Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Green Acres ~ Part II

















So, here we are back at SWEET SALVAGE, not because I managed to make it back on the final day of the Show, since I have to Work on Sundays, but I had Thankfully taken loads of Images on Opening Day to Share here in the Land of Blog for you!   You know why I particularly enjoy the Themed Events?  Because each Theme puts me in a different State of Mind, which makes it more cohesive than no Theme at all, which for me can become Sensory Overload otherwise.   With this Month's Theme being "Green Acres" it put me in that Farmhouse and Garden Vibe that is evocative of Spring for me.   Yes, I know Farmhouses and Gardening isn't a "Season" per se and encompasses all Seasons really.   But for me, all the Greenery, all of the Rustic Simplicity and Charm of the Style of Farmhouse Living, just makes me think of Springtime.  Even tho' Winter in the Desert is Mild and actually pretty damned Idyllic Weather-wise compared to the rest of the Country, there's something about Spring that makes it my 2nd Favorite Season behind Autumn, which is my Favorite.  Everything will Bloom, everything Living will be reproducing and Fresh Beginnings will be evident everywhere!   After the virtual dormancy of Winter, that is refreshing and exciting as everything Springs to Life... which is mebbe why they named it Spring?  *Winks*  There will be some more Posts coming of the Event, which runs thru this Afternoon, since I managed to get back twice on Opening Day and really concentrate on my Photography and Coverage after I Scored my Treasures... so Enjoy my Friends...

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

Henna Time













So Princess T and I set out for a Girl's Day Out Saturday Morning, we intended to stop by SWEET SALVAGE and shop, but it was so busy there was no parking so we opted instead to go to Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and have some Henna Time!  We had our Favorite Henna Artist at The Henna Shoppe do our Mehndi, had a nice meal at the Food Court and then headed for JOHNNY WAS since that's my Favorite Designer Clothing Shop at that Mall.   It had to be a mail order due to my size, but I'm getting the above Johnny Was Meri Deep Purple Velvet Embroidered Tunic Jacket... it's Amazing and perfectly Urban Bohemian!  I also picked up a Book at Johnny Was called "Collected Living With The Things You Love" by Fritz Karch and Rebecca Robertson.    It was a good day with Quality Girl Time hanging out with my Grand-Daughter.

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Green Acres Event ~ Part I



So it was time once again to make the pilgrimage to SWEET SALVAGE for this Month's Themed Event which was "Green Acres".   I was the very first person in line this Month and spent an enjoyable time in line talking with persons No. 2 and No. 3 in line, who are a delightful Mother and Daughter I've met before during previous Events.  You get to meet and get to know many like minded Souls at these Events.  The Mother and Daughter we scouting to source items for decor at the Daughter's upcoming Wedding in the Spring.   Spring Weddings, there's nothing quite like them, The Man and I got Married in the Spring, the same Month this Young Lady will get Married actually.   Above is the one item I would have Loved to bring Home but wasn't within budget... alas... his name was Blue, I was Blue I couldn't have him!  *LOL*




I had no Agenda this Show and very little time to actually Cover it before having to hastily leave to go pick The Young Prince up from School.  So on the first go round I only bought an inexpensive Decorating Book and quickly got thru checkout so I could get back to Peoria in time to retrieve him!  I had only spent six bucks... I was very briefly Proud of my incredible Restraint! *Ha ha ha*  But I unceremoniously dumped him off and went back, the day was Glorious Weather and I was intent on having my full Girl's Day Out this time.  Besides there was something I'd been Jonesin' for lustfully for a couple of Months worth of Shows and I was waffling on whether or not to spring for it?   You know how it is when you're waffling and Wanting... desperately... to Possess something?  For me this means almost having a forbidden Love Affair with it before the actual Commitment... to Purchase... fondling, photographing, picking it up and putting it back down numerous times while wrestling with whether or not to Go For the indulgence?!?




It was my Friend Michelle's piece and my struggle was evident... she knew I Wanted it, she had said it was tempting to keep it herself... I actually applaud her for being able to let it go... I couldn't have!   So she's a better Woman than I as far as The Industry goes... I tend to Keep the really Choice Finds I cannot manage to part with so it's a good thing I don't do this for an actual Living!  *LOL*   So, Yes, the Cloche with the Ex Votos is now Mine all Mine!!!  I Loved everything about it, the Black Base is Ideal for my Aesthetic and everything looks more Important under Glass so who doesn't J'Adore a Cloche Display?!?  Ex Votos are Magnificent, I don't think I've ever seen any I don't Love so having an Instant Collection of them mounted at varying heights under Glass, well, Booyah!!! 





You might even recall it from my previous encounters at other Events, I kept Hoping it wouldn't Sell until I could Save up for it and bail it out.  No, it was rather like I was building up a dowry to procure it before someone else took it to be theirs now and forever!   *Bwahahahahaha!!!*  I couldn't risk passing on it for yet another Event lest the Odds begin not to be in my favor so I sprung for it after briefly wrestling with myself... should I... or shouldn't I this time?  I knew that if I passed yet again and ever so reluctantly and petulantly, if it was gone by the next Show I'd Forever regret NOT buying it, so... there ya go... that and a couple Decor Books was all I came Home with this Event, but that was more than enough!   I got both Books for a fraction of the List Price too so Color me Happy!




In fact, the Sourcing of good Decor Books that I didn't yet have seemed to be the Order of the day, since I had found a couple more while trawling for Treasures, I paid a Quarter apiece for those!   With List pricing being between $25 and $40 apiece for every Book, had I bought them for full Retail at a Bookstore, well, the Savings was more than Significant and I just Love Books!  I do well with re-sale of good quality popular Decor Books in my spaces at the Antique Mall so even if I don't Keep them indefinitely, it's a good Investment for a variety of reasons... and the Inspiration is Priceless of coarse!    I did also Source some Books specifically for Re-Sale in my Spaces, such as some Local Yearbooks from just a couple years ago of Valley High Schools... brand new and not autographed... pristine condition!  So, if someone didn't get their Yearbook that year, their Lucky day will be walking into my Showroom #114 for that second chance to own it!




Of coarse whenever I enter the Boutique area I am bound to Lust after some Bohemian Bling, that's a Given.  *LOL*    I happened to really dig this Mourning Image of a Beloved Dog that my Talented Friend Cyndie of VINTAGE ENVY had Created.   In fact Cyndie always has Creations I J'Adore so there were more than just a couple during this Event that were serious contenders had I possessed the Budget to really splurge... alas, I did not, so I just had to Look and Behold... dammit!   *Smiles*   I know, it's not as if I don't possess a shitload of Fabulous Bohemian Bling already, including several of Cyndie's Creations, but can a Gal ever have enough or too much Bling... I think not!!!




So then here are two Antique Reliquary Necklaces I just Loved, I already have one of Cyndie's Black Madonna Reliquaries but I still like the one on the left too.   But the one I was seriously Lusting after was the Meerschaum Madonna and Child which had so much detail in the carving of it that it was Insane!   That one really should be Mine all Mine... I might have put my Mojo all over it to ensure it could be... just sayin'... since I've been known to do that... Winks!!!  Besides, it probably wouldn't suit you at all... so buy something else will ya?  *Ha ha ha*  Anyway, No, I had to come away with NO Bohemian Bling this Event, but I had my Ex Votos in Cloche so it was all Good and I'd tapped out the discretionary spending budget completely!  *LMAO*




So when I'd come back and procured my Cloche of Ex Votos, I was pretty much relegated to just Window Shopping after that.   Not that it's a bad thing here, you get all that Inspiration Gratis... all that Eye Candy at no extra charge... Imagining what you could Transform your Nest into is part of the Charm actually.   What will you decide to actually spring for in order to Feather your Nest?   You hear people in line discussing that while waiting for the doors to open.  Some have definite Agendas and Mission Statements for what they're looking for, some won't know it 'til they see it what might come Home with them?   The Thrill Of The Hunt is what drives us all I would suspect?  This isn't like your big box stores where mass produced items are so very predictable and you know exactly what they carry you see.   No, here you won't know what lies behind those doors until they are opened and we all descend upon it!




With Valentine's Day on the near Horizon if you were seeking something Romantic and possibly Nostalgic and Unique, there were OOAK Heart Creations from Vintage Fabrics, Lace, Vintage Jewelry, Millinery and even Old Photos.  I particularly liked this one, though the Lacy ones with Vintage Bling were catching my Magpie Eye like you wouldn't believe... sparkling always attracts us Human Magpies, we almost cannot resist it!    Further down in this Post you'll see one of the Lace and Bling Fabric Heart Creations.   I don't Decorate much for Valentine's Day and I don't even know Why since Romantic Decor looks so luscious that you'd think I would jump at the opportunity to!   Of coarse mebbe it's just too soon after the other Holidays and since I've still got Fabric Pumpkins out and all Christmas Decor still up, including our Trees, mebbe one more Holiday's Decor thrown into the mix would just be Too Much, even for me!?!?!??!?!  *Bwahahahaha!*




Yes, it's True, I might not have all the previous Holiday Decor put away in time for Valentine's Day, you just never know, I haven't had a whole lotta ambition to take things down and put them away into Seasonal Storage this year.   Mebbe becoz I cannot really get to Seasonal Storage containers and their area given the condition of the Hoarded Garages which are still one Hot Mess!   We met our New Nice Neighbor who just moved in across the Street in the big Manse.   An Adorable Young East Indian Couple from Cali who are very Friendly and Personable... so unlike most in Subdivision Hell so it's a refreshing improvement to the area!   I joked with the Husband that he better not get his Garage in Order before I do since he just moved in last week and I'm three years in and it's still a Hot Mess... he laughed... I laughed, he will very likely beat me in squaring his excess away first!   In fact, his already looks WAY better than mine will probably look by the end of Spring at this rate!  *LOL*  Of coarse I consoled myself by the fact they only have two Dogs... so far less distractions at Home!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*




And speaking of what People have at Home... in the way of Animals, I was still Blue about not being able to afford Blue the Ram Mount.   Yes, I would have really, really, really liked to have possessed this since it would have been the Perfect opposite to my Black Ram Mount in the Meditation Room!  Yes, they would have been the Yin and Yang of Ram Mounts complimentary to one another by their complete opposite Black and White dualism.   Interconnected and interdependent in the Natural World... but for now I only have my Dark Ram and not my Light one for the Yin-Yang Effect I'd like to Display in similar Species.   Okay, mebbe it's not so Deep as all that, mebbe I just Want both and that sounded like it would Justify a 2nd purchase of a Sheep or Goat Head, I dunno?   I can come up with some pretty creative and convincing stories tho', huh?!?  Did you buy into it?!   *Bwahahahaha!*




The Man usually does but only because he's usually completely Clueless as to Why and for what Purpose do I do anything really?!?!??!?!?  *LMAO*   He doesn't even try to fathom the depths of my alleged Logic for Why I do what I do and if there is any Real Purpose to any of it?   Sometimes I'm completely Clueless myself I ain't gonna lie, sometimes it's all rather spontaneous and visceral with not a whole lot of Thought Process so it's not all that Deep nor Profound.  *Ha ha ha*    And besides, by now I bet you've been Wondering exactly what Books I happened to Score... well... have you?  Okay so here's the List of what I Sourced on this Epic Book Score for this Week to add to my substantial Decorating Book Library:




The Romantic Prairie Cookbook by Fifi O'Neill

Apartment Therapy's Big Book Of Small, Cool Spaces by Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan

Beautiful Death Art Of The Cemetery by David Robinson

Creating The French Look by Annie Sloan

Mystical Mandalas Coloring Book {OK, not a Decor Book but I Love the Adult Coloring Books and own many}




And here's that Lace and Bling Fabric Heart I told you about earlier in the Post, there were several of these, each OOAK and quite Fabulous... sure beats a box of Chocolates.  Well, mebbe for me anyway since I can't eat Chocolates... and Chocolate, even the smell of it, has made me nauseous since I was a Child so I've just never eaten it.   This would last way longer than a box of Chocolates anyway so if you're unsure of what to give to your Lady, may I suggest one of these instead?  *Winks*   Well, it's late and Princess T wants me to take her to the Fancy East Side Mall in the Morning to go get Henna Mehndi done together again. 





 She cleaned her room for our visiting Relatives to take the Whole House Tour without Shame... and since that was such a gargantuan Project of Epic proportions that took literally days to culminate she figures she deserves some kind of Reward for tackling it!  *Ha ha ha*  She can even actually sleep in her Bed now it's cleared of clutter, tho' I doubt she actually will since she has extreme Anxiety about Upstairs after Dark.  Go figure, even tho' this Home ain't Haunted like the Old One that didn't bother her at all!  But at least I don't have to risk falling and breaking a hip to enter into what used to resemble the bowels of Tween Hell, so it is worth something!  *Smiles*   And The Young Prince is Grounded until at least Tuesday, but we won't even get into all that Epic Drama that unfolded The Day After my Lovely Zen Day.




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

Friday, January 19, 2018

Objectivity



We had extended Family come for a nice visit, The Man's Older Brother and Wife, it was really nice to see them again since it had been quite a while so we all had a lot of catching up to do.  Our weather here in Arizona has also been Sublime lately so it's Ideal for any Wintering Visitors to our State... I Love Arizona in the Autumn and Winter especially... so does every Tourist visiting!!!  *Winks*  They really loved New Villa Boheme' and of coarse we went to see the Old Homestead so they could see what the New Owner is doing to do a complete Restoration.  Since I value my Brother-In-Law's input about Real Estate Investing, he wanted to also go see that Old Property I'd found for Sale and give me an objective opinion about it.  It's difficult to have objectivity when you've fallen in Lust with a place, so it's always good to discuss it with someone you Trust who can look at it all through objective Eyes, emotions aside.  *Smiles*




It's not like he didn't appreciate the Vision and what he saw either, he could see the multitude of possibilities and potential as well.  But he could also see the extent of the Work needed, since he's had substantial Contracting Experience.  So we were rather going over it all again with a fine tooth comb, but objectively this time, finding all the potential flaws that are bound to come up in any fixer-upper situation and especially in a Historic Property, where Code and Condition can be quite different from Today's Standards.   Yes, they built them to last and usually with Superior Craftsmanship, but once a Property is about a Century Old, well, it's had a substantial run and endured a lot throughout it's long History too.  The Barn doesn't need a lot of anything... it's probably my Favorite Structure on the Property actually and man what I could do with a place like that!  *LOL*  The timbers are all in good shape and no structural problems with it, so just putting doors on it would be enough, since I'd utilize it differently than a Farmer or Rancher might have in the Past.




Can't help but Love the enormous Old Enamel Signage left up as Insulation, Junquer than I am that is just a Bonus piece left behind, right?  *Winks*  Yes, a piece like that could fetch a tidy amount at the Antique Mall, but Truth be told, when I've bought Old Properties and something came with it that has Local History, I've usually kept it with the Property as the Right thing to do.  The local History of this permanently Closed establishment was that it was a Cool Local Dive with a great Bartender and decent online reviews.   Too bad places like that are continuously closing down... I Like a Good Dive establishment with Friendly competent Staff, reasonable prices, ties to the Community, good Grub and Refreshments.  Not everything has to be a Mega Franchise in a Neighborhood and it's usually the Little Hole In The Wall places that all the Locals frequent anyway.




The Man was delighted to have his Big Brother visiting and reminiscing about everything we've all done in the Past... Sharing History with anyone is something that is Priceless.  They've Shared a Lifetime of History being Brothers so you can't match that.   The Man was a Good Sport about going back to the Historic Property his Wifey Dear was Lusting after since I first discovered it.  *LOL*   Oh Lord Baby Jesus I think he was actually Praying his Brother would find too much wrong with it to deter me from tenaciously wanting to Go for it!?  *LMAO*  Honestly, I didn't think he had much to worry about, Lusting After something is entirely different than the Logistics of buying and Investing when it comes to Real Estate.  I've Lusted after many a Property in this Lifetime, I haven't wanted to buy nor Invest in the vast majority of them.  Though my Imaginings can run pretty rampantly Wild, I always want some objectivity to keep things Grounded to Reality and not the Fantasy!  *Smiles*




This time I was in Inspection Mode Eyeballing the place with intense scrutiny and a more Skilled Inspector of Real Estate who would tell me exactly what I Needed to hear and not just what I Wanted to hear, that's crucial.  I know what I know... and I don't know what I don't know... I have no delusions about that so I always try to get advice from people who know more than I do about whatever it is I'm considering.   It was relentlessly scrutinized from the Exterior, since we hadn't wanted to bother the Realtor with an Interior Inspection unless I was a Serious potential Buyer.  I don't like my valuable Time wasted and so I always try to be considerate not to waste anyone else's either.  Plus, Realtors representing the Seller are rather like Used Car Salesmen IMO so I am not apt to want to be talked into something I'm already Lustful about.  *Bwahahahaha!*  The Adobe brick does have some stress cracks in areas, which isn't unusual for a Mud and Straw composite.  But hey, Montezuma's Castle has lasted for CENTURIES and so has a lot of Adobe structures, if you keep the Rain from melting them with a good covering, you could have a dwelling that is damned near Eternal.  Those double French Doors are going into the Master Bedroom and you can see the Fireplace Chimney Stack, the interior Fireplace is Adobe brick and quite large in the Boudoir.






The Pool's Tala Vera Tile is in good shape but I'd imagine the Pool would need resurfacing.   The Man didn't like that it's right out front of the house, but when you have that much Property acreage around it and no damned Zoning restrictions or HOA on a Homestead telling you what you can and cannot do, you can have it any damned place you Wish!  *LOL*   Personally I'd just put up a nice Wrought Iron Safety Fence around it and Enjoy that you could view the Kiddos Swimming and Playing from your Kitchen or Living Room Windows and easily keep an Eye on them and an Ear out for them.   I have no problems with the location of the Pool... and it's a very nice sized Pool with a nice shape and a small Adobe Wall matching the house around the Pool's operational mechanisms over near a Fire Pit.   Cheaper to restore a nice Pool than to build a brand new one, that's for sure.




Though there is not much original vegetation left on the property except for this Gorgeous Huge Ancient Tamarack Tree, several Mature Palm Trees and some lush Vines clinging to the Main House, I don't Care.  I would rather have a blank canvas to work with when I'm Landscaping than to be having to take things out or replace them.   Plenty of room on this Acreage for a Huge Greenhouse or Conservatory and substantial Victory Garden that could grow everything you would Need.   I'm fairly certain it's still zoned for Livestock and is probably Grandfathered, not that I'm interested in becoming a Farmer, but I would like Peacocks.  *Ha ha ha*   Anyway, that's the Dreamer in me speaking now, The Man was raising Eyebrows about Peacocks and Conservatories, he knows how carried away I can get on the Canvas of my Imagination!  *Smiles*   Luckily my Brother-In-Law is a Visionary and a Dreamer too so he and I were having quite the Talk about what COULD BE... it was getting way out of hand but Fun!  Farmer's Market, Barn Sales Monthly, Flea Market on the Premises... *LMAO* 




By now The Man is probably thinking, Why did I think it a good Idea to put these two together and just Magnify her Visions so that now they're Epic and Fantasyscapes on Steroids?!?  *Bwahahahahaha!*  The Brother-In-Law and I were building Family Compounds, whose Homes would go where, Vacation Rental Cabins... yeah, I know, we just like to Imagine ALL of the Possibilities even if we're not at all Serious, what can I say?  *Winks*   He's actually built up and Sold very Successful Businesses so it's not like he's just a Dreamer like me, he could make it happen if it were the right situation to Invest in.   But we both agreed, this would be a Project best left to the Younger Visionaries and not just the Young at Heart.  You wouldn't know it to look at him since he's in Amazing Shape, but he's in his Seventies already and the Big Projects just aren't as enticing to them anymore either at the Season of Life we're all in.  *Smiles*




We did find out that what I had thought to be an attached Laundry Room to the Work Hand's Cottage {front Porch seen here facing said Room} is actually a Walk-In Cooler and insulated as such.    And it sure was Fun to Imagine putting The Young Prince up in this little Cottage once it would be Remodeled, since it is way less intrusive to have an Adult Child living in Outbuildings on your Property than under your roof.  We Enjoyed that Benefit for years at our Old Homestead since we had several Cottages on the back half of the Acreage and Family did often Live in some of them when they either Needed a place or were there to Help us out.   And Storage, let us not forget how Important that aspect is to us Hoarders of Beautiful things, are in the Industry of Selling Found Treasures, or those of us with Adult Children who sometimes ask Mom and Dad if they can store their stuff at your place?!?  *LOL*




Getting photos of the interior proved to be Challenging since the Windows were dirty and that older wavy glass, so I only managed this one that turned out and I'm reflected in it.   I hadn't seen that some of the House already had Original Hardwood Floors, placed at an angle diagonally which I really Liked.   Funky Jewel Tone Old Hippie Wall Colors were only in a room or two... but I'm a Funky Jewel Tone Lovin' Old Hippie so no big deal there.  The enormous timber Vigas support beams going across the Living Room Ceiling and tongue in groove Wood ceilings were all painted White.   I liked this Territorial Style Adobe Home very much, but it is not for us... alas... and I only Pray some other Restoration Inspired Buyer claims it and Saves it before some greedy Developer destroys it.




And a huge Thank You to my Brother-In-Law for being the Voice of Objectivity and Reason, it was Appreciated more than you know and now I can have a Peace about NOT buying that Lovely Old Homestead and allowing it to pass into other hands.  Not that the Lust is entirely satiated... but you know how us Lovers and Rescuers Of Old just can't get those kinds of places completely off our Hearts and Minds.  *Winks*   Safe Travels to our Family as they continue on their Journey now...   And No, The Man wasn't pissed, he just gets very Anxious and a bit agitated now when he's photographed after the TBI. 

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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)

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