Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The Arrangement



The Arrangement around here is that I Love to Style but I Hate to Clean... so I couldn't wait to do my Arrangement of the New Display Case, even tho' there was a tonnage of housework laying about being procrastinated and retracted!  *LOL*  I was like a Kid with a new toy when I FINALLY got my Antique Barrister Bookcase to Display and Arrange my Cabinet of Curiosities and Oddities in, I couldn't wait to get to it... unlike said housework!  You see, I'm like that Kid that abhors Cleaning their room but will spend endless hours foofing random shit happily!  *Smiles*




So... said Case looks Awesome... rest of Home, not so much!  Tho' I did Clean the Hallway it's in, just to Stage the Photo Shoot to Reveal how far I've gotten in filling up the new Cabinet.   It's not done yet, I'll be arranging and rearranging things endlessly for a while until it finally comes together the way I like it best.   But for now you get the gist of what it will be Displaying of many years of Strange Stuff I like to Collect and Style our Home with.   I have never had a Curiosity Display that didn't attract Interest when anyone comes to visit, Humans basically have a Curious Nature.  How they Feel about the Strange Stuff will vary, but they will Feel something and that's the point!




I've said it numerous times before, but it has always been my Desire, since Childhood, to have a Home as Interesting and Fascinating as The Addams Family Sitcom Home.  So when I find anything Peculiar, Interesting or Macabre I usually pick it up if it's within budget.   Items in Nature and Botanical Specimens also Appeal to me strongly and I like Decorating with them too and adding them to the mix.




 Along with items that signify various Belief Systems of Mankind, which were always my earliest Collections, since Beliefs and Spirituality around the World are Fascinating and Interesting to me.  How Mankind Worships, relates to and interacts with the Spiritual World that we cannot see is evident in every Culture on the Planet.  I find this to be no mere coincidence and something I've sought to have more of a deeper Understanding of and mutual Respect for.





Speaking of Spirit, a Spirit Orb showed up in this Image right after I was done, Critiquing my Work perhaps?  *Smiles*  It hovered around the Cabinet for a while and was a bright enough one to be seen with the naked Eye, sometimes you can't see them but they'll Photograph nicely.   We co-exist with the Spirit World effortlessly, since I grew up to Respect it exists all around us.  Since both my Mother and Father's Cultures have Great Respect for the Essence that is Spirit, in Living Form or that which has Crossed Over to the other side, it's not unusual to us to sense Spirit presence and the Essence of a Living thing's Spirit as well.  That aspect too is Fascinating to me, how Cultural viewpoints have an impact upon how Individuals view Death, Spirit and any interactions with either.




Though we do have certain Rules to what is brought in and how any of it is used or Displayed, since I admit I was raised by very Superstitious people and thus I am Superstitious by upbringing and I rarely Questioned the Wisdom of my Elders about how to Respect the Spirit World.  Such as I do have a Collection of Vintage Spirit Boards, but no Planchette is brought into the Home ever and we don't fool around with contacting the Other Side or conjuring up stuff.   I don't take lightly that you can get into things ignorantly that can Create chaos and invite evil in... no such Invitations are extended.  I don't Freak people out quite as much as my Dear Old Mom used to, with her considerable Abilities, but she taught me a lot and it's Served me very well.




As a Family we've always been more Comfortable around the Macabre and the Unusual than the average person might be.   I have always strongly Connected to others who are too, we are mos def a Tribe of sorts.  If the Weird And Wonderful Appeals to you strongly, you are likely to get along very well with others who gravitate towards it too and find you have much it common beyond even that.   Amulets and Talisman Objects are something I Lived alongside all of my Life and it was Amusing to me when I discovered that so many others did not... who knew?   Needless to say, because we did, we were thought to be the Peculiar ones... and we were Okay with that.  *LOL*




I really like that our New Home has many Niches to Display various Collections and very wide Arched Hallways to put Furniture that lends itself to the Display of Styled and Curated Collections.   I know that for most people Hallways are a nuisance, but for me, I've always Loved a Home filled with Hallways, the wider and more maze-like the better!   We've had many Visitors turn in the wrong direction and get Lost in both our Old Historic Homestead and here at New Villa Boheme'!!  Because of how disorienting the various Hallways were as to what direction they were heading!?  *Smiles*  You should see someone's confusion when they realize they don't recall which Hallway they entered through and which Door leads back out?!   So they go down the wrong one and have to be Guided back.   *Winks*




It was the Quirky and yet ingenious flow, layout and Architecture of this Home that actually caused me to fall in Love with it and be able to Let Go of our Historic Property.   It wasn't Typical and I'd not seen any like it before, it was Uncommon... and of coarse I Like that better, right?!  *Winks*   Though I knew a New Build, unless it was completely Custom, would not be OOAK like our Old Historic Homestead, it could be Unusual enough to suit us, this fit the bill nicely. I also like how it Showcases my Possessions, those I've decided to Keep.




I liked that it had Sepia as the predominant Color Scheme too, so all of my things went very well here and it felt Warm and Inviting.   You wouldn't Believe some of the hideous Colors I'd seen predominating a lot of Homes when I was looking to buy a new one!!!  Yikes!!!  Even more off-putting to me than a completely White Colorless empty Home, since if every Wall is painted White it looks too stark and devoid of Personality or Character, so I couldn't leave it that way and would have to banish it, which would be too much Work to repaint an entire house right after a purchase!  *Smiles*  And now, since Grey is Trending, some have gone overboard with the predominance of Grey, especially with Home Flips.   I Love Grey if it's Tastefully done like an Old European Chateau, but if it's not done Well it can look very Cold and have an Institutional feeling. 




I do Love a good Jewel Tone and a Marrakesh Style Home too, but here in the Arizona Desert you don't find any Moorish Designed Homes, which is a pity, I'd like to have had that as an Option.   But I am totally at Home in a Santa Barbara Tuscan Inspired and Designed Home, I Love the Architectural Details of it and the Warm Tuscan Color Palette as well, it's Timeless and not Dated.  Don't you just laugh out loud when you see the Home Flip Shows and they walk into a Home that is very Dated and not in a Good way?   Some Eras were so Culturally Deprived or just plain Weird with what Trended during them, that it's a Bad Flashback and Trip to the Sins of the Past Architects that built them!  *LMAO*




I Love Old Homes and Historic Homes in particular, but 1965, the end of the Mid-Century Modern Era of Architecture, is my Cut-Off.  Since much after that was just hideous and Dated in a Bad way in my opinion and there's nothing redeeming about any of it.  I'd have to break out the sledgehammer and gut the whole thing if you gave me a Home from the 70's thru 90's!  *LOL*   And even most of the floor plans and Trends of Today just don't Move me in a Good way.  With the exception of Vintage Industrial Loft Style... me LOVES that!  There were entire areas I Loved but the Homes in them I just couldn't get past how underwhelmed I was with them... or had a downright aversion to how they were Designed on the Interior.   Many now had more Interesting Exteriors, often mimicking Lovely Historic Architectural Details... but then the Inside didn't match at all! Whattsup with that??!??!?!?




But I digress, back to foofing my Cabinet... I moved things in... then out again if I didn't think it looked just right...




And replaced it with something else... like the Skully swap on this shelf since I got anal about the Hue of the Skully better matching it's surroundings.  *Ha ha ha*   I actually still have the very bottom Cabinet now emptied out and void of anything because I haven't found anything I want housed there for a Display right now.   And the steady rotation of Collections in and out of this Display meant that other Furniture Displaying my Collections then expanded in the overall foof.   While housework still laid around as if it were invisible and I didn't notice it was still there.   *Smiles*   Today tho' I did start the Laundry, since the Family brought it into this very Hallway in baskets just so I wouldn't Miss it! Just how can you when it's blocking the entire Hallway, right?! *Winks*




So they'll all be on Folding Duty as each load gets done... and I suppose I couldn't procrastinate any longer or nobody would have had anything to wear?!  *Smiles*   They did however really like what I'd done with my New Cabinet and so have their Friends they have brought over... it's been a big hit with the Kiddos... Kids Love Creepy shit on Display!    Your Gramma has the Coolest Home ever I'll often overhear... no telling what their Parents actually Think and say behind my back tho'?!???!???!?!?  *Winks*  Some Neighbor kids aren't even allowed to come inside our Home, it's Hilarious!!!   *Bwahahahahahaha!!!!*




Slowly I'm unpacking my various Collections that have lain in wait to see the Light of Day again after being Stored boxed up in the Garages.  I'm still wading thru the Hoarded Garages, it's thinning out slowly but surely and most is Moving Out of Villa Boheme' and being Sold Off or Donated.   I feel pretty good about the fact that I've Culled a considerable amount on my Quest to Keep only that which is most Beloved or Used often and has Purpose.   But in the Realm of my Collections, there are of coarse the Keepers.  Those things I probably couldn't replace... at least not easily nor economically, since I got 'em when they were cheap as Hell for the having of back in da day... or sometimes given to me.  Yes, for years now when peeps have Weird shit they don't know what to do with, they will just give it to me... knowing it will find a Home here!  *LOL*  Coz... that's how we Roll... Weirdly and Wonderfully my Friends! 




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



Tuesday, March 28, 2017

The Hold-Out



I have wanted an Antique Barrister Bookcase to house my Cabinet of Curiosities in like... FOREVER!  I've sought just the right one, and the affordable one, for years now!  To finally find it was so exciting I could hardly contain myself.  To have my Vendor Friend Michael even give me a break on the price just iced the cake for me! He'd just brought it in to our Antique Mall and Staged it, I bought it immediately... quick turn for him, end of long Quest for me!  This one is SO ME too... with it's raw Original varied Patinas... unusual mismatched cabinets... and Cool Original wavy old glass on the doors!




It's also deep for optimum Display of my Oddities that will eventually be housed in it and stands five cabinets high.  It also comes apart in seven individual pieces, which made transport and set up so much easier to do with The Grandson's help!   I can't tell you how many of these Bookcases I've come across over the many years I've been looking and Holding Out for one.  Always there was a barrier to Purchasing any of them.   Too expensive, too narrow, not high enough, missing doors, missing or replaced glass, right price but not having the money at the time, too new and modern... on and on the laundry list goes of why I could never bring one Home!




I have never seen one like this tho', so it was meant to be... like it was Special Ordered for me!   It couldn't match my Aesthetic or my Home any better than it does and the average Customer looking for one of these Bookcases probably wouldn't be looking for one with so much 'Character' and Quirkiness!?  *Smiles*   I'd had my Antique Junquing Friends scouring for one that I could buy.   Alas, the majority of these Old Bookcases of the Barrister Style are almost always spendy... and way out of my budget and league to purchase.   I'd estimate that 99% of the ones I have found over the years, or Vendor Friends had, I just couldn't afford.  Even if they were perfect in every way to what I'd envisioned for my Purpose.




I had never envisioned one like this tho', because I had literally, until I laid Eyes upon it, ever seen one like it!   Michael hadn't either, which is why he had to have it.  He's my 'Go To' Vendor for those Weird and Wonderful Finds that are me to my Core... Michael is actually the Male version of me I swear!  *Smiles*  Our Aesthetic and Love of identical things in all their Quirkiness is Eerie actually.  So I'm probably one of his best Customers and he usually can't wait to show me what he's Found, knowing I'll 'Get' it... and sometimes, even Buy it!   Okay, more than sometimes... his Prices are always very fair and his Eye is on point for what I totally dig and Lust after!  *Winks*  I'm not filling it up yet since some of the doors stick a bit due to Age and I want them to slide open easier.




The cabinet I put on the bottom has the original Maker's Label, I like to Imagine what the History of these cabinets were and how they all ended up together?  They fit together like a glove but I suspect each had their own Journey judging by the varied Patinas.  Some have been painted over the years, some have been stripped of their paint over the years, all have a lot of wear and tear so they really have been in service, I suspect Commercially, for a long, long time.  You can't faux finish quite like actual wear and tear on a piece being actually used over a long period of time, that's what makes Original Patina Priceless in my opinion.  To find a piece nobody has refinished or restored and left "As Is" can be quite difficult actually.




Somewhere along the way typically somebody wants to try to make it look 'New' again or Pristine, since Condition can be everything to some who Collect and they will only pay for Perfection.   Personally I'd rather pay for Imperfection, since it is preferable to me, so I suppose in a Polar opposite way Condition is everything to me too.  *Smiles*  I like to Imagine what previous Lives the pieces I now own have had?   Michael had numbered the pieces on the back with chalk when he took it apart for me, so that I could put them back together as he'd had it Displayed, I Loved the Uncommon alternating hues of the cabinetry.  It goes with the Decor of our Home much better than had it been a Traditional matching cabinetry Display that I've always seen before and is rather Common.




 With all the wear and tear, the obvious Age to the Wooden and Metal parts, I was astounded that the fragile wavy Original glass of each cabinet remained intact!   With waves and air bubbles Old glass is desirable since they don't Create it like that anymore and replacement of it is Impossible!  Yes, Color me Deliriously Happy to have FINALLY procured the Antique Barrister Bookcase I've always wanted, well worth The Hold-Out all these years!  Originally I'd bought it to put Upstairs and with coming apart I could have easily gotten it up there.  But I decided I wanted my Curiosities and Oddities to be Displayed in Pride of a prominent Place, in a very visible Hallway instead, where it fits and Showcases nicely.  Sharing your Collections with others is part of the Fun of owning them.  I can't wait to Reveal how it will look once filled up housing it's Beloved Contents I've Collected over the years!




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

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Blissfully Doing Nothing...














I haven't been out much while the Kiddos have been on Spring Break, the Young Prince has been anxious about changing Schools yet again so he's wanted to stay Home and seclude himself.   So I'll regale you with some Imagery I took earlier in the Month while at my Friend Shelly's Shop RUST AND ROSES in Phoenix.  I too am physically and emotionally adjusting to being back on insulin shots and added diabetic meds, so I haven't felt much like going out either even tho' our weather is Glorious lately!   Just holing up at Home has been what the entire Family seems to want to do lately, while School is out and we can sleep in and take long leisurely naps and just gel.   Sometimes having the rare Luxury of doing nothing and going nowhere is rather Blissful here at Villa Boheme'.

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Blissfully yours from Villa Boheme', while doing nothing and choosing to go nowhere... Dawn... The Bohemian

Friday, March 24, 2017

The Things You Get Despondent About...



There's plenty of big things to get despondent about nowadays but I try not to fixate upon any of those too much since they can be completely Overwhelming in nature and probably aren't anything I can Change.  Instead I find myself getting despondent about little things that I can Change, but haven't.  There are a myriad of reasons and excuses why I haven't, which aren't as relevant as the fact I just... haven't.  When I get too despondent over trifles that I'm not Changing and finding Solutions for, I usually want, and even need, a brief Escape.  So Yesterday we took a drive to the Lake to see Wildflowers in bloom.  Just to be out in Glorious Nature and the lovely Cooler blustery day it was.  To have Spirits buoyed by Nature blooming where ever it's planted, however harsh an environment.




The Young Prince stayed behind, since any Outing with his Little Sister is not going to play out well, bringing one or the other, but not both, is Key to a Pleasant Escape.  We were Escaping to Lake Pleasant, which was rather ironic, No?  *LOL*  The Wildflowers didn't disappoint, they are in profusion this Season due to the heavy rains we've received.   Javelina were trotting back and forth across the dirt roads behind the Lake.   Loons were all over the Lake, which was very full due to all of the runoff into it this Season.   It was nice to see abundance of water rather than drought for a change.  You appreciate water more in a Desert environment and don't take it as much for granted as places where it might be plentiful.   Sometimes in America we have such plenty that we can become complacent and take too much for granted, in my humble opinion.




We can become a little Piggish about what we want and what we think we need.  I'm acutely Aware of that when I get despondent, about trifles especially.  Gluttony, about anything, is just so very indulgent isn't it?   I had gotten despondent you see, about such things as running out of space to Blog freely without reaching maximum capacity.   Because I'd become rather Piggish about the over-sharing of Imagery and Pathological Picture Taking and I didn't want to Stop.  I didn't want to restrict myself, it was uncomfortable and too restrictive to what I'd become accustomed to.   We can become accustomed to Too Much can't we, when we aren't faced with limits and boundaries.  We can run rather rampant in fact with our indulgences... especially self-indulgences.  




 But I NEED to Blog, it's my Cheaper Than Therapy little Happy Place to be here in The Land Of Blog.   To Write, to indulge in Photography, to Share whatever, as a form of personal expression. So mebbe I should quit dumping data and just buy some more space?  That's the Solution... the one Change I haven't acted upon to Solve the little thing Problem I'm despondent about right now, well, one of them anyway.  But should I, shouldn't I just purge some of the excess Archived Posts instead, since nobody reads them anyway and most aren't relevant to Today?  




 Purging and Editing, not my strong points as you well know if you've been reading my Blog any length of time.  It's something I'm working on diligently tho', deciding what is necessary, what is still relevant, what should just Go and be Released and Cut Loose?   What and Who and a whole bunch of Letting Go has been my Goal for at least a couple of years now... and it's working out quite well... at my own pace... which is slower than Death... but it is at least a pace forward and not a stall anymore.   It's not as if I'm going to stop Writing or Pathological Picture Taking, since I Love both enough to continue, they bring me Pleasure and release a lot of Pain.  




And so, when the prompt pops up again saying I've run out of Space here, I'll have to consider either budgeting for more space or purging some more Archived Posts I guess.  A temporary fix to what will likely be an ongoing problem trifle to Deal with... and try not to get despondent about.  Since restraint doesn't happen to be one of my particular strengths or Virtues and lack of it is one of my Vices.  *Winks*   And because I suspect that it's displaced despondency anyway... since I don't want to focus upon nor fixate about the big things I could be despondent about and avoid doing so.   So that I don't have to feel so much dread and being overwhelmed by it all and the magnitude of it.  The overall feeling of despondency is there tho', so I have to assign it to something I suppose to justify it's existence and why I am just having a difficult time shaking it completely.




Because right now, after this Crazy Election particularly, and even IF you weren't Dealing with a whole lot of other stuff, Life is rather Surreal and 'Alice In Wonderland' in a fractured kind of Hot Mess nonsensical way isn't it?

"White Rabbit"
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
Go ask Alice
When she's ten feet tall

And if you go chasing rabbits
And you know you're going to fall
Tell 'em a hookah-smoking caterpillar
Has given you the call
Call Alice
When she was just small

When the men on the chessboard
Get up and tell you where to go
And you've just had some kind of mushroom
And your mind is moving low
Go ask Alice
I think she'll know

When logic and proportion
Have fallen sloppy dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
Feed your head
Feed your head


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

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Big Yellow Taxi



Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got
'Till it's gone
They paved Paradise
And put up a parking lot...




The lyrics to the Joni Mitchell classic hit Big Yellow Taxi rang thru my Head as I beheld this Fabulous breathtaking field of Native Wildflowers in bloom.  Soon to be annihilated by the bulldozers and other heavy machinery and equipment, just to the left of this Image... very soon, perhaps even Today?  It's been Sold Off to greedy Developers, who could have developed any number of vacant and already Man ravaged lots anywhere around the Metro Phoenix area.  But No, the pristine Natural Desert with it's Magnificent views is more profitable to buy up and destroy!




The eventual Cost is more important than the current price paid for the lands.  Nature unspoiled is Priceless and some of it at least should be Preserved for Future Generations to Enjoy and behold.  We won't even go deeply into the Native Wildlife and Plants displaced or killed off in the carnage.  Especially during Springtime where rebirth of Native Plants and Native Animals is at it's peak, so a whole Generation of each could be lost being displaced at the worst possible Season!!!  Because the harsh environment of a Desert Ecosystem is so fragile, it never quite recovers from Man's imprint upon it, especially a careless, thoughtless or rough one.  When it's gone, it's Forever gone... don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'till it's gone?




They're paving Paradise as we speak and putting up a Parking Lot, Homes, Businesses, Roads and the like... as if we don't already have more than enough of those... and precious little left of this!   Sometimes I can't even stomach driving by and Witnessing the destruction... other times I simply must Document the very last time it will Exist as it was Designed by The Creator to Be.   When will they just Stop encroaching upon Mother Nature... I can't say... the lines are always subject to change without notice.  State Trust Lands being Sold Off to Fund this, that and the third.   I had thought that area currently under development was Protected Lands already... I was Wrong... Sold Off to the highest bidder.  It breaks my Heart to see it disappearing so quickly and so often.




  As Man's Greed expands ever outwards and blankets the landscape in a sea of various Subdivision Hells, Commercial and Industrial Creations replacing the unmatched Natural Beauty of The Creator given to all... to line the pockets of some.   And probably why Nature now heads into the City to simply try to Adapt and Survive our onslaught into their Territories and Natural Habitats?   With many of my Neighbors continuously complaining and lamenting that they're present and evident... like they had anywhere else to go now, poor things?!   Modern Man, not wanting really to co-exist with Nature and Share our Planet Graciously with them... the Indigenous of any area, be it Native Man, Native Plant or Native Beast... an age old Story that makes me Sad.  And the lyrics of Big Yellow Taxi loop thru my Head...




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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)

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