Friday, April 20, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Color Stories Event

Yes, it was time once again to make the Pilgrimage to SWEET SALVAGE to catch the Theme of 'Color Stories' for this Month's Event.  I expected a lot of Color so thought I'd gravitate to the Boho merchandise, but instead, I found myself lusting after all that was French Country Inspired... go figure!  I think it had something to do with spying these Amazing hand painted over-sized Demijohns from Vineyards straight out of France as soon as I walked thru the doors!  *Gasp!*   I stopped dead in my tracks, causing a traffic jam... and wanting to photograph both for Blog fodder, but fearful I would malinger too long in Pathological Picture Taker Mode and miss the op to actually claim and buy one... so conflicted!  And there were two... and so I had to also quickly choose, between this one...

Or this one... since I couldn't swing the budget for both... dammit!   This one won out by a very narrow margin because it had the name of the Region of France where the Vineyard is rather than just the name of the Wine.  It was the only item I bought, such restraint, because lemme tell ya, this Event was packed with Fabulous merchandise I would have loved to drag Home to Villa Boheme'!   I have over-sized Demijohns across our Informal Dining Room Windows leading out into the Inner Courtyard, they catch the light like stained glass and are a variety of hues of Vintage glass... Green, Amber, Turquoise, Teal, Clear... but none are hand painted, these are the first I've ever seen!  And you know what they say about that, if you've never seen one before, buy it... coz you'll never know if you'll ever see another one again in this lifetime?!  *Winks*

So, after quickly securing my one and only purchase that would max out my budget, it took a lot of the pressure off the rest of the Event, because I knew everything else could merely be Photographed and not bought.  No matter how much it made my Heart flutter, Pulse race and take my Breath away... and there was much this day that would my Friends!   From the hand painted Meerschaum Sacred Heart Necklace... never seen one where the Meerschaum had been painted... and so owning this one would have been so Sweet... alas... you know... didn't have time to rob any Banks or anything to round up quick cash... so... hadda reluctantly leave it behind!  *Smiles and Le Sigh*

And the Antique European Grain Sack upholstered Wing Back Chairs that were to Die For... couldn't get one of those either... dammit!!!  I have a place on the ole' Bucket List Wish List for one of these you know, for the Library... but so long as Men, Kids and Pets live at Villa Boheme'... anything with White or Cream upholstery can never live here safely!  *Pouting petulantly!*   And this one was really WANTING to come Home with me, you have no idea how much of a forbidden Love Affair was going on here when I spied it, fondling it tenderly... knowing I could never have it... it brought a tear to my Eyes my Friends!!!   The Boro Mending was Divine... Loved the Oatmeal Linen... but that Cream Fabric would have been a Hot Mess in no time flat here at Villa Boheme' and then I would have been wanting to harm someone when it got soiled and I completely lost my shit about it, you know?!  *LOL*

And what good is a Chair if I had to forbid everybody from sitting on it?!?!??  *LMAO*   NO... you must just LOOK at said Lovely Chair and simply Admire it, then sit on the floor to read your Books or Off With Your Heads!!!!  And me then standing Guard, like a rabid bat shit crazy Sentinal Red Queen, to ensure nobody broke the ridiculous Rule, it would have been all too much Insanity and Work my Friends and I haven't fallen quite THAT far down the Rabbit Hole yet!  *Winks*   But I was having a lustfest of Epic proportions with this one, because it wasn't just Divine in the front...

There was also a Party In The Back!   OMG, I was thinking that from any angle this one would look killer in a Room, it would almost be a shame not to place it somewhere that it couldn't be seen from every angle in fact!   I was seriously very, very conflicted about whether or not to rush back this weekend with the Charge Card and just get it and make a few payments as I Sold other shit Off from Home until I'd completely funded it??!?!?  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*   But I prefer to pay Cash for everything and so I resisted, and it's almost painful to look at the Images of it... and I almost Hope they just Sold it while I've been gone... just so I can maintain my resolve NOT to procure it!??!!  *Smiles*

But there was also another Problem you see... in my Mind's Eye and upon the Canvas of my Imagination about the Epic European Grain Sack upholstered Wing Back Chair I would one day purchase, it had Writing upon the Sack... and darker upholstery around it, to go more with my Sensibilities of Color Palette... you know... like...

THIS ONE!!!   Yep, there were two Divine European Grain Sack upholstered Wing Back Chairs and thus I would have had to make an agonizing decision about which one even IF I could have afforded to bring one Home that day!!!   And this one had the EXACT type of Grain Sack with lettering I'd envisioned, along with a Lovely Darker Linen that wouldn't show the dirt.  I liked the Bones and Lines of the other Chair more and the fatter seat cushion and longer arm rests and Boro Mending... so it would have been form and fashion over exact Upholstery... I would have wrestled endlessly with myself over which one to choose?!??!!   This one was more the Aesthetic for Villa Boheme'... 


And I never did get to see if this one also had a Party In The Back or not?  I might have had to sit upon both to decide which one I couldn't Live without?  They were identical in price, so that part wasn't a consideration... and either Chair would have made me Happy to bring Home actually... I would have just had to of Gotten Over the other one.  *Smiles*   But I came Home with neither... because there was no budget for Chairs... there's so many annoyingly necessary things on the List of NEEDS like expensive Dental Work for me and I have no Dental Insurance, Driving Lessons for the Young Prince and a 2nd Vehicle so I don't have to Chauffeur him around forever.  And...

New Shoes for Princess T because... This is how she looked when I picked her up from the Park after School Today!!!   I'm NOT kidding... she called, "Can you come get me Gramma, I can't walk Home coz the bottoms fell out of my Shoes!!!"   LITERALLY!!!   So she was wearing them halfway up her legs standing at the side of the road!    You just cannot make shit like this up!     

And with The G-Kid Force this type of scenario plays out almost continuously when it comes to Shoes, Clothes, Accessories, Ear Phones, Backpacks... I should buy Stock in all of the Companies that make such shit for Kids because I'm certain I'm bankrolling all their current Investors anyway!  *LOL*   How they manage to lose or utterly destroy everything is mind boggling actually and so the bulk of my Savings goes towards Epic Emergencies involving what they have just lost, outgrown or utterly destroyed with use!   This one is growing at the speed of Light anyway so it wouldn't have been long before said Shoes would have been too small anyway... but how one wears them out to the point the bottom falls out of both of them just goes to show ya how incredibly active this one is!

So really it was a miracle I had any budget left this week to even come away with one Awesome Treasure from the Event... so I can't complain!  I strapped my Demijohn into the Passenger Seat with the seat belt like a new Baby and called it a day.   I'd had to park in the lower forty for this Event anyway because it was such a popular one that even tho' I arrived quite early, there was already no parking left and a line around the building!!!   There was no way I was going to be able to schlep said Demijohn across busy 7th Avenue and so I had to drive back to the loading area and have the Young Studmuffins load it for me.   And I'm not sure, with The Young Prince's Work Schedule and mine, that I'll be able to get back this Weekend for another run at the Event?

My own Sales haven't been as strong this pay period as they have been the past two pay periods prior... so if I don't finish super Strong Tomorrow, during our own Big Sale... I can't justify another big purchase anyway.   Seems a lot of people are feeling the pinch lately in Retail, a lot of our Winter Visitors didn't spend at much as usual because of Epic Disasters hitting where ever they are from, it's been a tough Year Natural Disaster Wise not only across our Nation, but abroad as well.   When people are running damage control at Home from Floods, Fires, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, Mud Slides, Blizzards, and Brimstone... well, they just don't buy as much discretionary stuff.


And I would have liked to of gotten back at least once more to take more Images to Share here in the Land Of Blog since lately my Photography has been hit and miss.   I took a lot, but after downloading them Online and being able to Edit... well... perhaps I'm becoming a Better Editor and not a Worse Photographer, I dunno... but it seems as those most Images aren't making the cut and are ending up on the Cutting Room Floor so to speak.   I'll try to eek out at least one more Post from what I took on Thursday, but honestly, this Post has the best ones IMO and I don't know how many of the others are salvageable to use in another Post?   It irks me when my Photography didn't make the Cut... sometimes I'm 'On' but when I'm 'Off', well, it's disappointing to say the least, especially when you don't have a Do-Over opportunity.

The Close-Ups have been fairly consistent, but everything else is pretty jacked up when I review them.   I happen to prefer Close-Up Photography and so that's what I do Best I think, I've perfected the Art of the Close-Up but am still pretty much in Experimental Mode with everything else.  I have been also Experimenting with using the Flash and not using it, to see which Image I prefer?   So I'll take the same shot with and then without Flash and compare how the results are and use the one I liked best.   I'm still pretty annoyed that Blogger will not auto fix resolution so that the pixs just fit on the Blog without having to go thru a rigmarole of oversharing on Facebook first with this new better quality Camera.  *Le Sigh*  I'm almost thinking of going back to a lesser quality Camera just to save Time, but then the Quality of Image isn't as good so it's a Catch 22 of sorts.

Loved this Peacock Necklace that my Friend Cyndie created from a Vintage Belt Buckle and Peacock Brooch.   The Bohemian Bling during this Event was off the hook Gorgeous and so many could have been additions to my vast Collection of Bohemian Bling!  *Smiles*    The Boutique Area is always one of my favorites of every Show... and I LIKE it all, but it's those pieces you fall in Love with and Lust after that really cause lamentations when you can't budget for a splurge!  I know... I know... I can be very self-indulgent... but hey, if we're not worth it, who is, right?!?!?!??!   *Winks*

I would have liked to have come away with many more good Quality Panoramic shots of entire Vignettes since they were all so well done and superbly merchandised.   The Inspiration I always come away from the Event with after beholding all of the Amazing Vignettes that the Designers have put together is endless.  It has really helped me to become better at foofing my own Booths at the Antique Mall I think.   Because it's not just about what you Source, but about Presentation of it that is the Selling Point and Inspires Customers to the point where they can't leave without it so they can get The Look at Home!

I can be very random about what I Purchase actually since I'm not one to have the Ultimate Mission Statement when I go Shopping, so very often it's quite spontaneous what I bring Home when I'm on The Thrill Of The Hunt.   I usually don't know I Want or Need something until I actually SEE it!  I often joke with other people in line while waiting for these Events when they ask what I've come for and say, "I'm not Sure, but I'll KNOW it when I see it!"  *Smiles*   I would suppose many people are more like me, the Impulse Shopper lets call us, the ones who if an Emotion is evoked, are much more likely to spring on an item we didn't even know we'd fall in Love with and Desire until we have that Chance Meeting!  That's not to say I haven't sometimes envisioned a particular thing and then found something that fit the bill, but that's not the Usual for me actually.  I'm very spontaneous about how I go thru Life really so I'm not much of a Planner when it comes to Styling my surroundings either, I let is just Evolve and Happen!

Not very much of what I do Artistically is very well thought out, but Miraculously it always seems to come together just right and so it Works for me.  There is very little that could have been contrived in how I've feathered our Nest or even Styled my Retail Spaces.  Naturally and spontaneously is how everything gets done by my hand... or I'd really find it difficult to do it at all.   If I have to think too much or too long about something and have a definite Game Plan, I'd often be dead in the water with getting it done at all.   I usually fly by the seat of my pants and for me I prefer the unexpected to the expected anyway.  Which is why I'm rarely bored... because I prefer the day to unfold unexpectedly and therefore keeping me interested and anticipating something different and not laid out like a fixed itinerary with no flexibility and options. 

It's also how I Blog... I never know what I'll be Writing until the Words just flow as they will... and come to the end whenever that happens too.   One of my Favorite Quotes from Alice In Wonderland is:

So we're Stopping now since we've apparently come to the End... so 'till next time...


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

His First Day At Work

Just a brief little Post to declare how Proud I am of The Young Prince doing so well on his very first day at Work!  We celebrated after he got off Work with a superbly presented and divinely delicious meal at The Cheesecake Factory, our compliments to Chef Nate, he totally Rocks the cuisine there!


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blasts From The Past... Nostalgic Trip Down Memory Lane

While unpacking boxes and crates in the Hoarded Garages these past few days while it's Cooler, I'm finding Old Photos I've never even seen before, since I had apparently been Storing Photo Albums and boxes of Photos belonging to my Adult Children.   A Nostalgic trip down Memory Lane when I stumbled upon this tiny Thumbnail size State Fair Photo Booth Image of our Daughter and Grandson's Dad taken before he was born and when they were about his age, perhaps 16 or 17 years old!   My how time flies... with the help of Photoshopping I could blow up the tiny Image and better Share and Preserve it.  People used to think they were Brother and Sister because they had such similar features and shape of face... and their Son is as good looking as they were and looks so much like them now, as he's attained the age that they were way back then.  Sometimes I forget how young they were when he was born, just Teen Kids themselves who had known each other many years.  My Children have known most of their Friends since early Childhood, since unlike me they didn't live a Nomadic existence thru Childhood... and so most of the young people they grew up with I've also known since they were small Children too.  Now all grown up the vast majority are Parents themselves or even becoming Grandparents and it's hard to believe so much time has flown by in the blink of an Eye!

It's such a Treasure to be unpacking and locating items that have significance and Deep Nostalgia... which is why I have not been too hasty to just discard boxes and crates that have sat in Storage for years... you never know what they might hold!?!  So I'm going thru each and every one methodically and then thru each and every smaller container that was in there and held such Tiny Treasures as this one, tucked away since Lord knows how long since our Daughter has been in another Country now for over a decade!!!   It's like wading thru a Lifetime of Memories when you're unpacking Old Storage items isn't it?  And this is what motivates me to go thru each and every thing, every small trinket box, cigar box, jewelry box that might hold yet more Tiny Treasures that will now once again see the light of day and continue to be Cherished and Displayed around the Home.


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Master Bathroom Redeux And One Year Dreadaversary Coming Up!

So, one of my favorite rooms at New Villa Boheme' is my Master Bathroom En Suite.  It doesn't have a door separating it from our Master Boudoir, and yet since a Cool Rotunda is the entrance to both rooms and angled just perfectly to enter each, that doesn't bother me as much as I thought it might.  In fact, whoever Designed the Floor plan and Footprint of this Home was a freakin' Genius IMO, the flow and Chi is the best I've ever had in a Home.  It has a good Energy to it all and since this is the largest Bathroom I've ever owned, I've had such Fun Styling it into my Fantasy Zen Spa Retreat.  I could almost live in my Master Bathroom, it's so Inviting and Peaceful in there, like my Private Dream Spa!   I recently decided to finish up Decorating it and moved my new Brass Asian Goddess into it rather than saving her for the Meditation Room.   I found the Ideal Pedestal for her at my Antique Mall so now she could move in where she will permanently reside.   I also got that nifty Commercial Medical Scale at a Charity Shop for only Nine bucks!

I have this Thing for Temple and Cathedral Quality Vintage or Antique Religious Statuary of all Faiths, they are of my Oldest Collections and most Beloved Objects.   It takes a long time to find the best Quality pieces and I've often Traded Up over the Years and Sold Off my lesser Quality Religious Statuary to fund the Superb pieces.   This Asian Goddess was the one I bought at the Big Locked Case Sale at our Antique Mall for 25% Off and she is quite magnificent and Beautiful.  I believe she is Toscano Goddess Guan Yin {Kwan Yin}.  In Chinese Buddhism she is synonymous with the Bodhisattva Valokitesvara, the pinnacle of Mercy, Compassion, Kindness and Love, she hears the cries of all Beings... so I like her residing in my Zen Space.  I don't know if I ever told you that my Mom's Dad was co-raised by a Chinese Family and had mostly Buddhist Philosophies about Life.

I also Love the wonderfully ornate Wood and Stone Pedestal I bought from my Vendor Friends Chauncey and Delia at our Antique Mall, to put her on.   I really like small Pedestal Furniture to put my Statement pieces on around the Home to Display, or to put something on that I use often and want at a certain level, like my spinning Art and Pricing Organizers.  They don't take up much space and can fit almost anywhere and be easily moved around so it doesn't have to be a static Display.  Well, this one's pretty heavy due to the Stone, so I won't be moving it around a whole lot... bwahahahahaha!!!

Yesterday had been a particularly Cooler Morning with light Winds so I spent a lot of time tackling the Hoarded Garages and brought some Art in that I also wanted to hang in the Master Bathroom.  I had Scored some pieces of Peacock Art some time ago and had been waffling on whether or not to Sell them or Keep them?   You know how it is when you really connect with a piece of Art but don't know whether or not you'll have the Ideal place for it in your own Home or Gallery Spaces, but you percolate for a while before making a decision about it?  It was like that... I loved both pieces but neither was Vintage or Antique, tho' I got a killer Deal on both, I was not certain I wouldn't just Sell them and turn a Profit off them or not?   So they had languished around for Months, propped here and there around the Garages and then brought into the house to languish some more in the Hallway propped up against a Wall... and it was as if I didn't really want to make a firm decision until now while they Migrated further into Villa Boheme'.  Infiltrating further and further inside until, well.. you know... *Smiles*

Have you ever done that too when you Like something and just don't know whether or not you'd regret parting with it and just turning a buck off of it?  I had finally concluded that I liked both pieces enough to want to Keep them actually and that they'd go better in the Master Bathroom Theme than some other Art I had put in there and didn't really feel was a good enough fit.   So... down came a Hamsa Hand Painting that I Like, but want to embellish since it's just too plain and didn't really compliment the Bathroom Space as it currently just is anyway.   And I got my Hammer and Hangars and went to Work this Weekend to hang some Art too in there.

And above the Towel Rack went Peacock Art No. 1, which is a Mixed Media Fabric, Paint, Paper and bejeweled piece that still had the original retail price on it from a Popular Home Design Store for $19.99 and which I Scored for a Dollar at a Charity Shop!!!  It has a Carved Gilded Wood Frame and goes so well with my Towels that it looks as if I chose it on Purpose, which is ironic only because it was one of those random Serendipity Scores I wasn't even looking for when I came across it!  *LOL*

Peacock Art No. 2 is the long piece above the Light Switch, which I found Goodwill Hunting for under Five Bucks and goes very well with the other Peacock Art to the Left of it, which was also a Goodwill Hunting Score a long time ago and I also waffled about Keeping way back then too.   The only reason I didn't immediately consider Keeping this newer acquisition was due to the size and shape of it, which I wasn't sure would fit where I wanted it... but lo and behold, it did... barely!   Yes, the Ceilings are high enough I could have hung it higher than the Art it replaced, but I can't reach any higher and The Young Prince is growing weary of being sent up the Ladder Of Death to hang shit for me!  *LMAO*  What I particularly like about this piece, I hadn't realized it had a Tuscan Hue in the Painting that actually matches the Walls perfectly, until I'd hung it... another piece of Pure Serendipity!

So now all Art and Statuary in the Master Bathroom are complete and the redeux is finished... this is one of the few rooms I can honestly say has come together better than I'd envisioned it and feels the most Complete.   I don't even need to tweak anything in there now, tho' the WC room where the Commode is needs some Art on the Walls, but I'm in no hurry to buy anything specific, I'll know it when I see it and it feels right for that Space.

And now because my Friend Jazzy Jack requested it, here's an Update pix on my Dreads at the 11 Month Mark.  Actually the 28th of next Month will be my One Year Dreadaversary and Yes, I do plan to Celebrate my Locs Birth-Day!!!   I can't even begin to tell you how much I Love having Dreadlocks, I should have ALWAYS had Dreadlocks.   My hair is already about four times thicker than before them {so no more bald scalp looking spots its all furiously filling in} and has also grown over four inches already as well!!!  So it's much stronger and healthier due to not over processing and over working the hair anymore.   I like that I can just tie some Dreads to replace using hair ties and can alter my Style on a whim immediately and conveniently... like when I don't want Dreads dragging in my meal... ha ha ha.  They stay where you put them and I Love to accessorize them of coarse, even messy it looks just fine so I've never had a bad hair day since having them!   Princess T obliged me by being my Photographer coz I just can't do a Selfie on the back of my head or do any Circus contortions even with Mirrors to get the right angle... smiles.   She doesn't, however, like to TOUCH my Dreads coz she said it feels like thick Rope... which is True... and I don't mind that one bit!  And it must be a Curiosity Factor because you would not Believe how many perfect Strangers of all ages and genders... tho' mostly Older White Ladies...  have come up to me and asked me if they could Touch my hair or just reach out and Touch it without permission!!!   You almost have to get used to that level of intrusiveness and curiosity coz at first I was kinda creeped out by it and taken aback until it kept happening!   Now I realize, it's just another Dread Thing and a lot of people are just Curious and apparently fascinated!   And you do get all kinds of Weird Questions asked too, like do you Wash them!?!   Yeah, DUH, why WOULDN'T you Wash them would be MY Question back to them, but I refrain!  *LMAO*

Today I started out with them down and tied them back for Work, since I did an Early Shift this Afternoon and it was super busy so I needed most of them away from my face.  So I did kinda have a Capt. Jack Sparrow Thing going on with the Wild ones that kept escaping the tie-back and dangling with their Bead Accessories... LMAO... and BTW, now most except the skinny sideburn ones are getting so phat that they can no longer utilize my store bought Bead Accessories and I'm going to have to resort to looking Online for Dreadlock specific Beads so if anyone knows a good site, lemme know and hook a Dread Sista up, Okay?  *Winks*   And the Dreads in the front are mostly Silver and the rest of them are still Brown which is kinda Cool too, can't wait 'til I get an Ombre Effect as I Age more and the hair transitions to Elderly Senior Hues so the tops will be Silver and the lower parts Brown!   And I'm getting loads of new Baby Hairs sprouting up all over my head and they're kinda doing their own Wild thing until they Loc into a chosen Dread and become One with it.   And for my Friend Jazzy Jack, if your Youngest does decide to become a fellow Dreadhead, and needs to know about Care etc. I'll answer any questions I can and ask my longtime Dreadhead Friends if I don't know the answers.


Blessings, Love and Peace from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Friday, April 13, 2018

A Beautiful Friday The 13th... A Desert In Bloom!

So, it was Friday the 13th... and tho' I can be a Superstitious person, the number 13 in any way has never bothered or troubled me... just the number 4 and so I have an aversion to that one.  *Smiles*   So it was a Beautiful Friday the 13th for me as I enjoyed a Desert in full Bloom at The Desert Botanical Gardens.   We'd had some blustery winds the day before which cooled everything off so it was an idyllic day for spending outdoors enjoying Nature and the bounty that is Springtime!   I Hope you've enjoyed coming along with me virtually here in the Land of Blog my Friends... Happy Spring!!!


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian
A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars. - Og Mandino (1923-1996)

For creativity to flourish one should try to look at everything as though it were being seen for the first or the last time. - Quote from "A Thousand Paths To Creativity" by David Baird

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl