Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Shopping For Images Through The Eye Of The Lens... Not Too Shabby

We're continuing The Lengthy Grief Therapy Tour through NOT TOO SHABBY  and I'm quite certain The Man is probably relieved that I've taken up the Hobby and Art of Photography so that I'm now mostly Shopping for Images through the eye of the lens to share here in the Land Of Blog rather than actual Retail Therapy Shopping! *Winks*  I'm finding it deeply satisfying to just Photograph items that otherwise I'd  be tempted to buy, would Love to own, but cannot or should not right now... or perhaps ever... or wouldn't have a place for... or isn't the Style I'm decorating in right now but which captivates and intrigues me regardless.  I feel somewhat like a Journalist of sorts seeking out that next Story to relay and write about with images to go along with the random musings of my Life, my Loves and my Community.  Or what I've discovered via the vastness of cyberspace that I'm excited to pass on to others and share...

I also know how much hard work it entails that my Friends who own Shops and do the Show Circuit spend countless hours at.  Seeking out and bringing us the Beautiful Found Treasures and Hot items that are the current desires of those who decorate and collect. Creating the fabulous Vignettes that are an Art Form in and of themselves and should be captured as Still Life through the eye of the lens so that many can enjoy the fruits of their Labor and those images are not fleeting but preserved to enjoy again and again long after the display is gone and the items have moved on to new Homes!  Promoting our local individually owned and specialty small Businesses that we Love to shop at and offer so much more in the way of OOAK and personalized finds with Character and History than the mega retail chains and mass produced pieces ever could.  Hey, you might run into someone you know working at a chain store but the Hospitality of Small Business is sorely lacking in the way modern retailers and conglomerates are geared to serve the public and churn out their wares cheaply and in mass quantities.

So if you're enjoying my Grief Therapy Tour around Town and my recent score of images I shopped for through the eye of the lens at NOT TOO SHABBY... come back tomorrow... and I've STILL got the Special Reveal coming up that Kim and Katie are going to Wow us with this Summer... and I'm so thankful Kim graciously allowed me to spend hours restoring my Soul and Spirit during a difficult time... while photographing their fabulous Shop and consoling me like only Friends who care can...

Dawn... The Bohemian

Monday, May 30, 2011

More Salvaged Items Sourced With Care

Yes... two Posts in one day... but you'll understand why by the end of this Post... I need Blog Therapy even more than I needed Grief Therapy after what happened in the wee hours of this Memorial Day Morn... 
We're still continuing my Grief Therapy Tour through NOT TOO SHABBY and we'll be remaining there for the next few Posts as I share more Salvaged items sourced with care. 

I was so captivated by this particular Style of Decor and Theme that I spent a great deal of time photographing this room of the Shop.  I pondered why this Style is drawing me like a Moth to a flame and I realized that it reminds me of walking into an abandoned building or room... perhaps of a Commercial Building or Old Home... that has been shut up for decades... as if Time has stood still and everything is as it was all those years ago in that particular Era... and now you're the first person beholding it again after the long absence of human habitation.  You see, I'm one of those Junquers and Scavengers that is thrilled at the prospect of entering an old abandoned place and discovering what it still holds waiting all those years to be discovered!  It magnifies and intensifies the Thrill Of The Hunt for me x 1000!  I enjoy being transported back in Time through a portal where Time has stood still after a long abandonment and rediscovery surrounds you and you can imagine all the Stories and History behind the scene and each piece... the folks that might have owned or used it all in it's day... and why they suddenly left it all behind?

Kim and Katie are Masterful at recreating those types of images, scenes and vignettes with the Found Treasures of this Style. Artfully arranging it as if you're entering one of those old abandoned sites and discovering the objects left behind and waiting just for you to discover and capturing the very essence of such a vision.  Which is why I could wander through their Shop for HOURS... and did this particular grief stricken day... as each new room and section of the Shop is dedicated to a different Style and Theme so you can visit many different 'Worlds of Decor' all in one stop... from Shabby Chic... to Hollywood & Shabby Glam... to Industrial & Salvage Style... to Junk Style... Garden Style... Architectural Salvage... French Country... Retro & Vintage Style... it's all there under one roof... just waiting for you to peruse and 'score' for your own Special spaces... so come back tomorrow and over the next few days to behold and enjoy even more at NOT TOO SHABBY in Phoenix...

Dawn... The Bohemian

*And on a very upsetting Note, my original intention to Post a Memorial Day Tribute with Photos I Hoped to take from a Historic Cemetary was sidelined when we were Burglarized in the wee hours of this Memorial Day Morning and I had to spend most of the day filing Police and Insurance Reports, cleaning up the ransacked mess and re-securing our Property!!! *Le Sigh*  For any of you who have experienced this type of violation you will appreciate the range of emotions that comes with this type of crime... and the fact that not everything is replaceable and your sense of Security and Privacy is totally violated.  So this was not the wonderful Memorial Day weekend I had planned out... what with Rat Boy's passing and now this... but Life goes on... and so shall we... and my Beautiful Distractions and the Land Of Blog soften the blows Life sometimes throws at us...*

Salvaged Items Sourced With Care

Next on the itinerary of the Grief Therapy Tour will be a lengthy trip to another fav Shop where you will find a wealth of Salvaged items sourced with care... NOT TOO SHABBY.  Proprietors Kim and Katie not only have a most amazing eclectic mix of fabulous Styles and Found Treasures, but where the Art of Display is in full bloom as well since they are Masters at it.  Just being in there provides endless inspiration and vision, as well as a calming presence and Peace of being surrounded by so many lovely things that I enjoy and which have such rich Histories.  I like to imagine all of the Stories and History of each item, the previous Owners of such pieces and how they came to part with them?  

I missed Katie as she was out of the Shop this day... but Dear Kim sympathetically indulged my need for Grief Therapy and so I literally spent hours just wandering around and losing myself in the Art of Photography, capturing the essence of each Style offered at this amazing Shop. And I have some EXCITING NEWS to share with you about a new venture the Gals are undertaking very soon... but I'll save that for later in this series of Posts, keeping you hanging in anticipating! *Smiles*

 I'll start my Tour of the Shop in one of my current fav sections of it, which right now is the Style of Natural Organic hues, Old Silver, Old Books, Vintage Commercial and Vintage Travel items.  It's what I'm presently being drawn towards and I wonder what subliminal Message that is trying to impart from my Spirit to my consciousness??? *Winks*

   It was actually my first stop of the day and got me grounded for the rest of the day which lay ahead of me... it put my head and Spirit back in a good place, even though I was carrying a heavy Heart and the sorrow and range of emotions of a recent loss and being quite grief stricken.  I needed this and so I came away with so many images that it will take SEVERAL Posts to share them all with you... which is wonderful Grief Therapy in and of itself... and is Healing the Heart with a welcome distraction of surveying all that is particularly sweet and enjoyable about Life... when the Thrill Of The Hunt takes hold and transports you to a Magical place... 

So come, experience the Magic with me my Friends... and be sure to come back tomorrow as we continue with the Grief Therapy Tour of even more fabulousness at NOT TOO SHABBY...

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Where things are Heating up... 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