Friday, August 31, 2012

Halloween Fun At Cottage Garden No. 1

Today I'm taking you over to COTTAGE GARDEN #1 for Some Halloween Fun.
Carol, Monica & Heather did a fabulous job of Decorating the #1 Shop early for the upcoming Holiday Season... in fact, I can always count on them to be among some of the first to Decorate for Halloween and other Holidays and I couldn't wait to see what this year's Inventory would bring in!? 
And how Sweet are the Halloween Wizard Of Oz Characters and Forrest of Halloween Trees!?!
Always Loving Mercury Glass touches.
Loving the new Creamy Velvet and Lace Pumpkin Patch.
And the Hue on this Victorian Ceiling Tin Re-Purposed as a Chalkboard was Divine!!!
As was the Vintage Metal Lunchbox Re-Purposed to hold Crafting Supplies and Whimsical Magnets.
And I Love the Garden Shop Vibe in one of the back rooms.
Even though it was still well over 108 degrees outside it felt like Fall in the Shop!
And if there was any one thing that I was seriously Lusting after at Shop #1 it would have to be this large "HOME" sign made of Salvaged and Upcycled Materials.
It not only was Creative and aged to a Beautiful Crackled Patina, but also in one of my Favorite Hues, Vintage Seafoam Green!!! *Swoon*
And you know what a sucker I am for Mad Hatter Style Hats... so I was totally digging this Halloween Inspired one!!!  Want it!!!  *LOL*
And though the Fabric Lanterns have absolutely nothing to do with Fall or Halloween... well, I'm still Adoring them and glad they're still up to Admire.  I want some of these too!  *Winks... I know, I know... I'm insatiable!*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Trip To Cottage Garden II

Well, anytime I have my Acupuncture & Oriental Massage Session I have to go next door to my Friend Carol's Shop COTTAGE GARDEN II afterwards to expand upon my total Zen Experience!  *Winks*  Carol, Meilan and Monica had recently returned from a four day Sourcing Spree in San Francisco so I had to see what Treasures they'd brought back with them to stock the Shops?!?
I knew that the Fabulous new Inventory of Laura Van Creations had also come in...
And such Romantic Accessories as these Satin Rosettes...
And there's always a vast selection of OOAK Bohemian Bling Created by National and Local Artists.
I was particularly Adoring many of the new Necklaces & Bracelets made with Vintage Jewels and Upcycled materials.
And Vintage Doorknobs Upcycled into Sweet Photo Card Holders... and, did I mention Laura Van?  *LOL*  Yes, I was seriously Lusting after several of her pieces as usual, including this Photo Box!!!  OMG, I Love Laura Van's Work!!!  And I was particularly Jonesin' for said Photo Box!  *Swooning*
Honestly, in a Perfect World, every Photo in my House that I'm Displaying would be Showcased in a Laura Van Frame!  *Winks*
I've never seen one that I didn't fall in Love with!  Not only the Amazing Tole Work, but also the Old Wood Frames in the most Gorgeous assortment of Divine Hues!!!
But Carol has also stocked the Shop with an assortment of budget friendly Accessories and Fashions as well.  These Bright Cheerful Wallet Sized Bags were Fun!
And there were drawers full of Lovely Organic Hued Accessories as well.
And Custom Laura Van Pieces made to Order... so if you need to place a Special Order from an Artist... talk to Carol about the Possibilities!  These pieces are absolutely beyond Awesome!!!
Need some Distinctive & Glamorous OOAK Candleholders?
Well, now you'll know where to come!!!
And right now much of the Summer Inventory is on Sale... some of it as much as 50% Off like this Gorgeous Tea Dyed Lace Jacket!!!  I'm so sad that all the Big Girl Sizes were Sold Out *Sob*... or I would have certainly had me one of these!!!  So my Style!!!  But if you're a size Medium... there's still a couple left so hurry on in!!!
And I'm Loving some of the Styling Elements like this oversized Paper Rosette... I'm so Stealing this Idea... ummm... I mean Borrowing it!  *Smiles*  This will be one of my next Craft Projects I'll have the G-Kid Force involved in... they are Masters at Paper Crafting... and how much Fun will it be Coffee Staining and Tea Dying Paper and Music Sheets together to Create oversized Flowers for the House and Gramma's Booth?!?  *Smiles*  I'm even thinking if we get an Assembly Line of these going I might attach them to this Year's Christmas Gifts as Package Decoration!?
But I digress... I get so easily sidetracked when Inspiration strikes... *Smiles*... back to some of the new Fall Fashion Line that the Shop has been re-stocking with... Love the Color Palette & Styles!!!
And there's always a Gorgeous Assortment of Bags... including Pure West.
This is a brand new Line that is now being offered... Lovely Fabric Tote Style Bags!
Loved every single one of them!
And these Sweet diminutive sized Pure West Bags.
Sometimes you don't want to carry a big ole' Bag so it's nice to have Fabulous Smaller Versions of some of your Favorite Designers Bags too.
And if Vintage Fabrics isn't necessarily your 'Thing' ... then how about Fur?
Fur and Bohemian Bling is pretty Fabulous too! 
I so wish this particular Item had been in a Big Girl Size... Loving that Layered Look of Amazing Fabrics!!!
And I Loved the Lampshade and the addition of Memo Clips to it.... I always hang stuff from my Lampshades, do you?
And there's Sachets and an Assortment of Fragrances to Scent your Closets and Drawers as well.
Yes... there was plenty of Enchantment and Beauty surrounding me so the expanded Zen Experience really was Relaxing and Restorative... as well as visiting with my Friends there and having a chat.
So if you're in the Area of Downtown Glendale please stop by yourselves and pick up some Treasures!
One of the particular Beauties of the Historic Downtown Area and Cottage Boutiques is how Natural, Inviting and Comfortable everything is... and not just for the Customers... the Wildlife often stop by for a Visit too and to Hang Out...
This wee Baby Dove was resting in the Eaves and peeking down at me as I perused the Clothing Racks on the Front Porch... what a Cutie!!!

And a total Hambone one at that... really Enjoying and Languishing in the Attention he/she Created... and allowing me to Photograph him/her and Pose...  as a matter of fact he/she was still there as I left... obviously quite Content to Hang Out for quite a while at COTTAGE GARDEN II and check out all the Visitors coming and going!  *Smiles*   Be sure to come back tomorrow as I take you to Shop #1 for a Halloween Inspired Vibe...
Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Weekend Junquing 'Scores'

So... you already know that I can't get past a Weekend without doing at least a teeny bit of Junquing, right?  *Winks*   Sure... I'm Sourcing Inventory for the Booth as well so I have a legit reason for being out there Pickin'... but I'm always on the lookout for those coveted Items that will go into my Personal Collection as well.  *Smiles*
Yeah, yeah, yeah... even tho' the Great Edit & Purge of 2012 is still in full swing, it's not as if I'm completely Cured of adding those few Special Pieces to replace the mass Exodus of pieces going out the door.  *Winks*  Hey, I'm just Keepin' it Real my Friends... I got me some Issues... but I'm working them out in stages and phases and I'm a LOT more discerning now about what comes in or stays, so I'm making progress and feel pretty good about that move towards Minimizing and Simplifying.
So... here 'tis... those coveted Items I couldn't Resist this week and were such a Fantastic Bargain that I hadda have 'em for the addition to the Personal Collection.  Petit Point Compact with Amazing Scene of two Victorian Ladies in a Garden resplendant with Fountain.
Another Petit Point Compact with Lovely Florals and Black Background.  {NOTE: I 'Heart' Black Backgrounds in Needlepoint & Petit Point}
Vintage accordian Style Camera that may or may not eventually make it's way to my Booth... for now it's in a Home Vignette... but if I find a Fancier one to replace it, this was such a ridiculous Bargain that I can easily part with it at a nice Profit.  *LOL*   Hey, I'm not that Sentimental that a nice Profit Margin won't cause me to fall out of Love with something, okay!!!  *Smiles*
A really nice Vintage Art Deco Style Gooseneck Lamp with heavy Milkglass Shade and the cutest little round bulb... yep, it works.
And I Saved my Fav Find for last... 64 Bohemian Colorful Yards of Vintage Seam Binding!!!

Which the Mannequin Gals will display for me until they make their way into some Creations.

And Hopefully I can keep the G-Kid Force out of in the meantime???  Since I know this will be a Huge Temptation to wanna Play with!  *LOL*   Because hey, I know it's a Huge Temptation for Gramma to wanna Play with so I can totally relate to why they won't pass by it with disinterest or not notice it!  *LOL*
Why don't you just stash it away you might be asking?  Well... aren't you asking this in your head right about now?  *Winks*  ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!???!???  Something this absolutely Beautiful even in it's Raw State simply MUST be visually Enjoyed Daily IMO... so I'll take the Risk. 
Though I suspect that Yvette and Yasmin won't be the only ones wearing it around this Ole' House... I Predict we might see Princess T with it trailing and fluttering behind her as she sashays around the place with it wrapped around her neck or waist... or Prince R incorporating it into some of his Artistic Projects... so Gramma better hurry up and get busy Creating something with it first I suspect!
Blessings & Happy Junquing to You from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian  

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