Sunday, September 30, 2012

Putting Da Bling On Pumpkins & More...

It was bound to happen... after weeks of looking after a bunch of either Sick or Post Surgical Family Members, apparently it was now my turn!  *Le Sigh*  I began feeling dreadful... and since I don't get Sick often I refuse to stay Sick long because it's so foreign to me. 
 So I broke out all my Herbal & Ancestral taught Holistic Remedies to combat whatever it is.  But this also meant the necessity of slowing down for a while to Heal... no easy feat for Yours Truly.  

I'm definitely hyper and have too much to do to languish easily or stay down long.  It's probably a good thing I thought, that I did all the Laundry the day before I got Sick or the Crew here would be resigned to wearing dirty clothes out of the hampers!  *LOL*  
But it also meant I had to focus on the little things, the Simple things that I still felt well enough to do... like putting Da Bling on Pumpkins and More... the minutia of Life that I find to be Calming, Restorative and Relaxing... and doesn't require much strength or energy... which were both in short supply since I felt dreadful and I HATE Feeling dreadful!

Yep, I could still fuss with Adoring things with my Bohemian Bling as I sipped my Herbal Remedies and Teas... and it was Soothing to the Spirit & kept me Sane since I don't do Sick well at all, I really don't!  And this was something I always do and felt compelled to do with my Halloween Vignettes...

You see I have this overwhelming NEED to Adorn EVERYTHING!  I would Feel absolutely naked without Adornment and so would my Stuff!   Feathers, Velvet and Bohemian Bling are most definitely among my Weaknesses!  *LOL*

 I Inherited that Trait from my Mother and her Mother before her... and it's subsequently been passed down to each Generation of Women in our Family... we're ALL like that, it's in our DNA Strands...  this Propensity for Adornment... Over-The-Top Adornment!

And so the Pumpkins were Adorned first, with various Antique & Vintage Bohemian Bling from my Collections.
And my Lil Gator Gal got her Adornments too...
Who we like to Imagine sending down into the Depths of some Lake, Swamp or River to Recover Lost Bohemian Bling.  Yeah, our Gators are apparently well Trained like that on the Canvas of our Imaginations... the alternative being the Non-Bling Fetchin' ones would just end up being Lunch... 'cause Gator is also one of our Fav Foods!  *Gasp!  Did I just say that in front of her?!?  LOL*
Now, before you Judge... just Remember, you're also talkin' bout a Crew that Loves severed Creepy Old Doll Heads too!  *Winks*  We are Wired a 'lil differently than you might be used to and is customary... that's just how we Roll.

But there is a lot of Freedom and Enjoyment in being Quirky and just Enjoying what you Enjoy... not everyone will 'Get' it nor do we expect them too... but our Odd Aesthetic is Pleasing to us and Fun to Dream up and Incorporate into our Daily Lives.

If you Live your Life to Please Others then there is the liklihood nobody ends up Pleased at all... least likely YOU if you've Suppressed who you were Wonderfully Made to BE!!!
I find it particularly Refreshing when folks Feel Confident enough to just be Uniquely Themselves and Real.   You can be the Polar Opposite to me in Lifestyle, Style and Passions but I'm still probably going to find you Delightful to be around just Because of your Differences and Viewpoint that is Different than mine.
It will certainly add Interest and a well rounded Personal Experience to see things through your Eyes and Life Filter by being Exposed to more than that which mirrors my own.
Though to be sure Connecting also to the Kindred Spirits and those that 'Get' us is a Rush too and we do tend to Gravitate Towards one another... in Life AND here in the Land Of Blog.
And I Confess that it is Exhilerating to Connect to Like-Minded Souls who 'Get' me and understand how and why I get Excited about what I do and what Stirs my Soul and Inspires my Creativity! 
Folks who Share a Love of the Thrill Of The Hunt, Decorating, Styling, Art, Junquing and Salvaging.  Because I have met far more here than I have in everyday Life Contacts and now I realize that there is a large Community of "Us" around the World... WOW!   Instead of typically being Labeled Eccentric and a Weird Minority, we can be fully Embraced here by a Larger Community of those who are more Similar to us than Different from us.
That is even more Liberating, Enriching and Refreshing!  Instead of being met with blank stares when we're Sharing some Awesome Story, Creation or Conquest we can get some Affirmation and Appreciation for "Our Thing"... whatever that happens to be!
Because you see, I'm going to do it anyway... regardless of popular opinion or who 'Gets It' or Approves or Disapproves.  *Smiles*  But I do so Enjoy having Fellowship and Stimulating Conversations with those who are just as Moved by many of the things that also Move me.  Gets their Pulse Racing like it gets my Pulse Racing.  Delights the Eyes of both of us and want to Share back and forth our varied Adventures & Creations.
And who might even Understand & 'Get' why even on Challenging days... due to Health, Circumstances or Situations we prefer to Emmerse ourselves in these things that bring us a Peace and a Joy...
Provide a Respite and Healing Energies in fact when we're participating in or around whatever we're most Passionate about and Feel Purposed to do.
I have never been able to fully Explain it because I don't quite Understand why certain things just Move us more than others?
And why certain Surroundings are more Calming and Comfortable than others to each Individual, depending on how they're Wired and Roll?!?
But I do know that as I began putzing around the House putting Da Bling on Pumpkins and More...
Being absolutely and totally in MY Element and in The Zone of what I most Enjoy Doing... I began to Feel better...
Granted... not entirely 100% just yet... but I know that if I continue to Feed my Spirit and my Soul with what Nourishes them most...
And take care of my Body in much the same way as it does what it was Divinely Designed to do... which is Be Well...
So... If I Align myself and my Thoughts with what my Body is Naturally striving to do anyway... Be Well...  I'm much more likely to bounce back and Be Well again and not stay Sick or Down for long.
So if you're feeling Sick or Down my Friends I suggest that you spend some Time during your Recovery doing those things, however small and seemingly insignificant, that Feed and Nourish your Body, Mind, Soul and Spirit. 
Align yourselves with what Instinctively you feel compelled to do and be around to make the Atmosphere around you filled with Positive Healing Energies and a Joyful Experience.
I Believe you will Experience Positive Results.
And Enhance your Mood regardless of what you're up against and battling.
So Be Well my Friends... I know I Intend to Be... Dawn... The Bohemian

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Tackling Seasonal Storage ~ Edit, Purge, Add To...

The Annual Event of Tackling Seasonal Storage had begun.  My Seasonal Storage is actually quite Organized but since it only comes out once a year I make it a point to Edit & Purge the Stash for each Holiday as well as Add To it every year.

So that was now in Full Swing for Halloween 2012!  As I assessed the Halloween Storage Shed and it's contents I was able to Edit and Purge a substantial amount and split it equally between my Booth and Charity Donations.  But there were those Favorite things that abide year after year... like my Whimsical Tole Painted Pumpkins, Dia de los Muertos Skullies and Velvet Pumpkin Collections.

And one of my Fav Additions to the Halloween Decor Stash this year was this beyond Awesome Framed Vintage Mardi Gras Mask that I 'scored' for a mere $12 at ZINNIA'S AT MELROSE Antique Mall this 'Third Thursday's' Melrose Crawl!!!  You'll see a LOT more of it in this Post as I Photographed it like a Newborn Babe to the Family!  *LOL*

I had a lot of Help this year from Princess T as we brought everything out of Storage and into the House to clean up, sort into "Keep~Sell~Donate" piles, and decide what rooms and where each Vignette & Dia de los Muertos Altar would be Created.
And I Promised you the 'Reveal' of my absolute Fav Halloween Decor 'Score' this year... and here he is... my Creepy Old Man Vintage Framed Portrait that I made an Offer on from one of our New Dealers at THE BRASS ARMADILLO WEST and was totally Jazzed that it was Accepted and he came Home with us!!!
We just Love him and NO, the G-Kid Force are NOT creeped out by him, we all think he is Adorable and Addams Family-ish Sweet... kinda like our own Uncle Festus.  In fact, we are Glad he's now part of the Bohemian Valhalla Family and has found a New Home where he will be Appreciated.  We always feel a bit Sad that the Actual Families part with the Photos of their Loved Ones... we could never do it, we pass ours along from Generation to Generation.
And it does make us Wonder about his Story... and who he is?  And we went through great pains to find the perfect Halloween Masquerade Mask for him... which was no easy feat since apparently nobody dresses their Kiddies up anymore as Zorro or the Lone Ranger and so a plain Black Hero Mask was nowhere to be found... and this plain Black Masquerade Mask was the best I could do... but we think he wears it well and it was a perfect fit!!!
So he joined forces with the other Seasonal Items stacked up and ready to make their way into Halloween Vignettes for 2012.
And he'll be one of the "Keepers" that we'll never get rid of now that he's part of the Family... so he needn't worry about being discarded or Sold ever again.  He has such a Sadness to his face that I Wonder if Happiness eluded him in Life?  And it's only due to Black & White Vintage Photography and the absence of Smiles during that Era that tend to make the Portraits rather creepy I think... but absolutely Perfect for Halloween Decorating!  We Love our Uncle Festus Portrait...
And our Mardi Gras Framed Mask...
And our ever expanding piles of Velvet Pumpkins which we add to each Season... you know how my Adoration of Velvet consumes me when it comes to Styling, Creating and Wardrobe!  *LOL*  My Middle Name shouldda been Velvet!  *Smiles*
And this year we also dressed up several of our Pumpkins in Black Lace, which I really like the look of...
In fact... there were even more Black Accents to this Season's Halloween Decor... I'm going right back into my Black Phase I think, which I've had several times over a Lifetime, I've always liked Black and often come back to it as a Staple Hue... which Princess T thinks is Great because she's prematurely entered into her Black Phase... so we've gone very Goth  and Dark Together!  *Winks*
And we'll be making more Velvet Pumpkins this year since I Saved many Stems from last Season's Real Pumpkins and I always have Stashes of Vintage Velvet... ALWAYS!  *Winks*
And since Outdoor Halloween Decor in Arizona is subject to extreme Climate wear since it's always still pretty Sunny and Hot during September and October... I always need to replace exterior pieces with new ones... especially Door Wreaths and Signage.  So this year I bought an Awesome Hand-Painted "Trick-Or-Treat" Sign from my Friend Rhonda who makes and sells them at her Booth at THE BRASS ARMADILLO WEST.  {Along with Killer Upcycled Frames}  Rhonda's Art, Furniture Creations and Styling are Superb and she is such a Cutie and so very Sweet.
We spent a few days Editing, Purging, Adding To and piling up everything in preparation for the Styling to come.
BTW: If you don't have Time this Season to make all of the Black Lace covers for your Pumpkins, a few of mine were compliments of Martha Stewart's 2012 Halloween Line.  You can buy a Trio of Black Lace Pumpkin Sleeves and right now they're on Sale at "Joanne's" Craft Store.
Our Resident Hambone had to get in on the Photo Op... such a Diva she is!  *Smiles*  But she did work mighty hard Helping Gramma out with the Seasonal stuff... the Guys rarely do, it's just not their "Thing".  If we left it up to the Guys I doubt we'd have Seasonal Decorations in the House or the Exterior Entrance, you'd have no Idea what was being Celebrated!!!
So I'm really Grateful to have my Sidekick who Enjoys the Process, the Decorating and the Styling as much as I do and always pitches in.  She'd rather Decorate and make Vignettes than Play as a matter of fact... and she's very good at it.
We have begun the Process of making our Vignettes... and in subsequent Posts we'll be Revealing them as they're being completed.
Look what else I 'Scored' at ZINNIAS AT MELROSE... Mardi Gras Masks for only a Dollar apiece to add to my Collection!!!
Color me Happy!!!

Very, very Happy in Fact... so there were the four of them for a buck each...
And the Framed one for Twelve Bucks...

It was the Mardi Gras Motherload of Picks... Mardi Gras Heaven!!!

But wait... I was like a Mardi Gras Mask Magnet!!!  I also 'Scored' a Couple of Vintage Mardi Gras Masks whilst "Goodwill Hunting" for a mere 69 Cents each!!!

{Insert me doing my Mardi Gras Mask Happy Dance!!!}

And let us not forget the Sweet Lil Brown Eyed Creepy Doll Head I got at "Wicked Faire" for only $6...
And my Miniature Medical Cadaver I also 'Scored' at the "Wicked Faire" Event...

I'll show you some Close-Up Details of him...

All of his parts move so you can Style him in different positions and poses... and they're Selling those wee Lil Mardi Gras Hats this Season in several Shops so I might just pick one up for him... it should be just the right size!!!

And now the only thing left for us to Purchase for Halloween Styling will be the Specialty Pumpkins... finding the most Interesting ones we can... some of the Regular Pumpkins which they always have at the Dollar Stores now in the Produce Dept. ... and CANDY!!!  *Winks... that will be ongoing since it never lasts thru Halloween, but we can't resist the snack-sized pouches which are perfect serving size.*

Source: MY ROMANTIC HOME Blog, Glamorous Halloween!

And if you want to see more Harvest & Halloween "Show & Tell" come on over to Cindy's Blog Party at MY ROMANTIC HOME.  She's having a Glam Halloween that is simply Romantic!
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

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