Sunday, March 30, 2014

Missing That Paycheck... A Lot!


Today while I regale you with Lovely Images captured thru the Eye of my Lens while at various Shops and my Home, we're gonna just Talk Okay?  About something I NEED to just get off my Chest... because lately, due to escalating Medical Expenses and Cost of Living increases exponentially diminishing our mostly Fixed income and often breaking Budget, it bothers me... a lot!  I'm talking about Missing that Paycheck!!!  And the Options it always afforded us.

Because though Important and certainly a Noble thing to do, Unpaid Full Time Caregiving just ain't the same as having a steady Paycheck you can count on from that Career you become accustomed to... or even a Job, however Modest or even Part-Time!!!   You see, I've always been a Career Woman and had good Earning Potential, along with a steady, healthy Income to Support my Family with... and that was hard to give up.  Even though putting Family First was always my personal Priority above any Commitment to an Employer, I always had Employment and that Paycheck of my own, which Created Options.

The Man always had a Career too... and certainly never anticipated being Medically Retired and subsisting on a Disability Income, or even a Pension, while still Raising a Family either.   But, a Decade into his Medical Retirement I was still pulling in that necessary Second Income from my Career, so it was all Good... until I couldn't.   I too had anticipated working my Career up to Retirement Age... proper Retirement Age or even beyond actually, when you come with Checks even though you're no longer Employed.  *Smiles*   Even though I've been an Unpaid Caregiver for a very long time prior to Forced Early Retirement from the Working World, I could usually still hold down at least a Job, even a Seasonal or Part-Time one, and fulfill both roles... with the Assurance of a Paycheck from the Employment part.  Until The Man's Catastrophic Accident and Brain Trauma became a definite Game Changer and he could not look after himself, or help that much with the G-Kid Force anymore.

And though my little Showrooms and Art certainly fulfill my Passions, they are Clearly at Hobby Level Economically and not a Steady Income I can rely upon or which expand Options very much at all or come close to Supporting a Family.   My Hope is that one day they might... but this ain't that day yet... and though a Hopeless Optimist, I am also a Realist when it comes to Cash Flow.  Remember, I'm a Retired Banker first from my First Corporate Life... and so I'm always crunching the Numbers and in Retired Banker Mode inside my Head!  *LOL*

We got used to a certain Lifestyle that we Worked very hard all of our Adult Lives to Enjoy the Fruits of our Labor of.   We never were Living Large Types and by most Folks Standards we were ultra Frugal actually, just due to how we were both Raised, but its still difficult to go backwards Economically once you've Enjoyed having more.   No matter how adept you are at stretching a buck, once you've had more, you want more... because though you don't miss what you never had...  you do often miss what you've had to give up or lost.  It's still difficult to find yourselves still Raising Young Children well past Retirement Age.  Since your Initial Economic Plan just factored in getting your own Children Raised and helping them with Advanced Educational Costs that would Hopefully lay a sound Foundation for them into their own Adulthood.  And Planning for Security in your own Old Age so you wouldn't be a burden to anyone else and all that.

I always Prided myself in having a Good Long Term Economic Plan... even from a very Tender Age I always had one in place and set Goals that I always met, usually early, or at the very least on time.  I always Succeeded in any Career Field and Prospered, so I always Counted on my Ability to Earn.  You know how they always say Pride goes before a Fall... well, I've found myself now Fallen and I can't get up!  *Smiles... Hey, Humor is like a Good Medicine, so I still Count on Joyful Absurdity found in it all!*  

So here I now am, in my Fallen State of Being... and it's not at all Comfortable... in fact, at times it can be downright Scary as bills increase exponentially and I have NO steady Income to Supplement The Man's Disability and Pensions.  I'm still a ways off from being able to apply for my own Pensions... what's left of them anyway... since much of that was also depleted when The Man got really Sick.  You see, we also didn't Count upon his Earned Lifetime Free Military Medical Coverage being rescinded.  Or having to start Ponying Up for a hearty portion of Medical Care we never expected to have to cover when his Health finally tanked and I began Aging too... not to mention the G-Kid Force's extensive Medical Needs that aren't being 100% covered.

So I find myself always on the Hustle... who knew that as a Senior my newest Job would be one of not only Unpaid Full Time Caregiver, but also American Hustler!!!????!  *Bwahahaha!!!*  I find myself Eyeballing everything as Profit Margin... everything I buy, since it might need to be Flipped and so ergo needs to have some kinda Investment Quality to it where I can make a Buck off it... and everything I choose to Do, since I need to Supplement Income to make the ends meet... or at least come closer together!!!  

Luckily for me I have the Mixed Blessing of having OCD and ADHD... well before they ever had a Label or Diagnosis for it.  *Winks*  So I Learned to Harness my Obsessions and Excess Energy into Profitable Strengths early on that still Serve me well... well, most of the time anyways.  *Smiles... those similarly Afflicted will 'Get' that Insider Joke!*   I also have been an Avid Scavenger from as far back as I can remember... and a Human Magpie, so I Collect, Salvage, Save and have a keen Eye for the Good Stuff or the Vision of what things Could Be so that they'll have Value and Worth again once Transformed or Restored... ergo Sellable and Cha-Ching Junque rather than just Junk with a 'K'!    And after all, I Love Nice Things and Surrounding myself with them... I have such Delusions of Grandeur I tell ya!!!  *Smiles*

And Opportunity has come Knocking recently... in Answer to incessant Prayers... and the Laws of Attraction, because I always Pray, Think Upon and Utter my Needs Daily and often.  So I am Exploring and Considering any and all Options and Opportunities being Placed in my Path and am Thankful for each and every one.  The Lord has been Sustaining us and I have been Leaning Heavily upon Him, but certainly He knows me well enough, since He Created me, to realize that Self-Sufficiency and taking Care of my Family is Paramount to me and I Abhor being a Charity Case.  I don't even Believe Retirement is Biblical actually, I fully Intend to Serve and be Useful up until my last Breath in some capacity.  Just trying to Refine what that capacity IS right now... and that it will come with that Paycheck I'm sorely Missing and we Clearly NEED!?!  *Smiles*

Even getting the Art Studio Cottage Made-Over has suddenly become Intense with a sense of unexpected Urgency... so I'm 'Going With It' because I never Feel Urgent unless some Opportunity I don't yet know about, since it hasn't been Revealed, must be upon the Horizon.   The Man rarely understands these 'Knowings Without Actually Knowing' that we often have in this Family, since he doesn't have them so he has no Point of Reference... but when he sees me suddenly Driven in a particular Direction, with Urgency, he's Learned to just get on Board and wait for whatever is coming... because it's coming... you can Trust and Believe it is... it just hasn't arrived yet!  *Winks*
I'm Preparing for Something... though I don't have a Clue as to what it is just yet... and Trusting that our Gifts always make Room for us... so I just have to be Prepared when the Window of Opportunity is Opened and ensure we have the Capacity to Receive it and Act upon it... because sometimes that Window can be brief and narrow, so he who Hesitates is often Lost.   Many times Decisions need to be made on the Fly rather than Carefully mulled over and Pondered... Luckily I'm an Adept Decision Maker and don't need to make Decisions by Committee to feel Confident about making a Choice based on Experience and Gut Instincts.  I always had a Pet Peeve with Peeps who had Authority, but who couldn't or wouldn't make a Decision on their own or stand behind their Decisions with Accountability for them.  But that's another Post for another Time... LOL!!!

And though right now I Feel like a Fish out of Water in my Fallen State of Being and diminished Earning Potential involuntarily sidelining and frustrating the Hell out of me since I can't accept Work outside of the Home... I DO Intend to get back up eventually.  I will have a Plan B... C... D.. thru Zed, whatever it takes, because there has to be a back door, side door or window I can crawl thru to get to that Paycheck again... that Steady one that can really Help Support this Family!!!!!!   I'm Working my Hustle, I just haven't Refined it yet for it to be Significant enough that I'm Satisfied with it.  And I'm certainly NOT Settling for this Fixed Income and Unpaid Caregiver Thing as our Lot... and which ain't cutting it and is continuously Stressing me out because the ends keep getting further apart Financially over Time!

You see, tho' I may BE a Fish out of Water... this is the Type of Fish I BE!  *LOL*  Yep, a Lady Piranha wearing a Crown and surrounded by her Lovelies... and I don't Intend to HAVE to or be Forced to Sell every last one off just to barely Exist, God Forbid!  *Insert Shudder!*  Letting Go of most of it... I'm Good with at this Season of Life since I can't take it with me and the Extended Family probably don't wanna Inherit it all anyways... but I Enjoy the Special or Sentimental Pieces enuf to want to Keep what I Want to Keep, you know?

And to be able to DO what we Want to Do... without having to always Consider that we really can't Afford it... after a Lifetime of busting our Arses Working... I HATE saying or even thinking along those lines and Words because it can be so Prophetic if you start Believing you CAN'T!!!   I've always Believed I CAN... and always Dream Big and Encourage Family to do the same.  If the Vision and Dream isn't Big enough that it seems Impossible by Mortal Standards, you haven't Allowed Room for God to be in it and Receive the Glory when it Happens after all!   Okay, had to Insert my Pheasant wearing his Crown too because everything and everyone in this Household is Worthy of wearing one and is quite Comfortable in one! *Smiles*

So... for now this American Hustler Gramma is busily Making Over her Studio... and Seeking out Found Treasures that I can make a Buck on... or hold onto as an Investment until I need that expanded Buck that sitting on a Worthy Investment Affords.  And lets face it, the Thrill of the Hunt keeps me going because it's that Adrenalin Rush us Junquers use as our Fuel to keep moving Forward, even if the Terrain is rocky and inhospitable on the Life Journey we're on and the Vehicle used is the worse for all the wear and tear it's Endured.  I Love those Analogies!  *Winks*

Blessings from the Arizona Desert... where Easter and Spring Vignettes are now starting to make their Appearance around this Old House... Dawn... The Bohemian

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's Twins... A Girl And a Mystery Baby

This Morning Miss Priss had her Kittens... Twins... a Tortoiseshell Girl who resembles Mama Cat and a totally Black Mystery Baby whose Gender is as of yet unknown since Black Cats can be Boys or Girls... and Tortoiseshell and Calico to the best of my limited Cat Knowledge are exclusively Female.   Since Miss Priss Adores the Family... and especially Children... I risked putting her Sleeping Box on the front Porch near the Door and their Food and Water dishes... hoping that wouldn't Freak her out as a New Parent and she wouldn't hide the Kittens all over our Acre and have them grow up Feral?

Well, apparently she was Golden with the Arrangement because that's where she chose to have them and is happily showing them off and Nursing them in her box for now... she even went to every window in the Main House yowling for The Man to come out when she was in Labor... since I was taking the G-Force to School when the Blessed Event happened.

I Confess I had been Nervous about keeping her at all when she showed up Preggy and decided to Adopt us... and even moreso after the Loss of our Beloved Yul.  All of our Female Cats have always been spayed you see, so we've never received a litter before and I would have preferred to get her spayed right away if she was joining the Family.  I've never been a Cat Gramma before!  But since she was already Preggy, I wasn't going to take any little lives even tho' a litter of Kittens was the last thing I wanted around here!  *Le Sigh*  And she wasn't going anywhere in the Cat Carrier... not to the Humane Society... not to get 'fixed'... so we'll have to work on that 'Issue' after her Kittens get big enough that she can go visit the Vet and ensure no more babies!  I was Grateful her litter was small because she'd gotten as big as a house, so I was scared she was having a virtual Kitten Tribe!!!???  *LOL*   I don't know how the Bohemian Cat Boys will receive the New Additions... for now they're staying clear... Morris is so Old he's Grand-Daddy Cat rather than Cat Daddy Material... and Rusty is Timid and Shy of every other animal so he won't wanna be Babies Daddy.  *LOL*

And for now I'm convincing the G-Kid Force that NO, we're NOT keeping any of them once they get old enough to be Adopted to Good Homes!  *LOL*   Yeah, I know, we're such Suckas... but a Trio of Fur Babies here at Bohemian Valhalla is still more than enough Working Cats to take care of any vermin that gets onto our Acreage... but New Birth and Spring do kinda go together as the Promise that each New Season holds Hope and New Beginnings... so her timing was fitting.
Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian Cat Gramma

Friday, March 28, 2014

So... Did You Miss Me?

So... did you miss me?  I've been so involved with the Art Studio Cottage Makeover... and trips to Social Security that took all day, that I'd completely forgotten how long it had been since I'd done a Blog Post, visited Facebook or been Online at all!   More on all that in a Future Post... for now we'll Focus on all of the other Beautiful Images and Activities we Enjoyed during the SWEET SALVAGE Event this Month.


I had taken the entire Family to the Event on Saturday because BOHO FARM AND HOME and URBAN TABLE~BLUE SKY ORGANIC FARMS were going to be in the house Hosting a Farm to Table Workshop and offering Fresh Foods and Produce from their wide selection of Products!   I knew that The Man and the G-Kid Force would be all over Sampling the Products and Recipes that were being Shared at the Workshop.  *Smiles*  And Supporting Local Organic Farms is something I'm Passionate about... to ensure they continue to thrive and also to provide Healthy Local Grown and Raised alternatives to our Family's Diet.  To me buying Organic is always well worth the Investment in yourself and your Family... since you can pay a little more now for Fresh and Organic Foods... or pay much more later when your Health fails or is compromised from eating less Healthy alternatives... I'll choose the former Thank You!
I must say Prince R was in his height of Glory talking Culinary Arts and Sampling the Goods at the URBAN TABLE spread.  *Smiles*  He does possess a Natural Refined Palate and you'd think he was a Classically Trained Chef ready to face off against Bobby Flay in an Episode of  'Iron Chef' since he's absorbed so much knowledge like a sponge from endless hours of being glued to the Food Network Channel!  *LOL*   My Dad was a Retired Master Chef, so who knows... maybe it's in his Genetic Code to follow in Great-Grand-Dad's Footsteps and possess a Natural Talent for the Culinary Arts?  Of coarse, the Young Prince is on Fire for a lot of things he's Passionate about at the Moment and wants to become an Expert on... and right now it's Food... but next week it could be something else... his Passions can be fleeting and diverse depending on what's holding his Interest right now?!   *Smiles*

One of our mutually agreed upon Favorites at the BOHO FARM AND HOME spread was the Moroccan Preserved Lemons... Prince R Adores Fresh Lemons and was fascinated on how to prepare our own Moroccan Preserved Lemons... easy peasy!   But, since it takes weeks to Age... he insisted we buy a jar so we didn't have to wait when we got Home to make some of that delish Kale and Quinoa Salad with Preserved Moroccan Lemon Dressing!  *Winks*

Here was the Workshop in Progress Teaching us how it is done... and then Samples of the delish Salad passed out to Enjoy!  *YUM!*  It took no arm twisting for the Young Prince to convince me we definitely NEEDED a Jar of those Moroccan Preserved Lemons NOW to take Home with us!  *LOL*  And the very next day we were making our own Kale and Quinoa Salad for Lunch!

And a simple version of this Moroccan Preserved Lemon mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and poured over a Greens and Strawberry Feta Salad is Divine!!!   And it lasts for up to one year in your fridge... not that it would last that long in our house... I suspect it will be gone by next month, or sooner at the rate we're using it!  *Smiles*

We also picked up a dozen of these Colorful Fresh Eggs at the Event... I Loved the Light Green ones... makes me feel like Easter Egg Chicken laid them, no dying necessary!  *Winks*

I probably shouldda bought more than a dozen since these are going fast too...

We Love Fresh Farmer's Market Products from Local Small Farms in our Community.

We've always been fortunate that every Kiddo in the Bohemian Valhalla Household has preferred Fresh Foods to Fast Foods or Junk Foods... given a choice they'll chose Fresh from the Farm or made from scratch every time.  That's how we grew up too... my Parents always made everything from scratch and shopped European Style, buying what we needed for that day or for just the next few days.   And The Man's Family were avid Hunters and grew most of their own Veggies and Fruits and Canned everything in Season to last thruout the Year.

At the Event there were so many Lovely Vintage Containers filled with Fresh Wheat Grass... I need to get around to growing some of that to eat too... and it always looks so Springtime Lovely in Vignettes around the house until you Harvest it.   If you keep cutting it then it won't go Yellow and will keep growing back.   Sweet Julie was telling me that she gave her Mom some of the Wheat Grass Displays prior to the Event to Plant-Sit for her while they were out of Town, that made me Smile.  Obviously her Mom did a fine job of Plant-Sitting because it all looked so healthy and robust!

In fact, my Favorite part about Ushering Spring in is preparing the Gardens with new Plantings and bringing some of the Outside In, in the form of Greenery and Florals.

Now, though the Family truly Enjoyed Attending the Event, they're never all that thrilled with my Pathological Picture Taking, which I want to include them in some of... can't you tell?  *LOL*  Their expressions seems resigned to the Reality of, "We know we're going to end up as Blog Fodder aren't we?"   Well, of coarse you are!!!  *Smiles*   And actually, getting out in Public after his Traumatic Brain Injury is still causing quite a bit of Anxiety for The Man, as you can clearly see by his Frightened Expression, so we never stay too long in any one place when he's Practicing being out of his Element and in Public with the Family nowadays.  But I'm very Proud of him for trying so hard and really Working on it, he's getting better at extending his Outings and not being as Overwhelmed or Confused by the Experience. 

When he was Well he used to Enjoy going Junquing with me, especially the Thrill of the Hunt for Rusty Gold on the Back Roads.   We had many a Road Trip which Scored some Fabulous Finds and each one holds Precious Memories of those Adventures.  We also Enjoyed those Outings where we took only Pictures and left only Footprints as we Visited every Ghost Town we could find between Arizona and Nevada.  I miss that a lot... but Hopefully he'll be up to it again one day, that's our Long Term Goal anyways.

But for now my Short Term Goals are quite Simple... get some Wheat Grass growing in my own Salvaged Containers...

And just Enjoy Local Trips that only take part of a Morning or an Afternoon with the Family, before returning Home.  I've got plenty to do around Bohemian Valhalla to keep me busy too... as the Art Studio Cottage is coming right along... I'm painting right now and laying Persian Rugs... and bringing in Found Treasure Furnishings from the Storage Cottage that I've been stockpiling for this long overdue Project to come to fruition!   I now have a Purpose for that Hoard of Antique Chairs, Vintage Taxidermy, Vintage Industrial Lighting, Upcycled Tables and Storage Units!  *LOL*

And it's always so good to get out and Visit with Friends who Host these Amazing Events and make them come to Life with their Talented Designing with all the Wonderful Inventory they've Sourced and are Offering to the General Public.   The Social Isolation of Full Time Caregiving can often Get To me so I really look forward to getting out and about when I can.   And also to have the Time to sit here and Blog and visit Facebook, which is a Virtual Social Outing of sorts to spend with you all... and another Cherished Form of Artistic Expression that I can do from Home when I can't get out or spend Time in the Studio {yet}. 

In fact, I can hardly wait now that the Studio is coming together nicely and rather quickly, to get to the point I can start bringing in my huge Cache of Art Supplies, Vintage Fabrics, Vintage Dress Forms and Bits and Bobs to Create with again!!!   So many Wonderful Projects and Visuals have Inspired me and are now Dancing around on the Canvas of my Imagination so I'm Eager to begin getting Lost in the Creative Process again and have Designed the Studio this time around to Accommodate Family and Friends so they can join me when they're Feeling their own Creative Juices flowing.

Today while I was painting one of the Main Studio Room's Walls Black, The Man came in with a load of his Cherished Skullies from Hunts he'd been on back in da day and his Younger Brother, who is a Taxidermist, had prepared for him.   He'd had them all these Years in his own Work Shop Cottage on our Property... but decided that they would look Perfect as an Addition to my Art Studio's Vibe and told me it would be Okay for me to Pimp them out Gypsy Style!!!   I couldn't Believe my ears or my Good Fortune... and it really Touched me Deeply because I know how much they mean to him.  And it especially Touched me that now he wants to be a part of the Vision I have for the New Art Studio Cottage Makeover and get Involved with the Projects we'll all do there Together.  Having Trauma to the Right Side of his Brain has actually Stimulated his Artistic Side and Expression of Emotions, so that has been one of the unexpected Mixed Blessings that came with the Catastrophic Injury.

So I can't wait to get him Involved in the Creative Projects and Process to see what he comes up with?   And of coarse the G-Kid Force just Love to Create, I Believe all Children do and are so Uninhibited with their Imaginations and Creativity... so it tends to be Pure Genius with no Limits or Boundaries.

Prince R is Naturally Gifted at Sculpting... he can Fashion the most Amazing Creations out of Clay in the blink of an Eye.   And Creates for the Pure Enjoyment of the Process... he's not at all Attached to the Outcome as he will usually Proudly Show it Off and then immediately Destroy it to Create something else with the same material he Fashioned it from!!!   Or he'll spend Hours doing a Mural outside with Chalks knowing that the Elements will Obliterate it but he doesn't Care one iota and it doesn't Inhibit his Joy of the Process of Creating it for the Brief Temporal Enjoyment. To me that is a True Artist's Heart... Creating for the Sake of Creating and Feeding the Soul.

And Speaking of Creating... I shall be Creating even more Posts to use up the bajillion Images I took at the Event and some of the other Favorite Shops we Visited this Month.  So I do Hope you'll come back and continue to Join us?!

We'll see you then... Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sweet Salvage ~ Paris Montana ~ Second Nature Event

So we're back at SWEET SALVAGE "Second Nature Event" for Post No. 2... and PARIS MONTANA was in the house again for this Event, so I was really Jazzed since I needed to pick out a Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Gift for Self!  *Winks*  I had decided upon a Bohemian Bling Creation by Heidi since I J'Adore her Style and her Work... and she had just completed the Chanel Gypsy No. 5 Line of Necklaces.   But now... decisions... decisions... on which one to choose?!?  I was really drawn to this one... so it was a definite Contender... since it was Stunning...

But then so was this one in the running to be 'The One' as Contender No. 2 because it had a Rosary Element on it... which you can't see all of since it's dangling out of frame... but you know how much I Love Rosaries!!!

And just to throw another Contender in the Ring and make my decision all the more Agonizing... this one was vying to be Contender No. 3 since I Loved that Vintage Black Badge Element... and because when it comes to Choice, I have to Explore ALL my Options and never make it easy on myself!  *Winks*   And I'm gonna keep you in Suspense 'til closer to the end of the Post, so don't scroll down and cheat, see if you can Guess which one came Home with me?!?  *Smiles*

And I was Glad to be able to bring the entire Family back with me on Day No. 3 of the Event, when it was a little Calmer than Opening Day, because they Adore all my Friends... and the G-Force just Love Heidi and PARIS MONTANA Style, because they really 'Get It' and it's an Aesthetic we Connect to.  Prince R could visit with Miss Heidi all day long discussing Upcycled Eco Chic Fashion!  He was Jonesin' for some of the New Line of Goth-Gypsy Bracelets for Spring she had Created.  *Smiles*

In fact, all three of us could get 'stuck' in the Bling Section of the Event forever-and-a-day if The Man didn't coax us away so that he could see the rest!  *Winks*   Prince R, Princess T and I are like the Gypsy Bling Three Muskateers!  *LOL*
 Source: My Friend Judy Bidwell from FB Image Shared
Of coarse Heidi is her own best Advertisement for her Line since she wears it so well and it's not just Style to her, it's a complete Lifestyle that she not only Creates, but Lives.  To enter into her World is Magical indeed and if you don't yet own a Creation, you should... because if you're of the Timid Variety, I swear it will bring out a Bolder side of your Personality you probably didn't even know you had waiting to break Free and Represent!  *Winks*

You see, I always Feel that Style and Fashion should not only be Beautiful and make a Statement... but also be FUN!!!   Remember when you were an Uninhibited Child and you wore whatever made you Feel Good and Feel Attractive or Transported you to the Imaginative Place of your Dream World?  You didn't really care what other people who were mere Spectators thought about it... if that Batman Cape made that little Boy Feel like a Super Hero, he wore it EVERYWHERE!   And if that Tiara and every piece of Jewelry from Gramma's Jewelry Box made that little Girl Feel like a Princess or a Movie Star, she was Bejeweled in all it's Splendor!  But so many, when they Grown Up... tend to lose that Confidence to wear whatever, whenever and where ever they Please!  So Sad.

But if you Roll with the Gypsy Guy and Gal Posse we will Challenge you to wear it Boldly and Proud... whatever it is that you really are drawn to and makes YOU Feel Good.   And I always Feel that I wear it BEST... yes, I do... because though 'The One' looked mightly Festive and Fun on the Adorable Vintage Mannequin Modeling it... {Yes, insert Drum Roll for the Big Reveal of which of the Trio Contender I chose!  Smiles}...

Yours Truly was Totally Rockin' this Creation and it was so VERY ME that it made the Chosing easier because once it was around my neck, I KNEW it was THE ONE!!!  Don't you Agree?  Well.. of coarse you do!  *Smiles*

And I was also Glad that The Man hadn't insisted on picking out an Anniversary Gift for me because as usual he knows part of the Thrill and Enjoyment for me is in the Hunting for it myself!  Men don't Shop anyway, they Buy Stuff... it's different!  *Smiles... Sweet Kim's Dear Husband Sweet Jim said that best while he was Visiting with us and I totally am in Agreement about that Distinction between the Experience for Men and Women!*   When The Man has a Mission Statement for a Purchase... he's Intently Focusing on Procuring that item and being Done With It... no Window Shopping and being Inspired necessary for him!  *LOL*

I'm always having a Major Lustfest and heady dose of Inspiration every time I see one of Heidi's Pimped Out Skullies!!!    Okay... I'll take this one... and...

This one... *Winks*   Yep, I'd have these hung all over Bohemian Valhalla!!!   I've got to get around to having a Creative Sequestering to have the Time to Pimp Out all the Skullies I've been Hoarding and Intending to Trick Out like this!  *Smiles*  It looks like a virtual Cattle Graveyard in one of my Storage Cottages I tell ya... you'd think they all went there to Die!  *LMAO*   And Lord knows my Hoard of Scavenged Bohemian Bling and Vintage Millinery Florals I Plan on using are just Begging for me to get around to it!!!   Well... Hopefully in 2014 I will... FINALLY!?!??!?!

But for now I was in Marathon Shopper Mode... and though very Selective... I did bring Home a few Treasures from this Month's Event.
Along with the Gorgeous 25th Anniversary Necklace... I was also looking for at least one Easter Element to Style with this Easter... and who wouldda thunk I'd find the Perfect Piece right there in the Bling Section?!?

There I was pouring over all the Blingalicious Creations... and I stumbled upon it!!!  Yowsa... do ya see it my Friends?  Apparently others had missed it *Whew*... because once I snagged it I had a lot of Lustful looks in my basket and "I didn't see thats"... *Smiles*

An Easter Egg entirely Pimped Out and Encrusted in Vintage Bohemian Bling!!!  *Can you just hear the Angelic Hosts Singing as the Heaven's Parted and Silvery Rays of Sunlight Shone upon it?!?  Smiles*

Yeah, you better Trust and Believe that went into my basket quicker than Greased Lightening!  And I think I'm going to Pimp Out some more Wooden Eggs at Home now, to go with the Organic Moss and Jute/Vintage Button ones I saw a Tutorial on here in the Land of Blog and Intend to Create for Easter as well.  I like mixing Maximalism with Organic Simplicity.

This will be an Egg Creation that can be Displayed long past Easter too since it lends itself so well to the rest of my Decor and Aesthetic here at Bohemian Valhalla.  And if you look really close and were paying attention you can even see another small Treasure I picked up at the Event from my Friend Myko's Vignettes.   See that Tiny Santos Crown on the Creepy Doll Head?  Yep... just the right size for Crowing either my smaller Doll Heads, Religious Statues or maybe even my Piranha, tho' it might be a tad too large for him so I'm still looking for that perfect Piranha Crown.  *Smiles*

And I Love my Over-The-Top Gypsy Bling Easter Egg!!!  Glad I didn't overlook it... which is very easy to do when there are so many layers of Loveliness.   I would have been filled with Regret had I had eyes wide shut and missed it, only to Discover it when I downloaded the Images!   Have you ever done that my Friend?  I have... and sometimes when I've rushed back to get whatever it was... it was too late!  That's why I like to take my Time and pour over every Vignette with a fine toothed comb, not only for the Inspiration... but also so that I don't miss anything that should have come Home with me!  *Winks*

You still want to see more, right?  Well... Okay then... I must say, the Bling Section is always my most Photographed Section of the Event every Month because I do tend to languish there longer than most anywhere else.

But do you blame me?  I mean, Seriously... this is Gypsy Gal Seventh Heaven!!!

So... I said Good-Bye to the Other Necklace Contenders... each as Lovely as the next even tho' they didn't end up being The One this particular day...

I mean I can't have them ALL, right... that just wouldn't be Fair to the rest of you!  *Winks*

But Heidi will be busy Creating even more... and Modeling some of them so you can see how Fabulous YOU can look in PARIS MONTANA STYLE!

And since I took, like, a bajillion Images... future Posts will Showcase even more of the Bohemian Bling Elements at this Month's Event...  you will Seriously Overdose on the Eye Candy so I have to Ration it out over a few more Posts Okay?  *Smiles*

The Man told me he thinks he could Afford an Airstream for me of about this size... *Bwahahaha!*  Isn't it so stinkin' Cute as a Business Card Holder!?!   And so very Perfect for my Gal Heidi since she's on the Road in her Blacktop Boudoir so much of the time!   Be sure to keep coming back... we've only just scratched the Surface my Friends of the two days I spent at the Event this Month... and if you haven't already been... there's still tomorrow before it ends!!!

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