Sunday, February 18, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Rustic Luxe Part IV

So, if I don't manage to get back down there this is the Finale' Post of the 'Rustic Luxe' Event at The Sweet.   I forgot I had Promised Princess T her own Girl's Day Out over the Weekend and it's looking likely we'll be Mall bound!  The Tweens do Love The Mall!  *Le Sigh*   She had initially thought about The Renaissance Festival, but it's not really her 'Thing' and spending money at The Mall sounded much more enticing to her!  *Smiles*

So my Thursday Opening Day jaunt might have been the only chance I'll get, which is Okay really.    The one thing I had to leave behind that I truly would have Loved to have been able to afford was this Taxidermy Armadillo.   I have a Showroom and Booth at 'The Brass Armadillo Antique Mall' so it seemed particularly appropriate!  *Smiles*   Alas, Dead Armadillos don't come cheaply.

And it's important for me not to go over Budget since I'm still saving up for The Young Prince's Driving Lessons.   How I'll find enough for a second vehicle and insuring it with a Teen Man Child behind the wheel is a whole other Story!  *Le Sigh*   But he does really Need to learn to drive and it will be a Blessing for me to have a second Driver in the household again.

The Man will never be able to drive again and so that makes me the Lone Ranger when it comes to providing all transportation for the Family, so I'd like one more person to be able to drive again.   To have someone else who can take anyone to their Appointments or run an errand for me would be Huge!

But the level of Driving School I want him to have is spendy and so I've been Saving Up for it so that he gets the best instruction possible.  They also go with them to take the Test and ensure they receive a License, plus my Insurance rate will be discounted for him if he takes and passes the Lessons.

It's been so long since I've done such things with a Young Adult that I just didn't have it in me to teach him how to drive either.   Not to mention they bring a Car and that will be way easier for him to learn in than my huge Nissan Titan Truck, which even an Experienced Driver sometimes has trouble handling or parking!

Plus he's aching to find Work now that he's out of School and really I don't want to be his mode of Transportation back and forth from a Job every day... that would be like having a Full Time Job outside of the Home again myself!  Not to mention Rush Hour commuting back and forth from the Rural Burbs into the City isn't exactly my Favorite thing in the whole wide World to do daily!  Nope, I'd rather be attending an Event... Winks...


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

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Rustic Luxe Part III

So, one of the other items I bought at the Event was this Deer Skull, it was a Smaller Specimen and I intend to put Vintage Millinery and Antique Bling on it.  We like Skullies around here and Dressing them up, like the Taxidermy Specimens.   The Man is an avid Hunter but he usually discarded all the bones and just brought Home the meat for us to eat.  Mostly because the time it takes to get clean and make sanitary the bones isn't a quick Process.

So when he used to go Hunting he'd leave anything behind for the Scavenger Animals to consume that we couldn't eat or use immediately.   In recent years, since his traumatic brain injury, he hasn't Hunted much at all and so it's just easier for me to buy whatever Taxidermy or Skullies I want to Decorate our Home with.  He never was a Trophy Hunter anyway, he always Hunted strictly for Food for the Family.

So I was Jazzed to get my Skully at a very reasonable price, since I wasn't exactly even trying to Source a Skully.   In fact, this Show I didn't have an Agenda for anything specific in Mind.   I'd really rather attend with no Wish List because then you sometimes overlook things you weren't looking for specifically!

No. 1 Santos Crown with Frozen Charlotte
No. 2 Santos Crown with Big Pearl

 I bought a couple of Artisan Created Santos Crowns that Designer Cynthia's Sister Creates, they are Amazing and it's so difficult to choose a favorite, so I bought two this time!  Besides, one can never have too many Santos Crowns around the house, Right?  *LOL*  

And I'm always seeking Vintage Halloween items since they are so Rare, so when I found this WWII Vintage Halloween Ring The Cat's Tail Puzzle Game I had to have it!   The Designer had several of these Games, but not all of them were Halloween Inspired.  The fact these fragile Cardboard, Brass and Glass Kid's Games still exist and were in such great shape after all these years, is Amazing!

The Succulent Displays were Awesome, this one was planted in a big Antique Rusted Metal Suitcase.   Since it had been raining the plants in the Courtyard Vignettes looked so fresh and healthy, still glistening with raindrops.

Meanwhile everything inside was a Beautiful meld of Rustic and Luxe, which can be very complimentary to one another despite being polar opposites of Style!  It can look very High End and yet Comfortable and Down to Earth with the blend of both Aesthetics.

I Loved the Upholstered Furniture that was a blend of Luxurious Leathers and Rustic Hides, like this Club Style Sofa.   I have an over-sized Armchair at Home like that which I bought many Shows ago and we just Love it. 

The Bohemian in me Loved this Vignette's Styling...

And that Vintage Industrial Time Card Holder behind the Fan was Awesome!

If I wasn't Plus Sized I would definitely add several pieces from the Boutiques into my existing Wardrobe!

But I was Content with what I did Score during this Event, very Satisfied with my Outcome and the Show will run thru Sunday Afternoon so you still have time to get there yourselves my Friends!


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

Friday, February 16, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Rustic Luxe Part II

The multi-tasking of Posts is working out quite well actually, it makes it easier for me to remember which Images I've already Shared and spread out the coverage of an Event quickly and more efficiently.  Having several apps open at the same time was easier than I thought it would be also, it made loading the Images effortless and less complicated than doing a Post at a time.

Since fixing the resolution of my pictures is so convoluted now with the new Camera, bouncing from Facebook to my Photo Archives and onto Blogger, it takes more time to do just that part.   So I've been having an Issue with not wanting to Blog as much because of it.  I think the multi-post is just the solution to stay motivated about Blogging regularly.

I like to Blog, but when the Process becomes more Complex, I find I don't do it nearly as often as when it was Simpler.   In fact, the older I get the less inclined I am to deal with Complexity and desire more Simplicity in all things.  Perhaps my already taxed Patience is waning when things become more difficult?  So I like to find solutions that make it so that what I like doesn't fall by the wayside just because it's become more Complicated and thus frustrating for me.

So, Problem Solved when I've had Event Coverage, now that I can Work upon several Posts simultaneously and not forget which Images have already been Shared and which have not?  You see, fixing resolution of every single Image means that my Photo Archives have two of every pix, the original and the FB altered one that will now interface with Blogger and be accepted.

My Dear Younger Brother, the Professional Photographer, tried to explain to me over the Phone how to fix the resolution on my actual Camera.  OMG, my Eyes glazed over during the conversation, it was like he was talking a foreign language I didn't understand or speak at all!  *LOL*   He was talking about pixels and various resolution jargon that Pro Photographers can easily grasp... and us Amateur Tech Challenged ones simply cannot fathom!  *Le Sigh*

We can't have this conversation, it's just not making any sense to me, Thanks for trying tho' Bro'!  *LOL*  I felt very similar to this at Princess T's dreaded Parent-Teacher Conferences with her various Teachers.  This year she has a different Teacher for each subject plus extra Teachers for her Special Education Tutoring Classes.   It was a lot of Teachers and they're all very Nice and so Sweet, they Care very much and are trying hard with her.  She's just not a very Good Student Academically, Bless her Heart.

I knew the Report Card was not going to be Good, but it was worse in a couple classes than I even expected, she's really struggling now in Math and Science.  Tho' her Reading has improved dramatically, that had been the worst struggle previously and now was her Best and most Passing Grade!   I was quite Proud of that progress and hard Work she'd put into her Reading to try to catch up to the other Students.

Tho' it did break my Heart when they gave me her Goal Sheet that had her answers to Questions like what are you Good at in School... and her answer was Nothing.  The only thing she said she was Good at was Talking... and her other Goal was not to Talk so much because that gets her into Trouble. *Le Sigh*  So, the only thing she Believes she's Good at she has to set a Goal to do less of!  Being good at Socializing is her Popularity Status that puts her on a more level playing field with other Students who are Good academically.

 Because she's always been in Special Ed and far behind her peers academically she thinks that she is Stupid and often says that Teachers like the Smart Kids best so she Wishes she was Smarter.   She's Embarrassed so much about not understanding and being so far behind that she fails to ask for Help, lest everyone know she's not 'getting it', even with Resource Classes.  Just being in Special Ed Classes all thru School has set her apart in many ways and no Kid wants to be thought of as 'different' in a Negative way, especially Socially and Intelligence wise.

The thing is she IS a very Intelligent Child, she's just not a Good Student Academically and she's painfully aware of that fact.  For her everything is more Work and a lot more Challenging and takes an excruciating long time to do.  She has to Work twice as hard and often still gets crappy Grades or cannot finish on time or at all.  So she's come to a place where sometimes she gives up and doesn't try at all, she sees no point if the end result is still dismal.  It doesn't Help much that Grandpa and I are Dinosaurs when it comes to Modern Education and being able to assist her with School Work!

But being the Pretty and Popular Girl has Worked for her and so Socializing has taken a higher Priority, even at School, so we're just going to have to Work on that.  We're going to have to Work upon Self-Esteem and seeing herself in a Positive Light where she is convinced she's Smart enough and just Learns a different kind of way, which is Okay.  Yes, it was another tough Conference, but I do Believe the set of Teachers she has this year are in her Corner and genuinely Like her... so that's half the battle.


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sweet Salvage ~ Rustic Luxe Part I

So, Today was the day of the Great Monthly Pilgrimage into the City to attend the SWEET SALVAGE Event, the Theme this Month was 'Rustic Luxe', which is one of my favorites.  Our inclement recent Weather broke just in time for the Rain to stop while standing in line to get in!  *Whew!*

With no longer having to make the daily trek back and forth into Beautiful Downtown Peoria's Hood for the Young Prince anymore, I had anticipated being able to revel in a total day of relaxation and 'Me Time' on my Monthly Girl's Day Out for a change! 

I had Guarded the Date on my Calendar with my Life, so that it didn't get packed with various Doctor and Dental Appointments for The Man or The G-Kid Force on this day!   I had shuffled and juggled Appointments around said Date like a Circus Performer in fact, I was so damned Proud of myself!

And you know the Old Saying about that, Pride cometh before a Fall?  Yep, to my utter chagrin, Princess T comes Home from School the other day to inform me that her Teachers had Scheduled our Parent-Teacher Conference for this Afternoon and now there's no other openings left!!!   Dammit! 

How very presumptuous of them to Schedule it FOR me without sending anything Home to find out when would be the best time for US!?!   Isn't that how they used to do it, Old School Style?!!   Now there's probably some Parent Portal I was supposed to Enter Online and be beamed up like a Star Trek Episode to some Scheduling Site on the Internet that does such things?!?

I've never entered into Parent Portal Land, don't wanna either... what if I can't get back or outta there?!?   Just the Name of it kinda freaks me out a bit... Parent Portal!  *LOL*  When you're a Grandparent still raising Young-Uns they should still pin Notes to your Kiddo or some shit you can Understand and actually Works for you!  *Winks*

So anyway, that meant another rushed Event, which didn't Thrill me since I got a good parking spot and place in line this Morning.   But it was probably Good in some ways that I didn't malinger, saunter and mosey at a leisurely pace, since merchandise that was uber Cool was Selling Out like you wouldn't Believe!

Like these Awesome Architectural Salvage Victorian Ceiling Tin Wall Vases in my Friend Shelly's space.  As I stood there Admiring them and trying to snap a few frames of the Vignette, the Yellow SOLD Signs were going up on almost ALL of them!!!   Yikes, I wanted a couple so I did manage to get out from behind the Lens long enough to snag my pair before they were Sold Out!  *Whew!!!*

I kid you not, this is what the Wall of them looked like by the time I realized I better get mine while there was still some left!!!  *Smiles*  It had been difficult enough getting some Images of the Vignette without Shoppers in Frame, so I almost hesitated too long!  *Whew!!!*  It was in fact my Favorite Vignette of the Show, Kuddos to Shelly, you Rocked it my Friend!!!

So here's my two Architectural Salvage Victorian Ceiling Tin Wall Vases at Home, not on a Wall right now, so that I can move them around where-ever. I want to also buy some slender Water Vases to tuck inside of each so that my Floral Displays will last longer, tho' these Gorgeous Blooms that came with them are doing just Fine without Water. 

I Need to find out what the plant or bush is that these little bouquets are made of, since I'd like to plant some in the Garden to use for cuttings on a regular basis.   So Pretty, Delicate and Wildflower Like in Appearance so I really like them a lot massed together in Wall Vases, it was Stunning!

Well, I'm trying something New in that I'm multi-tasking before the dreaded Parent-Teacher Conference for Princess T, and trying to Create four Blog Posts simultaneously and will Schedule them out for Posting on different days.  We'll see how that Works out for me?  *Ha ha ha*


Blessings, Love and Light from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

An Antique Art Deco Valentine's Day

What does an Old Bohemian like better than Antique Art Deco Jewelry?  Not much... and so color me Happy that it was an Antique Art Deco Valentine's Day for moi, as The Man got me two matching Antique Art Deco Bracelets at our Antique Mall's Big Valentine's Day Sale Today!  This one has a cloudy Emerald Green faceted Center Stone and Ruby Accent Stones, the Vendor let me have it 25% Off so this one was just barely over Forty bucks, Booyah!!!

This one was my favorite by a slender margin and I told The Man about the matching one, probably from the same Estate.   So he had us take a look at it and told me to just get them both, since everything in the Mall was 20% Off Today and the other one was considerably less expensive than this one so extremely affordable.

Here's the other one, that I Scored for well under Thirty Bucks!  *Booyah!*  It has Amethyst Accent Stones and has a clear deep Emerald Green faceted Center Stone that is difficult to capture the actual color of when I photograph it.  I tried every angle but it just looks so much darker in all the images than it actually is with the naked Eye.

These are set in Sterling and Gold with small Mine Cut Diamond Pave' around them.   They glisten so Beautifully in the Light, I'm mesmerized by anything Sparkly, being the Human Magpie that I am!  *Winks*   The Antique Art Deco period of Jewelry is so Bohemian, so it's among my all time Favorite Antique Bling!   The Grandson calls it the Eccentric Period of Style.  *Smiles*

Everything of the Art Deco and Art Nouveau Periods does Appeal to any of us Eccentrics of Style.  *Smiles*  I like Art Nouveau very much as well, it was very flowery and artsy as opposed to streamlined and artsy like the Art Deco Movement. However, with the Jewelry it's sometimes difficult to really nail the actual period and differentiate the two Styles and accurately date them.  So these Bracelets I'd assume to be 1920-1930 Era as my best Guestimate just based purely on Appearance.

There were actually two matching Rings, probably from the same Estate, but so small, whoever these came from was Petite and had very tiny Hands and Fingers.  The Rings were beyond Awesome too, but quite large and flashy in Style, so definitely too big to wear as Pinkie Rings and they weren't fitting on any of my other Fingers!  I was just relieved that both of these Bracelets were quite long, since I have large Wrists, so they fit with room to spare.  *Whew!*

Here's the best angle I could catch some light in the Darker Green Clear Center Stone.   I'll take these in to a Jeweler to ascertain what the Center Stones of each Bracelet actually are?   The Young Prince and I had a lot of Fun on Google trying to find similar Stones that could be a match, especially for Jewelry of that Era, but I'd like a Professional Opinion just to satiate my Curiosity.

I'm Guessing the cloudy Stone closely resembles Vintage Chrysoprage and the clear Stone closely resembles Deep Green Chrome Tourmaline.  But honestly I have no idea what they are other than I just like them and so that's good enough for me even if we never find out for sure!  *LOL*  I Hope that you too are having a Wonderful and Memorable Valentine's Day with whoever your Love is...


Blessings and Love, Happy Valentine's Day from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian 

A life touched by God always ends in touching others. - Erwin McManus

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