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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

{Peacock Candles}

Finding some nice gifts for special people at times is challenging. For our friends from India we found some appropriate gifts since the Peacock has a very special meaning in their culture. Not only being it the national bird but also a symbol of grace, beauty, joy and love. Look what I found...

Fragrant candles... This photo is from September 4, taken outside on our balcony.
Loved those Peacocks.
The candle to the right is real wax but flameless and works on batteries.
The one to the left is a real fragrant candle inside this painted glass holder.


Backside of the painted glass holder. This was a treasure find at Last Call by +Neiman Marcus.


QVC had these Peacock candles and I just loved them!
Do you also look for special gifts year round?


50 comments:

  1. Those candles are beautiful Mariette! I am sure your friends are going to like them very much.
    Have a most wonderful week!
    xo Catherine

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    1. Dearest Catherine,
      Thank you, those gifts were indeed well received.
      Happy week to you as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  2. those are very pretty. i am sure your friends loved them.

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  3. Dearest Mariette ... these are both beautiful and your friends are going to be delighted to receive them. You are always most thoughtful. The perfect gifts have always been ones that pop out when I'm not looking for a specific occasion ~ I Christmas, birthday, etc. shop all year. Wishing you a beautiful Sunday and blessed week ahead. Hugs and Blessings, C. (HHL)

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    1. Dearest Celia,
      Thank you and yes, they were very much liked!
      Isn't that the truth that the perfect gifts are those you find unexpected. We do also shop year round for those special gifts for those we love.
      Wishing you a most blessed week ahead and sending you hugs.
      Mariette

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  4. Wonderful candles, dearest Mariette!
    Happy week to you,
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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    1. Dearest Claudia,
      The best part is that with the LED battery, the beautiful wax candle with painted peacock will last forever.
      Enjoy your week as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  5. Liebe Mariette,

    reine Freude.

    Sonnige Grüße
    Elisabeth

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    1. Liebe Elisabeth,
      Ja, so etwas bringt wirklich Freude!
      Danke für die sonnige Grüsse, hier ist es sehr grau und trübe...
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  6. Liebe Mariette,
    das sind aber wundervolle Kerzen - was für herrliche Motive, die gewiss viel
    Freude bereiten werden -

    ich wünsche dir eine schöne Woche - bleib gesund -

    liebe Grüße - Ruth

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    1. Liebe Ruth,
      Auch den Glassbehälter mit Pfaue bemalt wird lange ein schönes Geschenk bleiben den man ja wieder füllen kann mit neuer Wachs oder sogar mit Blumen... Die andere Wachsbemahlte Kerze mit LED Licht bleibt immer.
      auch eine schöne Woche und natürlich ist die Gesundheid unser höchstes Gut!
      Mariette

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  7. Dearest Mariette;
    When I read about the title and saw the candle, I thought it would be pity these wonderful Peacock would be burnt. Wonderful design and sure this great bird has Asian taste♡♡♡
    Choosing gifts is always hard for me(^^;) Take Care and wish you will have a wonderful new week!

    Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my dear friend in America, xoxo Miyako*

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    1. Dearest Miyako,
      Oh that certainly would be a pity to burn such lovely handpainted art work down to nothing. But this wax candle with its LED light on battery will last forever. The other glass container with painted peacock will burn donw but can always be filled again or another candle inserted and even as a vase it is stunning. These are very much lasting gifts. It is hard to find a meaningful gift that is appropriate for the person giving it to.
      Hugs and love,
      Mariette

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  8. They are beautiful candles I'm sure your friends are thrilled.
    Hugs Kay

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    1. Dearest Kay,
      Oh, finding such perfect gifts creates double happiness, also for us for being able to find something meaningful of such beauty.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. Lieve Mariette,

    Altijd fijn geven en ontvangen wanneer je iemands smaak goed kent kom je nooit met cadeau's aan die men niet mooi vindt.
    Nou is dat voor familieleden en goede vrienden niet zo moeilijk want die ken je het beste wat hun smaak betreft.

    Mij maakt niemand blij met geurkaarsen of kaarsen met decoratie of die branden op batterijen.
    En dat weten mijn naaste maar al te goed,enkel witte of roomkleurige kaarsen of waxinelichtjes zonder geurtjes.


    Fijne dag en lieve groet,
    Ger


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    1. Lieve Ger,
      Het is zeker fijn om iemands smaak door en door te kennen want een geslaagd geschenk is veel meer waard.
      Jammer dat je niet tegen geurkaarsen kunt. Al zijn dit hele fijne essentiële en natuurlijke geuren, geen kunstmatige en overheersende. Kun je ook niet tegen parfums of eau de toilettes? Zou jammer zijn maar ook daar heerst wel een enorm verschil. Sommige geuren zijn inderdaad veel te opdringerig en ook té onnatuurlijk en daar kan ik ook niet tegen. Ik heb me wel eens om moeten draaien in zo'n kaarsenwinkel hier met allemaal kunstmatige geuren. Die komen bij mij zó afschuwelijk sterk over dat het gewoon afstotend werkt. Maar deze kwaliteit kaarsen niet hoor, ze zijn zacht als hyacinthen of gardenia en jasmijn in hun natuurlijke geur.
      Lieve groetjes en ook een fijne middag en avond nog!
      Mariette

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  10. Mooie kaarsen inderdaad, prachtig met die pauwen er zo omheen gedrapeerd.

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    1. Beste Marianne,
      Jazeker en het is ook mooi dat het blijvend is, echte waskaarsen maar met een LED lichtje op een timer met batterijtje. Ook de andere glazen kaarsenhouder kan weer opnieuw gevuld worden en is een blijvend cadeau.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  11. Dearest Mariette,
    Here I am, at long last... back after a long blogging pause and a very busy few weeks! I missed your beautiful blog, and I hope to have more time now -- although I'm happy and thankful because I have some new lessons which I truly enjoy! :)
    These peacock candles are amazing!!!
    Enjoy March, my friend! We have one day of sunshine and one (or more) days of rain here... but spring has definitely arrived in the woods, with lovely flowers in bloom, and especially my beloved 'primule'... the essence of spring here in Northern Italy.
    Big hugs to you!

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    1. Dearest Anna,
      Don't worry, these have been also the weeks that I was in Europe, for my Mom's 90th Birthday and my Parents' 65th Wedding Anniversary. You can read my post for Mom's 90th here: http://networkedblogs.com/TFDwm
      While on dialysis on her birthday day, she got to read all the birthday wishes sent to her from all over the world and it made her so happy. Also on my FB she got many comments.
      So I'm just back into our routine, got exhausted also from another project that I did for the US Embassy in Indonesia and GPDLI on behalf of World Leprosy Day... So glad I finally cauhgt up on sleep.
      We had a very sad thing happening to our gorgeous Japanese Magnolias that we got to see for ONE day and than 2 nights of -5°C turned them all into ugly brown blobs... So sad!
      Sending you hugs and love and enjoy the lovely primule for me too!
      Mariette

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  12. Dear Mariette,these peacock candles are very pretty! I'm sure your friends will loved them!!
    Wish you a happy new week!!Hugs!1
    Dimi...


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    1. Dearest Dimi,
      They sure loved these lasting beauties and their subtle fragrance.
      Happy new week to you as well.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. Wow these candles are gorgeous!! I like flameless candles. They can stay without melting, which is great especially when the candle has got such beautiful peacock on it :-) I'm sure your firends loved the candles!!

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    1. Dearest Tamago,
      Especially since we got fur babies we do love flameless candles. These are very lovely and our friends sure loved them.
      Hugs to you and happy new March week.
      Mariette

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  14. Those are beautiful candles!!! I love to shop year round for gifts too.

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    1. Dearest Dee,
      Candles are loved by all people, world wide.
      Oh, the pleasure of shopping year round for special gifts to give to loved ones...
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  15. Dearest Mariette,
    Hi Your lovely frinds from India the peacock has painted plass holder and a treasure find at in Neiman Mareus you just loved all the years, What lovely frind at the Pececock of the Netireand to Geargia USA.
    you are maniford treasures with from all over the country and your friends!!
    But this years was bad a massive winter stom system packing cold air snow and freezing rain was pummeling the central United states on sunday and headed for the east coast....
    I hope your home is ok with all over the yard ....more then not very strong...
    Hugs and love to you!
    Michiko

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    1. Dearest Michiko,
      Oh, gifts we keep finding every place we travel and always by thinking about our loved ones.
      We sure hope that we have had our last cold attack here in the the south east and can now start looking forward to some real spring weather. Too bad we lost all the Japanese magnolia blossoms due to frost last week.
      Hugs and love to you,
      Mariette

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  16. Ciao Mariette!Sono stata un po' assente dal blog!Mi dispiace che non sei riuscita a vedere le mie foto.Chissà come mai.Le tue candele sono molto belle!ciao,buona settimana,Rosetta

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    1. Cara Rosetta,
      Be adesso ho visto tutte le tue foto.
      Le candele sono un incanto vero.
      Baci e buona primera settimana di Marzo.
      Mariette

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  17. Dear Mariette,

    Beautiful candles and I know your friends will be thrilled.
    I enjoy buying gifts to put away when I see something special
    Wishing you a happy week and do hope that Spring days will be there for you.
    hugs
    Carolyn

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    1. Dearest Carolyn,
      Buying such gifts is already such a joy and yes, finding treasures year round to put away for someone special is a great way.
      Oh, spring is now slowly coming along. Tonight again, very close to frost... Let's hope that soon will change so things can start blooming.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  18. Dearest Mariette, These are exquisite. I especially love the one on the right in the first.pic. I know you friends will love them and your thoughtfulness.
    Love to you and Pieter, Ginger

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    1. Dearest Ginger,
      That first one was also my most favorite but it is no longer available... only in the sage color.
      They were well received indeed.
      Hugs to you and Bob!
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      They are as pretty as the real Peacock is; such a regal bird.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  20. Meine liebe Mariette,
    die Kerzen sind wirklich schön. Auch ich schaue immer nach passenden
    Geschenken. Ich hasse es, auf den letzten Drücker loszulaufen und welche
    zu suchen.
    Liebe Grüße
    Irmi

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    1. Liebe Irmi,
      Da hast du völlig Recht um immer nach passende Geschenke zu schauen, so tun wir es auch. Diese Kerzen waren eine besondere Entdeckung und wurden mit viel Freude empfangen.
      Liebe Grüsse,
      Mariette

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  21. Hej Mariette, als die pauwen een speciale betekenis hebben bij hen, dan zit je met deze prachtige kaarsen helemaal goed. Fijn om ze die dan cadeau te kunnen doen. Lieve groet,

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    1. Beste Willy,
      Jazeker, juist om die speciale betekenis is het een erg waardevol cadeau voor hun! Het was een grote vreugde om iets passends te vinden met zoveel culturele waarde.
      Liefs,
      Mariette

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  22. Quando si fanno i regali è giusto siano mirati sapendo di fare ancora più piacere...queste candele saranno state molto apprezzate dai vostri amici visto che sono bellissime ed hanno un significato!
    Un abbraccio cara Mariette♥
    Anna

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    1. Cara Anna,
      Un regalo dovrebbe sempre indicare un significato speciale al ricevitore... I nostri amici sono stati molto soddisfatti di queste candele.
      Godetevi la vostra settimana e spero che primavera si rivela presto per voi.
      Un abbraccio grande,
      Mariette

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  23. Dearest Mariette
    At first I thought it was real candles. Luckily you do not need to burn them down. It would in any case I never wanted to do. They are absolutely wonderful.
    Certainly you look for gifts that you can save at home until you need them.
    Hugs to you
    Kajsa

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    1. Dearest Kajsa,
      Oh, it would break my heart for burning something that beautiful down... This is great that it can be used over and over again without any loss of its artwork. Also the glass outside can be filled with a candle or with new wax and even used as a vase.
      Whenever we find something special, yes we stow it away to give someone later.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  24. These are quite lovely, Mariette! I have never seen any like them. The start of a beautiful collection. Hugs xo Karen

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    1. Dearest Karen,
      They are exceptional in their beauty and even more to those that understand the meaning of the peacock. One could collect them no doubt; pretty enough.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  25. Dearest Mariette,
    The candles you bought for your friends are so lovely!!! How thoughtful of you ! I have a beautiful peacock motif which I have been wanting to decoupage for some time now, and I was thinking of applying it to a big candle!!!! Now I that saw yours, I will definitely do it!!
    Thank you so much for your nice comment on my post. I am glad that your liked it! I have indeed been spoiled over the years with nice gifts and tulips by my Dutch friends of De Telegraaf but also of AD and other newspapers and magazines. They were wonderful people!
    Sorry to read about your damaged magnolias!!!! I hope they will recover, will they not?
    Many hugs to you!!!!!!
    Marie-Anne

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    1. Dearest Marie-Anne,
      So glad you got an idea out of these treasures with peacocks.
      You bring my birth country so close with your newspaper mentions of Algemeen Dagblad and De Telegraaf; fond connections for you and me!
      The magnolias will be back next year; I hope... We have not had them now since three years because of frost each year. Sad but one year they will be gorgeous again and we just need to take lots of photos then.
      Hugs to you,
      Mariette

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