am 110% happy with the transaction.  The sweet little bottle was well packed and arrived from the U.S.A. all the way to “Down Under” very fast.  I excitedly un-packed the box, noting an extra package, which turned out to be a terrific magnetic Moose chimes for the fridge!  My partner and I love it and immediately put it on our refrigerator.   I said “that’s funny (as in amazing) because I have been really wanting a small set of chimes.”

I placed the gold flakes in the bottle (being watched over by the Moose) next to my lovely crystals and my new “Zen Garden Crystal set”.   The Zen Garden tumbled stones are for “success & abundance” and I was seeking a little bottle of gold to put near it, then I found an item – which would be PERFECT.

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It really is a thrill for me to now have this gold bottle because lately I’ve been watching the Documentary series “Prospectors” and love watching the teams prospect by hand for topaz, aquamarine and other crystals in beautiful Colorado.  Also I watch “Klondike Gold” where the teams go to unbelievable heights to get gold.  The gold in this bottle glows.  It is real gold and it’s a good sign to have what you would like more of with your crystals or Meditation objects, and to keep them clear / clean of course, and thus “charged,  and to infuse them with your positive intents.

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Furthermore, my “inner Animal Totem or Guide” is the  BUFFALO  –  see my other Blog  here .

Now I know that a Buffalo is NOT a Moose, and a Moose is not a Buffalo, however I love Moose or Elk and I respect all animals.  I hope that Moose, in their natural habitats, will be able to stay away from troublesome humans and flourish.

Head over to Rick’s  eBay Store  for a really interesting bargain, if you want, and you won’t be disappointed.  I am carrying around my bottle of gold today – so moving it from my Study to the Lounge room to the Kitchen to Dining area –  because it makes me feel like a million dollars – and the Moose totem makes me feel comfortable.

It “warms the cockles” to be surprised with the thoughtfulness and generosity of a welcome free Gift.   We are all in this one Earth together Folks, let’s appreciate & respect the Earth’s resources, learn from each other, and be nice to each other … altogether in our Lovely World.

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Black Onyx – stone for protection

12 mm faceted Black Onyx rondelles, rose gold beaten beads and a 12 mm lustrous cultured pearl – 21 inches length.

Black Onyx is said to bestow self control, decision making, intuition and protection. It is a powerful protection stone as it absorbs negative energy of people to release mental stress and promote emotional well-being.

Black Onyx is associated with the planet Saturn, and will bring a positive vibe for those born in the shadow of the planet Saturn. It is said to be a stone for the Leo zodiac sign.  Well I am a quadruple Virgo but I have the Moon in Leo when I was born!

Black Onyx is very easily scratched if not handled with care even easier to clean the stone by using the commercial jewelry polish. Once polished, the piece should be washed with hot water and dried with a soft cloth. A drop of olive oil can produce beautiful light of the stone. Rinse water can also clean the dirt but do not ever soak the stone because it can fade the color. Avoid two stones together to avoid friction. Suggested to avoid the heat, light or excessive chemicals to extend durability of the stone.

I am selling this necklace because I have so many necklaces & brooches, I really need to down-size.  This beauty although gorgeous and energizing is not suitable for every-day wear for me, as I work in records management ( often in casual wear, packing & moving around boxes ) and I don’t go out alot to functions or places where I would wear this.  Even if I did, I have many other necklaces which I would rather wear.   Use the contact form if you would like to purchase this item for $80 AUD ( I bought it for over $100 AUD ) plus postage.

Source:  http://gemstonemeanings.us/black-onyx-meaning/


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Estee Lauder Face Care

I recently bought a lovely 5 piece Estee Lauder set online!  First, I went to David Jones in the City to look for it in Store, but they didn’t have it.  They had a   “Global Anti-aging Repair set” for $140, with a large 50 ml bottle of   Advanced Night Repair Creme, the full sized bottle of ANR usually costing a whopping $140 by itself, plus the Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-aging creme and eye balm and the “Perfectly Clean Foam Cleanser & Purifying Mask“,  that I was really interested in.  See the Global Anti-aging Repair Set below.  A nice set if you have $140 and want the Day Creme and the Eye Balm, the Cleanser / Mask, and of course, the full sized Advanced Night Repair !

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Mainly I wanted the Perfectly Clean Cleanser which I discovered is currently in the “Stay Young, Start Now” set for $58.00  AUD.

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Adora-belle Bracelets

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Above –   African Turqoise Bracelet from Adora Belle Boutique

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Above are photos of my wonderful new Bracelets.

They were made by a talented Australian, Natasha, who has an eBay Store!

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Recently I have been quite drawn to gemstones and the mineral world, and attracting some to me, as well as purchasing some items.  Recently, a friend at work gave me some beautiful polished Chakra stones.

African Turqoise is not a real turqoise, but is a teal coloured Jasper.  These bracelets are amazing.  The stones are large and the bracelets comfortable to wear, and look gorgeous.  I feel lucky to have them, and I can say that I felt a nice energy when just looking at these bracelets on the eBay store.  Rest assured that if you purchase a Bracelet or item from Adora Belle Boutique, that you will love it.  I will love wearing my bracelets.

Jacqui from Holistic Harmony provided a wonderful “Crystal Healing Directory” which I attach below, if you would like to look up the healing / beneficial properties of the various crystals / stones.  In my experience, the beautiful amazing gems from our natural world do amplify various energetic aspects of our human bodies, so can benefit us by wearing them, or having them near us!

Crystal Directory

 

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I have just ordered a beautiful pink Rhodocrosite bracelet from an Etsy seller, with a Virgo charm.  You can select a Charm to be affixed to your Bracelet, and it will be sent to you post haste by a lovely seller in Miami, U.S.A.    See  https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/HealingAtlas and what is also great, I think, is that you can choose a bracelet length and get a quote on “shipping” costs to your country, and the postage cost is very reasonable, given the high postage prices from the U.S.   See photos below.

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Well, when I found out that Rhodocrosite is not only the most gorgeous amazing color ( one of my favorites – pink ) but it also helps to heal the heart or the emotions, I thought this is also for me.  So, I have “splashed” out on the pink too –  this beautiful bracelet did not cost me much.

I am the “Gemstone Bracelet Queen”, I think! I love pretty gemstone bracelets and other jewellery. Well, these gemstone bracelets are well worth what I paid for them – in fact they are priceless in terms of the pleasure and benefit they will bring me!


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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!

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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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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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By thy Grace – Snatum Kaur

This track is dedicated to Peace on the planet. It draws from the Sacred names of the Infinite Creator as represented by the Muslim (Allah), Christian (Jehova), Hindu (Rama) and Sikh (Sa Ta Na Ma) faiths.

“Snatum Kaur” means universal / nucleus / friend to all, and the beautiful Snatum Kaur emboides all this and more. Many of the songs sung on Snatum’s recordings are ancient chants sang in Gurumukhi, the ancient language of the Sikhs.  More about this wonderful singer from her website below.  Enjoy.

http://www.snatamkaur.com/

Snatum has just released a new album, in tandem with pianist Peter Kater, called “Heart of the Universe” –  see below please for more information.  You can buy the hardcopy CD for $18, or the full album in mp3 format for just $10, or even just purchase individual songs.  Just click on “Purchase Album” at the bottom right to view your options.

http://www.spiritvoyage.com/heartoftheuniverse

Snatum’s “Grace” album and “The Essential Snatum Kaur” and others include the BY THY GRACE track, if you are looking for that.  Please click on the link below to see the range of albums available.

http://www.spiritvoyage.com/artists/Snatam-Kaur.aspx


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Pretty in Red

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This week I was on my way to work when I saw a BEAUTIFUL LADY IN RED outside a shopping centre. She was handing out pamphlets for $2 coffees at the centre. Her outfit was a work of art. As she was so gorgeous, and in her magnificent attire cheered me up alot, I asked her if I could take a photo of her.

She asked her assistant to take a snap of her with me, so here is the result.

Something out of the ordinary to make my day extraordinary.


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Of Boats and Birds, of Fremantle & Fishing

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John Steinbeck wrote “Of Mice and Men”, here I am writing of “boats and birds” and of “Fremantle and Fishing”.   The above photo (click to see it larger) was taken by me of a Crested Tern bird at the South Mole (harbour) of Fremantle city, in Western Australia.   A “Mole” in harbour terms is a massive wall built out into the sea to protect a shore or harbour from the force of waves.

Sean and I went fishing there, arriving by 6.00am, Friday 31st January 2014 (the start of Chinese New Year 2014 / 2015 ) because I had looked up the tides and best fishing days on the internet and advised him it was a time of high fish activity, after the “Super Moon.”

Well, Life is funny, because we hardly caught anything, as opposed to when we went last which was on the Public Holiday for Australia Day, Monday 27th January 2014.  He caught about 12 fish then, and you can read   what happened to two of those fish  at my other Blog, Fascinating Animals, if you really want to.

When I say “Life is funny”, of course I mean Life is curious, and it was due to curiosity that having photographed a huge cargo ship coming into Fremantle, see photos below, that I went to the trusty Internet to look up details about it.

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