Monday, January 22, 2018

Current Obsession ~ Zen Air Plant Tablescapes

So, my current Obsession is Decorating with Air Plants... both Living and Faux specimens, of which it's almost impossible to tell the difference even if you touch them, and so Princess T mists them all when she's watering them for me.  *LOL*

I have a combo of The Real Deal and Faux just because in some areas of the Home there is not sufficient Natural nor Fluorescent Lighting for them to thrive in areas that I still want the Look.   Also, when fleshing out a Vignette, until I can procure all the Specimens and Species of Living Plants that we want to Collect, the Faux are good fillers because they look as Real as the Living ones!

We Love these hardy little easy care Plants and The Force have shown more of an Interest in these Plants than any other we've ever had, so they Like to take Care of them.   The Faux Succulents look more fake, but I don't Care, I Liked their little Planters and they were Cheap.  So it got the Look I was going for quickly and inexpensively... quick and cheap sometimes Works for me.  *Smiles*

Tablescaping with Plants or Flowers is something I've always Enjoyed doing, I prefer a Home to have lots of Greenery, preferably of Living Plants.  However, that said, Arizona being a Desert, Indoor Plants in this dry environment require too much Care or don't last long.  I don't like things continually dying off or being spent prematurely as in the case of cut Flower Bouquets.

If an Indoor Plant isn't thriving it just doesn't Look Good either and yet I never have the Heart to throw anything still Alive away, it's seems somehow Cruel to me, even if it's now hideous.   So I have had Indoor Plants in the Past that hung on... and had mebbe a single Leaf, among the many Dead Leaves, and were quite pitiful... but I couldn't just discard them!   Some did spring back to Life and look presentable, but it was so much Work and Patience!

I definitely don't Need more Work and I'm rather short in the Patience Dept. too, so enter The Air Plant, which thrives on practically just Air and with sporadic Mistings!   I've done well with Succulents of the Living varieties in the Past and not fakes like I've exclusively got right now.  But my fixation is more upon the Air Plant Species at the moment.  They are much easier and more Interesting to me than Succulents right now.

Besides, you do not have to Plant Air Plants at all, you just lay them in or on whatever you want, which makes them way more versatile for Styling options.  Succulents and Cacti are hardy but they require permanent Planting and Soil... these Air Plants do NOT... and so you can stick them in or on almost anything for an Amazing Surreal Look.

I have put mine in and on a variety of things including Shells, Spheres, Driftwood, and various Planters I particularly like the Look of.  I currently have one large shallow Cement Square Tray Planter that I want to put some more in and sought to find for Weeks!!!   I had a hard time Sourcing my flat and shallow Planter Look that I envisioned in my Head and couldn't locate anywhere.  So when I finally found them I bought two in various sizes.

via: Pinterest

I haven't yet Suspended any, but I will eventually in the Meditation Room... I know you've probably all seen the Pinterest pixs of them looking like Jellyfish suspended out of Seashells or Sea Urchins or hanging in Glass Globes.  I have the Glass Globes but I just Nest them right now in or on things and not hanging up anywhere yet.  I would like to do this Jellyfish Look in similar Zen Styling in my Meditation Room somewhere so this is my Inspiration Image.

I recently found this Faux Air Plant and Succulent Wreath for our Front Door on Sale at a Local Craft Store, the last one they had left so I was fortunate to procure it before it Sold Out.   So I am Suspecting I am not the only one with a current Obsession for this Look and these Plants?!?  *Winks*   I'm Glad they are On Trend so I can more easily Source them too, it had been difficult at first when few knew what they even were so had no Idea what I was talking about.

via: Pinterest

The Living Vertical Wall of Succulents very much Appeals to me too, but more for Outside since Inside I wouldn't think them to be at all practical due to watering necessities to keep them Healthy.   It is very Artistic and a Visually Appealing Botanical Style that I might get around to Creating for our Inner Courtyard once I obtain sufficient shade for it via a Pergola.  Yes, in my perpetual Love-Hate Relationship with New Villa Boheme' I'm back to perhaps Investing in the Pergolas since I may have to be here quite a while.  *LOL*

via: Pinterest

Besides, who wouldn't want a Look like this against the Walls of their Courtyard?  And it would be a good Selling Point besides, since long range that would be my eventual intention... at least for now... who knows?!!!  I might fall so Madly in Love with this place when I'm done with it you wouldn't be able to relocate me without Protest and an Eviction Notice?!?  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!*

via: Pinterest

Besides, if I got completely carried away with Succulent Wall Art like this, how in the Hell would you take something like that WITH you when you depart, right?!    And how would you Feel about leaving it behind for someone else to Enjoy even if they Ponied Up on the Ask Price to ensure it conveyed with the Sale?   I'm stingy and selfish sometimes, in that if I've Created something that is a total Labor of Love, and turns out beyond Awesome, it could be a Keeper!?   Oh, who am I kidding, anything can be Had for the Right Price!!!   *Ha ha ha*

I've often thought, what IF our Home turns out to be Living The Dream once we're Done with it and get everything Just So to where it's our very Essence... at what tipping point would the Price be too Tempting to reject?   Humnnnn... Interesting thought since we're already all the time having Realtors calling us saying they have a Client that wants this Home, will we Sell it?  I just have nowhere to go right now that is Better... but I could be Tempted to be temporarily Homeless for the Right Ridiculously Inflated Price I suppose??!   *Bwahahahahahaha!!!* 

But until this is closer to the Million Dollar Listing rather than the Half Mil Listing it currently is comping for... I'll sit tight and let the equity climb, we got it for a Killer Deal so we can only make money.  And since that was the only reason I bought a Luxury Home in the first place, as an Investment and to finalize Adoption of my Grandkids, when there was blood in the streets for that particular Market and Fantastic Deals abounded, which already isn't so Soft a Market anymore... it's already Served it's initial Purpose.   And I'll just concentrate on Collecting Air Plants and playing with them, because little decisions sure are easier than big ones right now... and I'm saving those big decisions for when it just Feels like the Right Timing and Opportunity for another Big Life Change.


Blessings, Love and Peace from the Arizona Desert

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...


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.


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.


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

Is what I'm about to say an improvement on silence? ~ Galen Pearl