Thursday, April 8, 2021

Sacred Space And Finding Bliss



 I made another Tower Wall of Old Milk Crates, Four High and only Three Wide this time, due to Space constraints against that Wall.  So, this Unit was built between my Washer and Dryer that came with us from Villa Boheme', and the huge Wooden Work Bench the previous Owner left in the RV Garage.  I realized I had some very unusual Colors of Old Milk Crates from long ago defunct Dairies in Orange and Olive Green. 




  Almost all of my Old Milk Crates came with the Historic Home and had been housed for many Decades in one of the Old Outbuildings.  That Home was completely built of Salvage at the turn of the Century, so I wasn't Surprised that Old Milk Crates gleaned over the Years, along with Architectural Salvage not used on the construction of the Old House and it's Cottages and Sheds were still inside many of the Storage Buildings on the Acreage. 




Anyway, even tho' our Days are Heating Up exponentially to almost triple digits already, the Nights and Early Mornings are still quite Chilly, which is Helpful for me to get things done in the RV Garage without sweating bullets.  So, tho' everything is in the early Stages of Decorating and Styling, I want to get the Labor intensive stuff out of the way while I still can.   So, even if the Milk Crate Walls remain mostly empty of Vignettes and Books until everything is unpacked and sorted thru to see what I wanna keep and use to Display there, it's ready to receive objects.




I had this Bright Idea to cut Styrofoam Packing to fit the bottoms of the Milk Crates to make them level for Displaying Objects.  I didn't intend to leave them White of coarse, but completely forgot that Spray Paint melts Styrofoam!  *Ruh Roh!*  Yeah, luckily I tested my Cans of newly purchased Hammered Copper and Hammered Gold Rust-Oleum on a remnant first... and watched it quickly dissolve like Acid had hit it!   Fuuuuuuck!   So, there went my other Brilliant Idea to Spray Paint them in lovely Metallics and Black for Interest, Style and pleasing Contrast.  Dammit!   The Man was the one that reminded me that any Shaker Ball Spray Paints would have corrosives in them... but I had to find out for myself, Right?  *LOL*




After all, I'd Googled some shit Online and some had said it could be done!   Don't Believe everything you Google Search Online for Advice, Word Up.  *Winks*  Sure, some queries actually had evidence they'd successfully Spray Painted their Halloween Styrofoam Tombstones Blackish-Grey, but perhaps they pre-treated the Styrofoam and forgot that part?   I had read another query that said if you painted a layer of Glue on the Styrofoam you could then Spray Paint it successfully, but just the thought of me, that much Glue, and mebbe not even guaranteed Success didn't Appeal to me.  *LMAO* 




Where the Books and Photo Albums go doesn't even need Styrofoam to stabilize the Display of them.   And... small Blog Community Survey, does it really look so horribly hideous leaving the Styrofoam White and untreated, if I toss some Cut Velvet Antique Belgian Velvet Doilies here and there on top first?   There will be those of you who will be brutally Honest and say, "Dawn, it's a fucking RV Garage, so does it REALLY matter?"   You could be Right, but my OCD won't let me embrace that obvious Reality and too much White always bugs the shit out of this Colorful Gal, it's what my Eye gets annoyingly drawn to.  *LMAO* 




Now that I've spent an entire Day cutting and installing the Styrofoam, The Man's suggestion to just ditch that Brilliant Idea that didn't quite work then, and replace it with cut Cardboard I can Spray Paint, isn't sitting well with me.  I like how the Styrofoam Bases serve Purpose, I just Wish I could Paint them Black, Gold and Copper Colors to get rid of that stark White Visual that bugs me.  *Smiles*  Mebbe it will bug me less as I get used to it and move on?   Mebbe with Placement of Objects for Vignettes I won't Care or notice so much?  I'm sure nobody else Cares or is as anal about it as me?  *Bwahahahaha!*




I mean, Good Gawd, just getting my shit up off the Floor or unpacked and out of Boxes is an improvement of the Hoarded Mess I've had to endure the Optics of for an entire Year now!   So, I'm fairly certain that the Optics of some White Styrofoam is something less distressing in the Grand Scheme of things.  *Winks*  I mean, just being able to START Decorating and Styling some stuff in there motivated me to get up before Five in the Morning and take these Blog Fodder Pixs and then start this Blog Post!  So, it has been Energizing to just see things coming together rather quickly, so I'm trying not to Sweat the Small Stuff.



 

Besides, right now I'm just Playing and I might change and rearrange it all dozens of times before I decide any Vignette is gonna stay a while.   Right now I just wanted to test the overall stability of the Units I'd built and see how things would Display on top and inside of the Crates?   Yes, I'd done it before at both other Properties, so I already had an Idea of what works, but at Villa Boheme' especially, most of it was just a Display on top and the Crates inside, even on their sides, held Storage and not anything Displayed to actually enjoy.  I liked how the top turned out to Display Objects there, so here I decided I'd try utilizing the Crate interiors differently to Display stuff too.



As long as I'm having Fun with it all nothing has to be static and can constantly be a Playground actually and constantly Change.   Inside the Main Home I don't do that as much, once I get it how I like it, I leave it the Hell alone.  *Smiles*  I think part of why I fell in Love with having the Luxury of that enormous RV Garage Space, was that I knew it had unlimited potential to be a Playground for my stuff, without it cluttering up our Living Spaces.   My Showroom at the Antique Mall is similar, but due to COVID now, I don't hang out there much unless I have to... because... People.  *Le Sigh*




Don't get me Wrong, I still like People very much and have always enjoyed interacting with my Customers.  But, due to Pandemic, and not everyone respecting Social Distancing's Sacred Six Feet of my Space, or wearing their Masks properly, it can become awkward and too uncomfortably Scary for me.  Even tho' I've had both of my Vaccines, I still don't like for anyone to roll right up on me too close.  Or have their Masks under their Nose, as a Chinstrap, hanging off one Ear, in their Hand or Pocket rather than covering both their Nose and Mouth like they should be wearing it... while in Public... ALL OF THE TIME... unless eating or drinking something and sitting down away from me! 



 

And quite Honestly, I don't even wanna hafta engage with a Covidiot anymore, I've completely run out of Patience this far into a deadly Pandemic to tolerate them one iota, so I can't even be Kind to them anymore.  They fail to incite Pity and only arouse Irritation now.  And an Irritated me isn't so Lovely, I can go Ratchet Psycho Bitch on them in a Heartbeat.  I can only take so much Stupidity before I just Call it Out and banish it from my Orbit, since you can't fix Stupid.  And Lord have Mercy there's still so many of them out there, isn't there?!  Holy shit, they seem to be everywhere, at least One in every Crowd anyway!  And being Polite about it when clearly they don't give Two Shits about anyone else, is just beyond my capacity now I guess.  *LOL*





 Especially when Stupid actually assumes itself to be Smarter than the Experts and starts pontificating, Parroting from something they probably heard on Faux News or God knows what other questionable Sources they buy into rabidly and Believe almost anything, no matter how outrageous and far fetched?!  Well, what can I say except, keep your Conspiracy Theory, Lie Believing, Wingnut Extremist, Cult Devoted Radicalized Self the Hell away from me... FAR away from me. MORE than Six fucking Feet away from me, because you're a potential Danger to yourself and everyone else and a secondary Plague to this Nation.  Or else I'll tell you how I REALLY Feel!   And I raise my New Starbucks Las Vegas Ltd. Edition Mug and drink to that!  *Bwahahahaha!*




I know, Pray for me, because as I'm Aging Out, Honestly, my tolerance for BS is slim, next to none now.   I can drop people like a Rock now if they become toxic or too high maintenance to wanna endure.   Tick-Tock, The Man and I have decided it's late in our Game of Life now to put up with anyone's Bullshit no matter who they are or how long we've known them.  Start becoming problematic and you've got to go do that on your own Time and Dime, not ours... Bye-Bye, don't go away Mad, just go the fuck away, see ya.  Okay, so I don't even Care if ya go away Mad really... Truth be told, you'll just have to Get Over It on your own Time, get some Therapy or Counseling, whatever it takes... and... whatever, I just don't Care...  *Bwahahahaha!*




Right now, in the Condition the World is in, too many people just smell like too much Drama and a Headache to bother with.  I just wanna be left alone to enjoy my Zen Moments, which I protect fiercely now, Play with my Pretty Things and settle in to Forever Boheme' Blissfully, because it's something we've more than Earned the Right to.   The Man and I spent half of Yesterday in the RV Garage just doing things and then hanging out there enjoying our Home Blissfully, it felt so good.   It's become quite a Zen Sanctuary from The World and we're carving out more Space to enjoy it fully.   Sacred Space and finding Bliss is primary to us now at this Season of Life.   Perhaps it should have always been, but now it's just that much more important and a Priority.




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I do Hope you're finding your Sacred Space and Bliss too my Friends and Protect it Fiercely... Dawn... The Bohemian



18 comments:

  1. The white Styrofoam doesn’t look “hideous”, but ...... unless the cut velvet doilies cover the sides, it’s still exposed white Styrofoam. Can you cover with antique looking contact paper? Or, I dunno ... can you get really thin wood cut to size to lay down?

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    1. I know... I've been thinking if I should just cut some Vintage Lace and do a layover to cover the edge with that or tack some Vintage Trim to it? I know I'll find a solution, but right now I got nothing! *Le Sigh*

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  2. What a great use of milk grates. Very creative. Didn't know spray paint melted Styrofoam. You learn new things everyday. How about covering it with fabric. You could pick the colors you want and simple put a thumb nail in the corners to hold the fabric. Or perhaps cut felt to fit which might be cheaper than fabric? You're going to have fun filling your cubies with your goodies. Enjoy the arranging.
    Sandy's Space

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    1. I got such an enormous stash of Vintage and Antique Fabrics and Trims that I got more than enough to cover all of it and then some. I'm just trying to decide what I want to do that will most Visually Appeal to me? I'm going to percolate on it some more until I feel less conflicted, don't want to do-over any of it. *Smiles*

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  3. The white styrofoam works well. And, yeah, I get you and the color. You COULD get used to it (although you probably won't). Maybe you'll be inspired to cover them all in fabric (please don't go that far). I'm with you about covidiots and also a lower tolerance level for idiots of all stripes. I've been looking for peacock feathers for our cats and have had no luck (my niece brought them from her farm the last time she visited). I'll pop by (in my imaginary Cessna) and pick some up.

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    1. Lord do I have an enormous hoard of Peacock Feathers Mitchell, one would think I've raised them! *LOL* I did wanna get some when we bought this Mini Farm but The Man said their Haunting Cries would drive him to Madness, so he asked me if I could get over the Idea? *LOL* Besides, I don't know how long they live and if you don't put them in Cages I know they roam and could become a neighborhood nuisance by trespassing beyond our Acreage if they like the Trees my Neighbors have instead. I don't want Caged Animals, so I've resisted the urge. As for Fabric covering, I'm not sure I wanna go that far either, but Antique Tea Stained Lace I could mebbe handle? I'm waiting a while to see what I come up with in the way of viable Ideas.

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  4. I really like the white Styrofoam better than I would if you painted it dark. The white is probably bringing light reflection in the area that you'd miss if it was gone.

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    1. Yeah, that's True... but then again... it's WHITE! *LOL* I Love looking at White in OTHER people's Spaces and the French Nordic Look is a Fav, but I'm afraid I can't live with much White around me, it bothers me for some reason and I have a real aversion to Decorating with it.

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  5. my, you have some interesting stuff!

    and I don't deal with MAGAts and covidiots either; I hope they die and reduce the number of stupids!

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    1. LMAOROTF Anne Marie, you just tell it straight up GF! The thinning of that Herd wouldn't be such a bad thing and I know that sounds harsh, but Honestly, I think Natural Selection could be at Work here. We should just let the chips fall where they may if those not intelligent/disciplined enough to get thru a Pandemic without making everyone else Sick just happens to be 'Selected' to go into their Afterlife. *Winks* I wouldn't/couldn't Grieve over a person intentionally doing stupid/reckless shit succumbing to their own folly, enough good information was out there that they should have heeded and Believed instead of being part of some ridiculous Cult Sideshow/Shitshow. Well, as they say, there's a Sucker born every Minute.

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  6. Hi, Dawn....Design Master, sold by Michaels and HLobby is able to be used on styrofoam..it is acetone based so will give you a high. The metallics are fabulous and very dusty and matt finish which will photo well. Originally designed for the floral industry...there is nothing else on the market. I actually did a whole series of workshops with Design Master, and many of my projects were used for ads in in the 1980-90s for Michaels. Hope that helps!!! Sandi

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    1. Sandi THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for this important info and guidance. I have a HL and Michael's near me so I'll be off to look for this Design Master product! Online some Floral suggestions were made since apparently that industry does use a lot of Foam product and needs coverage, but nobody suggested a particular brand.

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  7. It's so pleasing to see and hear your progress in the Zen Building. Mine was my Cottage at the farm, now it's my Art Studio/Sunroom at out new cottage.

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    1. I'm so glad you have your new Zen Space to enjoy at your new Cottage Marlynne, you are such an Artistic Soul that I know it will inspire many Creations. Mine is coming together slowly but surely, it's such a large space and there is so much to get done.

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  8. Good idea about the foam to even out the crates. I see someone mentioned the Design Master paint. It's worth a check if you haven't already finished up! And as for the covidiots, I am SO on your page. I'm keeping space, too. Too many variants. Keep taking care.

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    1. I went to Michaels and bought a couple of the Design Master Spray Paints in 24K Gold and Glossy Black. It was too Windy today to see how it works, I'll test it first on some spare Styrofoam, I'm anxious to see the results, if it works then Problem Solved. As for the Covidiots, I think many of us are on the same Page about keeping our Space and not risking the Variants and Mutations that are bound to happen when 40% of the population just won't behave or Believe the Science. They will be responsible for much of the Strains that become Vaccine resistant and wreck the Health of the Nation and the stability of the Economy... they just don't seem to realize the dire consequences of their irresponsible and misguided actions. I can't understand grown Adults not having more Sense than that and Believing such outrageous Fantasies that many of them have latched onto, it's really kinda creepy that a large swath of people can be so easily misled and misinformed and hold low information over Expert advice!

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  9. I think the styrofoam looks fine as it is. Of course I'm not much of a decorator.
    We are both vaccinated and I still don't like people getting close to me. We went on a little trip in rural Oklahoma and you would never know that were was a pandemic going on. Fortunately we did lots of hiking in a deserted wildlife refuge.

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    1. LMAO at your first sentence because The Man can't understand why it even bugs me. The Variants are what concern me most when a large swath of the Population are reckless about Pandemic Protocol or defiant about doing the right thing to ensure that both the Health of the Nation and the stability of the Economy are a high priority. They will ultimately be responsible for the Variant Strains and Mutations that become Vaccine resistant and prolong this Horror, we have to get at the very least 80-90 percent participation to reach Herd Immunity, otherwise, it never happens and everyone will pay for what the Minority won't do. I have heard that Rural America is just in Denial there is a Pandemic going on. I've seen Posts and Videos on The Book of Faces that make me cringe, clearly Mitigation efforts in those areas is dismal and absent, reckless behavior being their Norm and they're Proud of it... most thinking it's some kind of bold "Political" Statement, as if a Virus even Cares who they align with in Politics, it's surreal to me that people can be just that stupid and run with such low information over Expert Advice. I think many poorly Educated people resent Experts and are suspicious that Smarter people are a threat to them and their way of Life? It seems higher Education as a demographic, is more inclined to follow the Science and be less hesitant to understand how it all works... or fails... and do the right thing even if it's the hard thing to do.

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