Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sweet Salvage ~ Sixer Upper ~ Part II

Today you are NOT gonna get Balanced Coverage of the Event, because I was quite fixated on certain genres of items at almost the exclusion of everything else!   I can wear blinders like that sometimes when I'm having a Moment while Shopping and just want to spend time around what I like best.

I was having Lustfests with various items that I knew I couldn't buy and therefore wouldn't buy this day, but I could Photograph the Hell out of them!  *Smiles*   And so I did... because likely someone else would buy them and at least then I could have the Images.  But damn, I wouldda liked to have brought this one Home, but my return trip on Saturday was for ONE item of Bling for my Birthday... and it wasn't this one.

And the reason for that was that I wouldn't wear these, as Gorgeous as they are, I would Display them around Villa Boheme', which is Okay, but I wanted Bling to Wear AND to Display.   Though in hindsight if I happen to come into some Cash unexpectedly, one of these might have to come Home with me if Shelly doesn't sell them all?!?   Probably the Virgin Of Guadalupe one... *Winks*

The Man had been very Satisfied with my choice of Antique Barrister Bookcase and though I ran the Budget in that Needed direction, there was a Want lingering on my Mind.   You know how it is when you can't get something off your Mind and it's rather driving you Crazy?   Well, it was like THAT... because I was having remorse for walking away from a particular piece that I wanted to give myself as a 60th Birthday Pressy.   It hadn't helped that The Daughter in Mexico told me she thought it was outstanding and she Loved it too.

I do think of the Inheritance Factor that one day, the extended Family will receive what I leave behind, since my Hearse will not have a U-Haul trailing behind it.  *Winks*  If Future Generations can Enjoy something long after I have, well, it just seems like a better Investment in the long haul... and so I was really Hoping that The Sacred Heart Antique Reliquary Necklace hadn't been Sold?!   My Friend Cyndie who Creates them said she figured I must have put my Mojo all over it since several Shoppers had Wanted it, but none actually bought it.  *LOL*

It's a well known Fact that if I REALLY REALLY Want something and cannot buy it right away I'll do that you know... put my Mojo all over something!  *LMAO*  It's kind of a repellent of sorts and Shoppers won't even know why they're unable to buy something they're Seriously Admiring and yet don't pop on it!  *Winks*   So Yes, now it's MINE ALL MINE... tho' I did Panic a little bit when I first sped to the Boutique and couldn't locate it right away, my own Heart sank more than a little bit thinking it might have Sold!   So, Yeah, Talana, now this will be part of the Inheritance one day... you all can throw down for it!  *Winks*

After the pressure was off and I'd procured what I came for specifically, then I could just be laid back and Enjoy the Event.  Though I did linger in the Boutique like FOREVER... just because... I'm a Human Magpie and all the Shiny Things kinda Hypnotize me like that!  *Smiles*   So there I was in a Bohemian Bling Trance of sorts and not really moving away, so a slew of my Photos are Bling related and that's no mere coincidence, it's where I spent most of my time!

And besides, the best of my Images always seem to be the Close-Ups of the items I am most drawn to.  Most of the other Images I have taken are mediocre at best and at worst they just suck and are unworthy for Blog fodder or coverage of any kind that would justify the Inventory or the spectacular Vignettes!    I Wish I could say that all my Photography is on point, but alas, it is not and I usually don't even realize that until I'm downloading at Home later.

And I'm striving to be a better Editor in all kinds of ways, which includes being Editorial about what Images I Share and which ones I just don't even bother coz they're not up to par.   I am Hopeful that the ole' Blog is Improving steadily and not going downhill in Quality of Posts.   Lately I've wanted to Blog and yet not really been up to it 100%... I Wish Blogging were as effortless as Photography is for me.   But with Blogging sometimes I'm 'On' and sometimes I'm 'Off' and yet I'm busy doing Life and finding plenty of Blog fodder during that Journey, so I start falling way behind the Eight Ball.

I did pick up one of the Roosters Girlfriends when I went back, along with buying her Lovely Wreath, which I totally dug too and she looked so stinkin' Cute Modeling so that Sold me on it.  Taxidermy usually has gotten so expensive now that I have to just Pass on almost any I've fallen in Love with, so it was refreshing to have Fair and reasonable prices that I could afford.   I know that Taxidermy isn't for everyone, some people Hate it, but I am always on the lookout for Interesting Specimens to join the Villa Boheme' Family if they are within Budget.

So now she's reunited with her Boyfriends and sitting happily upon her Nest between them on the Antique Barrister Bookcase, which The Man has filled with his Novel Collection.   He did lament that now he has to go to sleep with Chickens staring at him!  *Bwahahahahahaha!!!!!!*   But he did agree they are hilarious looking and make us all Smile... I think Princess T has dubbed them The Creepy Carnival Chickens!   *LOL*   I don't know why she thinks they came from a Carnival... I can't remember the last Carnival I EVER went to that even had any Chickens, how about you?  *Bwahahahaha!*

On purpose I didn't eat Breakfast before leaving the house Saturday because I knew I wanted to hit the Bakery there again... the selection is Sublime my Friends and the taste... Heavenly!!!   You have to show up early since Customers are literally buying boxes full and taking it Home to have get togethers with their Friends.   I think I Need to come home to their house judging by how generously they're loading up to Create a spectacular spread at Home to Host their Guests!!!  *Smiles*

The Dear Lady in front of me in line almost bought all of one of the Confections I had decided I wanted to Sample because it looked so delish, I was holding my breath that there would be at least one left?!  Thankfully there was and I was second in line, so close call... *Whew!*  In fact, I couldn't decide upon just one item and besides, I was ravenously hungry since it was past 10:00 am and I'd been up for hours without having eaten Breakfast, so this was practically Brunch now for me!  *Ha ha ha*

Alright, so here's what I brought back to my table and believe me, they looked even more delicious in Real Life than in the Image!   The Prosciutto Croissant had a Sweet and Savory filling of Fruit {Peaches I think} and a Cream Cheese, the Prosciutto was glazed with Honey I think... OMG... so glad that Lady hadn't bought them all!  That could become one of my Fav Breakfast items EVER!  That little Tart in the front... Sublime and the Fresh Herbs on top were Crunchy which was an unexpected texture I really liked.

And last, but certainly not least, the Fresh Berry Scone rivals those my Mom and Dad used to make and that's saying something coz my folks could make the best Scones ever!   Now that both of my Parents have passed away and I never learned their recipes for making Scones, I'm having a total Rush of Nostalgia eating some that are equally well made, huge, light and moist.  Nothing worse than a dry heavy Scone... which is the Norm typically when you buy them... and so if you want a Scone that isn't dry nor heavy, check these out, you'll become Addicted!!!   This Brunch actually tided me over 'til Dinnertime, it was just that Satisfying.

I'm rather struggling Tonight with Creating a Post... the Imagery was easy, but the Words just aren't coming so easy and I don't know why, usually I Love Writing.   So I may keep it short and sweet even tho' I had intended to give you decent coverage it shall probably have to wait until the next Posts... I took a lot of pixs so I have no lack of Visuals to Delight you with and Share!!!   There may have to be some Wordless Posts, to get thru the Series of 'Sixer Upper', I just don't know how long this Writer's Block might last?

What Thankfully did get unblocked was my Procrastination on Housekeeping and Styling the Home, damn, I outdid myself and got the entire Downstairs in Order and out of Chaos!!!   I even began on the Upstairs, tho' that will take another burst of Energy to complete, but it sure does Feel Good to have things more Organized, Orderly, Styled and Tidy.   I Feel so much better being around a Home that has every Room the way I prefer it to be... now if only we can KEEP it that way for more than a Minute, you know?  *LOL*

I have told The Force that I might just go Postal if they wreck any of the Rooms that I've worked so hard to Maintain and get back to Order... so for now at least, they're in Compliance.  *Winks*   They even started to do a little bit towards their own Personal Spaces and Princess T let me hang the Art in her room and not Obsess about the pinprick holes it made in her Walls!  *LOL*  She even cleared a small pathway on the floor and to the bed, then a small area for standing on the bed, for me to get up on there and hang everything!

I will be devoting at least one entire Post later on Showcasing my Transformation of whipping Villa Boheme' back into shape since I'm so Proud I finally got around to it!  But for now a small sampling peek of just her Art Wall.  It's the ONLY portion of her room I can Share since the rest looks like it's been ransacked by Pirates or destroyed by a Rock Band on a Party Bender... and that's no exaggeration.  So you don't wanna look coz some things once seen... well they can't be unseen, you know?   And that's the New Bed she hardly ever sleeps on since she doesn't like sleeping alone and has to fall asleep with someone in the room with her!  So there's still a mattress on the floor in my Living Room... which is such a Great Look... *Rolling of Eyes* 

She did scrutinize said Wall to ensure she couldn't see the tiny pinpricks made by the super skinny Nails she insisted I use to hang the Art... apparently it passed her Inspection.  *Smiles*   Now, the fact the only part of her floor or bed you could actually SEE was the small portions she cleared for me to get in there and up on the bed to hang these strangely doesn't bother her one iota... go figure?!?!!   I am fairly certain there will be some Counseling in her Future... *Bwahahahahaha!!!*

Back to the Show... my Friend Carol brought in some really Cute Bags and Accessories, I particularly liked this small Purse.    The Belgian Cut Velvet flap and Seam Binding fringe, plus Millinery accents, just so Cute and just My Style!

I'm totally Obsessed with Dried Flowers again... I go thru Phases of having Dried Flowers all over the Home... and then Phases of having Fresh Flowers all over the Home... or Living Plants... and right now seems to be Dried Flowers Phase again.   I do have Dried Hydrangea all over since my Living Hydrangea all croaked, well, one is trying to resurrect but I don't know that it's gonna make it?   At least with Dried Florals I don't have to grieve that they croaked on my Watch and in my Care, that always makes me Feel Bad.

My Friend Minnie's Line of Bedding and Pillows, so Sumptuous and Fresh for Summertime.  I Wish I could have this much White once in a while in our Boudoir but it would be risky, since The Man likes to sequester himself in there sometimes to get away from The Force and brings snacks and drinks with him.  His large motor skills still are recovering from his catastrophic accident and so he often spills and drops things, so I just am not taking the risks to Invest in a Quality Line of Bedding right now.

But, it sure is Pretty and I could Imagine having a Bed resembling this... tho' The Man Hates it when I add this many Pillows to the Bed since making and unmaking it tends to be a hassle for him to handle, tho' I don't mind at all.  I am getting back to making the Bed every Morning again, sometimes it's futile since he doesn't Feel Well most of the time and might go back to bed several times during any given day and I can only handle making up a Bed once a day and not several times a day.   That said, I'm the Type that doesn't like having an unmade Bed... since my little Mantra goes something like:  The Condition of your Bed reflects the Condition of your Head.

This is our Bed when I'm determined to make it at least once after we wake up... if he wrecks it after that, well... it's gonna have to wait until the next Morning to get made up again!  *LOL*   But I Feel Good if it only at least gets made up once and I don't just give up right out the Gate, you know?  *Smiles*  Sometimes it's almost tragic tho' if he Feels like he daren't mess it up after I make the Bed and asks if it's Okay if he goes and lays down in the middle of the day!?!?!?!?  

 So I don't know what's worse, the unmade Bed or him Feeling as if he can't lay down when he Needs to until it's Bedtime because I made the Bed?  Such is Life when you're Caring for someone with chronic health issues or extreme disability.  You have to Get Over having a Visually pleasing Boudoir because someone will be laying in said Bed often and you'll likely have all kinds of Medical Equipment laying around too {just out of Frame, but it's there}.   You never see those Editorial Spreads in Better Homes & Gardens!  *LOL*


Anyway, I did make the Bed two days in a row, including this Morning, and when I came Home from the Event it was still made even tho' he was sitting in there watching the Football Game!   Progress... and Princess T had stayed out of there too, since she's inclined, if Grandpa and her cannot agree on what to watch on the main TV in the Living Room, to migrate into our Bedroom to watch our TV rather than go upstairs and watch her own TV in her room.  Reason... well, no place to sit with all that crap she's got everywhere like the room exploded!  *Le Sigh*   And Yeah, BTW, I catch a lot of flack from our Adult Kids that they never had a TV in their rooms growing up... I remind them WE didn't have a TV in our room when they were growing up either!

Because remember when TV's were so expensive you could only ever afford perhaps one?   Along with Phones being so expensive you had to Rent them rather than Own them and everyone in the household had to Share the one with the 10 ft. chord, well, unless you were Uptown Bougie and bought the longer 20 ft. extension chord!  *Bwahahahahaha!!!*   We've come a long way baby!!!  *Smiles*   Some of you Younger Readers probably have no idea what we're even talking about... WHAAAAT???!?!?!?  Yeah, in our Lifetime...   Believe it or not I recall a time after I already had started a Family that I didn't even own/rent a Phone or own a TV yet!  *Gasp!*

Well, whatever did you DO to Entertain yourselves you might ask?  We actually talked to one another and Socialized within the Community!   And how did people reach you with no Phone?!?   They had to come over... or send an Officer over if there had been an Emergency and they needed to contact you about it!  *Double Gasp!!!*   Yeah, peeps had to be way more Invested back then because we didn't have all these gadgets and conveniences.   

Well, that's it for Today my Friends... to be Continued later... Signing Off...


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

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sweet Salvage ~ Sixer Upper ~ Part I

It was the 6th Birthday Celebration of SWEET SALVAGE and the 60th Birthday Celebration for myself so the "Sixer Upper" Themed Event was just Perfect for the important 6's being Celebrated!!!  I actually had a Mission Statement for this Show, which had nothing at all to do with my Birthday, The Man actually Needed and asked me to find an Antique Bookshelf for our Boudoir to hold his Novel Collection.  I almost went off Track when I spied my Friend Cyndie's Bunny which would have blown the Bookshelf Budget... so Cute!  But I Resisted, had I come Home without a Bookshelf and told The Man, Sorry, no Bookshelf, but look, see... Bunny... well, you know... *LMAO*

I won't get totally ahead of myself just yet, but suffice to say I did find some inexpensive Taxidermy Scores to soothe the longing of having to Pass on Spendy Bunny and actually stay on Task to also Score said Antique Bookshelf!  Anyone else with ADHD can totally relate to how easily we get off Track and off Task when anything catches our Eye or distracts our full Attention from a Mission Statement!  *LOL*   Getting Older doesn't help, now I'm just a 60 year old who is Hyper and has a short Attention Span!  *Smiles*

And because I had something Specific and larger in Mind to Find, I did the Marathon Scouting around the entire Event before I even took many pixs!  And there is was, the Ideal Barrister Antique Bookshelf from London, England!  And well within Budget, in fact, it was such a Deal and such a Rare combination of Barrister Cases, well, my Heart was all aflutter!  Now, I know this was for The Man {for now}, but should he ever totally lose Interest in his Novel Collection {which happens}, well, this will also make an Ideal Cabinet Of Curiosities Cabinet as well for Moi!   So a total Win-Win, right?  *Bwahahahaha!!!*

Okay, so here's the total Reveal... top Cabinet is very high so can Display larger Books {or Objects of Curiosity}... middle Cabinet has eight Drawers which can hold Documents and more Books {or Art Supplies and Ephemera}... bottom Cabinet has glass and has four Shelves for more Books {or Smaller Objects of Curiosity}.   Since it comes apart in three separate pieces it was easier for The Young Prince to bring into the House and schlep all the way to our Bedroom... which was handy since I have no Adult Studmuffin Males available when I buy anything too large or heavy on The Fly!  *Ha ha ha*

And I was seeking a small inexpensive Santos Style Crown and I know I can always Source some at The Sweet... so I perused Crown Heaven before the most desirable ones got snatched up by other eager Crown Hunters.   I spied just the Ideal one, can you tell which it will be my Friends?   Let us see how well you know what my Eyes are drawn to shall we?  *Winks*

If you guessed this one you would be right, so after I'd procured The Bookcase, to ensure that my Mission Statement was complete... anything else I could Find at a Bargain would be Gravy for my Birthday excursion.   Little Crown started my Cache in the back room that would build up.

Next came this Guy, a large Snapping Turtle, which was half the price I'd paid for my other Taxidermy Turtle {even after Negotiating my Best Deal with a Vendor at our Antique Mall} and joined him in the Cabinets Of Curiosities!   This one has a totally different kind of Shell and Coloration so they're probably different Species... I'm always Jazzed to Find new Taxidermy Specimens at a Bargain to add to our Oddities plus Weird and Wonderful  Collections!

Inexpensive Taxidermy was actually abounding at this Show so I had many to choose from... tho' all of the Hens were the least expensive... I opted to spend a little more and buy me some Exotic Rooster Specimens!   There are some breeds of Birds that are hilariously Naturally Pimped out by The Creator and just make me Smile every time I see them... now I have two of these breeds of Rooster... drum roll please before they make their debut!

Meet my Favorite One {but don't tell the Other One... Winks}... isn't his expression and Crazy Hair just hilarious?!?  He almost looks like he's got Dreads and I've Nicknamed him Rasta Rooster!  *LMAO*   Okay, I cannot look at him without Smiling or even Laughing out loud, which I always Need... and he was such a Deal, that for that much Instantaneous Joy when I Need it, well, he was a Super Bargain Find!

Here he was when we first Met... he seemed to be conveying, "Hey Girl... going my way?" {He said that in my Head in a deep Sexy Barry White kinda tone... so how could I resist, right?  I know, I have a very fertile Imagination and especially when I'm Justifying a Purchase and want a Good Back Story to go with it!!!!!  Bwahahahahahahahahaha!}

Now, The Other One cannot go around just being called The Other One, so lets see if you guys can Help me come up with an equally humorous Name for him as Rasta Rooster has Okay?  He's Cute in a kinda Grunge Rooster way, so I did initially think about calling him Cobain... he has fancy Feather Spats around his Ankles and a disheveled look about him that is just hilarious, like he's recovering from a Hangover or something, so he makes me Smile too so I hadda have him.  *LOL*

Here he is when we first Met, he's got a Funky Hairdo too and those Spats around the Ankles made me think perhaps Sir Duke might be a better Name... but I'm still terribly conflicted about his Name so perhaps some suggestions will get me decisive about it?   He's rather a Handsome Fellow with his Ombre tones of Feathers so I was extremely pleased to Score both of the Boys for far less than I've ever seen even just a single Specimen selling for elsewhere.


Here's another angle of him so you can capture his Personality before throwing a Name into the Hat.   For now he shall remain Nameless until something just Feels Right, since I do Plan to make some Scrabble Letter Name Plaques for each of them.   I can get started on Rasta Rooster's Plaque first.

Here are The Boys in their new Home atop The Man's Antique Barrister Bookcase, which he's now filled with his Novel Collection.  Right now he's fixated on W.E.B. Griffin Novels and wanting anything that Author wrote.  Even tho' he's still working upon his Reading Rehabilitation Skills, I'm Glad he's shown Interest in Reading again and is moving on to Chapter Books.   

If some of you don't already know, along with every other basic Skill like Breathing and Swallowing, The Man had to Learn to Read all over again after the Catastrophic Accident and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Princess T taught him to Read again, she was relentless and it helped with her own inability to Read.  

And so now, with the renewed Interest in building a Library of his current Favorite Author, it's Nice to go on The Thrill Of The Hunt with him to Find those in the Series he's lacking.  Sometimes he gets duplicates if he forgets his List, but then we Donate those to the VA Hospital's Free Library, where Veterans can take Home any Books they'd like while at the Hospital getting Treatment.  But, I digress... back to my Taxidermy Birds!  *Winks*

You know, their Ladies really were quite Lovely too and sitting on Nests, but I only had so much Budget... and room at the house for a Collection of Chickens!  *LOL*   So, alas The Boys had to leave their Ladies behind... sorry Girls!  Mebbe some other time...

I particularly liked this one and it was very hard to leave her behind being she was less than Forty bucks, which for Taxidermy is Cheap.   And she sure was Cute and I even liked her little Neck Wreath... so if she's still there later this Weekend, well, she might just have to join The Boys.   A Friend of mine wants to hit the Event this Weekend and so we'll probably make a return visit.

And I know I can hardly ever walk away with nothing... tho' I'm not quite Done yet showing you what I Scored on Opening day!   I just found such incredible Bargains at this Birthday Bash that I would have had Non-Buyer's Remorse had I walked away from too much!

Because Authentic Vintage Paper Mache' Asian Masks for a mere Fifteen Bucks... yeah, got this one, so hard to Resist not walking away with some of the other ones, which included some hilarious Animals!

Such as Monkeys and Pigs... these would have made great additions to the overall Theme of Crazy Carnivale meets Zen Meditation that I'm going for in The Meditation Room's Decor.   Which BTW, I pulled myself out of Procrastination Mode and got busy with it and Organized, Cleaned and Styled some more of Villa Boheme' and it Feels so freakin' GOOD...that why do I wait so long!?!?!??!

Well, Yes, it did light a fire under my ass to know we're having Company this Weekend and I didn't want the Home to be a Wreck... and once I got started, well, I built up some incredible momentum!   Cleaning turned into Organizing which then turned into Styling and Decorating... and before you knew it the entire Downstairs was being Transformed!!!

It Energized me a LOT to get our Home back in Order and out of Chaos... now if only I can Motivate The Force to work on their rooms... I'll be Golden!   Hey, if you're gonna Dream, well, Dream BIG I always say!  *Bwahahahahaha!*  Princess T came thru the door after School sighing heavily when she saw I'd been in a Cleaning and Decorating Frenzy... she knew what that meant!  *LOL*

She knew that once Gramma had gotten unstuck out of Procrastination Mode, then I'd soon be wanting the Entire Home in Order... including that Disaster of a Room, since hers is by far the Worst!   Honestly, I didn't think anyone could outdo her Older Brother in slovenly behavior, I was Wrong!  But hers is more Surprising to me since she's The Stylist... and the Fashionista... and OCD about Organizing, Tidying and Cleaning anything that ISN'T HER ROOM!  Honest to God, The Dollar Store Loves her, she's Free Volunteer Labor when she Shops there and tidies up all their isles... but her Room... Forget About It!  {Said in my best Wiseguy Impersonation!!!}


I've even got loads of Cute Art to hang on her Walls... but now she's become Obsessed about not having tiny pinprick holes in her Walls, says she can't stand it!!!   AS IF not being able to see her Floor or Bed is NO BIG DEAL and she can stand THAT... but a few freakin' pinprick holes in the Wall to hang a few Paintings, she can't Deal with!?!?!?!?!??!?!   Are you kidding me... Nope, she's not... dead Serious she is!!!  I'll have to just clear the Bed myself to have room to stand on it to hang said Art above it while she's in School and she can just Deal with THAT!   Since I've had to Deal with being unable to walk on her floor or enter her Closet for what seems like an Eternity to me now!  *LOL*

She's got her work cut out for her Resisting my request for a Clean Room tho', she's got a Birthday coming up next Month, so I have leverage.  *Winks*  She might be able to Deal with no Computer Time Earned for not Cleaning said Room... but she has a laundry list of what she thinks she Wants for her Birthday... and I Want a Clean Bedroom up there... so Touche'!!!  Yeah, Game On... no Eleven year old turning Twelve is a Match for my devious Nature!  I've had Sixty Years of Practice now!!!   *Evil Cackle!*

And if I'm going to the Show again with some Friends, I'm Wondering if we all can ditch our Kids and Grandkids or if we'll have an entourage in tow this Weekend???!??   True, I had half the day on my Birthday and my Girl's Day Out on Opening Day Thursday to myself, but it wasn't quite ENOUGH!  I mean, I could get used to that!!! *Winks*

Because yeah, my Birthday turned out Nice, I met up with a Co-Worker Friend and his Wife for Breakfast on my Birthday at Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles.  Which is one of my Fav Downtown Breakfast and Lunch Joints EVER and has the best Ambiance in a converted turn of the Century Industrial Building in South Central Phoenix.

Oh yeah, the Catfish Beignets, Spicy Corn Fritters, Fried Green Beans and Fried Green Tomato Samplers are to Die For and the Mustard Sauce is my Fav for dipping and the Spicy Slaw... Nom-Nom!   So anyway, Yes, Birthday Celebration went very well and was quite Laid Back just as I wanted for it to be!


And I FINALLY got some Dried Artichoke Blossoms while at the Event, since I had been unable to grow any of my own since I couldn't Find Seeds to plant some in my Veggie Garden anywhere!   Where do you get Artichoke Plants I Wonder?   No Nurseries had them and noplace selling Vegetable Seeds had them... I Scoured the entire Valley to no avail!   They grow well in Arizona too... so I simply must find a Source to either get young Plants or Seed eventually!

The last item I procured was this Book, OLD HOME LOVE, and it's chock full of Inspirational Images of Old Homes and those that Love them and Style impeccably!!!

I wanted to buy this one too, IN THE MOOD FOR COLOUR, but someone beat me too it, see what looks like a Yellow Bookmark, Nope, it's a SOLD Tag... dammit!   I went to every Barnes & Noble to find a copy to no avail... so will probably have to Order it Online instead.

Now there was a tonnage of great Finds, so even if a thing or two does get away... well, you're bound to Find something else to make your Heart Sing and your Spirit Soar my Friends!   The Event will be going on thru Sunday!!!

And I freely Confess that if Money were no object, well, I could have spent much more... but Budget keeps me accountable and discerning and so that's not such a Bad thing really, otherwise Villa Boheme' could be bursting at the seams!  *Winks*   And a whole lotta stuff would have to fly out of here with my five-to-one Rule in effect, wouldn't it?  *Smiles*   As it was, I loaded up three Banana Boxes full of 'Inventory' to hit the Showrooms to comply with my five-to-one Rule when I brought all the new goodies from the Show Home with me!

And my Sweet Friend Kenny is Invited back to Villa Boheme' for Dinner... and perhaps he'll convince me to let go of a little more of the larger pieces that I can't schlep to the Showroom or the Booth since I don't have the Muscle nor the adequate Space... but he does in his Warehouse Space, which is Awesome!  Just look at this piece he Sourced from Back East that had been Custom Made for the Original Owner at the turn of the Century!

And just look at my Sweet Friend Aliyah Modeling one of my Friend Cyndie's Meerschaum Antique Reliquary Necklaces of Jesus.  She's going to be getting one soon, perhaps a little smaller than this one since she's such a tiny little Sprite of a Girl that the mid-sized Meerschaum Reliquary would be more proportionate for her.

The Boutique section always Tempts ALL of us... so hard to walk away and not get a lil somethin-somethin!!!   But I Resisted, you'd be very Proud of me!!!

Even tho' it WAS my Birthday and I REALLY Wanted NEEDED this Sacred Heart Antique Reliquary Necklace... Swooning and so difficult to leave behind... but had I gotten this then The Man wouldn't have gotten his Bookshelf... so... *Le Sigh*...


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