Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Our Early Autumn Vibe

As you now know I just couldn't wait, nor could Princess T... we were eager to get our early Autumn Vibe on and at least start Decorating to begin Transforming Bohemian Valhalla.

I'd have to say the only Season and Holiday I still feel compelled to go all out in my Themed Decorating for is Autumn and Halloween.

My Preferred Aesthetic is perfectly in alignment with that Style of Decor... I'd have the entire House Decorated in a Cabinet of Curiosities Motif year round if I had my way.

In fact, my Beloved Velvet Pumpkins are usually holding my favorite pieces of Bohemian Bling even when they're not being used in Vignettes.

Otherwise I might not be able to locate many of the pieces if they weren't Showcased in such an obvious manner and were instead hidden away in Jewelry Boxes, Drawers and the like.

If I enjoy looking at something then I don't really want it hidden away anyway... what's the point of having Lovelies that are never seen or used?

Sure, I've tried the Rotation Method of Decorating, since I have so many Beloved Objects I've Collected over the span of a Lifetime of being an Incurable Human Magpie that it can't all be out at once.

But the problem I've had as the Aging Process continues is that I still often misplace items or can't remember exactly where I've put them up when they're out of Rotation!

Seasonal Items just happen to be the one exception because I have Christmas Decor Organized and Stored in one specific location... and Halloween Decor Organized and Stored in another specific location.

Now... if only I could get that Organized and specific about all other items not in current circulation throughout the year I'd be Golden!!!   *LOL*

That's clearly something I'm still working on as the Great Edit and Purge continues... as I clear out the excess and clutter I am attempting to implement some Organization and Method to the Madness!

I used to change things up more frequently than I do now... and it's not that I don't still WANT to change things up frequently... I just don't have the Time nor the Energy to anymore... so except for Holidays it pretty much stays static.

And I suppose that is part of why the kick off for the Holiday Season is met with such Anticipation and we find ourselves unable to wait and inevitably jump the gun every year!?

Because it is the one time of the year when I will ALWAYS Decorate for each Special Holiday and change things up considerably so that it doesn't look so stagnant and same-o-same-o.

Sure... we do a bit of Decorating for Easter... but I don't find that Spring or Summer motivates me to really Style things with a Theme and an Ambiance quite like I do for Autumn and Halloween... and then again for Christmas.

The Home always looks so Normal to me during those other Seasons and not quite so Enchanting and Magical as during the Holiday Seasons.   Okay, so perhaps 'Normal' isn't quite the right word about describing Bohemian Valhalla EVER... but I Think you know what I mean?  *Bwahahahaha!!!*

I do Wish there were more Holidays throughout the rest of the year that would prompt a similar Atmosphere I guess... but then maybe that would burn us out and it wouldn't be quite so Special would it?

And to be sure there are some of you who do Create Magic throughout the year in your Homes and Businesses and I Applaude you for those efforts... because it IS a lot of effort and hard work to Completely Style anything!

I had Imagined that I would Style my Showrooms for every Season and Holiday and go all out... but I really haven't yet.   Sometimes I just can't Source enough Product... and sometimes I just don't want to haul everything out and put ALL new Inventory for a Season in to replace it!

I think I would need a Team of Stylists to Assist me in order to Feel THAT Motivated about it!  *Winks*

Now... to be sure the first year I did... because it was all so New and so Exciting to me... but now I just have a nod to most Holidays in enclaves of the Showrooms... and just keep re-stocking with what is Selling consistently.

Alas, Holiday Decor can be questionable from a Sales standpoint and I don't want to have to Store a lot of Seasonal Inventory throughout the year and then drag it out of Storage for the brief period of time that it would be desired.

Hard to gauge when folks want to Buy Seasonal stuff really... I'm finding that August tends to be when I Sell most Halloween and Christmas Inventory... and yet, I don't quite Feel like Decorating the Showrooms that early for an upcoming Holiday that is still Months away!

But now I TOTALLY understand why the Retail Shops do!   By the time the Holiday is closer, folks just aren't buying that stuff as much anymore and using what they already have... or have already Decorated or are waiting on the After-Holiday markdown Sales!

I did put out some Halloween and Christmas Decor in the Showrooms this Month and most of it has already Sold... in hindsight perhaps I should have saturated my Vignettes with more of it... but at least there's still time.

I don't suppose everybody is like us and already has their Homes Decorated for those Holidays?  *Smiles*   We're only a third of the way into our Autumn Vibe Decorating here... and by the end of September we'll be completely finished with our Vision of it, with maybe a few tweaks here and there.

Taking our time and taking it in small increments works best for me at this Season of Life... and Ensures that it actually GETS DONE and doesn't Rush up on me without getting done!

I would certainly be Crestfallen if that happened... if I ever had a year where I Neglected to Decorate our Home for our Favorite Holidays.  And missed out on the Ambiance of those Seasonal Favorites that Transform our Home into something quite Extraordinary!

Maybe to some it doesn't matter... but I know that for us it does... and so we look forward to it each year with Great Anticipation!!!

And in the Sharing of it with others...

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

Sunday, August 17, 2014

The Post-Birthday Post

It can be really hard to come down from a Birthday Celebration... I mean, on your Birthday it's ALL ABOUT YOU... and I LIKE that... in fact, I could get quite used to that!  *Winks* 

  And so I can have a difficult time getting back to my 'normal' routine of Caregiving drudgery after having the heady Rush of a complete day of Birthday Freedom.  Of doing anything and everything I want without considering anybody else or having an entourage in tow!!!  Even if it wasn't anything Special, Spectacular or Planned Out... Complete Freedom is something I Covet and is absolutely Priceless!
I had a mound of Lovely Birthday Cards show up right on time... my Fav being the Frida one my Talented Mixed Media Artist Friend Pamela Created.  Using every conceivable Fabric she knows I J'Adore on it... a Frida Birthday Card of complete Fiber Excess is absolute Perfection!  It's now hanging on our Year Round Tree... which is about to be switched over into Dia de los Muertos/Halloween/Autumn Decor this week.   But the Frida Kahlo Art will remain since she's so Iconic to be Honored for Dia de los Muertos.
But Dawn, it's still only Mid-August you might be Thinking?!?   Well, aren't you?  *LOL*  Yes, I know... but the Anticipation of Decorating for our Favorite string of Holidays is just too much every year.  So Princess T and I always jump the gun way early in dragging out our Favorite Seasonal Decor and starting the Process so we can take our time and enjoy the Ambiance of it as long as possible.  Remember, we are the Addams Family Type people and surrounding ourself with that Style is our Normal!  *Winks ~ Future Decor Posts will follow in days to come!*

Besides we were fueled on Fresh Fruit Tarts and Haagen Daas Ice-Cream for my Birthday Celebration so we were two extremely Hyper Gals all Hyped Up on a Sugar Blaze and needing to burn off that excess Energy before I Crashed and Burned.  *Smiles*

Yes, I knew the Crash and Burn was coming for me you see because I had done too much for my Birthday... and eaten too much forbidden fruits... literally!   *Smiles*   So this Morning was my last Hurrah before I Tanked!!! *Le Sigh*   I had actually spent the first half of my Birthday from Sunup to 2:30 pm WORKING at our Antique Mall's big "Name Your Own Price Sale"... because I always do well during a good Gypsy Haggle Sale so I wasn't about to miss it and not bump up Sales by being there in the flesh to Negotiate everyone's Best Deals that wanted my stuff!  *Winks*

And our Antique Mall also generously provides a yummy Breakfast and Lunch for the Dealers that Participate... and the Fellowship of Sharing Meals with my Dealer Friends was a Perfect way to kick off my Birthday Celebration... making Money ta boot!   We also got another Free T-Shirt emblazoned with our Mall's Logo, which is Great Free Advertisement when you're out and about.  I did Well during the Sale and had a lot of Fun... but I did bail at Two-Thirty because I had the Urge to go 'Pickin' and also to look for Art Supplies and to soak in Seasonal Decor Eye-Candy.   Yes, my Urges on my Birthday aren't that different than most other days actually!  *LOL*

So I spent an inordinate amount of time at 'Hobby Lobby'... not that I bought a whole lot... but because they'd just put out their Autumn and Winter Seasonal Decor... and because their Bohemian Bling Supplies are so Awesome, especially when they're On Sale!  So I hadda at least see it all before it got picked over by other Early Starters like us!  *Winks*  'Hobby Lobby' is one of the few Chain Stores I do still Enjoy tremendously and frequent often in fact. 

Now, I've got enough Tree Decor for every Season and Year until I die that I might want to Decorate it differently... but I still like to behold all the newest Tree Decor and at least Photograph those I fall in Love with!  *Smiles*   I've limited myself to one or two Tree Decor Purchases a year anymore because I've been Seriously Editing and Purging Seasonal Decorations for a couple of years now. I've de-stashed Seasonal Decor successfully and won't want to do it again in the Future.

And I don't spend as much on Seasonal Decor as I used to when we were Younger and probably had more Holidays in front of us than behind us.  I don't even feel the need to... I also don't Decorate as All Out as we used to either, but I sure like to behold others who still do.   At times I think I might like to get back to Over-Decorating for the Holidays, but then Reality sets in and the Holidays Rush up on me and leave me unprepared to.  But damn, this year the New Ornaments were so Alice In Wonderland Fabulous that it was hard not to WANT to have a Wonderland Tree this year!  *Winks*  This Ballerina Donkey was my Fav of the Line!

In fact, this ENTIRE Line of Alice In Wonderland Style Animals was my absolute Favorite of all the Seasonal Decor and so very My Style of over the top Surreal Imaginative Whimsical Quirkiness!  Each equally as an Adorable tumble down the Rabbit Hole as the next!!!   I'd want to meet the Designer(s) of this Series... they'd mos def be MY kind of People!  *Smiles*

But I'm thinking that perhaps IF I do make one Purchase of Ornamentation this year it might have to be this Peacock... since it will already go with other Decor I have for the Tree and the Wonderland Set would Tempt me too much to want IT ALL!?!  *Winks*

Because who could stop at a Ballerina Donkey when Friends such as this exist?

Could I limit myself to my Self-Imposed maximum of two per year... I doubt it... so I don't even wanna go there my Friends! 

Too darned Cute they were as an entire Set to just Settle for one... or two... and I know myself too well!  *Winks*

Lucky for me I'm more in the Halloween and Dia de los Muertos Spirit right now so bypassing Christmas Tree Ornamentation wasn't so difficult... and Hopefully, the closer to Christmas we come... they'll be Sold Out and there will therefore be Zero Temptation to cave in?!  *LOL*

Besides... this year I was thinking more along the lines of an Architectural Salvage, Organic Fabrics and Vintage Photo Tree when we get around to Decorating for Christmas... but we'll see what I Feel like by Mid-November... everything is subject to Change without notice around here and I'm not very rigid when it comes to Decorating in a Theme or Style really.

I've been known to turn on a dime when it comes to Decorating and just make it up as I go along with Spontaneous Abandon... it usually turns out much better that way than something contrived or Planned out meticulously.

I tend to prefer Living Spontaneously anyway and especially having the Creative Process be absolutely Spontaneously and Evolving as if it has a Life of it's own.   Which sometimes I really Believe it does since it tends to unfold as if it does anyway when I'm Creating something.

And Styling for the Holidays is my Absolute Favorite thing to do... which is probably why we've decided, as a Family, to keep our Champagne Metallic Pencil Tree up all year long now and just Decorate it for various Seasons rather than taking it down and putting it up again only during the Christmas Holiday.

We really like the way it looks in the room and it makes all Year and each and every day seem like a Special Celebration... and that's how we choose to Live actually... in a Celebration of Daily Life!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... where I'm STILL recovering from Birthday Celebration Excess... 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