Our Lovely World

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Those were the Days

1968  –  5 years after I was born.  I remember when I wanted to be a ballerina – far too small, not tall.  I remember playing computer games – Atari – Alley Cat / Kid Chameleon / Zor – text adventure games ( press the keys – Go North – Go South etc. )  I recall playing “Lollipop” by myself alone on the lawn pre-occupying my time –  TIME PAST and is passing.  Those were the days that I missed out on, but MUSIC sometimes keeps me going.

We played outdoors …. we sat by the telephone waiting for the dial to spin back to ring the next number. No TV — the golf ball typewriter was the best thing.  Re-visited Uni to witness the first compact disc databases …. those were the days ..

For we were young and sure to have our way.

Those Were the Days
Once upon a time there was a tavern
Where we used to raise a glass or two
Remember how we laughed away the hours
And think of all the great things we would do
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
For we were young and sure to have our way
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
Then the busy years went rushing by us
We lost our starry notions on the way
If by chance I’d see you in the tavern
We’d smile at one another and we’d say
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were
Just tonight I stood before the tavern
Nothing seemed the way it used to be
In the glass I saw a strange reflection
Was that lonely woman really me
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
la la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
Through the door there came familiar laughter
I saw your face and heard you call my name
Oh my friend we’re older but no wiser
For in our hearts the dreams are still the same
Those were the days my friend
We thought they’d never end
We’d sing and dance forever and a day
We’d live the life we choose
We’d fight and never lose
Those were the days, oh yes those were the days
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la la la
La la la la La la la la la la
Songwriters: Gene Raskin
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i-sew-cute treasures !

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Today my treasures, 3 of them and more, arrived from an amazing craftswoman, June, based in Ohio USA.

I am thrilled with my large heart shaped pendant, filled with real tiny sea-shells and star-fish, and with my deer ring – so cute and sweet and cheery against a vivid blue and snowy background scene.

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https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/isewcute

You can see from June’s Etsy store, link above, that her imaginative and highly beautiful and creative jewellery is creating quite a “storm” e.g. Miley Cyrus wears an  **  i-sew-cute **  large sparkling red heart shaped ring.

My own interest in these treasures began a while ago when I bought 2 of June’s heart shaped Unicorn pendants.  I gifted these to my 2 young nieces, whom love them.

https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/128860440/unicorns-rainbows-necklace-sparkly-heart?ref=shop_home_feat_2

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Well, this ocean themed pendant and the dear ring are mine!  Even though I have got small hands, I actually wear large “statement” type rings, and I LOVE bling, and I love my 2 new pieces of jewellery, thank you to June.

In the photo I’m wearing what I call my “Kylie” glasses – they are my reading glasses (and I call them my Kylie glasses because they look somewhat like something I thought Kylie Minogue would wear, LOL) …. and you can see just how large the sparkly pendant is too – at 2.5 inches x 2 inches.  The pendant and ring are made from eco-friendly resin and glitter, and the ring band is quite adjustable.

Lately I have been feeling quite depressed at work because although I am a nice person and do my utmost in my workplace to include and support all others, I have moved to an expanded work team at a new location within the CBD / city – – –  and not feeling understood / acknowledged / appreciated or genuinely supported – even to the extent that women in my own immediate team whom I have shown the aforementioned to – –  were lashing out at me.   Too many harsh things one after the other – so RETREAT …..  I couldn’t face them again so I took the day off work.

No, I do not bury my head in the sand and avoid resolutions, or get unnecessarily angry with anyone.  I always try to make sense of things and try to improve my own-self in terms of my relationships with others and getting what I truly want – which is the aforementioned.

Sometimes this takes a huge effort ….. and you know what ??

You can expect nice surprises from Life, as well as not so pleasant unexpected things, I have learned.  With my jewellery, June also kindly sent me a gorgeous rainbow Cat-Unicorn !!  Here she is.  I gave a cry of delight when I saw this card and exclaimed “Oh, that is sewwwww cute”.    It is and it has warmed my Heart.    This sweet colourful surprise has helped heal me today, as has my heart pendant and animal themed dome shaped ring.

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So, as you travel through Life, keep your heart open for rewards and nice surprises.

And for some gorgeous and uplifting jewellery head over now to

  **   i-sew-cute **

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/isewcute?ref=l2-shopheader-name#about

 

Make sure you read all of June’s “Announcements” and her “About” page.   June is not only a gifted artisan but an inspiration to me, and I wish June and her family well.  Now, my rainbow Unicorn cat, my deer friend & my Star-fish and Sea-shells are all going to have a rendezvous with me, and we will relax, surf the waves (so to speak) and be happy.

Thank you June.

 


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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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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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Dumfries House & Murano Chandeliers

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Click   HERE   for wonderful photos of Dumfries House including the Pink Dining room with its Murano glass chandelier !

The YouTube video below shows the complete documentary on the restoration of Dumfries House.

Designed by the brothers John Robert and James Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House, set in 2000 acres in Ayrshire, is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   It was built in 1759 for Earl William Crichton-Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and Knight of the Order of the Thistle (in 1752) .  The substantial estates were inherited by the Earl’s nephew, Patrick Macdouall-Crichton.

The estate passed onto the 7th Marquess of Bute but in 2007 there was no money to maintain the up-keep of the grounds and of the beautiful stately house, and it was put up for sale.  The house contains some of the most important collections by master furniture-maker Thomas Chippendale.  Due to its significance and the risk of the furniture collection being distributed and auctioned,  in 2007 the estate and its entire contents was purchased for £45m by a consortium headed by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, including a £20m loan from the Prince’s charitable trust.

The vision of HRH is to restore Dumfries House to its former glory and to preserve British workmanship and architecture, as a part of Scottish heritage, for present and future generations.  Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house.

References follow.

https://dumfries-house.org.uk/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6244662.stm