Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Sweet Salvage ~ Part V The Finale'

Today is the Delayed Finale' Post of the Wonderful four day Event of 'Over The Rooftops' at SWEET SALVAGE.   The Event wrapped on Sunday and I was fortunate to make a few trips out there and get a bounty of Treasures.   Top Treasure I left behind but would've liked to have owned, this Vintage Chalkware Woman's Bust Planter.   The top of the head was hollowed out for either a glass Vase to fit inside or perhaps a Votive.   Loved the expression and Patina of Age on the piece, but I left her behind since I'd already gone over Budget... damned Budget... damned me for having such weak Restraint... actually, practically no Restraint!  *Winks*

It didn't help that on one of my visits I brought along The Instigator and Enabler for Budget Blowing... Princess T!   *Smiles*   That Kid can spend money even tho' she has none, after all, spending other people's money is even more Fun and easier, right?  *LOL*  

 All I gotta say is that she better Marry into money coz that Child is High Maintenance and makes no appologies for it!  *Winks*   "We NEED German Glass Glitter Gramma...", and as well as being a tongue twister of a comment, she Convinced me that we did.   Especially since Miss Myko had Packaged it so Beautifully with Vintage Millinery Trim and dyed Seam Binding... and I'm an Easy Mark Sucka for Sparkle and of Packaging dammit!  *Le Sigh*
I picked out a Jar of Silver... she picked out a Jar of Gold... and then because it wouldn't be a 'Collection' of Glitter unless we had three, right, she says we NEED the Pink as well!   "And just look at those Old Flowers on the Pink Glitter Gramma...", she slyly adds to the request... Sigh... yeah, she knows how to Work me that Kid!  *Bwahahaha!*   We'd already gone down in flames with my total lack of Restraint with the Vintage Blinged Out Show Ribbons for our Tree... so why not?
Yes, I did get some more... and tried to talk some other Ladies into buying some too that had been Admiring mine, just so that I wouldn't be Tempted to buy even more!  *Smiles*   I hadn't had the Heart to dismantle my Vintage Show Ribbons at Home and add some Bohemian Bling to them, so it was the only solution to have enough to make a visual impact on the Tree.

And except for the German Glass Glitter Fiasco that The Princess lured me into, I stuck to my Mission Statement.   Didn't buy any new Wardrobe for the Holidays tho' Lord knows there were some Bloomers that were Tempting... the ones I had my peepers on were Tea Stained Cotton with layers of Lace and Crochet Trim Accents on the bottom ruffles... luckily none in Big Gal Size.  *Whew* 

But much to the chagrin of her Dear Hubby, I did talk one attractive Slender Lady into purchasing hers.   No... he's probably not gonna Thank me later, but we did have some Comedic Banter about it, her Dear Hubby and I.   I'm pretty sure he now thinks I'm the Devil in disguise helping his Beloved spend his money!?!   See... I can spend any Man's money!  *LOL* 

After all, if a Dear Guy is gonna take his Special Lady to an Event that looks like this... and hangs around with her here, he KNOWS she's gonna be spending his money... that's just a Given and a Set Up for Indulging her, right?   Mine just sends me off with a wad of Cash, and is Grateful that I'm not asking him to pretend he'd like to come along and try to swim upstream like a Salmon in the eager throngs of Shoppers and gush over all that I'm Tantalized with.  *Smiles*

The Son lives by the same Mantra, so long as he doesn't have to Shop for it, he's Golden as well.   And what do us Gals like to do best but go Shopping, so it works out quite mutually beneficial!  Besides, when a Guy goes out to buy what Tantalizes them, it's bound to be really expensive Big Boy Toys, usually with monthly payments that can last for years!

So... by comparison my Guilty Indulgences are rather inexpensive because it's not nearly as expensive as say one Recreational Vehicle Monthly Payment on a Big Boy Toy that will depreciate by 40% or more immediately when you drive it off the Lot!    I've always managed to flip my Treasures for far more than I ever paid for them and turn a Profit after having Enjoyed them for as long as I liked... so I consider it all a form of Investment and Liquidity.

If you have a Good Eye for the Good Stuff and are discerning about what you Purchase and the price you pay for it, you can have it appreciate in Value the longer you hold onto it.   I buy only what I Love though so that I will not be burdened with something I'm not that into if someone else doesn't dig it when it's time to flip it.  I wouldn't suggest buying something you don't Love just because you think you can make money off of  it, because then if you're stuck with it, there's no benefit whatsoever in my humble opinion.  Things go on and off Trend too quickly to second guess what the Market will bear in the Future when it comes to Stuff.

Another thing that I personally like to Invest in is the Work of Artists that I Admire.  If you manage to find an Artist you Love the body of Work of that is not yet Nationally recognized, Published extensively, or World Renown, you can usually get a Collection amassed of their Work before the prices go into the Stratosphere or becomes a recognizable Brand and becomes mass produced by someone other than the Artist themselves.  I started several of my Collections that way, when the pieces were still affordable and I've never regret that decision, ever! 

And lets face it, if you're only buying what YOU Love, then you're also probably not always seeking what everyone else wants at the Moment that just happens to be Trendy.  When everyone else is seeking it too and the Supply and Demand Thing kicks into gear, well, that can get dicey to get yours while there's still some left... or the price just went up because it's suddenly so Desirable to so many!

I got almost all of my Killer Architectural Salvage pieces years ago when few Valued it and most thought it Mad to even Scavenge for such things... so it was usually Free back in those days or cost only a pittance.   And I still recall when Contemporary and Mid Century Modern first became popular so everyone was junking their Crystal and Italian Tole Chandies and Exquisitely Detailed Furnishings in Favor of the Sleek, Minimalistic and Modern... so I snatched my preferred Style up for a Song!   And even the Simple or Organic things, if amassed before everyone wants it, can be more Budget friendly than before it Blows Up as the next Best Thing. 

Or find an Old Piece with Great Bones and paint it... this Lovely Old Piece was a Perfect Example of something Old made Fresh and New again with a Transformation.   A fresh coat of paint can hide a multitude of Sins of the past Life of something that has seen better days but is still quite Functional and well made.   After all, don't we all look better with a Great Make-Over?  *Winks*

And we're winding down now on our Adventures at the Event... getting ready now for Thanksgiving and visiting Friends and Family for the Holidays.   This Afternoon I was able to visit Dear Friends of the Family that I hadn't seen in a very long time and who will be making a Holiday Trip to Cali and will be stopping in to visit my Mom, bring her Presents, spend Thanksgiving with her at the Nursing Home... and bring her whatever else I wanted to load them up with for her from us!  I only Wish I was able to come along with them as a Stowaway on the Trip, what Fun we would have!  *Smiles*

But knowing Mom will be able to spend Thanksgiving with such Dear long time Friends warmed my Heart... and I know my Brother will be there to spend it with her as well, so even tho' we here in Arizona cannot make it for this particular Holiday she'll be surrounded by Love and Attention... Center Stage and being Spoiled Rotten... which is as it should be as the Matriarch of a Family!  *Smiles*

And though I won't be Creating a Thanksgiving Post since I'll be Celebrating Thanksgiving with Family and Friends all day, I do Hope that you all have a Blessed Holiday as well, with many Memories to Cherish, Good Food and Good Times with those who are Special in your Lives... and remembering to be Thankful... always!!!

Because you cannot keep a Thankful and Grateful Heart down, no matter the Circumstances, those who remain Grateful and filled with Thanksgiving will always rise up!

Their proverbial Glass will always be viewed by them as Full, or at least Half Full and not Half Empty or completely Empty.

They will see Silver Linings even on a Cloudy Day...

And their Perpetual Optimism will never cease to be Contagious and bouy the Spirits of all around them and in their Presence.   May you each be and have THAT Type of Spirit and Essence my Friends!

Happy Thanksgiving from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Something Old... Something New

Okay... so I know Today's Post was supposed to be Part V of the Sweet Series... and I Promise we'll get back to that in the next Post... but I can hardly contain my Excitement to Show Off a Present I just received this Morning from a Sweet and exceedingly Generous Friend... who even Delivered it right to my door and even helped me schlepp it in and set it up for Heaven's Sakes!!!

Yes, my Adorable Friend Minnie {she's the one on the Left with the long locks} had told me she had something she knew I'd absolutely Love and that she knew I'd been searching for... that she wanted to give to me.   Now... I'm thinking it's gotta be Special because Minnie and I have the same Aesthetic and Tastes... but I had NO IDEA just how Fabulously Special this Gift was gonna be!!!

Then she shows me this To Die For Loveseat on her Smart Phone Pixs and says she'll bring it by after the Event wraps there at The Sweet!   Holy Mother of God... I thought I was gonna drop dead from the intense palpatations this Surprise brought to my Heart!!!   This Carol Hicks-Bolton Style Lofeseat couldn't be more Perfect for my Home if I'd had it Custom Made myself, Honest to God, it's SO like the one I've Lusted after from that Magazine Spread eons ago and kept in my Inspiration Book!!!   *Swooning*

No Seriously... here's THAT one that I've had a Lustfest with for well over a Decade...

And here's the one Minnie Gifted me with...  I Adored that Magazine Spread Sofa... and I never thought I'd own one I like even better... but now I do!   Thanks Minnie... Mwahhhh GF!    I was so Excited in fact that I completely forgot to Photograph Minnie while she was here Presenting it... and she looked so stinkin' Adorable with an Ensemble that was as Lovely as this Gift... yeah, that's pretty Excited when a Pathological Picture Taker forgets to even break out the Camera when something Significant happens, huh?   *LOL*

And an even MORE Amazing thing about this Gift... those two Gorgeous Pillows on it were ones Created from Vintage Fabrics that I only recently acquired this Autumn... before even knowing anything about a Loveseat Gift that was going to be a big Surprise and match them SO PERFECTLY you would think they were made FOR IT!!!   Serendipity and the Laws of Attraction are quite often Surreal like that... it's like those pillows knew what they would go on would be coming and thus why I had such a STRONG Attraction to buy them... a Month apart even!?!  

I remember how Jazzed I was to 'Score' ruffled Pillow on the Right at a Friend's Event since I J'Adored the Print of the Vintage Velvet, the Color Palette and fact it is Down Filled and so squishy comfy.   Then about a Month later I'm Goodwill Hunting and 'Score' the Brushed Courderoy Down Filled Pillow in the exact same Print and Color Palette... so I was even more Jazzed, specially since it was less than three bucks!   What a Divine Coincidence I thought!   And of coarse the Trifecta of Divine Coincidences would then be to be Gifted by my Friend with the Matching Loveseat unexpectedly just a couple of weeks after that!   It was like Winning the Lottery I tell ya! 

And of coarse a certain Princess couldn't wait to stretch out on it and knosh on some Hot Wings in front of the TV... this IS PERFECT she says!   Yes... yes it is, we're Unanimous about that!!!!!!!!!!   I can't wait for The Man to see it when he gets back from his Holiday Utah Trip.

Yep, he decided to go after all... and I'm Glad, because he'll have so much Fun Traveling with his Big Brother and Wife... and seeing the entire Extended Family to spend Thanksgiving with them all.

He'd finally worked up Enthusiasm to replace the initial Anxiety that had plagued him about whether or not he should go.   And we were all Encouraging him... even tho' the G-Kid Force will miss him not being able to spend Thanksgiving with us here... they too thought it would be Good for Grandpa.

And I know they'll have a lot of Fun Guy Time and he's in Good Hands with his Family... so I can have a Peace about not being able to join him this time... and also a Week's Respite from the Caregiving of one of the Trio here at Home.

I think as we continue to get Older we Cherish those times when we can get together with Extended Family all the more.   The Man has four Siblings and his Mom is still going strong, but we all aren't getting any younger so it's Wonderful when you can Accept an Invitation to join Family for the Holidays, especially if they live afar.

And by the time he returns Home I'll have the house Transformed from Autumn to Christmas Decor... but for now I'm still adding to the Autumn Vibe for Thanksgiving... giving one of the Mannequin Gals a Vintage Thanksgiving Indian Head-Dress...  I remember those from when I was a Kiddo... Delighted to have Sourced this one from my Friend Shelly just in time for Thanksgiving.   Our Family has more Indian Heritage than Pilgrim, so I went with the Native American Vintage Thanksgiving Vibe of coarse!  *LOL*

In fact, I'm Savoring the last days of Autumn Decor because quite frankly, I'm always Sad to take it all down.  Since Autumn is my Favorite Season and the Decorating for the Autumn Holidays Appeal to me so strongly that I could Live with them year round actually.   I still have Autumn Scented Candles burning throughout the Home and still drinking Spiced Hot Ciders and Cinnamon Teas each Evening... even tho' the Christmas Music is now playing constantly to Inspire me to Switch over for the next Holiday this weekend... after Thanksgiving Celebrations have passed and we've Enjoyed the Traditional Holiday Meal.

And it's just the G-Kid Force and I this Thanksgiving... so we're going to 'Cracker Barrel' for Thanksgiving Dinner... no cooking or mess for this Ole' Gal!  *Winks*   I'm just in Celebratory Mode... not Top Chef Mode for the Holidays!  *Smiles*

I don't know what The Son and Family are doing for Thanksgiving, because he hasn't been Well lately... air quality has Sucked due to a huge Mulch Fire that they've allowed to keep burning and won't put out because they claim what is burning is Organic and not unhealthy to breathe!  Bullshit I say, breathing ANY heavy Smoke is NOT HEALTHY period and can make a lot of people deathly ill!  And right AT the Holidays, Shame on them for such irresponsibility just becoz it's a difficult Fire to put out and they don't wanna bother!!!


 So the air has been thick with acrid stinky Smoke  hanging like a Fog and Smog, that burns the lungs and lays heavy across the entire Valley from West {where the Fire began} to the far East where The Son lives.   Those with Respiratory Illnesses have really suffered... and even those of us who are healthy are having a difficult time breathing!  We don't get a lot of windy days so it just hangs in the air, inside and out, there's no getting away from it!   I'm so Angry they won't just put the Fire out because it could burn and smolder for weeks more and has already burned over forty acres in the midst of the City, this is not some remote Fire out in the middle of nowhere!

I really thought The Son might have to be Hospitalized becoz he could barely breathe at all!   So it has really Worried me about he and Princess T, who has severe Chronic Respiratory Issues this time of year anyway... Thankfully, though The Man has severe COPD and has to use Oxygen a lot, he has Escaped it by leaving the Valley on his Trip and Hopefully it will burn itself out by the time he returns? 

I want to Thank my In-Laws for taking him on the Trip and Volunteering to take Care of him and have him join them.  He hasn't been able to go on too many Great Adventures since his Tragic Accident and I know he misses that... he gets Wanderlust as badly as I do and was always so Fiercely Independant that it's been Tough for him to now be so Dependant and need a Full Time Caregiver everywhere he goes.

Now, while he's gone on his Trip I'm also taking the time to do some major Re-Foofing around this Ole' House... because I had the Freedom while the Kiddos were in School {they're out as of this Afternoon on Thanksgiving Break so I hadda Rush}... to dive into an Autumn House Arranging and Cleaning.

And do things while he's away that normally I don't do so much anymore, like making our Bed and piling on loads of plush Pillows and Fanciness of Fabric Layering.   When you have someone whose often Bedridden you need them to be able to climb into Bed anytime and sometimes all day, so you get to the place where it's a big hassle to make it and unmake it constantly, so you often don't bother.  Plus, Men tend to HATE all those damn Pillows and layers of Fabrics swathed across the Bed you Share with them... they'd rather you kept it Simple like a Monastery or something!  Not a Chance!!!*Bwahaha!*

In fact, with fewer to Caregive for and the house to myself for a few hours for a couple of days... I was having Fun Transforming Spaces and Freshening them up without Constant Interruptions and Distractions.   Sure, I could have RESTED... and still had the house be a total wreck... but when I can Spruce it up and have the Rare Op to Play with my Stuff the way I want and like it to be... and at least get some things in Order, I really do ENJOY it!  So it's not at all like Work to me really... because when I'm not having to run Damage Control behind folks, I CAN get a lot done and bask in it STAYING DONE for more than a nanosecond!   And have it look like a semblance of what I WANT my Home to look like 24-7 in a Perfect World!  *Smiles*

Sure, there are still piles skillfully camoflaugued from view... you don't wanna look under the Diningroom Table right now.. or behind it... *Winks*... but when you peek into the Room it actually looks nice now and Inviting... and perhaps I'll even tackle those hidden piles now that I'm on a Roll and have gained momentum and been Encouraged by Dear Minnie during her Visit, who knows?!?!?  *Ha ha*

You see, I have come to the Realization that I really NEED Staff... but I'll never get any... at least not on this Budget... so the Housekeeper, Nanny, Caregiver Respite Nurse, Gardener, Laundress and Cook will have to wait on being Hired sometime in the Distant Future.   *Winks... don't Laugh, it's actually ON the 'Bucket List'!*   No Personal Shopper will ever be necessary, I LOVE to do my own Shopping, so that's one Staff Member we can forget about.  *LOL*

And tho' my Cluttered Abode could probably benefit from a Trained Stylist with an Editing Eye that I CLEARLY don't possess *Winks* I actually Enjoy my Beautiful Clutter when it's more Orderly and Curated... and I Love to putz around Creating Vignettes and Decorating my Home and Studio Spaces.   I could do it endlessly... if only I had the TIME most days to Devote to it!  *Le Sigh*

The Majority of time tho' it's more than enough and a full time Job just to do what is absolutely necessary and not one iota more or I'll drop dead from exhaustion, fatigue and being completely overwhelmed by it all... without Staff that is!  *Smiles*   And try not to run TOO FAR behind, which is a Tall Order lemme tell ya... but sometimes I even Succeed!  *LOL*

Most days I'm just doing the necessary things over and over and over again without ever having the Time or Energy to Devote to the things I really WANT to do to keep the Home Lovely and in Order.  I'm so busy running Damage Control that I don't have the Luxury of keeping our Home the way I Envision it looking twenty-four-seven if I had my way and could spend the time actually doing that!

And that my Friends leads to deferred maintenance... which I Hate... because I'm NOT that Gal that is a Procrastinator by Nature or likes things out of Order or Chaotic in the Home or Work Space.   I LIKE and prefer things to be a certain kinda way.

And the only time I can get it that certain kinda way is when THEY are NOT HERE!  *LOL*   Now... don't get me wrong, I am mos def not a Suzy Homemaker... I TOTALLY SUCK at Housekeeping actually and a domestic goddess I have never been called and never will be... so by most folks Standards I'm still VERY laid back even after I'm Satisfied with the level of Order and Cleanliness.  *Winks*

So even if I lived alone and had all the time in the world to Devote to my Projects... there would still be Dust Bunnies big enough to Scare the bejesus out of you because they look almost alive!   And the Resident Spiders are left alone sometimes to spin their webs and catch all these damned Mosquitos and Flies that the damp weather brought out this Autumn.   Daddy Longleg Cobwebs are actually very Addams Family-ish anyway, right?  *Winks*   And just a Desert Footnote: I've found that having Daddy Longlegs ensures absence of Black Widows... don't know if they're mortal enemies or not, just an observation I've made... and nobody was ever harmed by a Daddy Longlegs so if I gotta have a Spider taking up Residence... just sayin'!  *Smiles* 

But I don't mind Working hard if my Efforts show some Results... even if only temporary... becoz as this saying says my Hands and Back are Strong and my Heart is Strong as well... and it's nice to sit and Bask in the completion of long delayed Projects every once in a while... and this is that once in a while time so I've been busy Basking!  *Smiles*

And it Inspires me when I have things switched around, cleaned up and rotated around the Home or brought out of Storage... or some put away 'til they make their next appearance.   It gives off a Great Energy to Change things and make some things Fresh and New... even if what you're using is something Old.

Whether Something Old... or Something New... it matters not really.   I get just as Jazzed about Displaying my Old Stuff as whatever I've just acquired and is New to me.

And I've always liked to have Fun with Styling and Displaying things... I guess when it comes to Decorating I'm just a Big Kid at Heart really.   And Creating new looks is my Playtime.

I'd just like the Opportunity to 'Play' more and 'Work' less I suppose... because even tho' I'm not opposed to Work, I do Enjoy Playing, don't you?

And though I'm going to be Sad to put away all our Autumn and Halloween Decor after Thanksgiving... I am looking forward to Transforming our Home into the Christmas Wonderland and Winterscape for the next Season and Holidays.

I've been quite Inspired by the Shops that have gotten a jump on Christmas Decorating and Styling so it's gotten me in the Mood now to follow suit and enter into Celebrating Winter and the Holy Season.

And so at least for Tonight I'm now Done with my Thanksgiving Projects... lit some Candles, put some Starbucks Coffee on to brew and have curled up to just Relax.  Now that the Kiddos are out of School for Thanksigiving Holiday for the rest of the week we don't even have to get up early and can sleep in and stay up late with no set bedtime!  *Whoo Hoo!*

And I can spend the next five days finishing up my not so little Project of going thru everything to decide what will stay up and what will be taken down for Christmas?

And going thru Seasonal Storage to see what will be brought in for the Season?

Along with getting out some Art Supplies to begin Creating some Holiday Projects for the Season as well.  I don't know about you, but I always forget how much in the way of Artistic Supplies I've amassed until I begin wading thru it all!  *LOL*

We'll start with making some Christmas Art Tags for the Tree...

And I've got to dig out some Christmasy Type Containers for all the leftover Halloween Candy since the G-Kid Force don't eat very much of it so it hangs around throughout the Holidays for Guests to knosh on.

And The Man called me Tonight to say they made it to Utah and are currently visiting some Relatives in various Towns... and will finish up at my Mother-In-Laws house I suspect... or his Younger Brother's to have Thanksgiving Dinner with the extended Family... depending on who is Hosting the Dinner this year?

He sounded like he was already having the time of his Life so I'm Delighted we finally convinced him to just go and have a good time and spend quality time with everyone on his side of the Family.

And I told him he'll be Surprised at all the things I've already done... and will have the house Transformed for Christmas by the time he gets back.  Hopefully it will be a Pleasant Surprise for him... he kinda likes things to remain Routine and the same since his Accident, so we'll see? 

But I've sure had a lot of Fun in the doing of it that's for sure!

And I even dug out all of the Christmas Gifts for the G-Kid Force that I had stashed away... luckily I did a big overhaul of the house because I'd even forgotten some things and hiding places of the stashes actually!  *Whew!  LOL*   I tend to do that a lot actually... and the Kiddos helped with wrapping each other's Gifts so we've already got it all neatly Organized now by Princess T under the Tree even tho' it's still our Halloween Tree right now.  *Smiles*   I liked that this year there were Cute Chalkboard Gift Tags with Chalk included, and Chalkboard Style Christmas Wrap, and Blingy Leopard Print Wrap... and plenty of Jute Twine... we had Fun with all of those!
Happy Thanksgiving 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