18 January 2015

Weekends at Home





I usually collect santos and angels, but I saw this statue and could not stop thinking about it.  A week later, my husband took me back to the specialty shop to get it for me. Fortunately there were a few.
It has such a cherubic, peaceful expression, and it is a unique portrayal with a vintage vibe.

For now the statue is on my sleeping porch.







I really like the light distressing on it.

















I also went to the garden shop to pick up some annuals to plant in the garden beds.  I plant these in the beds to attract the bees and the butterflies. I will be starting my spring  kitchen garden in two weeks. I grew some nice winter tomatoes, but not a lot this year. 
Because it was unseasonably cold for a few days, the plants succumbed to the weather, 
and most of the tomatoes dropped before turning red.









While I was outside, he took a break from playing with the cat on the roof to pose for some photos on top of this distressed armoire that I use for outdoor supplies.









Inside, I have enjoyed looking at my first copy of this magazine. I found it at a vintage store that carries the magazine. This issue has lovely photos, recipes, and articles on French and Nordic style.
Needless to say, I've not finished picking up from the holiday, but I've made progress. We also went to dinner with some friends of ours that are artists. Afterwards, he had us try a painting technique that is just suppose to be free form. His daughter and my daughter had a lot of fun, but the paint is not dry yet. I hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend.



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60 comments:

  1. I love this statue, I also love your santos dolls. Lots of my american blogger friends have them in their homes. I've spotted one on auction in the UK so I'm hopeful as shipping from the States and import duties make them pretty costly.

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    1. I hope you are able to get it. They are so pretty. xoxo

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  2. All your statues are charming. Are they made of wood which is an attractive material to work in? The free form painting session with your daughter and her friend must have been fun.

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    1. Linda, this statue is plaster and seems more French or Italian style. In contrast many of the santos I have are hand carved in wood, but a few are made of tin, and most came from Mexico or Peru. I have to rotate them, because when I moved I didn't thin the collection. That was a good question. xoox

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  3. Your new treasure has such a sweet face. It looks good there

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  4. what beautiful pictures !!! a beautiful angel !!! and the cat is cute, I once had a cat of the same breed a few years ago !!! a beautiful Sunday angie wishes from Germany

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    1. Thank you. I tried to leave a comment on your blog about your kitty and garden, but I don't know if it worked. xoox

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  5. I thought the cat was stuffed when I first saw the photo! lol Sweet statue. Happy Sunday!

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  6. Your new statue is lovely...and restful. JDL is my favorite magazine and I have piles of issues from 2010 to present. But the Jan. 2015 issue was one of my least favorites. So I hope you will purchase again. It really is more lovely than this issue reveals.

    I also keep a winter garden of mostly lettuces and herbs. I will be planting more strawberries today along with pruning roses.

    The slow days of January...oh how I love them.

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    1. Good to know, Kerrie. I will.
      That reminds me that I should probably try planting the strawberries now. Last year, I planted them in February, and it was hot by May, so I did not get many. I don't have a lot of roses, because they are difficult to grow here, but I pruned them yesterday. xoox

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  7. Su~ You pictures evoke a sense of domestic tranquility and I love the way you seem to find such pleasure in little things. It was so sweet of your husband to get you the statue, and it's a perfect addition to your collection. The pansies are both lovely and so useful as you pointed out. The bees will repay your kindness when your vegetables begin to blossom. Thank you for the lovely post. Hugs, Dana

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  8. Su I love your statue, gives off a sweet aura. I also love all your Santos and how you have displayed them in your lovely home. Two weeks you can plant .... I'd love to feel the dirt in my hands again, planting precious flowers but that will have to wait another 2 months. Then I will plant pansies. Su what do you plant to invite butterflies? The photo of the gray cat is adorable. My Simon is a big gray kitty.
    Hope you reveal your free style painting to us.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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    1. Thank you, Vera, good idea. I started with annuals: pansies, alyssum, and I will probably add some lavender too. The mint is coming back by itself. That usually works to attract them around here, plus I do have some old native desert perennials around the perimeter that they also enjoy. Yellow butterflies seem to love the huge fountain grass I have in the front, so my spouse cut those back and they should fill in in about two weeks. I pruned back the few roses in the raised bed and tossed some wildflower in to see if I can get a little bit of a meadow, since the wild flower didn't thrive on the perimeter of the yard last year. It's an experiment! Just randomness. Gray cats can be so elegant. The three cats that live in our yard were three adopted stays. We have one indoor cat that is a rescue /declawed cat from a sanctuary. Su

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  9. What a sweet treasure, Su! I too had difficulty with blogger recently too, that's why I moved to WP (which is not without its own glitches ~ trust me!) A winter garden sounds lovely...our ground is covered with snow and ice right now. I can't wait to see your garden grow!

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  10. The new angel exhumes peace. Love it.

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  11. Hi Su,
    That is a very pretty statue, indeed. I can see why you couldn't stop thinking about it.
    I have yet to dismantle Christmas decor but am working on it.
    The kitty is purrrrfect! Lol I am a cat lover.
    WoW! I can't imagine picking up delicate garden blooms at this time of year. We have more than enough snow and cold temps for 2 months yet, but it will make springtime all the sweeter when it does arrive.
    Happy start to a brand new week,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  12. love the statue and also the photo of your sweet cat!

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  13. Love your little angel!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  14. Gorgeous statue. You are right about its peaceful presence. I can't believe you can actually plant annuals now where you are. It is freezing with ice everywhere here. Spring I hate to say is going to be about three months away. However, I am already planning my summer garden here. A girl can dream.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria. It will be warm and probably in the 80s by the end of February. Summers are rough, but the rest of the year we have beautiful weather.

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  15. Love your new statue, she is beautiful. I am also getting anxious to plant a few vegetable, especially some tomatoes. Need to prep my little garden area and put some chicken manure in there. My roses are beautiful. Cut two bouquets for the house and they smell lovely.
    Enjoy your beautiful new lady.
    Mary

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    1. How wonderful! The warm weather does sneak up on us fast. I was thinking that I really should put my strawberries in too.

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  16. Love the new statue just beautiful. Very serene and looks great on your sleeping porch.
    Kris

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  17. The statue is beautiful and I love that picture of your cat. I love having a peek at "Jeanne d'Arc Living" in stores, but I never buy it because here it's as expensive as a book!

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    1. I agree, it is an expensive magazine. I found someone selling their copies, but my spouse said just get a new one and see if I like it. xoox

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  18. Loving all the snippets into your daily life. The little cherub sculpture goes perfectly with your home and decor. I have never heard of winter tomatoes before! I am off to Google them right away! :)

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    1. Hi, Lindsey. Thank you for your visit. We can grow tomatoes in the winter here. xoxo

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  19. Oh wow she is so pretty! And I love the drawing on the chalkboard behind her, very creative!

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  20. Oh my goodness, planting a Spring garden already, you lucky lady! It's so cold where I am, we won't be planting until May. I'm an avid gardener and am so jealous, but very pleased for you!

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    1. Thank you, Judith. It is beautiful all year except for the summer. We have two growing seasons : September to December and February to May. xoxo

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  21. I love the photo of the cat. So pretty. :-) Love the eyes.

    I also love your find. I have a similar piece, it was from my grandma.

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    1. Thank you, Carla. I'm sure this piece was inspired by something time worn such as something your grandmother had in her generation. You are lucky to have it. xoxo

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  22. The statue is intriguing, Su. I can see why you couldn't stop thinking about it. Your sleeping porch is a great spot for it. It would be so nice to be able to plant something outside right now. Enjoy getting your hands in the dirt! ~ Nancy

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  23. Thank you for your visit and for leaving a comment. I love your new statue ! I collect cherubs and sheep/lambs so I wouldn't have let it stay in the shop either.
    warm regards

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    1. Thank you, Francie. They are so sweet looking. xoox

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  24. I love it that you plant to attract bees and butterflies. And that is a lovely statue. So sweet.

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    1. Thank you, I'm always trying to figure out what the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds like. xoox Have a wonderful Sunday.

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  25. Such a sweet statue and I too love the Jeanne D'Ark Living magazine. Hope you are feeling inspired.
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbiliicous Friday. I always enjoy your posts :)
    Hugs ~ Kerryanne

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    1. Thank you, Kerryanne, for your sweet comment and visit. xoox

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  26. The statue is great, such a sweet and peaceful piece! I'm glad they still had one for you to purchase. I also love your daughters bed (in the next post), how gorgeous is that!!!! Blessings, Cindy xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. It came from the French Bee. I had never been there before.

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  27. Oh what a GORGEOUS KITTY!! what is his name? Is he Russian Blue?

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    1. Silver sure looks like one, but we don't think so. He was a stray that we were given from her piano teacher. Silver has a lovely personality, very affectionate, and he is fixed, but he has always had wanderlust. We also have an adopted indoor cat, because she came from a sanctuary; someone declawed her, so she can never go out. We also have two more adopted outdoor strays. So that makes 4 kitties and a toy poodle! Hugs Thank you for noticing how beautiful he is.

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  28. That statue is so sweet. I searched for one like that several years ago. I saw some vintage ones on eBay and they were too high for me. It's darling.

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  29. I love the statue...she is lovely! Ooh and your kitty...what a handsome love! xoxo Jen

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