Upside down Christmas

 

I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective. Ursus Wehrli

I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective. Ursus Wehrli

As the year comes to a close, many people find themselves looking back in the past. Maybe sometimes, they even see things with new eyes. And I am no exception. I’ve been looking at things differently too.
I’ve been a little obsessed with pictures that can be flipped upside down and viewed as another picture–in another angle. A long time ago, when I was in grade school, I had a teacher put a picture in front of the class and ask… “What do you see in this picture?” Many of us saw a witch, but many people saw another picture, yet both answers were correct. Even this week, I looked at a rock near a pond, but when the picture was flipped upside down, it didn’t look like a rock near a pond. I also googled upside down Christmas trees (who knew this was an actual thing!). This all started my own little project that I’ve been working on for about a week.
Since I was on a kick about upside down pictures, I decided to create my own. Many may see everything falling towards the ceiling, but yet if you flip it right side up…… You may see a girl leaping through the air and about to jump on ….someone, kicking things out of the way–perhaps a loved one being greeted at the door. It’s all about perspective. It’s how we interpret the world around us that truly matters. It’s how we see situations that happen to us. Our view may be entirely different than how others see things. I think that’s an important part of second life–how we view things that happen to us….vs. how others see things. It truly makes a difference. After a year has passed, we have new eyes and a new perspective on the events that passed.
This past year, I’ve had amazing experiences inworld, but I have battled demons in real life. Life is a beautiful thing, because it is always changing. Second life and real life move in cycles. Meaning… demons will be silenced. Amazing experiences come to an end–and then there are only new beginnings. There will be new people and new opportunities.
Despite the hope of the future though, there’s always the shadow of the past to contend with. It can leave bitterness in its wake. Bitterness can be accompanied with fear. It’s like moving to take a step, but putting your foot right back where it was. Fear can stop you literally in your tracks. Bitterness can make you turn away from new people, opportunities, and experiences. I think that’s one of the  hardest things in life, not letting negative emotions rule you. We all have to find ways to overcome the past. There’s no one right or wrong answer. Everything comes in time. The thing about time is that it’s always moving forward… never backwards. And we all will move forward one way or another, so why not silence that fear and bitterness—replace it with hope. We hope for a better tomorrow, because there are bound to be more good moments ahead of us.
So for 2019, we should leave the fear and bitterness behind us, lets drink to hope and love instead. We should move forward to the days ahead of us, because in the end…. time is precious. Lets not waste it on negative emotions, lets party and celebrate all the good things and hopeful new beginnings.
And that girl in the photo falling and yet leaping for a loved one–both are right. Holidays never go as they are “suppose” to. It always leaves us grasping for more into a free fall, yet we’re always grounded by the people… or even furry little animals that love us. Toast to love and hope this New Years. The best part of any story is always love and hope.
Before I end with credit, I need to make a quick mention of some great events. This dress can be found at Collabor88, but you will have to hurry since a new round is soon approaching. My hair and shoes can be found at uber, and my bow choker can be found at the naughty or nice event, check out Eliavah’s mainstore to get the hud. And I have to thank Cuca Designs for this really great backdrop and boxes, they added that special something to my picture of packing up decorations. For further info, please check out my credits.
Happy a safe and very Happy New Year!!
And don’t forget… Be Kind To One Another,
Much Love,
Vi XOXO
Credits.

Hair bow–LaGyo–Merry Headpiece by LaGyo (gyorgyna.larnia)–Collabor88 December 2018
Hair–Lamb–Wildflower by Lamb Bellic–Uber December 2018
Choker–eliavah –Holly Choker by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Naughty or Nice hud event, December 2018
Dress–Rebel Gal –Speed It Up Velvet Dress by Jourdan McMillan (jourdanmcmillan)–Collabor88 December 2018
Shoes-Gos–Haute Chic Stilettos by Gos (gospel.voom)–Uber December 2018

Decor
Backdrop–Cuca Designs & Illuzion –New Beginnings by Cuore Capalini Carillon (cuore.capalini)–mainstore
Armoire–Foxwood–Amelia Armoire by Dani (nina.helix)–Uber December 2018
Gold Vase with white flowers–Kraftworks –Trancoso flower vase by NODNOL Jameson–Uber December 2018
potted flowers–{ANC}–friedwildberry petit pot 2014 gift by aki69–not available
Wall Snowflake–tarte –Snowflake Light–by Alessandra Donato (alixxbella)–Uber December 2018
Snow globe with snowflake—ariskea –Lilia Snow Globe Magic by So Young (diaxm)–Uber December 2018
Hanging stars on armoire–ariskea –Star String Curve by So Young (diaxm)–Uber December 2018
Closed box–Cuca Designs & Illuzion –Single box rectangular by Cuore Capalini Carillon (cuore.capalini)–mainstore
Glass Ornament–Apple Fall –Ornament Metallic Confetti–gold, copper, silver, ribbed cone (blue, cherry, and mercury) by Apple Fall (warehousefifteendesigns)–mainstore
Tree picture–action–Elf Food Groups Chalkboard by Maz Pixel (marilynmonroe.munro)–Arcade 2017 gift (not available)
vase with tree branches–tarte–Holiday Twig Vase by Alessandra Donato (alixxbella)–mainstore
branches on table–Pilot–Candle branches by Kaz Nayar–mainstore
Lamp–tarte–Knox Floor Lamp Alessandra Donato (alixxbella)–mainstore
Oh Holy Night Frame–tarte–holy night frame by Alessandra Donato (alixxbella)–mainstore
string star lights–ariskea –Lilia Stars String Lights by So Young (diaxm)–Uber December 2018
Frame with yellow background and white leaves–Ariskea –Lilia Frames and Prints by So Young (diaxm)–Uber December 2018
Tree lights on the floor–Maxi Gossamer –Fairy Lights Floor by Maxi Gossamer–mainstore
Tree–Jian –Christmas Tree 2017 by JIAN (jiansl)–mainstore
Corner Chair with yellow pillow–ariskea–Corner nook by So Young (diaxm)–Uber December 2018
books–peaches –The Bates Chair Book Candle by lα peтιтe peαcн (imaginerabbits)–Uber December 2018
side table–ariskea –Lilia Octagonal table by So Young (diaxm)–Uber December 2018
Sled–Goose–Holidays Sledge Merry Christmas by Tyrek Skywalker (tyrek)–mainstore
Red Chair–Peaches –The bates Chair by lα peтιтe peαcн (imaginerabbits)–Uber December 2018
black table–tarte–Kensington table by Alessandra Donato (alixxbella)–mainstore
Hamster in stocking–Mishmish –Hammies and stocking by Aime Takaaki–mainstore
Open boxes–Cuca Designs & Illuzion by Cuore Capalini Carillon (cuore.capalini)–mainstore

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The Magician

 

 

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A. C. Benson

 

 

 

As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow. A. C. Benson
I’ve had a whirl wind of a week with a lot of surprises. First and foremost, I’d like to thank Utopia for adding me to their bloggers group. I was completely taken by surprise and I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity. I hope that I can make Utopia@Design proud. Again, thank you so much for adding me to your blogging family.
Okay, now I have to talk about Collabor88’s birthday bash! As many know, I absolutely adore C88. I’ve been having a love affair with this event, since I started blogging. I look forward to the birthday bash every year. It remains to be one of my favorite events on the grid.
So it is my pleasure to say, this round is ridiculously fabulous. I should just hand over the designers my wallet now. There’s just so many wonderful items that I will be blogging this event a bit this month, but some of my favorite items are from this event. Every year, I find myself wearing things over and over again from the birthday round, so it really isn’t an event to be missed.
The picture above was inspired by Eliavah’s flower hairpin and dress. You can find this beautiful dress at Collabor88. The hairpin is available at Okinawa Summer event. This beautiful pin is called nightbloom. Her dress at collabor88 goes by the name Rafflesia. It’s really lovely. I really wanted to be an elf for a day in this cute little dress. I felt so soft and feminine in this piece. The Okinawa summer event runs until the 31st and you can find this wonderful hairpin there. I have to say that I really love this hairpin and I’m probably going to use it in my hair for another outfit. It’s just so pretty and … I am a sucker for a nice flower. My shoes are at Collabor88. They’re by Pure Poison and they’re called Haley sandals. I really love gladiator type sandals. I have been hoping for awhile that someone would make sandals like these. I will be using these again….shamelessly. I bought sandals like these so long ago, but I can no longer wear them, since they were made pre-mesh, so I was very very very happy to see these. I won’t stop gushing about them–and again you can find these at C88.
Moving right along, there’s so many items in this picture that it deserves two paragraphs…or more :D. My ears are fantasy elf ears and they’re from mandala. I can’t recommend them enough to people. They remain to be some of my favorite items that I use. You can find them at the mainstore. Let’s talk hair for a second. Can we just give little bones a round of applause for her work. If she makes hair, I’m going to buy it. I just hand over my cash willingly and happily. This hair is also available at Collabor88 and is called king. It comes with a styling hud. I have to say styling huds are one of my favorite things that designers create. It gives customers options, when it comes to styling and personal preference. Now onto another company that I use all the time. I’m addicted to them and I have been, since I started. blogging.
On the bottom of the picture, there is an ice cream cone filled with flowers. This is by the wonderful ++half deer++. It’s an older release, but… I really love this item, so we’re including it. It has the appropriate name of Ice Cream flowers. I just want to wear this with every outfit. It’s so dreamy! BUT, the pink and purple crystals in the background, those ARE from this round of collabor88 and.. by …you guessed it–half deer. They go by the name dreamsugar crystal. I knew right away that these deserved to be in a fantasy picture. There’s a bug at the bottom of my screen. It’s from Azoury and called endless butterfly. There are rigged and non rigged versions included. My carriage is from {anc}. Just like half deer, I have so many items from {anc}. I happily pay this company for their products. Putting {anc} together in a photo always creates something truly special. And yes, I’m totally gushing about them. I make no apologies. Totally adore them. This iron carriage can be found at Collabor88 as well.
The flowers are by {anc} and the grass is by Hayabusa Design. I really love grass that sways, like it’s blowing in the wind. Again, {anc} created these star flakes. they’re animated and gorgeous. I found them in my inventory and it’s the first time that I’ve used them. I’m going to use these again too. They just feel special. Mishmish made a baby winged unicorn awhile ago. It’s so cute though. I had to use it. My unicorn is a pet and meant to be worn, but I stole a moment to include her in this picture.
To close this blog, I want to talk about the inspiration for this picture. Really, my inspiration came from {anc}’s carriage and Half Deer’s crystals. They both seemed like something out of a fairy tale. So I knew right away that The Magician was the card for this series. As I started to edit this picture, it became obvious which card the picture should represent. There was just something magical about it. The Magician card in the major arcana means that “the revelations [in your life}  are best applied to the pragmatic and physical aspects, rather then the ephemeral or theoretical.” This is so incredibly significant for me. Some times you go through life and things don’t make sense. Then, life gives you the chance to understand those confusing moments in a practical way–making sense of life.
I’ve made a lot of choices in my life, which turned out to be the right answer for me. Sometimes we have to wander to understand where we are going–or need to go. I’m thankful for my path–with all the smiles and tears. Like that one quote by lady gaga, I like the good days and the bad days, because it means that I’m alive. We make sense of it, when it matters.
Okay that’s my final thought and shopping extravaganza info. There will be more blogs to come covering the Birthday Round of Collabor88, please stay tuned. If you like any of the items featured in the above photo, please check out my credits down below.
Credits

Ears–Mandala –Fantasy Elf Ears by 菊之介王子 (kikunosuke.eel)
Hairpin–Eliavah–Nightbloom Hairpin by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Okinawa Summer Event August 2018
Dress–Eliavah–Ruffleasia Dress by e l i a v a h ღ (eliavahazaleia)–Collabor88 August 2018
Hair–Little Bones –King by Nova Faerye—Collabor88 August 2018
Shoes–Pure Poison –Haley Sandals by Shaleene Kenin–Collabor88 2018

Decor

Ice Cream Flowers–++half deer++— Ice cream Flowers by Halo (halogen.magic)
Carriage–{anc}–Iron Carriage by aki69–Collabor88 August 2018
Unicorn–Mishmish–baby winged unicorn by Aime Takaaki
Bugs–Azoury –Endless Butterfly by Mayhem Seetan—Collabor88 August 2018
Crystals–++Half Deer++—Dreamsugar Crystals by Halo (halogen.magic)–Collabor88 2018
Stars–{anc}–Star Flakes by aki69
pillow–Le Poppycock –Every moment by Olivia Lalonde
Flowers–{anc}–Garden “spray” wild flowers by aki69
Grass–Hayabusa –Wind Field of grass and flowers by Motoko Oanomochi