Sunday, August 30, 2015

So, What Does This Girl Do In Her Free Time?

I'm just kidding, I don't have any Free Time!!!  *LMAO*   But, no matter how many Irons I have in the Fire I must say that I'm still inclined to still find extra things I Imagine I NEED to do, you know?  Yes, I'm totally Insane that way!   Certifiably in fact!  *Bwahahaha*  

It's not as if a Major Move and Maintaining two Properties is quite enough for me apparently... along with daily Full Time Caregiving... Nope... I'll still find Trifles that drive me Crazy until I Fix them... you know... like some of my Taxidermy not being Pimped!   *Gasp!*

Yep, it's True... some of them had been put out without Pimping and that just would not do... and so I was on a Mission to procure some Broken Vintage Bohemian Bling for the Birds so that I wouldn't be so Fixated upon how Plain and Unadorned they looked!   So... a three dollar Goodwill Hunting broken Vintage Bling Bracelet now Adorns this one as a Necklace...

And I Found this one's Vintage Bling Applique in a box of as yet unpacked Treasures from the Old Homestead... that sit in towers of Banana Boxes halfway to the ceiling of the three car Garages waiting for me to get around to it.   But... a Girl has to have her Priorities in Order, right?  I could look at those towers of unpacked boxes of possessions for Months and not Feel the least bit bothered by them or inclined to unpack them yet.   But... walking past Unpimped Taxidermy was making me twitch and Fixate with a vengeance... having the OCD kick into overdrive until I just couldn't stand it anymore and HAD to Act!  *Smiles*

I know, Pray for me... I'm not a Well Woman clearly!  *Winks*  Because in the midst of having entirely too much to do I will still scatter my resources like I'm flinging Birdseed rather than Energy and Time around like a Crazy Person!  I will start one thing... and then another... and yet another... until I'm doing everything and nothing all at once, as The Man likes to call my Unfocused Style of getting things done.   And yet, I DO get a LOT Done, it's my completely Unorthodox and Unorganized Chaos of Doing and somehow it Works for me even tho' it looks like Utter Madness to the innocent bystander.  *LOL*

You see... it was bugging me that we only had two Rebar and European Grain Sack covered Stools for the ample Kitchen Island Breakfast Bar side.  Not only didn't they Spin, which is a requirement when you have Grandchildren... but with all the various Grandkids and... or... their Friends preferring that Spot, there was much fussing, shoving and fighting over the limited seating at the Bar!  So at least doubling the Seating helps... and my Vendor Friend Michael had a pair of these Awesome Vintage Industrial Drafting Chairs that he Negotiated a Killer Deal for me on... so... hadda have 'em!

They're very Comfortable... very Sturdy... Look Great... were a Helluva Bargain... and did I mention that they Spin?!??!  *Winks*   They also don't tip over so easily when one Kid shoves another that is perched upon a seat at the Bar!  Which happens quite often... one of those 'Givens' when you have Kiddos, they simply cannot Resist giving each other a good shove as they walk by another one Quietly sitting there innocently Enjoying something to eat!  Kiddos not crashing into Granite Counter Tops and Tile Flooring is a Good Thing... so I particularly LIKE that Feature!  *Winks*

And a Spinning Child is a Happy and Content Child... easily Amused and thus out of my Hair and NOT Tormenting me for one reason or another needing undivided Attention... which I also Enjoy immensely.   So these Chairs were a Great Investment as well as being Budget Friendly... and go with the Vintage Industrial Theme I see building in major portions of our Home now... which we're Unanimously totally diggin' as a Family!

And I decided that I Needed to Inventory ALL of my Library's Books since I now have them looking so spiffy in my New Museum Style Bookcases in this room.   So... no more Unintentional duplication when I'm Sourcing Books for my Personal Library.   Though... if I do Source a Favorite Book again that I know will Sell easily in the Showrooms, well, that's different and Intentional duplication.   Yes, Style and Decorating Books are an Easy Sell in my Showrooms so no Good Book goes to waste.   And this is in Line with my Intention of being more Organized at the New Home and less Chaotic, so I can kinda know what I have... kinda.  *Winks*

I'm also going thru my Vintage Linens, which before had been a Taboo Hoarded Collection to even THINK about Purging any of and Selling some Off!!!!!   The Letting Go of Vintage Linens in my Collection was one of the last bastions of my Self-Imposed Therapy of Learning to better Let Go of even the most Cherished of Collections so that they become more Curated and less... Hoarded!  *Winks*   Purging and Selling Off most of my Stash of Old Salvaged Doors to Pickers had been a Good Start... so on to the Vintage Tablecloth Collection I say!   Yes, can you only tell how Empowered I'm Feeling??!??!  *Ha ha ha*   This IS a Big Deal to me you see... BIG DEAL... Epic in fact!

And I Purged and Sold Off almost everything I had Displayed as a Collection in my Antique Bead Board Cabinet... so it sits completely Empty for now... awaiting a Cabinet Of Curiosities Makeover to be Displayed there instead.   In fact, I've been in no Hurry to actually FILL anything that currently lies Empty for the time being... especially Storage and Display Spaces... they will Slowly Evolve instead.

Now... one thing that IS bugging me is that I have yet to be able to hang anymore of my Taxidermy Dead Heads until I speak with my Friend Mary about how best to repair the Broken Antelope and hang everything more securely so that vibrations are a non-issue with them jumping off the Walls!?!  So... I still have a Massacre Looking Eyesore of the Carnage of Dead Heads scattered all over the Floor and Tables around the New Home.  *Le Sigh*   And Drapes that as yet cannot be hung since The Man is too unsteady up a ladder... and I'm a Vertigo Basket Case when up a ladder... Princess T is too Short to send up the Ladder of Death... and The Young Prince has a Conspiracy Theory that we might have a Plan to have him fall to his Death since he's been up the Ladder of Death so much lately?  *Bwahahahahaha!*

So there are a Host of Unfinished Projects still languishing all over the place at BOTH Properties as I Distract myself in Typical ADHD Fashion with Carefree Abandon, flitting around like a Demented Butterfly and scattering my Energy and Resources by Dreaming up even MORE shit to do!  *Ha ha ha*

Sometimes the Results are way Worth It as things begin to come together and get Done despite my Chaotic way of going about it by having several Projects going on simultaneously.   Those of you similarly Afflicted will TOTALLY relate to how this Miraculously happens and anything actually gets Done even when you have one hundred Applications Open at the same time on your Devices... or a couple dozen Projects going on at once!   Or you have a particular Destination in Mind and then Spontaneously stop five times or more somewhere else on the way and yet still manage to somehow get there and actually Arrive regardless of your Detours!  *Winks*

But even though I've been furiously Working upon BOTH Properties relentlessly... to get one set up and another one cleared out... there were other things that NEEDED to be Done... especially before the Holiday Season kicked into High Gear and Rushed up on me and caught me totally Off Guard and Unprepared!

I haven't actually been 'Pickin' and Sourcing Inventory in what seems like Ages... and though a certain amount of Junquin' Withdrawal has set in... I've staved it off somewhat by 'Pickin' the Old Property for Treasures that I'd completely Spaced Out and Forgotten we even had.   Lord have Mercy... I had an Aladdin's Cave and Treasure Trove of Objects that were right in my back yard, literally... and awaiting me to but Discover or even Re-Discover them and get them ready to either go to the New Property or Sell Off.

So.. NO... I really don't NEED to go Junquin' for the remainder of 2015 if I don't Want to or Can't... I Seriously Doubt that will happen *LOL*... but, just sayin'...  I could actually preoccupy myself for a few more Months just wading thru what we already have squirreled away.  Or didn't even know came with the Old Property when we bought it!!!  And keep opening Outbuildings and Searching every Nook and Cranny of the Property so that we don't inadvertently leave any stone unturned or any Treasure left behind when we eventually Sell the place.


I don't know exactly when I'll finally get around to being able to Create again... but I'm Hopeful that it will begin during the Holiday Season?   The Art Studio Spaces are some of the last that I'm even taking any Time to Organize and get Set Up since we don't Live in those Spaces so they're lower on the list of Priorities.   Not Creating is like Not Breathing to me tho' so I don't know how much longer I can hold my Breath and NOT Create SOMETHING??!??!?!??!?   *Winks*

Oh... and just look at what I got from my Friend Richard... a Baby Gator Letter Opener in a Leather Sheath... how stinkin' Cute and SO ME is THAT?!?   Of coarse he knew that and couldn't wait to show me and let me have it since he thought of me immediately when he Sourced it... we worked out a Sweet Deal on it and I can't say I've ever seen one so I hadda have it for my Cabinet Of Curiosities didn't I?  *Smiles*   Thanks Richard, Mwah!  SEE... I cannot even stay on Topic in a single Post... so how would anyone expect me to stay on Task with any Project?  *LOL*

And in the midst of doing a Million and One Things at both Properties... well, I had been Negligent with both Showrooms hadn't I?   They were Tragic and some Order had to be made of the Chaos in at least one of them... so we decided upon the larger one No. One-Fourteen.   Princess T and I spent two entire days in fact this Weekend overhauling that Showroom and we completed it this Afternoon... boy are we Tired and Sore!  *Whew!*

It was a LOT to do since I hadn't done a damned thing in either Room in eons it seems and my Sales certainly reflected that Truth!  *Le Sigh*   But The Magic began to happen the moment we began the Transformation... and we'd finish a Vignette only to have it 'Picked' by Customers immediately... and so then we'd make another... and another.  *Yay!*   Yes, for Example, there had been an Antique Chair all of this was Styled upon, but it SOLD before we could even snap a pix of it!

And Styling everything or Photographing a room without getting Customers in Frame did prove to be a particular Challenge.  Sometimes we just had to leave the room until everyone cleared out and we could get back to Work because it just became too crowded in there.  Funny how when you're Working on stuff People get so CURIOUS and it draws them like Moths to a Flame!   Even the carts laden with Product were being pawed thru and it's All Good... so the first day we spent NINE Hours at it!  *Whew*

And then Today we brought in replacements for the Halloween and Garden Style Rusty and Crusty Elements that were flying out the doors as fast as we could Style with them the first day!   Yes, when you Work it then it will work... I know that Fact, but I don't always have or make the Time to get in there like I should to keep things Energized and the Bottom Line Solid.   But, it's on the top of the Priority List now that at least one Showroom is back on track and in Order.

I also Vowed not to Sell Out or Compromise my Aesthetic EVER AGAIN in this Showroom and only bring in what I want to and Love to Style with and Sell... and not just cater to the demographic and what just Sells and I HATE carrying.   I know, it was a big Leap for me because if rubber dog turds are Selling then it's really, really hard NOT to Sell rubber dog turds to the People isn't it?   I mean, Crap Sells more often than I like to admit it... and Quality Merchandise and what has Value as a Collectible, Salvage, Art, Vintage Item or Antique can languish if there is no Demand for it... it's just Retail Suicide not to pay attention to that Fact.   But I LOATHE carrying what I wouldn't want or wouldn't buy for myself and so I have decided NOT TO even Source it regardless of how much of it would Sell fast.

I'll Clue you in Later if this was a Mistake or not... but at the very Least it's making me be in a better Head Space... Feel ever so much better and I've always Hated being a Sell Out and Compromising my own Aesthetic even more than not making Money, you know?   I already Like being in my Showroom more now that there's no Selling Out setting around to remind me that I'd Sold Out and had to get back to Center!  *Ha ha ha*  Now... Showroom One-Thirty-Three is another matter... but eventually that too shall receive a complete Transformation and Infusion of Eclectic Boheme' to replace any rubber dog turd Inventory still stinkin' up the place and making me Feel like Crap to be around it or Feeling like I have to supply it to make Bank!  *LMAO*


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


  1. Phew…sometimes I think we are brain clones…cause I read your entire posts and so understand where you are coming/going/looping from/around, and it isn't the least confusing, yikes! Love the look, and dog turds I do understand. I closed my shop because I refused to sell imported kitsch, in order to make rent! Love your posts!~

  2. Dawn......I stop by here often as you know. I can't remember where your little shops are. Can you please stop by my blog and let me know. I know you are in the process of relocating in our city and your spot looks yummy. Actually I am interested in the red Chinese Lantern you are showing in one of your photos. Will you please let me know how I can purchase this from you.j



    1. Hi Jo, I'm at the Brass Armadillo West in Goodyear, Showrooms 114 and 133... alas the Red Lantern is for Display and not for Sale... so hard to come by the good ones and I did Sell most of mine and that is the last one left so I want to keep it. Dawn... The Bohemian

  3. Chris and I will be more than happy to come over to hang the taxidermy mounts and the drapes whenever you are ready. :)

    1. Oh you are such a Sweetheart and I'd love for you to be able to come see the New Home! I'll give you a call tomorrow and we'll set something up! Thanks my Friend... Dawn... The Bohemian

  4. Well you are creating with your vignettes you are styling thru our your house and booths!


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