Friday, July 29, 2016

A Dreadful Kinda Day

Dreadful in a Good way... *Smiles*... since while The Stylist and I were, well, Styling parts of the Home, getting rid of piles laying around and unpacking, we always wanna have Fun with it!   So she donned some Dreads we came across as we moved some Storage out of a Garage... sure Wish I could look this Cute in ANY Hairstyle!!!

I've found that especially when you're tackling Dreaded Projects *Sorry, couldn't resist the Pun* you have to interject some Fun and Silliness into the Work to make it Enjoyable enough to do for any length of time.   She and I were determined to get at least one Room of New Villa Boheme' Transformed, Organized and devoid of piles and misc. clutter laying about.   Natch she was in Charge of Organization, since Chronic Disorganization is one of this Gramma's weaknesses.

She even got reluctant Grandpa in on the Act, under mild Protest, he donned the Dreads.  Me thinks he really wanted to wear them... only he knew his Wifey the Pathological Picture Taker would NEED to Preserve this Moment thru the Eye of the Lens and Share it with the World!  *LOL*  I think he pulls the Look off Well, Seriously I could Roll with My Man Dreaded Up... throw some braids and beads in that Beard and he'd be positively Artsy in an Aging Hippie sorta way, right?!  *Winks*  He's a Great Sport, that's why we Loves him so!!!

But because faux Wool Dreads itch, after a bit of Fun it was time to Undread and finish up our Work.  Notice background mini piles here and there... and freakin' everywhere it seems!  We've been buying School Supplies... hundreds of dollars worth of Back to School very specific crapola!!!  Lord have Mercy we'll need a mini U-Haul to deliver it all to School that first day!  Those Lists are so LONG no Child can carry that much crap in a backpack without having Sherpa strength!

That's why we NEEDED that Day Road Trip the other day, to decompress after School Shopping and parting with a couple hundred bucks just like that... and for just ONE CHILD to start School!!!   Have to wait for the August checks to hit before I can afford to take The Young Prince to gather whatever long list of supplies he'll need for his Junior Year of High School?!?  Oy vey!!!

So are you Enjoying the Fantastical Ray Villafane Sand Sculpture Art that we saw on our Day Road Trip to Carefree and Cave Creek my Friends?   Ray is such a Sculptural Jedi, the Young Prince, who also is Blessed with considerable Natural Sculpting Artistic Talent, scrutinizes every display to hone his own techniques.  If ever Ray were to Host Sculpting Classes, I'd sign the Young Prince up to be an Apprentice in a heartbeat!   I know he could do this Quality of Work with the right Mentor Guiding and Teaching him.

The whole Display was a Mouse and an Elephant in a Game of Chess... but I'd only brought the Camera Phone and forgotten New Camera at Home, dammit!  Usually my Camera is like an appendage and I've always got it with me, but gathering up the entire Family for a Road Trip takes such logistics that forgetting something is unfortunately a 'Given', I'm Lucky I left with my Sanity!!!   *LOL*

The other Sculpture was an Owl with her Owlets, at least I think that's what Baby Owls are called since spell check didn't correct me!?  *Ha ha ha*  It was a fiercely Hot day so strolling around the Lovely Park in the Center of Town we had it practically all to ourselves, with the exception of other die hard Art Lovers who braved the heat to see the Exhibit.   I'm guessing that when the Monsoon Storms roll in this will all dissolve away unless it's Tented for inclement weather?

I don't know if Ray will be adding to the Exhibit or not, I do know that if he's doing another Pumpkin Carving Exhibit this Halloween, we'll be there!  Last year he did some Carving Lessons and I think the Young Prince missed coming with his Sister and I?!?  I'd have to look back upon Photo Archives to be sure, but I think it was our Girl's Day Out and we had High Tea at the Tea House across the Street from the Park, which wouldn't have been a thing the Guys would have been 'Into'?!  *LOL*  In fact, this day I couldn't talk the Guys into High Tea either!  *Le Sigh*

Altho' we did mutually Muse about what type of Brick and Rock Facade we'd like for New Villa Boheme' eventually and decided upon the upper Stone and Brick Style {sans the Field Stone lower section} that is on this Grocery Store Archway.   Yeah, we could definitely be unanimous in this Look as Architectural Accents in the Future Transformation of the exterior of parts of Villa Boheme'.  Fun to Imagine all the Possibilities... we always want to put our Stamp on any Home.

But this day it was more about what we were doing to improve the interior of the Home.   At least no longer was The Stylist turning her Critical Eye upon Antelope's New Crown since I hadn't yet fixed the Bug Antennae Look nor removed the Millinery Headband.  *Shhhhhh!!!  Mebbe she won't notice?!*

We had decided upon beginning in the Main Dining Room since we do a lot of our Artwork, pricing Inventory, paying bills, Reading, eating etc. around that Table for now and needed it uncluttered and better Organized.   We wanted all piles off the floor and anything that didn't yet have a place banished to the Garages for now from that Room.  At least in the Garages I don't HAVE to look at any of it, which is good for the Psyche and not Feeling Overwhelmed by what isn't yet done.

We stashed Gypsy Trims and Fabric that will eventually be part of that Room's Gypsy Curtain Project in less conspicuous places for now.  So I can still easily find it yet not feel it's unceremoniously dumped in piles on the floor of that Room!  The Curtain Project is something I can Work on slowly since all sewing and pinning of Vintage Fabrics and Trims can be done while the Main Blank Canvas of a Curtain hangs on the Arcadia Doors leading to Inner Courtyard and across same Room to the Back Yard spaces.  So it can be a Work in Progress continuously really.

Mule Deer hangs just to the Left of said Curtain in Progress right now and is Inspiring me to continue with this Room's Transformation since it's slowly but surely coming together nicely.  I think when one Room is Complete I will have momentum to move on to the next and so on and so forth until whole Home is eventually DONE!!!   I know I'm only a year in, but I'm already impatient to have everything in Order so I can just relax a bit and Enjoy Life without pending Projects.

Remember, New Home was SUPPOSED to mean less Pending Projects, right?!  Yeah, we were quite Delusional about all that weren't we... us being US and all!  *Bwahahahahahahahaha!!!*


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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Open Road Beckons

While it is True that I've been happily traipsing around the house with my New Camera practicing with it, the rest of the Family have been getting restless in these final days of their Summer Vacation.  They've felt like Bears secluded in their Den Hibernating and Freedom of the Open Road was beckoning strongly!

I Sensed they all were getting a bit stir crazy cooped up in here when each independently asked what would I be doing this Wednesday {Today}?  Since I didn't have to Work and the Calendar was finally free of appointments and other commitments precluding a spontaneous Family Road Trip most other days.

Summer Vacation for the G-Kid Force is winding down quickly and School begins the first week in August.   Though I think they are all ready for School to begin again, it also means less leisurely days of doing whatever strikes our Fancy.  Less days of sleeping in and waking bright eyed and bushy tailed, ready for an Adventure down the Open Road!!!

So I loaded everybody up this Morning and with no particular place to go and absolute spontaneity we hit the Road.   We didn't know where we were going, but we were on our way... towards where ever we ended up, that unknown destination??!??!

We ended up in several places we'd never been before, but perhaps the best by pure Serendipity just happened to be a Familiar Favorite spot in Carefree and Cave Creek.   We had looked at Homes there when we were in the Market for a New Home, we Love the Location.  Just couldn't find that Perfect Home for Sale... or we very likely would have ended up there rather than here.

The entire Family just likes the Vibe there... and it's a very Artsy Community filled with Artists and Amazing Art... which we, as a Family, fully Appreciate and like to be around.   It's also a very Friendly Community and people always stop and talk with us, we truly miss that Social aspect of Community more than I can find adequate Words for.

We often discuss among ourselves whether this place will, or will not, have a permanence for us?   Since we absolutely Love the Home... Love the Natural Views... but the Community itself, not so much.  I'm really trying to Create a Home Environment that will attempt to make up for the lack of a Social Life and total lack of a tight sense of Community out here... that's a tall Order.

We do joke about it tongue in cheek, coming up with humorous possible solutions... the Kiddos Fav one is, well, we'll just have to take MORE Road Trips when being inside of our Dream Home just isn't Enough!?!  *LOL*  Yeah, that could Work... to Justify more Road Trips when the Walls of New Villa Boheme' are closing in on us!  *Smiles*

I did Contemplate why that is tho', since this is a much larger Home to knock around in than the Old Homestead and yet we never felt those Walls closing in on us... nor did we ever Feel Socially deprived there.   Rural Living is definitely a Transition we did not fully recognize would be such an adjustment.  Probably because this is a Rural Subdivision, so it's not as if nobody else is around, you just rarely ever SEE them!

Kinda like one of those Twilight Zone Episodes where the folks wake up and walk outside of what should be an inhabited Community and yet it's desolate and seemingly abandoned and devoid of any Human presence!  Eerily Silent... and tho' the Solitude and Tranquility can be nice... for the Kiddos and I sometimes it's deafeningly Silent!

The Young Prince likened it to a Pretty Cemetery... only at a Cemetery at least the Living would be occasionally Visiting the Dead he deadpans.  *LMAO*  Nobody comes out here tho' Gramma... maybe nobody even knows out here Exists... he jokes?!?  You could be right.  *LOL*

A Shame really since they built some Fabulous Homes out here and I haven't seen very much that rivals this one's floor plan and attention to Architectural details in the City.   Not unless you get well beyond the Million Dollar Listings anyway... and that's way too Rich for our Blood.  

 I like the Look of our entire Street too, every Home is Fabulous within the immediate Block... Visually Ideal.  Every Home on our Street and the Street at the end of our Street look similar in Architectural Style to the Santa Barbara Tuscan Villa, which I J'Adore the Appearance of.  There are lots of Green Spaces and of coarse the Majestic White Tank Mountain Range to the immediate West.

So the Loves It List is longer than the cons side of the List... the biggest con being a Boring Community with no Social Life pretty far from anything but Natural Desert Beauty.   Our Hope of coarse is that some of the important City Conveniences and Recreational Opportunities eventually move closer and it looks as if they already are fairly close by, so that is encouraging.

Not enough to Spoil all Natural Beauty elements, just enough that the drive to any Store, Restaurant, Gas Station or Recreational pursuit isn't an actual Road Trip.   But until then, we realize that for us anyway, the Open Road beckons quite frequently and we just have to Escape and go Nomad for a day!  Ideally more than a day... circumstances and budget permitting!  *LOL*

Because in actuality, the Family wanted to take that Long Road Trip but it just wasn't in the budget and I have to Work on Friday Night... bummer.  We discussed some of the places of Interest we're long overdue for a visit to and would be high on their Road Trip Destination List?

No. One for every single one of us was the Disneyland Of Funky Places, Jerome, Arizona... so that's Unanimously the Choice Road Trip Destination next time budget and circumstances line up for a two or three day Getaway!

You know how there are just some Places you Connect to strongly so just being there is your Happy Place?  For me it has been this tiny 'Ghost Town' Community that was resurrected by Artists and fellow Bohemians to become a small but Vibrant Community again and Tourist Destination.

In the Seventies I wanted to buy Property here and my Parents talked me out of it thinking me absolutely Mad and too far into my Hippie Aesthetic to be thinking Logically.  *LOL*   Yes, my Parents were City Bohemians so Living and trying to find Work in a Ghost Town made zero sense to them and they envisioned me being the Starving Hippie Artist with no Future and living in a crumbling Victorian Ruin if I relocated there.  *Ha ha ha*

In fact, in the early Seventies, Wonderful Old Buildings in Jerome like this could be had at a good price though they needed a lot of Work back then... since few were getting the Vision to resurrect the Past Glory Days.   So my Path took me down the Corporate Life Roads instead, Prosperous, but not nearly as much Fun and Raw Passion of Living The Crazy Dream I'm sure!  *LOL*

But now that you're Old Gramma, the Young Prince muses, and you followed the Green instead of the Crazy Dream... would you do it NOW?   In a Heartbeat my Child I says... so... if that Perfect Ramshackle Historic Property in the Disneyland Of Funky Places was possible in the Future... Hell yeah!  *Winks*


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

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sweet Salvage ~ Where In The World ~ The Finale' Post

After having spent two of the four days it ran covering the Event, the first and last day, I came away with some Awesome Treasures and loads of Inspiration and Imagery to Share.

So in this Finale' Post I shall tell you what caught my Eye in each Image frame by frame.  Loving Cups... the Motherlode of Huge ones in fact and I had to Pass on them all!  *Pouting Petulantly*

A Natural Honeycomb and Wooden Spools of Velvet Trims...

An enormous Natural Sponge...

Antique Hardware... who doesn't Love it, right?!?

Dried Artichoke Blooms surrounded by Aged Books and Rusty Crusty Goodness...

European Demijohns and Old Cheese Boards... I'm becoming Obsessed with Tuscan Style now that I own New Villa Boheme'!

My Little Princess Voguing... *LOL*

Another Gorgeous Loving Cup, Natural Coral and Ferns...

Skullies and Scales Oh My!!!  Because Yes, that is a Bear Skully on the Right so we were only missing the Lions and Tigers!  *Winks*

Me totally Lusting after Bear Skully... so Kenny, we might have to strike a Deal at a later date my Friend!   I think I NEED this! *Smiles*

Vintage Millinery, one of my all time Weaknesses, so hard not to come Home with any this Show!  *Le Sigh*

Absolutely anything in my Talented Friend Minnie's Line will catch my Eye!!!

Vintage Equestrian Treasures and Antique Persian Rugs... a perfect pairing!!!

Boro Style Pillow...

A Cool grouping of Pizza Boards... so Clever!

Just a very Romantic Vignette...

That TABLE... Swooning... so Badly Wanted that Table!!!  That would have been the Ideal Entryway Table to Vignette upon here at New Villa Boheme'!

Just wanting some Panoramic views while Shoppers weren't in Frame to Test my New Camera Panoramic Shot Skills.  *LOL*

Cute Beachy Driftwood and Shell Crosses beside the Rachel Ashwell Line of Paints.

Well, duh, anything Bohemian Bling catches my Eye, that's a 'Given'!  *Winks*

Okay, so this Hoard of Vintage Silverware is ALMOST as Impressive as mine!  *LOL*

Teeny Weeny Olive Buckets to hang on the Wall... I use both the Vintage ones and the Repops depending upon what I need to put into them.  If it's something like Fresh Bread and Fruits, well, I need the Newer ones for hygienic reasons.  But the Vintage ones are terrific for Display and Storage.

The Warehouse Vignettes always have that Cool Vintage Industrial Vibe I Love...

More Vintage Equestrian meets Antique Persian Rugs...

Ornate Metal Work always catches my Eye...

Vintage Welsh Guard Toys... my Welsh Uncle, Mom's Big Brother, was a Welsh Guard and was the Lead Welsh Guard at the Queen's Coronation.


The Colors and the Fun of this Vignette just Appealed to my Senses...

And the Whimsy of this Vignette...

And that Upcycled Light Fixture...

Anything Entomology of coarse... and backdrop of Antique Persian Rug don't hurt either!  *LOL*

Though I don't personally Collect them, I always thought Vintage Pennants look Splendid in groupings as a Display.  In my Era they actually were a Prized Travel Souvenir Collectible of many a Young Person to Display in their Bedrooms.

Who doesn't Love Old Packaging, right?

Dried Hydrangea and Old Canning Jars...

More European Demijohns and Olive Buckets...

Chippy Painted Furniture... Divine!!!

A great Instant Collection of Old Enamelware and Egg Beaters in Cohesive Hues!!!

Old Motel Outdoor Seating in a luscious Patina only Time can impart and a Sweet Cambodian Buddha Votive...

Skully, Old Mirrors and Chippy Painted Salvage Wood...

Along with Beautiful Old Ornate Frames and Urn Planters...

This was a two-piece Leather Fainting Couch to Die for!!!  Loving the Union Jack Pillow Creation as well...

Almost Time to call it a Wrap... are you still hanging with me?  *Winks*

That Vanity... be still my beating Heart... only I'd prefer it in Black Please...

The Gypsy Brocante Bag by Jill Harris... of coarse!!!

I know, my Obsession with Old Demijohns is Evident, huh?  

Just a LITTLE... *Bwahahahahahaa!!!*  And the Sweet Taxidermy Quail...

I'm not certain what type of Fresh from the Farm piece of Agricultural Loveliness this is, but I Like it!

Okay, so what REALLY caught my Eye was the group of Colorless Palette Gals that were circling this Lovely Chair like Sharks!  *Ha ha ha*

This Vignette had just the right amount of Colorless and hint of Color for Yours Truly to really Appreciate...

Buckets of Raw Cotton and Skull...

A Close-Up of the Antique 8x10 Photo of a Beautiful Young Woman as it sat in it's Vignette, that my Friend Kim Gifted me with as a Surprise!  Love it, Thanks Kim!!!

The one Loving Cup that was hardest to walk away from... tri-handled and from the turn of the Century with Beautiful Hand Engraving... *Gazing Lustfully*

I walked away Slowly and quite Reluctantly... whilst also Admiring another Cute Union Jack Pillow and the Hide Storage Box...

Farmhouse Harvest Table with Industrial Style Seating... Perfect!!!

And absolutely anything that has this many Drawers!  *Winks*  Hope you Enjoyed coming along with us my Friends?  And we'll do it again same time next Month with a brand new Theme and Fresh Inventory!!!


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