Monday, October 24, 2016

French Market ~ Sweet Salvage ~ Part Deux

So we're back and I Hope you got your Francophile On for Today's Post my Friends?  I could totally Go French, I really could, Love the Style and the Joy of Life it always Imparts to me.   Among all of the Countries my Parents lived in during our Nomad Years they said hands down France was their absolute Favorite Locale.  I even spoke fluent French as a Child... now it's a distant Memory and too Vague to recall well.

Too bad, it's one of the most Romantic of the Romance Languages... you can even say something insulting in French or with a French Accent and it sounds Sexy and Cool, right?  *LOL*   The French Countryside is Idyllic looking and French Style is so very Editorial and Classy.

So French Market... what does that Evoke an Image of on the Canvas of your Imagination my Friends?   I know what I instantly think upon... and the consummate Flea Market comes to mind.  Nothing quite like an Authentic French Flea Market to procure the best of everything that those with a Love of Old Dream about owning!!!

Here in America we tend to think of Flea Markets as being of the Park N Swap variety with cheesy inferior products... but in Europe, the Flea Markets are a Big Deal and the Real Deal so you can procure Killer Inventory.  Or the Flower Markets where every Flower under the Sun are Fresh and being hawked for the most Glorious of Bouquets you might want to arrange in your Homes!  And across the World the Farmers Markets, Fish Markets and Spice Markets or Casbahs are Amazing and you can buy so many Wonderful Wares, Culinary Delights and Fresh locally grown or caught Foods!!!

I get annoyed when someone connotes a Flea Market as somehow being inferior in what it might offer, because if it's a Real Deal Flea Market, they have no Idea what they're missing and not experiencing!  I also know that by making that erroneous assumption, they never have actually been to one... not a Real Deal one anyway.  And definitely not a European one!

I really Enjoyed this Interpretation of French Market... because all of the Stylists, Designers and Artisans had Created pure Magic and Sourced some really Wonderful Product for us Desert Dwellers to drag Home to our Lairs and bring in a little European Flair perhaps.

Yes, our Individual Interpretations of French Style may be way off the mark in our Homes and we've taken certain Liberties to be sure. *Winks*  Because not everyone is going for Authentic or might not be a Purist when it comes to any Style actually... I know I'm definitely not!

I tend to do every Style my own Flamboyant Weird and Wonderful way to suit myself.   But many of the Elements I do really Connect to, such as this Cushion on the little Day Bed Seat... so Cute!   I like to find Grain or Feed Sacks with Wonderful Graphics or Authentic Country Embroidery Elements on these Utilitarian Fabrics that are now being fully Appreciated and Coveted for Styling with.

And so lets revisit that Fab deconstructed Fainting Couch with the Killer Cushion... you have no idea how much I'd Love one of these in the Juliet Room.  Tho' logistically getting it upstairs is easier said than actually done, which is why few pieces of large furniture has made it up yet even a year later!  *LOL*  The only thing I'd change is a big squishy Hand-Made Gypsy Cushion for the Head Rest area to put my Stamp and Style on it.  The Hue and Aging of that Cushion Fabric tho' is Divine and cannot be Improved upon!

All of the Statuary Sold Out fast at this Event, I barely had time to Photograph any of it before it had the Yellow Sold Signs or was being whisked off to it's new Homes.   Garden Statuary is Hot and On-Trend right now so scoop the Killer pieces up whenever you can Find them and get to them first my Friends!   Word Up... he or she who hesitates will be Lost and they'll end up at someone else's Lair otherwise!

But you needn't be in the market for anything elaborate or hard to Source, the Simple Elements and Utilitarian Treasures also abounded, especially for the Farmhouse Kitchen.  Whether you're going American Farmhouse or European Farmhouse makes no difference, this Classic Timeless look could be had and there was enough of it available to go around without a smack down to get to it first!  *LOL*

I had a hard time getting a Darling Lady from in front of this Vignette in order to be able to Share it... she was desperately wanting to Purchase the Vintage Stools and was Guarding them within an inch of her Life!  *Smiles*   I don't blame her, Killer Stools, but I simply HAD to Share that Bar slash Sofa Table Created from a Reclaimed Iron Fence and Salvaged Lumber... Swoon Worthy!  I Promised her I was only taking Images and would not snatch anything... I'd even go get an Associate to Assist her afterwards.  We struck that Deal and here you are!  *Smiles*  Yep, Clearly Visible Spirit Orb near that Gate... as Attached to it's Loveliness as that Lady was.

And for the DIY Crowd do not forget to Shop the Warehouse because you can find Salvage and Industrial Elements galore my Friends!   Since my Vibe leans towards that Aesthetic I always spend an inordinate amount of time Sourcing what I Like or might Need there.   It helps that they also have the Artisan Sweet Treats and Refreshments there in the Warehouse and in the Courtyard if you've worked up an Appetite whilst Shopping.  *Winks*

Well, I'm cranking out these Posts inbetween taking The Young Prince to his Football Games and Honor Guard Competitions these past few days... he's at it from Sunup to Sundown with a Marathon of Practices, Games and Competitions.  I Wish I could attend some, but this year the Competition is at University of Arizona so it's spendy and very far, so alas, we just couldn't take the whole Family.  Funding his Fees and Meals has been all the paltry Budget could manage this year.  Being in Honor Guard and Band don't come Cheap that's for sure!  Yowsah!  I Feel like a Promoter for a Rock Band or something as much as it's Cost me!  *LOL*  But he Loves it and he's Excelled at it, so it's all Good, we make a way.


So my Friends, til part Trois of this Post Series of the French Market... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Sunday, October 23, 2016

French Market ~ Sweet Salvage ~ Part Un

Okay, so I know I've kept you in Suspense too long already because you know I was attending the long awaited 'French Market' Event at SWEET SALVAGE which was this Month's Theme.  I headed out early Thursday Morning, much earlier than usual since I didn't have to get Kiddos ready for School since they're on Fall Break this whole week.  Which gave me some Lead Time to get Downtown during Rush Hour and get a good parking spot and place in line for one of the most Popular of Themes.

And I ain't gonna lie, I was petulant that the dreaded Budget was strained and I'd have to use Uber Restraint and only make a token purchase at this most coveted of Shows.  Because I knew in advance that there would be things on the 'Want' List of Francophile Found Objects.  Yes, I don't Need another thing in this Lifetime, especially another Old Door to add to the Old Door Hoard... but damn... this Trio was Tempting!  *Smiles*

If Money were no object this Black one at least would have come Home with me and I would have lacquered that Lovely Chalkboard Art to set it forever.  I really have to Practice doing Chalkboard lettering of this caliber.

This one was my 2nd Favorite... and frankly I Liked the whole Vignette of the Trio as a backdrop though I don't know where in my Kitchen I could set up something like that?  But you know... who thinks about Practical stuff like that when you're Daydreaming, right?  *Winks*

And speaking of Daydreaming or even Blissful Slumber Dreams, I could Imagine myself curled up on this Wonderful piece doing either, couldn't you?  I could and would find room for this piece at Villa Boheme', perhaps in front of the French Doors at Home overlooking the Juliet Room Balcony Of Death?  *Winks*  I Loved the Hue of that overstuffed Upholstery on this Fainting Couch, it fairly made me Feel Faint in fact!  *Swooning!*

And the Urn with the Ornate tall Stand, that's what Courtyard Gardens are made of, right?!  High on my Dream List of Objects to go on the Thrill of the Hunt and Purchase when Budget permits are Vintage Metal Urns of the Old Manse Variety. I see them virtually everywhere now that I don't have the Budget to buy any, dammit!  *Le Sigh*

And you know how I am about deconstructed Furniture suspended from Ceilings... in my World that would be a totally acceptable Decorating Technique when you have ultra high Ceilings like New Villa Boheme' has.  But for the rest of the Family it is too Cray-Cray so I've begrundgingly refrained.  *LOL*

I was Delighted to see that the Stylist who Creates the Fabric Pumpkins for this Season kept churning some out for this Event and didn't speed past Autumn.  Because I felt like I Needed at least a couple more as my Token Purchase for this Show... so that one on the far Right is now Mine all Mine!

Last Show I had picked up some teensy and mid-sized ones, needed some inbetween those sizes and these were Ideal.  So this one also came Home with me to complete the Set.

Here's a better shot of it full on... mine is the one in the front.   Each was Gorgeous so it was definitely hard to pick Favorites since I J'Adored them ALL, but in choosing my two meager Purchases I had to go with which Bohemian Bling Appealed to me most?  So by a narrow margin it was this one...

And this one.  Though there was such an abundance of newly Created Pumpkinry that you were absolutely Spoiled for Choice!  I spent as much time agonizing over my Fabric Pumpkin Choices as Princess T had with her Real One for a Jack-O-Lantern specimen!  *LOL*

An exquisite array of Pumpkinry so Artfully presented so this year I was lazy and didn't make any... just bought 'em!  *LOL*  I happened to prefer the Satin Fabric ones to compliment my Velvet ones at Home.

But there were some Cute ones Created from Knit Sweater Materials with Natural Elements if your Style tends to be more Rustic and Organic rather than Showy and Exotic.

So there were Fabric Pumpkins for just about any Style Aesthetic you might Enjoy... whether you are a Colorless Palette Gal or a Colorful Gal like myself.  *Winks*

The very Talented Ki Nassauer was a Special Guest and doing a Photo Shoot of the Shop for the Spring Issue of "Flea Market Style".   What a Sweetheart she is and I so enjoyed visiting with her during the Event.  I'll be looking for my copy on the News Stands when it comes out in the Spring!

My Talented Friend Cyndie of VINTAGE ENVY had Created some more Fabulous Reliquary Necklaces.   I'm J'Adoring both the Sacred Heart one on the Left and the unusual Colored carved one in the middle, both very Unique.

My Adorable Sweet Friend Aliyah was my Cashier on the way out... she's gone Henna Auburn for Autumn, she looks Fabulous regardless of hair color though.  The Young Prince is Henna Auburn for Autumn as well... or is it Burgundy Red... I'm not entirely Sure, he changes it so often to suit his Mood or the Seasons.  *Ha ha ha*

I liked the little French Galvanized Pots on the Bottle Rack... I have a couple of those Bottle Racks at Home, one made into a Light Fixture, along with numerous Italian Olive Buckets, one also made into a Light Fixture.  Note to Self: Still need to get all Light Fixtures installed at New Villa Boheme'!  Anyone know a good Electrician not afraid of heights that would give me a First Cousin Estimated Cost?  *Winks*

I was told that some of the Vintage Wine Racks came from Round Top, Texas... Round Top Flea Market still being on my Bucket List of places to go on a Road Trip to one day.  I'm just not that Game for Texas Weather tho'... previous trips have left me positively wilted and miserable from the humidity.  Not a Fan of humid Climates at all, I'd be Showering so frequently I'd wither and Prune up like a Raisin!   So I'm Glad that Picker Friends do the Pilgrimages for me! *LOL*

The back and sides of this Wing Chair were my absolute Favorite... had the rest of the Upholstery not been in Blue, which I rarely Decorate with Blue... it would have been Impossible for me to Resist.  Eventually I Desire a Wing Chair in this type of Grain Sack Upholstery entirely with perhaps a Velveteen Rabbit Patchwork Fabric Cushion filled with Down Feathers.

Lord have Mercy I was in total Lust tho' with this particular Fabric on the back and sides of this Chair... and the Graphics... Ideal!  It would be difficult to match in the way of Perfect Fabric choices to Upholster my Ideal Armchair for the Juliet Room... which is on The List by the way.  *Winks*  The Party In The Back reverse side of this Chair was way too good to Waste turning it anywhere in a room where it might not be Displayed, Enjoyed and Seen... so I was very Conflicted about said Chair.

Good thing Budget did not permit so that I wasn't unduly Tempted to buy said Chair and then have the added expense of immediately re-upholstering all that Blue to something more palatable to me.  The Man would have had a Fit saying, what was wrong with keeping it Paisley and Indigo Blue?  It's not that you don't like Paisley or Indigo, right Honey?   He's Clueless about how OCD affects our Tortured Minds and compulsive Quirky and often Peculiar Viewpoint... and all the OCD amongst us says Amen!  *Ha ha ha*

So... for now I'll allow you to soak in the initial Post and put your Francophile On for the Sequel which is coming since we're Clearly not done yet my Friends... we'll be baaaaaaack...


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

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Pumpkin Festival

Why Sure, I couldda taken the EASY route and just bought her Traditional Pumpkin from the Store that will be the Family carved Jack-O-Lantern...

But then we would have missed the Tradition and Ritual of the Season that she so eagerly looks forward to.  Or the Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch where we can have our bums and thighs impaled with straw and be heady with Tractor fumes!

And the Five A.M. wake up call with two hour commute across the City during Rush Hour so that we'd get there early enough to beat the massive crowds and long lines for choice parking and pick of the Pumpkins!

And getting semi-lost in the Hay Bale Maze... though Gramma always cheats since I'm tall enough to see over the bales and scope out the best way NOT to get lost in there for hours!  *Winks*  And the smaller Kiddos catch onto that real fast so I always have an entourage of extra kids trailing me out!  *LOL*

Sure, on the way in I only have one... but at the Exit I think I had five this year follow me out and then we had to guide their Parents out verbally as I kept them corralled at the other end 'til Moms & Dads could make their way out!  Evident Proof that little Kids are Smarter and Faster than most Parents!!! *Ha ha ha*

We would have missed her inspecting EVERY SINGLE ONE of these Pumpkins in the Patch for the very best ONE... the Cleanest one {she's a bit of a Germaphobe so it can't be Dirty, just one of her numerous Phobias}... the one with the best Stem... the best Shape... the best Color and Proportions!  Yes, she has a 'List' of prerequisites!

Mebbe it would be this one... take a picture with me by this one Gramma...

Oh No... mebbe it will be this one over there... take a picture of me with THAT one... as she flitted from Pumpkin to Pumpkin.   Mebbe it should be a Small one this year?  {Highly Unlikely}   Mebbe a Medium one that you can actually carry Gramma?  {Again, Highly Unlikely}

No... it shall be this ONE... this IS THE ONE!  Ta-Da!  Oh I was SO relieved because it was now beginning to get Hot and Crowds were starting to swarm in.  At least this one was not hundreds of pounds... Yes, I think you've made an Excellent Choice... LETS GO!   Vamonos, apurate!

Because I'd spied the Hayride Wagon with the Bench Seats that was ready to go back to the Festival Grounds and we wouldn't have to endure straws of hay up our arses for the return voyage!  *Bwahahaha!*   She was Golden with that too, the Novelty of actual hay on a Hayride had diminished significantly as she was impaled on the way TO the Pumpkin Patch!   Besides, they'd sprinkled some obligatory hay on the floors... so it was still kinda a Hayride, right?  *Winks*

A very Sweet Young Woman visiting from China had volunteered to take our pixs on the way into the Festival so I had the opportunity to get in front of the camera for a change.   See, I was even wearing my Jack-O-Lantern Shirt for the occasion so that I actually LOOKED like The Great Pumpkin!   *Winks*  Princess T of coarse had agonized for what seemed like an eternity to choose her ensemble... almost as long as the agonizing decision to pick the Perfect Pumpkin!  OCD Children are like that... just Roll with it.

The Saving Grace for me this year was that she didn't want to linger as long at the actual Festival Grounds playing the Games... it's for Kids she says... apparently she no longer Identifies as one.  *LOL*  And a Banjo Band Hootenanny wasn't gonna have a Hold on her either, she wanted to head straight for the Pumpkin Patch and barely allowed me time to Photograph the Pumpkin Carvers Creations!

She was racing far ahead of me towards the Hayride Waggons as I hobbled along trying to keep up.   No, the Surgery was a complete Success and Healing splendidly... but apparently wearing that dreaded post-surgical Boot has now Created a Complication on my heel pad that is excruciatingly painful now that I'm NOT wearing it anymore! *Le Sigh*

So I'm walking a bit like Walter Brennan of the Real McCoys for those first few steps of bearing weight on my foot until the pain subsides sufficiently that I'm no longer in agony and barely able to walk!   Needless to say once I'm on my feet and pushed past the intense pain I'm hesitant to stop and sit down again and have to do it all over when I get back up!   So the least amount of up and down was my Goal to remain ambulatory! 

Because I knew once we schlepped the Mega Pumpkin she picked back to the Truck, she would insist we do The Gardens again now that we'd renewed this year's Membership!   *LOL*   Saying Good-Bye to the Festival was short and Sweet, she wasn't that Into It this year... just the choosing of her Pumpkin for carving.

When I'm not in intense pain I look forward to these Traditions and Rituals playing out and am not in as much of a hurry and usually linger to Enjoy Savoring it all as much as the Children always have, but this year I cut myself some slack.   Besides, The Man and The Young Prince had not accompanied us this year so I was riding herd on HER myself, no small feat!  A two hour commute there had been a warm up to keeping her Mood stabilized!  *Winks*

Including hearing every Tween Idol belting out their Songs I can barely stand in the vehicle on the long commute there!   I will be eternally Grateful when her taste in Music Matures past Tween Idols!  *Smiles*

Since Vanity knows no bounds I have no trouble with this one while I'm in Pathological Picture Taking Mode.  *LOL*   She's very much like her Mother was about being in front of the Camera and the Center of the Universe whenever she can be!  *Ha ha ha*   We decided that whatever these Beautiful Flowering plants are we want some for our Courtyard Pots one day, we Loved the Interesting Root knarlings too.

And this one was called a Rock Fig or something along that line, because... well... ROCK!  *LOL*   The Docent told us that this specimen is 15 years old and they upgrade the Rock size as it continues Maturing.   I Love the Desert Botanical Gardens for this reason, so Informative about Plants, Animals, Landscaping and Gardening in this Arid harsh Climate.  The G-Kid Force soak the random Facts in like a Sponge!

This year they had some Lovely Bonsai Specimens in the Herb and Veggie Garden Section.   Though I abhor most Plant torture in the way of harsh pruning within an inch of their poor lives, I make an exception with Bonsai being a Form I can Admire.   Since they Survive so long with this type of Care I have to Imagine they aren't as brutalized as the plants being Tortured by many of my Neighbors in the burbs who are anal about pruning and often kill off their poor plants with over zealous Gardening Techniques?   I Imagine my Neighbors plants die to get away from and escape their Captivity?  *Ha ha ha*

The Princess and I J'Adored this Raspberry Painted Wall, we're now thinking it might make an excellent choice of a single Wall's Color in our Interior Courtyard!?

Right now all of Villa Boheme's exterior Walls are White and you know how I Feel about the Colorless Palette.  I'm Okay with a Tuscan Villa in White because it does Compliment the Architectural Style and Spanish Tile Roof we have... and it appeases the HOA.  But in our Private Spaces that are only for our Eyes, I need Pops of Color so we've been Debating which would be best... we're leaning towards this juicy Raspberry for Interior Courtyard Accent Wall.

And Front Courtyard Wall, to appease said HOA, I'm thinking we might could get away with a Lovely Deep Terra Cotta Accent Wall in the Inner Courtyard leading up to the Front Door since it's Semi-Private Space not easily seen from the Street?   So we're leaning towards a Deep Terra Cotta like this, doesn't it look Lovely with Vine Foliage?   I will also be planting Potted Vines in both Courtyards to climb up the Walls like this.

In fact, I think I MIGHT have lingered too long Debating Vines and Accent Wall Colors while we were in this Inner Courtyard of one of the Historic Pueblo Style Buildings of the Gardens judging by her Countenance, whaddya think?  *Bwahahahahahahaha!!!*   Sometimes she doesn't even have to Whine or say a Word, her Expression says it ALL and speaks volumes!    This is her "Really Gramma... Look", which is usually accompanied by deep sighing!  *Winks*

After all, there was much to Experience besides Paint Colors... she Enjoys the Herb and Veggie Gardens best because we're all about the Herbs and Veggies to learn more about growing our own most Successfully at Home.  We also want to attract the Butterflies and Hummingbirds to our own Gardens.

And we're close enough to the Natural Desert out here that we also get a lot of the Wildlife coming into our Subdivision to pay us a visit as well like the Cactus Wren, Quail, Dove, Roadrunner, Lizards... and some of the less Welcome Visitors like Coyote, Bobcat, Snake and Scorpions.  But hey, we're on their Turf and I greatly Respect that we've attempted to displace them from their Natural Habitat so I don't begrudge the occasional visit, they were here first and are Tolerating us better in fact than we Humans are Tolerating and co-existing with them.

Today tho' we were One with our Universe as we sipped Ice Cold Lemonades and Communed with Nature in the Cool of the Morning before it edged up into the Nineties this day.   Princess T is adamant we NEED an Infinity Fountain like this one, only Scaled smaller for our back Yard, I Agree, it's quite Soothing and Lovely, we Love Water Features of all kinds.

I am Missing the Mature Cacti on my Historic Acreage, since we had our own Mini Desert Botanical Gardens at the Old Property and plenty of room for them to grow gargantuan without Neighbor complaints of Plant Intrusions.  I am not Enjoying that in the Burbs Nature is kept up under such Submission and Control by the majority of the population of Subdivision Hell... I'm still trying to get used to that anal retentiveness of the Burbs.  *LOL*

Under my devoted Care our plants here are growing expediently and dwarfing the Neighbors plants already... in a New Subdivision it is fairly devoid of Mature Landscaping and I'm trying to make up for Lost Time with ours.   But alas, I shall never Live long enough to see Majestic Growth such as this at New Villa Boheme'... which is evident at the Gardens, or that which was on our Century Plus old Acreage at the Old House.  Time is not on my side for that Goal.

So... our Courtyards will never look like this Magnificent Grandiose Courtyard at one of the Historic Villas at the Gardens.   Gramma even YOU couldn't fit this much into our Courtyard Princess T advises me.  *Winks*

Such a Practical Child she is, have no Idea where she got THAT from... certainly NOT from my side of the Family that's for sure!    Don't tell me what I can't do Child, anything is possible in my World!  Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast, I'm completely Mad as a Hatter that way!  *Ha ha ha*

And she's not going to refute that Fact as she watches me say I'm going to now get a pix of that Bee in flight towards that Flower as I get in Nose Close to it, knowing full well I'm allergic to Bee Stings and could Die if things go awry!   See... there... DID IT!

See, just look at it cuddling up in there, totally oblivious to me... I Love watching Nature at Work!  Mebbe we should get one of these Flowering Vines as well, Nature seems to really Love this one's Flowers!

No, mebbe better Save for that tummy tuck and boob job instead after viewing this Shot... The Great Pumpkin indeed!   *Bwahahahahahahaha!!!*


Blessings 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