Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A White Christmas At A Cottage Garden



























We don't get any Snow here in the Deep Arizona Desert and so our Winter Wonderlands have to be contrived with our Imaginations and what we have on hand that can give the illusion of Winter. *Winks*

My Friend Carol Migray over at the COTTAGE GARDEN Shops does just that... transforming both Shops into Winter Wonderlands that make you feel as though you fell down the Rabbit Hole.  She and the Shop Gals... Meilan, Connie, Heather and Monica... can make small cozy rooms of Beautiful Old Cottages pack a HUGE visual punch that will take your breath away!

Today I'm taking you to A White Christmas they have Created at the Cottages... giving a Frosty Wintery Vibe even on the warmest of Arizona Winter days.  I'm adoring the Faiery Princess and the Silk Rosettes... among other things. *Winks*

And in Tomorrow's Post I'll take you back to the COTTAGE GARDEN Shops for a taste of some Magical Christmas Whimsey.




And since I actually did a rare all White Post on White Wednesday for a change *Winks* I'm joining the White Wednesday Blog Party over at FADED CHARM!

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Where A White Christmas is just done another way... Dawn... The Bohemian

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

O Christmas Tree ~ Part III ~ The Memories & Gift


One of the nicest things about tucking Old Photos amid the branches of our Tree this year is that it becomes not only a Salvage Style Tree of Found Treasures... but also a Memory Tree of Treasured Family Moments in Time & Precious Loved Ones.


Many of the Moments were long before I was even born... and are Cherished Family Photos capturing Generations of the Bohemian Valhalla Clan that I have Inherited from previous Generations of my Family. 


And some are Memories I was a part of too... yep, that's Vintage Me with Mom & my Lil Bro', wearing my Birthday Princess Crown... oh, yes, there have been many Diva Bohemian Princesses in this Family!!! *Winks*


And when I behold this Lovely Sepia Photo of my Mom at the age her Great-Grandchild Princess T now is... I see features passed down for numerous Generations as well... a reflection of ourselves seen in the faces of the Past and the Present Generations... and what a Gift that is my Friends!


In so many ways the Past and Present meld and we are so much alike in our ways... in our Loves... in our Passions and sense of Style... Mom, an Original Bohemian to the core, in Silk Kimona and Ruffled Bloomers... some things never really go out of Style, they just become resurrected in successive Generations that learn to appreciate them...


Each Era having had it's distinctions, and yet, it's similarities because we are of one Blood and lineage.


And we can recognize ourselves in these Vintage Images... even those that preceeded us. This is my Paternal Grandma on the Reservation in Oklahoma.


Yes, some things never really change do they?  That's my Maternal Gran-Gran on the far Right with the Carnation Corsage, his favorite Flower.


And for me at least, though I Live my Life in full blown Color... I have always had an affection for the Old Time Photos in Hues of Sepia and in Black & White. 


It's a shame really that so few Photos are now taken in those Colors... or absence of Color, whichever way you choose to look at it.


And in the Wonderful Old Graphics and Embossing of Yesteryear...


And as I gaze at the Shenanigans of my Nanna, my Aunt and my Mom in this Photo it is not unlike the silly simple things that I also enjoy with Family & Friends even now. 


We have always been a Family of few inhibitions and a zest for Life... and I'm glad of that...


Better to be distinctive and True to yourself than to be a facade of what you assume others expect of you or think about you...


Even if the Real You is outside of the box and colors outside of the lines... it's okay you know... you're fearfully and wonderfully made with Divine Purpose!!!


And I Hope you embrace that Truth... and remember to embrace each other and Love unconditionally and with all Sincerity from your Heart...


Because during this most Holy Season... Great Love was and still is the Reason for the Season and we should respond in kind to Honor Him... and be Thankful of that Selfless Gift that is Our Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ...


And our Hope for You is that there will be many sweet, Beautiful Memories to draw upon and Celebrate this Christmas Season and throughout the coming New Year... and know that you are Loved!


Because if there are... you can consider yourselves fortunate and Blessed... and have much to be Thankful and Grateful for and so pay it forward.


Because then Your Light will shine Brightly upon others... and they will feel the warmth, feel the Love... and their time spent with YOU might become some of their sweet, Beautiful Memories to draw upon and Celebrate!


I'm joining Debra's Blog Party over at COMMON GROUND where Thankfulness and Inspiration this Holiday Season is abounding!  Come on over and join us my Friends...


I'm also linking up with THE FRENCH CUPBOARD Blog Party where everyone is sharing their Holiday Inspirations... so come... be Inspired and share YOUR Inspiration for the Holiday Season my Friends...

Merry Christmas... Dawn... The Bohemian

Monday, November 28, 2011

O Christmas Tree ~ Part II


The "Salvage Style Christmas" has been a big hit with the Crew here...


The Man thought it was one of the nicest Styled Trees we've done... with all the Old Salvage adorning the branches it does have that Mantique appeal *Winks*...   


The G-Kids came Home from their Thanksgiving Visits with extended Family and I was curious to see their reactions to the beginnings of the Bohemian Valhalla Christmas transformation... it had still had the Autumn Vibe when they left Wednesday Afternoon.


Prince R was the first to behold it when he came Home Saturday Night... he dubbed it the "Antique Christmas" and gave it a thumbs up with a grin... he's used to how quirky Gramma can be so nothing much surprises him anymore when I'm Styling anything. *LOL*


Princess T was next when she arrived Home Sunday Afternoon... she dubbed it the "Old Tree" because of all the Old Stuff adorning it and was fascinated to examine each Ornamentation... recognizing the ones that were familiar...


And remembering where they used to be...


And because in Kindergarten they're all about Letters & Numbers right now, she totally "got" the significance of the three Old Retail Letters... the "T" for her, the "R" for her Brother and the "G" for Gramma & Grandpa. {Well... I had intended that letter for The Man & My Surname, but her interpretation will work... Smiles} 


She was however quite disturbed that I didn't also procure a Letter for her Uncle... The Son... so I'll have to rectify that faux pas! *Smiles*  So... I'll be on a Mission to discover an Old Retail Letter "L" now... *Winks* 


As for The Son... he also approved of "The Look"... again, Mantique Style Decorating is embraced more by the Menfolk than some of the more Romantic, Fussy or Whimsical Styled Holidays I've done in the Past. *Winks*


The Son was also proud that I had restrained myself from overdecorating this year *LOL*... Yes, for me this year is more Minimalistic than ever... and I'm actually making a conscious effort to not keep "adding to"... *Smiles* 


It's a process and learning experience for me, but I'm getting better at Editing and Restraint...
Though to be sure there's still no Minimalist here!!! *Smiles*


Though I confess, it's a lot less work to maintain a "Less is More" Philosophy Styled Home...
And the older I get the more that might become even more appealing!?!


Though I'm drawn to Delightful Clutter and More Is Never Enough Beautifully Styled Decor... it IS a lot of extra work to maintain such an environment. 


And the more people sharing such a Home, well, the more work it is to keep it organized and have a place for everything and everything in it's place.


So one of my Resolutions for 2012 is to slowly Edit and Purge until I get the right balance of what will work best and create less work to maintain.


Keeping what is best Loved and finding new Homes for what can and should go...


And see how much anxiety that Process creates for me in the "letting go" or whether as I progress it will just become easier and therefore gain momentum in the Vision to accomplish the task?!?  We'll see... I'll keep you apprised...


And I'm giving certain Special People first access to what is moving out the door... and toying with the idea of taking some of the Treasures to Auction afterwards... which I think would be exciting!


I've always Loved the process and excitement of Auctions, whether in person or online. Good Deals and those coveted Items you sometimes can't find anywhere else can be had if you're a Buyer.


 And if you're a Seller and don't mind the risks... and I don't... when I'm done with something I'm just done... and whether Donated, Gifted or Sold makes no particular difference to me... then you never know what your stuff might bring & that Unknown is a Thrill to me! 


I've tended to do very well at Auctions... whether Buying or Selling... and it is a good way to move things fast.  You see, I'm not very patient at the Selling Game actually, which is probably why I never gravitated to Retail...


If I decide to Sell something its now or never, a brief window of opportunity for a potential Buyer...
Because then I'd rather Gift it or Donate it than waste valuable Time...


I'm not in the biz of Selling and so I don't care really... I've always been able to easily find a good Home for what I'm passing along when it's Time comes... that's the Beauty of being discerning when you Invest in something to buy or even Find and recognize the Value of.


Intrinsic Value... remains constant...


And I've generally discovered that the very same things I have come to Love... most of my Inner Circle also gravitate towards... we're birds of a feather that way... and so passing our Treasures back and forth has always been a Joy.


And during tough economic times, what's better than allowing those you care about to do their Holiday Shopping at your House... when they are aware you're purging your Treasures and they're excited to see what is being offered up as a Gift if they want it!!?!!


So much more Fun for you both than trying to find it in each other's budgets to choose something affordable and not nearly as Special as a Holiday Gift for a Loved One who enjoys similar things that you do... IMO...


Most of my Special Gift Memories and Sentiments are attached to those items that my Family & Friends have offered up to me from their stash of Treasures they were ready to part with and wanted me to have.


Have you been the Recipient of such a Gifting my Friends?


What are your thoughts about it?


I'm just saying... for those of you who have spent a Lifetime of Creating, Crafting, Collecting and Styling... perhaps some of the best Gifts you could Gift someone with this Holiday Season are those Type of Items they have adored that you either own, Create or are thinking about parting with. 


And I've found that worthy Charities enjoy receiving such Items for their Auctions as well to Fund their Programs and Ministries.


And... if you have decided to Sell off some of your Treasures to Fund other Visions you have for your Life that's always pretty exciting too isn't it?


I'm very tenacious and focused when it comes to my Visions and Goals... so when I've set about moving towards them then I'll do whatever it takes to succeed and make it happen...


Tenacity often indicates Desire and Passion you see...


I personally always gauge how much Passion and Desire someone truly has for something by their Tenacity at attempting to achieving it.


Because I've observed that if its important enough, they'll find a way... and do whatever it takes... keep seeking a way diligently.


And if not... then perhaps it really wasn't that important?  Wasn't really imbued with Passion or Desire?


And if you tend to be lukewarm about something then you don't really invest much of your time, talents or treasures into it do you?


This Holiday Season have you contemplated what or where your Passions lie?  Your Desires?
What are you Investing Yourselves in?  What are your Priorities?  And do you truly feel it is worth the Investment?  I Hope so...


Because it would be a shame to be Investing too much in things that aren't really worth it... worth the sacrifice and energy expended in them.


But the Payoff for having Invested Ourselves in the things that REALLY do matter to us... is PRICELESS!!!


So may you abound in those things that are Priceless to you my Friends...


And not just during the Holiday Season...


But every single day of your Lives...

Holiday Blessings and Peace 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