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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Spring

Recently I received a footed planter imprinted with dragonflies
and tucked inside the container were some soil-filled pots. 
 The lovely gift came with a promise of Spring flowers. 
This past week the bulbs surprised me each day as they took turns blooming.











Promise kept.




I don't think I've ever been more ready for warm weather and the blooms it brings.


Kathy


A super big thank you to my book club friends for such a beautiful gift.



I'll be taking a blog break during Spring Break to spend some time with family,
 friends, and the warm weather.

Happy Spring








Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Updating a Ballard Design Writing Desk

How do you feel about painting natural wood furniture?  I know that for some of you it's a no no, but I felt this natural wood desk from Ballard Design could benefit from a coat of paint.  

Updated Writing Desk

There were some curvy carved details that I accentuated with some Annie Sloan gilding wax. 

 I've been experimenting with the wax and was happy with my first project so 
I decided to give it try on the desk.


Gilding Wax in Carved Detail on the Side of  the Desk


More accented details on the front of the desk.

More Gilding Wax Details

I'd never tried the gilding wax on metal before so I decided to try it on the dark brown hardware.  
I love the result. 


Hardware with Gilding Wax


When I first saw dipped legs on furniture I have to say that I was not a fan.  I guess the repeated exposure has changed my opinion.  The Queen Anne legs on this piece were a perfect candidate for dipping. 
 I just taped off at the top and rubbed the wax below.

Dipped Legs

I had a fabulous Italian caned back chair to pair with the desk.  I decided to leave it natural.
Check out the lovely rosette carving.


Carved and Caned Back Italian Chair


What do you think about pairing a natural wood chair with a painted piece?


Painted Desk and Natural Chair

I added some books with plays by Shakespeare.  I think the vintage bookends nicely pick up the brown in the chair.  The off white chair seat ties in with the desk color.

Collection of  Shakespeare's Plays on the Desk



So, to paint or not to paint, that is the question.
Sorry, couldn't help myself.


Kathy


Here's the desk before painting.




To see another piece I updated with paint and gilding wax go here.













Thursday, April 3, 2014

How to Fill an Empty Frame

I've become a fan of empty frames.  They are art in themselves and often outline some very impressive and creative collections.  I've shared some of my favorites here, here and here before, but I keep finding more that I love just as much and wanted to share again.

 Here are some of my favorite ways to fill an empty frame.

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I had to share this even though it's the back side of paintings.


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How do you fill your frames?


Kathy







Sunday, March 30, 2014

Oops

My recent post about my Santos cage dolls brought many questions,
mostly about their history.   
In retrospect, I should have included that with the post.  My bad. 

One of my Santos Cage Dolls

I was able to find some information about them.  Obviously mine, and most of those available for sale are reproductions, but I thought you'd enjoy a little about their origins.

History of Santos Cage Dolls reproduced from  SantosCageDoll.com

European Beginnings

The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish Colonial and Western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars.  They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war.  Their development flourished in Europe  in the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.

Santos dolls are closely related to the Crèche figures, which were implemented in Italy by St Francis of Assisi, during the 13th century. However, the Crèche are primarily associated with Italian and French nativity and crib scenes.  Crèche scenes are still elaborately displayed throughout Italy and in parts of France, most notably in Provence.
Discovery of the New World

European Santos dolls were also brought to the Latin Americas during the Colonial age of Spain's settling of The New World.  The dolls were used to aid in the of conversion of the Native Americans and Central American Indians to Catholicism. Many of these original dolls, along with the art that inspired them, were destroyed while trying to settle the West.  Therefore, antiques in good shape are rare and very expensive. It is not uncommon to see an antique Santos bring 4 and 5 digit figures.  In more recent years, fine and folk art has emerged to replace these dolls.  Santos dolls are designed and created by "Santeros" or "Santonniers" (loosely 'saint maker'). As the art form has progressed, the Santos has become recognized as a true artistic doll.  Some dolls are rustic carvings, while others have magnificent details. 


There are many sources for purchasing these lovely reproductions.

Obviously from SantosCageDoll.com.  They have many examples.




They're also on eBay

Santos for sale on eBay

Amazon has a nice selection too.

Santos for sale on Amazon

And of course my friend, Sandy, who has a shop at the Delaware shore, has one for sale too.
 If you'd like to know more about hers, let me know.  I'll put her in touch with you.  


I hope this answered some of your questions.
 I actually have to thank you because I learned some facts I didn't know either.


Kathy



FYI, this is not a sponsored post.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Santos

Have you discovered Santos yet?  I actually have three different styles of them in my home.
I have the Santos angel on my landing.


Santos Angel on My Landing


She became part of my holiday decor.

Santos Angel at Christmas

I have another version on my screened porch.

Santos on My Screened Porch


I don't believe I've shared this other Santos.
 She's in my living room and stands upon a stack of document boxes next to my bookcase.



My Santos on a Stack of Document Boxes







Every time I find a crystal necklace or rosaries, I drape them around her.






Her cage skirt supports a framed Italian print.














Do you have a favorite accessory that you repeat throughout your home?

Kathy
















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