Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Beach Cottage & Retro Style ~ Brass Armadillo


A couple of my sweet Booth Neighbors at the BRASS ARMADILLO WEST  finally finished their Spaces so that I could give you a preview peek here in the Land of Blog before the Grand Opening March 1st... First we'll go to Kendra & Suzie's Booth next to mine.


I'm Loving their Color Palette and Fresh Beach Cottage & Retro Style... the Vintage Pin-Up Girl Picture is very Vintage Hollywood Glam.


The Booth has a very Youthful take on Vintage & Retro Style and I really enjoy a Young Generation of Collectors appreciating Past Eras and putting their own spin on the Classic Styling of previous Generations. 


These Young Ladies really have done a superb job of Styling their Booth and showcasing what they have a Passion for.


From the Beach Cottage painted Furniture to the Bohemian Bling and Vintage Pottery in Lovely Hues I saw so many appealing pieces they had Sourced... I really think you'll Love their Booth and want to visit it often.


They also had plenty of Fun and Whimsey...


And their Artistic Creative Natures shine through in the type of Vignettes they have Created.


I most definitely could connect on a Kindred Spirit level when it comes to adoration of the Vintage Tablecloth! *Winks*


And the Vintage Graphics on many of their Books, Toys and Advertising was especially appealing.  And who wouldn't Love a Vintage Aqua Rotary Phone for a Nostalgic Touch to your Retro Beach Cottage Decor!? *Winks*


Wading through dishes full of Vintage Boheme' Bling is always a Delight for me... so many Possibilities for the Artist to Create something Fresh and Fun with pieces like this! 


And I really fell in Love with the Pin-Up Gal Pix... resisting a piece like this is torturous I tell you! *LOL*


If you dig Vintage Nautical... it's here... and several Vintage Fashions as well... so be sure to stop by and say Hi to Suzie & Kendra.

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And now we'll go over to another sweet Young Booth Neighbor, Pamela... who is a Mixed Media Artist and has "Phoenix Scrapbook Store" and tons of Products for the Mixed Media and Scrapbook Artists...


She too has been tirelessly Styling her Showroom Booth and setting an Ambiance and Mood that I think you're just going to Love as much as her Inventory... it's so very warm and Inviting!  She has decoupaged the walls Beautifully...


And she too enjoys Retro Styling and has many amazing Pieces that look so darn cute in Vignettes.


Her Painted Furniture is adorable...


And she has a Passion I share for Japanese Style Lantern Lighting!


And Vintage Suitcases...


And attention to Details...


Yes, she and I are most definitely Kindred Spirits and "Get" each other... so it has been a Joy to meet and visit with these Young Dealers who are so very Sweet, Talented and enjoy Sourcing Found Treasures just like you and I do!


And the best thing is... they are offering these Treasures to those who Love them as much as we do... I'm impressed that it didn't take them as long as me to "Let Go" and step out to do this... and I'm certain that if they continue to go with their Passion and Zeal they will be Successful. 

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And I stepped over to the Cases to see some of the Retro Style behind Glass... 


I could be in trouble with so many gorgeous Vintage Tablecloths... they are most definitely my greatest weakness... *LOL*


So we won't spend too much time lusting over them shall we... *Winks*   Instead we'll head over to my Booth and see my nod to Beach Cottage Style... because I do Love the Beach and the Ocean... and it has always been a Dream of mine to one day own a Beach Cottage... or at the very least Rent one every Summer! *Smiles*  Check out this Classic Vintage Photo I Sourced quite recently...


This Fisherman just exudes the Essence of a Seafaring Lifestyle... the Pipe, ensemble and Fishing Boat is what I envision every Captain of a Fishing Vessel looking like in my Mind's Eye!  And obviously he was very good at what he does... look at the size of those Fish!!!  I can only Imagine the fascinating Back Stories that could be told of this Image & Memories captured through the eye of the lens so long ago?!?


And my Shell Collecting is Legendary... I've been doing it since Childhood... and finally I'm letting some go...  I just think they are some of Nature's most Beautiful and Unique "Housing".


And I'll be sure to keep my Booth stocked with some since I've rarely met someone who doesn't have a Shell or two somewhere in their Decor. *Winks*


Sometimes I wonder just how many Types of Shells there are?  I'm quite certain that the number is impressive though... and that many are specific and unique to different regions.  Which is why I've always made it a point to Collect some from every shore I've ever visited.


And anytime I see some for Sale at a good price I can hardly ever pass them up... Hunting for Shells whilst Junquing is almost as much Fun as Hunting for them on the Beach... ALMOST... *LOL*


Now I'll just have yet another excuse to take a Road Trip to any Beach, right? *Winks*  To keep Inventory stocked of coarse... *LOL*


And even more Nature Walks to collect Botanicals to Dry... Yes, this Venture is going to work out just dandy... *Smiles*

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



Tuesday, February 28, 2012

A Cool Man Cave ~ Brass Armadillo West


Perhaps it's the Tomboy in me, but I Love a Cool Man Cave filled with certain Mantiques just about as much as the Guys do.  And here at the new BRASS ARMADILLO WEST there are some Cool Man Cave Booths that I'm just Loving as much as The Man is!


Just about any nod to the ambiance of an Old Barn, Old Workshop, Farm Building or Old Potting Shed is enticing to me and I really enjoy the Vibe!  As an avid Gardener I fell in Love with this Old Commercial Seed Display piece!


And there's something about Old Farm Equipment, Burlap, anything constructed of Aged Barnwood and Galvanized Tin that I am definitely drawn to.


I also Love Old Signage & Vintage Advertising... I just think it's Cool and Nostalgic.


The Atmosphere of an Old Garage or Service Station is something I've always enjoyed too.  And so the Menfolk & Boys in my Life have not been the only ones to revel in such things, I dig it all too!  It is Nostalgic for me too as I remember hanging out with my Gran-Gran, Dad, Uncles, Brother, The Man, Guy Friends & Son in such places.


Now granted, I'm not going to Style the interior of my Home in such Cool Collections, but I certainly could envision a Patio or Outbuilding on our Property looking very much like these amazingly Cool Man Caves.  I would definitely enjoy hanging out around such Mantiques while assisting The Man in Constructing and Creating Rustic Elements & Furnishings out of Salvage Lumber. 


Yes, if we went on a "Pick" down the backroads and ran across some of this Stuff we'd feel as though we were on an episode of "American Pickers"! *Winks*  We'd be in our height of Glory crawling around dusty Old Barns, Sheds, Garages and Acreage seeking such Cool Rusty & Crusty Treasures to rescue and bring to the Light of day again so that they could be fully appreciated by those who enjoy such things too! *Smiles*


These are slices of Americana that need to be preserved and given new Life!


Though certainly it's not just in America that such Cool Mantiques exist... all across the Globe there are those items that Men salivate over if they have the Collecting or Junquing urge! *Winks*


And I would appreciate and also enjoy The Man Creating such a Cool Man Cave as this in one of our Outbuildings or Cottages... and seeking out those Special Treasures that enhance this type of Styling and Decor.


I'm sure I'm not the only Gal who feels this way... and I confess that I probably enjoyed visiting the Man Caves and Mantique Booths even more than I realized... because so few exist Locally and that's a shame.  But I'm delighted that this New Antique Mall has that diversity and several of the Guy Dealers are going full out and full on to Create the most amazing Spaces to Showcase this Style and offer this Inventory. 


And I'm certain that The Man and I will be stopping by often to see what Cool Old Mantiques are coming in?!


And I know it's motivating The Man and his buddies to go on some Treasure Hunts of their own and drag some Cool Mantiques back with them when they're out on their Wilderness Adventures.  Out where sometimes it takes being on Horseback or an ATV for days to arrive... and so some of the best forgotten stuff exists in those remote locations... just begging to be brought back to Civilization! 


And it's great that when he's here assisting me with my Booth he has many of the Guys to Socialize with and compare their Stories of Grand Adventures where each Treasure was accompanied by a Special Memory and a great Story!  Such as Geo {on the right} who 'scored' the Water Buffalo on a South African Safari and shared the meat with an entire Village of hungry folks who appreciated his generosity because meat was rarely available to them & a luxury saved for Special Occassions.  So often we are spoiled and take things for granted until we have experienced so much more and are reminded, learn to appreciate what we have and are Blessed with abundantly.
  

And speaking of Blessings... the G-Kid Force finally were able to come to see Gramma's Booth now that it is complete & Celebrate it with me... they had been begging to come for days... but I was spending long hours there and knew it would be too much for them, so they'd stayed Home with Grandpa impatiently waiting for the Invitation.


And in typical Childlike fashion, after yearning and begging for what must have seemed like an eternity to them to be able to come... they were there for about a minute and a half before I heard it...


"So... when are we going to Leave?" *LOL... gotta Love 'em! Smiles*  But they did stand still long enough to oblige & get some cheesy pixs taken... and Thank You Booth Neighbor Kendra for taking the Group Shot!  {BTW: Kendra & Suzie's Vintage & Retro Beach Cottage Booth right beside mine is looking AMAZING & I'll share Images when they're done moving in!!!}


  But hey, a Gramma Funky Boho Booth is about as interesting to the G-Kid Force as being at Home really since it's similar Style & stuff they've grown up around and our Lifestyle... 


So it only took them about a minute and a half to take it all in and move on... *LOL* 


 Because after all... Chuck-E-Cheese is practically right next door and I can hardly compete with an oversized Pizza offering Rat with his own Awesome Arcade!  *Winks*  Now that's a Party!!! *LOL*

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

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